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A new breed of ‘silver landlord’ has arrived

March 18, 2015

Thanks to changes in pension regulations coming into effect in April people aged 55 and over will be able to access part or all of their pension pot.  At a time when stocks remain volatile and interest rates are low, the prospect of owning a rental property that provides both a regular income and appreciates […] View article >

5 questions to ask yourself when you want to become a landlord

March 17, 2015

Becoming a landlord is not a decision that should be taken lightly. When you let out a rental property, there are a number of risks involved.  Furthermore, you are contractually obliged to provide a safe and compliant home for your tenant. If you are thinking of becoming a landlord, here are 5 questions to ask […] View article >

Landlord Insurance – why standard home insurance isnt enough

March 13, 2015

Lucy Turner, Relationship Manager at Northwood Insurance Services, explains why standard building and contents insurance isn’t appropriate for rental properties. Burst pipes, broken windows or busted locks. As a landlord, you’ll want to know your property and rental income is protected. In most cases your tenants will respect your property, but it’s always good to […] View article >

General Election – Our view on housing policies

March 6, 2015

As we near the General Election many colleagues and customers have asked about the impact of various     parties policies may have upon the private rented sector. There is no easy answer especially with the outcome of polling day being so uncertain. It looks unlikely any party will have the majority required under first past the […] View article >

Tenant Insurance – how much cover do I really need?

March 6, 2015

Lucy Turner, Relationship Manager at Northwood Insurance Services, gives some helpful tips on how you can protect your belongings with a tenants’ contents insurance policy. When it comes to tenants contents insurance it isn’t just a case of click and buy, your insurer will ask how much cover you actually want. If you tally up […] View article >

The “Accidental Landlord” needs to know about our Guaranteed Rent service!

February 24, 2015

Homes and Property, part of the Evening Standard, shares the struggles of “accidental landlord”, Victoria Whitlock, who writes a regular column on the trials and tribulations of renting out a property. Earlier this month, Victoria shared her concerns about experiencing a void on her London flat, her first in 10 years: “This is not the […] View article >

Why styling your property before you sell makes sense

February 11, 2015

Katherine Woods founder of Roostreet Interior Design explains why investing in the services of a Property Stylist could help you to achieve the price that you are looking for when selling your home.     You might think Property Styling is solely for properties with a £500,000+ price tag. If so, you’d be wrong. What […] View article >

Growing and ageing population fuels BTL market

January 28, 2015

The property investment market in the U.K. is relatively simple and relies on four main drivers: 1.  Supply and demand for rented accommodation 2.  Availability of BTL mortgage products and ease of obtaining them. 3.  Sentiment and confidence in property as an investment. 4.  The U.K.’s economic indicators, such as inflation/deflation, interest rate rises, unemployment, […] View article >

Help – I’m a landlord and I’m stressed!

January 19, 2015

A recent study listing the biggest migraine-inducing scenarios for landlords may be familiar for many who own a rental property. Top of the list for 25% of stressed-out landlords was late rent payments, followed by ‘tenants from hell’, with 20% feeling that this caused them the most stress, property damage (18%), deposit disputes (13%) and […] View article >