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How to Create a Spring Ready Garden

March 27, 2017

Whether you’re a landlord or a tenant, spring is just the right time to get everything prepared in the garden for the warmer summer months. The great news is that you don’t need a massive budget, just a little care and attention, some good imagination and perhaps a few well-chosen gardening tools. You really don’t […] View article >

Landlords should look at the small print in the Budget 2017

March 10, 2017

On a superficial level, the Spring 2017 Budget, delivered by the Chancellor Philip Hammond on the 8th March, seemed not to hold much interest for the property sector. A number of commentators observed that he only mentioned the word “housing” once throughout his hour long speech.  This did cause some consternation amongst property professionals, as […] View article >

A third of renters not “financially secure”

February 27, 2017

When letting to a new tenant, there is naturally a great deal of emphasis on checking the tenant’s work status and income to ensure they can afford the monthly rental payment. However, new research suggests that many tenants have no financial resources, should they lose their jobs, or be unable to work through such issues […] View article >

Buying a property? Decide what you need vs what you want

February 20, 2017

Buying a new home involves navigating through a multitude of choices, compromises and decisions. As there are so many different aspects to consider when looking for that special place it’s vital to differentiate what you  desire from a property and what you absolutely need, as the reality for most prospective buyers is that their budget […] View article >

Top tips for choosing a removal company

February 13, 2017

Once you have accepted an offer for your property, the next  step in the process is the exchange of contracts & completion. Completion is typically ‘move day’ and comes with its own set of considerations and decisions.  In this article Compare My Move – an online removal companies comparison site – provides some sound advice […] View article >

Housing White Paper – landlord perspective

February 8, 2017

Yesterday, the Government released the much anticipated Housing “White Paper” which laid out their plans to fix a “broken” housing market. From a landlord perspective, the paper was notable in its lack of recognition of the important part that private landlords play in housing the nation. The focus of the paper was very much on […] View article >

To let a property furnished or unfurnished?

February 8, 2017

For a landlord deciding whether to let a property furnished or unfurnished can be a tough call.  Furnishing a house will command a higher market rent but will cost the landlord upfront, ensure compliance with fire and safety legislation and ensure the items supplied are maintained to a good working order. Alternatively providing a property […] View article >

Top 8 mistakes tenants make when considering a property

February 7, 2017

There are over 9 million renters in the UK and competition for good rental properties can be fierce, in London there are ten tenants for every available rental. However, rushing into making a decision could be a costly mistake. Asktenants have compiled a list of the top mistakes that tenants make to help make sure […] View article >

How to make the most of the second viewing

February 3, 2017

Finding the right next home for you and your family is always a complex mix of needs and wants, so getting the most out of your viewings is vital. The first viewing is often driven by emotion – the heart – but the second viewing should always be based on using your head. In this […] View article >

How to deal with non-paying tenants

February 3, 2017

Dealing with non-paying tenants can be both stressful and costly for many landlords. As a rough calculation landlords are advised to budget for the equivalent of one month’s rent per annum in rental arrears. This may sound excessive but recent data* reveals that almost 10% of all tenants in the UK fell behind with their […] View article >