Categories for Buy To Let

Finding certainty for landlords in an uncertain world

October 31, 2016

The vast majority of the 2 million landlords in the U.K. – 97% – are determined to be “small” landlords.  These are landlords with 3 or less rental properties, who typically work in full time employment and have many commitments in their everyday lives which keeps them very busy. Their properties are often mentally put […] View article >

Landlords – top tips for winter-proofing your rental property

October 31, 2016

  Despite the mild weather so far this season in the UK, landlords or indeed any property owner would do well to consider what can be done to avoid costly winter repair bills. The below provides advice and top tips for winter-proofing your property: For further information on the specialised Landlord Insurance that Northwood provides […] View article >

Ensure your property isn’t left high and dry in a flood

October 18, 2016

The Great British weather, one of our favourite topics of conversation but also one of our biggest frustrations. This is perhaps, not really surprising, when you consider the floods and flood warnings that have become a regular feature in our weather forecasts over the last few winters. Lucy Turner, Relationship Manager at Northwood Insurance Services, […] View article >

5 traits of a great Landlord

October 6, 2016

Being a landlord can bring many rewards but equally has many responsibilities. In order to be a good landlord you need the right mix of skills, personality and know-how . No one can argue that having a rental property is a ‘passive’ investment. There are demands on both a landlord’s time and cash flow.  Just […] View article >

4 property hotspots for 2017

October 4, 2016

Here at Northwood, our 85+ offices around the U.K. have their finger on the pulse of the local property scene and know when a market is heating up. The signs are often simple to see: 1.  Increasing infrastructure such as improving communication links. 2.  Big businesses moving to an area, providing more jobs and more […] View article >

Legal Services for Landlords. Northwood has the answer!

September 23, 2016

Around 97% of U.K. landlords are not “professional” in the sense that they usually have a busy career and day job.  This means they don’t always have time to remain up to date with new regulations and this can end up costing them dearly. New research by Direct Line Landlord Insurance reveals that one in […] View article >

Cleaning Continues to be a Big Problem for Landlords

September 20, 2016

Recent figures from the Tenant Deposit Scheme (TDS) have shown that it is in fact cleanliness, or lack of it, is causing the majority of deposit disputes. A huge 58% of disputes are as a result of the rented property not being cleaned before the tenant leaves. Landlords must remember that the burden of evidence […] View article >

5 things that can be guaranteed about property for landlords

August 15, 2016

There is no doubt about it, we are living in uncertain property times! The era of “Brental” – where people decide to await the outcome of the EU “Leave” vote before buying, selling, or moving – is upon us, not to mention uncertainty about the economy, and landlord tax changes. Despite this, landlord sentiment remains […] View article >

Northwood Cardiff gains Rent Smart Wales accredition

July 29, 2016

All our 80 plus offices around the country are committed to professional standards – both those that are mandatory and those that they can voluntarily subscribe to, such as SAFEagent. In this regard, we are proud to announce that our Cardiff office is now an accredited agent of Rent Smart Wales. This scheme was introduced […] View article >

Sifting through survey options when buying a property

July 23, 2016

When buying a property, it can be difficult to work out which survey it’s best to go for, especially if you are not too sure what the differences are. According to The Money Advice Service, one in five homebuyers rely only on the mortgage valuation before purchasing a property. A mortgage valuation is not a […] View article >