Categories for Buy To Let

Long eviction times causing landlords stress

July 4, 2016

There has been some alarming press coverage recently suggesting that County Court bailiffs, along with the courts themselves, can take up to 45 weeks to evict a tenant. According to Ministry of Justice figures, the statistics are based on possession claims for the first quarter on 2016. Clearly, these long time-frames to regain possession of […] View article >

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

June 24, 2016

If you’re looking for a slightly different kind of property investment, you could do worse than the typical British beach hut! A relic left over from the Victorian era, they are as much a part of a visit to the seaside as ice-cream, donkey rides and of course, the odd rain shower.  Popularity seems to […] View article >

Top tips on decorating your BTL property

June 22, 2016

The first thing to remember when decorating a buy to let property, is that you are not going to be living there. It can be difficult to put your own likes and dislikes to one side, but in this case, practicality must win out. Think instead about who you want to rent the property to, […] View article >

Are intergenerational mortgages the way forward?

June 15, 2016

It’s already difficult for young people to get a foot on the property ladder and with the average UK house price expected to exceed £450,000 by 2030, the chance of owning their own home isnt likely to improve any time soon. Mortgage lenders, however are trying to address this problem with a new ‘intergenerational mortgage’. […] View article >

New surveys highlight landlord “stress points”

June 14, 2016

Two new surveys have highlighted landlord stress points, re-enforcing how lettings agents can assist in reducing landlord anxiety. According to a new report, Right to Rent is causing landlords extra stress and worry, especially in areas of the U.K. with a higher than average percentage of immigrants. Research from the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) shows […] View article >

Tenants at risk put landlords at risk!

May 26, 2016

According to a new report released earlier this month by Royal London, almost five million renters in the U.K. have no plans in place to cover their rent if they stop earning for three months or more. Many landlords often say that they only let to “private” tenants, but a private tenant may only be […] View article >

The opportunities & challenges of “long distance” landlording

May 13, 2016

Recent headlines in the media suggests that landlords should start to look further afield for higher yields. Whilst London and the South East continue to experience significant increases in capital gains, landlords looking for higher yields could do well to consider looking  further afield at lower value properties elsewhere in the country. In all price […] View article >

Renting to tenants with pets

May 6, 2016

When it comes to finding a rental property with a beloved pet in tow, sometimes tenants can find their options are limited, as landlords have refused to consider allowing pets in their properties. The landlord’s fears are normally related to  damage to the property and possible complaints from neighbours about noise or mess. However, landlords […] View article >

Landlords turn to agents as legislation becomes more onerous

April 13, 2016

Legislation for landlords to provide safe and compliant homes is constantly up-dating, but many landlords feel it is becoming more onerous and harder to keep up with. In a recent survey by Direct Line for Business, it was found that 10% of landlords have no formal tenancy agreement in place at all with their tenants. […] View article >

Landlords – the download on the new smoke and carbon monoxide regulations

March 11, 2016

As a landlord it can sometimes be difficult to keep up with the ever-increasing responsibilities for staying compliant, particularly if you manage the property yourself. New legislation  regarding smoke and carbon monoxide detectors which came in to force in October last year means that it’s more important than ever to be aware of your legal […] View article >