Categories for Buy To Let

“Accidental” landlords should consider professional support

April 13, 2015

Research from the National Landlords’ Association shows that 24 per cent of U.K. landlords – approximately 360,000 – came into the market accidentally or unintentionally. The survey asked landlords why they first entered the buy to let market: 11% entered by chance, for example through inheriting property; 5% acquired an extra property, for example when […] View article >

Lettings Industry & the consumer – Facts & Fiction

April 1, 2015

This week I managed to irritate the MP for Walthamstow via Twitter following a comment she made on a television program. I didn’t intend to do so, but sometimes you need to make a point. Specifically, Ms Creasey MP suggested agents charged as much as £4000 in tenant fees. It’s not the first time such […] View article >

Landlord living abroad – is now the perfect time to transfer funds?

March 31, 2015

Will Hewitson, Business Development Executive at TorFX explains why the current strength of the Pound can benefit overseas landlords. Whether you own a property in the UK or have savings in Sterling  which you need to transfer overseas, the current strength of the Pound could make it the right time to move that money abroad. […] View article >

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 >

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 >

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 >