Categories for Landlord

It pays to be a compliant landlord

September 20, 2017

Did you know, that, as a landlord, in order to be compliant, you have to adhere to over 140 Government statutes and regulations? It’s worth noting that, even if you are employing a lettings agent on a fully managed basis, the buck stops with you. No one can divest a landlord of their responsibilities. So […] View article >

Expat landlords investing in UK property

September 12, 2017

The fall in the value of the pound against the Euro is making the U.K. property market increasingly attractive to expats. The pound has dropped by almost 15% against the euro over the past year and means that buy-to-let investors based abroad now get more for their money when buying property in Britain. The Skipton […] View article >

Type of property best for investment – flat or house?

August 30, 2017

When starting out in property investment, newbie landlords are confronted by a lot of choices, which can often be overwhelming. One such choice is whether to buy a house or a flat. Flats are often perceived by newbies to be a “safe bet” or lower risk. However, the answer to this evergreen question should be […] View article >

Buying an investment property outside of your local area

August 14, 2017

With higher prices and lower yields, it stands to reason that many seasoned landlords and new landlords are looking beyond London and the south east to buy investment property. Prices are generally lower, yields tend to be higher, and, with lower prices, the 3% stamp duty surcharge has far less impact. Buying a less expensive […] View article >

Stricter lending criteria coming into play for landlords

July 28, 2017

The financial landscape for landlords is changing due to new measures introduced by the Prudential Regulation Authority. The first roll-out was in January this year and the second tranche will be embedded by 1st October 2017. In essence, the changes will require lenders to ensure they have a fuller picture of the borrower, and a […] View article >

Landlords gain heavyweight support from Iain Duncan Smith

July 18, 2017

As we have been reporting over the past couple of years, landlords have been on Government’s radar with a number of new legislative changes that could impact future profitability. The most notorious of these has been the new tax regime Section 24, affecting sole trader landlords with mortgages, and the introduction of the 3% stamp […] View article >

Why rental demand is set to continue

June 28, 2017

With such economic turmoil – not to mention Brexit – on the horizon, landlords could rightly be concerned about the sustainability of rental demand across the U.K. However, at Northwood, we are confident that rental demand will continue, despite these issues. The first thing to remember is that we are a small island and many […] View article >

Potential Pitfalls of being a Landlord

June 19, 2017

Becoming a landlord can be very profitable and rewarding, but it does pay to be aware of the pitfalls you may face along the way. From professionals to ‘accidental’ landlords, it’s definitely a good idea to research what is really involved before taking the plunge. There are increasingly a number people who find themselves with […] View article >

5 Ways to improve your rental property

June 2, 2017

When it comes to renting out your property, whether that is a property you have purchased for that very purpose or a property you have been living in yourself, you will understandably want to get the very best return possible. What can be tricky here, is knowing where it’s best to spend money to make […] View article >