Categories for Landlord

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 >

10 tips for showing a property for sales and lettings viewings

January 9, 2015

Whether you are selling or letting a property, the viewing is absolutely pivotal to gaining interest and achieving the maximum price or a speedy let! Here are 10 simple tips to ensure your property is seen in the best possible light: 1.  Kerb Appeal First impressions really DO count!  Make sure the outside of your […] View article >

Ready or not, here it comes. . . HMRC vs Landlords

December 30, 2014

Guest Blog As a property landlord, you would have been lucky to avoid reading a news feature last year involving HM Revenue and Customs and their various quests targeting landlords.  Relentlessly turning up like a bad penny, the message is clear: “Be compliant. Pay your taxes. Pay on time.” Michael Wright, director of property taxation […] View article >

Top 6 New Year’s Resolutions for landlords!

December 23, 2014

2015 is set to be a very interesting year for the property market. The General Election is scheduled for May, and housing will undoubtedly be a top 3 issue on the political agenda. Whether you have just the one BTL (Buy to Let) property, or are a portfolio landlord, the new year is likely to […] View article >

Christmas doesn’t have to be “bah humbug” for landlords!

December 15, 2014

“Bah! Humbug” – the expression made famous by the fictional character Ebenezer Scrooge in the Charles Dickens novel ‘A Christmas Carol’ might strike a chord for some landlords who find themselves out of pocket due to non-payment of rent in the lead up to Christmas. Last year the number of tenants more than 2 months […] View article >

How to avoid an insurance claim this Christmas

December 8, 2014

Chris Bishop, Client Executive at Northwood Insurance Services, gives some useful tips on how you and your tenants can have a safe, happy and claim-free Christmas  this year. As you gear up for the festive season, thoughts are rightly on parties, presents and good food. However, while Christmas day is usually a day of celebration, […] View article >

5 things you need to know about the new Right to Rent Immigration checks

December 3, 2014

  AC Forscutt, Northwood’s Head of Compliance provides a useful breakdown of what landlords and letting agents need to be aware of in order to comply with the new immigration checks.   This week marked the introduction of Right to Rent immigration checks in a pilot area, covering the West Midlands and including Birmingham, Wolverhampton, […] View article >

How SAFEagent is making a difference

November 24, 2014

In 2011, Northwood joined with some other like-minded agents to try and make a difference to consumers in acting as a signpost towards properly regulated Letting Agents. From the initial small group, SAFEagent has grown with over 3000 members. As a result of our latest campaign, it appears as if Housing Minister (Brandon Lewis MP) […] View article >

10 reasons why it’s G-R-E-A-T to be a Landlord!

November 12, 2014

The Guardian recently reported that private landlords in Britain are set to own £1trillion worth of homes by late spring 2015, as rising house prices and growing appetite from investors drives up the value of the booming buy-to-let sector. Official figures show that since 2001, nearly 2 million households have been added to the sector […] View article >

Why won’t the Government make Client Money Protection Insurance mandatory?

November 4, 2014

SAFEagent – the consumer mark that donates ‘safe’ lettings agents that are covered by Client Money Protection (CMP) schemes – has expressed its surprise and disappointment that the Housing Minister (Brandon Lewis MP) has declared that “at this time, he has no plans to make Client Money Protection Insurance (CMP) mandatory…” Northwood was a founding […] View article >