Categories for Landlord

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 >

Guest blog: Paul Shamplina on “retaliatory eviction” legislation

October 29, 2014

GUEST BLOG Paul Shamplina, Founder of Landlord Action On Monday I attended Parliament to give evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group for The Private Rental Sector before cross party MPS.  I was there to offer my views and experience of landlords Serving Section 21 Notices in retaliation to tenants requesting repairs to be carried […] View article >

Letting out a property doesn’t have to be stressful

October 15, 2014

According to a new survey , one in four landlords say letting property is more stressful than they expected and two thirds admit they are more stressed now than a year ago. The survey shows that the biggest contributing factors are late rent payments (58 %), funding property maintenance and repairs (40 %) and tax […] View article >

Top 3 novice landlord tips from our M.D., Eric Walker.

September 22, 2014

As landlords ourselves, while we understand that property investment is relatively simple, we also empathise with novice landlords who might be overwhelmed when starting out. We’ve always found that investing time in undertaking research prior to an investment property acquisition can save heartache further down the line. Remember that you may be in a commercial […] View article >

ALL Letting Agents MUST Join Redress scheme by 1st October

September 16, 2014

From 1 October 2014 anyone carrying out “lettings agency work” operating in England or Wales must belong to a government authorised redress scheme or face a fine of up to £5000.00. Any lettings agent, relocation agent, or property management agent not already a member of a scheme now has just two weeks to comply. For […] View article >

The ultimate testament to our Guaranteed Rent – 14 years of payments on time!

September 4, 2014

In our previous blog, We care what our customers think, we explained how much Northwood values customer feedback. As our Guaranteed Rent service is our “flagship” product, we were extremely proud to receive the following testimonial from one of our long-standing landlords for our Portsmouth office. Dave Watermark wrote on the independent review site, AllAgents, […] View article >