Categories for Landlord

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 >

The Life Cycle of a Landlord

August 29, 2014

In our experience, being a residential BTL (buy to let) landlord has a fairly simple life-cycle of 4 distinct stages. 1.  Acquisition The acquisition stage is where the landlord is building their property portfolio.  It is important to build a sustainable business with strong foundations that focuses on cash flow, rather than capital growth. Finding […] View article >

Buying a tenanted property

August 21, 2014

When considering your next investment property acquisition, it’s worth considering buying a property with tenants in situ. There are many advantages to this: 1.  You wont have any voids upfront whilst finding a tenant which can sometimes equate to several months of lost rent 2. You will know, without any doubt, the rental income being […] View article >

Due diligence on Guaranteed Rent – 6 things to check

July 29, 2014

If you’re a landlord researching a Guaranteed Rent service, you’ll probably come across many different schemes. There are new companies and individuals springing up daily who claim to offer a “Guaranteed Rent” service – some promising to take over your property for up to five years  – but they are not all equal! Here at Northwood, […] View article >

Regulation of Letting Agents – the true story

July 28, 2014

For years, we have heard calls to regulate the lettings industry, but never more so than now. MP’s have rounded on the Industry supported by organisations such as Shelter and more recently the voracious Generation Rent. BBC Panorama ‘exposed’ many of the issues face by tenants with a focus on the emotive subject of evictions. […] View article >