Categories for Landlord

Scotland – Energy efficiency and condition standards – update

May 1, 2017

In the first week in April, the Scottish Government published a consultation on introducing a minimum energy efficiency standard for private rented sector (PRS) properties. This mirrors what Westminster is doing in England and it’s refreshing to see agreement and joined up thinking. In England, minimum energy efficiency standards come in to force from 1st […] View article >

Why landlords need an agent

April 24, 2017

While landlords might once have chosen to manage buy-to-let properties themselves to maximise profits, recent changes to the law mean they may no longer have this option. The heavy legislation of today’s private rented sector means being a truly DIY landlord is now difficult to achieve. The Housing (Wales) Act 2014, for example, resulted in […] View article >

Landlord conundrum – interest only vs. repayment mortgage?

April 13, 2017

For many landlords, when starting out on their investment career, if they are not cash buyers, there is an important decision to be made. Should the landlord opt for an interest-only or a repayment BTL (buy to let) mortgage? The answer will be very personal to the landlord, their financial situation, their attitude to risk, […] View article >

Scotland: Regulation & Mandatory Qualifications for letting agents

April 12, 2017

The lettings industry in Scotland has evolved in to a very diverse often complex marketplace, comprising solicitors, estate agents and accommodation agencies and of course landlords. This industry is undergoing seismic changes and Westminster is watching closely as it appears to be following Holyrood’s lead in modernising the entire lettings process and looking after tenant’s […] View article >

With our Guaranteed Rent service, no landlord would ever face this …

April 12, 2017

There have been a couple of media articles this month about novice landlords who have experienced a delinquent tenant creating significant damage to their property. The first case saw a grandmother in Kent return to her BTL investment property to find that the tenant had caused over £10K of damage. Mrs Gilbert said: “I’ll need […] View article >

Safety Standards for Blinds and Curtains

April 8, 2017

Landlords and letting agents need to be aware of a raft of different legislation, particularly if they want to stay on the right side of the law. One area that is often overlooked is the safety relating to fittings such as blinds and curtains. The major part of these regulations is to ensure that there […] View article >

What Every Landlord Needs to Know About Japanese Knotweed

April 5, 2017

Japanese knotweed was initially imported into the UK in the mid-19th century because of its natural beauty, it’s now causing a headache for home owners and landlords across the UK. The trouble is, despite its lovely ornamental look, Japanese knotweed grows rapidly, is difficult to get rid of and, more importantly, causes damage to property! […] View article >

Scotland: Landlords need to be aware of biggest changes for a generation

April 4, 2017

The private rented sector in Scotland is about to see it biggest change for three decades with the introduction of the The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016. The two key objectives are to provide tenants with better security of tenure and to allow local authorities to intervene in what are described as ‘rent pressure […] View article >

No landlord need face this …

April 3, 2017

There have been a couple of media articles recently about novice landlords who have experienced a delinquent tenant creating significant damage to their property. The first case saw a grandmother in Kent return to her BTL investment property to find that the tenant had done over £10K of damage. Mrs Gilbert said:   “I’ll need […] View article >

Is It Too Late to Become a Buy-to-Let Investor?

April 2, 2017

Until recently, buy-to-let was one of the most popular choices for people who had spare income and wanted to invest wisely. Becoming a landlord has a lot of appeal – not only do you get a regular rental income but you also own a property that should realistically increase in value over time. Last year, […] View article >