Categories for Landlord

Landlords – How the tenant fee ban could affect you

April 2, 2017

The Government is going to ban tenant fees and landlords may wish consider the potential effect on them. Background The Government has made it clear that the ban on fees to tenants will proceed as soon as possible. What is not clear, and will be the subject of imminent consultation, is whether charges may be banned as well. […] View article >

Landlords should look at the small print in the Budget 2017

March 10, 2017

On a superficial level, the Spring 2017 Budget, delivered by the Chancellor Philip Hammond on the 8th March, seemed not to hold much interest for the property sector. A number of commentators observed that he only mentioned the word “housing” once throughout his hour long speech.  This did cause some consternation amongst property professionals, as […] View article >

A third of renters not “financially secure”

February 27, 2017

When letting to a new tenant, there is naturally a great deal of emphasis on checking the tenant’s work status and income to ensure they can afford the monthly rental payment. However, new research suggests that many tenants have no financial resources, should they lose their jobs, or be unable to work through such issues […] View article >

Housing White Paper – landlord perspective

February 8, 2017

Yesterday, the Government released the much anticipated Housing “White Paper” which laid out their plans to fix a “broken” housing market. From a landlord perspective, the paper was notable in its lack of recognition of the important part that private landlords play in housing the nation. The focus of the paper was very much on […] View article >

To let a property furnished or unfurnished?

February 8, 2017

For a landlord deciding whether to let a property furnished or unfurnished can be a tough call.  Furnishing a house will command a higher market rent but will cost the landlord upfront, ensure compliance with fire and safety legislation and ensure the items supplied are maintained to a good working order. Alternatively providing a property […] View article >

How to deal with non-paying tenants

February 3, 2017

Dealing with non-paying tenants can be both stressful and costly for many landlords. As a rough calculation landlords are advised to budget for the equivalent of one month’s rent per annum in rental arrears. This may sound excessive but recent data* reveals that almost 10% of all tenants in the UK fell behind with their […] View article >

Landlords you should be checking your EPC rating!

January 30, 2017

We have previously mentioned a number of changes that landlords need to be aware of – namely Section 24 tax changes, new regulations, and the implementation of the PRA for mortgage lending. See – Three challenges landlords need to be aware of – and how to solve them However, on a more distant horizon, there […] View article >

The property market does not like this

January 20, 2017

There is one thing that can be guaranteed to impact on the property market in the U.K. and that is uncertainty. Earlier this week, the Prime Minister Teresa May, delivered her landmark speech setting out how the U.K. would be preparing to leave the European Union. During the transition there will be a lot of […] View article >

10 ways to stay warm in your home and save money

January 17, 2017

With the second mildest Christmas day ever behind us but rapidly followed by freezing temperatures, ice and even ‘thunder snow’, it’s a winter that so far has been full of surprises. To help cope with any ‘artic turns’ we’ve put together some helpful tips for keeping your property warm and your costs low: Closing your […] View article >

Delays in reporting repairs are costing landlords thousands

January 16, 2017

Delays by tenants in reporting maintenance and repairs issues is costing landlords thousands, recent research by LV= shows. Of those asked, 37% of renters admitted to thinking that it was okay to wait before reporting non-emergency repairs to their landlords. This means that by the time the landlord has a chance to carry out the […] View article >