Categories for Landlord

I’m NOT dreaming of a void Christmas!

December 1, 2016

As the countdown to Christmas intensifies, landlords are bracing themselves for rent arrears. The festive season often sees people spending a lot more, and, like all of us, tenants can struggle to balance their budget, meaning that December and January are peak times for rental arrears. However, it is increasingly seeming that one or two […] View article >

Tenant fees ban announced in autumn statement. What next?

November 30, 2016

Following the shock lettings fee ban announcement last week by the Chancellor, an industry Working Group  have come together to help make the “political will of the Government” work. Northwood alongside other key players in the property market are working in conjunction with representatives of Shelter, Residential Landlords Association, Greater London Authority, Ombudsman Services: Property […] View article >

Should you insure your property in an instant?

November 24, 2016

In a world where time is of the essence and we expect everything from our credit to our coffee instantly, is it wrong to expect to buy your landlord insurance in the same way? We are all aware of sites where, with just a few minutes of typing you can receive a range of quotes […] View article >

The biggest challenge facing landlords in 2017? We have the solution!

November 18, 2016

A number of industry commentators are suggesting that rental arrears will be the biggest challenge facing landlords in 2017. Currently, one index claims that 62% of UK landlords are dealing with tenant arrears and with rents predicted to rise faster than house prices over the next five years to offset tax increases from April 2017, […] View article >

Northwood scoops gold at the AllAgents 2016 Customer Service Awards

November 8, 2016

Northwood are incredibly proud to have been awarded three gold awards for customer service as judged by the UK property industry’s largest consumer review site, AllAgents.  Nationally we achieved the Gold Award for “Best Lettings Agent”, “Best Large Chain” and “Best Franchise.”  Many of our offices around the UK also received awards in recognition of […] View article >

Christmas considerations for landlords & tenants

November 4, 2016

We are fast approaching the festive season, and for landlords, this can throw up some issues specific to the time of year. 1.  Preparing the property for the harsher weather Blocked gutters and burst pipes are just two of the issues that affect properties in colder temperatures.  Prevention is a lot less expensive and stressful […] View article >

Top Landlord tips for avoiding a nightmare tenancy

November 3, 2016

If there is one thing that all landlords dread, it’s the ‘tenants from hell’! Whilst the vast majority of tenants cause no problems and will treat your property with respect it is an inherent risk of being a landlord. However, there are ways to minimise the likelihood of nightmare tenants becoming your tenants! Screening This […] View article >

Finding certainty for landlords in an uncertain world

October 31, 2016

The vast majority of the 2 million landlords in the U.K. – 97% – are determined to be “small” landlords.  These are landlords with 3 or less rental properties, who typically work in full time employment and have many commitments in their everyday lives which keeps them very busy. Their properties are often mentally put […] View article >

Landlords – top tips for winter-proofing your rental property

October 31, 2016

  Despite the mild weather so far this season in the UK, landlords or indeed any property owner would do well to consider what can be done to avoid costly winter repair bills. The below provides advice and top tips for winter-proofing your property: For further information on the specialised Landlord Insurance that Northwood provides […] View article >

What to do if the tenant leaves belongings behind

October 27, 2016

Has a tenant vacated your property but failed to take all of their property?  If so you become an involuntary Bailee of these goods and if you simply dispose of them the tenant could make a claim against you for damages. In reality it is unlikely that tenants are going to leave behind anything of […] View article >