Categories for Tenants

Government plans to regulate landlords and letting agents

October 3, 2017

This week, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid announced far reaching plans which will affect not just lettings agents, but also landlords. As ardent campaigners for regulation, Northwood is delighted at this news. Northwood Managing Director, Eric Walker, has been part of The Lettings Industry Council & The Fair Fees forum both of which have been lobbying for this […] View article >

Top Summer Garden Games for Rental Properties

June 13, 2017

Assuming you’re lucky enough to have a rental property that comes with a nice garden, you certainly don’t want to waste that space when summer comes around. Whether you want to hold a spring housewarming, need to keep the kids occupied or have decided to have a barbecue for friends and neighbours, the garden is […] View article >

Is Spring the Best Time to Move House?

May 26, 2017

The best time for moving home will be slightly different for everyone. Whether or not you have children, your reasons for moving and if you are a buyer or seller will all have an impact on choosing the right time. Circumstances will not always allow you to choose a time to move, but if they […] View article >

Great Ideas for a Spring Housewarming

May 24, 2017

Spring is not only a good time of year to move home, it’s also a wonderful time to hold a housewarming once you’ve settled in. Holding a get together is a prime opportunity to let your friends and family see your new home and gives you a chance to get to know the neighbours. Once […] View article >

How to Save for a New Home While Renting

May 22, 2017

While it has become more difficult in recent years, many of us still dream of owning our own property. If you are currently renting and trying to raise a deposit to buy a home, there are plenty of ways to save money and build up those finances for the future. Choose the Right Rental Property […] View article >

Proposed Tenant Fee Ban & the General Election

May 10, 2017

The proposed tenant fee ban was headline news after the Chancellor’s shock announcement until it was usurped by the PM’s own announcement of a general election. This proposed ban will happen whatever the outcome of the election as all a mainstream parties support it. The Tories actually opposed Labour’s bid to impose a ban a few years […] View article >

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 >

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 >

Saving for deposit now biggest obstacle for buyers

April 12, 2017

Increasingly, the younger generation are struggling to get a foot on the housing ladder, the average age of first time buyers is now 33 and 26% of them are having to borrow from their parents to buy their first property. The biggest reason is simply one of economics. Depending on the type of mortgage you […] View article >

Moving House Checklist

April 12, 2017

Moving house can be a stressful experience but you can certainly help things move a little more smoothly if you plan your approach. Of course, a lot will depend on how much furniture and contents you need to move to your new home and how far you are going. Here’s a quick checklist to help […] View article >