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5 things landlords need to be aware of in 2014.

December 18, 2013

It’s that time of the year when all the predictions for the next year start to come in! Forewarned is forearmed, so here are our Top 5 things that we think landlords need to be aware of in 2014: 1.  Interest rate rises Interest rates have remained historically low for an extended period and rising […] View article >

Reviews of Northwood’s Guaranteed Rent service

December 11, 2013

There’s nothing more gratifying to us than to receive unsolicited reviews of our Guaranteed Rent service from landlords who have enjoyed the benefits of it. Here are a selection of recent reviews (November/December 2013): “Smooth process. Always happy to help. Explanations made so they are easy to follow even for the first timer like us. […] View article >

Why our Guaranteed Rent landlords enjoy a worry-free Christmas!

December 2, 2013

Recent research undertaken by the National Landlord Association suggested that four out of ten landlords earn such slim margins from their rental income that just one missed payment by a tenant can cause serious difficulties. This is now going to be compounded by the fact that we are fast approaching the peak season of rental […] View article >

Top 5 Guaranteed Rent myths – BUSTED!

November 26, 2013

All over the social web, we see landlords talking about our Guaranteed Rent schemes and we thought we would set the record straight about some of the myths we hear. Myth 1.   They put any person in your property. False. Northwood carry the financial risk of your property whether there is a void period […] View article >

Growing concern of rental arrears for accidental landlords

November 22, 2013

A recent survey by Northwood has revealed accidental landlords in the South West have experienced more tenant arrears in the last three years than landlords anywhere else in the UK. Our study reveals the three hotspots for tenant arrears for accidental landlords are the  South West [45%], South East [36%] and the North East [33%]. […] View article >

Landlord problems: I can’t sleep at night!

November 22, 2013

Since Northwood was founded in 1995, we’ve become experts in solving landlord problems. The funny thing is that these problems have not changed over the years. Landlords still experience the same worries and concerns that they always have! Will the tenant pay the rent on time, every time? Will the tenant look after my property? […] View article >

Northwood welcomes new measures to regulate the lettings industry

November 19, 2013

New measures that give tenants, landlords and leaseholders additional confidence in working with letting and managing agents and that strengthen the private rented sector were set out today (19 November 2013). Compulsory redress schemes for these agents will ensure agents can be investigated where they have not been clear about fees or other issues, and […] View article >

How to let out your own home safely.

November 11, 2013

There are many occasions when renting out your own home (instead of selling it) makes sense: You have been re-located for work. You have met a partner who also has a property and want to move into their home. The sales market is weak and you fear that you will not achieve the market value […] View article >

Northwood Foundation raises £1600 at the NALs conference dinner

October 31, 2013

  The great and the good of the property industry paid tribute last night to the late Nick Cooper by contributing over £1600  towards the newly created Northwood Foundation. Attendees at the NAL’s annual conference dinner in London dug deep into their pockets and drew on their silent auction skills to raise funds for the […] View article >

“New” landlords on the rise

October 24, 2013

New data from Paragon Mortgages, suggests that there is strong growth in the number of new BTL landlords entering the market. The proportion of all buy-to-let cases from first-time landlords was 27% in the third quarter, up sharply compared with 22% on the previous quarter. It comes as no surprise that the growth in first-time […] View article >