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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 landlords in Scotland need to know about Licensing!

April 6, 2017

Landlords in Scotland should be aware of the need to register with Landlord Registration central online system for Scotland. Here we provide the information you need to know. If you would like specific guidance, please contact one of our offices and we can explain how we can help make this process simple and hassle free.   […] 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 >

Expecting Your First Baby While Living in a Rental Home

April 5, 2017

If you’re expecting your first baby, we’d like to offer our heart-felt congratulations and wish you well for the future. If you are living in a rented home, you might well be starting to think about what will need doing before your baby arrives. More importantly you’ll be wondering how much you can personalise things, […] 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 >

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 >

How to Create a Spring Ready Garden

March 27, 2017

Whether you’re a landlord or a tenant, spring is just the right time to get everything prepared in the garden for the warmer summer months. The great news is that you don’t need a massive budget, just a little care and attention, some good imagination and perhaps a few well-chosen gardening tools. You really don’t […] 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 >