Northwood Cardiff gains Rent Smart Wales accredition

July 29, 2016

All our 80 plus offices around the country are committed to professional standards – both those that are mandatory and those that they can voluntarily subscribe to, such as SAFEagent. In this regard, we are proud to announce that our Cardiff office is now an accredited agent of Rent Smart Wales. This scheme was introduced […] View article >

What’s fair when it comes to property Fair Wear and Tear?

July 27, 2016

Deciding what constitutes fair wear and tear in a rental property can become a bone of contention between tenants and landlords, as both may have different ideas of what ‘fair’ wear and tear actually is. There is no legal definition for this which makes it somewhat subjective. From a landlord’s point of view there are […] View article >

Top Tips for an awesome housewarming BBQ

July 27, 2016

If you’ve recently moved into a new home, a housewarming party is a must! This time of year, why not  have a housewarming BBQ? Great fun for the kids and adults alike, relaxed and informal, and everyone loves BBQ food! Easily tailored to reflect your personality and best of all, lots of the preparations can […] View article >

Sifting through survey options when buying a property

July 23, 2016

When buying a property, it can be difficult to work out which survey it’s best to go for, especially if you are not too sure what the differences are. According to The Money Advice Service, one in five homebuyers rely only on the mortgage valuation before purchasing a property. A mortgage valuation is not a […] View article >

5 tips on keeping your property secure this summer

July 19, 2016

Based on the weather of the last few days it’s time (perhaps temporarily) to celebrate the arrival of the Great British Summer. Unfortunately, as the temperatures are set to increase, so is the likelihood of a burglary. The warmer weather encourages us to leave our windows open and doors unlocked whilst we sit in the […] View article >

Brexit impact on property and landlords

July 15, 2016

There was much speculation in the City yesterday that the base rate would be reduced at the Monetary Policy Committee monthly announcement. However, the Bank of England held firm, and maintained rates at 0.5%. The Bank said they were acting cautiously in the aftermath of Brexit and indicated that a rate change would be more […] View article >

Location, Location, Location

July 15, 2016

Not a new phrase but certainly one that remains important and never more so than when you are buying a house to rent out. If you are a landlord ready to make your next investment, or you are new to the game and about to buy your first property to let, remember location is crucial. […] View article >

Top Tips for low maintenance Buy to Let gardening

July 13, 2016

If you have a buy-to-let property, you’ll not only want to make it attractive and appealing to potential tenants, but minimise the time and effort needed to keep it that way! Tenants often don’t want the hassle of maintaining flower beds and borders and as a landlord, you’ll want to keep your responsibilities to a […] View article >

A tenant guide to renting a property

July 4, 2016

Moving into a new home is an exciting time, but there is also much to think about and become familiar with! It will take time to get to know your new local area and your new home, however if you are a tenant then you also need to know what is expected of you and […] View article >

Long eviction times causing landlords stress

July 4, 2016

There has been some alarming press coverage recently suggesting that County Court bailiffs, along with the courts themselves, can take up to 45 weeks to evict a tenant. According to Ministry of Justice figures, the statistics are based on possession claims for the first quarter on 2016. Clearly, these long time-frames to regain possession of […] View article >