Categories for Buy To Let

Rents to rise in 2019?

December 17, 2018

As the year draws to a close, it’s always interesting to dust off the crystal ball and try and look into the future to see what may happen in the private rented sector. With all the changes that have occurred over the past twelve months, and with more expected in the new year, it’s quite […] View article >

How long does it take to gain possession of a rental property?

December 5, 2018

How long does it take to gain possession of a rental property? Private landlords have to wait an average of over five months to regain possession of a property when applying to the courts according to new figures from the Ministry of Justice. The Residential Landlords Association says that the long delay in dealing with cases […] View article >

Getting a (lateral) foot on the property ladder

December 4, 2018

There is so much in the media at the moment about the difficulties experienced by young people who want to get onto the property ladder. A recent survey by interiors firm Hillarys showed that 94% of people questioned stated that the reason they did not own their own home was down to the cost of […] View article >

6 things to do to get a property ready to rent out

October 18, 2018

If you have decided to rent out a property that has not been rented out before, here is our guide to getting it ready for rental. 1.  First impressions count Check the front of your property.  Is it clean and tidy?  Is the door number clearly labelled?  Is the garden neat?  Does the outside light […] View article >

How to turn your residential property into a buy to let property

August 22, 2018

You may never have considered it, but your residential property could be a stepping stone into buy to let investment. The process of turning your residential property into a buy to let is relatively easy and straight forward, even more so if you do not have a mortgage on it. You can use the equity […] View article >

5 boxes that every investment property should tick

August 17, 2018

When choosing a property that is going to make a good investment, you should start by considering the needs of the tenant demographic you are intending to rent to. These typically include: >Young professionals – singles and couples >Families >Tenants in receipt of housing benefit >Elderly tenants – those that are downsizing – usually couples […] View article >

5 year electrical checks to become mandatory for landlords

July 25, 2018

Earlier this month, the Government announced that they would be bringing in mandatory electrical checks for landlords. This was largely prompted following recommendations that came out of the Grenfell fire tragedy, where a faulty fridge in a kitchen on the fourth floor caused the fire that took the lives of 71 people. Although the date […] View article >

Evicting a tenant – the long road that no landlord needs to tread

July 19, 2018

When first time landlords start out in property, there are two things that they fear the most: 1.  The tenant will not pay the rent. 2.  The tenant will damage the property. Unfortunately, even experienced landlords find that this is the case, and very often the two come in tandem! A new report has found […] View article >

Government issue new “How to … ” Guides

July 2, 2018

The Government recently issued a new set of “How to … ” Guides, including a new version of the “How to Rent” booklet. The guides are designed to let renters and leaseholders know their rights, and are part of the Government’s drive to improve standards in the private rented sector. The most important of these, […] View article >

Government announces review of selective licensing

June 25, 2018

The Government recently made a surprise announcement that it was going to undertake a review of selective licensing. What is selective licensing? Selective licensing is where the whole or part(s) of a borough are subject to a designation under the Housing Act 2004. The designation makes it compulsory for all private rented accommodation in that area […] View article >