Categories for Buy To Let

House vs. flat – which is best for investment?

April 6, 2018

When a property investor is starting out, one of the first things they will probably consider is whether to buy a house or a flat/apartment. This seems a logical place to start, but, in reality, it would be prudent to ask a different question before deciding the type of property to invest in. That question […] View article >

Guaranteed Rent – Landlord Case Study

February 27, 2018

For today’s blog, we are presenting a case study of a novice landlord and why they chose our market-leading Guaranteed Rent service. We spoke to Carol Murphy about her first BTL property. 1.  How did you become involved in Buy to Let? I inherited my childhood home when my dad died.  It is a 3 […] View article >

Changes to the private rented sector in Scotland

February 8, 2018

It is interesting to see how the private rental sectors in both Wales and Scotland are becoming increasingly devolved from England. Landlords across the UK already have to be aware of over 160 Government statues and regulations for rental property, and now differing legislation, depending on where your properties are, is being added into the […] View article >

2018 – Forewarned is forearmed for landlords!

January 2, 2018

Forewarned will be forearmed for landlords in 2018. There will be undoubtedly increasing regulation coming into force, as well as other factors that landlords should be aware of. Energy efficiency From April 1st, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards will come into effect for properties in the private rented sector.  This will make it illegal to […] View article >

Costs of running a rental property

November 15, 2017

When working out whether a property makes a viable investment or not, it’s important to understand the running costs on an annual basis. It is interesting to consider that the costs of running a property valued at £50K will be similar to the costs of running a property valued at £250K and that there will […] View article >

Selling a tenanted property and how Northwood can assist

October 27, 2017

When a landlord comes to sell a tenanted property, there is a dilemma to be faced. Should the landlord serve notice on the tenant to sell the property with “vacant possession” or should the landlord sell with the tenant in situ? Before deciding whether to sell a property with vacant possession, the landlord needs to […] View article >

Up-date: Financing becoming more challenging for portfolio landlords

October 25, 2017

As previously reported on the Northwood blog, the new Prudential Authority Regulations have been rolled out in two stages. The first stage, released on 1st January 2017,  dealt with “affordability calculations” and recommended that lenders increased what is known as the “stress test” rate for BTL mortgage coverage.  Lenders were advised to raise this from […] View article >

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 >