Categories for Buy To Let

Proposed Tenant Fee Ban & the General Election

May 10, 2017

The proposed tenant fee ban was headline news after the Chancellor’s shock announcement until it was usurped by the PM’s own announcement of a general election. This proposed ban will happen whatever the outcome of the election as all a mainstream parties support it. The Tories actually opposed Labour’s bid to impose a ban a few years […] View article >

How to Create a Great Impression as a landlord

May 9, 2017

If you look at being a landlord as a business, that makes your tenants your customers. As with any business, the better service that you provide, the happier your customers will be. Not only will they be more likely to remain your customer for longer, they will also more than likely tell others how great […] View article >

Scotland – Energy efficiency and condition standards – update

May 1, 2017

In the first week in April, the Scottish Government published a consultation on introducing a minimum energy efficiency standard for private rented sector (PRS) properties. This mirrors what Westminster is doing in England and it’s refreshing to see agreement and joined up thinking. In England, minimum energy efficiency standards come in to force from 1st […] View article >

Why landlords need an agent

April 24, 2017

While landlords might once have chosen to manage buy-to-let properties themselves to maximise profits, recent changes to the law mean they may no longer have this option. The heavy legislation of today’s private rented sector means being a truly DIY landlord is now difficult to achieve. The Housing (Wales) Act 2014, for example, resulted in […] View article >

Landlord conundrum – interest only vs. repayment mortgage?

April 13, 2017

For many landlords, when starting out on their investment career, if they are not cash buyers, there is an important decision to be made. Should the landlord opt for an interest-only or a repayment BTL (buy to let) mortgage? The answer will be very personal to the landlord, their financial situation, their attitude to risk, […] View article >

Scotland: Regulation & Mandatory Qualifications for letting agents

April 12, 2017

The lettings industry in Scotland has evolved in to a very diverse often complex marketplace, comprising solicitors, estate agents and accommodation agencies and of course landlords. This industry is undergoing seismic changes and Westminster is watching closely as it appears to be following Holyrood’s lead in modernising the entire lettings process and looking after tenant’s […] View article >

With our Guaranteed Rent service, no landlord would ever face this …

April 12, 2017

There have been a couple of media articles this month 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 caused over £10K of damage. Mrs Gilbert said: “I’ll need […] 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 >