Categories for Buy To Let

Tenant fees ban announced in autumn statement. What next?

November 30, 2016

Following the shock lettings fee ban announcement last week by the Chancellor, an industry Working Group  have come together to help make the “political will of the Government” work. Northwood alongside other key players in the property market are working in conjunction with representatives of Shelter, Residential Landlords Association, Greater London Authority, Ombudsman Services: Property […] View article >

Should you insure your property in an instant?

November 24, 2016

In a world where time is of the essence and we expect everything from our credit to our coffee instantly, is it wrong to expect to buy your landlord insurance in the same way? We are all aware of sites where, with just a few minutes of typing you can receive a range of quotes […] View article >

The biggest challenge facing landlords in 2017? We have the solution!

November 18, 2016

A number of industry commentators are suggesting that rental arrears will be the biggest challenge facing landlords in 2017. Currently, one index claims that 62% of UK landlords are dealing with tenant arrears and with rents predicted to rise faster than house prices over the next five years to offset tax increases from April 2017, […] View article >

Christmas considerations for landlords & tenants

November 4, 2016

We are fast approaching the festive season, and for landlords, this can throw up some issues specific to the time of year. 1.  Preparing the property for the harsher weather Blocked gutters and burst pipes are just two of the issues that affect properties in colder temperatures.  Prevention is a lot less expensive and stressful […] View article >

Finding certainty for landlords in an uncertain world

October 31, 2016

The vast majority of the 2 million landlords in the U.K. – 97% – are determined to be “small” landlords.  These are landlords with 3 or less rental properties, who typically work in full time employment and have many commitments in their everyday lives which keeps them very busy. Their properties are often mentally put […] View article >

Landlords – top tips for winter-proofing your rental property

October 31, 2016

  Despite the mild weather so far this season in the UK, landlords or indeed any property owner would do well to consider what can be done to avoid costly winter repair bills. The below provides advice and top tips for winter-proofing your property: For further information on the specialised Landlord Insurance that Northwood provides […] View article >

Ensure your property isn’t left high and dry in a flood

October 18, 2016

The Great British weather, one of our favourite topics of conversation but also one of our biggest frustrations. This is perhaps, not really surprising, when you consider the floods and flood warnings that have become a regular feature in our weather forecasts over the last few winters. Lucy Turner, Relationship Manager at Northwood Insurance Services, […] View article >

5 traits of a great Landlord

October 6, 2016

Being a landlord can bring many rewards but equally has many responsibilities. In order to be a good landlord you need the right mix of skills, personality and know-how . No one can argue that having a rental property is a ‘passive’ investment. There are demands on both a landlord’s time and cash flow.  Just […] View article >

4 property hotspots for 2017

October 4, 2016

Here at Northwood, our 85+ offices around the U.K. have their finger on the pulse of the local property scene and know when a market is heating up. The signs are often simple to see: 1.  Increasing infrastructure such as improving communication links. 2.  Big businesses moving to an area, providing more jobs and more […] View article >

Legal Services for Landlords. Northwood has the answer!

September 23, 2016

Around 97% of U.K. landlords are not “professional” in the sense that they usually have a busy career and day job.  This means they don’t always have time to remain up to date with new regulations and this can end up costing them dearly. New research by Direct Line Landlord Insurance reveals that one in […] View article >