Categories for Buy To Let

Tenants at risk put landlords at risk!

May 26, 2016

According to a new report released earlier this month by Royal London, almost five million renters in the U.K. have no plans in place to cover their rent if they stop earning for three months or more. Many landlords often say that they only let to “private” tenants, but a private tenant may only be […] View article >

The opportunities & challenges of “long distance” landlording

May 13, 2016

Recent headlines in the media suggests that landlords should start to look further afield for higher yields. Whilst London and the South East continue to experience significant increases in capital gains, landlords looking for higher yields could do well to consider looking  further afield at lower value properties elsewhere in the country. In all price […] View article >

Renting to tenants with pets

May 6, 2016

When it comes to finding a rental property with a beloved pet in tow, sometimes tenants can find their options are limited, as landlords have refused to consider allowing pets in their properties. The landlord’s fears are normally related to  damage to the property and possible complaints from neighbours about noise or mess. However, landlords […] View article >

Landlords turn to agents as legislation becomes more onerous

April 13, 2016

Legislation for landlords to provide safe and compliant homes is constantly up-dating, but many landlords feel it is becoming more onerous and harder to keep up with. In a recent survey by Direct Line for Business, it was found that 10% of landlords have no formal tenancy agreement in place at all with their tenants. […] View article >

Landlords – the download on the new smoke and carbon monoxide regulations

March 11, 2016

As a landlord it can sometimes be difficult to keep up with the ever-increasing responsibilities for staying compliant, particularly if you manage the property yourself. New legislation  regarding smoke and carbon monoxide detectors which came in to force in October last year means that it’s more important than ever to be aware of your legal […] View article >

New Stamp duty for Buy to Let – what’s the cost?

March 9, 2016

With the additional 3% stamp duty tax coming into effect shortly for Buy to Let properties, there has been a flurry of property sales being processed prior to the 1st April 2016 deadline. The Government’s rationale for introducing the additional stamp duty charge is to increase the number of opportunities for first time buyers and […] View article >

6 things to do before acquiring your first BTL investment property

February 15, 2016

If you are just starting out on your landlord journey, it makes sense to build your portfolio on solid and well-researched foundations. As BTL is an “investment”, it is important to understand and mitigate risk, as the value of your investments can go down as well as up. At Northwood, we have 20 years of […] View article >

Tips for selling a property with a tenant in situ

January 27, 2016

Following the increasing popularity of our Investor List, for landlords who are both buying and selling, we thought it might be helpful to share some tips on selling an investment property with a tenant in situ. The advantages of doing this are threefold: 1.  You do not have to cover the loss in rent caused […] View article >

Section 21 notice – all change – what you need to know

January 20, 2016

If you created a new six month tenancy beginning on or after the 1 October 2015 the time is drawing near when you will be able to serve the new Form 6A Section 21 Notice. You must comply with the requirements of the Deregulation Act 2015 when serving this notice and take into consideration the […] View article >

5 rental hassles our Guaranteed Rent landlords can forget!

January 12, 2016

Being a landlord can sometimes be a real hassle. Here are 5 rental hassles our Guaranteed Rent  landlords can forget about: 1.  Rental arrears The Guardian reported this week that the number of private tenants seriously behind with their rent has risen sharply to reach the highest since early 2013, according to new data. At […] View article >