Categories for Guaranteed Rent

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 >

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 >

Top Landlord tips for avoiding a nightmare tenancy

November 3, 2016

If there is one thing that all landlords dread, it’s the ‘tenants from hell’! Whilst the vast majority of tenants cause no problems and will treat your property with respect it is an inherent risk of being a landlord. However, there are ways to minimise the likelihood of nightmare tenants becoming your tenants! Screening This […] 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 >

Cleaning Continues to be a Big Problem for Landlords

September 20, 2016

Recent figures from the Tenant Deposit Scheme (TDS) have shown that it is in fact cleanliness, or lack of it, is causing the majority of deposit disputes. A huge 58% of disputes are as a result of the rented property not being cleaned before the tenant leaves. Landlords must remember that the burden of evidence […] View article >

5 things that can be guaranteed about property for landlords

August 15, 2016

There is no doubt about it, we are living in uncertain property times! The era of “Brental” – where people decide to await the outcome of the EU “Leave” vote before buying, selling, or moving – is upon us, not to mention uncertainty about the economy, and landlord tax changes. Despite this, landlord sentiment remains […] View article >

Top Tips for low maintenance Buy to Let gardening

July 13, 2016

If you have a buy-to-let property, you’ll not only want to make it attractive and appealing to potential tenants, but minimise the time and effort needed to keep it that way! Tenants often don’t want the hassle of maintaining flower beds and borders and as a landlord, you’ll want to keep your responsibilities to a […] View article >

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

June 24, 2016

If you’re looking for a slightly different kind of property investment, you could do worse than the typical British beach hut! A relic left over from the Victorian era, they are as much a part of a visit to the seaside as ice-cream, donkey rides and of course, the odd rain shower.  Popularity seems to […] View article >

Top tips on decorating your BTL property

June 22, 2016

The first thing to remember when decorating a buy to let property, is that you are not going to be living there. It can be difficult to put your own likes and dislikes to one side, but in this case, practicality must win out. Think instead about who you want to rent the property to, […] View article >