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How long does it take to gain possession of a rental property?

December 5, 2018

How long does it take to gain possession of a rental property? Private landlords have to wait an average of over five months to regain possession of a property when applying to the courts according to new figures from the Ministry of Justice. The Residential Landlords Association says that the long delay in dealing with cases […] View article >

Getting a (lateral) foot on the property ladder

December 4, 2018

There is so much in the media at the moment about the difficulties experienced by young people who want to get onto the property ladder. A recent survey by interiors firm Hillarys showed that 94% of people questioned stated that the reason they did not own their own home was down to the cost of […] View article >

Northwood supports “SAFEagent Awareness Week” 2018

May 22, 2018

Following on from our blog about mandatory client money protection being introduced for agents, Northwood is pleased, once again, to lend its support to “SAFEagent Awareness Week” 2018, which is taking place all this week across social media. SAFEagent is the campaign that encourages consumers – tenants and landlords – to only let through an […] View article >

Northwood welcomes mandatory Client Money Protection

May 15, 2018

Last week the Government instigated regulations that, if passed by parliament, will require all agents managing lettings in England to belong to an approved client money protection scheme by 1 April 2019. Northwood welcomed this news as we have been a long-timer campaigner for mandatory client money protection, being a founding member of the SAFEagent […] View article >

How to be a good landlord

April 30, 2018

Unless you have been living on the moon lately, you cannot fail to have noticed all the anti-landlord sentiment that is around in the media! Landlords, along with estate agents and bankers, seem to have become Public Enemy No. 1. This is no doubt down to the minority of landlords – the rogues – who […] 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 >

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 >

Expat landlords investing in UK property

September 12, 2017

The fall in the value of the pound against the Euro is making the U.K. property market increasingly attractive to expats. The pound has dropped by almost 15% against the euro over the past year and means that buy-to-let investors based abroad now get more for their money when buying property in Britain. The Skipton […] View article >