Categories for Landlord

How to turn your residential property into a buy to let property

August 22, 2018

You may never have considered it, but your residential property could be a stepping stone into buy to let investment. The process of turning your residential property into a buy to let is relatively easy and straight forward, even more so if you do not have a mortgage on it. You can use the equity […] View article >

5 boxes that every investment property should tick

August 17, 2018

When choosing a property that is going to make a good investment, you should start by considering the needs of the tenant demographic you are intending to rent to. These typically include: >Young professionals – singles and couples >Families >Tenants in receipt of housing benefit >Elderly tenants – those that are downsizing – usually couples […] View article >

5 year electrical checks to become mandatory for landlords

July 25, 2018

Earlier this month, the Government announced that they would be bringing in mandatory electrical checks for landlords. This was largely prompted following recommendations that came out of the Grenfell fire tragedy, where a faulty fridge in a kitchen on the fourth floor caused the fire that took the lives of 71 people. Although the date […] View article >

Government issue new “How to … ” Guides

July 2, 2018

The Government recently issued a new set of “How to … ” Guides, including a new version of the “How to Rent” booklet. The guides are designed to let renters and leaseholders know their rights, and are part of the Government’s drive to improve standards in the private rented sector. The most important of these, […] View article >

Government announces review of selective licensing

June 25, 2018

The Government recently made a surprise announcement that it was going to undertake a review of selective licensing. What is selective licensing? Selective licensing is where the whole or part(s) of a borough are subject to a designation under the Housing Act 2004. The designation makes it compulsory for all private rented accommodation in that area […] 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 >

House vs. flat – which is best for investment?

April 6, 2018

When a property investor is starting out, one of the first things they will probably consider is whether to buy a house or a flat/apartment. This seems a logical place to start, but, in reality, it would be prudent to ask a different question before deciding the type of property to invest in. That question […] View article >