Categories for Landlord

To let a property furnished or unfurnished?

February 8, 2017

For a landlord deciding whether to let a property furnished or unfurnished can be a tough call.  Furnishing a house will command a higher market rent but will cost the landlord upfront, ensure compliance with fire and safety legislation and ensure the items supplied are maintained to a good working order. Alternatively providing a property […] View article >

How to deal with non-paying tenants

February 3, 2017

Dealing with non-paying tenants can be both stressful and costly for many landlords. As a rough calculation landlords are advised to budget for the equivalent of one month’s rent per annum in rental arrears. This may sound excessive but recent data* reveals that almost 10% of all tenants in the UK fell behind with their […] View article >

Landlords you should be checking your EPC rating!

January 30, 2017

We have previously mentioned a number of changes that landlords need to be aware of – namely Section 24 tax changes, new regulations, and the implementation of the PRA for mortgage lending. See – Three challenges landlords need to be aware of – and how to solve them However, on a more distant horizon, there […] View article >

The property market does not like this

January 20, 2017

There is one thing that can be guaranteed to impact on the property market in the U.K. and that is uncertainty. Earlier this week, the Prime Minister Teresa May, delivered her landmark speech setting out how the U.K. would be preparing to leave the European Union. During the transition there will be a lot of […] View article >

10 ways to stay warm in your home and save money

January 17, 2017

With the second mildest Christmas day ever behind us but rapidly followed by freezing temperatures, ice and even ‘thunder snow’, it’s a winter that so far has been full of surprises. To help cope with any ‘artic turns’ we’ve put together some helpful tips for keeping your property warm and your costs low: Closing your […] View article >

Delays in reporting repairs are costing landlords thousands

January 16, 2017

Delays by tenants in reporting maintenance and repairs issues is costing landlords thousands, recent research by LV= shows. Of those asked, 37% of renters admitted to thinking that it was okay to wait before reporting non-emergency repairs to their landlords. This means that by the time the landlord has a chance to carry out the […] View article >

3 challenges facing landlords in 2017 and how to solve them

December 29, 2016

2017 is already shaping up as a landmark year for landlords, as many changes in the private rented sector start to be implemented.   In this blog, we look at three of the main issues that may affect landlords in the new year: 1.  Taxation: Section 24 Section 24 of the Finance (No.2) Act 2015, […] View article >

Be a good neighbour this New Year

December 28, 2016

Now that the Christmas Day festivities have passed, attention turns to New Year celebrations. Whether you plan to have family and friends over for a low key evening, or you’re having a full-on party, don’t forget to spare a thought for your neighbours. According to recent research by Co-op Insurance, loud music tops the list […] View article >

Working with a lettings agent can save landlords money!

December 19, 2016

There are many reasons for landlords to work with a reputable letting agent, and it may come as a surprise to learn that it could even save them money! There are now over 140 Government statutes and regulations that relate to letting out a property.  The fines for non-compliance are already significant, but come 2017 […] View article >

I’m NOT dreaming of a void Christmas!

December 1, 2016

As the countdown to Christmas intensifies, landlords are bracing themselves for rent arrears. The festive season often sees people spending a lot more, and, like all of us, tenants can struggle to balance their budget, meaning that December and January are peak times for rental arrears. However, it is increasingly seeming that one or two […] View article >