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Spring Newsletter – Property Market Update

24th March 2021

I think it is safe to say that 2020 was a year like no other for obvious reasons! And from a property market point of view certainly a year which has defied expectations – with the UK experiencing its strongest annual price growth recording since the summer of 2016. To close out 2020, December alone saw over 129,000 homes change hands which is 32% higher than December of 2019 – this only added to what is always a mad rush in the middle of the month to hit clients exchange deadlines so they could enjoy Christmas with peace of mind.

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How To Get Better Tenants

4th January 2021

As a landlord, finding and keeping the ideal tenant for your property is something we all strive to achieve. We’ve all hear stories of those nightmare tenants – maybe you’ve even had them yourself – the ones who don’t take care of your property, don’t pay on time, are constantly complaining, or worse still are complained about by their neighbors. So what should you be looking for when you have a vacant property to fill? How can you find that perfect tenant? Here are some things you should consider.

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Has The Tenant Fee Ban Encouraged Recent Rent Hikes?

3rd January 2020

There have been several reports over the past month suggesting that landlords have begun to increase their rents by as much as 22% since May. These same reports say that the hikes are due to the recent Tenant Fee Ban, but could there be other factors also in play?

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Wolverhampton Letting agents packs the room EVERY 3 months with landlords wanting to learn.

14th June 2019

On a wet cold and windy night on the 12th June, local Lettings Agents Concentric (incorporating Lawsons) which have been renting and managing properties in the Wolverhampton area for nearly 30 years, ran its second seminar of the year, with one intention in mind… Educating landlords.

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Are you in danger of being banned as a landlord?

15th March 2019

Since April 2018, it has been possible to be banned from being a landlord. Not unlike facing a 12 month ban from driving if you break the law, as a landlord, you could now be stopped from letting out or managing properties for being found guilty of housing offences. It’s a pretty radical, although arguably necessary move, brought into play to crack down on rouge landlords and agents. So what does it mean, exactly, and how could it affect you?

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Article 4 and HMO’s

11th March 2019

In simple terms, Article 4’s were put in place a few years ago to manage the growth of HMO units in certain areas, and have been rolled out by councils across the country recently. If a proposed HMO is to be in an Article 4 designated area, then any would be HMO landlords would have to seek planning consent under Article 4 in order to be able to set up and operate a HMO in that area, but your HMO may also NOW need a license too...

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Could Brexit be good news for landlords?

11th March 2019

2019 is proving to be an unpredictable market for properties in the UK. As with many other industries, people are hitting pause in anticipation of the outcome of the Brexit deal. Could this turn out to be a good thing for landlords?

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