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Section 11 Repairing Obligations – what you need to know

30th September 2020

Under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, all landlords in the UK are expected to agree to a set of rules which ensure that tenanted properties are maintained and repaired up to a good standard. Here, we will take a closer look at what your responsibilities are as landlord, as well as what is and isn’t included in Section 11 of the Act.

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Waiting For Brexit Before Investing? You Might Be Making A Mistake

11th January 2020

Brexit. It’s enough to strike fear into all but the bravest buy to let investor. An estimated 17% of investors have been reported as ‘putting investments on hold’ until the fate of Britain’s departure from the EU is decided. But are they wrong in doing that? A recent report suggests that they are.

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What Should You Look For When Buying A HMO?

9th January 2020

Given the right area, investing in a HMO can be a great way to increase the yield of a property, and a way to boost your portfolio. But whether you are new to the property game, or are a seasoned landlord looking for a different route, what should you be thinking about when you are looking for a HMO?

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You Can No Longer Charge A Deposit For Pets – Here’s What You Need To Know

7th January 2020

Due to the introduction of the recent Tenant Fee Ban, there have been a lot of changes to what we as landlords and agents are able to charge for. One example of that is the deposit for pets. If you are a landlord who allows your tenants to have pets, then that additional deposit you used to charge to cover any damages or cleaning bills caused by pets is no longer allowed under the new bill.

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Marketing Has Changed – Have You?

7th January 2020

One of the biggest lightbulb moments for people who attend our courses is this: The most vital thing you can do to grow your business is to have a sound marketing strategy and to be consistent with it. But often, when things get busy for us, marketing is the very first element of our business that we neglect. It’s unfortunate that it has become one of those things that we all tend to put on the back burner, something that we know is kind of important, but it can wait until we’re less busy.

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Looking For A Higher Rental Yield? These Are The Top Areas To Buy Rental Properties

5th January 2020

There’s no denying that the lettings market has had it tough over the past 12 months. We’ve seen massive changes in legislation, not least the Tenant Fee Ban, which has mad things harder, both in terms of workload and income. As landlords, it’s difficult to know which path to take – how can we continue to grow and even thrive in this new landscape? And where should we be looking if we want to expand our portfolio to get the best return for our money? Here, we will talk you through some of the recent figures showing the good, the bad, and the downright ugly when it comes to the highest yields in the buy to let market.

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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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Build To Rent

21st December 2019

In recent years, there has been significant growth in the build to rent sector, which reports suggest will see heavy investment over the coming months and years, as the demand for privately rented properties hits an all time high. So, what exactly is the build to rent phenomenon, and could it be a threat to private landlords in the UK? Let’s take a look.

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Are Flats A Better Investment Than House

7th December 2019

With legislation getting tighter and tighter within the lettings industry, the debate between landlords on whether to invest in houses or flats is back on the agenda. So where is your money best placed? The answer isn’t as straight forward as you might think – let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons for each.

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Love Thy Neighbour – and stay on their good side

2nd November 2017

Here’s a rather unnerving fact, as highlighted in research from insurance company CPP: a million Britons have moved house because of disputes with their neighbours. Yes, one in 20 of us have opted to sell up because of increasing tensions with — or bad behaviour from — the people who live nearby.

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