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Electrical Certificates – why every landlord should have them

11th January 2021

As a landlord, you might be aware that there will be a change in the law with regards to electrical checks in all rented properties. That’s not compulsory as yet; however, we would urge all landlords to be ahead of the game and make sure that regular electrical checks are carried out on properties, and especially on new tenancies. Here’s why.

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Things you should consider before you rent out your property (Part. 2)

18th December 2020

In our last article, we looked at the practical things that you need to consider before renting out your property. We covered the basics of getting the property up to standard, and making sure everything was in place in order to show the home in its best light, as well as making it a safe for your tenants. In part 2, let’s take a look at some of the formalities and processes you’ll be required to complete in order to ensure that all the legal boxes are ticked.

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Things you should consider before you rent out your property (Part. 1)

15th December 2020

Whether you are a first-time landlord, or you’ve got more than one property already, there are several things you will need to consider before you put your property on the rental market. No matter whether you are managing the property yourself, or having an agent manage it on your behalf, bringing the home up to standard before rental is your responsibility, and you’ll want to make sure that you are attracting the right tenants. In order to do that, you will need to take into consideration the following points, before you even begin to advertise the property.

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Section 11 Repairing Obligations – what you need to know

15th October 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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Looking For A Higher Rental Yield? These Are The Top Areas To Buy Rental Properties

1st 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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Are More People Renting In Their Home Towns?

14th December 2019

There have been several reports recently suggesting that young people are opting to rent closer to where they grew up, rather than relocating to search out better job prospects. These same reports say that this is largely down to the steep rise in rent over the past 20 years – but how true are the claims, and what does it mean for landlords with properties in less affluent areas of the UK?

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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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Should I concentrate on capital appreciation in buy-to-let?

16th February 2017

The growth of the buy-to-let market isn’t slowing down, as the housing shortage in the UK continues. Because of this, you now see a lot of information out there to help landlords get the best rental yields for their properties, but interestingly there is less information on capital appreciation. More associated with buyers and vendors, capital appreciation is also a factor that landlords need to consider when they invest in property, now more than ever.

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5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Letting Agent

12th January 2017

Choosing the right letting agent can be a difficult task. Many landlords dive in without giving it much thought. After being in the industry for as long as I have, I know how to separate average agents from the exceptional ones, and why would you settle for anything less than exceptional? The right letting agent will make you money and free you from the day-to-day tasks that stop you from doing what you’re good at.

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