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New Energy Efficiency Regulations: what does this mean...

The Government are shaking up the private rental sector once more, with a change in energy efficiency standards for landlords that are due to land in April 2018. Government figures suggest that 1 in 10 properties may fail these regulations and be unlettable. Are you one of them? Here’s how to avoid the risk. Make your improvements now Many estate agents are warning landlords …

Using quality property photos

With so many properties to rent online, how can you make sure that your property is the one that stands out? Quality photographs are essential for generating the most interest! In pre-internet days, it was all about curb appeal. Now it’s all about ‘pix appeal’. Even if you have an amazing property to let, a rambling description and no or a few poor quality …

Property Management Options

What does fully managed mean? What other options are there? When you let your property through a Northampton letting agents, you will have lots of decisions to make. Apart from choosing the agent, the most important decision you will make will be how to manage your rental property. Tenant introduction only This means exactly what it says! Your Northampton lettings agent will market the …

Should I rent to DSS Tenants?

Renting to a DSS/Housing benefit tenant in Northampton. When you ask a lettings agent to market your property for you, if they do a good job, anyone will be able to see your property, details and location, and price you are asking for it. You may have noticed in other people’s rental descriptions, it sometimes says ‘No DSS’ or DSS may have been mentioned. …

What is a House of Multiple Occupants (HMO)?

So you’re renting with other people. How do you know if you live in a ‘House of Multiple Occupants’ (HMO) and what does this mean? This doesn’t just apply to students. If there are “three or more unrelated people live there as at least 2 separate households – for example, 3 single people with their own rooms, or 2 couples each sharing a room …

What is Property Management and Why Should I Care?

If you are considering renting your leasehold property, then you need to understand property management. When you own a leasehold flat, you have bought the right to occupy and use the flat for the term of the lease. These terms are generally 99 or 125 years. While you are in ownership, you will be responsible for all of the internal aspects of the flat …

Your 5 Main Duties as a Landlord

As a landlord you have five main duties to your tenant. This can be a lot to take on, especially if you have bought the property as a financial investment and don’t live nearby. Maybe it is time to consider outsourcing?! Your first requirement is to keep your rental property safe and free from health hazards. If you were to move in with your …

HMO Property Management Northampton

The Housing Act 2004 introduced a new definition of a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) from 6th April 2006 in England and 30th June 2006 in Wales.THE DEFINITION OF AN HMO(House of Multiple Occupancy)?1. An entire house or flat that is let to 3 or more tenants who form 2 or more households and who share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet.2. A house which …

Best areas to invest in Northampton

In order to achieve the best results for you, there is one fundamental rule, RESEARCH. You need to find out what is best for you. Everybody is different; some landlords like to have an easy straightforward residential let, some like a challenge with a HMO (House of Multiple Occupancy) whether that is students or professional tenants. A few factors you must take into account when …

Landlords Fined

Landlords Fined! Monday 13th October 2014 Two Bolton landlords have been fined after a four-month-old baby and both his parents were taken to hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning. Mehboob Bobat, 47, and Suraiya Bobat, 46, were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found four gas appliances at a property on Bowness Road were unsafe, and that they had failed …

NEW LANDLORDS

  Recent update from Landlord Expert Many of Britain’s small army of landlords ended up letting out a property originally purchased with a mainstream mortgage – often when they decided to hold onto it as an investment after a change of circumstances, such as moving in with a partner, relocation or failure to sell. However, the Treasury has said a new European Mortgage Credit …

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