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Could Super Short Stay Rentals be the future of the le...

It used to be that super short rentals, or even rentals shorter than a year, were not worth it to landlords. Just finding a good tenant is hard enough, let alone finding many across a year that inevitably provides paper-thin margins with a lot more work involved. But with the rise in popularity of “DIY Hospitality” services like Airbnb and Homeaway means that super …

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 …

The impact of new buy-to-let criteria for landlords

Buy-to-Let landlords are being widely recommended to remortgage their existing portfolios as the UK government tightens its grip on affordability tests and creates tougher lending rules which will make arranging portfolios and finances more difficult. What do you need to know about the government’s new rules for BTL landlords? The marketplace will become more complex The new measures for the tougher BTL criteria come …

Part of ‘Generation Rent’? How you can avo...

Many renting millennials and young adults find that they are being taken advantage of by their estate agents.  According to the campaign group Generation Rent, the average two-adult household is being hit with over £800 in lettings fees from landlords, and renters are paying £404 on average per move. On top of these charges, renters find they must pay for rental renewals, averaging £117 …

Guaranteed Rent – Hassle free tenants

It’s a fact: there aren’t many guarantees in life, and very seldom is anything a sure thing, especially when you’re in an unpredictable market like real estate and property management. Politics and the economy are always changing and it means house prices, rents and mortgages are subject to change all the time – no year is the same. But if you’re looking for a …

Rent to Buy – Tenant buyers are the best tenants

There’s nothing like owning your own property, and the government’s Rent to Buy scheme is making home ownership a reality to many who thought it impossible. From a landlord’s perspective, Rent to Buy tenants are potentially the best you’ll have as they literally want to invest in your property. Find out how Rent to Buy tenants are the best tenants – and how the …

How does a Buy-to-Let mortgage work?

Buy-to-Let (BTL) mortgages are increasing in popularity: they represent a fantastic investment opportunity, a tax-friendly option for investors, and a lower-risk option for great returns on savings against the current low-interest rate savings accounts. These interest rates means mortgages are also historically low right now. This this is great on paper, but how to Buy-to-Let mortgages work in reality? Deposit and Interest Due to …

The changes the government is planning to make to lett...

The Queen’s speech this week made it clear that letting agent’s fees were to be banned. At least, this was proposed by the Conservative government in last year’s autumn budget, and became a manifesto pledge for Theresa May in the general election this year. It’s possible that the ban could come sooner than is predicted. But what does that mean for landlords? The ban …

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Letting your house for the first time? Our top tips

Letting out your home for the first time is an exciting prospect – but there are some industry tips every first-time landlord should know. What do you do first? How do you deal with furniture? What legal obligations need to be met? It can be complicated, and so we’ve compiled our top tips for you budding first time landlords. Decide on the furnishings One …

Blog Jul 13, 2017 0 Continue Reading

How to keep hold of good tenants

Two challenges that most landlords face come in the form of questions. Firstly: “how do I find good tenants?” and once that’s been accomplished, secondly: “how do I keep the good tenants?” There’s more than one way to hold on to good tenants that are renting with you, and the value of a good tenant shouldn’t be overlooked. Decide what a ‘good tenant’ is …

Blog Jul 03, 2017 0 Continue Reading

Understanding terminology: What does a property’s “yie...

“Yield” is possibly the most important word you’ll hear when investing in a buy-to-let and beginning your time as a landlord. But what does it mean? And what should you know before you choose an investment property? Think of Yield as your return on investment It’s easy to get lost in property market jargon, but “yield” is a fairly important but easy term to …

What the annual English housing survey tells us about ...

What is the English Housing Survey? The English housing survey is a paper released every year by the UK Government (more specifically, the Department for Communities and Local Government) and is the best way to understand what has happened to the housing market in the last year, and how it will change in months to come. Data is collected about people’s housing circumstances. This …

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