How Do Landlords Find a Tradesman Who Won’t Rip You Off?

Falling Victim to a Tradesman’s Scam Could Leave You Financially Ruined We read stories in the newspapers like those about the buy-to-let landlord from Bristol who was scammed out of thousands of pounds and think, “It will never happen to me”. Then it does. How do you find a tradesman who won’t rip you off? [...]

What Are Your Landlord Responsibilities if Flooding Makes Your Rental Property Uninhabitable?

How to Help Your Tenant and Protect Yourself As I write this, the UK is threatened with several days of gales and torrential rain. Whaley Bridge residents are struggling to receive compensation after the potential flooding that forced them to evacuate their homes and businesses never materialised. And buy-to-let investors are worried about their landlord [...]

Can You Stop a Tenant Trashing Your Property?

7 Tips to Stop Landlord Losses Caused by a Nightmare Tenant I recently read about a private landlord in Staffordshire whose tenant caused £20,000 of damage. It took landlord Jean Fox five months to evict the tenant after she finally started proceedings. As if this cost wasn’t enough, there were also months of rent the [...]

How to be professional with your property inventory

Four steps to protect your property and your pocket The property inventory is one of a landlord’s most important documents. A professional property inventory will help protect you against damage to or loss of your property, and also prevent disputes over the tenancy deposit at the end of the tenancy. In my last article, I [...]

How to Protect Your Buy-To-Let Property from Burglary This Summer

Your Rental Property Being Burglarised Will Put Off Tenants According to the ONS, there were 699,000 burglaries in the UK between April 2018 and March 2019. Most burglaries take place when there is no one at home – during the working day and when people are on holiday. As a buy-to-let landlord, it is your [...]

How to Prepare Your Rental Property for Summer

Maintaining Your Buy-to-Let Property This Summer The British summer defies all expectations. You only ever hear people complain about the weather in Britain, but this summer we’re set for a scorcher – despite the floods that much of the nation has experienced. Temperatures are rising across the UK, and are expected to reach 34֯C in [...]

5 Things Landlords Should Ask Their Tenants to Do This Summer

Keeping up Your Summer Maintenance The British summer is as unpredictable as ever, but we are still sure to see some sunshine over the next few months. Seasonal change brings new tasks to keep your buy-to-let property in good condition. You can ask your tenant for help with many of these – after all, your [...]

Landlord furniture pros and cons

Is letting a house with a landlord furniture package a good move? One of the questions we are most often asked is whether it is a good idea to supply landlord furniture. In many cases, the answer would be yes. This is especially the case if you wish to take advantage of the largest growing [...]

Could landlords benefit from tax deductible property improvements?

You could build higher rents and property values, and reduce your taxes No, it wasn’t a late April Fool’s joke. On 4th April 2019, a House of Lords committee made a recommendation that is sure to be welcomed by an overwhelming majority of landlords. It recommended that there should be “stronger incentives for private landlords [...]

What does a buy-to-let landlord do when a repair goes drastically wrong?

No heating? No hot water? No bother. What do you do if your tenant reports an issue that clearly makes your property unfit for human habitation? Let’s say, for example, that the occupants include young children, and the tenant tells you that the boiler and central heating has stopped working. It’s the middle of the [...]