Make Your Rental Property Attractive to All Generations

How to Attract Quality Tenants When you invest in property, one rule to follow is to invest in an every person property – a property that draws the widest range of potential tenants possible. The more people who want to rent your property, the more chance it has of being rented quickly. Greater competition from [...]

7 Ways to Increase Your Rental Income

From Painting to Building an Extension, What Is Your Best Option? According to a study by major insurers, the average tenancy in the UK lasts around 18 months. Many of the tenancies of our landlord clients last much longer. Tenants are looking to find a home. Landlords want to maximise their rental income. The two [...]

Should Private Landlords Let to Tenants on Universal Credit?

Is the Risk of Letting to Tenants on Benefits Really so Big? A question we are often asked by our private landlord clients is whether they should let to tenants on Universal Credit. Our advice is that you probably shouldn’t. Is our advice right? What do the arrears statistics really tell us? Rental Arrears Have [...]

High Employment Boosts Rental Values

A Perfect Storm to Raise Rents Figures from ARLA Propertymark and research from Howsy show that landlords are benefitting from higher rental values, thanks to the UK’s booming jobs market. More tenants than ever before are facing rising rental values, with buy-to-let landlords helped not only by higher employment but also by increasing demand and [...]

Five Mistakes to Avoid When Letting a Property for the First Time

Rookie Errors That Could Erode Your Buy-to-let Profits When done properly, letting a property can provide a great source of income. However, there are many pitfalls that new landlords fall into. These can cost a lot of money, and eat into buy-to-let profits. Here are the five most common mistakes landlords should avoid when letting [...]

What buy-to-let landlord can afford to lose up to a year’s rent?

It’s time to protect yourself against rogue letting agencies Could you afford to lose up to a year’s rent? If you don’t check out your letting agent and keep on top of your rental payments, that’s exactly what could happen. The lettings market is getting tougher. Our prediction is that many lettings agents could go [...]

21, 3.75, 10.25, 903 – the numbers that matter to UK buy-to-let property investors

Short void periods, greater affordability, longer tenancies and higher rents If you thought the potential to profit from buy-to-let investment was fading, it is time to think again. As demand for rental property increases, rents are rising, void periods are manageable, and rental affordability is increasing demand. In this article, we look at the numbers [...]

How do you avoid a tenant refusing to pay rent and then trashing your property?

Tips to prevent an expensive nightmare experience Despite more buy-to-let landlords entering the market, stories of nightmare tenants are still a big disincentive. If you have a tenant who trashes your property, it can be expensive and disheartening. Some great landlords have quit the market because they had poor tenants. In this article, you’ll read [...]

Why buy-to-let landlords must increase rents each year

Tips to help landlords maintain their business profits Many buy-to-let landlords find it hard to increase rent, especially if their tenants are good, long-term tenants. However, not increasing rents each year could be a big mistake. You have rising costs to consider, and a tougher mortgage and tax regime have made it more difficult to [...]

Tenants who don’t use rent through agencies risk being scammed

Tips to avoid becoming a victim of rent fraud A blog post today for all tenants and would-be tenants. If you don’t rent through a bona fide agent, you best be prepared to be scammed and lose a lot of money. Rental fraud is a growing problem, with fake landlords taking the deposit and rent [...]