Prevent damp in your buy-to-let and avoid being sued by your tenant

Tips to help buy-to-let landlords avoid prison Damp is one of the most common issues found in buy-to-let properties. A damp home can cause mould growth and health issues. Under the new Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018, which came into effect on March 20th, 2019, it is more likely that a damp property [...]

A ban on ‘no DSS’ rental property adverts: is the government mad?

It's noble to tackle homelessness, but not by making landlords the scapegoats Hot on the heels of the debacle in the High Court, where its Right to Rent scheme was judged to force buy-to-let landlords to discriminate against non-UK nationals and British ethnic minorities, the government has launched another salvo against private landlords. This time, [...]

Are you an average buy-to-let landlord?

To be better than average, you must know what average is Are you the average buy-to-let landlord in the UK? You may not be able to learn if you are by looking in the mirror, but the latest Private Landlord Survey, the first that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published since [...]

Should landlords be concerned about three-year tenancies?

Good tenants stay longer. Good landlords encourage them to. When the idea of three-year tenancies was first proposed, landlords reacted with fury (The Guardian, July 2018). With tenants able to force landlords to allow them to stay in their property, but also able to walk away earlier if they wish, longer minimum tenancies restrict a [...]

By |2019-03-20T08:43:34+01:00April 23rd, 2019|Landlord lessons, Tenant Management|0 Comments

Nine out of 10 buy-to-let landlords are profitable in the UK

Cautious optimism in the private rented sector as rents rise Amid all the gloom surrounding the buy-to-let sector – with less favourable tax treatment, new rules and regulations, and, of course, Brexit tainting all the property news headlines – you would be forgiven for thinking that buy-to-let investment is a dead duck. Well, all those [...]

By |2019-03-20T07:55:10+01:00April 18th, 2019|Landlord lessons, Property Management|0 Comments

How can buy-to-let landlords avoid this type of nightmare tenant?

Tips to help you stay profitable in property A Lincolnshire landlord has been hit with thousands of pounds worth of damage to his property, by a tenant who abandoned the property before Christmas. The tenant did a runner owing £3,000 in rent, too. If you add together the unpaid rent, the cost of repair work [...]

Why ‘Big Daddy’ is the best guarantor a buy-to-let landlord could have

Everything a landlord needs to know about guarantors A growing portion of the rental market is young, professional tenants. They are well educated and generally have great earnings with high potential for a long and lucrative career. However, many have never rented before, nor built up a good credit score. This may be their first [...]

By |2019-03-25T13:58:05+01:00March 25th, 2019|Landlord lessons, Property Management|0 Comments

How to improve your tenant relationships by documenting everything

Tips to help avoid conflict between buy-to-let landlords and their tenants In one of our articles suggesting a few New Year’s resolutions for landlords, we discussed cementing the landlord/tenant relationship. A strategy we recommend is to document everything. In this article, you’ll learn more about this strategy – why it works and how to do [...]

By |2019-03-06T04:28:54+01:00March 4th, 2019|Landlord lessons, Property Management|0 Comments

How to improve your tenant relationships by being firm but fair

7 rules to keep your tenant onside As part of our New Year’s resolutions articles, one of the areas we discussed was how to cement the landlord/tenant relationship. One of the most important principles we highlighted was the need to be firm but fair in your tenant relationship. In this article, you’ll learn a little [...]

By |2019-02-28T09:54:55+01:00February 28th, 2019|Landlord lessons|0 Comments

Buy-to-let landlords must be ready for 20th March 2019

Don’t get caught out by the introduction of the new fit for habitation laws Are you prepared for March 20th? If you’re a buy-to-let landlord and expect to either welcome new tenants to your property or renew a tenancy on or after this date, you need to be. If you aren’t, you could be forced [...]