New Year’s resolutions to enhance buy-to-let maintenance

Tips to improve your buy-to-let business in 2019 Many landlords have the mistaken view that a property will take care of itself, or that their tenants will take care of the property for them. While it may be reasonable to expect tenants to respect and look after their home, it is the landlord’s responsibility to [...]

New Year’s resolutions to boost landlord finances

Tips to improve your buy-to-let business in 2019 The end of a calendar year is one of those natural ‘breaks’ when it pays to assess how the previous year has worked out and how you can improve your lot going forward. For you as a landlord, it provides a period of reflection during which you [...]

By |2019-01-21T14:47:36+01:00January 17th, 2019|Landlord lessons, Property Management|0 Comments

New Year’s resolutions to cement the landlord/tenant relationship

Tips to improve your buy-to-let business in 2019 As we head toward the end of another year (where on earth has the time gone?), it’s worth taking stock of where your buy-to-let business stands and how to improve it in 2019. One area on which your business depends is the relationship you have with your [...]

It’s time for landlords to prepare for the new Tenant Fees Bill

How can buy-to-let landlords protect their profits with this new law? The Tenant Fees Bill is making its way quietly through Parliament. However, we believe that buy-to-let landlords (and letting agents) should be listening very closely. When implemented, the new law will give tenants more protection and, critically, cap or ban some fees that tenants [...]

How does the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement affect buy-to-let landlords?

Does right to residency mean right to rent? As I write this, the arguments and debates about the Withdrawal Agreement are rumbling on. These could derail the agreement in Parliament. Luckily for buy-to-let landlords, whether the Withdrawal Agreement is passed or not makes no difference to how the buy-to-let sector operates. Or does it? The [...]

By |2018-11-26T14:54:44+01:00December 10th, 2018|Landlord lessons, Property Management|0 Comments

More tips for buy-to-let landlords ahead of harsh winter weather

Six ways to keep tenants safe and warm and save your money in the long-term According to WXCHARTS, the UK is going to be shocked by bitterly cold conditions and an avalanche of snow that will sweep down from the north. The country could be plunged into arctic conditions within days, and then continue for [...]

Electrical safety for buy-to-let landlords

Electrical safety is not mandatory, but unsafe electrics are a criminal offence We often get asked about a landlord’s obligations for electrical safety in their buy-to-let properties. Unlike gas safety regulations, the law doesn’t make it mandatory to have electrical appliances checked each year. However, it does make failing to make sure electrical equipment and [...]

Gas safety for buy-to-let landlords

How to comply with gas safety regulations and keep tenants safe If any of the gas appliances in your buy-to-let property aren’t fitted properly or are poorly ventilated, they could cause your tenants some serious health issues, or even lead to their death. Not good for business. And it’s not like your tenants will have [...]

By |2018-11-22T13:59:18+01:00November 22nd, 2018|Tenant Management|0 Comments

177,000 reasons buy-to-let landlords cannot ignore fire safety regulations

Smoke alarms and furniture – what landlords need to know On 24th August this year, landlord Philip Brotherton was fined £177,000 for breaching the fire safety regulations and putting his tenants’ lives at risk. The landlord’s property, an HMO in Reading, was inspected by the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service and found to fail [...]

Health and safety and buy-to-let properties

How housing health and safety ratings apply to buy-to-let investors Health and safety rules and regulations don’t only apply to businesses. They apply to buy-to-let landlords and the properties they rent out. If your tenant believes that their home could put their health at risk, they can apply to the local authority to carry out [...]