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+00:00 December 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 [...]

By | 2018-11-19T11:02:20+00:00 December 6th, 2018|Landlord lessons, Maintenence, Property Management|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | 2018-11-19T09:57:18+00:00 November 29th, 2018|Landlord lessons, Maintenence, Property Management|0 Comments

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+00:00 November 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 [...]

By | 2018-11-12T07:01:05+00:00 November 12th, 2018|Landlord lessons, Maintenence, Property Management|0 Comments

Landlord obligations when you have new tenants

Nine things to do and 10 documents to provide to a new tenant If you’re a first-time buy-to-let landlord, or you are letting an existing property to a new tenant, there is a lot of work that needs to be done.  Some of this is obliged by law, and some are simply part of being [...]

By | 2018-11-07T06:02:30+00:00 November 5th, 2018|Landlord lessons, Property Management|0 Comments

The landlord’s obligations to maintain a fit and habitable property

Why you must avoid letting an unfit dwelling The law says a property that a buy-to-let landlord lets to a tenant must be fit to live in. What does this really mean? What are a landlord’s obligations if their tenant reports a defect? What can a tenant do if you don’t meet your obligations? What [...]

By | 2018-11-07T06:05:15+00:00 November 1st, 2018|Landlord lessons, Maintenence, Property Management|0 Comments

7 tips to keep your buy-to-let property safe during your tenant’s holidays

How to keep your empty property safe and secure Summer means lots of things to different people. The World Cup. Wimbledon. Barbecues. Days at the beach. Summer holidays. As a landlord, those last two words should strike you with some trepidation, if not fear. When your tenants go on holiday, your property sits empty; a [...]