November 6, 2017

Landlords: is your letting legal?

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Lettings expert Jill Griffiths describes how landlords can leave themselves open to risk by failing to ensure that every legal consideration has been taken into account and actioned before tenants occupy a property. Are you legally allowed to rent your property? In order to legally rent out your property, you may need express written permission […]

November 6, 2017

Crucial considerations when deciding how much to let your property for

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For new landlords or landlords who are looking for new tenants, how much rent you charge can make the difference between an extremely profitable letting or a property losing money by remaining vacant. When looking at how much rent you should charge, there are certain crucial considerations to take into account to avoid under or […]

October 31, 2017

How to choose the right lettings agent

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It is common for landlords to use a letting agent in some capacity. Regardless of if it is for a single rental property or a large portfolio, an experienced letting agency can prove invaluable to making a success of your lettings. Finding tenants is perhaps what we are known for most, but the better agents […]

September 15, 2017

Top tips for becoming a landlord

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Becoming a landlord can be one of the best decisions that some people make in their life. The added income, long-term security and investing in a property portfolio for many outweighs the time and effort that goes into making a success of their challenge. Good things don’t come without hard work and if plenty is […]

August 17, 2017

Top tips for letting your property out to new tenants

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You don’t need us to tell you how to be a good landlord, especially if you’ve had tenants happily rent a property from you before. However, one thing that we have found can happen is that landlords who have had happy tenants before grow complacent when those tenants move out.  Gone is the need to […]

August 12, 2017

Vetting for pets

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According to a recent survey of 2,000 private renters, carried out for a pet insurance company, 27% of tenants have pets but not all of them admit this to their landlords. Most landlords who find out about their tenants owning a pet without telling them will not necessarily attempt to end a tenancy agreement based […]

July 26, 2017

Should I put my rent up?

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According to the Your Move buy to let index, rent prices across England and Wales rose by 1.6% between May and June, making rental costs around 2% higher than at the same time last year at an average of £827 per month across the UK.   News like this can often prompt landlords to send letters […]

March 26, 2017

Should tenants carry out their own home improvements?

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Which tenants are most likely to carry out home improvements? In a recent article by Landlord Today, research by Plentific suggests that only 15% of people aged 18-34 spend over £500 on home improvements whilst renting, in comparison to 27% of people aged over 55.  Overall, tenants spending £500 or more on home improvements account […]

March 22, 2017

Why should landlords make improvements to rental properties?

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Are your tenants scared to complain? The Association of Rental Letting Agents (ARLA) reported in February that some private tenants would rather live in dangerously cold properties than contact their landlord to complain about issues such as a lack of energy efficient heating,  regular condensation or excessive damp and mould.  According to the article, in […]

January 16, 2017

Rising House Prices in Leicestershire

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Impacts of rising house prices on landlords The Office for National Statistics (ONS) House Price Index: Oct 2016 demonstrates that UK average house prices have risen by 6.9% in the year to October 2016. This is good and bad news for landlords.  Good in terms of knowing that your investment is more than likely worth […]