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 26, 2017

Guide to buying or renting a listed property

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For those that desire a property rich with period features and heritage, then the possibility of living in a listed property can be something that few pass up on. Nearly half a million UK homeowners live in a listed home and benefit from the character and charm of the properties. Whilst owning a listed property […]

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 […]

April 12, 2017

Should your let be furnished or unfurnished?

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Once a buyer has successfully bought a buy-to-let property or made the necessary adjustments needed to rent the property out, one of the first questions they will be faced with is whether to leave the property unfurnished or provide renters with furniture that’s already in place. It’s a decision that can be affected by both […]

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 17, 2017

A day in the life: Jill Griffiths

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Jill Griffiths, who heads up the Andrew Granger lettings team reveals what she gets up to in a typical day. How does the day in the office start? The week usually starts with an 8.30am team meeting which lasts 30 minutes.  We run through diaries for the days ahead and make sure we have resources […]

January 30, 2017

Getting your property’s interior ready for renting

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So, you’ve bought a property that you are looking to rent out. The first step you will have to take is to prepare the aesthetics ready for let. Some properties, especially new builds, may not need much doing to them but for older properties, the makeover may be significant. First things first, you need to […]

September 10, 2016

Base rate to be cut again?

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A survey of 59 leading economists has predicted that the Bank of England will cut the base rate again in the coming months. The Bank of England decided to cut interest rates to a record low of 0.25 per cent from 0.5 in August, the first time it had been cut in seven years. The […]

April 20, 2016

Record rent rises in East Midlands

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Rent in England and Wales have increased by an average of 3% over the last year to an average of £791 per month, according to the latest buy to let index. Record rents were recorded in the East Midlands with an 8.5% growth from last year – an all-time record high of £613 per month. […]

March 17, 2016

UK landlords have healthy finances as fewer serious arrears are built-up

Landlords in the UK private rented sector are becoming less likely to have tenants which suffer from a serious build-up of arrears, new research has found. With just 1.6% of landlords having tenancies in this position, the findings reverse the deteriorating trend throughout the earlier parts of 2015. There were 82,900 households behind on more […]