It has struck me that many Landlords are “accidental” by accidental I mean that it was unintentional, maybe you’ve inherited a property or you are a part of a couple entering a relationship where both of you are homeowners… But whatever the reason is you may be unaware of the legal requirements that you will have as … Continue reading Are you an accidental Landlord?
Sometimes, disputes arise between landlords and tenants, with each claiming the other is responsible for certain maintenance issues and other aspects to do with the property. As a landlord, what are you responsible for, and what should the tenant be doing around the property? Here is a list of what responsibilities fall to who: Landlord: … Continue reading As a landlord, what are you responsible for?
It’s Christmas! I’m sure that you and your tenants are looking forward to spending the Christmas period with family and friends, I know I am too! However, before you clock off, there are some things that you should check with your tenants, so that you can rest assured that you’ve prepared as much as you … Continue reading Do they know it’s Christmas time?
So your tenant’s contract’s coming up for renewal and you might be wondering whether they are going to renew or not, if you need to start the search for another tenant. Throughout my many years’ experience as a letting agent and landlord, I can honestly say that the things that sways the decision on whether … Continue reading How to be a good landlord
In my last blog, I talked about how the greed of the larger letting agents have spoilt it for the rest of the industry. We have unfortunately all been tarred with the same brush, and the Government has seen fit to try and right some of those wrongs by limiting the hundreds of pounds tenants … Continue reading Why letting agents all need to pull together for the sake of the industry
Well, I couldn’t not do a blog without mentioning the bombshell that was announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn statement. If you haven’t heard it, then it’s this. All letting agents in England will be banned from charging upfront fees to tenants, and this is going to be introduced ‘as soon as possible’. At the moment, … Continue reading So what does it all mean for landlords, tenants and letting agents?
Following on from my last blog, I’d like to share my secrets on how I dress a property to make it look as homely and as appealing as possible. I truly believe that this is one of the secrets behind my properties not staying empty for a long period of time. Not only that, it … Continue reading Tips for dressing a property for a successful let
First impressions count a lot when renting out a property, so I spend a lot of time getting this right. It’s amazing how many landlords and letting agents don’t though, I really believe this is one of the main reasons that I seldom have vacant periods at my property. Like the majority of letting agents, … Continue reading Tips for letting out a property
It’s funny really, I’ve been a landlord and a letting agent for so long, that I think that I’ve got a pretty good handle on how this all works, but recently, people have still managed to surprise me! And funnily enough, it’s tenants or prospective tenants who are the ones that have made me blink … Continue reading Ruling the roost
I’m quite sad to be writing this post in a way, as it brings an era of my life to a close. Almost nine years ago, at a very young age, myself and my girlfriend (now my wife) met Sue for the first time. We had been recommended to Sue by a local letting agent. … Continue reading What it’s like being one of Sue’s tenants