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?
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
I’ve been a landlord and letting agent for many years, and I would like to say that I’ve seen most things, but there’s still something that happens every now and again that surprises me! But I love the variety and that’s what gets me out of bed in the mornings. However, there are some problems … Continue reading The most common problems a landlord is likely to face
So here’s the thing. A landlord can be the best thing in the world, and can also give you headaches, frustrations, and a feeling of ‘why on earth did I ever get into this game’? If I was going to wind back the clock and tell the ‘before I became a landlord’ me, then this … Continue reading What you need to know if you want to be a landlord
I didn’t plan to be a landlord/letting agent full time. At one point, I was running a beauty salon at the same time as being a landlord. But it did get to the point where one had to give, and it was the beauty salon which was relegated. I loved being a landlord, and realised … Continue reading The business of being a landlord