tenants causing damage to property

Staggering £4.5 billion of tenant damage

One of the most common requests we receive is about recovering costs for damage done by tenants when they have suddenly left a property or once they have been removed. It seems it is a national problem we found some data that stated it cost...

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Another landlord punished

It was with disbelief that over Christmas I read that a landlord had illegally evicted their tenant and left their belongings in the garden.   The landlord who is based in Birmingham, carried out a threat of changing the locks at the rental property. The tenant...

removing tenants

Could tenants abuse the new law

Could a tenant delay their removal? Although I have yet to come across this particular situation I do wonder how long before enterprising tenants test the new legislation to avoid or delay being removed from a property. A tenant could try to avoid eviction by deliberately damaging...

Dealing with Rogue landlords

The current legislative system which deals with rogue landlords, I believe is current inadequate and failing to deter those landlords who choose to prey on the less fortunate. One of the suggestions I have seen mentioned is a national database covering all housing-related convictions. Not quite...

Issues with renting

Issues with Renting

Issues with renting   As a landlord, you have certain rights and responsibilities. If you are buying a property for a second/holiday home or buy-to-let, you will need to know your obligations in law, and also how you are protected. Disputes can easily arise with tenants and you...

changes in stamp duty

Changes in buy-to-let stamp duty

Changes in buy-to-let stamp duty   The Treasury’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement released today, informs us of a new set of rates for buyers of residential property for rent and for second homes. As from April next year, stamp duty rates will increase by 3% for buy-to-let...

Buy-to-let mortgages at highest level since 2007

Buy-to-let mortgages at highest level since 2007   The figures from banks and building societies show that the number of buy-to-let mortgages, taken out by landlords purchasing properties, has risen to its highest level in more than seven years. According to data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders...

Should you let your tenants decorate

Should you let your tenant decorate

It is interesting that just over 40% of tenants would to pay more rent if they were allowed to add a more personal touch to their rented property. Landlords could increase their return on investment if they managed the process correctly, especially for long term tenants. A...

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Landlords considering throwing in the towel

We have been conducting an informal poll amongst our landlords. We do this to help identify how we can support them. One of the biggest concerns is the recent reduction by the Government to the landlord’s buy-to-let tax relief to the 20% basic rate. 58%...

rogue landlords to be hunted

More funding to chase rogue landlords

We have recently read that the government plans to provide new funding to crack down on more rogue landlords, to tackle the rising problem of some landlords taking advantage and renting out buildings that are clearly not suitable. The governments Communities secretary Greg Clark stated that...