department for work and pensions

Budget and Universal Credit

The speech came, one of the key points for many landlords was the amazing turnaround with regards to universal credit. When you consider this was the Governments flagship welfare policy, it was a shock to listen to Philip Hammond explain its future. Maybe the government is...

birmingham city landlords

It seems that Birmingham landlords evicting three tenants every day.

It seems that Birmingham landlords evicting three tenants every day. This in isolation sounds like a terrible figure, however let’s consider how many properties are let in Birmingham each year. Yes, the press gets hold of stories like the landlord who threw the possessions of a mum...

broken egg

Two rules when it comes to subletting

I have often raised the issues of tenants subletting. In the majority of cases a tenant must seek the permission of the landlord to sublet any rental property, this applies to both domestic and commercial properties. However, as a landlord it is wise to make...

Pile of money

Are there now to many barriers to becoming a private landlord

Are there now to many barriers to becoming a private landlord. Is the accidental landlord a thing of the past? I regularly attend property network events up and down the country as part of our speaking programme helping landlords understand the process required to evict...

rogue landlords to be hunted

More complaints for letting agents

With a dramatic increase in complaints against letting agencies this year, are we seeing a drop in the quality of the offering from letting agents due to external pressures? Alternatively, if humans are given a route to complain will this increase encourage people to make...

the law and a sitting tenant

More changes impacting on landlords

In addition to the impact the Housing and planning act will have on landlords and the industry, make sure you are keeping abreast of the following: Stamp duty surcharge Phasing out mortgage tax relief Scrapping of the ‘wear and tear’ allowance Tenants’ right to request...

Universal Credit £20 notes in the shape of a house

Tips to protect your tenants deposit

Tips to protect your tenants deposit.   Make sure you give the tenant a detailed check in inventory and schedule of condition at check in and check out. It still amazes me how many new landlords decided to do it all themselves and forget the inventory.   When it...

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Now what does the government have in store for landlords

Housing & Planning Act 2016 With so many changes going on, it can be difficult to keep abreast of all the recent changes. One that you need to be aware of is the Housing & Planning Act 2016, as you do not want to be accidentally...

buy to let landlord

Is it still worth being a landlord

For at least 20 years, investing in buy-to-let has been a relatively sensible secure way to increase your wealth, hence why many people become landlords to supplement their income or grow their wealth through property than shares.  However, with all the recent changes to legislation and...

more than one way to skin a landlord

licensing schemes are they really working

It appears the licensing schemes are here to stay, this month sees several English cities such as Bristol and Nottingham gain their own licensing schemes. Now I know many landlords are strongly against these schemes feeling they are being penalised for the minority of rogue landlords...