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...

I want that house

It is all about the tenant

I keep reading that landlords are being blamed for a whole generation being priced out of the housing market. Further reading claims that home ownership due to young people being priced out of the chance of buying a property, leaving them no choice but to...

Map of the UK

Are Landlords racist

Is the Right to Rent turning law abiding landlords into racist. Should the government change the Right to Rent scheme, which effectively forces buy-to-let landlords to act as border control officer, putting increase stress and pressure on them. To recap, since the was introduced across England...

general election 2017

Will housing polices influence your vote

Today is the day that you should be voting in the General Election. Will the housing policies of each of the parties influence your choice? I have had a quick look around the net and cobbled together the following summary of the policies for those...