Since February 2016, landlords have been legally obliged to check that their tenants are allowed to rent property in the UK. If you rent through an agency then they’ll usually take care of this (for a fee), but if you rent direct then the checks are your responsibility.
If you’re the creative type, or just fancy getting your hands dirty, DIY projects are a great way to transform certain areas of your home and garden.
In the 1970s sitcom, Rising Damp, a number of individuals rented rooms from a bad tempered but laid back landlord with barely a contract between them. These days, Rigsby’s cavalier attitude toward being a landlord would most likely land him in hot water with both his tenants and the law as requirements for landlords continue to evolve and become more stringent.
Becoming a landlord can be an excellent way to build up your monthly income, and it doesn’t have to be stressful. There are plenty of ways to reduce the difficulty of looking after your rental property and make letting simple - here are our top 10 hacks to make your life as a landlord that much easier.
It’s unfortunately a sad fact of life that most tenancies tend to be relatively short term and, as a landlord, a large part of your job is attracting new tenants for your property. Whether you’re letting a single person dwelling or a large student house, finding the right tenants takes time, money and effort in terms of advertising, agency fees and preparation. Probably the most crucial part of the whole process is property viewings and, we’ve put together the 10 most common mistakes that landlords make with viewings - and how to avoid them.
You’ve found your dream property and you can already picture yourself living there. But first, you have to actually carry out the big move. This can be a stressful time, but you can make it easier by planning properly. Here are 10 things to consider before you make the actual move.
Being a landlord is something that works well for many people. But, even when it works well, its not an easy job to do. There’s a lot to consider, manage and keep on top of. Plus, you really need to be good with people.
When a tenant term is coming to an end, it can be a tricky time for landlords. When conducting viewings, landlords may wish to start the process before the current tenants have vacated their property. The pros for landlords to do this are zero vacancy, uninterrupted cash flow, and the one time transfer of utilities. Here are three tips for landlords when showing an occupied rental to prospective tenants:
If you are a landlord, there's a good chance that you carry out detailed checks on potential tenants before you sign the tenancy agreement.
This week sees the Great British Bake Off return to our screens once again, and in honour of its return we’re sharing a few tips on creating the perfect kitchen space. Your home’s kitchen might not have quite the dimensions of that famous tent, but we’re sure you can introduce a little light and energy with some of these simple, budget-friendly changes.
The relationship between leaseholders and the freeholders who own their buildings can become a bit fraught, and by far the most frequent cause of disputes is service charges.
Energy bills are not exactly cheap at the moment, and they seem to keep on increasing. If you rent a property and you're looking for ways to reduce your bills, LED lighting can help.
With margins on buy-to-let getting tighter, and agents threatening to ramp up their fees now that they can't charge as much to the tenant, many landlords will be gazing gloomily at their accounts and wondering whether it's time to do a bit more work and save a lot of money.
Young professionals can be a great target market when you buy a property to let. But what can you do to make your property more appealing to this type of tenant?
In leasehold properties, the freeholder will usually appoint an agent to handle the management of the building, including maintenance, insurance, communal utilities and other expenses like surveying work or accountancy.
Issues with damp are among the most persistent headaches you’re likely to encounter as a landlord. It can damage both your property and your tenants’ belongings, can affect your tenants’ comfort, and can even harm their health.
The bathroom as a functional space has a lot of emotive connotations attached to it. It is,fundamentally, a sanctuary for many. A place that is fully imbued with privacy and personal space. Undertaking a bathroom refurbishment is, therefore, a big undertaking. It shouldn’t be proposed lightly.
The decision to become a landlord is exciting and frightening. Being a landlord is a project which involves work and reward, in a way which is less direct than other forms of self-employment, because the biggest returns are probably going to come in the long term.
If you want to buy a property to let, there's a good chance you're going to need a buy-to-let mortgage.
But how do these work and what do you need to know about them? Here's a guide to explain the details.
Mature trees are handsome things, and beyond their aesthetics, they can provide a property with lots of other benefits, like shade, privacy and bird life. But they’re also giant living entities, and can occasionally complicate your life a bit.