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.
The best way to ensure shared rental success, is to live with a bunch of like-minded souls you enjoy being around and don’t mind sharing a loo seat with.
Buying a property is said to be one of the most stressful times in your life and with the added pressures of securing finance for a dream home, the process can prove a daunting task. Whether you are looking to purchase your first home or are considering investment options such as a buy-to-let, there are a variety of important factors that can affect your position to borrow.
With a booming generation of renters, more and more of us feel the everyday frustration of not being able to make our house truly our home.
Are you thinking of putting your property on the market this year? Here are our 7 top tips which should bring your home to the attention of potential buyers:
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.
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.
In today’s housing market, you’ll often find there’s a bigger choice of older, pre-owned homes than there is of new-build properties. That’s still the case with existing Government plans to build even more new properties across the UK. And that means rather than discussing details with a builder, you need have an idea of what pros and cons there are, to buying and owning an older property.
Sooner or later it’s almost inevitable that you’re going to have to deal with building works, whether they’re on your own property or your neighbours’.
When you decide to buy or rent a property, your first thought will likely be a house or a flat. But have you ever considered the idea of living in a houseboat? This is becoming an increasingly popular way to live, and it could be a great option for you.
Love your rented property but wish it was a bit more ‘green’? We don’t mean in terms of colour, but rather eco-wise. Granted because the property belongs to someone else you won’t be looking to install expensive measures such as a wood burner or upgrade the heating system.
With property going up in value and more people finding themselves priced out of the housing market, it’s clear that the UK needs more affordable homes.
One of the potential solutions comes in the form of modular homes. So could these be the way forward?
In the UK where there is a distinct shortage of homes for the population Government schemes have encouraged some much needed activity in the new-build sector in recent years. While for some a newly built home is exactly what they want, investors might not be 100% certain that it’s the best option for them.
You might have seen that infographic about the UK rental situation doing the rounds on social media the other week. The authors of the book it was taken from have a very definite stance on what they see as the inequality of the private rental market, but whether or not you agree with them, there are some alarming figures in there.
The end of 2015 saw extreme weather conditions which caused unprecedented flooding across Great Britain.
One of the great advantages of renting a property is the reduced responsibility in maintaining it.
Bridlington is a seaside town on Yorkshire’s East Coast, often considered Scarborough’s poor cousin. Until now it wasn’t considered a sound place to buy property in. The leisure facilities were run down, the seaside resort was more popular with older generations and had very little to attract younger families.
Landlords are gearing up for changes to energy efficiency laws for rented properties which should see their tenants’ utility bills cut.
Whether you’ve purchased a new home or a buy-to-let property, one of the first things you’ll need to do once you’ve completed is to have a good look at your security. It’s a sad truth that there’s no sure way to stop a determined burglar, but there are plenty of things you can do to make life a lot more difficult for them.