Tag Archives: landlords

A landlord’s New Year’s Resolutions

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Posted on 28th December 2015



A landlord’s New Year’s Resolutions So we’re heading into 2016, which is looking like it might be challenging for landlords, with new rules and regulations being brought in to try and clamp down on the buy-to-let industry. But, a new year means a new start, and also time for resolutions. You may have some personal […]

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Final nail in the coffin for buy-to-let?

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Posted on 30th November 2015



Last week’s Autumn Statement from the Chancellor dropped another bombshell for landlords. Not content with restricting the tax relief on mortgage interest, the Chancellor has now announced an additional 3% stamp duty surcharge on buy-to-let and second properties (above £40,000) from April 2016. Which is huge. The Chancellor believes that landlords buying buy-to-let properties are […]

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Locks and keys – what are the rules?

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Posted on 29th October 2015



Locks and keys and rights of access is always a contentious issue between landlords and tenants, but what are the rules, and who has the right to do what? In a nutshell, once a tenant has signed a tenancy agreement they have the right to use the property as their home. Which means that a […]

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Fire and safety regulations for HMO

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Posted on 23rd October 2015



As a landlord of a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), there are certain fire, electrical and safety regulations that must be adhered to, and you will be inspected by the local council to ensure that your property is acceptable and fully compliant. So, as a student landlord or other HMO landlord, what do you need […]

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Home emergency insurance – is it worth it?

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Posted on 21st October 2015



Home emergency cover can bring you peace of mind for things like heating or electrical problems, but should you fork out the money? They can be a lot of money, are you best saving your cash? What’s usually covered under this type of insurance? There will be differences between policies, but in the main, they […]

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Renting to tenants on housing benefit – yes or no?

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Posted on 14th October 2015



Renting to tenants is never going to be without its problems. But should landlords consider letting their property to those that receive housing benefit? There are so many arguments against it, that’s for sure. Some mortgage lenders won’t allow it, so check this out first if you want to think about this as an option, […]

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Making the most of a student property over the summer

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Posted on 13th October 2015



For many landlords, the summer period between students is a blessing, it gives them the time they need to undertake any renovations or perhaps a spot of redecorating before the next lot of students descend. It’s usually no longer than a couple of months, but some may be thinking about opportunities to make money from […]

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Carbon monoxide detector rules for landlords

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Posted on 5th October 2015



New regulations approved by Parliament came into force on 1 October which means that it is now compulsory for private sector landlords to ensure that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are installed in rented residential accommodation. If you fall foul of the rules, local authorities can impose a fine of up to £5000. So what […]

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