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Landlords Blog Posts 1

The Right People

Despite the fact that many people regard letting agents as more or less the same, there are in fact numerous selection criteria on which to judge the good from the bad, and the remarkable from the mildly indifferent.

For example, there are many services and innovations which can make a

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Technology

The opportunities opened up by technology in the lettings field have been enormous, yet many lettings agents simply use their website as a glorified shop window. Like any agency window, the properties displayed need to be regularly updated and presented in a way that inspires tenants to take things further.

But a good agency website

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Landlords Blog Posts 2

Energy Performing Landlords

As part of the lettings process, landlords are required to ensure that their property has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) available to all prospective tenants (including existing tenants renewing their tenancy) with a minimum performance rating of “E”. This will extend to existing tenancies on 1st April 2020.

An EPC is a certificate issued by

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Landlords Blog Posts 3

May 2021 Market Comment

Welcome to the May 2021 Property Market Comment. The cherry blossom is always a reminder of the very peak of spring, and indeed of the annual boost to the property market. Certainly, this year has seen more intense activity than most of us in the property sector can remember.
However, when we speak about the

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Landlords Blog Posts 4

Portfolio Landlords

There are landlords and there are landlords. Some are what we call “accidental” landlords, who decided to let their property as an alternative to selling. Others are somewhat inadequately regarded as “amateur” landlords, who have a single investment property.

However, it is “portfolio” landlords who make up the majority of our clients. A portfolio landlord

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Landlords Blog Posts 5

Gas – The Landlord’s Responsibility

Whilst both gas and electricity can be lethal, from a landlord’s perspective, the law relating to gas safety is more stringent than it is for electricity with substantial fines or even imprisonment for of the breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. These regulations impose a duty on landlords to use a

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Landlords Blog Posts 6

Renting Freedom To Buy

Possibly prompted by a lack of supply, increasing numbers of home movers are renting as an interim measure prior to buying their next property.
If you are selling, it can be tempting to stay put until the right house comes onto the market. However, many people who have done this, and who find the right

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Landlords Blog Posts 7

April 2021 Market Comment

Welcome to the April 2021 Property Market Comment. The government’s decision to extend both the stamp duty holiday and the furlough scheme, as well as their new guarantee for high loan-to-value mortgages, have played their part in reducing uncertainty and boosting confidence.

Add to that the easing of lockdown, world-class rollout of the vaccine, impressive

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Landlords Blog Posts 8

March 2021 Market Comment

Welcome to the March 2021 Property Market Comment, following a very eagerly awaited budget. Fortunately for the property market, there was no immediate bad news at all, especially in respect of the much-publicised Stamp Duty deadline.
In a nutshell, nine months ago, the government sought to bolster the economy by helping the property market, by

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Landlords Blog Posts 9

February 2021 Market Comment

As we all battle through the current lockdown in our own way, the property market is surprisingly buoyant. This is perhaps inevitable as we are still playing catch-up from the restrictions of the first lockdown when sales transaction numbers plunged by around 50%.
But current market activity remains incredibly high, despite the fact that anyone

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Landlords Blog Posts 10

Accidental Landlord

The archetypal multi-property “professional” landlord probably only accounts for about half of all landlords. The rest come in all shapes and sizes – The “Accidental” landlord, The “Pension” landlord, The “Parent” landlord and The “Inheritance” landlord.

In this article, we consider The “Accidental” landlord:

The accidental landlord is a homeowner who would ideally have sold,

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Landlords Blog Posts 11

Tenant Fee Ban Benefit

Tenant Fee Ban Benefit Legislation now prevents letting agents from charging tenants a fee to process their application to rent a property. In the past,

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Landlords Blog Posts 13

The Advertising Myth

When a tenant pays a deposit to a landlord or letting agent, the money must by law be “protected” against non-return at the end of the tenancy by one of two schemes –one custodial, and one insurance–based. Letting agencies and landlords choose which they prefer.

The custodial scheme is government-operated and free of charge. Funds

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Landlords Blog Posts 14

Is Tenancy Deposit Insurance Worthless?

When a tenant pays a deposit to a landlord or letting agent, the money must by law be “protected” against non-return at the end of the tenancy by one of two schemes –one custodial, and one insurance–based. Letting agencies and landlords choose which they prefer.

The custodial scheme is government-operated and free of charge. Funds

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Landlords Blog Posts 15

December 2020 Market Comment

What a month – with two major news stories within hours of each other that are likely to have a positive effect on the UK housing market: the US election result, and the discovery of a Covid-19 vaccine.
We know that stability and confidence underpin so much in the economy – jobs, inflation, interest rates, mortgage approvals,

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Landlords Blog Posts 16

Your Winter Check List

Household emergencies generally occur during the depths of winter, but we recommend that landlords undertake a pre-winter checklist now to prevent unforeseen property headaches in the months to come. A tenant will often be less interested in preventative measures, but will of course complain if there is a problem – often too late and costly to

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Landlords Blog Posts 17

Showing Tenants Around

Some people feel that flats and houses should be able to “let themselves” and do not need to be “shown” by letting agents. Whilst this may be true of certain exceptional properties, or where achieving the optimum rent is not an issue, most properties require the skills of a well-trained letting agent if they are

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