6 things landlords should know about electrical safety
Tenant safety should never be far from a landlord’s mind. In light of a new set of best practice guidelines being issued by Electrical Safety First, we take a broader look at electrical safety in privately rented properties. Here are six things landlords should know:
Leasehold reforms: what, when and how explained
You may have seen King Charles III officially opening the new session of Parliament in early November. During the pomp and ceremony, the King read out the Government’s main intentions for the 12 months ahead.
Renters’ Reform Bill: update & Section 21 news
The second reading of the Renters’ Reform Bill in October took many landlords by surprise, with an unexpected announcement regarding Section 21 eviction notices – the method used by landlords to regain their property without having to have a specific reason. We have poured over the details and have provided answers to your most common questions.
The top 10 features that drive rental enquiries
What are today’s tenants looking for when they search available rental properties? This was the question Rightmove set out to answer when it examined more than 600,000 property listings. The portal tallied the number of enquiries a listing generated in relation to the property features that were mentioned in the description.
6 reasons why your tenant may sublet in 2023…and how to spot it
Would you know if your tenant presented a subletting risk? Are you confident you’d know how to spot if subletting was taking place? With recent research by Direct Line showing 1 in 8 tenants had engaged in subletting activity – and with 22% of tenants considering or already signed up to Airbnb or similar – subletting is something to take seriously in 2023.
A tenant’s guide to garden expectations
Renters are expected to act in a ‘tenant-like manner’ and that means undertaking small maintenance jobs inside the property and outdoors too. In fact, a poll by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) found garden maintenance was one of the top five reasons for deposit disputes.
6 things landlords need to know about the Renter’s Reform Bill
There was a lot of fanfare after the Renters’ Reform Bill got its first reading in Parliament earlier in May but despite the publicity, there is a long way to go before the Bill becomes law. We’ve outlined what happens next and when we may expect the law to change.
How to raise the rent
Landlords and letting agents alike were waiting for the publication of the Renters’ Reform Bill in May but due to something described as ‘procedural issues’, the move has been delayed.
8 ways to decorate a rented property
Despite the image of tenants being flighty characters who move home every six months, renters are living in the same place for increasingly extended periods of time. Rightmove research among nearly 1,300 landlords in 2022 found the most common length of a private tenancy is over two years, with a fifth (18%) of landlords saying their average length of tenancy has increased over time.
Are flats a failsafe investment in 2023?
Buy-to-let continues to be a popular investment vehicle as it’s still a simpler concept to understand when compared to investing in stocks, shares or even crypto currency, for example. Now the job is to match the intent of ambitious landlords with the best property type for 2023. Here are 5 reasons why a flat maybe a failsafe investment in 2023.
Gen Z renters seek sustainable properties
What you think Generation Z want from a rental property and what they would actually like may surprise landlords hoping to target students, recent graduates and young professionals. A new survey of more than 2,500 people aged between 16-25, featured in an article published by PBSA News, set out to establish what was important to them in a rented home.
Is now the time to become a limited company landlord?
Being a landlord is about running a profitable investment, but for some, it is becoming harder to protect margins and generate a meaningful income. Now is a good time to examine your landlord status – is it best to be a private operator or a limited company?
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