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Guest post: Landlords insurance tips – Properties in high crime rate areas

There are a lot of consideration to be made when becoming a landlord. What class of tenants will I be targeting? How will I be placed in the market? What will I be expected to provide for the tenants? All of which are an important part of placing yourself in the best possible position to earn what you can from being a landlord. Prior to settling on a property to buy with the intention to rent,... Read more

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Guest post: Tips when renovating a house

If you’ve decided to join the exciting world of house renovation, congratulations! Sure, you’ll need to hire a lot of skips, and there will be some nail-biting moments, but there’s nothing that beats the reward of a newly renovated house. Here are a few tips from a skip hire in Camden Town to help you along. Remember Your Goal Like all good challenges, keep the end in mind before you... Read more

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Household Repairs a Landlord Should Be Able To Do

When you’re self-managing your rental property, knowing how to fix the most common household problems can save you a small fortune in time and money. So do you know how to wire a plug, or fix a leaking tap? How about bleeding a radiator? These are all standard household repairs that the majority of us are entirely capable of doing, yet some of us just don’t know how. This infographic from... Read more

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Guest post: Transform the top – the attic bedroom for rental

Compact, cramped and claustrophobic; the first thoughts that often come to mind when thinking of an attic bedroom. However, rejuvenating a dark and dingy attic room into a cosy and beautiful bedroom is not as difficult as you might think. Attic bedrooms work perfectly as an escape for fatigued parents, a hideaway for house guests and are especially useful for growing families. Common decorating... Read more

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How to use property as a pension

We’re always been told to save for our old age, but it’s so hard for many of us to get our heads around pension plans that property is increasingly being seen as an alternative way to save for our old age. However, if you’re going to rely on property providing you with an income in retirement you need to make sure you’ve got your strategy right and that you’ve planned far enough... Read more

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How, when and if to raise the rent

With so much talk in the media of rising rents (certainly in London and the southeast) you wouldn’t be alone if you were itching to ask your tenants for an increase, but you need to be wary of appearing too greedy, which might drive decent tenants away. Before you do anything, look at asking prices of similar properties in your area on rental sites like Rightmove and Zoopla to make sure that... Read more

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Guest post: Parents become landlords to offset children’s Uni costs

As the academic year draws to a close, the summer holidays see both new and continuing University students investigating accommodation for the year to come. With subsidised halls the choice of first year ‘freshers’, finding their feet at Uni, students starting subsequent years often seek more independence by living with their now-established friends. Student rental prices increased 3.1% in... Read more

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5 ways to increase your BTL profit

You could buy another property, but you wouldn’t necessarily make any more money, so how about squeezing more profit out of the property you’ve already got? There are two ways to do this, you can increase your yield and/or cut your costs. 1: Add bedrooms Extensions and loft conversions are the obvious way to add more space to your property and increase its rental value, but these are... Read more

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Student tenants: Are they really the pits?

They’re young, have little or no income and some are barely house-trained since they’ve never lived away from home before, so what’s to like about students ? Well, for a start, there are an awful lot of them around so if you decide to let to students you’ll be opening yourself up to a much wider market. If you’re offering budget accommodation, it could be perfect for this market. As... Read more

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5 early warning signs your tenant’s a bad ‘un

Every landlord worries about getting stuck with a tenant who doesn’t pay the rent or doesn’t look after their property, such concerns are only natural, but you can act swiftly to stop a bad problem from getting worse if you know the tell-tale signs to look out for. These are: Late Payments: Alarm bells should start ringing if your tenant is consistently late paying their rent. Don’t... Read more

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Upad Survey April 2014: What’s important to tenants

Last month Upad asked 740 tenants who had recently moved about their experiences. They found that a third rated high street lettings agents as either 'poor' or 'terrible' and only a third rated their experience 'good'. On average, those tenants surveyed had been charged £210 in "admin" fees. With over 1 million tenancies created in the UK each year, tenants are being charged at least £210... Read more

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Tips for landlords – Guest post: Make your property sing with wall art

When it comes to letting properties, bare beige walls have become the standard interiors choice for any landlord showing off their space to tenants. Whilst the benefits are clear – presenting a blank canvas, easy to refresh etc - beige does nothing to make your property stand out from the crowd. If you’re offering a property part or fully furnished, the walls are the largest area where you... Read more

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Should you furnish your rental or leave it empty?

One of the biggest decisions a landlord has to make is whether to furnish their rental or leave it empty and let the tenants provide their own furniture. So what should you do? Well, there are pros and cons to both. Letting a property unfurnished is obviously the cheapest and easiest option. In general, you won’t get any more rent for furnished accommodation and latest research from Upad... Read more

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The Pros and Cons of Corporate Lets

What landlord wouldn’t want a tenant whose rent is guaranteed by his or her employer? We’re talking here about a corporate let and they’re generally seen as highly desirable, but when offered such a deal it’s important to proceed with care. A corporate let, in case you’re wondering, is where a company secures the property on behalf of their employee, usually because they’re... Read more

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Guest post: How local authorities collaborate with landlords over Health & Safety issues

Plymouth City Council helping landlords meet health and safety requirements It is well-known that some people in the private rented sector (PRS) live in dangerous houses. The Gas Safe Register recently found that more than 20% of all PRS households contain dangerous gas appliances, with research from Shelter and British Gas finding that at least 10% of tenants do not have their gas boilers... Read more