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Guest post: Deregulating the Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme – What You Need to Know

As you may already be aware, if you don’t comply with the basic rules of the Tenancy Deposit Protection scheme (TDP), you could be subject to hefty fines. But a new bill could make life a bit easier for landlords. The TDP aims to protect tenants’ deposits, making sure that landlords can return the money quickly and easily when it’s needed. Sadly, the scheme has been subject to... Read more

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Guest post: Open-Plan Living for Higher Rental Income

The whole point of buy-to-let renting is to generate as much income as possible. The best strategy in the long run is to make your property attractive to prospective tenants, allowing you to charge higher rents — an approach that benefits everyone. Open-Plan Living So what will be attractive to tenants? Owner-occupiers are increasingly turning to open-plan living, rather than the... Read more

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Guest post: Top 10 reasons for choosing quartz workshops for your kitchen

Have you ever undergone a big kitchen renovation? If yes, then you might be aware of the difficulties one can face while selecting the kitchen worktops. Now, when there are so many new materials being developed, it becomes important to decide over the material that fits your needs and budget appropriately. Your home decor tells the story about your home and certainly becomes a reflection of... Read more

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Guest post: Four things to consider as a first-time Landlord

When you first become a landlord, you will discover that there is so much more to the job than simply picking up the monthly rent. It sounds easy on paper but there are lots of other factors to consider before choosing this as your sole career. With this in mind, here are four important questions and answers which will make you feel more confident with your decision making. What mortgage... Read more

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Guest post: 6 reasons to stop investing in your pension and invest in your property

We all hear about how important is to invest in our futures. Auto-enrolment is being rolled out to all businesses across the country to ensure that we’re all saving into our pension funds ready for retirement. Investing in your pension may not be the best way to generate a retirement income however. Here’s 6 reasons why we feel it could be more beneficial to take your savings and invest in... Read more

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Guest post: Maintaining your property throughout the seasons

It’s the New Year, time for a new start and turning over a new leaf. Many of us will be focusing on diet and fitness but what about caring for our letting properties as well as our body? When you own a property it’s vital to keep on top of maintenance tasks in order to avoid future problems and unexpected costs. After all, the last thing you need in the New Year is tenants calling you with... Read more

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Guest post: Future proofing a London Property Portfolio

Letting properties in the UK's capital has probably never been so good. Even in the top-end and luxury property rental markets, which have sometimes seen real downturns in previous economic cycles, are remarkably buoyant given the country's relatively stagnant economy. Of course, the reason that there are so many people in London who are willing to pay rentals of over £1 million per year is... Read more

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Guest post: How to green up your property for eco friendly tenants?

Going green Nowadays it is far better to go green to attract tenants, as they will know that they have a better deal, and you will have less to worry about as it will be more likely for them to stay. Even though green upgrades take a little investment, you will have the initial money back in no time as you will save money on bills, and your new tenants will love the fact that they do not have to... Read more

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Where to invest: 5 places that are hot, hot, HOT

Looking to invest in a buy-to-let or grow your portfolio? Here are 5 locations that you might want to look at... Southwark, London It won’t come as a surprise to hear that London is the best place to invest if you’re looking for capital growth, but generally speaking rental yields are rubbish (you’ll be lucky to get 5% in most boroughs), so in most cases it’s only worth buying... Read more

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Guest post: IS IT THE RIGHT TIME TO ENTER THE STUDENT PROPERTY MARKET?

According to statistics compiled by the National Landlords Association, Students are not only the most reliable tenants to rent to, but also willing to pay the most for a property. These facts go against some common beliefs, but let’s look at some of the factors; university students often have their rent subsidized by student loans, as well as the fact they’ll quite easily (and happily) fill... Read more

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Guest post: In for Christmas…. When do tenants really want to move?

While there is no such thing as a safe investment, landlords will welcome the news that the UK housing marketing is showing promising signs of recovery. Over the last 18 months, the British public have been on the move, and chances are that this trend will continue into the next year. While it’s not unusual to hear people panicking that they won’t be “In for Christmas”, new research from... Read more

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Guest post: 6 Things you should know about advertising your property online

Are you struggling to find the right tenant for your property? Waiting for the phone to ring but nobody seems interested? Well, perhaps you ought to re-evaluate your tactics. When advertising your property online, be aware that it’s not simply a case of a couple of clicks here and there. Careful thought and consideration needs to go into what you want to say about your house or flat and... Read more

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Guest post: How to legally serve notice to your tenants?

For first-time landlords, having to deal with all the legal stuff can seem pretty daunting. It’s a legal minefield of forms and dead-lines and notices and obligations. But if the boring legal stuff is not done correctly, you may find that you are unable to get your property back when you want. Here we discuss the steps to legally end a tenancy in England and Wales at the end of the lease. Say... Read more

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Are you ready to fill in your Self Assessment?

The HMRC’s Self Assessment deadlines every year are significant dates not only for the UK’s 1.5 million landlords but the other 8.5 million people who are required to fill the form in. And the final dates for the 2013/14 Self Assessment are now looming. Those who prefer to fill in their Self-Assessment tax return using paper and pen have until midnight on the 31st October to complete it... Read more

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Guest post: The Ultimate Storage Guide for Landlords

For landlords letting a property for the first time or those who're between tenancies, preparation is key to attracting the right future tenant. Between Tenancy Refurbishments Whether the property is fully furnished or just partly equipped with the basics, you'll need to clear the decks so you have a straight run. Rent a self storage room on a short term contract (it’s possible to hire... Read more