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


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


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


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


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


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


Guest post: dressing properties to rent calls for a targeted approach

Ben Hall MD of LOFT Interiors- - landlords’ go-to furnishing specialist for rental properties - shares his views on why landlords shouldn’t rely solely on refurbishments to secure long term tenants- stressing the need for a targeted approach to dressing your property and catering for the market. IDENTIFY YOUR TARGET MARKET By dressing your property to cater for... Read more


Guest post: Buying a House to Let – What You Need to Know

With lower house prices, rising rent costs and improved deals on mortgages, we are currently in a time where buying-to-let has become an attractive income investment. If you are planning on investing in property in the near-future, you should be aware of the obligations that you will be taking on and the key factors you should consider before purchasing a property and moving a tenant... Read more


Are new-build homes the best property to let?

One of the liveliest debates among landlords is whether new or older properties make better buy to let properties, so here’s how we believe the pros and cons of both stack up. New-build properties Pros Fixtures, fittings, equipment and appliances are the latest, which is a major tenant draw. Leasehold periods tend to be longer than older properties. Developers often offer 'landlord'... Read more


Do ‘accidental landlords’ really need to get a buy to let loan?

One of the big challenges for many of Britain’s accidental landlords – as those who rent out former homes are known – is to obtain a buy-to-let mortgage to replace their traditional homeowner loan. A quick look at the market will reveal dozens of mortgage providers happy to lend money but unfortunately for landlords, matters are not that simple. Buy-to-let lending is much tighter than... Read more

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Should landlords keep quiet about parking restrictions?

The rapid spread of on-street parking restrictions along many of Britain’s residential streets is helping to make properties on them unpopular among tenants as a small army of wardens descend on them in a flurry of rage-inducing tickets. Also, such is the often high cost of permits and administrative hassle for tenants living in controlled parking zones that some landlords gloss over these... Read more


Guest post: How safe is your area?

Whether you have lived in the same place for a number of years and intend to stay put, or are looking to up sticks to somewhere new it is always a good idea to get informed about the area in question. Making yourself aware of the crime rates could determine future decisions or simply give you a realistic view of certain areas, as the saying ‘ignorance is bliss’ doesn’t always... Read more


Why is landlord insurance more than normal home insurance?

If you’re in the property game you will have noticed the large price difference between landlord insurance and those for owner-occupied properties. On first inspection both look similar and offer ‘buildings and contents’ cover should there be a fire or burglary. So why is landlord insurance often up to 20% more? Trawl around in the policy detail and it becomes clear why. Most landlord... Read more