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Articles posted in February 2015

Landlord lessons: decorate for life and not for strife

Friday 27 February 2015

With buy-to-let investors paying higher rates and fees for mortgages than domestic borrowers there is can be pressure to maximise profit and minimise expense and while the majority of landlords would prefer to decorate their properties to the standard they would have in their own homes, the truth is that a buy-to-let is going to see some very hard wear over the course of its service.

Know what you can claim: Essential buy-to-let tax-beating tips for landlords

Thursday 26 February 2015

Benjamin Franklin, famous statesman and founding father of the United States of America once said, 'in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.' And while Mr Franklin, who was also an author, scientist, printer and a postmaster, was quite right that taxes are unavoidable, he did not know about allowable expenses.

To furnish or not to furnish: that is the question for every buy-to-let landlord

Tuesday 24 February 2015

...or at least, a question which most landlords should consider very carefully before making a decision either way, because there are tangible advantages and disadvantages to both styles of letting. But the first point a landlord should consider is their target rental market. Students, for example, will normally be searching for properties which come with sofas, beds and wardrobes but older tenants and families are more likely to have their own furniture which they will want to bring with them.

How to deal with damp in a buy-to-let rental property

Monday 23 February 2015

Last year a private landlord was ordered to pay more than £2,500 in fines and fees following a prosecution by Stoke-On-Trent City Council for failing to provide acceptable accommodation. Stafford Magistrates’ Court was told how Mohammed Rafakat had been renting out a property which was severely affected by rising damp to all ground floor rooms, as well as penetrating damp to the upstairs bedrooms and bathroom.

What is Landlords Insurance?

Monday 23 February 2015

Property-letting can be complicated at times and there is always an element of risk when renting out your home to complete strangers. And, while most landlords do their best to provide decent homes for their tenants, accidents do happen.

What is a HMO?

Friday 20 February 2015

A House in Multiple Occupation, or HMO, is a property in which at least three tenants who form more than one household live and share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities with other tenants.

The Right to Rent checks and how they affect landlords

Thursday 19 February 2015

Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show net migration to the UK between June 2013-14 was 260,000 and whether you consider this figure, which is 22,000 less than the previous year, to be good or bad for the UK, it is important as a landlord to keep in mind some new legislation when renting to foreign nationals.

Top tips for investing in buy-to-let properties

Wednesday 18 February 2015

Stock market instability and falling pension pots make buy-to let investments seem like a sensible decision, but for those who are thinking about buying a property to rent out there are many important factors to consider before taking the plunge.

What every Landlord must know about Electrical Safety regulations and their rental property

Tuesday 17 February 2015

For most landlords their tenant’s safety and welfare is of paramount importance but a study by the Electrical Safety Council (ESC) has found that 1.7 million private renters have had concerns over electrical safety either ignored or acted on too slowly when reporting them. The same study found more than 2 million private renters were concerned about electrical safety in their homes.