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All you need to know about the Help to Buy Scheme

Wednesday 14 August 2013

This year's budget brought about a major change to the UK housing market in the form of the new help to buy scheme, which the government hopes will boost lending, making it easier for prospective-buyers to secure mortgages. The scheme itself is comprised of two parts, both of which focus on providing financial aid for first-time buyers or movers with small deposits. The intricacies and implications of such a scheme aren't always readily apparent, so it's important to know exactly how help to buy works before understanding what help to buy can do for you.

What Makes Student Properties a Good Investment for Landlords?

Monday 22 July 2013

If you’re looking for somewhere to start your enterprise as a landlord, or just to expand your current property portfolio, it’s worth considering investing in student accommodation. Being a student landlord comes with a range of benefits, not least considering that the market for student housing has remained a reliable, profitable investment since the economic downturn.

Common Pitfalls for Student Landlords

Monday 22 July 2013

Being a student landlord brings a range of benefits, including reliable demand for your property and a steadily increasing student population. But there are a few downsides, too, from extra regulations surrounding HMO properties to boisterous and damaging student parties. The good news, however, is that most of the issues arising from student letting can be mitigated, if not avoided altogether, with a little prior planning and knowledge. Here are some common pitfalls that new student landlords often fall foul of, to help keep you informed.

How to Rent to Tenants on Housing Benefit

Monday 15 July 2013

There's a strong demand for rental properties by tenants in receipt of Housing Benefit, but there's an equally strong stigma attached to these tenants, based largely on generalisation and anecdotal evidence. 

Essential Questions to Ask Prospective Tenants

Wednesday 10 July 2013

On our travels around the web speaking to landlords, we found that a lot of landlords were unsure which questions to ask a prospective tenant. We've compiled the top 10 questions as suggested by other landlords

Dos and Don'ts to Conduct the Perfect Viewing

Sunday 07 July 2013

You've got a prospective tenant interested in letting your property, now you need to make sure you show them how great the property is! Here are our tips to make sure your viewing runs smoothly:

Top Tips for First Time Landlords

Friday 05 July 2013

Thinking about becoming a landlord for the first time? Not sure where to begin? Here's some tips we've compiled from other landlords to help you along your way:

Is buy-to-let the right solution for first time buyers?

Friday 05 July 2013

Although it's complicated, there are more young people getting on the property ladder these days. Buy-to-let is something that is becoming quite popular due to the tighter restrictions set by mortgage providers.

Protecting your Property - Inspection Dos and Don'ts

Monday 01 July 2013

As a landlord, your property is both your own personal investment and the source of your livelihood. Understandably, landlords will want to do all they can to make sure tenants are living up to their end of the bargain. If you suspect that your tenants aren't behaving responsibly or properly, then this is always worth investigating in more detail. One of the most direct ways to do this is to carry out an inspection or viewing to get a first-hand look at your property.

Landlord confidence up in current climate

Sunday 16 September 2012

Landlord confidence in the buy-to-let market has been buoyed by strong tenant demand and good purchase prices, according to the most recent survey carried out by LSL Property Services. As the owner of UK's largest lettings agent network, it was able to pool its members to discover that nearly half of them (48 per cent) believe that now is a great time to invest in property.

Renters not getting much-hyped rent prices for Olympics

Monday 09 April 2012

While the Olympic Games in London have seemingly promised a fantastic amount of money to those looking to rent out their homes during the summer when travellers are desperate for accommodation, it seems like many people are not benefiting from this possibility.

One in four Scottish FTBs "have benefitted from stamp duty holiday"

Tuesday 13 March 2012

Around one in four of first-time buyers (FTBs) in Scotland - 23 per cent, to be exact - have been exempt from paying stamp duty as a direct result of the government's temporary lift of the threshold from £125,000 to £250,000 over the last two years.

New landlords reminded of end to stamp duty holiday

Friday 17 February 2012

First-time buyers looking to get on the housing ladder as owners or landlords have once again been reminded that they need to take advantage of the stamp duty holiday that they have been granted by the government, before it's too late.

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