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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.

Section 21 and landlords – the latest update to the Tenancy (Reform) Bill

Wednesday 21 January 2015

The second reading of the Tenancy (Reform) Bill put forward by MP Sarah Teather, is scheduled to resume on 6th March at Westminster. If passed, the bill would mean landlords could no longer serve a Section 21 Notice To Quit as soon as a tenant had made a complaint about a property to them or a relevant local housing authority.

Section 21 and Section 8 simplified - How to get your property back if things go wrong

Saturday 11 October 2014

Getting your property back if things go wrong with the tenancy is something that naturally most landlords will worry about. Although it may not be something you want to think about it is worth knowing from the outset what the legislation is around gaining possession of your property, in case you find yourself in the situation where you need to get it back.

Where are the Greenest Cities in the UK?

Monday 14 April 2014

If you're thinking of becoming a landlord in a city with a good attitude to helping the environment, we've done the hard work for you and found the greenest cities in the UK and why:

The Landlord's Guide to Tenancy Deposit Protection Schemes

Wednesday 16 October 2013

Here at Simple Insurance we are regularly contacted by landlords requesting advice about the Tenancy Deposit Protection Schemes and this guide aims to provide quick answers to some of the most common questions.

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.

We want to add value to landlords with interesting news and views! Our Hub includes information and opinions on the housing market from a variety of expert sources – please just be aware it doesn’t always reflect Simple’s opinion, or the products and services we provide.

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