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.
Friday 13 February 2015
Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that in 2011, the domestic private rented sector accounted for 18 per cent of the housing stock in England and Wales and 8 and 3 per cent of those properties had an F and G Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating - below the level of energy efficiency required by the Government.
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.
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.
Monday 06 October 2014
Every landlord knows that finding tenants costs money and time. This is why it is so important to keep your tenants happy, ensuring they stay in your property, and all your hard work acquiring them doesn’t go to waste.
Sunday 05 October 2014
There can often be much confusion surrounding the licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation, also referred to as HMO's. The Housing Act 2004 introduced licensing for HMO's that aimed to ensure better management and living conditions for tenants.
Friday 03 October 2014
Choosing the right letting agent is an important consideration for a landlord. As a landlord you want to make sure that the agent you choose will give you the best service and value for your money.
Friday 29 August 2014
As a landlord, choosing a letting agent can be a daunting and sometimes an overwhelming prospect. With occasional problem cases receiving significant publicity in the press, this can lead to landlords having a negative view of the letting agent industry, and in turn, make choosing an agency a nerve racking and scary prospect.
Tuesday 22 July 2014
On June 28th a combined team from Simple Landlords Insurance and Direct Group took on the National Three Peaks in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The team completed the three highest peaks across Scotland, England and Wales in a time of 26.5 hours and in doing so raised a grand total of £10,625.
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:
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.
Friday 11 October 2013
MPs have started to criticise George Osborne’s Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme claiming it could backfire and lead to another housing bubble.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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:
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.
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