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Referencing – Why bother?


Referencing – Why bother? I hear this so often from landlords, as there seems to be little understanding of the huge relevance references have in helping them choose the right tenant. Coupled with this view, is the statement that “references are not worth the paper they`re written on”, which is equally off putting. I would…

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Great Case Studies to Learn from!


Great Case Studies to Learn from!   Over the last two months I`ve had numerous cases to deal with but five in particular stand out and are worthy of noting for future landlords to be aware of.   Ground floor modern flat, Taunton area – Maintenance issue Interestingly in TPO`s (Property Ombudsman) 2022 report, maintenance…

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Energy Efficiency Improvements for Home Owners and Landlords Beneficial or Onerous?


Energy Efficiency Improvements for Home Owners and Landlords Beneficial or Onerous?   Whilst most property owners will see the need and agree that their property needs to improve the energy efficiency, many will struggle with the cost and the practicalities that are involved.   Fabric first improvements are the “buzz words” of the moment –…

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Worrying EPC Landlord Attitude


Worrying EPC Landlord Attitude When recently questioned in a Green Building Renewables survey about EPCs and how prepared Landlords are: 63% said they plan to sell properties rather than invest in energy-efficient measures like insulation, heat pumps and solar. In London, the number rose to 75% landlords and 62% landlords said the new regulations had…

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Presenting your property for market


Presenting your property for market Having bought your property, you need to do five things before even thinking about letting it out: 1. Refer back to your strategy and consider what your ideal tenants are looking for and subconsciously will want. Does this mean that certain aspects of the property will need altering to fit…

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Do you know what is the right property for you?


Do you know what is the right property for you?   As a landlord, there are two ways to approach this critical decision; either what type of property do you feel comfortable owning or what type of tenant are you happiest dealing with? Both get you to the same starting point but they will give…

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Do you know your Ideal Property Rental and why?


Do you know your Ideal Property Rental and why?   Having decided on the property strategy with a clear timescale you wish to follow, you will need to look in greater detail of what is involved. The most important factor is the location of the property and a thorough understanding of the area you have…

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If buying a rental property consider these questions first.


If buying a rental property consider these questions first.   The most important decision is going to be about your character and you as a person. What do you want to achieve out of investing in property and how much risk and hassle do you think you can reasonably handle comfortably? A higher return with…

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How to Rent Guide


How to Rent Guide   On Friday 24th March 2023, the government released the updated How to Rent Guide. Landlords should make sure that they give existing tenants this latest Guide in hardcopy or as a PDF (so long as the tenants have agreed to receive paperwork by email) whenever possible. It is a legal…

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Sharing Tenants need to Think Ahead!


It`s so nice to be asked to do something proactive for a group of tenants renting a shared house on a long term let. To be honest it is rare to find tenants, whether friends or not, who plan for the upheaval of one of their group leaving. There are seven major things to consider…

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Condensation & Mould – How can it be Treated? (Part 2)


Condensation & Mould – How can it be Treated? (Part 2)   As covered in part 1, damp and mould in domestic properties can lead to health issues. There are simple steps that both tenants and landlords can take to prevent damp and mould. Everyone living in the property, needs to have a basic understanding…

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Condensation & Mould – What to do! (Part 1)


Condensation & Mould – What to do! (Part 1)   Mould has recently, for very unfortunate circumstances, taken media centre stage again and it is timely reminder for PRS (Private Rental Sector) landlords to re-evaluate their properties and the tenants they have living within them. Mould is one of the most listed and important points…

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