Just like a friend you haven’t seen for a long time, your rental property will look older when you get it back at the end of a tenancy, and the difference can be jarring if you haven’t visited for a while.
Regardless of whether they’re owned or rented, all homes age, but when you see yours all the time, it’s easy to miss and live with the gradual wear and tear that’s part of daily life.
Continue reading FPTV (EP 182) DAMAGE OR WEAR & TEAR? Which counts as which, and what can you claim back? (Watch/Read/Listen)
Hardly any landlords we meet are fully legally compliant when we first speak to them, but it’s never on purpose. In fact, most of them genuinely believe they’ve got everything handled.
Unfortunately, this often means that problems are already brewing by the time they contact us, and some of the biggest areas where landlords come unstuck include:
Continue reading FPTV (EP 180) LANDLORDS IN TROUBLE: How we come to the rescue and stop things going wrong again (watch/read/listen)
There’s no denying that landlords faced a pretty challenging 2023. In particular, many of those who were highly leveraged decided to simply sell up, but did they act too soon?
Their departure has left a large hole of opportunity for existing investors and newcomers to fill, with the chronic shortage of homes and massive demand in your area pushing rents to ever-new heights.
Continue reading FPTV (EP 178) LETTINGS OUTLOOK 2024: what can landlords expect from the rental market this year? (Watch/Read/Listen)
Did you know that most people break their New Year’s resolutions within a month?
It’s hardly surprising given that most are based around health & fitness, which means heading to the gym at the crack of dawn during the coldest and darkest time of year – hardly a recipe for success!
Continue reading FPTV (EP 176) RENTAL REBOOT: Start 2024 with our top ten new year resolutions for landlords (Watch/Read/Listen)
The weather has turned, and winter is on the way, bringing with it a chilling collection of potential problems at your rental property.
In many ways, rental homes are more at risk when they’re occupied in winter because the daily lives and concerns of tenants can sometimes be at odds with the interests of landlords.
Continue reading FPTV (EP 172) LETTINGS WINTER PREP: Our landlord & tenant checklist for warm and safe rentals (Watch/Read/Listen)
Making mistakes is a part of life: many can be laughed off, but others are more serious. And for landlords, there can be legal and financial consequences for getting things wrong.
When we’re asked to take over a rental home by someone who’s been managing it themselves, they’re often feeling a bit overloaded or disillusioned with being a landlord.
Continue reading FPTV (EP 168) LANDLORD MISTAKES: Five major buy-to-let bloopers and how to avoid them (Watch/Read/Listen)
If you’re a landlord with a fixed-rate mortgage nearing the end of its initial term, you’ll only be too aware of the coming increase in your monthly repayments.
Back in October 2021 and 2018, two and five-year buy-to-let fixed rates averaged around 3%, but they’re now switching to today’s rates of more than 6% – a substantial jump!
Continue reading FPTV (EP 166) BUY-TO-LET RATE HIKES: Expert options if you’re a landlord facing higher mortgage costs (watch/read/listen)
House shares are a great way of maximising your rental income, and they cover every kind of tenant, from university students to high-earning professionals.
Inevitably, a housemate will leave at some point as their life evolves. And whether it’s moving in with a partner, relocating for work, or buying a home of their own, you’ll need to find a replacement.
Continue reading FPTV (EP 164) REPLACING A SHARER: Our guide to a swift, smooth and legal switch between tenants (watch/read/listen)
For some landlords, the very mention of guarantors can ring alarm bells. But they’re written into more tenancy agreements than you might think, and needing one isn’t necessarily a sign of problems ahead.
Even well-paid professionals with a glowing landlord’s recommendation can fall short in the referencing process, so it’s wise to have an understanding of what it means to have a tenant with a guarantor.
Continue reading FPTV (EP 162) ACCEPTING A GUARANTOR: The essential checks you need to make, and when to say no (Watch/read/listen)