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Stay safe this Christmas

Stay safe this Christmas

Christmas and the rest of the holiday season is a magical time, with homes transforming into winter wonderlands and neighbourhoods lighting up with decorations. With so much excitement and wonder, you may not be thinking about the hazards lurking around the holidays? Help your family and your home stay safe and cheerful this holiday season by paying attention to the advice on our news page.. click image to read more

Keeping condensation and mould at bay

Keeping condensation and mould at bay

Condensation and mould issues are generally worse in the winter when the weather is cold and wet, so spring and summer can be a great time to throw those windows wide open and air out your house to help keep condensation and mould problems at bay. Click image to read more..

How to address increased heating bills

How to address increased heating bills

With vastly increased energy bills, it becomes even more important  to efficiently heat your home and ensure prevention of damp, mould, cold draughts or other issues.

There are many effective ways of keeping your rental property warm this winter whilst keeping costs down. Click image to read our tips and guidance on keeping your property warm..

Do landlords have a duty of care towards neighbours?

Do landlords have a duty of care towards neighbours?

Yes and no!It’s difficult to hold landlords legally responsible for their tenants. Unless, that is, the landlord is deliberately encouraging antisocial behaviour. However, even without law involvement – neighbourhood disputes are never good for a landlord’s reputation...

Reducing our Carbon Footprint is everyone’s responsibility..

Reducing our Carbon Footprint is everyone’s responsibility..

Quick Tips For Cutting Your Carbon Footprint At Home
The average family of 4 creates ten tonnes of CO2emissions each year. Taking steps to reduce this figure as a tenant and a landlord, not only contributes in a positive way to reducing the UK’s impact on Climate Change, but on a personal level, can also save you a significant amount of money on energy bills.. Click image to read our guide

The Perfect Balance

The Perfect Balance

There’s something more important to Landlords than getting the highest rental value
As a landlord, when the time comes to find a tenant for your property, achieving the highest rental income per month from the tenants, in order to help you maximise the return on your investment is key.

There’s no denying that being a landlord can be expensive. Whether the boiler breaks or a new piece of legislation comes out, it will inevitably cost money, so it is understandable that most landlords focus on getting the highest possible rent per month to cover their mortgage on the property and all maintenance costs. However, there are some other considerations to take into account.

The most costly part of being a landlord is paying for a property while it is vacant.

Changing tenants every year or every 6 months with vacant periods inbetween is going to be vastly more costly than having a longer term tenant. Even if it means accepting a slightly lower rental figure per month over a much longer term. Click image to read more

Getting Winter Garden ready

Getting Winter Garden ready

As Autumn leaves fall  nature tells us it’s time to get your garden ready for Winter and we know how much our tenants enjoy their garden in warmer months, so if you want to repeat that experience next year, now is time to put some simple measures in place.. Click image to read more

Landlord allowable expenses

Landlord allowable expenses

As a landlord, you’ll have to pay tax on your profits – quite a bit of it, and (in most cases) more than you would have done a few years ago. We’re here to help you understand how to claim against your rental income profits and therefore reduce the amount of tax that you owe. As an investor, you have “allowable expenses” and these can be deducted as long as they are, in the words of the gov.com website ‘ wholly and exclusively for the purposes of renting out the property‘

Claiming allowable expenses as a landlord is one way of making sure you’re paying what’s fair. Click image for your guide on how and what you can claim

What is fair wear and tear?

What is fair wear and tear?

What is considered ‘fair wear and tear’ can be a divisive subject between landlords and tenants, sometimes resulting in disputes.

Luckily, fair wear and tear on a rental property is not as subjective as it may initially seem.

There are lots of guidelines for both landlords and tenants to help them understand what is expected of them when it comes to property maintenance, while certain tasks may also be included in tenancy agreements.

If you are a tenant or landlord and you’re unsure of what you’re responsible for, speak to your property agent refer to reputable resources on places like the government website or the citizens advice bureau.”

In this guide, we explain everything you need to know about acceptable wear and tear and outline the differences between wear and tear and damage. Click image to read more

Decorating your rental property..

Decorating your rental property..

Whether the property is a totally unfurnished blank canvas, or is part-furnished and gives you something to work with, one thing’s for sure when it comes to renting: although not technically your house, you can quite easily make it feel like your home. And doing so doesn’t have to cause any damage or result in leaving items you’ve bought behind when you move on, either.

Check out our creative cosmetic tips for how to put your own stamp on a rental properly, while still being able to leave without a trace after your tenancy is up. Click image to read our simple guide.