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Landlord Tax updates

Landlord Tax updates

Landlords have got used to the Government announcing tax changes each year and thankfully the last two budget announcements from the Chancellor have been relatively easy on property investors.

There are not  any property-specific tax changes for landlords this year, but there are a few other things that may have implications not only for you, but also for your tenants. Anything that impacts negatively on their finances could affect their ability to pay their rent, so it’s helpful for you to know what challenges – or benefits – they might be facing. Click image to read more

Top tips on how to handle a vacant property

Top tips on how to handle a vacant property

There can be times when a rental property is vacant. Whether this is short term between tenancies, or longer term such as planned renovations that are easier without a tenant in situ, the downside is that when a property is vacant it becomes a lot more vulnerable. If there are water leaks or damage from adverse weather, this could go unnoticed until you next inspect the property. Or if it’s obvious that there’s nobody living there, it could be targeted by squatters or vandals – and both problems could take time and money to resolve. Click image to read our top tips…

Deep clean before you hand back the keys

Deep clean before you hand back the keys

If you’re preparing to leave your rental property and move on to pastures new, one key thing on your departure list will be an end of tenancy spring clean.More than 50% of all tenancy deposit disputes between landlords and tenants are due to cleanlinessBut exactly how clean do you need to leave your rental property and where do you start?

This guide has all the answers.. click image to read more.

Do’s and Don’ts of renting a property

Do’s and Don’ts of renting a property

If you’re about to rent a property for the first time, it can be almost as daunting as buying. After all, you could be moving out of the family home for the first time and suddenly you’re responsible for bills, looking after yourself and ensuring you stick to the terms of a tenancy agreement.

Or you could be renting for the first time after a change in circumstances, having been a homeowner previously.

Either way, renting brings with it a lot of responsibility and there are a host of things you should and shouldn’t do when renting. Click image to read our comprehensive guide..

Broadband and moving home

Broadband and moving home

Moving home is never simple, but you can give yourself a shot at the easy life by ensuring your broadband internet is set up as smoothly as possible after your move.

What to check before you move

Before moving – perhaps before you even commit to a rental or exchange contracts for a purchase – check the internet coverage for your new address. Is fibre broadband an option? Will you need to switch to a new provider, or can you remain with your current ISP. Click image to read comprehensive guide to making things easy.

Keeping condensation and mould at bay

Keeping condensation and mould at bay

​We’re well into spring and heading towards summer, but the weather can’t quite make its mind up!

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..

Thinking of buying a property to let?

Thinking of buying a property to let?

Buying a home with the intention of letting it out is a completely different beast to buying one to live in. It will require careful consideration to ensure you get the best rental income and a good investment property. At Carrick Johnson we specialise in letting, not house sales, so we are in the position of offering you unbiased advise prior to your property search..

If you choose well, you’re going to benefit from short and long-term gain. In the short term, you’ll be receiving rental income each month from your tenant. Once you’ve covered your outgoings, the rest is yours to invest, save or spend. And in the long term, you’ll benefit from the capital gain that your property generates. Click image to read more…

Proposed EPC changes..

Proposed EPC changes..

Huge changes to EPCs may be coming into play in 2025. But what does EPC mean? How is it going to impact you? And how much will it cost?

The Government is considering bringing in changes to protect the world from climate change. It would impact selling or renting out a property. According to recent survey statistics,* almost 60% of homes in the UK have a D rating or lower which means this change will affect the majority of landlords in the UK. Here’s all you need to know. Click image to read more.

Small garden ideas

Small garden ideas

If you have a little outdoor space, you may think you’re limited in what you can accomplish with your garden. Even the tiniest plot may be transformed with a plethora of great and innovative small garden ideas.
Little gardens may need a bit more consideration than larger gardens, but they offer numerous benefits. For starters, it encourages you to be more creative, which may lead to a unique style and beauty. Another significant advantage is that, given their small size, they are frequently low maintenance.

You can find plenty of small garden ideas to inspire you, whether you want to construct an outstanding balcony garden, squeeze garden furniture into a courtyard, or fill a plot with greenery.

So, get creative and see what you can come up with whatever room you have

How to prepare your property to rent.

How to prepare your property to rent.

Whether you are a first-time landlord or have a bigger lettings portfolio, it is important to be prepared when welcoming new tenants into your rental property.

This proactive approach not only safeguards the tenant’s health and safety and may prevent future maintenance issues, but it also ensures your tenant has a good experience living in your property, helping you with potential leases in the future.

Click the image to read five things to consider when preparing your rental property for a new tenants.