How often should a landlord replace a carpet?04-01-2024
Carpets can easily become damaged or stained during tenancies. Red wine spillage, makeup stains, hair dye disasters, pet damage, fire damage, or the like can all cause irreversible damage to carpets. It can. be difficult to know how often you would need to replace your carpets as a landlord. In cases such as these, landlords […]
What are landlord fixtures and fittings?18-12-2023
Fixtures and fittings are items that are permanently attached (or ‘affixed’/’fixed’) – to a property. The majority of tenancy agreements will list the fixtures and fittings a landlord is responsible for repairing in a property. Therefore, landlords not taking proper care of repairing fixtures and fittings can end up with tenants taking them to court […]
How to find out if a property has flooded before27-07-2023
If you’re looking to generate capital growth or earn rental income, buying a property for the purpose of renting it out can be financially rewarding. However, something like flooding can ruin your property and, in some cases, force your tenants out of it for several months whilst the property is being dried out and repaired. […]
How to protect your rental property from storm damage04-07-2023
Severe storms have become more common in recent years in the UK. In fact, February 2022 saw three separate storms hit the UK in the space of one week, storms Dudley, Eunice, and Franklin. Storm Eunice was the most damaging storm in England and Wales since February 12th 2014. With this increase in severe storms […]
What should landlords do to stop mould?05-05-2023
Tragically, you may have heard the terrible outcomes of untreated mould. But what should landlords do to stop mould? With fatal cases being reported across London and the UK, many Landlord Associations and Landlord Guilds are stepping up to provide landlords with actionable pointers to help protect tenants against mould. Mould is a common problem […]
How to detect electrical damage in a rental property03-04-2023
Electrical safety should be at the top of your list as a landlord. It’s your responsibility to ensure that your rental property is safe for your tenants to live in. One of the key areas to consider is electrical safety, as faulty wiring or damaged appliances can pose a serious risk to your tenants. In […]
Property Damage Jargon Buster04-11-2022
From malicious damage to accidental scuffs and scrapes, as a landlord it’s important to know the difference between the two. Our property damage jargon buster provides you with a breakdown and definition of all the words and phrases that are commonly used throughout this section of our advice centre and might be confusing you. […]
Signs of structural damage to a house04-11-2022
Whether you’re preparing to view a potential investment property or are inspecting your current rental, you should be on the lookout for structural damage. Even small structural issues can escalate, leading to eye-watering repair bills. We’ll show you signs of structural damage to a house so you can stop further damage in its tracks. What is […]
How to protect a property from fire12-10-2022
‘I want to protect my rental property from a fire.’ – we hear you. Your asset will need to follow some legal fire safety requirements. In hand with this, you should be taking the steps listed below to safeguard your tenants from fire emergencies. As a landlord, you should have clarity over what requirements you […]
How to deal with water damage in house03-10-2022
Water damage is one of the most destructive and common emergencies you could face in your property. Having a clear procedures plan in place to deal with water damage before it occurs will reduce critical response time and hopefully protect your property from further damage. Safeguard your property from the get-go Your insurance is of imperative importance and […]
Effects of smoke damage to a property29-09-2022
Smoke damage is always a real headache to fix, and this is the major cause of many landlords not being able to complete a full smoke damage recovery project on a property. The invasive nature of smoke can be more devastating than the fire itself, with soot later being discovered in places such as air […]
Insurance for flood risk properties18-07-2022
Given that flooding only tends to vault to the top of the national conversation at times of obvious crisis, it can sometimes be easy for property owners to assume floods are only a genuine risk to a tiny minority of houses. However, with past assessments having found that about one in six properties in England – approximately […]
How to prevent flood water from entering your house26-06-2022
There are around five million people who live in flood-risk areas in England and Wales – one in six homes in England are at risk of flooding. Flooding is a risk that everyone should be cautious of in the UK, and while it’s not possible to floodproof your home completely, there are several measures you can take in […]
Effect of flooding on property value18-05-2022
Flooding – we all know it’s a possibility, but few of us prepare for the potential risks. In England alone, more than 5 million properties are at risk of flooding, with the annual cost of damages estimated at over £1 billion. If your property floods, it may no longer be fit for habitation and, in such cases, […]
Are tenants liable for damages to a neighbour's property?22-03-2022
It can be tricky for landlords to figure out what they’re liable for and what tenants are liable for, particularly when it comes to damage to a neighbour’s property. After all, if your tenant floods the neighbour’s flat, they should be the one who foots the bill and not you, right? The good news is […]
How to check for frozen pipes18-03-2022
When the temperature drops, excess water inside a pipe can freeze. As the water freezes, it will expand, causing pressure to build inside the pipe. In such cases, there are two potential outcomes for landlords. At best, frozen pipes will temporarily stop the flow of running water. At worst, the pipe may burst and lead […]
How bad is water damage to a house?20-01-2022
Whether it’s losing a tenant or finding alternative accommodation for tenants whilst repairs take place, damage to your property as a result of a flood or leak can be a headache. Unsurprisingly, loss of rental income is one of the biggest concerns for landlords and property owners, and after an unforeseen event, loss of rental income can […]
How to get rid of bird infestation in your property20-01-2022
Many landlords will go above and beyond to make sure that their tenants are happy whilst living at their property. However, dealing with a major bird infestation is not usually in the cards for most landlords, but it can happen. For obvious reasons, birds can become a real nuisance for landlords and tenants alike. It’s not just […]
How long does a landlord have to make deductions?21-12-2021
As a landlord, the topic of deposit deductions will come onto your radar as a tenancy ends. You don’t have long to identify any issues with your property before deciding to make deductions or return the deposit in full. Get your checklist ready as we answer the question – how long does a landlord have […]
How to detect water damage in a house17-11-2021
The winter season brings new challenges for landlords. With the colder weather setting in, properties are more vulnerable to damage, so it’s important to take extra care when carrying out your property inspections and encourage your tenants to be vigilant of any signs of water damage. Here we’ll share our guide on how to detect water damage in […]
Can a wasp nest damage your house?15-10-2021
When you first discover a wasp nest in your rental property, of course alarm bells will be ringing. Many concerns may be racing through your mind. How much damage is going to be caused to my property? What action do I need to take to wipe it out? And as a landlord, am I responsible […]
What is considered damage to a rental property?27-09-2021
During your tenants stay, you may have made regular visits to the property to check that everything is in working order. But when it comes to moving out day, you may uncover some hidden surprises. Now that the furniture no longer hides bumps and scrapes, you may be wondering if you need to make deductions […]
Who pays for accidental damage to rental property?30-07-2021
As the familiar saying goes, accidents happen. Arguably, they are especially likely to happen to a property you let out, given the rapid turnover of tenants it could see even within just a few years. Worse, when an accident does occur, permanent damage can result. You can take steps to minimise the likelihood of damage, […]
Do I Need Landlord Insurance By Law?06-05-2021
When handing over the trust to your tenant to take good care of your property, the last thing you want is to discover that damage has been caused. Alongside this, no landlord wants to subsequently get caught up in a dispute with a tenant about who is responsible for paying for said damage. In an […]
Fair Wear and Tear02-12-2020
As a landlord, it’s important to remain realistic and understand that you’re very unlikely to get your property back in exactly the condition you rented it out in. Your brand new, pristine white carpets probably won’t be the same shade of white a year or two down the line. You must expect fair wear and […]
Malicious Damage to Your Property13-11-2020
When a landlord agrees to rent their property to a tenant, they trust that this person will look after and respect that property as if it were their own. Sadly though, that isn’t always the way it goes. Accidental damage can happen to anyone, however malicious damage is much more serious. Malicious damage involves an […]
Electrical Safety Regulations for landlords28-08-2020
Whilst the majority of landlords take the safety of their tenants seriously, the same cannot be said for everyone. That’s why there are rules in place when it comes to things like electrical safety regulations that every landlord must follow. For the majority of landlords in the private rented sector, this won’t require them to […]
Gas Safety Regulations05-02-2020
As a landlord, it is up to you to make sure that your tenants remain safe in the property that you’re letting. You trust them to look after your property, and they trust you to maintain a good standard of living for them. Part of these responsibilities involves making sure that all gas appliances, fittings, […]
What to do When a Neighbour Damages Your Property11-10-2019
You could be blessed with the conscientious and careful tenants that every landlord dreams of, but all it takes is a few less careful neighbours and you’ve got yourself a case of property damage. It can be tricky to know where you stand when a neighbour damages your rental property. Should they be the ones […]
Fire Safety in Rented Property15-08-2019
Being a landlord is no joke, and it’s really important for any landlord to take their job seriously. It’s your responsibility to make sure that you’re providing a safe place for your tenants to live. Within this realm sits fire safety. There are a lot of regulations around fire safety in residential properties, and it […]
What Causes Mould?11-03-2019
Damp and mould in a home can really affect a person’s health and decrease the value of a property so needless to say, it’s not something a landlord should take lightly. Plus, it’s legally a landlord’s obligation to keep this side of their property in working order. Caused by excess moisture, removing mould is usually a costly […]
Top 5 Types of Damage in Rented Property21-09-2018
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Rental Property Damage19-09-2018
40% of landlords say that property damage is their biggest bugbear. It’s possibly the most misunderstood area of the renting process, as there are often many grey areas. Often, there’s confusion around who is responsible for what, what damage is accidental and how to know the difference between damage and fair wear and tear. It […]
Repairs - Who's Responsible for What?18-06-2018
As the owner of one or multiple properties, it’s inevitable that you will encounter property damage of some description somewhere along the line. As a landlord, it’s even more important to keep certain things maintained within your property as, after all, you are responsible for providing a safe home for your tenants. What are your repair […]
What to Do If a Tenant Damages the Property13-04-2018
No landlord ever wants to discover that damage has been caused to their property by a tenant, or to get involved in a dispute with the tenant about who is responsible for paying for the damage. When damage initially occurs In the event of any damage to the furniture or fittings in your property, you […]
Most landlords will experience an issue of some degree with damages to their property at some point. We advise on how to handle deliberate and non-deliberate damage to the property or its contents.
Dealing with tenant and neighbourly disputes in the correct way is so important. Here, we identify the common issues that may arise, such as boundary issues and noise complaints, and the best way in which to resolve them.
It’s so important for landlords to know their stuff when it comes to money and finances. Here you’ll find advice on everything from rental arrears, deposits and many other important financial issues.
We explore and advise on issues regarding illegal activity taking place at a rented property – with everything from drugs and cannabis farms, to the setting up of secret brothels and gambling dens.
Landlord Insurance Advice
Landlord insurance can protect landlords in the event of fire, theft, loss of rent and more. Whether you’re considering cover or have just taken out a policy, we’ll guide you through the topic of landlord insurance.
It’s important to approach legal issues carefully to honour your tenants’ rights, so pay attention to the details. We’ll give advice on the most common legal issues landlords face.
We explore all of the other issues and situations that may arise for landlords, so that you can feel confident and in-the-know.
Should you relax your ‘no pets’ policy, or is an animal-friendly rental a recipe for disaster? We explore the pro’s and con’s of housing tenants furry friends and how to deal with unauthorised pets, complaints and damages.
Once you hand over the keys to your tenant, you can’t just turn up and visit your buy-to-let property as and when you like. Here you’ll find advice on the correct protocols to follow when carrying out inspections and guidance on what might constitute too much contact between you and your tenant.
Property Maintenance & Interiors
Every landlord wants their rental property to stay in top condition, and tenants may want to decorate their new home. Read our advice about garden and property maintenance, and interiors here.
Squatters and unregistered tenants and guests are more common than you might think, so it’s vital you’re aware of the rules and regulations and how to deal with these issues correctly. We explore the in’s and out’s of squatters rights and secret subletters so that you don’t get caught out.
It’s a landlord's responsibility to ensure that a rental property is compliant with all safety regulations - from gas certificates to fire safety measures. Here, we talk about every safety regulation you should be aware of.
It’s no secret that the screening process is so important to get right, as it’s the foundations to ensuring an easy and simple tenancy. Here, we offer advice regarding applications, credit and background checks – and everything else you may need to know before selecting your future tenants.
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