How to Become an HMO Landlord05-02-2024
Becoming an HMO landlord can be rewarding, offering higher rental yields and diversification in the property market. However, stepping into the role of an HMO landlord involves understanding legal requirements, the nuances of property management, and the ability to effectively manage tenant relations. Here, we outline the key steps and considerations for any landlord looking […]
How to Buy a Commercial Property with Sitting Tenants02-02-2024
Investing in commercial property can be a lucrative venture, and acquiring a property with established occupants can offer immediate income and result in reduced vacancy risks. However, navigating this territory requires careful consideration and a clear understanding of the process involved. Here, we take a look at what buying a commercial property with sitting tenants […]
Selling commercial property with sitting tenants29-01-2024
As a landlord in the UK, you might find yourself in a situation where you need to sell a property that currently holds tenants. This scenario can raise several questions and concerns, particularly regarding the impact on property value and the legalities involved. Here we aim to provide clarity and guidance for landlords selling commercial […]
What are the responsibilities of a commercial landlord?04-01-2024
The volatility of the residential property market in recent times has led to many landlords opting to invest in commercial property, especially commercial properties in London. Becoming a landlord is a big responsibility, but what are the responsibilities of being a commercial landlord? How do they differ from the responsibilities of residential landlords? Here, our expert […]
How much notice does a commercial landlord have to give?18-12-2023
Commercial landlords must give tenants at least three months’ notice before the original lease term expires. When a fixed-tenancy end date has already passed and a tenant is paying their rent in full and using the premises for business reasons, they will have the right to remain in the property until the landlord provides them […]
Can a landlord refuse to renew a commercial lease?31-07-2023
If you’re a landlord that rents out commercial premises, you will have signed a commercial lease with your tenant. These contracts tend to last for longer periods than residential leases, with 3-5 years being the minimum commitment. If you’re new to this area of the rental sector, you may be interested in the commercial lease renewal […]
What certificates do landlords need to provide?31-07-2023
On the surface, renting a property seems quite simple. However, being a landlord comes with a myriad of legal responsibilities that are designed to protect both you and your tenant. Before you rent your property, you need to carry out a range of safety checks and retain the documents as evidence. If you cannot provide your tenant […]
What are the key legal responsibilities of a landlord?25-05-2023
Weighty is the responsibility of being a landlord. We’ve put this useful guide together to lay out the key legal responsibilities of a landlord to help you cross every T. With our walk-through of the legal steps you should be taking, we’ll make sure you start any tenancy agreement off on the right foot and […]
Do private landlords have any rights?05-05-2023
As a private landlord, you have a responsibility to treat your tenants in the rental market fairly, and this works vice versa. Usually, the rights of landlords and tenants will be clearly set out in the tenancy agreement, signed by both parties. Although landlord rights can feel slightly blurred at times, this article explores […]
What does the abolishment of Section 21 mean for landlords?05-05-2023
The primary aim of the proposed renters’ reform bill will be to provide actionable changes and reforms that ensure the private rental sector is fairer and more secure for renters and landlords alike. One of the main changes to eviction rules stated in the proposed renters’ reform bill is the abolishment of section 21 […]
What are the new rules for landlords?16-03-2023
It looks to be another ever-changing year for landlords. With rental reforms being actioned, you’ll want to know what are the new rules for landlords. As well as understanding the basics of what is required from you as a landlord when you set up your property for renting out, you’ll need to know the new […]
What to do if your tenant is not paying rent?04-11-2022
In a perfect world, every tenant would pay rent on time and in full. However, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes even the most upstanding tenants fall behind on their rent. Of course, the last thing any landlord wants to do is chase rent arrears. At best, tenants will be cooperative and quickly pay arrears. […]
What is the minimum length of an assured shorthold tenancy?03-10-2022
Finding good tenants can feel like you’ve struck gold. Problems can start to arise when your tenants aren’t adhering to agreed standards. This is when you’ll be flicking through your assured shorthold tenancy agreement to double-check the length of it. The minimum length of an assured shorthold tenancy The current law states that the minimum […]
Can I evict my tenant for not paying rent?16-02-2022
When tenants fail to pay their rent, a landlord needs to resolve the situation quickly before it escalates. Missing one month’s rent can easily roll into two months following excuses from tenants. But landlords still have their own bills to pay, and shouldn’t have to deal with the stress that loss of rent brings. Yes, […]
What electrical certificates do landlords need?19-11-2021
In 2020, the government introduced a guide to mandatory electrical safety inspections for landlords in a move to improve safety in the private rented sector. There are a number of actions that landlords must take to ensure that they comply with the latest regulations. We’ll fill you in on what electrical certificates you need. What do the Electrical […]
Can a landlord change a lease agreement?29-10-2021
Changing the lease agreement normally crops up in conversation when a landlord or tenant wishes to alter areas of the contract. For the majority, this is a simple process but it can be a touchy subject if the relationship between both parties isn’t at its best. It’s not always clear who has the authority to […]
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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