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 […]
Are landlords responsible for white goods?04-01-2024
When we talk about white goods, we’re referring to large electrical household goods such as freezers, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers, and cookers. Some properties may not have white goods installed, which begs the question: are landlords responsible for white goods? From a legal standpoint, a landlord bears the responsibility of ensuring that all appliances […]
A landlord’s guide to property auctions04-01-2024
Looking to expand your rental property portfolio and increase your yields? Purchasing houses at property auctions could be a sensible investment approach. Here is a guide for landlords on property auctions and how they work. In 2022-2023, the average sale price at UK property auctions was £190,871, compared to the overall average UK property price […]
Tips for first time landlords27-11-2023
Starting out as a first time landlord is an exciting adventure, but it can also be daunting. If you’ve ever been a tenant, you will know all the things that landlords did that you appreciated and all the little things that drove you crazy, but owning an investment property has slightly higher stakes than just […]
What is the difference between leasehold and freehold?13-11-2023
In 2019-2020, 68% of leaseholds were flats. But what is the difference between leasehold and freehold property ownership? Well, when you buy a freehold property, you will own the building and the land it’s on. With a property leasehold, you own the building for a prescribed number of years and not the land. Here, we […]
The ultimate guide to renting out listed buildings21-09-2023
Listed buildings in England carry an air of prestige. Why so? Well, buildings are only granted special ‘protected listed building’ status if they are deemed as having unique architectural or historic interest. The National Heritage List for England (NHLE) is the official register of nationally protected historic buildings and sites in England. and its records […]
Different Types of Tenancy22-08-2023
Even though you may never use one or two of them, it’s good as a landlord to swot up on the different types of tenancies and improve your knowledge of the rental market. You might be surprised at just how many there are… Assured shorthold tenancy (AST) By far the most common type of tenancy […]
How to Write a Tenancy Agreement21-08-2023
You can have a tenancy without a tenancy agreement, but any landlord will tell you that this is a terrible idea. Yes, a tenancy agreement is a lot of paperwork to put together and contend with but a detailed and comprehensive one will be your golden ticket out of any tricky situations and conflicts with […]
Should I manage my rental property myself?04-07-2023
So, you have bought a new property that you want to let out to tenants to generate some extra income. Perhaps you are expanding your existing property portfolio, or it could be the first time you have bought a second home as a buy–to–let investment. Early on, you need to have a good think about […]
Is it better to Airbnb or have a permanent tenant?16-03-2023
With every person in the country on the lookout for another passive income stream, is it better to Airbnb your property or have a permanent tenant? We’ll take a look in this post at the pros and cons of opening your rental property up to the Airbnb market. With many landlords exploring the possibilities […]
Best buy to let investments in 202302-03-2023
With everyone on the lookout for a new passive income stream, you might be wondering where are the best buy to let investments in 2023. Gone are the days when you relied on one stream of income. In more recent years, people are seeing the benefit and security of having multiple channels of income […]
The ultimate guide to using a letting agent13-01-2023
Being a landlord comes with a high level of responsibility, and it can be fairly demanding at times. A landlord’s responsibilities include taking care of repairs to the structure and exterior of the property, heating and hot water systems, basins, sinks and baths, ensuring the safety of gas and electrical appliances, the fire safety of […]
Our complete guide to being a landlord06-01-2023
In our society, owning property will always provide you with security! Being a landlord is a popular move these days. In 2021, there were around 2.65 million landlords in the UK. With so many landlords with the same idea, competition can be stiff. But if you do things right and follow the rulebook, it can […]
The Rental Reform White Paper 2022 - The basics28-11-2022
.‘Everyone deserves a decent home’ is not a statement any of us take issue with. However, will this affect you as a landlord? We’ll run through how things might change between you and your tenants going forward as a result of The Rental Reform 2022. Below are the basics that will ultimately affect both tenants […]
How to choose a rental property03-10-2022
Your finances are in order? Check. You’ve researched how to choose a rental property? Pending. If you’re about to dip your toe into the buy-to-let market, you’ll want to identify some key economic indicators which will assure your new asset. Multiple property owners and first-timers alike want to be made aware of untapped locations that […]
The ultimate guide to renting out a UK holiday home12-09-2022
Sure, the world is opening up again and travellers are keen to get away and take a well-deserved break. However, what the ideal holiday looks like for many of us has shifted. The reduction in travel during the COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged us to find inspiration and pleasure closer to home. Gone are the days […]
What does a letting agent do for a landlord?30-08-2022
As a landlord, using the services of a letting agent can make life a lot easier. If you own one property that you live close to, you may be happy to manage everything yourself. For landlords with bigger property portfolios or landlords who live very far from their properties though, a letting agent’s services are […]
Building a buy-to-let property portfolio17-08-2022
Starting a buy-to-let property portfolio can be difficult, but not impossible. At CIA Landlords, we have offered insurance cover for so many properties of this type, that we are well aware of the intricate process of building a buy-to-let property portfolio. The buy-to-let market is always changing, so it’s important to stay ahead of the curve. Make sure […]
How to protect your property while tenants are on holiday18-07-2022
Whether your tenant lets you know they are taking a break from the property, or you find out some other way, we can understand if you are a little fretful about the prospect. After all, if your property will be unoccupied for a few days, weeks or even months, this could make it more vulnerable […]
How many rental properties can you own?18-05-2022
Have you ever wondered how many rental properties can you own? Well, put simply, you can buy as many rental properties as your budget will allow – be it through your own money, a mortgage or private financing with the seller. Owning multiple rental properties is a surefire way to make more money from real estate. […]
Buying a buy to let property18-03-2022
For many, buying a buy-to-let property is a dream come true, and for good reason. Becoming a landlord is a great way to earn rental income and save money for the future. Plus, if the value of your property goes up, you can later sell it at a profit. In a nutshell, renting property can […]
How much notice does a landlord have to give?13-12-2021
Let’s face it, leasing or letting a property can be tricky to navigate for landlords. Whilst most tenancies tend to be pretty smooth sailing, in some cases, tenants make life pretty stressful. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the rules for private tenancy agreements have changed slightly, particularly when it comes to property repossession and how much notice a […]
Furnished or unfurnished?02-02-2021
One decision that every landlord has to make is whether to rent out their property furnished or unfurnished. There are no hard and fast rules here, and no right or wrong answer. It’s completely up to you as a landlord to decide which will work best for you and your target tenants. That being said, […]
Using a Letting Agent09-01-2020
When it comes to landlord using letting agents, it purely comes down to personal preference. Some landlords prefer to take control and handle the entire tenancy themselves, however some are after a slightly easier life and so look to letting agents to accommodate this. Convenience is the main driver when it comes to using letting […]
GDPR - What Landlords need to Know16-05-2018
As of May 25th 2018, the new GDPR rules surrounding Data Protection will be taking effect country-wide, replacing the 1995 Data Protection Directive. Although GDPR, standing for General Data Protection Regulation, wasn’t designed with landlords in mind, the legislation applies to more or less every single sector so a basic understanding of the rules is […]
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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