Can a landlord enter a HMO without notice?13-11-2023
Being a HMO landlord, it is natural to want to protect your investment and do all you can to ensure tenants treat your property with respect. You will want to keep the property’s value and rent it out to other tenants in the future. But there are clear rules about entering your property without notice […]
Can a Tenant Refuse Entry to a Landlord?27-10-2023
You might be surprised to learn that when it comes to access, a tenant’s rights will override the landlord’s. If your tenant refuses you access, you won’t be allowed to enter the property. That being said, the rules are not simply black and white. Refusing you access could put them in breach of their tenancy […]
How to evict a tenant03-09-2023
Not a pleasant job for any landlord to do, but sometimes the best solution is eviction. The new Renters Reform Bill has done away with ‘no fault’ evictions and now landlords must provide ‘justifiable grounds’ for eviction. Under section 21, many landlords had problems with evicting tenants when confronted with anti-social behaviour and non-payment of […]
A Guide to Carrying Out Property Inspections16-08-2023
In your role as a landlord, one of your most important responsibilities is to undertake periodic inspections throughout each tenancy, so that you can be sure the property is being kept in a reasonable condition and your tenants are in compliance with the tenancy agreement. It’s a good idea to conduct these inspections regularly throughout […]
How often should a landlord inspect a property?25-07-2023
It’s safe to say that the landlord-tenant relationship isn’t always the easiest to navigate. What remains clear, however, is that it’s in the landlord’s best interests to build a good relationship with tenants. Tenants are like any customer, if you want to keep their business, treat them well and hopefully, they do the same. Nevertheless, […]
What are my property boundary rights?25-05-2023
Don’t get the measuring tape out just yet. In this helpful guide, CIA will help you get to grips with your rental property’s boundaries. Understanding property boundaries is an essential step landlords, like you, should explore before you take on a tenancy. Unsurprisingly, it helps you navigate legal responsibilities and maintain harmonious relationships with your […]
Can a landlord access a property without permission?13-10-2022
You won’t be very popular with your tenants if you enter your buy-to-let property without their permission. Not only will you effectively be disturbing your tenants’ quiet enjoyment of the space they have rented from you, but you’ll be entering illegally. Knowing where your rights over accessing the property start and finish is key when […]
How to make a rental property more secure18-03-2022
Every homeowner’s top priority should be to secure their property! If you’re a landlord, you have the increased responsibility of making sure your rental property is secure too for your tenants. Of course, no one wants the experience of being burgled. If your tenant’s belongings are stolen, they will understandably be upset. However, it’s not […]
When you hand over your property to be lived in by a tenant, you agree for them to hold the right to occupy it as their home. That means you can’t just waltz in and out just because you own it. Your tenant has ‘the covenant for quiet enjoyment’ which means that they are entitled […]
Top 5 Issues Around Property Access Infographic09-01-2019
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Property Access Jargon Buster09-01-2019
The rules around property access are definitely ones that all landlords need to know about. It may be your property but your tenant probably has more rights than you. Along with the rules, get clued up on any of the jargon you may come across whilst dealing with any property access issues. Property Inspection Usually […]
Property Access Issues09-01-2019
Often, a major cause of tension between landlords and tenants is a misunderstanding of access. The bottom line is that tenants have control over who enters the property, when they enter the property and under what circumstances. That includes the landlord. But what happens if a landlord needs to enter the property to carry out […]
Does A Landlord Have To Give 24 Hours Notice To Enter?09-03-2018
A much-contested aspect of landlord-tenant relations concerns the exact terms on which a landlord is entitled to enter a property presently being rented out to a tenant. Any good landlord should know that they aren’t permitted to simply walk into a property, whenever they wish to do so, without informing a sitting tenant. The property […]
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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