Property Maintenance & Interiors
How to convert a property to an HMO15-01-2024
In the dynamic world of property investment, converting a property into a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) presents a lucrative opportunity for landlords. The concept of HMOs isn’t new, but its popularity among investors has soared due to the potential for higher rental yields and a more diversified tenant base. This comprehensive guide aims to […]
Tips for managing unoccupied commercial properties04-01-2024
The commercial property sector in the UK is worth hundreds of billions of pounds. Being a commercial landlord can have major advantages, such as high returns on investment and tenants on long-term leases. Not to mention, tenants of commercial properties are responsible for a fair share of ongoing maintenance and repairs matters (excluding structural repairs […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
How often should you decorate a rental property?04-07-2023
It’s up to you as a landlord how often you decorate a rental property, but the norm for many is to give the space a refresh once every five to six years. The best time to do this is in between tenancies when your property is empty. A freshly painted and redecorated property is likely […]
A landlord’s ultimate guide to property maintenance and interiors16-06-2023
For many landlords, their buy-to-let property is their pride and joy. A good landlord is passionate about providing a well-maintained and well-presented property for their tenants from the offset, so maintenance and interiors prove a pretty important part of the job. Does this sound like you? If so, you’ll want to read this ultimate guide […]
Is buying a new build a good investment?25-05-2023
Are new builds on the block getting you amped up to buy? Or has a period house caught your attention? Both old and new builds have their pros and cons as buy-to-let properties, but is buying a new build a good investment? Let’s take a look at new builds versus old builds. What is considered […]
Is it better to let my property furnished or unfurnished?05-05-2023
Having trouble deciding whether to let your property furnished or unfurnished? Well, we are here to help you make the right decision. After all, it’s a big decision that can impact your property’s success. Many landlords are left in the conundrum over whether to fork out on furnishings or not to bother at all. In […]
What should be in an unfurnished property?03-04-2023
To furnish or not to furnish, that is the question. If you’re a landlord, it’s important to consider what items should be provided in your unfurnished rental property. While you don’t need to provide everything, there are certain essentials that will help attract tenants and make their lives easier. In this guide, we’ll walk you […]
How often should a landlord service a boiler?16-03-2023
Knowing how often to service and maintain your rental property is key. One of these major checks should be on your boiler. So, how often should a landlord service a boiler? Landlords, you should be looking to get your boiler checked annually. Yes, annually. And when we say should, we mean, it’s a legal […]
Tips to avoid frozen pipes16-01-2023
Fewer winter maladies are more irritating than frozen pipes. This can be especially true in student accommodation where tenants are away for prolonged periods of time and landlords are forced to deal with the implications of icy pipes over the winter months. We’ve compiled a list of our top tips to avoid frozen pipes and […]
How often should you update fixtures and fittings?11-01-2023
Are you checking your fixtures and fittings in your rental property regularly? But how often is too often? It’s a difficult balance to give your tenant the ‘enjoyment of the peace’ and in the same breath, you want to keep your tenants safe by checking on the fixtures and fittings. Before we dive […]
Can tenants decorate a rented property?02-09-2022
Yes, tenants can decorate a rented property, but they must gain written permission from the landlord and complete the work to a required standard. In this article, we go into more detail about how tenants must ask for permission and things you must do as a landlord to protect your property. Requesting to decorate a […]
Does a landlord have to provide gardening tools?17-08-2022
The garden can often be a bit of a grey area when it comes to responsibilities between a landlord and tenant. Ultimately, it should be covered within a tenancy agreement so each party are clear from the start. So if partial responsibility for maintaining an outdoor space does sit with a tenant, does a landlord […]
Are landlords responsible for garden maintenance?18-05-2022
Let’s face it, there’s quite a bit of ambiguity over who is responsible for what when it comes to rental properties. Dividing the line between tenant and landlord responsibilities can get especially tricky when it comes to gardens. Are landlords responsible for garden maintenance? Can a tenant cut down a tree? Do landlords have to provide gardening […]
Garden ideas for rental properties18-02-2022
As a landlord, it can be easy to focus all your attention on making the interior of your buy-to-let property as attractive as possible. If your rental property has a garden, however, that deserves a little TLC too. After all, you can increase demand for your property by offering a well maintained garden to tenants. Where kitchens […]
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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