My Tenant Has Bad References24-11-2023
Undoubtedly, tenant screening is one of the most important parts of the process when taking on someone new to live in your rented property. Finding the right tenants can be a real challenge and when you get it wrong, it can make your life really difficult. There are no guarantees with any tenant – even […]
What credit checks do landlords use?02-10-2023
It may seem obvious, but if you’re planning on renting out your property, you must find a good tenant. At the end of the day, your top priority as a landlord is to protect your investment. A full tenant screening process could help you avoid any issues with prospective tenants later down the line. Arguably, […]
The tenant screening process31-08-2023
Having the right tenants living in your rental property makes all the difference, and hopefully leads to less worrying, less problem-solving and fewer headaches. To land yourself good tenants, a robust tenant screening process is vital. Adequate tenant screening can include doing credit checks (with the written permission of prospective tenants), retrieving references from previous […]
Tenants With Criminal Records23-08-2023
Finding out a prospective tenant has a criminal record can be pretty unnerving. Does that mean they are going to damage your property? Use it for illegal activities? Not paying their rent? If you find yourself with a potential client with a criminal conviction, it’s important not to immediately dismiss the idea. Although having a […]
How to Reject a Tenant14-08-2023
Rejecting prospective tenants during the approval process can be tricky and can have legal implications if you don’t approach it properly and professionally. You must screen tenants to avoid potentially unsuccessful or problematic tenancies, and you’ll usually have to reject at least one unlucky applicant. But what’s the best way to do this, and on […]
What to look out for when screening students09-08-2023
There are certainly many benefits to renting to students. At the same time, there can be a few drawbacks that may put landlords off. However, if you screen your student tenants properly, you will know what to expect and you should be in for a smooth and stress-free tenancy. Why students? Student housing in university […]
Do UK citizens need to prove right to rent?11-01-2023
It might feel like a minefield knowing who needs to prove their right to rent and who doesn’t. From Uk citizens to non-UK citizens, you’ll need to know the difference from the very get-go of your screening process. It doesn’t need to feel complicated. Just follow this handy guide to understand if Uk citizens […]
Right to Rent checks: 2022 changes28-11-2022
Did you know that there have been changes made to a landlords Right to Rent Checks since the 1st of October? Right to Rent checks which were adjusted over the pandemic period are now being revised, changed and updated. Let’s take a look at what’s changed and how it impacts you as a landlord. What […]
Screening questions for potential tenants13-07-2022
There is never any absolute guarantee of being able to choose the best tenant for your property, even with the optimal preparations. However, there can also be no doubt about the importance of asking would-be tenants the right questions at the screening stage. The stakes are simply too high for you to be able to […]
Why do landlords need a full tenant screening process?22-10-2021
It’s safe to say that every landlord wants reliable and respectful tenants. But sometimes it can take a while for the perfect tenant to request a viewing. And you don’t want to let just anyone move into your property as this could end in disaster. It’s important for landlords to incorporate a thorough tenant background […]
How Long Does Tenant Screening Take?17-06-2021
Renting out your property for what may be the first time is an exciting process. It is also a very serious and potentially stressful one. If you are to hand over the keys to your property to a new tenant, you must ensure they are personally and financially stable. In other words, you’ll be seeking […]
You should only reject a tenant with good reason, else there’s a chance that you may be found to be discriminating, which is actually against the law. In short, whether or not you illegally discriminate depends on your reason for refusing to rent to someone. If your reason is connected to any of what’s referred to as […]
The Tenant Referencing Process20-11-2020
The tenant referencing process is an important part of screening your tenants and making sure that you find the right person to take on your buy-to-let. Think about it – your buy-to-let is probably one of your most important financial assets. It’s important to take the right steps to protect it as much as possible. […]
Tenants With Bad Credit20-12-2019
It may seem a strange thing to say, but a prospective tenant failing a credit or reference check doesn’t necessarily mean it would be a bad idea to let your property to them. After all, the longer your property goes unoccupied, the longer you will be going without income from it. Plus, finding a tenant who […]
Top 5 Issues around Screening Process Infographic07-02-2019
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Screening Process Jargon Buster07-02-2019
Screening your tenants is arguably one of the most vital parts of a tenancy. With the right tenants, you are unlikely to encounter many, if any, issues – but if you choose not to screen them, how do you know what kind of a person you’re handing your investment over to? Be sure to understand […]
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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