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.
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 just your tenant’s possessions and safety you have to worry about. Thieves could get away with any furniture and appliances you leave behind for tenants to use. Not to mention, intruders could potentially damage your property in the process, ultimately forcing you to shell out for repairs.
How often should a landlord inspect a property?29-09-2021
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, there is still an agreement between a landlord and tenant that must be upheld, and conditions must be met. Chief among these is that the tenant is responsible for keeping the property in good condition. Making sure that this agreement is being met will require regular inspections of the property throughout the tenancy.
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 to not be unreasonably disturbed.
A Guide to Carrying Out Property Inspections2-12-2019
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 the tenancy.
Can a Tenant Refuse Entry to a Landlord?29-05-2019
You might be surprised to learn that when it comes to access, a tenants rights will override the landlord’s. If your tenant refuses you access, you can’t enter the property. That being said, the rules are not simply black and white.
Top 5 Issues Around Property Access Infographic9-01-2019
A comprehensive overview of issues surrounding property access. From landords overwriting the right to access, to tenants entering with permission and tenants changing locks.
Property Access Jargon Buster9-01-2019
The rules around property access are definitely ones that all landlords need to know all 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 Access Issues9-01-2019
Often, a major cause of tension between landlords and tenants is a misunderstanding of access. The bottomline is that tenants have control over who enters the property, when they enter the property and under what circumstances.
Does A Landlord Have To Give 24 Hours Notice To Enter?9-03-2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is often confusion around the topic of utilities. Even with the tenants’ names on the bill, landlords can still be responsible in some cases. We’ll guide you through the topic of utilities here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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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