10 ways to make sure your property is safe for tenants

As a landlord, it is your responsibility to ensure your property is safe and secure for tenants. To help ensure your property is up to the required standards, we at Discount Landlord have made a list that you can work through: Window locks Most break-ins use windows as a means to gain entry to a property. If windows are fitted without locks, then it makes it even easier for burglars as they can enter without making much noise. This is …

Landlords looking to expand portfolios in the year ahead

Nearly a quarter of landlords are looking to buy more properties in the year ahead, after rising rents and falling rent arrears over the past 12 months. New research conducted by online letting agent Makeurmove.co.uk shows that the vast majority of landlords experienced good rental yields in 2013 with 59% achieving between 4 and 8%, while 25% achieved a yield of 8% or more last year. Almost 60% of landlords expect to see property values continuing to increase in 2014, …

Finding the right tenant for you

When you are renting out your property, how should you choose the right tenant? There are many people out there who are looking to rent a home, but any given tenant might not be the right fit for your property.  Perhaps your property is more suitable for students, or young professionals, older singles or families with children? Each of these different demographics has their own lifestyles, schedules, needs and desires. Often landlords prefer tenants who are similar to themselves when …