As the UK begins preparing for the upcoming general election, parties are beginning to piece together their manifestos, with all of them hoping to sway voters, one of the most important demographics is likely to be the private landlord. With an increasing number of people renting, landlords will have a keen eye on individual party … Continue reading “How will the general election affect landlords?”
Making up excuses to avoid paying the rent, followed by keeping pets without permission, are the most common secrets that tenants in the UK don’t want revealed, according to a new survey. An online report by letting agent PropertyLetByUs revealed that some 63% said they had made up excuses to try and avoid paying their … Continue reading “Landlords – what secrets are your tenants keeping?”
When taking out a landlord insurance policy, your insurer will need to know the rebuild value of the property to be insured. Put simply, the rebuild cost of your rental property is the amount it would cost to rebuild it from scratch were it destroyed completely. The figure should include the cost of materials and … Continue reading “What landlords need to know about rebuild costs”
Falling rent arrears and rising rent prices at the tail end of 2014 mean that landlords are heading into 2015 feeling largely optimistic, but what should they expect from the market in the year ahead? Investment Many experts predict that the changes in pension regulation could lead to a buy to let boom, with … Continue reading “What should you expect from the buy to let market in 2015?”
Landlords often make improvements to their properties in order to maximise their rental value but if done right, they can also give its capital value a healthy boost. Research from an online loan provider has shown that average improvements can add up to 10% to the value of a house which is definitely not to … Continue reading “Which improvements add the most value to your property?”
There is no ‘right’ place to buy a holiday home, you need to consider what you want from the property. If you are buying for your own exclusive use, then think about whether you will use it for regular weekends or longer holidays. If you wish to use it as a second home at the … Continue reading “The best areas to buy a UK holiday home”
With data provided by Centre for Cities, we take a look at the areas in the UK where the average house price is most out of reach for those on the area’s average salary.
1. Clear the gutters and drains You should regularly clear out the drains and guttering throughout the year, but it is especially important in the winter when they tend to clog up with leaves, plants and other debris. It is a good idea to check that the junctions of the gutters are watertight too.