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Landlord Insider
On the Landlord Insider blog, you’ll find some excellent resources for landlords of all sizes. From the latest landlord news, to professional advice, tips and guides for landlords, there’s something for everyone. Brought to you by the excellent team behind the Landlord Vision property management software.

BTL Landlords are Selling Up In Their Droves

A model house and some money. Blog title: BTL landlords are selling up in their droves.

Research carried out by the Residential Landlords Association has found that landlords are increasingly considering offloading their properties, as it is no longer economically viable to continue in the buy to let sector. If this happens, the number of available rental properties will fall and rents will rise, which means tenants will find it more difficult to find an affordable home.

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Big Brother Landlords are Spying on Tenants!

CCTV camera. Blog title: Big brother landlords are spying on tenants.

Science fiction writers would have us believe that it won’t be long before we are all subjects of intrusive surveillance systems designed to infiltrate every corner of our lives. Indeed, we are halfway there already, with CCTV on every street corner. But in a disturbing development, some landlords are using smart surveillance technology to harass and monitor their tenants.

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Landlord Repossessions are Taking Longer than Ever

Hand signing eviction form. Blog header text: Landlord repossessions are taking longer than ever.

Figures released by the Ministry of Justice, which are based on a median measurement, show that routine repossessions (i.e. when a landlord wants their property back to sell it or so they can move back in) are taking longer than ever. In the first quarter of 2019, the average wait for a repossession claim to pass through the courts was 17.3 weeks. This is one week longer than it took in Q4 of 2018.

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The Pros and Cons of Student Lets

Group of students at a table. Blog title text: the pros and cons of student lets.

Student lets are a popular business model for more experienced landlords. The UK is blessed with a world-leading higher education system and young people from overseas are queuing up to go to a UK university.

Student tenants offer a lot of advantages to landlords, but there are also some disadvantages, as we are about to find out.

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Is Short-Term Letting a Viable Business Model?

A calendar with Saturday circled. Blog title text: Is short term letting a viable business model.

Many landlords are struggling as the government’s tax squeeze increases and some are deserting the buy to let sector altogether. It is no longer as easy as it once was for landlords to make a lot of money from buy to let portfolios, particularly in cities like London where property values are high and rental yields are correspondingly low.

Not surprisingly, some of these landlords have switched to short-term letting as a solution to their woes, but is it a good idea?

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