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Landlord Insider

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Author: Mary Latham

Mary has been a self-managing landlord since 1972 and until July 2018 she was the West Midlands Regional Representative for the NLA. Over the years Mary has been consulted by government, local authorities and other groups within the housing industry and is well known for her in-depth knowledge of legislation and regulation. She continues to run regular landlord accreditation seminars on behalf of local authorities. Mary regularly contributes to the Landlord Vision newsletter and blog providing our readers with valuable, down to earth and realistic insights into the key issues that keep landlords awake at night.
Mary Latham

Lockdown 2 – Time to Learn

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Many people who are furloughed because of Covid19 are taking the opportunity to learn; from musical instruments to full blown university and college courses on line, this is a great way to keep yourself busy to avoid mental health issues and to actually turn a very negative thing into an extremely positive thing, especially if your learning is going to give you new opportunities or fill in gaps in the knowledge you need to do a good job. With this is mind I am going to tell you some of the questions that I am asked during seminars or online and of course give you the answers.

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Is Your Property Ready for a Tenant Lead Market?

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Future proofing our rented properties is something which we should do constantly but it has never been more important than now. I see people investing thousands of pounds developing properties, mainly into HMO, although some people have realised that the market is saturated and are now developing studios or one bedroom flats; they look very nice but are they what tenants want and, more importantly, are they what tenants will want in future? 

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Are Voids Always an Issue with HMOs?

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“Are voids always an issue with HMO’s? What would one estimate average monthly voids for HMO’s?”

I often take part in discussions in face book property groups and very often they begin with a question from a new landlord or a person who is hoping to become a landlord or “get into property” via rent to rent. Many experienced people give information and advice because it doesn’t cost us anything and

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