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The Costs of Being a Student Landlord

Student accommodation is always in demand. Not all universities have halls of residence and many second and third-year students prefer to live off-campus. This creates a wealth of opportunities for student landlords. However, there are extra expenses involved.

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This is the secret to my success as CEO

It takes more muscles to frown than to smile. I’m sure you’ve heard that before. What you won’t have heard is that it takes more effort to give up than to keep going, but it’s true. Christmas and New Year happened, then it was back to business as usual. This is the time of year for […]

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Increase Your Rental Income By Renting Out Furnished Properties….

New research has indicated that tenants prefer renting furnished properties. Since the majority of properties in the buy to let sector are let unfurnished, landlords could be missing out. Researchers from a leading property website looked at rental income from similar two-bed properties in nine UK cities. One property was furnished, and the other wasn’t. […]

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A Landlord’s Winter Guide

Winter comes around every year without fail. Once October slips into November and the shops start setting out their displays for Christmas, we can expect short days, long nights, and plenty of miserable weather. To make matters worse, 50% of landlords don’t prepare their properties for winter. This often leads to disgruntled tenants, property damage, […]

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Tenants Given More Powers in the Fight Against Rogue Landlords

The Homes Bill has been unanimously approved by parliament, much to everyone’s delight. Also known as the Fitness for Human Habitation Bill, this important piece of legislation gives tenants the power to take their landlord to court if they don’t provide safe accommodation…

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Are Tax Breaks the Answer to the Affordability Crisis?

With 40% of young people unable to afford to buy a home, the housing market is in crisis. Chancellor Philip Hammond may have to come up with a few innovative ideas to solve the affordability problem. One such solution would involve offering landlords tax breaks if they sell their properties to sitting tenants. Could this […]

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How Property Management Software Quashed a £20k Landlord Fine

A property management firm boss has had charges against him quashed thanks to the landlord software he used to run his business. The landlord had been ordered to pay more than £20k in fines and costs relating to nine HMO offences. He appealed against the ruling and when his case was examined by appeal court […]

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This Will Make you Think Twice About Screening Your Tenants on Social Media

Landlords are increasingly using a variety of tools at their disposal to check up on potential tenants before they offer them a tenancy agreement. A study by a leading home loans company has found that 11% of landlords use Facebook to screen would-be tenants before they let them move in.

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Should Landlords Help House Homeless Tenants?

Many landlords don’t want to take on social housing tenants. They actively discourage tenants in receipt of Universal Credit not to apply for their properties because they don’t want to be stuck with tenants who can’t/won’t pay the rent.

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Landlords with Mortgages Paying 66% Tax on Rental Income

Research carried out by The Daily Mail’s Money and Property section has revealed that higher rate taxpayer landlords with buy to let mortgages are paying an effective tax rate of 66% on their rental profits. Landlord organisations now fear that such a dismal return will encourage many landlords to leave the sector. If this happens, […]

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This is Why Your Property Listing isn’t Attracting Tenants…

Most landlords advertise their properties online, typically using a site like Rightmove or Zoopla. Some also use social media to attract tenants. Either way, a property listing outlining all the properties features and including photos is the best way to attract a suitable tenant. Unless you are lucky enough to live in an area where […]

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Rent Smart Wales Offer Free Course on Fire Safety

Landlords are being invited to brush up on their fire safety skills via a free online voluntary course. The course aims to boost landlords’ knowledge of key fire safety issues and make them fully aware of their legal obligations.

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Generation Rent Vents on Twitter

A new hashtag has been sweeping Twitter. #ventyourrent is inspired by horror stories from Generation Rent. Twitter users have been sharing their stories of horrible rental accommodation and nightmare landlords. Many have experienced rogue landlords, rip-off letting agents, and all manner of squalor.

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New Changes for Social Housing Tenants

A government green paper has pledged that social housing tenants will be given new powers to tackle rogue landlords and work towards property ownership, but critics are already pouring cold water on the proposed strategy.

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