Are you spending too much as a landlord?

Inflation is high, VAT is up and costs in general are rising significantly. It’s a good time to take stock of what you’re spending as a landlord and make sure that you’re running as lean and agile an operation as possible. Do you really know exactly how much you’re spending every month? Reviewing your expenses [...]

2010: That was the year that was for Landlords

Cast your mind back to the end of 2009, and what did you expect from this year? Back then, it really did seem like the worst was over, the recession was done and there were hints of a recovery on the cards. One year on, it’s quite obvious to anyone who is in the landlord [...]

Energy-efficient landlords save on tax

 With tenants now being given an EPC when they rent a new home, landlords need to start considering the energy efficiency of their rental property. Though it’s probably not yet at the top of a tenant’s shopping list, faced with two equally nice properties, energy efficiency can clinch you the deal. Heating your home isn’t [...]

NEW Planning Law Change Could Wreck Renting For Landlords

 HMOs and Planning The Government has got it wrong The Government recently announced that all shared housing will require planning permission. The implications are huge for the thousands of landlords who let properties to shared households and tens of thousands of tenants who depend on access to shared housing. Join us in making sure the [...]

Rental sector ‘could offer gains’

The new year could offer private landlords an opportunity to make a good investment, according to one industry expert. Alastair Reid, head of commercial property at Halliwells' law firm, told The Star: "The key will be finding the right properties at the right price that offer the right potential yield."Private landlords who are looking [...]

Tenants ‘rent a lifestyle’, landlords advised

Landlords have a responsibility to consider a property's decor when marketing their property, according to Caroline Kavanagh, group lettings director of Townends estate agency. Ms Kavanagh's advice follows the latest Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors' (Rics) prediction of a rise in residential rents for 2010. Published on December 2nd, the survey said the number of [...]

Property market in recruitment drive, says house builder

Landlords could see the arrival of more apprentices in the property industry after house builder Taylor Wimpey announced it has employed two new recruits.Teenagers Frazer Chadwick and Warren Smith were welcomed into the firm's East Midlands construction branch, it was announced on Monday.Managing director of the company, Steve Farmer said the return in confidence to [...]

A Tory government could ‘increase the housing shortage crisis’

Landlords could see changes to the UK's new homes market if the Conservative Party is elected next year, says Dino Wilson, editor at tailoredhome.net.He claimed that current government housing targets would be abolished and planning powers could be handed to local councils under a Tory government.The potential further reduction in housing output would boost the [...]

NLA: Private landlords and tenants losing out thanks to LHA

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is urging the government to change the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) system, which it claims is putting financial pressure on private landlords. Replacing the old housing benefit system in 2008, LHA means that rent is paid directly to tenants who must then pass on the money to landlords.But many tenants [...]

Private rental sector ‘missing from Queen’s speech’

Supervision and guidelines on landlords' responsibilities are "long overdue"and were lacking in the Queen's Speech in parliament today (November 18th), it has been suggested. Reacting to the proposals, director of external affairs for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) Gillian Charlesworth said she was "disappointed"that the private rented sector was not addressed [...]