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Landlord insurance: Do I need it?A common question we get from landlords is, do I need landlord insurance?
Is buy-to-let still a good investment in 2022?For many years, buy-to-let was widely seen as a great (and pretty easy) way to make money, while providing a much-needed roof over tenants’ heads.
Spring Budget 2022: What’s the news for the property market?Here’s our quick summary, highlighting some of the changes announced in the Spring Budget that may impact you, either this year or in the future.
5 things tenants are looking for in a rental propertyWhat exactly are today’s renters looking for? Take a look through the five things tenants are looking for most in a rental property.
Right to Rent – latest updates for landlords (March 2022)As all landlords in England will know, ‘Right to Rent’ checks must be made on a prospective tenant – and any other person occupying the property, e.g. a carer or family member – to ensure they have a legal right to be in the UK.
Robust home ownership market according to new statsThe English Housing Survey (EHS) is produced by the Government each year to help us capture any changes in trends for those living in social rented housing, the private rented sector, and those who own their own home. Although the 2020/21 report couldn’t reproduce all the data due to the pandemic – and they have stated that some of the data could give unusual feedback – what they have collected still gives us lots of helpful information.
A guide to green mortgages: save money and improve your property’s energy ratingSince April 2018, landlords have been legally obliged to have a minimum EPC rating of ‘E’ in order to legally let a property or renew a tenancy – which was extended to existing tenancies in April 2020. Current proposals are for that to rise to a minimum ‘C’ rating for new tenancies in 2025 and all tenancies by 2028.
The impact of the Government’s ‘levelling up’ announcement on the property marketThe Levelling Up white paper has been billed as a plan that will “transform the UK by spreading opportunity and prosperity to all parts of it.” So, what exactly is the plan and how will it impact buyers, sellers, tenants and landlords?
What’s the latest on the Renters’ Reform Bill?Reform of the private rented sector in England has been on the cards for a number of years now. 2022 is set to be the year when the Government finally publishes its long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper – the ‘precursor’ to the formal Renters’ Reform Bill, which was promised by the Conservatives in their 2020 election manifesto.
10 rental market trends landlords should be aware of from the new English Housing SurveyEvery year, the Government publishes the latest information from its continuous research into the nation’s housing. The English Housing Survey covers any changes in tenure, the condition of properties and their energy efficiency, and it offers a really good insight into market trends – both good and bad.
The top 7 things to consider when buying a forever homeHere are the top 7 things to consider when buying a forever home, to make sure it will truly suit you long-term: location, healthcare, space, flexibility, help, outdoors and energy efficiency.
Property market trends and legislation changes we predict for 2022With the pandemic rolling on and the Brexit transition continuing, 2021 has been yet another year full of hurdles. However the property sector has managed to continually overcome these, and we’ve seen the average number of UK sales this year increase by over 30%, with average rents across the UK up by 5% year on year (excluding London).
Christmas cleaning hacks: How to clean your home without buying any productsA survey released this month by Marigold, the rubber glove brand, revealed that 72 per cent of people feel the pressure to clean prior to having visitors during the Christmas holidays. The survey of 2,000 UK adults also revealed that the average person spends nearly an hour cleaning their home on Christmas Day!
Autumn Budget 2021: How will the announcements impact landlords and property investors?After lots of news on the tax front for property investors and landlords, we’ve now had two budgets in a row that have more or less left the lettings market alone!
Landlord licensing – everything you need to knowLandlord licensing was introduced in England and Wales in 2006 with the original aim to raise safety standards and reduce the number of house fires in Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).
The biggest landlord fines given out (and how to avoid them)Over the last 15 years, there’s been a huge increase in the amount of legislation landlords have to comply with in order to let and manage a property legally. And with that, the number and level of different penalties that can be imposed on those who breach regulations have also increased.
Gazumping – what is it and how do I avoid it?There’s all sorts of different jargon used in the property industry, but one of the strangest words has to be gazumping. This isn’t something you want to happen to you if you’re buying a property, so we’ve detailed below what it is and whether it’s legal in the UK.
A guide on how to create and let HMOsHouses in multiple occupation (HMOs) are becoming increasingly popular for property investors. According to Zoopla, the average gross yield is 5.2%, but when renting rooms individually as opposed to letting the whole property as a single unit, you can achieve 12% or more.
How to get on the property ladderToday’s property market is likely to feel a little challenging for anyone looking to buy their first home. Properties are being sold pretty quickly – some within days of them coming onto the market. The good news is that the Government is extremely keen to increase home ownership, so they’re offering a lot of help and support.
Maximising your profits as a landlordIf you’re a buy-to-let investor, then maximising profits is already likely to be high on your priority list. But even if you’re an accidental landlord or view your rental property as a long-term investment that you plan to cash in way ahead in the future, it’s well worth checking every now and then to make sure you’re not spending more than you need on it.
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