The governments impact on the private rental sector

Sometimes the best-intentioned efforts can have unintended consequences. The government, for example, has been making fairly robust efforts to try to help renters, but at best they appear to have had limited impact. At worst, they may have actively backfired. Social rental versus private rental It may be a bit […]

What Tenants Are Willing To Pay Extra For

As property prices rocket in the backdrop of a turbulent economic and political climate, home ownership is increasingly becoming unattainable. As a result, many have turned to the rental market as the most financially viable living option for their foreseeable future. With Brits now viewing rental properties as potentially long-term […]

Becoming a landlord – should you manage your own lettings?

Throughout most of history, being a landlord has essentially meant keeping a property wind and watertight and collecting the rent. These days, however, landlords not only have to maintain a property to legally-acceptable standards, they have to comply with a whole raft of legislation and by-laws, which can and do […]

Buying vs Renting a Property: The Pros and Cons

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. In property terms, that means renters often find themselves looking enviously at those who have already established themselves on the property ladder, while those who have bought their own property may sometimes wish that they had the flexibility […]

Is it time for a rent review?

“There are a number of reasons why a landlord may want to consider implementing a rent increase,” explains co-owner of Belvoir Bedford Zoe Bywater. “Often increases are necessary in order to keep a landlord’s property in line with the market. If rent remains static for a number of years, perhaps […]

Dismissing tenant types could mean landlords are missing out

More than three quarters of landlords say they won’t rent a property to students, according to a recent poll – and 64% wouldn’t rent to tenants on benefits. But dismissing whole groups of tenants could mean landlords are missing out on potential rental opportunities. Despite their reputation for throwing wild […]

Landlords urged to check EPC ratings or risk losing income

Private rental landlords across England and Wales could find their properties classed as ‘unrentable’ from April 2018 unless they take swift action, according to a leading solicitor. The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015, due to come into force on April 1, 2018, will make it […]