14 things you must do if you have a vacant property
February 26, 2024
At one point in time almost every landlord will find themselves with an empty property. Normally, it’s only for a matter of days or weeks until a tenant moves in but there could be some unavoidable circumstances that leave your property unoccupied for a prolonged duration.
Is the highest rental offer always the best offer?
January 1, 2024
The lettings market in 2023 was extraordinary. When it analysed its figures, Rightmove found there had been an average of 20 individual enquiries for every rental property available. For context, only six tenants were chasing each rental in 2019.
6 things landlords should know about electrical safety
November 20, 2023
Tenant safety should never be far from a landlord's mind. In light of a new set of best practice guidelines being issued by Electrical Safety First, we take a broader look at electrical safety in privately rented properties. Here are six things landlords should know:
The top 10 features that drive rental enquiries
October 16, 2023
What are today’s tenants looking for when they search available rental properties? This was the question Rightmove set out to answer when it examined more than 600,000 property listings. The portal tallied the number of enquiries a listing generated in relation to the property features that were mentioned in the description.
6 reasons why your tenant may sublet in 2023…and how to spot it
August 14, 2023
Would you know if your tenant presented a subletting risk? Are you confident you’d know how to spot if subletting was taking place? With recent research by Direct Line showing 1 in 8 tenants had engaged in subletting activity - and with 22% of tenants considering or already signed up to Airbnb or similar – subletting is something to take seriously in 2023.
A tenant’s guide to garden expectations
July 3, 2023
Renters are expected to act in a ‘tenant-like manner’ and that means undertaking small maintenance jobs inside the property and outdoors too. In fact, a poll by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) found garden maintenance was one of the top five reasons for deposit disputes.
How to raise the rent
May 15, 2023
Landlords and letting agents alike were waiting for the publication of the Renters’ Reform Bill in May but due to something described as ‘procedural issues’, the move has been delayed.
8 ways to decorate a rented property
April 17, 2023
Despite the image of tenants being flighty characters who move home every six months, renters are living in the same place for increasingly extended periods of time. Rightmove research among nearly 1,300 landlords in 2022 found the most common length of a private tenancy is over two years, with a fifth (18%) of landlords saying their average length of tenancy has increased over time.
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