Posts Categorized: Landlords

Are Landlords a new endangered species?

Here in Harrogate we are very fortunate to have weathered the economic and property storms of modern times far better than many other towns and cities across the land. The fact is that a very large number of recent “ reforms “ in taxation and the regulation of Landlords – and their Letting Agents –… Read more »

Top Tips for Novice Landlords

Top Tips for Novice Landlords

The weathermen tell us that the first of April is the start of Summer and I had the idea that it wouldn’t hurt to once again highlight the best ways for a Landlord to set about letting his / her property. A quick look on Rightmove this week showed 52 new Letting instructions coming into… Read more »

Should I let my property to a Pet Owner?

We are quite often asked this question and this is hardly surprising given that around half of the UK population own a pet. It’s fair to say that a great many Landlords are reluctant to accept pets and in fact an instruction to manage a property can have a “ no smokers or pets “… Read more »

Is Self Managing a Good Idea?

We are regularly asked by both professional and accidental Landlords whether or not Self-Management of their property(s) is a good idea? In both cases our answer is ’not usually’ bearing in mind that in most situations we are talking about an essential monthly income stream as well the longer term retirement / pension provisions of… Read more »

Spring in the Air – ‘Old vs New’

Tuesday 18th March was officially the first day of Spring but here in Harrogate our amazing crocuses are already in full bloom having survived the snow, ice and torrential rain of recent weeks. Some parts of the Stray may look half drowned but nothing has dampened the surge in activity in the local property market… Read more »

Rising Damp and the Rental Marketplace in Harrogate

These are some of my reflections on renting as I gaze from my study window at the top of the house across the sweeping grasslands and woods of ‘Gods own Country’. Renting was rather unfashionable back in the 60’s & 70’s and youngsters either lived in a Rigsby ‘Rising Damp’ style bedsit with woodchip wallpaper… Read more »

Don’t over price your property!

It is a natural instinct for many sellers in Harrogate to think that it’s a good idea to go to the market with an over ambitious asking price. And why not ? – given that our overall local market is so buoyant and demand for good quality homes in the town in every price range… Read more »

Rents set to rise in Harrogate!

The next few years may well see some significant changes in the Harrogate property landscape. Our belief is that rents in the towns private rental sector will increase at a faster rate than property prices rise. Let’s explain why we’ve have come to this conclusion. Put quite simply we’re talking about the laws of supply… Read more »

Why should I use a high street Estate Agent?

Why should I use a high street Estate Agent?

We’re sometimes asked “why should I use a high street estate agent?” Given that it’s almost impossible for consumers to watch TV nowadays without seeing a commercial from an online property company claiming that they can sell your house and save you thousands of pounds. Well the first thing we would say is that all High… Read more »

What Makes a Good Renter?

What makes a good Renter?

New & inexperienced landlords often ask me “what makes a really good renter in Harrogate?” This is a large and varied topic, so to start in brief, let’s leave on one side the issues of purchase price, capital growth, BTL (Buy To Let mortgages) and taxation efficiency. Let’s also assume that you have instructed Myrings… Read more »