Posts Tagged: renting in harrogate

New Electrical Safety Regulations

New ESR (Electrical Safety Regulations) will shortly come into force, subject to parliamentary approval. In simple terms, these new electrical requirements will replicate those of the long standing Gas Safety Regulations. These new regulations are part and parcel of the governments Rental sector reforms which mean that Landlords’ legal responsibilities are increasing and workloads growing…. Read more »

A Good Letting Agent – More Precious Than Rubies

Proverbs 31:10 ‘Who can find a wife of noble character. She is far more precious than rubies’. Too true and most Landlords take the same view about finding and keeping a good Letting Agent. From time to time however we are approached by a Landlord who is looking to instruct us but is unsure on how to go about dis-instructing… Read more »

No Deposit Option

We like to think that we tackle some tricky topics where there are no “rights or wrongs” and numerous legitimate “for and against” reasons on both sides of the  “No Deposit” debate. We don’t currently tend to recommend  “zero deposit” schemes to our Landlords for the simple reason that we very seldom get asked for… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Costly Mistakes for Buy-to-Let (BTL) Landlords

There is scarcely a day goes by without a national newspaper reporting the sad demise of the BTL Landlord. You would think that sighting a confident/successful Landlord in Harrogate would be rarer than spotting a White Rhino on the Stray. The truth is the exact opposite. The Rental Market is in good shape in the… Read more »

How to be a good (buy-to-let) Landlord

Encouraging good tenants to stay saves you trouble and fees also pays off in the respect shown to the property. Put simply – Landlords need to be kind and realistic to attract & keep good tenants and reduce costs / optimise yields. There are numerous sensible reasons why a great many people decide to become… 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 »

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 »

Harrogate Property Investment Guide

Buy-to-let landlords have come under the cosh recently from the 3% surcharges on SDLT (stamp duty) to the upcoming tax reforms under Section 24. Having said this, a great many landlords and investors in Harrogate still see property as a very attractive investment at a time of low interest rates and volatile stock markets…. but… Read more »