Posts Categorized: Landlords

Landlords – is now a good time to invest ?

The Residential Sales marketplace in Harrogate is overheated and running at record levels for reasons we all understand  – as per the Stamp Duty ( SDLT) holiday , historically low interest rates and very attractive Mortgage deals ( with 95 % government backed Mortgages are set to go live in April). The Rental marketplace is… Read more »

Rent Guarantee Insurance

We have a really simple but successful philosophy when it comes to our Lettings business – we work with good Landlords who own good properties and attract good tenants. Our policy is to look after the best interests of all parties involved – Landlords / Tenants and our Repair & Maintenance teams in a proactive /… Read more »

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 »

Increase the Value of your Rental Home

First impressions count, and this is never more true than with rental properties. Preparing a property for rent means a lot more than just advertising it and showing prospective tenants around. If you want to get the best possible rental income / return from your property, you may well need to make some changes before… 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 »

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 »