Posts Tagged: letting

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Renting & The Election: Will Lettings Gain or Lose?

As Election fever begins to grip the UK, we’ve seen propositions for reform that have varied in shades of feasibility and usefulness. As a local estate agent, it is our duty to inform and protect those that live within the properties that we let on behalf of landlords, as well as the landlords themselves that… Read more »