Should landlords let their tenants redecorate?

January 20th, 2016

Decorator paintingWith property prices going through the roof it’s harder than ever for first time buyers to get a foot on the property ladder and tenants are renting for longer and longer periods. Landlords are often reluctant to let their tenants decorate, but transforming a house into a home can benefit everyone involved. Read the rest of this entry »

Buy to let booms despite budgetary bashing

July 31st, 2015

buy to let boomsThanks to low interest rates and rising property prices buy to let is booming, but could tax changes announced in the budget mean tough times ahead for landlords? Quoteline Direct looks at the financial impact of George Osborne’s ‘tax bombshell’ and asks whether the changes will take the shine off buy to let investment. Read the rest of this entry »

Landlords Contents Insurance Explained

June 18th, 2015

Buy to let fireThe first rule of business is to protect your assets and as a landlord that means making sure that you’ve got the right insurance. Every landlord knows that buildings insurance is an established ‘buy to let basic’, but we are often asked if landlords really need contents insurance. Read the rest of this entry »

Why it makes sense for landlords to spread the love

April 24th, 2015

Plant pot giftThanks to rock bottom interest rates and liberal lending buy to let is booming, and with changes to pensions regulations a new breed of landlord is about to enter the market. Dubbed ‘granlords’ by the media it’s expected that large numbers of over 55s will cash-in their pension pots and get-in on the buy to let game. Read the rest of this entry »

Five Essential Apps for Landlords

April 7th, 2015

Mobile appsOne of the secrets of being a successful landlord is being able to juggle and know exactly what each hand is doing. The following apps have been carefully chosen to help landlords save time, effort and ultimately money. Read the rest of this entry »

Landlord guide to preventing identity theft

February 23rd, 2015

House keyringWe often hear tales of tenants being treated unfairly by unscrupulous landlords, but we seldom hear stories where the shoe is on the other foot. However, unsuspecting landlords can make easy targets; especially when it comes to identity theft and fraud. Read the rest of this entry »

Nearly Half a Million Landlords are Underinsured

December 15th, 2014

Signing documents for landlordResearch has found that nearly a quarter of landlords have inappropriate or insufficient insurance. The findings are thought to be due to a boom in the number of ‘part time’ landlords, who are letting properties to earn a second income, but don’t yet know the ropes. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Letting a Spare Room could Invalidate your Home Insurance

October 1st, 2014

For rent signWith house prices rising and the mortgage market cooling; first-time buyers are having a tough time getting a foot on the property ladder. As a result the rental sector is booming and more and more people are letting out spare rooms. As a homeowner it’s a great way to earn some extra income, but be warned: you could unwittingly invalidate your home insurance. Read the rest of this entry »

Buy to Let Insurance Blunders

August 8th, 2014

Home For Rent Sign Shows Rental

As a landlord it is important to protect your investment and that means making sure that your buy-to-let property is completely covered. However, insurance can be a complicated business and even seasoned property investors make expensive mistakes. Avoid the following property insurance pitfalls for complete peace of mind: Read the rest of this entry »

Landlord Guide to Rent Guarantee Insurance

May 9th, 2014

House For Rent Sign Shows RentalAfter years languishing in the financial doldrums it’s great to hear that the economy has finally got some wind in its sails. Not only is growth faster than predicted, but the housing market is booming and unemployment is falling. Landlords are reaping the benefits, but it isn’t a time for complacency as some landlords are finding out the hard way. Read the rest of this entry »