Lettings & Management

Mark Alexander

Surrender of Tenancy Agreement


I have just helped my brother to draft a Surrender of Tenancy Agreement, you can download a copy at the foot of this article, but the story behind it is an interesting one too. The property was purchased at auction a few years ago, it was an absolute bargain but it’s 250 miles away from… Read more

Property Management Checklist

Property Management Checklist


I have created this property management checklist to document the tasks you will already be doing if you are managing your buy to let properties effectively:-  Visiting your property, taking particulars. Setting up a system to store your documentation securely, preferably online so that it can be accessed at any time wherever you are Advertising… Read more

Evicting tenants just to break a contract with a letting agent

Evicting tenants just to break a contract with a letting agent


I was talking to Tony Sheldon at LettingSupermarket.com this morning about the increasing number of landlords who are being forced into evicting perfect tenants as the only way to get out of a contract they have with their letting agents.  Tony explained that he has conversations with landlords on a daily basis who are so… Read more


New consumer protection guidance for the Lettings Industry


The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has today published new guidance for the lettings industry to improve their understanding and compliance with consumer protection law. The follows a report last year by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) which raised concerns about a number of unsatisfactory practices affecting tenants, including unfair and surprise fees and… Read more

London Rental Standard

Boris’s new London Rental Standard


Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has launched a new voluntary accreditation scheme for Landlords and Letting agents. It is called the “London Rental Standard” and an accreditation badge will be issued upon successful completion of a one day course. This scheme is designed to improve the quality and standard of rental accommodation for tenants… Read more

Tenant Referencing Using Common Sense

Best practice guide to letting your property


All landlords want three basic things:- 1) Tenants who pay their rent on time 2) Tenants who will respect their property 3) Tenants who respect their neighbours This is a relatively comprehensive guide, hence it is quite long. It may well put you off self-management but please invest your time into reading it fully to… Read more

Transfering a tenants deposit when a property has been sold

Transfering a tenants deposit when a property has been sold


What is the protocol for transferring a tenants deposit? The tenant has lived in the property for a couple of years through an agent. The deposit is protected in one of the three schemes.  The property was recently sold to a new investor landlord who is happy for the tenant to stay and is waiting… Read more

Could you run your property portfolio from the other side of the world

Do you feel trapped by your property portfolio?


Could you run your property portfolio from the other side of the world? If you couldn’t, without making a lot of changes, ask yourself “why not?” Whether you live next door or the other side of the world isn’t really the point. The real question is whether you are working as efficiently as possible and… Read more

East Midlands Property Owners

East Midlands Property Owners Expo – Date for your Diary


East Midlands Property Owners is a professional residential landlords association but also a not-for-profit organisation. Its members own somewhere in the region of 15,000 rented properties across the East Midlands region. Our purpose is simple. We want to provide landlords, letting agents and property investors with the advice, knowledge and tools they need to be… Read more

Minimising risks by maximising returns

Minimising risks by maximising returns


Whether you’re new to investing in property or a seasoned investor, you will no doubt be keen to minimise the risk of your investment whilst maximising the return, and it may appear that striking the balance between the two is the key to success in the field of property investment. When I speak to investors… Read more

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