Some of you may have head of these ‘free’ solar panels we can have on our tenants houses.
A company is offering to put them on my houses at no cost to me.
The company trying to put them on for me, says I will earn money off them over the next 10-20 years. Something like £600,000 on 20 houses, but I can’t see that. Continue reading Solar Panels – should landlords fit them to rental properties?
David Brinsden has a Green Deal problem and has requested advice from Property118 readers as follows:
“I have two Victorian flat conversions in Bedford, both let on LHA. Both properties have been visited by a council surveyor with a list of improvements needed. This came as a bit of a surprise!
One was easy as the property was due a new boiler & was soon installed. Continue reading Green Deal problem – Advice Requested
The number of energy inefficient properties owned by landlords is steadily decreasing, according to research from the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA).
In December 2012, 61% of landlords reported that they had no properties rated F or G in terms of their energy efficiency, an increase of 11% on the year before. This rise in the ownership of energy efficient rental properties could be down to upgrades of older properties or the sale of lower-rated properties.
Continue reading Landlords and Tenants Becoming more Energy Conscientious
Renting your first home as a student can be exciting yet daunting at the same time. So the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) and the National Union of Students (NUS) are offering advice to students on renting their first property at university. Continue reading The essential student guide to renting – 10 Tips from NUS and ARLA
The Green Deal has fallen on deaf ears according to the latest research from the Association of Residential Letting Agents.
The research found that half (51%) of the landlords questioned hadn’t heard of the Green Deal and over a third (33%) didn’t actually know the energy rating of their buy to lets. Continue reading ARLA Call on Landlords to Think Green
Landlords are the wrong target for buy to let regulation, according to the latest behind-the-scenes thinking.
Regardless of the rights and wrongs of the ‘rogue’ landlords debate, politicians and law makers are looking at tightening the rules for letting agents. Continue reading Landlords are the wrong target for buy to let regulation
This week’s edition features a round up of all the week’s articles. Neil runs through how to assess a mortgage product based purely on price and two 80% buy to let deals. Mary reacts to human rights, Ally has interior tips for landlords and tennants, Ben attempts to unite the PRS and there is lots of hot news from around the country including the Chancellor himself.
Continue reading Property118 Landlord Newsletter – Issue 110
It’s green for go for new-style energy performance certificates from April 6 and landlords or letting agents who flout the new rules could face a fine.
Energy performance certificate (EPC) laws are tightening and letting agents face more scrutiny from trading standards officers. Continue reading Green for go on new EPC laws for buy to lets
The April 6th deadline is looming, so we’ve pieced together a round-up of the impending changes for landlords regarding deposit protection and EPCs. HMO Landlady returns to tell of the chaos that ensues losing your mobile phone, as well as the latest news from Nationwide, the Ombudsman, Experian, HMRC and much more.
Continue reading Property118 Landlord Newsletter – Issue 108
Tenant Referencing comes in many guises but in this article I am going to focus on how landlords can outsource a major piece of due diligence and pass the risks of tenants failing to pay rent onto an insurance company by purchasing Rent Guarantee Insurance “RGI”.
The concept itself is very simple. The insurer performs checks on the tenant which allows them to establish that rent is affordable and is likely to be paid. The insurance company then insure against the risks to the landlord in the event of non-payment on the part of the tenant. This is what happens if the tenant stops paying rent if you have purchased an RGI policy and followed the correct procedures:- Continue reading Insuring against the risks of non-payment of rent