After moving into my ex-HMO and refurbishing it last year, I decided that I wanted an open fire or woodburner. I’ve always wanted one and seemed to have come so close a few times but then sold a house before my dream could become a reality – husband citing it as a poor investment.
During the renovation the builder found the old hole for the fire, the surround which had been ripped out years ago in a fit of “modernisation” (bastards). I did some research and gawped at the prices of surrounds, flues, hearths and decided that I’d have to have the heating on full blast for the next 10 years to make it cheaper than fitting a fireplace and its paraphernalia. You see, I also needed to build the chimney up as someone had decided to take the stack down to just above the tray which was now leaking. £££££s or should I say, bills, were floating before my eyes. It was whilst salivating over what could be that I met THEM…………… Continue reading I Should Have Known Better
Being mid-November, the Christmas warnings are well on their way. The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) has put together guidelines for how landlords can avoid problems and save money.
The AIIC has told landlords to beware of water damage as tenants attempt to save money themselves on heating bills. They believe tenants should be made aware of the risks of turning the heating off if they’re going away for Christmas. Continue reading AIIC Serve up a Winter Warning
Students are asking housing minister Grant Shapps to introduce a star rating system for buy to let homes.
Hundreds of students in Shapp’s consituency of Hatfield have complained about shoddy properties in a survey by University of Hertfordshire Students’ Union. Continue reading Students want star ratings for buy to lets
Please remember that my properties are all mid range to upper end of market properties aimed at the professional tenants and retired couples. Some of the strategies outlined may be transferrable to other market sectors but not all of them. Continue reading How I minimise property management issues