It always amazes me that just when I think I’ve run out of ideas to write about lettings for the blog (we’ve been going nearly three years now!), something very basic crops ups which really makes me think there is so much we, in the Lettings Industry, assume tenants and landlords already know. Browsing through… Read more »

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It might be a little early to be hanging up the Christmas decorations and I really don’t want to sound like Scrooge, however, I am writing this in a very chilly office with the temperature having dipped to a balmy six degrees (feeling like minus one with the wind chill!). And, when the temperature drops… Read more »

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Earlier this year I discussed ‘Deposit Free Renting’ (DFR) after the Deposit Protection Scheme (DPS) – lots of acronyms here, hope you are keeping up! – announced that the average deposit for a rental property in 2017 was £967 and tenants were struggling to move from one rental property to another, having to find the… Read more »

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Okay, so you’ve been meaning to get around to it for a while now; a few of you have agreed you’re going to get a place together for the next academic year but you’ve were so engrossed with that first term getting to know your new town and Uni and then you needed to find… Read more »

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Historically, the summer months (June – September) are when tenants are most likely to move. Some will be moving out of the family home and into their first rental, others might be selling a property and using a rental as a stop-gap. The majority, however, will be moving from one tenanted property to another and… Read more »

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With a population of just under 1 million, Birmingham is fast becoming one of the Globe’s leading cities. Recent infrastructure development backed by millions of pounds of investments, Birmingham, located in the West Midlands, is the perfect location for investors looking to benefit from long-term returns and minimal tenant void periods. The investment boom could… Read more »

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We are about to enter one of the busiest periods in the Lettings calendar. Spring has sprung, summer is around the corner (ostensibly; we’re still carrying out viewings in our winter coats!) and tenants are on the prowl for a new pad. Is that you? Perhaps you’re just moving to have a bit more room… Read more »

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Not another landlord acronym I hear you cry? Oh, yes, and this is one you will need to comply with and soon. On 1st April 2018 Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards come into force in England and Wales.  Landlords of privately rented domestic and non-domestic properties in England and Wales won’t be able to rent out… Read more »

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This past weekend, Housing Secretary, Sajid Javid, said that dissatisfied tenants should have, ‘a clearer version of redress for their grievances. For too long, tenants have navigated multiple complaints procedures to resolve disputes about everyday household repairs and maintenance.’ The government has now set out an eight-week consultation period in order to gain more opinion… Read more »

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Last month, according to Mortgages for Business*, Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMO’s) produced the highest yield of all buy-to-let investments in 2017 at an average of 8.9% across the UK. We’ve spoken before on the blog about HMO’s and seeing that there is a rise in popularity with these types of lets, we thought now… Read more »

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