RENT ARREARS: FINDING A BALANCE BETWEEN COMPASSION AND COLLECTION

Although rent arrears have been a hot topic during the pandemic, it’s far from being a new subject. That said, if the discussion has taught us anything in the last year, it’s that anyone can be affected by economic events: no-one is immune, however high their income...


INCREASE YOUR YIELD: BETTER BUSINESS TIPS FOR LOCAL LANDLORDS

Is your rental property working as hard as it could for you? As a landlord, you'll want to ensure that your investment is performing well and continues to make good business sense throughout the time you own it.   Homes often have hidden potential that, as well as...


BEHIND THE SCENES: WHAT DOES AN ESTATE AGENT DO FOR YOUR MONEY?

“Put it on the Internet and wait for the phone to ring”. That’s perhaps how many people see an estate agent’s life, and there’s undoubtedly some mystery around precisely what agents do beyond putting a property on the market and showing people...


DEPOSIT DISPUTES: WHY DO SO MANY LANDLORDS LOSE?

Ending up in a dispute at the end of a tenancy is one of the least inviting prospects of being a landlord, and thankfully most tenancies end perfectly amicably. But when they do end in disagreement, many landlords manage to lose their claim, leading them to feel that the system...


TIMING YOUR MOVE: HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT MOMENT TO SELL

Have you ever wondered how to pick the perfect time to sell your home? It’s probably the question we’re asked the most when talking to people about their move.   But how do you pick your moment with so much conflicting advice? Should you exploit the new year...


BUILD A PORTFOLIO OF POPULAR & PROFITABLE LETTINGS

Do you think it’s impossible to be popular AND profitable as a landlord? Perhaps you feel that one cancels out the other; that it’s a choice between hard-nosed business and being nice, but that the two are fundamentally incompatible?   You wouldn’t be...


WARM WELCOMES: TURN YOUR COLD VIEWERS INTO HOT BUYERS

There are still two months of winter before spring hits on March 21st, so if you’re selling your home in the chilly season, it’s essential to extend the warmest of welcomes to potential buyers when they visit.   The sensations of comfort and joy that make you...


PROS OR CONS: IS A MANAGING AGENT WORTH YOUR MONEY?

It takes a certain character to be a managing agent: the job has a reputation as a thankless task with days full of complaints, emergencies, breakdowns and hassle. And if we’re honest,  rarely does anyone call with news that everything’s just fine.   But...


SWIFT, SAFE AND SURE: THE GUIDE TO SELLING YOUR HOME IN LOCKDOWN

If you’d been waiting until the new year to put your moving plans into action, you might be wondering whether to put them back on hold. But if you do that, when will you be able to think about moving again?   Let’s start by saying that 2021 is very different...


LET’S GET ORGANISED: NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR LANDLORDS

From giving up smoking, to a change of diet, to getting in some exercise, now is the time of year when all sorts of new year’s resolutions are being made and declared. Health and fitness are the usual areas we concentrate on, but there are also things to consider in terms...


DECLUTTER FOR GOOD: START YOUR 2021 WITH A ROOM-BY-ROOM RESET

The weeks either side of New Year always involve some sort of clearing out. Whether you've hosted over the season, been a guest somewhere else or stayed at home for a quiet one, there are cards, wrapping, boxes and bottles to throw out, and decorations to take down and put away...


ROOM AT THE TOP: ADD SPACE & VALUE WITH A LOFT CONVERSION

Spending so much more time at home this year has left many of us looking at our living spaces in a whole new light. Every spare corner has been pressed into service as a home office, classroom, gym or art studio, often juggling multiple roles at the same time.   But one...


RIGHT TO RENT: EVERYTHING LANDLORDS SHOULD KNOW

Introduced in 2016, Right to Rent had something of a rocky start but has since become an integral part – and legal requirement – of every Assured Shorthold Tenancy.   The scheme was initially met with some dismay among landlords who argued that checking people...


WINTER GARDENS: WOW YOUR BUYERS WITH A WONDERLAND

Gardens get a raw deal at Christmas. While everyone's thinking about getting together with family and friends, gardens and balconies are left out in the cold, cut off and forgotten behind the curtains with not so much as a passing glance before March.   Well, that seems a...


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