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DECLUTTER FOR GOOD: RESET FOR 2021, ROOM-BY-ROOM

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.

Written by: Vince Laurella

SEASON'S LETTINGS: YOUR LANDLORD CHRISTMAS CHECKLIST

There are some interesting parallels between landlords and Santa Claus. For a start, you’re often making a list and checking it twice, only yours is full of to-dos for repairs and maintenance at your rental property. Then there’s deciding if your tenants have been naughty or nice, and whether they look after your property and pay the rent on time.

Written by: Vince Laurella

CHRISTMAS PRESENCE: IS YOUR HOME PRIMED FOR THE BOXING DAY BOUNCE?

There's no doubt that Christmas 2020 will be unlike any other. Holidays abandoned; family gatherings reduced; office parties cancelled. Even a quick festive drink at the local pub is far from a certain date. But while there are many things we can’t do this Christmas, it doesn’t mean everything will stop.

Written by: Vince Laurella

NO VACANCY: KEEPING YOUR RENTAL PROPERTY OCCUPIED

They say that death and taxes are the only two certainties of life. Well, if you're a landlord, you might be feeling that empty weeks at your rental property are an inevitable third.

Written by: Vince Laurella

ROOM AT THE TOP: ADD VALUE & SPACE 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.

Written by: Vince Laurella

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.

Written by: Vince Laurella

WINTER GARDENS: HOW TO MAKE A WONDERLAND AT HOME

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.

Written by: Vince Laurella

ANIMAL INSTINCT: SHOULD YOU LET TO PEOPLE WITH PETS?

How do you feel about allowing pets in your rental property? Or even in your own home? Are you a card-carrying animal lover with pets who cherish your home as much as you do, or are you simply not a fan and want to avoid the worry of possible damages that are a hassle and expense to fix?

Written by: Vince Laurella

STANDING APART: 5 TIPS FOR SELLING IN A CROWDED MARKET

If you're on the verge of putting your home on the market, you might be concerned about so much competition. Perhaps your property has been for sale for some time, but nobody is coming to see it. Or maybe you're attracting viewings, but none have turned into offers. Whatever your current position, we've got you covered.

Written by: Vince Laurella

PROFESSIONAL HELP: DO YOU REALLY NEED A LETTING AGENT? MAYBE.

When it comes to human endeavour, most of us could do almost anything if we put our minds to it. We could service our own cars, repair our own washing machines, and even clean our places of work. But are we the best person to do those things, and are they the best use of our time and energy?

Written by: Vince Laurella

ENERGY BOOST: IS THE GREEN HOMES GRANT FOR YOU?

Ever since the introduction of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) back in 2007, the energy efficiency of homes has been a high priority in the minds of homebuyers. Increasing fuel costs, climate change and an all-round awareness of the environment have contributed to a shared responsibility around energy use to minimise our carbon footprint.

Written by: Vince Laurella

CLEANING UP: HOW TO DEAL WITH MESSY TENANTS

How you can set a tenancy up from the start to give you the peace of mind that care and consideration are high in your tenants' priorities, so you can feel relaxed and rewarded by your life as a landlord.

Written by: Vince Laurella

SHOULD I ACCEPT? ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE TAKING AN OFFER

Great news! Someone wants to buy your home, and perhaps you've even received more than one offer. You've made the step from being available to being in demand, and now it's time to decide whether an offer is a good one – and the right one – for you.

Written by: Vince Laurella

HAPPY TOGETHER: CREATING IDEAL LANDLORD-TENANT RELATIONSHIPS

As strong as the bonds of any marriage or partnership, our relationship to where we live can take a similar path and have a profound impact on our lives. Having found our perfect match, we look forward to the excitement of living together, making a home and creating memories.

Written by: Vince Laurella

ASKING TOO MUCH: WHY ARE AGENTS OVERPRICING HOMES?

A darker side of estate agency has unfortunately come to the fore: overvaluing. While it’s nothing particularly new, the practice has been historically limited to a small number of estate agents. But now it’s become rife and causes untold heartache and stress for sellers.

Written by: Vince Laurella

BEFORE THE FALL: AUTUMN PREP FOR YOUR RENTAL PROPERTY

As the season changes, there are some checks you can make – and some opportunities to take – in getting your rental property ready for when the temperatures fall, the rains return and your tenants spend more time indoors.

Written by: Vince Laurella

GOLDEN DAYS: OPPORTUNITIES FOR SELLING THIS AUTUMN

With a unique set of circumstances and incentives, there has never been an autumn like 2020 with so many opportunities and advantages for selling your home.

Written by: Vince Laurella

EVICTION BAN : WHERE EXACTLY DO LANDLORDS STAND ?

With the Government’s last minute extension of the eviction ban on August 21st, we thought we could at least provide some reasoned commentary on the current state of play and offer some advice where possible.

Written by: Vince Laurella

Future proof: how to add lasting value to your home

Upgrading your surroundings for maximum comfort; opening the door to a place that fills you with joy; adding value for when you come to sell, rent, or refinance: these are all meaningful and valuable considerations for you and your future.

Written by: Vince Laurella

MOVE FASTER: HOW TO SELL QUICKLY AND GET THE BEST PRICE

There are many positives to finding a buyer while your home is truly hot property, and we like to call them the FIVE Ps: price, photography, presentation, profile and passion.

Written by: VINCE LAURELLA

CHOICES CHOICES: HOW TO CHOOSE A BUY-TO-LET PROPERTY

What kind of property makes a good rental investment? Is it better to buy an old or new home? What sort of location will attract the tenants you want? And what should you look for to avoid buying into hassle?

Written by: Vince Laurella

PROPERTY MYTHS: MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT SELLING YOUR HOME

There are a number of commonly and mistakenly held beliefs that raise their heads alongside the individual concerns of each particular owner.

Written by: Vince Laurella

PROFIT OR LOSS? GETTING YOUR BUY-TO-LET FIGURES RIGHT

So, you've found the perfect property as your next – or first – buy-to-let: all that’s left is to find a tenant, watch the rent come in, and enjoy the proceeds. Or is it?

Written by: Vince Laurella

STAMP DUTY BREAK: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOU?

The announcement of a Stamp Duty holiday on July 9th by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak means that you can save up to £15,000 when buying your next home.

Written by: Vince Laurella

THE RIGHT ONE: HOW TO ATTRACT THE BEST TENANT

The biggest concern for every landlord is that the person or people living in their property will look after it and pay their rent.

Written by: Vince Laurella

PERFECT PRICING: GETTING YOUR ASKING PRICE RIGHT

When it comes to marketing your property for sale, the figure you choose as your initial asking price will be a major factor in how many enquiries you get, the number of viewings, how fast you receive an offer, and possibly whether you sell at all.

Written by: Vince Laurella

RULES & REGS: LETTINGS LAWS AND LEGISLATION

Did you know that there are more than 140 laws and 400 pieces of legislation covering rental property in the UK?

Written by: Vince Laurella

SELLING IN SUMMER PART TWO: KERB APPEAL & GARDENS

If lockdown has left us with anything, it’s an appreciation of being outside. People are savouring the outdoors and noticing more of what’s around them, with gardens and balconies rising higher on the priority lists of buyers.

Written by: Paul Travers

RENTAL HEALTH: TEN TIPS ON BEING A SUCCESSFUL LANDLORD

Being a landlord can provide a useful stream of income combined with an appreciating asset to help you build a small or large portfolio and plan for a comfortable retirement. We wouldn’t call it an entirely passive income, but it certainly doesn’t have to be hard work.

Written by: Paul Travers

SELLING IN SUMMER 2020 PART ONE: INSIDE INFORMATION

Could 2020, despite everything, be the best ever summer for selling your home?

Written by: Paul Travers

Back to Life: staying safe for viewings and moving

Now that the property market is open for business again, your moving plans can get back on track.

Written by: Paul Travers

WHAT NEXT? WILL THE PROPERTY MARKET OPEN AGAIN?

With the next review of Lockdown on May 7th, and the Prime Minister due to speak on Sunday around lifting restrictions, it’s very tempting to make predictions about the future.

Written by: PAUL TRAVERS

SIMMER DOWN: EASY, EFFICIENT AND FUN COOKING FROM HOME

Now that most of us are eating at home for every meal of the day, the stress might be starting to show from producing so many dishes on top of shopping, running a household and working from home as well.

Written by: Paul Travers

GARDENING LEAVE: GREEN AWAY THE LOCKDOWN BLUES

Looking for upsides can feel a bit tricky at the moment, yet being stuck at home with time on your hands can give you the space to nurture existing hobbies, or cultivate new ones.

Written by: PAUL TRAVERS

STAYING IN, AND STAYING SANE

With many people now effectively in lockdown to help fight the Coronavirus – from singles, to couples to family units – everyone is probably feeling a bit more stressed than usual.

Written by: Paul Travers

BEIGE OR BUST: DO YOU HAVE TO GO NEUTRAL?

It’s become a modern cliché that neutral decor is not only the best way to sell your home, but almost the only way.

Written by: Paul Travers

SPRING SELLING TIPS FOR 2020

How to prepare and present your home for prime property selling season.

Written by: PAUL TRAVERS

GOING SPARE: HOW TO STYLE UNUSED ROOMS

When it comes to putting your property on the market, there is no such room as a spare room.

Written by: PAUL TRAVERS

HALL OR NOTHING: HOW TO MAKE AN ENTRANCE

Hallways don’t get enough credit. Although they’re hardly our place for down time, on viewings they are front and centre to proceedings. As the connecting path between inside, outside, rooms and floors, we pass through the halls and landings of the neighbourhood with potential buyers and tenants more than any other single part of a home.

Written by: PAUL TRAVERS

SEVEN SECONDS TO MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION

From look before you leap, to think before you speak and never judge a book by it's cover, we're always being told to exercise restraint. But the reality is that we're made to be delighted, intrigued or repelled in an instant.

Written by: PAUL TRAVERS

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Security Deposit Capped at 5 weeks rent for annual rental under £50,000, or 6 weeks rent for annual rental over £50,000


Rent - The agreed monthly rent


Changes to tenancy - Capped at £50 inc VAT


Early termination charge - Not exceeding the landlord’s financial losses


Late payment of rent - Interest of 3% above BoE base rate for each day the rent is late, once it is 14 days overdue


Replacement keys - Limited to the reasonable costs of replacement


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