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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.

Written by: Vince Laurella

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 around.

Written by: Vince Laurella

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 is weighted against them.

Written by: Vince Laurella

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.

Written by: Vince Laurella

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?

Written by: Vince Laurella

WARM WELCOMES: TURN 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.

Written by: Vince Laurella

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.

Written by: Vince Laurella

SWIFT, SAFE AND SURE: 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?

Written by: Vince Laurella

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 you should also consider your wellbeing as a landlord.

Written by: Vince Laurella

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Refundable Holding deposit - Capped at 1 weeks rent


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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