Monthly Archives: September 2013

Finalists for the Landlord and Letting Awards!

We are proud to announce that we have been selected to be finalists at this years landlord and letting awards for the categories of both Customer Service and Letting Agents.  Wish us luck!!

The Online Letting Agents has been shortlisted as a finalist for 2012/13 in both the Letting Agent and Customer Service category of the prestigious Landlord & Letting Awards.

Oliver Romain, editor of Landlord & Buy-to-Let magazine and lead judge for the Awards, commented: “The Landlord & Letting Awards are the premier nationwide private rented sector awards in the UK, and it’s great to be able to recognise and reward the best in the industry.

“The Awards receive industry wide support and grow year on year, and it is encouraging to see so many companies and individuals wanting to take part; many even strive throughout the year to further increase their chances of winning. This year’s response was phenomenal, with more entries than ever received across the various categories, so [company name/person’s name] has done brilliantly to be shortlisted.”

The winners for each category will be announced at a gala dinner – being held at Stoneleigh Park in Coventry during the Landlord and Letting Show, on Wednesday 27th November, 2013.

How to Value your Rental Property

We are often asked how to value a property’s rental income potential. The quick and easy way to work out how much rent you can realistically charge for your property is to take a look at what everyone else is asking. Simply visit one of the major property portals, such as rightmove or zoopla, and… Continue Reading

Tax Amnesty for Property Investors

HM Revenue & Customs has launched a campaign to encourage buy-to-let landlords to own up to unpaid tax on rental income. It is estimated that there is around £500m of lost tax from landlords with buy to let investment and holiday properties. The Let Property Campaign will run for 18 months and will offer discounted penalty… Continue Reading

Only 5% of Tenants Affected by Bedroom Tax Looking to Downsize

According to the housing association Peabody, less than five% of its households hit by the bedroom tax are willing to downsize. Sandra Skeete, the housing association’s executive director of housing, said just 50 out of their 1,000 households affected by the policy were interested in moving, with the rest preferring to make up the shortfall.… Continue Reading

Students Make the Best Tenants!

According to new research by the National Landlord Association (NLA), which has looked into the student market in light of the upcoming new academic year, students are among the most reliable tenants. It found students are the least likely tenants to not pay their rent, with only 38% of landlords letting to the group experiencing… Continue Reading

Tenant Wins Bedroom Tax Appeal

Annie Harrower-Gray has had her appeal against Fife Council’s decision to cut her benefit upheld by a first-tier tribunal in Scotland following a hearing on 26 August. Under the bedroom tax, social housing households of working age have their benefit cut if they are deemed to have spare bedrooms. The Department for Work and Pensions… Continue Reading

Landlords are All Change!

The private rental sector is thriving, with increasing numbers choosing to live in rental accommodation, and increasing number of individuals being attracted by the prospect of becoming a landlord. The expansion of the market appears to be having an effect on the type of landlord that are investing in buy to let. An increase in… Continue Reading