Government Looks to Regulate the Property Industry

The Housing Minister, Heather Wheeler, has announced that a new working group will be set up to raise standards across the housing sector. Whilst the industry seems to be getting hit left, right and centre at the moment with changing legislation, this is something all good letting agents can whole hardheartedly support. The group will…

1/3 of landlord not protecting deposits

New research has revealed that up to one-third of landlords could be overlooking their legal obligation to protect their tenant’s deposit. This could affect around 1.5 million tenants across the UK. Research by the price comparison website, ComparetheMarket.com, suggests that one third (33%) of renters know that their landlord has not placed their money in…

The Changes to HMOs You Need to Know About!

Changes to mandatory licensing Currently, a property requires a mandatory licence if all of the following apply: the property is a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) (occupied by individuals who are not all related to one another); and the property is occupied by five or more individuals; and the property has 3 storeys or more…

How to Advertise on Rightmove Without a High Street Agent

Many landlords want to let their property, and know how powerful advertising on rightmove and zoopla can be, but don’t want to use an agent. The simple fact is that you can’t : (  The big property websites all require that there is an intermediary – namely; a letting agent. However, just because you have…

Deadline for new Section 21 rules approaches

Confusion remains ahead of new Section 21 rules being introduced next month. Landlords and letting agents are being reminded about incoming changes to Section 21 notices next month for tenancies set up before October 2015. Currently, a landlord must provide two months’ notice when issuing a Section 21 eviction notice to any tenant on an…

Removal Services

Now that your references are underway, it’s time to start packing! But how much will removals cost? How long will removals take? We’ve got some handy websites that will take the stress out of your move day! Full Removals: Compare my Move is an easy to use house removals comparison site with options ranging from a basic…

Mandatory 5 year electrical safety checks for rental properties to be introduced

The Government have announced that mandatory electrical safety checks will be introduced for all landlords with rental properties in England. As yet there is no start date for the new legislation. Director general of charity Electrical Safety First, Phil Buckle, said: “We are delighted the Government has finally recognised the importance of regular electrical checks…

Where to invest for long term equity growth

When considering investing in property, an important factor to consider is the prospects of it increasing in value over time. Whilst we’ve seen some interesting trends in housing prices over the last 20 years, the pockets of growth in different postcodes are notoriously difficult to predict. However, some factors which will almost definitely attract a…

Best areas to invest for rental yields

For investors looking to buy properties to let out, deciding where to purchase can be a difficult decision. Totally Money recently produced a report investigating the best places in the country to invest in buy to let. To check out the map click here, but we’re going to give you a quick summary of the…

Can I advertise on rightmove privately?

Sadly the answer is no. Property websites such as rightmove and zoopla don’t allow private sellers or landlords to advertise directly. They will only advertise properties via an agent. If you don’t want to use a traditional high street agent, but want to have exposure on the leading property sites, why not consider an online…