Q&A

My tenant and I have argued, how can I fix our relationship?

My tenant and I have argued, how can I fix our relationship?

People are at the heart of the rental property industry and maintaining great relationships is the key to success. As a landlord, you probably have a dream tenant. For some it might be students, for others a young professional couple, while another landlord might be looking for a family. But all good tenants have a …

Am I liable for crime committed in one of my properties?

Am I liable for crime committed in one of my properties?

If you’re worried about a crime being committed in your property, you might be wondering if it’s your place to call the police or not and what might leave you liable.  The short answer is usually, yes, you should call the police to let them know if you have any suspicions. However, things are, as …

What should I do if my landlord dies?

What should I do if my landlord dies?

If you’re a tenant and your landlord dies, what does this mean for you? We recently looked at what landlords should do if their tenant dies, so now it’s time to look at the flip side of this situation and the impact a landlord’s death can have on the tenant and the landlord’s family. Who …

What should I do if my tenant dies?

What should I do if my tenant dies?

As a landlord, there are any number of circumstances you could encounter and one of those is the death of your tenant. Firstly, this can be a really upsetting time, especially if you have known your tenant for a long while, so be sure you’re getting the support you need. There are practical steps that …

Who is responsible for mould in my property?

Who is responsible for mould in my property?

Mould in your property can be unsightly and unhealthy, but who is ultimately responsible for mould in a rental property? This can be a bit of a grey area as, depending on what is causing the mould, it could be your responsibility or it could be your tenant’s. Mould can be very damaging to your …

I’m renovating a house to rent, how can I get a good return?

I’m renovating a house to rent, how can I get a good return?

So you’ve snapped up a bargain and now you need to renovate – but do renovations increase value? If you’ve watched any housing programmes recently, you might have felt the urge to head to your local auction. Or maybe you’ve found a cheap deal via your high street agent. But as with most good deals …

When should I DIY and when should I bring in a professional ?

When should I DIY and when should I bring in a professional ?

As a landlord, there are a lot of outgoings – not least on the maintenance of your property. Can you save money by taking a DIY approach? As a long-term investment, your property is always going to need updates and further investment: Decorating. The longer you have your property, the more you’ll have to decorate. …

Do I need permission to install CCTV?

Do I need permission to install CCTV?

I want to improve the security of my property with CCTV. One of the important things to remember when you are a landlord is that your property is your tenant’s home.  Your tenant has the right to quiet enjoyment of the property and this right includes the fact that you must always contact them to …

Virtual Viewings: What is the best way to run a video viewing?

Virtual Viewings: What is the best way to run a video viewing?

Many estate agents are also jumping on the trend of virtual viewings as it’s a fantastic way to showcase homes to prospective buyers or renters.  The way we view properties has changed, and whether you do-it-yourself or ask an agency, virtual viewings are now part of regular property viewings and are a popular choice in …

Section 21 Updates: Can my tenant stall an eviction hearing?

Section 21 Updates: Can my tenant stall an eviction hearing?

When it comes to an eviction hearing, it’s good to know your tenant’s rights, as well as your own.  Following all eviction procedures correctly is vital, because if you don’t you could be found guilty of illegally evicting or even harassing your tenant. Take for example a recent case when a landlord was given a …