Q&A

When is a good time to access my property to get work done?

When is a good time to access my property to get work done?

Timing is so important when you’re a landlord, especially when it comes to getting work done on your property without disturbing your tenant. As a landlord, as well as the safety of your property, you also need to consider comfort, which means there are lots of updates you could do to your property over the …

Should I put the rent up?

Should I put the rent up?

Competition is fierce in the rental market at the moment, but should landlords be putting the rent up? The cost-of-living is rising rapidly: Energy prices. The energy price cap went up in April 2022 and is due to go up again in October 2022 and January 2023. The government has organised a £400 grant for …

Should I allow tenants to smoke in my properties?

Should I allow tenants to smoke in my properties?

As a general rule, landlords don’t allow tenants to smoke in their properties. But why is this – and should you consider relaxing the rule? Smoking can cause damage to your property, from staining the walls, to lingering smells in soft furnishings and the possibility of burns, not to mention the potential fire risk! Once …

Should I rent out my 3 room house as an HMO or single let?

Should I rent out my 3 room house as an HMO or single let?

As a landlord, making the right choice for your property is key. So if you have a property with multiple rooms, should you rent it as a HMO or a single let? There is, of course, no straightforward answer for this, as it all depends on you and what works best for you and your …

My tenant is elderly, do I have a duty of care?

My tenant is elderly, do I have a duty of care?

As a landlord, you are responsible for your tenant’s safety in your property, but are you more responsible for an elderly tenant? It’s worth noting here that age doesn’t mean infirmity. Just because you have an older tenant doesn’t mean they need extra support or that you need to worry about them at all!  However, …

How often should I inspect my property?

How often should I inspect my property?

As a landlord, you will want to make sure that your property is in good hands, but you also don’t want to disturb your tenants with too many property inspections. After all, while this is your property, it is your tenants home and they have the right to privacy. But there will be times when …

How do I become a full-time landlord?

How do I become a full-time landlord?

Do you have dreams of landlording full time? Whether you’ve already bought your first buy-to-let or you’re saving towards it, if your ultimate goal is landlording full time, how can you make that happen for yourself? Sadly, there’s no speedy way to get there (unless you are lucky enough to win the lottery!) but there …

I think my property has radon, what should I do?

I think my property has radon, what should I do?

So you’ve heard about radon, but what exactly is it? When it comes to dangerous gases, it’s not just carbon monoxide you have to worry about. Radon is a colourless and odourless radioactive gas that is created by the radioactive decay of small amounts of uranium that occur naturally in all rocks and soils. Which …

I’ve got joint tenants and one wants to leave early, what do I do?

I’ve got joint tenants and one wants to leave early, what do I do?

If you have joint tenants and one wants to leave the property before the tenancy is up, where does this leave you? In 2022, friends, family members and partners regularly rent homes together. While house shares and HMOs are common, if it’s possible to live with people you know and like, many will opt for …