Q&A

What are the next steps for the Rental Reform Act?

What are the next steps for the Rental Reform Act?

Government proposals for the Private Rented Sector were set out in a white paper called A Fairer Private Rented Sector, but what are the next steps? The policy paper was published on 16th June 2022 and detailed the government’s plans to ‘fundamentally reform the private rented sector and level up housing quality in this country.’ …

How do I deal with squatters?

How do I deal with squatters?

You might never have to deal with squatters – but knowing how to deal with them is important, just in case! It’s hard to say how many squatters there are in the UK, but in 2010 the government estimated there were about 200,000 in the UK at any one time. Given that there are a …

How do I deal with pests?

How do I deal with pests?

As a landlord, you’ve got to be available to deal with any issues that your tenants report in the property. One of the worst ones you could have to deal with is pests. Yes, we’re talking about something that could make your skin crawl, but you probably shouldn’t look away! Essentially, a pest infestation is …

My tenants have broken up, what does this mean for the tenancy?

My tenants have broken up, what does this mean for the tenancy?

While the personal lives of your tenants is not your concern, there are times when it can affect you – a break up being the biggest one of all! Your tenants are entitled to privacy in their home and there are very few instances where what they get up to becomes your business:  Criminal activity. …

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 …