Q&A

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 …

I’ve got an EICR do I need to do a PAT testing too?

I’ve got an EICR do I need to do a PAT testing too?

As a landlord, your main concern should always be your tenant’s safety in your property, so should you PAT test for additional safety? Legally required certification is designed to ensure that all properties are as safe as, well… houses! Over time, the legal requirements for housing has changed, so as a reminder, here is what …

Should I include bills in the price of my rent?

Should I include bills in the price of my rent?

When you rent out your property, should you include the bills in the price of the rent or not? Do you include bills in the price of your rent? If not, have you ever considered it?  For many landlords, this isn’t something they have considered taking on as it is a lot more work, but …

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 …

Should I write my own will?

Should I write my own will?

Why is it important to make a will? Our society tends not to talk about death, as it’s an upsetting topic, which is probably why fewer than 4 in 10 adults had made a will, as of 2020. But death is a natural part of life and it impacts a lot of what we do. …

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 …