Due to the rapid growth in the private rental sector, there has been an ongoing battle between landlords, local councils, housing associations, and nearly everyone else for that matter. Many people believe that landlords are unscrupulous as they take advantage of the booming private rental market, leaving those in need struggling to afford properties. However, as most of you already know, not all landlords are the same, so how can landlords fight the stigma against them? Continue reading
Every day we see news stories claiming that either the property market is improving or that house prices are still too high for anyone to invest in. The fact of the matter is that both of these claims are correct, as there is an increasing rich/poor divide in Britain’s housing. House prices in London, for example, are still at a record high, with only those on the highest wages being able to afford good quality homes. Here, we look at four recent stories concerning properties on both ends of the scale: Continue reading
Due to recent changes in the property market, a number of lending and property investment specialists have been advising how those thinking about investing in new properties over the next few years can protect themselves. At the moment, the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has claimed that the Bank has no plans to increase interest rates, however it is likely that in the next twelve months this will change. So what can landlords do to protect their businesses? Here, Just Landlords looks at four important pieces of information you need to know: Continue reading
Due to the recent flooding, landlords across the country have had to deal with a large number of their properties being damaged by flood water. This means many have had to work longer hours and spend a substantial amount of time contacting their landlord insurance providers to arrange repairs. However, there are those that are unsure where to start when it comes to flood damage, so here we look at what you can do if your property has been severely, moderately, or minimally affected by flood water: Continue reading
Letting a property overseas takes more time and effort than one in the country you reside in, mainly due to the fact that you are based miles away and also have to deal with language and culture barriers. This can lead to overseas landlords making mistakes more regularly than standard ones, and following on from our blog post last week we decided to look at four common mistakes overseas landlords make and how they can be rectified: Continue reading
Italy is known as one of the most romantic countries in the world, with their food being second to none. Unfortunately, much as we would like we can’t give away a trip to Italy, but we can give away a £30 Pizza Express voucher to one lucky winner on Twitter! Continue reading
No matter how hard you try all landlords make mistakes every now and again, especially if they have a large property portfolio. Juggling numerous tenancies can often be stressful and time consuming, and it is during busy periods that things start to slip. Unfortunately, as a landlord, if you make a mistake you could risk finding yourself in legal difficulties, so here we look at four common mistakes landlords make and how they can be avoided: Continue reading
With George Osborne recently announcing his plans to implement further welfare reforms, a number of landlords have decided that they will no longer let to DSS tenants. Naturally, those that have been vocal about this stance have received widespread criticism, however that doesn’t change the fact that more and more landlords are refusing to let to those that receive benefits. However, letting to DSS tenants doesn’t have to be as risky as expected, and here we look at four good reasons why all landlords should let to DSS tenants: Continue reading
Here at Just Landlords we often write about the importance of landlords putting some time aside to relax. We know that most of you are rushed off your feet on a daily basis, and without some proper relaxation you could burn out!
This is why we are giving away a set of Sleep Phones which will help you drift off at night and wake up the next day feeling refreshed. For your chance to win just visit our Facebook page and click on the ‘Sleep Phones Prize’ tab and enter your details. Continue reading
Over the past few weeks nearly the whole of the UK has been affected by the torrential rain and subsequent flooding, which is why we published a post advising landlords how they can protect their properties from floods. Now, it looks as if the worst of the rain has passed, however the bad weather is not over yet.
January’s cold snap is about to hit the UK, and we have already seen temperatures plummeting and some areas have even reported the first signs of snow. So what does this mean for landlords? As usual, severe weather must be taken seriously, so here are four ways that you can prepare for it: Continue reading