Articles

  • The Silent Killer – What a Landlord Needs to Know

    November 30, 2021

    This week is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, which aims to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide and ensure that people know what they need to do to protect themselves from this potentially deadly gas...

  • Industry regulation to deliver consumer confidence

    November 22, 2021

    At a recent event, industry experts discussed various ways confidence can be built in the private rented sector (PRS) and what needs to be done to achieve that...

  • PRS could lag behind in energy efficiency

    November 15, 2021

    With COP26 well underway climate change is dominating many headlines and thinking, and as an estimated 14% of the UK’s carbon emissions come from the way we heat our homes, energy efficiency in property is high on the agenda...

  • Further delays to Renters’ Reform Bill

    November 8, 2021

    I wrote earlier in the year how the Renters’ Reform Bill had been delayed until later this year and now it has been announced that the White Paper will be delayed further, until 2022...

  • Smart meters in the private rented sector

    November 3, 2021

    Last week was the first Smart Meter Awareness Week and it was particularly timely with the recent rise in fuel prices which is affecting millions of households. Smart meters constantly monitor energy use and show on a display the use and the cost, helping with energy awareness and therefore energy efficiency. They also mean more accurate bills, without the need for manual readings so should...

  • Preparing your rental property for winter

    October 25, 2021

    As the weather starts to turn colder it is important to avoid any related issues with your rental property that could cause problems and lead to costly repairs. There are some checks your tenants can do themselves and others that landlords will need to make sure are all in place. If, as landlord, you do need access, remember to keep an eye on any changing restrictions to ensure that visiting the...

  • Calls to unlock property market potential

    October 18, 2021

    Ahead of the 2021 Autumn Budget and Spending Review later this month, HM Treasury called for representations to be made and Propertymark has called for action and funding across four key areas that we see will unlock potential in the property market...

  • Caution on holiday-type lets

    October 11, 2021

    There is a concern in the industry that very short-term lets, such as those with Airbnb, have potential to gain popularity among private landlords, looking for quick profits. This is especially troubling at a time when the latest PRS report from Propertymark shows the number of new prospective tenants was the highest figure on record...

  • 25 years of buy to let mortgages

    October 4, 2021

    Last week saw the 25th anniversary of buy-to-let mortgage products and within the industry itself and beyond this is something to be celebrated...

  • New notice periods from 1st October

    September 24, 2021

    I last wrote about the changes to notice periods that came into effect on 1st June and the Government has now announced that notice periods will return to their pre-COVID lengths from 1st October...