Articles

  • Unlocking the rental potential from empty homes

    March 7, 2022

    We know too well about the shortage of supply in the private rental sector, as demand continues to outstrip the number of available properties, and as this week is National Empty Homes Week, it is a good time to highlight the vacant properties we have locally which could make a real difference to those looking to rent...

  • Responsibility after a Break-in

    February 28, 2022

    The latest figures published in the Crime Survey for England and Wales for the year up to September 2021 show some interesting statistics, as patterns of crime have been significantly affected by the pandemic...

  • Tax loophole to close on second homes

    February 21, 2022

    Suffolk is a popular destination for those looking for holiday homes, but owners of second homes who have previously used a tax loophole to avoid paying council tax on such properties will be facing a change...

  • What the Levelling Up Plan means for the PRS 

    February 21, 2022

    The Government unveiled its Levelling Up Plan last week which sets out long-term proposals to transform the UK through twelve national missions to be achieved by 2030, so it is interesting to see what this means for the property sector...

  • Choice of BTL mortgage products hits peak 

    February 7, 2022

    Last Autumn saw the 25th anniversary of buy-to-let mortgage products and just last month it was reported that there are the greatest number of BTL mortgages available for 15 years...

  • What tenants want in a rental property

    January 31, 2022

    The pandemic changed a lot about the way we live and while all signs look like we are coming through it, it has also changed a lot about what many of us are looking for, especially when it comes to our homes...

  • Pets in Rental Property

    January 24, 2022

    With an increasing number of people spending more time at home with flexible working arrangements, along with Christmas time when pets are often given as presents, the focus is once again on pets in rental property...

  • The risk of renting through social media

    January 14, 2022

    I’ve written before about the different ways private landlords choose to let their rental properties, whether through an agency, to friends and family or to advertise and manage the rental directly. One way that seems to be getting more and more attention is how social media is being used in the process...

  • Preparing to rent your property

    January 10, 2022

    I advise a lot of individuals looking at buy-to-let in terms of how to maximise investment, but I also advise those who already own a property and are considering renting. It may be those moving abroad for work or couples with two properties who are moving in together, so renting is an attractive option. Even more so as current demand is outstripping supply. But where to start...

  • A look back at 2021

    December 30, 2021

    Working closely with Propertymark, the main body representing the property industry it is interesting to look at the trends that have been seen over the past year, especially in the private rented sector...