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The Queen’s Speech

By Mark Loughnane | May 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

So I see that landlords across the country have started a new job role today within the UK Border Control. For those not up to speed ‘Her Maj’ announced at the state opening of Parliament that landlords will face fines if they house illegal immigrants. Presumably these fines will be used to fund the building…

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Tenancy Inspections

By Nicholas Stott | May 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

No-one enjoys Tenancy Inspections. The Letting Agent has to: – make (and often rearrange) appointments, and sometimes out of office hours as a courtesy to the Tenant – give what may sound like patronising advice to Tenants on simple domestic tasks such as drying washing outside to avoid condensation – provide reports to both Tenant…

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Access All Areas

By Nicholas Stott | Apr 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

So, you need access to your property to find a new Tenant or do a gas safety certificate. But what if your Tenant doesn’t want to let you do a viewing before they move out, or is happy not to have a new safety certificate? There’s no excuse for a Tenant not allowing you to…

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Fixing A Hole Where The Rain Gets In

By Nicholas Stott | Apr 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

As a Landlord, maintaining your property is the biggest headache you’ll face. Outstanding repairs are like runaway snowballs: they’ll only get larger and cause more damage, costing you more in the long run. I’ve learnt to arrange to have repairs fixed immediately these days. Penny-pinching over every little thing costs time and energy. Rather than…

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NALS – “No Agent Loves Sarcasm”

By Nicholas Stott | Nov 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

Why does the general public have such a poor perception of agents? Is it because they are often image-conscious, relatively young, and not recognisably qualified? Anyone who has tried to buy, sell, rent, or let a property in the UK has a negative story to tell about an Estate or Letting Agent, and with minimal…

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Excuses, excuses…

By Nicholas Stott | Nov 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

I’m hoping to buy a property above a shop, and so called one of my existing mortgage providers to begin an application. They asked what the opening hours are for the shop that the property sits atop, which are 7:00am – 10:00pm every day. The previously bubbly operative then said she’d have to check with…

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What’s wrong with renting?

By Nicholas Stott | Nov 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

Why is the ratio of renters to owners always under scrutiny? I don’t understand why the Government and the media are obsessed with getting everyone to own their own home. I’m not just saying this because I want there to be more tenants around to rent my houses. I’m not so egotistic or naïve to…

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How To Value A Property Investment At A Glance

By Nicholas Stott | Nov 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

This is by no means all the research you have to do if you want to follow Richard Branson’s mantra of “Protect the downside”, however, this is an easy way of coming up with a shortlist to review later and ensure you don’t miss out on any diamonds in the rough. Every property investment is…

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Are Letting Agents the New Estate Agents?

By Nicholas Stott | Nov 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

Just found this post on the superb on the www.landlordzone.co.uk website (@LandlordZONE), in response to a scathing generalisation of Letting Agents (LA). The image is from www.propertyinvestmentproject.co.uk, another great site with a refreshingly blunt author (@The_Landlord). It seems to me that LA can become easy scapegoat. The general rules are. a) Bad tenants are always…

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What would you rather have: a car or a house?

By Nicholas Stott | Nov 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

Can’t afford a place to live? Think again! How about this 1 bedroom flat for £8,500? That’d buy you an entry-level Ford Ka, 1 litre. Even if it needed a full rip-out, you couldn’t spend more than £20,000 – a fully refurbished apartment for under £30,000! The rent on a 1 bedroom flat in that…

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