A Guide for Landlords Letting to Students

It’s no secret that student tenants get a bad rap. Complaints about loud parties, destroyed furniture and week-old pizza boxes abound. So much so that apparently seven out of 10 landlords won’t rent to students for fear of damages to their properties. But by shunning the student rental market, the majority are landlords are losing out on a lucrative market. For starters, the stereotype of the irresponsible and lazy student isn’t really fair; with rising tuition fees and living costs taking a hearty chunk out of their wallets, today’s students are more conscientious than ever. Buy-to-let properties in university towns More ›

Brexit and the Right to Rent

With just weeks to go until Britain officially leaves the European Union, landlords across England will be considering the impact of Brexit on the right to rent. Since its implementation in 2016, right to rent legislation means landlords in England are now responsible for ensuring that prospective tenants applying to live in their property have the legal right to do so – and they face harsh penalties should they fail to carry out the right checks. The uncertainty over Brexit means its impact on right to rent regulations remains unclear, but we’ve put together the below to help clarify what More ›

Predictions for the 2019 London Property Market

The London property market is a tough one to predict at the best of times. However, in this sustained period of political and economic uncertainty, it’s now particularly difficult to anticipate what the 2019 market will look like. The Brexit outcome will, undoubtedly, have a significant impact, although we won’t know how that will pan out until the UK officially leaves the European Union. Despite the political ambiguity, however, there are some forecasts we can make for the 2019 London property market. Uncertainty will continue into 2019 The London housing market has been subjected to a significant period of uncertainty More ›

New development: Spotlight on the Macpherson Apartments

Nestled in the heart of East London, Bethnal Green has long been an affordable and exciting part of the city for first-time buyers. This trend is continuing with the Macpherson Apartments, a new development of 14 luxury apartments in E2’s Heritage Quarter. The new apartment building is helping carry on the work started by Annie Macpherson way back in the 1860s. Here we delve into what makes this building so special. What are the Macpherson Apartments? The Macpherson Apartments is a collaboration between property developer Thornsett and Bethnal Green Mission Church, resulting in a mixed-use build that provides both brand More ›

Decorating a rented property: what can and can’t you do?

Decorating a rented property can always run the risk of causing friction between a landlord and tenant. While many tenants are desperate to personalise their home without losing their deposit, landlords worry about any permanent changes that may occur to their property. It’s important therefore, for both landlords and tenants, to know what can and can’t be done when decorating a rented property:   Decorating a rented property starts with the contract It is important to stress that tenants must adhere to the terms of the tenancy agreement and seek permission for changes to anything they do not own. The More ›

Energy Saving Tips: How to Reduce Utility Bills at Home

Reducing the amount of energy you use is not only good for the environment but can also help you save a significant amount of money. A few simple changes can make a big difference, so we’ve put together our top energy saving tips to help you get started.   1. Turn it down With summer coming to an end, it won’t be long before the cold weather strikes and we start doing all we can to keep warm. Heating your house efficiently is extremely important when it comes to saving money – turning down your thermostat by just one degree More ›

The True Cost of Selling a House 

So you’re planning to sell up and move, but have you calculated the true cost of selling a house? It can be a nasty surprise for some, but there are fees for selling your home. You need to plan for these and make sure to include them in your moving budget. To avoid any shocks, read through our handy guide so you know the fees involved in selling a house.   Estate agency fees Your first consideration when selling your house should be estate agency fees. These can vary depending on your property type, market condition and selling schedule. Typical estate More ›

How to avoid a property chain

A property chain is a sequence of linked house purchases, in which transactions are dependent on one another. For example, Adam wants to buy a property from Beth, but Beth needs to buy from Claire, and so on. If an issue arises within the sequence, it can cause troubles for everyone involved. So you might want to avoid a property chain to make your house buying experience as smooth as possible. Luckily, there are options for you. Let’s take a look at some of them. Move in with friends or family A relatively simple way of avoiding a property chain is More ›

Lifetime ISA vs Help to Buy ISA: Which is Right for Me?

Lifetime ISA vs Help to Buy ISA – what’s the difference, and which one is right for you? Both ISAs are attractive prospects for those looking to save for a house, but it’s important to know the pros and cons of each before opening an account. Our guide explains the ins and outs of the two schemes, and what you should consider when deciding which is the best option for you. Lifetime ISA vs Help to Buy ISA: The basics The Help to Buy ISA was introduced in December 2015, and is designed to help first-time buyers save up for More ›

Planning Permission for Extensions: Do You Need It?

Adapting your home to create the perfect space for your family can seem a daunting task, but it doesn’t need to be a difficult process. Lots of building work can be carried out under permitted development (PD) rights, meaning you don’t need to go through the process of obtaining planning permission for extensions. However, although rules have recently been relaxed, there are still a range of criteria your work must meet for this to be the case. Our guide should help you understand whether you need planning permission for extensions. Location, location, location The first thing to check is whether More ›