How to Improve Your EPC Rating

Wondering how to improve your EPC rating? In 2018 EPC regulations changed, making it a legal requirement for rental properties to meet a certain standard of energy efficiency. Read on to learn more about the changes, and find out how to improve your EPC rating. What is an EPC rating? EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. An EPC states the energy efficiency rating of a property, taking into account a number of factors: The size of the property The type of construction The property’s heating system, including the type of boiler and how it’s controlled How the wall and loft/roof More ›

The End of the Section 21 Eviction Notice: How will it Affect Landlords?

Landlords are currently able to regain possession of a property without giving a reason using a Section 21 eviction notice. In April the Government announced plans to change this. What is a Section 21 eviction notice? Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 enables landlords to evict tenants at any time after the fixed term of their contract has ended. Landlords can do this by serving the tenant with a Section 21 eviction notice, which gives the tenant two months’ notice to leave. The landlord doesn’t need to provide a reason for the eviction. What are the proposed changes? The More ›

Should You Let Your Tenants Keep Pets? 5 Pros and Cons

Letting tenants keep pets has become a sticking point for landlords concerned about upsetting the neighbours and protecting their property from avoidable wear and tear. But with an estimated 78% of pet owners reportedly having difficulty finding properties which allow their fluffy friends, permitting pets brings a raft of benefits too. This includes happier tenants, longer leases, and more revenue due to fewer renting gaps and the ability to charge higher rent. So with 46% of UK renters owning a pet, can you afford to exclude almost half the market? Here’s a list of pros and cons to consider before More ›

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 ›

Investing in Buy-to-Let Property: Advice for Aspiring Landlords

Investing in buy-to-let property is still an attractive prospect for many people, despite recent changes in the way buy-to-let investments are taxed. The changes mean that landlords are no longer able to offset all their mortgage interest against their profits – but investing in buy-to-let can still pay off. However, the changes mean that if you do want to enter the buy-to-let market, you need to do things properly if you want to see a return. Here’s our essential advice for anyone considering investing in buy-to-let property. Research the market and know the pitfalls Before you invest, be sure that More ›

Fire Safety Advice for Landlords: Keeping Tenants Safe

In the wake of the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, you may be concerned about ensuring the safety of your tenants. We’ve put together the following fire safety advice for landlords to help you. What are my responsibilities as a landlord? All landlords have legal obligations regarding fire safety. The legislation that applies to you will depend on the type of property you own and who lives in it. The principle pieces of legislation that cover fire safety in housing are the Housing Act 2004, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations More ›

The Moving Home Checklist

The Moving Home Checklist When moving home, you’re faced with a sky-high to-do list with things you may or may not have done before. Sometimes, it can get overwhelming having to consider everything on there and work out exactly what you need to do first. We’ve compiled a checklist so that you don’t forget anything on your big day! The Simple Things… Have you asked the most important questions, such as: Where are the gas and electricity meters? What days are the bins collected? Which company supplies the energy, broadband and home phone? Where is the main stopcock? What council More ›

The Legal Requirements of being a Landlord

The Legal Requirements of being a Landlord We’re here to keep you informed of your legal obligations as a Landlord. Whether you’re a first-time landlord, or just looking for some clarification that you’re following the legislation, we’ve compiled a list of what you need to know: Electrical Equipment and Systems There are currently statutory regulations governing electrical equipment and systems in the UK, although you are obligated to ensure the property is safe and you may be liable should something go wrong. EPC An Energy Performance Certificate needs to be commissioned prior to marketing by Keatons. As the certificate test More ›

Three Simple Tips to Let Quickly

“One, Two, Let” – Three Simple Tips to Let Quickly We know that letting your home can sometimes be stressful, and the question arises of “how can I do this quickly?”. With a speedier time scale in mind, it’s often tempting to lower standards on a quick let with tenants. You needn’t do that – you can both let your home quickly whilst also getting a reliable tenant. There are a few steps as a landlord you can take to speed up the process of letting your home. One, two, let. Choose the right agent Choosing the right estate agent More ›