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Home Staging Tips to Help You Sell Your Property

by Rizwan Osman on 1st March 2021

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Prospective buyers take just a few seconds to decide whether or not they are interested in your property. So, it is vital to present your home in the best possible light. Buyers may have several similar properties to choose from, so how do you ensure that yours is the one they fall in love with instantly? Whether you’re just getting [...]

How to Become a Landlord in the UK

by Rizwan Osman on 1st February 2021

Demand for good-quality rental property in London remains strong, with 30% of Londoners living in the private rental sector. As London's growth in property prices continues to outstrip wage growth, the number of renters is expected to increase significantly. Whether you’re looking for a buy-to-let property to boost your income, increase your pension pot or give you a good, long-term [...]

10 Tips for Accidental Landlords

by Rizwan Osman on 4th January 2021

Not every landlord is a wealthy entrepreneur with an extensive portfolio of properties. Many have become ‘accidental landlords’ perhaps because they inherited a property, needed to move but couldn’t sell their property or are working abroad for a fixed period of time. Renting a property can be complex and time-consuming. There are approximately 150 laws surrounding residential [...]

5 Ways to Increase the Rental Value of Your Property

by Rizwan Osman on 30th November 2020

If you’re a buy-to-let landlord, you want your property to be a profitable investment. The rent your property achieves will, in many ways, be dictated the average rents in your area as well as supply and demand. However, there are ways to maximise your rent and cut outgoings. Here is some straightforward advice on how to increase the rental value of your property. What is Rental [...]

Should Tenants be Allowed to Keep Pets?

by Rizwan Osman on 2nd November 2020

Britain is a notoriously pet-loving nation, around 40% of households have one. However, when it comes to buy-to-let landlords only a few embrace the idea of a pet in their property. The reasons are understandable. By pets, we are mainly talking about dogs and cats. Dogs, in particular, can be noisy, smelly and destructive. Add to that the possibility of flea infestations and the risk may not [...]

What Landlords Need to Know About Gas Safety Regulations

by Rizwan Osman on 5th October 2020

Being a landlord brings a lot of responsibility – ensuring your tenants have a safe and compliant home to live in, for one. Following the law about gas safety is one of your most important duties as a landlord. Fail to get it right, and you could be putting your tenants’ lives at risk. You could also face prosecution and a heavy fine or even a prison sentence. Staying within the law around [...]

What are a Landlord’s Responsibilities for Repairs and Maintenance?

by Rizwan Osman on 7th September 2020

Landlords are responsible for most repairs and maintenance in a rental home. Since a change in the law in March 2019, they must also ensure the property is fit to live in throughout the tenancy. Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018. Landlords are obliged to carry out repairs once they have been informed about them by tenants BUT there are some things which may not be required to [...]

A Quick Guide to Stamp Duty

by Rizwan Osman on 3rd August 2020

If you’re buying a house, you need to factor the cost of stamp duty into your budget. There have been many changes to the tax, including a temporary stamp duty exemption, so it is important to understand how it works. Read on for our quick guide to stamp duty. What is stamp duty? Stamp duty land tax (to give it it’s full title – or SDLT) is a one-off tax that must be paid when you buy [...]

The Cost of Selling Your House

by Rizwan Osman on 6th July 2020

It may seem counterintuitive, but selling a house is an expensive business. It is not simply a case of naming your price and taking the cash. However, with some advance planning and preparation, you can make sure you have set aside sufficient money to fund the cost of selling your property. Here is a lowdown of the main financial outlays you can expect in incur so you can avoid any nasty [...]

How to Speed up the House Selling Process

by Rizwan Osman on 1st June 2020

No property vendor wants the selling process to be long-drawn out and stressful, but in today’s market, where caution is the overriding sentiment, it can be inevitable. And this is true even if you have a desirable property in Tooting to sell. However, there are always things you can do to help speed up the house selling process, and we’ve outlined a few of them below. 1. Choose an active [...]