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 Read more…

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 Read more…

So 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 Read more…

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 Read more…

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 Read more…

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 Read more…

5 things you can do NOW to make your Tooting property attractive to prospective buyers or tenants later

by Rizwan Osman on 4th May 2020

If you’ve put your home sale on hold due to the current lockdown, you can use this time to your advantage and get yourself in the best possible position to sell when life returns to normal. From making simple home improvements to making your garden more appealing, here are a few of our favourite tips on how to keep things moving – and beat boredom – when you’re stuck Read more…

A Young adult’s guide to moving out

by Rizwan Osman on 6th April 2020

Moving into your own place for the first time can be a thrilling adventure - but it can come with its issues too. If you’re not used to budgeting, keeping on top of your finances can be a struggle. What if your rental home doesn’t come up to scratch or you can’t get on with your housemates? While the news is full of statistics about increasing numbers of young people opting to live with Read more…

What to expect when renting your first property

by Rizwan Osman on 2nd March 2020

Moving into your first rental home is a major milestone and quite an adventure. But with a lot to think about, and plenty of expenses to budget for, it can be daunting too. The key to avoiding the stresses is being organised and realistic about your finances. To help you, we’ve pulled together a list of essential things to do if you’re renting for the first time. 1 Don’t rush it It Read more…

What is an EPC and when do I need one?

by Rizwan Osman on 3rd February 2020

If you’re selling or renting out your home, you need an energy performance certificate (EPC) - and, for landlords, your home needs to meet a certain standard before you can sign an agreement with tenants. Read our guide to everything you need to know about EPCs. With global warming rarely out of the news, cutting our environmental impact is everybody’s business in 2020. Energy Read more…