Damp and mould prevention: our advice for landlords

by Rizwan Osman on 29th November 2019

Dampness, condensation and mould are a common problem, especially in older properties, and therefore a common complaint for tenants. In this article, landlords can find out more about what damage damp and mould can do, how to prevent it, and whose responsibility it is to deal with it. What is damp? Damp is the presence of excess moisture in a property. A common cause of damp is Read more…

How to stage a city centre flat for sale

by Rizwan Osman on 7th October 2019

If you’re selling a city flat, creating a light, spacious impression is a must. So it’s worth spending a bit of time staging your property to appeal to buyers. You never get a second chance to make that all-important first impression. It’s reckoned to take prospective buyers just a few seconds to decide whether or not they are interested in your property. So, it is vital to present Read more…

Thinking of becoming a landlord? Check out these top tips on how to get started.

by Rizwan Osman on 2nd September 2019

If you’re thinking about investing in London’s buy-to-let property market, the buzzy and popular south west London neighbourhoods of Tooting, Balham, Streatham and Clapham could be your best bet. With great transport links to central London, amazing amenities and night life, plenty of green spaces and good schools, there’s a lot to recommend them. Why invest now? Despite uncertainty Read more…

Three reasons to visit Tooting Market

by Rizwan Osman on 2nd August 2019

With its quirky cocktail bars, gastro food options and eclectic range of stalls, multi-award-winning Tooting Market is a great place for night out - or to pick up a bargain during the day. Close to Tooting Broadway station, Tooting’s indoor market has been operating from the site for more than 80 years. But recent improvements, alongside efforts to attract a diverse range of stallholders, Read more…

6 ways to make your house look great without spending a thing

by Rizwan Osman on 1st July 2019

Everyone knows that if you’re looking to sell your home, first impressions count. We’ve all heard about creating the right ambience, giving your property kerb appeal and hitting your viewers with killer bathrooms and kitchens. Interiors experts offer plenty of advice for making that essential impact – from loft conversions and new bathrooms to ripping out flooring and other Read more…

Should tenants be allowed to keep pets?

by Rizwan Osman on 3rd June 2019

Secret Life of Pets 2, currently in cinemas, explores what pampered pooches and felines might get up to when their owners are at work. If you’re a landlord, should you be concerned about the havoc pets might wreak on your property? Or is accommodating pets a price worth paying for happy tenants who’ll stay long-term?  Surveys show that around 70% of landlords don’t allow pets. Reasons Read more…

5 Tips For Accidental Landlords

by Rizwan Osman on 8th May 2019

What is an accidental landlord? An accidental landlord is anybody who unexpectedly finds themselves renting out a property. For whatever reason, they’ve become a landlord by accident, and they soon discover that being a landlord is not as simple as doing the dusting, popping up an ad, and pocketing the rent. For example, there are over 150 laws protecting tenants, buildings and landlords Read more…

Easter Opening Hours

by Rizwan Osman on 17th April 2019

We will be closing as usual on 6pm on Thursday 18th April and we will be closed over the Easter weekend. We will reopen again on Tuesday 23rd April at 9:30am. For emergency maintenance requests during this period please call our office number -  020 8767 0022 An automated message will have our emergency number. For all non urgent requests please use our maintenance reporting system Read more…

What steps you should take when selling to a cash buyer

by Rizwan Osman on 1st April 2019

The process of selling property to a cash buyer is usually quicker than selling to a buyer who needs to secure a mortgage before they can purchase a property. With 42% of sales to London landlords now independently financed and requiring no mortgage, here’s how the process works. Which vendors seek cash buyers 1. Vendors who need to sell fast Mortgage lenders must satisfy themselves both Read more…

3 ways to optimise the value of your rental property

by Rizwan Osman on 8th February 2019

Every landlord wants to get the most out of their rental property, so in this post, we’ll guide you towards optimising your property’s rental value. Rental value is a specific figure that is calculated by the formula: Rental value = ((Weekly rent x 52) ÷ property value) x 100. The optimised rental value is achieved when both the average weekly rent and the value of the property are as Read more…