A Quick Guide to Stamp Duty

by Rizwan Osman on 2nd August 2021

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 the tapered end to the stamp duty holiday, so it is essential to understand how the tax works. Read on for our quick guide to stamp duty. What is stamp duty? Stamp duty is a one-off tax paid by the buyer of residential property in England and Northern Read more…

First Time Renting Guide

by Rizwan Osman on 5th July 2021

Moving into your first rental home is a significant milestone and an exciting adventure. But with a lot to think about and plenty of expenses to budget for, it can be daunting too. The key to avoiding stress is being organised and realistic about your finances. To help you, we’ve pulled together a helpful guide to renting for the first time. Before you start Before you start your property Read more…

Energy Performance Certificates Explained

by Rizwan Osman on 7th June 2021

If you're selling or renting out your home, you need an energy performance certificate. What is an EPC? An Energy Performance Certificate, or EPC for short, is a report that assesses the energy efficiency of a property. It includes an estimation of the energy costs for your home and a breakdown of the energy performance of critical features of your home. An EPC report also including Read more…

What Type of Survey Do I Need When Buying a House?

by Rizwan Osman on 4th May 2021

If you have had an offer accepted on a property, it is advisable to commission a professional survey. Not everyone does so, but having a professional survey carried out is vital to your peace of mind and could save you money later on. In this article, we look at the different types of survey available so you can decide what type of survey is best for the property you're buying. What is a Read more…

Should I Sell My Property to a Cash Buyer?

by Rizwan Osman on 6th April 2021

Moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do. If you speak to those who have moved recently, they will probably tell you that it is not the move itself that causes the most stress but the uncertainty and risk that the purchase could fall through. Some believe that the best way to avoid this stress is to sell to a cash buyer. This article looks at the advantages and Read more…

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 Read more…

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 Read more…

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 Read more…

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 Read more…

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…