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Information for Landlords

Buying rental property: How the buy to let scheme works

Landlords | Information for Landlords | 08/08/19

Buying rental property can be a great investment but, it can also be daunting if you don’t know where to start. The buy to let scheme offers mortgages to people who want to buy a house or flat in order to rent it out. These mortgages are slightly ...

 Buying rental property: How the buy to let scheme works

Buying rental property: How the buy to let scheme works

Landlords | Information for Landlords | 08/08/19

Buying rental property can be a great investment but, it can also be daunting if you don’t know where to start. The buy to let scheme offers mortgages to people who want to buy a house or flat in order to rent it out. These mortgages are slightly different to normal ones, and often have different requirements and rules. However, like normal mortgages, the buy-to-let scheme lets you buy a property without having to save up to pay it all at once. What’s the difference between a buy-to-let (BTL)...

How to take in a lodger if you have a spare room to rent

How to take in a lodger if you have a spare room to rent

Landlords | Information for Landlords | 13/06/19

Have your kids moved out? Are you feeling a bit lonely living alone? Do you just need some spare cash? If you've recently decided you have a spare room to rent in your home, taking in a lodger and establishing a lodger agreement could be the perfect way for you to earn extra money. Not only will you receive rent payments, but you could also be eligible for the rent a room scheme, helping you keep more of the money you earn. Before finding a lodger If you have a spare room to rent, there ar...

Rental Law: The Right to Rent Check

Rental Law: The Right to Rent Check

Landlords | Information for Landlords | 29/05/19

In February 2016, a new rental law was introduced in England, stating that all landlords renting out properties in England must ensure that their prospective tenant(s) have the Right to Rent. The Right to Rent check has become one of many landlord responsibilities that must be carried out in order for them to allow a tenant to rent their property - you can find out more about necessary responsibilities and documents in our article here. What is the Right to Rent? To put it simply, someone ...

Landlord documents guide

Landlord documents: A guide for first time landlords

Landlords | Information for Landlords | 17/05/19

Unless you have a degree in real estate law, knowing which documents you need to provide and obtain can be difficult, especially for a first time landlord. While the focus is mainly on rental contracts, there are a plethora of landlord documents, some that obligatory and some that are simply helpful, so we’ve written this guide to simplify it for you. What landlord documents do you need to provide? First and foremost, if you are a first time landlord renting a property in Scotland, Wales...

Knowing how to go about finding the right tenant for you

Finding the best tenant for you

Landlords | Information for Landlords | 24/05/18

So maybe you’ve finally decided to rent out that spare space of yours, to rake in some extra cash. You may be doing this for the 1st or 20th time, but either way one very important step towards a smooth rental process is finding the best tenant for you. This does not mean you’re looking for a friend or partner for life, ok maybe you are but that’s besides the point. You’re trying to find someone who’s going to follow the tenancy agreement at hand, treating you and your property with utmost respe...

Bad tenants can prove to be stressful

How to deal with bad tenants

Landlords | Information for Landlords | 16/05/18

Renting out your property can prove to be a very rewarding process as you are able to make additional income from an available space without causing you to have to perform heavy workloads, just a good use of management and respect. With that also comes good understanding and being aware of what sort of tenancy you want to establish, clearly setting out the rules needed for the tenancy to run smoothly. This can often be disrupted by many factors, such as your tenant not complying with the so call...

Landlord's right of entry

Can a landlord come into the property without notice?

Landlords | Information for Landlords | 07/05/18

A Landlord’s right of entry into the property according to the housing act 1988 highlights that privacy is key, t’is real important that landlords understand that.So knowing how to go about entry into the property is a must as you want to avoid any forms of tension or problems. You must know your rights of entry, so both parties must show a good form of mutual respect. It’s key to keep things mutual, as both landlord's and tenant's rights may seem like they clash but both parties are in diffe...

Common Mistakes made by Landlords

Common Mistakes To Avoid When You Rent out a Room

Landlords | Information for Landlords | 26/03/18

Offering a spare room to rent can be a hugely rewarding experience, allowing you to indulge in new cultures and new life experiences. Leaving you with memories to remember for life. But in order for it to be a joyous experience, there are certain factors to be aware of, that many seem to miss. So see this as a guide to your route of good times and stories to share. Renting out a room: it’s a win win The opportunity to meet new people and to get to know more about different cultures,adding ...

Notice period for Rented Accommodation

Ending a lease: What is the notice period for Rented Accommodation?

Landlords | Information for Landlords | 21/11/17

The duration of a rental is an uncertain issue for many tenants and a concern for all owners. On the one hand, tenants are not always in a stable situation to set a long term rental in their lease, but on the other hand, landlords want to be sure of the time they will be receiving the rent and want to avoid a continuous search for tenants. Therefore, it is important that both parties know the obligations that exist in case of wanting end a contract ahead of time. Here's what you need to ...

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs): what you need to know

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs): what you need to know

Landlords | Information for Landlords | 27/06/17

A House in Multiple Occupation can be a great choice for both landlords and tenants; landlords can make more out of a large property and tenants get all the benefits of living in a house without the cost. Although the term has been around since the 1980s, there is still confusion over the exact definition of an HMO and the impact this status has on landlords’ responsibilities. What is a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO)? The definition of a House in Multiple Occupation is quite compl...

Landlord safety regulations

What you need to know about landlord safety regulations

Landlords | Information for Landlords | 13/06/17

As landlords and property owners, not only does it make sense to ensure that your property is safe for your tenants, it’s legally required. If you fail to comply with some of these checks and measures, you can be prosecuted. Generally, these conditions apply to private residential properties in England and Wales and may not apply to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). Nonetheless, safety of your tenants and your property is of utmost importance and should not be taken lightly. 1. Gas safety ...

UK Rent-a-Room Scheme

What you need to know about the UK Rent-a-Room Scheme

Landlords | Information for Landlords | 08/06/17

As a landlord or property owner, you may have been interested in the UK government’s ‘Rent-a Room-scheme’. This was part of an effort by the government to optimise the housing stock in the UK – many occupied houses have empty spare rooms, which provide a great source of accommodation. It is particularly useful for students, workers, commuters and people moving temporarily. It also benefits landlords, who can supplement their own income. Here’s everything you should know before taking the plunge....

What You Can and Can’t Ask Your Tenants

Landlords: What You Can and Can’t Ask Your Tenants

Landlords | Information for Landlords | 05/10/16

Choosing a tenant is always a difficult task. As an owner, you need to quickly assess the level of trust you have for the future occupant of your home. To reassure yourself, the law allows you to request a certain amount of information, in order to get to know the candidate better. This article gives an overview of the questions you can ask, and the ones you can’t. A landlord has the right to ask certain questions A landlord is completely within their rights when attempting to assess the...

Good Reasons To Rent Your Room To A Student

5 Good Reasons To Rent Your Room To A Student

Landlords | Information for Landlords | 20/09/16

Have the birds have flown the nest, leaving you with an empty room? Take advantage of this opportunity by supplementing your income throughout the school year! If you live in a large university town such as London, Birmingham, Glasgow, or even Edinburgh, you will have definitely thought about renting out one of your rooms to a student. Discover all the advantages of this accommodation option with Roomlala. 1. Renting a room to a student is a long-term relationship Whether it be a 6 month in...

Are You Allowed to Enter Your Flatmate’s Space

Are You Allowed to Enter Your Flatmate’s Space

Landlords | Information for Landlords | 08/04/15

It can happen. You can be tempted to enter your flatmate’s space when they’re away. After all, you just needed to borrow their iron, or take something back that rightfully belongs to you, right? It shouldn’t be a problem, but what if it becomes one? There’s some simple ways to respect personal space and ensure that you and your flatmate don’t get into disagreements. When can you enter their space? Are you afraid that your flatmate’s cleanliness is a problem? Do they make noises all the tim...