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Do Landlords Need To Register With The ICO?

Do Landlords Need To Register With The ICO?

Back in 2018, the rules around the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and data handling changed. Things like ‘This website uses cookies; do you accept?’ popped up everywhere. The ICO is the Information Commissioner’s Office and covers the whole of the UK. The ICO website explains that they are ‘The UK’s independent authority set up [...]
How To Boost Your 2021 Kerb Appeal

How To Boost Your 2021 Kerb Appeal

A HomeOwners Alliance survey showed that 68% of potential buyers felt a property’s kerb appeal influenced their decision. Use these quick and easy tips to help your potential buyers fall in love at first sight. Pathways and driveways If you access your main entrance via a pathway or over a driveway, make sure you give [...]
Six-Point Cleaning Checklist For Landlords

Six-Point Cleaning Checklist For Landlords

It’s not just couples who bicker over who did or didn’t scrub the bathroom; landlords and tenants can often find themselves at odds on the thorny issue of cleaning. In fact, it’s the most common cause of landlord/tenant discord – 42% of end-of-tenancy disputes are about cleaning*. Here are some tips for landlords on how [...]
A To Z Guide For Changing Your Address

A To Z Guide For Changing Your Address

As if selling your home, packing your belongings and remembering to take the dog isn’t stressful enough, unfortunately, you can’t escape the paperwork palaver that comes with moving. Notifying companies and authorities of your change of address can be monotonous, but (for some things), it’s mandatory. (Not to mention the risk of being deleted from [...]
What Expenses Can I Put Against My Tax Return As A Landlord?

What Expenses Can I Put Against My Tax Return As A Landlord?

If you rent out a property and receive a rental income from that, you must declare it. You have to pay tax on any profit. It doesn’t change your employment status to ‘self-employed’ though, as it’s considered an investment. Of course, HMRC can be more complicated than a day at Hogwarts. The best advice will [...]
How To Help Elderly Relatives Move Home

How To Help Elderly Relatives Move Home

For an elderly relative, moving on to the next chapter of their lives can be an emotional experience. The need to move home might stem from financial needs, bereavement, health reasons or the wish to be nearer loved ones. But whatever the catalyst, time, diplomacy and tact are the order of the day. Don’t rush [...]
How To Calculate The Rental Return On Your Buy-To-Let

How To Calculate The Rental Return On Your Buy-To-Let

If you’re looking for a property to rent out, it’s important to understand the numbers involved. You may have inherited a property and are thinking of letting it. Use the information here to identify if that is a prudent thing to do or if the capital from selling the property could be better invested. Find [...]
Eight Ways Landlords Can Get The Best Insurance Deal

Eight Ways Landlords Can Get The Best Insurance Deal

If you’re a landlord looking to take out insurance or renew a current policy, there are a few things you should know. The insurance market is “hardening”, or in other words, insurers are tightening their belts. The rising costs of claims due to extreme weather events such as last year’s Storm Dennis and low interest [...]
How Sellers Can Spot A Committed Buyer

How Sellers Can Spot A Committed Buyer

With demand currently outstripping supply in the housing market, sellers are in the driver’s seat, but there is still one hazard that could derail a sale: the flaky buyer. In a hot market, it’s not uncommon for panicky buyers to make an impulsive offer or go beyond their financial limits. A buyer might do this [...]