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Exempt accommodation providers – who are their agents?

Has anyone released their property to or entered into short-term lease arrangements with a managing agent who then goes on to organise the accommodation and support services for Exempt providers in the Birmingham area?
Are you an Agent that provides pr…

Claims history declaration on rent guarantee insurance?

Hi, Could I please ask for a specialist opinion? I have had a claim made on my Rent Guarantee Insurance. When I am now quoting for my Landlord Insurance (building only) I am asked about claims in the last 5 years.

Charging an extra week’s rent to buy deposit insurance?

Hi everyone, A friend of mine who owns a small portfolio of let houses like me has asked me if I know anything about Reposit.
As far as I can glean, this company instead of taking a deposit

Common parts fire risk?

Hi, I have several flats in conversions in two-storey buildings. Yes converted pre 1991 Building Act. On viewing properties to buy I notice several now have a wired fire alarm and emergency lighting to the common parts.

Window opening onto a neighbour’s shared courtyard?

We rent a recently refurbished a terraced cottage with upstairs windows at the back of the property opening outwards onto a neighbour’s shared courtyard. The neighbour who shares the courtyard with others has requested we either replace our windo…

Being manoeuvred out of my tenanted council flat?

I bought a flat in 2008 in a block owned by the local council. It was rented out to two lovely tenants who stayed with me for many years and eventually left to buy their own home.
New tenants moved into the flat and business carried on as usual.

En-suites make it ‘separate dwellings’?

I’m upgrading a 5-bed student house in Stoke-on-Trent to provide en-suite bathrooms in each room plus a separate visitor toilet.
The electrician says I’ll need a fire alarm system as the house will be 5 separate units. I pointed out to him …

Demonstrating the cost of Landlord Licences?

My understanding is that the cost of the Licences that Councils are issuing, (HMO’s, Selective Licenses etc) are supposed to be based on the cost of operating them.
I have not seen any Council offer any cost breakdowns.

Being an expert after an expert is employed?

You have an EICR done by a NAPIT registered professional – it raises a few C’3. The report actually states ‘ There are no items adversely affecting electrical safety, and the C’s listed are categorised and listed as ‘Impro…

Flaw in the Tenancy Referencing Process?

Being a newbie to the rental business, I employed an agent to find me a tenant plus full management of the property. The tenant has now done a ‘flit’ leaving behind all his furniture and unpaid utility bills.
Having done some research on hi…

Letting agent fees query – 6 months management charge?

Hello everyone, My question is If you pay/select full management for a letting agency for a year’s tenancy, but subsequently the tenant wants to stay on for a FURTHER year and do a new tenancy/renewal with the landlord rather than agency managing…

My procrastination will end up costing my kids £300,000

“Learning from other peoples experience is much less expensive than making your own mistakes”.
I read that on Property118 several years ago and it has always stuck with me. So, to give something back I’m sharing my story so that othe…

A Smart Way To Pay For Tax and National Insurance Increases

To ease the pressure on the NHS the Government is increasing National Insurance by 1.25%, which means that your contribution will actually increase by more than 10%. But how will you find the funds to pay for this?
Recent research shows that more than …

Buy to Let Tax Advice Required on our Let to Buy Plans Please

My wife and I are looking to buy a larger more expensive home and let the one we currently live in.
Barclays have offered us some great interest rates because we have a large deposit for the new property and a lot of equity in the existing one
The post…

Rent increase holiday?

Hi everyone, We are managing our rental property ourselves and are lucky enough to have a good couple as our tenants for nearly 5 years. In the tenancy agreement, there is a clause for rent increase which is CPI linked or 3% minimum whichever is higher…

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