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Renters Reform Bill: An Update for London Landlords

After years in the making, it looks like the Renters Reform Bill – the biggest shake-up of the private rental sector in decades – will become a reality in 2024. So, how much do you know about this wide-reaching set of proposals, and are you ready for them? Be prepared Perhaps you’ve read a few articles about the bill but have put off getting to grips with the details (after all, politicians put...

This Free Service Could Help Stop Fraudsters Targeting Your London Property

The expression ‘safe as houses’ has been used for almost two centuries to describe something that is rock-solid and risk-free. But thanks to the elaborate efforts of a small but growing number of fraudsters, not even property is as safe as you think. Since the pandemic, there’s been a steady increase in what’s known as Title Fraud or House Hijacking. This crime involves an elaborate ruse...

Key Findings from the Renters Reform Bill Second Reading

The UK property landscape is evolving, and with the Renters Reform Bill having its second reading, it's crucial for landlords to stay informed. The bill aims to balance the scales, providing security for renters and assurance for landlords. Here's what you need to know: Key Changes Proposed by the Bill End of 'No Fault' Evictions: The bill proposes to abolish Section 21, ending 'no fault' evictions...

Practical Tips for Buyers Relying on the Bank of Mum and Dad

Every year, the Bank of Mum and Dad comes to the rescue by helping tens of thousands of first-time buyers get on the housing ladder. Last year alone, 46% of first-time buyers received financial help from their parents to purchase a property, with £8.8 billion changing hands (source: Savills). But for parents planning to assist their offspring, or children hoping to get a helping hand, there are a...

What You Need to Know if You’re Buying Your First London Home

If you’re thinking about buying your first home, congratulations! You’re about to experience a huge life moment and finally have somewhere to call your own. The first-time buyer journey is exciting, scary, overwhelming… it’s basically all the emotions. So, what can you expect? In this quick read, we take you through some of the initial steps of buying your first home. Money matters Whether...

Scam Alert Common Tricks Used To Swindle Landlords

Scam Alert - Common Tricks Used to Swindle Landlords – and How to Avoid Them Scammers are using increasingly sophisticated tactics to make a fast buck, often leaving landlords out of pocket or caught up in messy legal disputes. Read on to learn about the most common scams targeting landlords and how to protect your rental property. Falsifying documents The wonders of technology mean it’s much easier...

What To Do If Your Tenants Fall Out Tips On Joint Tenancies

Joint tenancies can be a great way for friends and couples to share costs and a steady source of income for landlords – but they’re not without their challenges. Friends can fall out, couples can split up, and rows about who used all the loo roll or spilt red wine on the carpet can escalate into toxic disputes. Sadly, the current cost of living crisis, which is causing much anxiety among renters,...

Why London Landlords Should Have Rent Protection Insurance

The rental market is a tough place to be, especially in the current economic climate.  With the cost of living crisis leaving many tenants feeling squeezed, now could be the right time for landlords to invest in rent protection insurance. But is it really worth it, or just another expense? In this two-minute read, we look at rent protection insurance in detail to help you decide whether you need...

Three Fears That Haunt London Landlords And How To Avoid Them

You’ll see plenty of ghosts and ghouls trick-or-treating tonight, but here are three frightening scenarios that haunt landlords all year round. Being a landlord can sometimes be unpredictable – but the experience is much less scary if you have a good letting agent on your side. Read on to find out why. Late night emergency Picture this: It’s past midnight, a full moon is in the sky, and...

The Fake Landlord Scam That All London Renters Need To Know About

Don’t let fraudsters swindle you out of your hard-earned money. Read on to discover what the ‘fake landlord’ scam is and how to protect yourself. The fake landlord ruse has been around for years, but current market conditions mean that some renters are particularly vulnerable to this con right now.  Here’s how it works A fraudster posts a property for rent online, complete with photos...

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