Credit Unions, the new banks?

Credit Unions, the new banks?
Landlords, in common with the majority of the population, are viewing the coming budget with trepidation. Apart from the feared cuts and tax hikes that will affect all the population, the residential landlord is steeling himself for the announcement of a massive rise in Capital Gains Tax. What better time then, for the average landlord to appraise his financial situation and spend some time looking at different areas where he can ease his financial situation.
First of all he can look at […]

Retirement age to go up

Retirement age to go up
It is no secret that one of the main reasons behind the upsurge in buy to let residential landlords has been the uncertainties in financial matters over the last 10 years. Earlier in the century, many contributors to orthodox pension schemes saw their predicted pension incomes slashed while others saw theirs disappear altogether in stock market crashes after 9/11. Then more recently the bank crisis and recession have had a similar effect, with more people than ever before becoming nervous of […]

Help and Advice for Landlords

Landlord Advice – As is the case in most ventures, help and advice from within the trade or profession one has earmarked to make a living in, can be invaluable. Although it is inevitable that stepping into a new project is bound to be fraught with anxieties and tensions, inside knowledge can help you avoid many pitfalls and so save both time and energy, not to mention money.
This applies to the prospective residential landlord as much as any other business. From the very outset there […]

Landlord Advice: Changing the Face of Landlords

Changing the face of landlords
Landlord Advice – There are numerous landlord services and advice lines out there designed to help landlords struggling with their businesses, however even if your business is doing well you can still face common problems. These days, one of the biggest problems landlords face is that there are numerous negative stereotypes surrounding them, meaning they are often ignored or even subjected to abuse.

The Residential Landlords Association’s Election Manifesto

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock you will know that the General Election is just a few months’ away, with political leaders already publicising their plans for the property and private rental sectors in the future. However, this General Election is proving very difficult to predict as this time around there are more parties vying for leadership than ever, which means […]

Should Tenants be able to ‘Rent for Life’? private rental

Image of keys and paperAs more and more people are relying on the private rental sector regulators have been campaigning for tenants to have better rights so that they can build a home and a life. The fact that tenants can be given six or twelve months’ notice to vacate their properties at any given time means that they often struggle to plan for the future, which is why a think tank has recently claimed that they should […]

Win Two Birdcage Tealight Holders with PropertyQuoteDirect!

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Are you feeling the January blues? Do you need something to perk you up on those cold winter nights? Then make sure you enter PropertyQuoteDirect’s Twitter competition to win two birdcage tealight holders!

Protecting your Property Portfolio in 2015

Image of 2015Protecting your Property Portfolio in 2015 – 2014 has been an interesting years for landlords, as regardless of the types of properties you let you will likely have been hit by changes in the industry. One of the biggest talking points of 2014 was the national housing crisis which has yet to subside despite the government’s efforts. In order to make the private rental sector both fairer and more affordable a number of new regulations came […]

Tenant Tips: Protecting Properties at Christmas

Image of house with Christmas decorationsProtecting Properties – Here at PropertyQuoteDirect we regularly provide advice for landlords on how they can help their tenants stay safe. Christmas can often be a stressful time for landlords as not only are tenants more likely to be burgled but if anything happens to their properties they will want you to fix it as soon as possible so they can carry on enjoying the festivities. However, with a bit of research and […]

Christmas Competition: Win a John Lewis Monty & Mabel Mug and Slippers!

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Competition Time – These days Christmas isn’t Christmas until the John Lewis advert airs, and this year we were treated to Monty and Mabel the penguins. Everyone here at PropertyQuoteDirect fell in love with these penguins straight away, which is why we are giving away a Monty & Mabel Mug and a pair of Slippers in our Christmas competition!