Tenant Tips: Protecting your Properties at Christmas

Image of house with Christmas decorationsHere 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 some clever tips [...]

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

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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!

Should the State be responsible for Building new Properties?

Image of Danny AlexanderToday the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will potentially address the public for the last time to announce his Autumn Statement. However, even though the Chancellor has yet to officially announce his plans as well as the current condition of the UK economy there have already been rumours concerning his statement. This has prompted other MPs to voice their opinions on how the UK can improve, with Danny Alexander – Chief Secretary to the [...]

Making sure your Tax Affairs are in Order

Image of Tax ReturnNo-one likes paying taxes, however it is something that we all have to do. Over the past few months PropertyQuoteDirect has written numerous articles concerning landlords and tax, as by paying the wrong amount you could end up with a fine or even facing prosecution. On the other hand, you could actually be paying too much tax, especially if you are not declaring certain deductibles such as letting agent fees and landlord insurance. So how [...]

Enter PropertyQuoteDirect’s Competition to win a Bundle of Winter Warmers!

PropertyQuoteDirect November CompetitionHere at PropertyQuoteDirect we have definitely noticed the temperature dropping recently, which is why we have started snuggling up in our coats, gloves and woolly hats. However, wearing multiple layers at home is not very comfortable, which is why in this month’s competition we are giving away a bundle of winter warmers!

Top Tips for Preparing your Properties for Winter

Image of house in winterDuring the coldest months of the year temperatures can reach lows of -10⁰C at night in some parts on the UK, so it’s no wonder why you need to spend more time looking after your home during winter. As you increase the heat inside your home and cosy up in front of a warm fire you must not forget to think about other parts of your home and the potential damage that could be [...]

Landlords and the new Anti-Social Behaviour Act

Image of policeAnti-social tenants can be a complete nightmare for landlords as not only do they cause issues in your properties but can also disrupt your business. Unfortunately, as a landlord you are somewhat responsible for your tenants’ behaviour, which means if they are upsetting those that live near them you will be expected to step in and help resolve the situation. However, this isn’t always easy due to the fact that tenants have certain rights and previously [...]

Win a Range of Kitchen Ware with PropertyQuoteDirect!

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With the nights drawing in it’s becoming extremely tempting to stay indoors and sit in front of the TV, and who can blame you! Here at PropertyQuoteDirect we love a good night in, however there is one thing that will always make it that much better – a bundle of snacks!

The new ‘Refurbish-to-Let’ trend sweeping the UK

Image of abandoned houseThis week it was announced that if the Bank of England’s new proposals go forward landlords may soon have to come up with forty per cent deposits in order to be given buy to let mortgages. Landlords are already struggling to expand their property portfolios due to the rising cost of property and if the Bank of England’s plans go ahead they could make matters worse.
This is why so many landlords are taking part in [...]

Should Landlords have Performance Reviews?

Image of ChecklistOver the past few years a number of tenant groups have claimed that the private rental sector needs to be better regulated in order to tackle the issue of rogue landlords. However, it’s not just rogue landlords that tenant groups want more help managing, but also landlords who do not take their responsibilities seriously but are not bad enough to be considered ‘rogue’. In order to decipher whether landlords are looking after their tenants properly they [...]