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Even though it’s technically summer, here at PropertyQuoteDirect we know that this doesn’t mean the weather will always be perfect! Those of you out there with green fingers may therefore struggle to keep your garden looking beautiful, however we have come up with a solution. (more…)

How will the Immigration Act 2014 affect Landlords?

Houses of ParliamentAround this time last year the Queen announced in her annual speech that the government had introduced a new Immigration Bill which would require landlords to vet all their potential tenants in order to make sure that they are in the country legally. Naturally, many landlords and industry experts were concerned over this new Bill, however it is still planned to go ahead October of this year. Here, PropertyQuoteDirect explains the purpose behind the Bill, why so many landlords are against it, and how it could affect your business: (more…)

PropertyQuoteDirect Father’s Day Competition: Win a £25 B&Q Gift Card!

PropertyQuoteDirect May CompetitionThis year Father’s Day falls on Sunday 15th June, which means that busy landlords don’t have much time left to shop for a gift! This is why PropertyQuoteDirect is giving away a £25 B&Q Gift Card to one lucky winner on Twitter so they can really spoil their dad! (more…)

How Landlords can stay on the right side of the HMRC

Image of person doing taxesEarlier this week the HMRC announced that they are launching a new online tutorials aimed specifically at those who work in the private rental sector. A few years ago it was revealed that the HMRC was owed millions of pounds by those in the private rental sector as many landlords had failed to fill in their self-assessment forms properly. So what does the HMRC’s new scheme mean for landlords and how can you stay on the right side of them? (more…)

How Landlords can prepare for the next General Election

Image of Ballot BoxOver the past few weeks PropertyQuoteDirect has mentioned the next General Election in a number of our blog and news articles, mainly due to the fact that whatever happens in the next twelve months will have a huge impact on the private rental sector. Therefore, it is wise for landlords to start protecting their businesses now, however how can this be done and what changes do landlords realistically need to protect themselves against? Here, PropertyQuoteDirect explains in further detail: (more…)

Landlord Regulation Under Scrutiny

Image of person completing paperworkIf you’re a landlord you probably feel like there’s quite enough regulation that you have to worry about at the moment. While a simple 2 bed property might be easy enough to run on a day-to-day basis, local and national regulation for HMOs can be an enormous burden for landlords. Couple this with things like council tax, landlord insurance and tenant management and it’s no surprise that many landlords find themselves having to give up other occupations to work full time.

However, the property market in the UK has been under considerable scrutiny lately, with rising prices and homelessness fuelling debate in the national press about whether landlords should be subjected to stronger laws concerning what they’re doing in the private rental sector. A recent report by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has also called for regulation to be reassessed in the UK, which we look at here in more detail: (more…)

Win a Cath Kidston Teacup and Saucers Set!

PropertyQuoteDirect April CompetitionHere at PropertyQuoteDirect we know that landlords generally spend most of their time looking after other peoples’ homes, which doesn’t give them much time to focus on their own. This is why we are giving away a Cath Kidston Teacup and Saucers Set to one lucky winner on Facebook! (more…)

The Growing Issue of Welfare Reforms and Landlords

Scissors cutting money in halfThe welfare reforms have been discussed at length in the news recently, mainly due to the fact that they are affecting thousands of people across the UK. The coalition government claim that the whole point of the welfare reforms is to make the benefit system fairer, however a number of schemes have already put some people in danger of losing their homes. Here, PropertyQuoteDirect looks at the issue in further detail: (more…)

Preparing your Holiday Home for Summer

Image of Holiday HomeWinter is officially well and truly behind us, which means that people across the UK are now starting to think about their next holidays. Landlords who own holiday homes should therefore start preparing their properties as soon as possible in order to ensure that they are filled before the holiday season begins; however this can often be a bigger job than first expected. Here, PropertyQuoteDirect looks at how you can prepare your holiday home as quickly as possible: (more…)

How Landlords can Protect their Finances

Image of bank notes and calculatorThis week has been extremely busy for landlords, as George Osborne announced his plans for the UK economy in the Budget 2014. Naturally, there are points that some are happy with – such as the fact that non UK residents will soon also have to pay Capital Gains Tax – however there are others which are raising concerns.

This is why many landlords are now taking the time to make sure that their finances and investments are secure. Here, PropertyQuoteDirect looks at some of the most prominent issues that landlords may face in the near future: (more…)