Immigration Act – Around 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, […]
Earlier 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?
How Landlords can prepare for the next General Election – Over 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 […]
Landlord Regulation Under Scrutiny – If 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 […]
The 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:
Preparing your Holiday Home for Summer – Winter 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:
Rental Markets – Due to the effects of the recession, even the smallest of changes to the property and private rental markets can have a huge effect on landlords, and unfortunately it looks like things are set to change very soon. 2014 has already seen both markets starting to re-gain momentum, however not everyone is as pleased about this as others. Here, we look at some predictions for the property and private rental markets which could affect your business in the near future:
With the risk of flooding being very real for many at the moment, it is important as a landlord that you have done all you can to protect your investment as well as your tenants. This is why PropertyQuoteDirect has put together a guide on the best ways of ensuring you are as well prepared for the floods as possible.
Obviously, the main point of flood proofing is to keep water out or at least as much as you can. If your properties are flooded then […]
The private rental sector plays a huge role in providing comfortable homes for people, so having access to the right information is important, especially for first time landlords who may need guidance to be able to run a successful business.
PropertyQuoteDirect understands that becoming a first time landlord can be daunting which is why we have created a basic checklist that’s easy to understand.
With phase two of the Help to Buy scheme recently launched there is some confusion as to what is on offer and who is eligible for what. With this in mind we have come up with a guide so landlords can find out what buyers can get from the scheme and how this may alter the market in the next couple of years.
The second phase of the Help to Buy scheme was launched earlier on in the year, which means that properties worth up to […]