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How to be a good landlord

Posted on Friday, 31 March, 2017

We’ve dealt with many landlords over the years at CGT Lettings Ltd, so we really know what makes a great one. Often, the better the landlord, the better quality the tenants. Attracting and retaining good tenants isn’t always easy, but becoming a good landlord will help you achieve...

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Landlords - are you ready for the EPC changes due in April next year?

Posted on Friday, 24 March, 2017

You may or may not know that in April 2018, the  Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)  will come into effect, meaning that it will be illegal to renew or begin any tenancy for properties that have an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating of F or G. Most landlords are...

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Top 5 tips to get your property let fast.

Posted on Friday, 17 March, 2017

Need to let your property in a hurry? Be smart and check out my top 5 tips to make it let faster below; 1. Décor – Get clever about the décor in your property to entice tenants quickly. Be aware that most tenants looking to rent a property will want to make their own...

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Landlords, are you prepared for the tax changes that will have a drastic effect on your income?

Posted on Wednesday, 15 March, 2017

Shockingly, a recent survey by a landlord referencing website states that 1.4 million landlords are completely unaware of the mortgage interest tax relief changes due to take effect from 1 st April 2017. These tax changes mean many landlords will see a strong downturn in their rental income...

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Landlords - Can you afford NOT to have an inventory report?

Posted on Friday, 10 March, 2017

Before the advent of the deposit protection schemes back in 2007 many landlords didn't bother with an inventory, or if they did, it was generally a few scribbled notes on a scrap of paper. The fact was prior to deposit schemes, landlords were free to be both ‘judge and...

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Tenants – want to get your deposit back?

Posted on Friday, 3 March, 2017

In 2016 it was reported that 72 per cent of tenants said they struggled to get back the money they felt they were owed from their deposit, while around 59 per cent of tenants didn’t get  any  of their deposit back. But according to this study, only 20 per cent of...

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The top 5 things you ABSOLUTELY should know as a landlord.

Posted on Friday, 24 February, 2017

I have seen so many experienced landlords make simple mistakes which cause them personal strife throughout the tenancy, here are my top 5 tips to make the process smoother for all involved;  1. Expect the unexpected – always have a slush fund When you rent out a property,...

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'Its probably condensation' - The great condensation vs mould debate

Posted on Friday, 17 February, 2017

When working as a Property Manager, if I received a pound for the amount of times a tenant had contacted me to report they had damp in their home and I needed to send a contractor immediately on behalf of their landlord to resolve it, and then when digging a bit further it had turned out to be...

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Revenge Evictions - a Letting Agents view

Posted on Friday, 10 February, 2017

Yesterday, on the 9 th February 2017, I noticed several news sites, radio shows and websites declaring various headlines about ‘Revenge Evictions’ with comments from prominent MPs, Housing Lawyers and the Housing Law Practitioners Association (HLPA) in the UK stating they felt that...

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Buy To Let Enquiries Soar As Market Returns

Posted on Monday, 24 October, 2016

Buyer enquiries from potential landlords and investors are now up 30 per cent since May according to Rightmove, suggesting that the damage to demand caused by the stamp duty surcharge may be ebbing away. The portal says March and April saw a lull in activity, following the rush in the first...

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