What would you do if your tenant suddenly passed away?

Posted on Thursday, 4 May, 2017

When previously working as a Property Manager and then managing large teams of Property Managers, unfortunately I occasionally had to contend with situations where sadly one of our tenants passed away. Generally, this was infrequent, sometimes happened when they were in the property itself and...

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Tenants, what you need to know about Smoke alarms

Posted on Monday, 24 April, 2017

The 1 st October 2015 meant the addition of important legislation regarding smoke alarms in rented properties which is thought will help to prevent around 26 deaths and 670 injuries from fire and smoke inhalation per year. The statistics say you are four times more likely to die in a fire in...

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Legionella, whats this all about then?

Posted on Tuesday, 18 April, 2017

There has been information overload in lettings about legionella and the guidelines from HSE regarding rented properties. Below I have summed up the key facts in a whistle-stop tour that you as a landlord need to know. What is Legionella? Legionnaires' disease is a potentially fatal form...

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Why you should choose an ARLA agent

Posted on Thursday, 6 April, 2017

A CGT branch manager mentioned to me recently that she seems to have had a flurry of calls lately from potential landlords who are currently with other letting agents. During the conversations, they all asked her to visit their properties to conduct Market appraisals as they’d had their...

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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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