The Challenges Of Selling A House With Foam Insulation

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Being a prominent property/landlord blogger naturally means – for my sins – I’m often bogged down with industry news and trends. The crap that comes across my desk varies in range, from the mundane “house price predictions” (that are rarely ever accurate) to the ridiculously obscure, like this chap trying to flog his home for…

How To Screen Prospective Tenants (Insight From A Real Landlord)

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Do you know why I’ve brashly emphasised the fact that this blog post is written by a “real landlord” in the title? Because I’ve just spent some time researching what other resources are sharing on the matter and none of them seem to be written by actual landlords. Oh, well that seems not ideal. At…

Strike VS SOLD – Battle Of The Free Online Estate Agents

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From what I’m aware, Strike.co.uk & SOLD.co.uk are currently the only two online estate agents that offer free house-selling services. At least, they’re the most popular by a country mile. However, their business models are rather different, specifically in regards to how they’re able to absorb the costs of providing a “free” service, and it’s…

SOLD.CO.UK – Is Their Service Really, REALLY Free?

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Yup, I know, I shouldn’t have to explain anything, because their terms of service should be clearly explained on their own website, but it’s not. That’s the problem. Ladies & Gents, SOLD.CO.UK – the FREE online estate agent that gives me a thumping headache and makes me reach for Xanax. Hopefully this breakdown will be…

Are Landlords Allowed To Ask Tenants For Bank Statements & Payslips?

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More specifically, are landlords allowed to ask perspective tenants for bank statements and/or payslips as part of the referencing process? In short, yes! It’s not illegal by any stretch. It’s not even inappropriate, in my opinion (but then again, I am a nasty little goblin landlord, apparently). I personally ask all my perspective tenants to…

Is PAT Testing A Legal Requirement For Landlords?

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I’ve noted some very conflicting information circulating regarding electrical safety in private residential rental properties (England). It’s giving me a headache. So I’m going to share my view and back it up with what I consider to be very reliable resources! Table of contents: General overview of a landlord’s Electrical Safety responsibility What is PAT…

Why I Use Landlord Vision Software (Review)

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I regularly get asked the question: Yo dude, what landlord software do you recommend (to manage accounting features i.e. track rental income and expenses)? I hate to be the dramatic and dithering buffoon in the room, but I have to concede to the fact that there isn’t one straightforward answer, because it will depend on…

Can I Cancel/Change My Mind After I’ve Signed A Tenancy Agreement?

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In short, no – you can’t change your mind after signing a tenancy agreement in England or Wales, whether you’re a landlord that doesn’t want their new tenant to move in anymore, or whether you’re a tenant that doesn’t want to move in anymore. Eek! The odds are I’ve just dropped some sour news. I’m…

What Happens When a House Is Repossessed (And What To Do)?

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Man, this sucks royal donkey balls. I have a close friend that’s currently on the verge of being repossessed, and it’s a tough watch. One thing I have learned through personal experience and by watching my friend’s situation unravel is that it’s easy to make a bad situation worse, so remaining rational – despite the…

Landlord Safety Certificates (Required For England & Wales)

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Understandably, there’s a buttload of confusion among landlords – especially new landlords – when it comes to Buy-to-let compliance, most notably which health & safety certificates are required by law. So I’m going to try and make it easy for you. Below is a list of legally required health & safety certificates all landlords in…