Another nail in the coffin for social housing

January 5th, 2016 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Landlords, Property Developers, Property Market 1 Comment »

Caroline Lucas, the Green Party’s MP for Brighton Pavilion, will vote against the Housing and Planning Bill later today.

Lucas, who tabled a reasoned amendment to the Bill at Second Reading, has labelled the legislation as ‘another nail in the coffin for British social housing’. She will speak later today at a rally organised by Defend Council Housing.

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What it means when you serve an eviction notice

July 3rd, 2015 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Landlords, Rental Market No Comments »

 

The life of a landlord is not just collecting the rent at the end of every month with no problems. Sometimes you can run into difficulties with your tenants that are unresolvable and you are faced with having to serve them an eviction notice. There are many rules that you must follow as a landlord to avoid being accused of an illegal eviction or harassment. The last thing you want is to step out of line and have to deal with a legal battle. Let us help you reclaim your property within the rules of the law.

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How to deal with landlord harassment

November 24th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Landlords, Rental Market No Comments »

Sometimes relationships go wrong. Whether it is a personal relationship, a friendship or a communication breakdown with your landlord, a sour relationship can be very stressful to deal with. As a tenant you need to know what your rights are when dealing with harassment from your landlord. There are a series of hoops you have to jump through and processes you have to follow to make sure you deal with landlord harassment correctly. Below you will find some of the top tips for coping with this situation.

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Tenants installing items in home without permission

October 9th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Landlords, Rental Market No Comments »

When you own a property, you have tenants and you have clearly outlined the ‘rules’ in a tenancy agreement with them, it can be very frustrating when they decide to install items in your home without your permission. Depending on what they decide to install, it can wind up costing you money later if you don’t address the problem when it arises. Here are some top tips to dealing with this type of situation.

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How to increase the rent on your property

August 27th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Landlords, Rental Market No Comments »

It is understandable that over time the rent on your property may need to be increased. With the rise in property prices and inflation, you may have to increase the price of your home even if you have had the same tenants for years. This news can be difficult for any tenant to swallow and it is very important that you follow the rules to ensure a smooth transition to the higher rate. This blog gives you some advice on the steps to take to increase the rent on your property/ies.

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Common problems for landlords

June 25th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Landlords No Comments »

As with anything, when you are prepared for the problem, it is easier to deal with. As a landlord, there will be many occasions when you are faced with a situation that you have to cope with. Preparation can ease the blow of these issues quite significantly.

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Should I Manage My Property or Hire a Manager?

February 24th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Landlords, Rental Market No Comments »

Looking after your property when you don’t actually live in the building can be time-consuming and difficult, especially when you don’t live near the home. Whether you have a beachside home in Cornwall or a townhouse in a city centre that is rented out to businessmen visiting for long term leases, you need to set up a way for the home to be managed. Making the choice as to whether you have the time to commit to managing your home or whether you want to hire a company to do it for you usually comes down to money.

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Checklist for new tenants. Act now to protect yourself when you leave.

August 19th, 2013 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Landlords, Rental Market No Comments »

When you move into your new apartment or house you need to make sure you protect yourself from the beginning to avoid additional charges later when you decide to move on. By following some of the guidelines below you will avoid losing your deposit for previous damage to the property when you leave and will avoid paying for updates that are the responsibility of the landlord.

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How to Give Your Rental Property a Facelift

July 6th, 2013 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Insurance, Landlords No Comments »

Tenancies can start to seem fleeting through the eyes of a seasoned landlord, but it’s important to remember that your prospective tenants are looking for their next home, so they will apply the same critical eye as any buyer would. Read the rest of this entry »

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Top buy-to-let hotspots

March 20th, 2013 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Landlords, Rental Market 1 Comment »

The buy-to-let market could be a shining light when it comes to property investment. In fact, according to research, average UK rents have increased by 13.6% since 2009; and in addition to this, the latest Census figures show that the proportion of UK households renting is now at 36% compared to 31% ten years ago . So, if you have the money to invest in property, choosing the buy-to-let market could be the way to go.

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Know where to start with unfurbished properties

January 21st, 2013 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Home Improvements, Landlords No Comments »

If you’re looking to let a property, one of the biggest decisions you will have to make is whether or not to furbish the property. The decision holds significant weight, as it will ultimately determine the type of tenant you are looking for, as well as your out-of-pocket expenses and insurance costs. It can even have an effect on the way you file taxes.

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