Report asks landlords – Do you trust your tenants?

November 8th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Insurance, Landlords No Comments »

Many would argue that for landlords, if you want to have peace of mind. We thought that we’d therefore conduct an investigation into the how trusting the relationships between landlords and tenants are.

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What to Look for in a Buy to Let Property

November 5th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Landlords, Rental Market 1 Comment »

If you’re considering investing in property, now may be the best opportunity for you to do it, but you need to make sure that the property you are looking to buy is going to make you more money in the long run. If you’ve got some spare cash set aside for your investment, you’re in a good position to start purchasing your buy to let property, but there are several things you are going to need to consider.

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What to Consider when Choosing a Rental Property

October 15th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Landlords, Rental Market 1 Comment »

There could be a whole host of reasons as to why you want to rent, from it being the more affordable option to a short-term stay in a particular area, but this doesn’t mean that choosing a rental property is any more lighthearted than actually buying one. From the start you need to know exactly what you should be looking for, what cautions you will need to take, all the while looking at everything as if you are the buyer.

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Service Charge Payments – Bankruptcy of Managing Agent

August 29th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Landlords, Legal No Comments »

When purchasing a flat in a block, particularly where there are communal areas such as stairwells and landings, there will usually be a liability to pay service charges (also called maintenance charges). This is an annual payment (though it is often paid in quarterly or monthly instalments) and it is a contribution toward the upkeep of the communal parts of the building and any shared services such as lifts or a concierge. It is paid to the landlord or management company, often via a managing agent.

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The Future of Rental and Property Markets

August 15th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Landlords, Property Market 2 Comments »

It has recently been reported that buy-to-let investors are set to make a rather handsome return on their investments during the course of the next 13 years. This has come as a result of increasing rental prices and the fact that house prices are beginning to recover; this has enabled a further boost to the property market.

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Rising Rents for Tenants for Third Consecutive Month

July 30th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Landlords, Property Market 2 Comments »

According to Buy-to-Let Index figures released by LSL Property Services plc, tenants have seen a rise in rent for the third month in a row. In June, rent averages rose to £718 per month in England and Wales, up 0.9% on May’s figures. With the figure almost reaching that record high of a £720 monthly rate that was reached in October 2011, concerns are being raised within the rental market.

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Are Deposit Protection Schemes Essential ?

June 21st, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Insurance, Landlords No Comments »

Housing charity, Shelter, have revealed that complaints from tenants about problems with rental deposits have soared by 86% in the past couple of years. Shelter have explained that one out of every 20 calls to their helpline in 2011 were concerning tenants’ deposits. This comes despite the introduction of compulsory tenancy protection schemes in April 2007.

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Searching for a Rental Property in London

May 30th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Landlords, Property Market 3 Comments »

The London rental market can be fast moving, a real blink and you’ll miss it market, and for those searching for a new home to rent in the capital preparation is crucial.I have only had to search for a rental property in London once, luckily I stayed in the property for three years once moved in, but I did not make the most of my options for searching and at that time was not well prepared!

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Where are the Burglary Hotspots in the UK?

May 18th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Insurance, Landlords No Comments »

Landlord insurance experts Just Landlords have recently released a new infographic which highlights the top 10 burglary hotspots in the UK and some interesting facts about burglaries.

It is clear from the infographic that the 2 places to avoid are London and Yorkshire which both have multiple locations that make it into the top 10, including Wood Green in London, Bramley in Leeds and Apperly Bridge in Bradford

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The best places in the UK to be a landlord

March 13th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Insurance, Landlords, Property Market 4 Comments »

The decision to become a landlord involves many factors – but how many landlords consider exactly where the best areas are in order to have the best chance of succeeding?

With renting becoming increasingly vogue, this is good news for landlords all over the country. You may want to take in certain geographical factors, however, into your decision-making.

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Should you become a Green Landlord?

February 28th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Energy Saving, Insurance, Landlords 3 Comments »

The energy crisis is something that is likely to become more and more prominent over the coming years as the UK as a whole looks to reduce its energy consumption, lower carbon emissions and work towards having renewable energy in the future.

This is an issue that is pertinent to everyone, including landlords who will be coming across more and more tenants and letting agents who want to know how green and carbon friendly their properties are!

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