The new Tenant Fees Act came into force on 1st June 2019 effectively banning agents and landlords from charging a tenant fees other than rent, tenancy deposit and holding deposit.
If you are thinking about renting a property, check out our handy checklist to make sure you make an informed decision
Details of the recent changes to the HMO licensing
what should you look for when choosing an investment property to rent to students?
Not all landlords or landladies are bad. Unfortunately there are indeed some unscrupulous ones but we are not all like that, it is a minority who give us all a bad name.
Do you have a spare room in your home and need extra cash? Have you ever thought of becoming a resident landlord? You may be able to earn £7,500 per year tax-free under the rent a room scheme.
Landlords warned to improve energy efficiency or risk being banned
It has been hard-hit by government and some landlords are selling up as profits shrink, so is this the end of buy-to-let? We ask the experts.
Once you have decided what you want to do, you need to find out if you need planning permission or building regulations approval
It can be very exciting buying at home at auction. You can bag yourself a bargain but it requires careful preparation.
Knocking through to create a kitchen-diner
Anyone who has been through building works knows nothing ever goes to plan. Even with the best intentions; walls can collapse, pipes can be drilled through and a neighbour’s property can be damaged.
Do you get stuck in with the bubble wrap and pack-it-yourself or will you trust the job to a professional house removal packer?
Get a handle on your moving costs here
Most people know they need to save for a deposit to get a mortgage for their first home. But prospective property owners might not realise there are a raft of other fees, charges and taxes they also need to pay – running into thousands of pounds. Prices vary around the country from £20,000 to £30,000 in London but if you are in the north then your costs may only be between £5,000 and £10,000.
Insider tips from an estate agent
You've got the deposit, the right people behind you, and you're feeling ready enough to take the plunge and snap up your ideal home. In a highly competitive property market, we wish that buying a house was that easy, but it's not. Whether you're stuck in a chain or buying for the first time, we asked Daniel Bourne, Senior Branch Manager at Douglas Allen, Barkingside, to share his secrets on how to give yourself the edge over other buyers.
6 top tips for first-time buyers
The thought of buying a house may make even the savviest of savers go weak at the knees. While saving for a first home for many can be a long and gruelling process, it’s best to start early and save as much as you can possibly stretch to. It’s no secret that the bigger deposit, the lower lending risk you will be and most importantly, a sure-fire candidate for getting a mortgage.
Helping you buy homes smarter
We kid you not, buying a house will introduce you to a whole wave of new terminology that may leave you scratching you head at the best of times – and particularly when it comes to… two words, leasehold and freehold. To help you become a house move pro and to get the most out of buying your home, we’ve summarised the differences in a simple illustration.
Increase your quality of living
When buying or renting property, people are rightly starting to think harder about noise issues that may affect them once they get to their new home. After all the house-hunting, stress and, at times, breathtaking expense, how must it feel to hear the first bark of the neighbour's dog in the back garden, or to be kept awake until the early hours on the first Friday night by a continuous stream of pedestrians on their way to a nightclub - or worse still, by the distant but persistent sound of the music from the nightclub itself?
It's time to get acquainted
Loosen up your purse strings! Unless you’ve been living under a rock (which we highly doubt as you’re here on our site) you have probably been told by now that buying and selling your home is an expensive pursuit, and one that should be handled with care and attention. If you’re a person who is particularly price conscious, it’s important to remember that cheap doesn’t always mean best, and if due diligence isn’t done right, it can cost you even more money in the long-run.
Just keep calm and carry on
Let’s face it, no one enjoys moving day. Packing up your entire life into boxes can seem daunting but it really doesn’t have to be. We’ve put together some handy tips to make your moving day a relative breeze…
Why do you need a survey?
The differences between a survey and a mortgage valuation are pretty hefty. A survey can help you make a fully informed decision about whether to go ahead with the purchase as well as a reasonable price to pay. Having one will also put a spotlight on any damages and repairs that need doing to your potential home.