Housing standards as a political issue

The tragic events at Grenfell Tower have pushed the issue of housing standards to the top of the agenda. It is an emotive issue, but it’s also becoming a political one. As arguments continue about who is going to foot the bill for essential works to other tower blocks which have used the same cladding […]

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We are delighted to be a finalist at this years Negotiator Awards!

LegalforLandlords are delighted to be shortlisted for this years Negotiator Awards. The awards are the most prestigious and popular awards scheme in residential property and with more entrants and more winners than any other scheme in this sector. They are the most inclusive and therefore the most valued and meaningful accolades you can be awarded […]

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Making plans for 2018? What about student accommodation?

Anyone whose personal experience of student housing dates back to the days before student loans will probably remember a breeze-block cell, a dingy bedsit or a house share reminiscent of a scene from The Young Ones. Accommodation for students was cheap, but it was rarely cheerful. But there has been a revolution in the financing […]

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Ready to invest? If you understand the costs, you’ll reap the rewards.

The costs of being a landlord If we had a pound for every time we’ve heard someone say that being a landlord and investing in property is a way to make easy money, we’d be sitting very pretty indeed. The truth is that although returns on a buy-to-let property can easily outstrip anything you’ll find […]

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Underwriting standards and the buy-to-let business

Recently there have been several announcements in the press about buy-to-let mortgage providers tightening up their lending criteria. Skipton and Leeds Buildings Societies, Santander and New Street have all announced changes. NatWest has just released details of changes to its underwriting processes while stressing that it will continue to support investors. If you’re wondering what’s […]

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Better protection for landlord’s income

In the current climate, the focus is often on the protection of tenant’s rights, and it can be easy to forget that landlords get a raw deal when a tenant defaults on rental payments. Expenses are still incurred and there are legal costs to regain possession. If the property is not owned outright, mortgages still […]

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LegalforLandlords WINS “Professional Firm of the Year”

LegalforLandlords WINS “Professional Firm of the Year” IN E3 BUSINESS AWARDS 2017 Warrington based tenant referencing, insurance and legal service provider, LegalforLandlords has been named “Professional Firm of the Year” at the 2017 E3 Business Awards. The event was held on 13th July at the Macron Stadium in Bolton. The company, who offer referencing, insurance […]

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Landlords – stick to the rules to keep your income

In April, the system for fining landlords in breach of housing regulations changed. There’s now a maximum penalty of £30,000 which can be imposed without court proceedings. What’s more, local authorities have the right to recover up to 12 months’ rent from those landlords who have harassed their tenants or let properties which are in […]

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More landlords are serious about growing their property portfolio

Despite increasing rules, regs and tax changes, the numbers would suggest that plenty of landlords are still looking to grow their property business. A recent survey by brokers Mortgages for Business suggests 48 per cent of landlords want to expand, and that’s a big climb from the 41 per cent figure recorded in May 2016. […]

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