Renting a home with a garden?

It makes sense to think carefully about any outdoor space when you’re looking for a place to rent. Some people love to spend time outside. For others, a garden is a hassle they don’t need or want. But, as it’s likely your landlord will include certain conditions in your tenancy agreement regarding the upkeep of […]

Read more

The Fees Ban: what every tenant needs to know

On 1st June 2019, the Tenant Fees Act, commonly known as the Fees Ban, became law, but what does that mean for you as a tenant? Here’s a quick guide to the essentials you need to know. What is the Fees Ban and why has it been introduced? The Government wants to make renting fairer […]

Read more

New paperwork rules now in place

A rush of publicity accompanied the arrival of the fees ban last Saturday. What’s been far less obvious is that on the same day, a new version of the mandatory How to Rent (HTR) guide was introduced. This new document must be issued to all tenants. There’s also a new version of Form 6a which […]

Read more

Section 21 abolition: considering the implications

A few weeks ago, when the proposed abolition of no-fault evictions was announced, we speculated that, should the move go ahead, many private landlords would quit the sector. Now surveys we have been conducting – amongst landlords on our database and those attending landlord shows – have shown us the scale of the potential exodus. […]

Read more

Introducing the Landlord’s & Agent’s best friends

It started as a conversation. One of our team had been doggedly helping a Landlord with a tricky issue and was told he’d been a real “friend” in sorting the problem. It struck us that all our Landlord services have this idea at their core. We aim to be a Landlord’s and Agent’s best friend, […]

Read more

The best place to live may not be your best place to live

Each year The Sunday Times publishes a list of the best places to live in Great Britain. In 2019, Salisbury in Wiltshire topped the list. In 2018, York took the top slot. It’s not that Salisbury has suddenly upped its game or that York has taken its eye off the ball. The list is decided […]

Read more

More ways to add value, more ways to get noticed

Our sector is facing challenging times with the Tenant Fee Ban just around the corner, but we’ve discovered something that’s every bit as alarming. A whopping 68% of agents do not communicate regularly with those on their databases. We’ve been talking to agents up and down the country at roadshows we’ve run and attended, and […]

Read more

The ESTAS: The Estate Agent of the Year Awards 2019

The 16th annual ESTAS Awards. What an event and what a privilege it was to attend. It was our first time at the awards and we were beyond excited to join over one thousand other agents, suppliers and property professionals to celebrate the industry’s top performers. Although LegalforLandlords may have missed out (this time), we […]

Read more

Why falling in love with renting makes sense

If you’re older than your mid-twenties, it’s likely you’ve grown up believing that the property ladder is your passport to happiness. If you haven’t got your foot on the bottom rung, you should, according to the perceived wisdom, be miserable. You’re trapped in a cycle of paying rent which stops you saving for a deposit, […]

Read more

All that glitters …

The property rental sector is weathering some challenging conditions. Survival in the face of the fees ban and increased legislation has seen agents taking a serious look at their business models. Naturally, they’re looking for sources of income to plug the shortfall, and crucially, ones that won’t alienate their landlords or upset tenants. They’re looking […]

Read more