Advice - Lettings
The lettings property market is always full of change! It can be quite daunting and stressful for those involved but there is also a lot of help and advice available for investors, landlords and tenants.
Take a look through some of our articles and guides.
This month marks a decade since the international banking crisis that saw a major US bank collapse, unemployment sharply accelerate, and the UK economy shrink.It’s time to expand your portfolio: Why consider a family home?
One of the more complex sides to life as a landlord is the subject of Licensing. There is little consistency in the rules across different locations and there are many different schemes to navigate. Meanwhile if landlords fail to comply with complex and ever changing legislation, then they could be fined up to £30,000. We’ve taken a look at the key facts around the two different types of license requirements.Keeping you on the right side of Licensing legislation
We’ve seen yet another change in Housing Minister. Following David Davis’s resignation from the role of Brexit Secretary the Housing Minister Dominic Raab has taken up the challenge of leading the UK through the Brexit negotiations. The new minister in charge of housing is Kit Malthouse who was formerly Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Support, Housing and Child Maintenance at the Department for Work and Pensions and has been an MP for just three years.More change at the top for housing policy with 8th new housing minister in as many years
On 1st April this year, significant changes were introduced to the private rented sector, in a bid to improve the energy efficiency of rented homes. The legislation was proposed in the 2011 Energy Act in response to concerns that in some towns and cities, rental stock is typically older, which could mean that many homes occupied by tenants may not have energy saving features such as cavity wall insulation or double glazing.Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards – what you need to know
Selective Licensing was introduced in 2006 to give some councils greater powers to address the impact of poor quality private landlords, and anti-social tenants. The initial aims of the scheme were positive - stamping out bad practice within the private rented sector and raising standards so that tenants can enjoy living in quality homes.How Licensing affects portfolio landlords
At Darlows we’re serious about property and passionate about driving up standards across our industry. Next year we’ll be celebrating our 30th anniversary and throughout the last three decades we’ve witnessed first-hand the complete transformation of the private rented sector. Anyone renting a property must comply with a multitude of increasingly stringent and complex regulations. That means we’re continuously adapting our practices and processes to ensure our customers don’t fall foul of the law, and that both landlords and tenants have their interests protected.Safeguarding your rental property
A cursory glance into the private rented sector could lead some to believe the world of buy-to-let is a tale of woe. Bleak headlines claim landlords are deterred from entering the market whilst suggestions some investors are apparently planning to sell-up will raise concern.What does the future hold for portfolio landlords?