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Tenants urged to take out life insurance


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24 Oct 2019

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Tenants are being urged to take out life insurance as the number of people renting for longer and later into life rises.

 

Life insurance cover is usually encouraged when people take out mortgages, an opportunity long-term renters are not offered. ...

Snakes in the bathroom: the bizarre items left by student tenants


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17 Oct 2019

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Giant swear word graffiti, a sex toy and a python are among some of the items left in rented accommodation by student tenants, the Deposit Protection Service has revealed. 

 

One landlord’s claim for a reduction from a tenant’s deposit being held by the DPS was to cover the cost of removing a snake from a bedroom that had been left in the house after the student moved out in the summer. ...

Landlord autumn checklist


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10 Oct 2019

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There’s no longer denying it, we are now well into autumn; the leaves are changing, the nights getting longer and the temperature dipping. But before you batten down the hatches in preparation for the colder months, it’s a good idea to use these (slightly) milder months to ensure your buy-to-let property is shipshape for the approaching winter with a thorough inspection. ...

The issues keeping landlords awake at night


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3 Oct 2019

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Maintenance, tax and tenants are among the issues giving landlords a sleepless night. 

 

Top of landlord concerns was property maintenance, while care of property and tenant behaviour completed the top three, according to the Mortgage Lender's report, Buy to Let: The Landlord’s Experience. ...

Rise in quality of rented accommodation


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2 Oct 2019

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The quality of rented accommodation has dramatically improved in the past decade, according to a new survey. 

 

The research by specialist buy to let lender InterBay Commercial found the proportion of homes in the private rental sector (PRS) in England deemed ‘non-decent’ by the Office for National Statistics has fallen to 24.5% in 2018 from 44% in 2008....