What are the benefits of a pet-friendly property?

Deciding whether to allow pets in your rental property can be a difficult decision to make. A simple 'no' may be the easiest option in most cases, but is it the best one? Allowing tenants to have pets widens your prospective pool of paying tenants, and you can easily protect your property with a carefully worded tenancy agreement. Since so many landlords do not allow pets, you could ask for a slightly but...

Void Periods: How to avoid them?

Landlords naturally panic at the thought of their properties being empty for any length of time. So, if you are dreading long void periods and want to avoid them at all costs, then review our top ten tips: 1. MAINTAIN YOUR PROPERTY TO A HIGH STANDARD It is a competitive market, so tenants expect rental properties to be kept in good decorative order, with up-to-date kitchens and bathrooms.  2. REMEMBER...

Top 5 things to do pre-tenancy

Did you know we can take the burden out of preparing your property from you? At Richard James, we are happy to prepare everything needed to ensure that your tenants are moved in safely and legally. We cross all of the T's and dot all of the I's and let you relax, by keeping it simple!  We have listed the top 5 steps below... 1. MAKE SURE YOUR PROPERTY IS SAFE: You, as the Landlord, have a duty to...

Pre-tenancy checks and why they’re so crucial

Landlords, do you have time to deal with all the crucial pre-tenancy checks, to ensure you've found the RIGHT tenant?What if we could alleviate the potential stress associated with pre-tenancy checks, and remove it from your hands completely? As letting agents, we filter out any tenants who have serious adverse credit/ history, low affordability, and a history of anti-social...

Landlord Rent Guarantee

When your tenants cannot or will not pay, you will be protected, not only from rent arrears but also from tenancy breach - Good news, hey? So, what does your rental protection guarantee cover*? full rent protection for the total monthly rent, for up to four tenants, as named on the tenancy agreement.Missed rental payments until vacant possession of the property or for up...

10 reasons to go fully managed

Are you a first-time landlord, considering the benefits of using a letting agent to manage your property?Perhaps you're an experienced landlord, who's tired of being at your tenants' beck and call. Not to mention having the time and experience to keep up (and comply with) over 170 government regulations!Let's break down the top 10 benefits of a fully managed service, and how it could help you... 1....

5 Reasons to Move in Autumn

September has been and gone and so has the summer sunshine. Nevertheless, Autumn is now in full swing and we thought we'd take the opportunity to put together 5 reasons why this season, is the season you should move house! 1 In our opinion, it really is the best time to move in terms of weather - never too hot and never too cold, which hopefully means it'll make your...

Buy-To-Let: 8 Questions you should ask before you buy

So you are looking to buy a property as an investment – what do you need to watch out for? You may be an established landlord with a large property portfolio, or you may be taking your first step in the buy-to-let market, but there are some common questions you need to know. The estate agent is obliged to answer your questions honestly by law, so make the most of this – after all, they know more about...

What to look out for when buying a rental property?

Within the last 12 months*, the average price of a home to buy in Swindon has risen to £254,003, which is over 9 times the average salary earnings in Wiltshire (estimated at £27,000*). This means the rental market in Swindon is on the rise, as more and more people earning average salaries simply cannot afford to save the deposit sums required. We've all seen the increasing reports in the media of...

How to approach a tenants rent increase?

We regularly get tenants coming into our office telling us they are looking to move house due to their landlords increasing the monthly rents. Whilst this is normal practice, there is a correct and legal way to increase the rent. Most landlords think that they can just increase it at any time, and by whatever amount they like. Unfortunately, this is not the case! So, how should it be done properly? It is...

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