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...

Seven Simple Steps to Happy Tenants

Being a landlord is not as simple as it used to be, there are many legal obligations and responsibilities – and good tenants look for good landlords who follow the rules willingly. The rules that are in place, are there for good reason and help to keep tenants and landlords safe, so being a good landlord is well worth the price and effort involved. Which is why your lettings agent is there to help and it...

Landlords – Do you need help finding your perfect tenants?

Are you looking for someone to live in and look after your property for the long-term, and have no rental arrears?  Perhaps you're wondering what defines a perfect tenant, what exactly to look out for and whether there is anything you can do, as a landlord?  Well, unfortunately, there’s no magic wand or guarantee, however, there are some steps you can take as a landlord to protect yourself and to...

Pros and Cons of Selling Up or Renting Out

Imagine this situation: your beloved home has been in the family for decades, it's part of your history and has been handed down through many generations. However, it’s now empty as you’ve got somewhere else to live, yet you don’t need to sell your family home and you’re stuck in a quandary. It is mortgage-free but could do with some work to modernise it.  Do you sell your family home and...

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