We know that you will be considering how the plans of each party will affect you as a landlord at this general election.
To help you quickly get a grasp on the main positions of each party, we have written a summary of what the three large national parties (the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats) are promising in their manifestos.
Continue reading “Landlord Guide to the UK General Election 2019”
Feature Spotlights show you all the neat little things OpenRent does that make your life easier.
Since 2018, we’ve helped thousands of OpenRent tenants move home with our free tenancy concierge service. Tenants absolutely love this service, but it’s not something we talk about a lot — especially with landlords.
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Step-by-Step Guides for All Three Deposit Schemes
The Tenant Fees Acts (2019) brought in a cap for tenancy deposits. The rules apply to new tenancies from 1st June 2019 and cap tenancy deposits to a maximum of five times the weekly rent for the property.
Continue reading “How to Partially Repay a Tenancy Deposit and Return Amounts in Excess of Five Week Cap”
Many rented homes suffer from black mould and condensation on windows, frames and walls. But what causes damp and how it can be treated? And who is responsible for getting rid of it?
Continue reading “How to Get Rid of Damp, Mould and Condensation in Rented Homes”
Landlords want high-quality tenants at their viewings. That means tenants who have read the property description and understand the kind of tenancy that the landlord is looking for.
Continue reading “How to Vet Tenants with Pre-Viewing Questions”
Landlords often ask us how to switch from their current letting agent to OpenRent. It’s really simple.
Continue reading “Switching to OpenRent from Upad”
If you choose to use our Rent Now tenancy creation service, then you’ll be using our standard contract. It’s an industry-leading contract that has been designed to reflect best practice while also meeting the needs of real landlords.
Continue reading “How to Add Custom Clauses to OpenRent’s Contract (AST)”
What is a Section 13 Notice?
Section 13 is a way for landlords to increase the rent they charge for a property. It refers to Section 13 of the Housing Act (1988).
Landlords can only use Section 13 for assured periodic tenancies. These are tenancies that are not within a fixed term. For example, the fixed term may have expired, meaning the tenancy has automatically become a periodic tenancy.
Continue reading “How to Increase the Rent by Serving a Section 13 Notice”
Setting up a new tenancy can be confusing. Rules and laws have probably changed since the last time you let your property — especially with the introduction of the Tenant Fees Act (2019).
Continue reading “A Guide to Holding Deposits for Landlords”
Our May newsletter revealed that a 90% of landlords oppose the Government’s plan to end Section 21 evictions. Over 800 landlords voted in our poll, making it a very credible assessment of the mood on this issue.
Continue reading “Three Big Questions the Government Needs to Answer about Section 21”