You are no longer able to let a property in England and Wales without an EPC rating of E or above. Over one million dwellings would not currently pass the new rules, and could face huge fines. Continue reading “Time Running Out for Landlords Meeting New EPC Rules (2018 & 2020)”
A dodgy boiler is the most common problem that UK tenants face. In fact, nearly a third of tenants have experienced a lack of hot water or central heating during their tenancy.
This post explains everything about periodic tenancies, rolling tenancy contracts, renewals, and what to do when your AST’s minimum (fixed) term is about to expire! Continue reading “Going Periodic: What Happens When a Tenancy’s Fixed Term Ends?”
By the end of this post, you will know how much rent to charge. Even better, it’s all broken down into just two simple steps.
Since February 2016, landlords have a new job. As well as being a landlord, you are also an immigration officer for the government!
The Immigration Act 2014 imposes on all landlords in England (including lodger landlords) the obligation to find out whether the proposed occupants have a ‘right to rent’ property in the UK.
Timing your rental property’s entry to the market is key to making the most of your advertising. Here is everything you need to know, with concrete steps you can take to ensure your advert does the best it can. Continue reading “When to Put Your Property on the Market”
Some landlords limit their tenant-pool by not advertising to certain groups. This is a leading reason why online property adverts sometimes fail to create enquiries and viewings. Put simply, the fewer people you advertise to, the fewer enquiries you will get.
Only around 20% of all households in England are private sector renters (although this is growing). That’s roughly 4.5m households. This means your market for tenants is not huge – especially outside of major cities.
Photos are the single most important part of your advert. But why?
It is key to remember that the overwhelming majority of tenants looking for a property online are using their phone – not their computer. This has some important consequences… Continue reading “How to Take Great Photos of Your Property”
(Published 2012. Last updated March, 2017)
We want your property advert to get as much attention a possible. We’ve identified seven major areas where you can improve it, and written a guide for each!
Click on a section below for an in-depth guide, or scroll down for a summary.
Setting up as a private landlord can be fantastic source of income in a world of rock-bottom interest rates and stormy instability. There’s a lot you’ll have to do before you hand your new tenants the keys, but with this comprehensive checklist, you’ll be renting out your property before you know it!
At OpenRent, we’ve set up thousands of tenancies and have written this guide to pass on all the knowledge we’ve picked up. Here is how to set up your property and find the perfect tenants in six easy steps.