Letting property can be a good financial proposition but there is much more to being a landlord than collecting the rent. Whether you are considering renting out your own home or wish to enter the buy-to-let market this letting guide offers considerable useful advice on becoming a landlord. Our Home Letting Guide also outlines your responsibilities, including understanding the latest health and safety legislation, your legal rights as a landlord and the rights of your tenants.
After deciding to let a residential property one of the first questions a landlord has to consider is whether to use a letting agent or go it alone. There are advantages and disadvantages of using a letting agent that will be explored in this guide.
Preparing the home that is to be let is also important, ensuring that it is in good decorative order, tidy and that repairs have been carried out. The better the condition of the house the better quality tenants you will attract. First impressions are important and any problems with the home will not go away. In fact they are likely to get worse. If problems are not sorted quickly you could lose your tenant.
While most landlord and tenant arrangements run smoothly occasionally disputes can arise. Letting disputes can be around repairs not being carried out or using deposit money to cover damage to your property when the tenant leaves. The Home Letting Guide offers advice on dealing with such disputes and useful contacts for support.