Dealing with tenants

As a buy-to-let landlord, your relationship with your tenants can be key to making a success of your investment.

If you keep the lines of communication open and are friendly and obliging, not only are good tenants likely to stay in your property for longer, which is what every landlord wants, but they are also more likely to feel comfortable letting you know about any potential problems in the pipeline, so you can plan accordingly.

Similarly, student tenants may take more care of their rental property if they have a good relationship with their landlord.

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Scotland home to fastest rising rents

Rents are rising faster in Scotland than any other area of the UK, according to estate agency Countrywide.

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MPs back landlord licensing schemes

MPs have urged councils to beef up private rental sector licensing and introduce accreditation schemes for landlords.

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Court convicts 'greedy' landlords for mortgage fraud

Two Welsh buy-to-let landlords and a surveyor have been found guilty of conspiring to defraud mortgage lenders after a trial lasting almost five months.

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Third of renters unaware of tenancy deposit schemes

Many tenants are unaware of deposit protection schemes despite a strengthening of the law.

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Thousands face severe tenant arrears

Over 90,000 landlords face income gaps as a result of tenants in severe arrears, according to LSL Property Services’ Tenant Arrears Tracker.

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Rental arrears and void periods fall

Void periods in the private rental sector have fallen to their lowest average level in over a year.

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Landlord register "further tax" on landlords and tenants

Residential landlords have dismissed Labour’s proposal for a national register of landlords as a “further tax on landlords and tenants”.

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Leeds unveils new buy-to-let range

Leeds Building Society's fixed rate buy-to-let range now offers deals at 3.55% for two years and 3.79% for three years, both available up to 75% loan-to-value (LTV).

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DWP landlords barred from borrowing

Buy-to-let landlords whose tenants receive housing benefit are struggling to find mortgage finance.

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Rents in the capital up 32% on 2009

Those renting in London are paying almost a third more than they were three years ago, according to new research highlighting another increase in the capital's average rent.

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How to remove an existing tenant

Unfortunately, as a buy-to-let landlord you may find yourself in a position where you need to evict an existing tenant, either because they have fallen behind on their repayments or behaved in an unacceptable manner.

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Assured Shorthand Tenancies & Disputes

Every sensible buy-to-let landlord should make sure their tenant signs up to an official contract before they move in.

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10 Top Tips: Letting to Students

Letting to students can be lucrative, but you must do your homework. Follow these top tips for buy-to-let success in this sector

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Letting agents

If you are entering the buy-to-let market for the first time, or feel that you won't have enough time to conduct much of the administration involved in letting a property by yourself, you may want to consider using a letting agent.

Red tape over student housing

Parents looking to buy a house for their children at university could be caught out by new rules, warns...

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