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Should I do a landlord tenant credit check?

As landlords, it’s important for us to protect our investments from the minute a potential tenant wants to sign the tenancy agreement. Gathering background information about a tenant is a good way to help make a decision about whether they’re the right person for your property – whether the rent will always be paid, the […]

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7 Killer Questions To Ask Tenants

Committing to a 6 month tenancy or longer with a ‘perfect stranger’ can be a daunting prospect, even for those of you who are ‘seasoned’ landlords.  So, we’ve devised 7 killer questions to ask tenants before handing over the keys to your property. The beauty of a service like lettingaproperty.com is that the landlord conducts […]

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When to Sign a Tenancy Agreement

I’m often asked by our landlords and tenant’s alike when to sign a tenancy agreement.  We’ve been working on a number of new tenancy agreements this week and we have a few excited tenants who’ll be moving home over what is predicted to be an ‘Indian summer‘ weekend. Before I’ve explained the pros and cons […]

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Are you using social media to vet your prospective tenants?

It’s already common practice for landlords to request checks regarding a prospective tenant’s employment status, identity, previous tenancy record and ability to pay the rent, but now a new method of obtaining relevant information is on the rise. A growing number of landlords are turning to social media in order to get some idea of […]

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4 Common Landlord Mistakes

Becoming a landlord is a fantastic way of ensuring a steady income from month-to-month and is hopefully a sound investment for the years to come. However, it is worth doing your homework before taking the plunge or you could find yourself making some potentially costly mistakes. Below are some of the most common errors and […]

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Do Your Tenants Have the Right to Rent?

Landlords will have a little more paperwork in the near future as regulations come into force that put the onus on you to check a tenant’s immigration status. Fines of up to £3,000 can be issued for non-compliance with the controversial new rules and one landlord in the West Midlands has already been slapped with […]

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Right to Rent Immigration Checks Reminder

A new scheme being trialled in the West Midlands requires landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants before allowing them to sign a tenancy agreement. The scheme is known as ‘right to rent’ checks, and has started out in Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton, with a view to being rolled out across […]

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Landlords Made “Unofficial Border Agents” With New Legislation

A new government scheme which requires landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants has been rolled out in the West Midlands with a view for national implantation in 2015. The rules – which have been dubbed ‘right to rent‘ – have been drawn up by the Home Office and ask that private landlords […]

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