Landlord advice and news
Landlords in the UK need news and practical information to help them choose the right tenants, draw up tenancy agreements, maintain their properties, and understand their tax obligations. Our landlord knowledge section is here to help you succeed in the property market.
The government has issued guidance for landlords on their new responsibilities to check tenants’ immigration status.
Council shuts down "rip-off" letting agents
14 Aug 2014
A London council has closed four letting agents following a crackdown intended to “stop tenants being exploited.”
40,000 landlords will receive letters from HMRC over the coming four months, demanding that they put their tax affairs in order.
Is Airbnb an option for landlords?
26 Jun 2014
New plans mean that London homeowners will be able to let their properties on sites like Airbnb without fear of prosecution.
Could new mortgage rules hit buy to let?
1 May 2014
New rules could make it more difficult for prospective homebuyers to get a mortgage.
5 mistakes for new landlords to avoid
11 Apr 2014
Increasing numbers of Brits are choosing to invest in property. The private rented sector is booming, and many people are attracted by high yields and the freedom that being a landlord can bring.
Last month Simply Business hosted a live discussion offering tips for new landlords.
Is landlord licensing on the rocks?
1 Apr 2014
Moves towards mandatory landlord licensing were dealt a further blow last week following news that two regional schemes are in jeopardy.
A checklist for first-time landlords
By Josh Hall | 6 July 2010
Renting a property for the first time can seem like an overwhelming prospect. There is a huge range of tasks to be completed and it is easy to loose track.
Avoiding the 5 most common landlord insurance claims
By Josh Hall | 8 September 2010
Landlords have a range of risks to deal with - and some are more common than others.
Student tenants - the top 5 problems and how to avoid them
By Josh Hall | 27 September 2010
Despite their reputation, students can be great tenants. But, course, student landlords sometimes run into problems.
10 tips for choosing the right tenant
By Josh Hall | 10 November 2011
How can you make sure that you choose the right tenant? Here are our top tips.
5 problems your landlord policy might not cover - and how to avoid them
By Josh Hall | 26 September 2011
Here are five common types of claim that are unlikely to be covered by your policy – along with some tips to help you avoid them.
Great apps for landlords - a roundup
Josh Hall | 15 December 2011
Finding, letting, and managing a property is still tricky. So check out these handy mobile apps, designed to make your life easier.
In this video interview, we learn how to find a tradesman and the best way to manage and pay for work once it’s been arranged.
Chartered tax adviser and accountant Ray answers some key questions about landlord tax responsibilities, and gives advice for submitting tax returns.
Tessa shares her wealth of knowledge on some of the main landlord legal issues, from the importance of tenancy agreements to serving section 21 notices.
We quiz Andy, director of heating and plumbing company Greenserve, on gas safety checks and how and why landlords should go about arranging them.