Rents on the up at Battersea Power Station

A name that has become synonymous with energetic enterprise and imaginative place-making continues to attract tenants to this riverside development next to Nine Elms, resulting in healthy buy-to-let rentals and low void periods reports local agent Benham and Reeves Lettings.

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Buying a Leasehold apartment – what do I need to be aware of?

If you’re considering buying a leasehold apartment, it’s crucial that you understand the implications of what a lease means and how those legalities affect you as a property investor. Here’s our guide to how to understand what your lease means and what homework to do before you buy.

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Remortgage rates for buy-to-let products cut by major UK buy-to-let lenders

Data released by the Bank of England shows buy-to-let mortgage rates at 75% loan-to-value are at their lowest since records began in 2012, averaging just 2.27%. This is mirrored by historically low rates for for home purchasers, with average rates of 3.73% for a two-year fixed rate product on 95% LTV.

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Top 10 tips to get the best return on your property investment

Ever wondered how some property investors just seem to shrug at the raft of financial and legal changes affecting the buy-to-let market. If you’re asking what they know, the answer is these ten tried and tested property investment rules to help stay balanced amid times of change.

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London property in distress

With news from accountancy firm Moore Stephens that 153 high street estate agents became insolvent between April 2017 and April 2018 and an estimate that a further 7,000 UK agents show signs of ‘financial distress’, it’s becoming ever more crucial to choose your property agent wisely, and with due diligence. At the time of writing, …

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Are you an illegal landlord?

Many landlords are professional investors who rent out buy-to-let properties as a business. They research the legal, health and safety and other requirements this entails and manage their properties (or use a property management company) efficiently from the outset.

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Where to find the biggest discounts in the London property market?

While the London property market may be in a certain state of flux due to Brexit and stamp duty, there are still some things that are certain. It is the world’s capital city with amazing historical attractions, world-renowned educational institutions and thriving business opportunities. For these reasons, it is likely to always need good private …

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10 mistakes a landlord can make

London’s rental market is as buoyant as ever. The city continues to attract young professionals, students and families all looking for suitable places to make their home. Some people are choosing to rent as a lifestyle option, others because they cannot afford to buy. Lifestyle tenants and corporate tenants in particular, are a discerning group …

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Top ten reasons why London is best to invest

London is the world’s capital city, a thriving metropolis where everyone is welcome. It’s the UK’s centre for investment and opportunity and it has unparalleled cultural and historical significance. There are so many reasons why London property investment is the best in its class so let’s take a look at the top ten.

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If a couple split, who is responsible for the tenancy and the rent?

Q. If a couple split, who is responsible for the tenancy and the rent? A. It is an awkward and unfortunate set of circumstances but one that is quite common. The legal standpoint all depends on whether the couple signed the ‘assured shorthold tenancy’ (AST) agreement together or whether one moved in with the other …

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10 tips to let your property to Japanese tenants

If you could describe the perfect tenant attributes, landlords and property owners would most likely put reliability, honesty and cleanliness very high on the list. One culture that also holds these qualities dear is the Japanese, and therefore, unsurprisingly, tenants from Japan are viewed as ideal renters.

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Periodic tenancies: Landlords beware, even though students or Tenants in receipt of DHSS Payments don’t have to pay council tax you may have to

An Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) is the main agreement between a landlord and a tenant which is drawn up for a fixed term – usually 12 months.  When this runs out, a new agreement is put in place for another fixed term.

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