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Stewart has joined the company! Having spent 15 years in estate agency, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience on properties in the Rochdale area and can help advise landlords on the best investments available on the open market. Stewart says: I'm looking forward to the new challenge and to help continue the brilliant service the company provides. The only thing i need to get to grips...

Do You Know Your Gas Safety Certificate From Your EPC

Understanding The Law For Gas Servicing In Rental Accommodation As a landlord, you are responsible for the safety of your tenants. Landlords' duties apply to a wide range of accommodation, occupied under a lease or licence, which includes, but not exclusively: •residential premises provided for rent by local authorities, housing associations, private sector landlords, housing co-operatives,...

Deposit Advice

What is a tenancy deposit protection scheme? A tenancy deposit protection scheme safeguards your deposit. This means you can be sure that you will get your deposit back at the end of the tenancy, as long as you’re entitled to it. For example, your landlord may be entitled to some of the deposit if there is any damage or if you haven’t paid all your rent. The scheme also provides a service to...

Sourcing New Properties - What You Need To Know

Investing in a buy-to-let property Recent reports show that the buy-to-let market is booming again. If you’re thinking of buying a property to let, do your sums and be realistic. Speak to a mortgage lender or broker to finalise your budget and borrowing costs, and then itemise all of your other outgoings. These can include a letting agent's fee, the charge for each tenant's deposit to be held...

A Brief Guide Into Renting A Property For The First Time

You’ve saved up some money and landed a good job. Now you’re ready to become a first time renter and move out of your relatives’ home. If you want to leave the nest on strong footing, there are some important things to consider. Keep in mind that moving out of the house means learning to pay bills on time, and the rent bill should be your highest priority when it comes to spending your money.

Tips On Your Tenant - Landlord Relationship

Landlord/Tenant Relationship From the landlord’s point of view, they have to trust that their tenant will look after their property as if it was their own and treat it with care and respect. From the tenants’ perspective, they have to believe that the landlord will keep their property well maintained and act swiftly in any case of emergency. In our opinion, good tenants: •Are quiet; they...

Buy To Let Tips

Location(s) Research the area you're interested in to make sure there's a demand for rented property. Speak to local letting agents about average rents and the amenities and features that will attract your target tenant. Once you've selected the property, remember that it needs to be presented to a standard expected by that tenant. Insurance Get yourself covered. There are many...

Are Your Gutters Proving To Be A Washout

May 2015 Ellen Kay Lettings & Management Services. Dear Landlords One of the biggest problems with repairs that we face and on a very regular basis are blocked gutters. This causes damage not only to your property but can cause problems for any adjacent properties. We have sourced a reliable contractor and are prepared to liaise with them & co-ordinate the maintenance of the gutters on your...

Fancy a little quiz?

Good morning lovely property owners, a little quiz so get your thinking caps on, its just for fun.....................or is it???????????????????????

An Ode To Being A Letting Agent