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Want a Trouble-Free Festive Break? Use a Letting Agent

Being a landlord is not a nine-to-five job. You can’t just switch on your out-of-office and mute your WhatsApp messages because you fancy a break. Well actually, you can – if you have a good letting agent working for you. Here are four ways an agent can help you through the silly season. Stress-free holidays As a landlord, you have a duty of care to your tenant. This means you never know...

Thanks to All of Leicester’s Christmas Heroes

It’s the night before Christmas, and excitement is reaching fever pitch among children (and adults, some of our team included). But let’s also spare a thought and share some gratitude for the people, around one million of them across the UK, who work on December 25th. While you’re tucking into the turkey or munching away on your seasonal veg, it can be easy to forget that it’s another working...

Nightmare Before Christmas: A Cautionary Tale for Landlords

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. That was until Mum and Dad, joint owners of a rental property, received a panicked phone call from their tenant.    What was the matter? In a highly charged conversation, the tenant explained that a pipe had burst and was causing severe water damage. The problem needs to be...

Left It Late? Check Out These Ideas for Christmas Gifts in Leicester

A conversation among our team recently made us realise that with just over a week to go before Christmas Day, most of us still had people to buy gifts for. So, if you’re in the same situation and need some late/last-minute present inspiration, check out these 15 ideas. For Her To pamper – a spa day at a local beauty salon. To relax – a luxuriously scented candle (look at Jo Malone if...

What to Do Before Selling a Buy-To-Let in Leicester

If you’re a landlord looking to downsize your property portfolio, you may be thinking about selling one or more of your buy-to-let properties. This process isn’t always as straightforward as a regular property sale, so we’ve pulled together some FAQs to think about.   Who should I sell my property to? To sell to another landlord, keep it simple. Make sure the property is clean,...

How Leicester Landlords Can Prevent Illegal Activity in Their Rental Property

Every landlord has lost sleep worrying about what goes on in their rental property when they’re not around. There’s always a flicker of fear that a tenant – no matter how trustworthy they seem – might turn out to be a nightmare and cause damage to the property. But carpet stains and chipped paint could be the least of a landlord’s worries in the scheme of things. If criminals use your...

How to Escape Christmas Scammers

In this two-minute read, we look at some of the scams targeting Christmas shoppers in Leicester and how to avoid them. Which classic festive song opens with the line, “It’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid.”? Easy, eh? It’s Band Aid’s “Do They Know it’s Christmas?”. And while no one should be scared during the festive season, we should all be aware of one set of...

What Will the Homes of 2022 and Beyond Look Like?

In this two-minute read, we look at how new trends could change our homes next year and in the future. If the past couple of years has taught us anything, it’s that no one really knows what’s going to happen in the future. But we’ve dusted down our crystal ball (with the help of some Google searches) to discover the trends forecasted to shape the way our homes look, function, and feel. Below...

A Guide to Rent Guarantors for LEICESTER Landlords

This three-minute read explains the role of rent guarantors. When a landlord has a niggle of anxiety over whether a prospective tenant will pay their rent, there is a way they can help protect their investment. A landlord can ask a tenant to provide a guarantor to ‘guarantee the tenancy’. Guarantors are often family members or close friends – and a little bit like a human safety net. If...

Common Reasons Some Properties Can’t Be Mortgaged

In this two-minute read, we look at reasons why a property may be classified as unmortgageable. Selling a property can be tricky at the best of times, but when a property is deemed unmortgageable things can get complicated. ‘Unmortgageable’ means lenders won’t allow a potential buyer to borrow the money they need to buy a property. For many sellers, this can be a knockout blow and can...

Let’s Get Together and Support Leicester’s Shops This Christmas

In this two-minute read, we look at why it’s so important and enjoyable to buy from local, independent stores. Tomorrow, Saturday 4 December, is national Small Business Saturday. The campaign, which was begun by American Express, is in its ninth year and has grown steadily. In 2020, a record £1.1 billion was spent with small businesses on Small Business Saturday and 15.4 million people chose to...

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