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TPP165: Tenants and taxes

Back to all podcasts At the Property Investor Show, we grabbed interviews with experts on two of landlords’ least favourite topics: tenants and taxes. First we spoke to Paul Shamplina from Landlord Action about the messes landlords get themselves into with troublesome tenants. Then, to keep the party mood going, we turned our attention to tax – grabbing Janice Parker from Rita4Rent to learn what investors should be thinking about in the constant tug-of-war with HMRC. […]

May 12th, 2016|

TPP157: How to handle a nightmare tenant

Back to all podcasts Last week we talked about how to manage a property yourself, and the week before that we covered how to let a property yourself. If you do all of that properly, most of the time you should find that your properties run smoothly. But every so often, however careful you are, you’ll experience a phenomenon that makes any landlord’s blood run cold…the nightmare tenant! […]

March 18th, 2016|

TPP156: How to manage a property yourself

Back to all podcasts Last week we talked about letting a property yourself – and having done that, you’ll need to manage it effectively too. In this episode, we share the management insights we’ve gained from two years of running a letting agency. […]

March 10th, 2016|

TPP155: How to let a property yourself

Back to all podcasts This week we’re kicking off a trilogy of episodes about the nitty gritty of lettings. In future weeks we’ll be talking about how to manage a property and how to handle nightmare tenants – but first, the basics: how do you let a property in the first place? […]

March 3rd, 2016|

ASK17: How do I get the best deal out of my tenancy renewal?

Back to all podcasts This week on Ask Rob & Rob, Brian asked: How do I get the best deal out of my tenancy renewal? The answer touched upon one area where you can work your letting agents down around the renewal period: renewal fees. Lettings agents like to charge a lot for renewals, for not that much work. “Do you both want to renew? Yes? Great, have some contracts.” Often this costs you (and the tenants) hundreds of pounds. This is an area where you’ve got some leverage; if they’ve got any sense at all, they’re not going to want to lose your business over something piddly like this. […]

December 22nd, 2015|

TPP140: Lessons learnt from running a letting agent

Back to all podcasts In the summer of 2014, we started a letting agency called Yellow Lettings. Today, we’re sharing the lessons we’ve learnt from the process so far. In this wide-ranging discussion we talk about what’s happened, what we’ve learnt about property as a result, and the general business lessons that are applicable to property investment too. […]

November 26th, 2015|

TPP139: How to get your property let fast!

Back to all podcasts However tasty the yield of the property you just bought, it’s all just a notional row on your spreadsheet until a tenant is in and paying the rent. So how do you achieve that…fast? In this week we break it down to the three P’s – the property, the price and the partner you use to help you – and share some of the tips we’ve picked up from running Yellow Lettings as well as our own portfolios. […]

November 12th, 2015|

TPP135: Lettings law you need to know

Back to all podcasts This week, nobody’s favourite topic: lettings law! It’s not thrill-a-minute stuff, but it’s important – a lot of changes came in on October 1st, and if you’re not aware of them it can land you with a fine or affect your ability to get your property back at the end of a tenancy. […]

October 15th, 2015|

ASK07: What’s a safe amount to put aside for rental void periods?

Back to all podcasts This week on Ask Rob & Rob, Richard from Edinburgh asked: What’s a safe amount to put aside for rental void periods? Ultimately there’s no hard and fast answer, but your own personal comfort levels will be a good guide. While it’s possible you could be without rent for 9 months and still have to pay to replace the boiler, in all likelihood this isn’t going to happen. But if you’ve got a difficult tenant and your boiler is 9 years old, you should plan accordingly. […]

October 13th, 2015|

ASK05: My tenant is in arrears but wants me to fix it!

Back to all podcasts This week on Ask Rob & Rob, Jane Cooper asked: My tenant is in arrears but wants me to fix it! What should I do? Annoyingly, the answer is that you probably have to stick to your side of the bargain, even if your tenant isn’t sticking to theirs. As with any situation like this, your first port of call should be to check your rental agreement, but even if you are legally in the right, it may not be worth your while to get into an altercation that could make things tricky further down the line. Don’t forget to get everything in writing, so that you can’t be misrepresented later on. […]

September 29th, 2015|