11
Aug 2016

Having a Relaxing Holiday as a Landlord – 7 Top Tips

by Chris Rowell
The school holidays have started - time to escape the stress of work and relax. However, being a landlord means that it’s not possible to just pack a suitcase and leave. In order to make sure everything runs smoothly while you are away, here are a few easy tips to... Read more >
05
Aug 2016

Let property campaign: How to disclose undeclared rental income

by Chris Conway
HMRC is clamping down on landlords who have failed to disclose tax owed on rental income. Read more >
21
Jul 2016

Students make reliable tenants, insurance statistics show

by Total Landlord Insurance
Many landlords might shy away from letting to students. Nightmare visions of riotous parties and damaged properties might be part of their reasoning. Students might have a reputation of being unreliable, inexperienced and irresponsible. Yet, at Total Landlord Insurance, we know students actually make very reliable tenants. Read more >
11
Jul 2016

Raising Standards Across the Industry

by Total Landlord Insurance
A Professional body,the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS), has announced a new initiative to help councils effectively regulate the lettings industry and raise standards. Read more >
23
Jun 2016

Is your tenant not paying rent? Do you know why?

by James Davis
It’s always worrying when a tenant falls behind with their rent, but James Davis, founder of online letting agent Upad, advises landlords to think twice before starting the eviction process. Read more >
22
Jun 2016

Know your risk from rising groundwater levels

by Chris Rowell
It’s a wash out – many couples getting married this month will suffer from the bad weather and continuous rainfall. But the rain is dampening the spirits at bigger events like Royal Ascot and Glastonbury as well. What many people don’t know is that there actually is a British monsoon... Read more >
13
Jun 2016

Landlords are checking on their tenants online

by Chris Rowell
Some landlords have now taken to checking their prospective tenants on Social Media ahead of renting their property. Apart from proper tenant reference checks, i.e. Right to Rent, address, employer and financial history checks, landlords are conducting so-called ‘personality checks’ on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to ascertain what kind... Read more >
13
Jun 2016

High street estate agents considering price cuts or business restructure in battle with online-only firms

by Chris Conway
A quarter of estate agents would consider changing their business model to compete with online competitors, a survey has revealed. Read more >
26
May 2016

Has the Queen’s Speech given landlords a break from government scrutiny?

by Chris Conway
The agenda for the next parliamentary session has been set out in the Queen’s Speech and there is plenty for landlords to consider. Read more >
13
May 2016

Hamilton Fraser Commended In The Leap 100 List

by Total Landlord Insurance
Hamilton Fraser, a provider of specialist insurance services, has been named in The Leap 100. Hamilton Fraser has been identified as one of the most exciting, ambitious, entrepreneurial and fast-growing companies in the UK. Read more >
21
Apr 2016

Is it time to incorporate your buy to let?

by Chris Conway
Buy-to-let landlords have had a rough ride from the chancellor in recent times. Over the past 12 months, George Osborne has taken away valuable reliefs such as the ‘wear and tear’ allowance, added extra stamp duty charges for landlords and is scaling back mortgage interest relief from April 2017. Read more >
18
Mar 2016

Budget 2016: Chancellor keeps up pressure on buy to let sector

by Chris Conway
Landlords have long sat on bumper returns from the buy to let sector with many turning their passion for property into thriving small businesses. But the 2016 Budget was the latest in a series of clampdowns as the chancellor George Osborne pressed ahead with the introduction of an extra stamp duty... Read more >
04
Mar 2016

Mother’s Day: A tenant’s tale

by Total Landlord Insurance
This weekend, all around the country, people are celebrating Mother’s Day. While this isn’t something that only relates to tenants and landlords, at Total Landlord Insurance, German born Marketing Executive Daniela Crouch has a special story to tell about her former landlady, of whom she will be thinking this ... Read more >
26
Feb 2016

Updated How to Rent Guide and Model Tenancy Agreement

by Total Landlord Insurance
On the 1st of February 2016 the Department for Communities and Local Government published updated versions of the How to Rent Guide and Model Tenancy Agreement following the roll out of the Right to Rent scheme in England, whereby landlords are required to check the immigration status of all adult... Read more >
21
Dec 2015

Hamilton Fraser celebrates 20th company anniversary

by Total Landlord Insurance
2016 is an important milestone for Hamilton Fraser as the company celebrates its 20th anniversary. Started in 1996 as an insurance broker specialising in property and medical indemnity insurance, these two sectors remain at the heart of everything they do. Read more >