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How Buy to Let Compares to Other Investments

For years, buy to let has been seen as the asset of choice for savvy investors. Millions of people have turned to property after becoming disillusioned with dismal savings rates and volatile stock markets. But, is buy to let really such a great investment?

Some people don’t even believe that property should be considered an investment in the traditional sense. John Heron, the managing director of Paragon, says: "Buy-to-let is not an investment in the normal meaning of the word. It is a commercial activity regardless of whether you have one or 100 properties.”

Should You Manage Your Rental Property Yourself Or Use an Agent?

Once you have found a tenant for your rental investment you will then have to decide who will manage the property. Do you want to look after the property yourself? Or, do you want to hire a lettings or managing agent to look after your tenants and your property for you?

Here, we look at the advantages of managing your rental property yourself and the benefits of using a managing agent.

Marketing Your Buy To Let Property - How To Find Tenants

Letting your property can be one of the most challenging aspects of being a landlord. The Independent reports that the key to becoming a successful landlord is ‘finding a decent tenant’. Tessa Shepperson, a specialist solicitor and author on residential landlord and tenant law, told the newspaper: "Most normal, responsible people that are respectful of others will abide an agreement they have signed.

Everything A Landlord Should Know About Energy Efficiency and Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)

Since 2008, all landlords have been required to provide tenants with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) a property is rented out. So, when you next come to let out a ‘buy to let’ property, you’ll need to make sure that you have an EPC in place.

Repairs and Maintenance – Your Guide to Looking After Your Rental Property

Being a landlord is not as simple as buying a property and waiting for the rent to start coming in every month. You have responsibilities as a landlord to ensure that the property remains in a good condition and your tenants have legal rights to ensure that any problems are dealt with.

Should You Become A Landlord?

Are you thinking about becoming a landlord? If so, you’re not alone. Over recent years, more and more people have become property investors. It’s estimated that over a million Brits are now landlords and with strong demand for rental property this number is only set to increase.

Becoming a landlord and owning investment property offers many benefits. Property has historically been a more secure investment than stocks and shares and offers good potential for long term capital growth. And, rental income can help you to supplement your salary or your pension.

Holiday Lets - How to choose, market and maintain a holiday rental property

If you’re considering property as an investment, one possible option is a holiday let. And, you won’t be alone. Figures from the Office for National Statistics reported in The Star show that 165,095 people said they stay at a holiday home for 30 days or more a year.

Everything You Need To Know About Letting a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

Many landlords like to invest in ‘houses in multiple occupation’ (HMOs). The main reason that you would invest in such a property is that they can often generate more rental income than a traditional buy to let. Why?

Well, when you let a property as an HMO you typically charge rent on a room by room basis rather than for the property as a whole. This can help you maximise the income from the property. However, HMOs have a very specific licensing procedure and are governed by more rules and regulations than properties let on an assured shorthold tenancy.

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