EXPERT COMMENT AND FEATURED ARTICLES ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY LETTING AND INVESTMENT FROM LETTINGFOCUS
This page contains a number of articles of interest to landlords, anyone who in the business of buying property to let and managing a let property and for organisations selling services to, or wishing to develop a relationship with, the private rented sector.
I'm David Lawrenson, the UK's leading expert on buy to let investments and residential property investing and the author of the UK's top selling commercially published property book, "Successful Property Letting" - over 55,000 copies sold to date.
At LettingFocus we work as consultants to the private rental sector - helping a range of organisations improve their strategy, marketing and services for their landlord-facing or buy to let products and services. Our clients include local authorities, housing associations, building societies, banks and property portals.
We also help private individuals directly with unbiased and independent one to one property letting advice and information.
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Of the many articles I have written, I’ve included some excerpts from just a few here, for you to read. For more topical and up to date comment, please see our property investment blog or send me an email to sign up to our Quarterly Newsletter of for any other query.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST FOR THOSE IN THE PRIVATE RENTED SECTOR (Updated June 2011. Next update December 2011)
Landlord licensing and registration
Insurance for landlords
Inventories, tenancy deposits and the tenancy deposit schemes - What landlords need to know
Buy to let hotels
Auctions - How to achieve success at them
Using builders and tradesmen
Buy to let landlords, the growth of the rented sector in the UK and the future hotspots in which you should invest today
Should you use a buying agent or a property finder?
Choosing a letting agency
How to make company lets and corporate lettings work for you.
What you should know about credit records, credit files & how they impact your ability to get a mortgage
The laws on disability and what they mean for landlords
Flooding, flood avoidance and flood risk - What you should know
Guarantors in tenancy agreements
How to succeed with houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)
How to extend your lease or buy your freehold
The credit crunch & its long term effects on house prices and rents
Unfair mortgage closing and exit fees - How you can get your money back
How to use a mortgage broker to get the best buy to let mortgage
How to check references on tenants
Furnishing a rented property. Do you need to bother?
Getting rid of squatters
How to get a guaranteed rent for your buy to let
Investing in student lettings
Local Housing Allowance and Housing Benefit - The facts
How to avoid becoming a victim of credit fraud
Company lets - What you need to know to get in on the action
Tough laws for larger shared houses or HMOS
Is your tenancy agreement fair?
Investors who don’t give up the day job
Landlords should stop potential problems before they start