• Buy-to-let Advice

    Top 10 Tips for Buy to Let Investment

    Making the decision to become a buy-to-let investor is an exciting but nerve-wracking one. Do you know everything you need to? Are you fully prepared for all the possibilities? Here are Rentguard’s ten tips to help you get started…READ MORE

  • Our 9 - point guide to tax for UK landlords – the basics

    When you purchase land or property, you must pay Stamp Duty Land Tax – widely known as Stamp Duty. The amount of tax you pay is calculated as a percentage of the value of the property. The rates at the moment are: Properties worth less than £125,000 are tax-exempt. Properties worth between £125,001 and £250,000 are taxed at 2%. Properties worth between £250,001 and £925,000 are taxed at 5%. Properties worth between £925,00...READ MORE

  • Finding the right tenants - Top Ten Tips

    A well-created advert should give potential tenants an insight in to the room, property and facilities with a detailed description with good photos. You should also include details such as nearby amenities and transport links.  An attractive and well worded advert should provide you with a good selection of applicants, increasing your chances of finding the ideal tenant quicker. READ MORE

  • When is the best time to buy?

    When is the best time to buy? Looking to expand your buy to let portfolio?  We look at when the best time of year is to go house hunting -   Between Christmas and New Year Nobody wants to look for houses around Christmas time, everyone is looking to move 'in the new year’ instead.  Obviously money is tight at this time of year and people don't tend to like house hunting in the cold weather (or they would simply prefer to...READ MORE

  • Have you considered the investment risks?

    Buy-to-let is enjoying a bit of a renaissance of late, with more mortgages available, higher rental yields and high demand. But have you considered the investment risks? BTL investing With any investment the return you will get is uncertain – you could even make a loss. With a buy-to-let investment, you can earn money in two ways: Income (from rent) Capital growth (through the value of the property going up) On th...READ MORE

  • Top tips for maintaining a good relationship with your tenants

    Being at the property on the day your new tenants are moving in can make you seem more approachable and offering a helping hand will make a good impression. You want your tenants to feel that they can come to you with an issue they might have. You could even go one step further by providing a welcome pack consisting of tea, sugar, bread, toilet paper and washing up liquid. Going the extra mile to provide these essentials c...READ MORE

Hot Topic

Millennials have become one of the most active groups in the UK rental market, as more of this generation turn to renting ...READ MORE


Diary of a first-time Landlord

Tenancy up for renewal

26 April 2014

We’re coming to the end of our first year as landlords. The letting agent has sent us a routine, and carefully timed, letter asking if we wish to continue letting and whether they should make a formal offer to our current tenants. I feel we’ve been very fortunate in finding a family to live in Mum’s house, who appear to have...READ MORE


Heard it on the Grapevine

RICS concerned over the number of landlords leaving the sector

According to the latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) survey of its members a growing num...READ MORE



Your Stories

I found 25 people living in my 2 bedroom flat!

I am fortunate enough to own five or six properties across the UK, all of which have thrown up different challenges. But probably the most unusual story I have to tell...READ MORE



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