Managing Your Rental Property

Unfortunately, being a landlord is an ongoing and active role. Despite popular belief, the “landlord’s circle of life” doesn’t just end after buying a property and finding tenants. That’s just a relatively early part of the complete circle.

Regardless of whether you use a letting agent or not, you will ALWAYS have an active role in managing your BTL property in some shape or form. For example, if urgent/major repairs need attention or if your property needs redecorating in-between tenancies– they’re just two examples out of a hundred which a landlord will need to manage.

This sections covers a very broad range of issues which can crop up when managing a BTL property, from the importance of landlord property inspections to the best practices for when dealing with tenants with pets.

12 Of The Biggest Mistakes Landlords Make

12 Of The Biggest Mistakes Landlords Make

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Guide On Landlords And Pets

Guide On Landlords And Pets

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My Tenant Is Sub-Letting- What Should I Do?

My Tenant Is Sub-Letting- What Should I Do?

20 Mar 2015 / Managing Your Rental Property / 0 Comments

Sub-letting is one of those of circumstances that can swing either way, it can be a beautiful thing, or a pain the ass. If you’re a landlord, you’re probably reading this for one of two reasons: 1) You’ve recently discovered your tenant is sub-letting and you want to know the legal implications i.e. what your […]

My Tenants Are Getting Divorced

My Tenants Are Getting Divorced

08 Jan 2015 / Managing Your Rental Property / 44 Comments

Happy New Year to you all. Hope you had a blast! Before I dive into the purpose of this blog post, please allow me to digress on a grand scale (perhaps the grandest to date)… because right now I need to vent… I’m currently on a flight home from Bucharest where I was fortunate enough […]

Here’s How NOT To Tell Your Tenants To Be Cleaner

Here’s How NOT To Tell Your Tenants To Be Cleaner

08 Apr 2014 / Managing Your Rental Property / 16 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a chap that kindly forwarded me an email that his friend received from her disgruntled (and most likely psychotic) live-in landlord. I was meaning to throw it up on my blog sooner, but procrastination is a bitch, and as glamorous as strapping myself down to […]

Do You REALLY Need To Increase Your Tenant’s Rent?

Do You REALLY Need To Increase Your Tenant’s Rent?

13 Mar 2014 / Managing Your Rental Property / 44 Comments

Besides from swimming in pools of money and knocking-back shots of Hennessy out of strippers navels, there are a few other key tasks every landlord should be doing on a regular basis, which includes: Making routine Landlord inspections to ensure the tenants aren’t filthy bastards, and are able to refrain from exploding their arses all […]

If I Could Offer Only One Landlord Tip

If I Could Offer Only One Landlord Tip

29 May 2013 / Managing Your Rental Property / 16 Comments

Last week I was liaising with someone that is in the midst of the beautiful process of purchasing their first Buy-To-Let property. Whilst discussing his acquisition, I was asked, what would be my ONE golden tip for a new landlord. Good question, although kinda’ impractical. While I don’t believe there to be a silver bullet […]

Landlords and TV Licences- Do Landlords Need To Supply TV Licenses?

Landlords and TV Licences- Do Landlords Need To Supply TV Licenses?

13 Jun 2012 / Managing Your Rental Property / 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered who is actually responsible for the television licence for your rental property? The law states that if the landlord doesn’t provide a TV, then the responsibility for purchasing a licence lies with the tenant. The rules, according to TV Licensing, state that You need to make sure that the property is […]

Landlord Photo Inventory Tips

Landlord Photo Inventory Tips

10 May 2012 / Managing Your Rental Property / 20 Comments

I’ve already written a few articles that cover the what, when, and how’s of landlord inventories, but today I want to focus on one particular aspect of an inventory, and that’s the photo taking aspect. Most “decent” landlords take photo evidence to supplement their inventory form because obviously, visual proof strengthens the case and gives […]

Landlord Tips Other Websites Won’t Give You

Landlord Tips Other Websites Won’t Give You

04 Apr 2012 / Managing Your Rental Property / 11 Comments

The other day I received a newsletter in my email account from a landlord website which covered a pretty generic list of “Landlord Tips” While the list was quite useful, it was also a regurgitated version of every other “tips for landlords” article already published on every other landlord blog/portal. Actually, I’m pretty sure I’ve […]

How Much Rent Should I Charge My Tenants?

How Much Rent Should I Charge My Tenants?

21 Mar 2012 / Managing Your Rental Property / 9 Comments

Strange. In the last week I’ve had 2 landlords email me with lengthy descriptions of their properties, followed by the question, “how much rent should I charge?” I guess I should make it clear that I’m not a letting agent on my contact form, because I’m really not. While I do appreciate emails with lengthy […]

Final Landlord Inspection: Areas To Check Before Returning Tenant’s Deposit

Final Landlord Inspection: Areas To Check Before Returning Tenant’s Deposit

01 Jul 2011 / Managing Your Rental Property / 35 Comments

*slaps forehead* I made a stupid schoolboy error last week. My carelessness cost me £59 (not a lot, but it was unnecessary), but on the plus side, I now I have a tale to tell. Actually, it’s not so much of a tale; in reality it’s a shitty little story about how I was an […]

Checklist For Landlords Going On Holiday

Checklist For Landlords Going On Holiday

01 May 2011 / Managing Your Rental Property / 7 Comments

So, it’s almost that time of the year when I’m going to have to break the mould of my stern facial expression by cracking open a smile, ear-to-ear. I’ll be embarking on my annual trip to Las Vegas tomorrow. I genuinely need this vacation. It’s one of the only annual events I look forward to. […]

My Tenants Are Drug Dealers

My Tenants Are Drug Dealers

22 Feb 2010 / Managing Your Rental Property / 9 Comments

I’m more frequently reading cases involving entrepreneurial tenants that are renting properties so they can develop their own cannabis farming business in them. The latest case comes with some cool pictures, so I thought I’d quickly share the good stuff (the pictures, not the weed)… Pretty elaborate imagery, right? I’m told the photos are of […]

Shit You shouldn’t Write In Your Tenant’s Christmas Card

Shit You shouldn’t Write In Your Tenant’s Christmas Card

21 Dec 2009 / Managing Your Rental Property / 8 Comments

In my previous blog post I asked the question, are you going to bother sending your tenant a Christmas card. Continuing on with my run of festive blog posts, I’m now going to discuss what you shouldn’t say/put in your tenant’s Christmas card. I’m sure it’s a common problem thousands of landlords face on a […]

List of Landlord Associations & Which Is The Best 2017?

List of Landlord Associations & Which Is The Best 2017?

09 Sep 2009 / Managing Your Rental Property / 16 Comments

I’ve been thinking about joining a Landlords Association for a while, but I’ve never actually gotten around to doing it. But I’m definitely going to join one this week, it’s just a case of choosing the right one. Decisions, decisions… For those blissfully unaware, let me go over the basics… Page contents: What is a […]

A Few Reasons Why Landlords Should Use Twitter

A Few Reasons Why Landlords Should Use Twitter

04 Aug 2009 / Managing Your Rental Property / 7 Comments

Oh damn, I’m about to eat my own dick here. To cut a long and shameless story short, I’m just going to say it…”I’ve started to get Twitter.” A few months ago I mentioned how I thought Twitter was a pile of donkey shit, and how Most Of The Estate Agents On Twitter Are Idiots. […]

The Type Of Landlords That Are Getting Repossessed

The Type Of Landlords That Are Getting Repossessed

28 Jul 2009 / Managing Your Rental Property / 4 Comments

A lot of Landlords have been repossessed. A lot of landlords are on the verge of getting repossessed. Why is it happening? Interestingly, the other day I was asked how I’m coping with the downturn; specifically if I’m struggling. In short, I’m not struggling. I personally believe only certain types of Landlords are struggling- it’s […]

How To Be A Shit Landlord

How To Be A Shit Landlord

15 Jun 2009 / Managing Your Rental Property / 116 Comments

1. Be a treehugger, don’t use a written Tenancy Agreement, or any other paper-consuming document. 2. There’s no room for empathy- you don’t want to hear excuses. You’re running a business, not a charity shop. If you’re an asshole and ignored point #1, then redeem yourself by putting the following into your tenancy agreement: 1.1: […]

What’s The Best Way To Collect Rent?

What’s The Best Way To Collect Rent?

21 May 2009 / Managing Your Rental Property / 21 Comments

Over the years of being a landlord I’ve had tenants pay me rent in various ways. In most cases, the method of payment was based on their personal financial circumstances. Various ways I have received payment Cash Standing Order/Direct Debit Housing Benefit Cheque I’m not entirely sure if there are other ways of receiving rent, […]

Do MORE For Your Tenants And You’ll Make More Money

Do MORE For Your Tenants And You’ll Make More Money

08 May 2009 / Managing Your Rental Property / 9 Comments

Despite popular belief, by admittedly, far too many of my own kind (fellow landlords), tenants aren’t just paying through their noses for a roof over their head. Believe me, I wish that were the case, because that would make my life infinitely easier and perhaps even remotely enjoyable as a landlord. Alas, that’s not even […]

Know The Specifics Of Your BTL Property

Know The Specifics Of Your BTL Property

29 Apr 2009 / Managing Your Rental Property / 4 Comments

Auuurrghh tandoori chicken shit balls. The other day I shamefully got caught out when my new tenant asked me questions that I didn’t know the answers to! I should have known the answers, they were questions directly relating to the BTL property. Fortunately, I managed to answer the majority of his questions, but he threw […]

Which Landlord Software Is The Best?

Which Landlord Software Is The Best?

22 Apr 2009 / Managing Your Rental Property / 100 Comments

I’ve been looking around for landlord software management systems, that handle small to medium sized property portfolios for private landlords. There are plenty out there, and new packages are continuously being made available, so there’s a small issue of cutting through the shit in order to find anything useful. I haven’t had extensive experience with […]

Guide On How To Put A Landlord Inventory Together

Guide On How To Put A Landlord Inventory Together

18 Feb 2009 / Managing Your Rental Property / 6 Comments

A few days ago I wrote an article explaining how and why I thought it’s important to perform a thorough Inventory. This time I’m going to talk in detail about the entire process of protecting the security deposit. Why? Because I’ve recently taken a financial hit (lost £200) because I was sloppy with my inventory. […]

The Importance Of A Landlord Property Inventory

The Importance Of A Landlord Property Inventory

05 Feb 2009 / Managing Your Rental Property / 9 Comments

It’s been a long, frosty week, and it’s starting to show as I haven’t been this unshaven in a while. I’m still representing my swag though. Holla. I’ve had a tenant vacate, which left me with 5 days to turn around the property so it looks presentable for my new tenant. During the cafuffle, I […]

I’m Becoming Too Friendly With My Tenants- Good Or Bad Idea?

I’m Becoming Too Friendly With My Tenants- Good Or Bad Idea?

29 Sep 2008 / Managing Your Rental Property / 0 Comments

Guilty! Unfortunately, I don’t mean sexually, I mean strictly platonically. Yes, a plain, old, boring platonic relationship with my tenants. Fingers crossed, one day I’ll be telling the tale of a sexual nature. For those of you who keep up with my blog, you’ll know that I’ve recently had new tenants move into one of […]

Transferring Utility Services When New Tenants Move In

25 Sep 2008 / Managing Your Rental Property / 23 Comments

I’m guilty. Guilty of being a tunnel-visioned douche-bag. There have been times in my landlording career that I have managed to neglect my responsibilities because I was so engrossed on a single task that I forgot about the bigger picture. Being a landlord isn’t just about finding tenants and collecting rent. That’s a common misconception […]

Top Mistakes I’ve Made As A Landlord

Top Mistakes I’ve Made As A Landlord

09 May 2008 / Managing Your Rental Property / 6 Comments

They say the best way to progress in life is to learn from your own mistakes. For once, I think “they” might be onto something. During my rather premature property escapades as a cocky, overconfident young buck I managed to get tangled in a series of elementary blunders that would even make Sarah Beeny shudder, […]

Landlord Property Inspection Guide & Notice Template

Landlord Property Inspection Guide & Notice Template

25 Mar 2008 / Managing Your Rental Property / 27 Comments

Page contents: What is a Property Inspection? Inspection notice Why inspections are necessary What you should be looking for during inspections Letting agents & Inspections Inspection Clauses in Tenancy Agreements When the tenant refuses entry Communication Download free property inspection notice Property inspections, they’re a necessary evil, that’s for sure. On one hand, they’re incredibly […]

Be An Energy Efficient Landlord

Be An Energy Efficient Landlord

17 Mar 2008 / Managing Your Rental Property / 4 Comments

Recently there was a discussion in our Property Investment Forum about energy efficient homes. The questions being asked were, how many developers actually consider energy efficiency when renovating, is it worth the money, and will it add any value to the property? My response to the subject was pretty cavalier. In retrospect, my stance on […]

Inform Your Tenant When You’ll Be Out Of Contact

Inform Your Tenant When You’ll Be Out Of Contact

05 Mar 2008 / Managing Your Rental Property / 1 Comment

To me, this is a no-brainer, but apparently it’s not so obvious to some people. The message is simple- whenever you’re going to be out of contact in any shape or form for more than 48 hours, inform your tenant. You get me? Inform your tenant!!! I just spoke to one of my more casual […]

Buy Your Tenant Something Nice This Christmas

20 Dec 2007 / Managing Your Rental Property / 2 Comments

I’m a firm believer in treating good tenants like they’re good tenants, otherwise what’s the point of them being a good tenant? I’ve spoken about this before; i’ve mentioned how precious good tenants are; this article is just an emphasise on the point. Good Tenants shouldn’t be taken for granted. Trust me, I know, because […]

Make Sure Your Tenant Registers With Their Local Authority

Make Sure Your Tenant Registers With Their Local Authority

18 Sep 2007 / Managing Your Rental Property / 2 Comments

If your tenant is responsible for paying council tax on your property, it’s important that they register their new residential details with the local authority for taxation purposes. Ultimately, it is the tenants responsibility to do so. However, “tenants fresh out of the box” may not be aware of this process. It’s always best to […]

Tips On How To Be A Good Landlord To Your Tenant

Tips On How To Be A Good Landlord To Your Tenant

26 Mar 2007 / Managing Your Rental Property / 1 Comment

Why is it important to keep a smile on your tenants face? Because replacing tenants’ costs money and it requires that one thing we all hate exerting…energy. Each time a tenant slips through your chubby little fingers, you’re more than likely going to take a financial hit as a consequence. Who wants that? Some times […]

15 Practical Tips For Landlords

15 Practical Tips For Landlords

01 Feb 2007 / Managing Your Rental Property / 3 Comments

This is basically a few tips for upcoming and/or new landlords. There is a lot of responsibility that comes with being a Landlord, and also a lot of risks. Please note that these tips are based on the assumption that the Landlord is not working with a Letting Agency. 1] Know the relevant landlord law […]