Author Archives: Harriet Kirby


190224 Top Five Landlord Blunders (and How to Avoid Them)

Top Five Landlord Blunders (and How to Avoid Them)

Being a landlord is rewarding, but it comes with its own set of challenges and responsibilities.

Over the years, we’ve seen and helped solve most of the mistakes landlords can make.

To help you navigate this complex terrain, here are the five most common mistakes we’ve encountered and how to avoid them, ensuring a more profitable and stress-free experience.

Neglecting property maintenance

One of the gravest errors is failing to maintain the property. This leads to disgruntled tenants and costly repairs down the line. … Continue Reading…


120224 What You Should Know before You and Your Partner Live Together

What You Should Know before You and Your Partner Live Together

If talk between you and your partner this Valentine’s Day turns to living together, there are a few practical things you should know first.

Here at Richard James we pride ourselves on being as helpful as possible.

But dishing out relationship advice is a step too far – even for us.

So, if you’re considering moving in with your partner, we’ll leave the big decisions and lovey-dovey stuff down to you.

However, if you decide to co-habit, we have some useful, albeit unromantic, advice for … Continue Reading…


050224 Update on the Renters Reform Bill for Landlords

Renters Reform Bill: An Update for Landlords

After years in the making, it looks like the Renters Reform Bill – the biggest shake-up of the private rental sector in decades – will become a reality in 2024.

So, how much do you know about this wide-reaching set of proposals, and are you ready for them?

Be prepared

Perhaps you’ve read a few articles about the bill but have put off getting to grips with the details (after all, politicians put forward all sorts of proposals, many of which never happen).

Or … Continue Reading…


290124 Seven Simple Steps for Tenants to Combat Mould and Condensation

Seven Simple Steps for Tenants to Combat Mould and Condensation

In the winter, we’re guaranteed a few things.

It’ll be raining when we least want it to.

A local postie will still be wearing shorts, no matter how cold it is.

And condensation will appear at some point – often in our homes.

While you can’t do anything about the weather (or the postie’s clothing choices), you can take some simple steps to combat condensation.

We’ve come up with seven quick fixes that can dramatically reduce the risk of condensation, ensuring your home stays fresh … Continue Reading…


220124 How to Spot the Signs of Illegal Subletting

How to Spot the Signs of Illegal Subletting

Did you know that one in ten tenants admit to illegally subletting their rental property*?

The practice is even more common among young people; in a recent survey, 25% of tenants aged 18 to 24 confessed to secretly subletting all or part of their rental.

So why should landlords be concerned about illegal subletting? After all, if the rent still gets paid on time, what’s the problem? Here are a few reasons.

You have no idea who is living in your property and … Continue Reading…


150124 Tenant Trends What Renters Want Today

Tenant Trends: How to Meet the Demands of Renters Today

Whether you’re a first-time investor or an experienced landlord looking to expand your portfolio, it pays to know what tenants want.

Understanding current trends in the market will help you fine-tune your rental marketing strategy and ensure that any improvement work you undertake proves to be of good value.

So, what are tenants looking for in 2024? Let’s take a look.

Affordability

Given we’re in a cost-of-living crisis, it’s not surprising that affordability is the top concern for tenants.

With the average UK monthly rent … Continue Reading…


080124 Meet the Guppies What Landlords Need to Know about This Key Demographic

Why Guppies Make Good Tenants and How You Can Attract Them

If you’re wondering what Guppies are (and we’re not talking about fish here) and what they’ve got to do with the property sector, let us explain.

The term ‘Guppies’ refers to tenants in the 18 – 39 age bracket who see themselves staying in the rental market for the long term.

The nickname comes from the phrase ‘Given Up on Property’ because Guppies don’t see home ownership on the cards for them for at least the next decade.

For some, this is because … Continue Reading…


010124 How to Prevent Condensation – A Landlord’s Guide

How to Prevent Condensation – A Landlord’s Guide

As a landlord, maintaining your property in top condition is paramount.

It’s your investment and your tenant’s home.

At this time of year, condensation can be an issue. And it can cause mould in your property if ignored.

The good news is we’re sharing six steps you can take to prevent these problems before they become an issue.

Quick fixes

Ensure adequate ventilation: One of the primary causes of condensation is poor ventilation. Make sure your property has sufficient airflow. Install extractor fans in high-moisture … Continue Reading…


251223 Five Ways to Improve the Management of Your Rental Property in 2024

Five Ways to Improve the Management of Your Rental Property in 2024

Have you decided to make a few changes in 2024? Vowed to get fit, work less or take up a new hobby?

Well, if you’re a landlord, why not make a few property-related resolutions too?

Think about it – if you can introduce changes that make managing your rental less stressful and more efficient, you can spend more time focusing on your personal goals.

Here are five resolutions that could save you time and money.

Insurance

Note down when your landlord insurance is due for … Continue Reading…


181223 Market Update Buy-to-Let Predictions for 2024

What’s in Store for 2024? A Look at the Year Ahead in the Buy-to-Let Sector

There’s no doubt that 2023 was challenging for the private rental sector, but looking ahead, landlords have plenty of reasons to be cheerful.

 

While no one knows precisely what will happen in 2024, economists believe interest rates and inflation have peaked, and that the economy will continue to rally. 

 

Here’s an idea of what forecasters predict for the next 12 months*.

 

Demand

 

The long-term imbalance between … Continue Reading…