Why rent protection insurance is so important

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Barbon Insurance Group 2016 customer survey asked landlords if they’ve experienced problems with tenants, and if so, what those problems were. Of the 51.7% of landlords who said they has come across some issues, 67.7% said they’ve had problems surrounding the late or non-payment of rent.    In addition to this, we asked tenants how affordable their rent was. 15.3% described their rent as quite or very unaffordable, causing concern that there are many tenants…

An important notice for our Tenant’s Insurance Customers

Monday, June 12, 2017

We’re sorry to say that due to an electrical outage, our Tenant’s Insurance Team are currently unavailable to set up new policies, and we’re working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. Please note that renewals are unaffected and our Tenant’s Insurance Renewals Team are on hand and available to answer any queries you have.    Don’t forget, you can still obtain a quote and purchase Tenant’s Contents and Liability Insurance online…

Landlords will be shopping around to reduce their letting agent costs – a survey suggests

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The results of a landlord survey conducted by Kent Alliance were published this month, and they’re suggesting that landlords will be looking to reduce their spend on agents fees by up to 28% as a result of industry changes. This along with the upcoming ban on agent fees means that more and more agents will be looking to get the best deal, and the best service around.    We’re always looking to improve our service to letting agents, which will in turn allow you t…

How to maintain a good tenant/landlord relationship

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The most important thing to any landlord is securing and keeping good, reliable tenants who look after the property and pay their rent on time. Although both tenants and landlords have responsibilities set out in the tenancy agreement, following our few simple tips will make sure that when you find those perfect tenants, they’ll want to stick around.    1. Start the tenancy on the right foot – think about leaving a bottle of wine, a bunch of flowers or a welcome…

Easter Opening Hours

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Our opening hours over Easter are as follows; Friday 14th: Closed Saturday 15th: 9:30 - 13:00 Monday 17th: Closed

Money saving tips for tenants

Friday, April 7, 2017

Handling your finances as a tenant can be tricky, especially with the worry of rising rents, increasing costs and uncertainty from within the buy-to-let sector. Here are a few tips on how you can manage your cash in 2017 and set some money aside for those rainy days.    Get a budgeting app On your app store you’ll find a range of budgeting tools to help you keep track of your outgoings. This is a great way of seeing exactly where all your money is going, and…

We've changed our fax number

Friday, March 31, 2017

We’ve just updated our fax number, so if you're an agent who faxes over referencing applications, please make sure from now on you use the number 01626 879201.   Please note, all fax numbers beginning 0161 are no longer in service.    If you have any questions, don't hesitate to give us a call on 0800 035 8255. 

Do you know your rental property’s EPC? It’s time to find out…

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Landlords are facing more regulation by the day at the moment, and one area which is currently undergoing change is energy efficiency and what is and isn’t acceptable for a rental property. While up until last year there weren’t really any expectations for landlords to improve the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of their property, this is no longer the case.    Since 1st April 2016, tenants have had the right to request energy efficiency improvements to the…

House shares - the pros and cons

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The private rental sector is becoming an increasingly vital supply of housing in the UK, and with the pressures of rents rising faster than wages, it’s important for tenants to find a rental price and a living situation that will suit them long-term.    A cost effective solution which is growing in popularity is house sharing, however there are both benefits and pitfalls of going down this route. Here we’re going to discuss a few of each to help you decide if a…

Right-to-Rent year on

Thursday, February 2, 2017

A year ago this week the Immigration Act 2016 came into effect and landlords and their appointed letting agents were given the responsibility of checking the immigration status of potential tenants before letting to them. It’s fair to say that 2016 was a year of learning, increasing regulation and stricter penalties for non-compliance within the lettings industry, and the newly introduced right-to-rent checks were a perfect example of this.    When the checks were enf…