I am so late to the podcast party, and feel silly to admit that. Although I enjoyed hosting a few guest podcasts a couple of years ago for Sofa Workshop, I've never really got into listening to them... not until now anyhow! Louis Theroux's Grounded series saw me through our recent bathroom makeover - not... Continue Reading →
Landlords Step Up! During The Covid Crisis Your Tenants Need You
I was going to write an opinion piece on this last year, but kept thinking it'll be over soon, all of this, so didn't. But it isn't, and by all accounts it won't be anytime soon, much to all of our dismay. I've seen and dealt with lots of changes to our business since the... Continue Reading →
Blocked Loos = Landlord Boo Hoo’s!!
What you don't want as you're packing for a much needed weekend away from renovation chaos and looking forward to hot water, bathrooms and cooking for twenty people - seriously, I do consider the latter a special treat - is a call from a tenant with a blocked loo. As a landlord you don't get... Continue Reading →
Landlord Thoughts: Storage V Slimline electric heaters, plus insulated plasterboards
Bit of a problem this last two weeks in that I've had two tenants give notice saying their flats are too cold. This distresses me a great deal, as we go to a huge amount of effort to ensure we have happy tenants, but in both these cases there are steps we'll be taking to... Continue Reading →
Passing on the Property Portfolio? Not on your Nellie!
We're at that point in the cycle of the property world when, to be blunt, many large portfolio landlords are either knackered, too old or on their last legs and are looking to pass on their long managed and barely mortgaged property mountains to younger, energetic, enthusiastic sons and daughters. Or not, as the case... Continue Reading →
Planning permission req’d for HMO’s in Manchester
I last had a major moan about HMO's back in August of last year and if you take a look, you'll know why I'm delighted to have had an email (below) this morning from Manchester City Council with the information that from October 2011, planning permission will be required before a 'normal' houses can be... Continue Reading →