Amey Hellen

Things Often Missed in a Property Inspection

Being a landlord can be an extremely rewarding job however, it can also be a challenging one as well. There are many tasks that need to be undertaken, as well as legal responsibilities that need to be upheld to ensure you provide a duty of care to the tenant. Once a tenant has moved into

Purchasing a Property on Your Own: How it Can be Done

It may seem like a monstrous task but, it is possible to buy a house if you are on your own. There is no doubt that rising living costs and changing house prices has made many feel that their financial security is at risk or that the possibility of owning a home is now impossible.

Will the UK Housing Market Crash in 2022?

You probably have been seeing a lot of doom and gloom in the news recently relating to rising living costs, spiralling inflation, and tensions in the labour market, it has truly been an unnerving time for many. Today, we wanted to create an article from our home team to you, to provide some reassurance of

Viewings and Negotiations

When using an agent, you will find that they will handle both your viewings and negotiations on your behalf. However, if you are choosing not to use an agent, there are few things you will need to know in order to understand how both these processes work. Keep reading to find out how to conduct

Preparing for a New Tenancy

When one tenancy ends, it’s time to start preparing for your next occupant. If you are working with an agent, they will be able to take care of all your tenancy agreements, handling of deposits and inventory arrangements. However, it is worth knowing the process between each tenancy. Step One: Prepare an inventory It is

A Guide to Tenant Referencing

Ending up with a tenant who does not pay their rent is every landlord’s worst nightmare. There are some easy steps that you can take before acquiring the tenant, which could minimise the risk, save you some time, stress, and money in the long run. When you use a letting agent like us, we can

Additional Costs as a Landlord

In addition to covering any outstanding mortgage or loan repayments, landlords must be able to ensure that their rental income can adequately cover the additional costs that come with being a landlord. While it is easier to budget for the regular outgoings, such as insurance and service charges, planning for the unexpected can easily be

How to Save Money Fast

‘How to save money fast’ is probably the most common question from people looking to save for their new home, especially first time buyers. Today, our Marketing Manager Amey will be giving her tips on how to save money fast for your first house. If you are looking to drastically reduce your expenses immediately, your

Ending and Extending a Shorthold Tenancy

A fixed term tenancy agreement is a contract that allows a tenant to occupy a property for a fixed period. It can also include a break clause, which allows either the landlord or the tenant to bring the tenancy to an end before the actual end date of their contract, provided they give suitable notice.

Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs) – A Landlord’s Guide

Assured Shorthold Tenancies, also known as ASTs, are the most common type of private tenancy in the UK. For a tenancy to be eligible for an AST, it must be the tenant’s main residence and you, the landlord, must not live in the property. Other information you should know about Assured Shorthold Tenancies are: They

Tax Considerations: A Landlord’s Guide

As a landlord, you will have to declare your income and costs – whether you make a profit or not – you will need to keep all records, invoices, receipts, and statements for up to six years. HMRC has various requirements, depending on which rental income bracket you fall into, so be sure to familiarise

Getting a Mortgage Agreement in Principle

A mortgage Agreement in Principle (AIP) is a document which shows that a particular lender would be willing to lend an individual a specified sum, based on the details provided about income, spending and debts. An AIP is not a 100% guarantee or a promise, it is not a formal mortgage offer either. Nor does

How to Sell a Help to Buy Property

When you’re ready to sell your Help to Buy property, you will also need to repay the equity loan that you have borrowed to buy the property in the first place. This means that there are a few extra hoops to get through during the selling process. Selling a Help to Buy property is a

How to Beat the Crowd When Purchasing an Investment Property

Finding the perfect property can take time and making sure you keep up to date with all the new properties on the market is vital to any landlord looking for their next investment. Boxall Brown & Jones property alerts allows you to tailor your search and get frequent email updates to let you know what

Your Complete Guide to Getting on the Property Ladder

Buying your first home can be pretty daunting and knowing where to start can be a challenge. From finding a home that fits your needs to completing a sale and moving in, Boxall Brown & Jones will help you every step of the way. Keep reading to discover the various steps you need to take

Why Inventories are Important for a Rental Property

After the tenancy agreement, an inventory is probably the most important document for both a landlord and tenant. For this week’s Top Tip Tuesday, our lettings team are sharing all the things landlords need to know about a professional property inventory, plus some exclusive top tips to ensure you get the most out of your

What are the Rules for Inheritance Tax on Properties?

Inheritance tax can cost loved one’s hundreds of thousands when you die, yet it is possible to legally avoid huge amounts of it – or potentially pay none at all. The rules around inheritance tax can be hard to understand at first glance, however, it is important to get your head around it. Today’s guide

Which Bills are you Responsible for as a Tenant?

Are you confused about what bills are, and are not your responsibility in a rental property? For this week’s Top Tip Tuesday, we will be giving you the run down of all the bills you could be responsible for. As a tenant, rent will be your highest housing cost on a monthly basis. It is

How to Keep Your Tenants Happy

Many landlords aspire to have a trustworthy, long-term tenant who pays their rent on time and keeps up with basic property maintenance. Creating a positive relationship with your tenants will not only make your life as a landlord a little easier but will also help you generate a greater return on your property investment. At

Rishi Sunak Spring Statement – What you Need to Know

We have just finished listening to the latest announcement from Chancellor Rishi Sunak. Here are the headline announcements from his Spring Statement. The announcement was split into three measures: Motorists Fuel duty will be cut by 5p a litre from 6pm GMT until March 2023. This means that filling a typical 55-litre family car’s fuel

How to Let Your Property Fast

Taking steps to prepare your property for a new tenant can be the difference between a quick and easy letting, or your property remaining on the market for a long period of time. How long does it typically take to rent a property? Prior to the pandemic, the average time it took to let a

Bank of England Announces Rise in Interest Rates

The Bank of England announced yesterday that interest rates will rise from 0.25% to 0.75%, back to pre-pandemic levels, as it seeks to contain the UK’s inflation rate, which could rise to 8%. This is the third time since December that the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has increased the cost of borrowing. Analysts anticipate

What Can £300,000 Buy in Derbyshire?

The housing market is as busier as ever, with even more people looking to move this year in comparison to this time 12 months ago. Huge demand from buyers has pushed the average national asking price for a home to £348,804. But you can still buy some great properties for a lot less than this.

How to Find the Right Area for You

Are you looking to buy a property but you are not sure where yet? For this week’s Top Tip Tuesday, we will be giving you all the information you need to know about finding the right area to suit your needs. Buying a property is a big deal, and not just financially. The area you

Why Invest in a Commuter Town Property?

With the increase of homeworking, more professionals are moving from the busy city centres to quieter commuter towns. This is now opening up opportunities for buy-to-let landlords. Living outside cities can provide the best of both worlds, it provides the chance to experience everything the city has to offer, whilst saving a bit of money

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