Top Tips

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

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

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

Changing Your Home – How Nearly 9 Million Bedrooms Have Been Lost in the UK

According to research conducted by Zoopla, more than four in ten British homeowners have converted their spare bedrooms into offices, gyms, and even cinemas throughout the pandemic! Here are the key takeaways: During the pandemic, 41% of British homeowners have adapted their properties to suit their changing needs, with around 8.8 million bedrooms being sacrificed

Top Tips for Investing in a Doer-Upper

From finding the right spot to doing renovations in the correct order, here is how you can successfully fix up your new home. You cannot go wrong with a bargain, so the idea of snapping up a great property in need of modernising sounds hugely appealing to many. Renovation projects are a great way of

A Guide for Landlords: Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a monthly payment that is given to someone to assist with their living costs. There are several reasons why people may be on Universal Credit – it can be due to illness, preventing the individual to work or even child tax credit. As these funds can be used as housing benefit, it

What is Home Staging, and Will it Help Sell my Property?

Has your property been on the market for a little while now? Are you worried that buyers are not interested? Today we will be sharing reasons why your home might not be selling right away and how you can make your home look ready to sell. Why is my home not selling? If your home

A Guide for Landlords: Managing Void Periods in Tenancies

With average rents in the UK rising since the pandemic, each week that a property is standing empty will be costing landlords a hefty price. And if the property does not have a new tenant for a couple of months, this could mean that there could be a huge loss of income. That is why

Moving Hacks: Top Tips for When you Hire a Van

Moving home and packing a van is not something many people do every day. When moving properties, you may hire a van to help you move your valuables from A to B and it is important to make the right choice for your needs. Depending on your budget you may choose to hire a van

Expanding Your Rental Portfolio – A Landlord’s Guide

As a landlord, you are helping to provide homes for a growing number of tenants across the UK. Whether you became a landlord because you decided not to sell your former family home, or deliberately chose to invest in property, your part in the property market is important. If you already have one property that

6 Things Landlords Need to Know in 2022

Are you renting out a property this year? Read this blog post to find out the latest news and law changes you will need to know about. Do not forget you can contact our friendly lettings team on 01332 384438 or [email protected] 1. New Anti-Covid-19 Measures The government has released new guidance to help limit

What Homeowners Need to Know About Buying or Selling a Property in 2022

The last 18 months has been a wild ride for the property market – it has certainly presented its challenges but has also created opportunities for buyers and sellers alike. For some, the lively market has resulted in competing bids, multiple offers, and some successful sales. On the other hand, others have felt disappointed as

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