Editorial

I hope this issue of UK Landlord finds you refreshed after the summer break and ready to take on the business opportunities that are opening up in the buy-to-let sector. 

NLA Executive Chairman David Salusbury looks at the reasons for landlords to be cheerful and why newcomers should be encouraged to help grow our sector in a responsible way. Our Regional Overview section examines investment opportunities in Glasgow and profiles some visionary initiatives for landlords at the local level. 

This issue focuses on the business of being a landlord. We talk to NLA Letting Agent Property Woman 2010 Claire Empson, her client landlord and his tenant to find out what it takes from all sides to make a success out of using letting agents. The article is full of useful tips from the perspective of all three and I can see why Claire was selected by the judges as such an outstanding letting agent. Rent arrears continue to be a concern for many landlords – the NLA’s latest research found that 1 in 5 landlords experienced rental arrears in the second quarter of this year. In this issue, we ask experts from Landlord Action and NLA Rent Arrears to guide us through the tricky process of tackling rent arrears and regaining possession of a property. 

We also look at 'fair wear and tear', an area that can often cause disputes between landlords and tenants when it is time to hand back the deposit. As landlords' success rates in tenancy deposit claims improve, my|deposits has compiled useful key pointers for landlords on how to make a fair judgement call at the end of the tenancy period. 

As ever, your feedback is much appreciated. 

 

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