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Choosing to become a private landlord is a big step. There are plenty of things to think about. Not least the financial aspects. But, if you're thinking about letting your home here's the most pressing things you should consider before taking the plunge.

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Contrary to the opinions of some tenants’ private landlords are human. And like anyone else they make mistakes. This is only natural. But if you're a new landlord or about to take the plunge there are some errors which are easier to make than others. In this article we'll take a look at the five most common mistakes new landlords make. And how to avoid them.

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Student landlords should already be planning for the next academic year. Here's our top ten tips for getting your student property ready for a new intake of tenants.

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Students may only be at university from September to July but being a student landlord is an all year-round occupation. There is always something for busy landlords to be doing to their properties. It may be cleaning after a tenancy has ended or preparing the property for the next group of tenants. But one thing every private landlord must do is to ensure there are tenants to fill the property. And to do that the student landlord needs to be promoting their rental in the right places at the right times.

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Are you thinking of buying a property to let for the first time? Or perhaps you're already a private landlord and are considering increasing your portfolio? Either way there are plenty of benefits to taking the plunge. Even in these times of political turmoil and the regular chipping away of landlord benefits by the chancellor.

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There’s a stereotypical image people have of 'dossing' students. Happily living in condemned student houses as portrayed in sit-coms like The Young Ones. But it is just a stereotype. In reality students are as discerning as any other tenant. I'm sure all private landlords realise this. But what do students really look for in a rental?

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You've decided to become a private landlord. You have a property you're ready to rent out. Now you need to take the next steps to install a tenant. Fortunately, the process of renting out your property is a fairly clear one. That's not to say it's easy but you do have a well-marked path to follow. In this article we'll take a brief look at how you can rent out your property and begin collecting rent from your first tenant.

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Whether you should allow your tenants to set off fireworks may not be a question you've ever considered. And to be fair it may not even occur to your tenant to ask for permission. Yet it's something you should definitely think about. And, depending on your thoughts, you may want to amend your tenancy agreement.

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Whether you should allow your tenants to set off fireworks may not be a question you've ever considered. And to be fair it may not even occur to your tenant to ask for permission. Yet it's something you should definitely think about. And, depending on your thoughts, you may want to amend your tenancy agreement.

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