The Landlord's Handbook : An essential guide to successful residential letting
To be successful landlords must grapple with finance, tax and business decisions, with human relationships, and with a mountain of rules and regulations that have become increasingly demanding. 'A Concise Guide to Being a Landlord' provides a succinct guide to dealing with all of these demands - with sections dealing with issues ranging from finance to licensing, gas safety to tenancy agreements, finding suitable tenants to taxation. Drawing on the experience of thousands of landlords, this guide cites a host of examples of both what works and what doesn't, with pointers to common mistakes and miscalculations. Landlords are reminded of what the law requires, and the penalties for failure to comply, and the business decisions that face them. But above all, the guide sets out the ingredients for successful investment in the buy to let market.
- Paperback | 272 pages
- 140 x 216 x 14mm | 322g
- 30 Nov 2010
- Harriman House Publishing
- Petersfield, United Kingdom
- black & white illustrations
Table of contents
Making the Life of a Landlord Easier 1. Why (and How to) Let Residential Property? - Whether to Incorporate or Not 2. Buy-to-Let Finance - Which Mortgage is the Best for You? - When Bailiffs Come Knocking 3. Suitable Properties - Who Are You Renting To? - HHSRS 4. Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) 5. Licences, Certificates and Safety Responsibilities 6. Suitable Tenants - Doing it Yourself - Using an Agent 7. Tenancy Agreements - Types of Tenancy - What to Include in (Most) New Tenancy Agreements - Ending Agreements 8. Rent, Rent Controls, Rent Increases and Rent Arrears - Rent Controls - Who Pays for What? - Rent Arrears 9. Repairs and Property Contents - Repairs - Property Contents 10. Possession - The First Step - If the Tenant Remains - Other Circumstances of Possession - Conditions of Seeking Possession - Evicting Squatters 11. Local Housing Authorities - Enforcement Powers - Local Authority Grants - Local Housing Allowance 12. Taxation - Income Tax - Capital Gains Tax (CGT) - Corporation Tax - Value Added Tax (VAT) 13. Record Keeping 14. Insurance - Useful and Essential Cover 15. Qualification and Associations - Landlord Qualifications - Landlord Associations - Landlord Accreditation Schemes 16. Scotland and Northern Ireland - Scotland - Northern Ireland 17. Ten Golden Rules Jargon Buster Index
About Leon Hopkins
Besides writing for a number of national newspapers, Leon Hopkins has edited and published a range of successful business magazines. These have included national and international accountancy titles, publications dealing with human resources, and Residential Property Investor, a magazine for buy to let landlords, where he was able to bring his business qualifications and journalistic experience to bear. More recently he has edited www.residentiallandlord.co.uk, the leading information website for UK landlords and an important source of shared experience for landlords, including a landlords' forum and question and answer service. Previous books by Leon Hopkins have included The Hundredth Year, Budgeting for Business, Cash Flow and How to improve it, and The Audit Report.