55 Posts by Diarmid Sloan

6 considerations for renovating your buy-to-let

Renovating your buy-to-let property could potentially increase your revenue – but it could also be more hassle than it’s worth. Here are a few factors to consider when deciding whether to invest. 1. What are the market conditions like? Find out...


New minimum energy efficiency laws for landlords
New minimum energy efficiency laws for landlords

Landlords have just under six months to ensure their rental properties meet the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES). In this guest blog post, Portico London estate agents explain how the new MEES will work in regards to EPC ratings, the impact...


A landlord’s guide to furnishing a student house
A landlord’s guide to furnishing a student house

Student season is now back in full swing, so in this guest blog post landlord Andrew Chell, who owns a number of high quality student houses, offers some advice on furnishing student accommodation. With the number of university students hitting...


Conducting an end-of-summer inspection
Conducting an end-of-summer inspection

Unfortunately, the summer seems to be coming to an end before it really even began. For landlords and letting agents, this means conducting another periodic inspection of your rental properties. So what should you be looking out for on an end-of-...


How to choose the right letting agent
How to choose the right letting agent

The private rented sector has significantly grown over recent years with an increasing popularity among investors for buy-to-lets as a long-term investment. Many investors and landlords choose to appoint a letting agent to manage their rental property, and with an...


How to find a trusted contractor
How to find a trusted contractor

OnTheMarket.com have provided 10 top tips to help landlords and agents to find a trusted tradesperson. References It is always preferable to obtain a personal recommendation than a written reference from the contractor themselves.  If you are having similar work...


Rental Yield: What is it and how is it calculated?
Rental Yield: What is it and how is it calculated?

Rental yield is one of the key considerations for new or existing buy to let investors.  It can help a landlord calculate whether a property will be a good investment, and determine the affordability of buy to let mortgages. Simply...


How to be a tax efficient landlord
How to be a tax efficient landlord

Portico London estate agents have asked the experts and seasoned landlord, Richard Blanco, for 10 legitimate ways to reduce your tax bill.  1.Expense, expense, expense The first step in making your property tax efficient is knowing what expenses you can...


6 ways to find the perfect tenant
6 ways to find the perfect tenant

For a landlord finding the right tenant for their buy to let property can be a very time consuming, stressful & tiring task. Landlords often dream of having the tenant who is always punctual, never misses a payment and keeps...


5 tips for hosting a property viewing in spring
5 tips for hosting a property viewing in spring

It’s quite common to start thinking about putting a property on the market in spring, as buyers typically start looking for homes at this time of year. So how can you ensure a successful property viewing in these competitive times? Rose...


Tips for DIY landlords letting a property
Tips for DIY landlords letting a property

Most landlords hand over the business of letting their property to an agent and with all right so. Letting your property carries a lot of work but if you think you have the opportunity, ability and time you can most...


“Tenants In Common” vs “Joint Tenants”
“Tenants In Common” vs “Joint Tenants”

A couple of landlord terms which cause confusion when referring to tenants, clarified by Debbie Fletcher.  If you’re going to invest in property, then you need to learn the lingo. By becoming fluent in the terminology of the housing market...