How to Avoid Becoming a Problem Landlord

There’s surely nothing worse than knowing you’ve upset someone or jeopardised their health, right? Because the two most common problems tenants experience with landlords is unhealthy or uncomfortable conditions that never get fixed, or security deposits that never get returned. In order to prevent yourself from becoming one of these dreaded landlords, you need to […]

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How to Avoid Rogue Agents

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In recent weeks there has been a call for regulation of the lettings industry, fueled by various warnings of rogue agents. A number of reported cases have shown us how badly these agents are treating both landlords and tenants. There’s no bond registration, keeping rent payments for themselves, and in the worst cases, shutting up […]

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Have You Ever Considered Renting to Students?

The stereotypical portrayal of students would make a lot of landlords deny students the opportunity to rent their property. Having just graduated from University, what I found was only the minority of students slept all day and partied all night. As for the house they rented, well most of them kept their houses pretty clean […]

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Letting Agents Going the Extra Mile

Lettings agents have much more to offer you than simply setting up a tenancy. The dedicated, hard-working agents can help landlords live an easier life and make owning properties a stress-free pleasure. They can help you find that perfect tenant you’ve been looking for forever by doing viewings, getting all the required safety certificates together, […]

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How to avoid making the biggest mistakes when renting out your house

After much thought and deliberation we here at Luscombe & Co decided to compile a list of the biggest mistakes we see some landlords and home owners making, when renting out their property without knowledge or guidance from within the industry. We felt that we needed to make you aware of these mistakes, so here […]

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Prepare Your Property for Winter

We’re all well aware that summer is far behind us now, with the clocks going back and these eerie, dark winter nights creeping up on us. There’s nothing worse than something happening to your property that could have been prevented, especially in this weather. We have procedures in place here at our letting agency to […]

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7 Smart Questions to Ask a DSS Tenant

You may have noticed that everyday there is a new article written or report released regarding a rise in housing benefit claims. Until I started working in Newport in the lettings business, I for one did not take too much notice. I understood we were in a recession and times were difficult for many, forcing […]

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How the Welfare Reform Act will affect you

In April next year, a cap will be introduced on the total amount of benefit that working-age claimants can be entitled to. Households in South Wales on out of work benefits will no longer receive more in benefit than the average weekly wage after tax and national insurance. Initially the cap will be administered by […]

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How to Avoid Fraudulent Tenants

The number of fraudulent tenants is on the increase according to Let Insurance Services. Identity fraud attempts doubled in the first half of 2011 and the numbers have continued to rise this year. This increase is partly due to the credit crunch. Of course this has made it harder for people to get credit in […]

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Repairs – Your Responsibility or Mine?

There’s a blurred line between which repairs are the landlords responsibility and the tenants responsibility. I’ll admit that when I moved into my first rental property before I worked in the lettings industry, I certainly put every little job down to the landlord. That was until I was charged a whopping £100 for a simple […]

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