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Should I rent out my flat or leave it until the market turns HELP!
15/12/2011
10:06 am
Jayne.B
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Hello Paul

I became a member yesterday after I was told about your site by a friend.

I have become a landlady by default after my mother has recently passed away, I do not wish to sell my parent’s home and will move into it myself leaving me with a 2 bed flat which I bought 3 years ago and cannot sell so I thought I might rent it out to help me with paying some of the ever increasing bills and maybe use some of the income to have my first holiday in many,  many years..

I have never been a landlady or rented out property and would like to ask some of your members for some Help!,  should use an agent and if so how can I check them out? To be honest some of the stories I hear are crazy and after reading sally’s story on here how can I be sure they are using you, to check if I don’t get the sweet old “Nightmare” into my flat???

I know this may sound weird but it’s not the tenant not paying the rent that worries me as I can cover that as my parent’s home does not have a mortgage and my income will still support my existing mortgage.
It’s the horrendous damage that they can do which costs so much to put right and that I could not afford either in time, money or stress.

The alternative is to leave it empty and wait for the market to turn to sell it but not only would it be nice to get a bit of extra cash for it but with such a shortage of homes for people I would feel that I was being rather selfish not letting it to someone who needs a home.

Help would be greatly appreciated.

Jayne Burns.

15/12/2011
11:08 am
James
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Hi Jane,

Firstly please accept my condolences on your news.

We are a letting agent based in the south of England.  I can obviously only comment on services we provide and a few ideas on finding the agent for you.  The rental market in our area is very, very buoyant and often there is far more demand than there is supply.  I personally believe that investing in property, rather than pension is the way forward and you are likely to get a far greater return.  When looking for an agent, i would suggest some of the following:

  • Search on google 'letting agents in Inverness (if this is where your property is) - also see if there are any reviews by the company names
  • search on http://www.allagents.co.uk for reviews
  • Ask any friends or family if they are in the same area if they know of any good agents
  • I would not necessarily go for the agent that charges the less
  • Find out how long they have been trading
  • Look for agents boards in the area to see who is popular

These are just a few idea's but unfortunately I have to go out on an appointment now so haven't got much spare time to keep writing on this post.

I hope everything works out for you, if you still have trouble making a decision on an agent, please get in touch and I will travel up to help as long as you pay for my airfare Wink

Kind regards,

 

James

15/12/2011
11:13 am
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Hi Jayne,

Firstly thank you for joining us and please give us a call if you need any 1 on 1 help before you let out your property.

Please don't be afraid to let out your property, there are fantastic tenants about and I would honestly say the majority of people who rent property pay the rent and look after the property like their own. However it's the ones that don't and the way the law is weighted in their favour that causes the problems if they are or turn out to be a nightmare.

There are many, many, who know the system and just almost make not paying a landlord a full time profession!

I will invite some agents to offer advise on what you should look for when going to an agent and as you say you have read sally's post so that's a good start.

On the site you will find all you need to get started on your own from free document downloads, to credit checks, to insurances and of course lifestyle referencing, however what we cant do instantly is to give you all the knowledge that you will need as you go along.

If you remember nothing else apart from this you will be stepping down the right path, being a landlord is NOT just about buying or inhereting a property and sticking someone in it and you all live happy ever after that concept is as far removed the saying " happily ever after" when it comes to marriage

I do think if paying away a margin for security is not an issue you should consider using an agent but make sure you have the tenants full details so you can check on the site that the tenant is what you require and that your agent is also looking after your interests properly.Aalso take a look at our Tenancy protocol help this will give you a good idea of how you should proceed and what to look for.

Again as I have said herein above I will invite some agents to give you guidelines on what they consider you should be looking for.

Paul

15/12/2011
11:14 am
Mark Alexander
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Hi Jayne

 

Yours is a very difficult decision which you need to consider fully. I've been a landlord since 1989 and I love it. However, the second you take rent you are in a business and are subject to just as many rules as the biggest landlords in the UK. You also have an emotional attachment to the house you are thinking about renting out, mine are just money boxes. Before you make a decision do a lot of research, this is a business decision you are making but it is further complicated by emotional attachments. If you do decide to go into business as a landlord then you might be interested in my strategy which I have documented as a blog in 16 bite sized chunks. Some of it will not be relevant but lots of it will. The link to it, if you are interested is below. Happy reading and good luck with your decision.

 

http://www.property118.com/ind.....-strategy/

 
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Mark Alexander

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Jayne.B said:

Hello Paul

I became a member yesterday after I was told about your site by a friend.

I have become a landlady by default after my mother has recently passed away, I do not wish to sell my parent’s home and will move into it myself leaving me with a 2 bed flat which I bought 3 years ago and cannot sell so I thought I might rent it out to help me with paying some of the ever increasing bills and maybe use some of the income to have my first holiday in many,  many years..

I have never been a landlady or rented out property and would like to ask some of your members for some Help!,  should use an agent and if so how can I check them out? To be honest some of the stories I hear are crazy and after reading sally’s story on here how can I be sure they are using you, to check if I don’t get the sweet old “Nightmare” into my flat???

I know this may sound weird but it’s not the tenant not paying the rent that worries me as I can cover that as my parent’s home does not have a mortgage and my income will still support my existing mortgage.
It’s the horrendous damage that they can do which costs so much to put right and that I could not afford either in time, money or stress.

The alternative is to leave it empty and wait for the market to turn to sell it but not only would it be nice to get a bit of extra cash for it but with such a shortage of homes for people I would feel that I was being rather selfish not letting it to someone who needs a home.

Help would be greatly appreciated.

Jayne Burns.

15/12/2011
11:45 am
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Hello Jayne

 

Condolences for your loss.

 

Onto the property, you are in a strong position as you do not NEED to let your property out, so you have plenty of time to research the local agents and also wait for the right tenant. There are too many things to consider and discuss on a simple forum post, so I'll just stick to a few points.

  • I would definitely recommend using an agent as you are not experienced landlord.
  • Use a letting agent, and not an estate agent with a couple of staff 'doing' lettings. Some of the larger firms have separate offices for lettings which should suffice, but the estate agents with an integrated lettings desk will focus primarily on sales/mortgages/financial products etc.
  • Do not go for the cheapest, but the most knowledgeable. Invite them to your property, and once they've looked around sit down and discuss their procedures. Any decent agent will allow approx 30-60 mins  for a full valuation. So don't feel you're keeping them. Ask them certain questions about how they deal with maintenance issues, rent arrears, inspections, tenant complaints and anything else you want to know.
  • Once the tenants are in the property, even if you have an agent acting, you can still visit the property yourself. So ask when they are scheduling the first inspection and tag along. 
  • You are employing the agent, so you need to manage them. If they produce a contract stating you are tied to them for a certain amount of time, make sure you add a clause stating if they are not doing a proper job you can end the contract giving 30 days notice and pay no penalty fees. Not doing a proper job can be as simple as them not informing you of any delayed rent, or not forwarding the monthly statements to you.
  • Give them a call once a month when you receive your rent to say thank you and have a quick chat/Catch up. Build a relationship with them rather than just being another landlord. 
  • Remember you are not paying them approx 10% to collect rent by standing order once a month and visit every quarter. You are paying them to act in your best interests if something goes wrong, so make sure they know what they are doing.
This obviously isn't a full guide to letting your property, but just a quick guide to working with agents. Maybe take Paul up on his offer of a 1 to 1 chat, he is a landlord himself and can offer advice on how to work with agents.
15/12/2011
11:51 am
Sally Pritchard
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Jayne.B said:

Hello Paul

I became a member yesterday after I was told about your site by a friend.

I have become a landlady by default after my mother has recently passed away, I do not wish to sell my parent’s home and will move into it myself leaving me with a 2 bed flat which I bought 3 years ago and cannot sell so I thought I might rent it out to help me with paying some of the ever increasing bills and maybe use some of the income to have my first holiday in many,  many years..

I have never been a landlady or rented out property and would like to ask some of your members for some Help!,  should use an agent and if so how can I check them out? To be honest some of the stories I hear are crazy and after reading sally’s story on here how can I be sure they are using you, to check if I don’t get the sweet old “Nightmare” into my flat???

I know this may sound weird but it’s not the tenant not paying the rent that worries me as I can cover that as my parent’s home does not have a mortgage and my income will still support my existing mortgage.
It’s the horrendous damage that they can do which costs so much to put right and that I could not afford either in time, money or stress.

The alternative is to leave it empty and wait for the market to turn to sell it but not only would it be nice to get a bit of extra cash for it but with such a shortage of homes for people I would feel that I was being rather selfish not letting it to someone who needs a home.

Help would be greatly appreciated.

Jayne Burns.

Hi Jayne,

Thanks for reading my post as you can see I am having a rather CRAP time because of and agent not searching the tenant I now have on here before sticking them into my property. I have had a lot of help from Paul after calling him and I am sure he wont mind if you do but the thing to remember is to make sure your agent (should you go that route) is registered on this site and more is the point uses it.

 

Good luck

 

Sally

Or as my tenant called me today after I went around with the section 21 "Sour sally" Yell 

15/12/2011
12:05 pm
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Sally Pritchard said:

Jayne.B said:

Hello Paul

I became a member yesterday after I was told about your site by a friend.

I have become a landlady by default after my mother has recently passed away, I do not wish to sell my parent’s home and will move into it myself leaving me with a 2 bed flat which I bought 3 years ago and cannot sell so I thought I might rent it out to help me with paying some of the ever increasing bills and maybe use some of the income to have my first holiday in many,  many years..

I have never been a landlady or rented out property and would like to ask some of your members for some Help!,  should use an agent and if so how can I check them out? To be honest some of the stories I hear are crazy and after reading sally’s story on here how can I be sure they are using you, to check if I don’t get the sweet old “Nightmare” into my flat???

I know this may sound weird but it’s not the tenant not paying the rent that worries me as I can cover that as my parent’s home does not have a mortgage and my income will still support my existing mortgage.
It’s the horrendous damage that they can do which costs so much to put right and that I could not afford either in time, money or stress.

The alternative is to leave it empty and wait for the market to turn to sell it but not only would it be nice to get a bit of extra cash for it but with such a shortage of homes for people I would feel that I was being rather selfish not letting it to someone who needs a home.

Help would be greatly appreciated.

Jayne Burns.

Hi Jayne,

Thanks for reading my post as you can see I am having a rather CRAP time because of and agent not searching the tenant I now have on here before sticking them into my property. I have had a lot of help from Paul after calling him and I am sure he wont mind if you do but the thing to remember is to make sure your agent (should you go that route) is registered on this site and more is the point uses it.

 

Good luck

 

Sally

Or as my tenant called me today after I went around with the section 21 "Sour sally" Yell 

Ha Ha Sally'

Would love to know his name and then we can think of a retort for when you have evicted him like

"No home Norman" nice to see you can laugh at it though, I had one in this morning asking if I could lend him money for Christmas as his crisis loan has been turned down.. I knew it was a bad idea wearing that santa hat in the office Laugh.

Hope this is helping you Jayne got some real old school property people on here that have accumulative property knowledge of over 1 million years!! No names mentioned of course.

15/12/2011
12:18 pm
Jayne.B
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Hello Paul, James, Mark, Vale-Estates and Sally.
Thank you all so much for the kind wishes of condolence, and what a warm welcome to the site - it's a bit overwhelming! Wink

James; yes James, my property is in Inverness - thank you for all your advice, I'll take a look at the website you've suggested. (How about if you pay your own airfare; And I'll provide the accommodation? !Wink)

Paul; is it be possible to have a list of the agents in Inverness that are members of landlord referencing?

Mark; I do have more of an attachment with the family home, rather than my flat, as that's where I grew up.
Thank you for the link, I'll take a look at it (and your website) soon!

ValeEstates; lots of good advice there that I hadn't thought of before, thanks so much.

Sally; I can't believe the situation you've been put in; but hopefully your story will spread awareness out there to new landlords; like myself.

Thank you all again for making me feel (a very welcome) part of your community. Laugh
Speak soon x

15/12/2011
12:33 pm
Emma George
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Hi Jayne,

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother and offer my condolences.

Sadly last year I too lost my Mother and like yourself this posed questions as to what to do with her estate.  I am one of four children and we felt it in our better interests to sell her house and divide her estate.  However had I been an only child and the decision solely left to me I would probably have taken time over making the final decision.

I am a tenant, one of the many good tenants, I am a single mother of two so the property I rent is our family home for the duration of our lease and therefore is treated with love and respect.  

There certainly is a shortage of good properties to rent and in the present market you have a choice of tenant. My sister has two properties she rents out one privately and one to the Local Authorities for social housing.  It is the latter that causes the least problems.  She has had the same local authority tenant for four years, another single mother of one.  The lady is respectful of the property and like myself loves her family home.

One has to remember being a landlord instantly makes you a business owner and therefore the pressures that go hand in hand must be considered.  I certainly feel renting is in your better interests and there's no better time in the market than now for being able to find the RIGHT tenant.

Kind Regards

15/12/2011
12:59 pm
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Hi Jayne,

I will have a look at the most pro-active letting agent members in Inverness, I will forward you the ones that are members and that are actively using our Experian Credit score, Identity authentication and fraud referencing as well as the lifestyle referencing on the site. Hopefully this will help your first stage to show that the agent you choose are doing good due diligence on incoming tenants for their landlords.

I would then suggest going to an appointment as suggested by Vale Estates and making sure you cover the other items and are happy with them, then at least when you contact them you will have us as a common interest both being members of LandlordReferencing.co.uk (make sure they have a sticker) lol Laugh.

We have a couple of very accomplished and long standing landlords/landladys that I will ask to post anything that they may think will help you but to join something like the NLA will also give you a good grounding. Just don't use their referencing use our cos it helps us pay the bills and keep the membership and lifestyle referencing free.Laugh

Paul

15/12/2011
1:29 pm
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Hi Jayne,

 

Hope you don't mind an opinion from an agent.  

Obviously my own letting agents look after my properties.

But, as I'm sure some people will agree, more and more landlords are managing their own properties now. Hence us having "advertise only services".

However I do take over a lot of properties with existing tenants in situ where the landlords have been managing them themselves and they've become stuck in a position where they didn't know what to do next.

There are plenty of worthy advice sites, however nothing is better than experience, most letting agents have seen it all, and know the best route to take.

If you use an agent to find you the tenant initially, although they are not responsible for their conduct when the landlord managers the tenancy, they should help landlords with advice or guidance.

The chances are that landlord will use you again But more importantly the correct information and procedure will be relayed. Which can only make our industry stronger through reliability of integrative shared information.

 

Becoming an "ACCIDENTAL LANDLORD" does not have to be all "Doom and Gloom" though, getting a good tenant (and by using sites such as this, its much easier), can not only be a reliable cash flow to help you with the upkeep of the property until the market does turn, but is also a security feature, as its hard to look after 2 properties.

 

Yes! you do hear horror stories, but i would say that is ONLY 1% to 5% of the people who rent.

On the whole (and particulary now) they are good decent people, who have either decided that theyre not ready to part with their cash on a permanant basis, therefore renting rather than buying. or the unfortunate ones, who the banks wont help.

 

With the shortage of decent homes, and carrying out the correct checks, (even if you go down the social housing route, as housing associations and local authorities have to supply a reference for tenants now too), you could have a long term resident and give you some breathing space until you decide what you want to do..

 

Emily

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15/12/2011
4:32 pm
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I gather your property is in Inverness? If you are concerned at having a full time tenant in situ (although you shouldn't be concerned if a reputable letting agent has done proper credit checks) your location may lend itself to short term holiday lets depending on accommodation available in the property. http://www.propertyprojectmanager.co.uk and http://www.propertyissuessolved.co.uk

17/12/2011
7:21 am
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The MOST important thing to protect yourself against the principal tenant risk of them NOT paying rent is obtain a RGI policy on the tenant or their guarantor if they fail the RGI.

Also contents and loss of rent cover £87.00per year

You DO NOT need an LA to manage things for you if you are prepared to deal with stuff yourself.

All forms are available free on many sites.

One of them is landlordzone.co.uk

Follow Mark Alexander methodlogy; it does what it says on the tin!!

Use propertyhawk.co.uk for FREE landlord software for management of property etc.

Use online letting agent for tenant source such as upad.co.uk and discountlettings.co.uk.

Use mydeposits.co.uk scheme only for protection of tenants' deposits

Take 2 months rent as deposit.

If tenant cannot afford deposit and rent in advance.

Take deposit and then allow tenant to pay the 1st months rent over the following say 3 months

Provide letter to attach to AST to state that providing the 1st months rent is paid over the following 3 months along with the normal monthly rent then the tenant will be deemed to have complied with the terms of their tenancy as far as rental payments are concerned.

GET EPC

GET CP12 on all gas appliances.

Do full inventory, free forms as mentioned above.

Aswell as RGI check use LRS and tenantid.co.uk

Get id  , passport, employer , previous LL

Get photo of tenant

NI no

REG no of any car owned

Last electoral roll registration

Ensure if taking  tenant on they sign electoral roll form BEFORE they sign AST and send off yourself

Every 3 months confirm the status of the occupants of your property with the council tax dept.

Ensure you use signed, completed  mydeposits forms as mentioned extensively by Mary Latham( landlord of 40 years experience), even if you choose to apply for the DPC online.

Ensure tenantid permission forms are completed BEFORE AST is signed.

On AST put in a section advising how LRS will be used at end of tenancy.

Ensure you do not supply any electrical equipment otherwise YOU WILL have to pay for APAT on each appliance.

If you have a electric oven I am not sure whether this would require a PAT; this as an oven is NOT readily portable!?

Ensure you issue Section 21 b once 23 months have gone into 6 month AST

Idealy just have a 6 month AST which will then proceed onto a SPT.

If so issue a Section 21 A at  the start of the SPT

Give Tenant ALL your contact details including your actual address.

Ideally take out a gas boiler service plan

If renting furnished ensure it all complies with fire regulations

Ensure smoke and or heat detectors are fitted.(Contact local fire stn and they will attend the property and give a fire safety chat and check and invarably install 2 10 year life smoke detectors with battery removal impossible unless SD is broken).

Provide fire blanket and if possible an AFFF  portable extinguisher

Provide a CO detector and possibly a gas detector( again see Mary Latham posting)

Provide instruction booklets for ALL appliances

Ensure utility bills have meters read and put in name of tenant.

Also same for water and read the water meter and advise water company of meter reading

NEVER rely on tenant advising utilities of new details to those companies.

Advise tenant on how to carry out simple rectifications; such as RCB and repressurising gas combi boiler

Ensure that if a gas installation that if it has a hidden gas flue that remedial works ARE carried out no later than end of 2012.

Ensure that if intending to retain property that property meets EPC standard E as a minimum by 2018.(best gert it done sooner rather than later when nearer the time there will be arun on builders and prices will RISE accordingly)

Govt will start doling out Green Deal funds in Oct 2012 once you have applied for the relevant loan to bring property up to EPC E rating.

Ensure your gutters, downpip[e hoppers are clear.

Ensure you have a set of spare keys for property or maybe 2 sets.

Most of this a letting agent WILL NOT do.

If you follow as above you shouldn't go too far wrong.

Go on property118.com for all these advices and to keep yourself abreast of ALL things occurring in the landlord game.

Subscribe to the free landlord magazine at http://www.landlord.net.co.uk

Monitor the LRS site and maybe propertytribes.co.uk to keep yourself fully in the picture regarding this game.

Visit the property min every 3 months.

Give your contact details to neighbours for any possible arising issues.

 

Ensure a lodger agreement is signed if you permit a lodger at the property.

Free form on landlordzone.co.uk

Possibly obtain mattress covers for beds if supplied

Get to know decent tradesman etc.,  ( again could be sourced on property118.com and also I believe this LRS site)

I have probably misseda few things but I am sure propert118.com will fill in the missing bits!!?

17/12/2011
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Hi Paul,

Great for the advice you have given to Jayne but  I would like to let Jayne know that as a member she can get all the documents she needs free on this site if she goes to existing members - dropdown box - templates.

As you know, I don't like to moderate comments on the site and as we provide 1000's of landlords and agents a free service and support all our members with lifestyle referencing, tenant alerts + free document downloads and forums such as this everyday, it would be nice that our members sought to promote the services that this site offers above others.

Of course I do not wish to stop our members looking around for alternative products, but the only way we can stay free and grow the service to offer better protection for us all is if our members support us and use us and if we are just there to promote other people's sites on ours for free, then we may as well shut up shop and go home.

I don't want to sound like a sour puss or mean to upset you, but I do think that if we tried to post a similar post to yours about our site onto our competitors sites, then we would be thrown off without a look in.

Best regards and thank you for your continued support.

Paul

18/12/2011
8:37 am
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Appreciate what you are saying.

Perhaps if I was aware of the full service that you offer I could cite those areas of your site.

One classic example where you don't offer a service is for RGI.

I prefer to pay £99 for my credit and RGI check

I appreciate you suggest that LL prefer to do licenced credit check and then take to an insurer.

I don't; my way is cheaper and quicker and I get better cover.

 I choose to use that type of RGI policy.

Other LL may choose to use your suggest method via experian.

Difficult in a forum to only discuss just your products no matter how good.

Perhaps every post should have an automatic postscript from LRS referring  posters to your extensive assistance on the site.

And I have to say with the advent of cheap effective RGI referencing could be managed without any social networking like lrs, tenantid etc.

Clearly you bring more to the party than just bog standard referencing with your lifestyle  circumstances.

It would be an idea to have a tutorial section on each of the forms , services that you offer to assist newbies to know what to do.

This will then keep people on  site and you could have cross-selling of relevant product like EPC CP12 etc.

However you need to also have the facility of holistic advice and not just what is available on your particular site.

Obviously the more relevant provision you have the more this will be regarded as a one stop shop.

It is a real pain trying to find the best free stuff online.

It would be great if you could go to one site like this one for ALL ones needs.

18/12/2011
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Morning Paul,

We do offer RGI through our Insurance link on the top icon bar we are also talking to other insurers about new and better products for our LL and LA's and they will be introduced early next year to strengthen our service.

If any member just runs across the top Icon bar and looks at the drop down link they will see we offer everything a property owner or manager could need, we do not always profess to be the cheapest but we consider quality over quantity and  as you know for our Tag "you can buy a 49p hamburger but then you have to eat it".

Thanks for your understanding.

Paul 

19/12/2011
12:41 pm
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Hi All,

 I took out my rent insurance and legal insurance through my agent when I was looking for my tenant. They also did my referencing (for what good it was) and my agreements and charged me £250 for it.

Had I done it on here my agreement would a have cost me nothing my reference £28 and my rent and legal expenses insurance £99 = £127 the lot and I would not be trying to evict my tenant because I would have known that he was already registered on here by 2 other landlords as S##T ooP’s I mean a red light.

If you are using an agent double check on here it will tell you not only that your tenant is ok but also your agent. I didn’t and it’s cost me £2920 so far and I still have a bad tenant in my property.

Sally

20/12/2011
12:54 pm
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Hello everyone.
Thanks for that list of LA's who Lifestyle Reference in and around the Inverness area Paul.
I'm currently making appointments with all of them for the new year.

When that's out of the way; I'm planning on using my free time between now and the new year to research & learn as much as I can; so I have a vague idea of what I'm talking about/asking these LA's..... ... .. .! ! !

All I've had time to read so far is Paul's Tenancy Protocol Help & Mark's Investment Strategy, but both have been a massive help already. Smile

I'm so sorry for your loss too Emma G, and have found it really quite comforting to hear of a similar story to mine and how it all worked out for you in the end.
As an only child (and also single), I unfortunately don't have the support of siblings, etc.
So to begin with this situation I found myself in was extremely daunting & quite alarming to be honest, but with all the wonderful support you've all shown me I neither feel alone or scared anymore.
In fact I'm actually looking forward to being a landlady now! Laugh

At the moment I'm 95% sure that I am going to be renting out my flat, although I won't be 100% sure until I've met with each LA & I do also have a tendency to change my mind alot, haha! (but ofcourse that's a woman's prerogative Wink)

Oh, also thanks Jonathan; it never even crossed my mind about the idea of letting it out as a short term holiday let -something else I'm also going to look into.

Off to make some more appointments, speak soon! x

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