My rented apartment has been burgled. Who is responsible for the damage caused to the property – me or my landlord?

on January 11, 2019

My rented apartment has been burgled. Who is responsible for the damage caused to the property – me or my landlord? If, like most tenants, you have ... Read More

What does 2019 have in store for the residential property market?

on January 10, 2019

What does 2019 have in store for the residential property market? Without doubt 2018 proved a bumpy ride for the London residential market. Naturally ... Read More

Can I gift property to my children as part of my Inheritance Tax planning strategy?

on December 6, 2018

Can I gift property to my children as part of my Inheritance Tax planning strategy? Yes, gifting property to children is a useful way to reduce your e ... Read More

Is there anything I should do to prepare myself for being a landlord?

on November 8, 2018

I’ve just inherited a property which I plan to rent out. Is there anything I should do to prepare myself for being a landlord? There are several key ... Read More

What does it mean to buy/own a property leasehold?

on October 5, 2018

What does it mean to buy/own a property leasehold? There are two ways to buy a property – leasehold or freehold. Buying a leasehold property means y ... Read More

I’m renting out my flat for the first time. Do I need to obtain permission from my mortgage lender?

on September 6, 2018

I’m renting out my flat for the first time. Do I need to obtain permission from my mortgage lender? If you become an ‘accidental’ landlord, perh ... Read More

My tenant has lost his job and can’t pay the rent. What should I do?

on July 11, 2018

My tenant has lost his job and can’t pay the rent. What should I do? First, contact your letting agent. If they manage your property, they should ha ... Read More

Who is responsible for paying for garden maintenance for a rented flat?

on June 11, 2018

Who is responsible for paying for garden maintenance for a rented flat? Usually the tenant is responsible for maintaining any outside space in a renta ... Read More

Are estate agents worth the money?

on May 15, 2018

Are estate agents worth the money? It’s an emotive subject depending upon which side of the fence you sit. Naturally I would say, “of course we ar ... Read More

My landlord has defaulted on their mortgage. What should I do?

on May 14, 2018

My landlord has defaulted on their mortgage. What should I do? Try to stay calm – tenants with an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST), the majority, are ... Read More

What tax allowances are there for refurbishing my London rental property?

on April 9, 2018

What tax allowances are there for refurbishing my London rental property? It’s important for landlords to refurbish their rental property regularly ... Read More

Marc von Grundherr answers all your queries

on March 5, 2018

Marc von Grundherr, Lettings Director, Benham and Reeves Residential Lettings, answers all your queries What should a tenant do if they fall behind wi ... Read More

What are your comments on the recent budget?

on January 15, 2018

What are your comments on the recent budget? Over the past few years the budget has been a bit of a none entity, neither welcomed by the many nor the ... Read More

Should a landlord risk a void period by holding out for a higher rent?

on January 12, 2018

Should a landlord risk a void period by holding out for a higher rent? In a competitive rental market, leaving yourself open to a void period is a ris ... Read More

How has the lettings market performed for you in 2017?

on December 11, 2017

How has the lettings market performed for you in 2017? The London rental market has remained resilient in 2017 and we expect our own performance to ex ... Read More