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Letting Agents in Chichester for Hassle-Free Rental Management


Chichester has long been a fantastic location for property investors and landlords, with demand continuing to outstrip the availability of premium quality residences, well-maintained flats, and apartments for students studying at the nearby university. From holiday properties with views over the South Downs and Chichester Harbour to housing for professionals commuting into Chichester during the […]

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Why High Mortgage Interest Rates May Be a Positive for Landlords


It’s no secret that the multiple consecutive increases to the Bank of England (BoE) base rate, currently at 5%, have had a significant and sometimes dramatic impact on borrowing costs, not least for homeowners with variable-rate tariffs. The same applies to landlords, with current rates on buy-to-let mortgages hovering at around 6% for five-year fixed […]

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Update on Current Rental Property Standards


Following the long-delayed Renter’s Reform Bill being introduced in parliament in May, many landlords may be considering whether their rental properties remain compliant with standards and regulations. One of the complexities is that the revised Decent Homes Standard, first published in September 2022, was excluded from the Bill due to ongoing consultations. Therefore, while the […]

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The Long Term Growth of the Private Rental Sector as Demand Spikes by 57%


Landlords, property professionals and investors have a bright future ahead, according to Propertymark, which has revealed new data showing that demand for private rental accommodation has risen significantly by 57% over the last four years. Rental properties, as an inflation-resistant asset, have proven a positive component of a long-term investment strategy, providing capital appreciation over […]

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How to Protect Your Property Portfolio from Rising Inflation


Property assets appreciate gradually over time and are considered a fairly inflation-proof investment since, although the economy may be sluggish, it is very unusual for bricks and mortar to drop in value. However, with rising inflation putting pressure on other aspects of owning rental properties or managing a portfolio, there is the likelihood that higher […]

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Local Knowledge is Essential to Select Profitable Rental Investment Properties


Location is always an important factor in property, especially when deciding on the best opportunities to expand a buy-to-let investment properties portfolio. Landlords may have a preferred niche, such as high-end apartments for professionals or semi-detached family residences, but local knowledge is key. For example, a well-maintained rental property marketed to tenants with children is […]

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How Important is the ARLA Propertymark in Choosing a Letting Agent?


Landlords rely on a letting agent to take over the management, advertising, maintenance, and tenant communications linked to their rental properties, and need an agent they can trust to fulfil their expectations in terms of tenant care and professionalism. One of the many ways to assess the quality and standard of a prospective letting agent […]

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How Much Should You Pay for High-Value Property Management Services?


Tenants in exclusive locations have high expectations from their landlords, with many owners delegating day-to-day maintenance tasks to professional property management companies, adding value to the rental experience and ensuring that all necessary services are available on demand. We often hear from portfolio landlords looking for efficient property managers yet who need to understand the […]

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Update for Landlords on New Government Announcements and Changes


On 17th November, Rishi Sunak delivered the new budget via the delayed Autumn Statement. There was a lot of information to take in, from extensions to the Energy Price Guarantee to tax band freezes and reforms to Capital Gains Tax. Although the overall impact is a reduction of £30 billion in public spending, the intention […]

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Unpicking Rental Property Trends: 4 Reasons for Landlord Optimism


While every media outlet is packed with attention-grabbing headlines about taxes, interest rates and inflation, it is essential to take a step back from the noise and assess what property market conditions really mean – now and in the long term. The reality is that although higher borrowing costs and a rapidly changing tax situation […]

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How To Identify Optimal Property Investment Locations


It’s often said that the most important factor in property investment is ‘location, location, location’ – but if you’re interested in expanding your rental portfolio, purchasing a different property type or branching out into a popular West Sussex region, picking the right spot isn’t always easy. There are multiple variables such as average rental income, […]

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What the Recent Chancellor’s Announcements Mean for Landlords


Last week’s ‘mini budget’ delivered by the new chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, has dominated the headlines. While economists debate the potential outcomes from a raft of sweeping tax reforms, ultimately aimed at easing the cost of living crisis, some of the detail has been lost amid the noise. Here we unpick some of the specific tax […]

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Returns on Property Energy Efficiency Upgrades


Rising utility costs and the new government requirements for rental property EPC standards are putting increased pressure on professional landlords. Many may perceive that investing in property energy efficiency upgrades and new appliances is a sunk cost – but the reality is that a high-performance rental home with low running costs, excellent ratings and modern […]

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How a Lettings Agent Can Make Investment Properties More Profitable


Many landlords perceive that the cost of using a lettings agent might impact their profitability, however, the opposite can be true. Presenting a well-managed property with comprehensive professional oversight can directly improve your bottom line. There are numerous advantages to using an experienced agent, not least avoiding vacant periods. Boosting Your West Sussex Rental Property […]

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Dispute Resolution Tips for Professional Portfolio Landlords


Disagreements between landlords and tenants can be time-consuming, stressful and costly – but approaching a matter of contention correctly can go a long way to dissipating tensions and reaching an agreeable outcome. As West Sussex lettings experts, Tod Anstee often takes over portfolio management and engages tenants in a productive, meaningful way. We know that […]

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Guidance for Landlords Preparing for the Renters Reform Bill


The Renters Reform Bill has garnered a lot of press attention and raised concerns for landlords unsure where this newest piece of legislation might take the property rental market. However, it is vital to appreciate that the bill isn’t necessarily harmful, nor should it be perceived as a negative for responsible landlords. Most headlines have […]

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Key Services to Look for in Quality Property Management


Working with an accomplished team of professional property managers can significantly impact your vacant periods, profitability and overall peace of mind. But, it is important to choose the right company and ensure your agent has sufficient skills and resources to represent your rental property. Let our Lettings experts explain how a property management service can […]

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Choosing the Right Chichester Property Investments for the Rental Market


Chichester has long been one of the most desirable UK cities, with a unique blend of cosmopolitan living, heritage and culture, access to green spaces and extraordinary natural beauty. While the Pallants might be a trendy place to live, the rental market is all about assessing: What sort of tenants do you expect to market […]

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The New-Build Landlord Opportunity: Selling Up vs Refocusing Your Rental Business


The Tod Anstee team speaks to landlords, tenants and property managers daily and appreciates that property professionals have a range of challenges to contend with: Ever-changing regulations that can be difficult to keep pace with. Higher property running and management costs. Lower tax-deductible allowances impacting profit margins.   While these factors are a reality, landlords […]

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EV Charging Point Grants for Landlords


There are three significant reasons that electric vehicle (EV) charging points are rising to the top of a tenant’s wish list – particularly for professionals who are more likely to have company cars: Electric cars are exempt from road tax, and the declarable P11D benefit for business vehicles is now at 2%. Exact savings vary, […]

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Spring Statement Support Roundup for Landlords


The Spring Statement was a mixed bag, coming amid a tough time for living costs – although a very different picture from the same date two years ago, when the UK went into lockdown for the first time. Headlines include VAT exemptions on energy-efficient property upgrades, a slight income tax drop (although not immediately) and […]

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What is the EPC Band C Rating and How Can Landlords Ensure Their Properties are Compliant?


The government has committed to energy-efficiency and low-carbon emission targets, and has announced plans to pass on some of the legwork to landlords within the next three years. Let’s take a look at what landlords need to know about energy performance requirements, deadlines, and the costs of non-compliance. What is the Energy Performance Band C […]

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How to Vet Tenant Applications for Chichester Rentals


The rental market in Chichester and throughout West Sussex is remarkably strong, with high-quality homes and excellent living standards attracting tenants from across the UK. Tenant checks are a key step in the lettings process and are essential for landlords to ensure they accept great tenants who will enjoy living in their residences. Here we […]

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Why the Renters Reform Bill is Good News for Landlords


Much has been reported about the sweeping changes anticipated in the Renters Reform Bill – but the reality is that this legislation will take a good two years of debate and modification to come into force. Whilst the bill is under discussion, there aren’t any immediate impacts on landlords. And, after careful analysis, the Tod […]

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The Rental Property Market Rise in Detached Family Residences


Over the last few months, we’ve shared several articles about the shifting trends in the UK property market – and recent industry reports indicate that demand remains exceptionally high. Detached properties and family homes are now the most sought-after rental accommodation, surpassing conventional investments such as student accommodation. Let’s take a closer look at the […]

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The Autumn 2021 Landlord Update


It’s been a rollercoaster 18 months for landlords, with soaring demand and, of course, the prospect of the new Rental Reform White Paper. Here our Landlord Update sums up everything landlords need to do as we head into the Autumn, and the potential changes to be aware of! If you need any support with the […]

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Why West Sussex is a UK Property Hotspot


As West Sussex property experts, we are regularly asked for our advice on the best places to buy – and which of our beautiful local towns and villages are in the most significant demand. Choosing the right place to buy depends on many factors, such as: Proximity to travel links, schools and workplaces. Whether you […]

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Tax Relief For Landlords on Multiple Dwellings


It’s little secret that landlords have found the staggered changes to tax relief rules over the last few years challenging. As a brief recap, from April 2021, landlords cannot claim tax relief on mortgage interest costs. This change has been implemented in phases, with each tax year seeing a 25% drop in the allowance. However, […]

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Why Remote Letting is a Big Opportunity for West Sussex Landlords


Property investment has long been an excellent way to invest in long-term, stable assets with rental income to balance out the cost of mortgage payments. West Sussex is one of the most sought-after areas in the UK for landlords who want to purchase high-quality, attractive homes. There is a reliable demand from tenants who aspire […]

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The Potential of Pet-Friendly Rental Properties 


Private landlords are always striving to improve the appeal of their property portfolios. More competitive rentals command higher rates, suffer from fewer vacancies, and attract high-quality, long-term tenants. Top of the agenda, therefore, is looking at what tenants want from their ideal rental home: Excellent quality decor and condition. Convenient locations and generous room sizes. […]

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Investment Property – What to Consider in a Buy to Let


The Tod Anstee lettings team has collated our years of professional expertise into one comprehensive guide to help you make the best decisions about which buy to lets present a compelling investment opportunity. One of the property market’s challenges is that, as much as the long-term stability of bricks and mortar is a good investment […]

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Letting Your Property – What to Consider When Becoming a Landlord


As a landlord, there are core demands of the business – finding new tenants, managing maintenance tasks and collecting rent. However, there is an increasing number of legal and contractual requirements to be mindful of, whether your rented properties are based in central Chichester or a more rural location. Factors such as insurance, appliance safety, […]

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Electrical Safety Standards – What Landlords Need to Know


With all the disruption of 2020, UK landlords have another pressure to bear in mind. New electrical safety inspection rules were announced earlier this year, and come into force from 1st April 2021 for all existing tenancies. As a Chichester letting agent with years of experience supporting a vast range of landlords, we’ve created this […]

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