It's No Holiday

Running short lets is fun and varied, you can increase your cashflow, avoid section 24 tax changes and keep your property in tip top condition. This blog is about some of the challenges that I have faced and issues that have revealed themselves as I have found out about and put this strategy into practice.

While I was paddling up the Zambezi River...

On a boat today, at the confluence of the muscular Chobe river and the mighty Zambezi. Where trucks wait patiently for 3 weeks to board the Kazangula ferry from Botswana to Zambia. Four great countries share a border midstream. Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Divided by culture, language, allegiance and ambition.

I am enjoying the fruits of my labour with a big family trip to Botswana. But what are the lessons for my business?

Saturday, 29 June 2019 15:07

The domino effect of student tower blocks

Student Halls Portsmouth

Market trends. You may wonder why, oh why it is a good idea to spend up to £800/month on a room in a cluster-flat in a student block. It would appear that students may not be the dim-witted sheep that the developers presumed.

Friday, 31 May 2019 19:12

Our Strong Island

Our Strong Island

To welcome visitors? Or to huddle in our insular security? Portsmouth is very much an Island City both in geography and mentality. It is both what makes us special and hinders our progress. Whatever you view our place, it is a one-off location. This month I share some views from fans of our City, Pride in Pompey is strong and after 25 years here I am almost a local.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 19:52

Is there a hotel on your street?

Coming to a street near you soon!

The net is closing on short term lets, are you in or out?

The RLA published an article this week regarding short term lets ‘There has been a massive growth in short term lettings and landlords are moving properties from long-term to short-term lets due to Government tax changes….Disincentivising residential stock …and promoting short term holiday lets does not increase the supply of homes.’ (Dr Tom Simcock).

Hardly rocket science but what does that mean for we landlords here in Portsmouth?

Saturday, 30 March 2019 15:29

Rent to Rent Strategy

Rent due? No worries.

If you want a future in property, chances are you have little money. Those of us with 5, 10 or 20 years’ experience have often accumulated some so it appears from the outside a good way forward.

If you have little money there is a good chance that you have come across the training companies, all of whom offer ‘no money/little money down’ strategy courses if, naturally, you will part with £5000 to find out how.

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 16:54

Tidy office, Tidy mind

Tidy office, Tidy mind

Spring must be (almost) in the air. I awoke this morning, walked into my tiny office, pushed a pile of papers aside to try to find my laptop and decided that SOMETHING HAD TO BE DONE ABOUT THE MESS. I take great care to present immaculate apartments, houses and rooms but somehow my personal organisation falls short.

Wednesday, 02 January 2019 09:47

Charlotte's Blog: New Year, same old me!

Charlotte's Blog: New Year, same old me!

A year ago my resolutions were the usual motley collection of be braver, faster, more successful, thinner and healthier. As is the way with resolutions they mostly went west….this year I turn 50 and I can, supposedly, no longer pretend to be 40-ish. I have taken a less progressive stance this year.

I resolve to finally make the most of my properties!

Another year nearly done, roof still leaking? Woodchip still up? Tenants still creating mess? Have you followed the golden rules of Property Investing?

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 17:13

Embracing change

Embracing change

I am amazed that the Government had any energy left for the budget after recent European events and I guess it may all come to nothing next March when we leave the EU but where there is change there is always opportunity.

Friday, 28 September 2018 15:53

Cimex lectularius

Cimex lectularius

They turn up, mess up your bedlinen with blood stains, help themselves to food and then refuse to pay their bill. Read on to discover how to deal with these persistent unwanted guests.

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