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.
Going along the path from landlord to business owner brings many twists and turns and endless err…learning opportunities but there are common themes to each strand of business.Whether single let, HMO or Serviced accommodation these things are true.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Another year nearly done, roof still leaking? Woodchip still up? Tenants still creating mess? Have you followed the golden rules of Property Investing?