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Welcome to the Landlords Bible.

Use the links list in the right hand column to navigate around the free online content of the book.

The Landlords Bible was written to help both experienced and novice landlords to invest, manage and let out residential property in the UK. Full of helpful tips and facts it provides   both a beginners guide and a useful resource for more experienced landlords to refer to.

The Landlord Bible provides comprehensive advice on regulatory, financial and practical matters involved with the private rental sector.

 

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The Landlords Bible is edited by Chris Horne

Chris in his own words:

“Well I guess my fascination with building and property started as a child.  Maybe it comes from a primal sense of the need to find shelter.  I remember marvelling at the skills of some of my parent’s friends who were in the building game. Bricks, plumbing, structures; they were all real and tangible and I liked that.  Later on as I studied at university in Bristol I remember ruminating on my future career path.  It was the time of the 1980’s property boom.  Prices were going through the roof and my experience of student landlords was that they drove around in Porsches and appeared to do very little I also liked that.  Hence my lifetime fascination with property.”

Chris Horne  (45) a qualified town planner and surveyor as well as being the author of the ‘Landlords Bible’ has been involved in all aspects of property from working as a planner in a local authority dealing with planning applications to being a consultant in the oldest surveying practice Drivers Jonas in the West End of London.  In this role he advised Westminster City Council on the future development of the country’s largest retail areas such as Oxford Street and Covent Garden.  He has worked as a Development Manager for the national regeneration agency English Partnerships being involved in the midlands in some of the UK’S biggest regeneration projects.  He has also been a property investor and developer since 1990 and has built up and maintained his own property portfolio since that time.  It was his experience at trying to manage his expanding property portfolio whilst maintaining a demanding professional life, which convinced him that there was a need for a new kind of management tool for busy property investors.  He therefore set about the task of developing an online property management solution for landlords.  Hence the site www.propertyhawk.co.uk the Landlords Homepage. Through this site and the ‘Landlords Bible’ he hopes to inspire and help a whole new generation of property investors pursue and achieve their property investment goals.

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FORMS FOR LETTING PROPERTY

FREE TENANCY AGREEMENT (AST)
FREE SECTION 213 NOTICE
FREE PROPERTY INVENTORY
FREE SECTION 21 NOTICE
FREE SECTION 8 NOTICE
FREE TENANCY GUARANTOR FORMS
SERVING NOTICE

FINANCE AND TAX ON RENTAL PROPERTY

INCOME TAX
CAPITAL GAINS TAX
LANDLORD INSURANCE
PROPERTY INVESTMENTS
OTHER BTL FINANCE
BTL FINANCE - THINGS TO KNOW
BUY TO LET MORTGAGES

RENTAL PROPERTY REGULATIONS

GENERAL SAFETY
GAS SAFETY
ELECTRICAL SAFETY
FURNITURE AND FURNISHINGS
FIRE SAFETY
TV LICENCES
HMO (HOUSE IN MULTIPLE OCCUPATION)
TENANCY DEPOSIT SCHEME (TDS)
ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATES

INVESTING IN BTL PROPERTY

WHICH PERIOD OF PROPERTY
CALCULATING RETURNS
RENTAL YIELDS
FINDING PROPERTY
SELECTION STRATEGY
INVESTMENT CHECKLIST
PROPERTY AUCTIONS
BMV PROPERTY
BUYING OFF PLAN
BUYING APARTMENTS
BUYING HOUSES
BUYING HMO'S
ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT
KNOWING THE RISKS
PROPERTY INVESTMENT CLUBS
RENTAL TYPES

MANAGING RENTAL PROPERTY

GIVING NOTICE TO LEAVE
NON - PAYMENT OF RENT
TENANT ABANDONMENT
GETTING YOUR MONEY BACK
THE TENANT WONT MOVE OUT
THE TENANT DOES A BUNK
SQUATTERS
RAISING THE RENT
REDUCING THE RENT
REPAYING THE TENANCY DEPOSIT
FAIR WEAR AND TEAR
DAMP, MOULD AND CONDENSATION
MAINTENANCE OF A RENTAL PROPERTY
APPLIANCES
LANDLORD ASSOCIATIONS

 

LETTING RENTAL PROPERTY

TEN STEPS TO LETTING
PROPERTY MARKETING
WRITING A LETTING ADVERT
FURNISHING A PROPERTY
LETTING AGENT OR DIY
SELECTING A LETTING AGENT
VETTING TENANTS
TENANTS ON BENEFITS
LETTING TO STUDENTS
PREPARING AN INVENTORY
PROPERTY HANDOVER
RENTAL DEPOSIT
TERMS OF A TENANCY
LENGTH OF A TENANCY
RESPONSIBILITY FOR REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE
TENANCIES IN SCOTLAND
ALTERNATIVE TENANCIES
LETTING TO TENANTS WITH PETS

 

LEGISLATION OF LETTING PROPERTY

INTRODUCTION
TENANCY DEPOSIT DISPUTES
ARBITRATION
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
TRIBUNALS
HOUSING ACT APPEAL DISPUTES
THE LANDS TRIBUNAL
RIGHTS OF LIGHT APPLICATION
APPEALS FROM LEASEHOLD VALUATION TRIBUNALS (LVT's)
POSSESSION PROCEEDINGS
POSSESSION - SECTION 8 NOTICE
POSSESSION - SECTION 21 NOTICE
SECTION 21 TIMETABLE AND PROCESS
N5B POSSESSION
POSSESSION ORDERS
GROUNDS FOR POSSESSION
LEASEHOLD DISPUTES
HARASSMENT BY LANDLORDS
RENT DISPUTES BETWEEN LANDLORD & TENANT
FAIR RENT (RAC)
MARKET RENT UNDER AST
LEASEHOLD VALUATION TRIBUNALS
MODIFICATION OF RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS