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With over 30 years’ experience providing award-winning insurance products for landlords, at Alan Boswell Group we understand the importance of having the right support and information, whatever the size of your property portfolio.

Our landlord knowledge hub is here to provide you with the latest landlord news and updates, professional guidance, advice and tips. Whether you’re just starting out, or a seasoned property professional, we’re dedicated to providing expert knowledge to landlords across the UK.

Insurance

Investment

  • Landlord risks

    Guide to landlord risks | The cost of being a landlord

    Becoming a landlord: what are the risks, and how can you avoid them? There’s a lot to think about when you become a landlord, but understanding what you need to do and how to avoid some of the common pitfalls makes the process easier.

  • Rental yield

    How to work out rental yield 

    Use our rental yield calculator to work out the value of your property investment, plus how to work it out manually, why it matters, and what is a good rental yield?

  • Thinking about diversifying into holiday lets?

    One of the most popular, and successful, forms of farm diversification is converting farm buildings into holiday accommodation. If you're thinking of joining over 60% of UK farmers who have done this, make sure you've got the right insurance in place.

  • Alan Boswell Commercial Property

    Using your pension to invest in commercial property

    Investing in commercial property can be beneficial if you’re a business owner, as you’ll have premises for your company plus regular payments into your pension.

  • Holiday home or buy to let

    Holiday Home vs Buy-to-Let

    Is it more profitable to buy a holiday home or buy-to-let property? We look at the factors involved.

Law & Regulations

  • tenant checks

    Right-to-rent checks

    Under the right to rent scheme, landlords must check that prospective tenants have the right to live in the UK before renting out property. Failure to do so can result in heavy fines and even a prison sentence.

  • Fire safety rules for landlords

    Fire safety rules for landlords

    Landlords have a legal responsibility to adhere to fire regulations for rental properties, to protect both their tenants and their investment. In this guide to fire safety rules for landlords, we explain all the mandatory regulations for both domestic and commercial properties, including vital gas and electrical safety certificates.

  • Fitness for human habitation

    Fit for human habitation: what landlords need to know before renting out a property

    It’s important to understand what the law requires you to provide for your tenants, and what you should do if there is a problem.

  • Non-Resident Landlord Scheme

    Guide to the Non-Resident Landlord Scheme

    The Non-Resident Landlord Scheme applies to landlords who own rented property in the UK but spend more than six months abroad. Read our guide to the scheme including what to do if it applies to you.

  • A guide on how to legally evict a tenant

    Guide to evicting a tenant

    It can be tough when a tenancy doesn’t work out. Our guide explains how to regain possession legally and fairly, making sure tenants are notified correctly.

  • Section 11 landlord and tenant act 1985

    What is Section 11 under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985?

    In this guide we’ll explore the implications of section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 for both tenants and landlords. 

  • Changes to electrical safety regulations

    Landlord responsibilities – changes to electrical safety regulations 2021/2022

    Updates to landlord legislation in England and Scotland mean that rental properties must comply with new electrical safety standards.

  • tenant fees act

    Tenant Fees Ban Guidance for 2020/21

    landlords are banned from charging certain fees – but what’s prohibited and what are the consequences for breaking the rules? Here’s what landlords and letting agents need to know about the tenant fees ban.

  • What is a section 8

    What is a Section 8 notice?

    Here, we look at Section 8 notices in more detail and the circumstances in which they can be used. For example, Section 8 notices are typically served when tenants are in arrears.

  • sections 24

    What is section 24?

    Here, we explore how Section 24 works, how it affects landlord income and what you can do to off-set the effects. such as Tax relief changes and the impact on income.

  • EPC ratings for landlords

    EPC Regulations Explained

    Properties built, sold or leased since 2008 require an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and will be affected by Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES). Do you know how to stay compliant?

  • The end of “no-fault” evictions and what it means for landlords

    The end of “no-fault” evictions and what it means for landlords

    The Government’s plans to ban so-called “no-fault” evictions has caused controversy since its announcement in April, with landlords groups claiming it will push up rents and shrink the supply of rental homes.

  • Section 21 notice

    What is a Section 21 Notice?

    Join us as we explore what a Section 21 Notice is and how landlords can use it to regain possession of their buy-to-let property

Property Management

  • Landlord accreditation schemes and courses

    Guide to landlord accreditation schemes and courses

    In most parts of the UK landlord accreditation schemes and courses are not compulsory. Even so, growing numbers of landlords are signing up, keen to enjoy the benefits they offer.

  • The landlord's guide to buy-to-let

    The landlord's guide to buy-to-let

    Are you thinking of becoming a buy-to-let landlord? Or recently purchased a property you plan on letting out? If so, our buy-to-let guide for landlords helps you make the best of your new investment.

  • Is buy-to-let worth it?

    Is buy-to-let worth it?

    Buy-to-let landlords: what are the risks and rewards of buying a rental property? If you are thinking of becoming a landlord, make sure you know what’s expected of you and how to make the most of your investment.

  • Guide to DSS tenants

    Landlords: A guide to DSS tenants

    A DSS tenant is someone who pays their rent with housing benefit. The term DSS is still used even though the DSS no longer exists as an organisation.

  • government deposit schemes

    Landlord’s guide to government deposit schemes

    Many landlords take a deposit from their tenants prior to them moving in to help protect themselves from any damage or unpaid rent. In this guide we'll explain everything you need to know about tenancy deposits.

  • Increasing rent

    Landlords: A guide to increasing rent

    Increasing rent can lead to tricky conversations. Here, we explore when rent increases might be appropriate, how to approach the subject and implement changes.

  • live-in landlord

    Guide to live-in landlords

    If you rent out a room or part of your home to a tenant or lodger, while also living there yourself, you’re classed as a ‘live-in’ or ‘resident’ landlord. Taking on a lodger, or tenant, can earn you some extra money, but it pays to be aware of the procedures you need to follow, and the rights and responsibilities of both parties.

  • landlord association top tips

    Top 10 tips for landlords, from UK landlord associations

    We spoke to our network of landlord associations and asked them what their top tips for landlords were. Here are the top 10 tips from those in the know.

  • Top five documents for landlords

    Top five documents every landlord needs

    We asked a panel of top landlord associations what the most important documents are for landlords. Make sure you have the documents you need in place.

  • What causes damp and mould in a house?

    Damp and mould in rental property

    Damp and mould can cause serious issues. Here, we take a look at the causes of damp and the responsibilities tenants and landlords both have in resolving the problem.

  • House and property inspections

    A landlord’s guide to property inspections

    The main reason for a house inspection is to assess the current state of your rental property both inside and outside. It’s an opportunity to make sure that everything is working as it should.

  • Property inventory

    Essential guide to the best property inventory list

    To help you prepare and implement an effective report, here’s our essential guide on how to create the best property inventory.  

  • What are fixtures and fittings

    Landlord responsibilities: fixtures and fittings guide

    In this guide we look at the specific responsibilities relating to fixtures & fittings and who is responsible, the tenant or the landlord.

  • Landlord checklist

    Your essential landlord checklist

    As a property owner you will have far more work to do than many people realise. We've put together an essential landlord checklist to make sure you've got things covered

  • letting agents fees

    Landlord letting agent fees

    If you’re a landlord using a letting agent, what responsibilities can you outsource and how much can you expect to pay? Find out in our guide to letting agent fees.

  • end of tenancy cleaning

    End of tenancy cleaning - a guide for landlords

    End of tenancy cleaning causes more disputes between landlords and tenants than any other single issue. We've put together this guide to cover everything both landlords and tenants need to know to make sure the end of tenancy cleaning process is as smooth as possible.

  • Joining Landlord Associations

    Why you should join a Landlords Association

    Keeping up with frequent legislative amendments, as well as large scale regulation reform, can seem like a never-ending task; Find all the benefits of joining a landlord association.

  • wear and tear definition

    What is ‘wear and tear’ in a rental property?

    Whether you're a landlord or a tenant, it's essential that you understand the level of wear and tear you can expect during a tenancy.

Rights & Responsibilities

  • Multiple property insurance

    Multiple properties insurance: a brief guide

    Do you have a portfolio of residential or commercial properties – or both? If so, you may be considering multi-property insurance. Our guide talks you through the different types of cover available to you.

  • EICR for landlords

    Electrical checks for landlords | EICR report guide

    Do you need an EICR report before you let out a property? Do you know the difference between Periodic Inspection Reports and Visual Inspection reports? Our guide to EICR for landlords answers these questions and more.

  • Rent Smart Wales

    Rent Smart Wales - FAQs for landlords

    If you are a landlord and you rent out property in Wales, it is crucial you understand the Rent Smart Wales scheme. We answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the scheme.

  • Landlord risks

    Guide to landlord risks | The cost of being a landlord

    Becoming a landlord: what are the risks, and how can you avoid them? There’s a lot to think about when you become a landlord, but understanding what you need to do and how to avoid some of the common pitfalls makes the process easier.

  • Landlord Responsibilities list

    Guide to landlord responsibilities

    What are the legal responsibilities and obligations of a private landlord? Read our complete guide.

  • Landlord harassment

    A guide to understanding landlord harassment

    Landlord harassment is essentially anything a landlord does that prevents tenants from living peacefully in their homes. Examples of landlord harassment in the UK vary widely but includes incidents such as changing the locks without tenants’ knowledge.

  • malicious damage

    Guide to reducing and insuring against malicious damage

    Malicious damage is damage done on purpose. Fundamentally, it’s a type of vandalism where the person doing the damage wants to cause destruction and harm.

  • landlord right of entry

    A guide to landlord right of entry

    In our guide navigate through the various legislations ensures both landlords and tenants rights are respected.

  • List of landlord certificates

    Landlord certificate requirements

    Landlords must ensure that a range of safety checks are carried out before you rent a property, and different documents are required in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Find the full Landlord certificate list

  • Alan Boswell commercial landlord responsibilities

    Commercial landlord responsibilities

    If you own a commercial property for rent, you’ll know it comes with certain responsibilities. But there's often confusion about who is responsible for what; landlord or tenant?

  • Legal costs for landlords

    Landlord fines: the risk of renting an unfit property

    Is your property fit for your tenants? We take a look at a landlord's responsibilities for rented properties.

Tax

  • Landlord tax guide

    Landlord tax guide

    Tax can be a complicated subject for landlords, such as income tax, stamp duty, capital gains tax, corporation tax, and landlord tax relief. We've teamed up with a Norwich Accountancy Services to provide some detail on tax for landlords.

  • how much tax do I need to pay on rental income

    How much tax do I need to pay on rental income?

    Tax on rental income can be complex to navigate. To ensure you don’t get caught out, here’s what you need to consider when paying tax on your rental income.

Tenants