You are not logged in. Click here to login
Student Login <
Landlord Login <
Letting Agent Login <
Find Housemates Student Guides Advertise Blogs   follow us  
AFS Pinterest AFS facebook AFS Twitter AFS LinkedIn


Does your Tenancy Agreement give you Confidence?

By Simon Thompson
Tenancy agreements are important. They make it clear what you expect from your tenant and when they sign the dotted line you have a contract stipulating they will abide by the rules you have set down. That’s the theory. In reality tenancy agreements sometimes have the amazing ability to stretch wide enough for your tenant to drive a coach and horses through them. No pets? One landlord managed to evict a problem tenant only to find he had left a very large snake behind and although it is understood that your property should not be used for illegal purposes it is astonishing just how much cannabis is grown and just how many brothels spring up in rented properties. So I ask a simple question, “does your tenancy agreement give you the confidence or would you like to know more about your next tenant before you get them to sign?” TenantID is a nationwide database which can tell you at the touch of a button whether the person wanting to rent your property is a safe proposition or has a track record of trouble. The information is provided by people like you and the aim is to create a nationwide network of people in the lettings industry sharing information to protect one another from rogue tenants. If someone has used your flat as a drugs factory or an animal sanctuary you can let colleagues know that the tenant breached their tenancy agreement and hopefully prevent someone else from making an expensive and stressful mistake.

To find out how you can join the TenantID network and make informed choices about your future tenants visit TenandID today and register for FREE.

Landlord Guides
Welcome to our Student Landlord
Guides filled with great insight and
information from our student
Search Blog
Search by Date

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021

December 2020

November 2020

October 2020

September 2020

August 2020

July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

December 2019

November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

November 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

August 2014

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011
Landlords' BTL portfolio values grow by 8.6%

Despite a difficult year for landlords battling with the Covid-19 lockdown, the value of their BTL portfolios has risen by 8.6%.

According to research from real estate firm Barrows and Forrester, this equates to values rising by

Posted by on 02/03/2021 17:56:08
Read More

Student landlords hit back in University spat

Student landlords have hit back after one University urged them to introduce a blanket rent reduction for their student tenants.

The landlords in Portsmouth had been urged by the University of Portsmouth's Vice-Chancellor Graham Galbraith to del

Posted by on 26/02/2021 12:59:00
Read More

Record 616,360 university applications

UCAS have announced a record number of applications to University have been received by the 29th of January.

This is a significant increase on the previous year of 8.5% and is the most applications ever received at this point in the a

Posted by on 19/02/2021 11:19:52
Read More

Universal Credit hitch leads to landlords evicting tenants

A hitch with Universal Credit (UC) has revealed that landlords across the country are increasingly considering evicting their tenants.

That's because the UC portal has been closed to new claimants which means landlords are struggling to create A

Posted by on 17/02/2021 15:26:22
Read More

Demand pushes commuter zones' rents up

The continued rising demand for rental property has seen rents for homes in commuter zones being pushed up, research reveals.

The analysis from Zoopla highlights that increasing demand in commuter zones matches the fall in deman

Posted by on 11/02/2021 17:10:17
Read More

MPs call on Government to refund student rents

An influential group of MPs is calling on the government to refund student rents during the lockdown.

The call has been made by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Students, which includes peers and MPs from all political parties.

Posted by on 08/02/2021 13:51:38
Read More

Landlords cannot bar tenants with pets

Landlords are no longer allowed to refuse to rent their property to a tenant who has a pet, new government guidelines state.

The new model tenancy agreement, introduced by the Ministry of Housing, is a recommended contract that landlords should

Posted by on 05/02/2021 13:15:29
Read More

The most affordable universities for student rents revealed
The most affordable student rents in the UK for those who are attending university have been revealed.

According to one student accommodation platform, the most affordable student rent is in the Liverpool L7 postcode.

This area is to home

Posted by on 02/02/2021 17:27:24
Read More

For those student landlords wanting to know which universities offer the best buy to let i

According to recent research, the best buy to let university in the UK for investment purposes is the University of Southampton.

Their figures reveal that landlords there can expect a typical rental yield of 7.4%.

The average hou

Posted by on 22/01/2021 15:35:34
Read More

The number of landlords who set up buy to let limited companies rocketed in 2020

According to real estate firm Hamptons, the number of landlords setting up a BTL limited company in 2020 was 41,700.

That's a rise of 23% on 2019's figure.

For a landlord creating a limited company, they can save tax

Posted by on 22/01/2021 15:29:31
Read More

Landlords hit by eviction ban extension

Landlords have been hit by a Government decision to extend its eviction ban for another six weeks.

The move means that the bailiff ban in England is now being extended to 21 February - at the earliest.

Robert Jenrick, the housing

Posted by on 18/01/2021 17:28:01
Read More

UK Landlords optimistic about 2021

Despite the issues and challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, 45% of UK landlords say they are optimistic about their prospects in 2021.

The survey from Property Master, however, also reveals that 29% of landlords are pess

Posted by on 08/01/2021 13:44:29
Read More

Lower risk of Covid for Uni students in private accommodation

Student landlords worried about the coronavirus risks of students in their private accommodation will be pleased to hear about the latest research.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), students are at a higher

Posted by on 05/01/2021 17:55:38
Read More

Private landlords offer tenants more help than social landlords

With the coronavirus pandemic affecting the country, it has been revealed that private landlords have been offering their tenants more help than social landlords have done.

That's one of the findings from the English Housing Survey

Posted by on 05/01/2021 17:53:44
Read More

Angry landlords say they feel abandoned

Angry landlords in the UK say the government has forgotten them during the Covid-19 pandemic, a survey reveals.

According to The Mortgage Lender (TML), who carried out the survey, 64% of landlords say they have not received fina

Posted by on 17/12/2020 14:57:33
Read More

Student property is still offering good prospects

According to Bunk, recent media stories predicting that the UK's student accommodation sector will struggle in 2021 are wide of the mark.

From a survey of students they have carried out, they say the student acco

Posted by on 11/12/2020 10:04:57
Read More

Best cities for buy to let
The best cities in the UK for buy to let investment have been revealed after 50 locations were analysed by financial experts.

The findings from Aldermore reveal there are still lots of solid BTL investment opportunities available despite

Posted by on 04/12/2020 12:09:34
Read More

Students told they cannot cancel tenancy agreements

With students across the UK being told by the Government that they should return home in a travel window, some universities are reminding students about their obligations to their landlords.

One of them, Liverpool John Moores University<

Posted by on 04/12/2020 12:00:49
Read More

Landlords urge new dispute conciliation service
Posted by on 04/12/2020 11:46:22
Read More

Rent rises continue to fall
The number of tenants who are experiencing rent rises in the UK has fallen for the second month in a row, according to the latest data.

Arla Propertymark says that 37% of letting agents say landlords had not put the rent up, compare

Posted by on 04/12/2020 11:14:57
Read More

Students say they WILL return in January 2021

Landlords around the UK will be pleased to hear that students say they will return to their university studies in January.

There are fears that with universities ending their current term early for Christmas, that students may decide not to retu

Posted by on 23/11/2020 11:37:07
Read More

Lifting of tenant eviction ban postponed

Bailiffs have been told by the government not to enforce any court possession orders in an area with high coronavirus restrictions in place.

While this means that evictions could still proceed through courts, bailiffs will not now enforce evicti

Posted by on 23/11/2020 11:24:55
Read More

Landlords see rents rise since Covid-19 lockdown

Landlords in most regions have seen rents rising for the first time since March when the Covid-19 lockdown began.

The figures from Hamptons International reveal that the average rent is now £1,041 per month, that's a year-on-yea

Posted by on 23/11/2020 11:14:41
Read More

'Substantial' rent arrears are exempt from evictions ban

The government has announced that possession cases with substantial rent arrears will now be exempt from the evictions ban.

The move will see High Court Enforcement Officers and bailiffs being able to complete evictions and enfo

Posted by on 23/11/2020 11:08:43
Read More

81% of students happy with their accommodation

Recent research released by demonstrates that students are overwhelmingly happy with their student accommodation. In addition over 60% of students indicated that their accommodation was good value for money.

Posted by on 11/11/2020 13:55:59
Read More

Stamp duty holiday fuelling BTL expansion

The Government’s stamp duty holiday appears to be encouraging more landlords to expand their portfolio, figures reveal.

In findings from Simply Business, they say that 10% of landlords confess they are now planning to buy more p

Posted by on 06/11/2020 11:12:22
Read More

Where property investors should head in 2021
If you want to know where property investors should be heading in 2021 for the best opportunities, then a new survey reveals all.

According to property investors SevenCapital, the best place for investment in 2021 is Birmingham.

Posted by on 06/11/2020 10:55:52
Read More

Right to Rent Rules Change

The Right to Rent rules that govern landlords in England are due to change from November.

That's when the Home Office will introduce several changes that, they say, will make it easier for agents and landlords to check that a potential tena

Posted by on 22/10/2020 11:57:27
Read More

Where student landlords will see the best yields
The areas where student landlords can expect to see the best yields has been revealed in new research.

According to The Mistoria Group, landlords with student properties in the North West outperformed standard buy to let properties for return on inv

Posted by on 22/10/2020 11:47:08
Read More

Best UK city for buy to let investment revealed

For those investors wanting to know where the best UK city for buy to let investment is, then a new study reveals all.

According to research from CIA Landlord Insurance, the best location to deliver profits is Salford.

Posted by on 14/10/2020 22:23:08
Read More

Trading standards target students with Twitter quiz

One trading standards department is targeting student tenants with information about lettings fees - and ending a tenancy early.

The Trading Standards South West Team has been busy staging Twitter quizzes to

Posted by on 14/10/2020 22:20:51
Read More

Rents hit a record high outside of London

Strong demand from tenants has led to rents outside of London hitting a new record high, new figures reveal.

And rental yields are also increasing in most regions monitored.

An analysis from Rightm

Posted by on 14/10/2020 22:18:24
Read More

Tenant demand hits record high

Tenant demand hits record high

The number of tenants who have registered with letting agents for a home to rent has reached a record high, a report reveals.

The Private Rented Sector Report for August from Arla Proper

Posted by on 06/10/2020 15:18:16
Read More

Landlords see Covid 19 as a portfolio-expanding opportunity

Landlords see Covid-19 as a portfolio-expanding opportunity

Despite the problems caused by the Covid-19 lockdown, growing numbers of landlords see the pandemic as a chance to expand their portfolio.


Posted by on 24/09/2020 15:03:24
Read More

Student accommodation seekers create viewings record

A late surge from students wanting accommodation in London and the Home Counties led to the number of viewing figures reaching a 10-year high, figures reveal.

The research from Knight Frank, the real estate firm, found the viewing figures f

Posted by on 14/09/2020 11:22:40
Read More

Landlords face going two years without rent

Plans by the government to extend their current evictions ban could see landlords going without rent for up to two years, one landlords' organisation is warning.

The National Residential Landlords' Association (NRLA) has written to the Prim

Posted by on 09/09/2020 12:04:47
Read More

Average rents rise by 2.1% in August

With Covid-19 restrictions now being eased, landlords around the country saw rents rise by an average of 2.1% in August.

According to the data from HomeLet, rents have risen by 1.5% compared with August last year.

Rents in London

Posted by on 07/09/2020 17:44:31
Read More

Tenants must receive 6 months notice

Landlords have been told by the Government that they must now give six months' notice to their tenants which will run until March 2021.

This is in addition to the eviction ban extension, which was recently announced, and which will now end on 20

Posted by on 01/09/2020 12:23:04
Read More

Covid impact broadens accommodation considerations

Students have considered a broader range of accommodation choices as a result of Coronavirus. In a recent survey undertaken by 40% of respondents had considered living in a houseshare rather than a hall. 22% a flat or apart

Posted by on 19/08/2020 11:55:53
Read More

Call to introduce student tenancy break clauses

A call has been made for student tenancy agreements to include a break clause should another wave of Covid-19 take place.

A survey of students and parents was carried out by Money Magpie and it found that 89% of students would like a break claus

Posted by on 13/08/2020 11:05:27
Read More

More traffic, increased enquiries further developments
It has been a challenging time for the student accommodation sector since late March. Despite this it has been positive to see the sector responding in innovative way.

40% increase in enquiries

Here at Accommodation for S

Posted by on 07/08/2020 13:04:20
Read More

What student landlords will need to do post-lockdown
Student landlords are being urged to undertake measures to ensure their accommodation meets the demands of post-lockdown students.

According to Ben Fielding from property inventory software firm InventoryBase, landlords should review their rental propert

Posted by on 27/07/2020 20:13:04
Read More

Landlords see tenant demand and rents rise

Landlords around the country are seeing rents rise and tenant demand booming at higher levels than in 2019, new research reveals.

The findings from Goodlord show that rents are rising in most regions and void periods are beginning to fall.

Posted by on 15/07/2020 17:57:20
Read More

The UK's buy to let mortgage market is recovering

Landlords and potential BTL investors will be pleased to hear that the UK's buy to let mortgage market is beginning to show signs of recovery after the Covid-19 lockdown, figures reveal.

The findings from Moneyfacts show that the number of BTL f

Posted by on 13/07/2020 17:44:37
Read More

UK universities look to fly overseas students into the country

A growing number of universities in the UK are looking to charter flights in a bid to bring overseas students to study in the country this year, it has been revealed.

The news will bring relief to those landlords with private student accomm

Posted by on 09/07/2020 19:12:08
Read More

Landlords choose not to increase rents
Growing numbers of landlords are choosing not to increase rents in a bid to help their tenants financially because of the Covid-19 lockdown, it has been revealed.

According to Arla Propertymark, the proportion of rent increases being imposed on tena

Posted by on 06/07/2020 10:33:37
Read More

Lettings Market sees a strong start to June

The first two weeks in June have seen the lettings market enjoying huge gains for both completed and new lettings applications, one platform reveals.

According to Goodlord, these applications are now higher than June 2019's levels and under

Posted by on 19/06/2020 12:30:14
Read More

Student property sees investment surge

The North West of England has seen a student property investment surge that has increased by 8% year-on-year, research reveals.

The findings from Mistoria Group highlights that international investors, as well as UK-based investors, have been in

Posted by on 16/06/2020 22:24:49
Read More

UK's rental sector surges after Covid-19 lockdown

Demand in the UK's rental sector for homes surged by 22% after letting agents were allowed to reopen on 13 May, one organisation says.

According to Rightmove, demand for rental properties is growing at a quicker pace than for the residential sal

Posted by on 08/06/2020 11:11:37
Read More

The Class of 2021

Currently the Higher Education sector is experiencing an unprecedented level of disruption and as a result there is a significant amount of uncertainty about what will be happening in the 2020/21 academic year.

Universities have been hit particu

Posted by on 03/06/2020 14:40:27
Read More

View more

Are you an existing landlord?
Click here to log into your account

Are you new to AFS, click here to find out more information

LinkedIn twitter YouTube Facebook