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Can I use my flat for Airbnb?

Southampton docks at night

Airbnb is a great way of finding somewhere to rent short term – but if you are a tenant yourself, can you use your flat or apartment for Airbnb rental to make some extra money?

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What’s on in Southampton – Summer 2017

A quick list of some of the events in Southampton you might not want to miss:

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Should you use a letting agent or a private landlord?

Naturally we’re biased, but there are advantages and disadvantages to going direct to an private landlord compared to the more ‘traditional’ letting agent option. Private Landlord

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Right to Rent laws – guidance for tenants

Since 1 Feb 2016 all landlords have to check new tenants have a right to live in the UK under the ‘Right to Rent’ laws. Here’s what you’ll need to know as a tenant: We have to check ALL tenants, even

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Why do landlords ask for tenant references?

Like many landlords, we normally ask for tenant references from your employer, and your current or past landlord. But why do we? The three main types of tenant reference Your employment reference We want to check you have stable employment that’s

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Top 5 renting scams

Unfortunately, like anything where money is involved, there are those out to take it. From suspect marketing to phantom houses,  here’s the top five renting scams, and how to avoid them.

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New Watermark West Quay under construction in Southampton

If you’ve been in Southampton recently, you may have noticed they have started the heavy work on the new extension to West Quay shopping centre, called ‘Watermark’ The first phase is planned to bring A 10 screen multiplex cinema A new

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Many UK landlords ‘failing to take running costs into account’

A piece of research by Platinum Property Partners outlines that around 25% of landlords are failing to take all costs into account when calculating their returns. From garden maintenance to advertising, or letting agent fees to emergency repairs, they esitmated

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Tenant FAQ: Can I decorate my rented flat or house?

Short answer No, not without permission. Longer answer Especially if you have a longer lease, or are planning to stay for the long term, decorating the way you want can make rented accommodation feel more like home. Here’s some quick

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Getting to ‘yes’ – top 5 tips to get a landlord to accept you

Have you found the perfect flat and made an offer, but then found that you are turned down by the landlord or agent? Depending on how competitive the market is where and when you are looking, there could be quite

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