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Can I use my flat for Airbnb?

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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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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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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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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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Protecting your deposit – a guide for tenants

Most landlords would prefer to give you your deposit back – it just doesn’t feel like that for tenants. If you want to get your deposit back in full, there are some things you need to do before, during and

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Top 10 tenants maintenance responsibilities

While good landlords want to know promptly if there is anything wrong, that does not mean you should be calling them every time something breaks or doesn’t work like it should. But if it’s your first time renting a flat,

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The 8 hidden costs of moving home

Whether you are renting or buying, there are some costs to moving home that can add up quickly, so before you make the decision to move, make sure you have enough saved to cover them. I’ve found 8 things mos people

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Should letting agencies charge tenant fees?

The government is planning to debate creating a new law to ban lettings agents from charging fees to tenants. The costs of fees charged to tenants has been steadily climbing over the last few years, and it’s one of the

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