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Renting & Letting: A Complete Guide to the Financial and Legal Essentials (Which? Essential Guides) [Paperback]

Kate Faulkner
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27 Jan 2011 Essential Guides

Whether you are a landlord looking to make a success of buy to let, or a tenant seeking to avoid rogue landlords, Renting & Letting is the definitive handbook for you. This practical guide is packed with detailed information on rights and obligations, the ins and outs of dispute resolution, deposits, security, safety, taxation and mortgages, as well as energy performance certificates, tenancy deposit protection schemes, and Capital Gains Tax.

This new edition of Renting & Letting covers a breadth of properties, from company lets and holiday flats to student accommodation and multiple occupation lets. Drawing on many years of experience in property investment, Kate Faulkner gives clear advice on the possible pitfalls, explaining vital financial and legal considerations in an accessible, jargon-free manner. She describes what landlords and tenants should look for in a rental property, and what costs you will incur, as well as what additional resources you will need throughout your letting or renting experience, whether it's working out who will manage the let, or who to turn to if things go awry.


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Which? Books; 12th Revised edition (27 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844901165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844901166
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate Faulkner grew up in Nottingham and has lived in Central London, Acton, Hackney, Finsbury Park, Byfleet, West Byfleet, Reading, Thames Ditton and she now resides near Newark. She has lived in a 1930s house, student accommodation, an Edwardian home, several Victorian terraces, a 1970s property and a 1950s flat. She now lives in a 200 year old farmhouse. Kate has bought, sold, rented, renovated, traded and worked in relocation as well as set up the Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon. And she's analysed over 50 areas for buy to let investment potential. Kate loves anything and everything to do with property and has set up a free site for people carrying out projects called www.propertychecklists.co.uk. Got a question? Get an answer, she and her team will help as much as they can.


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About the Author

Kate Faulkner is the author of Develop Your Property, Buy, Sell and Move House and Property Investor's Handbook. She has worked in the property industry for over ten years.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Many aspects of this book are very useful and there are many useful facts as you would expect from WHICH magazine. The reason I only gave it 3 stars, is that it is for tenants as well as landlords. It means I can't flip though it and find things that are relevant to me, I have to keep weeding out what is aimed at tenants, it's all mixed up.

Of course it is useful for landlord to see things from a tenant's point of view, but mostly from the point of view of warning them about tricks that a few tenants can get up to. While most tenants are hardworking people who want to live a quiet life, some are a problem and try to exploit the system. The book needed a section on tenants on their rights, but seen from a landlord's point of view to guard against what can go wrong. The landlord is trying to run a business. If they feel they want to research what tenants want, they should buy a book on it separately, not have to wade through it all whether they want to or not.

So you get the feeling it's all very academic, someone wrote it who has not really done buy to let themselves, they just know all the rules and lay them out for you.

I could have done with a proper check list of EVERYTHING you need to do, at the various stages of purchasing and managing, as a landlord. The information is probably there, but it is spread around and mixed up with the tenant stuff.

I would not say this book is not worth buying, but I did not feel it gave me everything I needed by a long chalk. I have therefore been looking for other books that tell you what the landlord needs to know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book ticks all the boxes for me 17 May 2013
By M C B
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I haven't found anything with this book that I have a complaint about so far. I am new to letting so wanted a straight forward but authoritative book on the subject. Being published by Which I felt it should be reliable. It is easy to read and up to date with a wealth of info including website suggestions if you need more. There is also a helpful index that directs you to the relevant page.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Read, Full of Good Advice and Tips 2 May 2013
By LL
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For the first timer, an EXCELLENT read (probably for those more experienced too.)
provides all the essentials you need to know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Renting & Letting Bible 30 Mar 2013
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This is a very informative book which gives good advice for those looking to buy to let but also provides guidance for those who are going to rent properties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must read 25 Mar 2013
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Great book for preparing to buy to let. Well thought through and plenty of detail and useful info. May scare a few people off BTL as there are so many considerations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wake up call. 28 Dec 2013
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A very good book, it put me off letting out property.
Well worth a read before deciding what to do with property.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Which..renting and letting guidebook 27 Dec 2013
By Rubysue
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this is a brilliant buy...concise, easy to understand with no jargon as you would expect from `Which`...it is a fair and informative read
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