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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Right Way (15 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716023563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716023562
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am David Lawrenson, the author of "Successful Property Letting - How to Make Money in Buy to Let"
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I have been a landlord and property investor myself since 1986 and have been an acknowledged expert on the private rented sector since the book came out in 2005.
I am a consultant to banks, local authorities, social housing providers, insurers, institutional investors and other organisations - helping them with their landlord facing or buy to let product products, strategies and services.
For example, I help banks improve their buy to let mortgage lending practices and I help housing associations / local authorities find private landlords (private rented access schemes, local letting agency models etc.)
As a former internal management consultant and project manager I am well placed to help organisations achieve their goals in the rapidly growing private rented sector.
I also write for property websites and am regularly quoted by the media.
We also find some spare time to help landlords and property investors by coaching them in how to make money in the private rented sector using ways that work, which are ethical, fair to tenants and which involve minimal risk to the investor. We pride ourselves on giving independent unbiased Buy-to-let advice on a one-to-one mentoring / coaching basis or through our occasional group seminars.
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Mandatory reading... invaluable information for all... leaves no stone unturned. (Daily Telegraph)

A valuable contribution to the savvy landlord's bookshelf (

Among the many books published on how to succeed in buy-to-let, this one stands out as a practical and extremely detailed crammed full of tips that even experienced property managers are likely to pick up some fresh ideas (National Landlords Association)

Interesting and useful... particularly [for] those new to the business. (Landlord Law)

The best book on the subject... if you are involved in buy to let you should consider buying a copy" (SIPPs 2006)

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The UK's bestselling book on property letting in a brand new updated edition.

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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful By ctaniab on 16 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm just dipping my toes into the buy-to-let waters, and have been soaking up information like a sponge from any and everywhere. Without a doubt, this is the best source I've come across, providing clear, sound and realistic advice. Written in a gently humerous and unpatronising style, if offers both breadth and plenty detail, including very useful chapters on how to manage without letting agents, and getting to grips with tax.

It's much more current than certain other publications, for example it doesn't trip itself up citing no-longer-attainable rental yields, or recommend specific (long out-of-date) investment areas.

In other words, its author is realistic about the fluctuating housing and rental market, with evident ample experience from which to offer clear, sensible guidance and advice about how to stay afloat in unpredictable and choppy seas.

Worth every penny.
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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Babs on 24 April 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is absolutely brilliant. It does say that if you use an agent to manage the rent for you, you must also check the references yourself on the tenant they have for you. Ie telephone their employer, contact the last place where they lived and you can check this on the Land registry for £3. It says do a credit check that costs £15.

It also mentions the people who dress smart say all the right may be professional con people who do this all the time and they no their rights once they are in your property. It says in the book never let anyone into the property without getting the full deposit and 1st month's rent first, any one who makes excuses why they can't give you the money upfront is probably going to rip you off(don't take a cheque it has to be cash). It also says that 98% do pay their rents there is only 2% that don't but you always hear about the 2% that don't. After reading this book I would probably not go through an agency as they will not be as thorough in the checks that you would do. It lists all things you need to do etc and give's you sample letters, sample advert's, where to advertise, It gives you a house guide to give to the tenant when they first move in telling them where the stop value is, emergency numbers on plumbers etc. It tells you to take photos of the house before so they can't disagree when you charge them for something that is broken when they leave, it tells you how to evict a bad tenant and a copy of the Assured Tenantacy agreement you get them to sign etc. What tax to pay. It includes everything you need to know about renting. I thought I would need to read at least 5 books on the subject but this covers absolutely everything.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By puddley on 24 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Excellent value and written to be understood. Excuse the echo. Unpretentious, unassuming style and, given that it was well under a tenner, I would say the latest version is a 'must' for all property landlords. I am a landlord of just 4 years (as @2011) and have stumbled my way to my current level of relative competence, mostly through error. This book was a significant step up: a 'sharpener.' It was also a confidence builder because a lot of what I do ~and better late than never~ is confirmed as 'good practice.'
So nice to have it ok'd by someone who really knows what they are talking about.

A few case histories and imagined scenarios of tenant/landlord disputes ~and how to try to avoid the pitfalls of legislation~ would have been useful including, for example, the truth behind the liability of the landlord should they not lodge a deposit; the danger of taking money and trying to call it something other than a deposit (don't do this) and, perhaps, a template example of Section 21 and Section 8 possession orders or 'notices' and the circumstances for and potential consequences of their respective use.

(the following blurb was added 30/11/14)

It is most important that you buy an up-to-date version so beware: even as I write this, changes regarding so-called 'retalitory evictions' were on the table for discussion only this week in Parliament (effectively blocked but believe will be re-tabled in Feb 2015) Also take note, landlord/tenant law is different in Scotland to Northern Ireland...oh, and England and Wales also has its own ideas. Well, of course!

The version of the book I have makes fair reference to this and is most useful for rented properties and their landlords in England and Wales.
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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Forrest on 25 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
As an experienced property investor I found this book still taught me lots that I didn't know already.
The chapters on how to find the right property in the right location and the one on how to reference tenants (so as not to end up with the tenant from hell!) were particularly good.
There's also a good tenancy agreement in the index and a useful list of addresses for other organisations too.
It's also written in an easy to read style and made me laugh a few times too, which for a hard bitten landlady isn't easy!
Highly recommended.
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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Brian O Connor on 8 Dec. 2005
Format: Paperback
Having recently become a "buy-to-let" landlord myself, I was looking for a book which would tell me everything I needed to know about the property letting game. A number of publications I came across seemed to be extremely detailed and difficult to get to grips with. A friend of mine then recommended David Lawrenson's book on the subject and I promptly followed his advice and bought it. I wasn't disappointed.
This book covers all areas of property letting but better still, it covers it in a simple and easy to understand format. The author shares his own experiences of being a landlord and informs the reader of potential danger areas to watch out for. The advice offered is straight forward, practical and informative but most of all, accessible to the reader. Areas I found particularly helpful were those on property tax (a minefield explained easily) and advice on how to keep your property let at all times (essential for any landlord). Overall, I would recommend this book for any type of landlord. Whether new to the game or experienced, there is excellent information and advice contained within it's pages. It has become an essential reference guide for me in all matters relating to buy-to-let. Highly recommended.
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