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Renting Out Your Property For Dummies
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2014
I knew I wanted to let and had to I had to move and let my property or in a couple of months be in debt with mounting costs of moving
for a new job. I sat in my apartment with belongings untouched thinking about letting and knowing its impending and yet not doing anything about it. The easiest way is to start packing empty the apartment, clean and ready the place and hand the work to an agent, you might just do this but it doesn't escape the fact you will be the landlord and have responsibilities. I worked a few things out for myself , read on the internet and then spoke to people on gum-tree and the customer services e.g. electric and council tax who actually gave good advice. When the book came I read through the first few chapters and it sets you for letting and gives the information you need and the tips and what needs to be covered. Half the book if mastered read a couple of times, will give you the knowledge and tools to let properly to back this with the deliverables there are template letters and forms and by the end of this you will have enough knowledge to do your first letting or decide to go with the agent as it maybe. By this stage you will have confidence in the elements of the property you would like to protect making sure you have the inventory and even the knowledge to avoid bogus agents. The rest of the books gives you much more information about once you become a landlord and consolidating your experience.
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VINE VOICEon 26 January 2013
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At a whopping 378 pages and 25 chapters, this book covers virtually every aspect that you are likely to need to know when renting your property. It provides information to help you decide whether you want to be a landlord and, if so, whether you want to deal with the renting yourself or employ an agent.

If you decide to deal with the property letting yourself, the step by step advice is written in a very easy to understand way, unlike many legal works and is an extremely useful reference aide. There is advice on how to deal with problem tenants, including eviction and the court action required, financial management and safety and insurance.

There are sections dealing with money and taxes, however as the rules relating to these seem to change constantly, I wouldn't rely on a book anyway but would seek professional up to date advice.

Lots of good advice and tips - definitely a book to buy if you are considering becoming a landlord.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2012
This is a very basic book about renting out properties in the UK. I was expecting something more specific. There are no clear laws/bills mentioned, no clear terms and timeframes on what to do, no real values in the "tricks" just a lot of stories and it looks more like a gossip book than a real book. I wouldn't buy it again. Only value are the links to where to find the information you need...
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This is another in the 'Dummies' series and as far as size, layout and style goes - it follows all the usual criteria.

The book is split into 8 parts that are then split into further chapters. These parts are: 1. So You Want to be a Landlord?, 2. Renting Your Property, 3. The Brass Tacks of Managing Rentals, 4. Techniques and Tools for Managing, 5. Money, Money, Money!, 6. Only for the Daring, 7. The Part of Tens and finally 8. Appendices. There is also an introduction and fairly comprehensive index.

At a little shy of 400 pages, this is a fairly comprehensive book. There is plenty of text but it's all written in a style that makes it easy to read and never overwhelming. I also liked the style of the writing. It was fairly jargon free and upbeat while still maintaining an honesty that makes you sure you'll go into renting with your eyes open.

At first I tried reading this book from start to finish but quickly found that it was perhaps better to dip in and out of chapters as and when they were required. For example, the chapter about getting and keeping tenants comes before the one on your responsibilities (regarding safety, insurance etc) and both come before the one about raising the finances to purchase your property for rent. Regardless, everything seems to naturally sit well in each part/chapter so it's fine that you need to move around to get the best advice dependent on where you are in the rental process.

My long term goal is to buy property to rent out and this book really opened my eyes to things that I hadn't even considered (such as taxes, HMOs etc). It laid out everything that I would need to consider in a way which I can always refer back to when the time comes. I also really liked the inclusion of forms at the end of the book and these can also be downloaded which is a bonus.

If you're thinking about or planning to rent out your property then I would recommend this book to you. It has everything you need to know in one place and in a format that makes it as simple as it can be. 4 stars.
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VINE VOICEon 24 September 2012
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If you've ever considered renting out a property but have no idea where to start then this excellent Renting Out Your Property For Dummies guide is the perfect place to start before you take the leap in to becoming a landlord.

The guide is set out in a very logical order beginning with what to look for if you are considering buying a property to rent or even if you are looking to rent out your own house if you are unable to sell it. It covers marketing your property, the management side and whether you are thinking of doing this yourself or going through rental agencies. Dealing with the inspections, any repairs on the property, what to do with difficult tenants plus all of the legal aspects associated with Renting Property. It really is the perfect handbook to answer all of your rental questions.

Let's face it in the current climate more and more people are being forced to rent these days and with poor pensions and bank rates property does seem to be the only sound investment.

A really useful beginner's guide to property rental that covers everything you will need to know before making the decision if renting a property is for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2012
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Whilst I did find this book useful it's certainly not the end all on the subject - it's a useful book to give you the initial brainstorm towards renting out but it's certainly not the definitive answer. In the end a quick word with a solicitor/estate agent/CAB saved me a lot of time and anguish. In short - the first step towards renting out but certainly not the last.
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'Renting Out Your Property For Dummies' is a very well-written and useful guide for landlords, especially those caught out by the recent problems in the world of finance and property sales who find themselves in positions where they have to let out their properties.

The guide is split into clear chapters and gives a great deal of useful and sensible advice about all the stages of renting out a property, including sample documents.

While obviously not its intended market, this book also has useful information for tenants in that it lays out the responsibilities of a landlord.

Well worth a read if you're planning to let out a property.
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on 26 August 2013
A good beginners book covering the basics particularly if you decide to manage the property yourself rather than using a managing agent. I chose to go with a fully manged letting service in the end having read how much time and effort was involved in self management. The book help me to decide on the type of property, location and type of tenant I wanted. It also helped me have the type of productive business meetings with estate agents and letting agents that are essential if you want to be successful.
In short
As a beginner, do your research, do your figures and be clear about your goals before you approach your purchase and you will be taken seriously.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 October 2012
We have found this book very useful and informative as we are renting a house out for the first time. We dip into it under the relevant chapters
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on 8 March 2014
I was fed up with the incompetence of my local estate agents AND the devious ways they tried to take 25% of the monthly rent of my mother's old house, so I got this super yellow book. Now the house is making money just for me! If you're motivated to try being a landlord for the first time, this is just the thing to give you all the encouragement you'll need,
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