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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2013
Nicely laid out out.
Presents some sections from the point of view of the tenant and others from the point of view of the landlord, while stating that each section is actually of interest to both parties. This doesn't work particularly smoothly, but it is still a good choice to be read from the point of view of the tenant compared to some other books I read which are purely from the landlord's perspective.
Just from a landlord perspective it is still a decent choice as well.
Good summary overall.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 March 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 May 2013
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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on 26 March 2015
Sadly, Which? no longer publish books - only their magazine.

Has anyone found other, up-to-date books to be as useful as this one?
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on 27 December 2013
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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on 1 September 2013
The text is well organised and written in a way which is easily understood An excellent resource for landlords and tenants alike.
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on 3 January 2013
The book is helpful. However, its scope is a bit limited. It could suggest other sources of adivice for less common problems
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