The title of this blog post may be a bit of a misnomer. That's because it's not the annual testing of landlords, of course, but rather the tests landlords of HMOs should be carrying out on an annual basis to ensure their properties are habitable for tenants. Indeed some of these tests are statutory and if not carried out could lead to a fine and removal of the HMO licence. Others may be non-mandatory but they’re still advisable - for your own peace of mind as well as that of the tenants.
When it comes to interior design very few of us are experts. We all know what we like though – and thankfully our tastes tend to be very different otherwise it’d be a bit of a dull world interiors-wise.
However, when it comes to designing or planning a room in terms of colours, fabrics, furniture etc there are a few rules to stick to ensure that it doesn’t look as if it’s been designed by a three year old.
Before I go on though do remember the golden rule about letting out a property – it shouldn’t be your taste but rather be ‘tastefully’ decorated. So anyhow, what are those interior design rules? Well, read on…
Just about everyone seems to be ‘time poor’ these days and often the last thing we feel like doing at the end of a working day is going out to yet another meeting and networking with people we’ve never even met before.
However, making the effort for a few hours every month can reap huge benefits for our property investing career. And that’s where PIN meetings come in. PIN stands for Property Investors Network and you’ll probably find there is already a meeting organised not that far from where you are sitting reading this right now. That’s because the network already hosts regular get-togethers in around 41 venues throughout the UK.
Acting along similar lines as a support group, PIN meetings are about encouraging newbie investors and providing a meeting point for experienced property investors. And there is always a good mix. In fact, a survey carried out last summer on attendees showed that from 879 of those who regularly attended PIN meetings 30 per cent didn’t have any investment properties at all, another 30 per cent owned up to three properties, 20 per cent had up to seven properties and 20 per cent owned eight or more rented apartments/houses.
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