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Five things you didnt know add value to your home

September 27, 2016

It’s all in the Name It’s not a massive shock to most of us that the name of your street affects the value of your property, after all, given the choice between Primrose Hill and Pike Street, one has significantly more appeal than the other when sending out change of address cards. Regal sounding street [...] View article >

Legal Services for Landlords. Northwood has the answer!

September 23, 2016

Around 97% of U.K. landlords are not “professional” in the sense that they usually have a busy career and day job.  This means they don’t always have time to remain up to date with new regulations and this can end up costing them dearly. New research by Direct Line Landlord Insurance reveals that one in [...] View article >

We’re helping support the fight for a Gas Safety nation

September 22, 2016

Here at Northwood the health and wellbeing of our tenants, landlords  and indeed all of our customers is a real priority so we are proud to once again be supporting the Gas Safety Week. Jonathan Samuel, managing director for Gas Safe Register, said: “It’s great to have the support of Northwood this Gas Safety Week. [...] View article >

Cleaning Continues to be a Big Problem for Landlords

September 20, 2016

Recent figures from the Tenant Deposit Scheme (TDS) have shown that it is in fact cleanliness, or lack of it, is causing the majority of deposit disputes. A huge 58% of disputes are as a result of the rented property not being cleaned before the tenant leaves. Landlords must remember that the burden of evidence [...] View article >

Top ten turn offs for house buyers

September 16, 2016

If you are trying to sell your home without success, it could be that you’re unwittingly putting people off. Recent research by Harron Homes, provides an interesting insight into what puts buyers off the most. Considering that buyers typically decide within  0-5 minutes whether the property is of appeal to them,  get the basics right [...] View article >

Do you need an inventory for an unfurnished rental property?

September 10, 2016

It can be a common misconception among landlords that an inventory is not really necessary if they are letting out an unfurnished property. After all, there’s nothing in it, right? Wrong! The most expensive damage that can be done to a property is to the building itself, carpets, kitchens, bathrooms and any white goods that [...] View article >

Renting with confidence

August 30, 2016

Planning to move into a rented property can be confusing, especially if you’ve not had to do it before. There will be even more to think about if you are leaving one rented property and moving into to another. There are utilities to change and the check-out process to go through, not to mention ensuring [...] View article >

The benefit of regular property inspections

August 25, 2016

Regular inspections of a rental property can benefit both the tenant and landlord. Although most landlords understand the importance of inspections at the start and towards the end of a tenancy, many feel uncomfortable or do not fully appreciate the benefits of conducting periodic inspections through-out the tenancy. From a landlords’ perspective, these inspections allow [...] View article >

Northwood celebrates 21 years of growth within the private rented sector

August 24, 2016

Northwood started life in Portsmouth in 1995 offering customers a unique guaranteed rental income service called the Platinum Scheme, later to become our market-leading Guaranteed Rent offering. This innovative service proved a big hit with landlords and soon Northwood was expanding into Southampton, Milton Keynes and Northampton.   The timing was somewhat fortuitous, as the [...] View article >

Northwood’s awesome foursome swim the channel

August 23, 2016

On Friday 19th August, Northwood UK’s awesome foursome finally got their slot to swim the English Channel. The determined group of four set off at 12.20am on Thursday morning and arrived at Cap Gris Nez at roughly 9.40am English time. The friends can now officially boast that they have completed the swim to France! The [...] View article >