The Top 5 Places to Buy-to-Let in the UK

While there’s no doubt that the uncertainty of Brexit, rises in stamp duty and changing legislation may all have contributed to a tricky time for both buyers and sellers of homes across the UK, there’s good news to share. If you’re a potential or existing landlord looking to invest in a buy-to-let (BTL) property, there are a whole range of different locations where you can feel confident you’ll see a strong return on your investment. ...

Introducing Victoria Hardy: flatfair’s new Partnership Development Manager

The latest addition to the flatfair sales team is the bright and brilliant Victoria Hardy, who’ll be helping to grow our partner base and enter the next phase of growth. If you haven’t met her yet, the chances are, you soon will. When she first moved to London from Australia in 2011, Victoria was working the short lettings space, helping to launch AirBnB in the UK. From here, she moved to UnderTheDoormat, specialising in premium short lets in the capital, where she worked as their Business Development Director. ...

Starting the year in style: flatfair heads to the 2019 Guild Conference and Awards

Earlier this month, Ben Yexley and Adam Ali, flatfair’s Partnerships Managers, attended the Guild of Property Professionals’ annual conference at the QEII Centre on London’s South Bank, followed by its prestigious awards party… and they’re still buzzing. The conference was extremely well attended, with a record 450 participants perusing the stands and attending a number of interesting talks from speakers including Sally Lawson, CEO and Founder of National Lettings Franchise. Hot topics included the upcoming Tenant Fee Ban and the proposed five week deposit cap, making flatfair’s offering more relevant and compelling than ever. ...

7 reasons why tenancy deposits don’t make sense

Over 11 million people in England are currently renting their homes, which means millions of pounds are tied up in deposits – but who do they really benefit? As 2019 fast approaches, it’s clear that the days of the traditional deposit are numbered, and here’s why… 1. Can anyone really afford them? Let’s face it, tenancy deposits require huge chunks of money that most of us simply don’t have. According to research carried out earlier this year, the average London tenancy deposit stands at approximately £3,014 (even when capped at the equivalent of six weeks’ rent). ...

How flatfair is tackling hidden tenant charges that even new laws won’t abolish

It’s no secret that tenants face hefty upfront costs when moving in to a new property – and it looks as though new laws will do little to lessen the burden. Under the traditional deposit model, most renters expect to pay one month’s rent in advance alongside an upfront deposit (usually equal to six weeks’ worth of rent). However, in addition to these costs, they often find themselves faced with admin fees, letting agents’ fees, charges for employers to provide them with credible references and even inventory check-in fees. ...

Come and meet the flatfair team at The Negotiator Conference & Expo 2018

The stand is booked, the brochures are ready and Ben’s hair is coiffed. The flatfair team is officially ready for this year’s The Negotiator Conference and Expo – the property industry networking event that’s not to be missed. Held at London’s five-star Grosvenor House on Friday 30 November, flatfair will be one of over 50 exhibitors poised to speak to over 400 delegates who have travelled from all across the country. ...