Why A Dozen Strangers Probably Also Have Keys To YOUR Home

23 Apr

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Getting the keys to your new property is terrifically exciting.  A new property means a new start – a new adventure and a new home…

But how many other people have keys to your new home?

Have you ever considered that?

Take a moment to think about who has a set of keys to your home.

Even if you’ve bought it – are you sure the estate agents don’t still have a spare set lying around somewhere?  What about the solicitors or the gas engineer?

If it’s a rental property it’s likely (and preferable) for the landlord to also have a set…but what about the previous tenants or the former owners – and maybe their friends and family – or maybe their agents or tradespeople?

Exactly how many people (aka strangers) may potentially have a key to your home?

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And do you really want all these people who you don’t know to have a set of keys to your new home?

No. I didn’t think so.

And that is why the first thing you should do when you take ownership of a new property is to make sure the locks are changed pronto.

Before you move any stuff in and before you get comfortable – make a call to a locksmith and get the locks changed.  It’ll probably cost less than one hundred pounds and you’ll be able to sleep safely in the knowledge that only the people who should have a copy of your keys, have a copy of your keys.

And I know you probably think I am being OTT – but you never know when a previous occupier may decide they want to get back in…

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Just today I’ve been informed by a neighbour that a tenant who left two months ago was seen trying to get back into his former rental property.  I have no idea why.  The tenant gave me notice he was leaving a while back and that was that.  The keys were returned, but as a matter of course, I changed the locks.

If I hadn’t – this former tenant would’ve gained access to a property he was not meant to be in.  Now I don’t know the ins and outs of what he was doing.  And maybe he just forgot some mail and it was extremely important – which was why he jumped the back wall and tried to use his old key to get in…

Anyway I don’t want to be casting aspersions.

The fact is – no new tenant would want to suddenly come face-to-face with a previous tenant who had let themselves in with a key.  And I doubt you would want to come face-to-face with somebody in your new home with somebody else who had a key.

So do yourself a favour – when you get a set of new keys: change the locks!

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WTF? My Tenant Pretended To Be ME (The Landlord) And Sub-Let My House!

16 Apr

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Being a landlord means you have to put up with a lot of weird shit.  And you have to accept much of this weird shit as normal behaviour in the course of being a landlord.

Fundamentally I think having tenants changes you as a person.  I think it’s called “Tenant-Hood”.

But still, I have to admit the email I received recently did cause mild surprise to me – even on my Tenants-Do-The-Strangest–Things-Richter-Scale

Here’s the email:

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5 Pant-Wettingly Divine Auction Properties

9 Apr

My jaw hit the floor when I saw these awesome properties going to auction.  And I found myself salivating…and incredibly lustful.

Go ahead – drool and dream! (more…)

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6 Incredibly Cheap Ready-To-Go Buy-To-Let Bargains

2 Apr

London and the South East may be experiencing astronomic growth with multiple buyers chasing single properties, but get out of the M25 and there are plenty of bargains to be had.

Here are 6 incredibly cheap Buy-to-Lets soon to be sold under the hammer.  All are tenanted meaning you can hit the ground running and collect your rent from day one! (more…)

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4 Problem Properties With Profit Potential?

28 Mar

Auctions offer a huge variety of properties for sale – but some of them can come with problems.

Problematic properties offer an opportunity for you to fix the problems and potentially make a profit – but you always have to balance the risk to reward.

If you’re looking for a challenge and want to try and make a few bucks, here are some properties which may have profit potential.

But remember: Do thorough research before you bid.  (more…)

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