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To succeed as a landlord, you need to have a realistic idea about the costs you'll encounter when letting out a property.
Many people think that being a landlord is child's play; they assume that once the tenant has the keys, the only thing left to do is collect the rent each month.
But the truth is, letting a property comes with an array of grown-up financial and legal responsibilities. If you're not on top of your obligations, you could lose money or wind up in court (or both).
In this three-minute read, we outline the costs and expenses landlords encounter when letting a property.
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This year has been filled with anguish and anxiety for many of us.
But the news that came out last week around successful vaccines and yesterday's announcement of the temporary relaxation around social distancing rules over Christmas has cheered up many of us.
And in true Christmas miracle fashion, it's got the four national governments of the UK to take a united approach.
For five days, people have the option to celebrate the festive period with selected families and friends.
In this two-minute read, we look at what yesterday's Christmas announcements mean to households in Swindon.
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In early November, a week after the clocks went back, there was a spike in the UK's highest levels of acute loneliness during the pandemic, according to the Office for National Statistics.
A BBC report claimed that the longer, darker evenings had led to 8% of adults saying they were feeling "always, or often lonely". This is a staggering 4.2 million people across Britain.
Now, more than ever before, it's essential to note how we're feeling mentally as well as physically.
In this important two-minute read, we look at six ways people in Swindon can look after their mental health and that of their loved ones as we head into winter.
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Should tenants be allowed to keep pets in rental properties? It’s a thorny subject that is back in the spotlight after an MP called for landlords to be more flexible on the issue.
Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell argues that preventing tenants from being with their beloved pet companion is cruel and discriminatory.
“For most people, being separated from your dog is really no different than being separated from your brother or your sister,” he says.
In this three-minute read, we look at the pros and cons of letting a property to a tenant with a pet.