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The Smart Property Blog

Will 3-year tenancies affect the Student and Y’Pro market?

A new government consultation seeks to implement mandatory 3-year tenancy contracts. How will this affect the Buy-To-Let market and could there be an impact on the student and young professional sector?

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New HMO Licence extension [adding to landlord stress].

As of 1st of October 2018, there will be an extension to mandatory licensing requirements of HMOs, under section 55(3) of the Housing Act 2004Currently (in most cases) a license is only required when a property has a) three storeys or more and b) five or more tenants from more than one household who collectively share some of the property amenities.

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5 Summer Activities in Your Student City

Staying in your student city over summer can be a little strange with most of the student population gone, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Whether you’re staying for work or just don’t fancy going home just yet, here are our top suggestions for summer activities in your student city!

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Beat Student Exam Stress – 5 Exam Season Tips

It’s that time again. For most of us students, end of year exams (or deadlines) have rolled around again. Finding a seat in your university library is nearly impossible and you’re unsure if any of the notes you’re making are actually entering your brain. It’s a hectic time for everyone, but fear not – our 5 exam season tips can help you beat the stress. 

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How secure is your student pad? [5 Student Security Tips]

Taking precautions to keep yourself and your belongings safe can sometimes seem like a hassle, but student houses are prime targets for burglars because multiple tenants means multiple phones, laptops, tablets, and bikes, just to name a few! What's more, students often pay less attention to security. Keep yourself as safe as possible by following our top student security tips.

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Guaranteed Rent: The Pros and Cons

When Frankie Valli sang “You’re just too good to be true (I can’t take my eyes off you)” we’re pretty sure they weren’t singing about guaranteed rent.

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5 Creative Ways To Get Fit In Your Student City

With the weather slowly but surely improving, now is as good a time as any to finally achieve that January resolution and get fit in your student city! Regular exercise has obvious health benefits, and is a great stress reliever. It’s also great excuse to take a break from the library and will reward you with a healthy dose of endorphins. So no matter whether you’re already active or if it’s been a while since you’ve picked up your trainers for anything other than fashion reasons, you should read on to find some innovative (and cheap) ways to get fit!

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5 Ways To Make Your Student Property A Home

Is your student house looking a little less than homely? 

If you’ve ever wondered how you can make your student house look just a little more exciting, then look no further than these 5 easy tips on how to decorate. 

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The Great HMO Debate - Student Property vs. Y’Pros!

 The 'Student Versus. Young Professional' debate is growing for HMO investors. This month I’m going to share my thoughts and experience on the pros and cons of each tenant group, dispel any myths and help you determine which tenant you should be targeting and why! 

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5 things to consider for your HMO investment in Salford and Manchester

As one of the leading agents on student and professional HMO investment in Salford and Manchester, we’ve come across quite a few bad properties! We’ve also come across a lot of good practices, so we’ve curated some of these and outlined how they’ll help you stay ahead of the Salford and Manchester HMO investment market.

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