Free Council Grants in Newcastle upon Tyne for Landlords- Lettings Breaking News

Get FREE money from the council if you have a property in Newcastle!



Newcastle council are currently offering a FREE grant to develop your rental property if it has been empty for over 6 months. This is not a % grant (you pay 20% they pay the rest). This is free money up to £3,000! 



If you have a property in the following streets and it has been empty for over 6 months then you will qualify for this:




North Benwell Terraces


Arthurs Hill Elswick Triangle
Barnesbury Road Beaconsfield Street Hartington Street
Benwell Grove Belsay Place Kinglsey Street
Canning Street Bishops Avenue Longley Street
Colston Street Brighton Grove Normanton Terrace
Condercum Road Callerton Place Vallum Terrace
Dolphin Street Chelsea Grove
Ellesmere Road Crossley Terrace
Fairholm Road Croydon Road
Farndale Road Dilston Road
Hampstead Road Gainsborough Grove
Ladykirk Road Graingerville North
Normount Road Northcote Street
Strathmore Crescent Philip Street
Wellfield Road Prospect Place
West Road Sidney Grove
Stanhope Street
Stanton Street
Tamworth Road
Wellesley Terrace
Westgate Road






Your property could also qualify for a FREE boiler via the new GREEN DEAL / ECO DEAL. We have set up a relationship with the second largest provider in the UK who offers FREE cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and combi boilers via a government backed grant scheme.

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Protect your DEPOSIT – get the starting point right!

People often ask me – how do you win your deposit disputes? How do you manage to get your tenant(s) to rectify any damage they may have caused before they move out? 



The answer – get the starting point right!



Give guidelines to your tenant(s) when they move in!



We do this and the guidelines are the first page of our inventory. The guidelines you should give to your tenants when they move in, should include the following:



Examples of the most common deductions that a tenant can be charged for. What may be common sense to you will not necessarily be common sense to your tenant?

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Make sure you give your tenant(s) a Tenant Handbook!

Everyone knows you should draw up a tenancy agreement before a tenant moves into your property – right!



YES – we all know the basics, but here’s my golden nugget of the week!



Do we provide our tenant(s) with something that provides all the information that they will need to be able to enjoy living in your property and makes sure that it is handed back in the correct condition or improved? 



The answer is – give your tenant(s) a TENANT HANDBOOK.

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Make sure you look after your rental property- hidden costs you need to plan for or they will end up costing you more!


You have done what you set out to do, you have become a landlord and you are now hoping to be on the path towards a passive income and that all illusive dream of house prices doubling which please please please I hope we eventually see in the North East.



If you have done your sums you will know that you have your fixed out goings (mortgage payments and insurance) as well as reactive maintenance costs. What I wanted to talk about in this e-shot is the LONG term maintenance that a lot of landlords do not plan for and you need to be aware of.

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You pay for what you get – Top 15 tips when doing maintenance on your rental property

You pay for what you get –
Top 15 tips when doing  maintenance on your rental property


1. Put hard tread matting in the entrance to encourage your tenants to wipe their feet.


2. Paint the exterior door step black – a lot better than touching up white every tenancy agreement.


3. Put laminate flooring in your living room/diner- these are your traffic areas and while more expensive, laminate will last longer than carpet.


4. Fit a UPVC ceiling in your kitchen/bathroom – you will no longer have condensation problems on the ceiling and you will no longer have to touch up the ceiling after every tenancy.

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How do you tell a good letting agent from a bad one?

We have been voted the number 1 letting and estate agent for customer reviews in Gateshead on allAgents, the UK’s largest directory of reviews.


So how do you tell a good letting agent from a bad one?


What I find strange is when a new landlord comes across to us because of a bad experience with another agent, they did not do any research on that agent before choosing them. At NGU Homelettings we all work hard and want to be the best in the industry. I personally pride myself on my work ethic, high standards and my relentless will to succeed. I work from 5:00am in the morning till 7:30pm at night. This work ethic is upheld by both my staff and I and has allowed me to categorically answer the top 8 questions you need to ask to find out if a letting agent is any good.

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A change to our tenant vetting procedure that you can implement too

If you are a couple of degrees out at your starting point it could mean that you are a massively off track when you get to the finish line. Only a couple of degrees can mean the difference between being a successful landlord with high yielding properties and a landlord who just seems to get by each month.


With this in mind, I wanted to share with you a new idea we are implementing in our tenant vetting procedure which came through a tenant lying on their application this week. This change in our vetting procedure will defiantly allow us to weed out more bad tenants and have an even higher conversion of obtaining the best tenants in the market place.

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Property Management: the importance of regular inspections and an accurate, concise and detailed inventory

What is an inventory?

There are many definitions of an inventory for rental purposes but according to the AIIC (Association of Independent Inventory Clerks) “an inventory is a binding legal document that provides an accurate written record of the condition and contents of a property at the beginning of a tenancy”.


ARLA (the Association of Residential Letting Agents) on the other hand describe an inventory as “an absolutely essential document that provides a written benchmark, which should be amended, updated and recreated before the beginning of each new tenancy. A properly constructed inventory/schedule of condition details the fixtures and fittings and describes their condition and that of the property generally”.

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