Is It Worth Being A Landlord In 2022?

If you’re looking for a career change and you want to delve deeper into the property market, you may be toying with the idea of becoming a dedicated landlord.

Even if you don’t wish to quit the day job but want a little extra income on the side, if you’re a property owner then becoming a landlord and renting out your home can be a quick way to top up your salary.

But what is there to consider when it comes to being a landlord?

In this article, we explore the different elements this entails, and whether being a landlord in 2022 is worth it.

Is your property right for the rental market?

Before you drop everything to put your home up to let, you should first do some thorough research to find out if your property is suitable for the rental market. This may include several things, but one of the main points to consider is the location of your home. There are some areas that are high in demand for the UK rental market, and some which aren’t. If your home is predominantly situated in a buyers’ market, you may struggle to find anyone to let your property. Be sure to do your research before making any decisions.

Set realistic expectations

Some people are under the illusion that renting out property is an easy “get rich quick” scheme that requires little to no work. Sadly, we’re here to inform you that this isn’t the case. Becoming a landlord requires time, patience, and dedication. You have to remember you’re dealing with people’s lives, and things can go wrong within your property at any time which your tenant may need your assistance with. You have to be agile and willing to put in the work to become a successful landlord in 2022.

Use an estate agent

If you like the sound of financial benefits of letting your property, but you simply don’t have the time to manage any tenants yourself, there is a silver lining. You could hire a professional estate agent to do the work for you. They’ll act as a middle man and the main point of contact between you and your tenant, providing everything from admin support to in-house maintenance solutions.

Know your responsibilities

Familiarise yourself with the responsibilities of a landlord before diving straight in. This will give you a realistic idea of exactly what will be expected of you. From dealing with repair work to managing a difficult tenant – and everything in between. There are also official landlord laws and regulations you may need to research and become accustomed to beforehand.

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