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Rightmove's guide to Letting

Guiding you through the letting process

Letting Guide

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Welcome to Rightmove's letting guide. This guide is made up of eight sections so you can dip in and out of what's most relevant to you.

Property Investment & Buy-to-let


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A growing market - why more people are renting

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What's the market like for lettings and what makes a successful buy-to-let investment? Find out here.

Understanding rental yield and capital growth

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Learn about the two ways landlords make money through letting out property, and the additional costs involved when going through the letting process.

Understanding your legal responsibilities as a landlord

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There are various legal requirements you will be required to comply with as a landlord. Click here to ensure you understand the basics.

Finding the ideal rental property and buy-to-let mortgage

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A buy-to-let opportunity is not an emotional purchase so be careful to remain rational - you're purchasing an investment, not a home. Get some great tips on finding the perfect buy-to-let property.

Doing viewings and negotiating / making offers.

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Find out how to get as much out of viewings as possible, and the factors that you need to consider when making and negotiating an offer on a potential buy-to-let property.

Finding a tenant

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All aspects of finding your ideal tenant can be found here. Read about everything from where to find your tenant and using your agents expertise to tenancy deposit schemes and references.

Managing a letting

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Managing your letting can be a full-time job. Find out about what managing a property actually means. This section also covers ending and extending an assured shorthold tenancy.

Understanding taxation of rental properties / Letting in Scotland

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As a landlord, you must declare your income and costs, whether you are making a profit or not. Learn more about the taxation of your buy-to-let investment.

Also, find out more about letting in Scotland which differs from the rest of the UK.