Better An Empty House… is a refreshingly honest and informative account in which the author excels with tips and practical ideas about every aspect of the rental industry — including the challenges, legalities, areas of risk, property management, inventories, deposits, periodic inspections, décor and how to prepare a property for letting. From finding a property to the merits and demerits of houses, flats, apartments, studios and annexes, to practical tips and legal issues, author Mike Jones explains the rental industry in straightforward terms.
The book brims with information for anyone thinking of letting or investing in a residential property (including buy-to-let). Based on experiences from his long career, including as co-founder of a successful lettings and property sales agency, Mike imparts his wisdom on key aspects of this vibrant, fast-moving and challenging industry.
For beginners and seasoned landlords alike, Better An Empty House… is a one-stop guide for landlords and investors, containing true tales of landlords/tenants and dealing with regulation, compliance and Government proposals.
‘A must read for all those looking at investing in property… This book gives great practical advice, is easy to digest and most importantly has some cracking case studies to learn from’ —Kate Faulkner, MD of Propertychecklists.co.uk.
‘If anyone is thinking of becoming a landlord, this is the book to help them’— Landlord Today.
‘I found it a really good read. Pitched just right and something I wish had been around when we first started… well explained in layman’s terms’— D L (Landlord).
About the author
Having been a landlord himself and experienced the services of letting agents throughout the UK, in 2009 Mike Jones started his own lettings agency with a business partner. He has been ‘hands-on’ in all aspects of the letting cycle ever since and there is not an area of the business where he does not have related experience and expertise. He lives and works in Hampshire.
The author of the Foreword
Dorian Gonsalves is Chief Executive Officer of one of the UK’s largest, most successful property businesses and a former director of the Property Ombudsman.