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Best websites for wannabe landlords
April 9, 2014 | By:

If you’re considering letting a property, these sites offer all the essential information to get you started, from industry news and advice to forums and networking. By Sheila Prophet

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Landlordzone

The Landlordzone is a massive resource delivering what it describes as Rental Property Knowledge, with news, views, a busy forum, a library of free downloadable documents, a directory of useful links and a glossary explaining baffling real estate jargon. 

The Association of Residential Letting Agents

ARLA allows potential landlords to search for third-party members, who must follow its code of practice. The site also provides comprehensive information on the ins and outs of buy-to-let, which ARLA launched in 1999.

My Deposits

The site for the government-authorised scheme that protects tenants’ deposits without the landlord having to lodge them with a third party. The busy My Deposits site is used by more than 600,000 landlords and agents. 

Landlord & Letting Show

The Landlord & Letting Show has six events a year around the UK. Its website previews lists of exhibitors, free seminars, advice clinics and talks by experts. Download the free monthly Landlord & Buy-to-Let Magazine.

Landlords’ Associations

Two rival organisations, the National Landlords Association and the Residential Landlords Association, both offer a range of services including support, advice, discount schemes and networking with other landlords. You can sign up as a member of either or both, or just access the wealth of free information on their sites.