It appears that a lot of you do have and it’s in property. Becoming a landlord is a popular second income during this rental market boom. Whether you’re watching Sarah Beeny or Martin and Lucy, everyone’s talking about buy to let and the potential it can offer. In 1996, there were only two million privately rented homes in the market, today there are an incredible 4.1 million.

The key to a successful buy-to-let is maintaining occupancy and reducing voids in tenancy. This means maximising the appeal of your property to tenants. You’ve brought the right property, in the right area and you’re offering it at the right price; what else can you do to increase its attractiveness?

1) Kerb appeal – make sure your property looks attractive as you drive up to it. Tidy the garden, if it is autumn remove the fallen leaves, in summer add some flowers.

2) Make the most of its features – if your property has an attractive fire place, add a vase and some flowers to it; if it has a walk in wardrobe, make sure the doors are wide open for when they enter the room.

3) It’s the simple things – it sounds obvious but before you show a potential tenant around, make sure the property is clean and tidy.

If you are a landlord, or are thinking about becoming one, one of the main things to consider is “are you covered?” From a water pipe bursting in the middle of the night to a tenant not paying up, you want to feel secure that the cover you have will give you peace of mind.

The NFRN Mutual Limited is pleased to offer Members a 10% discount* on their new Landlord’s Cover. Please say ‘Landlord10’ when you call for a quote.

The NRFN Mutual Landlord’s Cover offers:
• Buildings cover for risks such as fire, storm, flood, theft and accidental damage
• Accidental damage to Contents (optional)
• Replacing lost keys and their locks
• Lost rent and alternative accommodation if the property is damaged and cannot be lived in
• Public and property owner’s liability cover
• Costs of defending prosecutions connected to the letting.

*10% discount applies to all persons or businesses who want to take up a new cover for a new property address that has not been on cover with the Mutual during the previous 24 months. The discount is only available at quote stage and won’t be applied retrospectively. Any existing cover(s) will not be eligible for a discount but all additional new property covers will have the 10% discount applied to them. Minimum contributions apply. This discount cannot be used with any other offer or discount. This offer is only valid until the 31st December 2015 and for the first 12 months of Cover only. Offer can be withdrawn at any time.