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  • Entrepreneurs

    Office or not

    Hi just a question , to see if other landlords/landladys have your own small office as I currently work for my husband at home in are small bedroom.

    i have 6 btl and manage all myself through to arranging all paper work through residential landlord association.

    i have to say it’s getting quite busy in my little room. Just wanted to ask if anyone else as a small office space and if so at want point did you move to a small office was it more than 10 houses.

    also think it’s more professional for my husbands business if we have a small office, I think he might get bigger contracts.

    found office space for just £200 pcm, with the house’s I feel it’s kind of hard having tenants coming to your house as I do all checks.

    what are your thoughts

    thanks

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    Hello,

    Yes I use one of my rooms for an office.I also make claim against tax for use. I never have the tenant come to my home

    I arrange to meet them at their own abode or at the property they are interested in.                                                                                                                

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    You could always build a garden room as your office if space allows at home?

    I thought about renting office space but most of the time I wouldn't be there so thought it would be a waste. There are some people who feel the need to go to an office to get into work mode though, so whatever works for you.

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    Home is best if there is room and doesn't intrude too much on family life

    And I got more than 10

    Home working had a stigma attached to it 25 years ago - Dodgy business people thought

    Nowadays that attitude has changed and people understand we are in a laptop / mobile phone age

    People are a little envious if anything if you work from home 

    No travelling time or expense . No ice scraping the windows on the car

    No shirt and tie  - just a dressing gown

    And Sky has a pause button  when work interrupts your fave programme

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    Jonathan Clarke. http://www.buytoletmk.com

    I think this sums up most what I like being a LL - you can be doing all the above at whatever time of day you like!

    If you're JC you're probably up at 6am to start cracking the whip/drinking coffee/catching up on Sky TV ;->

    I don't like leaving the house to go to the properties until at least 10am when the frost etc. has gone.

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    Regus / WeWork etc. are the type of serviced office you're looking for, I used to use Regus and they did what it said on the tin !

    At £200 PCM, You'll probably only get co-working space which doesn't solve your problem of meeting with tenants as you'd get a single desk in a room shared with a number of other small businesses, no privacy, to get self contained space, pricing normally starts from £600 PCM.

    My longer term ambition personally is to buy a mixed use commercial freehold, then the rental income from the flats above will pay for my office in the shop front at street level.

    I agree with Jonathan that as a landlord it doesn't really matter if you work from home, I only used Regus because I find I concentrate better in a different location i.e. I like home to be home and work to be work, separating the two allows me to switch off and relax better.

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