HMO Classification Changes Spell Trouble

‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾ Grant Shapps, new Housing Minister, may have rode into town declaring his role as new sheriff by making some changes to the outdated policies of the former government, but it appears that his predecessor, Jonathan Healey’s HMO classification reform is to remain in the power of the local authorities themselves. To come into effect […]

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To Cover or not to Cover?

Last month’s report of the Essex landlord, left with a £47,000 repair bill on his property, after damage caused by a tenant, is becoming an all to common story.  Along with the damage caused, the landlord also found himself out of pocket to the tune of £12,200 in rent arrears not to mention the cost […]

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July Buy-to-Let Lending Update

It’s been a quiet recently on buy-to let lending.  A lack of faith in the industry due to the emergency budget and public sector cuts are being contributed to a slow period of growth.  However, this year house prices in general have seen a 3 per cent increase.  Rents have increased nationally on an average […]

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Sales Staff Wanted For Head Office

‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾ Because of the high volume of sales enquiries, we are looking for motivated sales personnel for our Warrington Head Office.  We provide legal services to the private rented sector.   As a young company we can offer the right candidates long term opportunities along with an attractive package.  You will be working alongside a friendly […]

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Are you a sucker for a hard luck story?

‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾ At some point, every landlord falls for a tenant’s story of hard luck and woe.  Thankfully most tenants are straight-forward, pay rent on time and treat the property with respect as the home it was intended to be.  Unfortunately, there are always exceptions to the rule and now and then a landlord comes across […]

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Offshore Tax Warning

With capital gains tax now levied at 28%, it has been revealed that H.M Revenue & Customs are ardently investigating people who they think may be evading the tax by placing taxable profits in offshore accounts.  Buy – to -Let Landlords who sell property and don’t declare the be warned! Ordinarily income, which is taxed […]

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When Landlords Get It Wrong

‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾ A landlord’s life is not an easy one.  Apart from the paperwork, red-tape, bureaucracy, rent and mortgage issues to consider, there’s still the upkeep and maintenance of a property to consider as well as responsibility to tenants, not to mention employees and contractors. Last year one property company in Bristol was fined £18,000 and […]

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Long-Term Penalties – The CGT Rise

With less houses available and less public money to build new social housing, the private rented sector provides much needed housing for those who are unable to buy. Although the sector was first initially warned of a capital gains tax that was likely to be in a 40%-50% bracket to bring it in line with […]

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Housing Benefit Cut..

‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾ The government’s decision to clamp down on the £21bn housing benefit bill has sent shockwaves throughout the private rented sector. From next April, housing benefit will be capped at £400 per week for a 4+ bedroomed property, £340 for a 3-bedroomed, £290 for a 2-bedroomed and £250 for a 1-bedroomed. The cut is aimed […]

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Budget 2010

There’s been much debate and banter in the news in the run up to 22nd June about the Chancellor’s economic strategy regarding the emergency budget. Yesterday, laying facts to all the conjecture, George Osborne delivered his emergency budget. · The controversial CGT hike, which was first proposed last month at an intended increase to 40-50 […]

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