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Autumn Budget 2017 | Items of interest for Private Landlords

23 November, 20170 Comments
Housing – Stamp duty abolished for first-time buyers on homes up to £300,000 – estimated 80% of first time buyers to benefit. – For first time buyers in London there will be no stamp duty on the first £300,000 of the purchase price. Longer tenancies – The government will consult on the barriers to landlords
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70% of landlords prefer good tenants to high rents

12 September, 20161 Comments
We all know that the mainstream media makes it’s money in portraying landlords as greedy investors, who’s number one priority is to take advantage of their tenants at any expense. However a new study shows that buy to let landlords in the UK would rather good tenants than extra cash. Rents on new tenancies may have continued
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How Could Selecting the Right Tenants Protect Your Investment?

01 May, 20140 Comments
For many people, renting a property is a very strong investment with a good turnover. That is, providing the tenants you have don’t destroy the property and cause issues, and providing that they actually pay the rent. Choosing the wrong tenants could be a very costly decision which could even result in you defaulting on
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Foxtons in legal battle with landlord following bad tenant experience

15 April, 20140 Comments
Estate agency giant Foxtons have recently been taken to court by a landlord client following a row over unpaid commission after complaining that the previous tenants had trashed his property. The dispute began in 2007 when private landlord Jonathan Bloom instructed Foxtons to let out a house he owned in South Hampstead. He said he
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‘Lost decade’ of building means England now 1 million homes short

26 March, 20140 Comments
An average of just 115,000 new homes have been built since a major housing report warned a decade ago that at least 210,000 new homes a year would need to be built in England, to prevent a worsening housing crisis. According to the author of the original government-commissioned report, Kate Barker, it means that the country
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Top Tips for Minimising Void Periods

24 July, 20130 Comments
Void periods can be a landlord’s worst nightmare, most landlords rely on the income a property generates to pay its mortgage and whilst the property is empty as the owner you will also be liable for council tax and any bills that the property incurs. At present the average void period in the UK is
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Lawyers say anti-squatting law should be repealed

26 March, 20132 Comments
Squatting in a residential building became a criminal offence throughout England and Wales on 1st September 2012 – 6 months later, Squatters Action for Secure Homes (SQUASH) and a number of lawyers are now campaigning for this law to be repealed. At the time the offence was proposed, Government sources claimed it was necessary as
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