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Study: Private landlords need information and education to improve standards for renters

Many private landlords lack the knowledge, skills and support needed to provide decent homes for renters, a new study has found. The UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) study, by Dr Jennifer Harris and Professor Alex Marsh at the University of Bristol, covered the whole of the UK and is based on a survey […]

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Legilsation introduced to pass energy rebate to tenants

The Energy Bills Support Scheme and Energy Price Guarantee Pass-Through Requirement Regulations 2022 (the Regulations) came into force on 1 November 2022 and make clear that a landlord charging rent inclusive of energy bills must pass-on the benefit of the schemes to a tenant. The Regulations stipulate that a “just and reasonable proportion of the […]

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Build to Rent could fill the void of landlords leaving

Investment in the Build To Rent sector has almost doubled year-on-year, according to new research. Property consultancy Cushman & Wakefield says that in the third quarter of this year some  £1.17 billion was invested in BTR, up from the £600m recorded during the same period last year. The consultancy attributes the surge to the size […]

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More than a quarter of landlord clients plan to sell

A survey on the broker forum showed that 28% of landlords are looking to sell their properties, and only 3% intend to purchase additional properties. Just over a quarter of landlords have no plans to alter their investments, while 39% of BTL investors say they will increase rents. Donna Hopton, director at Cherry, said: “Recent […]

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MP’s warned increased interest rate could reduce number of rental properties.

A number of buy-to-let landlords will be forced to either raise their rents to prevent their properties from being un-mortgageable amid rising interest rates, or simply sell up. MPs were told this week that many renters could find that there is soon a major shortage of homes to rent as landlords struggle with higher mortgage […]

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Fire Risk advice for landlords.

As part of the recent Fire Door Safety Week, the following advice was issued for landlords – https://www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk/

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Be warned, the Tax Man is still on the prowl for landlords with undeclared rental income

Landlords are being encouraged to get their accounts in order after an accountant specialising in buy-to-let property warned that HMRC is intensifying its efforts to track down those with undisclosed income. Since the government launched its Let Property Campaign in 2013 – an initiative which allows landlords to declare unpaid tax in return for a […]

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Some horror stories of problem tenants

Melissa Lawford is writing in todays Telegraph about some of the horror stories she has heard about rogue tenants. The article can be read here (subscription might be necessary), and says: Landlords with rogue tenants have lost tens of thousands of pounds in damages and rent and have no way of reclaiming their cash, forcing […]

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Landlords face £8,400 capital gains tax squeeze

The Telegraph is running an article on the possible outcome of the Autumn statement on landlords. The article can be seen here (subscription might be necessary), and says: Landlords will lose thousands of pounds in sale profits under proposals which would be a fresh tax blow to property investors. Thousands of landlords have cashed out […]

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Kingspan says prices have peaked

Kingspan said sales so far in 2022 have surged, and price pressures “appear to have peaked“. Reporting sales in the nine months to September 30 jumped 33%, third-quarter sales alone rose 17%. Kingspan added: “A feature of the current environment is the lack of visibility beyond the next short period of months. Sentiment is cautious […]

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Halifax figures confirm fall in House Prices

UK HALIFAX HOUSE PRICE INDEX UK house prices fell by 0.4% month-on-month in October versus a 0.1% drop in the previous month. Annual house price growth came in at 8.3%, slowing from 9.8% in September. There was a notable slowdown in October’s annual house price growth, while the monthly rate posted the steepest drop since […]

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Offshore Ownership of Property Revealed

More than 138,000 residential and commercial properties in England and Wales are owned by offshore companies, with holdings in London worth a combined £55bn, according to research shared with the Guardian. The findings come as the government begins a crackdown to dismantle the secrecy that surrounds offshore property ownership, which it says has been used […]

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Government plots raid on landlords to plug £50bn black hole

Property118 are running a blog on the possible matters that might be in the Autumn statement next week, predicting a large squeeze on landlords. The blog can be seen here, and says (note that the revised EPC rating has not yet been published): The government will target landlords in a bid to plug a £50bn […]

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Nottingham landlords could be fined £5,000 for renting homes with low energy ratings

Private Landlords in Nottingham could be fined £5,000 if their property’s EPC rating is below E. As part of the council’s ‘Carbon Neutral Nottingham 2020-2028 Action Plan’, the council is hoping to reduce fuel poverty in the city and eliminate properties with E, F or G banded EPC ratings. The move, confirmed in a delegated […]

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After 12 years I’m giving up buy-to-let

The Telegraph is running an article on a long-term landlord who is selling up becuse of increased legislation. The article can be seen here (subscription might be necessary), and says: Anita Parkinson has been a landlord since 2009. The 62-year-old used to own six properties but she started selling them off three years ago. She […]

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The Office of Tax Simplification calls for landlord deferral on Making Tax Digital

In its property income review, released on 1 November, the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) makes some strong recommendations to improve aspects of Making Tax Digital for income tax self assessment (MTD ITSA) that affect residential landlords. The MTD ITSA regulations will require sole traders and individual landlords to start keeping digital records and file […]

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There has been a change for legacy immigration document holders in the UK.

Since 6 April 2022, it has been free for those with indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK to make a ‘No Time Limit’ application, which provides them with confirmation of their UK immigration status in the form of a biometric residence permit (BRP). Key benefits of having a BRP include holders being […]

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Research shows majority of landlords own bad energy rated properties.

The government has previously set out an aspiration for a minimum C rating in England and Wales by April 2025. Yet Shawbrook’s research shows that at present only a quarter of landlords’ portfolios contain properties that all meet the C target for energy efficiency and 71% still own rental properties with an energy performance certificate […]

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Rishi Sunak’s Plans for Landlords

Our colleagues at Mortgage for Business have just posted this blog, to try to predict what might be in store for landlords.

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Will The Medway Market Crash?

Hasan from Home-share.co.uk has posted a blog stating ‘Early Indications Medway’s Housing Market Is Slowing… Will It Crash?’ The whole blog can be seen here, and says: Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been carefully gauging the local market and reached a conclusion from the viewings I have carried out on behalf of investors, […]

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