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Beware councils offering Gifts

19 Jan 2022 Cotswold council, using cash from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, is targeting properties that fall below the minimum legal energy performance rating. The authority is offering practical help and support for non-compliant...

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New mortgage product for AirBnB Landlords

17 Jan 2022 We don’t usually publicise the likes of mortgage products on this site. But our Editor thought this looked useful to many of our readership and so here it is! Suffolk Building Society has just become one of the few lenders to consider applications from...

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Covid Letter to all Landlords from HM Government

20 Dec 2021 Dear Landlord The COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan 2021 was published on 14 September. This plan sets out the Government’s aims to sustain the progress made in tackling the virus and prepare the country for future challenges, while ensuring the...

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Good Read: Property Title Fraud Protection Guide

10 Dec 2021 A guide to help homeowners avoid property title fraud has been released today by the Fraud Advisory Panel, HM Land Registry and the Law Society of England and Wales. Property fraud happens when a fraudster changes the registered details of a building...

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Shortage of Landlords Blamed on Government Hostility

13 Oct 2021 A number of buy-to-let landlords have exited the sector in Scotland, meaning there could be a shortage of properties to rent this winter, the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) warned. We are just beginning to see some of the consequences of the...

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Nowhere to hide if you fail to licence HMO

04 Oct 2021 A rogue landlord couple who rented their properties to ‘ghost tenants’ to avoid paying thousands in council fees have been fined almost £190,000. Mohamed Lahrie, 55, and wife Shehara, 51, claimed they were letting six of their staggering 600 properties to...

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Labour Party Announces Housing Strategy

04 Oct 2021 In her Labour Party Conference Speech, Lucy Powell, Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, said that she sees housing as very much a public health issue. Lucy wants to tackle what she perceives as issues of quality, affordability and security in private...

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Will VAT be removed from Fire Remediation works?

29 Sep 2021 The G15 has urged the government to remove VAT on fire remediation works as it estimates that its members’ overall spend on building safety will hit £3.6bn by 2036.  In the group’s Treasury submission ahead of next month’s Budget and Spending Review, it...

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Plan Now for death-Bed property taxes

27 Sep 2021 None of us are immortal, so death bed tax planning strategies are important for us all to know about. On that basis I make no apology for what some might perceive to be such a taboo topic. This Case Study is based on a married couple with children, which...

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Bye bye shopping centres. Hello rental properties

10 Sep 2021 One of the country’s largest commercial and retail landlords - Capital & Regional - is to expand is current programme of building residential homes on existing shopping centres. In a trading statement to shareholders the company - which specialises in...

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Government considering £7,000 grants for heat pumps

01 Sep 2021 Ministers looking at quadrupling funding for existing Clean Heats Grants scheme and extending it by a year Homeowners could be given grants of at least £7,000 to replace their gas boilers with heat pumps under plans being considered by Boris Johnson. The...

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Tenant Demand is Highest Ever Says Propertymark

25 Aug 2021 The scale of demand in the private rental sector is now the highest on record according to ARLA Propertymark.  The average number of new prospective tenants registered per branch increased in July to 102, from June’s figure of 88. This is the highest...

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The Rental Market according to Shawbrook Research

25 Aug 2021 The value of the Private Rented Sector in England, Wales and Scotland grew by 5.8 per cent to a jaw dropping £1.4 trillion in the last year according to a new report from Shawbrook Bank.  Since the first national lockdown, house prices have rebounded...

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HMRC knows where landlords live! Data revealed

29 Jul 2021 HMRC has released data showing how many landlords live in each county, city, London borough and town within the UK. The figures also reveal that the total landlord population now exceeds 2.65 million people. HMRC has released data showing how many...

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