A quarter of landlords are now looking to reduce their portfolios

As the old saying goes – be careful what you wish for. The government wished to tilt the housing market towards first-time buyers and away from buy-to-let investors and that is exactly what they did. The problem is that, for a number of reasons, demand for property to rent is […]

How Do I Invest In Property?

A question asked by many new to property investing is simply how do I invest, how much do I need and how can I get started? Buying property can be less complicated than you think, but remember it comes at a cost. Here’s our ten steps to purchasing your first […]

A window of buy to let opportunity – but for how long?

Political and economic uncertainty have affected the housing market for several months now, but Mark Carney has warned of possible change, that could affect buy to let mortgages in the not-so distant future. Andrew Turner, chief executive at specialist buy to let broker Commercial Trust Limited, argues that the present […]

New energy efficiency rules for residential landlords in England and Wales

Since April 2018, landlords in England and Wales have only been able to contract new tenancies if the property in question has an energy performance rating of E or better. A further statutory instrument has been passed which specifically addresses the situation of landlords who are unable to access financing […]

New guidance issued for landlords, tenants and local authorities

From June this year (2019), it will become illegal for landlords to charge “add on” fees to tenants to cover the cost of extra services such as the cost of hiring a third-party to manage the inventory for a property. While it remains to be seen what effect this change […]

How the Tenant Fees Act affects UK landlords

From June 1st, 2019, the Tenant Fees Act comes into force, in England. For landlords who use agents, it is important to understand the implications, as one possible outcome is that agents could increase fees elsewhere. Andrew Turner, chief executive at Commercial Trust Limited, looks at the issues that landlords […]

Competitive Manchester Seeing Less Residential Buyers

Thanks, in no small part, to the Northern Powerhouse initiative, Manchester has undergone and economic transformation which has not only benefited existing residents of the city, but attracted people to it, especially highly-skilled millennials from the south of England. This has, naturally, increased the demand for housing and, hence, Manchester’s […]

What is the current state of the UK property market?

As UK parliament struggles through Brexit negotiations it all leaves a bitter taste in the mouth lengthening the concern over the future of our country and it’s economy. How it effects the current property market and how it will effect things moving forward are two things that property investors and […]

Do’s and Don’ts when applying for a Buy to Let Mortgage

Purchasing or remortgaging a buy to let mortgage offers a myriad of choice, understanding some key aspects of lender criteria can help keep you on the right track. Andrew Turner, chief executive at specialist buy to let broker Commercial Trust Limited, shares insight on some of the considerations to help […]

Could new CGT rules offer investment opportunities for landlords?

With house price growth slowing down and prices even falling in some areas, there is an argument that it is a buyer’s market for buy to let investors. Changes to Capital Gains Tax (CGT) could fuel property changing hands between landlords. In the Autumn Budget of 2018, Chancellor Philip Hammond […]