Rivaling London… Three UK towns for Investment

London’s much documented decline in popularity amongst property buyers and renters alike has seen a shift in buyer activity across the UK’s property market in recent years. Where the capital was once king, particularly for investors, now regional cities and commuter towns have begun to take its place, with Birmingham, […]

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 […]

UK city regeneration – the next big investment opportunity?

UK High Streets have reached a ‘tipping point’. That was the view of a recently published parliamentary inquiry report on UK high streets. The shift to online sales (now accounting for 20% of all retail sales); the upward revaluation of business rates, previous planning policies; and local authority financing constraints […]

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 […]

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 […]

Becoming a landlord – should you manage your own lettings?

Throughout most of history, being a landlord has essentially meant keeping a property wind and watertight and collecting the rent. These days, however, landlords not only have to maintain a property to legally-acceptable standards, they have to comply with a whole raft of legislation and by-laws, which can and do […]

Could Brexit be good news for holiday lets?

Brexit uncertainty could lead to more Britons holidaying in the UK, bolstering demand for holiday let rental homes. That is one possible scenario that specialist buy to let mortgage broker Commercial Trust Limited has suggested could happen during 2019, in an already growing rental market space. The logic comes from […]