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 […]

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 […]

Sourcing Deals for Serviced Accommodation Strategies

Following my Flipping Property series now we’re going to think about serviced accommodation and how to find deals for this strategy. At its core, serviced accommodation is not that far removed from buy to lets in that the actual raw product or type of property that we could use will […]

What landlords need to know about the Homes Act 2018

From March 20th, 2019, properties in the private rental sector will need to meet new standards under the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018. Andrew Turner, chief executive at specialist buy to let mortgage broker Commercial Trust Limited, looks at what the new legislation means for landlords. For most […]

What’s in store for landlords over the next 12 months?

This year has started with chill winds blowing through much of the country, leading to many people deciding to stay at home as much as they possibly can. The question for landlords, however, is whether their investment properties are as safe as bricks (and mortar) or whether cold winds of […]

How will the Tenant Fees Bill impact on Section 21 notices?

What do landlords and agents need to know? Andrew Turner, chief executive at specialist buy to let broker Commercial Trust Limited, takes a look at some of the implications. From June 1st, 2019, the Tenant Fees Bill becomes law and a wide range of issues that landlords and letting agents […]

Court of Appeal delivers controversial leasehold property decision

Long leaseholders of residential flats across England and Wales could face significant difficulties in what they are permitted to do with their properties as a result of a controversial Court of Appeal judgment. The ruling, which has generated substantial commotion in the property world, has the potential to thwart residential […]

Are new HMO rules practically unenforceable on the ground?

Government plans to crack down on rogue landlords through the expansion of mandatory HMO licensing look set to fall short – according to new figures from Simple Landlords Insurance. The changes will not only leave most criminal landlords outside of the licensing system, but will increase the administrative and cost […]