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Government’s Incentive For Landlords Must Be Met With Caution

By |2010-12-10T14:01:50+00:00December 10th, 2010|Company News, Uncategorized|

The approach that the Government are now taking to offer private sector landlords the option to choose to receive Local Housing Allowance directly if they reduce their rents, must be met with caution, especially as it is only a temporary agreement and not a permanent return to direct payments. On the one hand, as landlords [...]

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How Long Does it Take to Establish a Property as Your “Main Residence”?

By |2010-12-10T14:00:32+00:00December 10th, 2010|Company News, Uncategorized|

One of the most frequently questions a tax adviser gets asked is “how long do I have to live in a property before HMRC will accept that it is my “main residence” and thus exempt from capital gains tax when I sell it?” The question is fair but the answer is difficult… Example My own [...]

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Hamilton Fraser Launches New Landlord Insurance Brand

By |2010-12-10T13:59:01+00:00December 10th, 2010|Company News, Uncategorized|

This month sees the launch of Total Landlord Insurance, a brand new buy-to-let insurance offering brought to you by leading landlord insurance experts, Hamilton Fraser Insurance. Total Landlord Insurance recognises that not all Landlords are the same, which is why they have created two new insurance products so landlords can choose the policy that suits them. The [...]

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Landlords to benefit from stability of longer tenancies and tenants ‘trading up’ within rental sector

By |2010-11-12T14:03:14+00:00November 12th, 2010|Company News, Uncategorized|

Demand for properties to rent has been extremely strong over the last year, with more tenants choosing to rent for longer. This has led to a shortage of available properties to rent as fewer tenants are moving on at the end of their tenancies, choosing to renew instead. There is still a lot of uncertainty [...]

Buy To Let Strong In Preston

By |2010-11-10T14:02:33+00:00November 10th, 2010|Company News, Uncategorized|

It is a licence to print money in some places, and due to the fluid nature of the property market in Preston, there is always going to be a strong demand. We are working with landlords who have portfolios of up to 120 properties and they have been making the most of the prices that [...]

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Self Regulation for Landlords

By |2010-10-28T14:08:13+00:00October 28th, 2010|Company News, Uncategorized|

The Residential Landlords Association this week launches the single most ambitious initiative towards self-regulation for the UK’s private sector residential landlords. The ‘Residential Landlords Association Accreditation Scheme’ creates a new partnership between local authorities and responsible landlords who are committed to raising professional standards and providing good quality accommodation. It is open to any landlord or [...]

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Reaction to Government decision on HMOs

By |2010-10-28T14:04:51+00:00October 28th, 2010|Company News, Uncategorized|

Following the decision by the Housing Minister Grant Shapps MP to amend the rules regarding changes of use in Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs), Ian Potter, operations manager of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents, said: “We welcome the Housing Minister’s decision to change the rules for HMOs. Not doing so would have added an [...]

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Will Paragon revive the Buy to let market?

By |2010-10-04T14:54:00+00:00October 4th, 2010|Company News, Uncategorized|

Paragon Group, the specialist buy-to-let lender, has seemingly shrugged off the harsh effects the recession had on the company, and has announced it is lending again. This could be seen as a good sign, as Paragon relies on wholesale funding from money markets and lending once more shows a further sign those markets may be recovering. [...]

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Demand For Rental Housing Continues To Outstrip Supply

By |2010-10-04T14:43:15+00:00October 4th, 2010|Company News, Uncategorized|

Recent research shows that a surge in demand for rental accommodation over the summer has outstripped rental supply. Tenant registrations soared over July and August, finishing 47% up on May, and the number of potential renters in August was up 14% on last year. In contrast, the number of rental properties on the market in [...]

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Buy to let lender cuts down borrowing options for landlords

By |2010-10-04T14:41:21+00:00October 4th, 2010|Company News, Uncategorized|

The Lloyds Banking Group, one of the UK’s biggest buy to let lenders, is introducing further restrictions for landlords. Landlords who approach the bank will only be offered loans for up to three properties, or up to a limit of £2 million. Borrowers are currently able to take out up to nine mortgages with a total [...]

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