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Electrical Certificates – Why Every Landlord Should Have Them

28th December 2019

As a landlord, you might be aware that there will be a change in the law with regards to electrical checks in all rented properties. That’s not compulsory as yet; however, we would urge all landlords to be ahead of the game and make sure that regular electrical checks are carried out on properties, and especially on new tenancies. Here’s why.

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Build To Rent

21st December 2019

In recent years, there has been significant growth in the build to rent sector, which reports suggest will see heavy investment over the coming months and years, as the demand for privately rented properties hits an all time high. So, what exactly is the build to rent phenomenon, and could it be a threat to private landlords in the UK? Let’s take a look.

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Are More People Renting In Their Home Towns?

14th December 2019

There have been several reports recently suggesting that young people are opting to rent closer to where they grew up, rather than relocating to search out better job prospects. These same reports say that this is largely down to the steep rise in rent over the past 20 years – but how true are the claims, and what does it mean for landlords with properties in less affluent areas of the UK?

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Are Flats A Better Investment Than House

7th December 2019

With legislation getting tighter and tighter within the lettings industry, the debate between landlords on whether to invest in houses or flats is back on the agenda. So where is your money best placed? The answer isn’t as straight forward as you might think – let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons for each.

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Buying and selling over Christmas

2nd December 2019

Think you need to avoid selling your property over Christmas? Think again. Potential buyers have more time over Christmas and, according to Rightmove, the Christmas period and particularly Boxing Day, is one of the busiest of the year, with people searching for a new home.

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3 Reasons Why Landlords Are Losing Confidence

1st December 2019

Recently, the National Landlord Association revealed that landlords’ confidence in the industry has reached its lowest level on record. It seems that all of the changes in laws and legislation over the past 12 months is taking its toll, and understandably, landlords are worried about the future of their businesses.

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Investing in rental property in Wolverhampton in 2019

7th November 2019

Buying property in Wolverhampton to rent over the last two decades seems to have gone full circle, as to what to buy and where, and again, there seems to be some great opportunities to be had, here in the midlands, let's explore where we have come from and where we are and how the buying opportunities have changed in that time...

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How to add £50k to the value of your house, in less than one week

4th November 2019

According to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and the Home Owners Alliance (HOA), you can enhance the value of your property by almost £50,000 simply by removing an internal wall to create an open plan kitchen and dining area.

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Private Residence Relief Changes

30th October 2019

Did you know that when you rent out all or part of your home a Capital Gains Tax (CGT) charge may apply when you sell the property? Currently, HMRC exclude the last 18 months of your ownership – even if the property is let for this time – when assessing any CGT liability. However, in a draft of the Finance Bill released earlier this year, HMRC have confirmed that this 18-month period will be reduced to 9 months from April 2020. Disabled property owners, or those in a care home, will continue to be exempt for 36 months.

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The house buying fees you'll also need to budget for.

27th September 2019

If you're thinking about buying a new home, you'll need to budget for more than just the deposit. It's a stressful time, saving! You work hard to put away savings each month and feel like celebrating when you have saved enough for that all important deposit. But don't get carried away too early, as there are other costs that you need to take into account! When you're working out your 'buying a house' budget, you also need to take account of the cost of buying, your mortgage fees and moving costs - on top of your deposit. It all adds up and can easily plunge you into debt if an unexpected bill hasn't been taken into account.

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