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Latest Changes To Private Residence Relief

30th August 2019

In July the Government confirmed its plans to change the way that Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is calculated for properties that are part or fully let.

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Wolverhampton Letting agents packs the room EVERY 3 months with landlords wanting to learn.

14th June 2019

On a wet cold and windy night on the 12th June, local Lettings Agents Concentric (incorporating Lawsons) which have been renting and managing properties in the Wolverhampton area for nearly 30 years, ran its second seminar of the year, with one intention in mind… Educating landlords.

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Landlords – Are you compliant with the latest Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards?

4th June 2019

There’s no getting away from the fact that there have been a lot of changes in legislation in the lettings industry over the past year, not least updates in the law surrounding energy efficiency. This has been quite a big one, because there is currently a huge buzz around the need for us all to be more aware of our environmental impact, from the materials we use every day, to how we reduce the amount of energy in our businesses and in our households.  So let’s take a look at what’s changed, and how we as landlords and agents need to look at energy efficiency within the properties that we rent out, along with the potential hurdles that might present. 

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Client Money Protection Scheme will now be mandatory

29th March 2019

From 1st April 2019, it has become mandatory that all property agents hold a registered membership with a certified money protection scheme. This is by way of insurance for landlords and tenants, to prevent rogue agents from keeping back money from deposits and rents if something goes wrong. Let’s look at what this means for landlords, and what you should be looking out for when you employ an agent to manage your properties.

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Are you in danger of being banned as a landlord?

15th March 2019

Since April 2018, it has been possible to be banned from being a landlord. Not unlike facing a 12 month ban from driving if you break the law, as a landlord, you could now be stopped from letting out or managing properties for being found guilty of housing offences. It’s a pretty radical, although arguably necessary move, brought into play to crack down on rouge landlords and agents. So what does it mean, exactly, and how could it affect you?

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Article 4 and HMO’s

11th March 2019

In simple terms, Article 4’s were put in place a few years ago to manage the growth of HMO units in certain areas, and have been rolled out by councils across the country recently. If a proposed HMO is to be in an Article 4 designated area, then any would be HMO landlords would have to seek planning consent under Article 4 in order to be able to set up and operate a HMO in that area, but your HMO may also NOW need a license too...

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Could Brexit be good news for landlords?

11th March 2019

2019 is proving to be an unpredictable market for properties in the UK. As with many other industries, people are hitting pause in anticipation of the outcome of the Brexit deal. Could this turn out to be a good thing for landlords?

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Getting ready for the January sales & lettings bonanza

4th December 2018

Historically, the Christmas and New Year holidays see record visits to sites such as Rightmove and Zoopla, with over 1.6m properties viewed online as people escape the Christmas turkey to think about their next move. Understandably, many people are reluctant to sell or let their property until after the New Year. But, if you are thinking of moving, selling or letting a property in January, can you afford not to put your property in front of potential buyers at this important time of year?

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Client Money Protection Review – Our statement

29th March 2017

After attending the annual ARLA Propertymark Conference and Exhibition yesterday, Concentric HQ are pleased to confirm to their clients that the government have accepted the Client Money Protection Review (CMP) and will be introducing mandatory CMP for all letting agents.

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7 things landlords might not know about LHA tenancies

20th February 2017

It’s a common phrase you see rounding off nearly every rental listing - “No DSS”. DSS – being the now-defunct Department of Social Security – refers to LHA tenants, the catch-all term for low-income tenants who claim Local Housing Allowance (LHA), named after the now-defunct Department of Social Security.

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