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Let’s make figuring out tax easier, urges Treasury
The day of reckoning has come for making tax calculation easier as the government has announced plans to combine national insurance and income tax. The aim is to move to a simpler, more straightforward method of tax calculation. The Treasury believes too many people find wo
Posted by on 29/11/2011 16:45:17
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First time buyer switch could bust buy to let landlords
The booming buy to let market may go bust if first time buyers take up government cash incentives to purchase a home. Landlords and lenders should draft a risk strategy to deal with this possible disaster, urges Andrew Gold, chief operating officer of Mutual One, a group suppl
Posted by on 29/11/2011 16:40:29
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Why are rents rising?
According to some, the main reason rents are rising across the board is because we landlords are a greedy bunch who are cashing in on the current high demand for rented properties. But is that a fair assertion, or are there other factors at play? Well speaking as a landlord, I
Posted by on 16/11/2011 17:03:26
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Scottish landlord fined for making threats to tenants
Have you ever had tenants that drove you to the point of distraction? The landlord – tenant relationship is not always an easy one, and unless you are very lucky or an extremely easy-going individual, from time to time you will probably feel aggrieved at something one of your ten
Posted by on 16/11/2011 16:58:46
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Points to prove when retaining a deposit
Paying for damage to a buy to let home is one of the major sources of friction between landlords and tenants. Landlords have a right to retain all or part of the tenants deposit to cover the cost of cleaning, repair or placement - but only if the damage is more than fair wear
Posted by on 15/11/2011 17:40:44
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Buy to let borrowing not quite the booming market lenders would have landlords believe
Buy to let borrowing is not quite the booming market some lenders and industry commentators would have landlords believe, according to the latest official figures. Buy to let borrowing is up to the highest level since the end of 2008 for the three months ending September 30, s
Posted by on 15/11/2011 17:32:53
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Buy to let insurers hit home with extra costs
Buy to let insurance firms are manipulating the cost of cover to make more money from landlords by tinkering with features on their policies. In a snapshot of the market by independent financial monitors Defaqto, 10 top features of 87 buy to let insurance were identified - but
Posted by on 15/11/2011 17:08:16
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Landlords suffer as students are barred from sham colleges
Around 500 colleges face a ban on bringing in international students in a blitz on student visa abuses. The ban has stopped around 11,000 students coming to the UK - but marks bad news for student landlords who provide their accommodation. The Home Office and UK Border Agen
Posted by on 07/11/2011 11:24:28
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Landlords and students defeated in planning fight
York landlords and students have lost a battle against planning restrictions for shared homes. York City Council voted to impose an Article 4 direction that requires property investors to obtain planning permission for all homes shared by between three and six unrelated tenant
Posted by on 07/11/2011 11:17:24
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Buy to let mortgage regulation ‘logical’, warns the FSA
Buy to let mortgage regulation looks inevitable as financial watchdogs admit the proposal is ‘logical.’ Banks and building societies have lobbied long and hard against the proposal under the European Union consumer credit directive but seem ready to surrender the fight. Ral
Posted by on 07/11/2011 11:02:15
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Couple lose £6.9 million buy to let mortgage row with lender
A buy to let couple who challenged a lender’s right to call in mortgages that were in arrears has lost in court. The High Court in London agreed with Paragon Mortgages decision to call in loans worth £6.9 million after the unnamed couple argued the firm should have waited unti
Posted by on 03/11/2011 10:26:41
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Don’t surrender cash to buy to lets with a poor yield
Landlords who do not understand how to work out whether a buy to let is a profitable investment could be throwing thousands of pounds away maintaining a money pit. Property investors sometime get caught between two scenarios - investment and speculation. Buy ing a property
Posted by on 03/11/2011 10:26:10
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Landlords warned over ‘Article 4’ crackdown on HMOs
Letting agents are urging landlords to be aware of changes to planning and licensing laws for rental properties. Around 30 councils in England have indicated they will enforce planning rule called ‘Article 4’ which means landlords will need planning permission if a home is le
Posted by on 03/11/2011 10:21:43
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More student housing fails to win college backing
Universities and colleges are starting to back out of supporting student housing applications as the market in some areas becomes saturated. The latest scheme that has failed to win backing from learning institution is a proposal for a 48-bed hall of residence over a basement
Posted by on 03/11/2011 10:18:20
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1,200 ‘tax cheats’ face court over £35 million claim
The tax man is plugging a £35 million tax stamp duty loophole by taking 1,200 alleged tax cheating homebuyers to court. HM Revenue & Customs reckons the property buyers have evaded the tax by signing up for a dubious tax scheme that advisers claim saves money. Dozens of fir
Posted by on 03/11/2011 09:59:46
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Students home in on letting agents
Students are joining the rental business to beat the problems of finding homes in overcrowded university cities. Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) is the latest to look at going in to the property business. Student unions at Liverpool and Cardiff have already started s
Posted by on 02/11/2011 11:24:42
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Southampton bans shared student houses
Councillors are ignoring pleas from students and landlords to set up a no-go zone for shared houses in Southampton. Southampton City Council voted the ban on houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) after neighbours complained about noise, litter and bad behaviour by tenants. T
Posted by on 02/11/2011 11:16:03
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