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Tax break could save cash for HMO landlords
HMO and student landlords could be missing a trick on tax relief if they are not keeping an eye on claiming capital allowances for their properties. Many landlords fail to claim the allowances because residential letting property is outside the rules without realising the comm
Posted by on 28/02/2012 17:17:01
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Cheap student flats deal judged ‘misleading’ to landlords
Advertising watchdogs have banned an as by a property company claiming to sell student flats at 25% below market value with ‘no deposit’ 100% finance. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) upheld a complaint that the firm, BMV Property Direct, of Sheffield, sent misleading
Posted by on 24/02/2012 16:41:56
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53 HMOs face licensing probe in just one city
More than 50 shared houses in York are under investigation for breaching HMO licensing laws, the city council has revealed. Landlords of 53 houses in multiple occupation risk fines, loss of their licences or an order to cut the number of tenants if they are found to be breakin
Posted by on 23/02/2012 10:26:42
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Students protest over earlybird rent demands
About 1,500 students are protesting about landlords and letting agents demanding thousands of pounds to book their homes almost a year before they move in. The students have signed a petition urging student landlords and letting agents to draft a code that aims to delay market
Posted by on 22/02/2012 10:57:28
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Green light for new letting property EPCs
New energy performance certificates have been given the green light by the government. The new energy performance certificates (EPC) bring the rules for residential and commercial property in line and also offer extra information to tenants and homebuyers. Landlords and let
Posted by on 22/02/2012 09:33:37
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Buy to let profits are down despite rising rents
Landlords with large property portfolios are failing to make profits despite months of rising rents, according to a new study. The number of student landlords and other buy to let investors with portfolios of 20 plus properties who made a rental loss surged from 1% in the thir
Posted by on 16/02/2012 16:59:54
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GP flouted gas safety rules in student flat
Students sharing a flat were at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning because their GP landlord failed to maintain the boiler. The danger was spotted when a gas engineer was called to repair a fault in the boiler at the flat in Oxford. The engineer refused to carry out the repa
Posted by on 14/02/2012 17:22:39
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Universities face ban after breaching student housing limits
Universities in Oxford have breached a cap on students living in private rented homes that may stop them moving to new multimillion campus developments. Oxford and Oxford Brookes universities agreed to limit student numbers living outside halls of residence to 3,000 each for t
Posted by on 08/02/2012 13:29:37
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Unite puts up rents as student demand outstrips bed supply
The UK’s largest corporate student landlord is putting up rents as demand for beds is outstripping supply by more than a third. Unite is cocking a snook at falling applications for university places and this year’s hike in fees by increasing rents by around 4% because universi
Posted by on 08/02/2012 13:24:42
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Fraud alerts help landlords fight property scammers
The Land Registry is urging landlords to sign up for free to stop fraudsters hijacking their properties. The £50 per property fee has been scrapped to encourage landlords, holiday home owners and other investors who live elsewhere from the property to join the title watch sche
Posted by on 08/02/2012 13:18:44
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Planners pull the plug on city’s student housing
All student housing is on hold in Leicester as councillors draw up a battle plan to take back the city from developers. Leicester City Council pulled the plug on all proposals in the planning pipeline in November - and has just launched six weeks of consultation inviting the v
Posted by on 08/02/2012 13:15:48
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Landlords split over buy to let prospects
Landlords have mixed feelings about the way buy to let is going for this year, according to a new survey. Opinions are evenly split - with 50% reporting tenant demand growing in the final three months of 2011, while the other half reckon it stayed the same or dropped. The c
Posted by on 08/02/2012 13:13:18
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Councils looking to extend HMO licensing
Residents in Cardiff can give their opinion about extending a house in multiple occupation licensing scheme over more of the city centre. The Plasnewydd and Gabalfa neighbourhoods can opt to join the scheme - and the council is running a 10 week consultation to find out what
Posted by on 08/02/2012 13:11:54
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