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Sleep Tight; Donít Let the Bed Bugs Bite.
From single-family homes to hotels, halls of residence and even air craft, bed bugs are being found everywhere. Fortunately, there are new weapons in the bed bug fight. Scent-detecting dogs specially trained to locate bed bugs are scouring rooms and pinpointing the location of th
Posted by on 28/04/2011 12:05:36
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Donít Break the Golden Rule of Property Tax
Tax follows ownership of a property is the golden rule of tax planning that too many buy to let landlords forget until too late. Tax planning starts with buying a property, not trying to reorganise financial affairs to pay less tax a couple of years down the line. Breaking
Posted by on 27/04/2011 13:31:40
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Planning Green Light Boosts Student Landlords
A new government scheme to fast-track converting edge of town business premises in to housing may solve tricky planning problems for property investors and councils. HMO and buy to let landlords could benefit as the government clears the way to convert disused offices, shops,
Posted by on 19/04/2011 17:44:47
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Soaring Tuition Fees Could Make Students Stay at Home
Student landlords are stepping back from investment because of uncertainty in the market over rising tuition fees. Fees are set to rise from £6,000 to a maximum £9,000 at many English universities from the start of the next academic year in September Ė and many are warning the
Posted by on 19/04/2011 09:12:32
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Landlords - FIVE Ways to Avoid Rental Voids
With the number of unemployed people now almost hitting 2 million, landlords face challenging times ahead. It is clear that those unfortunate people who lose there jobs are likely to struggle with paying their rents. Therefore, it is vital that landlords develop creative strategi
Posted by on 18/04/2011 11:57:59
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University Mergers Could Spark Letting Boom
Cities with more than one university could see a swarm of mergers and acquisitions as more commercially minded institutions take over their academically minded counterparts. This could bring a boom for private student landlords as the surviving universities will attract more s
Posted by on 15/04/2011 16:25:05
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Shock Tax Checks Catch Out Student Landlords
A shock pilot to work the bugs out of the taxmanís financial record checking scheme has triggered angry responses from businesses and tax advisers. Up to 2,000 businesses, including student rentals and letting agents, can expect the taxman to call and inspect their bookkeeping
Posted by on 14/04/2011 10:39:19
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Landlords Ė What Has Happened to Your Cashflow?
One challenge that every landlord faces is how to assess their portfolio cashflow. Cashflow is the heartbeat of any business and this single piece of analysis tells you how well your property business is performing. Only last week I was reading an article on the BBC website
Posted by on 11/04/2011 15:27:37
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Landlords Ė How Would You Answer This Question...
As we approach the end of the current tax year, it is a time when landlords should reflect on their property business and plan for the year ahead. If I was to ask you the following question, what would your answer be? "Do you have an idea of how much tax you will be paying f
Posted by on 08/04/2011 15:42:24
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Will Your Letting Business Survive if Interest Rates Rise?
Will your letting business survive if interest rates rise? Property investors are waiting anxiously for the inevitable rise in mortgage interest rates at sometime this year. Many landlords are only showing rental profits because mortgage rates have dropped and they have two c
Posted by on 07/04/2011 09:59:08
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HMO Destroyed in Fire Costs Landlord £2 Million
The final bill for flouting fire safety rules at a shared house that was destroyed in an early morning blaze may cost a landlord up to £2 million. The seven-bedroom rental property should have had strict fire safety controls under licensing conditions imposed on houses in mult
Posted by on 04/04/2011 10:27:24
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