New legislation, tax changes and licensing schemes are some of the many changes affecting landlords in recent months. There has been a lot of publicity about these changes, because many of the new regulations have not found favour with landlords, whilst falling foul of some could lead to huge fines or a criminal record. However, […]

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first Spring Budget with a few controversial measures, such as raising National Insurance contributions for the self-employed and a new soft drinks levy on sugary drinks. Although he did not have any new nasty surprises for the rental sector, he failed to reverse the unpopular tax reforms introduced by the […]

Landlords looking to increase their buy-to-let portfolio or hoping to move into the lucrative luxury letting market may be interested in buying repossessed properties at below market value. There are plenty of repossessions on the market through estate agents or at auction. Larger amounts of properties or blocks of apartment blocks can also be acquired […]

More councils are looking at introducing licensing for landlords, in a bid to crack down on rogue landlords. Although it has been pointed out that licensing hits legitimate, professional buy-to-let investors, local authorities still see it as a way of improving standards and stamping out anti-social behaviour. Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council is discussing whether to introduce […]

With the recent tax hikes on buy-to-let investments, landlords are looking at alternatives to residential property and are increasingly turning to the commercial sector instead. Shops, restaurants and offices are being seen as viable alternatives to residential property, before the new taxes on mortgaged buy-to-lets comes into force in April. Auction house Allsop has seen […]

Many disputes between landlords and tenants come about because of disagreements about what constitutes wear and tear. It is a grey area, because people’s standards are different and it varies from case to case. If an agreement cannot be reached, then the dispute could involve a formal Alternative Dispute Resolution service, which tends to side […]

Whilst some local authorities have either implemented landlord licensing schemes or are holding consultations about them, one council in Cambridgeshire has shelved the plans entirely. Plans for the scheme in Wisbech have been abandoned, after a vote in favour of the scheme was lost at another meeting. The Conservative group, which has a majority on […]

Bringing back the Landlords’ Energy Saving Allowance and a capital gains tax cut have been included on a wish list of demands for Philip Hammond, ahead of this year’s Budget. The National Landlords Association has also used the opportunity to once again express its opposition to changes to tax relief on mortgage interest. At the […]

The government is to do another U-turn, to ditch one policy set up to tackle the housing crisis for another. David Cameron wanted to turn Generation Rent into Generation Buy, with proposals to build affordable housing to allow younger people to get a foot on the property ladder. Property ownership has been a key issue […]

Top property hotspots for 2017

February 27, 2017

With rental demand increasing, property continues to attract investors. Although demand and rents are highest in London and the South-East, these are not necessarily the best areas to invest in buy-to-lets, because purchase prices are so high. A new report suggests three regional cities in the UK are expected to outperform the capital. Real estate […]

Landlords are finding it difficult to get a handle on the right to rent rules, with some saying that they are now less likely to accept tenants without a British passport, so they do not fall foul of the regulations. According to a Residential Landlords Association survey, 43 per cent said they were less likely […]

Plans are in hand to license every privately-rented property in the Nottingham City Authority area, at a cost of £600 per property. The city council is planning a new licensing scheme affecting 26,250 properties, to improve standards in the private rental sector. Residents, tenants, landlords, letting agents and other interested parties have a chance to […]

Whilst some local authorities have either implemented landlord licensing schemes or are holding consultations about them, one council in Cambridgeshire has shelved the plans entirely. Plans for the scheme in Wisbech have been abandoned, after a vote in favour of the scheme was lost at another meeting. The Conservative group, which has a majority on […]

We’ve released v4.9 of our Property Inventory & Inspection App: InventoryBase Go This release focuses on a couple of key improvements to attachments and photos: 1. View previous/original photos to compare and re-take Now you can view the photos from the previous inspection, or the original Check In when you’re conducting a Check Out. This […]

More people will be renting long-term in the future, a survey has shown. This trend for renting rather than buying will accelerate, because property prices continue to rise much faster than wage increases, which means buying is no longer an option for many people. According to a survey of 1,000 tenants by the Deposit Protection […]