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Brightly painted English HMO properties

The new HMO property laws and buy to let

What is a HMO? House in multiple occupation, or HMO, is a property shared by a number of unrelated people on a room basis. They used to be referred to as multi-let or house share. In late 2016, a consultation took place to assess possible changes to licensing. As a result, a set of changes […]

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Tenants in rent arrears sat on sofa looking at money on table

9% of Private Tenants in Rent Arrears

According to survey findings around 9% of tenants in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) are in rent arrears or have experienced rent arrears in the last 12 months.  Compared to social tenants, of whom 25% are in rent arrears/ have been in last 12 months.   The English Housing Survey (EHS) is a national survey […]

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Oversupply of rental property leads to slowest annual rent increases since 2014

As anticipated, it seems that the surcharge on stamp duty and the fall in tax relief on buy-to-let mortgage interest is certainly making landlords think carefully about their next steps. Just this month, it has been revealed that the proportion of UK landlords who intend to sell property in the next year has more than doubled […]

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Our housing White Paper response

Our housing White Paper response

It’s been a busy week for the property market. Firstly, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) issued survey findings which suggest that rental prices could rise faster than house prices because of a tougher tax regime, and on Tuesday, the hotly-anticipated housing White Paper was released. These two announcements alone have seen the press dedicate many […]

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Brexit, Trump and May

Brexit, Trump and May

It could be a tough year for the residential property market. But let’s face it, with Brexit, Donald Trump now in the White House, a tougher tax regime, rising inflation and potential interest rate rises in the offing, anything could happen. One thing is certain, however, as Britain enters a new economic era under Theresa […]

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Investing in a second property in 2017

Investing in a second property in 2017

For generations, the maxim has been: put your money in property and you won’t go far wrong. And that surely must be a recommended course of action for anyone still wondering about a New Year resolution. Admittedly, the prospect of new mortgage regulations, a reduction in tax relief and stamp duty on additional homes, together […]

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Deutsche Bank analyses buy to let price hike effect

Deutsche Bank has given its two pennies’ worth after recent rumblings that the tax increases introduced by Chancellor George Osborne in the private rental sector could lead to wider implications. Two major tax changes that make buy-to-let far less attractive have been introduced: There’s the stamp duty surcharge on second homes – that makes it much […]

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Are Buy to let landlords under threat from first time buyers?

As the frenzy of property purchasing starts to slow down and as the dust begins to settle now that the new stamp duty law has kicked in, are there any emerging market developments of which landlords need to be aware? Early indicators are that there might be, in the form of a threat to buy […]

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