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Landlord and agent fined for false documents

The submission of forged tenancy agreements supporting a planning application has led to a landlord and his planning agent being fined thousands of pounds by ... Full story

Landlord numbers rise 40 per cent

The number of UK landlords increased by 40 per cent in a five year period, with 2.1 million taxpayers declaring income from property in the ... Full story

Violent tenant faces deportation

An illegal immigrant is facing deportation after punching and kicking his landlord.  Ashid Bomedian assaulted the owner of his rental property after the landlord reported him ... Full story

Scottish rents hit new record high

Rent rises in Scotland have increased 1.6 per cent year on year, the fastest rise since November 2014.  April 2015 saw the average residential rent across ... Full story

UK buy to let to hit £1 trillion

It is expected that the overall value of the private rental sector will exceed £1 trillion in the coming year.  Data compiled by the Council of ... Full story

Cameron announces compulsory licensing

A mandatory licensing scheme for private landlords is set to be introduced by the Conservative government in a shock move.  David Cameron announced last week that ... Full story

Unsafe rental homes claim by charity

Rogue landlords are earning up to £5.6 billion each year through renting unsafe homes which fail to meet legal standards according to a charity report.  The ... Full story

Landlord brothers fined

Two landlord brothers have been fined £2,800 each for putting the lives of their tenants at risk following a prosecution by Southwark Council.  Abilio Pereira Rodrigues ... Full story

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A taxing time for buy to let investors

With the Conservative party now secure in Government for another five years, there has never been a better time to get your tax affairs in order. The Conservatives ruled out rises in corporation tax, VAT, National Insurance and Income Tax but, with the mandate given to them by the British public to plug the national deficit, there is a concern that other taxes could be targeted including those in real estate such as stamp duty land tax. ... Full story

Post election - A win for landlords

‘The party's over, it's time to call it a day...’ goes the old song and that certainly seems to be the case for the Liberal Democrats, UKIP and Scottish Labour. For supporters of those parties, my sympathies, but for the private rented sector, the result was perhaps as good as could be hoped for. Sharon Betton, landlord advisor with the Bolton Bond Board and author of The Landlord Good Management and Practice Guide looks back at the election results and what it means for landlords. ... Full story

Property management is now easy

Victoria Whitlock, AKA 'The Accidental Landlord' explores the pros and cons of managing a property yourself vs using an agent. She considers a third way: Can easyProperty’s new Property Management service at 3.6% give landlords peace of mind as well as quality service? ... Full story

New section 8 and section 21 notices

‘If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it’ is a frequently used expression when there seems a degree of unnecessary interference and changes - and that is what we have got from the 2015 Deregulation Bill. Landlords are well aware of the need to follow correct procedures, many of them attending awareness raising and training sessions so that their actions comply fully with the law. All that knowledge will now need additions, if landlords are not to fall foul of the legislation. ... Full story

Buy to let legislation - the story so far

Whether you are looking forward to the forthcoming General Election with joyful anticipation or sick dread at the changes that could be effected such a short time from now, what is certain is that it has focused the legislature on tidying up some issues in the private sector before the big day. Sharon Betton, landlord advisor with the Bolton Bond Board and author of The Landlord Good Management and Practice Guide looks back at the changes so far. ... Full story

A knotty problem for residential landlords

The spread of Japanese Knotweed and other invasive non-native species (INNS) has been subject to control for some time. The Infrastructure Act 2015 became law on 12 February 2015 and amends section 14 of the Wildlife Act 1981 to introduce new powers which can compel landowners to take action on INNS including Japanese Knotweed. So writes Helen Wheddon, Partner, Stevens & Bolton LLP. ... Full story

Reassuringly inexpensive - Low-cost doesn’t have to mean low quality

'Reassuringly expensive'. So goes the strapline for Stella Artois, and maybe sometimes that’s true. But as time goes on, the trend we’re seeing is that low-cost doesn’t have to mean low-quality at all. Just 20 years ago, for example, if you’d told me that you could fly me to Cologne for £30 I would have had some pretty severe reservations about the quality of that flight (and the likelihood of arriving in one piece). Now though? I wouldn’t think twice. ... Full story

Buy to let rents continue to rise

For investors in the rental market in the UK, one of the country's hottest asset classes, the delicate balance between spending big in London for large returns and spending a little less in the regions for a higher yield over a longer period has always presented a big decision. However, according to new reports, the rental gap between London and the regions is now starting to close, making for good news for those already investing in the strong regions. ... Full story

Buy to let investment - Is it right for you?

The demand for rental properties across the UK has soared over the past 12 months, outstripping supply in all parts of the country. Whilst the number of tenants has risen dramatically - by 20% at the end of last year - the number of homes available to rent during the same period had dropped around 17%. ... Full story

The Budget - 'A nightmare in the making'

So says Alan Ward, Chairman of the RLA. Strong words, written in response to the Governments' plans to out-law from tenancy agreements clauses prohibiting sub-letting and to form a ‘sharing economy’. Whilst I could understand the ethos of much of what the Government is trying to do, it is impossible to see what, if any, thought this has had, which makes it very difficult to provide any defence of the logic behind such a move. ... Full story

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