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Mark Smith | Why Are You Paying Too Much Property Tax? | Live at The Great Property Meet!

We are very grateful to Andrew Roberts of The Great Property Meet for recording and sharing the presentation made by our Hon. Legal Counsel, Mark Smith, Head of Chambers at Cotswold Barristers at their January 2020 meeting. as you will see from the vid…

ARLA predict 500,000 PRS homes could be lost to short-term lets

Arla Propertymark have released a report on the impact of the growth in short-term lets such as Airbnb on supply in the Private Rented Sector. Arla predict that 500,000 homes could be lost to short-term lets, because of the increasing costs of anti-lan…

Skewed policy favouring holiday homes

Growth in the number of short-term lets across the country is a symptom of skewed policy that favours holiday homes over long-term properties to rent.
A new report published today by ARLA Propertymark suggests that nearly half a million properties coul…

Are rogue landlords sitting on £1.2 billion?

Up to £1.2 billion in deposits could be unaccounted for! The latest research by Hamilton Fraser’s deposit replacement provider, Ome, has revealed the huge sums of tenant money that is estimated as being held by landlords and agents without protection v…

Is my Guest House becoming an HMO?

Last year I purchased a guest house 9 bedrooms.  I live in a separate accommodation within the building offering the usual cleaning and sheets continental breakfast etc..I was given the go ahead to continue as a B@B by the county borough council and we…

Discretionary Housing payments – left high and dry by Dartford?

I have just been left high and dry by Dartford Borough Council Housing department. In a nutshell I served a section 6a because a tenant was in two months rent arrears. I have done it before and the rent was paid no problem.
The post Discretionary Housi…

Getting deposit back from landlord illegally subletting?

I am trying to get my deposit back from a landlord that was illegally subletting his room to me, and that did not protect my deposit.
Here are the details of my situation, I truly hope you can help me with it:

The post Getting deposit back from…

Is changing an outside blind considered an alteration?

I have a flat on the ground floor of a block of flats with an outside blind which can be lowered.
A Director informed me on a visit to the flat, that my blinds needed replacing as they looked worn and shabby.
The post Is changing an outside blind consi…

If I am renting out a room do I need to pay tax?

I have a 3 bed house and I was living there alone so I advertised last month and got a housemate in a few weeks ago. She has her own bathroom and bedroom.
It has just occurred to me that I may need to pay income tax on this money I am charging her
The …

Despite rumours Bank Base Rate stays at 0.75%

Despite rumours with recent low inflation levels that the rate may reduce by 0.25% the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has voted 7-2 to not change the Base rate and remain at 0.75%.
The Committee also voted unanimously to maintain the s…

Rumble with the Agents to raise funds for Inclusion Barnet

This year ‘Rumble with the Agents’, the annual white-collar charity boxing event hosted by Landlord Action and sponsored by Hamilton Fraser, will be fundraising for Inclusion Barnet, a charity which provides vital support for people with disability, in…

Annual house price growth edges up to 1.9%

January figures from the Nationwide indicate annual house price growth has edged up to 1.9% and there has been a month-on-month rise of 0.5%, after taking account of seasonal factors.
Commenting on the figures, Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s Chief …

Am I visiting my daughter as Mum or Landlord?

My daughter and her flatmate are my tenants. Not that my daughter pays any rent lol.
The flatmate has now demanded, after living there 16 months, that I give her 24 hours notice of visiting my daughter as her mum/guest/visitor.
The post Am I visiting m…

Average house sale in 2019 took 256 days

It took the average home seller 256 days to sell in 2019. The latest research by estate agent comparison website,, has looked at the time it took to sell a home in 2019 and where was home to the longest home selling process in the midst …

New build dwelling starts and completions – England

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has released its latest quarterly statistics for new build dwellings in England as a leading indicator of overall housing supply. Click here for the full report.
Seasonally adjusted new build dw…

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