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Freeholder refusing responsibility for roof repairs?

I have a problem with my freeholder, a large national company. I live in Cyprus so am not on the spot so to speak. The leaseholder in the flat below mine in the UK which I rent out, contacted my agent to say the roof had been damaged in the recent stor…

Body sized hole in bathroom escape – Who pays?

The tenant has caused damage to my property during an emergency. I have just had a call from my management agent regarding a block of apartments they manage for us, which are currently let out to students on an AST.
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Government reject Brent Council application to extend licensing scheme

The RLA has welcomed the Government’s rejection of an application by Brent Council to extend its licensing scheme for privately rented housing.
This follows a similar ruling last month when an application by Liverpool City Council to renew its citywide…

Selling a property which has a difficult tenant?

I want to sell a property which has a difficult tenant.
I would like to know what happens if he does not let potential viewers access to the property?
Are there any documents can I get the tenant to sign which could/will make the tenant cooperate in al…

Fuseboard Confusion!

I am just about to have the five year DEIC Report done on a block containing 4 one bed flats. We use the same electrician we have used for years, but even he is confused about the plastic board replacement to a metal one.
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I decided to go Ltd Company route?

I have been a part time BTL landlord for many years managing my portfolio of 10 plus residential properties myself, all of which are mortgaged . With the advent of the zero tax relief policy I decided to go Ltd Company route.
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Extra £112m funding for councils to help get people off the streets

More rough sleepers are to be helped off the streets and into safe accommodation after an extra £112 million funding for councils, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick.
This funding is a 30% increase this year and will be used by local authorities
The post…

Differences of opinion – What do you think?

In the embedded video below there are a few answers given by the presenters (Mark Smith and Andrew Roberts) that I disagree with.
The first is in regards to the pricing of Limited Company Buy-to-Let mortgages vs individual Buy-to-let mortgages.
The pos…

ARLA report – Huge blow for tenants

ARLA’s latest PRS report, click here, shows tenant demand reaching a record high in January, with an average of 88 prospective tenants registered per member branch. Annual demand for rental accommodation has increased by 21%, rising from 73 in Ja…

£2.9bn increased Councils funding includes rewards for building new homes

Following a vote in the House of Commons, the government confirmed councils in England will have access to a share of £49.2 billion in 2020 to 2021, an increase of £2.9 billion or 4.4% in real-terms.
The settlement will give councils access to a £1.5 b…

Welsh Government want 12 months eviction protection

The Welsh Government wishes to provide greater security for people who rent their homes. This security will be achieved by extending the minimum notice period for issuing a section 173 notice from two months to six months. Currently, the section 173 no…

Multi-Sale SDLT?

I’ve sent the recent article to my account as I have a building in 10 separate units let on ASTs as it reads as though this qualifies for the reduced SDLT – I even called the Inland Revenue who said ‘sounds as though it does’

Can you split Property Portfolio in two parts to Incorporate?

We currently have 20 properties, 10 of them in Surrey where we live and remaining 10 in Ashford Kent around 47 miles from our home.
As we understand incorporation relief is only available if we incorporate whole of portfolio.
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Taxation hurts tenants by turning landlords to Airbnb

Tenants, including many with children, are finding it harder to access long term homes to rent as Government policy is driving landlords to move into the holiday lettings market, says the leading landlords’ organisation.
The warning comes as figu…

New Homes Ombudsman

Homebuyers who are faced with shoddy building work in their new homes will be protected by a new, independent Ombudsman, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed.
The New Homes Ombudsman will step in to help homebuyers with issues from sloppy bri…

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