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Category Archives: Latest Updates

Top 10 safety precautions to protect your tenants

Top 10 safety precautions a Landlord should be taking to protect tenants Renting out your property is one of the best businesses you can start. However, despite the fact that all you need to do in general is to find a tenant and start earning, it is still a business, which means it comes with lots of responsibilities. One of the biggest responsibilities you …

Right to Rent

When you are renting you may feel confused about what your letting agents and landlords are charging you for. Let’s have a look at the legals – make sure you understand them and that you know where to go if you think your landlord is breaching these regulations. “As of 27th May 2015, letting agents must publish full details of their fees and charges …

Leasehold vs Freehold

Leasehold or Freehold? What do they mean and why does it matter? The vast majority of properties out there are either freehold or leasehold. There are also properties where the owner has a share of the freehold. Freehold In this situation, the Freeholder owns the property outright. This will include the land it is built on (including its garden). Houses are generally freehold properties. …

Invest in a House or a Flat

What a question! Everyone will have his or her own theory on this and the ‘right’ answer will only be the ‘right’ answer for them and their situation. Whatever your decision, there is money to be made. Let’s have a look: When starting to consider an investment project, you need to think about: > How long am I looking to invest for? > What …

Money in Property vs Bank

When you have a reasonable amount of money, you may start to consider whether leaving the money in the bank is really the best place for it to be. One of the other options is to invest your money in property. Consider: • What is your financial situation now? • What are your financial goals? Financial situation now It is a great idea (if …

Buy to Let Mortgages

Buy-to-let Mortgages What is a Buy to Let mortgage? This is a type of mortgage for people who are buying property explicitly to rent them out. They are generally more expensive than normal mortgages. Can I get one? Buy to Let mortgages are only for people who are investing in property. This is a risky business! Buy to Let mortgages are very hard to …

Stamp Duty Rise

As of April 2016, homeowners with more than one property will be liable to pay a new higher rate stamp duty. Stamp duty increases at a glance The purchase of additional residential property, will attract a rise of 3% in stamp duty from April 1, 2016. This additional charge will be above the current ‘stamp duty land tax’ rates. 3% tax on homes that …

New Landlord Tax Law

New Landlord Tax Law Tax law is inevitably complicated. With the new changes coming in, if you think you may be affected then you need to get financial advice as soon as possible. Do not act on any of the information in this article before receiving this professional advice. The Basics: Landlords with large mortgages and who own their properties will pay more tax. …

Letting your Property at Christmas

Letting your property at Christmas If you talk about Letting your property at Christmas, some people might say that you’re crazy. If you are uncertain, have look at two of the biggest property portals, Rightmove and Zoopla. They boast some pretty impressive statistics about web views over the festive period. Getting your property on the market now with an online estate agency might actually …

Things to consider when you let a Northampton property

Great! You have rented your house in Northampton. Most of the hard work has been done, but there are still things you need to keep in mind while your house is let. • Mortgage repayments If you purchased your property in Northampton as a buy-to-let, then your lender to ensure that you will be able to afford the mortgage repayments, will have looked at …

Modern interior for your rental property

Modern interior is in high demand When potential tenants are looking for a property, modern interior is in high demand. Does this mean that to rent your property you need to rush out and spend tens of thousands of pounds on renovation? Absolutely not! Here are a few tips on how you give your property a modern facelift and really help to maximise the …

The Importance of Gas and Electric Safety Checks

Importance of Gas and Electric Safety Checks There are specific legal duties that landlords have to their tenants when it comes to gas safety. Types of property these requirements cover include: Residential properties provided for rent by local authorities, housing associations, private sector landlords, housing co-operatives and hostels Rooms let in bed-sit accommodation, private households, bed and breakfast accommodation and hotels Rented holiday accommodation …

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