Capital Gains Tax Reduction for Landlords Selling to Tenants

Capital Gains Tax Reduction for Landlords Selling to Tenants Chancellor Philip Hammond is said to be considering handing a capital gains tax break to landlords who sell their buy-to-let properties to long-term tenants in his budget this month. The proposals were put forward by “Onward”, (the rather silly-named Conservative think tank). The idea is that landlords could be made exempt […]

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Universal Credit Not Working Well in Private Rented Sector

Universal Credit Not Working ALMOST two-thirds of private landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit have experienced them going into rent arrears according to new research by the Residential landlords association, says David Lawrenson of LettingFocus.com Based on responses from over 2,200 landlords, the Residential Landlord Association has found that 61 per cent of landlords with tenants on Universal Credit have experienced […]

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Property Gurus

David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com looks at property gurus and wonders what makes them tick. On Property Gurus What is with these property gurus, I often wonder? And why are they not more like me? In order to find out, I have read a bit about other property gurus in the last couple of months. I thought it would be worth […]

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HMO Licensing Rules Extended

HMO Licensing Rules Extended From October 2018, the scope of mandatory licensing in England will be extended, which means an estimated 177,000 properties will need to be licensed for the first time, says David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com. From October 2018, the government is extending the scope of mandatory HMO licensing rules in England. (See below for the differences in the […]

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Boiler Efficiency

Boiler Efficiency Ever wondered why when you put that new boiler in your let property, it never seems to save all that much money on heating bills compared to your old boiler, asks David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com. Well it seems that for years we have been mis-sold on the efficiency of boilers. A whistleblower has recently revealed that the energy […]

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Small Buy to Let Landlords v Institutional Build to Rent Landlords

Why Small Buy to Let Landlords Deserve More Respect than Institutional Build to Rent Landlords  David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus argues that most small landlords have just one let property and have been unfairly maligned in favour of big institutional build to rent landlords. In the last few years, the smaller landlord has been under attack due to a combination of […]

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Onward Conservative Think Tank Ideas on Private Rented Sector Deeply Flawed

Onward Conservative Think Tank Ideas on Private Rented Sector Deeply Flawed Regular readers of my columns will recall one Conservative MP, a certain Neil O’Brien, who was previously an adviser to landlord nemesis, George Osborne in the Treasury. In 2017, I wrote about how he was calling for curbs in the market for second homes that would extend to buy […]

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