Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowance Are Cut and CGT Rises in the Budget

So who wins and who loses from the emergency budget? Well, the trouble with the budget is that lots of the details are in the hard to get (and even harder to digest) documents that come out after the Chancellor has sat down.) But back at the desk and catching up, it seems clear that one winner could be the […]

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Housing Benefit Frauds How Widespread Are They Plus Institutional Investment in the PRS May Be Near

A few weeks ago, a landlord I advise told me how some tenants of his had contacted him with a request to help them make a fraudulent housing benefit claim. The landlord lets out a property to three people who are all on a single assured shorthold tenancy. The tenants are related to each other. There is a young woman, […]

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Landlord Register Scrapped and No More Regulation Of Letting Agents

News has just come in that the national landlords register proposed by the last government has been scrapped for England and Wales. I thought the register  might not be a bad idea if it was set up right, unlike the pre-existing Scottish scheme. See my comments on how the scheme north of the border seemed to be a pretty hopeless, […]

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Buy to Let Mortgage Rates, Institutions and the PRS and a Word On CGT

A few months ago there was a ray of hope that the historically high margins that mortgage companies want to charge buy to let mortgage borrowers could be coming down. Readers of this column will know that back in November last year, for a 75% loan to value buy to let mortgage, you could get a reversionary (or “go to” […]

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Social Lettings Agencies Homelessness Prevention and Role of the Private Rented Sector

As the Conservative Lib Dem coalition starts to wield the knife on what they see as wasted activity in some parts of the public sector we start to wonder how their cuts will eventually affect housing. One area that we at LettingFocus.com provide advisory help on for local cheap sildenafil tablets authorities and housing associations is in the setting up […]

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Private Rented Sector Competitors Waiting in the Wings

I have always said that the biggest threat to private landlords comes from external sources and especially from new competitors. Unfortunately, these new competitors are rarely on most small landlords radars, which is not surprising really, because so far these new competitors have not really been all that active. Most landlords tend to prefer to worry and huff and puff […]

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Landlords Registration, Landlord Register and Licensing Scheme Let’s Avoid the Scottish Mistakes says LettingFocus

As you may know, a registration scheme for landlords has been proposed for England and Wales for all landlords. Under the proposals, now on hold until after the election, a fee would be charged to landlords who would all be required to register. At LettingFocus we are not opposed to this as long as the objective of the scheme is […]

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