Starting Off in Buy to Let

Starting Off in Buy to Let David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com ponders the issue of risk for those getting into buy to let for the first time in this piece on “Starting off in Buy to Let”. When you invest in property for the first time, it can take you out of your comfort zone. When I had first bought a […]

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Getting Local Information on Property

Get the lowdown on any area you are buying in by using all the information available on line says David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com. Obviously, you can use Google Earth (earth.google.com) and InstantStreetView.com for street views without even having to leave your desk. Population breakdowns, employment trends and earning levels for an area can be found at the Office for National […]

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Section 21 No Fault Notices and Evictions to be Banned

Section 21, so called “no-fault notices” and evictions could be banned under Conservative plans for the private rented sector says David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com. But I think landlords have nothing to fear, providing fair rights of repossession and faster court  processes are put in place at the same time for returning occupiers, for those wishing to sell, for the purposes […]

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Stamp Duty land tax for overseas buyers

It is high time that overseas buyers paid more Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) and Council Tax when they buy and own UK property says David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com. The additional rate for SDLT should be at least 3 per cent, the same as UK landlords and second home buyers already pay. These extra taxes would likely have little impact […]

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How to Check and Carry Out Referencing on Potential Tenants

How to Check and Carry Out Referencing on Potential Tenants In this article I am going to explain the whole process of how I go about dealing with tenant enquiries for our properties. I’m going to cover the first part of the tenant check and referencing process. I use an online letting agent for getting our adverts onto the portals. It is […]

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