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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Seasonality in the Private Rented Sector and Institutional Investors in Private Renting

In this blog post, I look at “Seasonality in the Private Rented Sector”. Plus, I look at one example of “Clueless Institutional Investment in Private Renting” Seasonality in the Private Rented Sector Does the time of year affect the rental income you can achieve and the speed of letting? Oh yes it can! I first wrote about this in the very first […]

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One Rule for Overseas Investors, One Rule for Buy to Let Landlords

One Rule for Overseas Investors One Rule for Buy to Let Landlords David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com highlights the double standards that apply in housing which encourage rich foreign buyers and big corporations whilst hurting the small buy to let landlords. It seems there is one rule for overseas investors and big players but different rules for buy to let investors. Did […]

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Will House Prices Keep Rising?

Will House Prices Keep Rising? A very interesting article appeared in a recent edition of the “Financial Times” says David Lawrenson of LettingFocus.com. In the article, Merryn Somerset Webb asked, “Will house prices will ever rise again?” A fair question. Her view was that it was nearly impossible to answer this question if you do not have a good understanding […]

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