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Airbnb Short Lets: New Warning That Owners May Breach Leases

Posted on Monday, 24 October, 2016

Legal firm Mishcon de Reya is the latest voice warning of problems which can be caused when apartment owners let out their properties ‘privately’ through short-let platforms such as Airbnb. In its latest Property Update to clients and the media, the firm draws attention to a...

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Landlords Benefit From Favourable Buy-To-Let Mortgage Deals

Posted on Friday, 23 September, 2016

Buy-to-let (BTL) investors continue to benefit from falls in mortgage rates, particularly those looking for longer-term agreements. Analysis by Moneyfacts.co.uk shows that the average five-year fixed rate for a 75% loan-to-value buy-to-let mortgage has fallen below 4% for the first time....

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Rental Market Remains Robust After Summer Slowdown

Posted on Friday, 16 September, 2016

The UK rental market remains resilient, despite an expected summer slowdown in activity. This is the message from the latest Agency Express Property Activity Index. The study of agents’ ‘To Let’ and ‘Let By’ found that during August there 4.1% fewer new...

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New Bill In Commons Aims To Curb ‘Over-Extended’ Student Lets

Posted on Friday, 29 July, 2016

A Birmingham MP is to put a Bill to the House of Commons after the summer in his bid to stop what he calls “ugly and badly designed extensions” of homes, created with the purpose of housing large numbers of students. The Ten Minute Rule Bill – unlikely to make it into law...

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A Third Of Landlords Undecided On EU Referendum Vote

Posted on Wednesday, 22 June, 2016

New research from the National Landlords Association has revealed that 30% of  buy-to-let landlords  are still undecided on how to vote in this week’s EU referendum. Findings from the report show that landlords are evenly split on how to vote, with 35% intending to vote leave...

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Choosing A Letting Agent: Top Tips

Posted on Wednesday, 22 June, 2016

A good friend rang me this week asking for advice on renting out her house in the South of England, the only advice I gave her was don’t sign any contract and to send over the paperwork from the local agent so I could take a look and advise further before she instructed the agent....

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The Right To Rent Is Here And Started On Feb 1st

Posted on Friday, 12 February, 2016

Landlords can be fined up to £3,000 for renting property to somebody who isn’t allowed to rent in England. The Right to Rent rules require all private landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants before contracts are signed, to make sure they have the right to...

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Beat The Stamp Duty Rush

Posted on Friday, 12 February, 2016

Landlords are rushing to purchase properties before an extra 3% Stamp duty tax hike in April. From April landlords or second home owners will be required to pay the surcharge on top of existing stamp duty, raising the costs of an upfront rental investment. Chancellor George Osborne...

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