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Landlords being clobbered!

Landlords are needed!!!!

The former Welsh Secretary and MP for Clwyd West, David Jones,  has written an article in the Conservativehome online magazine asking why they are clobbering people who provide homes to rent? 

The main points include:

Sadiq Khan is the new Mayor for London.

What’s the potential impact on private renting sector?

Proposal’s that a new team will be introduced within City Hall that will fast track the building of affordable housing for both the rental and buying sectors.

Just when you thought the Government couldn’t burden landlords any further…

If you earn more than £10,000 by the year 2021 you are likely to have to make quarterly tax returns under the Chancellors digital plan for HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Stamp Collecting- Tax changes for Landlords announced in the autumn statement

The Chancellor announced this week in his autumn statement that Buy-to-let landlords and people buying second homes will have to pay more in stamp duty from April 2016.

Those in England and Wales will have to pay an additional 3% on each stamp duty band. George Osborne expects the surcharge to raise £1bn extra for the Treasury in the next five years. The stamp duty surcharge will be lifted by 3% in each of the bands. Commercial property investors, with more than 15 properties, are expected to be exempt from the new charges.

Autumn and winter first aid-what can you do to prevent winter house blues

Property can get quite vulnerable to damage in the autumn and winter months, so whether you are a landlord, tenant or agent, have a look at these handy hints & tips:

• When autumn arrives and leaves drop from the trees, these can often land in gutters, drains and drain hoppers. If these are not removed, they can cause rainwater to flow over the gutters etc. and water to penetrate through the brickwork. Keeping gutters clear of leaves could prevent damp in the property.

Right to Rent-An update

Last year, just as the pilot on the right to rent was starting, I did a series of short blogs on the potential impact of the 2014 Immigration Act on Landlords. Now the pilot has been evaluated and the legislation comes in for all Landlords in February 2016, just over three months away. It is therefore time to update and go forward.

Where are we?

SAFEagents urge Be Gas Safe

SAFEagent Raylets is urging all landlords and tenants to be gas safe as well as choosing their letting agent wisely during the annual Gas Safety Week (14 - 20 September 2015). 

A dozen ways to vet your agent: Law & Order

Do you have a good grasp of current tenancy law?

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