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Tax misconceptions about letting out a property

2nd November 2017

Do you let out a property? If so, you may not be aware that there are a number of misconceptions when it comes to taxpayers declaring rental earning to HMRC. These are the situations when you will need to declare rental earnings to HMRC: • If you inherit a property and let it out.  • If you buy a property as an investment and let it out...

Don’t Lag Behind – Get Insulated

2nd October 2017

It’s autumn, it’s the UK… and therefore - inevitably and obviously - it’s freezing. So what have you done to winterise your rental property? Or were you just planning to let tenants have the heating on full blast every day (which is both expensive and ecologically unsound)?

How to deal with substandard building work

1st September 2017

There is nothing worse than buying a rental property only to find a few months down the line that you have inherited some dodgy building work. If your property is a new-build, get an independent new build inspection company such as brickkickers.co.uk to do a thorough snagging report for you.

Love your rental property, hate it’s name?

3rd August 2017

So, you’ve found the perfect rental property, the location is fabulous, it has the potential to generate a good rental yield and you can imagine tenants being very happy there. But one minor issue is playing on your mind and making you hesitate before signing on the dotted line; the property has a horrible name! What should you do?

Landlords bear the brunt of tax changes

6th July 2017

The last budget did little to improve the financial position of landlords with the loss of higher rate tax relief on finance charges. Many landlords built their property portfolios, taken advantage of low interest rates and have borrowed heavily to maximise property acquisitions. In accountancy terms, they are highly geared.

Extending your rental options

4th May 2017

Need to generate for rental space for tenants? Extending your property could be the answer. Research shows that more and more landlords are choosing to extend instead of investing in new properties. It will certainly improve and enhance the attractiveness of your rental property, but needs careful consideration before taking the plunge.

Make your rental property eco-friendly

4th April 2017

Want to do your bit for the environment, but not sure if you have the time or money to make a difference? Well, with a quarter of the UK’s carbon emissions produced by energy in the home, there are some surprisingly simple things you could do that will make a difference.

Fancy yourself as a property developer?

9th March 2017

If so, here are some things to consider before taking on your first project: Do your research If you’ve spotted a property that has the potential to yield a good rental income, make sure you do your homework first. Check how long the property has been up for sale. If it’s for a lengthy period, it’s possible the returns may not be that high. Imagine you are renting the property for yourself, what would be the things that would be important you? The chances are your potential tenant will be looking for similar things. Bear the following in mind:

Practical Advice for Identifying and Dealing with Damp

21st February 2017

Damp can cause a wide range of problems for just about anybody, from homeowners to landlords. Not only is the smell unpleasant, it can be extremely dangerous to our health! This post is going to help you to identify damp and deal with it properly.

Screening potential tenants – 5 questions you should ask

13th January 2017

As increasing numbers of people choose to rent a home, with economic challenges and rising property prices making it difficult for many to get onto the property ladder, the UK lettings market is stronger than ever. This is good news for both landlords and letting agents, but with a larger number of potential tenants, it follows that the screening process is even more important to ensure you let to the right people.

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