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Holding Deposit issue over slow broadband

Holding Deposit issue over slow broadband

12/02/2016

I put down a holding deposit (non refundable) with a well respected high street agent for a property at £780, which included admin fees + first week of rent. Three hours later, I sat down to order broadband for my new address and discovered that the speed was far too detrimental for my lifestyle and profession… Read more

Could part of my land be stolen?

Could part of my land be stolen?

One of my properties which is a 50 year old plus mid-terraced cottage has a front garden which has an unusual layout in that it extends all the way across the front of the house next door thereby leaving next door with no front garden since it all belongs to my property as indicated in… Read more

Unintended Consequences of SDLT and LBTT + 3% – FTBs Beware

Unintended Consequences of SDLT and LBTT + 3% – FTBs Beware

Does anyone think that the changes to SDLT and LBTT are being rushed through without much, if any, thought to the consequences to the wider market? If yes, please read the following: First Time Buyers The Primary Driver for the proposed legislation is to: a) give first time buyers the greatest chance of home ownership… Read more

Corporate Moles in the Commons?

Corporate Moles in the Commons?

11/02/2016

Is it possible that corporate landlords could have ‘moles’ in The House of Commons? Politicians with a vested interest? Surely not! The MP for South Suffolk has set about framing working and middle class buy-to-let landlords as mass property-hoarding despots, in place of institutional investors obtaining and letting properties on a truly industrial scale. Were his… Read more

Letter template for Landlords to send to local Councils

Letter template for Landlords to send to local Councils

The following letter template has been drafted by a member of the Property118 campaign committee. Please feel free to copy/paste and send it to your local council officers, who have responsibility for housing the homeless.  Dear Councillor Would you mind forwarding this email to your fellow councillors and council officers who have responsibility for housing the homeless in your constituency… Read more

HMRC vs taxpayers campaign to flood GO’s inbox

HMRC vs taxpayers campaign to flood GO’s inbox

I just received the following email – and have submitted a fake application which took about 2 minutes The job of chief executive at HMRC is up for grabs. After letting the bank HSBC get away scott-free with helping hundreds of wealthy customers evade tax, HMRC’s top boss is stepping down. Chancellor George Osborne is… Read more

Property inspection refused and locks changed

Property inspection refused and locks changed

I have had the same tenant for four years. The tenancy agreement stated that no locks be changed without the landlords permission, but they have been changed and although I was promised that spare keys would be given to us, this has not happened. Originally this was in the hands of an agent, but they… Read more

Now is a good time for Landlords to carry out mid-tenancy inspections

Now is a good time for Landlords to carry out mid-tenancy inspections

10/02/2016

Landlords are being urged to carry out mid-tenancy inspections of their rental property, with February being the optimum time to do so, according to the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC). This is because it is currently the time of year when many homes will be suffering from mould, generally caused by condensation problems. Landlords… Read more

Leaseholder alterations and Freeholder purchases from Local Authority?

Leaseholder alterations and Freeholder purchases from Local Authority?

Firstly keep up the good work to all of you ! I own a garden flat and Hounslow Holmes the local authority are my freeholder. They or the one person I correspond with have declined my enquiry regarding proposal of removing a window into my garden and replacing the window with french doors. All works… Read more

UK property investors say new regulations will force them out of buy-to-let in 2016

UK property investors say new regulations will force them out of buy-to-let in 2016

Research by The House Crowd shows that buy-to-let investors are predicting a stormy ride in 2016, with nearly three quarters (72%) reporting that legal changes to the sector this year will have a negative effect on their investments. A fifth of investors plan to sell their buy-to-let properties in 2016.   Previously viewing their investments… Read more

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