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The best strategy if you’re planning to sell some properties to pay down debt

30/04/2017

Normally, if you sell your properties you will realise a capital gain, which is the difference between the purchase price and the sale price. This gain is then added to your income and if you’re a higher rate tax-payer you will pay CGT at a rate of 28% of the gain.  However …. Did you… Read more


What is next on top of everything else for Landlords in Wales?

30/04/2017

I have watched with extreme interest, with many others I am sure, the developing catastrophe for some landlords due to section 24 Finance issues and then the Agents loss of tenant fees and then realised that on top of this in Wales we have Rent Smart Wales licensing (already enforced) and the new Renting Homes… Read more


Back to Back Letting for personal use tax question?

30/04/2017

My conundrum is that we need to rent a new property so we plan to rent our existing personal property and then rent another property to live in. I am sure many people are in the same situation. however the question I have is around tax. Lets say I rent my flat for £2,000 a… Read more



Setting up a company to manage my own properties – is it worth it ?

Setting up a company to manage my own properties – is it worth it ?

30/04/2017

I have 6 properties, some jointly owned with my wife, a couple with my sister. I do most of the day to day management, with two managed by agents. I’m toying with the idea of setting up a service company to manage the properties and charging say 15% to 20% of gross rent to do… Read more


PowerPoint Download – Landlord Tax Presentation

29/04/2017

This is the presentation Mark Smith, Cotswold Barristers and I delivered at the Baker Street Property Meet on 26th April 2016, but with lots of extra bonus slides.  379 landlords attended the live event and people were still asking us questions well into the early hours. For this reason we have added several extra slides…. Read more


Was this the biggest landlord tax planning event ever?

29/04/2017

The picture below was taken at the Baker Street Property Meet on Wednesday 26th April 2017. A reported 379 high net worth private landlords are featured in this group “selfie”. It’s not too late to see the presentation, or to watch it again. We have added several extra slides too based on the questions asked… Read more



A personal view of Shelter’s latest anti-landlord campaign

A personal view of Shelter’s latest anti-landlord campaign

29/04/2017

I am writing my thoughts here about Shelter, because they appear to have banned me from their Facebook page. I can still see their campaigns, but have no right to reply on their site, so have chosen to point out here what I would have written on their page: Shelter’s latest campaign is about mental… Read more


How to use CGT allowance when you don’t sell your properties?

28/04/2017

I have never used my CGT allowance as I thought you needed to sell a property to use it. Someone has told me though that it can be used by putting it each year into trust for your children. My understanding is that you have to allocate it to a particular property. Is it the… Read more


Unethical property management practices

28/04/2017

I am a landlord renting a property and was going to enter into a two-year tenancy agreement with a property management company. Prior to this the agreement was via a letting agent which outsourced it to the property management agency so at the end of the agreement with the agent, I thought it would make… Read more



Letting Agent changes terms and conditions?

27/04/2017

My letting agency has recently advised me of changes to their terms and conditions in which they are increasing their landlord (and tenant) renewal fees from £84 to £132. I am a landlord of two properties, one of which renews every 6 months with rent paid (to the agent) in advance. I believe these to… Read more


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