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Welcome to the landlords blog of Mark Alexander, founder of Here I share my experiences as a landlord since 1989 and updates on my goal to create “The Best Property Website Ever”. I also review products and services used by my fellow landlords.

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A Few Extra Tickets – Be Quick!


    We’ve got a bigger room at the same venue so we have a few extra seats available. This event sold out over a week ago and is going to be the biggest landlord networking event this year. If you are extremely quick you might be lucky enough to book one of the remaining… Read more

Incorporation Relief – Do You Qualify?


Try our 60 second wizard – see below. If you qualify for incorporation relief, this could be your Golden Ticket to:- Wash out all capital gains to date, meaning that the starting point for tax when you sell your properties will be their value today To avoid the tax consequences of restrictions of finance cost… Read more

How Many Landlords do Legionnaires and Annual Gas checks on their own homes?


I’m interested to know how many landlords do legionnaires tests and annual gas safety checks on their own homes, i.e. the ones they live in themselves?  To find out I have produced a very simple anonymous survey. Also feel free to comment below.  

Major Breakthrough in Landlord Tax Planning


He’s only gone and done it again! This time it’s in regards to partnership SDLT/LBTT relief on incorporation. Mark Smith is no stranger to challenging conventional interpretation of laws effecting landlords, but the news I got this weekend may well be regarded in the fullness of time as his biggest breakthrough to date. Accountants and… Read more

HMRC Special provisions relating to partnerships: Transfer of interest in a property investment partnership


A partnership, consisting of individuals G and H (each with a 50% interest), owns the freeholds of many houses in multiple occupation, letting them as a commercial undertaking. None of the properties were introduced by the partners or persons connected to them.  The partners spend a significant amount of time managing the tenants, collecting rents… Read more

London House Building Set To Halve

London House Building Set To Halve


According to Savilles, “the London Plan” is to build 42,000 homes a year in the UK Capital whilst housing demand is thought to be nearer to 64,000. However, lower sales rates are predicted to see the number of homes developed in London by 2021 plummet to just 18,000. What is driving this one might ask? Could it… Read more

Landlord Events Calendar – It’s for YOU!


This Landlord Events Calendar is intended to unite the Private Rented Sector. We have made it FREE for all landlord event organisers to promote their events. Alerts enable landlords to be informed of new events in their area. Users can search by maps, by date or a list of events in date order. The Events Calendar sits… Read more

Once in a lifetime opportunity


Wednesday 26th April 2017 is going to be the biggest date this year for portfolio landlords who are looking to restructure their businesses for optimal efficiency. I will be making the trip from Malta to London for one night only in order to co-present an exclusive evening with Mark Smith, Head of Chambers at Cotswold… Read more

Beneficial Deed of Transfer (Scotland) – “BDoTS”


Beneficial Deed of Transfer (Scotland), or “BDoTS” for short, enables Scottish landlords to incorporate their property rental businesses without having to suffer the time and expense associated with refinancing. Most landlords, whose businesses are sufficiently established to consider incorporation, have mortgage terms arranged pre-credit crunch which they don’t want to give up, because the low… Read more

Property Tech Company Raises A Further £8 million of Venture Capital


It has been reported that the founder of GoCardless (the direct debit service used by many landlords and letting agents) has raised a further £8 million to fund his latest property tech business. I have taken a quick look at the website and it appears to be a property based hybrid of WeBuyAnyCar and a traditional estate agency…. Read more

Private Bridging Loan and Joint Venture Financiers


Kensington Finance Group “KFG” consider financing all types of deals including JV’s and lending on any type of assets including; property, high value motor vehicles, art, gold etc. KFG provides funding support from £250,000. They are a family business which uses its ‘own funds’ in order to lend/invest and therefore has the in-house capacity to fund, underwrite… Read more

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