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Welcome to the landlords blog of Mark Alexander, founder of Property118.com. 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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Fixing The “Tax Secrets” Assignment Tax Structure

Fixing The “Tax Secrets” Assignment Tax Structure

20/02/2017

I first came across the assignment tax structure around 10 years ago. It quickly became a popular method for private landlords with larger portfolios to hive off profits into company structures, which benefit from much lower tax than for individuals who would have otherwise been taxed at the higher rate (40%) or the additional rate (45%). … Read more

Best Offers Letting Strategy

Best Offers Letting Strategy

16/02/2017

I discovered the Best Offers Letting Strategy about a year ago completely by accident and it blew my mind … here’s the story …  I had owned a property in Thetford, Norfolk for about 10 years and had kept the same tenant from day one without ever having increased the rent. When he vacated, and… Read more

Meet The Housing Minister – Tell Him What You Think

Meet The Housing Minister – Tell Him What You Think

Housing Minister Gavin Barwell is about to go on a tour of the UK to discuss Housing from 20th February to 6th March. Is there a message you would like to give him? As you know, the Government has published a housing White Paper, ‘Fixing Our Broken Housing Market’, setting out our strategy to build… Read more

Say NO to Shelter Housing Charity

Say NO to Shelter Housing Charity

12/02/2017

In my opinion, the Shelter Housing Charity masquerade as a charity (their official classification) but are really an extreme left wing, anti-landlord lobbying group. To my knowledge, they don’t provide any “shelter” for the homeless. Instead they seem to focus on making the lives of private housing providers (landlords) a misery. Shelter run campaigns throught the… Read more

Universal Credit Advice For Landlords

Universal Credit Advice For Landlords

10/02/2017

We are delighted to welcome Sherrelle Collman from Caridon Landlord Solutions as our expert source of Universal Credit and Housing Benefit  Advice and Information. Over the coming weeks and months, Sherrelle will be sharing case studies which I am sure will strike a cord with landlords involved with benefit reliant clients. The first of these… Read more

Who Buys New Builds?

Who Buys New Builds?

I would like to see some statistics over the last few decades to show how many new build properties have been purchased by private landlords vs owner occupiers. I suspect individual landlords will have purchased the higher percentage, but whatever the figures, I know for sure that a lot of them were snapped up by landlords. … Read more

A Better Alternative To Long Term Tenancies

A Better Alternative To Long Term Tenancies

07/02/2017

Government keep banging the same old drum about longer term tenancies but nbody really want one; tenant don’t want to commit long term and it causes funding problems for landlords. There is a far better alternative and Government know it. Perhaps if it had the Legal and General badge on it then Government, Shelter and… Read more

RLA call for Section 24 rethink after Stamp Duty windfall

RLA call for Section 24 rethink after Stamp Duty windfall

01/02/2017

A few weeks ago I wasn’t at all happy with the RLA (“Residential Landlords Association”) and I published a rather damning article entitled “Are the RLA losing the plot?” Well, by my reckoning, they have now redeemed themselves with a “Call for tax rethink after stamp duty windfall“ In an article yesterday on the back… Read more

Property Management Transfers – Total Satisfaction Guarantee

Property Management Transfers – Total Satisfaction Guarantee

30/01/2017

LettingSupermarket.com have come up with a innovative new way to persuade landlords to switch their management to them. The deal is; if you swap to them, and for any reason you’re not entirely happy, you can leave within three months and have a full refund of all fees paid. They also say that you can leave… Read more

2017 Finance Broker Of The Year Nominations

2017 Finance Broker Of The Year Nominations

Nominations for Finance Broker of the Year are open to Property118 readers and you will be asked to cast your vote later in the year based on a shortlist of nominated brokers. The shortlist will be based on the the number and quality of nominations received – please see below. As you will see from… Read more

Tax Tribunal Kicks Out HMRC Claims That 7 Days In Residence Is Too Short To Claim PPR Relief

Tax Tribunal Kicks Out HMRC Claims That 7 Days In Residence Is Too Short To Claim PPR Relief

29/01/2017

HMRC have recently lost yet another important legal battle, this time over CGT due on a property refurb deal. Mr & Mrs Munford purchased the property in Halsey Street, London SW3 for million in 2004 for £1,050,000. From 19th to 26th  December 2005 they elected the property as their main home between and sold it after… Read more

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