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One in Four low income tenants in arrears!

One in Four low income tenants in arrears!

23/02/2017

I read the following article last week and wanted to share it and hear your views. The former Welfare Minister Lord Freud has identified that one in four low income tenants are in rent arrears under the Universal Credit Scheme as a result of DWP administrative problems: http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/policy/welfare-reform/universal-credit/freud-one-in-four-universal-credit-tenants-in-arrears/7018719.article Increasingly, over the last few months we… Read more


How to invest in Liverpool/Manchester as a Londoner

How to invest in Liverpool/Manchester as a Londoner

23/02/2017

Dear All, I live in London and have my property investments in London and I also work in London. Given the current property market in London is going through difficult times especially with low yields and high prices and strict BTL lending criteria, I am tempted to look North (Liverpool/Manchester etc.), where the prices are… Read more


Comment please on my rent increase letter

Comment please on my rent increase letter

23/02/2017

Hi, I have adapted another rent increase letter I have seen on this forum. I would rather not make it to lengthy so I have tried to make it short whilst still making relevant points. Advice/Comments please before I send them out. Dear ………………(Tenant) We are having to review your current rent. It’s a decision… Read more


Incorporation of properties with no capital growth?

Incorporation of properties with no capital growth?

23/02/2017

I am thinking of starting the process of incorporation for my property portfolio and in doing so I am aware of the potential SDLT and capital gains tax implications involved. A number of my properties, as you would expect, have risen in value. However, I have a couple that have not shown any increase in… Read more


CCTV installed by landlord and access to the materials?

CCTV installed by landlord and access to the materials?

23/02/2017

Hello, the landlord installed the cctv cameras around whole house and gave the access to the material to one of the neighbors who can see us 24 hours a day on the TVs. We have been informed only about one camera on the front side of the house. Is something like that legal and what… Read more


Wirral Selective Licensing refund requested and refused!

Wirral Selective Licensing refund requested and refused!

23/02/2017

I managed a block of 15 apartments in Wirral which fell into one of the designated selective licensing areas. Although we had this block up for sale at the time we were advised by the selective licensing department that we would still need to pay in full for the five year license at around £450.00… Read more


Serviced apartment stamp duty in Edinburgh?

Serviced apartment stamp duty in Edinburgh?

23/02/2017

Can anyone help? I am looking to purchase an apartment in Edinburgh for £200k and have been surprised at the stamp duty I must pay. Is there a way to lessen this? A contact has suggested this could be classed as a commercial transaction as its a business property. Many thanks Paul


Why Did I Ever Invest in Buy to let?

Why Did I Ever Invest in Buy to let?

22/02/2017

My wife and I bought our one bed flat in a town in the NW of England in 2007 – the plan was simple keep it for 10 -15 years then sell using the increase in valuation as a means to diversifying our pension provision. We never bought with a view to growth in units… Read more


Who is responsible for what in joint Freehold?

Who is responsible for what in joint Freehold?

21/02/2017

I have joint freehold with my downstairs neighbour, I have recently had the roof repaired at great cost to me. My neighbour has made me aware of running water under her ground floor kitchen. I sent an engineer to repair the pipe( I had no idea who’s pipe was leaking) the engineers fixed the leak…. Read more


New Tenant – something not quite right

New Tenant – something not quite right

21/02/2017

I have a three bed house in Surrey with a new tenant moving in on the 28th. She seems like a genuine person. Has just split with her husband, has two kids, house is very near the school. She is working part time and is relying on Tax Credits and the maintenance money from her… Read more


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