Being mid-November, the Christmas warnings are well on their way. The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) has put together guidelines for how landlords can avoid problems and save money.
The AIIC has told landlords to beware of water damage as tenants attempt to save money themselves on heating bills. They believe tenants should be made aware of the risks of turning the heating off if they’re going away for Christmas. Continue reading AIIC Serve up a Winter Warning
With interest rates at a historic low, guest article writer Glen Ackroyd from National Property Group explains the steps he’s taking to protect his buy to let property portfolio from inevitable interest rate rises and taking his portfolio off “death row”.
In September 2008 I was having what was supposed to be my dream holiday. Like many others, I had ridden the wave of the credit boom and had acquired a large property portfolio. At the height of my success I was staying in a private villa in an island in the Bahamas, fronting onto the harbour, with millionaires’ yachts and Hollywood film stars for neighbours. Surely, life just couldn’t get any better?
Continue reading How to get your property portfolio off “death row”
Students are asking housing minister Grant Shapps to introduce a star rating system for buy to let homes.
Hundreds of students in Shapp’s consituency of Hatfield have complained about shoddy properties in a survey by University of Hertfordshire Students’ Union. Continue reading Students want star ratings for buy to lets
Buy to let landlords who want to demonstrate their green credentials can save tax and keep their tenants happy while upgrading energy efficiency. Continue reading Tax green light for energy efficient landlords
Landlords are often fined huge sums in court for failing to maintain their properties. Some deserve their fines but many others are confused by the law and rely on advice from letting agents and other property professionals who may not know much better themselves.
This troubleshooting guide for buy to let landlords answers many of the most common questions: Continue reading Running a buy to let property – Landlord law FAQ
Capital allowances are mind-numbingly complicated and even confuse some accountants, but making the effort to unravel obscure tax points can save some property investors paying thousands of pounds in unnecessary tax.
This tax reducer is especially important to anyone with:
Landlords are urged to check out gas safety at their properties and to make sure properly qualified fitters are carrying out work on boilers, heating and cookers.
Student landlords should carry out safety checks before the start of the new academic year, says the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the organisation responsible for enforcing gas safety rules. Continue reading Gas watchdog hots up on safety checks