Councils are afraid of tackling shared housing problems because they fear landlords will sue them for loss of earnings, a senior planning councillor in a university town has revealed.
In an exclusive interview, the planner disclosed his council abandoned taking on powers to give them more control over houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) after taking legal advice. Continue reading Councils fear cash claims if they tackle HMO problems
The most popular articles in Landlord News are undoubtedly those that relate to tax and accountancy advice.
Steve Sims, author of the best selling book ‘Understanding and Paying Less Property Tax for Dummies’, runs our specialist tax and accountancy service.
Steve also writes for tax and business magazines and web sites and was recently invited to talk about changes in furnished holiday let tax rules on BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours program. Continue reading Spotlight on our Tax and Accountancy partners. Landlord News articles about Tax and accountancy are the best read. In this issue we provide more information on the levels of assistance our partners can provide
Property investors looking for the best returns on their cash should look at the booming student letting sector.
Student numbers are increasing as universities and colleges in towns and cities all over the UK expand.
But while student populations are on the up, only one new bed space was created for every eight new students in 2009 – and the numbers are still outpacing accommodation. Continue reading Student boom fuels soaring house price growth. Student numbers are increasing as universities and colleges in towns and cities all over the UK expand. But while student populations are on the up, only one new bed space was created for every eight new students in 2009 – and the numbers are still outpacing accommodation
Building on the success of a property business involves much more than managing tenants in rental homes.
Many investors start to lose a grip of their property business once they have two or three successful property transactions under their belt and their portfolio starts to grow. Continue reading What sort of property business do you run? This is the first in a series of articles that we will be running in Landlord News explaining how to optimise the ownership structure of your property business for tax purposes
Housing minister Grant Shapps has scrapped complicated blanket planning rules for houses in multiple occupation (HMO).
He has announced new regulations aimed at cutting 8,500 HMO applications from the planning system every year by removing the need for every new HMO to apply for planning consent. Continue reading Minister scraps HMO planning rules.
A landlord group has responded to the government’s challenge to identify changes to the law that would make running a business easier.
The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has responded with suggestions that they say would revitalise the private rental sector.
Top of the list is carrying on with self-regulation rather than resurrecting the old government’s proposal to introduce a licensing and registration scheme in England and Wales. Continue reading Don’t regulate landlords any more, urges Residential Landlords Association (RLA).