Landlord Lynne Hampson faces jail for cheating the benefits system out of thousands of pounds and even spent some of the cash on extending her luxury home with a swimming pool to take in more paying tenants. Continue reading Landlord faces jail for £60,000 benefits fiddle
An internal report from town hall advisers confirms consultation over extending house in multiple occupation (HMO) powers is a sham aimed at avoiding compensation claims.
The report – to councillors in Milton Keynes – suggests Housing Minister Grant Shapps is urging councils to take on controversial planning powers to curb the spread of shared houses in cities and seaside towns. Continue reading HMO consultation is a sham to avoid compensation claims
A proposed new law requiring buy to let landlords to provide a wired-in fire alarm in their rental property has failed to gain support in parliament due to fears over cost.
Liberal Democrat MP Adrian Sanders claimed his private members bill would save lives and prevent injuries in fires every year. Continue reading £500 million cost for buy to let fire safety is ‘too much’
A buy to let landlord with just one investment property beat a claim for failing to pay renewal commission under consumer protection law. Continue reading Landlord wins ‘unfair’ fees case against letting agent.
By Mark Alexander.
I closed my first Sale and Rent Back, “SARB”, deal in 1990. It wasn’t for me personally though and it wasn’t a property deal either. I had just set up a commercial finance brokerage. At that time we worked from my dining room. One of my first clients was a Norfolk based hire company.
Continue reading The History of Buy to Let Sale and Rent Back
Ministers may consider including residential investment property in self-invested pension schemes (SIPPS) that would lead to a major pension industry shake-up for buy to let landlords.
Representatives of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) have met with HM Treasury to discuss the change. Continue reading The Money Centre reports on how SIPPS pension rule changes may allow buy to let homes
Private landlords have no room for complacency and need to improve standards as the private rented sector changes, urges the National Landlords Association (NLA). Continue reading NLA urges landlords to improve standards
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
Following the letter of the law is seemingly a problem for government solicitors as well as property investors over deposit protection rules starting on October 1.
The Communities and Local Government Department (CLG) has already issued revised guidance about the regulations before they even come in to force. Continue reading Wrong wording confuses new deposit protection rules. The Communities and Local Government Department (CLG) has already issued revised guidance about the regulations before they even come in to force.
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.