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Cindy Lee

11:31 AM, 15th November 2017, About 7 years ago

We recently booked a consultation with mark and it turned out to be one of the best investments we made as not only he has been very patient and helpful but he continued to help us after the sessions when we encountered difficulties and needed someone to bounce up ideas or point us to the right direction. Thanks Mark!


13:15 PM, 14th November 2017, About 7 years ago

I have been a private landlord for over 15yrs and started off with a few properties owned in my sole name while working full-time, getting help from my wife and family members to keep up with the management of the properties etc. 2yrs ago my brother decided he wanted to get into property ladder and asked if we could work together and possibly buy more properties and build a portfolio together. We embarked on the journey despite the doom and gloom around the industry of section 24 and all the other tax changes coming in soon. I knew that we needed to plan ahead and get a clear picture of our tax position as we move forward. I had come across property118 on google and followed it for about a year and continually felt Mark was a genuine property person, always thought outside box and explained things in a jargon free, straightforward, honest and practical way compared to many other sites and forums I had come across. Before approaching Mark I initially paid and consulted with a few local so called professionals in property, but they either talked complete jargon and it went over my head or they just concluded to wait and see approach. I eventually decided Marks fee was worth paying and I took the plunge and booked my 1st consultation. Best payment to a professional person I have ever made! I have since taken his advise and decided on the Partnership route with my brother and wife. I have subsequently consulted with Mark on 2 further occasions to pick his brains. He is a lovely chap, with a great team around him with vast experience in the property industry. I would not hesitate to recommend his website or his consultation service. I wish Mark and his team continued success in every walk of life and cannot thank them enough for there help, advice and support to myself and many other landlords out there. I just need to find a way to present Mark with a bottle of bubbly, but I'm having difficulty while he is in Malta 🙂

Simon Close

19:34 PM, 10th November 2017, About 7 years ago

A client of mine (I’m a Chartered Accountant) and I consulted Mark as part of a S162 incorporation. He, in association with Mark Smith, his barrister colleague, dealt with the pre transaction clearance procedure, drafted the incorporation agreement, arranged finance and generally provided proactive assistance throughout the process. Whilst we were familiar with the incorporation process itself Mark’s assistance with the Beneficial Trust arrangements which enabled the transaction to proceed was invaluable. I have no hesitation in recommending him and look forward to doing business together again in the near future.


22:34 PM, 7th November 2017, About 7 years ago

My wife and I own four BTL's as a partnership and were worried like most landlords here about the new tax rules. On Sunday I decided that it would be worth getting Mark's view so paid the £400 and uploaded all the info required. Mark replied first thing the next day stating that he simply couldn't recommend a more tax efficient structure for our property rental business and would refund the £400 (which he did 15 minutes later). We'd like to personally thank Mark for for his absolute honesty in fully honouring his refund policy.

Mirwais Searak

23:16 PM, 27th September 2017, About 7 years ago

I am a new landlord and as soon I started the purchase of my property the whole process started looking daunting as there were many obstacles that I had to overcome. Thankfully, a friend of mine referred me to Mark to guide me through the whole process. My tax was challenging on many fronts but in the first consultation Mark understood my problems and provided the solutions.
Mark and his team made the whole process so easy as if a weight was lifted off my shoulders.
The highlight of this process for me was a night at around 12ish when a tax related query would not let me fall asleep, so decided to drop an email to Mark to ask the question and put my mind at ease. I was expecting Mark to reply to me sometimes the next day but to my astonishment Mark replied after 5 minutes and assured me that the route he was advising would take care of my tax affairs and was in line with HMRC guidance. That gave me the confidence that Mark truly cared and took people's concerns seriously. I might have asked them hundreds of questions but Mark and his professional team have been more than happy to explain and ensure I understood the matter.
A big thank you for your help and keep up the hard work.

David Humphris

14:12 PM, 17th September 2017, About 7 years ago

It was with a certain amount of trepidation that I approached Mark for advice on the incorporation process. I felt duty bound to make him aware that this, for me, was far from a straight forward arrangement. For what in the past had seemed a sensible arrangement, I had included family members on the title deeds of various properties. Naturally these partners raised concerns but their questions ranged from highly technical, highly speculative, some totally irrelevant and some just plain stupid. All these questions were sent to Mark and to his credit he replied within hours with sensible informative answers. The breadth of his knowledge is truly impressive. It now transpires that most of these questions were just a smoke screen to their objection to the required changes. With all the information Mark has given I can proceed with adjustments to what otherwise would have been mission impossible.

Lucy Elmes

15:45 PM, 14th September 2017, About 7 years ago

I am very glad I consulted Mark. My accountant had recommended a way forward to convert my business into a Ltd company but there were some major gaps meaning I didnt have a way forward. Mark has shown me exactly what to do and I am very excited that I now have a plan which will save me lots of money in the long run in tax .

Tim Britton

11:46 AM, 10th September 2017, About 7 years ago

With a portfolio of some 50 properties built up over more than 15 years of hard work, I had thought that the only solution to Section 24 was a rapid sell-off of most of our properties.
I am usually wary of paying for advice from ‘experts’ but having spent time recently reading much of Mark’s input to Property118 it is clear he is a genuine expert in his field.
I decided to sign up for his consultancy. The process was very professional with a detailed report on our specific situation followed by prompt answers and solutions to a lot of questions and problems I raised. He also pointed out a number of things that my current accountant wasn’t aware of.
I now have a good understanding of the partnership / incorporation process and am ready to move things forward.
Thanks Mark for all you help.

Yew Ngan

21:22 PM, 31st August 2017, About 7 years ago

With Section 24/Osborne Tax/Tenant Tax coming up and wreaking havoc with my (and other landlords') hard earned wealth, I decided to take the plunge and have a consultation with Mark Alexander. He was responsive and helpful, quickly grasping my situation and giving me solutions - just what I wanted! I threw lots of questions his way and Mark answered them without breaking a sweat. Mark really knows his stuff and his ability to see the big picture and join up the dots is what makes him stand out. Mark connected me to Mark Smith of Cotswold Barristers and we are in the process of implementing the suggested strategies. Great service, highly recommended for every serious landlord.

Shelley Kearney

10:55 AM, 10th August 2017, About 7 years ago

Hi Mark
I just wanted to update you about my progress with forming a partnership. Thanks to your advice and guidance I am just registering my partnership (with my life partner) with HMRC. I am delighted with the support I have had from Neil Barlow at Pacific Accountants and Mark Smith at Cotswold Barristers. 
I had been daunted by the thought of the legal side but have been so impressed with the care and guidance I have had. Sometimes it is easier not to do anything for fear of doing something wrong - but I now feel I am moving forward and planning a stronger business.
A big thank you from me.

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