News

News Thumbnail
12th January 2020

Instead of allowing landlords some relief from constant regulatory updates, 2019 has been a year of yet more change for the buy-to-let sector. We’ve seen the introduction of more regulation, such as the Tenant Fees Act, alongside unfulfilled promises including new housing courts. Tenant Fees Act Tenant Fees Act was a major piece of legislation…

Read more
News Thumbnail

As a landlord, there are a number of different types of tax you’ll have to keep in mind. Legislation is constantly shifting, but some of the main ones to consider are: Income Tax National Insurance contributions (NICs) Stamp Duty Land Tax Capital Gains Tax Stamp Duty Land Tax and Capital Gains Tax only need to…

Read more
News Thumbnail
7th January 2020

Online mortgage broker is predicting a fall in the cost of fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages now that the Conservatives have been elected, and a settled Brexit course is set. The cost of fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages is already down on the rates prevailing at this time last year, in some cases by up to £38…

Read more
News Thumbnail
24th December 2019

The government has confirmed that it plans to abolish Section 21 and introduce lifetime deposits as part of its “revolutionary” Renters’ Reform Bill, a sweeping set of reforms for the private rented sector in England, which were outlined in the briefing notes to the Queen’s Speech, delivered on 19 December 2019. The proposed reforms, which the…

Read more
News Thumbnail
7th December 2019

Renting out a new build property can be exactly what it says on the tin. Brand new, clean and no previous tenants to account for. But does it make a good investment? And what’s the best way to manage it? First things first, the basics of good investment still apply. So you’ll need to carefully…

Read more
News Thumbnail

The full extent of the extra pressure put on landlords in the past decade has been revealed. In particular, it’s the additional regulation that has taken its toll, with new research suggesting the number of new laws affecting landlords has soared 32 per cent since 2010. Landlords currently have to deal with a total of 156…

Read more
News Thumbnail
13th November 2019

Did you know there are currently 151 laws relating to landlords and over 400 regulations? We are living in fast-moving times and legal changes to the rental industry are happening all the time, which makes it challenging for landlords to keep up to date.  Here are some examples that today’s Landlords need to be aware…

Read more
News Thumbnail
8th November 2019

The Commencement Order in Sections 122 and 123 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 (electrical safety standards) came into force on 25 October 2019. This means that mandatory electrical safety checks in the private rented sector in England regulations will be implemented soon. The Housing and Planning Act 2016, under Section 122, contains an…

Read more
News Thumbnail
3rd June 2019

The Tenant Fees Act came into force on the 1st June, and agents should already have implemented the correct changes within their business in order to be compliant with the law. While most other types of fee will be prohibited, fees can still be charged to replace lost keys, late rent payment, breaches or changes made to tenancy…

Read more
News Thumbnail
28th February 2019

The Government has committed to requiring all property agents in the private rented sector to obtain membership of an approved CMP scheme by 1st April 2019 and the many thousands of Propertymark Protected members will now be covered. Following Propertymark successful campaign, spearheaded in Parliament by Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town, and supported by 30…

Read more