Property investment tip 53: Tax deduction tips for landlords 

The more properties you own, the more taxes you’ll pay. And, with changes to the Buy to Let tax relief, your tax debt will only increase. To reduce your tax, you need to learn about the tax deduction tips for landlords. A tax deduction is when you make an ‘expense’ claim against your taxable income, to reduce your annual tax bill....

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Opinion: Does the HMO and selective licensing scheme ‘punish’ good landlords?

Tackling rogue landlords who rent out unsafe and over-crowded properties is often highlighted as the main purpose of the house in multiple occupation / HMO and selective licensing scheme.  Newham Council introduced the licensing scheme in 2013. The HMO scheme is now nationwide.  The Council reports, to date, 1,225 rogue landlords have been fined or prosecuted for housing crimes. My home...

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Property investment tip 52: Be aware of the house in multiple occupation / HMO licence changes or face a £30,000 fine 

On 1 October 2018, the UK Government introduced changes to the house in multiple occupation (HMO) licence. You must now have a HMO licence if your property is rented to five or more people who form two or more households. Failure to apply for a license by 1 October 2018, and to comply with the new rules, could result in a fine...

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Property investment tip 51: How does the Bank of England base rate affect your mortgage repayments?

Have you ever wondered how mortgage lenders set their interest rates? Where does the interest rate percentage come from? The answer is, that the Bank of England base rate influences your mortgage interest rate. As a homeowner or a landlord, you should understand the base rate because it helps you identify and prepare for interest rates rising. What is the...

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Opinion: Should you buy a property before Brexit?

The United Kingdom is scheduled to exit the European Union on 29th March 2019. The is known as ‘Brexit’. Brexit has caused great confusion among new homebuyers, many of whom frequently question whether they should buy a property before Brexit. Three question quiz: Should you buy a property before Brexit? Everyone has their own predictions as to what will happen...

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Property investment tip 50: Risks to be aware of before renting out a property on Airbnb

Many people believe that renting out a property on Airbnb is easy. You advertise the accommodation and get paid for every online booking received. But is it really that simple? Airbnb is a website that connects landlords renting out space to people seeking short-let and house-sharing accommodation. In theory, the website is easy-to-use. However, there are many risks you need to...

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