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Council Tax Changes – What does this mean for Landlords in Liverpool?

*** UPDATED 1st April 2016 *** Since this post was originally written on 12th January 2014, Liverpool City Council has now completely withdrawn the exemptions for empty properties. Click here for more information. The most important change is as follows:-   Empty property discount From 1st April 2016 discounts for empty homes that are either furnished or…

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What makes a great Buy-to-Let Landlord?

Robert Jones of Property Investments UK very kindly sent the below Infographic to us, from his latest blog post at http://propertyinvestmentsuk.co.uk/buy-to-let-landlords/. I like it when a property investment company makes the point of including a lettings agents’ fees into their Return On Investment yields. Many investment companies will ignore these ‘optional’ costs & fees to massage…

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Iain Duncan Smith, More Bad News For Landlords & Tenants?

Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, has today pledged to end the “something for nothing” culture that he alleges resides amongst Britain’s unemployed. He is to introduce week long supervised job centre sessions with the message “No attendance, no benefit. That is only fair. At last, no longer will a life on benefits…

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The Importance of Being Idle

When new Tenants move into a property, they can be forgiven for wanting everything to be perfect. After all, moving home is one of the most exciting things you can do in life as it’s often a lifestyle change for the better. From a Landlord’s point of view however, it is often the cause of…

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A Tenant For Every Home

Earlier this week I was left with a very grateful viewer for, quite frankly, doing my job properly. Whilst training up a new member of staff I was sent on a viewing in, well let’s call it, a less desirable area of Liverpool. My viewer was an out of town student with a young child.…

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Salesmen Vs Experts

It would be interesting to know exactly what a landlord/vendor looks for in an agent & what the majority of agents think that they are looking for. I recently read a ‘Day In The Life’ blog of a London agent & thought to myself thank God I don’t run my business in that way. He…

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Bitter Sweet VAT

As of 1st October 2013, HOMEsure (UK) Ltd trading as HOMEsure Lettings will have to be VAT-registered. Please note that our Estate Agency Sales and HOMEbuild Maintenance division will remain VAT-free. We sent out the following notice to all of our clients:- With mixed emotions of pride & frustration, we regret to inform you that…

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Beginners Guide To Landlord Insurance

If you are a new landlord, it’s an exciting business opportunity. However, you’ll own multiple properties and this means it’s a good idea to first understand the legal and financial terminology associated this particular business. Not only for your peace of mind, but to ensure you are doing everything to protect the people renting your…

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A Universally Bad Idea?

Lord Freud & the Department For Work and Pensions (DWP) have decided to extend trial periods for universal credit, giving themselves an extra 6 months to see if it will work or not (more likely the latter). Although a nice idea in principle I cannot see the legacy of universal credit being anything other than…

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Legionella, ella, ella…

(This blog was first published on 13th June 2013 and updated on 17th June 2013, 20th June 2013, & 5th July 2013, & 30th July 2013) It is with a heavy, frustrated, & perplexed heart that I learn that ALL rented property must now obtain a ‘Legionella, a Risk Assessment’ according to the Health &…

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