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MEES – April 2020 Changes

By Laura Malcolm-Nuttall | May 12, 2020 |

Recently there have been some changes in the MEES regulations…what should you as a landlord be doing to meet the new standard? If you have a let property with an EPC rating of F or G then you should prepare now for the extension of the regulations to existing tenancies.  Landlords should consider the following,…

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HMO Licensing and Planning

By Laura Malcolm-Nuttall | May 11, 2020 |

There are some HMO changes planned for 2020… With more new tax relief rules, updated legislation on energy efficiency standards and a raft of additional fiscal and regulatory policy changes came into force in 2020 it is important landlords start the new decade with a full understanding of what’s changing.Proactive HMO landlords able to stay…

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Housing Market opinion: July 2019

By Nicholas Stott | Jul 2, 2019 | Comments Off on Housing Market opinion: July 2019

Feeling the squeeze! The first half of the year is now over and, still we feel in limbo! Brexit has now turned into a leadership competition which, although is a slight breath of fresh air relative to before, we remain no closer to certainty in the market. Couple this with the fall of Countrywide and Purple Bricks, and…

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Housing Market opinion: April 2019

By Nicholas Stott | Apr 8, 2019 | Comments Off on Housing Market opinion: April 2019

It’s time to update our prediction of how the housing market would behave after the end of the first quarter of 2019. Firstly, the Brexit debacle continues – without any sort of firm end in sight – which means that these predictions are even more fragile than before. As expected, new instructions to the market…

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Housing Market opinion: January 2019

By Nicholas Stott | Jan 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Housing Market opinion: January 2019

Since the start of the new year, I’ve been focusing on the supply side (i.e. sourcing properties to buy) even more than usual as the number of properties coming onto the market has slowed, whereas the number of people looking to buy has increased, according to Rightmove. In terms of the status of the market, it…

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New Minimum Energy Performance Ratings – 1st April 2018

By Nicholas Stott | Mar 28, 2018 | Comments Off on New Minimum Energy Performance Ratings – 1st April 2018

‘EPC’ is short for ‘Energy Performance Certificate’ The FULL Legislation To view the full legislation, click here. The Changes in BRIEF Government is introducing a minimum standard of Energy Efficiency rating (otherwise known as an ‘EPC rating’) Minimum rating is an E (including E!) Comes into force on 1st April 2018 Only applies to currently…

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Landlord Border Control: Are you ready for Right to Rent?

By Nicholas Stott | Feb 18, 2016 |

That’s right, from 1st February 2016, Landlords in England and Wales will be responsible for ensuring that their new tenants have the right to be in the country! Political views aside, this is yet another major change in legislation that puts landlords and agents at risk of falling foul of the law.   The Law in Summary Check…

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Legislation Changes 2015 – Update

By Nicholas Stott | Dec 4, 2015 |

Hi everyone, Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I thought you may want some exciting Christmas reading to look forward to. I’m sure you’ve heard about some of these changes that will directly affect you, but I just wanted to put all the links/information in one place for you. ALL OF THESE…

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Overseas Landlords – Tax on your Rental Income

By Nicholas Stott | Nov 9, 2015 |

If you’re a landlord who lives abroad, we have to deduct tax from you and pay HMRC directly. We’ve put together a summarised view of the full legislation (available here) as a starting point for you. Please note! We are NOT tax advisers and you should seek advice direct from HMRC for your individual situation. We’ll…

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Smoke Alarms Changes – 1st October 2015

By Nicholas Stott | Oct 28, 2015 |

It’s not a change actually – it’s just now a legal requirement to provide them. Here’s the FULL explanatory document regarding the legislation. In a paragraph, the law is:- “Private sector landlords are required from 1 October 2015 to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties and a carbon…

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