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What The Stamp Duty Reform Means For Landlords


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Stamp Duty Reforms Announced By Chancellor There was some good news for UK private rented sector landlords and prospective property buyers in the Chancellor’s autumn statement made on the 4th December 2014. PRS landlords who want to expand their rental property portfolios using Buy To Let Mortgages can benefit from the autumn statement announcement concerning [...]


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Budget Pension Reforms Favour Landlords


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

2014 Spring Budget Good News For UK Buy-To-Let Landlords The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne’s fifth Budget was announced last week, amid assurances that the UK’s economy is rapidly recovering. The Budget announcement catered for the nation’s ‘makers, doers and savers,’ the announcement included the controversial merger of cash and share ISAs, pension reforms, [...]


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Universal Credits Will Be A Risky Business For Landlords


Friday, July 20, 2012

The proposed Universal Credit system due to be introduced in April 2013 is set to replace existing benefits, including housing benefit, will put thousands of social (council and housing associations) and thousands more Private Rental Sector (PRS) landlords at a much higher level of financial risk. The current system of Local Housing Allowance (LHA) or [...]


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1/3 of UK Landlords Will Not Be Accepting LHA Tenants


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A new Government report has revealed a growing concern about UK landlords, as an increasing percentage are now refusing to accept applications from tenants claiming housing benefits. The situation regarding LHA tenants is set to get much worse, following the recent statements made by UK Prime Minister David Cameron and his party’s vision for further [...]


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Only 20% Of UK Landlords Increased Property Portfolios In 2011


Friday, February 3, 2012

A new survey of Landlords in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) has discovered that only 20.2% ( 1 in 5 landlords) in the UK, were able to add fresh residential properties to their existing residential portfolio stock during 2011. Property value growth expectations and the prospect of a regular income were the key drivers behind [...]


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Benefit Cap Defeated But Government Will Push Ahead


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The UK Coalition Government plans to cap benefits will still be fully implemented despite the parliamentary defeat in the House of Lords on Monday this week. A defeat that saw 26 Lib-Dem peers rebel against the Government’s wishes. Although, the Government have admitted that whilst disappointed by the result, they still intend to push through [...]


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Almost 90% Of Landlords Are Owed LHA Rent


Friday, January 20, 2012

UK landlords have little confidence in the current Housing Benefit system and the majority would try to avoid accepting tenants in receipt of benefits due to the extra hassle and headaches that dealing with local authorities and local government departments cause. Landlords claim that tenants who do not receive any form of welfare support are [...]


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Government Set For Lords Battle On Welfare Reforms


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The coalition Government face another battle over welfare reforms, this time in the House of Lords. The outcome will affect individuals and families in receipt of local housing allowance (LHA) or housing benefit, who are in private rented sector (PRS) properties. The Welfare Reform Bill, currently going through the House of Lords, is set to [...]


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A Million Reasons Not To Be Thankful


Friday, January 13, 2012

Up to a million families across the UK now face a bleak future as the cuts to housing benefit take effect. Homeless charities including Shelter, Crisis and even the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) have all been campaigning against the Governments welfare reforms where the new LHA caps restrict the maximum LHA payable to between £250 [...]


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Is It Really A Happy New Year For Benefit Tenants?


Friday, January 6, 2012

Researchers claim that the uk’s welfare reforms will make more than three quarters of a million homes unaffordable for tenants. The Government Welfare Reform payment caps came into force this week (1st January 2012) meaning that more than 810,000 private rented homes unaffordable for tenants claiming the housing allowance under the new “Universal Credit” system. [...]


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