How do recent tax changes affect overseas owners of UK property?

Recently, there have been a number of changes to taxes on UK residential property.   But it’s not always easy to decipher the smallprint and some London property owners may be wondering how these developments affect them. So here is our guide to the most important issues and what you need to do to comply with …

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Hong Kong investors flock to our latest series of property seminars

London attracts investors from more countries than any other city on earth. I’ve just returned from my latest trip to host property investment seminars in Hong Kong and each time I visit, I’m astounded by the ever increasing interest in London property. These events always appeal to a broad mix of investors, from property professionals …

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Rental Market Update- Q1 2018

The latest heat map for this quarter (Q1 2018) reflects the challenges the current market is facing. Most rental value increases are relatively minor, between 0-2%; only seven areas are experiencing moderate rental value increases of 2-4% and no areas are witnessing rental value increases of more than 4%. Most areas are showing either steady …

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Top ten reasons why London is best to invest

London is the world’s capital city, a thriving metropolis where everyone is welcome. It’s the UK’s centre for investment and opportunity and it has unparalleled cultural and historical significance. There are so many reasons why London property investment is the best in its class so let’s take a look at the top ten.

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Advice Clinic: If a couple split, who is responsible for the tenancy and the rent?

Q. If a couple split, who is responsible for the tenancy and the rent? A. It is an awkward and unfortunate set of circumstances but one that is quite common. The legal standpoint all depends on whether the couple signed the ‘assured shorthold tenancy’ (AST) agreement together or whether one moved in with the other …

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Advice Clinic: I’m renting a flat, who should pay for the garden to be maintained?

Q. I’m renting a flat, so who should pay for the garden to be maintained? As at last we see the return of warmer weather, many tenants are starting to think about spending time in their garden. After a long cold winter, this may be the first time they have properly looked at their outside …

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The London rental market – May 2018

A welcome spell of warm weather has brought a sense of optimism to the London rental market, with our 16 lettings branches seeing enquiry levels really bounce back after the Easter holidays. Rental demand across most of London is strong once again and in some areas, notably parts of east London, demand is outstripping supply …

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What’s on in London – May 2018

The Royal Family will be a busy bunch this summer as they seem to be determined to kick-start family values for the whole nation. A string of birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and births are in the pipeline with the media set to cover every minute. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are first out of the …

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Dealing with extreme weather if you are a landlord

The recent flurry of cold weather, dubbed the ‘Beast from the East’, took many people by surprise with its intensity and duration. With unexpected levels of snow, schools being shut and travel disruptions, landlords may have asked themselves what type of assistance and tenant resources they should be providing in the event of such extreme …

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Ten benefits of buying property off-plan

Buying London property off-plan can offer many benefits for a property investor or buy-to-let landlord. When buying property as an investment you will be looking for one of two things; namely a high rental yield if you are planning to rent the property or high levels of capital growth.

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The London rental market – April 2018

The word that sums up the London rental market right now is ‘unpredictable’. Most of our 16 London lettings branches had a good start to March but demand has slowed down unexpectedly so landlords need to be realistic and understand that letting a property may take longer than usual.

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What’s on in London – April 2018

One wonders what women’s rights activists in the early 20th Century would have made of our modern habit of giving destructive weather systems female names. Would Emily Pankhurst have been impressed by Hurricanes Irene, Katrina and Sandy, seeing as she wasn’t averse to a bit of disruptive behaviour herself? It might be that the suffragettes …

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