Buying a Leasehold apartment – what do I need to be aware of?

If you’re considering buying a leasehold apartment, it’s crucial that you understand the implications of what a lease means and how those legalities affect you as a property investor. Here’s our guide to how to understand what your lease means and what homework to do before you buy.

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Advice Clinic – November 2018

Q. Can I gift property to my children as part of my Inheritance Tax planning strategy? A. Inheritance tax planning is a hot topic right now and particularly important for investors who own property as values have increased dramatically over the last couple of decades. Gifting property to children is a useful way to reduce …

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Inherited a property? Here’s what you need to know before renting it out

If you’ve recently inherited a property, you may be considering whether to rent out with a view to receiving a rental income and a real boost to your finances.  All you need to do is find yourself a tenant and watch the cash roll in. Well, as you might expect, it’s not quite that simple! …

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Top 10 tips to get the best return on your property investment

Ever wondered how some property investors just seem to shrug at the raft of financial and legal changes affecting the buy-to-let market. If you’re asking what they know, the answer is these ten tried and tested property investment rules to help stay balanced amid times of change.

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London property in distress

With news from accountancy firm Moore Stephens that 153 high street estate agents became insolvent between April 2017 and April 2018 and an estimate that a further 7,000 UK agents show signs of ‘financial distress’, it’s becoming ever more crucial to choose your property agent wisely, and with due diligence. At the time of writing, …

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Are you an illegal landlord?

Many landlords are professional investors who rent out buy-to-let properties as a business. They research the legal, health and safety and other requirements this entails and manage their properties (or use a property management company) efficiently from the outset.

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Changes to tax relief for residential landlords

Q. I understand that the second phase of interest relief restrictions has now been introduced. Is there anything I should do to prepare for this?

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10 mistakes a landlord can make

London’s rental market is as buoyant as ever. The city continues to attract young professionals, students and families all looking for suitable places to make their home. Some people are choosing to rent as a lifestyle option, others because they cannot afford to buy. Lifestyle tenants and corporate tenants in particular, are a discerning group …

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My tenant has lost his job and can’t pay the rent. What should I do?

Non-payment of rent is one of the issues that, understandably, landlords worry about most. We have strict procedures in place to minimise any potential losses to landlords, if for example a tenant loses their job and cannot pay the rent. Effective communication lies at the heart of this and usually gives the best outcome, as …

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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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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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My landlord has defaulted on their mortgage. What should I do?

This is a question we are asked by tenants although thankfully, it is a rare occurrence and you need not be worried unduly. If this situation does arise then you are fully protected in law and you are not under threat of eviction.The first thing to remember if you find yourself in this situation is …

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