Three Landlords A Day Caught Breaking Housing Laws
Three rogue landlords a day face council enforcement action for breaking buy to let and shared home licensing, health and safety rules, according to Housing Minster Gavin Barwell. (more…)
Fraudster Letting Agent Jailed For £200,000 Scam
Letting agent Martin Marcus was jailed for four and half years for scamming landlords and tenants out of £200,000 for a ‘crude fraud’. (more…)
Third Party Deductions
Where a landlord has a current tenant claiming Job Seekers Allowance or Income Support and there are rent arrears, it is possible to claim a small amount to be paid from the JSA or IS direct to the landlord. This is called "third party deductions". What are ‘third party deductions? Benefit customers should normally meet their household ...
Council Tax Benefit Reforms From April 2013
Currently, Council Tax Benefit (CTB) is assessed by local authorities on behalf of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) but the rules governing the assessment process are applied the same way throughout the UK. (more…)
New Buy To Let Mortgage Rules For Consumer Landlords
Buy to let landlords may not have noticed but the new European Mortgage Credit Directive is now in force with stricter affordability rules for purchasing homes to rent out. (more…)
John Healey tightens repossession rules to get greater help for homeowners
Housing Minister John Healey today announced new protection for people struggling with mortgage arrears, by further tightening the rules on lenders taking court action for repossession. New court rules coming into force on 1 October will ensure that mortgage lenders inform councils when repossession action is started against residents in ...
The Law of Appropriation
Appropriation can be an important legal principle for landlords as it reflects the apportionment of moneys where more than one debt is owed. In particular it matters if there are rent arrears of a relatively long period and between arrears a renewal tenancy has been granted. If the landlord decides to then serve a section 8 notice on rent ...
7 Things Landlords Should Do To Get Ready For Winter
Winter’s on the way – and it’s that time of year when landlords phones are ringing off the hook with tenants reporting failed boilers and heating systems. As a landlord you are also a businessman and customer service and protecting your assets are two things always near the top of your working agenda. That means keeping your tenants happy ...
Tax Judge Throws Out Landlord’s CGT Loss Claim
The importance of keeping receipts and records of payments was underscored by a judge rejecting a property owner’s appeal against a capital gains tax bill. (more…)
Couple win £1bn fight over family business ‘stealth tax’
by ANDREW LEVY - More by this author » Last updated at 20:01pm on 25th July 2007 A couple who run a small business won a legal victory yesterday that could cost the taxman £1billion a year. Information technology consultant Geoff Jones and his wife Diana have fought a six-year court battle to claw back a levy on "dividend"payments. Their ...