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How To Save ​Tax With Income Shifting For Married Couples

How To Save ​Tax With Income Shifting For Married Couples

If you and a spouse jointly own a rental property and pay income tax at different rates then warning bells should be ringing as an income shifting tax opportunity is beckoning you. Income shifting is a common strategy to minimise income tax on earning generated by investments and capital gains tax on any profits made when they are sold. The ...
​ASBO Threat To Landlords Who Fail To Control Weeds

​ASBO Threat To Landlords Who Fail To Control Weeds

Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed and Himalayan Balsam may sound like exotic plants but they are on a list of invasive weeds that can cost landlords an anti-social behaviour order and thousands of pounds in fines if they fail to keep them under control. Giant Hogweed is considered a health hazard as sap coming into contact with the skin can ...
Four Court Cases Of HMO Criminal Offences

Four Court Cases Of HMO Criminal Offences

Overcrowded Shared house landlord Javeed Hossain crammed 10 tenants into a home licensed for six to safely live while ignoring fire safety measures. Magistrates at Uxbridge, Hillingdon, West London, fined him £11,000 for breaking house in multiple occupation licensing and safety rules. He was also ordered to pay costs of £1,004. Hillingdon
How Yield Helps Investors Stack Up A Buy To Let Deal

How Yield Helps Investors Stack Up A Buy To Let Deal

Stacking up a deal to figure out whether a letting property is worth the time and bother of buying and doing up is a regular exercise for landlords. Property professionals generally have a checklist to tick off the pros and cons of buying a home – and one of the important factors is yield. Yield is the return a landlord can expect to see on ...
Top Three Rental Hot Spots In England Revealed

Top Three Rental Hot Spots In England Revealed

England’s top three rental hot spots are all in the north of England, while the worst rental returns are in London, according to new research. Manchester, Hull and Blackpool snatched the top three places in the HSBC survey of rents and yields, while Forest Heath, Suffolk,  surged ahead of the competition with an a year-on-year explosion of ...
Londoners Win Right To Rent Out Homes As Holiday Lets

Londoners Win Right To Rent Out Homes As Holiday Lets

Controversial planning laws that stopped Londoners renting out their homes as holiday lets are scrapped from 27 May 2015. Housing Minister Brandon Lewis welcomed the measure that brings short-term letting laws for the capital in line with the rest of the UK. The change means Londoners no longer have to apply for permission to let their homes
Keeping The Right Company As A Property Investor

Keeping The Right Company As A Property Investor

Property investors often view trading as a limited company as a way to save tax – but a special rule bars many from using this useful tool. The confusion comes from incorporation relief, which is designed to delay any capital gains tax due on transferring a trader’s assets into a company until they sell their shares. The relief is aimed at ...
Draft Reply To Proposed Wales Code Of Conduct

Draft Reply To Proposed Wales Code Of Conduct

As previously reported, there is a consultation on the proposed code of practice which will accompany all licenses when the new registration and licensing regime starts in Wales (suggested October 2015 but as yet not confirmed). This code of practice is important because it will produce statutory burdens on all landlords and agents who let ...
Courts Crack Down On Bad Landlords

Courts Crack Down On Bad Landlords

Landlords who have ignored house in multiple occupation (HMO) licensing laws have paid out thousands of pounds in fines during recent weeks. In most cases, the landlords have had time to address licensing and safety issues, but failed to act. Here are some of the recent cases from before the courts across the UK: Coventry – Junie Liu ...
Watch Out For Mansion Tax As ATED Rules Change

Watch Out For Mansion Tax As ATED Rules Change

Landlords who own homes with a limited company need to watch out for a change in the rules that could see them unwittingly paying mansion tax. Mansion tax, or the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED), was first collected in 2013 against homes worth £2 million or more on homes that are empty or lived in by someone connected with the ...