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Do I Need Planning Permission For My HMO?
13 Dec 17

If managed efficiently and fully occupied, HMO properties can be extremely lucrative investments. But they’re also subject to lots of regulation and changing legislation, and the rules surrounding planning permission can be confusing.

Here, planni...


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Lending Changes For Landlords
30 Nov 17

We recently put on a sell-out investment seminar, where a host of industry experts gathered to share their insight on some hot property topics.

One of the first experts to speak was Carla Sateriale, Senior Policy Advisor for UK Finance. Carla and ...


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How To Speed Up The Conveyancing Process
29 Nov 17

Mary Monson Solicitors is a firm specialising in conveyancing for investors. They are a family firm that have been around since 1979 and they have an office on Fleet Street serving their London clients.

They’re proud to be rated by the independent...


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What The Budget Means For The Property Market
23 Nov 17

Phillip Hammond has unveiled the Government’s latest economic plan for our country, in what is being considered a bold pitch to millennials. 

From axing stamp duty to council tax premiums and Help to Buy, here are the key points that first-time bu...


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Introducing Just Landlords' 5 Star Service for Landlords
13 Nov 17

Most landlords understand the importance of protecting their rental properties –some may even have considered securing their rental income against potential rent arrears – but do you truly understand the cover you may need? Just Landlords would like ...


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Buy To Let Mortgage Compare
9 Nov 17

For the first time in more than 10 years, the Bank of England has raised interest rates.

What does this mean for buy-to-let? Can landlords mitigate the interest rate hike? Is now the time to remortgage?

We ask finance experts, Capricorn Financi...


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The Future Of The London Rental Market
2 Nov 17

There’s no escaping the fact that the private rental sector has suffered some major blows in recent times.

Landlords have been hit with a barrage of tax changes and new legislation, and it’s now more important than ever that landlords know how to ...


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Autumn Interiors
26 Oct 17

Autumn is a time of wonderful interiors – everything suddenly gets more cosy and snug as the colder weather arrives. If you’ve added some autumnal tweaks to your property, there’s a new competition for you…

To celebrate autumn interiors, Landlord ...


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5 Things Buy-To-Let Landlords NEED To Know Going Into 2018
21 Sep 17

New regulations, tax changes and tighter lending rules are changing the buy-to-let market.  In these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever that landlords are clued up on their obligations and seriously savvy about minimising overheads.

He...


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Portico Lettings Packages
20 Sep 17

If you're considering renting out your property, the big question is whether to opt for a let-only or a managed service. Let-only looks like the cheaper option, but is it the smartest move?


What happens if…

  • The tenants don’t pay the rent, ...

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New Minimum Energy Efficiency Laws for Landlords
14 Sep 17

Landlords have just over six months to ensure their rental properties meet the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES).

Here we’ll explain how the new MEES will work in regards to EPC ratings, the impact the rules will have on landlords, an...


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New Buy-to-let Mortgage Rules
30 Aug 17

A raft of new buy-to-let mortgage rules are coming into effect at the end of September 2017. Here’s everything landlords need to know ahead of the latest buy-to-let crackdown:


What are the new buy-to-let mortgage rules?

The Bank of England, ...


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Top 10 Places For Buy-To-Let
19 Jul 17

London was recently ranked the second-best city in the world to invest in property, but which areas within the M25 offer the best rental returns?

We've used our Interactive Yield Map to uncover the current top 10 places for buy-to-let, and include...


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Turning a House into Flats
10 Jul 17

Converting houses into flats is becoming increasingly popular. There’s a high demand for flats in London, and splitting a property into units can maximise both rental income in the short-term, and profit on sale in the long-term.

But where do you ...


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10 Ways To Cut Your Tax Bill
14 Jun 17

If you want to be a successful landlord, you’ve got to be tax efficient. We ask the experts, including seasoned landlord Richard Blanco, for 10 legitimate ways to reduce your bill.


1. Expense, expense, expense

The first step in making your pr...


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HMO Licensing for Landlords
11 Apr 17

New powers for Local Authorities were introduced last week (Thursday 6 April 2017), which allow councils to now issue a fine up to £30,000 for landlords who:

  • Do not have the appropriate licensing for their HMO property
  • Fail to comply with a h...

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Changes To Tax Relief For Landlords
4 Apr 17

As of today, the 6th April 2017, landlords will no longer be able to deduct all of their finance costs from their property income to arrive at their profits. Instead, they will receive a basic rate reduction from their income tax liability for their ...


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Airbnb FAQs
23 Mar 17

If you're tempted by the lucrative business of Airbnb, there are certain things to bear in mind.

Will your property be insured? What rules and regulations must you comply with? Is there a minimum time you can put your property up for rent? How doe...


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London Transport Improvements
22 Mar 17

If you’re planning on investing in London property, it pays to know about upcoming transport plans and improvements. As despite the fact that house price growth in London is likely to slow over the remainder of the year, London locations set to get a...


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Property as a vehicle for achieving wealth
15 Mar 17

The Budget has been set and the Chancellor will not be reversing the mortgage interest tax relief changes expected to come into effect next month, with many reacting to this by saying that the heady easy money days of buy-to-let property investment a...


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What does the Budget mean for property?
9 Mar 17

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has delivered his first and last Spring Budget. Here’s our summary of the key points relevant to the property industry…


I’m a landlord - how am I affected?

Landlords across the country will be...


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The landlord's Guide to Incorporation
22 Feb 17

A large number of landlords will be considering forming a limited company to negate the tax hit coming into effect in April - but is it the best move?

We’ve asked London Accountants, Accounts & Legal, and seasoned landlord, Richard Blanco, for som...


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Best Mortgage Deals on the Market
26 Jan 17

Lenders have slashed mortgages to record lows, making it a great time to grab a deal and get on the housing ladder or invest in buy-to-let.

To help you discover the right deal for you, we’ve asked mortgage experts, Capricorn Financial for their ad...


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2017 London Housing Market Outlook
10 Jan 17

What will 2017 hold for the London housing market?

We put some key questions to our resident property guru, Mark Lawrinson, plus reveal our key predictions and potential property hotspots that buyers, sellers and investors should be aware of this ...


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Landlord Property Finance 101
29 Dec 16

Most landlords will know about standard buy-to-let mortgages, but you might not be aware of the other types of finance that can help grow or enhance a portfolio.

Karl Griggs, Director of CPC Finance, shares his property finance 101…

Buy-to-let ...


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Will Buy-To-Let Bust in 2017?
15 Dec 16

Our latest data shows that sale transaction levels across London have fallen dramatically. Mark Lawrinson discusses what this means for rental yields - plus gives his tips on investing in this market.

The London borough heat map

Let’s begin by ...


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Regulatory Round-Up 2016
14 Dec 16

Are you up to date with industry regulations and legislations?

Seasoned landlord and NLA representative, Richard Blanco, recently gave a useful regulatory round-up of new legislation, including tax and mortgage changes - here's what we took away f...


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Setting the Scene: After Brexit
14 Dec 16

What impact has Brexit had on the private rental sector?

Richard Blanco, London Representative for the NLA, recently discussed the panorama landlords and investors are facing now the UK has decided to leave the European Union - here's what we took...


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The Big Property Debate: Adapting Your Investment Strategy in 2017
8 Dec 16

How should landlords and investors reappraise their strategy in the light of Brexit and tax changes?

Richard Bowser, Editor of Property Investor News, Nicole Bremner a Commercial and Residential Developer from East Eight Group, Simon Allen from Se...


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Interview With Pest Control Experts, Inoculand
7 Dec 16

Daniel Neves, a.k.a. “The Terminator”, is a vocational biologist and founder of Inoculand Ltd - a London-based pest control company with a dynamic approach to pests. We sat down to chat pests, property and proofing...

So, why did you decide to sta...


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Autumn Statement 2016: What It Means For The Property Market
24 Nov 16

Philip Hammond has delivered his first Autumn Statement as Chancellor. From Right to Buy schemes to the banishing of tenant fees, here are the key points relevant to landlords, tenants and the property industry:

Making housing more affordable

I...


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Catch Up On Our Latest listings!
16 Nov 16

Catch up on our latest listings! From sky scraper apartments and mock-Tudor mansions, to cottages with character  – properties don't get much better than these!

Give us a call 0207 099 4000 to arrange a viewing, check out all of our properties for...


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Optimise Your Property Investment in 2017
9 Nov 16

The EU referendum result has raised a myriad of questions for the private rented sector. What will happen to house prices, how is government policy going to shift and where is the economy heading?

The NLA & Portico Landlord Seminar on the 22nd Nov...


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What Will The Autumn Statement Mean For The Property Market?
3 Nov 16

On the 23rd November, Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, will deliver his first Autumn Statement. This year’s Statement is a big deal, as it will reveal the state of the UK economy after the Brexit vote, and the reforms that will help suppo...


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The 10 Best Places For Buy-To-Let In London
20 Oct 16

In a recent poll by Simply Business, over 70% of buy-to-let investors said rental yield is more important than capital gains when making property purchase decisions.

With that in mind, we decided to use our Interactive Yield Map to find the 10 Lon...


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Ask The Experts: Property Legal Matters
6 Oct 16

How do you divide the family home during divorce? What costs do you face if you want to give your home or your rental property to your children? How can you reduce the capital gains tax on an inherited house?

We put some key legal property questio...


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Market Update For London Landlords
22 Sep 16

Changes to stamp duty rules, the shock Brexit vote, and looming tax changes - it’s been a bumpy few months for landlords to say the least.

Doom and gloom or future boom?

But while there’s still a degree of uncertainty in the market as we’re yet...


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How To Be A Successful Landlord: Interview With Richard Blanco
15 Sep 16

Richard swapped a career in dancing to become a landlord, after buying his first property in Hackney in 1995. Since then, he has bought 11 more properties and made an extremely successful business from buy-to-let. How does he do it?

Read our inter...


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Top 10 Places To Invest In London
31 Aug 16

Investing or buying to let has been the easy way to make money for decades.

And despite Brexit uncertainty and recent tax changes, London remains the property investment capital of the world, in terms of both rental yields and capital growth.

B...


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The Night Tube - How Will It Impact Property Prices & BTL?
24 Aug 16

London is officially the city that never sleeps, as its celebrated underground network has introduced its first ever Night Tube!

In the capital, people will pay a premium to live near great transport links, and as we’ve seen from Crossrail and Cro...


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Post Brexit Rental Market Update
28 Jul 16

It will come as good news to landlords that Britain’s decision to leave the EU last month has not rocked the rental market, and rental prices have remained fairly stable from May to July.

Interestingly, prime central London has even been given a B...


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London's Highest Yields: Top Buy-to-Let Postcodes & Investments
14 Jun 16

LendInvest’s latest Buy-to-Let Index has revealed that you’ll stand to profit most from buy-to-let in London than anywhere else in the UK.

Their data shows that east London offers the highest yielding postcodes in the UK, with 7.4%, closely follow...


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Buy-to-let guide: Getting the best return on your investment
13 Jun 16

More people than ever before are choosing to invest in a buy-to-let property to fund their retirement, or as a form of investment.

If you’re considering buying a property to rent it out, here are our top tips on getting the best return on your inv...


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Property interiors that tenants love
24 Apr 16

“How should I decorate and furnish my rental property to maximise my return on investment?”

We hear this question time and time again from our landlords, so we thought we’d commission a survey to find out the answer.

As part of this survey, we...


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AVERAGE LONDON TWO-BED RENT SOON TO TOP 2K
19 Apr 16

Great news for landlords, not so great news for tenants: rental prices are rising, rapidly.

Our latest Q1 Rental Report shows that the average rental price for a two-bed home in London already stands at a staggering £1,867 per month - but we predi...


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This Week's Top Buy-To-Let Investments
19 Apr 16

We have some good news for landlords!

Our latest rental report has shown that rental prices are rising in most areas in the capital, and we predict that the average rental price for a two-bed home in London will top £2,000 by the late summer.

W...


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The Budget 2016 - and what it means for the property market
17 Mar 16

Yesterday George Osborne presented his “Budget for the next generation” - here’s a summary of how landlords, investors and property owners will be affected.

Stamp Duty

Osborne cracked down on the buy-to-let sector, stating that everyone who in...


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Landlords: should you set up as a company to pay less tax?
2 Mar 16

Four in 10 landlords are either seriously considering forming a limited company or looking into the option in the coming months, according to latest research from the National Landlords Association (NLA).

This is to avoid the tax hit that will be ...


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NOT ALL DOOM AND GLOOM FOR LANDLORDS
24 Feb 16

There’s been much talk of the war against buy-to-let landlords recently.

George Osborne opened the batting in the last Autumn statement by saying, “People buying a home to let should not be squeezing out families who can’t afford to buy a home”. A...


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How the new second home tax rules will affect you
22 Feb 16

One in four homes in London are now bought to let.

It’s a staggering figure that indicates just how many people will be hit by the proposed second-home tax rules that come into effect in April.

But it's not just the 3% additional stamp duty tax...


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Top Buy-to-Let Investments under 500,000
11 Feb 16

Looking for a relatively inexpensive buy-to-let investment? We’ve collated our top investment opportunities that are under £500,000, and worked out the rental yield* to help you choose the best investment.

If you’re interested in any of the proper...


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Are you undercharging your tenants?
3 Feb 16

By undercharging your tenants, you’re effectively losing money each month, so here are our top tips to make sure you maximise the return on your rental investment.

Increase rent annually

Last year we saw rents steadily increase, and this year ...


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Top 10 Money Saving Tips for Landlords
2 Feb 16

Renting out a property can be a great way to make money - but it can be an expensive business if you get it wrong.

Here are our top 10 money saving tips that will help landlords boost their rental profits.


1. Mortgage upgrade

Mortgage paym...


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Portico Rent Guarantee
19 Jan 16

It’s every landlord’s biggest nightmare: a tenant who can’t, or refuses to pay rent.

We go to great lengths to make sure we only approve the best tenants, but unfortunately sometimes circumstances change and tenants fall into arrears of rent.

T...


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Top Buy-To-Let Investment Opportunities 2016
18 Jan 16

We’ve put together a list of top investment opportunities and calculated the rental yield* to help you pick the best investment.

If you're not sure where to invest, try our street level Yield Map which shows you exactly where to find the best yiel...


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Where to find the best rental yields in London
6 Jan 16

If you want to be successful as a landlord, knowing where to find the best rental yields is crucial.

We have looked at the history of buy-to-let hotspots over the past few years, the current buy-to-let hotspots in London and an incredible amount o...


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Stay Fire Safe This Christmas!
8 Dec 15

All landlords have legal obligations with regards to fire safety. Working out which bits apply to you and which don’t can be confusing, however. So to make sure you don’t end up with a hefty fine or even persecution, we’ve compiled our top fire safet...


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NLA & Portico Seminar Presentation Slides
24 Nov 15

Didn’t manage to get a ticket for the much-talked about NLA & Portico Seminar 2015? Don’t fret - we’ve compiled the presentations given by each of the industry experts on the night, to bring you the content you’ve been asking for!

The seminar took...


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Top Buy-To-Let Investment Opportunities
29 Oct 15

With bank interest rates stubbornly low, the buy-to-let market is continuining to grow. Rental yields remain robust, rental demand is higher than ever, and there are more record-low mortgages rates available than ever before.

We've compiled a l...


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Who's renting in your area?
24 Sep 15

Success in the letting industry hinges largely on the ability to find good tenants. And while it may be obvious what makes a good tenant, most landlords will agree that it’s not as obvious where to find them!

We looked at the profiles of 300 tenan...


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Buy-to-let landlords: how to survive the mortgage tax relief changes
2 Sep 15

Huge numbers of buy-to-let landlords are set to potentially see their profits decrease after George Osborne announced plans to cut mortgage interest tax relief in the summer Budget.

What’s changed?

Under the current rules, landlords are allowed...


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The best London postcodes for buy-to-let yields
1 Sep 15

Rising rents, cheap mortgage deals, a stable house market and a volatile stock market mean buy-to-let is more attractive than ever – but where should you invest?

Location, location, location

Rental yields are a big deal for landlords. Yields f...


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Tenant's Top 5 Reasons for Rejecting a Property
30 Aug 15

Have you ever wondered why it sometimes takes more viewings than you'd think to let your property? We commissioned some research which identified 5 key deal breakers for tenants - in other words, the top five things that immediately put a tenant off ...


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Landlords: Are you ready for the new smoke & CO alarm legislation?
27 Aug 15

As you may already be aware, you will soon be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your rental properties.

The new law will take effect from the 1st October 2015, and according to Housing Minister Brandon Lewis it...


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How To Boost Your Rental Income By 11 Percent Without Spending A Penny
1 Jul 15

The UK's rental market is remarkable for its stability. In a good year, it might go up by 3%, and in a bad year it might be flat.

So whilst rental price growth is modest at an annual level, the same is certainly not true for price movements within...


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Buy-To-Let Best Buys, by NLA London Representative, Richard Blanco
30 Jun 15

Whether you’re a first time landlord or adding to your existing portfolio, the chances are you will need a buy to let mortgage.  The latest NLA research tells us that 1 in 7 landlords increased their portfolios in the last 3 months with 69% using a b...


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Landlords: Are you paying too much tax?
26 Jun 15

Tax on rental income

As Albert Einstein once said, “the hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.” This is especially true for tax on rental income for landlords. In fact, a huge majority of landlords aren’t taking advantage of t...


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Labour government: A nightmare for Landlords?
30 Apr 15

Over the past few weeks there has been an avalanche of policy announcements from both major political parties hoping to sway voters in the run up to next Thursday’s election.

The Labour Party has been particularly vocal about reform of the Private...

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