Councils have the right to charge tax on empty properties

I have read an article stating that the Government have given local authorities the right to start changing council tax on empty properties. Philip Hammond stated "It can’t be right to leave property empty when so many are desperate for a place to live" We all know this is a load of crap. It is another way to generate money for a starving government. I don't know about the rest of the country but around here landlords want rent money and if a property is empty it is usually because it is going through read more

The face of Buy to Let Mortgages is changing

If you are a landlord you, most likely, have had to get a buy to let mortgage. Over the years these mortgage have been fairly easy to arrange through an experience mortgage broker. They usually required very little in documentation and the lender were mostly interested in the rental value. All this is about to change. Over the coming weeks the banks and building societies will require not only income verification but also verification from inland revenue, copy of leases, letters from letting agents and bank read more

New regulation on how much you can borrower on a mortgage

Such "reversion" rates are often the same as the lender's standard variable rate, or SVR. According to Ray Boulger of John Charcol, the broker, SVRs can currently be as high as 5.75pc. This could mean that some banks are forced to stress test at a very high rate of 8.75pc. Stringent new rules on mortgage affordability could force borrowers to prove that they could afford repayments almost twice as high as the expected monthly cost of their loan. The Bank of England announced the beefed-up rules on affordability or read more

If you are renting out you home without permission READ THIS!

Bank and building societies are taking a keener interest in whether borrowers are renting out properties without their permission, Telegraph Money has learned. This involves further quizzing of borrowers at the mortgage application stage as well as on-going scrutiny to check, for instance, whether borrowers continue to live in the mortgaged property. Several lenders are reported to be going even further and adopting data-sifting techniques like those used by HMRC to spot tax-evasion. This involves trawling the read more

UK rents fall for the first time in over 8 years

UK rents fell by -0.3% in the year to May – the first time there has been an annual reduction in eight years, HomeLet’s May Rental Index has found. Rents in London have fallen by -3% in that time, followed by the North East (-2.3%) and Scotland (-1.9%). Rents have risen by the most in the East Midlands (3.3%), North West (2.2%) and the South West (2.1%). London rents fall for first time in eight years Martin Totty, chief executive officer of HomeLet, said: “May 2017 saw average rents nationally fall for the read more

Stamp Duty increases causes house slump for April

There were further signs of a slowdown in the property market in April, as the number of sales fell significantly, while fewer people took out mortgages. The number of residential property transactions in the UK dropped by 22.5% between March and April, according to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Analysis by the data firm Equifax also suggests that mortgage sales declined by 16% over the same period. But the figures are skewed by a series of tax changes this year and last. In April 2016, landlords became read more

A welcome reprieve for BTL re-mortgage customers

Santander has amended its buy-to-let (BTL) mortgage prisoner rules to take advantage of the Prudential Regulation Authority’s (PRA) flexibilities. From 19 April, the bank will assess eligible buy to Let (BTL) remortgage applications, where no increase in borrowing is taking place. A minimum of 125% rental cover at a 5% affordability rate will be used. It said this aimed to prevent borrowers who already had a BTL mortgage before the new guidelines were implemented on 1 January from being adversely affected when read more

First time buyers increase hit all time high BUT landlord purchase hits a all time low

First-time buyer activity rose to from 28% to 36% of market activity in February, as buy-to-let purchases fell below 10% for the first time in five years, per data from Connells Survey & Valuation. First-time buyers now account for a third of activity in the property market – the highest proportion since July 2011. In contrast to the resurgent market for first-time buyers, the buy-to-let purchase market fell to a new low in February. Continuing the decline seen in recent months, buy-to-let purchases almost halved in read more

Look what happens to a industry when you raise taxes on it.

The amount borrowed by prospective landlords fell 16 per cent in the year to January, as strict new rules on buy-to-let homes took their toll. Figures by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) showed would-be landlords borrowed £800m to buy new homes in January, down from £1.4bn the year before, and £900m in December. The number of people taking out mortgages on buy-to-let properties fell to 5,900, from 9,700 the year before, and a peak of 29,100 in March last year. The news came after figures published yesterday read more

FTB’s have more of a selection to buy

This increase in search activity is notable given that a year ago, market activity was buoyed by the November announcement that second-home stamp duty would apply from April 2016. With markedly fewer buy-to-let purchasers than this time a year ago, there is a new year opportunity for first-time buyers to fill the void left by buy-to-let purchasers. The availability of typical first-time-buyer houses with two bedrooms and fewer are is 1.9% compared to last year, offering more choice for first-time buyers. This read more