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Affordable housing crisis: why private landlords are the solution, not the problem

According to the Department for Levelling Up, one in five private renters in the UK spend a third of their income on rent. A quarter find it ‘fairly or very difficult’ to afford their rental payments. Those are national statistics. Here in Liverpool, the situation is arguably worse. A shortage of housing in the area, […]

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Self-management vs hiring a property management agent – the property investor’s dilemma

Call me biased on this subject if you like – I’m one of the owners of a property management agency! But I’m also a property investor. My partners and I built our business around an important principle; we don’t advise anyone to do anything we wouldn’t do ourselves. We’d never suggest you buy a property […]

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Liverpool leads the way for property development

A scandalous article is always a more attractive one for the media and readers than good news stories or things running smoothly. It should be noted that for a number of years, Liverpool has been recognised as one of the nation’s leaders in house price growth, rental yields and property development. The North leads the […]

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MEES changes – April 2020

If you have a let property with an EPC rating of ‘F’ or ‘G’ then you should prepare now for the extension of the regulations to existing tenancies. Landlords should consider the following, in order to protect their assets: Review your property or property portfolios to identify whether or not properties are compliant Consider the […]

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HMO licensing and planning changes

Proactive HMO landlords able to stay a step ahead of key industry milestones will meet the challenges, that lie ahead this year, in an easier way. So, let’s go through the most significant changes due to affect landlords this year: New tax relief rules Landlords have met with a row of changes in fiscal and […]

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Housing market opinion: July 2019

Couple this with the fall of Countrywide and Purple Bricks, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that the whole property industry – let alone market – is about to implode! The key fact right now is that investment property returns are not what they were Why? I’ll ignore the tax issues for now, as that […]

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Housing market opinion: April 2019

Firstly, the Brexit debacle continues – without any sort of firm end in sight – which means that these predictions are even more fragile than before. As expected, new instructions to the market (supply) have been few and far between, while keen buyers (demand) have been frantically buying, leading to an increase in prices and […]

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Housing market opinion: January 2019

In terms of the status of the market, it is a very unique time for the property market in our opinion. Therefore, much of my time so far this year has also been spent assessing the market (or sentiment thereof) to decide on a relevant strategy for 2019. I’m afraid the tiresome Brexit debacle is […]

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New minimum energy performance ratings – 1st April 2018

The full legislation To view the full legislation, click here. The changes in brief Government is introducing a minimum standard of energy efficiency rating (otherwise known as an ‘EPC rating’) Minimum rating is an E (including E!) Comes into force on 1st April 2018 Only applies to currently empty properties, i.e. does not affect those properties that already have a tenant in-situ However, if […]

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