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Ready or not, here it comes. . . HMRC vs Landlords

December 30, 2014

Guest Blog As a property landlord, you would have been lucky to avoid reading a news feature last year involving HM Revenue and Customs and their various quests targeting landlords.  Relentlessly turning up like a bad penny, the message is clear: “Be compliant. Pay your taxes. Pay on time.” Michael Wright, director of property taxation […] View article >

Top 6 New Year’s Resolutions for landlords!

December 23, 2014

2015 is set to be a very interesting year for the property market. The General Election is scheduled for May, and housing will undoubtedly be a top 3 issue on the political agenda. Whether you have just the one BTL (Buy to Let) property, or are a portfolio landlord, the new year is likely to […] View article >

Christmas doesn’t have to be “bah humbug” for landlords!

December 15, 2014

“Bah! Humbug” – the expression made famous by the fictional character Ebenezer Scrooge in the Charles Dickens novel ‘A Christmas Carol’ might strike a chord for some landlords who find themselves out of pocket due to non-payment of rent in the lead up to Christmas. Last year the number of tenants more than 2 months […] View article >

How to avoid an insurance claim this Christmas

December 8, 2014

Chris Bishop, Client Executive at Northwood Insurance Services, gives some useful tips on how you and your tenants can have a safe, happy and claim-free Christmas  this year. As you gear up for the festive season, thoughts are rightly on parties, presents and good food. However, while Christmas day is usually a day of celebration, […] View article >

STAMP DUTY (SDLT) changes – What it really means…

December 4, 2014

I am delighted at the news regarding Stamp Duty Land Tax changes. I and many other have been campaigning to get rid of the ‘slab tax’ for many years as it was simply ridiculous. How can the tax on a property purchased at £250,000 be £2500, yet an extra £1 on the purchase price cost […] View article >

5 things you need to know about the new Right to Rent Immigration checks

December 3, 2014

  AC Forscutt, Northwood’s Head of Compliance provides a useful breakdown of what landlords and letting agents need to be aware of in order to comply with the new immigration checks.   This week marked the introduction of Right to Rent immigration checks in a pilot area, covering the West Midlands and including Birmingham, Wolverhampton, […] View article >

5 top tips for selling your property in the winter months

November 27, 2014

The start of the New Year is always a busy time for buying and selling property. Whilst it can be difficult to present your house to its best advantage when the weather is cold, light levels are low and your garden is far from flourishing, we have pulled together some top tips for you  that […] View article >

How SAFEagent is making a difference

November 24, 2014

In 2011, Northwood joined with some other like-minded agents to try and make a difference to consumers in acting as a signpost towards properly regulated Letting Agents. From the initial small group, SAFEagent has grown with over 3000 members. As a result of our latest campaign, it appears as if Housing Minister (Brandon Lewis MP) […] View article >

10 reasons why it’s G-R-E-A-T to be a Landlord!

November 12, 2014

The Guardian recently reported that private landlords in Britain are set to own £1trillion worth of homes by late spring 2015, as rising house prices and growing appetite from investors drives up the value of the booming buy-to-let sector. Official figures show that since 2001, nearly 2 million households have been added to the sector […] View article >

Should I renovate or simply de-clutter when selling?

November 6, 2014

Every home owner wants to achieve the maximum possible selling price when they put their property on the market. It’s tempting to do some extra work in order to add additional value, however research conducted by HSBC makes for some very interesting reading about the average cost vs returns achievable when various projects are undertaken: […] View article >