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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 >