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capital-gains-tax Overseas Landlords get your property valued now! Capital Gains tax Loophole closed as of 6th April 2015

The British government is closing a tax loophole for overseas residents who will pay capital gains tax for the first from April 6, 2015 when they sell a home in the UK. Until that date, many buy to let portfolio owners had an exit strategy from their business by moving abroad to release the cash…

Capture What Can We Really Flush Down the Toilet?

As a Lettings agent we quite frequently receive reports and calls regarding blocked loos. One of the main issues seem to be that users are being misled on what can be flushed down your loos, items such as disposable wipes.  This seems to be part of a bigger problem at hand that has escalated over…

tds_logo_2 Continued Increase In Deposit Disputes

The 2014 TDS Review showed that cleaning was yet again the most common cause of deposit dispute for the fourth year running with damages coming in at a close second. The report also shows that there has been a big increase in the number of disputes adjudicated which was an all-time high of over 9000…

Shame Landlords fined for failing to repair property

It seems that there are more and more reports in the news of landlord’s being fined and even banned completely for ‘squalid conditions’ in their properties, lack of adherence to the required legal documentation to let a property and lack of required maintenance. Recent reports see one landlord in Rotherham fined payments of over £13,500…

download Green Party Launch their Housing Policy

The Green Party have chosen Oxford to launch their policy document on Housing last night. Courtesy of the BBC, I have had a preview……. and whilst there are some un-deliverable aspects of the document, there has clearly been some recognition that simply building more houses will not, on it’s own, solve the housing crisis. Among…