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Section 21 changes proposed

Mon 15 Apr 2019

Section 21 changes proposed.
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More change ahead . . .

Mon 04 Mar 2019

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Client Money Protection Certificate

Sat 01 Dec 2018

Client Money Protection Certificate.
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Budget update on Capital Gains Tax

Sun 11 Nov 2018

During last week’s Budget speech, the Chancellor made reference to changes in PRR (Private Residence Relief) set to take effect in April 2020. What may sound like a minor change to the rules when a landlord sells their investment property may actually result in a considerable cut in revenue.   Previously, landlords have been able to claim PRR if they have at one point lived in the investment property themselves.  However, from April 2020 it seems PRR will only apply if the owner is shar....
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Capital Gains & Marriage Breakdowns

Sat 27 Oct 2018

Here Andrew Stant, Partner at accountancy firm Johnson Murkett & Hurst of Ashby de la Zouch, talks to us about the effect on capital gains tax if a partnership breaks down. "My last article covered the very basics of capital gains tax on the sale of . . ..
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A Day in the Life of a Letting Agent

Sun 23 Sep 2018

Name: Fiona Doody Job Title: Accounts Manager Started at Howland Jones: May 2012.
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Are your CO alarms safe?

Mon 20 Aug 2018

We’ve all seen the scandalous stories of dangerous products on TV programmes like Watchdog and Fake Britain. It comes as no surprise then, to hear that there cheap brands of carbon monoxide alarms available to buy in the UK have the safety standards marks on the packaging, but in tests dangerously fail to meet these safety standards..
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Cavity & Loft Insulation

Sun 15 Jul 2018

Your home could be losing 60% of its heat through the roof and walls. Most properties built after 1920 have a cavity between the outer and inner walls and if the cavity is not filed with insulation, approximately 35% of all heat from within the home can be lost through this area. .
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New Sales rules ahead

Sat 30 Jun 2018

The Government is planning on making buying and selling homes an easier process and part of the changes they are considering implementing may include a fine which can be levied against the buyer or the seller if either party withdraws from an agreed sale/purchase. Effectively, once a sale is agreed, both parties would be locked in legally..
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Another ARLA pass!

Wed 04 Oct 2017

Rebecca Macdonald passes her level 3 ARLA qualification..
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Rocket Ron's Handy Tip

Fri 22 Sep 2017

Rocket Ron’s handy tip for September is all about preparing your property for Winter! As we approach the colder months there are a number of measures that you can take to help ensure that your property is winter ready..
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Helpful Advice for New Landlords

Wed 20 Sep 2017

Whether you are looking to invest in your first rental property, looking to let a property that you have inherited or looking to rent out your current home, rental legislation can be a minefield for new landlords..
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Should I use an Independent Financial Adviser?

Tue 19 Sep 2017

Guy Collier is an Independent Financial Adviser at PJ Collier Financial Services Ltd in Coalville..
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Capital Gains Tax explained

Mon 18 Sep 2017

Andrew Stant, Senior Partner at Johnson Murkett & Hurst of Ashby de la Zouch provides advice on all aspects of property tax and here, explains the basics about Capital Gains Tax:.
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Q. & A. - As a landlord, how can I prepare for the forthcoming EPC changes?

Fri 15 Sep 2017

As most of our readers will be aware, it is a legal requirement for all rental properties to have a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) in place. There are exceptions for landlords who are renting out a room and for listed buildings, but other than that, it is against the law to advertise a property without an EPC..
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A day in the life of a letting agent

Fri 15 Sep 2017

Name: Janette Allcote Job Title: Repairs & Maintenance Co-ordinator Started at Howland Jones: August 2015.
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No options for Landlords over HS2

Fri 08 Sep 2017

Most people local to the Measham area will be very aware of the announcement in July this year about the final route for the HS2, the high-speed railway line which will link London to Manchester and beyond..
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Howland Jones Landlord Wins Free Insurance!

Thu 10 Aug 2017

We are delighted to announce that our landlord, Mr Oakes is the proud winner of a year’s free insurance policy with Endsleigh..
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Tenant Fee Ban update

Tue 25 Jul 2017

During the 2016 Autumn Statement, the government announced it would consult on introducing a ban on letting agent fees paid by tenants. The government believed this would improve competition in the private rental market sector and provide tenants with “greater clarity and control over what they will pay”. This consultation paper invited views and comments on how this ban should be implemented and enforced..
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Fire Safety Regulations

Tue 25 Jul 2017

Recent tragic events in the news have brought fire safety regulations in rental properties to the forefront of everyone’s mind and we have been approached by many local landlords asking for advice on the matter..
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VAT on Rented Properties

Fri 21 Jul 2017

A question often asked is whether there are any VAT implications for rented residential properties..
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How will the Housing White Paper affect you?

Wed 19 Jul 2017

In February this year the Housing White Paper was published, heralding changes of both a welcomed and controversial nature, affecting the UK private rented sector. Designed to raise standards by enabling and implementing measures in the Housing and Planning Act 2016, the white paper was entitled ‘Fixing our broken housing market’..
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A day in the life of a letting agent

Tue 18 Jul 2017

Name: Tara Dempsey Job Title: Compliance Officer Started at Howland Jones: 10 August 2015.
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Rocket Ron's Handy Tip

Tue 18 Jul 2017

Rocket Ron’s handy tip for this month is to regularly check the area under your sink for signs of a leak or deterioration. Whilst out and about he quite often sees damage to kitchen units under sinks. Pipework can deteriorate over time and washing machine pipes (that are quite often found under kitchen sinks) can wear or become blocked resulting in a leak..
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Q. & A. - My tenants have fallen out and one of them wants to leave the property, can they?

Thu 13 Jul 2017

Unfortunately, this question is not uncommon. From time to time we are approached by tenants asking if one of them can be removed from their tenancy agreement. Tenants’ circumstances can and do change during the length of a tenancy; friends can fall out and couples can split up. The question is, legally, can a tenant just move out and be relinquished from their responsibilities?.
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Council Tax - Who Pays?

Tue 11 Jul 2017

Many of us remember the days when the landlord of an unfurnished rental property would automatically be awarded up to three months grace on Council Tax if the property was unoccupied for any period of time..
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Summer Pests

Sun 11 Jun 2017

We regularly receive calls from tenants relating to issues with ants, wasp and bees. The mid tenancy control of this kind of pest is the tenant’s responsibility to resolve and we will offer the contact details for their local council or pest control contractor..
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Rocket Ron's Handy Tip

Mon 22 May 2017

It is the perfect time for a 'spring clean' and Ron recommends using the opportunity to ensure that sheds and outbuildings are kept tidy and clear from clutter..
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Can I get my property back?

Wed 17 May 2017

There are many reasons why you may want your tenants to move out and hand back the keys. Providing your tenants are under an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) agreement, or a periodic agreement, vacant possession can be gained by serving the tenants with a notice under Section 21 of the Housing Act giving them a minimum of 2 months’ notice. You don’t need to give a reason – it’s termed as a ‘no fault possession’..
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A day in the life of a letting agent

Wed 17 May 2017

Name: Lisa Valentine Job Title:Lettings Administrator Started at Howland Jones: April 2015.
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Making Tax Digital, from Andrew Stant, Johnson Murkett & Hurst accountants

Mon 15 May 2017

"Do you remember the newspaper headlines “The end of the Annual Tax Return?”" says Andrew Stant, Partner at accountancy firm Johnson Murkett & Hurst..
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Noisy Neighbours?

Sat 22 Apr 2017

Imagine the scene - you’ve just moved into your dream home. The removal people have gone, the fridge is cold and the sun has set. Time for a glass of bubbly in front of the telly to celebrate..
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Howland Jones Sales

Mon 10 Apr 2017

As you may know, we have been your local Letting Agent since 2001, ARLA registered since 2013, specialising in the rental side of the property industry..
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Tax Update for Landlords

Tue 21 Mar 2017

"Landlords are about to be affected by the first phase of the restriction in tax relief for mortgage interest to be introduced in April 2017 which will be fully implemented by 2020.".
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Minimise Void Periods, Maximise Profitability

Tue 21 Mar 2017

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Problems with Rabbits?

Sun 19 Mar 2017

Whilst undeniably very cute, rabbits can cause considerable damage in the garden. They like to feed on a very wide range of ornamental plants, fruits and vegetables. New plantings and soft growth in the Spring may be eaten, even on plants that are generally less susceptible..
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What is a Stopcock & what does it do?

Wed 08 Mar 2017

Not sure what a stopcock is? You're not alone. Many people starting out in their first property are not aware of what a stopcock is or what it does. But it is very important that you do know as it can prevent major damage from leaks and floods. The following article from a leading insurance company gives a really good explanation of everything you need to know..
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Letting Agents can save Landlords money!

Fri 03 Mar 2017

A survey was completed by 500 landlords by insurance firm Endsleigh and the results suggest there are widespread misconceptions among landlords about the value for money offered by letting agents..
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How to become a landlord

Tue 14 Feb 2017

Are you thinking of becoming a landlord? It is no secret that the demand for rental property in the UK is on the rise..
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Q. & A. - Is "Professionally Clean" really necessary?

Thu 02 Feb 2017

Q. My tenants have left my property dirty and the carpets are in a dreadful state. Can I get it cleaned and pay for this from the tenant's deposit?.
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Ban on Agent fees to Tenants

Fri 20 Jan 2017

Many of you will already be aware of the Government’s announcement last October about their intention to abolish the fees charged to tenants throughout the rental process..
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Post Brexit – the rent arrears risk

Fri 20 Jan 2017

One of the biggest and most stressful issues landlords face these days can be rent arrears, particularly if the landlord is relying on the rental income to make mortgage payments. Starting a tenancy where you know the rent is definitely going to be covered can alleviate a lot of stress and anxiety..
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Ensuring you serve a valid section 21 notice on your tenant

Thu 19 Jan 2017

At Howland Jones, we work closely with Liam O'Shea, Director & Solicitor in Astle Paterson Solicitors’ Dispute Resolution & Litigation department. Below, Liam discusses how a landlord can ensure they serve a valid section 21 notice on their tenant..
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The Mysterious Case of the Purple Toilet Seat

Mon 16 Jan 2017

In the world of residential lettings it is standard practice for a tenant to provide a security deposit at the start of their tenancy. If at the end of the tenancy there is damage or cleaning work (etc.) required to the property (beyond fair wear and tear) the landlord can choose to make a claim from the deposit for the cost of the work required, but, what happens when a landlord and tenant do not agree on the deductions from the deposit?.
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New EPC Rules

Thu 12 Jan 2017

We’re all familiar with EPCs, but there are changes in legislation coming which mean that landlords will need to make improvements to any property with an energy performance rating that is below an E. This will apply to all new lets and renewal tenancies from April 2018, and from April 2020 to ALL existing tenancies..
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Do you want to be a landlord in 2017?

Wed 21 Dec 2016

2016 saw a number of Government and economy led changes which affect the ultimate financial position for existing and would-be landlords..
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M Elliott

News Archive

April 2019

Section 21 changes proposed

April 2019

More change ahead . . .

April 2019

Client Money Protection Certificate

November 2018

Budget update on Capital Gains Tax

November 2017

Capital Gains & Marriage Breakdowns

November 2017

A Day in the Life of a Letting Agent

November 2017

Are your CO alarms safe?

November 2017

Cavity & Loft Insulation

October 2017

New Sales rules ahead

October 2017

Another ARLA pass!

September 2017

Rocket Ron's Handy Tip

Helpful Advice for New Landlords

Should I use an Independent Financial Adviser?

Capital Gains Tax explained

Q. & A. - As a landlord, how can I prepare for the forthcoming EPC changes?

A day in the life of a letting agent

No options for Landlords over HS2

September 2017

Howland Jones Landlord Wins Free Insurance!

September 2017

Tenant Fee Ban update

Fire Safety Regulations

VAT on Rented Properties

How will the Housing White Paper affect you?

A day in the life of a letting agent

Rocket Ron's Handy Tip

Q. & A. - My tenants have fallen out and one of them wants to leave the property, can they?

Council Tax - Who Pays?

September 2017

Summer Pests

September 2017

Rocket Ron's Handy Tip

Can I get my property back?

A day in the life of a letting agent

Making Tax Digital, from Andrew Stant, Johnson Murkett & Hurst accountants

September 2017

Noisy Neighbours?

Howland Jones Sales

September 2017

Tax Update for Landlords

Minimise Void Periods, Maximise Profitability

Problems with Rabbits?

What is a Stopcock & what does it do?

Letting Agents can save Landlords money!

September 2017

How to become a landlord

Q. & A. - Is "Professionally Clean" really necessary?

September 2017

Ban on Agent fees to Tenants

Post Brexit – the rent arrears risk

Ensuring you serve a valid section 21 notice on your tenant

The Mysterious Case of the Purple Toilet Seat

New EPC Rules

September 2017

Do you want to be a landlord in 2017?