UK buy-to-let news roundup

The news that all UK landlords need to know At Ezytrac, our business is to ensure that our landlords and their tenants get the best service possible. So, it won’t surprise you that we are avid watchers of all the news that affects UK buy-to-let landlords, investors and tenants. We’ve captured the news that you [...]

Could landlords benefit from tax deductible property improvements?

You could build higher rents and property values, and reduce your taxes No, it wasn’t a late April Fool’s joke. On 4th April 2019, a House of Lords committee made a recommendation that is sure to be welcomed by an overwhelming majority of landlords. It recommended that there should be “stronger incentives for private landlords [...]

Why buy-to-let landlords must increase rents each year

Tips to help landlords maintain their business profits Many buy-to-let landlords find it hard to increase rent, especially if their tenants are good, long-term tenants. However, not increasing rents each year could be a big mistake. You have rising costs to consider, and a tougher mortgage and tax regime have made it more difficult to [...]

Have the new MEES regulations made it harder to let your buy-to-let property?

Don’t get caught out because you didn’t know about the new EPC rules No, it wasn’t an April Fool’s prank. On 1st April 2019, letting properties became more difficult – and it will become more difficult again on 1st April 2020. New MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard) regulations mean that landlords with properties rated F [...]

Rents continue to rise as more tenants are happy to rent for life

What does the new lifestyle trend and rising rents really mean for buy-to-let landlords? Great news for buy-to-let landlords has emerged in the last couple of weeks. First, rental prices in the private rented sector (PRS) have continued a rising four-year trend. Second, a third of tenants would be happy to rent for life. What [...]

Could you get a stamp duty refund on your buy-to-let property?

The tax tribunal ruling that could save buy-to-let investors thousands A recent tax tribunal ruling could spell good news for buy-to-let landlords, and bad news for HMRC. If you have paid out the extra 3% stamp duty imposed by the government on investment properties, you may be able to claim a refund. In this article, [...]

What does a buy-to-let landlord do when a repair goes drastically wrong?

No heating? No hot water? No bother. What do you do if your tenant reports an issue that clearly makes your property unfit for human habitation? Let’s say, for example, that the occupants include young children, and the tenant tells you that the boiler and central heating has stopped working. It’s the middle of the [...]

Prevent damp in your buy-to-let and avoid being sued by your tenant

Tips to help buy-to-let landlords avoid prison Damp is one of the most common issues found in buy-to-let properties. A damp home can cause mould growth and health issues. Under the new Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018, which came into effect on March 20th, 2019, it is more likely that a damp property [...]

A ban on ‘no DSS’ rental property adverts: is the government mad?

It's noble to tackle homelessness, but not by making landlords the scapegoats Hot on the heels of the debacle in the High Court, where its Right to Rent scheme was judged to force buy-to-let landlords to discriminate against non-UK nationals and British ethnic minorities, the government has launched another salvo against private landlords. This time, [...]

Could the Right to Rent scheme get scrapped?

The High Court rules on the farce of Right to Rent rules Hard to manage, difficult to police, and unfair on landlords and agents. Basically, this was our analysis of the Right to Rent scheme when the government introduced it. The scheme passes all responsibility for checking immigration status onto landlords and agents, and if [...]