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Legal Q&A - Can I sell my ex tenant's belongings?

Richard Hamilton – Head of Property at Davis Blank Furniss – answers this interesting query. Question: I am the freehold owner of a building that is used as a workshop. Until recently, the building was occupied by an individual under a tenancy at will. Suddenly, and without warning, the tenant vacated the building but left behind various tools. He did not give any notice to me and has not left any forwarding address. Rent was paid in cash and I have no official record or other means to trace the tenant.  I would like to try and recover the small amount of rent due and I want to get on with reletting the building. What should I do about the tools? They are bulky and I do not want the cost or responsibility of storing them. I would prefer to sell them and keep the money as compensation for the...
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I'm a landlord - is it worth registering as a limited company?

An increasing number of landlords are choosing to register as a limited company to manage their portfolios. There are a couple of different types of limited company you can set up, whether this is a trading company or a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). This is a company set up for the purposes of holding property and nothing else, this approach is mainly for those who are part time landlords. Whichever you choose, we look at why you might want to consider becoming a limited company, and the potential and pitfalls of doing so. Click here to get help with finance  Changes to mortgage interest relief In the past, private landlords could claim back the interest on their buy-to-let mortgages when completing their Income Tax returns. And landlords in the higher 40% and 45% tax brackets could also claim tax relief at this higher rate. The Government is now phasing this...
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Interest Rates rise to 0.75%

The Bank of England has raised the interest rate for only the second time in a decade. The rate has risen by 0.25% to 0.75%. The Monetary policy committee lifts cost of borrowing to highest level since 2009 The move will increase the interest costs of more than three-and-a-half million residential mortgages that have variable or tracker rates. But it will be welcomed by savers, who could see a lift in their interest rates over the coming months.   An extra 0.25% interest will add £12 a month to a £100,000 repayment mortgage and £25 on a £200,000 loan. However, nearly 70% of homebuyers have fixed-rate mortgages, so will be unaffected. I have a variable rate mortgage. How much more will it cost? If you are on a tracker mortgage that matches any rise in the base rate, then an extra 0.25% adds £12 a month to a £100,000 repayment mortgage...
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Gas safety certificates & Section 21 – be compliant or you may pay the price

by Paul Shamplina, Landlord Action Landlords, did you know that if you did not provide a gas safety certificate at the start of a tenancy (be it a first agreement or written renewal after 1st October 2015), before the tenant moved in, you may find that any Section 21 notice served during the term is invalid? This is not a well-known issue, but one that is starting to gain traction following the Caridon Property Ltd v Monty Shooltz case back in February 2018. At the Central London County Court, landlord Caridon Property failed to obtain a possession order, based on their Section 21 notice, because they failed to serve a copy of a current gas safety certificate BEFORE the tenant moved in on the 13th April 2017; it was served on the 26th April 2017, after the tenant moved in. This contravened regulation 36 (6) Gas Safety Regulations 1998, which states:...
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Solving the property puzzle

  The growing proportion of UK wealth tied up in property means your house can easily end up benefiting the Treasury – instead of your children. The recent TV adaptation of E M Forster’s Howards End was simply the latest in a long line of screen dramas whose plot turns on the contents of a Will. It is little wonder dramatists keep returning to the topic; passing on property to the next generation is rarely straightforward. The sharp rise in property prices over the past decade has only served to aggravate matters. For many families, their principal residence is likely to be their biggest single asset, and to attract hefty taxes and other charges each time there is a change in ownership. As a result, retirement downsizing can be expensive, and it can be all the harder to release capital for the next generation. “There can be a sense of frustration...
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