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How Landlords Are Affected By 2015 Pre-Election Budget

How Landlords Are Affected By 2015 Pre-Election Budget

How Landlords Are Affected By 2015 Pre-Election Budget

During the pre-election budget last week, Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne MP announced some significant changes that could have a detrimental impact on landlords the UK’s private rental sector (PRS) and residential property owners.

Below are the highlights of the pre-election budget that are of relevance to landlords and property owners:

  • £13 Billion (GBP) sale announced of the mortgages of UKAR – Northern Rock and Bradford and Bingley (Mortgage Express) to reduce national debt which followed the bailing out of the banks.
  • Introduction of 20 new housing zones.
  • The economy of the North grew faster than the South during 2014.
  • The UK has the highest rate of employment in its history!
    Employment is growing fastest in the North West, Yorkshire having the biggest employment.
  • Living standards are higher in 2015 than 2010.
  • Inflation forecast downgraded to 0.2%.
  • Low interest rates to be “locked in”.
  • Original target of debt reduction set in 2010 budget has been met.
  • 13 years of rising national debt has now been stopped.
  • UK achieved the largest and most sustained debt reduction of any major economy according to the IMF.
  • Government borrowing is falling.
  • The wealthy are making the biggest contributions to reduce debt.
  • End of austerity in 2019.
  • The annual tax return is to be abolished. New digital tax accounts to be created.
  • The personal tax free allowance has been raised to £10,600 (GBP) and will be raised to £11,000 (GBP) in 2017.
  • The higher rate tax threshold will rise to £43,300 (GBP) by 2018.
  • Class 2 national insurance contributions abolished for self-employed.
  • Stronger measures against tax avoidance and tax evasion.
  • Review of avoidance of inheritance tax through deeds of variation.
  • New penalties for tax evasion and those professionals who assist them.
  • Crime down 20%.

There was some good news contained in the 2015 pre-election budget too:

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Good news for landlords

Good news for landlords

There is a lot of Good News For Landlords Around As PRS rents Increase, Tenancies Last Longer And Demand Remains Strong

Good news for landlords as monthly PRS rents have increased by 1.1% year on year to average £845 (GBP) per calendar month (pcm). Scotland has witnessed the greatest rental price increase at 6.7% compared with the first quarter of 2013.

There has also been an increase in the number of older private rented sector tenants according to the latest quarterly index published by Countrywide lettings agency, who noted a 6% annual growth in the number of tenants over the age of 50 renting property in the UK private rented sector (PRS). The lettings agency also report that there has been a 7% annual decline in the number of tenants aged under 25 in the second quarter of 2013.

Buy-To-Let yields are strengthening across the UK, with the average yields being recorded in 3 regions:

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UK Residential Property Prices Are Still Increasing

UK Residential Property Prices Are Still Increasing

UK residential property prices increased by between 0.3% and 0.6% in June depending on which house price index is viewed

Figures released by Nationwide and Halifax have some disparity; however, both report that residential property prices are increasing. 

Nationwide report that UK residential property is valued 1.9% higher than a year ago with the typical UK home worth £168,941 (GBP). 

Halifax report that UK residential property is 3.7% higher than in the same three months of 2012.

The data from Nationwide shows that the southern regions of England, especially London, continued to record stronger rates of property price growth and London also tops the table of property price growth in the second quarter index.

Overall the price of a typical residential property is up 1.4% compared with the same quarter in 2012.

10 of the 13 UK regions saw annual property price rises in the second quarter of 2013, however, Northern Ireland is still the worst performing region with property prices down 2.1% in the second quarter of the year.

London property prices increased by 5.2% compared with the second quarter of last year and the city has seen the greatest recovery in property prices of any region with prices now 5% above their 2007 peak at £318,214 (GBP).

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Rental Yields Drop As UK Residential Property Prices Rise

Rental Yields Drop As UK Residential Property Prices Rise

Property Price Increases Wipe Out Landlord Rental Yields

Residential property prices are rising so fast that they are outstripping rental price increases and some private sector landlords’ rental yields are suffering.

Landlord rental yields in the UK private rented sector (PRS) have fallen almost everywhere in the UK, and any rise in the rental prices are being outpaced by rising residential property prices.

Countrywide have said that in May 2013, rental yields declined everywhere in the UK except in the East of England (up 0.2% to 6.2%) and Scotland (up 0.1% to 5.8)

Rental yields in the South-West and the Midlands remained the same at 5.7% and 6.5% respectively. The greatest rental yields in the UK PRS are being achieved by landlords who own rental properties in Wales (6.6%), the Midlands (6.5%) and the North (6.4%).

Average monthly rents on two- and three-bedroom properties in the UK private rented sector increased up by 0.5% and 0.3% in May to £770 (GBP)and £884 (GBP) respectively, but rental prices for one-bed properties fell by 0.6% to £674 (GBP) and rents on four-bed properties were also down by 2.1% to £1,363 (GBP).

Wales had the greatest increase in average monthly rental prices, up 4.9% on April 2013, followed by Scotland (up 2.2%), the North (up 1%) and South-West (up 0.5%).

Despite some regional increases, the average monthly rental price in England, Scotland and Wales fell by 0.2% in May 2013, but rents are still 0.8% higher when viewed year-on-year.

The Midlands has seen the greatest decrease in average monthly rents, down 1.4% month-on-month, followed by the South-East and central London, both down 1.3%. Scotland has the lowest average monthly rent at £617 (GBP) per calendar month (pcm) and central London the highest at £2,340 (GBP) pcm.

Countrywide have taken their data from over 5,000 rental properties in the UK.

Nick Dunning, Commercial director at Countrywide said: “Despite the decrease in yields in May, rental yields remain strong and are providing attractive returns for buy-to-let property investors compared to other types of investment.”

Smaller Buy-To-Let Properties Provide The Best Rental Yields

Smaller Buy-To-Let Properties Provide The Best Rental Yields

Smaller Buy-To-Let Properties Provide

 The Best Rental Yields

A one-bedroomed rental property in Wales may not sound like the most glamourous of property investments but it could deliver the best rental returns for landlords according to a new in-depth buy-to-let report by the UK’s largest lettings agency Countrywide.

A survey of more than 50,000 Private rented sector property owners has revealed Buy-to-let landlords are getting excellent rental yields in Wales, the North of England and the Midlands from 1 and 2 bedroom rental properties.

Landlords in many parts of Wales are achieving an average 6.7% rental yield (rent measured as a percentage of the property price), beating the North of England and the Midlands, which both average a 6.5% rental yield.

These figures are substantially higher than the average 4.6% rental yield observed in parts of Central London, regarded as the red hot heart of the UK’s property market.

One and two-bedroom rental properties have seen the greatest increase in average monthly rental prices in April 2013, with a 1.4% and 1.3% month-on-month increase to £679 (GBP) and £766 (GBP), respectively.

The detailed report into buy-to-let rental returns was conducted by Countrywide, who found that average monthly rental prices in England, Scotland and Wales have continued to increase for six consecutive months to reach an average of £842 (GBP) in April 2013.

But rent increases remain below the increased cost of living, with an annual average increase of just 0.8% measured against Consumer Price Index inflation of 2.8%.

However, average monthly rents have fallen within Central London, the South East, Wales and parts of Greater London.

The biggest rental price drop of 6.3% was seen in Central London, where average monthly PRS rental prices average £2,371 (GBP), more than double the £1,106 (GBP) recorded in parts of Greater London.

Rental returns by location


Rental returns by location - Source: Countrywide

Rental returns by location – Source: Countrywide


Nick Dunning, from Countrywide, said: “With renting for longer now the norm for many people as they save for a deposit to buy their first home, we are seeing more young families looking to rent cheaper accommodation, hence the increase in demand for smaller rental properties. While prime Central London has seen the greatest fall at 6.3%, this is simply reflecting the fact that in April stock levels in prime Central London were very high compared to last year which benefited from the Olympics. As a result this April, tenants tended to view multiple properties putting in lower offers, which some landlords accepted. However, as demand picks up into the summer, and supply and demand becomes more balanced, the same property could easily rent for more in August than in April.”

Returns by property type


Rental returns by property type - Source: Countrywide

Rental returns by property type – Source: Countrywide


Source: Countrywide

UK Buy-to-Let Needs New Landlords

UK Buy-to-Let Needs New Landlords

The demand for rental property in the UK is such that many experts are predicting that as many as 1 in 5 households will be living in rental property as tenants by 2016.

In order for this estimate to be accurate there will need to be an additional 1.1 Million more rental properties made available in the UK private rented sector.

Experienced property investors are expanding their rental property portfolios and the demand for rental property is so strong that many new property investors are being encouraged purchase property for longer term rental yields and become landlords.

UK PRS landlords are reported to control as many as 4.8 Million PRS rental properties throughout the UK, up from the reported 2.5 Million in 2002.

PRS rental properties in London account for 27% of all residential properties while social renting now accounts for just 24%.

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Two Day HMO and LHA Presentation with Arsh Ellahi

Arsh Ellahi

Hi all, Arsh Ellahi here!
People often ask me about how I set up my HMO’s (Houses of Multi Occupancy) so my tenants pay all outgoings such as Council Tax, Water Rates, Electricity and Gas (where applicable). It may seem surprising to some that my only outgoing for a HMO property is merely the landlord’s supply, which pays for the communal lighting and fire alarms.

With this in mind I am holding a 2 day course which will assist you in maximizing your income from your HMO properties and LHA Tenancies. Not paying large utility bills will form part of the course alongside other essential hints and tips from a Landlord with a wealth of HMO experience.

Day 1 Saturday 20th April 2013 – This day will consist of a visit to 4 high cash generating HMOs in which tenants are responsible for their own utility. See a successful HMO in action!

Day 2 – Sunday 21st April 2013 LHA Masterclass– How to skyrocket your cashflow without converting to HMOs

Find out more details and book onto this course by clicking the link below:

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New landlords are using rental income to provide for their retirement

New landlords are using rental income to provide for their retirement

A high proportion of struggling residential property owners are copying the practices of successful portfolio landlords and choosing to offer their properties for rental purposes in the UK private rental sector (PRS) in order to provide adequate finances for their retirement.

Of the struggling property owners choosing to offer property to rent for the first time and existing portfolio landlords who responded to the BM Solutions/ BDRC Continental survey:

  • 84% view their rental property as a supplementary income to their pension
  • 60%of landlords actively plan to live off the rental income either before or at retirement.
  • 40% agree that their property is their pension and intend to make a decision dependent on the state of the property market once they reach retirement age.
  • Very few landlords plan to sell all properties in their portfolio when they reach retirement

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PRS Rents have fallen back for the first time since March across most of UK, says LSL

PRS Rent falls for first time in 8 months

PRS Rent falls for first time in 8 months

Private Rented Sector (PRS) Rents fell in November 2012 for the first time in eight months, but still remain 3.4% higher than in November 2011.

The latest LSL rental survey, which measures PRS asking price rents, says that the average rent was £741 (GBP) last month.

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Time for the tenant to leave

Parts of UK are Eviction Hot Spots

New research from Shelter highlights the areas of England where people are most at risk of losing their homes.

The charity claims that one in every 111 households is at risk of eviction by either a landlord or mortgage lender, with those living in London most at risk, followed by the residents of Manchester, Slough and Peterborough.

Shelter’s study also reveals clusters of high risk in the North West and the Midlands: Nottingham, Newcastle and Knowsley all have eviction risk rates more than one and a half times the national average.

While urban areas are more likely to have higher rates of eviction risk, rural areas such as West Lancashire and Bedford are also affected, with levels higher than the national average.

Shelter’s chief executive, Campbell Robb, comments: “Shelter research shows that a third of people are already struggling with their housing costs or falling behind on payments. In these unforgiving conditions, it only takes one thing – illness, job loss or relationship breakdown – to lead to things spiralling out of control and into homelessness.”

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