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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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Property Investment in the Caribbean

Property Investment in the Caribbean

Spotlight On Overseas Property Investment In The Caribbean

As far as luxury tourist destinations go, the Caribbean is up there with the best of them. Much of the Caribbean’s thriving economy stems directly from the tourism industry, and it’s no wonder why. With demand high for tourist property, and jobs aplenty, the future looks bright in this part of the world.

These stunning islands are also a popular hotspot for the wealthy to live or to have second homes. Consequently, the Caribbean provides an exciting opportunity for property investors, with wealthy locations such as the Bahamas providing a particular source of interest.

The opportunities for property investment in the Caribbean are many and varied. The most popular properties are those which cater for tourists, being that this is the most common widely sought after type of property.

With a booming tourist industry, the decision to invest in tourist properties has proven to be a profitable and wise choice for many investors, and continues to bring excellent returns. Tourist property developments are continuing to appear, bringing an increasing stream of investment opportunities in this sector.

Alongside tourist properties such as hotels and holiday homes, commercial properties for sale in the Caribbean are also a sound investment choice in places with high volumes of tourists. Where people travel, they spend money in bars, restaurants and nightlife, so this can be an alternative way for investors to tap into the profitable potential of the Caribbean islands.

Alongside tourist properties, residential investment opportunities are also available, with strong economies meaning that people are able to buy or rent housing in pretty large quantities, which in turn means that demand is always there for such properties.

Luxury residential properties are another veritable goldmine, with many wealthy people seeing the Caribbean as a great place to live or to have a second home. Because of its stunning scenery and beautiful climate, the Caribbean is an attractive place to live for some, if not all, of the year. Overseas property investment can therefore also be a very profitable decision.

It is perhaps best to focus attention on the islands with the strongest economies, such as the Bahamas. These are very popular with tourists and can lead to many profitable opportunities in terms of tourist accommodation, residential property and commercial buildings.

Whilst the Caribbean offers some excellent opportunities for investment, it is worth remembering that laws, customs and values can differ widely between each of the different islands. Best practice would perhaps be to ensure that you acknowledge the local customs by enlisting the help of a local expert to assist in any purchases or dealings.

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