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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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2014 UK Property Prices To Increase Further

2014 UK Property Prices To Increase Further

UK Property Prices Extend Best Run Since 2007

There was some good news for property investors looking for capital appreciation this week as it was reported that UK property prices have continued to rise, increasing for the 14th consecutive month in March 2014, the longest run of price growth for nearly 7 years.

Residential property values across the UK increased by an average of 0.6% in March, with the South West and East Anglia regions recording the largest property price increases of 0.8%, according to data supplied by Hometrack Ltd.

Yorkshire & Humberside and the North West regions registered the smallest gains, with property values increasing by just 0.2% in March 2014.

Even independent surveyors are forecasting property prices to increase by a further 6% this year and are including this information on property condition reports for prospective purchasers.

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Portfolio Buy-To-Let Landlords Are A Minority

Portfolio Buy-To-Let Landlords Are A Minority

Only 6% Of UK Buy-To-Let Landlords Own More
Than One Rental Property

New data from the latest Countrywide Residential Lettings Index shows that portfolio landlords with multiple rental properties are the minority of the UK’s private rental sector.

According to the research data, the average the size of a UK landlords’ buy-to-let portfolio tends to be small, with only 6% owning more than a single rental unit, however in London this figure reduces to just 4%.

Countrywide also report that 56% of private rented sector landlords own at least 1 rental property within 10 miles of their own residential properties.

When the data is expanded to account for buy-to-let landlords who live within 25 miles of their rental properties, the North East recorded 83%, followed by 81% in the North West and 71% in East Midlands. Landlords who live within 25 miles of their rental properties in London average just 60%.

London has the highest proportion of landlords who live more than 100 miles away from their rental properties, with over 20% of UK PRS landlords doing so, twice the UK average.

Wales and the East of England are more rural than other regions of the UK with less dense population clusters, so many landlords purchase properties in busier areas and choose to live within a commutable distances in order to keep an eye on their rental assets. The proportion of landlords living between 10 and 25 miles away in Wales and the East of England is the largest in the UK.

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Property repossessions In the North of England are higher than national average

Property repossessions In the North of England are higher than national average. Property
May Be Cheaper But It Is More Likely To Be Repossessed

4 Of Top 10 Property Repossession Areas
Are In North West of England

A new study by e.surv chartered surveyors has revealed the top 10 hotspots for property repossessions in the UK, and the results show that property owners in the North are less able to keep up with mortgage repayments than property owners in the South.

e.surv’s researchers analysed Ministry of Justice figures for court-ordered repossessions for the 12 months up to 30th June 2013, plus the company’s own data, and found the largest North-South divide since the onset of the financial crisis, with 3.2 repossessions per 1,000 households in the North of England, compared with 2.4 per 1,000 in the South of England.

Four of the UK’s top five “repossession hotspots” are in North-West of England according to the data with Chester, Blackpool, Oldham and Wigan among top five property repossession hotspots.

These areas are among those with the highest proportion of property owners who are struggling to keep up with mortgage repayments.

The data revealed that even despite all the media coverage about surging property prices in and around the capital, two areas within Greater London – Romford (3rd highest number of property repossessions per thousand households) and Croydon came in joint 7th on the repossession hotspot top ten.

Chester is the top UK city for property repossessions by a substantial margin, THREE times the national average!

The rest of the North-West of England does not fair much better with 8 out of 10 towns having above the national UK average number of property repossessions per thousand households.

This news presents an excellent opportunity for new, amateur and seasoned property investors to grab some property bargains as mortgage lenders and banks will be looking to offload these repossessed properties quickly so that they can get their money back, they are not looking to profit!

Lancaster, Liverpool and Carlisle in the North of England showed a lower than the average number of property repossessions, according to the data. However, despite being below the national average, Carlisle had seen a 37% increase in the rate of property repossessions in the 12 months to June 2013.

Other UK regions that also showed huge increases in the volume of property repossessions over 12 months, but remained below the national average are:

  • Taunton in Somerset – 34% increase in property repossessions up to 30th June 2013
  • Brighton – 30% increase in property repossessions up to 30th June 2013
  • Reading – 27% increase in property repossessions up to 30th June 2013

e.surv Director, Richard Sexton, said: “Residential property prices may be high in the capital, and employment prospects may be stronger, but in such densely populated areas, there remain property owners who are struggling with mortgage payments. Many borrowers have seen their finances slowly eroded by high inflation and increasing living costs. This has been particularly potent in London, where less affluent borrowers, by that I mean those who could only just afford to buy, have been badly affected. On a national level repossession numbers are falling as mortgages become cheaper, wages are slowly picking up and the employment market has more vitality. For the UK as a whole, repossessions fell 17% during the 12 month period, with 66,544 repossession orders granted in 2012-13, as opposed to 77,856 in 2011-12. As a region, the north has traditionally depended on public sector jobs, but a squeeze in public sector funding has led to loss of jobs for many, and very slow pay increases for others. Pay increases that are consistently below the rate of inflation have further tightened household budgets, and caused many to fall behind on mortgage repayments. There is still a long way to go before the northern property market returns to its pre-recession health, and all the while the north is still playing catch-up, and falling further and further behind the south.”

Top 10 Property Repossession Areas

 

UK Town / Region

Property Repossessions Per Thousand Households

Total Number Of Property Repossessions In 12 Months To 30th June 2013

1

Chester – North West

8.4

961

2

Blackpool – North West

4.5

570

3

Romford – Greater London

4.4

936

4

Oldham – North West

4.3

829

5

Wigan – North West

4.2

541

=5

Luton – Bedfordshire

4.2

565

7

Bradford – Yorkshire

4.1

1002

=7

Doncaster – Yorkshire

4.1

1356

=7

Croydon – Greater London

4.1

644

10

Northampton – Northamptonshire

3.8

966

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: e.surv 

So what are you waiting for?

There will never be a better time to purchase repossessed properties, there are a great number of deals to be had from the areas listed in the table above.

Think of the table as a treasure map, with 10 UK locations offering repossession property deals direct from the banks and mortgage lenders.

Property In The North Is Cheaper

Property In The North Is Cheaper

North of England Leading The Way
For Renting Property

Renting property is more affordable in Northern regions of the UK as property prices in some areas stretch beyond of the reach of the average earnings of first-time and next-time buyers.

Chichester is the least affordable place to buy or rent property in the UK, whereas Hull and Belfast are the most affordable.

Middlesbrough, Dudley and Wolverhampton have the most affordable rental markets in the UK with 99% of properties within an average working couple’s budget.

The North-South divide is still prevalent in the UK property market with the most affordable properties located in the North of the country, where first-time and next-time buyers in full-time employment have the largest pool of properties within budget to choose from

Rental prices in East Anglia and the South East of England are among the highest in the UK according to analysts as these areas outperform the rest of the country, due to high tenant demand.

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Landlords Face Closer Scrutiny From HMRC

Landlords Face Closer Scrutiny From HMRC

HMRC Want Landlords
To Pay Up

Her Majesties Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are determined to hit private rental sector (PRS) landlords for as much tax as possible.

Over the past few months, HMRC inspectors have been closely scrutinising PRS landlord activity, focusing on any money generated by sales of buy-to-let properties that were purchased by property investors.

HMRC have created dedicated task forces in the Yorkshire and Humber region and in the South East of England to ensure property investors are not evading tax obligations.

HMRC have also been publicising a property sales campaign to try and round up property investors who have yet to declare income from the sale of rental properties, so if you are a property investor who has recently sold a rental property, (that has never been your main residence), you better hurry up and declare it to HMRC before 6th September 2013.

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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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UK residential property prices are

expected to continue rising during 2013

 

UK Property Market Confidence Grows As Prices Rise

UK Property Market Confidence Grows As Prices Rise

UK residential property owners are expecting house prices to rise by 4.5% within the next six months, according to new research by the property search portal – Zoopla.

The property portal based its findings on replies from 4,116 people in the last week of March 2013, of whom 3,485 were residential property owners.

This is the biggest predicted UK house price increase by home owners in more than three years, the property search site said.

The proportion of home owners who think that residential property prices will increase this year is also at the highest level for almost three years, with 74% predicting house prices in their area will increase, the most since the second quarter of 2010.

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March 2013 Sees PRS Rents up by 0.5%

UK PRS Rents Increase Again

UK PRS Rents Increase Again

UK private rented sector (PRS) rents increased for the first time in five months in March 2013, led by busy regions such as London, according to LSL Property Services. 

The latest figures reveal that average monthly PRS rents rose by 0.5% in March compared with February to reach an average of £735 (GBP). 

London private sector rents surged to a new average high of £1,106 (GBP) per month, following a 1.3% month-on-month increase.

The study, which has been running for five years, is based on rents achieved on 18,000 UK PRS rental properties, show that average rents in the capital are now £81 (GBP) higher year-on-year.

However, the increase in rents has left a greater number of tenants struggling to keep up.

Tenants’ finances worsened to levels not seen since before Christmas 2012, with 8.5% of all rent late or unpaid in March, compared with 7.4% in February.

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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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