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Mon 26 Feb 2024
Government changes to planning rules around short term lets have been announced, aimed at regulating the sector to give communities more control over housing in their areas.
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Mon 12 Feb 2024
The Labour Party wants to extend a new law to the private rented sector, if it wins the next election, requiring swift action to fix hazards affecting properties.
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Mon 5 Feb 2024
If you're a landlord with a property in central London looking to reduce your portfolio, you may consider selling the property with sitting tenants - or selling with tenants in situ as it's known.
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Mon 29 Jan 2024
The National Residential Landlords Association has urged MPs to back, what it calls ‘pragmatic’ changes to the government’s Renters Reform Bill. The association says that while it accepts the end of Section 21 no-fault evictions is coming, the bill must strike a balance.
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Mon 22 Jan 2024
What's the actual cost of selling a house in central London? Read on to find out how to estimate estate agent fees, legal fees, removal costs, taxes and other expenses.
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Thu 18 Jan 2024
A new year is a time to take stock. After a challenging but not disastrous 2023 for London’s prime central property market, the question is what is next?
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Thu 18 Jan 2024
After the seasonal quiet December, the New Year brings a flurry of activity and a sense of change.
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Mon 15 Jan 2024
If your new year, new start involves a first-time house purchase, or your mortgage is up for renewal soon, you’ll probably be feeling encouraged by the news that leading lenders have begun lowering interest rates on fixed-rate mortgages.
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Mon 8 Jan 2024
Landlords have a duty of care for their tenants and are legally responsible for providing safe accommodation. Failure to do so can result in hefty fines or even a prison sentence.
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Thu 21 Dec 2023
The 2023 UK housing market saw one million house sales, according to property website Zoopla. Rising bank rates led to mortgage cost increases and a 1.2% fall in UK average house prices. In the lettings sector, the cost of renting a property rose and demand increased as higher mortgage saw first-time buyers putting off the decision to purchase.
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Mon 18 Dec 2023
You've decided to sell your flat in Knightsbridge, Marble Arch or another central London hotspot - but you're just not getting the viewings, never mind the offers. You might be wondering what to do next.
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Tue 12 Dec 2023
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and successful 2024.
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Mon 11 Dec 2023
Landlord confidence in the private rental sector has gone up by eight percentage points in the past three months according to research by specialist landlord lender Paragon Bank.
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Mon 4 Dec 2023
As a landlord, you must pay tax on the money you make from renting out your properties. This guide explains how tax on rental income is calculated, the rates you will pay and your allowances.
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Mon 27 Nov 2023
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, bringing, daring rides, festive feasting, ice sculptures and more to the capital until 1 January 2024.
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Mon 20 Nov 2023
Mews are some of London's prettiest streets, with narrow cobbled lanes and lovely pastel cottages. It is easy to forget you are in the middle of one of the world's busiest cities.
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Mon 13 Nov 2023
Leasehold reform was among the measures outlined in King Charles III’s first King’s Speech as monarch at the state opening of parliament on 7 November 2023.
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Mon 6 Nov 2023
You can reduce your tax bill by claiming for some of the expenses of renting out property.
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Mon 23 Oct 2023
New research from the property portal Rightmove reveals the priorities of today’s homebuyers and renters.
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Tue 17 Oct 2023
Following a very successful summer achieving record rent levels the market is showing signs of cooling as supply increases and demand holds steady.
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Tue 17 Oct 2023
As seasons change the London residential property market enters a new phase of the year.
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Mon 16 Oct 2023
Central London is still as sought-after as ever, and high house prices make finding a property in London a challenge.
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Mon 9 Oct 2023
In a month-long build-up to the spookiest day of the year, Halloween, the capital will once more serve up its annual arts festival of deadly delights - London Month of the Dead.
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Mon 2 Oct 2023
London can be a difficult place to find good buy-to-let investments. High property prices in sought-after areas often mean lower rental yields. Here, we look at which areas give the best return and offer tips to help you choose your investment property.
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Mon 25 Sep 2023
With the party conference season approaching, Propertymark, the industry body for the private rented sector, has called for a government review of taxes affecting landlords.
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Mon 18 Sep 2023
You will likely need a second mortgage if you currently have a mortgage on your home but want to buy another property.
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Mon 11 Sep 2023
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an investigation into schemes which offer an alternative to the standard government-backed tenancy deposit.
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Mon 4 Sep 2023
Some landlords neglect to carry out proper inspections and record detailed inventories. However, they are essential responsibilities that protect both you and the tenant.
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Tue 29 Aug 2023
Almost eight out of 10 homeowners and landlords (78%) would feel motivated to make energy efficient improvements if they brought cheaper bills, according to a report from property portal, Rightmove.
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Mon 21 Aug 2023
If you have been living outside the UK for more than six months in any tax year and earn rental income in the UK, you must register with HMRC, even if you are a UK citizen.
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Mon 14 Aug 2023
A survey by insurer Direct Line Business has revealed that up to a quarter of tenants may be subletting their homes - without their landlord’s consent in half of cases.
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Mon 7 Aug 2023
Rental yield offers a valuable overview of whether a property will likely be profitable. It should be a landlord's primary concern when buying an investment property in Marble Arch or other parts of central London.
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Mon 24 Jul 2023
Rising interest rates have led to a big increase in homeowners seeking to overpay their mortgage. More than £6 billion of overpayments were made in the last three months of 2022 - the highest level in more than 20 years.
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Mon 17 Jul 2023
If you own a Central London flat, the chances are it’s a leasehold property. In general terms, the longer your lease, the more your property is worth, but extending a lease on a flat is a costly exercise.
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Mon 10 Jul 2023
If you’re curious about the history of Marble Arch, a series of free character-led tours will take you to the heart of this fascinating central London area.
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Mon 3 Jul 2023
New laws and increased taxation resulting in ever-decreasing profits are turning some landlords to a market that is proving to be very profitable: the student market. With an increasing number of overseas students looking for accommodation in London, landlords who let to international – and UK – students can expect some of the best yields compared to other tenants.
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Mon 26 Jun 2023
Tickets for the West End’s theatre giveaway, Kids Week are on sale now. The annual promotion offers free theatre tickets for selected shows to children aged 17 and under when accompanied by an adult paying full price. In addition to the free ticket, up to two more children can join the party for half price.
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Thu 15 Jun 2023
Whilst the Spring period for the prime central London property market proved to be uninspiring, this was matched by some of the wettest weather experienced in decades.
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Thu 15 Jun 2023
Across the capital, tenant demand has remained strong compared to previous years. As a result the rate of annual rental growth has stayed persistently high in Q2.
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Mon 12 Jun 2023
The government’s long-awaited Renters Reform Bill was presented to parliament on 17 May.
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Mon 5 Jun 2023
If you are considering selling your buy-to-let property, you need to understand capital gains tax (CGT) and how much your final bill will likely be.
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Mon 22 May 2023
Government plans to end the leasehold system have been dropped, according to the Guardian. Instead, the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Secretary, Michael Gove, will announce a package of new measures to help leaseholders.
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Mon 15 May 2023
Stamp duty rates in England and Northern Ireland have changed - find out how this will affect you if you are buying a home in central London.
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Tue 9 May 2023
There’s good news for anyone who loves browsing the vinyl in a record store. Retailer HMV has announced its return to Oxford Street after a four-year absence.
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Tue 2 May 2023
A Homebuyers Report is a survey to identify any problems with a residential property that would require immediate or future repairs.
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Mon 24 Apr 2023
Coronations are a once in a lifetime occasion, with the last taking place 70 years ago.
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Mon 17 Apr 2023
The private rental sector is growing rapidly, with at least one-third of Londoners renting their home. In 2022, Rightmove recorded a 23% increase in demand from tenants seeking to rent.
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Mon 10 Apr 2023
Landlords will find it easier to evict nuisance tenants under a new anti-social behaviour action plan announced by the government.
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Mon 3 Apr 2023
Staging your property to impress will ensure that you sell it quickly and for the price you are looking to achieve.
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Thu 30 Mar 2023
British Summertime is here but within the prime central lettings market, times have not changed!
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Thu 30 Mar 2023
This time last year there was a feeling of optimism as finally all restrictions of the Covid pandemic were lifted.
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Mon 27 Mar 2023
As the cost of energy, food and fuel continues to impact on household incomes, properties for rent with utility bills included have become more desirable, says Rightmove. According to the property portal, the phrase “bills included” has become the second most popular search term on its site, so far in 2023. 
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Mon 20 Mar 2023
If you are considering buying a leasehold flat in Central London, there are some important questions to ask before making an offer for the property. Whether you are purchasing the property to live in or rent it out, failing to ask the right questions could lead to problems further down the road.
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Mon 13 Mar 2023
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s afternoon tea season in London, and the hotels and restaurants specialising in this quintessentially English treat have been refreshing their menus.
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Mon 6 Mar 2023
If you plan to move house, you probably expect to sell your current property first. However, that may not always be the best financial decision. So, is it better to sell or rent out your central London home, and how do you decide?
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Mon 27 Feb 2023
Leasehold properties make up a fifth of UK housing stock - but if you live in a London flat, the chances are it’s leasehold. Under the Leasehold Reform and Urban Development Act 1993, most leaseholders have a statutory right to extend their lease, and it is something you should consider as the years on your lease decrease.
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Mon 20 Feb 2023
It can be challenging to raise the EPC rating of central London flats, because many exist in old buildings that are poorly retrofitted. However, if you improve your EPC, you’ll stand out from the competition, attract more tenants and future-proof your flat for years to come.
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Fri 10 Feb 2023
New research has revealed a surge in demand for central London homes to rent since the pandemic.
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Mon 6 Feb 2023
When it comes to selling your central London home, whether in Hyde Park, Marble Arch, Knightsbridge or elsewhere, your aim is likely to be finding the right buyer for a smooth sale, in as short a time as possible while achieving your optimum selling price.
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Mon 30 Jan 2023
The government has reasserted its commitment to changes to mortgage interest tax relief, fully introduced three years ago. Responding to a petition on the issue, it said that it will continue to set mortgage interest relief against rental income at the basic rate of tax.
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