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Mon 16 May 2022
Rental yield offers a valuable overview of whether a property is likely to be a profitable investment. 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 9 May 2022
The number of landlords seeking the services of a leading eviction and housing law specialist rose by 180% during the pandemic.
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Tue 3 May 2022
A homebuyer's survey could reveal structural issues with the property, saving you from an expensive mistake or meaning you're well informed about the cost of repairs if you go ahead.
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Mon 25 Apr 2022
Rental demand in London has rocketed with three times as many tenants looking for homes as properties available, according to Rightmove’s latest Quarterly Rental Trends Tracker.
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Tue 19 Apr 2022
As a landlord, you will need to pay tax on the money you make from renting out your properties. This guide gives an insight into how tax is calculated in rental income, the rates you will pay and your allowances.
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Mon 11 Apr 2022
Buy to let landlords looking to the future might think about appealing to an older generation of renters, following a new report.
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Thu 7 Apr 2022
Annual rental growth in prime London reached 11.1% in the first quarter of this year, following a 3.4% increase in the first three months of 2022.
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Thu 7 Apr 2022
The prime residential central London property market has navigated through 4 years of Brexit, 2 years of a global pandemic and now a significant war in Eastern Europe which still has to play out to its conclusion.
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Fri 1 Apr 2022
The private rental sector is growing rapidly, with at least one third of Londoners now renting out their home. As the capital’s growth in property prices continues to outstrip wage rises, the number of people renting their home is expected to increase significantly over the next few years and beyond.
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Mon 28 Mar 2022
Appliance and technology retailer Currys has launched a scheme where customers can swap their unwanted tech for a voucher worth at least £5.
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Mon 21 Mar 2022
Condensation is the most common cause of damp in rented properties. It happens when moisture in the air lands on cold surfaces, causing water droplets to form, which can result in mould growth.
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Mon 14 Mar 2022
Portfolio landlords are taking advantage of government proposals that could require all rental properties to have an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of C and above.
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Mon 7 Mar 2022
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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Mon 28 Feb 2022
It has long been the conventional wisdom that house sellers need to go for whites, lights and neutrals if they want to attract buyers. But is this still the case in the age of Instagram?
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Mon 21 Feb 2022
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 14 Feb 2022
If you’re among the two million borrowers whose mortgages are on a standard variable rate (SVR), the Bank of England’s recent base rate rises might be causing you concern.
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Mon 7 Feb 2022
This recent client case study shows that property remains a solid and sound long term investment.
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Mon 7 Feb 2022
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 24 Jan 2022
If you’re a tenant with aspirations to buy your own place, a good credit score will be vital when it comes to making mortgage applications.
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Wed 19 Jan 2022
The last quarter of 2021 and our second year of “living with Covid” year saw the Prime Central London sales market react quite positively.
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Wed 19 Jan 2022
We had a very busy 4th quarter with unprecedented levels of demand. As a consequence, there is now a severe lack of stock across the market resulting in rising rental prices.
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Mon 17 Jan 2022
If you are thinking of selling your buy-to-let property, you need to understand capital gains tax (CGT) and how much your final bill is likely to be.
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Mon 10 Jan 2022
Government proposals that would require new tenancies in the private rented sector to have an energy performance rating of C or above by 2025 need a rethink, according to the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA).
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Tue 4 Jan 2022
Whether you are a first-time buyer, looking for a family home with more space or planning to downsize to something more manageable, newly built properties have a lot to offer.
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Mon 20 Dec 2021
Plaza Estates wish you a merry Christmas and happy New Year
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Mon 20 Dec 2021
Aside from the stamp duty holiday, one big driver of the 2021 housing boom was the quest by buyers for more space inside and out.
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Mon 13 Dec 2021
You can reduce your tax bill by claiming for some of the expenses of renting out property.
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Mon 6 Dec 2021
Demand for private rental housing is on the rise, according to new research by the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA).
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Mon 29 Nov 2021
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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Mon 22 Nov 2021
After a break last year due to lockdown, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland 2021 launched on 19 November.
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Mon 15 Nov 2021
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 8 Nov 2021
The government’s white paper on reforming the private rented sector will be published next year, according the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.
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Mon 1 Nov 2021
Which house survey should I have? Discover why a house survey is essential and which one is the best for your property.
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Mon 25 Oct 2021
Older landlords are investing in buy-to-let properties at a higher rate than ever before, according to new research from Paragon Bank.
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Mon 18 Oct 2021
Maybe you're investing in buy-to-let, or you're an accidental landlord with an inherited place to rent out. Working out how you'll manage your property or portfolio is one of your first big decisions.
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Mon 11 Oct 2021
Prime Central London has a feel of normality returning to it.
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Mon 11 Oct 2021
The bounce back in the prime London lettings market gathered pace this Autumn.
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Mon 11 Oct 2021
An Earl’s Court flat, which was the residence of Princess Diana before her marriage to Prince Charles, has been recognised with an English Heritage blue plaque.
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Mon 4 Oct 2021
If you currently have a mortgage on your home but want to buy another property, you will likely need a second mortgage.
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Mon 27 Sep 2021
Research among city dwellers in London and Paris have revealed little change in people’s satisfaction with urban living, despite reports of an exodus to the country following the coronavirus pandemic.
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Mon 20 Sep 2021
A death in the family and selling a house are both up there with the most stressful life events you can experience. So, it's no surprise that selling a house you've inherited - possibly the family home you grew up in - can be emotionally draining.
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Mon 13 Sep 2021
Average house prices rose in August, by 0.7% on the previous month, according to new figures from the Halifax, taking the cost of a UK home to a record high.
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Mon 6 Sep 2021
The Tenant Fee Ban Act, first introduced in June 2019, now effects all residential landlords in England. This is a new piece of legislation that landlords can’t afford to ignore, those that do risk a large fine.
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Mon 23 Aug 2021
If you’re a landlord, the summer season is probably a time when you’re more wary about risks to your property. While summer 2021 isn’t exactly the holiday season we’re used to, people are tentatively venturing abroad or opting for staycations in the UK - leaving rental properties empty and more prone to burglary.
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Mon 16 Aug 2021
Stamp duty rates in England and Northern Ireland are changing as the stamp duty holiday starts to be phased out.
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Thu 5 Aug 2021
New advice about safe property viewings and house moves has been issued to home buyers and renters following the easing of coronavirus restrictions in England on 19 July.
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Mon 2 Aug 2021
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 letting to other types of tenants.
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Mon 26 Jul 2021
Disputes among famous householders over basement conversions are often in the news - the one between Robbie Williams and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page lasted five years. But in reality, most basements are built for middle class professionals, a new study has found. And they are set to become as popular as loft conversions.
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Wed 21 Jul 2021
‘Freedom Day’ has arrived and the bounce back is underway.
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Wed 21 Jul 2021
Entering the summer there is a real optimism for the future of the prime central London property market.
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Mon 19 Jul 2021
Moving house is the third most stressful thing a person will experience in their lives. The other two, we are told, are divorce and the death of a spouse.
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Mon 12 Jul 2021
High street store John Lewis has announced plans to enter the landlord market.
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Mon 5 Jul 2021
It's beneficial to know what a solicitor does for you when buying (and/or selling) a home. The process is called conveyancing, in this article we take you step by step through the procedure.
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Mon 28 Jun 2021
Now Britain has left the European Union, the government has announced changes to its right to rent immigration checks for EU nationals.
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Mon 14 Jun 2021
Property portal Rightmove is urging landlords and homeowners to take a closer look at the recommendations contained in their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) report.
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Mon 24 May 2021
Landlords will need to give most tenants four months’ notice to vacate a property from 1 June - down from the current six months.
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Mon 10 May 2021
Landlords are urged to get up to speed with the government’s new breathing space scheme, before attempting to seek possession of their properties.
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Tue 4 May 2021
If you sell a second home or buy-to-let property, you will need to pay capital gains tax on the profits you make. New rules, which came into force from 6 April 2020, significantly reduce the time you have to pay your GCT and reduce available tax reliefs.
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Mon 26 Apr 2021
With less than a fortnight until voters cast their ballots in the upcoming Mayoral elections on 6 May, what do the candidates have to say about housing - often the most pressing issue for Londoners?
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Mon 12 Apr 2021
Moving day is a stressful business with plenty to do so it’s no surprise that some homebuyers leave items behind as they head for pastures new. The nature of these forgotten things might, however, lead you to raise an eyebrow.
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ex- Lettings Manager (Marble Arch)
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Head of Residential Lettings
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