With heavy incentives for new-build construction, some landlords may be considering looking into the purchase of newly constructed property for buy-to-let. But what are the advantages and drawbacks of buying, and letting, new-builds? Below we explore the potential benefits of letting such property, as well as things to be aware of when making an investment. … Continue reading To New-build or Not to New-Build?
Category: energy efficiency
Handed down to the UK through the catchy-named European Union Directive 2002/91/EC, Energy Performance Certificates have been the cause of many a headache for landlords since their introduction through the infamous Home Information Packs in 2007. In 2012 we saw the tightening on regulations mandating EPCs for the private rented sector, and just last year … Continue reading Is this the end of the EPC?
Representing landlords may not always be the most glamorous job, but it sure does keep us busy. From travelling up and down the country meeting with local authorities, to lobbying Government officials and ministers across various departments, there is never a dull day. And this week was no exception. Implementing the Housing and Planning Act … Continue reading Diaries of a Trade Association Policy Team: Volume One
From today (April 1st), where a tenant requests their landlord’s consent to make energy efficiency improvements, the landlord may not unreasonably refuse consent. This is part of the drive to make the PRS more energy efficient, and is the precursor to regulations dictating an EPC minimum rating of E for new tenancies (2018) and for … Continue reading Tenants’ Right to Request Energy Efficiency Improvements
The first week in April can be a confusing time for businesses – for two important reasons. Tax Ahoy Firstly, it marks the beginning of the new financial (1 April) and fiscal (6 April) years. Awareness of these dates is crucial as it is with reference to these that Governments tend to institute tax changes … Continue reading Don’t be an April fool!