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RICS: UK Rental Prices to Exceed Home Values amid Regulatory Changes

September 22, 2017 at 1:00 am Comments are Disabled

Couple looking for a new propertyThe idea of renting private properties in the U.K. could be more expensive than buying houses in the next five years, as rent will increase higher than home prices.

According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the forecast may likely take place due to regulatory changes such as a stamp duty fee. These changes could force British landlords to exit the housing market in 2018.

Investment Exodus

More than 60% of surveyors believe that fewer property investors will enter the market by next year. RICS’ Paul Bagust said that the potential exodus of investors is disconcerting since a “functioning” rental market helps in maintaining a stable housing market.

The rental sector also helps in providing business to commercial bailiffs such as MS Webb & Co. and other enterprises, yet a 3% stamp duty surcharge hampers this. The new tax covers transactions for second and succeeding properties.

At the same time, experts expect investors to lose tax incentives over time for mortgage interest payments.

Rising Rentals

For renters, an obligation of paying rents became more burdensome in August when average fees nationwide, excluding London, amounted to £776. This reflected a 2.3% increase compared to the year-ago period. The increase also represented the biggest rate of annual inflation since November 2016.

In London, renters paid an average monthly fee of £1,609, up 2.5% in August. Rates in South West of England rose the fastest at 3.9%, followed by 3.7% in Northern Ireland. The sole decline in rents happened in South East, where rates dropped by 0.2% on average.


The rental growth in most regions in the U.K. may still convince real estate investors to hold on to their portfolios, despite regulatory changes. It remains to be seen whether they intend to leave the market in 2018.

Financial Responsibilities When Renting Out Property

April 5, 2016 at 4:53 am Comments are Disabled

Rental PropertyRenting out property is a profitable trade, but as a landlord, you have legal and financial responsibilities to fulfill to avoid disputes. Before you put your property out in the rental market, understand the rental or lease terms and laws specific to your location, and other financial responsibilities your tenants will expect from you.

Charging Rent

How much you charge your tenant will depend on the type of tenancy agreement you have. The first step to preparing a lease or rental agreement is to find out state-specific rules and tenancy terms you must adhere to, such as how much rent is due each month or what the rules are on the use and return of security deposits. If you have a mortgage on your rental property, inform your mortgage lender that you are renting out your home.

Maintenance and Repair Costs

Part of your obligations as a landlord is to keep your rented properties safe and free from health, fire, and other hazards. It is your legal responsibility to follow fire safety regulations and make sure that gas and electrical equipment are safely installed and maintained. You should do routine checks and see if your rented properties require repairs.

You may have the right to increase the rent after carrying out major repairs and improvements, depending on the type of tenancy you have agreed upon. If you have multiple rental properties and you have other commitments outside your rental business, suggests you hire a property manager, especially for out-of-state properties, to take care of everything for you.

Paying Taxes

You will also have to pay income tax on any profit you make from renting out your own property. The tax rate you will pay ranges from 20% to 45%, depending on which tax band the income falls into. It is your duty as a landlord to pay tax on the profits you make in each tax year as well as making a paper tax return if you made a taxable capital gain on your rental property.

Owner-Assisted Financing

If your tenant fell in love with your property and wishes to buy it from you, you can actually sell your property even if you still owe a mortgage. If the tenant is happily settled in your rental home and is very eager to buy it, you can contact a real estate agent and seek legal advice to help negotiate the contract and determine the value of the home. You should closely work with your tenant-turned-buyer throughout the process.

Renting or leasing out property can be a great investment and a good way to pay off a mortgage and earn tax breaks. If done right, managing rental properties can even be a profitable business, especially if you master the ins and outs of the trade.

How Your Dream House can be a Financial Nightmare

December 9, 2015 at 1:00 am Comments are Disabled

Home Finance in Salt Lake CityBuying your dream house can be a financial nightmare if you’re not careful. Beyond finding the right home with the perfect neighborhood price in Salt Lake City, there are certain factors that most first-time home buyers give little to no attention. Here are some of those mistakes you should try to avoid.

Maxing Out Your Mortgage

Once you’re mortgage qualified, you may be tempted to maximize your loan for the house you’re dreaming to have. However, you may find most of your budget relegated to your mortgage, and this can cause quite a shock to your finances.

Reserve only 30% of your combined salary for the house payments, so you still have a financial margin manageable enough for your other needs. Altius Mortgage, a mortgage company in Salt Lake City, says you may need the help of brokers to shop around for the best rates.

Not Factoring in Additional Property Expenditures

Now that you will own that house, you need to have it maintained and repaired when needed. Don’t forget about any renovations or restorations. Add to that the property taxes, home insurance, and home association dues. Make sure you figure these extra fees, so you know you can keep to your budget.

Neglecting Inspections

Don’t be taken over by the shiny new upgrades or the fresh coat of paint. A house inspection makes you aware of other repairs and upgrades you need. You may end up with a money-gobbling structure if you don’t get a professional to give you a second and realistic opinion about your dream house.

Having the house of their dreams is one of the ultimate goals of most homeowners, and it’s not a bad objective. Be realistic about your choices. Failing to do so can result in a realty nightmare you will find hard to wake up and walk away from.