Southern Landlords Association Review of the Year

We were going to write a review of the year, but the Southern Landlords Association (SLA) did such a good job with theirs we have decided to include it here in its entirety:

What a year we landlords have had; constant amendments to rules and regulations have made it difficult for all to keep up:

Update from HMRC on Self-Assessment for Landlords

In last months article on the top 3 areas where landlords get it wrong when making self-assessment submissions for their annual tax return (original article here ) we appear to have made a mistake ourselves!

In section on "Flipping between wear and tear and renewals" we stated that flipping between using the 10% wear and tear allowance to claiming for individual renewals was not permitted but you could still opt to claim for renewals of furniture etc as incurred.THIS IS NO LONGER CORRECT.

Friday, 26 December 2014 15:53

Shelter Report on the PRS

Shelter Report on the PRS

Shelter launched their latest report on PRS Standards this month in the House of Commons. Much of the statistical evidence and proposals were reheated from previous reports. Find the report here.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 10:26

Police Warn Landlords About Cannabis Factories

Police Warn Landlords About Cannabis Factories

Following a recent drugs caution in the South Warnborough area, Hampshire Police are reminding members of the public, particularly landlords, that drug offences can occur in any house, in any street and the importance of reporting any suspicious activity to Police on 101. This recent incident was aided by members of the public being the eyes and ears of the neighbourhood and voicing their concerns to officers; demonstrating how important it is to report to Police anything suspicious in your area.

They have issued the following advice on how to spot a cannabis factory.

http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/asset/a1aed19a-22b1-4e7d-98a8-fde2f2c83a0A/24977%20Illicit%20labs%20FINAL%202013.pdf

 

Thursday, 11 December 2014 12:06

Good Politics For Landlords

Good Politics For Landlords

Amid all the media coverage of skyrocketing house prices, there is very little talk about house prices in real terms. In most parts of the country, house prices are back to or near their 2007 levels, but £100 in 2007  would buy the same as £126.20 today, so in real terms house prices are still down 20% from their peak. The big question with an election coming in a few months, is which political party is most friendly to landlords?

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 16:37

Christmas Social 2014

Christmas Social 2014

Here are some images from our Christmas Social at The Queens Hotel this week. Thanks to everyone who helped organise it and we hope that you enjoyed it if you came along!

Friday, 05 December 2014 18:40

Are Landlords Professional Enough?

Are Landlords Professional Enough?

The PDPLA, urged on by its members, constantly asks Portsmouth Council to focus on eradicating the few rogue landlords in the city rather than use the HMO licensing regime as a vehicle to increase the workload of the very many good landlords.

Friday, 05 December 2014 18:30

LandLords Winter Checklist

LandLords Winter Checklist

The following tips from our friends at Churchers Bolitho Way:

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 17:37

Portsmouth Council Tax Student Homes

Portsmouth Council Tax Student Homes

When PCC spoke to us a year or so ago, they made it clear that under new rules which allow them to vary council tax exemptions, they were allowed to collect council tax for student houses during the summer – but it was also apparent that they did not have the manpower or resources to go after these properties pro-actively.

This meant that some properties received council tax demands and others have not.

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 17:34

Portsmouth Council Sells Landlords Addresses

Portsmouth Council Sells Landlords Addresses

Portsmouth City Council have interpreted the Housing Act such that they are selling a copy of the HMO licensing database, including names and addresses of landlords to anyone who asks for it at a price of £200.

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 17:23

Tenancies Reform Bill

Tenancies Reform Bill

On Friday 28th November MPs debated the Tenancies Reform Bill. This sought to ban so-called retaliatory evictions by limiting landlords' use of section 21 notices where tenants had lodged property condition complaints with the local authority.

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 17:20

HMO Licence Fee Discounts

HMO Licence Fee Discounts

The discounted fees for accredited landlords and those taking benefits claimants were removed in the annual review of fees. PCC's argument being that most landlords who have yet to apply are late in doing so and thus not deserving of special treatment.

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 10:59

Rehousing Evicted Tenants

Rehousing Evicted Tenants

This month we had a situation where a member issued a Section 21 to a tenant and was unclear on whether the council should rehouse that tenant or not.

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 18:35

How Do You Contract for Shared Housing

How Do You Contract for Shared Housing

We often see debates or assertions that because tenants are on individual AST's you are operating a bedsit like hostel and you are liable for all taxes / charges whereas if the tenants are all on a joint AST, they are obviously a group of friends sharing a house and they are liable for any taxes or charges. We all know that in reality, there is no link whatsoever between how we choose to contract and how the house is managed.

London Borough Takes 4 Years to Shutdown Rogue Landlord

A landlord who flouted the law, has been ordered to pay a £280k fine for ignoring orders to demolish an outbuilding. The building was deemed as not fit for housing and was built without any planning permission. The landlord turned an outbuilding of his property into six tiny flats over 5 years ago. In the same year the council told him to stop using the outbuilding as flats and to remove the bathrooms and kitchens.

Friday, 28 November 2014 11:14

Updated Website

Updated Website

Welcome to the new PDPLA website - with live newsfeed and updated information.

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