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Queen’s Speech – Letting fees to be banned with the possibility of recovery of unlawfully charged fees

June 22, 2017

Queen’s Speech – Letting fees to be banned with the possibility of recovery of unlawfully charged fees The Queen’s speech outlined a Draft Tenants’ Fees Bill Ban which has been introduced to ban tenant fees and will be published later this year. The legislation is to stop lettings agents charging tenants by “banning landlords and…

Help for unincorporated landlords from HMRC – Webinar/pre-recorded webinar and e-learning

June 20, 2017

If you are an unincorporated landlords and have income from property, HMRC are offering the help you need. Income from property for individuals For new and prospective landlords, this live, interactive webinar explains the different types of income from property, allowable expenses and a landlord’s responsibilities to HMRC. Join from a computer, tablet or smartphone and…

Be Careful of Fraudulent Guarantor Documents

June 19, 2017

Be Careful of Fraudulent Guarantor Documents It is quite common in N Ireland for a landlord or letting agent to request the tenant to provide a guarantor who must be a home owner in the UK. Most landlords request the Guarantor to sign an agreement to cover the rent not paid or any damage that…

Axe the Tenant Tax

June 15, 2017

Axe the Tenant Tax A new article has been released on the Chartered Institute of housing highlighting how landlords are being squeezed from a number of sides including the Tenant Tax. Details of this article can be found at http://www.cih.org/news-article/display/vpathDCR/templatedata/cih/news-article/data/NI/Axe_the_tenant_tax In his article Justine Cartwright takes it for granted that Government will introduce these proposals. …

Developer drops plans to build Student Accommodation in Belfast’s Little Patrick Street

June 13, 2017

Developer drops plans to build Student Accommodation in Belfast’s Little Patrick Street Last year UniCity received planning permission to an 11-storey student accommodation structure with 354 bedrooms. However, the developer has now done a “U turn” and the vacant site is up for sale marketed by commercial property firm Savills. Little Patrick Street in close…

Exhausted all avenues and need to recover outstanding amounts through Small Claims Court?

June 12, 2017

Exhausted all avenues and need to recover outstanding amounts through Small Claims Court? – Want to get it right first time?.. We have been having a few queries from members wanting to ensure that they follow the correct procedure when they find themselves in the position where they have exhausted all other avenues and taking…

Rates Rebate payments will change from September 2017 – Do you know what this will mean for you as a Landlord?

May 31, 2017

Rates Rebate payments will change from September 2017 – Do you know what this will mean for you as a Landlord? The Department of Finance and Members of the Landlord Helpline for Rates attended the General Meeting on 17 May 2017 to bring attention to the upcoming changes regarding the Rates Rebate Scheme in line…