Are the buy-to-let boom days really over?

The UK buy-to-let market has and will continue to be a hot topic of discussion as many believe a consistent string of Government attacks on the nation’s landlords have taken the shine off investing in the sector. An increase of 3% in stamp duty tax and a reduction in tax relief benefits, removing the ability …

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The London property sales market – June 2019

The property market in London continues to face its challenges. In particular, the current political situation in the UK, with Brexit and the Conservative leadership contest still unresolved, continues to create uncertainty and property markets do not like uncertainty! This is prompting many buyers – particularly overseas investors – to continue their ‘wait and see’ …

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The London rental market – June 2019

The rental market in London remains relatively strong – we are seeing many new developments or phases of developments completing now and this will continue over the summer months, increasing stock levels. Beaufort Park in Colindale has transformed this previously overlooked area into one of the most popular places to live in this part of …

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Top ten rental yields – June 2019

We are starting to offer a new monthly page featuring our best-yielding investment properties in London. While London house prices continue to remain subdued due to uncertainty in the sales market, rental demand is robust.

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What’s on in London – June 2019

Getting out and about in London is made so much easier by the super-connectivity of its various transport systems. Underground networks are seamlessly integrated with mainline routes, River taxis and even cable cars that span the width of the Thames. So there’s no excuse for not enjoying the many open air activities that are taking …

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How do I know if my buy to let landlord is reputable?

Q. I am about to rent a property that I found online. I’m worried about handing over my deposit to a fraudster so how can I check that the landlord is trustworthy? A. First of all, be very careful of renting a property that is advertised online by an individual ie not through a recognised …

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The London rental market – May 2019

I have just returned from one of our international roadshows where many investors are keen to get an update about what is really happening on the ground here at the heart of the buy-to-let London property scene. With so many voices in the media and being thousands of miles away from their investment, I guess …

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The London property sales market – May 2019

While the London sales market is, unsurprisingly, difficult to predict at the moment, we are cautiously optimistic and there are strong indications that the current market is noticeably healthier than at this time last year. Enquiries and transaction levels are picking up steadily and confidence is increasing slowly, with two types of buyer driving this …

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What’s on in London – May 2019

Biking, open air gigs and the arrival of the Indian cricket team for the World Cup are all signs that the time has come to get out and about in London. The flowering blooms in our backyards, parks and various garden shows are all set to welcome a new addition to the Royal Family and …

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Investment property of the month

1 Bed apartment to buy in award winning Beaufort Park scheme Undoubtedly one of London’s major regeneration success stories, the rise of Beaufort Park as a smart new residential address in Colindale, proves there are rental hotspots that still provide good yields and long-term growth even in Zone 4. One bedroom apartments to buy at Beaufort …

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What is fair wear and tear in my rental property?

Q. Which dilapidations is my tenant responsible for? A. Calculating a fair amount for dilapidations at the end of a tenancy can be a thorny issue and there are many misconceptions about what can and cannot be deducted from the tenant’s deposit. One of the main issues is defining what is ‘fair wear and tear’. …

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The London sales market – April 2019

Understandably, we continue to see caution amongst property buyers in London, who tend to be reluctant to commit to a purchase at the moment, instead holding back, awaiting a final decision on the way forward with Brexit. However, enquiries are continuing to come in steadily and we have been starting to see more buyers submitting …

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