The London rental market – September 2020

Demand for rental properties in London continues to grow and many of our branches are very busy at the moment. With many of us ‘staycationing’ this summer rather than going overseas on holiday, people have more time on their hands to search for their new home.

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The London property sales market – September 2020

London is experiencing a real surge in demand for homes, as buyers take advantage of the current Stamp Duty holiday as well as historically low interest rates, both of which are contributing to the current boom in activity in the housing market.

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Making Tax Digital – what does it mean for landlords?

Making Tax Digital is a government initiative aimed at moving businesses and individuals (including landlords who own rental properties) towards keeping digital records and reporting digitally to HMRC instead of keeping traditional paper records. The aim is to make it easier and more efficient for businesses and individuals to maintain their tax records and submit …

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Demand rising for London residential property from Hong Kong investors

Buying a London property is a prime investment opportunity for Hong Kong buyers – either as a pure investment or as a home. The potential is clear – London is an international hub for business and education and the UK’s stable political system and strong economy are also important factors. New UK Visas for Hong …

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New rates of Stamp Duty for overseas property buyers from April 2021

What is the new 2% Stamp Duty that will affect foreign buyers? Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in the recent budget that the government will be introducing a new 2% Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) surcharge for overseas investors not resident in the UK who buy residential property in England and Northern Ireland. This will take …

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Stamp duty surcharge for those buying an additional residential property

What is the 3% UK Stamp Duty Land Tax surcharge? In 2016, the government introduced a 3% Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) surcharge for anyone buying an additional property in the UK. This applies to additional homes, buy-to-let properties and holiday homes. The 3% surcharge still applies, irrespective of the new, reduced Stamp Duty rates …

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Investors flock to London for lockdown deals

The London property market is in the process of confounding all the pessimists and sceptics as it performs a thrilling V-shaped recovery from the recent Covid-19 slowdown. Encouraged by both UK Government competence and public confidence, investors are back in town and already using their stockpiled liquidity to hunt for the best deals available.

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West London homes under £500,000 near Crossrail with NO Stamp Duty

The post-lockdown housing market is gathering pace with house prices up 1.7% in July and with the temporary stamp duty holiday, now is a great time for rental investors to make significant savings up to £15,000. Let us introduce you to some great West London developments which are nearby the forthcoming Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) and …

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Invest in the West: Warple Lofts breathes fresh space into Acton

A History of Commerce High specification renovation projects like Warple Lofts are part of the reason why Acton is ready to step out of the shadow of its more well-known neighbours. Another crucial factor is the advent of a super-fast rail connection that will revolutionise travel and put the population of this smart West London …

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The London property sales market – August 2020

Demand for homes increases We are seeing a noticeable increase in enquiries from potential buyers, both owner occupiers and investors, as lockdown continues to ease. Lockdown forced most buyers to put their plans to buy a property on hold, creating pent-up demand which is now being released and so demand continues to grow. There is …

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The London rental market – August 2020

The London rental market remains challenging but we are starting to receive greater numbers of enquiries from applicants looking to move home.  Most of these applicants are professionals already living in London and wishing to move locally. But we have seen a dramatic drop in enquiries for properties in the city district as 90% of …

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Higher rate tax relief phased out July 2020

Higher rate tax relief for buy-to-let landlords now completely phased out Higher rate tax relief on finance costs (such as mortgage interest) for landlords who own residential (buy-to-let) properties has now been completely phased out. Tax relief for landlords who are higher rate tax payers has been gradually phased out over the last three years …

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