Commuter housing hotspot set to boom in Slough

On the rise Although only a three mile walk from the pomp and pageantry of Windsor Castle, Slough has been somewhat overlooked down the years, a fact that is probably due to a misplaced prejudice about its industrial past. However, the beginning of the 21st Century has seen the Thames Valley grow into a modern …

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Tax planning for landlords, a tax round-up of the year 2020

This year has been challenging for all of us but another issue that landlords need to address is the tax changes that have also taken place this year or are planned for next year. Landlords should consider the implications of these tax changes according to their own personal circumstances.

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Rental investment hotspot, Colindale Gardens

Here, we are on-site at Colindale Gardens: the latest chapter in a North West London’s regeneration success story that continues to attract property investors. From here, our Head of China Desk, Sasha Chen shares up-to-the -minute information on how this new development typifies the resilience of London’s property market as a whole.

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What can devalue your rental property?

Getting the full market rent for your property should be simplicity itself because there are loads of people who need to rent a place in London, right? Well, the demand is certainly high, but with greater choice available, there are some obvious things that can devalue a property and make potential tenants and buyers run …

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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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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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Government brings in temporary Stamp Duty reductions for property purchasers

The government has reduced rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for property purchases in England and Northern Ireland. This is a temporary measure and applies to property purchases between July 8th 2020 and March 31st 2021. What will purchasers pay? Purchasers completing on a property (a main residence) valued at up to £500,000 will …

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