In Search For Certainty Amid Fragility – Could holiday homes be a cure for buy-to-let blues? (Part 2)

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In our last newsletter, we highlighted the probability that investors hurt by the government’s punitive measures would start looking for new, less emotive places to invest their capital that would still deliver a decent yield of 8% or thereabouts. Well, that’s precisely what has happened. Already, the interest in buy-to-let mortgages has dropped off by a whopping 50%. And 50%…

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From buy-to-let to hotels: why now is the time to make the big switch (Part 3)

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Growing demand In addition, the success of portals such as LateRooms and bookings.com have highlighted the intense and growing demand for hotel rooms and, by turns, the exciting prospects that await investors looking for a solid, reliable, and less fraught type of bricks and mortar investment than buy-to-let. Compounding this is of course Brexit, which, in driving down the value…

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From buy-to-let to hotels: why now is the time to make the big switch (Part 2)

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Market distortion The FT reported the surge back in January 2016, and highlighted the risk of housing market distortion created by the aforementioned short window of opportunity. And guess what? That’s exactly what happened. The deadline created a tight bottleneck through which buy-to-let landlords fought, skewing the otherwise steady figures of economics. By fault or design, Osborne forced higher the…

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From buy-to-let to hotels: why now is the time to make the big switch (Part 1)

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Being a landlord was always pretty tough, but it’s getting tougher, and tougher. Running the gauntlet of swingeing cuts and rising taxes means profits are being stealthily eaten from both ends until they are…well…not profits any more. Sitting on assets with no effective yield because of what mortgaged landlords believe to be the cruel whims of a populist government hurts,…

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Switch to Rich? Think again

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Why Shifting Your Buy-To-Lets Into A Limited Company Could Be The Road To Disaster Landlords thinking of shifting personally owned property into companies to avoid imminent new tax burdens are growing in number. But many are forgetting to examine whether, in reality, this option stacks up. While taking such measures can work in the right circumstances, reshuffling the portfolio pack…

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Cherie Blair, Axe the Tenant Tax Group, and the case that was ‘bound to fail’

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Taking time out from shopping for shoes and feathering her business empire’s bricks and mortar nest, Cherie Booth QC, aka Cherie Blair (Booth is her maiden name), took herself at the beginning of October last year down to the High Court to fight the good fight of stricken landlords across the country—and lost.It was a triple whammy for Cherie…having her…

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London hotels recorded the absolute highest average daily rate (ADR) for a September since 1995

Autumn Statement ‘must boost’ UK hospitality.

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Chancellor Philip Hammond must announce specific measures in the Autumn Statement on 23 November to boost the UK’s hospitality sector, a recruiter has urged. Specialist hospitality recruiter The Change Group said the measures are specifically important for businesses in London and the South East, which are at the front of the line for receiving foreign revenue from the many businesses…

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