Landlords’ Barometer – #35: Why are landlords being singled out by Osborne?

Welcome to “Landlords’ Barometer #35”, with all the latest news and trending topics from the world of landlords! It has been nearly a month since my last post – I just don’t know where this year is going, it’s flying by so quickly!

Since my last column, we have of course had the Budget 2016 which once again showed that landlords are on the Government’s radar and are being singled out for specialist tax treatments. This has shaped many of the discussions on Property Tribes.

1. Time to switch from cash flow to capital growth strategy?

With all the changes to the landlord landscape, is it time to think differently about how to generate returns from property? Some landlords are saying that yields will be negligible going forwards, and that a long-term capital growth strategy is the best game in town.

2. Are holiday lets the next big thing?

With Clause 24 coming in, many landlords are looking to holiday lets, as they have a more favourable tax treatment than standard BTL properties.

I have long been an advocate of holiday lets – I have two and bought my first one in 2008 – and I share my views on this strategy and the boxes you need to tick in order to find a holiday let with year-round occupancy potential.

3. Top 7 Landlord Problems and How to Solve Them

Having been a landlord myself for 13 years now, I am only too aware that the same problems seem to crop up time and time again! We see them regularly on Property Tribes. So I created a post that deals with them all … with a little bit of help from Landlord and Tenant Solicitor, and fellow EYE columnist, David Smith.

4. Property opportunity around CrossRail 2?
The biggest capital appreciation growth occurred in Zones 3 and 4 for CrossRail 1, so that would suggest that the biggest property hotspots may occur in the same zones for CrossRail 2.

I take a look at the lessons learned from CrossRail 1 to see where there may be opportunity for investors who get in early for CR2.

5. £10k properties up North

A London landlord asks for advice on where to buy up north for better yields.

Events:
The NALS Conference took place in York on  March 15, and I did a short presentation on how lettings agents can generate additional income streams outside of their core business.
My husband Nick also did a well-received presentation on how we got PropertyTribes.com to be the No. 1 landlord and property community in the UK without spending a single penny on any form of marketing!
Glyn Trott, MD of Pinnacle Lettings, also gave a very inspirational talk that revealed his top 10 landlord retention and acquisition strategies that really got the room buzzing!
You can watch video interviews from the event on the Conference micro-site.

The Property Investor Show is taking place in London next week, and I am pleased to be hosting a panel debate on landlord tax and Clause 24. This is the most prestigious event for landlords and property investors in the UK and is very well attended – a great place to network and make new contacts.
Find out more and get your FREE tickets here

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