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Under the skin of the letting market

Here we share news and views on both the local letting market in & around Oxfordshire and all planned and recent legislation.


Category Archives: Govt policy & legislation

Countdown to MEES: Will your property be lettable in April 2018?

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) were introduced in March 2015 with the aim of improving the energy efficiency of privately rented properties. From 1st April 2018 all buildings in England or Wales will need to have a rating of …
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Autumn Budget Stamp Duty Changes: Published 22nd Nov 2017

On 22nd November it was announced that Stamp Duty is to be abolished for for all first-time buyers purchasing property of a value of £300,000 or less. If you are a first-time buyer, this guest post from Countrywide will help to clarify …
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Countdown to MEES: will your property be lettable in April 2018?

  The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) were introduced in March 2015 with the aim of improving the energy efficiency of privately rented properties. From 1st April 2018 all buildings in England or Wales will need to have a rating …
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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards – MEES

It’s important for all landlords to note that from 1st April 2018 there will be a requirement for any properties rented out in the private rented sector to normally have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy …
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Housing White Paper 2017 Fixing our broken housing market

  Housing White Paper 2017 – “Fixing our broken housing market” a summary by Frank Webster. The Government’s White Paper* was eventually published on 7 February after months of delay. Speculation had been building over what the White Paper would hold. …
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Bank of England base rate drop – helpful to investors and buyers?

The Bank of England has today confirmed the base rate has dropped to 0.25%; a further reduction to the previous 7 year historically-low level of 0.5% set to help the economy following the financial crisis. The new rate follows the …
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Budget 2016 – How will it affect landlords and the rental sector?

Unlike his earlier autumn statement last year, the March 2016 budget yielded fewer property tax surprises.