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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

The Budget 2014 – Little to help the PRS

The Budget is good news for beer-drinking pensioners – and they deserve it – but it contains nothing of benefit for the Private Rental Sector. We keep hearing that housing stock standards in the PRS are too low but we …
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Capital Gains Tax for Landlords – FAQs

Critchleys is an accounting, financial planning and human resource consultancy firm in Oxfordshire. Here, Liz Higgins answers some frequently asked questions about Capital Gains Tax: What is Capital Gains Tax? Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is a tax on the chargeable …
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Finders Keepers Landlord survey 2013

    This is our first survey which we have conducted to find out our clients’ opinions on the private rental sector. We had a great response, with 415 people taking part.

The reform package for the Private Rental Sector

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP) announced at the start of October his reform package for the Private Rental Sector, which includes a new Code of Practice and a Tenant’s Charter. Here, …
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Border Control / Provocative planning / HMO problems / Stamp duty

Did all the Bank Holiday sun go to the industry’s heads? Suddenly the trade and national press are full of some juicy news: Will agents have to act as Border Control as well? Yes but less than we thought. This …
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The Queens Speech, Immigration and High Speed Train

The address by Queen Elizabeth II for the ceremonial state opening was read recently in which the Queen outlined parliament plans and proposed bills for the coming year. In this speech a varied number of topics were discussed covering education, …
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Our response to the budget

“The £3.5bn of capital for shared equity schemes for new houses and the £130bn of guarantees to help people afford a mortgage are good ideas and we hope they work. However they serve mainly to try to stimulate the buy-side …
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