Cynics could be forgiven for thinking that the announcement of the latest round of irrelevant legislation to be heaped on buy-to-let landlords was timed to make us think the government is on top of the Calais refugee fiasco. Should landlords be used as front line immigration officers?

Budget changes – should you convert to a limited company?

A couple of months ago the Chancellor's budget held a nasty surprise for landlords – higher-rate tax relief on expenses will be phased out by 2017. Andy Young from LPC Mortgages looks at the changes, assesses ways to work around it and suggests some appropriate lenders.

Are you ready for new alarm legislation?

There are less than two months to go before new legislation concerning safety equipment in rental properties comes into force. Some people believe that it is only for new rental properties but in fact it's for every new 'tenancy' that comes into force after 1st October 2105. What does this mean for you?

Letting agents expelled from code of practice schemes

Allen & Crane Estates, a sales and lettings agency near Slough, has been expelled from membership of one code of practice scheme and suspended from another while MT Properties Central in Birmingham has also been expelled from the Property Ombudsman. But will this change anything?

Pension reforms causing concerns

New pension freedoms were introduced a few months ago among predictions of a complete meltdown, with pensioners throwing their hard-earned cash away on sports cars and yachts. Whether that's happened or not, there are significant concerns about the way pensioners are being advised which could have a knock-on effect on the buy-to-let market.

Do you need to make your properties appeal to tenants?

With the current state of supply and demand in the private rental sector you might think that you don't have to worry about making your property appeal to tenants. But thinking with a tenants' mindset both when you select an investment property and when seeking new tenants can shorten void periods and net you better quality tenants.

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