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Call for Evidence – Reforming the Private Rented Sector – Closes 23rd August 2022

Posted on August 18th, 2022 -

We encourage all members to contribute to the call for evidence. Read the White Paper and have your say before it’s too late!

The White Paper; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/a-fairer-private-rented-sector

Respond to the enquiry; https://committees.parliament.uk/work/6862/



Landlord Accreditation Training Course – Online

Posted on August 15th, 2022 -

Landlord Accreditation Training Course – ONLINE

Thursday 10th November 2022 – 9:00 – 4:30pm

Venue – Online

Price – £65 for members of SWLA, £75 for non – members for one day course.

Course covers ASTs, Deposits, Section 21s, Section 8s, HMOs, Gas and Electrical Safety, Inventories and much more.

The course will provide you with all the skills to start, manage and finish a tenancy.

 Places still available. Contact the office on 01752 510913 or info@landlordssouthwest.co.uk to book your place, places only secured on receipt of payment.

Over 1100 landlords have already completed this course since September 2011.

Course can lead to Accreditation, if required.

We are proud to announce Landlord Accreditation South West (LASW) are founder members of the West of England Rental Standard.

Six Ways Private Landlords can Save Money on Tax

Posted on August 12th, 2022 -

Article By GoSimpleTax

With prices across the board rising faster than they have for decades, many of us are watching the pennies more carefully, tightening our belts and looking for ways to cut costs.

That includes the UK’s 2.6m private landlords, many of whom can’t put up the rent they charge because tenants’ wages aren’t increasing anywhere near in line with inflation. For many UK private landlords, finding ways to reduce costs is the only way to protect their rental incomes.

If you’re one of the UK’s private landlords, don’t rule out anything when seeking to reduce your costs – and that includes tax. It could well be possible to reduce your tax costs, possibly in ways you hadn’t yet considered. So, how might you be able to reduce your tax costs?


1 Claim all of your allowable expenses

 An obvious place to start. Fortunately, many products and services you need to buy to rent out your property can be claimed as “allowable expenses”, which you deduct from your profits to help minimise your yearly tax bills.

Allowable expenses for landlords include general property maintenance and repairs (but not improvements), water rates, council tax, possibly gas and electricity, insurance, gardening and cleaning services, letting agent/management fees, legal fees for lets of a year or less, accountancy fees, rent (if you’re sub-letting), ground rents and service charges, advertising when looking for new tenants, stationery, property rental-related phone calls and mileage.

You’re probably already claiming for many allowable expenses, but you may not be claiming for all of them. Visit government website GOV.uk to find out more about allowable expenses you can claim.

Poor expense management can also mean you’re not claiming for all of your deductible expenses. Be sure to record all of your expenses and retain receipts and invoices, so that you don’t forget to claim any. Many apps and software allow you to use your smartphone to photograph, store and record receipts, which ensure that you never miss any out.


2 Claim for home office expenses

 You can claim allowable expenses for operating a small office in your home to take care of business admin relating to renting out your property. Many private landlords do it. Based on how much time you use your home office, you claim for a share of total costs for your rent or mortgage interest payments, water rates, domestic heating and lighting, broadband and phone calls. Stationery and office furniture can also be claimed as an allowable expense.


3 Claim for other allowances and reliefs

 You can claim the property allowance, which is a tax allowance worth £1,000 a year. If you claim the property allowance, you can’t claim for allowable expenses, but if you have few allowable expenses and the mortgage is paid, the property allowance can be worth claiming. If you own the property with your partner or spouse and split the profits, you can both claim the property allowance.

Landlords can’t claim the costs of replacing furnishings or equipment in a furnished or part-furnished rental property as an allowable expense, but they may qualify for full Replacement Domestic Items relief for replacing sofas, beds, carpets, curtains, fridges, washing machines, sofas, crockery, cutlery, etc, as long as the quality is comparable, not superior. Such replacements should not come out of your own home or pocket.


4 Claim for void periods

 The extreme disruption caused by the pandemic meant that some landlords were left with empty rental properties for many months. If you were among them and you still had to pay expenses such as electricity, gas, water and council tax, make sure you claim for these expenses if you haven’t already.

And like many other UK landlords, you may have made significant losses in recent years as a result of the pandemic. These losses can, of course, be carried forward and claimed against subsequent years when you have made a profit. If you own more than one property, expenses for one property can be offset against income from another.



5 Transfer ownership into a limited company

 You need to carefully crunch the numbers to find out which option is best for you. Transferring ownership of your property into a limited company can be more tax-efficient, but you need to factor in all other costs, such as accountancy fees, which can be higher because more tax admin is required. More importantly, you also need to consider stamp duty and capital gains tax if you sell property to a limited company that you set up.

If the company needs to take out a commercial mortgage, it’s likely to be more expensive, too. You also need to consider the tax implications if you later sell the property. If you own one or two rental properties, transferring ownership to a limited company probably isn’t worthwhile. But if you have a portfolio of more rental properties, transferring ownership to a limited company could prove much more tax-efficient.


6  Do your own Self Assessment tax returns

For a variety of reasons, you may be paying an accountant to do your bookkeeping and/or take care of your annual Self Assessment tax return. This can cost between £200 and £400 a year, plus VAT. Cheaper deals are available, but you get a very basic service, normally with no tax advice.

If things are really tight, you could save that money by maintaining your own accounts and completing your own Self Assessment tax return. If you’ve not done it before, it will involve some research and learning, but it may be possible to complete your Self Assessment tax return in less time than you think. Reportedly, it takes just 2.5 hours on average.


About GoSimpleTax

Income, Expenses and tax submission all in one. GoSimpleTax will provide you with tips that could save you money on allowances and expenses you might have missed.

Our software submits directly to HMRC and is the digital solution for Landlords to record income, expenses and file their self-assessment giving hints on savings along the way.

Covering all self-assessment pages, not just property, GoSimpleTax does all the calculations for you.

Available on desktop or mobile applications.



Rental Properties Required in the Torbay Area – do you have a vacant property to rent?

Posted on August 10th, 2022 -

Torbay Council urgently needs properties for a variety of local families, couples and single people looking for permanent homes.

Torbay is in the midst of a housing crisis: there aren’t enough homes for people in need of one or those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Many landlords in the Bay have properties available for rent – and the council is asking them to come forward and give people a secure home.

It needs everything from rooms in shared houses to six-bed family homes.

Whether you’re a new landlord or have been doing it for years, the council understands every landlord is different, so its dedicated point of contact will work with you to find the right tenancy for your needs.

There are great benefits for landlords, including:

  • Full control over who moves into the property
  • A tenant suitability and affordability assessment
  • A five-week deposit and one month’s rent in advance
  • Legal guidance
  • Ongoing support
  • Minimal rental gaps
  • Property assessments
  • Tenancy reviews

If you’re a landlord or a letting agent, contact Torbay Council today to find out what it can offer you. Visit its landlord page for more details.

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