Thursday 25 February 2016

Warrington Investment properties come in all shapes and sizes

I recently attended a local property meet in Warrington at the event I got recognised on the Warrington property blog and my monthly newsletters. A question I was being asked repeatedly is ''what is the ideal property to invest in, in Warrington?'' So I thought I would share my thoughts with you below.

When considering a buy-to-let purchase what is believed to be a good deal will vary from client to client. Everyone will have a different budget, but also preference on location, style of property, condition, etc. That isn’t unusual, no different to everyone has a different taste in music.
It has been well documented recently that the additional 3% stamp duty rise for buy-to-let purchases coming into place on the 1st April 2016 will affect the market, and opinions on that also vary, but I am already seeing a change in requirements of some investors in that they are lowering their budgets and considering smaller properties to avoid paying out more than needed on tax.
I have always been of the opinion personally that “spreading the risk” is wise if you have a large portfolio. A few flats, a few houses, a couple in Bewsey, a few in Orford,  maybe one in Great Sankey or Latchford, makes sense. All your eggs in one basket is a risk if something unpredicted were to occur.
I am also of the opinion that buying two houses for £75,000 is better than one house at £150,000. Whilst many try to avoid the 2 up 2 downs due to the capital not being as high. If you choose wisely two houses at £75,000 might rent for £450-495 a month each, but you’d struggle to find a £150,000 house that would rent for anywhere near £1000.
Then there is the view that these small 2 up 2 downs change hands more regularly than the larger houses, so for longevity of tenancy buying a larger 2 bedroom house might be wiser. But then these houses are rented by families with children, and children might lead to more wear and tear on the property, the “what if’s” are endless.
One thing is for certain, demand for both in the rental sector are high which means theres room to trial many different stratagies.
In short, don’t assume. Speak with a local expert, the local agent, and ask them what they think about your plans. Ask them to cast an eye over the property you are considering buying. What are the pro’s, and the con’s.
If you are a landlord or thinking of becoming one for the first time, and you want to read more articles like this about the Warrington Property Market together with regular postings on what I consider the best buy to let deals in Warrington, out of the many of properties on the market, irrespective of which agent is selling it, then feel free to get in touch!  email me on  

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Thursday 18 February 2016

What does the Warrington tenant look like?

“What does the Warrington tenant look like?” asked one of my landlords from
Appleton yesterday. He carried on before I could reply, “Let me guess, a
professional couple, both in their 30s, flawlessly tidy, pay their rent early, don’t
complain or fuss, no plans to move and cheerfully accept annual rent rises?!”.

Before I answer the question, let me share some thoughts…

I’ve always believed all a landlord wants (and expects) of their tenants is that
they pay their rent on time and look after the property as if it were their own. In
return, the tenant expects the landlord to provide a property that’s warm, clean,
modern and damp free and to resolve any issues (such as repairs) quickly and
without fuss.

So, let’s go back to our original question and look at the actual profile of a
Warrington tenant in more detail. In my experience they tend to fall into one of
the following categories, each one with very different wants and needs:

• twenty something professionals
• young and middle aged families
• corporate tenants (their employer finds them a house to live in)
• students
• older singles/couples
• housing benefit claimants

Choosing who best suits your Warrington property – and steering clear of
tenants that do not match your criteria – is a big factor in making your property
investment a success.

Housing benefit

One question I’m often asked is should a landlord accept tenants on housing

If this is high on your list of questions, it might interest you to know that of the
47,906 privately rented properties in the Warrington area, 33% of the tenants
are in receipt of some form of housing benefit (compared to 39% at a national

I know many landlords have experienced late rent payments with tenants on
benefits, especially since 2008, when local authorities started paying housing
benefit to tenants rather than directly to the landlord. But you cannot ignore the
fact that housing benefit tenants make up a significant proportion of the
Warrington rental population. You could just as easily come across a nonbenefit
tenant who doesn’t pay their rent on time.


Of the 47,906 privately rented properties in the

Warrington area, 89% of head tenants (the head of the
household) are in employment. The other 11% are
either retired, long term sick, students or job seekers.

It might surprise you further when we break down
those head tenants by profession.

As a landlord you need to decide what sector of the market you want to let to.
Most landlords have a preferred tenant type and will buy property to suit them.
For example, many landlords have come to me over the years looking to buy a
property in the area surrounding Warrington Hospital, so they can let to medical
professionals. At the end of the day, the final decision on whether to accept any
tenant rests with you, the landlord.

To discuss your investment needs, what property you should be buying and your ideal tenant please give me a call or pop in to the office when you are passing. We are based on 6 Bankside, Crosfield St, WA11UP or drop me an email on
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Thursday 11 February 2016

Buy to Let tax changes, what they mean to Warrington Landlords.

I ran into one of our landlords last week, who owns quite a few properties in Warrington and we got to talking about the recent changes in taxation for landlords and how this was going to affect him. There has been a lot of reports about this and a lot of landlords are worrying about how this is going to impact their investment, so I thought I would have a look into it and outline some of the facts.

So, let us start by looking at what is going to be changing. The first change is stamp duty. Currently, you pay no stamp duty on the first £125,000. You then pay 2% between £125,000 - £250,000, 5% between £250,000 - £925,000, 10% above £925,000 up to £1.5m and then 12% above £1.5m. The proposed changes mean that as of April 2016, if a landlord buys a property for buy to let, their stamp duty bill will face a 3% surcharge.

In 2017, Landlords’ tax relief is going to be affected as they will no longer be able to deduct mortgage interest from their rental income before it is assessed for tax, but will instead get a flat rate of 20% tax credit. This means that those paying a higher tax rate will lose half of their relief, while some others will be moved into this bracket and will likely see their tax bill soar.

Landlords are also facing a change to the way they pay tax when they sell their buy to let properties. At present, capital gains isn’t due until the end of the tax year, but from April 2019 landlords will have to pay their capital gains bill within 30 days of selling the property.

A lot have landlords have asked, why have these changes been made? The reports say that it is a way of trying to slow down buy to let landlords snapping up property, freeing them up for first time buyers. The council of mortgage lenders revealed in November 2015 that the number of buy to let mortgages granted had increased by 36% in the previous 12 months, whereas mortgages granted to first time buyers was up by just 10%.

So what does this mean for the future of buy to let? I believe that we will see a few landlords initially sell up that can’t be bothered with the hassle of it all, but after the initial huffing and puffing, it will all settle down. With the stamp duty changes, landlords will end up factoring this in to their initial investment and end up hanging on to the property for a little bit longer to re-coop some more rental income and in turn maximize their capital growth when it comes to selling.

Some banks have accounts whereby they are giving cashback on their direct debits and or on balances between which may help with the finances, might be worth investigating this with your bank to see if it is an option.

In summary, whilst these changes will impact how buy to let works for landlords and for those with properties currently let out, there is an element of recalculating and re-jigging finances. But for new landlords it will become ‘the norm’ and will be something that potential landlords will factor in to their investment when doing their calculations. The best bet is to have a chat your accountant as they will be able to point you in the right direction when it comes to Tax!
or more information about other potential issues we could help you with, or to ask about our thoughts on your own ideas, call us now on 01925 235338 or email me on manoj If you are ever in the area then pop into our office 6 Bankside, Crosfield St WA11UP the kettle is always on.

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Thursday 4 February 2016

Warrington Landlords could be fined £1,884,000 per year

“Who would want to move to Warrington in weather like this?”, was what one landlord said to me as we shook hands outside his property, the other afternoon. It was windy, cold, it had been raining most of the day and it was the last appointment of the day at 4.45pm. I will admit, as I had been out of the office all day, I was looking forward to getting home, putting the fire on, and watching telly with a big mug of tea.. but this landlord lived in neighbouring Runcorn and this was the earliest he could do. 

It turned out he had been self-managing the property himself over the last few years, but was worried with all the new legislation that had been introduced recently. He was particularly concerned about the up and coming ‘Right to Rent’ legislation, so as his tenant had handed in their notice recently, on this new tenancy he called us for our opinion.

For those Warrington landlords that don’t know, landlords will need to check the immigration status of any new tenants moving into properties from February 2016 or face a £3,000 fine. It is called the 'Right to Rent' rules. However, tenants should also be aware that as well as traditional landlords, tenants who sub let rooms and homeowners who take in lodgers, must also check the right of prospective tenants to reside in the UK.

Our landlord from Runcorn wanted to know how much of a real issue was ‘Right to Rent’ in Warrington. I was able to tell him, the last available figures (from a couple of years ago) show that 628 people (whom were registered as Non-UK Born Short-term Residents) moved into private rented accommodation in the Warrington Borough Council area in one year alone. If all of those people weren’t supposed to be in the UK, that would be a fine of £1,884,000 to the landlords of the town.

It doesn’t sound a lot when you think there are 206,400 residents in Warrington Borough Council area, and of those, 193,261 people (or 87.30%) were born in the UK.

However, it must also be recognised that landlords, by checking up on tenants, could potentially be accused of discrimination under the Equality Act. This is a real minefield for landlords, especially when you consider that not all of the 13,139 Europeans in the area necessarily have the right to live in the UK either.

In a nutshell, Warrington landlords will need to check and retain copies of certain documents that show a potential tenant has the right to live in the UK. These include:

·        UK Passport
·        EEA Passport/Identity card
·        Travel document or Permanent Residence Card showing indefinite leave to          remain
·        Paperwork from Home Office stating their Immigration status
·        Certificate of registration or naturalisation as a British citizen.

I hope the new law will target dishonest landlords who repeatedly fail to carry out Right to Rent checks by making it a criminal offence. This means they could face imprisonment for failing to check on their tenants. That is why more and more landlords are asking agents to manage their properties, so they can stay the right side of the law.

So what did our landlord do?

Well after our chat, he asked us to find a tenant and manage the property for him - he had been reading the Warrington Property Blog for a while and because of the knowledge we impart to the landlords of Warrington, we obviously know what we are talking about.  Even better news for him, even though this would cost him agency fees, I was able to get him an additional £50 per month for his property (when we found him a tenant one week later). Now, together with the peace of mind we will keep him the right side of the law and put a stop to midnight phone calls complaining about dripping taps, it was a win-win situation for everyone.If you are having difficulty renting you property, speak to us for impartial advice and guidance to get the best possible tenants to match your individual situation. For more information about other potential issues we could help you with, or to ask about our thoughts on your own ideas, call us now on 01925 235338 or email me on manoj If you are ever in the area then pop into our office 
6 Bankside, Crosfield St WA11UP the kettle is always on.
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