Focus On Properties & Construction

Little relief for businesses if rates rise with inflation - 27 Oct, 2017

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It’s estimated that somewhere in the region of 56,000 small businesses will face steep tax increases next year and that, by April, business rate increases will have totalled £152 million. For those…

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Overseas landlords investing less in the UK - 27 Oct, 2017

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According to one of the UK’s largest letting agents, Countrywide, around five per cent of UK homes currently have overseas owners compared to just 12 per cent in 2010. In London, the percentage of overseas…

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First-time buyers could see Stamp Duty Land Tax cut - 27 Oct, 2017

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It has been reported that the Chancellor could be considering a Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) cut of around 1 per cent for first-time buyers, amongst a raft of ‘bold’ measures being studied ahead of the…

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Buy-to-let landlords: warnings, worries and wariness - 27 Oct, 2017

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The dynamic of the buy-to-let market has changed considerably in recent times as the Government has attempted to ‘level the playing-field’ for buyers who feel they have been priced out of the market…

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Investors unaware of ATED - 27 Oct, 2017

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With a rise in house prices and significant changes to the implementation of Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED), many investors and landlords are unwittingly unaware of their liabilities. ATED was…

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Property tax update seminar - 12 Oct, 2015

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George Hay is hosting a seminar to update attendees on property tax issues. The free event in St Ives on 22 October is designed to help property investors navigate an ever-changing landscape. It will focus…

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Avoidance case shows need for sound advice - 12 Oct, 2015

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Two solicitors fined for their involvement in an SDLT-avoidance scheme are to be re-sentenced following a High Court ruling. Regulators said the men had not acted in their clients’ best interests, not…

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Rise in demand for commercial property - 12 Oct, 2015

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A recent survey has shown businesses’ demand for commercial property in the UK has risen for the eleventh consecutive quarter, while available space fell for the ninth successive period. The Royal Institution…

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Stone me – it’s robo-mason - 12 Oct, 2015

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A robotics company in America has created the world’s first brick-laying robot – and it’s commercially available. Construction companies who fancy adding SAM (semi-automated mason) to their workforce…

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Most construction projects are finished late – report - 12 Oct, 2015

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 Sixty per cent of construction projects are not completed on time, according to new figures. It amounts to increasing lateness, with an additional five per cent of projects missing deadlines in 2015…

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