Getting your deposit back: the story of Kelly Osbourne.
The stories about 28-year old Kelly Osbourne suing her landlord for the non-return of her massive $18,700 security deposit (about £11,000) on her rented California flat, must have rung a bell with many tenants who worry about getting their deposits...The Times - October 2013 Read full Article
Buying property for retirement
It sounds a nice enough idea. Instead of faffing around with pension schemes yielding peanuts, why not downsize on your family home and use the money to buy a property or two to fund your retirement?
A new report from LV= (formerly the Liverpool...
10 top tips for successful renting
Now that good mortgage deals are becoming difficult to secure, and the government seems hell-bent on introducing ever more layers of legislation to control the buy-to- let business, it is more vital than ever before to make sure you buy the right...Successful Renting Magazine - May 2008 Read full Article
It’s every writer’s worst nightmare.
It’s every writer’s worst nightmare. You spend months writing a book, checking and re-checking, and then days before it’s due to hit the bookshops, wham! New measures suddenly and unexpectedly come in putting everything you’ve written and researched...Unite - December 2007 Read full Article
6 steps through the equity release maze
If you are retired and fully own a valuable property but are short of ready cash, you may be wondering about equity release, a method of extracting a tax-free cash sum from the value of your house while you continue to live in it. The...
How did I become a buy to let landlord?
How did I become a buy to let landlord? And, more importantly, why?
Why, I sometimes wonder, do I put myself through all the hassle of buying and renovating properties, finding tenants, and coping with the labyrinthine and ever-changing landlord...Successful Renting Magazine - November 2007 Read full Article
Real Estate Investment Trusts
Just over a year after SIPPS bit the dust, we can now look forward to a brand-new tax-efficient way of investing in residential property and a brand-new acronym: REITS.
Real Estate Investment Trusts, which have successfully been established in the...Daily Telegraph - June 2007 Read full Article
Let's hear it for the LVT
The other day, a small group of us walked out of a courtroom £24,000 richer. We were representatives of our self-managed apartment building and had spent two years vainly trying to recover an ever-increasing debt from a non-paying owner. Yet it took...Daily Telegraph - February 2007 Read full Article
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