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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Important changes for investment landlords
    Important changes for investment landlords..New legislation. Many business owners invest their cash in private rental property. On 1 June 2019 the Tenant Fees Act 2019 came into force in England and it affects these investors significantly. From that date, nearly all fees which have previously been chargeable to tenants, e.g. approval fees and credit check fees, are banned. In addition, all holding deposits to secure a rental property will be capped at one week’s rent and most tenancy deposits will be capped...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - The 2018 Budget highlights
    The Chancellor’s Budget included a few welcome changes and a few that were less desirable. What impact might these have on you and your business?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - The 2018 Spring Statement
    The 2018 Spring Statement..Main taxes. There’s not much to say about Mr Hammond’s first Spring Statement. No tax changes were announced, but the Chancellor said there would be several consultations and “calls for evidence” which will affect future tax policy, e.g. VAT registration limits and work-related training costs. For information about these and exactly what the Chancellor said, see The next step . Business rates. The only firm business-related measure concerned business rates revaluations. The...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Government backs down over staircase tax
    Government backs down over staircase tax..Budget change. One of the more welcome announcements in last year’s Autumn Budget was the government’s change of heart over the so-called business rates “staircase tax”. Since April 2017 extra rates were payable if your business occupies separate areas of a building which are connected by a staircase or corridor accessible to other occupants. Retrospective. As we predicted, the staircase tax has been revoked retrospectively ( yr.18, iss.22, pg.8 , see The next...
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  • 600+ Business Solutions - Efficient buildings: good news for tenants
    The rules that govern the energy efficiency of buildings are changing in April 2018. What are the key changes to be aware of and how could your business be affected if it’s a tenant or a landlord?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Will the “staircase tax” survive?
    Will the “staircase tax” survive?..Business rates. The 2017 business rates revaluation has proved to be especially bad news for some businesses which occupy more than one part of a building. Previously all floors were treated as a single premises, but following a Supreme Court ruling in Woolway v Mazars 2015 the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) used the 2017 revaluation exercise to treat each floor as a separate business premises, resulting in a massive hike in rates. Staircase tax. The extra rates, dubbed...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Buy-to-lets, landlords and fire extinguishers
    Like many business owners, you might have invested in the buy-to-let property market. When it comes to fire safety matters, are you legally obliged to provide your tenants with fire extinguishers. If not, should you still do so?
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  • 600+ Business Solutions - Business rates during refurbishment works
    The Supreme Court has been asked to consider whether the owners of commercial premises are liable for business rates during refurbishment works. What conclusion did it reach?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Rent out your property and rent another
    You would like to live closer to your business but don’t want to sell your current property and buy another. Can you rent somewhere to live and then rent out your home without telling your mortgage lender?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Break clause
    Break clause..Break clauses. As a tenant, if you intend using a break clause in a lease you should take note of two recent High Court decisions which highlight a trap. In Riverside Park v NHS 2016 and Secretary of State for Communities v South Essex College 2016 , the tenants left various items, e.g. partitioning, kitchen units, floor coverings, blinds and an intruder alarm. In the Court’s view these were sufficient to prevent the landlord from having vacant possession of the property and therefore the break...
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