Daily Archives: January 2, 2020

Oak Row, Brixworth

Presented to a high standard throughout, is this superb four double bedroom detached family home with three reception rooms, Kitchen/Breakfast room and a detached double garage with a double width driveway providing fantastic off road parking for four/six cars. The property has been upgraded by the current owners to include granite kitchen work tops. The private rear garden wraps around behind the double garage.

The accommodation in brief comprises, Entrance hall, with stairs rising to the first floor landing, Study, with UPVc double glazed window to the front aspect, cloakroom, Utility room, beautifully appointed and ergonomically designed kitchen with a range of units at eye and base level and integrated appliances to include a dishwasher. From the breakfast area, UPVc double glazed french doors, which lead to the rear garden. From the breakfast area a door leads to the dining room. From the dining, further UPVc double glazed french doors lead to the garden. The living room offers great family space and features a fireplace and bay fronted UPVc double glazed window to the front aspect.

The first floor accommodation features four double bedrooms, the master bedroom affording and ensuite facility and a separate family bathroom. The Master bedroom features dual aspect UPVc double glazed windows to the front and rear aspect. The Ensuite features a double shower cubicle, low flush WC and sink. Bedroom Two features a built-in wardrobe over the stairs and a UPVc double glazed window to the front aspect. Bedrooms three and four are both double bedrooms and feature UPVc double glazed windows to the rear aspect. The family bathroom comprises a modern three piece suite with separate shower over the bath, low flush WC and sink.

Externally to the rear, the garden which is mainly laid to lawn is enclosed by panel fencing. There iare raised flower beds, paved patio area set to the rear of the garden providing a seating area with further paved patio area abutting the rear of the property. A personnel door leads to the double garage and a further gate leads to the double width driveway.

The double garage is accessed via a large driveway and features power and lighting.


Rogue landlord fined £27k for unsafe HMO

Rogue landlord fined £27k for unsafe HMO An unscrupulous landlord has been fined £27,000 over an unlicensed HMO in Luton with multiple fire and safety breaches. ​

Luton Magistrates Court heard that the unlicensed property at 14 Kenneth Road, Luton, LU2, had poor fire alarm systems and blocked fire exits, missing and broken tiles on the roof, and evidence of rat infestation.

Marco Caruso of Verulam Court, Hendon, pleaded guilty to illegally managing a HMO and seven breaches of HMO regulation.

He was fined £27,000, which included a £170 victim surcharge and costs of £848.70.

Cllr Tom Shaw, portfolio holder for housing, commented: “This is a great result for the rogue landlord project [being operated by the council] and an excellent example of how we are working together to ensure that private housing in Luton is of a good standard.

“If an HMO is poorly managed, the tenant’s safety could be at risk.

“We are committed to identifying rogue landlords and making sure the properties they manage are in a good condition and adhere to safety regulations, or face prosecution.”

Help and support available for landlords paying tax and keeping records

Help and support available for landlords paying tax and keeping records The tax return deadline when filing your online Self Assessment for the tax year ending 5 April 2019 is less than a month away.

Filing an annual tax return is a necessary task for every self-employed person, including buy-to-let landlords, with the 31 January deadline for the 2018/19 Self Assessment tax return at midnight on 31 January 2020.

Whether you have just started out as a buy-to-let landlord or you are an established property investor, there is much to consider from a financial point of view.

Around 10 million people must complete a self-assessment tax form every year, typically because they are self-employed, run their own business or have untaxed income or capital gains, such as from a buy-to-let property, a trust or investment portfolio.

There is no need to fret over filing your tax returns, as it does not even require an accountant.

However, if you are concerned about going it alone and doing your own tax return, you may wish to check out HMRC’s ‘help and support for landlords’.

For more information, click here.

HMRC also offers online tax return help for landlords to their online series of help and support webinars.

View all HMRC webinars.

New trade body launches for BTL landlords

New trade body launches for BTL landlords A new landlord organisation, which is the largest ever trade body in the letting sector, has been officially launched.

The National Residential Landlords Association, which came into force yesterday, has a membership of more than 80,000 landlords.

The new organisation has come about after the National Landlords Association (NLA) and the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) agreed to merge in autumn, with a view to delivering a stronger voice for landlords in the private rented sector.

Ben Beadle is the NRLA’s new chief executive, having joined from Touchstone, part of the Places for People housing group. He was previously managing director of TDS Northern Ireland and director of customer service with the TDS.

The two previous chairs, Alan Ward of the RLA and Adrian Jeakings of the NLA, said in a joint statement: “After more than 20 years of friendly competition the time is right to create a single organisation to represent and campaign for landlords.

“With so much of our work done in parallel there are major benefits to be gained for our landlord members.

“We will be stronger together when presenting a unified voice to government both nationally and locally about the importance of supporting the majority of landlords who do a good job providing the homes to rent the country needs.”