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Emma Lunn is a freelance journalist who specialises in writing on personal finance
How to buy your own racehorse
The best way to buy a racehorse is to join a syndicate or racing club and buy a stake in your own racehorse, says Emma Lunn. But do it for the love of…
17 May 2019
Investing in student property doesn’t stack up
Don’t be fooled by the attractive yields from investing in student property: the market doesn’t live up to the hype.
27 Mar 2019
New laws lean on landlords
Emma Lunn rounds up the latest news stories that affect property investors, landlords and homebuyers.
13 Mar 2019
Getting a UK mortgage as an expat
If you’re applying for a UK mortgage but live abroad, be prepared for a complicated process.
27 Feb 2019
An alternative to rent deposits
Deposit-free renting promises to shake up the market, but does it really help? Emma Lunn reports.
1 Feb 2019
Should you get a mortgage from a robot?
What do robo-mortgage advisers add to the process? Emma Lunn reports.
21 Dec 2018
MP takes on property developers
Emma Lunn rounds up the property stories from the week that you might have missed.
30 Nov 2018
Beware of online property auctions
Property auctions can be useful, but contain pitfalls for the unwary. So make sure you know what you’re in for.
23 Nov 2018
Hidden cost of retirement homes
Life in a retirement home can provide support and company for retirees, but watch out for extra fee add-ons.
16 Nov 2018
Landlords turn to incorporation
A hostile tax environment has driven many landlords to register as a company.
2 Nov 2018
Don’t rush into equity release
It’s becoming increasingly popular to release cash from your home, says Emma Lunn. But it’s still a risky move.
19 Oct 2018
New homes ombudsman will provide a helping hand for homeowners
Prompted by shoddy new build houses, the government is to appoint a new homes ombudsman.
12 Oct 2018
Think twice before letting out spare rooms in your house
Airbnb seems to offer easy money for those with spare rooms to let out. But be aware of the rules.
21 Sep 2018
HMO landlords: prepare for new rules
The government is cracking down on overcrowded house shares. If you're an HMO landlord, make sure you’re up to date.
7 Sep 2018
Don’t fall for “fee-free” mortgages
A growing number of mortgage lenders are scrapping arrangement fees to lure in borrowers. But do the sums first, says Emma Lunn.
31 Aug 2018
Help is on its way for leaseholders wanting to buy their freehold
Changes in the law should soon make it easier for property leaseholders to buy their freehold. But until then, know your rights.
27 Jul 2018
Landlords turn to holiday lets
Letting property out as a holiday home has tax advantages, but do your research thoroughly, says Emma Lunn.
15 Jun 2018
New protection for tenants and leaseholders
The government wants to prevent tenants and leaseholders being exploited by agents, says Emma Lunn.
18 May 2018
Duck the buy-to-let tax change
Using a limited company means higher-rate taxpayers can still get full tax relief on mortgage interest, says Emma Lunn.
11 May 2018
Trying times for buy-to-let landlords
Buy-to-let investors must keep on top of new government regulations as well as tax changes, says Emma Lunn.
4 May 2018
Residential funds: buying houses without the hassle
With buy-to-let an increasingly unattractive option, residential funds may appeal to more investors, says Emma Lunn.
20 Apr 2018
Think twice before banning tenants
Landlords and letting agents must make sure that they don’t discriminate against benefit claimants. Emma Lunn explains.
16 Mar 2018
Landlords must get to grips with mould under proposed new tenancy law
Tenants may soon have the right to sue landlords who let properties that aren’t fit for human habitation. That makes it more important than ever that …
9 Feb 2018
Court crushes leaseholders’ hopes
Leaseholders have been dealt a blow after a court ruling failed to make it cheaper for people to extend their lease or buy a freehold. Emma Lunn repor…
2 Feb 2018
Winners and losers from leasehold ban
The government has announced a ban on new-build houses being sold as leasehold. Emma Lunn looks at who's set to lose out.
19 Jan 2018
Landlords: act quickly and pay your tax
Whether a professional or an accidental landlord, you’ll need to complete a self-assessment tax return each year. Emma Lunn explains.
12 Jan 2018
Think twice before buying a new build
Living on a private estate might has snob appeal, says Emma Lunn. But it could also be more trouble than it's worth.
10 Nov 2017
How Universal Credit hurts landlords
Universal Credit is set to change the way that landlords are paid rent by tenants who receive benefits – and not necessarily for the better.
3 Nov 2017
A crackdown on the estate-agent cartel
Estate agents don’t immediately spring to mind when most people think of illegal cartels. But it's worth doing your research to make sure you’re not o…
20 Oct 2017
Restrictions on what you can and cannot do in your house may take homeowners by surprise. Make sure you know what you’re buying. Emma Lunn reports.
13 Oct 2017
Another dent to landlords’ profits
Government plans to crack down on the buy-to-let sector are about to make this type of investment less attractive than it once was.
6 Oct 2017
Think twice before raffling your home
The past year has seen a rise in the popularity of “house raffles”. But if you’re thinking of raffling yours, there are a few things you need to know …
29 Sep 2017
Buy-to-let empires face a regulatory revolt
From the end of this month, lenders will have to take a more stringent approach to buy-to-let mortgage applications from landlords. Emma Lunn explains…
21 Sep 2017
How to evict unwanted tenants
Evicting problem tenants can be a tricky business. Emma Lunn explains how landlords can go about it in the most straightforward way.
15 Sep 2017
Should you use a “no-fee” estate agent?
Some online estate agents are now offering a “fee free” service. But, asks Emma Lunn, are any of them any good?
8 Sep 2017
Don’t be caught by conveyancing scams
Conveyancing fraud is becoming increasingly common, with 159 homebuyers losing their deposits to fraudsters last year, up 85% on 2015.
29 Aug 2017
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