Getting paid for letting out your spare room or house on AirBnB isn’t as straightforward as it sounds.
Many people accuse buy-to-let landlords of fuelling Britain's house-price bubble, for example. And now, with a change in the tax regime, it looks like it's coming under fire from government too.
Back when MoneyWeek started, buy-to-let seemed a really good idea. It was. Now, though, it really isn’t, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
The government has given another clear signal that it has the buy-to-let business firmly in its sights. Avoid at all costs, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
It used to make some sense to forget about saving for a pension and get a buy-to-let flat instead, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But not any more. You’d be mad not to take advantage of the current benefits of saving for a pension.
George Osborne’s plans for buy-to-let property make the sector look decidedly dodgy. But that’s not stopped people thinking it can solve all their financial problems.
The move sounds positive for tenants, but the cost will be passed on, says Sarah Moore.
The new Tenant Fees Act, which bans excessive fees and caps the deposit tenants can be charged, could cost landlords up to £83m a year and lettings agencies £157m, says the government.
The government’s determination to make the buy-to-let sector less appealing to investors seems to have worked, with landlords suffering a dismal few years.
As corporate landlords tap into healthy demand for rented property in the UK, Sarah Moore outlines how to profit from build-to-rent.
Investing in buy-to-let property was once a perfectly valid thing to do. But the government killed the market. John Stepek explains what investors should learn from the fate of the amateur landlord.
London house-price growth is slowing down and the number of transactions is falling. Some are blaming Brexit – but the real reasons go much deeper than that, says John Stepek.
Furnished holiday homes can be a tax-efficient way of buying to let, says Sarah Moore.
Don’t be fooled by the attractive yields from investing in student property: the market doesn’t live up to the hype.
Emma Lunn rounds up the latest news stories that affect property investors, landlords and homebuyers.
Landlords should ensure they are up-to-date on what they can deduct from property income.