How many Walsall properties will be illegal to ‘Rent Out’ in 2018?!

How many Walsall properties will be illegal to ‘Rent Out’ in 2018?!
How many Walsall properties will be illegal to ‘Rent Out’ in 2018?!

For the last 10 years, every private rental property must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating before being marketed.  The property is given an energy rating, very similar to those on washing machines and fridges with the rainbow coloured graph, of between A to G (A being the most efficient and G the worst).

New legislation comes in to force next spring (2018) for English and Welsh private landlords making it illegal to let a property that does not meet a certain energy rating.  After the 1st of April next year, any new tenant moving into a private rented property or an existing tenant renewing their tenancy must have property with an energy performance rating of E or above on the property’s EPC and the new law will apply for all prevailing tenancies in the spring of 2020. After April 2018, if a landlord lets a property in the ‘F’ and ‘G’ ratings (i.e. those properties with the worst energy ratings) Trading Standards could fine Walsall landlords up to £4,000.

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Today’s Buy To Let Deal yields 5.50% is a 2 Bed Terraced house with Loft Conversion, Walsall, WS4.

A 2 bedroom terraced house in the Rushall area of Walsall, WS4, currently marketed by Purple Bricks (0121 721 9601). Plenty of photos here showing the property off at its best. The decor is all neutral and does not need anything doing to it from what I can see.

Without an internal viewing it is impossible to assess if anything needs to be done as regards upgrades, but as it stands it looks good to go. You could expect a rental of £550.00 pcm.   Therefore, if the property sells at the current asking price will result in a yield of 5.50%.

If you would like an instant online appraisal as to the rental value of your property, please click here.

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How much are Walsall Buy-to-Let Yields a year?

How much are Walsall Buy-to-Let Yields a year?
How much are Walsall Buy-to-Let Yields a year?

Purchasing your first Walsall buy to let (BTL) property is not the same as buying one to live in.  You have to employ a completely different set of tactics, methodology and mind-set.

The main difference is when purchasing your own property, you may well pay a little more to get the home you and your family want, and are less likely to compromise.  When buying for your own use, it is only human nature you will want the best, so that quite often it is at the top end of your budget; because as my parents always used to tell me – you get what you pay for in this world!

Yet with a Walsall buy to let property, if your goal is a higher rental return – a higher price doesn’t always equate to higher monthly returns – in fact quite the opposite.  Reasonably priced Walsall properties can bring in higher monthly returns.  Most landlords use the phrase ‘yield’ instead of monthly return.  To calculate the yield on a buy to let property one basically takes the monthly rent, multiplies it by 12 to get the annual rent and then divides it by the value of the property.

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Walsall Town Centre, Tameway Plaza – ‘No Mortgage’ Investment Opportunity

Tameway Plaza - Walsall Town Centre
Tameway Plaza – Walsall Town Centre

If you follow the Walsall Property Market News like I do (not just the residential) then, you will be well versed with past, present and planned future developments.  Amongst the proposed £90m transformation of the town centre recently it has been announced that more than 100 jobs will be created by developing a piece of derelict land back into commercial use with a further £6.9m investment.

In recent years we have had the new 24hr Tesco, the Primark development (which was extremely busy on Saturday), The Quarter has just been finished with Poundland and B&M taking up occupation anytime now and there are plans to revamp The Saddlers Centre!  So, with all this happening around the commercial side of property “what about residential” I hear you ask…?

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Today’s 3 Bed Semi Buy To Let Deal Yields 5.57%, Alderley Crescent, Walsall, WS3.

A three bedroom semi detached house on a prestigious and popular estate in the Coalpool area in Walsall. Since major redevelopment in the area, the area’s profile has now been raised substantially making it a popular choice for rental.

There are plenty of photos to show off the very attractive spec of this property. My personal experience with this estate is that the estate is very popular and highly sought after for rentals.

The location benefits from being within easy reach of all the major road networks, services and other amenities lending easy access to Walsall and Bloxwich town centres.

The property is of modern design and has off-road parking as well as a garage. There is a fully fitted kitchen and has gas central heating and double glazing. Additionally there is a large lounge, two double bedrooms and a fair sized garden. the only blip on the horizon for me is the bathroom, which looks a little dated and could do with an upgrade. However, do not let that be a deal breaker, the property can definitely be let as is. But don’t take my word for it, go and take a look for yourself and book a viewing appointment.

The current asking price is £139950k and based on a rental of £650.00 pcm will return a yield of 5.57% though I do feel that the property is slightly overpriced.

Currently on offer with House Simple (0330 098 9870) click here for the full property details.

If you would like an instant online appraisal as to the rental value of your property, please click here.

If you are thinking of getting into the property rental market and don’t know where to start, speak to us for impartial advice and guidance to get the best return on your investment.

For more information about other potential investment properties that we could introduce you to, or to ask about our thoughts on your own investment choices, call us now on 01922 311016, you can always email me on salekm@ashmorelettings.co.uk.

Don’t forget to visit the links below to view back dated deals and Walsall Property News

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Walsall Property – Jargon Busting Terminology (PART 2)

Walsall Property - Jargon Busting Terminology - PART 2
Walsall Property – Jargon Busting Terminology – PART 2

I have had a massive response from my Blog reading friends since I posted last weeks article on Jargon Busting. The thought had crossed my mind to do something different this week however, my readers have convinced me otherwise. So without further ‘ado’ here is part 2 (part 1 can be found here – just in case you missed it…)!!

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Negative Equity – When the value of the mortgage which is outstanding on the property, is more than the market value of the property.

NHBC – National House Building Council. A warranty scheme for new properties providing cover against major structural defects for 10 years.

Non Resident Landlords – If you live overseas and are not a UK tax payer you can apply to receive rent without tax being deducted. For more information and details on how to apply for the Non Resident Landlords (NRL) Scheme – click HERE

 

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Office Copy Entries – If the property has a registered title, the vendor’s (seller) solicitor will need to apply for office copy entries from the Land Registry before a draft contract can be prepared.

Ombudsman – An independent professional body which is set up by law to help settle individual disputes between consumers and firms, for example, estate agents, solicitors and insurance companies. There are now three ombudsman schemes.

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Buy To Let Deal Of The Day, Gower Street, Walsall, WS2. Yields 4.95%.

A two bedroom semi detached house in the Pleck area of Walsall, WS2. It has been listed with Zoopla just two days ago. There are plenty of photos, which show decent property spec including a modern kitchen and bathroom. The decor is neutral, both bedrooms are large and there is double glazing and central heating. This one could be let as is, but I would recommend doing something with the grass in the rear garden, it does look a bit worse for wear. Parking looks like it is on-road.

The selling price is £120k and it is located in an area popular for rented accommodation.

There are a selection of local schools, healthcare amenities such as doctors, dentists and chemists within easy each. Transport services are very good with bus routes and major road networks nearby and Walsall town centre only a couple of miles away.

I appraise the rental to be £495.00 pcm giving a yield of 4.95%. Currently on offer with Connells (01922 716026) click here for the full property details.

If you would like an instant online appraisal as to the rental value of your property, please click here.

If you are thinking of getting into the property rental market and don’t know where to start, speak to us for impartial advice and guidance to get the best return on your investment.

For more information about other potential investment properties that we could introduce you to, or to ask about our thoughts on your own investment choices, call us now on 01922 311016, you can always email me on salekm@ashmorelettings.co.uk.

Don’t forget to visit the links below to view back dated deals and Walsall Property News

Blog: www.walsallpropertyblog.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/AshmoreLettings