Don’t know about you but I had heard so much about the new GDPR laws which came into force towards the end of May 2018 that I thought many of my Blog reading friends wouldn’t wish to hear another word on the matter!! On the contrary…I’ve received several requests to clear matters up for you guys especially, around your personal responsibility when it came to staying on the right side of the law.
If you are letting a property in Walsall or indeed the UK for that matter, GDPR for landlords certainly affects you in a few key ways. Before I address these major changes, let’s take a quick look at how we got to this point.
A brief history of UK data protection
In essence, data protection regulation has been enforced in the UK as a way to ensure that businesses and business owners do not abuse or misuse the data of their customers. The purpose is to ensure it is not just used correctly but also stored safely. In the UK, the first Data Protection Act was introduced in 1984.
It has been subsequently revised over the years and in 1993, a famous case was brought forward which saw PC Brown being prosecuted for mishandling data. Though the ruling was eventually overturned, it was a landmark case and UK businesses seemed to start taking data protection more seriously.
A two bedroom terraced house, Sorell Drive, Tamebridge, Walsall, WS5. Ideal for a buy to let (BTL) investment opportunity. Marketed Bairstow eves (01926 312791) and at a very reasonable £110k asking price. You can find the full property details here.
Situated in the highly popular Tamebridge estate, which is very conducive for long term letting.
I was recently reading a report by the Home website which suggested that landlords are selling en-masse their buy-to-let investments due to increasing burdens on them in the buy-to-let market. Their findings suggest the number of new properties that came onto the market nationally (for sale) jumped by 11% across the UK as a result.
Those increasing burdens include new tax rules coming in over the next 3 to 4 years and the announcement that all self-managing landlords (i.e. landlords that don’t use a letting agent to look after their buy-to-let property) will soon need to register with a compulsory redress scheme to resolve tenant arguments and disputes; as Westminster wants to heighten standards in the Private Rented Sector.
Interestingly, a few weeks ago I was chatting with a self-managed landlord from Bloxwich, when I was out who didn’t realise the other recent legislations that have hit the Private Rented sector, including the ‘Right to Rent’ regulations which came in to operation last year. Landlords have to certify their tenants have the legal right to live in the UK. This includes checking and taking copies of their tenant’s passport or visa before the tenancy is signed. Of course, if you use a letting agent to manage your property, they will usually sort this for you (as they will with the redress scheme when that is implemented).
A three bedroom end terraced house, Holford Avenue, Bescot, Walsall, WS2. This property is presented very nicely and with a very acceptable spec. It can be let as it currently stands though I would take a closer look at the rear garden, it could do with some sprucing up. The property type and high standard of spec makes it ideal for working professionals.This is further strengthened by its location about half a mile from M6 junction 9, ideal for commuting. For the frustrated footballer in all of us, Bescot stadium is but a short 10 minute stroll away. The return journey could be a little longer if the Saddlers lose that Saturday. For your weekly shopping supplies look no further than the large Morrisons superstore just around the corner. It has a petrol forecourt as well…Handy!
A two bedroom end terraced house on the popular Poppyfields estate in Walsall. The area is popular for investors and renters alike. The property benefits from double glazing and gas central heating. Parking is off-road. It would be better appreciated by a viewing. Some improvements/ changes will be needed including the rear garden and bathroom. The location is within easy reach of all the major road networks, services and other amenities lending easy access to Walsall and West Bromwich town centres. For the football aficionados amongst us, Bescot Stadium is just a few mins walk away.
The current asking price is £125000 and based on a rental of £550.00 pcm will return a yield of 5.28%.
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