3 reasons to stop being a Walsall Landlord and 6 that will make you want to become one!


3 reasons to stop being a Walsall Landlord and 6 that will make you want to become one!

The buy-to-let market in Walsall is about to enter a challenging 12 to 24 months. Yet by looking back at the last recession and what is happening now, there are crucial lessons all Walsall landlords can learn to protect themselves, and in fact create opportunities both in the short term and ultimately the longer term. For the purposes of this article, I would like to split these and look at the challenges and then the opportunities.

So, let’s consider the challenges ahead for Walsall landlords …

  1. The impending rise in unemployment stands to hamper tenants’ ability to pay their rent.
  2. The current rents being achieved pushing affordability in some cases out of reach for many tenants.
  3. The possible Capital Gains Tax changes might mean an increase in tax paid by Walsall landlords when they come to sell their Walsall buy-to-let (BTL) properties. 
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Walsall’s ‘Trapped Landlords’

Walsall’s ‘Trapped Landlord’

Since going into lockdown in March, the Government proclaimed a ban on tenant evictions, pledging that no tenant in a private rented home, who had lost their wages due to Covid-19 would be kicked out of their private rented home until the late summer. Fast forward to August and the press were being briefed as late as Wednesday 19th August that this freeze in evictions in England and Wales would cease on the 23rd August. That was until just after 4pm Friday 21st August when Mr Jenrick, the Housing Minister, announced that the eviction ban would be extended for a further four weeks and buy to let landlords must also now give their tenants six months notice to gain possession.

Cue crocodile tears for all the 4,291 Walsall landlords 

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Electrical testing law change for Walsall Landlords

Electrical testing law change for Walsall Landlords
Electrical testing law change for Walsall Landlords

As if Walsall landlords and landlords across the country don’t have enough to contend with, new rules on Electrical Inspection Condition Reports (EICR) has kicked in from this month.

In my day job at Ashmore Lettings & Sales, historically we have always advised landlords to conduct this check to obtain a condition report.  Therefore, most of our clients are already ahead of the game.  I have to admit, explaining this to some landlords has been an uphill battle especially, when my colleagues in the industry dissuaded many Walsall landlords to not obtain an EICR.

Here’s an overview of the changes:

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Two BTL Deals Of The Week in Walsall – Potential Yields Between 6.0% to 7.6%

2 Bed Semi, Yorkshire Grove, Walsall, WS2

When it comes to buy-to-let (BTL) deals in Walsall, there hasn’t been much to sing and dance about in recent times.  But if you look underneath the covers…there are always hidden gems to be found.  Some of my Blog reading friends may know that I have been quietly plugging away in the background looking at deals and helping clients connect the dots to help make those all important life changing decisions.  Like people come in all shapes and sizes so does their area of knowledge/ expertise.  In recent times I have had my Walsall Property Sourcing Clients ask me a similar question which, I thought I would answer here by providing an insight into some of the reasons why I view Walsall BTL investments the way I do…

…so without further ado…!!  Above pictures are of two seemingly investable properties for a Walsall Landlord to consider. However, when you delve a little deeper and past the numbers, what do you actually see…?

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Covid-19 (Coronavirus): Walsall Landlord & Tenant Information

Covid-19 Coronavirus – Walsall Landlord and Tenant Information

 

There is no doubt we are living in challenging times.  Until recently I thought, the main talking points this April would be around changes to EPCs and EICRs – but things are a little different now.

Walsall Landlords and tenants have a lot of questions about what all of this means for them and what support will be available during the coronavirus pandemic if they need it.

Over the past couple of weeks information/ announcements have been coming through thick and fast.  To help you as best as possible I’ve put together some of the primary information issued by the government for the private rental sector. We’re all aware that things are changing almost daily, and we’re keeping a close eye on the news as the government continues to issue further guidance and support.  The information I have to date is as of 31/03/2020.

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Walsall Homeowners – Are you sabotaging the sale of your home?

Walsall Homeowners - Are you sabotaging the sale of your Home?
Walsall Homeowners – Are you sabotaging the sale of your Home?

Many of my blog reading friends contact me for various property related advice and as they will testify, I try my best to assist where I can.  As you can imagine I see a lot of property and meet both buyers and sellers alike so I get to see and hear from both sides.  As the market starts to pick up again after the usual winter lull, I have been approached by some sellers struggling to sell their property.  So here’s my tuppence worth…

…you’ve put your home on the market and now you’re eagerly waiting for those viewings to come rolling in.  You may be receiving some viewings but actual offers are lacking. Unbeknownst to you, you are sabotaging your sale.  The good thing is there is time to turn things around.

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Walsall Landlords, Which Party Will You Vote For In The 2019 General Election?

Walsall Landlords, Which Party Will You Vote For In The 2019 General Election?
Walsall Landlords, Which Party Will You Vote For In The 2019 General Election?

I got stopped in the street the other day…not for a stop and search but by a local landlord who recognised me!  As the story goes, we started to talk about the local property market.  He was uncertain which way to vote and wanted my opinion.  There is so much talk with a nauseas amount of noise from all corners that it’s almost impossible to weigh up the pros and cons for Walsall landlords and Walsall property owners.  I mean if I could have it my way, I would love to take some manifesto ideas I like from one party and attached it to the manifesto of another to create my own…wishful thinking…

…so, as Thursday 12th December draws closer, I’m keen to find out which parties Walsall landlords are backing in the General Election.  If you’re unsure on who to vote for, I have put together a summary of each party’s housing and rental plans to help you find out everything you need to know before polling day.

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My BTL Deal of the Week 2 Bed Semi Northumberland Way Walsall WS2 With Yields Of 5.57%.

I’m returning to another very popular estate for rental property for Walsall landlords. Listed 3 days ago this two bedroom semi detached house is being marketed at offers for £140k by Connells (01922 716026). Another perfect spec ready for a quick let. I would say the asking price is slightly over the ‘going rate’ for similar property types and specs on the estate.

There are two double bedrooms, as well as a family bathroom.  A modern kitchen with integrated white goods, a small low maintenance rear garden and off-road parking. It would be better appreciated by a viewing. The location is within easy reach of all the major road networks, services and other amenities lending easy access to Walsall town centre.

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My Buy To Let Deal of The Week 2 Bed Semi Yorkshire Grove Walsall WS2 Yields 5.57%.

A two bedroom semi detached house on a popular newbuild estate in Walsall, WS2. Marketed by Goodchilds (Call 01922 312016 ) with an asking price of £140k.

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Homeowners of Walsall – Is your mortgage paid off?

Walsall Homeowners – Is your mortgage paid off?

The Government’s Annual Housing Survey is 50 years old this year. It has taken a snap shot of the UK’s property market every year since 1969 and in the recently published report for 2018, it wasn’t a surprise that owner occupation is still the most predominant tenure, yet now more people own their home without a mortgage rather than having a mortgage as the number of people buying their first home (obviously with a mortgage) has declined since the Millennium.  The report also shows homeowners (mortgaged and owned outright) are, on average, older than renters and between the homeowners themselves, those who are mortgage free are older than those with a mortgage.

Looking at the most recent data for Walsall, I wanted to see how we compared to the national picture.  Therefore, focusing on the main 4 tenures of owned outright, owned with a mortgage, social housing (i.e. Council Housing and Housing Association) and private rented, this is what I found out…

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