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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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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Walsall Property – Jargon Busting Terminology (PART 1)

Walsall Property - Jargon Busting Terminology (PART 1)
Walsall Property – Jargon Busting Terminology (PART 1)

Something different this week for my blog reading friends…in recent months I have been asked on several occasions to explain certain terminology that has cropped up during Walsall property transactions or just in conversation.  For ease of reference I have gone through the list in alphabetical order; the overwhelming array of acronyms and specialist terminology in simple layperson terms.  To save the article from being endless pages I have split this into two parts with part 2 releasing soon – so watch this space!  If there is anything I may have missed please feel free to comment or get in touch.

The meaning behind the lingo…

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Abandonment – Abandonment is when a tenant leaves the property (usually without notifying the landlord or agent) before the tenancy has ended.  Very often this occurs when the tenant owes rent and the tenant may or may not leave possessions in the property.  Although the tenant is in the wrong for many reasons, they still have a legal tenancy and can return and demand to take up residence at any time, despite not paying rent.  Taking over an abandoned property is fraught with difficulties for the landlord and specialist advice should be sought.

Advance – A mortgage loan – an additional loan is referred to as a further advance.

Adverse Credit – Used to apply to a borrower or application that has past problems with bad credit, for instance frequent late payment, breached arrangement, bankruptcy or County Court Judgement.

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Today’s Buy To Let Deal Yields 5.41% 2 Bedroom Semi Detached House, Bank Street, Cannock, WS12.

A two bedroom semi detached house, Bank Street, Cannock, WS12. The asking price is for £127500 and is marketed by Purple Bricks (01926 267659).

An excellent spec throughout with modern kitchen, bathroom, gas central heating and double glazing, however the rear garden will need some attention. Parking facilities are not listed in the description.

The location is ideal for commuting to Cannock town centre. Many other amenities and services are all within a short distance away.

I appraise the pcm at a minimum of £575.00 and if the property sells at the current asking price, this makes a yield of 5.41%.

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.

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