What support is available for landlords affected by Coronavirus?

Sheards Accountants has collated helpful advice on how landlords can put plans in place should the unfortunate and unexpected arise. 

Many landlords across the UK are facing the uncertainty of whether tenants will be able to keep up with rental payments as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Some support has been offered by the government, through extending the three-month mortgage payment holiday to buy-to-let mortgages.

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Speak with your tenant

There is nothing worse than not knowing whether or not your rent fees will be hitting your bank account to meet your mortgage obligations, which is why the first thing you should do is contact your tenant to ask how they may have been impacted by COVID-19 and how that might impact their ability to pay their rent.

Compassion should be shown at this time, everyone is facing increased pressures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic so consider the way you approach the question. Showing compassion is likely to result in a better outcome all round if an amicable agreement can be reached.

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Contact your mortgage lender

If you believe you may struggle to meet your mortgage repayments, or if your tenant has indicated that will struggle to pay, then contact your mortgage lender at the earliest opportunity to secure a mortgage payment holiday.

Most mortgage lenders are in the process of setting up the ability to make this request online in order to avoid lengthy call centre queues, so check online in the first instance.

Remember that interest will still accrue on the outstanding debt so you may end up paying more interest over the period of your loan, but with current interest rates, this should not have a significant impact.

3.

Find a better mortgage deal

Following the announcement that the Bank of England has reduced its interest rates to a record low of just 0.1%, it may be the time to switch lender. However, if you need to take advantage of a mortgage holiday you will need to discuss this with them at the time of application to check it will be honoured.

Alternatively, if you’re out of your fixed term or are nearing the end, speak with your existing mortgage lender to see what better rates they could offer.

4.

Act lawfully

New legislation prevents any new evictions from social or private rented accommodation during the COVID-19 emergency. While this will come as a relief to the 4.4 million privately rented households in England, it will likely to be of concern to landlords who are limited in their ability to deal with bad debts, especially if these may have been in place for the past couple of months.

Outlining the new legislation, Sheards tax manager, Jane Senior explains: “This means that no action can be taken by the landlord if the tenants can no longer keep up to monthly payments due to being made redundant or becoming furloughed. The legislation includes advice for landlords to show compassion during this time, and to support those who rely on rent as a stream of income, buy to let mortgages are now included through the mortgage payment freeze, to help reduce their costs and take the burden off them.

“The guidance recommends that all tenants that are concerned about payments and have found themselves in unfortunate circumstances should speak to their landlord to arrange a plan moving forward, either with a more manageable monthly payment or a rent holiday”.

5.

Set up a savings pot

If you’ve not done so already we recommend setting up a standing order to a savings account to ensure you have a pot of funds to revert to in times where extra spend might be required on your rental property, whether it be to cover mortgage repayments or essential repairs.

If you do take advantage of the three-month mortgage payment holiday, we would recommend putting that money into this account if you don’t need to use it for essential living costs, so that you have some longer-term financial protection should the tenant choose to move out during this period.

Source: PropertyWire

Uwa Ujam – The Simple Way to Appraise to Avoid Losing Money

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On Tuesday 4th February we have Uwa Ujam coming to the Co-Op. Uwa will be presenting a talk called ‘The Simple Way to Stack or Appraise your deals to avoid loosing Money’.

Uwa is a developer of both Property and Software. He has created numerous applications designed to empower people with low or no access to simple critical decision-making capabilities.

Having witnessed the colossal losses investors endure due to errors in their property appraisal processes, he co-founded an application to help make deal stacking and property appraisal more data driven, collaborative, simple and based on best practice.

Uwa, who has a Masters degree in Property Development & Planning, has been in the IT industry for twenty years whilst investing in the property industry for sixteen. He specialises in automation, data engineering, analytics, simplification and problem solving.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 4th February.

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Davin Poonwassie – P2P and Crowdfunding

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On Tuesday 3rd December we have Davin Poonwassie coming to the Co-Op. Davin will be presenting a talk called ‘What you need to know about P2P and Crowdfunding (Yes they are different!)’.

Davin’s background is in IT and database design and implementation, providing global solutions to manage and protect customer and company data. With a background in data and information technology, Davin is well suited to this online property finance marketplace.

In 2013, Davin set up Simple Backing and started building this business alongside his database work.

Simple Crowdfunding is a property crowdfunding platform that connects Investors with property professionals looking to raise finance (Fundraisers). We offer both Peer to Peer Lending (loans) and Equity finance for projects in the UK.

In the talk Davin will be talking about:

  • Learn the difference between P2P and Equity Crowdfunding?
  • How can you use your Tax Free ISA and Pension money to invest
  • Financial Promotion, How to stay the right side of the law
  • The finance stack, risk and reward
  • Why Brand Awareness matters

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 3rd December.

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Jay Howard – Exit Strategies

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On Tuesday 1st October we have Jay Howard coming to the Co-Op. Jay will be presenting a talk called ‘Exit Strategies – Your Guide to Thinking in Reverse’.

Jay Howard has been in the property industry for the last 17 years starting his career in estate agency through to asset management. Jay has management level experience combined with Graduate Degrees in Law, Psychology and Ancient History.

Jay  has been investing in property for the past 17 years. Specialising in Short lease (Flats and Houses), Commercial, Mixed Use and No Money Left in strategies. The largest deal Jay has completed was a commercial building purchased for £500,000 and sold 18 months later for £5,000,000 in 2009. He has released a book on auctions with his co-author, Piotr Rusinek, explaining the auction and the continuous supply of opportunities they provide.

Away from the office, Jay is an avid reader, movie buff and Co-Author of Amazon #1 seller Before the Hammer Falls – The Insiders Guide to Auction Property Success.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 1st October.

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Book Review – “Attached” by Amir Levine and Rachel S. F. Heller

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This book is about three primary attachment styles: anxious, avoidant and secure.  Generally speaking, it refers to intimate relationships, but I think it can also help with other forms of relationships too.

The book explains each attachment style and helps you evidence which one(s) you are.  It gives case studies and some of which you may be able to relate to.  I even laughed at myself on a few occasions when I realised how “silly” I had been in the past, but in truth it was just my attachment style being triggered.  There are little practical exercises and lots of food for thought to take away from this book.  It also helped me think about how I communicate and express myself to others and how much my attachment style has had an impact on this.

I think this is a great book to help you learn and understand yourself and how you are when it comes to relationships.  It can also help you to change yourself once you have the knowledge and insight that this book offers.  Once you have a clearer understanding of why you react the way you do you can slowly but surely change, if you so choose.

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Summer Soiree

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On Tuesday 6th August Freedom Property Co-Op will be holding its annual Summer Soiree @ The Bull, 498 Streatham High Road, London, SW16 3QB at 7PM.

Come to relax and converse with friends, and even make new friends.

This is not a meeting so come relaxed, casual and ready to talk and engage with current or new members. The aim of this is to establish and strengthen existing or new connections within the Co-Op, ‘Your net worth, is your network’.

So come have a drink (or two) and something to eat.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 6th August.

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Build-to-rent is still on the rise in London

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Nearly half of Londoners are living in rented accommodation and this will surely increase according to study.

On the basis of current trends, the Centre for Housing Policy at York university estimates that by 2040 up to one-third of 60-year-olds will rent privately. Government data show that at present just 4 per cent of pensioners and 8 per cent of those aged 55 to 64 live in privately rented accommodation.

The proportion of 25 to 34-year-olds who rent privately has been stable at about a third over two decades but has risen notably for 35 to 44-year-olds, from 16 per cent to about 25 per cent now. Young people also spend more on housing costs (a third of their income on average, the Resolution Foundation reports) than did youthful baby boomers (a fifth) and the rent they pay will often go directly to the pension income of their retired landlords.

Anthony Rodgers – Securing Your Future

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On Tuesday 4th June we have Anthony Rodgers coming to the Co-Op. Anthony will be talking about clause 24, inheritance tax and succession planning.

Anthony is a chartered tax adviser and trust and estate practitioner with a legal background. With over a decade in the field Anthony has built an extensive understanding of both day to day tax planning and complex structured planning.

Anthony qualified at a mid size firm specializing in owner managed business planning, then moved on to a niche tax planning firm providing bespoke planning and structuring advice to individuals and owner managed businesses before starting Fusion Partners in 2014. Since then Anthony has spent time working with tax efficient investments, structured tax planning, pension planning and supporting clients in relation to tax inquiries.

Anthony specialises in inheritance tax, trusts and estates, property planning, international tax and the structuring of owner managed businesses.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 4th June.

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Book Review – “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey

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“Don’t kill the goose that lays the golden egg”

This book is a classic and should be on your must reads if you have not read the book as yet.

I didn’t find it an easy read, however it is well worth the effort as it does go into depth into each habit which are as follows:
1. Be Proactive “Principle of personal vision”
2. Begin with the end in mind “Principle of personal Leadership”
3. Put first things first “Principle of personal management”
4. Think win/win “Principle of interpersonal leadership
5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood “Principle of empathetic communication”
6. Synergize “Principle of creative cooperation”
7. Sharpen the saw “Principle of balanced self-renewal”

I appreciate that all the principles are of equal standing (just like the 10 commandments), here comes the but, but my favourite and the one that I like to practice the most is – seek first to understand, then to be understood. I hope you enjoy the book!

Andrew Evans – Property Finance

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On Tuesday 2nd April we have Andrew Evans coming to the Co-Op. Andrew will be talking about property finance and the best methods to secure it.

Andrew has been in corporate and commercial banking for 15 years having started his banking career with Bank of America, with stints at First Global Bank, Bank of Cyprus UK and UMTB. Over the past 9 years Andrew has focused on property-based lending primarily in London and the Home Counties.

Andrew joined the Victoria Mutual in June 2018 as Head of Lending Services. Victoria Mutual Finance Limited (VM Finance) is a UK registered private limited company, In 2017 VM Finance was approved as a licensed Mortgage Broker to advise and arrange regulated mortgage contracts in the United Kingdom.

Andrew has a real passion for building long term business relationships and believes that successful developers and investors need a reliable and committed banking partner that understands the intricacies of the property world.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 2nd April.

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