Top tips for landlord profit protection

Top tips for landlord profit protection

Peter Armistead is a property investor with 80 properties in Manchester and has put together some options that landlords can consider to protect their profits.

• Review your properties and see if you can get planning on an existing property to increase its value, by adding an extension, or converting the cellars?

• If you have a one bedroomed property, can you make it into a small two bedroomed property?

• If you lack building skills/knowledge, but have equity or cash, maybe partnering with someone more skilled in building/renovation work would be profitable.

• Consider changing a house into an HMO and increase the rental income.

• There is a real shortage of properties right now and prices are at a record high so consider selling some stock.

• The tax changes don’t affect Limited Companies.  Consider setting up a Limited Company and using this structure to hold your properties.

• Are you an active or passive investor?  Passive investors will get hit hardest by the changes.  Maybe active investors can find deals for other investors and create income streams there.

• It will become far more important to buy property below market value. You can’t just buy a £1 of property for a £1 anymore.  Buying with a built-in discount will help ensure your investment is just that (ie an investment)

• Consider other specialist areas of property investment which compliment traditional BTL.  For example, can you manage properties for other landlords and charge a fee for that service?  Can you sack your lettings agent and do the job yourself or use a cheaper online lettings agent?


Peter says: "If investors can purchase cheaper properties with better yields, they will have the opportunity to protect and boost their profits in the longer term. Certainly the recent changes have made it a lot harder to make money in BTL.  But where there are challenges, there are opportunities if you can think outside the box.”
 

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Paul
Paul 25 May 2016

Estate agents are pathetic when it comes to fees. They have this 'I had to do it at 1% because that's what the others were quoting' mentality. We are the most expensive agents in our area, charging double...

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HMO Midlands Landlady 24 May 2016

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 20 May 2016

With the bulk of the market controlled by large developers, profit rather than necessity determine the pace at which homes are built. There are hundreds of thousands of plots that have planning permission...

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Johna
Johna 20 May 2016

"Easier said than done" is what I would say. Of course, it would be more than great to have more in quality and affordability, but I do not trust talk anymore.. What is said is not what is happening.

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Johna
Johna 20 May 2016

in my humble opinion being fair like THE most important! I myself have had bad experience with unfair landlords... not to mention that I know how to do a proper end of tenancy cleaning since I am a fantastic...

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richardrawlings
richardrawlings 18 May 2016

NB - even if we doubled our commission levels in the UK, we'd still be by far the cheapest agents in the entire world.

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Agent_PeeBee
Agent_PeeBee 18 May 2016

Clueless. Someone needs to take these people's computers away from them so they can do no more harm than they already have.

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richardrawlings
richardrawlings 18 May 2016

Nonsense! The cost of selling a house nowadays has little bearing on the fees charged. Don't believe your own spin on this. Fees have spiralled down to pathetic levels in areas where weak agents have allowed...

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Simon Oliver
Simon Oliver 16 May 2016

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WPD
WPD 12 May 2016

I suggest the answer is to have the notary system being one legal person who represents both parties. Having experienced it a couple of times in France it was a dream compared to our dysfunctional system....

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warren
warren 03 May 2016

It's enough to make me weep into my Pimm's :(

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james anderson 03 May 2016

The sad demise of the croquet lawn...

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