Autumn Statement 2022

Jeremy Hunt presented his Autumn Statement on 17th Nov 2022, and if there was any doubt UK are in severe recession.

A fiscal U-turn without precedent!

A fiscal U-turn without precedent!

Over the last few days, we have seen a gradual dismantling of the mini-budget of Friday 23 September 2022, along with the economic policies that Prime Minister Liz Truss based her leadership campaign on. This emergency statement effectively replaces and re-writes the mini-budget.This emergency statement effectively replaces and re-writes the mini-budget.

Could rent controls ever work in the UK?

Could rent controls ever work in the UK?

Rent controls, once the preserve
of European cities such as Berlin,
are increasingly being discussed
in parts of the UK, but could they
really become a reality over here?

Mitigation of Inheritance tax

Mitigation of Inheritance tax

An investment property does not qualify for a Business Property Relief, so is added at market value on death, and Inheritance tax will be payable thereon at full market value less any charges on the investment property such as mortgages.

When is it a Good time to Incorporate a Property Portfolio

Since George Osbourne announced in his 2015 Budget of restrictions in mortgage interest relief, landlords have been racing to incorporate their property portfolios, which got the thumps up from the courts following the Ramsey Case (2013). The case itself provided the main guidance and test as to whether the landlord would qualify for Incorporation Relief. Several years forward, and whether the landlord would qualify for incorporation relief has become very subjective.

The Retirement Living Standards

Retirement Living Standards

The minimum retirement living standard is based on the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Minimum Income Standard and covers a typical retiree’s basic needs plus enough for some social activities, such as a week of holiday in the UK, eating out once a month, but not including running a car.