Turn and face the strange of 2016
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2016 was certainly a year of Changes, to quote singer/songwriter David Bowie, whose death in January was for many a portent of the tumultuous year ahead in the political and economic spheres. The three per cent rise in stamp duty on second homes and buy-to-let purchases was greeted with some dismay, particularly as the government's initial consultation had suggested that there could be an exemption for investors buying 15 or more properties.
Buy-to-let under pressure
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Buy-to-let lenders are facing a double whammy, and as a result, will start to stress-test buyers at a higher threshold from January 2017.
The Insurance Act 2015
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The Insurance Act 2015 came into force on the 12th of August. This Act together with the consumer insurance reforms that came into effect in 2013 have provided the greatest change to insurance contract law for over 100 years. The Insurance Act 2015 amends some key sections of the Marine Insurance Act 1906, which were regarded as not reflecting good insurance practice and is considered to be broadly neutral between insurer and insured.
Interesting times for landlords
Posted by: Titlesolv
Landlords in the buy-to-let market have faced a double-whammy. Not only did the former Chancellor of the Exchequer introduce a new stamp duty land tax surcharge on buy-to-let properties in April, but as of 2017, tax relief on mortgage interest will be phased out to be replaced with a capped tax credit. If that wasn't enough, in response to new affordability checks currently under consultation by the Bank of England, some of the UK's biggest lenders including The Mortgage Works (TWM) and Barclays raised a key affordability threshold in the spring.
A Renewed Outlook on Emissions
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In accordance with the 1997 Kyoto Protocol industrialised nations pledged to cut their yearly carbon emissions as measured in six greenhouse gases by an average of 5.2% by 2012 as compared to 1990. This equated to a 29% cut in the values that would have otherwise occurred.
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