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  1. Is it lawful to pay subcontractors directly to avoid VAT?

    I'm employing a builder to do a substantial renovation/extension.

    He'll be subcontracting to various others (plumber, electrician, and general labourers). He's suggested that I pay some of his...
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    You're allowed two lodgers and it not be an HMO...

    You're allowed two lodgers and it not be an HMO (this is a specific exemption). If the OP lets all three rooms, however, it will be an HMO and therefore may (or may not) need licensing and/or...
  3. I can't say I agree. On the rent insurance...

    I can't say I agree.

    On the rent insurance point, very few landlords bother with this anyway, so this is probably an irrelevance (I wouldn't recommend it -- the policies always look so restrictive...
  4. If you're selling your BTL, surely you won't...

    If you're selling your BTL, surely you won't attract the SDLT surcharge on your purchase anyway, as you'll end up with just one property at the end of the day? Or do you have additional BTLs that...
  5. Thank you for your reply.

    Thank you for your reply.
  6. pilman, thank you for your reply. In detail:...

    pilman,

    thank you for your reply. In detail:


    Thank you for this. Just to be absolutely clear, am I correct in thinking that there has never been a time when you could turn a C3/C4 use class...
  7. I think that prima facie either of those options...

    I think that prima facie either of those options should work, although if I were you I'd read the HMRC guidance carefully to ensure that there aren't any anti-avoidance provisions you'd fall foul of.
  8. I think your solicitor is right as well. Have a...

    I think your solicitor is right as well. Have a look at this document --...
  9. Establishing the planning status of sui generis use class HMOs

    I am thinking of buying a seven-bedroom student house. I understand that the fact it has more than six bedrooms means that it has a "sui generis" use class, as opposed to C4 use class.

    I had a...
  10. Does an HMO let on a single contract need a fire risk assessment?

    I have a four-bedroom property, which is let on a single joint and several tenancy agreement to a pre-formed group of four friends.

    I understand that HMOs only need a fire risk assessment for...
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    I'm not sure I quite agree with that. I suspect...

    I'm not sure I quite agree with that. I suspect that most people who have recently incorporated are 40% taxpayers who have done so primarily in order to benefit from being able to fully deduct...
  12. Firstly, as others have said, if you're happy...

    Firstly, as others have said, if you're happy there why on earth would you raise it? What would you expect to gain?

    Secondly, I am pretty sure that the council planning department doesn't even...
  13. Sorry, I didn't mean to sound brusque, but I'm...

    Sorry, I didn't mean to sound brusque, but I'm not sure that'd help me. The HMRC guidance says Where a transaction is entered into by joint purchasers the higher rates will apply if the transaction...
  14. Are you suggesting that my dad should transfer...

    Are you suggesting that my dad should transfer his 50% share entirely to my girlfriend in order to avoid the SDLT surcharge?

    Unfortunately, I am not sure that this'd work. Firstly, both me and my...
  15. Paying 3% SDLT surcharge on part transfer of my primary residence

    My primary residence is owned 50:50 by me and my father. It is the only property I have ever lived in as an owner-occupier.

    I am currently remortgaging it and we are transferring it into the joint...
  16. If it has existing use as a C4 at the time that...

    If it has existing use as a C4 at the time that the Article 4 direction came in, that's fine. If it's gone back to being used as a C3 house then it'll have lost its C4 status. No reason indeed why...
  17. People treat buying a house differently from...

    People treat buying a house differently from buying other items. If I were buying a toaster I would look at what the minimum spec of toaster was that met my needs, and then buy the cheapest toaster I...
  18. pilman, Thank you for the dissenting response....

    pilman,

    Thank you for the dissenting response.

    I have to say that when I read Planning Portal that was my initial interpretation, although I just couldn't really believe it given that the two...
  19. Thank you both. Very helpful.

    Thank you both. Very helpful.
  20. Can a dormer go on the side of a house under Permitted Development rights?

    I am thinking of buying a gable-fronted detached house house and I'd like to put dormers on each side of the roof, rather like in these pictures:...
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    Exactly. Government took a policy decision to...

    Exactly.

    Government took a policy decision to have fewer people from investing in BTL property. The OP is deterred from investing. Therefore the Government's intervention appears to be working...
  22. The simplest way of paying off the capital of a...

    The simplest way of paying off the capital of a mortgage is to take out a capital repayment mortgage as opposed to an interest-only mortgage!

    Since you have an interest-only mortgage already in...
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    Neither of the two different council areas where...

    Neither of the two different council areas where I have direct experience of running HMOs (and which have Article 4 directions in place) act in the same way as andybenw's, so I'd guess that's the...
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    canarm, this blog post will clear up your...

    canarm, this blog post will clear up your confusion: http://comfortlettings.co.uk/news/2012/08/16/definition-of-a-hmo-house-in-multiple-occupation



    I don't think that would often be true, as in...
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    Yes, it should be fine as a revenue expense...

    Yes, it should be fine as a revenue expense unless the plaster on the walls of the property was in such bad condition when you bought it that you couldn't realistically have let it like that -- in...
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