Accidental Landlord? It's time to register or face the consequences.
“The Landlord Registration Scheme collects and maintains up-to-date and accurate information on landlords and their properties. By law, all private landlords must register by 25 February 2015.”
It's a sign of the times – many people who have found themselves in negative equity have chosen to rent out their property rather than sell and face a shortfall. But what are the pros and cons – and what does the mandatory registration scheme mean for you?
Tom Cardwell from Negative Equity NI explains more:
“The Landlord Registration scheme is a great way to monitor and maintain standards in private rentals. For accidental landlords who haven't told their lender they're renting out a property that has a residential mortgage attached, it could mean trouble.
“Mortgage lenders have been cracking down on 'accidental landlords' for the last few years. These are people who are letting out their home without notifying them. They have an idea that many people stuck in negative equity are unwilling or unable to sell their property and are keeping quiet about letting it out because they would face a higher interest rate or have to switch to a more expensive buy-to-let loan.
“Lenders have already resorted to checking the electoral register, social media and online letting agents to check up on their borrowers as they estimate up to 30% of landlords might be their customers.”
“Our clients include people who have felt they have had to let out their property rather than face a shortfall sale, but we've been able to help most by negotiating with their lenders to write down their loan and market their property to achieve the best possible price in the current marketplace.
“Being a landlord is something that is best left to the professionals who have time and money to spend resolving problems, can manage their tenancies appropriately and have good knowledge of property rentals.”
More about the Landlord Registration Scheme:
A centrally held register of private landlords:
What else should I do as a private landlord?
If you've found yourself as a reluctant landlord, are worried about your lender or HMRC finding out and feel trapped by negative equity, give us a call – there's a good chance we can help.
For more information please contact John Megaughin at Clearbox Communications / @clearboxpr / 02895 622600 / 07740 361 581 / email@example.com