HMO: Heaven or Hell?

As tax changes and buy to let mortgage restrictions start to bite, an increasing number of landlords and investors are buying and creating Homes In Multiple Occupation.  Whilst the government has extended permitted development rights used to create more lettable rooms in home extensions, many local authorities are clamping down on what they see as HMOs supplanting family accommodation.  ...

Property In The Media

How balanced is the portrayal of landlords and tenants in the media?  Is the press guilty of prurience: revelling in landlord and tenant conflict and preferring to focus on bad behaviour and the worst conditions, rather than report mainstream good practice?  Do politicians pander to stereotypes with short termist, populist housing policies that encourage narrow lines of enquiry by...

Current Affairs Edition July 2017

In a change to our regular format, Richard Blanco is joined by journalist Sarah Davidson from This Is Money and Chris Norris, Head of Policy at the National Landlords Association, to discuss the issues in property and housing making the headlines.  We cast our minds back to the 2017 election manifestos and ask whether they might set the tone...

Managing Maintenance & Repairs Successfully

On average landlords spend 26% of their income on repairs and maintenance, with around 57% using agents to manage some or all of their properties. Richard Blanco speaks to Claire Empson, Managing Director of Daisylets & Sales, Jacky Peacock, Director of Advice4Renters and Independent Builder & Project Manager, Stelios Gabriel to discuss how best to manage maintenance and repairs...

Private Renting Changes in Scotland & Wales

Changes are afoot in the private rented sector in Scotland and Wales and there may be implications for other parts of the UK. The deadline for landlords and agents to register as part of Rent Smart Wales was 23 November 2016. Scotland has had a national landlord register since 2006, now no fault possession is being abolished and consultation...

Current Affairs Edition September 2017

The Bank of England's Prudential Regulation Authority has introduced important changes to borrowing for landlords with four or more properties.  Richard Blanco discusses the implications with Head of Policy at The National Landlords Association, Chris Norris and James Andrews, Editor of Mirror Money Online.  As London Borough of Newham awaits a decision from the Secretary of State on the...

Current Affairs Edition November 2017

It's budget month - what surprises might the chancellor have in store for the property sector this time?  And after announcing the first interest rate rise for a decade, if the Bank of England introduces further rises in 2018, how might this affect the housing market?  Theresa May wants the state to get back into the business of building subsidised...

First Foot On The Property Ladder

From the Government’s Help To Buy and Shared Ownership schemes to the recent reduction in stamp duty and Bank of Mum & Dad, just how easy is it for first time buyers to get a foot on the property ladder?  Are first time investors competing with them for the same properties and with high prices and low yields in...

Current Affairs Edition December 2017

The launch of the Private Residential Tenancy in Scotland heralds the end of no fault evictions and Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, outlines his aspirations for more devolved powers in a Draft Housing Strategy.  As letting agents in England look forward to “full regulation,” where is the market heading in 2018 and was the phrase “sky high rocketing rents”...
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