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...

Landlord & Tenant Relations

What makes for a successful landlord and tenant relationship? Richard is joined by Mary Latham, West Midlands Regional Representative for the National Landlords Association, Robert Nichols, Managing Director of London based sales and lettings agent Portico, Ben Reeve-Lewis from Safer Renting and Private Sector Tenant, Peter Cannell to address the sometimes thorny issues of access, repairs, subletting, cleaning and...

Current Affairs Edition May 2018

Are you ready for GDPR?  Under this directive, tenants will have the right to sue landlords for misuse of data from 25 May 2018.  The NLA's Chris Norris and Marlon Fox from Outlook Property talk to Richard Blanco about what landlords and agents need to do to comply.  We discuss Ellie Flynn's BBC Three documentary Rent For Sex (watch here)...

Crime In The Private & Social Housing Sectors

Paul Shamplina from Landlord Action, Stephen Gabriel of Sandwell Borough Council & Katrina Robinson from the Tenancy Fraud Forum join Richard Blanco to explain the nature of crime in the private and social housing sectors, how it affects landlords and tenants and what can be done to prevent and report it.  We delve into the phenomena of subletting, modern...

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...

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”...

Sell Up, Hold Or Expand?

In April 2017, the long awaited tax changes affecting landlords and investors come into force.  Is it time to sell up, hold or expand, particularly as many are facing a double whammy with the new regulation of buy to let mortgages by the Prudential Regulation Authority?   Richard Blanco gets to grips with this conundrum with the help of private landlord...

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 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...

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...
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