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...

Beige Forever? Design In Let Properties

How important is design for let properties?  As a landlord, should you always stick to neutral or can you safely stray into something more adventurous?  To furnish or not to furnish?  Are there particular sectors, like HMOs, where design adds considerable profit?  If you are a tenant do you despair at having to put up with the landlord’s leftover furniture and would you...

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.  ...

The Ethical Landlord & Investor

How would you define an ethical landlord or investor?  Richard Blanco speaks to Susan Aktemel, founder of Glasgow based Homes For Good, Landlord MaryAnn Richmond-Coggan who created Green Farm Kent and Ed Fowkes, Development Director of Prosperity Capital Partners to find out what motivates them and how their practice stands out.  We hear about how their businesses are structured,...

Current Affairs Edition March 2018

NLA Director of Policy, Chris Norris and Nigel Lewis, Head of Content at The Negotiator join Richard Blanco to discuss the latest issues affecting the world of property.  There's a new Ministry of Housing and we exchange views on the seventh housing minister to be appointed since 2010.  There's an update on changing gas, electricity and carbon monoxide safety...

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...

After Brexit: Is Now Still A Good Time To Invest In Property?

Richard Blanco is joined by Richard Bowser, Editor of Property Investor News, Chris Norris, Head of Policy at the National Landlords Association and Richard Donnell, Research Director at Hometrack to discuss Brexit and its impact on landlords, property owners and investors.  After initial jitters, will house prices and rents resume their upward trend?  35% of landlords think that Brexit...

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”...

Current Affairs Edition July 2018

How would you feel about compulsory three year tenancies?  Would they provide essential security of tenure for families or pose too big a risk for landlords?  The government has appointed the third housing minister this year.  What will Kit Malthouse bring to the table and how confident are you that housing really is a priority for ministers? Will the...

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...
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