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...

The Work Of Landlord Associations

Richard Blanco asks Douglas Haig, Vice Chair of the Residential Landlords Association and Richard Lambert, Chief Executive Officer of the National Landlords Association about the work of landlord associations, whether they can be legitimately seen as the voice of landlords, how their offer supports the landlord community and why campaigns to prevent and now roll back recent tax changes...

Letting Agent Reform

Letting Agents are facing a raft of regulatory changes in 2019. From April they must have a dedicated bank account and insurance for clients’ money and tenant fees will be banned from June 2019. Meanwhile the government has asked a working group to consider compulsory training and trade body membership plus the establishment of a regulatory body. What is...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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