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 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...

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...

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...

The Work Of Landlords 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...

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...

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 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...

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 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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