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 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 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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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.  ...
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