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Carla Morris-Papps nominated for the Woman of the Year category


Carla Morris-Papps, Chief Executive and Founder of Cotswold Barristers, has been nominated for the Woman of the Year category of the Echo and Citizen Women in Business Awards 2015. South West Business reported, “it takes a special kind of motivation to be the first non-lawyer to invest in creating a new barristers’ chambers. But after… Read more


“Buy to Let Pitfalls” featured on BBC Inside Out


On Monday 2nd February at 7.30pm, the BBC’s Inside Out programme featured “Buy to Let Pitfalls”, with the focus on landlords that have entered into the sector to provide a pension for themselves, but run into difficulties. The show featured a landlord whose portfolio of housing benefit tenants is causing him to scale back his… Read more

landlord action

Landlord Action hosts “Rumble with the Agents”


On Thursday 21st May 2015, Landlord Action is hosting the biggest white collar charity boxing event to be brought to the property industry and is inviting letting and estate agents to take part. Paul Shamplina, Founder of Landlord Action, has been a keen boxer for many years and as well as putting himself in the… Read more

deposit dispute

Landlords and Tenants are missing deposit dispute deadlines for evidence


The Deposit Protection Service (DPS) have reported that 18% of landlords and 23% of tenants missed deadlines for evidence during deposit disputes during 2014. The DPS provides a separate independent adjudication service for the adjudication of deposit disputes and says that 17.63% of landlords required to submit evidence after agreeing to dispute resolution either missed… Read more

Mansion tax

Balls – Mansion Tax already in planning


Ed Balls, the Labour shadow Chancellor, has already asked the Treasury to start planning for the Mansion Tax to be implemented before the General Election. Mr Balls wants the tax to be levied “day one” of a Labour administration and will be part of his first budget raising £1.2 billion to be invested into the… Read more

Own Shares in Letting Supermarket

Own Shares in Letting Supermarket


EDITORS NOTE: I have re-published this article because we are getting very close to the point of this investment opportunity being publicly available via the Crowd Cube Platform. Interested parties are advised to set up an account with Crowd Cube in order to avoid delays when shares are eventually released. When we first published the… Read more

Landlords insurance

January is the most popular renewal date for Landlords Insurance


Please make sure you save money this year on your Landlords Insurance and let us know your renewal date. The bigger our landlords insurance buying group becomes the more negotiating power we gain. We are now at the stage where we can GUARANTEE to beat any like for like quotation for landlords insurance. Operated on… Read more


Retaliatory Evictions Report

After Paul Shamplina and Landlord action helped provided evidence, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Private Rented Sector recently concluded its inquiry into Sarah Teather MP’s Tenancies (Reform) Bill addressing the problem of retaliatory evictions. Whilst the Bill failed to make progress at Second Reading, the measures within it are included in an… Read more

rent control

Tenants in Scotland undermine political case for Rent Control


The Scottish Government is in the process of consulting on a new Private Rented Sector (PRS) tenancy system, which also canvasses opinion on whether a system of rent controls is necessary, whilst Labour argue that a system of rent controls are necessary to remove excessive rises. The trade membership body for letting agents in Scotland,… Read more

new build

Stigma of lending on New Builds is easing


BM Solutions have changed policy and criteria for New Builds. The maximum Loan to Value now available on New Build houses and more importantly New Build Flats has increased from 65% to 75% LTV. 75% is the standard maximum LTV for BM Solutions and all products will now be made available to New Build houses… Read more

The Immigration act 2014

The Immigration Act 2014 and checking a tenant’s right to rent


A pilot for introducing checking a tenant’s right to rent under the immigration act 2014 is being introduced in 5 areas as of 1st December. These pilot areas are Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton. Full roll out across the country is expected after a Government review of the pilot within 6 months. Under the… Read more

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