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Property 118 - Published on 04/06/2013
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  • Yes, good idea leaving it to people what they think receiving this info is worth to them.
    As at some point, some of these sites close down, as they can’t be operated forever for free. So if people can decide for theirselves what to pay, it may work. However as human nature, we’re ruddy tight sods, & expect ‘ote for note.
    I think Landlord Referencing has just stopped something, as they couldn’t afford to keep doing it as they was.
    So Landlords, u either pay small contribution, or u could end up losing valuable info.
    Or maybe ads, which I don’t think Mark wants, but possibility there. Martin Lewis Moneysavingexpert was so against ads initially, but he & is site has pulled it off in a good way.


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  • Mark

    What are you looking for ? A one time or random donation ? Monthly or periodic subscription ? Would telling people it is up to them the amount to donate, work ?

    £2 pa each for 75k membership equate £150k
    £5 pa each for 75k membership equate £375k

    Dont you think people would be a lot more interested if they know the amount involved in running the show ?

    How are donations collected ?

    What privileges confer membership ?

    Not picking holes. Trying to be constructive.


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  • Response to Sam

    Thank you for your questions.

    It’s very early days in terms of this initiative so the vision is understandably a bit blurred at the moment. We collected a few thousand pounds this year from donations to The GOOD Landlords Campaign and reinvested that into producing more useful tools for the website and improving navigation etc. Basically we did what Newsletter subscribers suggested following a survey we completed last year. We also used some of the money to underwrite the costs of the barristers opinion to get the Class Action going against Bank of Ireland when they decided to increase the interest differentials on 13,500 tracker rate mortgages. So far they back tracked on 1,200 and the legal action is now funded by members signing up with the law firm we brought in.

    If the Membership Profiles take off I would like to make The GOOD Landlords Campaign an official “not for profit” organisation. There are plenty of organisations campaigning to to close down rogue landlords. However, if Councils close down an over crowded or dangerous property they also create themselves an expensive homelessness problem. Perhaps that why Councils very rarely use their existing powers and instead they use what money they have got to employ Consultants to think up more ways to collect money for good landlords, which incidentally are usually the only ones that pay up!

    Many landlords have no idea what they are getting themselves into when they first start out and as a result they inadvertently cause problems for themselves and tarnish the reputation of our industry. Encouraging the sharing of best practice is the solution to this. However, that’s all well and good if people know we exist but many don’t. What we need is extra PR and the budget for that is completely elastic. The more money we raise the more we can do to promote our goal to share best practice.

    We receive 100′s of emails from our readers thanking us for what we do and expressing their support every month. We wanted to give these people an opportunity to help the community to grow. If just 1,000 people donate just a few pounds every month that will be a great starting point and we can build from there.

    There are spin off benefits to becoming a member but that’s not really the point of membership. Obvious benefits are that tenants want good landlords and our membership will be a good place for them to find one. I also expect businesses providing products and services to support this initiative as a Member Profile provides them with an opportunity to network with their target audience.

    It may well be a slow start, we’ve had about 50 people create a Member Profile for themselves in the first day but I’m sure that number will grow in time. If it doesn’t, we will carry on doing what we have been doing for a few years already. It would be nice to have money coming in to be able to do more though.


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  • Simon Dowse says:

    Hi Mark

    How does becoming a member here relate to my being a sponsor of the Good Landlords Campaign?

    Simon


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  • Hi Simon

    They are separate campaigns to raise funds to promote the same cause, i.e. facilitating the sharing of best practice amongst landlords and letting agents


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  • Adrian Hibbert says:

    Really looking forward to connecting with like minded Property Professionals here…..I am based in Cardiff.

    Adrian Hibbert


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  • Good points being made above, especially in recognising that there are always underlying costs, because of course any worthwhile resource is not going to be produced for free. It’s absolutely clear that Mark et al at Property118.com have invested considerable time, effort and money to produce such an excellent, interactive, informative and collaborative website.

    If you’re a landlord, do you offer your property for free? If you’re a shopowner, do you open your doors and give everything away for no return? If you go to work whether as an accountant, a solicitor, an estate agent, a mortgage adviser, a builder, an office-worker, a mechanic etc …. do you expect to be paid or do you do that for free too?

    There are many ways a website Company can make money, and knowing Mark as I do, he’s already considered them all (and more).

    Adrian has made an excellent point (very briefly, unlike me who rambles on … :-) ) about connecting – UK wide – with other property professionals, just one of the myriad of opportunities that Property118 provides. In fact quite a number of readers are based overseas, too.

    So, there are many opportunities on here for (worldwide) members to network, share ideas, resolve issues, meet advisers and other professionals and acquire enhanced support, advice, knowledge and access to market, as well as sharing best practice, lobbying and all of which are published by Property118.com to help you to make money or save money, which all, in my opinion, is priceless.

    ps, no I am not Mark in disguise, nor a member of his family, nor a co-owner of Property118.com. I am, however, an avid reader, and keen to see this website continue to succeed.


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  • Sohrab Dalal says:

    Mark

    Are you a charity? (you are an educational organisation) if you wish to stretch the definition as some other ‘educational trusts’ do.

    If so what about Gift aid?

    Eitherway subscriptions to your excellent initiative will most likley pass the ‘wholly and exclusively’ for the purposes of running a letting buisiness.

    How many ‘lurkers’ do you have?

    PLEASE no adverts!


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  • NARAN PATEL says:

    how much is the subscription for one year or 5 year or more
    please reply
    thanks

    naran patel


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  • Hi Narran

    Can I turn that question back on you please?

    What do you think is the right figure for what you get out of Property118?


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