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South West Landlords Recognising the Value of Accreditation

South West Landlords Recognising the Value of Accreditation

27/02/2017

Over the last 5 months 41 landlords have completed a vigorous accreditation scheme in Somerset, which they believe will protect good tenants and enable their local authority to effectively target ‘rogue’ landlords. Since the first National Landlords Code of Excellence training day took place in November 2016 over 50 local landlords and letting agents have joined the scheme, with 11 more becoming… Read more


Mortgage Express loan book sale by UKAR?

Mortgage Express loan book sale by UKAR?

27/02/2017

It has been reported that Blackstone Group LP and Prudential Plc have been selected as the preferred buyers of Bradford and Bingley, which includes Mortgage Express, by the government owned UK Asset Resolution (UKAR). The acquisition by Balckstone and the Pru insurers is for £12.5 billion of mortgage lending of which 70% is Buy to… Read more


No wonder rental demand continues to rise!

No wonder rental demand continues to rise!

27/02/2017

Lloyds Bank has produced a report on the affordability of homes in UK cities showing the average price of a house in a city is now 6.9 times the average annual salary. These are the least affordable home figures since 2008! Since 2012 the average city house price has risen 32% from £169,966 to £224,926… Read more



Landlord Events – Free Promotion

Landlord Events – Free Promotion

27/02/2017

We are seriously looking into adding an events calendar to Property118 and want to trial this before investing too heavily into additional software. If you host landlord events and want to reach more landlords there is no better online exposure available than via Property118. Just look at our growth of unique visitor stats over the last… Read more


Letting Agent Jailed for Fraud “Abuse of Position”

Letting Agent Jailed for Fraud “Abuse of Position”

27/02/2017

Mark Procter, director of Kirby Property in Cambourne, Cambridgeshire, was sentenced to three years and four months for fraud at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday. Procter gradually siphoned off tenants’ £140,000 of tenants deposits throughout 2014 and 2015 to pay for divorce proceedings and luxury holidays, the court heard. Since the case it has been… Read more


The Landlords Union Seeks Volunteers

The Landlords Union Seeks Volunteers

26/02/2017

This is a picture of our latest promo leaflet. Would you be willing to help us by handing them out at landlord events you are planning to attend please? We don’t mind whether you stand at the door and hand them out as people arrive or leave them on chairs. Naturally, it would be polite… Read more



5 Things to Consider When Purchasing a Holiday let

5 Things to Consider When Purchasing a Holiday let

25/02/2017

Purchasing a holiday let can be a very rewarding and enjoyable endeavour. In this article we outline five things to consider when purchasing a holiday let, that will increase both bookings and your potential rental income. 1. What Makes a Great Holiday Let UK Holiday lets are becoming an increasingly popular choice for families and… Read more


My correspondence showing complete Ministerial lack of understanding!

My correspondence showing complete Ministerial lack of understanding!

24/02/2017

Below is the full response from HM Treasury and Housing Minister,Gavin Barwell, to my MP Emma Reynolds who raised concerns on my behalf concerning Section 24 and the ban on Agents fees:   HM Treasury, 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ Dear Emma, 3 JAN 2017 Thank you for your email of 16 December… Read more


One in Four low income tenants in arrears!

One in Four low income tenants in arrears!

23/02/2017

I read the following article last week and wanted to share it and hear your views. The former Welfare Minister Lord Freud has identified that one in four low income tenants are in rent arrears under the Universal Credit Scheme as a result of DWP administrative problems: http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/policy/welfare-reform/universal-credit/freud-one-in-four-universal-credit-tenants-in-arrears/7018719.article Increasingly, over the last few months we… Read more



How to invest in Liverpool/Manchester as a Londoner

How to invest in Liverpool/Manchester as a Londoner

23/02/2017

Dear All, I live in London and have my property investments in London and I also work in London. Given the current property market in London is going through difficult times especially with low yields and high prices and strict BTL lending criteria, I am tempted to look North (Liverpool/Manchester etc.), where the prices are… Read more


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