John Blackwood Policy and Parlimentary Director
John Blackwood has worked in the private rented sector for nearly 20 years and has extensive experience in advising both landlords and tenants on landlord and tenant relationships and advising both the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament on housing policy in the private rented sector in Scotland.
Widely recognised as the foremost expert on all aspects of the Scottish private rented sector, he is constantly in demand to train landlords and agents all over the country. John is Policy and Parliamentary Affairs director of the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL), managing director of the Gladstones group of letting agencies and chairman of Landlord Accreditation Scotland (LAS). John is regularly called upon to address local authority landlord forums and comment in the press on topical issues affecting letting. Continue reading Spotlight on John Blackwood of the Scottish Association of Landlords
This article which looks at “humidity sensing extractor fans” is the second in a series of articles by bathroom water damage prevention specialist Steve Dalloway.
I have these in all my flats and they are brilliant !
I mentioned in my previous article that mould needs three things to grow …. Continue reading Humidity sensing extractor fans
Hi, I’m Steve Dalloway and I’ve been asked to write a series of short articles for Property118 focussing on preventing water damage in rental properties.
As a Landlord and a member of the NLA (National Landlords Association) myself, sometimes it’s very frustrating to see the state that some people leave bathrooms in when they depart from your property. This is the first in a series of six articles so please watch this space for more hints and tips being released every week day for the next week or so.
Continue reading Preventing Water Damage In Rental Properties
The GOOD Landlords Campaign is a concept born as a result of a community of like minded professional landlords sharing best practice on the Property118 internet forum.
These professional landlords wanted to differentiate themselves from inspired amateurs who rent out their properties with no real long term strategy or regard for their tenants desires to put down roots.
Some members of the community own very large property portfolios whereas some only own one property. However, one common factor sets them apart from other landlords – it is their mindset towards their business and duties as a landlord. Continue reading What is “The GOOD Landlords Campaign”?
I’ve always been a big believer in collaboration not competition and that’s why I’m so pleased to see the on-going success of Property Tribes (my favourite internet discussion forum) and one which this website has such strong ties with.
I say strong ties, but these ties are based on mutual respect and the desire to enrich the property community, not commercial ties, because there has never been a commercial transaction or relationship between the two sites.
Property Tribes and Property 118 have stood together and grown together, sharing the same values and belief in education, building a network and building social proof in an open, respectful, supportive, and professional manner. Continue reading From Rock n’ roll to bricks n’ mortar … a short review of Property Tribes
Letting agents are urging landlords to make sure they only do business with firms offering a money protection scheme.
Firms signed up to the SAFEagent scheme are highlighting that landlords and tenants risk losing thousands of pounds in rents and deposits if an agent outside a money protection scheme shuts.
The most recent firm to go bust in Canterbury owes landlords and tenants more than £410,000. Continue reading Landlords urged to only deal with ‘safe’ letting agents
If you ask 2 different letting agents how they do inventories and condition reports, you’ll probably get 3 different answers.
The systems in place range on one extreme from None! by many landlords to carrying out detailed reports with lots of photos and notes. Continue reading Inventories, the easy way
Property118.com, the UK’s most popular online community for landlords and property investors* has just released its 100th Newsletter featuring updates on legislation, best practice, financial information and commentary relating to the buy to let industry.
Launched in January 2011 Property118 now has over 183,000 subscribers to its e-newsletter which is aggregated by News Now and Google News. The articles attract lively debate amongst users of the website who also benefit from a full range of free to use landlord resources. These include portfolio review and refurbishment viability calculators, a regularly updated buy to let mortgage quote engine and a testimonials led Property Services Directory. Continue reading Property118 News Hits a Century
We have just released the centennial edition of our eNewsletter so what better time for me to report on our progress and to thank everybody involved in our successes to date.
We launched Property118.com on 4th January 2011 and what a year it has been!
It all started as a simple blog about my property investment strategy and my life experiences as a portfolio landlord, however, it has since grown to become the most popular online community amongst Private Rented Sector landlords and associated professions in the UK. This is thanks to our Guest Columnists and to everybody who reads, shares and comments on our articles. We now have 183,000 subscribers to our landlords Newsletter and some of the most influential and knowledgeable people in the Private Rented Sector writing and engaging with the community. Continue reading Property118 scores a century – Progress to date
As stories of Letting Agents who cease trading owing large sums of money continue be reported, Norwich based landlord Mark Alexander has launched an e-petition advocating the compulsory licensing of UK Letting Agents to protect both landlords and tenants.
Over 4 million homes are provided by the Private Rented Sector in the UK by 1.5 million private landlords, many of whom opt to appoint Letting Agents to manage their portfolios assuming that this will be done within all applicable legal obligations. In fact Letting Agents handle large sums of clients’ money and they may be unqualified to correctly manage property within the relevant legal liabilities. Continue reading Compulsory Licencing of UK Letting Agents