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Student Housing Demand Dries Up in Some Areas Commercial Finance, HMO's & Student Lets, Latest Articles, Lettings & Management

Speculative developers looking to cash in on the student housing boom have been warned numbers of halls of residence have reached saturation in some areas.

The writing is on the wall for some big developers as banks pull funding because they consider they are over exposed in the niche.

Birmingham’s Aston University has slammed councillors and developers for planning homes for students that are not needed.

The University claims developers have over estimated demand without considering how rising tuition fees will discourage students taking courses in the city. Continue reading Student Housing Demand Dries Up in Some Areas


Licence First – Don’t Shoot the Messenger #6 Don't Shoot The Messenger, Guest Articles, Guest Columns, HMO's & Student Lets, Lettings & Management

When a tenant has a beef with their landlord, I’m the guy they go to. My job is to either negotiate or prosecute, depending on the circumstances. This occasional and random series aims to let landlords know the common complaints that are made about them, the laws that cover them and how to deal with it.

I think my landlord is running an unlicensed HMO

A growing concern for local authorities this one.

Government and Shelter are leaning on councils to take enforcement action against unlicensed HMOs. What is the definition of a Licensable HMO?

An HMO is simply a property where there are 3 or more people occupying on separate agreements. If they were all on one agreement it would be a house-share as a ‘Joint tenancy’, which is not the same thing. However, an HMO becomes eligible for a license when a landlord has 5 or more tenants on separate agreements and the property has 3 or more floors. Continue reading Licence First – Don’t Shoot the Messenger #6


Hands on HMOs – Don’t Shoot the Messenger #2 Cautionary Tales, Don't Shoot The Messenger, Guest Articles, Guest Columns, Lettings & Management

When a tenant has a beef with their landlord, I’m the guy they go to. My job is to either negotiate or prosecute, depending on the circumstances. This occasional and random series aims to let landlords know the common complaints that are made about them, the laws that cover them and how to deal with it.

My flatmates and I have big rows about bills and I am freezing and the landlord is ripping us off.

I can’t tell you how many times I get this complaint.

You let out an HMO to 5 or 6 tenants and they bring many issues with them- as so many HMO tenants do. There are 2 house styles for dealing with it:- Continue reading Hands on HMOs – Don’t Shoot the Messenger #2


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