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Landlord and his Lover Conned £20,000 in Benefits Buy to Let News, Cautionary Tales, Latest Articles

A landlord moved his tenant lover in to his home while she carried on fraudulently claiming benefits for his buy to let.

The pair conned the local council out of £20,000 in housing benefits, council tax and income support.

Mandy Huskisson, 44, pleaded guilty to four fraud offences at Runcorn Magistrates Court. She was given a six-month community order and ordered to repay £19,661 in overpaid benefit. Continue reading Landlord and his Lover Conned £20,000 in Benefits

Judge Strips HMO Landlord of £112,500 Illegal Rents Cautionary Tales, HMO's & Student Lets, Latest Articles

A landlord who defied planning laws to convert three houses in to houses of multiple occupation (HMOs) has been stripped of £112,500 in rents by a judge.

Piara Singh Sehajpal ignored planning rules and turned three houses in 16 letting rooms and rented them out at £800 a month each. Continue reading Judge Strips HMO Landlord of £112,500 Illegal Rents

Letting Unlicensed HMO is a Crime, According to Judge HMO's & Student Lets, Latest Articles, Property Market News

A London council has won a criminal compensation order against a letting company who failed to licence a house in multiple occupation.

In what is believed to be a landmark case, Newham Council claimed rent paid to the company, Sumal & Sons Properties, of Stamford Hill, was a criminal benefit as the property did not have an HMO licence.

A judge at Inner London Crown Court agreed with the argument and awarded £12,000 fines, costs and compensation for rent paid while the property was let without a licence. Continue reading Letting Unlicensed HMO is a Crime, According to Judge

Council wants to invest taxpayer cash in buy to let Buy to Let News, Latest Articles, Property Market News

1 green property amongst a row a red properties

"Councillors want to buy rundown buy to lets"

Councillors want to dabble in property investment by spending millions on purchasing ‘substandard’ buy to let homes.

The plan is for Newham Council, East London, to buy and let the homes to improve housing standards – and to make a killing on capital appreciation as well.

The council is banking on cheap borrowing rates offered to local councils to underpin the scheme, but throw the deal open to private and institutional investors.

The scheme depends on the outcome of financial negotiations with the government ministers. No details of how the scheme would work and how much investment would be needed to refurbish and manage property are not finalised.

Blackpool Council had a similar scheme on a smaller scale that recently failed. The council bought property worth £2.7 million with the intention of renovating and letting them as homes only to run out of money – the portfolio was sold to a housing association for £3.

The council area that has benefitted from investment billions generated by the new London Olympic 2012 stadiums and infrastructure.

Newham has an estimated 35,000 buy to let and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) and the council claims tenant turnover rates are 60% compared with just 5% for social housing.

Councillors are formulating a social lettings allocation policy that pushes employed people ahead of those on benefits in queues for social housing.

Sir Robin Wales, Newham’s directly elected mayor, told Inside Housing magazine: “It is clear to us that we have to stabilise the private sector or we will just become a transit camp. That’s why we want to invest – there is a logic driving us.

“We want to purchase property in the private sector and run our own private rented sector. That way we can have longer tenure. That is a big issue for me.”

Sir Robin added that buying private properties would increase the council’s options for housing people on benefits.

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