It’s been a while since I wrote anything in my ‘Don’t shoot the messenger’ series. Mainly because I kept getting shot ha-ha.
But I have a tough skin.
This article is an open letter to all you P118 landlords but probably more the London crew, because it is about rent increases and London is a different animal to the rest of the UK. I see properties for rent in different parts of Britain where the rents seem reasonable.
London is off the scale though. Continue reading Is rent hiking a good business model?
The Dispute Service “TDS” has released an excellent PDF document summarising the first 5 years of tenancy deposit protection in England and Wales. Continue reading 5 years of tenancy deposit protection
Criminalising squatting has had severe consequences for the homeless, leaving them with no where to go during winter causes mortality rates to rise. Combating the causes of homelessness has never been so important. The Estate Agency Foundation (EAF) who raise money for leading homeless charities Shelter, St. Mungo’s and Broadway, are asking for 100% participation from the whole estate agency industry in order to raise £1.2million per year to change the UK property sector forever. Continue reading Charities plea for support to help former squatters
RLA welcomes news that the Department for Work and Pensions will allow direct payments of housing benefits to be made to landlords in Northern Ireland.
However Ministers at the DWP have objected to the implementation of the same policy across the rest of the UK, arguing that payments to tenants will promote financial responsibility.
Following discussions with the UK DWP Minister, Lord Freud, Northern Ireland’s Social Security Minister Nelson McCausland confirmed the policy in a statement to members of the Assembly. He explained that “This is an important change as it will help to avoid rent arrears, with all the implications that can have for claimants and their families.” Continue reading RLA welcomes government U-turn on direct payments in Northern Ireland
There are two obvious ways to increase net rental yield; 1) reduce outgoings 2) increase income – but how?
In this article I will explain how by using the “deed of assurance” legal document template, which is available to all members of The GOOD Landlords Campaign, you can achieve both.
This is a brand new strategy which can be used by landlords and letting agents. Continue reading Net Rental Yields and how to increase them
Housing Charity Shelter appear to want to build bridges with the PRS by “looking for solutions as well as problems”.
Following a conversation between Shelter Policy Officer Robbie de Santos and Mark Alexander, founder of Property118, the housing charity very quickly produced an article on the Charities Policy Blog recognising The GOOD Landlords Campaign. Continue reading Shelter agrees to focus on solutions as well as problems
Housing Charity Shelter is proposing 5 year rental agreements but this is not viable as most landlords would be in breach of their buy to let mortgage conditions if they were to offer anything other than 6 or 12 month Assured Shorthold Tenancies.
However, I believe I’ve found a solution.
Some landlords want long term tenants as much as some tenants want long term security. Continue reading Why the Shelter 5 year rental contract proposals will not work
National Landlord Day, the major conference and exhibition from the Scottish Association of Landlords is now the largest landlord conference in the UK.
The 2012 event will be the fifth year for this popular event, bigger and better than ever and taking place at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh on 6 November 2012. Having been a sell out every year, our team is looking forward to welcoming over 400 people to National Landlord Day this year. Continue reading Invitation from the Scottish Association of Landlords
In this blog I intend to dispel a few urban myths which appear to be forming, both amongst landlords and squatters themselves judging from some of the readers emails I have received. As of today a person occupying a residential property without the owners permission is committing a criminal offence which is punishable by up to six months in prison and a £5,000 fine and can no longer claim squatters rights. Continue reading Squatters Rights – what’s not changed
I have often wondered how GOOD landlords can be even better and gain positive PR as a result and I think I’ve come up with the answer.
You may recall that I canvassed opinion from readers of Property118 last year on starting “The GOOD Landlords Campaign“. There was a lot of interest but we never managed to get it off the ground because we couldn’t find a corporate sponsor. Therefore, it’s down to me, and you, in fact all landlords to make this happen and get some positive PR for landlords going for a change. Continue reading How GOOD landlords can be even better!