HMO Licensing Rules Extended

HMO Licensing Rules Extended From October 2018, the scope of mandatory licensing in England will be extended, which means an estimated 177,000 properties will need to be licensed for the first time, says David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com. From October 2018, the government is extending the scope of mandatory HMO licensing rules in England. (See below for the differences in the […]

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Boiler Efficiency

Boiler Efficiency Ever wondered why when you put that new boiler in your let property, it never seems to save all that much money on heating bills compared to your old boiler, asks David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com. Well it seems that for years we have been mis-sold on the efficiency of boilers. A whistleblower has recently revealed that the energy […]

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Small Buy to Let Landlords v Institutional Build to Rent Landlords

Why Small Buy to Let Landlords Deserve More Respect than Institutional Build to Rent Landlords  David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus argues that most small landlords have just one let property and have been unfairly maligned in favour of big institutional build to rent landlords. In the last few years, the smaller landlord has been under attack due to a combination of […]

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Onward Conservative Think Tank Ideas on Private Rented Sector Deeply Flawed

Onward Conservative Think Tank Ideas on Private Rented Sector Deeply Flawed Regular readers of my columns will recall one Conservative MP, a certain Neil O’Brien, who was previously an adviser to landlord nemesis, George Osborne in the Treasury. In 2017, I wrote about how he was calling for curbs in the market for second homes that would extend to buy […]

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Mortgage Loan Deal Helps Landlords With Tax

Mortgage Loan Deal Helps Landlords With Tax In the past, I have regularly criticised the mortgage companies for not exactly being innovative, though in recent years, new entrant players like Aldermore, Paragon and Kent Reliance have increasingly shown the more established lenders the way ahead with new innovative products that meet the needs of the modern landlord. So, I am […]

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Checking Tenant Bank Statements

Checking Tenant Bank Statements One of the interesting differences between landlords and letting agents is the extent to which they check up on a tenant’s bank statement to see their current credit and cash flow situation as part of their standard reference checks, says David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com. Some landlords and some letting agents simply rely on a credit report score […]

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