Alternatives to Tenancy Deposits

Alternatives to Tenancy Deposits Is there an alternative to taking a deposit from tenants asks David Lawrenson, private rented sector and landlord advisor at www.LettingFocus.com. In this article I will explore if “no deposits” are feasible or sensible. Alternatives to Taking Tenancy Deposits – The Situation Today Landlords will soon be unable to take more than a six week deposit. […]

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Data Protection Regulations and Landlords

There is some new data protection regulation which will impact landlords and which will come into force from May 2018, says David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com. It’s all kind of boring, but also important. Data Protection Regulations and Landlords Officially called the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), the new regulations are part on an EU wide system covering data protection that […]

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Letting to Pets

The latest proposal to come from the Labour Party, along with a number of other proposals effecting the welfare of animals, is that landlords can no longer be allowed to disallow pets.  So landlords will be forced to be letting with pets. The fact is that the British are supposed to be pet lovers, but British landlords may not be such […]

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Some Mortgage Lenders Taking Landlords’ Other Disposable Income Into Account

Some Mortgage Lenders Taking Landlords’ Other Disposable Income Into Account Finally there is some good news on mortgage loans with some cheaper mortgage deals in the buy to let space now appearing.   This is welcome – because much recent news revealed a hardening of lenders’ underwriting approaches – much of that in turn was being driven by the attitude […]

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The Hammond Budget November 2017

David Lawrenson of LettingFocus.com evaluates the budget and breathes a sigh of relief that it was not worse. Well, the sigh of relief is due because the three year war on landlords by the Conservative Party was not continued too much further in the Budget, despite some Tory MPs who wanted to up the pain: See our last blog for more: http://www.lettingfocus.com/blogs/2017/11/neil-obrien-mp-has-plans-for-more-landlord-taxes-and-mortgage-hikes/ But there […]

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Regional Changes in House Prices and Predicting the Future of House Prices

David Lawrenson of LettingFocus.com looks at a useful house price trend interactive chart produced by the BBC, but cautions against jumping to conclusions from limited data.  Regional Changes in House Prices and Predicting the Future of House Prices I am returning to the subject of house prices. This week, the BBC published a neat interactive map showing that in 58% of wards […]

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