What the Private Rented Sector Needs Now is a Period of Reflection

And so the general election is over and all is more or less calm in the world of the private rented sector – for a few years at least. The clear majority for the Conservatives meant there will now be no compulsion for landlords to issue 3 year tenancies. And the green light previously given to local authorities to allow them to require all […]

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Nationwide Foundation and Generation Rent, the Odd Bed-Fellows

The Nationwide Building Society has an odd bed-fellow in Generation Rent, says David Lawrenson of LettingFocus.com. Nationwide Foundation and Generation Rent, the Odd Bed-Fellows Once again there are calls for rent controls. Most recently these have come from Diane Abbott, the MP for Hackney – and her call echoes some of what the likes of the pressure group Generation Rent have called for. […]

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Generation Rent

Be aware of the holes in TV documentaries about the private rented sector says David Lawrenson of LettingFocus There was an interesting programme on ITV last week from the “Tonight” team. Called “Generation Rent” the programme set out to look at a number of aspects of the growing private rented sector and the problems people face trying to scrape together […]

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Are First Time Buyers Really Unable to Get Mortgages… and Another Word About Lease Options

“First time buyers cannot get onto the housing ladder. They are priced out of lots of areas where they would like to live”. You hear this kind of thing quite a lot: Young first time buyers are priced out because they are not earning enough or because they cannot raise the necessary deposit to get a mortgage. But is it […]

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Single Room Rate Changes and HMOs Houses in Multiple Occupation

The thirst from “property investors” for supposedly great returns from houses in multi occupation will make for a harder job for town halls housing departments. Often the returns from HMOs are illusory says David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com Every day at the town halls, junior front-line housing staffers spend a lot of their time dealing with single adults who “present” as […]

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London Living Rent, Landlord Accreditation and Ken and Boris

David Lawrenson of LettingFocus worries about Ken Livingston’s idea of rent controls and says that that accreditation and registration schemes for landlords are not needed because the vast majority of landlord and tenants enjoy good relations and the minority of rogue landlords will never register anyway. Oh dear, oh dear, I spend a nice day at a CIH Conference telling […]

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