Build to Let And Why New Institutional Investments in Private Rent Is Risky

In this article, David Lawrenson of LettingFocus.com looks at where the big new entrants could get it wrong with their investments in the private rented sector. The big new players (big pension funds like M&G, Prudential, Legal & General and various foreign real estate investors) who are now already in or about to come into the private rented sector could […]

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Council Schemes for Landlords and the Private Rented Sector are not making an Impact

Councils’ failure to engage with private landlords means families could be needlessly placed in emergency temporary accommodation or out of their local borough. Back in July, the Guardian newspaper published a piece of research I had just completed which showed how councils and housing associations are failing to engage private landlords with their various schemes. I thought it worthwhile to […]

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Discharging Homelessness Duty to the Private Rented Sector – but where is the Property in the PRS

Key Point:  We are concerned that whilst local authorities will, in theory, be able to discharge the homelessness duty into the private rented sector, the reality is that many councils may not have done enough to convince private landlords to make their property available to this end of the lettings market. On Monday, I featured with a clutch of housing […]

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Social Letting Agency An approach for Local Letting Agency Models that works for Landlords

Some of our work at LettingFocus involves working with local authorities on setting up local or “social letting agencies” and “private rented sector access schemes.” The aim of the various schemes is to try to encourage landlords to consider letting to tenants who are on housing benefits, who are vulnerably housed or who “present” to the local authority seeking a […]

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Buy to Let Mortgages and the Future for Smart Lenders

For a long time, in our corporate consulting work with mortgage companies and brokers, I have advised lenders and brokers that the “one size fits all” mortgage lending approach in buy to let may be nearing the end of its shelf life. Our work may soon start to bear fruit. Eventually, other mortgage lenders will follow and design mortgage products […]

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Local Housing Allowance and Housing Benefit not of interest for Majority of Private Landlords

Many local authorities, housing associations and charities designing strategies to try to get private landlords to let to tenants on Local Housing Allowance are very fond of doing surveys of landlords. (Readers of this blog will know how critical I was of one particular survey of landlords that, last year, was used to make some astonishing claims for the impact […]

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