Build To Rent, Power and Political Donations

Build To Rent, Power and Political Donations Go back to before 1960 and you will have found that big institutions were the main players in the private rented sector. But as successive governments over-interfered in the sector the big boys found they could no longer make it work. The final nail in this particular coffin was the advent of rent controls […]

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The Future for Buy to Let Landlords

David Lawrenson of LettingFocus sees some positives from what appears to be a gloomy year for landlords. The Future for Buy to Let Landlords It’s been a funny year for so called “buy to let” landlords. They have been clobbered by George Osborne’s hikes to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) – a special tax designed just for pesky “Mom and Pop” landlords. Interestingly, […]

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Build to Rent and the Letting Agency Issue

I know of one good reason why some forays into large scale “build for private let” by institutional investors and housing associations are failing -and it has very much to do with letting agents. Lots of big scale investors in big build to let promised much about longer term tenancies. They would revolutionise the market for assured shorthold tenancies, they […]

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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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The Private Rented Sector – It’s all About Tax

David Lawrenson of Letting Focus looks at city investors, tax and the private rented sector. When you think about it, everything really comes down to tax. If you are not very rich or you are not a multinational corporation with an army of accountants, lawyers and other smart people to help you, then you will not be able to avoid […]

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