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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Scotland Landlord Registration Scheme Review Makes Grim Reading

A new report on the Scotland Landlords Registration Scheme confirms what we have long suggested – that the scheme has failed on many of its objectives says David Lawrenson of LettingFocus. Many people, in government and elsewhere, would like to see the private rented sector “regulated” more. Of course they often have different ideas about exactly what sort of regulation […]

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Strategy for Housing and the Private Rented Sector Govt Paper is a Bit of a Let Down

So how is the Private Rented Sector (PRS) affected by the Government’s recently published new Strategy for Housing? Well, first of all, there will be an independent review of barriers to investment in the PRS. Doubtless this will be looking closely at new build to let models, where homes are built specifically for the private rental market, with funding coming […]

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How Freeholders and Managing Agents Can Abuse Leaseholders Legally

In this piece LettingFocus.com looks at how freeholders and their managing agents can abuse leaseholders and LettingFocus founder, David Lawrenson,  explains why he tends to avoid leasehold properties. I contributed to an article for “The Times” the other week, which looked at the various ways leaseholders can get “turned over” by unscrupulous freeholders and their managing agents. Here, based on […]

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The Private Rented Sector Will Not Entertain Void Periods and Local Authorities and Housing Associations Need to Understand This

Letting agents, local authorities and housing associations must start to understand that private landlords want to let fast and won’t entertain void periods. Many council and housing association schemes with private landlords fail to meet this need. All smart landlords (and smart letting agents who know their business) know that minimisation of the “void period” is critical to success in […]

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Property, Globalisation and Why St Paul’s Protestors are Right

Synopsis: In a one off and unashamedly political blog this week, I argue that the protestors at St Paul’s are right to highlight how the good things in capitalism have been undermined and eroded and why their protest should be supported by all right minded people. This week I’m not going to comment on issues affecting landlords and the private […]

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Sheds with Beds and Why More Regulation of Landlords Would Probably be a Waste of Time and Money

Synopsis: David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com points out how recent experiences of  “rogue landlords” letting out “sheds with beds” goes to show why more regulation would probably be a waste of resources. As if any more sign was needed that there is a huge shortage of accommodation it must be the emergence of the “sheds with beds” story. It now seems […]

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Property Lease Options The FSA Catches Up

Synopsis: The media and the FSA catch up on an emerging scandal we first wrote about 2 years ago. It’s nice when the media catches up on an emerging scandal that we at LettingFocus first wrote about almost 2 years earlier. This is the summary of one such news story. Sound familiar? “Property investors are willing to buy peoples’ homes. […]

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