Landlords Networking Plus Why Valuers and Their Lenders Got a Kicking in The Courts

Just a quick note to make sure to book in to come to our Landlords Evening Meeting on 23rd November in London. These informal meetings take place just once  a year now (sorry but the pressure of my consulting work with organisations, especially in the public sector following on from the Housing Benefit changes means I no longer have the […]

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Principle Private Residence Property Letting and Tax Advice

Landlords may have seen Ken Livingstone – whom I usually quite admire – propose on “Newsnight” that tenants’ rents should be capped at no more than the mortgage is costing their landlord. It’s an interesting concept and I wonder how Mr. L would suggest this could be policed.  I guess about as easily as the new restriction on child benefit […]

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Housing Benefit Row and London Mayor Boris Johnson

I see the London Mayor has now waded into the debate about Housing Benefit rate changes. This is all terribly interesting. Readers of this blog will know that back in July we were the first to highlight how the changes to Housing Benefit (Local Housing Allowance) rates could actually result in hugely pushed up rents and house prices in some […]

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Getting a Buy to Let Mortgage A Useful Guide to Getting the Best Deals and Rates

NEXT SEMINAR AND NETWORKING EVENT for Landlords and Property Investors (which now take place just once or twice a year): Next Property Investment Seminar and Networking Event In last weeks’ blog I said I thought it would be worthwhile publishing a brief guide to buy to let mortgages. So here is our short guide for investor landlords wishing to buy […]

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Mortgage Fraud and Buy to Let

I’m sad to say that at some recent events I have been to, quite a few punters came to me with pretty strong evidence that some property investment “advisors” are still encouraging people to carry out mortgage frauds as a way of buying property with little or no money down (NMD) and / or as part of a “buying below […]

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Landlord and Letting Awards – LettingFocus Nominated

We have been nominated for and have made the shortlist as a finalist in the campaigner category for the prestigious Landlord and Letting Awards 2010. Thanks to all our followers who voted for us. MORE ABOUT LETTINGFOCUS AND WHAT WE DO LettingFocus.com is the home of Private Rented Sector and Landlord Information. I’m David Lawrenson, a landlord and property investor […]

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Public Sector Waste and the Story of the Private Landlord Energy Efficiency Loan That Wasn’t Available

NEXT SEMINAR AND NETWORKING EVENT for Landlords and Property Investors (which now take place just once a year): Next Property Investment Seminar and Networking Event I see Philip Green, (he of the incredibly low personal tax payments, smart tax accountants and lavish Bah Mitzvahs), is doing his bit to uncover public sector waste. And good on him too – though […]

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Evaluating Property Investments a Black Hole and Some Good News on Mortgages

NEXT SEMINAR AND NETWORKING EVENT: Next Property Investment Seminar and Networking Event When evaluating property investments, too many landlords fail to take account of the “opportunity costs” of their own money sunk into any project. Indeed I meet a lot of people in my consultancy who have hired me to assess an investment or set of investments but have forgotten […]

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Letter to Grant Shapps on Housing Benefit Plus Making Accommodation Available in the Private Rented Sector with Private Landlords

NEXT SEMINAR AND NETWORKING EVENT for Landlords and Property Investors (which now take place just once a year): Next Property Investment Seminar and Networking Event In September 2010 we sent the following letter to all London Authorities Heads of Housing, to Housing Minister Grant Shapps and to Sir Steve Bullock who is Exec Chair of Housing at the Mayors Office. […]

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Mortgages and Estate Agents Plus Lloyds Banking Group’s Strange New Buy to Let Lending Policy

Next Property Investment Seminar and Networking Event Lloyds Banking Group has just announced it will no longer be  offering new buy to let mortgage loans to landlords who have more than three properties or who have more than £2m worth of loans. This move will also hit buy-to-let investors that are remortgaging their current properties. Apparently, nine out of 10 […]

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