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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Private Rented Sector Schemes, Local Letting Agencies and Private Landlords

In the housing strategy papers of many a local authority the private rented sector can still be something of an afterthought – often tucked away on page 94 along with Dave Spart and ColemanBalls. (Private Eye Joke) This is quite curious and may reflect either the previous small size of the private rented sector or a genuine lack of understanding […]

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Consent to Let and Buy to Let Mortgages

Next Property Investment Seminar and Networking Event Readers of this blog will know that I have consistently questioned why the rates on buy to let mortgage mortgages are so much higher than standard residential ones – a differential that does not seem justified by a worse arrears experience. Well, I am very pleased to see that the Post Office Financial […]

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Rent to Buy and Property Lease Options

Our brief comment in past blogs on the topic of property lease options (or Rent to Buy) schemes which were quoted in last weekends’ “Financial Times” Money section have been taken up by a number of other websites. In some cases they have used some of the article in the FT and reproduced it without quoting us properly. Just to […]

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Buying a Leasehold Flat, Guarantors in Tenancy Agreements. Plus Local Authorities Survey Private Landlords Housing Benefit Intentions

Next Property Investment Seminar and Networking Event A bit of a quiet week this week, though I was quoted in the FT again:  http://bit.ly/9o5NZ0 so, with not much news to report, I thought I would offer up some random observations from my working week as a speaker and commentator on the world of buy to let and letting property. Local […]

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Same Day Mortgages, Property Lease Options and Protected Bonds That Aren’t Really Protected

It was nice to see my story about next day re-mortgages (see last week’s blog) was picked up by the FT writer Claer Barrett and actually appeared on both the front page and Money section of the Weekend “Financial Times.” Ms Barrett originally came to know me when she was doing an investigation for the FT’s sister mag, “The Investors […]

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Next Day Remortgages Legal Questions and Another Property Investment Firm Bites the Dust

Next Property Investment Seminar and Networking Event One of my mentors in property investment is Richard Bowser of “Property Investor News.” He’s been around property investing even longer than me, wears a white hat and really knows his stuff in the residential property investment sector. Also, like me, he’s seen lots of the “Get Rich Quick in Property” people come […]

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Housing Benefit Rate Changes, Bumper Bank Profits and a Grouch

A colleague at the on line letting agency, Upad sent me this document: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/impacts-of-hb-proposals.pdf which is a government paper looking at the impact of the future changes to the rates of Housing Benefit / Local Housing Allowance. At first glance, it seems to play down the cap effect from what I had understood. A bit wordy but worth a read, […]

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Furnishing a Buy to Let Property Should Landlords Furnish a Let Property or Not

In past blogs we have written about whether landlords should furnish a let property or not. And really, the answer comes down to what your local tenant target market wants – which is something you should have looked into before you bought the property, right? To get the level of furnishing right, we recommend testing the extent of demand for […]

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