Private Landlords as Immigration Officers

Landlords will now be asked to help with the Border Control Agency’s job says David Lawrenson of private rent consultants LettingFocus.com. The latest government idea has really come out of left field. This is the plan, contained in the Queens Speech, to make landlords responsible for checking their tenants’ immigration status. Landlords will soon have to ask for and check […]

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The Carbon Saving Community Obligation Mythical Beast

David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com remains unimpressed by the reality of the Green Deal Any decent private landlord is like anyone else, we like free stuff. We like it a lot. Not the kind of “free stuff” advertised by the likes of the Telecom and Pay to Watch TV firms. Example: “Get this great Sky TV Package free for 6 months”……. […]

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London Local Authorities and the Private Rented Sector

LettingFocus despairs of the approach adopted by one London Council in dealing with its private rented sector. We have just been sent an invitation to tender from a London local authority. In the invitation they identify that they need to do some work to improve their local private rented sector, which now forms a substantial 30% plus of all housing […]

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Letting Agent Regulation and Avoiding the Void Periods

Letting agency regulation is looking more likely and why private landlords need to ensure they let properties fast by David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com In last weeks’ blog I talked about trust and how one mortgage lender’s recent move could destroy trust in all lenders – or at the very least ensure all people taking out a mortgage and their brokers […]

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Mortgage Lender Restrictions on Landlords Letting to the Housing Benefit Dependent & the Implications for the Govt

Mortgage lenders are increasingly not allowing private landlords to let to tenants on benefits. This can only lead to even more landlords removing their properties from this end of the market – a part of the market where tenants have very few housing options. With nowhere else to go, more families will need to be put up in expensive B&B […]

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Landlords Seminar and Networking Event

Learn from the Experts and Meet, Chat and Network with other residential property investors and landlords at our Next Event in London – on the Evening of Tuesday the 5th March 2013. Our long running London Networking and Seminar Evenings take place only occasionally. The next one is on 5th March, 2013 so make sure to catch it. The event […]

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Private Rented Sector Blog and Commentary

LettingFocus has been pretty active on external blog and forums this week.  Here are some snippets of what we have been saying…. At the Guardian Housing Live Debate on Homelessness Prevention…. ” …… there is no good reason why London boroughs should move people out of their home cities because of changes to housing benefits and there is also no […]

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The Standard Variable Rate and the Mortgage Prisoners

Private residential landlords are typically long term investors and supposedly quite canny too. So one would expect them to typically opt for mortgages which at the end of any initial “teaser” fixed or discounted term would “go to” or “revert to” a rate which was going to be very competitive over the long term. And yet I often hear of […]

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