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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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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Research Is Needed Into Implications of Budget Changes to Housing Benefit Rates for London Boroughs

The detail of how the change to Local Housing Allowance / Housing Benefit rates will be managed in practice will be interesting and the government will need to tread very carefully and will have to carefully consider the needs of the old, the sick and the HB claimants with young families in all this or they could be facing a […]

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New Local Housing Allowance Rates How the New LHA Rates Have Huge Implications for House Prices and Rents Everywhere

Even landlords who don’t let to benefit dependent tenants and tenants who don’t get state aid to pay their rent will be affected by the capping of Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates. As a result of the changes to LHA rates, there could be some potentially big changes to local house prices and rents. Lots of Heat The whole issue […]

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Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowance Are Cut and CGT Rises in the Budget

So who wins and who loses from the emergency budget? Well, the trouble with the budget is that lots of the details are in the hard to get (and even harder to digest) documents that come out after the Chancellor has sat down.) But back at the desk and catching up, it seems clear that one winner could be the […]

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Housing Benefit Frauds How Widespread Are They Plus Institutional Investment in the PRS May Be Near

A few weeks ago, a landlord I advise told me how some tenants of his had contacted him with a request to help them make a fraudulent housing benefit claim. The landlord lets out a property to three people who are all on a single assured shorthold tenancy. The tenants are related to each other. There is a young woman, […]

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Social Lettings Agencies Homelessness Prevention and Role of the Private Rented Sector

As the Conservative Lib Dem coalition starts to wield the knife on what they see as wasted activity in some parts of the public sector we start to wonder how their cuts will eventually affect housing. One area that we at LettingFocus.com provide advisory help on for local cheap sildenafil tablets authorities and housing associations is in the setting up […]

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