Build To Rent, Power and Political Donations

Build To Rent, Power and Political Donations Go back to before 1960 and you will have found that big institutions were the main players in the private rented sector. But as successive governments over-interfered in the sector the big boys found they could no longer make it work. The final nail in this particular coffin was the advent of rent controls […]

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Institutional Investment in the Private Rented Sector Draws Closer

More Build to Let and institutional investment in the private rented sector now looks almost a “nailed on” certainty says David Lawrenson of LettingFocus.com. But it could be the biggest threat yet to the profitability of the traditional “buy to let” model. Many months ago the government appointed Sir Adrian Montague to look at the barriers to institutional investment in […]

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Housing Associations, the Private Rented Sector and Landlords

In this blog post, David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com looks at the growing clamour for housing associations and city investors to get into the private rented sector via “build to let” and thus offer a direct challenge to the UK’s army of private landlords. In the report, “Where Next” published last year with PricewaterhouseCoopers, the housing association, L&Q explored the challenges […]

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Less Rent for Landlords Under LHA if they Agree to be Paid Direct

The forthcoming Local Housing Allowance (LHA) caps and reductions have brought with them a range of technical and practical issues, including also impacts on landlords who never let to LHA tenants. Statutory instruments SI #2835 2010 (which came into force 1 April 2011) allow local authorities slightly more discretion about whether to pay LHA directly to landlords. It states that […]

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Private Rented Sector Competitors Waiting in the Wings

I have always said that the biggest threat to private landlords comes from external sources and especially from new competitors. Unfortunately, these new competitors are rarely on most small landlords radars, which is not surprising really, because so far these new competitors have not really been all that active. Most landlords tend to prefer to worry and huff and puff […]

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PRS Access Schemes, Build to Let and the Rugg Review. LettingFocus Surveys the Wreckage

Reading the housing section of the Labour party manifesto, one can see that the PR campaign that the British Property Federation (BPF) and their members waged on Labour Grandees has paid off in terms of Labour support for “Build to Let,” which for the uninitiated, is where the Government tries to open up the private rented sector (PRS) to big […]

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