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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Build to Let And Why New Institutional Investments in Private Rent Is Risky

In this article, David Lawrenson of LettingFocus.com looks at where the big new entrants could get it wrong with their investments in the private rented sector. The big new players (big pension funds like M&G, Prudential, Legal & General and various foreign real estate investors) who are now already in or about to come into the private rented sector could […]

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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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