Rent Controls

We see Ed Miliband has announced a policy on residential landlords and rent controls. As we understand it, under this new Labour policy, “buy to let” landlords (as the press likes to call them) would have to issue minimum three year tenancies and rent increases would be somehow controlled within that period. All well and good. Any one of my […]

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Mortgage Loans and Housing Benefit and Why a Selective Approach is the Better Option

David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com observes the latest mortgage lender U turn on allowing landlords to let to housing benefit tenants, but says that rather than a “blanket” approach of either allowing or not allowing landlords to do this, a better way would be if lenders “selectively” allowed it – with the decision linked to other variables such as landlord experience […]

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London Assembly Housing and Regenerating Committee Consultation on Private Rented Sector

As London Councils and the London Assembly run another consultation on the private rented sector, LettingFocus’s owner starts to feel like Bill Murray in the film “Groundhog Day” Many readers will be familiar with the film “Groundhog Day” in which a bored TV weatherman played by Bill Murray is forced to relive a freezing winter’s day in a nowheresville northern […]

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