Labour plans for private landlords

David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com thinks Labour’s plans to force private landlords to sell to tenants – a sort of “private tenants right to buy” are unworkable – and they must surely know it. Labour Plans for Private Landlords Just when you thought it could not get any worse for private landlords and the private rented sector in general, a new […]

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Rent Controls in London

Rent Controls Ah, it is silly season again and the old chestnut of rent controls is back in the news. It is a topic we have written about a lot, most recently here: https://www.lettingfocus.com/blogs/2014/05/rent-controls/ Jeremy Corbyn has proposed that under Labour, councils could be given powers to control what he calls “skyrocketing rents”. He will be thinking especially of some form […]

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The Future for Buy to Let Landlords

David Lawrenson of LettingFocus sees some positives from what appears to be a gloomy year for landlords. The Future for Buy to Let Landlords It’s been a funny year for so called “buy to let” landlords. They have been clobbered by George Osborne’s hikes to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) – a special tax designed just for pesky “Mom and Pop” landlords. Interestingly, […]

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Buy to Let Advice: Don’t Trust Anyone

I have had a fairly interesting few months advising a very wide variety of clients who are either interested in improving their existing buy to let portfolios or who are stepping into residential investment and letting for the first time. My advice is usually delivered in one-to-one sessions with the client (or sometimes one-to-two, as most people will have a partner with […]

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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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London Assembly Calls for Longer Term Tenancies

At LettingFocus we are pleased to see our evidence to the London Assembly on the private rented sector was accepted and made it through as a key recommendation. The London Assembly has issued another report on the private rented sector – this time calling for the mayor to intervene in the capital’s private rented sector to “stabilise rents” and encourage […]

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