The Stupidity of Article 4 and HMO Restrictions

David Lawrenson suggests local authorities are being lazy when they opt to use Article 4 restrictions to limit the numbers of shared houses (HMO) in their area. But it presents opportunities for landlords. Article 4 and HMO Restrictions Ever since the noughties, when Tony Blair decreed that 50% of all kids had to go on to study at a university, universities and […]

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What Type of Tenant Is Best for Landlords

People often ask me “What sort of tenants should I pick?” My answer is “Well, that depends upon what type of property you have and what the local market demand (and supply) is like.” Of course, if you are any good at this business you’ll know to check where the tenant demand is likely to come from before you buy. […]

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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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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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