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Regulatory Update

August 7, 2017

The ironically named 2015 Deregulation Act brought us revisions to Section 8 and section 21 possession proceedings and deposit protection, plus measures to prevent retaliatory eviction.  Since then, we have seen compulsory licensing and accreditation across Wales and a raft of provisions in the 2016 Housing & Planning Act including civil penalties, banning orders and the sharing of deposit protection data.  You’ll have read acres of copy on tax changes and the regulation of buy to let mortgages since January 2017.  Or have you?   Research last year found that only 40% of landlords [...]


The Return Of The Humans

July 9, 2017

Have you seen ‘The Week The Landlords Moved In’ on BBC1?  Chris Norris, Sarah Davidson and I  reviewed episode one on radio show and podcast Inside Property this week.  Some of the opening salvos were a parody of landlords that wouldn’t have been out of place on a sketch show.  Successive investors tell us to “let it and forget it” and “buy low, rent high.”  “We buy property for one reason and one reason only – to make money,” one landlord proclaimed, as if a property business ran on autopilot.  The mantra that “it [...]


The Manifestos

May 21, 2017

In this blog, I take a sideways look at the political parties’ private rented sector manifesto commitments – and then put forward my own manifesto ideas.
I am really struck by how back-of-an-envelope the three main parties’ manifestos are for the forthcoming election.  In many ways it is a relief that there are not too many shoot-from–the-hip, vote winning, yet impractical proposals.  The fact that they are so thin on the private rental sector (PRS) either suggests that politicians lack vision on housing or they are looking for a blank cheque to do whatever [...]


Airbnb Creep

May 18, 2017

I’m staying in New York this week, as ever the city offers some insights into trends that might be heading our way.  I’ve just had a look around a state of the art gym that is huge but borrows design ideas from the boutique hotel and offers one to one sit down sessions on your metabolism to aid nutritional understanding.  That’s as well as a personal trainer.
When I was looking for accommodation, I went down the Airbnb route and I’m staying with a great guy close to all the action in Hell’s Kitchen.  [...]


Upbeat or Downbeat?

I recently spent two days at the Property Investor Show, held twice a year at Excel in East London.  Footfall was noticeably lighter that at events in 2016.  I gave two talks and was sat on a panel called ‘The Great Landlord Debate’ about the state of the market and forthcoming regulation.
There’s a lot of sobering data around at the moment.  House prices are falling, rental demand has slowed significantly and rents are falling in many parts of London.  NLA research tells us that 19% of landlords are planning to sell in the [...]