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Landlords Of The Future

July 2, 2018

What could renting look like in a decade’s time?  Shifts in attitude from government and the Bank of England have jolted landlords and investors into taking a step back and looking long into the future.  I speak regularly at events across London and in 2016 and 2017 I witnessed a fog of depression descend on many of my colleagues.   This was also reflected in the NLA’s index of landlord optimism in their lettings business plummeting to an all time low.  Worryingly still according to NLA research only 49% of landlords fully understand the implications [...]


Evicted For No Reason

April 8, 2018

The abolition of no fault eviction is back on the agenda.  According to a recent BBC Panaroma show ‘Evicted For No Reason,’ the Labour Party, spurred on by housing charities and the entrenched convictions of Jeremy Corbyn, wants to end the use of section 21. The programme presents three case studies of tenants facing no fault evictions.  Lauren McGlashan has fallen out with her landlord who subsequently served a section 21 notice.  She has two months to find a new home for her husband, retired mother and five children.  Julie Archer was offered [...]


Broken Housing Benefit System

November 7, 2017

We are seeing an increasing number of press reports about housing benefit where the landlord is cast as villain.  Today BBC London reported on a house that had been converted into an HMO housing five tenants on benefits. The tenants were receiving the one bed LHA rate and the story argued that the landlord was receiving housing benefit for five studio flats.  I’m not a great fan of converting houses into grim HMOs with lockable doors and austere communal areas and I don’t condone greedy profiteering.  I prefer to create comfortable homes [...]


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.  [...]