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Most radical reforms to planning system since the Second World War

Build Build Build: Boris Johnson says he will make the most radical reforms to the planning system since the Second World War, making it easier to build where people want to live. New regulations will give greater freedom for buildings and land in our …

ARLA write to Secretary of State for Justice over possessions backlog

ARLA Propertymark have written to Robert Buckland QC Secretary of State for Justice voicing concerns over how the massive possessions backlog will be handled when/if the eviction ban is lifted on the 23/08/2020 and is calling for government to urgently…

Savings rates worst in a decade

The velocity of savings rate cuts on variable rate deals during the first six months of 2020 is officially the worst in over a decade for savers. Due to these relentless rate cuts, savers are being urged to act and switch if they are getting a poor ret…

Expensive insurance due to sensitive 3rd party information?

My freeholder is responsible for building insurance for a flat that I own in a building with 8 flats. The insurance premium is 3 times (£450) what I pay for a similar flat about 200 yards away (£175).
When I challenged this
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Neighbour might object to Airbnb?

I own two little cottages at the end of a terrace accessed by a shared doorway to road (historically an open alley). Normal for Cornwall!
The neighbour holds the freehold of the two dwellings roadside (but only owns one flat) so we have shared responsi…

Veterans to be prioritised for social housing

New government measures to ensure access to social housing is improved for members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families have been announced this Armed Forces Day (27 June 2020) by Housing Minister Christopher Pincher.
The government has tod…

Urgent tenancy help required please?

Hi I moved into temp accommodation in Nov 2019 (self catering holiday home) as waiting to purchase a house. House purchase fell through and had to look for new place (due to move mid July).
The owner of the holiday home changed the use of the property …

The Truth About Lease Options

Video explaining the Truth About Lease Options:
I am joined by Simon Zutshi and together we explain how lease options are such a valuable tool in today’s market and how to make them work when investing in UK property.
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Lobby MPs on consequence of 5 month ban on repossessions

Landlords are being rallied to lobby their Members of Parliament to highlight the consequence of the five month ban on repossessions, due to end on 23 August.
The National Residential Landlords Association and Landlord Action are joining forces to enco…

Shelter highlights 125.5% increase in number of people claiming benefits

Shelter have highlighted Office for National Statistics figures for workforce data showing the number of people claiming employment related benefits reaching 2.8 million in May. This is a 125.5% rise since March and includes those employed with low inc…

Benefit Cap – lifted for 9 months?

Is this correct? Just spoke to the DWP and apparently even if a tenant has been capped, the cap has been removed for the next 9 months.
I’m guessing this is a result of some landlords upping their rent to meet the increased LHA rates?
The post Be…

Meet Mark Smith (Barrister-At-Law) at the Virtual Property Exhibition

I would like to invite you to join me, live online on Wednesday 1st July, as part of a virtual property exhibition, which has been organised by the property investors network (pin) and Your Property Network (YPN) magazine.
This is going to be a full da…

66% of agents will still be using furlough scheme after July

66% of letting agents in England anticipate they will still be using the Government’s job retention scheme beyond July. That’s according to the results of the Property Redress Scheme’s COVID-19 back to work letting agent survey.
The findings of the sur…

Guaranteed Rental Companies – any pitfalls?

I have a number of 1 bed and 2 bed properties in rather ‘challenging’ areas in Devon. Moreover my tenant base is very ‘interesting’! I do not get the private professional tenants and never will, I know this already.
I’m ge…

Gross government underestimation of resources required to tackle safety crisis

The government expects to fund just a dozen extra staff to inspect and enforce fire safety in more than 2 million homes after Grenfell, new analysis reveals, in a “gross underestimate” of the resources needed to tackle the building safety crisis in Eng…

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