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BBC’s Panorama Investigates Universal Credit

65% of councils have to invest more money to tackle rent arrears
For generations governments have sought to simplify the benefits system.  Universal Credit was the latest attempt, which was supposed to make life better for claimants, but the system has…

DWP Xmas opening times

Although this is more tenant specific it may be quite useful to share with landlords with tenants in difficulty.
Please see below for the Christmas 2019 benefit payment arrangements, DWP office opening hours and phone line operating hours.
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2-3% rental inflation as new supply drops further

New figures showing a sharp drop in supply over the last year are a warning of a crisis in the private rental market
The latest Residential Market Survey by the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors for November shows a net balance of minus 29% of …

Housing and lettings market hold their breath

The UK housing market is still on hold, pending election results, with the November 2019 RICS Residential Market Survey continuing to show a cautious approach from buyers and sellers. Demand from prospective buyers, new instructions to sell, and sales,…

How much for the keys to No.10?

Ahead of Thursday’s election Stone Real Estate have looked at the property cost of the Number 10 and where is home to the highest price paid for the number across England and Wales looking at current market data for the real No.10 Downing Street as wel…

Selective licencing report Nottingham did not want you to see

Below is a report from Nottingham Council they didn’t want you to see. The one several of us contributed to.
They agreed to send it to us voluntarily, but they didn’t. They paid an external barrister to issue a report on homelessness and th…

Is it reasonable to ask for extra security on front door?

Hello, I am a newbie to the forum and I have a question. A friend of mine has just viewed a ground floor flat yesterday which she really likes. Her only reservation is that she feels the front door is not secure enough.
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Ipsos MORI indicates 71% approval for Rent Controls

Ipsos Mori have conducted a poll on public confidence in different parties’ housing policies and how likely they are to deliver. Click here
When asking for public opinion on specific housing policies 71% said they would support introducing rent c…

Yields – Long term let vs holiday let?

I have inherited some money and am looking at advice about the best investment vehicle for it. I was initially interested in buying a place in North Wales / Anglesey (we live just over an hour from the area) with a view to renting it out as a holiday l…

How do I get away from my awful letting agents?

I’ve been using a letting agent on a fully managed service for over 2 years now. They’ve never been great – considering the service is fully managed I end up doing an awful lot of stuff myself, having to remind them of certificate ren…

ICO demand – is it a scam?

Our Ltd company has just received a demand from ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) claiming that we are not registered with them. That is true…. I have never heard of or from them before.
They say our customers, clients and tenants exp…

Just a Criminal

George Lindsay aged 55 from Erdington was successfully prosecuted by Birmingham city council and sentenced to pay a fine of £19,970 and only got away without jail time, because the guidelines did not permit the judge the option.
Lindsay was found guilt…

Can ‘Major Works’ be used by freeholder to gain possession?

The lease says I as a leaseholder am entitled to stay in my flat while major works are carried out. That the only way for the freeholder to buy you out is with a compulsory purchase order.
Shelter says that major works cannot be used to gain vacant pos…

Landlords – no more excuses please

As I write this blog, I’m on a train down to Devon to do a talk at the ARLA Propertymark Devon Regional Meeting.
One of the many hats I wear in my role as Director / Brand Ambassador for Hamilton Fraser Group is overseeing ‘Education’. 
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The Tories’ silence

Owners of small companies would pay more tax under Labour – up to 45% more – but the Tories haven’t mentioned this.
Commenting on the Labour manifesto, John McDonnell said “In terms of income tax, the top 5% will pay a bit more
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