What will your property business look like in 2025? Listen now to the NLA’s latest podcast

Conference season is over, we’ve seen the first increase in interest rates in ten years and to top it all off we have the Chancellor’s budget looming over our heads. On a the latest episode of the NLA’s podcast Inside Property, Richard Blanco is joined by Chris Norris, Head of Policy at the NLA and … Continue reading What will your property business look like in 2025? Listen now to the NLA’s latest podcast

Could you afford £1,162 pa interest rate hike?

UPDATE: The Bank of England raised the base rate from 0.25% to 0.5% on Thursday 2 November. Odds on the Bank of England raising interest rates for the first time in more than a decade are now so low, that it’s hardly worth placing a bet; but what would a rate hike mean for landlords … Continue reading Could you afford £1,162 pa interest rate hike?

Will Landlords have to pay up to £5000 towards energy efficiency improvements next year?

Will Landlords have to pay up to £5000 towards energy efficiency improvements next year?

Landlords should be aware that from 1st April 2018, new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) will prohibit landlords from granting new tenancies (or renewing/extending existing tenancies) for properties with an EPC rating of F or G. The Government has now signalled their intention to toughen the regulations even further. As it stands currently, landlords can … Continue reading Will Landlords have to pay up to £5000 towards energy efficiency improvements next year?

Lies, Statistics, and Local Authorities

Mark Twain attributes the following to Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." Politicians across the world have followed this maxim - with particular use of obfuscation and statistical manipulation - as often as possible and arguably making it into an art form. There have been many examples through time … Continue reading Lies, Statistics, and Local Authorities

Housing Minister Reaffirms Commitment to Banning Letting Fees

Housing Minister Reaffirms Commitment to Banning Letting Fees

Parliament returned from its summer break this week and one of the first things up on the agenda was a debate on the upcoming letting fees ban. The debate was secured by Kevin Hollinrake, Conservative MP for Thirsk & Malton and co-founder of Hunters estate agency, who began proceedings by setting out his reasons for … Continue reading Housing Minister Reaffirms Commitment to Banning Letting Fees