Following a less than successful election for the returning Prime Minister, the build up to the Queen’s Speech seemed to be focussed on identifying what manifesto policies would actually survive the inevitable cull to improve its chances of being passed. One thing not to be dropped was the Government’s pledge to ban all letting fees … Continue reading Government to Ban Tenants with Pets?
The Chancellor and Home Secretary have stayed in place, but who’s new in Theresa May’s Government? Housing Minister With the previous Housing Minister, Gavin Barwell, losing his seat in June’s election there was an important vacancy at the Department for Communities & Local Government. That position was filled after a couple of days of patient … Continue reading Government Reshuffle: Who’s New for Landlords
She wanted a tenancy renewal, she got a statutory periodic – there’s no reason she can’t stay put as long as she fulfils her part of the bargain, but there’s no guarantees. It’s a stretch of a PRS analogy, but a fairly illustrative one given the gambit Mrs May relied upon, and the outcome that … Continue reading Election 2017: The Irony of May!
June 8th is fast approaching and we have already looked at each party’s manifesto offerings to landlords: Conservative | Labour | Liberal Democrats | Green Party | UKIP When it comes to the private rented sector, each party has an offering that would appeal to the tenant more than the landlord. With 20% of all … Continue reading It doesn’t matter which Party wins – Landlords are in for a difficult time.
While the impact of the April tax changes continues to be felt, landlords may be considering the prospect of buying and creating Homes in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). But are these properties worth the extra hassle? Shared housing can provide competitive rental yields but can often be riskier. With an increasing number of mandatory licensing and … Continue reading HMO: Heaven or Hell? Does shared housing provide the best yields?