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Calls to scrap direct payments as Panorama reveals rent arrears double for Universal Credit claimants

On Monday 12th November, BBCs latest Panorama investigation focused on the impact of the controversial Universal Credit, and most crucially the housing element. The programme revealed the extent of the rent arrears problem as a result of changes to the benefits system. Paul Shamplina, founder of Landlord Action, together with Mick Roberts, one of the UK’s largest Housing Benefit landlords, join other industry experts in calling on the government to act now and scrap direct payments to tenants of the housing element of Universal Credit, before the situation worsens. Under the old system, housing allowance was paid direct to councils or private landlords. Now, in order to mirror the world of work and encourage people to be more independent, Universal Credit (UC) payments are made direct to claimants. However, when combined with the cuts in benefits, tenants are under increasing financial pressure, evidenced by the 55% rise in evictions of...
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Short term finance can give business a boost

Article by Daniel Owen-Parr, Head of Professional Sector & Auction. It’s now 10 full years since the financial crash of 2008, and one of its lasting legacies has been a tightening of the rules around access to borrowing. Banks who got their fingers burnt have been reticent to offer lending, relying on rigid tick box criteria to help them decide whether applicants qualify. Some, however, are swimming against the tide. Often described by those in the industry as a ‘specialist lender’, Together has been in business for over 40 years, but really thrived over the last decade. Together say no to 'Computer says no' Operating under a banner of what it calls ‘Common sense lending’, they say no to ‘Computer says no’. This approach means they can often lend when others won’t. For instance, they’ll consider most circumstances, including typical ‘red flags’ like self-employment, imperfect credit history, and difficult-to-mortgage properties...
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Why should I rent guarantee?

We recently chatted to our expert insurance panelist, John Cox from Insurance Desk about reasons why we should protect our rental properties with a rent guarantee.  John owns Insurance-Desk Services which is an independent, friendly broker. They've been working with clients for over 14 years and consistently provides competitive quotes year on year on landlords, tenants, portfolio and commercial insurance policies as well as many other types of insurance. John founded Insurance-Desk Services to aid many landlords who at the time were finding it increasingly difficult to insure properties that have tenants who were on benefits. We asked John why he thought that using a Rent Guarantee was a good idea. Protecting your rental income should be a must if you want continuous rental profits and/or need to keep up with a mortgage. Rent Guarantee cover ensures rental income is not compromised even if your tenants fall into arrears The provider that...
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Richard Hamilton – Head of the Property team at Davis Blank Furniss – on the MEES Regulations and domestic property.

What are the MEES regulations? The Energy Efficiency Regulations are designed to tackle the least energy-efficient properties in England and Wales – being those rated F or G on their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The MEES regulations restrict landlords of domestic property from granting tenancies for properties which fall below the minimum energy efficiency standard. Landlords will also be prohibited from continuing pre-existing tenancies, after 1st April 2020 if the property falls below this standard. How will tenants benefit from the Regulations? An energy efficient home will reduce the cost of energy bills for tenants; and in particular the elderly and vulnerable during the winter months. Properties falling below the energy-efficiency standard contribute to avoidable greenhouse gas emissions, therefore increasing the energy efficiency of properties would go some way in counteracting this problem. What are the benefits for landlords? Energy efficient residential properties can reduce the long term maintenance costs...
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Turning the dream of home ownership into a reality

Parents and grandparents can help children buy their own home without having to hand over money. It’s no surprise so many young people feel their dreams of owning a home are slipping out of reach. A new report by the Resolution Foundation has found that one in three UK millennials will never own a home and half will be renting into their 40s.1 Meanwhile, the latest data shows that house prices have increased by 30% since early 2013, and 54% in London, bringing the average UK house price to £211,792.2 With property prices continuing to soar, many first-time buyers will feel their only option is to turn to the bank of mum and dad – or even granny and grandad – to help them buy their first home. Nowadays, around 60% of under-30s get help from their family to buy a home3, while one in ten grandparents have gifted grandchildren...
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