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Bad news for landlords as Green Deal fund is slashed. See more at: http://www.l...

Facebook - 23 July 2014 - 3:05pm
Bad news for landlords as Green Deal fund is slashed.

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Bad news for landlords as Green Deal fund is slashed | National Landlords Association
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Commenting on the reduction of Green Deal Home Improvement Funds (GDHIF) for solid wall insulation from £6000 to £4000, Richard Lambert, Chief Executive Officer at the National Landlords Association (NLA), said:“Just as the Green Deal looks like it will finally succeed, the Government seems determin…

LOFT Interiors launch Landlord Warehouse, a Cash and Carry service dedicated to...

Facebook - 22 July 2014 - 1:42pm
LOFT Interiors launch Landlord Warehouse, a Cash and Carry service dedicated to Landlords. With over 12,000 square foot of space and more than 200 lines in stock, you can drop by and pick up a bargain now!
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Have you seen our video on how to end a tenancy correctly and legally? https://w...

Facebook - 20 July 2014 - 6:10pm
Have you seen our video on how to end a tenancy correctly and legally?
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Effective Letting - Ending a tenancy

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The NLA has developed a Local Supplier Scheme where we work with a number of loc...

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The NLA has developed a Local Supplier Scheme where we work with a number of local businesses.
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Local Suppliers | National Landlords Association
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With so much choice available, we know that finding the right supplier can be tricky and time consuming. This is why the NLA has developed a Local Supplier Scheme where we work with a number of businesses in your area that provide a range of products and services for landlords.

Join us as a Free Landlord Associate and gain access to tenancy agreements along...

Facebook - 20 July 2014 - 8:45am
Join us as a Free Landlord Associate and gain access to tenancy agreements along with other sample forms & letters.
https://www.landlords.org.uk/associate


Join us as a Free Landlord Associate | National Landlords Association
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The NLA is committed to raising standards across the private rented sector. While we are primarily a membership organisation, we believe we should support all landlords who share our commitment to managing tenancies properly and professionally.

Have a look at the NLA's advice and guidance on avoiding voids. https://www.yout...

Facebook - 19 July 2014 - 5:20pm
Have a look at the NLA's advice and guidance on avoiding voids. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_4VQ_sQQtk&list=UUOcbeDTjkjsiCTvK49nXYDQ


Effectively Letting - Voids

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Our Recognised Supplier Scheme is a convenient way to help you narrow your searc...

Facebook - 19 July 2014 - 2:30pm
Our Recognised Supplier Scheme is a convenient way to help you narrow your search.
http://www.landlords.org.uk/services/recognised-suppliers/about-scheme


About the scheme | National Landlords Association
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Look for the Recognised Supplier Logo What is the Recognised Supplier Scheme?We know that sourcing a new supplier can be a time consuming task, which is why the NLA works with a number of companies that provide products and services specifically for landlords.

Minimise the risk of rent arrears and other problems by carrying out a tenant ch...

Facebook - 19 July 2014 - 9:25am
Minimise the risk of rent arrears and other problems by carrying out a tenant check on your tenants.
http://www.landlords.org.uk/services/nla-tenant-check


NLA Tenant Check | National Landlords Association
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Also, don’t forget to protect your rent! NLA Rent Protect policy can provide security in the event that you suffer unexpected issues with your tenant.

Never borrow from loan sharks. They can be threatening & violent and ruin lives....

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July is loan shark month, and BHT are running a wide range of events, awareness raising activities and a media campaign in an attempt to tell as many people as possible about the dangers of loan sharks.

NLA Rent Manager is an online landlord software solution that allows you to bett...

Facebook - 13 July 2014 - 5:25pm
NLA Rent Manager is an online landlord software solution that allows you to better manage every aspect of your rents.
http://www.landlords.org.uk/services/nla-rent-manager


NLA Rent Manager | National Landlords Association
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Why you need NLA Rent Manager? Managing properties, income and tenancies can be difficult at times and always time consuming. If not managed well, issues such as poor cash-flow and late payments can contribute to towards small business failure.

As a NLA member you will have access to the forum where you can interact with yo...

Facebook - 13 July 2014 - 1:20pm
As a NLA member you will have access to the forum where you can interact with your fellow members on all the latest areas affecting the PRS.

#Landlords have a look at our video which highlights how to make the right inve...

Facebook - 13 July 2014 - 8:45am
#Landlords have a look at our video which highlights how to make the right investment.
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Professional Practice for Profit - making the right investment

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NLA Rent Protect protects you if your tenant fails to pay the rent. http://www.l...

Facebook - 12 July 2014 - 5:05pm
NLA Rent Protect protects you if your tenant fails to pay the rent.
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NLA Rent Protect | National Landlords Association
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It covers you for up to £2500 per month in unpaid rental income and it covers legal costs to help you in the recovery of unpaid rent.

We provide material that will help you distance yourself from the less reputable...

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We provide material that will help you distance yourself from the less reputable landlords.
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Shop | National Landlords Association
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The NLA Online Store is your 'one-stop-shop' for many of your landlord needs.

#Landlords what to maximise your future returns? Then have a look at out informa...

Facebook - 12 July 2014 - 9:00am
#Landlords what to maximise your future returns? Then have a look at out informative video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWR6GAxzxxE


Professional practice: Maximising future returns

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#Landlords in Kingston, Kingston Council wants your views on housing benefit te...

Facebook - 8 July 2014 - 3:17pm
#Landlords in Kingston, Kingston Council wants your views on housing benefit tenants. http://goo.gl/8lqwrs


The Royal Borough of Kingston's Landlord/ Agent Survey
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Revenge Evictions – The New Crisis That Isn’t wp.me/pJhLb-rq

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Richard Lambert Chief Executive at the National Landlords Association discusses the reality of section 21 notices Shelter issued new figures recently suggesting there is a crisis in the private ren...

Revenge Evictions – The New Crisis That Isn’t

NLA Blog - 7 July 2014 - 2:37pm
Richard Lambert Chief Executive at the National Landlords Association discusses the reality of section 21 notices

Shelter issued new figures recently suggesting there is a crisis in the private rented sector due to landlords evicting tenants for complaining about standards of their rented property –“revenge evictions” as they now call them. However, if you look more closely at these figures, their argument starts to unravel.

Retaliatory evictions

Shelter’s figures suggest there has been a rise in complaints concerning retaliatory or revenge evictions. The difficulty is how to prove that issuing possession proceedings really is an act of retaliation against a tenant.  Simply serving a Section 21 notice should not be classed as a revenge eviction. There are many reasons a landlord would need or want to serve one, and so long as they do it the right way, it is their right to do so for whatever reason they think fit. 

The overwhelming majority of landlords want their property occupied, rent paid and for their tenants to have a comfortable long-term tenancy. Like any other business they want happy customers and steady income. They’re not out for revenge; we don’t talk about any other service provider seeking revenge from their customers and there is no reason to suspect landlords are any different. 

Landlords want stable tenancies and NLA statistics show that most are. The average tenancy lasts just over two and a half years and in reality the vast majority of tenancy durations are terminated by the tenant, not the landlord.  When the landlord does terminate the tenancy, the cause more often than not is rent arrears. A property will inevitably have some problems during its lifetime as a rental property – indeed, a quarter of landlords’ rental income is spent on repairs and maintenance – but most would think evicting to avoid repairing creates two problems instead of one.  The repairs are still needed, but now there is a void, so no income coming in.

Seeking possession can be an expensive business, often stressful for the landlord as well as the tenant.  Nor is it automatically the best business option.  Ending a tenancy, re-marketing and letting all cost.

Crisis it is not

 We are all worldly enough to know that retaliatory evictions do happen, and it is terrible that anyone should lose their home due to the poor, or even criminal, behaviour of their landlord.  Nevertheless, the NLA does not believe that the figures cited by Shelter represent a ‘crisis’.

Their figure of 7,600 renters at risk of eviction equates to 0.19% of renters in England (9m), implying that that 99.81% are not experiencing these problems. 

Furthermore, the 4,000 renters ‘losing their homes’ represents 0.1% of households in England who rent privately. You have to question whether one tenth of one per cent of tenancies coming to an end is an indication of market failure.

The question remains: is a failure rate of between 0.1 and 0.19% of the market a ‘crisis’? A situation which needs improving, yes, but ‘crisis’ is stretching it too far. 

Councils to tackle the issue

The one thing we can agree with Shelter on is that there are some bad landlords, who may end a tenancy if they think they can get away with a new tenant putting up with the problems, and these landlords need to be tackled. Councils need to target bad landlords and force them out of the private rented sector. It is down to local and central government to prosecute publicly and effectively to make it clear that ignoring property standards is already illegal. 

Public prosecutions can really help to drill home that bad practice is unacceptable and that there are consequences. Unfortunately, in 2012, fewer than 500 landlords were prosecuted; compare this with the 155,000 people prosecuted for not having a TV licence. Councils should also receive a proportion of prosecution fines in order to incentivise future enforcement activity to protect tenants from the few who think they can get away with poor or illegal property practices.


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Are you an accidental #landlord and not sure what to do? Make sure you have a lo...

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