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Green Party Leader Blames Landlords For UK Housing Crisis

Green Party Leader Blames Landlords For UK Housing Crisis

Green Party Leader Under Attack For Demonising
Private Rented Sector Landlords

The leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett has attracted a great deal of criticism after she attacked buy-to-let landlords operating in the private rented sector (PRS) blaming them for helping to cause the UK’s housing crisis.

Ms Bennett cited extremely high rental returns for landlords with property in the UK private rental sector in the recent television debate between the opposition leaders.

She referred to a report published by the Wriglesworth Consultancy and lenders Landbay stating that there had been a 1,400% return for buy-to-let landlords since 1996.

But the report’s authors suggested that the calculations and methodology involved were far more complex than the Green Party leader had portrayed.

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Property Turn Offs Are Good News For Property Investors

Property Turn Offs Are Good News For Property Investors

The Top 20 Property Turn-Offs
That Are Good News For Property Investors 

There are a number of obvious things that can put the general public off buying a property including damp, rotten windows and lack of a garden among the list of deal breakers for potential property buyers.

A survey by popular comparison website gocompare.com found that 70% of potential property buyers would not buy a property which had damp patches or stained walls or ceilings, 63% were put off by properties in a poor state of repair and 15% were put off by clutter.

Properties with problems are good news for landlords and property investors, as they have experience of rectifying issues in order to turn a profit and problems mean discounted sale prices, allowing equity to be locked into the deal from the start.

Generally, ordinary home buyers are afraid to spend money on issues that they know nothing about, however landlords and property investors can see beyond the solution and realise potential profit by fixing the issues that put off everyday home buyers.

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MPPT Spotlight are focusing on Tenants this week with a series of articles on getting the best out of tenant

MPPT Spotlight are focusing on Tenants this week with a series of articles on getting the best out of tenants

Tenants Admit Having Problems With Landlords And Letting Agents

55% of tenants in the UK’s private rented sector (PRS) have experienced problems with their landlord or their appointed letting agents according to the latest research from the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA).

The most common issue which affected 31% of PRS tenants was the length of time taken to fix problems in rental properties including issues with boilers, heating and electrical outlets.

Once a problem was raised, tenants have waited an average of 36 days for the problem to be fully resolved. However over 14% of PRS tenants never had their rental property problems fixed at all, according to the research.

18% of tenants surveyed also reported frustrating delays with landlords not replacing worn out fixtures and fittings on demand, including requests to replace old or damaged kitchen cupboards or tired and worn carpets.

14% of the tenants surveyed, felt that their complaints about repair issues were either ignored or brushed off by landlords or their appointed letting agents.

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Beware Of Serious Maintenance Issues When Purchasing Investment Properties

Beware Of Serious Maintenance Issues When Purchasing Investment Properties

25% of properties for sale in the UK
have serious maintenance issues

New research by Halifax home insurance has revealed that home owners are far from proficient at keeping their property well maintained.

The research found that whilst 28% of home owners claim to be DIY enthusiasts, almost a third of people surveyed said they only had basic skills and knowledge to carry out basic cosmetic improvements, such as painting and decorating, grouting tiles or assembling furniture rather than tackling bigger property maintenance issues such as cleaning gutters and repairing fixtures and fittings or repairing cracks in plaster.

lacking the confidence to undertake even straightforward maintenance which could prevent problems such as damp in the longer term,

The research found that property owners in Aberdeen had the best maintained properties in Scotland, while Peterborough was the top region in England, and Newport came out top in Wales.

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 Potential new documentary for Channel 4 

looks at the world of problem tenants

Documentary wants to hear from landlords with problem tenantsBruce Haagensen received the following request from Jennifer Gilroy of IWC Media and wondering if Landlords would like to participate in a possible documentary:

My name is Jennifer Gilroy and I’m a producer with a television production company. I’m developing a potential documentary for Channel 4 which looks at the world of problem tenants.

Channel 4 are really interested to develop a programme which explores the current economic climate and how it is affecting the private rental market – from the recession hit ‘accidental landlords’ to other landlords with larger property portfolios – but all having to deal with the consequences (financial and emotional) of troublesome tenants.

We’re hoping to look at this from people at the early stages of problems perhaps trying to deal with it through dialogue with their tenants, to other cases which have gone down the legal route towards eventual eviction.

I have detailed below some further information about my company and the documentary proposal.  And of course if you would like to discuss the project with me in more detail, I’d be delighted to be able to chat to you and ask advice.  I work in our development team and so this is not a commissioned documentary, Channel 4 have asked us to explore the area and find potential people to be involved, so any help or advice would be hugely appreciated.

IWC Media, producers of award winning documentaries such as ‘Stephen Fry: Secret Life of a Manic Depressive’ and makers of long running property series ‘Location, Location, Location’, are developing a new documentary for Channel 4 looking at the world of landlord and tenant disputes.

They want to hear from landlords who are currently in dispute with their tenants – from rental payments to concerns about the state of their property. 

The purpose of the documentary would be to look at the financial AND emotional costs the current economic climate is having within the private rental market.

Whether they’re at the start of the problem or have already sought legal advice to evict – we’d like to hear from them.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this request and I hope you might be able to help.

If you are interested, please contact Jennifer direct either via telephone on 0141 353 8417 or email at jennifer.gilroy@iwcmedia.co.uk

About IWC Media

IWC Media is the largest independent television production company in Scotland and, as part of Zodiak Media Group, one of the world’s leading creators, producers and distributors of content for TV, radio, new media as well as cinema. 

With offices in Glasgow and London, IWC has a well-established reputation for making, intelligent, popular and award-winning content for all the terrestrial and digital channels in the UK as well as broadcasters beyond the UK such as Discovery, the History Channel and National Geographic. 

Our output ranges from popular factual, lifestyle and formats in peak-time and daytime through to landmark documentaries, blue-chip science, art and history series.    

As well as being incredibly proud of the range of programmes we make, we also pride ourselves on the way we make them.  We’ve built up a strong track record and reputation making powerful documentaries which often involve high profile talent exploring difficult but important issues, or sensitively handled access where we’ve worked closely with organisations like the police, hospitals, councils or charities to gain access in to worlds an audience rarely gets to see.  Some examples hopefully showing the range and quality of our output include: 

  • Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive (2 x 60) BBC2
    Series exploring bipolar disorder and winner of International Emmy for Best Documentary
  • Terry Pratchett: Living with Alzheimer’s (2 x 60) BBC2
    Winner of BAFTA Scotland for Best Factual Series & Broadcast Award for Best Documentary Series
  • Making Faces (4 x 60) FIVE
    Documentary series currently being produced following a facial reconstruction unit and team at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham
  •  Big Body Squad (7 x 60) FIVE 
    Documentary series following bariatric teams up and down the UK dealing with our largest people.
  • Gareth Gates: Stop My Stutter (1 x 60)  BBC THREE
    Documentary following Gareth Gates helping 4 young stammerers to speak.  
  • Location, Location, Location Channel 4
    Our long-running, benchmark property format with professional house-hunters, Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer. Now entering its eleventh year and still going strong
  •  Extreme Fishing with Robson Green Five
    The hugely successful fishing travelogue presented by actor Robson Green 
  • Brave New World with Stephen Hawking (5 x 60) Channel 4
    Landmark series celebrating the great visionaries of British science, presented by some of our greatest living scientists and engineers including Stephen Hawking, David Attenborough, Richard Dawkins, Robert Winston, Mark Evans, James Dyson, Aarathi Prasad, Jim Al-Khalili.
  • Mountain with Griff Rhys Jones (5 x 60) BBC1
    Winner of Scottish BAFTA for the Best Factual Entertainment Programme
  • A Year in the Life of J K Rowling (ITV1)
    Through extraordinary access we followed J K Rowling as she wrote the last Harry Potter novel  
  • Cutting Edge: The Air Hospital (1 x 60) Channel 4
    Documentary following elite pilots and medics flying critically injured troops home from Afghanistan
  • Modern Masters with Alastair Sooke (6 x 60) BBC1
    A landmark arts series on four legends of Modern Art: Matisse, Dali, Warhol and Picasso.
  • Lost Kingdoms of Africa (4 x 60) BBC4 and BBC2
    Landmark series exploring forgotten Kingdoms of pre-colonial Africa fronted by Gus Casely-Hayford
  • Rory and Paddy’s Great British Adventure (Five)
    A road trip round Britain with Rory McGrath and Paddy McGuiness taking part in mad events.
  •  Ten Days That Made the Queen (Channel 4)
  •  Ross Kemp on Gangs (4 x 60) Sky One
    Broadcasting Press Guild Award for the Best Multi-Channel Documentary
  •  The Genius of Charles Darwin (3 x 60) Channel 4
    Winner of Broadcast Award for Best Documentary Series & Scottish BAFTA for Best Factual Series
  •  The Root of All Evil with Richard Dawkins (2 x 60) Channel 4
    Polemical journey exploring roots of religion and winner of Scottish BAFTA for Best Documentary
  •  The Enemies of Reason with Richard Dawkins (Channel 4)
    Two part series on irrationality with the celebrated academic. 
  •  Robbie Coltrane’s B-Road Britain (ITV1)
    Road trip round Britain with one of its best loved comic actors.
  • Stephen Hawking: Master of the Universe (Channel 4)
  • Kirstie’s Homemade Home Channel 4
    Popular home-craft format following Kirstie Allsop’s attempts to renovate her home
  • Crimes that Shook the World (Discovery)
    Respected series exploring the lives of serial killers around the world.  
  • The Detonators (Discovery)
    A series following the work of companies who blow up buildings. 
  • A Woman in Love and War: Vera Brittain (BBC One)
    A powerful documentary celebrating the life of Vera Brittain.  Presented by Jo Brand 
  • Wreck or Ready? BBC Daytime
    A brand new format delivering high-quality multiple episodes on a fast turnaround schedule
  • The Joy of Motoring (BBC4)
    The history of driving with historian Tristram Hunt. 
  • Scots Who Made the Modern World (BBC Scotland)
    Series celebrating great Scottish inventors, medical pioneers and engineers. 
  • The Pre-Raphaelites (BBC4) 
  • Michaela’s Zoo Babies (Five) 
  • UK’s Toughest Jobs (Sky One)
  • Mean Machines (Discovery

For more information, visit our website at www.iwcmedia.co.uk and http://www.zodiakmedia.com/

Pets can cause headaches

Landlords need to be cool with cats!

It seems pets are posing problems in the booming rental market, as landlords are refusing to allow them in their properties. It’s hardly surprising as they fear they will damage furniture, fixtures and even bring fleas.

Times are hard enough as it is for those searching for homes, with difficulties securing mortgages and repossessions on the up. Having a pet in tow makes the odds on tenants finding a home for themselves and their trusted companion even slimmer. At present, humans without a furry friend have a one in four chance of securing accommodation.

More than 236 dogs and cats were left at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in south London in 2010 because their owners were suffering housing problems.

Facts like this bring me to the question – should landlords be adjusting their tenancy agreements and make them less restrictive on pet ownership? Maybe you could introduce a higher deposit for pet owner tenants? Or even be introduced to the pet in question –to see if it’s as well-behaved as its mummy or daddy make out.

Pet Friendly Rentals provides information about private landlords who allow pets in their properties. Creator Darren Lock said: “Pets just don’t understand why, one day, they have a lap to curl up on and, the next day, their lives are turned upside down through no fault of their own. Encouraging more landlords to allow pets will help to keep more families together.”

That said, landlords who are open-minded when it comes to welcoming pets into their properties need to take care. Make sure you register your deposit, carry out thorough inventories and even do regular checks on the property – you don’t want to discover your renting out a zoo…

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