Fantastic webinar with Mike Frisby

We hosted a fantastic webinar last night with Mike Frisby.  It was a very busy webinar and we were thrilled that so many of you managed to get on. The webinar (LHA and Rent 2 Rent - made simple) was presented by Mike and he gave out so much useful information.  I was astounded by how much profit Mike and his students were making from using his strategies. It was interesting to hear that the social housing market is worth £22bn in the UK. There has been a large increase in claims over the last 12 months. Mike discussed many of his strategies, including the 2 +2 strategy and the micro studio strategy.  You can make thousands more out of your portfolio using these strategies. One point that Mike made clear is that you need to be educated in these strategies properly before you go ahead.  Its very easy to...
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Mortgages and LHA Rentals

    I was reading an interesting article in a publication this morning and I was quite shocked by what I was reading.  It stated that some private landlords with buy-to-let mortgages are being prevented by their lenders from letting to people on benefits.   This really amazed me as surely the Government has an interest in getting vulnerable people housed quickly. The private rented sector is a good option for the Government to do so.  Shouldn’t the government pick up on this issue?  If lenders are preventing landlords from renting to LHA tenants then they remove a large proportion of a community.   Finance is very tricky to obtain at the moment and lenders are really tightening their criteria.  We have been trying for 4 months to get a mortgage on a property.  We have a great credit rating and stable employment but we were declined on the first mortgage. ...
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Claimants of Local Housing Allowance rise but landlords want out

  Latest Government figures reveal significant rises in the number of private tenants claiming Local Housing Allowance (LHA). According to Paul Shamplina, founder of Landlord Action, a company specialising in tenant eviction, more must be done to re-balance the rules and subsidies in order to encourage landlords to support this important part of the private rented sector (PRS), rather than pulling away from it as many have threatened. An uncertain economy on the brink of slipping back into recession has not only forced flat-lining wages, increased cost of living and rising unemployment figures, but pushed even more households into the category eligible to receive LHA. Paul Shamplina comments. “I am not at all surprised by the figures revealing dramatic rises in tenants claiming LHA, as these sit in line with our own experience of carrying out more evictions against LHA tenants than ever before.” Rise in claimants The Government figures...
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101 Essential Tips for investing with high cash-flow

I’m always being asked how to make more money from property as this is something I’ve been specialising in, and I decided to give away some of my top tips to help investors do this. I have attached here some of my 101 Essential Tips for investing with high cash-flow, and this section is for use particularly with tenants claiming benefits. It’s not all bad, and if done in the right way then you can make much more money with less tenants.  We also have the opportunity to have some rent direct from the council and most tenants are happy to have the money paid direct to our bank account. The main difference is that it is paid every 2 weeks for job seekers allowance and every 4 weeks for housing benefit, so we’re really flexible and help the tenants to be able to pay the minute they get paid –...
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Adequate Insurance is Key

  A house is one of the biggest purchases you will ever make.  Particularly if you are a property investor as you may have many properties within your portfolio.  It is important to make sure you have the relevant cover for all of your properties. Its so easy to overlook the importance of having the right insurance cover.  You need to have buy to let insurance rather than a basic household policy.  If you have a basic policy you will probably not be insured adequately.  This is really taking an unnecessary risk. Landlords Insurance Landlords or Buy-to-Let insurance is quite different from a standard home insurance policy in lots of ways. One key element of cover is the unoccupied property limitations. On a standard home insurance policy this is 30 days. So if you leave your home unoccupied for longer than this, your insurer can refuse to handle a claim. Some companies...
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Landlord Action sees 11% rise in instructions against defaulting tenants

Landlord Action, a company specialising in tenant eviction, are starting to see the effects that rising unemployment and the increased cost of living are having on the rental sector as their number of instructions against defaulting tenants has risen by 11% year on year. A recent report from Templeton LPA suggested that although cases of severe rental arrears are up 13%, the impact of this has yet to filter through to landlords, with total buy-to-let mortgage arrears cases falling by 12% in the last year. However, Paul Shamplina, Founder of Landlord Action, believes that landlords are in fact feeling the increasing pressure on their finances as a result of defaulting tenants, but are simply less tolerant than they might previously have been which explains the rise in instructions seen by Landlord Action. Paul comments “Tenants are stuck in a catch twenty-two situation.  Lending criteria requiring large deposits has locked many...
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Pay off your Mortgage and secure a strong pension

In just 10 years from now, how would you like to have paid off your home mortgage in full and have secured a strong pension?
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Housing Benefit Changes from April 2011

From April 2011 a number of changes will be introduced to the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) scheme. The majority of Housing Benefit (HB) customers who are assessed under LHA arrangements will see a reduction in the amount of benefit they receive. John Paul, The LHA Expert stated that there are three changes being introduced that will lower the levels of LHA that they pay in County Durham (for your geographical area you can go to https://lha-direct.voa.gov.uk/Secure/Default.aspx •    the removal of the £15.00 top up •    the setting of LHA rates at the 30th percentile •    the removal of the 5 bedroom LHA rate Customers affected by the last two changes will be given some transitional protection. The key changes from April 2011 are: LHA levels will be restricted to the 4 bedroom rate and a new upper limit will be introduced for each property size, with upper limits (capping) set at:...
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The LHA and how to make it work for you - free download

We have recently been able to get a  FREE excerpt from John Pauls ebook “LHA and How to Make it Work for You”, it’s full of tips and tricks that you can use to improve your cashflow, and your understanding of LHA. Would like to know more about investing using an LHA Strategy, but dont know where to start? Do you already use this strategy to invest, but your LHA Tenants are costing you  time, energy and MONEY? It doesn’t have to be that way – in fact, getting LHA Tenancies right can be hugely profitable and hassle free! "LHA is an opportunity to increase cash-flow and produce rental yields that we haven’t seen for years, all you have to do is to learn how to work the system, and use it in your investment strategy". –  John Paul Download the free excerpt here to learn more about LHA Investing. If...
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Property Tribes Interview with John Paul, MD Castledene Group

I recently came across this interview that Property Tribes did with John Paul from Castledene Group.  Its a great interview and impressive to see what John has built up over a short period of time.   John is also an expert on LHA Investing and has produced a great handbook. If youre interested in this form of investing, which can be very lucrative, Ive added the link to the eBook below the interview.
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Progressive Property Super Conference with Alan Sugar, Q&A

We received a Q&A document from Rob and Mark at Progressive Property. A lot of our subscribers have been asking for more information on the Super Conference, so we thought wed publish this in the blog.
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Housing Benefit Update - Landlord Action Seminar

Landlord Action are running an LHA Seminar on the 29th of October in London.
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House in multiple occupation licences are necessary

  Landlords might like to check their house in multiple occupation (HMO) licences are valid after one landlord was fined and ordered to pay back £37,407 in rent. Rizwan Ahmed was letting a three-storey, nine-bedroom residence on Fulham Road - that was occupied by at least five tenants - without the required certification and received a £20,000 penalty as a result. It was also found that he had breached five rules of the HMO by failing to maintain fire doors, wall and ceiling plaster and fire alarm systems. A spokesman for Hammersmith and Fulham Council noted that Mr Ahmeds tenants had been living in poor conditions. "This should be a warning to all landlords that the council takes HMO licensing and management regulations seriously," he remarked. Those interested in finding out more about the HMO can do so at the Office of Public Sector website, as well as the Department for...
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Confused by the new Local Housing Allowance measures?

Heres a summary: From April 2011 i) Local Housing Allowance levels will be restricted to a maximum of 4 bedrooms as opposed to the current size maximum of 5 bedrooms. ii) Local Housing Allowance upper limits will be introduced for each size of property as follows: - £250 a week for a 1 bedroom property - £290 a week for a 2 bedroom property - £340 a week for a 3 bedroom property - £400 a week for a 4 bedroom property iii) The excess of up to £15 per week which claimants could receive where their LHA was greater than their contractual rental charge will be abolished. The LHA will be reduced to match the contractual rent if the latter is the lower of the two. iv) The size-criteria will be adjusted to provide for an additional bedroom for a non-resident carer where a disabled claimant has an established need for...
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Vicky Pollard from Little Britain, your average LHA Client ... Right?

Generally speaking many landlords do not fully understand Local Housing Authority (LHA) clients and can have the view that they are just your Vicky Pollards from Little Britain. Also due to some stories of bad LHA Tenants, a lot of landlords will not consider LHA or social housing. Of course as with any tenant you need to do your homework and be careful, but the extra income and satisfaction can be great. In this video interview, Julie Hanson from Just Do property asks John Davies from Hedge Property Investment and LHA Network about Local Housing Authority and Social Housing tenants. If you would like to ask John a question click here
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The LHA high yield strategy

I recently purchased the new eBook from John Paul – The LHA Expert.  It’s a fantastic book and it really is a "must have" for any Landlord or Letting Agent - unless of course you already have all of your properties let out at maximum rent and fully paid up to date!!! According to the NLA 52% of Landlords say they wouldn’t let to LHA tenants. Obviously some investors are a bit scared of letting to them and think they’re a lot of hassle.  One of our properties is let to a single Mum of 2 who claims benefits. She’s a fantastic tenant and fortunately we’ve had no problems, but I’m sure some people have different experiences.  I think this book is a great read though to prepare you for letting to LHA tenants, it’s great to know all the facts. If you haven’t seen the book, you can Download it...
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Real life landlord and 5 Lease Option ‘Powerplays’

May Manchester Property Networking Club had a great real life landlord outline and a presentation on 5 great Lease Option Powerplays.
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What Investment Strategy should I choose?

With so many investment strategies out there how do I know which one is the best, should I go for Lease options, HMOs, LHA properties, SARB, flipping properties, RMDs? You will have undoubtedly been to all the seminars, spoken to all the experts selling their unique workshops, spoken to countless fellow investors and some of you will still be confused as to which way to invest. I’m going to give you my opinions as to the pros and cons regarding the most common investments strategies that are being promoted as the next best thing. Some you will agree with, some you won’t, the point is to at least have an opinion about them which will help you choose investment strategy. I want to get you out of being a seminar junkie!!!! I don’t want you to be one of those people that spend literally tens of thousand of pounds going...
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Background to the Local Housing Authority (LHA - formerly DSS)

Hello, this is john Davies founder of Hedge Property Investment and the LHA Network. Many of you may have heard me speak at a number of the property events around the UK and therefore know that we try to help as many would-be and experienced investors alike succeed in the current housing market by providing up to the minute strategies, based on both ours and our clients’ real life experiences. Julie asked me to provide her readers with a background to the Local Housing Authority( formerly DSS ) tenant market place and I hope to do this through a number of articles and perhaps by answering questions you may have around this particular sector. To start here’s how we initially became involved; Back in February 2008 a family friend of mine who knew I had an interest in property, and is herself a senior member of a Local Housing Association, passed...
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