eMoov Petition to Scrap European EPCs in the UK

The Housing Act 2004 made it a mandatory requirement that an energy assessment is made on all properties listed for sale in Britain and later, this applied to rental properties too.  So in 2007 the UK Government introduced EPCs (Energy Performance Certificates). The reason for the introduction was as a consequence of European Union Directive 2002/91/EC  Simply, Britain was told it must adopt a practice of sending inspectors to all homes marketed for sale or to let, before they could be advertised. At an average total annual cost of £100m to the UK home seller and landlord. The resulting energy rating that the certificate assesses is of little help to either buyer or seller and has not proven to reduce energy consumption in any attempt to assist in mitigating the effects on the environment, as was the intention when first conceived by the European Commission.  Founder and CEO of leading hybrid...
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Tory peer slates his party's attack on buy to let investors

[caption id="attachment_14268" align="alignleft" width="190"] Lord Flight Lord Flight, the Tory peer has urged his party to re-think their 'sudden attack' on buy to let investors. He warned it could trigger a sharp drop in house prices and destabilise the market, which could potentially lead to a crash. Lord Flight, a former Conservative Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury is the first prominent politician to openly criticise the government's surprise attack on private investors. Many private landlords have pledged to fight the tax changes through a judicial review. Unfortunately, George Osborne has gained Royal Assent for a new tax on landlords and property investors from 2017. You can read the full article in The Telegraph here.  If you haven't already, you can still sign the petition against these tax changes. As of today, there are 50,094 signatures. We need to get it to 100,000, then it will be considered for debate. The link...
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Property Prices in the UK Accelerated in August

The UK’s property market has been on a bull run for the last few years. It has transformed from a doldrum of economic ruin to an engine of the UK’s economy.
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UK left to grow old disgracefully

Charity manifesto launched as 77% of over-65s back a Minister for Older People Report finds the UK is woefully underprepared for our ageing society Charity chief warns: Government representation for older people in desperate need of improvement.
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The Property Ombudsman launches Code of Practice for newly-formed The National Association of Property Buyers

Some of the UK’s largest and best-known property buying companies have collaborated with the Property Ombudsman (TPO) to create a new Code of Practice to address the issues raised in the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) market study into the ‘Quick House Sale’ sector.
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Property Predictions for 2014

With 2013 becoming a distant memory we find ourselves facing 2014 pondering the changes that will occur in the property market.   Nick Carlile, Managing Director, Platinum Portfolio Builder (PPB), would like to share his predictions for the year ahead when considering UK Residential Property Investment He focuses on the key issues that concern any investors or those contemplating a move into property, which are: Price Price is always at the forefront of any investor’s mind and the subject which generates the most debate! Nicks predictions for this year are that prices in London will begin to slow down (albeit there will be some level of growth) and other areas around the UK will instead experience greater levels of growth. Geographical Areas Nick believes, that for the best investments in 2014 (which provide greater discounts, double digit yields and a good income) the best strategy is to focus further North on...
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Rental market set to become more tenant-friendly?

Success of Help to Buy could help to stabilise the highest rents. Landlord Assist says demand for the Government’s flagship Help to Buy Scheme coupled with an expected rise in interest rates could be the catalyst for the buy-to-let sector becoming more tenant-friendly. For the past few years the private rented sector has sustained a significant growth period caused by huge volumes of people opting to rent rather than buy because of difficulties in obtaining suitable finance for lenders.
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Europe are going to try and regulate BTL mortgages

  The EU is proposing that in future when you apply for a BTL mortgage, the rent from existing properties cannot be counted toward your income. Europe are going to try and regulate BTL mortgages... if they succeed this would start in 2013 and would mean that Lenders would not take the rental income into consideration when you apply for a BTL mortgage - the same as the European model. It would be based on your income alone. Please look at the website and the link to the e-petition is also below... Please pass this on... I have just signed the e-petition. https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/22767
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Stop Fraudsters Selling Stolen Houses

  Most people can’t believe their ears whenever Donna Jeavons tells her story. You buy a property in good faith You take out a mortgage to buy the property You use good reputable solicitors and everything is done correctly You find out three months later that it was a stolen house that you bought, plus there’s £30,000 worth of internal damage! When she mentioned it to me, I too couldn’t believe it, so that’s why I felt compelled to ask Donna about the scam and write this article. Although Donna is dealing with a very stressful situation, she’s determined to bring some good out of her plight by launching a campaign to raise public awareness and help stop this happening to other people. Here’s the incredible story… Donna and her best friend Amanda bought a buy-to-let  property  from a trusted source in October 2010. It was a great deal, with...
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Win our Star Prize. 1 hours phone consultation with Sarah Beeny

Enter our 2011 competition to win our STAR PRIZE. 1 hours phone consultation with Sarah Beeny. - GRAND Prize – 1 hour phone consultation with Sarah Beeny, from Tepilo and Property Ladder: "Sarah set up her own property development and investment companies at the age of 24 along with her brother and her husband.  With her business a success, Sarah was approached to be the presenter of Channel 4’s prime time show ‘Property Ladder’.  Sarah has now launched www.tepilo.com, already a market leading private property sales website which aims to bring a change to the way we buy, sell and let houses. " To be drawn in December 2011. Value: £1,500! All subscribers of Just Do Property are already entered into the 2011 Competition.  But you can gain more entries by recommending friends to subscribe to our site.  The more friends who subscribe the more entries you will get. It’s easy to subscribe for...
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Landlord Action deliver petition against squatting

Landlord Action, an organisation specialising in helping landlords with problem tenants, has delivered a petition signed by 1400 people to 10 Downing Street, in an effort of criminalise squatting.
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Landlord Action wins Landlord Supplier of the Year at the PPS & EAT Awards 2011

  Tenant eviction and debt recovery specialists, Landlord Action, has won the title of Best Landlord Supplier at this year’s PPS & EAT Awards on Tuesday 10th May 2011. Held in the Grosvenor House’s prestigious ballroom on Park Lane, guests were treated to a three course meal before the winners of the eleven categories were announced by host for the evening, Apprentice Star, Jamie Lester. Founder of Landlord Action, Paul Shamplina, had to undertake a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style judging process whereby he delivered a ‘live pitch’ to the PPS Dragons about the services that Landlord Action provides.  Paul comments “We are absolutely thrilled to have won this award.  Delivering the pitch was the easy part because we are passionate about the rights of landlords and the service we provide to landlords all over the country, but the real hard work takes place the rest of the time, and this achievement...
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Win a place on Simon Zutshis Property Investing Course

Enter our 2011 competition to win 1 place on Simon Zutshis Property Investing Quick Start Course We have 8 amazing prizes to win in the competition and this is our fantastic- 2nd Prize. 1 Place on Simon Zutshis Property Investing Quick Start seminar, specifically designed to give you all of the tools, knowledge and contracts to start finding great investment deals as soon as possible. Click here for more details. "Simon Zutshi is a financially independent, professional property investor, with 14 years experience of investing in residential property in the UK and overseas. In 2003 Simon founded the property investors network to provide a supportive environment for investors to learn more about investing with the aim of maximising their return and minimising the risks. " To be drawn in December 2011 Value: £596. All subscribers of Just Do Property are already entered into the 2011 Competition.  But you can gain more entries by...
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Mentoring session with Mark Jackson (Lease Options Made Simple) up for grabs

Enter our 2011 competition to win a Coaching Call with Mark Jackson. To enter simply subscribe for free at www.justdoproperty.co.uk
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Win a collection of signed Property Books

Enter our 2011 competition to win a great collection of Property Books.  This is our 6th prize, to be drawn in September. All subscribers of Just Do Property are already entered into the 2011 Competition.  But you can gain more entries by recommending friends to subscribe to our site.  The more friends who subscribe the more entries you will get. Its easy to subscribe for free, just click here: http://www.justdoproperty.co.uk/2011_prize_competition Enter for a chance to win: A signed copy of Simon Zutshi’s “Property Magic” A signed copy of Martin Robert’s “Making Money from Property” Rent to Buy by Wendy Patton;  Rent to Sell by Wendy Patton. To be drawn in September 2011 Value: £60 We have 8 amazing prizes to win in the competition. For a chance to win, simply subscribe: http://www.justdoproperty.co.uk/2011_prize_competition
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How to get more deals with less effort!

Find deals immediately at no upfront cost to you! By Simon Zutshi One of the quickest ways to find BMV deals is to contact other investors who are already finding motivated sellers and ask them if you can have some of their leads that they are not interested in or ones that they cannot convert. This is one of the strategies I teach on my one day “Property Investing Quick Start” seminars, because it is a NO RISK method of you obtaining leads immediately at NO UPFRONT COST to you. You can find these people at property networking events or just contact people who are advertising to find motivated sellers. By now you might be thinking: this sounds like a great strategy but why on earth would an investor not want some of their leads? Well there are two main reasons: 1)    Most investors have a certain criteria that they are...
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Together we are stronger! Protect Landlords!

The court process for landlords has deteriorated and is under further threat.
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