LANDLORDS BEWARE   From 1st April next year it will become a requirement for all properties rented out in the Private Rented Sector to have a minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E. These new regulations are effective on all new let’s and tenancy...


A few years ago I started a local campaign to have Estate Agents boards banned within the Borough of Ealing and anyone either walking or driving around Ealing today will soon realise that the campaign came to nothing. Since my aborted attempt to have the boards removed there has...


  New rules are now in force as the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority imposes stricter financial tests before approving borrowing to landlords who own 4 or more mortgaged investment properties that they rent out.    Some lenders will...


How to Avoid the Biggest Student Renting Mistakes

Many of the posts on this blog have been directed at or from the perspective of a mature tenant/landlord. But what about students? I have taken over from John this week to give some student to student friendly advice. Students have a terrible reputation when it comes to property...


Are We Creating the Slums of Tomorrow ?

Those of us who have been living in Ealing over the last 25 years or so have seen significant changes taking place in the character of our town and those changes have been for better or for worse, accelerating during the past three to four years. This drive to redevelop in the...


Time's Running Out! Energy Performance Certificates

How time flies! It is now almost 10 years since the introduction of The EPC (energy performance certificate). It was on the 1st October 2008 that the EPC had to be displayed with any property either for sale or rent. I remember at that time there was a huge drive to get...


UK Property Values Rise by £17 a Day

A Recent analysis of the property market's performance across 2017 has shown that UK homes are gaining almost £17 in value daily. The latest report from Zoopla has revealed that house prices in Britain have seen an increase of £3,039 on average since January 1st...


Buying Your First Property Could be Easier Than You Think!

We all know how difficult, if not almost impossible it is for our younger generation to get their foot on the property ladder. Inheritance or years of hard work and saving are options. Or, as is so often the case; The Bank of Mum and Dad. Successive governments have tried...


Dear Landlords, Stop Blaming the Tenants and Look in the Mirror!

There is some bad press around at the moment regarding the rental sector which is coming from all political parties, the press and the media. No surprise that the landlords I have been talking to are feeling increasingly under pressure! No doubt some of the bad press may well be...


What Type of Landlord Are You? - Part 2, The Reluctant Landlord

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been writing about the different types of landlords that I have come across and this week I thought that I would tell you about what I would refer to as ‘The Reluctant Landlord’.   Scenario 1: This scenario involves a...


What Type of Landlord Are You? - Part 1

There are different types of landlord and it may be worth spending just a few minutes to ask yourself if you fit into any of the following categories (but be honest with yourself!).   First time Reluctant Experienced/Very good Good Bad   I have met them all...


15 Simple Things You Can Do to Be a Successful Landlord

Over the past 25 years that I have been involved with property in the Ealing area - dealing with sales, letting's and property management. During that time I have come across a number of landlords who, through either ignorance, stupidity or they just don't care, end up making...


A First Time Buyer's Guide to Making an Offer

  If you’re a first time buyer and you’ve begun the hunt for your first home, you may think that once you’ve found the right home you simply offer what they ask for and it’s job done. However, when it comes to making an offer on a home, there’s...