Landlords’ Barometer – #60: Forget the heatwave – it’s scorching for landlords

Welcome to another edition of the Landlords Barometer, bringing you the latest trending topics and news that have engaged landlords over the past month and which is just as scorching as the weather!

1. Landlords depriving families of homes

This is a claim often made by anti-landlord groups and media and this interesting debate has gone on and on and on! Over 200 comments and 10K views!

2. Government proposing three year tenancies

Landlords had a lot of say about this latest “vote winning” policy, and pointed out some of the flaws. Many said it would deter them from investing in more BTLs.

3. Exclusive video: Is buy-to-let still viable for a first-time landlord?

John Eastgate of Kent Reliance discusses this question, which is increasingly being posed on Property Tribes by newcomers.

4. Generation Rent launch campaign to end Section 21

Landlords react to this campaign that is largely based on erroneous claims and information.

5. BTL only worth investing in for capital growth

This landlord believes that net yield is a thing of the past in BTL and that it is only worth it for capital growth.

6. Understanding Real Estate Investment Trusts

A very interesting discussion about REITs and how they may be an option for landlords looking to combat Section 24 or exit a “hands on” approach to their portfolios.

Video of the month
I sat on the panel for the debate – Build to Rent vs. Buy to Let – at the Olympia Landlord and Investment Show last month. Property Tribes filmed the whole shebang, and you will see that I was not afraid to put forward the landlord perspective!

Event news:
The Residential Landlords Association will hold its next Future Renting conference in London on September 13 at Imperial College.

The event, at the college’s Kensington campus, will include a packed programme featuring a range of expert speakers who will address delegates on issues including legislation changes, tax, welfare reform, licensing and fire safety.

There will also be the opportunity to meet other landlords and agents, share your experiences and pick up advice, support and offers from a range of exhibitors.

Speakers confirmed so far include property expert Kate Faulkner, as well as Dr David Smith, partner at Anthony Gold Solicitors and RLA policy director, and RLA senior researcher Dr Tom Simcock.

Find out more and order your tickets:

Thank you for reading my column, and enjoy the summer!

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