Why HMOs are a landlord favourite once more

Mish Liyanage

HMOs are rapidly gaining in popularity with a wider range of renters on a budget, according to the boss of one of the country’s largest property investment firms. Mish Liyanage, founder and CEO of Mistoria Group, believes HMOs now appeal to more people including professionals, especially those who are progressing through their careers and want to…

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PRESS ARTICLE: Investment in Student Property is Booming

Private equity firms are ramping up their investments in the UK’s student accommodation market, pumping hundreds of millions of pounds into a resilient sector, with an eye on high rental returns in post-Brexit, post-Covid Britain. Recent research from real estate advisors, Jones Lang Lasalle reveals that one-third of deals for student property in 2021 so…

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PRESS ARTICLE: Benefits freeze will drive up rent arrears for landlords

The Government’s recent benefits freeze will leave tenants across Britain facing rent arrears of £1,000 (* Source: Observer newspaper analysis of Government data, March 2021). From April 2021, the government is freezing the amount of local housing allowance (LHA), so tenants will receive the same amount of money as last year, even though rents have…

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PRESS ARTICLE: Why Landlords Should Embrace Social Tenants

The pandemic, job losses and rising rent prices has meant that in some areas 40% of tenants need benefits help to pay their monthly housing bills. Affordable social housing has become scarcer, leaving many households with no choice but to rent in the private sector – often paying more than they would for a mortgage.…

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PRESS ARTICLE: Social tenants have worse mental health than private tenants

Social tenants are suffering with poor mental and lower levels of life satisfaction than private tenants, according to new research. The findings from the latest 2019-20 English Housing Survey show that social tenants have the lowest levels of life satisfaction (71%); are least likely to believe that life is worthwhile (74%); and have the lowest…

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PRESS ARTICLE: Landlords urged to accept more tenants on benefits

Despite housing benefit discrimination being confirmed as unlawful in a landmark court ruling last July, there continues to be a growing shortage of social housing and private accommodation for the homeless, individuals, and families claiming Universal Credit or Housing Benefit. A recent appeal was made from a social housing organisation working with Bridgend Council, to…

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PRESS ARTICLE: How landlords can survive the pandemic

Around 840,000 private renters in England and Wales have built up rent arrears since lockdown measures began and one in five tenants have debts of more than £1,000, according to recent research from National Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The survey shows that 7% of private renters are in arrears due to the pandemic and younger…

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