HCE Group at Landlord Investment Show, Manchester – 12th October 2017

06 October, 20170 Comments
Our Business Development Manager, Sam Evans, will be speaking at the Landlord Investment Show in Manchester on 12th October covering troublesome tenants. Rather than waiting weeks, maybe months in some areas for the County Court Bailiffs to evict tenants; private landlords are increasingly looking for alternatives, with High Court enforcement being a very popular option.
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Manchester City Council Consulting on Selective Licensing Plans

25 August, 20160 Comments
Today it has been announced that Manchester City Council has launched a consultation on plans to introduce landlord licences, at a cost of up to £750 per property. The selective licensing scheme will initially focus on a small part of Crumpsall, covering an area of around 400 private sector homes, with further consultations to be
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As Home Ownership hits 30 year low, rent guarantee insurance popularity increases

02 August, 20161 Comments
New research reveals major cities across the UK are experiencing the lowest levels of home ownership since the 1980’s, following a peak in the early 2000’s. In 1986 the average first time buyer could purchase a home for just £30,000, which would barely cover a deposit in 2016 – the average first time buyer now has to find at least £150,000 in today’s market. Firmly
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How much do you know about the survey your mortgage lender is trying to sell you?

28 December, 20130 Comments
In general terms, there are 3 types of ‘survey’ that your mortgage lender will try to sell you. A Valuation (This is NOT a survey, it is entirely for the benefit of the Lender to secure the loan, it does not benefit the buyer at all) A Homebuyers Report (This is a valuation and a
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30 November, 20130 Comments
I suspect that the vast majority of people would answer that question with a resounding ‘NO’. Ok, well what about if I said ‘would you buy a house without a survey?’ Even though a house is likely to be the biggest investment most people will make, I think there would be several different answers to
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UC pilot begins | Manchester landlords protect yourself (free) today!

29 April, 20130 Comments
The Government will launch the first pilot test of its new benefits system ( Universal Credit )  in Ashton-under-Lyne today. It seeks to simplify the existing system by combining 6 benefits into 1, but opponents say it is misleading and will increase debt, mass evictions and homelessness. As a private landlord, letting agent and/or tenant
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Exodus of homeless families expected, as ‘Social-Cleansing’ continues

05 November, 20122 Comments
A recent survey has revealed that councils are acquiring properties across the UK for vulnerable families, due to welfare cuts and high London rents. The Guardian research shows that London councils have acquired rental properties in Luton, Northampton, Broxbourne, Gravesend, Dartford, Slough, Windsor, Margate, Hastings, Epping Forest, Thurrock and Basildon, and are considering accommodation as
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