Richard Blanco and his guests take a look at the issues facing the private rented sector and the key topics featured in the media recently.
Joining Richard on the panel is Chris Norris, Director of Policy and Practice at the NLA, and Carol Lewis, Deputy Editor of Property and Personal Finance at The Times.
Long term tenancies: Is it just a political move?
The Government is pushing build to rent and wants to pull the private rented sector (PRS) in line but do they know where they’re going and or are they just borrowing ideas from other countries in the hope that it works in the UK?
What tax incentives might be on offer to encourage landlords to offer longer tenancies and will Section 21 be removed before the process is fixed? If it is, what will that mean for landlords?
Student.com and Student Minds combine to help students with their mental health
There has been a five-fold increase in reports of students with mental health problems but most landlords don’t have the training, knowledge, or availability to recognise or assist when their tenant has a mental illness. Do landlords have a duty of care to their tenants?
Inflation and rate rises
Inflation figures remain stable at 2.4 percent, but there has been talk of a rate rise for a while. Will this happen in August or have the hints of a rise had a desirable effect regardless?
Many landlords have had fixed-rate mortgages for a while. If rates do rise, what will be the consequences for those who are renegotiating their mortgage terms when interest rates are higher?
The Housing Minister hot seat
Kit Malthouse is the third housing minister this year and doesn’t have a background in housing or the relevant policy. He has also refused to give up his second job as Chairman of County Finance Group. Were there more qualified candidates for this position? And how long will he last in the hot seat?