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From The Netherlands Association for Philosophy of Law/Vereniging voor Wijsbegeerte van het Recht and Hart Publishing:          The European Award for Legal Theory The European Award for Legal Theory is presented to the author of the best doctoral thesis in the area of legal theory and philosophy of law, successfully defended at a university in Europe. The award entails publication of the thesis by Hart Publishing Ltd. (Oxford), and offers the opportunity to deliver a seminar on the LL.M. in Legal Theory at Frankfurt. The award will be granted once every two…

NAEA Propertymark conference announce latest confirmed speakers

Taking place on the 14th February, the NAEA Propertymark National Conference aims to offer agents an opportunity to network with likeminded peers, get up to date with important industry issues and hear valuable guidance on developing as professionals. The Minister of State for Security, Ben Wallace MP, has been confirmed to speak at the NAEA Propertymark National Conference in February. The Rt Honourable Ben Wallace MP will offer insights into the Government’s priorities around anti-money laundering and resulting enforcement. The line-up also features…

New BTR site acquired by L&G

LGIM Real Assets has announced that it has exchanged contracts on a new Build To Rent site in Chelmsford City Centre, on behalf of its UK Property Fund. Since launch in 2006, the UK Property Fund has grown from £100m to over £3bn today as it continues to see steady capital investment from retail investors. This is the first BTR acquisition for The Fund as it continues to diversify its holdings into more operational assets, whilst adding to its Alternative exposure. This latest acquisition…

Estate agents: Top tips to boost online reputation

When it comes to building online reputation, Google is king. It is estimated that over 90% of consumers google a business before financially engaging with it. The good news is that if estate agents have secured positive reviews and any third-party blogs have said only good things about them, their online reputation will be secure. However, this is not the case for most agents. Many have experienced disgruntled clients, who have vented their disappointment and anger in negative comments across social media…

Is Prime London BTL worth the risk?

According to London-based specialist debt adviser, Hadrian’s Wall Capital, many London BTL property investors are earning insufficient reward for the increased risks of a downturn in the residential property market. Prime Central London Buy-To-Let property investment currently yields an average of 2%, which is only 0.71% more than 10-year Gilts at 1.29% (9th January 2019). Previously when house prices were rising, BTL investors felt that even low yielding properties had the potential to deliver strong returns in the long term once capital appreciation…

Property Reporter launches the Property Finance Roadshow

Property Reporter is delighted to announce the launch of the Property Finance Roadshow, a brand new event created to give landlords and property professionals a broader view of property finance and an opportunity to find funding and strengthen their portfolio. This free event is scheduled to be held at the Silvermere Golf Complex in Weybridge on the evening of 27th February and will feature industry experts speaking on a range of topics related to property finance, including the latest products, regulation changes in the…

Could the proposed Housing Court simplify the property redress system?

As the government prepares to close the Call for Evidence on the suitability of a dedicated Housing Court on January 22nd, a range of industry stakeholders have had their say on the proposals. The Call for Evidence was launched in November and has been seeking views on whether a Housing Court would benefit landlords, tenants and the industry. The proposed Housing Court would deal with property-related disputes, including those regarding property repossessions and sub-standard rental housing. It would replace the current system which…

Profits double at Chestertons | Property Reporter

Estate agents, Chestertons, has announced that its profitability doubled during 2018 largely thanks to strong performances from its Sales and Lettings departments. According to the firm, a range of structural changes aimed at increasing efficiency and streamlining processes and has stepped up its search for suitable acquisitions. With one of the largest Lettings departments in London, Chestertons grew its revenue from this division by 9% over 2018, which was underpinned by a 7% increase in the number of tenancies agreed and by increasing…

Welsh house prices hit all-time peak

According to newly released figures from Principality Building Society, house prices in Wales have reached an average all-time peak of £186,699. The society revealed that the new peak in Wales recorded in December is some £2,000 higher than the previous highest average in September 2018. Price growth in Q4 of 2018 slowed down to just 0.3% compared with the previous quarter at 3.6%, however the number of house sales in 2018 compared to 2017 remain broadly the same at just over 48,000. Three…

What are the implications for Section 21 after the Tenant Fees Ban?

After many months of speculation surrounding the date, on June 1st this year the Tenant Fees Bill will finally become law resulting in a wide range of services that landlords and letting agents currently charge for becoming unlawful. So what do landlords and agents need to know? Andrew Turner, chief executive at specialist buy to let broker Commercial Trust Limited, takes a look at some of the implications and advises that landlords and letting agents can get ahead by ensuring that any new…