Landlords’ Barometer – #47: ‘Buy-to-let is dead’?

Welcome to my first Landlords’ Barometer following the Spring Budget 2017. Here is some of our latest content from what is the UK’s busiest landlord community:

1. Spring Budget 2017 – property perspective and reactions

On the surface, the Budget did not hold much for landlords and property investors, but dig a little deeper and read the small print!

2. The “Midlands Engine Strategy”: A property perspective

Following the launch of the MES, we look at where there might be opportunity for property investors.

3. From iconic department store to residential

We travelled to St. Helens to meet property developer Paul Nicholson to find out his plans for this historic building in the town centre.

4. “Buy-to-let is dead” – contrarian views

It’s always good to test your opinion against contrarian views, and this discussion was certainly lively!

5. Who will be the dominant force in the future of the private rented sector?

I share some thoughts on the future players in the PRS and how cash will be a powerful force.

6. Buy to Let “Danger Zone” check list

Due to low interest rates, a significant number of landlords may not realise they are in a perilous situation. Our check list helps landlords understand their overall position.

Events of interest:

The NALS Northern Conference (April 6 in York) is a great day out for lettings agents, with this year’s theme being “Become an agent of change”.

Find out more and book your tickets at

The Property Investor & Homebuyer Show (April  28 and 29 at ExCeL London) is the UK’s largest and most comprehensive property investment expo.

For 20+ years this event has brought property companies face-to-face with the UK investor.

You can register for your FREE ticket at

Upcoming content campaigns on Property Tribes:
I just wanted to give EYE readers the heads up on some up-coming content campaigns we have in the pipeline.

These are themed weeks of content “powered” by our partners to increase knowledge and understanding of a topic.

This is what we have lined up:

Week commencing March 27: “HMO Week”, powered by Platinum Property  Partners: This is shaping up to be a really great week with some very experienced HMO Landlords contributing topics ranging from planning and licensing of HMOs, preparing an HMO for rent, to super-HMOs, and more!

Week commencing April  3: “Axe the Tenant Tax Week”: As Section 24 goes live, we highlight the threat to landlords with exclusive interviews and content and how to continue the campaign against it.

Week commencing April 10: “Tenancy Deposit Protection Week” powered by TDS: A whole week of content about choosing a TDP scheme, dealing with disputes etc. to celebrate the 10th anniversary of deposit protection being introduced in the UK.

Week commencing April 24 – “Property Fraud Awareness Week” – powered by Anthony Gold Solicitors: From PONZI schemes to identity fraud, and from lettings fraud to Rent to Rent fraud, the solicitors at Anthony Gold share the signs and how to avoid being stung. We are committed to making this week a landmark one in terms of creating a safer sector for all.

Dates to be confirmed:

“Universal Credit Week”

“Northern Property Week”

As with all our themed weeks, tune in daily for exclusive content!


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