Rise in the number of millennials turning to property crowdfunding

New research from Shojin Property Partners, has found that as millennials find it increasingly harder to get their first foot on to the property ladder, many are turning to property crowdfunding. According to the analysis, 23% of its investor network are under the age of 32 years old, with the youngest investor being just 18 years old. Over the last 12 months, the average crowdfunding investment made by millennials was £21,721, this is 32% higher than those aged 33-47 (£16,084). The largest investor contingent…

TDS announce adjudication training workshop for London landlords

Tenant deposit protection scheme, TDS, has announced that it will be visiting London in February to host a hands-on, half-day workshop designed to give landlords and property professionals training in tenancy deposit protection and disputes. Part of TDS Academy’s national programme of workshops, the Adjudication Workshop will take place on 13th February and will teach landlords and property professionals how to ‘think like an adjudicator’. Landlords, agents and property managers that attend will take on the role of adjudicators in a range of…

Agents advised not to close early at Christmas

Estate and letting agents are being warned not to slow down in the run up to Christmas as it can be a valuable time for current and future business. The ValPal Network, which represents 800 agency brands and more than 4,000 branches, says that every year it speaks to some agents who admit they’ll be reducing marketing activity and hours until the New Year. According to the Network, however, this could be a risky strategy. Its figures show that during last year’s winter…

What is the true effect of tax changes on the buy to let market?

Although media coverage of landlord reactions have been mixed, it is fair to say that the buy to let industry has undergone radical change over the past couple of years and most, if not all landlords have been affected in one way or another. Speculation suggested that landlords would quit buy to let in their droves. Meanwhile, there has been a growing trend for landlords to move property ownership into a limited company for tax purposes. Furthermore, recent data from property advice website…

Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice Issues CFP @rapoportcenter

From the mailbox: The Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice has posted a Call for Papers for its Working Papers Series. More information below: Dedicated to interdisciplinary and critical dialogue on international human rights law and discourse, the Rapoport Center’s Working Paper Series (WPS) publishes innovative papers by established and early-career researchers as well as practitioners. The goal is to provide a productive environment for debate about human rights among academics, policymakers, activists, practitioners, and the public. Authors from all disciplines and institutions are welcome to submit papers on…

Data Protection and the Law of Unintended Consequences… | Employment Law Blog

Leaving aside the Brexit debacle, something that is keeping many employers awake at night these days is the risk of data loss and consequential liability.  The introduction of the GDPR in May of this year has (rightly) concentrated minds on this area, and a salutory decision of the Court of Appeal in WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc v Various Claimants on 22 October 2018 is not going to provide much comfort in that respect.  It has significant consequences for all employers whose employees have access to important data. This is the…

McMurtry-Chubb on Inheritance as Reparations in John Grisham’s “Sycamore Row” @genremixtress

Teri A. McMurtry-Chubb, Mercer University School of Law, is publishing The Rhetoric of Race, Redemption, and Will Contests: Inheritance as Reparations in John Grisham’s Sycamore Row in volume 48 of the University of Memphis Law Review (2018). Here is the abstract. When Henry “Seth” Hubbard renounced his formally drawn wills and created a new holographic will on the day of his suicide, one that excluded his children, grandchildren, and ex-wives, and gave the bulk of his estate to his housekeeper and caretaker, a will contest was imminent. That Seth Hubbard…

Is traditional tenant referencing dead?

A Sheffield-based letting agent and prop-tech entrepreneur claims that traditional tenant referencing is dead, as it uses old and slow systems, has little technology support and is grossly overpriced. For years, letting agents have had to use traditional referencing suppliers, who provide an expensive, out-dated service. They are mostly owned by large insurance companies, who use referencing simply as a lead generator to sell insurance products. Due to this, they operate on a call centre, tick-box process and if the tenant doesn’t fit the…

Energy theft: spotting, stopping and preventing it

Energy theft – where a meter is tampered with to save on utility bills – will already be on most property professionals’ radar. However, with average portfolio sizes at an all-time high, it can be easy for checks to fall by the wayside as landlord workloads continue to rise. This is a worrying prospect given that the practice can cause electric shocks, fires, street-wide gas explosions and is responsible for at least one death or serious injury every 10 days in the UK. …

What are the top 5 things people notice first about your home?

When we welcome guests into our home, we hope they walk away talking about how lovely it is. But when it comes to spending our hard-earned cash on home improvements, are we focusing on the right things? New research from Hitachi Personal Finance reveals the areas that people first notice when visiting someone’s home compared to our top property priorities, plus the experts have given their tips on the best changes to make to improve those all-important first impressions. With recent research suggesting…