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“OnTheMarket – Is it worth the move?”

Today, Monday 26th January 2015 sees the launch of controversial new property portal OnTheMarket.com Founded by; Savills, Knight Frank, Strutt & Parker, Chestertons, Douglas & Gordon and Glentree Estates this new entrant is their attempt to break the duopoly currently held over estate agents by Zoopla & Rightmove.
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Does Housing Minister love ANYBODY? – Major Landlord

As a professional landlord with a number of properties throughout the UK, I grudgingly accept that I and my fellows are unlikely to win much approval or sympathy from a left-wing Housing Minister working within a government that is committed to redistribution of wealth.

I even understand - but will NEVER accept - why we are all being barraged with more and more anti-landlord measures (such as the recently-vaunted website where embittered former tenants will be able to malign their landlords without any effective controls).

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Those who can do. Those who can’t, legislate.

For anyone who is tired of the constant aggravations and costs of being a landlord, there is a promising future for all of us in the burgeoning compliance sector. I am thinking particularly of EPCs.

Working in compliance means the government guarantees you a living by creating pointless work. Landlords have to comply with this pointless legislation, and as an assessor you simply go along to verify that they have.

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The Secret Agent: 1 dog bite, 2 fights, 1 naked tenant

Apparently it's not much fun being an estate agent these days.

Well I suppose that depends largely on where you work - and what you consider to be fun. Take my last few days, a pretty typical working week: 37 time-wasters, 19 mortgage application refusals, one dog bite, two fights and a naked tenant locked out of his home.

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