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New podcasts aim to educate agents, landlords and tenants

Hamilton Fraser - parent company to several key brands operating in the private rental sector - has launched a series of podcasts to help lettings professionals.

The company operates mydeposits, the Property Redress Scheme, Client Money Protect and Total Landlord Insurance, and has launched the podcasts with eviction specialist Paul Shamplina, and the company’s chief executive, Eddie Hooker.

The audio podcasts are being released every month and cover the latest agent, landlord and tenant issues. 

“Agents and landlords have more responsibility now than ever before and we are increasingly concerned at a lack of awareness.  Ignorance is no defence in the eyes of the law.  By working closely with Paul Shamplina, who regularly offers his expert advice to landlords and letting agents, we hope to eliminate bad practice, elevate those delivering good service and educate others in need” says Hooker.

Topics in the first quarter of 2017 will include tax tips, what to expect from the year ahead and a beginner’s guide to letting out your home.

Shamplina, who features in the Channel Five series Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords, due to return in the spring, says agents and landlords would be forgiven for feeling rather despondent heading into 2017.

“Over the last 12 months a deluge of changes to legislation means landlords are not only paying more on purchases and receiving less on income, but also being put at greater risk of facing fines for non-compliance. 

“Agents have also been hit with a ban on letting fees for tenants. Adapting to the market changes will be key to survival for both landlords and agents and we hope to be able to support the industry through this time of significant change” he says.

The podcasts are available here.