Dec. 14, 2020

#007 How to Rent guidance, converting shops & more on CIL. PLUS: Ian's A-Z of Property

#007 How to Rent guidance, converting shops & more on CIL. PLUS: Ian's A-Z of Property

The Government released a new version of their guidance on "How to Rent" (Dec 10th). Ian runs through this and discusses the changes and also touches on EPC certificates, and the importance of getting it RIGHT as a landlord. Here's the link to the document:

Ian's A-Z of Property is back, and today is brought to you by the acronym AGLV.

As always, Ian's had many questions land on his desk during the week. This week on Property on Fire, he answers one about converting shops into Beauty Salons & Tattoo Parlours, and touches once again on Use Class E. Here's more on this class:

Ian also answers another question from a self-builder who wonders if he'll need to pay CIL on a property he's building for his family, or whether he's exempt. More on CIL at

Pease send your questions on any property related subject to - he and his highly experienced guests will answer these questions for you on an upcoming episode.


A regular podcast from your host Ian Walmsley. Join him every week for a dynamic podcast with Ian and his guests on how to seize the opportunities out there before others do! 

You will learn about planning from a developer’s eye, you will benefit and learn together from the mistakes that Ian makes. He is very grateful for the opportunities that he has had and would love to share these with you.



Ian Walmsley  is a third-generation experienced developer who loves Planning. Referred to as a ‘Walking Encyclopaedia’ by a mentor he developed a passion for planning in 2015 having got fed up with inaccurate information on some websites as to what was possible with property or land that he was looking to develop.

In 2017 he set up the site ‘Planning Geek‘ as a way to inform others as to the possibilities of using permitted development rights on both domestic and commercial property. This has now grown to cover many other aspects of planning, giving plenty of ‘wow’ moments. To the best of our knowledge, It is now the largest planning website in the UK, apart from the national planning portal.

He now speaks around the UK at both property meets and with mentorship groups as a developer/planning geek.

As a developer with his company, Leading Homes, he has 40 dwellings under construction with a further 50 plus in legals or pre-construction.

The one thing he is not is a Planning Consultant – he is a Planning Geek – although a chartered town planner said ‘Ian knows more about planning than most planners!’. He is simply ‘A developer who loves planning’. As a result he has nothing to sell from his talks, which is always a refreshing change!



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