Troubled high-profile property developer Martin Skinner dies

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Troubled high-profile property developer Martin Skinner dies

Troubled property developer Martin Skinner has died of a heart attack while trying to rebuild his business during a trip to Dubai.

The 42-year-old founded Inspired Asset Management and pioneered micro apartment developments, which was one of the largest firms doing office-to-residential conversions in the capital during the mid-2010s.

He also acted as an adviser to co-living provider The Collective and worked with the British Property Federation to help define micro-living.

Martin was jailed for 22 weeks in 2018 after crashing his Porsche while high on cocaine and banned from driving until May 2022.

Months later his property firm after being badly hit by Brexit and government changes to the buy-to-let market.

He told Mail Online: “I went into prison with 43p in my bank account and 30p in my pocket. And at the time we had about £500 million in projects.”

He had recently posted a series of social media updates during his trips abroad, with the message: ‘Living my best. Homeless…but no longer bankrupt life.’

Nick Tadd, director at Property Tribes, says Martin influenced and inspired the property community in so many positive ways.

He posted: “Martin was a larger than life character who touched everyone he came into contact with, with his infectious laugh, his boundless energy, his joie de vivre, his sharp business acumen, and his kind and generous nature.

“We are indebted to him for his support of us as individuals and also the Property Tribes community, which Martin always claimed helped him return from his first bankruptcy.”

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Brummie landlords are complained about the most, national survey reveals

Birmingham has seen the highest number of housing complaints about landlords and agencies of any UK council ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - Brummie landlords are complained about the most, national survey reveals | LandlordZONE.

Brummie landlords are complained about the most, national survey reveals

Birmingham has seen the highest number of housing complaints about landlords and agencies of any UK council during the last five years.

The council has received 15,605 complaints since 2015, according to a survey by Online Mortgage Advisor, which put in a freedom of information request to 102 authorities.

Of the 72 that responded, Birmingham came out on top, followed by Barnsley with 10,535 complaints and Waltham Forest Council with 8,518.

The figures reflect the vigorous campaign that local media, Birmingham City Council and local MP Jack Dromey have been conducting over the past six months, calling on the city’s rogue landlords to be forced out of the private rented sector.

Zero complaints

At the other end of the table were Brent Council and Wolverhampton which both boast a surprising zero number of complaints recorded in the last five years. Glasgow was next best with just 47 complaints.

Tonje Odegard, outreach specialist at Verve Research which conducted the survey, admits: “There is a certain disparity in the consistency and uniformity of reporting from council to council, so it could be that Birmingham Council just has a more concise and comprehensive way of reporting – although this can’t be seen as the only reason why numbers are high.” 

​​​​​Complaints were broken into five categories, with disrepair and repairs that cause a risk to health and safety not being done producing the vast majority with 46,368, followed by dishonest or unfair trading behaviour (2,433), harassment (805), illegal eviction/related to evictions (630) and other (226).


Verve says lockdown has seen an abnormally high numbers of complaints being made. Birmingham Council has received 111 complaints concerning illegal eviction or complaints relating to evictions during the pandemic. Twenty-one of the councils reported receiving similar complaints, with Oxford topping the list (175), followed by Bristol (135).  

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