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Eddie Hooker Photograph Eddie Hooker has been involved in the insurance industry since 1985.  He worked with many large insurers such as Legal & General and AXA Insurance prior to setting up his own insurance business, Hamilton Fraser, in 1996.  Hamilton Fraser now employs over 130 staff out of their North London office, dealing with various insurance products for the buy-to-let property market such landlord insurance, rent guarantee insurance, emergency cover and tenancy deposit protection. 

Eddie and Hamilton Fraser Insurance first started to provide landlord insurance as early as 1996 when they became involved with the Small Landlord Association, which later became the National Landlords Association. 

By working closely with the industry’s leading companies Eddie and his team have built up a detailed understanding of the landlord market ensuring that the customer experience is founded on knowledge and support.  This has been highlighted in a recent customer survey that found that 95% of Hamilton Fraser customers were either satisfied or more than satisfied with the service provided by the company.

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May 2013

Sunderland Landlords In Effort To Raise Standards

by Eddie Hooker
Sunderland City Council is working in partnership with private landlords to raise standards for tenants living in rented accommodation. Read more >
24
Apr 2013

Prudential Invests in Private Property Market

by Eddie Hooker
In a sign that major investors believe that the private rental market will show little sign of weakening, Prudential’s property arm has announced it has invested in homes in London and the South East. Read more >
15
Apr 2013

How to deal with rent arrears

by Eddie Hooker
For a private landlord this can mean the added pressures of rent arrears, court proceedings and ultimately evictions and unoccupied properties. Read more >
09
Apr 2013

Banks u-turn on landlords at risk

by Eddie Hooker
The forbidding of new mortgages for landlords letting to tenants on benefits by Nationwide and Lloyds bank has long been a scandal. Read more >
27
Mar 2013

Buy-to-Let Landlords Excluded From Budget Bonus

by Eddie Hooker
An opportunity to help private landlords was missed in this budget. Read more >
26
Mar 2013

My|Deposits Northern Ireland Offer Introductory Pricing

by Eddie Hooker
Our sister company, my|deposits Northern Ireland, is offering introductory pricing* for landlords and letting agents that choose its insurance-based option. Read more >
20
Mar 2013

The Landlord Lifecycle: A Guide to being a Landlord

by Eddie Hooker
More and more people are struggling to sell their homes and an increasing number of sellers are opting to let their property out as a result. Inheriting a home or moving in with a partner, are also examples of situations when people might find themselves becoming a Landlord without necessarily... Read more >
18
Mar 2013

Universal Credit Trial: Arrears soar during pilot

by Eddie Hooker
A government run pilot to ‘test run’ the new housing benefit system has seen arrears rates rise. Read more >
12
Mar 2013

Are your tenants using Payday loans to pay rent?

by Eddie Hooker
Landlords should beware of the tenant using so-called ‘payday’ loans to make up the shortfall in their rent every month. Read more >
11
Feb 2013

Bedroom tax will help private landlords

by Eddie Hooker
The coalition government has released plans which will directly affect the private rental sector. Read more >
08
Feb 2013

Stark warning as landlord faces 1million Public Liability case

by Eddie Hooker
An ongoing Public Liability claim received by Total Landlord Insurance, which could reach in excess of £1million, presents a stark reminder to landlords of the need for adequate insurance cover. Read more >
21
Jan 2013

Top Tips for Landlords on Reducing Tax Liability

by Eddie Hooker
With only ten days to go until landlords must have filed their Tax returns, here are our top tips for reducing Tax liability. Read more >
11
Dec 2012

The Green Deal

by Eddie Hooker
The Green Deal is a new Government scheme launched by the DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change). Increasingly estate agents and property professionals are getting more and more questions on this topic. The aim of the scheme is to improve the energy efficiency of private and commercial properties across... Read more >
07
Dec 2012

Tommy Walsh Gives His Tips on How to Protect Your Property this Winter - Live Web TV Show

by Eddie Hooker
Don’t miss our live and interactive webTV show at 12pm, Monday 10th December. We will be discussing how to prepare your property for winter, from minimising warmth lost through cracks in doors, to ensuring your pipes don’t freeze, Tommy Walsh and our team of experts share their tips and advice Read more >
19
Nov 2012

Generation rent: the great debate

by Eddie Hooker
As more and more young people are priced out of the property market, the private rental sector is booming. But as renting increasingly becomes the norm for more people, how do landlords adapt to the changing needs of tenants? Read more >