2014 Making A Difference Award
The award was won for setting up a charity Reg 1150552 New leaf Support, which is charity to assist Domestic abuse victims and their children to a safe house, and then be with them on their journey from support to finding a permanent property anywhere in the UK or with any landlord they choose.
The aim of the charity is stop abused victims going back to the perpetrator by providing a home from home single safe house.
The charity is run by volunteers only. www.newleafsupport.org
2010 Swale Business Awards
In a tough contest with record entry levels, Swale's best businesses were announced at a spectacular harvest themed gala evening at Kent Science Park's, The Woodstock Club based in Sittingbourne. The awards, now in their fourth year, have become a landmark of local business excellence with companies entering from every sector.
Three of the winning firms were from the Eurolink Estate based in the heart of Sittingbourne. Awards chair of judges, Paul Price, said the entries this year were of very high quality and competition was fierce.
2010 NLA Property Woman of the Year
An awards ceremony , entitled Property Women 2008, recognized the success of female landlords, especially during difficult economic times. In retrospect, the stinging irony of this awards ceremony was that the company which hosted it—namely Bradford & Bingle, many of these residential landladies, who run medium-sized buy-to-let business, are continuing to do very well. Some of the country’s largest businesses are struggling to make ends meet, and while the housing market continues to be deeply troubled, the residential rental sector is outperforming most other industries.
One of the UK’s winning landlords is Hasmita Reardon, who was honoured at the Property Women 2008 ceremony. Hasmita spoke with the Daily Mail this month, reflecting on the country’s economic situation and the fact that her residential rental business is still doing well, even as B&B has since collapsed. Hasmita has an impressive portfolio of some 80 residential properties Kent. Not only is her business thriving, but she is also performing an important social service by renting to tenants who would otherwise have great difficulty finding homes.
The 45 year old landlady, who is also a certified nurse, rents flats to tenants who have been forced to leave their homes due to repossessions or other financial problems. Some of her tenants are also women who have suffered from domestic violence and have had to leave their home at short notice. Hasmita plans to continue her thriving business by constructing 15 new homes in the foreseeable future.
2008 Property Woman of the year award
Featured in the "Sunday Express" May 2009
The same good news story comes from Hamsita Reardon, 46, from Sittingbourne in Kent, who has increased her portfolio from 60 to 80 properties since she won the South East title last year.
“I have had the best year but I can’t raise any equity so have had to postpone a development of five flats and four houses on a plot in Kent.
“I have lots of tracker mortgages so can afford to make overpayments but banks won’t lend even though I want to provide housing for the homeless.”
Hamsita, whose portfolio was valued at £8million last year, is married with three teenage sons and her eldest, 18-year-old Kiran, is one of the country’s youngest buy-to-let landlords with two properties.
Hamsita didn’t always have a roof over her head though. She came to Britain in the Eighties with her parents who fled Idi Amin’s ruthless regime in Uganda.
“We were homeless and my parents struggled for years, never taking benefi ts. When my father died and left me £30,000 I was determined not to waste it. I bought three properties, one for each of my sons, which inspired me to start a property business.”
That was 12 years ago and now Hamsita rents most of her properties to the homeless.
“People shouldn’t be afraid of this market; so many professional people are losing their jobs and homes. They are ordinary people. I have a good relationship with my tenants and the local authority. If they don’t pay I tell the council and they stop their benefits.
“Since winning the award I have attracted a lot of publicity. It is so rewarding being able to help others. I got planning consent to build 15 homes last year, including four domestic violence refuges. It is my turn to help others.
“All my sons are keen to know about the business. Even the youngest one, aged 14, has had business cards printed saying, ‘Junior Entrepreneur’ .”