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Licencing of landlords on the rise

The standard belief that landlords simply buy properties and let them out to people in exchange for rent payments seems fairly simple. It’s not. The number of pieces of legislation now associated with letting out a property has increased exponentially over the last decade to over 140. ... more

How to price your property to sell

Deciding a price to put your property on the market for can be a bit daunting. You may find yourself bouncing from not wanting to lose out financially by setting the price too low to not wanting to put potential buyers off by pricing your property too high. ... more

No passport? No rent

Under the new Right to Rent Scheme that was introduced in England earlier this year, Britons without a passport are finding it increasingly difficult to rent a property. Due to the new immigration checks that have to be completed under the... more

Do landlords believe the government is anti investor?

92% of landlords believe that the Government is ‘anti-landlord’, according to a recent survey. From the 783 landlords from across the nation that took part in the research, the overwhelming feeling seemed to be one of anger, ... more

Does Tesco have the answer to the housing crisis?

Tesco has come up with an innovative to solution to the lack of affordable housing in the UK. It has pledged to build new homes and leisure facilities around huge new supermarkets around the country. Of course, the supermarket giant will be hoping that this will also help overcome some of the objections to the proposed new... more

Dealing with noisy neighbours

A recent Which? survey found that one in four people have had a problem with nuisance neighbours in the last year. The most common complaint among neighbours tends to be noise related to dogs barking, kids or adults screaming, and loud music.... more

One in seven tenants in breach of tenancy agreement

According to recent research carried out by Direct Line, one in seven renters have broken the terms set out in their tenancy contracts. Whilst the majority of tenants, 65%, obeyed the rules set out in their rental agreements... more

Tenants Falling Victim to Online Fraud

Due to the increase in demand for rental properties over the last few years, prospective tenants are increasingly becoming victims of online fraudsters. Those looking for property in the capital are particularly targeted as they are often looking ... more

Do you live in a 'happy' place?

Leigh-on-Sea has earned itself the title of the happiest place to live in Britain, according to Rightmove’s annual ‘Happy at Home’ Index, thanks to a strong community spirit and sense of belonging, good access to sports and arts activities. ... more

Housebuilding continues to fall short of demand

Despite a rise in the number of housebuilding schemes, the actual number of houses being completed in the UK is actually falling, suggesting the government is not on track to hit its target of 1 million new homes by 2020.... more

The different profiles of today's tenant

In the UK currently there are around 4.5 million renters in the Private Rented Sector, a number expected to rise to around 6 million in the next few years. Some are choosing to rent as a long-term solution to their housing needs and other are using it as a... more

To let furnished or unfurnished. That is the question.

As a landlord one of your biggest decisions will be whether to let your property furnished or unfurnished. So which is best? The answer to that is that is largely dependent on who you would ideally like to let the property out to.... more

Half of middle-class children now being raised in rented accommodation

Half of middle-class children are now being brought up in rental accommodation, according to research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). The rise in property prices is resulting in couples starting a family before they can afford to buy ... more

Landlord uncertainty impacting on rental property supply

The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) is warning that landlords are hesitating to let their properties due to lack of government commitment to the private rented sector (PRS). ... more

Britain needs 5 million new homes

Projections produced by the Department of Communities and Local Government of the likely number of new homes needed in the UK have gone up since the last estimate produce two years ago.... more
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