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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

The 'Waitrose effect' on house prices is real

Could it be that simply living close to a Waitrose could increase the value of your property by an average of almost £40,000? According to new research on the so called ‘Waitrose Effect’ by Lloyds Bank, the answer is yes!... more

Downsizing to fund a pension not realistic

Downsizing your home to fund an income in retirement is unrealistic, according to the former Pensions minister, Steve Webb.In a recent report from the insurer Royal London it was revealed that nearly 3 million working-age people... more

Council of Mortgage Lenders warns of excessive restrictions on BTL

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML), has warned the Prudential Regulation Authority (part of the Bank of England) to beware of imposing too many restrictions on buy-to-let lending. ... more

Landlord mortgage arrears at 10 year low

Recent figures released by LSL Property Services show that buy-to-let mortgage arrears are at their lowest level since 2007. In the first quarter of 2016 there was a 9.7% drop in BTL mortgage arrears compared to the previous quarter. ... more

(Not) a long way from home

Recent research has revealed that 70% of people, who sold their primary residence, moved less than 20 miles to their new property. Of the 26,000 ‘house-movers’ in the last five years, those in the North East, East and South West were ... more

New build homes at seven year high

The Department for Communities and Local Government says the number of newly built homes is now at the highest level since 2008/09, ... more

Top 20 features that will sell your home

It used to be, in order to sell your home, all you really needed to do was paint all the walls Magnolia, have a bit of a de-clutter, pop on a pot of coffee and live near a good school. Buyers today however, are looking for a slightly different set of features.... more

Gas safety a burning issue for part-time landlords

Part-time landlords across the UK could be putting their tenant’s lives at risk by being unaware of gas safety legislation. According to a survey conducted by Atomic Research on behalf of British Gas, as much as 20% do not carry out the compulsory annual gas safety checks ... more

Abandoned properties a common issue for landlords

Abandoned properties are a more common problem for landlords than you might think. According to figures by National Landlords Association, on average, a third of landlords (36%) across the UK have been left with an abandoned property to deal with... more

Preparing to sell your home with a pet

If you are selling your home, you’ll want to do everything you can to ensure you get the best possible price, but being a pet owner may affect this. Home owners with pets could expect to receive offers as much as 5% below the asking price, ... more

Smallest Houses on the Block

An English person's home may feel like their castle but in terms of physical size, this is certainly not the case! Compared to the rest of the world the footprint of an average UK home is the smallest in the developed world... more

25% of British Mortgages Funded by ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’

A recent report shows that the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ will help 300,000 of their children to buy a home in 2016. This works out at an average of £17,500 per child and makes the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ amongst the top 10 UK mortgage lenders!... more

Good news for those selling a property with a granny flat

The three per cent ‘additional homes’ stamp duty surcharge came into effect on April 1 but not without criticism. Primarily targeting buy to let properties and second homes, the tax also applies to all properties with self-contained apartments... more

Landlords - is your documentation legal?

Research recently published by Direct Line reveals that up to 10% of landlords don’t use a fully legal letting agreement with their tenants. The research results highlights that some landlords have no formal written tenancy agreement in place ... more

Welsh election – rent controls on party agenda

The issue of rent controls has been raised by Plaid Cymru as part of next month’s Welsh Assembly elections. Plaid’s election manifesto pledges to ban fees paid by the tenant to letting agents and introduce rent controls. ... more

New Rentals Energy Efficiency rules introduced

Last Friday, 1st April 2016 marked the start of the new energy efficiency standards for housing in England and Wales. This is the first step in the UK government’s long-term drive... more

Government Property Rental figures based on 6 year old data

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) have claimed that the government may be basing its decisions concerning the private rented sector (PRS) on 6-year old data. ... more

Rental Housing drought predicted

According to the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) there will be a reduced supply of rental housing and higher rents after the April tax hike for buy-to-let investors. ... more

Northwood, the #1 Agent in Milton Keynes

Northwood, the #1 Agent in Milton Keynes. What an amazing start to 2016 for all the team here at Northwood MK! We truly have started the New Year in style, taking the #1 spot on the All Agents website in Milton Keynes. ... more

Channel 4 Dispatches exposes ‘Housing Benefit Millionaires’

A Channel 4 Dispatches documentary aired Monday examined how “millionaire” private landlords are now the fastest growing provider of housing for housing benefit tenants. ... more

The new buy to let strategy

Since the Chancellor’s tax changes announced in his Summer Budget last July and then his targeting of Landlords with the new buy to let stamp duty surcharge in his Autumn Statement, ... more

Four out of five Tenants happy with their Landlord

On average across the country, 79 per cent of tenants have expressed satisfaction with their tenancies and their private landlords. ... more

20% of Tenants don't expect to get their full deposit back

Recent research shows that on average almost one-in-five tenants are saying that when they hand over their tenancy deposit, they don’t expect to see all their money back again. ... more

Do Tenants want longer tenancies?

Shelter has been pushing strongly for longer tenancies for the last few years. The charity has led the case for change and proposed a five-year Stable Rental Contract. ... more

Shelter "playing to people's fears"

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is accusing Shelter of “playing to people’s fears” when it issued a recent press release claiming a “record rise” in the number of calls its helpline has received ... more

Select committee questions changes to buy to let tax

The chancellor’s policy of prioritising homeownership at the expense of the buy-to-let market has come under criticism from the Treasury select committee.... more

Becoming a company doesn't 'stack up' for most landlords

According to a recent survey carried out by the National Landlords Association (NLA) 40 per cent of landlords (four in every 10 questioned) say they are seriously considering forming a limited company to operate their buy-to-let business ... more

Government Discriminating against UK property investors

Government policies are discriminating against UK private property investors, by making it easier for foreign investors to purchase properties. That’s according to recent allegations made by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA),... more

Increase in homelessness not landlords fault

The Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA) claims that private rented sector (PRS) landlords are being unfairly blamed for the increase in the number of homeless on the UK streets. ... more

The advantages of regular inspections

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) is advising landlords and their agents to carry out regular inspections of their rental properties. Particularly at this time of year when condensation is most likely to cause problems... more

Landlords must provide new tenants with 'How to Rent' guide

From the 1st of October 2015 it became law that landlords issue all new tenants with the latest edition of a Government publication “The How to Rent Guide”, along with a current Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and a current Gas Safety Certificate (CP12). ... more

Tenant being pursued for damages by landlady's insurers

A tenant who allegedly caused £128,000 of damage to a £1m rented property in Wiltshire is being pursued for damages by the landlady’s insurers. ... more

Councils advising tenants to ignore eviction notices

A recent survey conducted by The National Landlords’ Association reveals that an “alarming number of private tenants are being told by their local council to ignore eviction notices served by their landlords”... more

Cherie Blair starts legal battle against new Buy-to-Let tax

A successful challenge to George Osborne’s ground breaking buy-to-let tax - which is central to his Government’s strategy to grow home-ownership, help the young buy property ... more

A weed that can tie your property up in knots

Many non-native plant species occur in in the UK without causing any problems, however, there are a number - such as the infamous Japanese Knotweed plant - which can make a property un-mortgageable. ... more

Land Registry December 2015 Market data

The Land Registry for residential property prices in England and Wales has released its monthly market trend data to December 2015. ... more

Councils get £5m to tackle rogue Landlords

Local councils are to receive a £5m boost to their funding to help them tackle rogue landlords, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has announced..... more

Buyers and Renters - beware the deposit scam

A deposit scam operated by online fraudsters is a growing problem with crimes reported to be on average around £120,000. ... more

Landlord owned housing overtakes mortgaged owner-occupiers

The total value of UK landlord owned housing has now overtaken that held by mortgaged owner-occupiers, that’s according to a recent survey. ... more

Cambridge rent rises highest in the country

Cambridge is becoming more exclusive by the year, with rent increases beating national records. According to a recent report by the Cambridge News, Cambridge’s private rental market has been branded “a bonanza for landlords”... more

Landlords to lead legal tax challenge

A group of landlords is to launch a legal challenge to George Osborne’s buy-to-let tax changes, which are due to come into force from April 2017.... more

Beware Tenants Deliberately Damaging Property

Recent changes in retaliatory eviction legislation mean that if tenants deliberately damage the property, they can infact avoid eviction.... more

Councils Want Greater Powers to Tackle Rogue Landlords

The Local Government Association (LGA) which represents councils at national level says the present system for dealing with rogue landlords is “unfit for purpose” ... more

BTL clampdown won’t help Generation Rent

Commenting on George Osborne’s buy-to-let clampdown, a deVere Group representative says that Stamp Duty move will not help “Generation Rent” ... more

Landlord distraught with trashed property

Private landlords increasingly take up the mantle of social landlords by taking... more

New Procedure to help landlords maintain properties

Landlords in Scotland are to be given new powers which will allow them to gain access to their properties to carry out essential maintenance work.... more

Telegraph article attacks Tories over Buy-to-Let

The Tory supporting Daily Telegraph has published an article “The Tories latest attack on buy-to-let”, surprisingly for this Tory tome, sometimes referred to as the “Torygraph”... more

Landlord maims tenant in rent arrears row

A father-of-three who ran his car over his tenant during a rent arrears row gets ten years in jail.... more

Landlords focus on cheaper buy-to-lets

Buy to let (BTL) investors are looking to the cheaper end of the market, chiefly in lower priced areas, as low interest rates still encourage buying, but tougher ... more

Landlord registration scheme launched

The Welsh Assembly’s answer to the “housing crisis” in Wales, “Rent Smart Wales”, registration scheme got off to a slow start last week with a new landlord registration and licensing scheme.... more

Rent Affordability – a world-wide crisis

Judging by the stories you read in the UK press, you would be forgiven for thinking that rent affordability is confined to the UK. Think again. This is a world-wide crisis.... more

Stamp Duty levy put on Buy-to-Let

Chancellor George Osborne in his autumn statement today said he would introduce new rates of stamp duty from next April that would include a 3 per cent hike in duty on the purchases of buy-to-let rentals and second homes.... more

5-year Property Market Forecast - Savills

Homeownership has been in decline but the majority of the “Baby Boomer” generation households in the UK still own their own home.... more

Landlords and the Housing and Planning Bill

The Housing and Planning Bill is set to become a cornerstone of the Conservative Government’s vision for the property and rental market to 2020.... more

Minister - Rogue landlords cram foreigners in Beds in Sheds

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis says rogue landlords are fuelling illegal immigration by housing illegals in “dangerous, dirty and overcrowded” homes.... more

Most renters want short tenancies

Despite several tenants’ campaigning groups claiming that renters want long-term tenancy agreements, credible evidence points otherwise. Most renters want short tenancies.... more

Government pledges £5m to tackle rogue landlords

Councils are to be offered an extra £5m to tackle rogue landlords, who in some areas have spawned a plague of “beds in sheds”.... more

New Electrical Safety law for properties in Scotland

From 1st December 2015, private landlords are to be responsible for ensuring that an electrical safety inspection of their property is carried out by a registered electrician at least every five years.... more

Are You Prepared for Right-to-Rent Day?

The 1st of February next year (2016) is the day you need to remember as the start of Right-to-Rent across England, when commencing a new tenancy.... more

Rents to rise by 4.5% in 2016 says JLL Report

In a new residential research report entitled “Building Foundations” property consultants JLL say of the UK rental market:... more

Bank of England maintains Bank Rate at 0.5%

BREAKING – with CPI inflation at around -0.1%, it is being speculated that the current 0.5% Bank Rate could be held until well into 2017.... more

Buy-to-let tax is unfair and unworkable

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) has slammed the chancellor’s new buy to let tax as “unreasonable and unworkable” ... more

Curbs on buy-to-let mortgages announced

BREAKING – Chancellor has said Thursday he is taking Bank of England (BoE) Governor Mark Carney’s warning over buy-to-let mortgages “very seriously”.... more

Starting Date for Rent Smart Wales

BREAKING – The Starting Date for Rent Smart Wales has been announced – the new requirements under Part 1 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014... more

Planning shake-up to boost housing development

Planning regulations changes will introduce new measures which will make it easier to turn underused office buildings into new homes.... more

Right to Rent checks Mandatory Feb 1st

BREAKING – a Government press release today from James Brokenshire MP at The Home Office , UK Visas and Immigration, confirms that Right to Rent Immigration checks will be mandatory for all lettings in England from the 1st of February 2016.... more

HMRC landlord campaign brings in £50m to date

The campaign, which is a voluntary disclosure opportunity aimed at helping buy-to-let landlords “get their taxes in order”, has brought in over £50m since its launch. Over 10,000 landlords have disclosed tax on... more

New housing bill plans to transform the UK housing market

The government says its new Housing and Planning Bill marks the start of a national crusade to transform generation rent into generation buy, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis announced Tuesady (13 October 2015).... more

22% of all UK households now rent

With the steady rise in house prices, far out-pacing average wage increases, particularly in London and the South East, renting for many people has become the only affordable option. Home ownership, declared a priority for the Conservative Government at their recent party conference, ... more

Government ignores pleas to reconsider "turnover tax" changes

The RLA has said it will continue to lobby to ensure landlord voices are heard on this issue and to mitigate its effects as much as possible before its introduction 1st April 2017. In the meantime it is urging all landlords to consider writing to their local MPs to emphasise the importance of this issue to landlords.... more

The reality of renting for most tenants

Against a backdrop of increasing rents (a quarter of tenants have experienced a recent rise), and media stories from campaigning groups arguing for changes to tenancy laws, the results of a recent survey of over 700 UK tenants makes for interesting reading.... more

Labour pledges to build 100,000 new council homes

The Minister of Housing and Planning Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP and her department have announced the appointment of Taylor Wimpey Chief Executive Pete Redfern to undertake “an independent review to analyse the root causes of this decline” and “set out the ideas needed for a wide new debate”.... more

Tenants now better protected than ever

Last week marked the start of a new era in tenant protections in England, as stronger regulations were introduced into the private rented sector (PRS) from the 1st of October 2015 – tenants are better protected than ever. The new rules will increase the workload of landlords and agents but will mean that landlords are now required by law ... more

An Analysis of Scotland's private rental sector

The Scotsman newspaper Dan Cookson Head of Research at Lettingweb has produced a detailed analysis of Scotland’s private rental sector (PRS) which he claims “is often perceived as being dominated by rogues, rocketing rent prices and ... more

Rent Arrears at a two-year high

The latest Tenant Arrears Tracker issued highlights that the number of tenants 2 or more months behind in paying their rent has now reached 74,000. The figure is 7.2% higher than at the same time last year.... more

Trading Standards warning over CO2 alarms

Leicestershire County Council’s Trading Standards Service has issued a warning over CO alarms fitted to rental properties as it found several carbon monoxide alarms purchased from small online suppliers are not working.... more

Pension Freedom will not dramatically increase BTL

New research indicates that only around 5 per cent of landlords plan to use money released from a pensions to fund further buy-to-let (BTL) expansion. The Chancellor’s plan to give those with pension pots the freedom ... more

Concern that profitable buy-to-lets may turn negative

Research carried out by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) shows that planned tax changes for buy-to-lets by the Chancellor in his Summer Budget, far from being restricted to tax hikes for the wealthier landlords, could push small-scale operators with just one property into making losses.... more

The future of the rental market according to Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn sees housing as a priority and it's an issue that he is quite vocal on. IN his recently released document "Tackling the Housing Crisis" he sets out his plans for the future of housing in Britain.... more

What about tenants working from home?

Tenants working from home – the number of people working from home has increased to almost one-in-seven over the past decade, with the self-employed running home businesses and employees spending more time being home based, it’s inevitable that many of these people are tenants.... more

Industry response to Immigration Bill 2015

With the ink hardly dry on the 2014 Immigration Act, which is meant to limit access to services, facilities, citizenship, housing and employment by reference to immigration status, the Immigration Bill 2015 amendment, tabled following the Conservative Government’s successful election result... more

Right to Rent checks could reduce Tenant trust

Despite reports of the success of the right-to-rent pilot running in the West Midlands, one landlord organisation thinks lawful tenants could be refused housing due to the Government’s plans to turn landlords into “border police” and others think it could damage landlord-tenant relations.... more

Natwest in bid to attract professional landlords

In a change of policy at Natwest Intermediary Solutions, the bank will introduce changes to its buy-to-let criteria from 11th September which will enable its brokers to target professional landlords, widening its appeal in the buy-to-let market.... more

UK 4th in the world to invest in property

The UK investment property market comes out fourth best in the world to invest in residential property, due mainly to a huge housing shortage, a growing population and the country’s continuing economic growth, that’s according to recent research by Savills. The performance of prime-city and second-home markets relative to their country and key demand variables ... more

Council benefit payment delays affect half of tenants

Delays by local councils in paying housing benefits to tenants is causing hardship to tenants as well as landlords and is one of the principle reasons why some landlords hesitate to take on tenants claiming the benefit. More than half (52 per ... more

Media attacks on landlords continue...

Campaigning groups which ran a concerted media campaigns before the May general election, have resumed their campaigns focussing on the private rented sector (PRS), pushing for rent controls and now claiming in the press that 125,000 tenants have suffered abusive behaviour from landlords in the past year.... more

Brandon Lewis renews government commitment to PRS

Speaking at the RESI housing conference in Newport, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis confirmed the government’s support for the private rented sector saying: “We will crack down on rogue landlords and drive them out of business. But we will never jeopardise the new appetite for investment in this sector with red tape and unnecessary regulation. That would simply undo the good work of the last 5 years – a journey that has taken this country from the brink of bankruptcy... more

Are you compliant for Smoke and CO Detectors '

Smoke & CO Detectors – if you have a rental property without smoke detectors, or where there are solid fuel burners (coal or wood burning) without carbon monoxide detectors, then you need to act now.... more

Rent Controls to hit Scottish Landlords

Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon has set-out her plans through a new Private Tenancies Bill which will 'improve security for private tenants, introduce rent controls and abolish the 'bedroom tax' as early as possible.... more

Government response to landlord taxation petition

The government announced sweeping changes to landlord taxation of buy-to-let properties in the Chancellor's summer budget which have both surprised and outraged many landlords. The removal of interest rate relief on mortgages over a sliding scale 4 year period will undoubtedly impact on landlords across the country.... more

Dust can give builders and DIYers heart disease

A study by British researchers has found that builders and DIYers creating dust emissions by doing things like drilling and sanding can create clouds of microscopic particles which, when breathed in, can lead to heart disease and cancer.... more

Gas boiler engineers putting lives at risk

A Which investigation discovered that only two out of ten gas engineers selected at random, carried out their checks correctly. Their conclusion was that poor work carried out by the majority of gas boiler engineers was putting people's lives at risk.... more

Evictions in England and Wales at record levels

Evictions in England and Wales at record levels... more

Are unsuspecting British Airbnb landlords in for a tax shock?

Are unsuspecting British Airbnb landlords in for a tax shock?... more

Wear and Tear Allowance claimed by half of all landlords

Nearly half (47 per cent) of landlords will be affected by the announcement in the post-election Summer Budget about the removal of the annual wear and tear allowance, according to research conducted by the National Landlords Association (NLA).... more

Bigger deposits needed for buy-to-let loans

Bigger deposits needed for buy-to-let loans... more

Rents rise but house prices rise faster

Rents rise but house prices rise faster... more

Online tax relief petition reaches critical 10,000 signatures

Online tax relief petition reaches critical 10,000 signatures... more

Buy-to-Let Lenders no longer a pushover

Buy-to-Let Lenders no longer a pushover... more

Corbyn's housing policy would be disastrous

Corbyn's housing policy would be disastrous... more

UK BoE interest rates remain unchanged

UK BoE interest rates remain unchanged... more

The Immigration Crisis and Landlords

The Immigration Crisis and Landlords... more

Immigration Checks - Update

Immigration Checks - Update... more

Generation Rent includes many landlords

Generation Rent includes many landlords... more

Summer Budget prompts landlords to raise rents

Summer Budget prompts landlords to raise rents... more

One in Three will Rent in Retirement

One in Three will Rent in Retirement... more

Bank of England may crack-down on buy to let mortgages

Bank of England may crack-down on buy to let mortgages... more

Bank of England warns of Interest Rate Rise

Bank of England warns of Interest Rate Rise... more

Osborne is serious about house building

Osborne is serious about house building... more

Key points of the Summer Budget for landlords

Key points of the Summer Budget for landlords... more

One-fifth of MPs are Landlords

One-fifth of MPs are Landlords... more

First time buyers lack mortgage knowledge

First time buyers lack mortgage knowledge... more

Lodger allowance increased to £7,500

Lodger allowance increased to £7,500... more

UK Landlords mortgage borrowing reaches £200bn

A growing army of buy-to-let landlords in Britain are now indebted to the tune of £200bn to fund their property investments.This figures were revealed recently by the Bank of England as it worries that the huge amount of money could pose a risk to the banking system.... more

Radical budget brings changes for landlords & tenants

Breaking News: a radical budget brings in big changes for landlords & tenants. Chancellor George Osborne has announced large working age benefits cuts to be offset by a new national living wage in his budget speech Wednesday.... more

Changes to Renting Homes (Wales) Bill

The Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee at the Welsh Assembly say the Renting Homes (Wales) Bill needs to be stronger and modernised. It is said that one-third of the Welsh population live in rented ... more

Tenant Stole Dishwasher and Flooded Flat

A North East landlord suffered thousands of pounds worth of damage to his flat when his tenant stole the dishwasher, leaving water leaking which flooded the flat and caused damage to the flat below.... more

180,000 Scottish tenancies not in Deposit Protection

The 'Make Renting Right' conference brought the good Scottish private landlords together with their counterparts in housing associations and advice agencies, and there was some good news, says Councillor Jimmy Black in his Blog for Scottish ... more

Private tenants need Right to Buy says Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn the Islington North MP and Labour leadership hopeful is calling for a right to buy for private tenants. One of the four Labour leadership candidates, Jeremy Corbyn is launching a consultation on a policy which he says is aimed private tenants... more

Companies House makes its data available free

Ronald Regan famously said: 'The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help, well it would seem this government is really trying hard to change that.... more

Arsenal tops the League of renting prices

Arsenal tops the league table every time when it comes to renting prices in their area.With a two bedroom flat going for £2,000 per calendar month you'd almost need to be on a footballer's wage to afford it.... more

Challenge to Labour leadership bidders - read report on rent control

Challenge to Labour leadership bidders - read report on rent controlIn the run-up to the general election in May the idea of imposing rent controls on UK landlords again became a topic of heated debate, especially as Labour committed themselves to a form on rent control or 'rent capping' in their election manifesto.... more

The Average Tenancy is Nearly Three Years

A property industry study report conducted by property consults Allsop in partnership with BDRC, a market research consultancy, found that the average assured shorthold tenancy length is now almost three years. Allsop?s fifth annual 'Rent Check Report' findings ... more

Private Rented Sector Tenants Overwhelmingly Satisfied

By far the majority of private rented sector (PRS) tenants are satisfied with their tenancies. In a recent survey of tenants* they said they are happy with the terms of their tenancy agreements and the level of rent they pay.... more

UK house prices could rise 25% in next five years

UK house prices could rise 25% in next five years... more

Will the big boys spoil the buy-to-let party '

Will the big boys spoil the buy-to-let party ?... more

Deposit dispute guide for landlords and agents

Deposit dispute guide for landlords and agents... more

Shadow chancellor U-Turns on Labour PRS Policy

Shadow chancellor U-Turns on Labour PRS Policy... more

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics... more

Manchester gives highest Buy to Let yields

Manchester gives highest Buy to Let yields... more

The PRS now rivals the Stock Market

The PRS now rivals the Stock Market... more

Landlords and the risk of Legionella

Landlords and the risk of Legionella... more

Landlords spooked into selling-up over election fears

Landlords spooked into selling-up over election fears... more

Government Plans National Landlord Licensing Scheme

Government Plans National Landlord Licensing Scheme... more

Buy-to-Let Landlords Planning for Steady Growth

Landlords are planning for steady growth as optimism rises and research shows there has been a shift in the type of property landlords are looking for. ... more

Brandon Lewis to retain Housing Minister post after all…

News Up-date: Monday, Mark Francois was named as Brandon Lewis’ replacement as housing and planning minister. ... more

3,000 Scottish Landlords in bid to stop rent controls

More than three thousand Scottish landlords have signed a petition strongly opposing the proposed introduction of rent controls in new legislation which could also abolish the “no fault” eviction procedure introduced in the Housing Act in 1988. ... more

Prayers answered at Church of England, blessed by property boom

The recovery in the UK?s property market, seven years after the deepest recession in living memory, has helped boost the Church of England's investment portfolio to a high of £6.7bn at the end of last year, more than £1bn higher than just before the 2008 financial crash.... more

Property funds hit record valuations

Property funds hit record valuations... more

Large Scale build-to-let threat to small-scale buy-to-let?

Large Scale build-to-let threat to small-scale buy-to-let?... more

Regional rents catching up with London

Regional rents catching up with London... more

Buy to Let booms, but a slow-down is inevitable

Buy to Let booms, but a slow-down is inevitable... more

Buy-to-Let Landlords Planning for Steady Growth

Buy-to-Let Landlords Planning for Steady Growth... more

Politicians are failing private tenants

Politicians are failing private tenants... more

Landlords should be aware of new building safety rules

Landlords should be aware of new building safety rules... more

More households, fewer occupiers, higher prices

More households, fewer occupiers, higher prices... more

153 MPs declare income from renting out properties

153 MPs declare income from renting out properties... more

What do the election results mean for landlords and agents?

What do the election results mean for landlords and agents?... more

BBC Panorama responds to RLA complaint

BBC Panorama responds to RLA complaint... more

ARLA survey predicts landlords will leave if Labour win

ARLA survey predicts landlords will leave if Labour win... more

ARLA Election Survey Predictions

ARLA Election Survey Predictions... more

Many Landlords would quit if Labour win.

Many Landlords would quit if Labour win.... more

What's driving the changes in the Housing Market?

What's driving the changes in the Housing Market?... more

Landlords squeezing out FTBs is a myth!

Landlords squeezing out FTBs is a myth!... more

Eric Pickles condemns Labour's rent control plans...

Eric Pickles condemns Labour's rent control plans...... more

Politicians at odds over renting regulation

Politicians at odds over renting regulation... more

Landlord Action evicts 'Dead or Alive' Singer

Landlord Action evicts ?Dead or Alive? Singer... more

Bedroom sizes in HMOs

Bedroom sizes in HMOs... more

Ex Labour Minister warns about Rent Caps

Ex Labour Minister warns about Rent Caps... more

Longer tenancies will help no one?

Longer tenancies will help no one?... more

New Build vs Second Hand in central London

New Build vs Second Hand in central London... more

How do the parties compare on housing & the PRS

How do the parties compare on housing & the PRS... more

Greens launch attack on private landlords

Greens launch attack on private landlords... more

House prices to rise by 1.5% nationwide

House prices to rise by 1.5% nationwide... more

The Tories represent the interests of landlords, say landlords

The Tories represent the interests of landlords, say landlords... more

Landlords Seeking Clarification over Sub-Letting

Landlords Seeking Clarification over Sub-Letting... more

Can Private Landlords learn from Housing Associations?

Can Private Landlords learn from Housing Associations?... more

Will politicians throw out the PRS 'baby with the bathwater??

Will politicians throw out the PRS ?baby with the bathwater??... more

London rents over double UK average

London rents over double UK average... more

ARLA calls for re-think on Retaliatory Eviction Law

ARLA calls for re-think on Retaliatory Eviction Law... more

Tenancy Law Reform in progress - Scotland

Tenancy Law Reform in progress - Scotland... more

Will Landlords Cope with New Tenancy Law?

Will Landlords Cope with New Tenancy Law?... more

Right to Buy for housing association tenants

Right to Buy for housing association tenants... more

Arguments for renting over buying are compelling

Arguments for renting over buying are compelling... more

Let to one tenant and get another – Budget 2015?

Let to one tenant and get another – Budget 2015?... more

The Budget with no surprises.

The Budget with no surprises.... more

House of Lords pass revenge eviction law

House of Lords pass revenge eviction law... more

RLA Chairman challenges 'biased' TV programme

RLA Chairman challenges ?biased? TV programme... more

Government announces new rental fire safety rules

Government announces new rental fire safety rules... more

Coventry is a buy-to-let landlords paradise

Coventry is a buy-to-let landlords paradise... more

Market review of standards in residential property management

Market review of standards in residential property management... more

Landlords put more money down for buy-to-let mortgages

Landlords put more money down for buy-to-let mortgages... more

France dominates Expat Deposits at DPS

France dominates Expat Deposits at DPS... more

Rent cap fears halting buy-to-let investment

Rent cap fears halting buy-to-let investment... more

Private rental sector needs £1.4 trillion by 2035

Private rental sector needs £1.4 trillion by 2035... more

Tories promise 200,000 starter homes if they win election

Tories promise 200,000 starter homes if they win election... more

Renting in England Doubles in 10 Years

Renting in England Doubles in 10 Years... more

New landlord fees code for letting agents

New landlord fees code for letting agents... more

Buy to let mortgage rates hit lowest level ever

Buy to let mortgage rates hit lowest level ever... more

Students Lettings Market becoming more Competitive

Students Lettings Market becoming more Competitive... more

Landlords' Liability for Repairs more onerous than thought…

Landlords? Liability for Repairs more onerous than thought…... more

Deregulation Bill brings in more Regulations

Deregulation Bill brings in more Regulations... more

Let Property Campaign brings in £7.9 million for HMRC

Let Property Campaign brings in £7.9 million for HMRC... more

Tenant deposit schemes gift landlord info to HMRC

Tenant deposit schemes gift landlord info to HMRC... more

Leading Property Consultant Kate Faulkner writes PRS Report

Leading Property Consultant Kate Faulkner writes PRS Report... more

Buy to let flood cover up by 500%

Buy to let flood cover up by 500%... more

CML warns Scottish Govt on Rent Controls

CML warns Scottish Govt on Rent Controls... more

Homes sell for 15% less at auction

Homes sell for 15% less at auction... more

Scots struggling to find rented properties

Scots struggling to find rented properties... more

Election fears fail to dent buy to let confidence

Election fears fail to dent buy to let confidence... more

77,000 homes bought under Help to Buy

77,000 homes bought under Help to Buy... more

Eviction fees for landlords set to go up again

Eviction fees for landlords set to go up again... more

BBC programme shows Buy-to-Let not all plain sailing

BBC programme shows Buy-to-Let not all plain sailing... more

Tenant survey busts rogue buy to let landlord myths

Tenant survey busts rogue buy to let landlord myths... more

Draft buy to let mortgage regulation rules revealed

Draft buy to let mortgage regulation rules revealed... more

Peer-to-peer buy to let lender appeals to savers

Peer-to-peer buy to let lender appeals to savers... more

Landlords pay damages for unlawful evictions

Landlords pay damages for unlawful evictions... more

Top 10 hot spots and not spots for buy to let

Top 10 hot spots and not spots for buy to let... more

Buy to let mortgages up nearly 10% in a year

Buy to let mortgages up nearly 10% in a year... more

Landlords losing deposit disputes through lack of effort

Landlords losing deposit disputes through lack of effort... more

New twist on tax and private residence relief

New twist on tax and private residence relief... more

Stamp Duty - Watch out for linked transaction tax trap

Stamp Duty - Watch out for linked transaction tax trap... more

Staggering Scale of Landlord Buy-to-Let Investment

Staggering Scale of Landlord Buy-to-Let Investment... more

Don?t miss that tax return deadline

Don?t miss that tax return deadline... more

Post Christmas landlord blues - no rent in January?

Post Christmas landlord blues - no rent in January?... more

Landlords not up-to-speed with immigration checks

Landlords not up-to-speed with immigration checks... more

Easy access could trigger buy to let pension bonanza

Easy access could trigger buy to let pension bonanza... more

Taxman reveals top 10 terrible tax excuses

Taxman reveals top 10 terrible tax excuses... more

Landlords warned to watch out for bogus gas fitters

Landlords warned to watch out for bogus gas fitters... more

UK Tenants over £800m in Rent Arrears

UK Tenants over £800m in Rent Arrears... more

Cash-strapped tenants borrow to pay the rent

Cash-strapped tenants borrow to pay the rent... more

Buy to let rents up 8.3% in a year

Buy to let rents up 8.3% in a year... more

Revenge Eviction Bill Rescued

Revenge Eviction Bill Rescued... more

Buy to Leave Landlords could Face Fines

Buy to Leave Landlords could Face Fines... more

Stamp duty slashed for home buyers

Stamp duty slashed for home buyers... more

Tactics by a new breed of tenant – Eviction Blockers

Tactics by a new breed of tenant – Eviction Blockers... more

Part-time landlords pocket £28 billion buy to let rents

Part-time landlords pocket £28 billion buy to let rents... more

Revenge Eviction Bill Fails

Revenge Eviction Bill Fails... more

Britain's cheapest buy to let cities for rents

Britain's cheapest buy to let cities for rents... more

Landlords suffer from too much unfair bad press

Landlords suffer from too much unfair bad press... more

Can Landlords Discriminate when Selecting Tenants?

Can Landlords Discriminate when Selecting Tenants?... more

Will Rent Rises Really Result in Mass Poverty?

Will Rent Rises Really Result in Mass Poverty?... more

Bank of England to delay any interest rate rise

Bank of England to delay any interest rate rise... more

Best way to spend to improve a buy to let

Best way to spend to improve a buy to let... more

Should you cash in your pension for buy to let?

Should you cash in your pension for buy to let?... more

Ten things you should know about tax avoidance

Ten things you should know about tax avoidance... more
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