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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

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

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

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

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

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
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