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Landlord confidence at a high following government intervention

Landlord confidence at a high following government intervention

The latest report from Kent Reliance has shown that landlord confidence has bounced back following recent government intervention as investors look to secure mortgages through limited companies or increase rents in reaction to higher tax costs.

02 Dec 2016

Free podcast to understand landlord obligations for ‘Right to Rent’

Free podcast to understand landlord obligations for ‘Right to Rent’

Under The Immigration Act 2016, there is a new maximum criminal sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment for landlords or agents who fail to carry out ‘Right to Rent’ checks or remove illegal migrants from their property.

02 Dec 2016

Landlord fined for dangerous housing conditions

Landlord fined for dangerous housing conditions

A private landlord has been fined by Willesden Magistrates Court for poor and potentially dangerous housing conditions following a prosecution by Brent Council.

01 Dec 2016

ARLA: Letting agent fee ban will speed up rent hikes

ARLA: Letting agent fee ban will speed up rent hikes

New data from the Association of Residential Letting Agents has shown that, during October, the number of agents witnessing rent increases was the lowest since December last year – but it won’t last long.

01 Dec 2016

Storm Angus causes surge in BTL insurance claims

Storm Angus causes surge in BTL insurance claims

According to buy-to-let specialist insurer, Simple Landlords, there has been a reported surge in calls from landlords whose investment properties were damaged by Storm Angus.

30 Nov 2016

1 in 5 landlords experience a 4 month tenant delay

1 in 5 landlords experience a 4 month tenant delay

The latest research for the Nottingham Building Society has found that more than one in five landlords have to wait longer than four months before signing up their first tenants.

29 Nov 2016

2.6M renters facing a rent increase

2.6M renters facing a rent increase

Online letting agent, Upad.co.uk, has compiled a new survey and revealed that, as a result of the recent announcement made by the Chancellor in the Autumn Statement to remove this charge to tenants, 40% of landlords now plan to increase rents if they are left to pick up the cost of tenant fees.

28 Nov 2016

1 in 5 tenants in Britain have a ‘Nightmare Landlord’

1 in 5 tenants in Britain have a ‘Nightmare Landlord’

In a new nationwide study exploring the renting market within the UK and highlighting the main issues current landlords and tenants face, Paul Shamplina, founder of Landlord Action and star of channel 5’s Nightmare Tenants and Slum Landlords, shares the side of the landlord and gives his take on the situation.

25 Nov 2016

Industry blasts 'draconian' ban on letting agent fees

Industry blasts 'draconian' ban on letting agent fees

Theresa May had voted against it, housing minister Gavin Barwell called it a “bad idea”. Phillip Hammond thought it was a good idea and today announced that he would impose an outright ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants in England.

23 Nov 2016

How could the ban on letting agent fees actually affect landlords?

How could the ban on letting agent fees actually affect landlords?

TheHouseShop.com have run some figures to determine the potential financial impact for landlords as a result of Phillip Hammond's letting fees ban - and, according to them, it's not as bad as you may think...

23 Nov 2016

 

Landlords' hopes and fears revealed in new survey

Landlords' hopes and fears revealed in new survey

A new report has lifted the lid on the real hopes and fears of UK landlords when it comes to property and shows that nearly half are more afraid of mortgage relief changes than the effects of Brexit.

22 Nov 2016

Do landlords believe the government is anti-investor?

Do landlords believe the government is anti-investor?

According to a snap survey by Martin & Co, more than 92% of landlords believe the Government is anti-landlord and are calling for the Chancellor to back them in the Autumn Statement.

21 Nov 2016

Landlords urged to visit properties more to combat damage

Landlords urged to visit properties more to combat damage

According to the latest TDS stats, property damage is becoming a growing problem for landlords and agents, now accounting for 52% of all deposit disputes and up 29% over the last four years.

21 Nov 2016

Metro Bank mortgage customers allowed to list homes on Airbnb

Metro Bank mortgage customers allowed to list homes on Airbnb

Metro Bank has announced that it is to join the Airbnb phenomenon by allowing its residential mortgage customers to list their properties for rent through Airbnb, and other sites, for up to 90 days a year without prior approval.

18 Nov 2016

BoE gets green light to regulate BTL lending

BoE gets green light to regulate BTL lending

From early 2017, the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee will be granted new powers by the government to control buy-to-let LTV and interest coverage ratios.

17 Nov 2016

Are a quarter of landlords really about to sell up?

Are a quarter of landlords really about to sell up?

A property expert has poured scorn on a survey suggesting a quarter of landlords are about to sell their properties – describing it as “less accurate than the polls than missed Brexit and Donald Trump”

17 Nov 2016

What will be the biggest issues facing landlords in 2017?

What will be the biggest issues facing landlords in 2017?

Currently 62% of landlords in the UK are experiencing tenant arrears and with rents predicted to rise faster than house prices over the next five years due to landlords coming under pressure to increase rents to offset tax increases in from April 2017, this situation is set to worsen.

16 Nov 2016

Where are the current top ten BTL postcodes?

Where are the current top ten BTL postcodes?

LendInvest has released its latest quarterly research Index on the UK Buy-To-Let market and found that the top 10 is dominated by postcodes found in the South East, with Northampton the only exception.

15 Nov 2016

Are we hitting an affordability ceiling with rent?

Are we hitting an affordability ceiling with rent?

A new report from HomeLet has shown that during October average rents in the UK rose by 3% - a clear sign that landlords appear to be balancing affordability with returns. A tenant signing up for a new tenancy during October agreed to pay an average monthly rent of £902, 3% above October 2015’s average of £875.

14 Nov 2016

Tenants with spare bedrooms at lowest levels on record

Tenants with spare bedrooms at lowest levels on record

According to the latest report from Countrywide, just one in three new tenants in 2016 rented a home with a spare bedroom, down from 59% in 2010.

14 Nov 2016

Tenants admit to taking everything including the kitchen sink from rental properties

Tenants admit to taking everything including the kitchen sink from rental properties

Light-fingered tenants have owned up to taking televisions, boilers and even a king-sized bed from rented properties when the time has come to move house.

11 Nov 2016

Prime central London tenancies see 25% year-on-year rise

Prime central London tenancies see 25% year-on-year rise

According to new data from Knight Frank, the number of tenancies agreed in prime central London in the three months to September increased by 25% year-on-year.

11 Nov 2016

Post-Brexit survey reveals a thriving rental market

Post-Brexit survey reveals a thriving rental market

Belvoir's first post-Brexit rental index and a survey of franchise owners from across the company's network confirm that despite uncertainty following Brexit and recent stamp duty increases, the rental market continues to thrive.

11 Nov 2016

Average cost of deposit approaches £1000

Average cost of deposit approaches £1000

According to the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC), the spiralling cost of the average tenancy deposit means independently compiled inventories are now more important than ever.

11 Nov 2016

BTL listings up 11% in October

BTL listings up 11% in October

Research by property crowdfunding platform, Property Partner, has found that the rental market rebounded in October with an 11.4% increase in new buy-to-let properties being advertised compared to the previous month.

09 Nov 2016

Are positive figures in the housing market disguising the BTL famine?

Are positive figures in the housing market disguising the BTL famine?

At first glance, recent HMRC figures showing that one in four properties were sold to investors last quarter seem to confound predictions of a buy-to-let strike. While the figures may seem positive, the housing market is not as resilient as it may first appear.

08 Nov 2016

Redecoration issues continue to fuel deposit disputes

Redecoration issues continue to fuel deposit disputes

A new report from the Tenancy Deposit Scheme has found that redecoration issues make up 32% of all disputes, ahead of rent arrears (19%) but still behind cleaning (57%) and damage to fixtures and fittings features (51%).

08 Nov 2016

Why are tenants not signing inventories?

Why are tenants not signing inventories?

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks has raised its concern at the apparent lack of tenants signing inventories, drawing attention to an alarming statistic recently published by money.co.uk which suggests that 79% of student tenants do not sign an inventory when they move in.

01 Nov 2016

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Spencer Fortag
Spencer Fortag 30 Nov 2016

I am glad that someone listened to me!

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Tony Gimple
Tony Gimple 27 Nov 2016

It's not just the lack of estate agency advice that's costing landlords money; most are getting seriously bad advice from their accountants resulting in tax bills far higher than they need to be. Likewise,...

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Sally Walmsley
Sally Walmsley 18 Nov 2016

The RLA stands by its sell-off statistics. While we welcome the feedback from Mr Jagota and are delighted to hear how well things are going for landlords in the north east, we would like to make it clear...

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Sheryl87
Sheryl87 18 Nov 2016

The high employment levels and the vibrant economy has led to ever-increasing demand for rental properties, especially from professionals relocations from other cities. This has led to more experts teaming...

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Sheryl87
Sheryl87 18 Nov 2016

Renting out your house can be risky business. It's good to think about residential landlords insurance. Standard cover includes buildings cover and cover for loss of rent following damage to a property...

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AmberMorris
AmberMorris 09 Nov 2016

Fear of ghosts, really?? Ok, I get the fear of bats in the attic and mice and rats running under your nose - those are easy to deal with pest issues which are really unpleasant and can turn you off. But...

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AmberMorris
AmberMorris 08 Nov 2016

In my experience, It has always been a matter of discussion between the landlord and the tenant. There are cases when it's clear who's responsible for the pest control costs. I see a lot of people in forums...

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warren
warren 08 Nov 2016

There you go buddy :)

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Agent_PeeBee
Agent_PeeBee 07 Nov 2016

Any reason why my comment to this 'article' has not been published?

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Sean Lees
Sean Lees 04 Nov 2016

I don't think anyone can say dogs or cats are better or worse; depends on the animal, its age, how long it's left inside, etc. How bad the mess is depends somewhat on whether you are renting furniture...

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daniel black
daniel black 25 Oct 2016

I've been keeping a close eye on what the effect of Brexit has been on the rental market and it's a very mixed bag. Whilst the majority of the news focuses on London's market. I think this time next year...

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Northerner
Northerner 20 Oct 2016

Any views from outside the M25? No wonder politicians can't get the housing big picture when everyone seems to think that London is the yard stick, when it absolutely is not.

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