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UK Landlords own over half of the new homes built in the last decade

UK Landlords own over half of the new homes built in the last decade

🕔16:12, 28.Oct 2014

Private landlords now own almost one out of five homes in Britain and they will buy a further million in the next five years, according to new research highlighting the phenomenal growth of buy-to-let. The figure, along with other startling

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🕔09:40, 9.Oct 2014

One in four landlords say letting property is more stressful than they expected and two thirds admit they are more stressed now than a year ago. The survey for UK Landlord Tax show that the biggest contributing factors are late

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UK housing shortage has seen a sharp rise in buy to let investors

UK housing shortage has seen a sharp rise in buy to let investors

🕔16:02, 23.Sep 2014

There has been a rapid acceleration in buy-to-let mortgage lending as investors hoover up an increasing amount of the UK’s insufficient supply of housing. According to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML), buy-to-let lending hit £2.4bn (€3bn, $3.9bn) in July 2014,

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Good news for UK Landlords as buy to let lenders cut mortgage rates

Good news for UK Landlords as buy to let lenders cut mortgage rates

🕔15:50, 23.Sep 2014

Buy-to-let investors have had a bumper year according to data published this week. Landlords are making a 12.7pc total return in a year, taking rental income and a property’s capital gain into account. This year, landlords have seen a gross

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It’ll be much harder to become accidental landlords within the next 2 years as a result of EU legislation.

It’ll be much harder to become accidental landlords within the next 2 years as a result of EU legislation.

🕔15:38, 23.Sep 2014

Many of Britain’s small army of landlords ended up letting out a property originally purchased with a mainstream mortgage – often when they decided to hold onto it as an investment after a change of circumstances, such as moving in

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Landlords are now required to check immigration status of tenants in West Midlands

Landlords are now required to check immigration status of tenants in West Midlands

🕔15:33, 23.Sep 2014

Private landlords across Birmingham and the Black Country will face fines of up to £3,000 from December if they fail to check on the immigration status of their new tenants, the Home Office has announced. The introduction of the first

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The UK biggest landlords are selling off their portfolio

The UK biggest landlords are selling off their portfolio

🕔15:14, 23.Sep 2014

Fergus and Judith Wilson, Britain’s biggest buy-to-let landlords, are a step closer to selling their entire property portfolio for a minimum £250m after receiving interest from three Chinese investors in the past few days. Mr Wilson, a former maths teacher

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Buy-to-let: creating bedsits for 20pc returns is just a response to the market

Buy-to-let: creating bedsits for 20pc returns is just a response to the market

🕔14:12, 17.Aug 2014

Buy-to-let: creating bedsits for 20pc returns is just a response to the market Comment: Many readers were unimpressed with the tactics of millionaire property developer Jim “HMO Daddy” Haliburton but he is just responding to the market, says Richard Dyson

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Why now is the right time to invest in UK Property

Why now is the right time to invest in UK Property

🕔12:44, 17.Aug 2014

Investing in a property market that is improving in health is always a tempting prospect, but at the same time it can be one that is fraught with the potential for failed investments and a drop in returns to a

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A RE-EDUCATION IN BUY-TO-LET PROPERTY

A RE-EDUCATION IN BUY-TO-LET PROPERTY

🕔11:05, 24.Jul 2014

UK real estate has always been regarded as a secure investment type and there has been heavy spending over the last few years with buyers favouring this asset over all others. Buy-to-let property in particular remains a prized asset for

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The number of tenants in the UK severely behind on rental payments has fallen by 35,000 or 35% in last 12 months

The number of tenants in the UK severely behind on rental payments has fallen by 35,000 or 35% in last 12 months

🕔12:23, 18.Jul 2014

The improvement means that 98.5% of private sector tenants now avoid significant rental arrears, according to the latest Tenant Arrears Tracker report from LSL Property Services. Overall some 67,000 households remain more than two months behind on rent but this

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Rents have risen at just 1.4% and tenant arrears have improved over the last 12 months

Rents have risen at just 1.4% and tenant arrears have improved over the last 12 months

🕔12:18, 18.Jul 2014

The average residential rent across England and Wales is now 1.4% higher than in June 2013. In absolute terms, this amounts to £747 per month, up from £737 per month in June 2013. While the latest annual rental increase is

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40% of Britons still think that property is the best investment for generating returns, a survey by YouGov has revealed.

40% of Britons still think that property is the best investment for generating returns, a survey by YouGov has revealed.

🕔12:17, 18.Jul 2014

40% of Britons still think that property is the best investment for generating returns, a survey by YouGov has revealed. In addition, over half of Britons would consider playing an active role in managing their investments, with 38% saying they

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UK property investors still hungry for Overseas bargains

UK property investors still hungry for Overseas bargains

🕔12:13, 18.Jul 2014

Conti, the overseas mortgage specialist has recently reported that the number of enquiries received from British buyers increased by 38% in the second quarter when compared with the same period in 2013. The mortgage brokers also said that over the

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The average void period experienced by UK landlords continues to fall

The average void period experienced by UK landlords continues to fall

🕔12:09, 18.Jul 2014

he average void period experienced by UK landlords has continued to fall and is down to 2.7 weeks, according to the latest quarterly survey from specialist lender Paragon Mortgages. The most recent fall sees the average void level down to

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5 reasons why now is the time to invest in UK property

5 reasons why now is the time to invest in UK property

🕔11:07, 7.Jul 2014

The first half of 2014 saw an upward curve in UK property prices and with the Office of National Statistic’s reporting that the Government had hit their 2.0% inflation target at the end of Q4 2013 as well as the

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Rents in England and Wales have been rising slower than the average cost of living for a year

Rents in England and Wales have been rising slower than the average cost of living for a year

🕔01:55, 2.Jul 2014

Twelve months of below-inflation rent rises continued in May with a year-on-year increase of 1.1%, the LSL Property Services survey suggested. Average rent was up by £8 in the last year, to £745 a month in May. However, regional variations

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Should UK landlords be responsible for the electrics and appliances in their properties?!

Should UK landlords be responsible for the electrics and appliances in their properties?!

🕔01:45, 2.Jul 2014

Campaigners are calling for a change in the law to make landlords in England conduct mandatory checks on electrical fittings in rented properties. Charities Shelter and Electrical Safety First said a third of properties in England were failing to meet

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The average void period experienced by UK landlords has continued to fall and is down to 2.7 weeks

The average void period experienced by UK landlords has continued to fall and is down to 2.7 weeks

🕔01:41, 2.Jul 2014

The average void period experienced by UK landlords has continued to fall and is down to 2.7 weeks, according to the latest quarterly survey from specialist lender Paragon Mortgages. The most recent fall sees the average void level down to

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Investors in search of yield scramble to invest in London

Investors in search of yield scramble to invest in London

🕔01:26, 2.Jul 2014

The commercial property market is booming. Annual investment in UK property hit £42bn in the first quarter of 2014, the highest level seen since the height of the last peak in late 2007, according to figures from Real Capital Analytics,

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Assetz has revealed the UK’s hotspots for student property investmen

Assetz has revealed the UK’s hotspots for student property investmen

🕔01:22, 2.Jul 2014

A report published recently by investment specialists Assetz has revealed the UK’s hotspots for student property investment and some other interesting data regarding the increasingly popular investment sector. According to the report, the 5 leading towns and cities for investment in

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Top areas in London for property investment

Top areas in London for property investment

🕔01:19, 2.Jul 2014

Most boroughs in London have performed exceptionally well over the last year according to latest Land Registry figures, but which ones are topping the list? The newest figures have reported annual price rises ranging from the bottom of the scale at6.1% in

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40% of Britons still think that property is the best investment for generating returns

40% of Britons still think that property is the best investment for generating returns

🕔01:12, 2.Jul 2014

40% of Britons still think that property is the best investment for generating returns, a survey by YouGov has revealed. In addition, over half of Britons would consider playing an active role in managing their investments, with 38% saying they do not trust

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Property investments have increased by more than 400% in the past year.

Property investments have increased by more than 400% in the past year.

🕔00:57, 2.Jul 2014

A new report published by trading platform Cofunds shows that net inflows into the Investment Management Association’s (IMA) Property sector reached £77m, knocking the Mixed Investment 20-60% Shares sector off the top spot after 15 months. According to the IMA, net

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Private sector housing landlord speaks out against Labour Party plans to cap rent rises

Private sector housing landlord speaks out against Labour Party plans to cap rent rises

🕔12:23, 4.Jun 2014

ONE of the UK’s largest private sector housing landlord has warned against a Labour Party proposal to cap rent increases. Self-made millionaire Kevin Green, of Burry Port, aged 50, said he believed the idea wouldn’t work. He said: “Meddling with

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Understand the Pressures on the Private Rental Sector

Understand the Pressures on the Private Rental Sector

🕔12:20, 4.Jun 2014

While changes to the private rental sector are needed, Miliband has failed to understand the negative impact his proposals will have and will inevitably cause rents to increase and agency standards to decline. Ed Miliband proposed a set of reforms

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Smoke alarms in private rental market gains momentum

Smoke alarms in private rental market gains momentum

🕔12:18, 4.Jun 2014

The bid to make it compulsory for smoke alarms to be installed in private rental accommodation has moved a step forward. Former local government and fire service minister Nick Raynsford brought the issue to the House of Commons on Wednesday

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New Scheme for Cumbria’s Buy-To-Let Landlords

New Scheme for Cumbria’s Buy-To-Let Landlords

🕔12:16, 4.Jun 2014

Buy-to-let landlords are being encouraged to sign up for a new accreditation scheme run by five of the county’s six district councils. Although membership is voluntary, those that join the Cumbria Landlord Accreditation Scheme will be subject to “light-touch” inspections.

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We must tackle rising rents

We must tackle rising rents

🕔12:15, 4.Jun 2014

Whoever you are, one of your first and foremost concerns will be the roof over your head. This is especially so for Londoners where the price of renting has gone through the roof and kept going. If you’re renting in

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Scotland offers £15m cashback for energy-saving measures

Scotland offers £15m cashback for energy-saving measures

🕔12:12, 4.Jun 2014

Scottish householders will soon be able to claim up to £7,300 for installing energy efficiency measures in their homes. It is part of the Scottish Government’s £15 million Green Homes Cashback scheme that will provide funding to consumers towards the

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Landlords adding to buy-to-let portfolios, says CML

Landlords adding to buy-to-let portfolios, says CML

🕔12:10, 4.Jun 2014

The expansion of Britain’s rented sector means that a sixth of the population – around 10 million people – now live in accommodation rented from private landlords. With properties in short supply and both rents and prices rising, more people

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Rent – the next big asset class

Rent – the next big asset class

🕔12:09, 4.Jun 2014

Several factors lie behind institutional investors’ sharpened appetite for the private rented sector.buil A new style of renting is coming to Britain. A far cry from the awkward Victorian conversions and unresponsive landlords that bedevil the image of traditional renting,

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Fees transparency to ensure a fair deal for landlords and tenants

Fees transparency to ensure a fair deal for landlords and tenants

🕔12:07, 4.Jun 2014

Letting agents will be required to publish full details of the fees they charge. Letting agents will be required to publish full details of the fees they charge under plans announced by government ministers today (13 May 2014). The move

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Labour’s plans to scrap letting agents fees could have backfired, says rental firm boss

Labour’s plans to scrap letting agents fees could have backfired, says rental firm boss

🕔12:06, 4.Jun 2014

Earlier this month Labour announced it was trying to force through an amendment to a Parliamentary Bill which would have drastically altered the rental market and could have restulted in tenants being left out of pocket. Here, Luke Gidney, managing

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Concerns voiced over effects of new mortgage rules in the UK

Concerns voiced over effects of new mortgage rules in the UK

🕔12:05, 4.Jun 2014

The new mortgage market rules introduced last month in the UK are still bedding down but some experts believe they will lead to a slowdown in lending and therefore market activity. Housing market observers are keeping a close eye on

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Leeds Property: Labour’s plans to scrap letting agents fees could have backfired, says Leeds rental firm boss

🕔10:15, 23.May 2014

Here, Luke Gidney, managing director of the award-winning letting agent Let-Leeds.com, gives us his view. “Someone somewhere in Labour’s head office obviously decided that this week’s way to try and make Ed Miliband popular was to make it seem as

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Concerns voiced over effects of new mortgage rules in the UK

🕔10:19, 22.May 2014

Housing market observers are keeping a close eye on the effects and the Bank of England has said it hopes there will be less of the some of the extreme lending that has taken place over the last 18 months

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Fees transparency to ensure a fair deal for landlords and tenants

🕔15:14, 14.May 2014

Letting agents will be required to publish full details of the fees they charge under plans announced by government ministers today (13 May 2014). The move ensures a fair deal for landlords and tenants, closing off the opportunity for a

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Rent – the next big asset class

🕔10:10, 12.May 2014

A new style of renting is coming to Britain. A far cry from the awkward Victorian conversions and unresponsive landlords that bedevil the image of traditional renting, these purpose-built, large-scale properties offer longer-term tenancies, more predictable rents and shared services

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Scotland offers £15m cashback for energy-saving measures

🕔10:06, 12.May 2014

It is part of the Scottish Government’s £15 million Green Homes Cashback scheme that will provide funding to consumers towards the cost of efficient upgrades such as boilers and home insulation. The cashback will be available starting next month for

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New Scheme for Cumbria's Buy-To-Let Landlords

🕔09:41, 9.May 2014

Although membership is voluntary, those that join the Cumbria Landlord Accreditation Scheme will be subject to “light-touch” inspections. Other benefits include the option to advertise on the University of Cumbria’s website, a fortnightly e-newsletter, help with fire precautions and energy-efficiency

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Smoke alarms in private rental market gains momentum

🕔09:26, 9.May 2014

Former local government and fire service minister Nick Raynsford brought the issue to the House of Commons on Wednesday (May 7th) directly after the Prime Minister’s Question Time.  In total, 245 MPs were behind the motion, with just eight voting

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We must tackle rising rents

🕔09:52, 8.May 2014

This is especially so for Londoners where the price of renting has gone through the roof and kept going. If you’re renting in Tower Hamlets then the yearly rent can easily take up to 70% of earnings which makes saving

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Understand the Pressures on the Private Rental Sector

🕔16:07, 6.May 2014

Ed Miliband proposed a set of reforms to the private rental sector yesterday that promises to have wide reaching implications. While changes to the private rental sector are needed, Miliband has failed to understand the negative impact his proposals will

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Private sector housing landlord speaks out against Labour Party plans to cap rent rises

🕔11:45, 2.May 2014

ONE of the UK’s largest private sector housing landlord has warned against a Labour Party proposal to cap rent increases. Self-made millionaire Kevin Green, of Burry Port, aged 50, said he believed the idea wouldn’t work. He said: “Meddling with

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Protect your loans and finance agreements with loan insurance

Protect your loans and finance agreements with loan insurance

🕔09:11, 25.Apr 2014

When you apply for a loan there is a good chance that you will also be offered loan protection insurance. Personal loan insurance is designed to meet your loan repayments for a period of 12 months or more in the

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UK landlords likely to see buy to let rental yields fall

🕔09:29, 22.Apr 2014

The Online Letting Agents points out that according to data from BM Solutions the average rental yield fell slightly in the second half of 2013, from 5.6% to 5.5% the slimmest rental yields are found in London at an average

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UK Landlords – It is time to prepare your tax return

🕔16:26, 17.Apr 2014

Don’t put it off, there is nothing worse than letting things slip until the last minute and risk incurring unnecessary penalties from HMRC for late filing! Also, if you start preparing now, you won’t get into a panic to obtain

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Department of Communities and Local Government looking at ways to protect landlords and tenants, to ensure a fair eviction process in the private rented sector

🕔09:59, 14.Apr 2014

Housing activists have occupied the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to protest over rising numbers of evictions. Protesters from the London Renters action group brought sleeping bags and teddy bears into the entrance lobby of the DCLG headquarters

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Universal Credit driving landlords away from housing benefit tenants

🕔10:07, 11.Apr 2014

The British Property Federation (BPF) has found that nearly four in ten (39%) of larger landlords are planning to reduce the number of properties they let to welfare recipients over uncertainty surrounding Universal Credit. Ian Fletcher, director of policy (real

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MP gives her backing to smoke alarm legislation for private landlords

🕔10:12, 10.Apr 2014

Jenny Chapman, MP for Darlington, joined firefighters from County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service to raise awareness of the risks of living in a home with no working smoke alarm. Research shows that people are four times more

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New research investigates who is acting as landlords for “Generation Rent”

🕔09:54, 8.Apr 2014

The private rented housing sector has grown enormously in Britain over the past two decades, giving rise to the moniker “Generation Rent”, which is now frequently used in the press to refer to the large cohort of people in their

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Struggling voters who rent their homes 'could decide Plymouth MP's future'

🕔12:50, 7.Apr 2014

ampaign group Generation Rent says a new poll shows that 35 per cent of private tenants are potential ‘swing voters’. The ComRes poll follows a decade where landlords’ business has doubled. Nine million people in England now live in rented

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Buy-to-Let boom won’t last forever

Buy-to-Let boom won’t last forever

🕔10:26, 4.Apr 2014

With interest rates having been at a historic low for more than five years and with cautious optimism over signs of a possible economic recovery, many are predicting this will be the year the Bank of England decides to increase

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DECC warned over delay to energy efficiency rules for private landlords

🕔09:03, 4.Apr 2014

The government is today facing fresh calls to set minimum energy efficiency standards for private rented homes in an effort to slash energy bills for tenants and reduce the carbon emissions from the nation’s draughty homes. The government had been

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Accidental landlords leaving PRS

🕔11:02, 27.Mar 2014

These individuals, who are also known as reluctant landlords, are homeowners who have been forced to let their property due to being unable to sell and have accounted for a significant proportion of rental property owners in the years since

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Letting your home? Make sure it's up to the mark

🕔10:44, 27.Mar 2014

WITH property across Nottingham achieving an average rent of £711 pcm, it is hardly surprising that more people are starting to consider property as a serious business investment. However, with that, comes increased competition, so what can property investors do

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Landlords warned of 'rental guarantee' pitfalls

🕔11:42, 26.Mar 2014

The eye-catching adverts are certainly compelling: “Attention landlords: Guaranteed rent for five to 10 years. No voids or maintenance costs.” It sounds the perfect solution for landlords who don’t want the hassle of finding or managing tenants – but “guaranteed

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You might not automatically think “Building Society” for your Buy to Let financing needs…

🕔15:21, 24.Mar 2014

              At the Chorley we have many years’ experience in helping our customers, both locally and nationally, to manage their Buy to Let portfolios with: A flexible, no-nonsense approach to lending. We don’t rely

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Warnings By Insurer To Landlords – Damage Caused By Cannabis Farms Will Not Be Covered

🕔11:22, 24.Mar 2014

There are daily stories covered in the media of the increase in damage caused by cannabis farms in rented properties. Insurers are becoming wary of this and one has issued a stark warning that they may not cover damages caused

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Qualitative research to explore the implications for private rented sector tenants and landlords of longer term and moresecure tenancy

🕔12:47, 18.Mar 2014

This research summary outlines findings from qualitative research exploring private rented sector tenants’ and landlords’ knowledge and understanding of the current tenancy, including its advantages and disadvantages. It outlines tenants’ and landlords’ views and responses to a range of longer

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Warnings for private landlords after 'shocking' gas safety survey

🕔12:23, 14.Mar 2014

A survey carried out for the housing charity Shelter Scotland and Scottish Gas found about 5% of those renting from a private landlord had been affected. Meanwhile, about two-fifths (43%) of renters said their landlord or letting agent had failed

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Residential landlords across the country are facing a new crackdown as HMRC targets underpayment.

🕔12:22, 14.Mar 2014

Landlords are reportedly receiving letters from HMRC asking for further information about their rental income and other arrangements. Reports suggest that landlords in London, East Anglia, and South Wales are being particularly targeted. The Revenue is asking for information on

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Calls for quicker evictions to help landlords and good tenants

🕔11:00, 10.Mar 2014

The tenant eviction and rent recovery is backing calls for fast-track evictions amid speculations that the Government is planning to put measures in place to speed up the eviction process for private landlords following concerns that pressures on the courts

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Consultation underway on private landlord licensing proposals

🕔09:58, 6.Mar 2014

The aim is to improve neighbourhoods by introducing licensing for all private landlords in selected areas, including conditions for landlords to keep people’s homes in a safe condition, have clear rules around tenants’ payments and deal with any tenants causing

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Pros and cons of buy-to-let property

🕔10:34, 4.Mar 2014

But a property lawyer is advising would-be landlords to be aware of all the pros and cons before they take the plunge. In an era of record low rates for buy-to-let mortgages, with some rates fixed as low as 2.4

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Six reasons why the UK immigration bill needs to be amended

🕔10:39, 25.Feb 2014

Mark Harper’s difficulty in getting to grips with his own immigration rulesshould give all parties pause for thought. Is it really sensible to extend the checks imposed on employers so that even trickier ones have to be carried out by

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Landlords hit with hidden fees and commissions

🕔08:56, 24.Feb 2014

Estate agents are taking a huge cut for arranging work through contractors and are not disclosing it to landlord Landlords are being stung with hidden charges and inflated costs by estate agents that arrange property servicing and maintenance work through

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Landlord Insurance in the UK – Key Trends and Opportunities to 2017

🕔16:58, 19.Feb 2014

The UK landlord insurance category is estimated to have generated GBP2.51 billion in gross written premiums in 2012, and accounted for 7.3% of the country’s non-life insurance segment. Landlord policies cover the financial risks related to renting out a residential

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Landlord brothers fined for gas safety neglect

🕔13:13, 17.Feb 2014

Two brothers from Dudley have been ordered to pay fines and costs of more than £3,000 after they failed to obtain a gas safety record for a property they rented out, putting tenants’ lives at risk. Philip Hale, 52, and

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from the tenants point of view

🕔12:55, 17.Feb 2014

Landlords can run checks on potential tenants, but tenants can’t do likewise. However, with a little conscientious research would-be renters can avoid some major pitfalls. It’s not just high rents that tenants have to worry about – there are also

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Buy to let lenders reducing rates as demand soars

🕔12:40, 17.Feb 2014

Lenders are offering more buy-to-let mortgages – with better rates on smaller deposits – in response to soaring demand from landlords over the past year. Buy-to-let lending for house purchases increased by 18.6 per cent in 2013 compared to the

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Brokers optimistic about buy-to-let in 2014

🕔22:15, 13.Feb 2014

A sample of 501 intermediaries were asked their views on how the Buy-to-let sector was measuring up and the results proved to be optimistic. Two-thirds (67%) of the brokers who took part in the survey said that they had experienced an increase

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Legal & Eviction Newsletter – Feb 3rd

🕔11:09, 3.Feb 2014

Dear Landlord Association Member, Here, in your monthly legal newsletter, we provide some advice and information concerning the eviction of a tenants along with the latest news from national and local press, in addition to all of the latest news

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Buy to let landlords feeling positive about 2014

🕔12:40, 15.Jan 2014

Landlords are looking to 2014 with an increasing sense of optimism for the wider buy to let market and the performance of their rental portfolios, according to the latest survey from Paragon Mortgages. The specialist buy to let lender’s fourth

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Evict tenants on housing benefits says buy to let landlord

🕔10:57, 15.Jan 2014

The UK’s biggest landlord has defended his decision to evict tenants who are claiming housing benefits, saying that if he is heartless “all landlords are”.   Fergus Wilson, who with his wife Judith owns nearly 1,000 properties around the Ashford area of

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Identity theft is becoming a real problem for UK landords

🕔11:53, 12.Dec 2013

Recent data shows the UK’s top spot for identity fraud is East Ham in London, with about seven times more attempts than the national average. Identity fraud was also prevalent in Romford, Bexleyheath, Woolwich, Cheapside, Stratford, Ilford, Walthamstow, Lewisham and

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A 'Debt Crisis' may be looming due to rent arrears

🕔11:48, 12.Dec 2013

The UK is facing a “rent debt crisis” according to debt charity Money Advice Trust. Rent arrears are the fastest growing debt problem, and renters are becoming more likely to seek help with their debts. In 2010 just 6.3 per

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Landlord fined for renting "death trap"

🕔09:29, 26.Nov 2013

Environmental officers described a home rented out by a rogue Hendon landlord as “a death trap”. Officers visited the house, in Finchley Lane, Hendon, after a concerned neighbour contacted Barnet Council. The ceiling in the kitchen had collapsed, a mattress

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UK landlords could be affected by the new Help to Buy scheme

🕔12:08, 24.Oct 2013

  The number of buyers in the market usually dramatically reduces around November as the weather worsens and people turn their attention to planning for the holiday season. That means buy-to-let investors tend to be able to pick up bargains, particularly where

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Rents and sale prices rise which is good news for UK landlords

🕔11:59, 24.Oct 2013

The buy-to-let market is in rude health as landlords benefit from record high rents, rising house prices and increasing yields. Average monthly rents across England and Wales rose to a record high of £757 in September, up 2.1pc from the

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UK Buy-To-Let Charts: Where Is Best To Invest In Property?

🕔11:22, 7.Oct 2013

Scotland has recently been named the best UK location for student buy-to-let investments, with Glasgow in particular topping the chart with annual returns of close to 5% on investments. To put it into perspective, the UK average is 3.8%. Edinburgh,

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The cost of renting in the UK is nearly at a record high

🕔13:32, 4.Oct 2013

The lettings network LSL Property Services said rents had reached their second highest level since 2008 – largely because of a shortage of property to buy as Government schemes help people onto the ladder. LSL, which owns the Your Move

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The UK's top 10 areas for student by to let property investment

🕔13:18, 4.Oct 2013

The latest data from property website Zoopla takes average asking prices for four-bed properties within major student centres, and compares these with average student rents achieved. This gives a gross yield. Glasgow comes out top followed by Hull and Manchester.

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UK landlords of buy to let property are the latest targets of HM Revenue and Customs

🕔11:55, 4.Oct 2013

Another campaign has been launched by HM Revenue and Customs, this time targeting buy-to-let landlords.  Building on the success of previous campaigns, HMRC plans to recoup up to £500m in annual unpaid tax from the 1.5 million landlords it is

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Two-fifths of UK landlords felt optimistic about the prospects for their portfolio

🕔09:55, 11.Sep 2013

Two-fifths of landlords felt optimistic about the prospects for their portfolio, a Paragon study found. By contrast, only 30% felt optimistic in the first and second quarters of 2013. Meanwhile, average yields remained strong at 6.1%, Countrywide research revealed. Wales

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Is taking on housing benefit tenants good or bad for UK landlords?

🕔09:40, 11.Sep 2013

The £500 weekly benefit cap is causing some LHA landlords financial hardship as tenants are failing to give them the top up money, to pay the difference between the LHA allowance and the monthly rent. This is a particularly true

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Is the property market recovery good or bad news for buy to let investors?

🕔06:22, 11.Sep 2013

Kate Faulkner investigates whether the property market’s recovery is good or bad news for buy-to-let investors. Over the past few months talk of a recovery in the property market has boosted buyers’ confidence. This, coupled with the government’s Help to Buy Scheme

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Leeds, Nottingham and Southend-on-Sea are best for rental yields

🕔07:32, 13.Aug 2013

Leeds, Nottingham and Southend-on-Sea are returning higher rental yields than any other UK cities, according to buy-to-let mortgage specialist TBMC. Its index found that average buy-to-let mortgage rates had fallen by an average of 33bps in the last three months.

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Blackstone Solicitors

🕔12:31, 9.Aug 2013

  WWW.BLACKSTONESOLICITORSLTD.CO.UK Call our experts on: 0161 929 0121 “I was delighted with Blackstone Solicitors result. They offered an efficient service and kept me well informed throughout the process and recovered double the amount of arrears from my tenant” Mr

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Legal Help Newsletter, August 2013 #2

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Finding a buy to let mortgage to cater for long term renting demands proving difficult!

🕔12:52, 7.Aug 2013

Figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders show that in the first quarter of 2013 buy-to-let lending accounted for 13.4% of total outstanding mortgage lending in the UK – up from 13% the previous quarter and 12.9% at the end

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Rental prices in the UK hit an all time high

🕔09:53, 7.Aug 2013

Tenants are paying an average of £811 monthly rent, according to the HomeLet Rental Index for June, representing a 3pc rise on the previous month and a 5.1pc increase on a year earlier. The figure represented a “the highest average

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Ex-pat landlords will be required to pay Tax on UK rental earnings

🕔09:03, 7.Aug 2013

Appropriate structuring may serve to reduce the overall rate of tax payable and advice should be taken in this regard (please ask us for our briefing sheets on property structuring). However, the general basis of taxation of rental income is

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HMRC increase focus on landlords and tax

🕔09:36, 17.Jul 2013

The taxman’s annual take from buy-to-let income is up by more than 10% on the back of more scrutiny of landlords by HM Revenue & Customs, which is expected to intensify. Issuing the alert, advisory UHY Hacker Young said buy-to-let

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'Landlords have unrealistic expectations of property returns' claims new report

🕔08:41, 15.Jul 2013

Returns from buy-to-let are in long-term decline, says Richard Dyson. Landlords have unrealistic expectations of property returns and are failing to consider the effects of a range of costs, a new report has shown. And the proportion of landlords viewing

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The buy to let market has been improving over past few years – here's why

🕔07:52, 24.Jun 2013

The buy-to-let market has been improving over the last few years. Summary: BTL mortgages has risen from 44,000 in 1999 to 122,000 in 2011 £3,100 million was lent to BTL investors in 1999 compared with £14,000 million in 2011 The

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Plans to force private landlords to check immigration status of tenants are to be watered down

🕔08:52, 10.Jun 2013

Plans to force millions of private landlords to vouch safe for the immigration status of their tenants are to be watered down, with the new rules only applying to certain problem areas in the country.  A new Bill to force

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It's boom time for buy-to-let, so here's your homework

🕔08:47, 10.Jun 2013

The buy-to-let sector is booming with landlords tempted by lower house prices, rising rents and improved mortgage deals. Homeowners can no longer rely on house prices rising steeply, but with rental yields on the up, taking advantage of high tenant

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Legal Help Newsletter, June 2013 #1

🕔13:03, 4.Jun 2013

Dear Landlord Association Member, The number of landlord possession claims in County Courts fell from 2003 to 2008, but has increased since then by 26 per cent to 42,520 in the first quarter of 2013. The estimated proportion of claims

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