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Are letting agents worth the money?

🕔10:29, 25.Mar 2013

Buy-to-let investors have traditionally had two choices when it comes to finding tenants and managing properties – pay a letting agent a sizeable fee or do it themselves. Lettings agents will typically offer a “let-only” service, where they will find,

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Landlord possession claims continue to rise

🕔19:23, 10.Mar 2013

The government’s latest Court statistics show that there were 103,329 landlord claims in 2012 that led to an order for possession being made and it is estimated that between 67 and 80% of claims led to a possession order. The

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Energy Efficiency: 'One in 10 buy-to-let homes will be unlettable in five years'

🕔09:07, 27.Feb 2013

One in 10 buy-to-let homes will be unlettable in five years’ time unless landlords take steps to improve their properties’ energy efficiency. New laws that take effect in 2018 will make it an offence to let out properties with the

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How to: Making your buy to let investment more profitable

🕔13:21, 18.Feb 2013

Letting agents’ fees can be irksome, sudden repairs inconvenient and void periods stressful. But the biggest cost a landlord faces – one that makes or breaks a buy-to-let investment – is the mortgage. And it’s not something to be forgotten

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Number of landords on increase – threatening rent rises

🕔19:55, 5.Feb 2013

The property supply shortage in the rental sector could ease this year as more private landlords plan to invest in the buy-to-let sector, according to the latest figures from Rightmove. They argue that a rise in the number of landlords

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Landlords taking advantage of Funding for Lending scheme

🕔13:55, 31.Jan 2013

Landlords are looking to take advantage of slightly looser bank lending to add to their property portfolios according to a raft of research from the rental market. The Bank of England’s £80bn Funding for Lending scheme, designed to boost lending

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UK tenants want to meet the landlord when viewing a rental property

🕔10:17, 30.Jan 2013

  In the market at the moment it is typical for a letting agent to show prospective tenants around a property, however, the survey shows that tenants would much prefer to meet and talk to their potential landlord. The survey

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Ed Miliband says he will weed out unfit landlords ripping off their tenants.

🕔14:34, 23.Jan 2013

  The Labour leader warned that action is needed to prevent damaging social divisions between homeowners and those who rent. In a speech to the Fabian Society on Saturday, Miliband proposed a national register of landlords and more powers for

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The first half of 2013 will see the buy to let market thrive and grow

🕔14:31, 23.Jan 2013

  Of these the research shows that two-thirds will need to refinance. However three quarters of landlords say mortgage lenders aren’t doing enough to support property investors. The research, which polled 218 investors, suggests landlord appetite for more purchases stems

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How to deal with emergencies as a landlord

🕔13:41, 23.Jan 2013

How to deal with emergencies as a landlord Renting out a property is a great way to have a regular income. Whether you’re looking for some extra cash each month to supplement your wages or looking at renting as your

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Why buy to let continues to deliver

🕔08:56, 15.Jan 2013

New Year is about new challenges: gym memberships, diets and vows to stop smoking. The property market is full of challenges, too; prices around the country are set to remain flat or worse, with tentative improvements in the economy yet

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The ridiculous list of rules set by one landlord goes viral

🕔12:06, 14.Jan 2013

A tweet has gone viral after a young actress tweeted a list of ridiculous demands her potential landlord expected tenants to abide by. After he handed her the list of a massive 31 tight rules, she tweeted: LAURA EVELYN ‏lauraevelyn1 Need

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Message to private landlords: give universal credit a chance

🕔10:23, 10.Jan 2013

Few systems have caused as much controversy before even being launched as the government’s universal credit. It draws together all welfare claims into a single monthly payment, like a salary, so will undoubtedly change the financial landscape for landlords and

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The Landlord Association's number 1 website records 100,000 visitors in December

🕔08:35, 10.Jan 2013

LandlordExpert.co.uk, the UK’s biggest landlord website has reached a milestone in the number of visitors it received during December 2012. The website, now a loyal base of help and advice for more than 38,000 members, has recorded its biggest ever

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UK Buy-to-let Landlords expect rents to rise in 2013

🕔10:20, 17.Dec 2012

Results from an LSL Property Services study show that just over a third of landlord insurance holders expect to increase rents in 2013. In a poll of 1,223 landlords, 39 per cent expect to raise rents by an average of

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39% of landlords expect rents to rise

🕔08:53, 12.Dec 2012

While just 1% of property investors anticipate they will reduce rents next year, 39% of the 1,223 landlords polled by LSL Property Services expect to increase rents in the coming 12 months with 10% anticipating rises greater than 5%. Those

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Lettings industry has 'a total lack of effective regulation'

🕔08:41, 3.Dec 2012

A clampdown on the lettings sector is needed to stop rogue agents turning it into “the property industry’s Wild West”, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) warned today. RICS said its research highlights the risks of unscrupulous lettings agents

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Landlord & Letting Awards integrity questioned

🕔11:24, 30.Nov 2012

By Richard M Harber – Partnership Director for The Landlord Association. Each year, the Landlord & Letting Awards takes place in a semi-glitzy venue pouring accolade onto the various companies lucky enough to be nominated in their respective categories. But

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What can be done to encourage landlords to help tackle the housing crisis?

🕔09:47, 27.Nov 2012

Councils need to up their game: They need to offer a more professional service that competes with the high street so landlords aren’t just expected to come to councils if they have a social conscience. The key sell is the

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ARLA: Demand is still outweighing supply significantly

🕔07:30, 26.Nov 2012

ARLA, the Association of Residential Letting Agents has reported that demand for quality properties to rent is still firmly outstripping supply – which is good news for landlords and buy-to-let investors. The bi-annual survey of ARLA members shows that more

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Landlords reject government plans for housing benefit reform

🕔10:05, 19.Nov 2012

Landlords in the private rented sector have roundly rejected the Government’s welfare reform plans for housing benefit, and point to a lack of housing in the sector to cope with the Government’s changes. Releasing details of a survey of over

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Rental yields up 0.4% in October

🕔10:46, 16.Nov 2012

Tenants saw their rents undergo the slowest monthly increase for five months in October, according to the latest buy-to-let index from LSL Property Services. Average rents rose by 0.4 per cent in October, representing the slowest rate of increase since

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Home ownership falls to lowest level in 25 years

🕔08:48, 16.Nov 2012

Homeownership is “in crisis” in the UK, with owner-occupation falling to its lowest level since 1988, according to a report published by lobby group the HomeOwners Alliance. The HOA says the owner-occupation rate peaked at 69.7% in the UK in

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What do the new squatting laws mean for landlords?

🕔07:10, 15.Nov 2012

The government’s decision to introduce new legislation to criminalise squatting in residential buildings throughout England and Wales has been met with much interest. Opponents on one side argue that there isn’t enough hard evidence to justify the need for the

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Demand for rentals are up – and so are yields for landlords

🕔11:28, 12.Nov 2012

A string of new surveys show increasing numbers of investors returning to buy-to-let as restrictions on mortgages continue to force would-be first-time buyers into the private rented sector. Data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders reveals that in the first

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Cannabis farm discovered by landlord

🕔10:18, 8.Nov 2012

Officers found an address in Baydale Road, Darlington, had been used for growing the drug, in May, which led to the capture of two of its alleged ringleaders Lam Hai Vo, 58, and Anh Ta Nguyen, 21. Teesside Crown Court

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Unlawful landlords give the decent majority a bad name

🕔07:32, 25.Oct 2012

Speaking at a conference held by the National Approved Letting Scheme, Alan Ward from the Residential Landlords Association said he does not think the term ‘rogue’ should be used by the media, as it suggests mischief rather than something that

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Rent arrears at highest level in 4 years

🕔07:50, 23.Oct 2012

Landlord possession claims in England and Wales are rising as rent arrears increase to their highest level in four years, it is claimed. In the second quarter of 2012, there were 25,422 landlord possession claims that led to an order

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Good advice for DIY landlords

🕔06:46, 19.Oct 2012

Dismal returns on bank deposits and annuity rates near historic lows are encouraging more retirees to consider becoming buy-to-let landlords. But collecting rent is not as easy as waiting for interest payments, and falling house prices in most areas outside

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Rental arithmetic

🕔07:10, 10.Oct 2012

Since 1925, successive law reforms and government policies have encouraged home ownership as tenure of choice. Moving through the post-war rebuilding period, many people moved from the private to social rental sector. Government policies in 1960s, 1970s and 1980s encouraged

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Shelter: Landlord complaints up by a quarter

🕔12:17, 6.Oct 2012

Freedom of information responses from 310 local authorities showed complaints rose by 27% between 2008/9 and 2011/12 – from 67,283 to 85,639. Shelter said 62% of complaints in the last year related to “serious and life-threatening hazards”, such as dangerous

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Overseas landlords entering the UK are making it harder for first time buyers

🕔15:24, 27.Sep 2012

An influx of foreign investors is driving a resurgence in Britain’s buy-to-let market, holding house prices steady but threatening to push up rents and crowd out first-time buyers. Growth in buy-to-let demand had helped “to put a floor under prices”,

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Strong month for landlords as record rents rise while arrears fall

🕔00:00, 21.Sep 2012

Landlords saw rents rise for a fifth consecutive month as tenant arrears fell for the first time in three months, according to the latest Buy-to-Let Index from LSL Property Services plc, which owns the UK’s largest lettings agent network, including

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UK landlords must start to consider security for long term tenants

🕔09:09, 19.Sep 2012

“There is a lot of pressure on Brits to own their own homes, even though in the current market there are numerous barriers to entry, especially for the younger generation,” says Matt Hutchinson, a director of flat and house share

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Landlords move to cover rising demand in property rental market

🕔19:52, 9.Sep 2012

Britons have long held on to the belief that owning your home is the ultimate goal. But after a decade of house prices rising three times as fast as incomes, followed by a decline in the number of mortgages available

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Buy to let landlords are the big winners as rents increase by 4.3%

🕔19:52, 5.Sep 2012

  Rents are likely to be driven further upwards by a “scarcity” of mortgage finance and a shortage of good quality properties, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) said. Chartered surveyors predict rents will rise by 3.9% on average

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The rental market – predictions and forecasts

🕔07:53, 31.Aug 2012

It has recently been reported that buy-to-let investors are set to make a rather handsome return on their investments during the course of the next 13 years. This has come as a result of increasing rental prices and the fact

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Landlords of UK buy to let property are increasingly getting repossessed

🕔12:14, 28.Aug 2012

  There were 18,100 repossessions in the first half of 2012, of which 19 per cent were buy-to-let, up from under 10 per cent in early 2009. By contrast the number of owner-occupied homes being repossessed has been in decline since

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UK buy to let landlords experiencing high returns on student accomodation

🕔12:06, 28.Aug 2012

  A typical studio flat in Exeter is worth £85,000 — up from its £65,000 purchase price — and it would receive £515 monthly rent from a student. That is £6,180 annually before tax and lettings’ agency fees, or the

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Do UK landlords care about the sex of their tenants?!

🕔12:18, 13.Aug 2012

  The majority of landlords have a gender preference with the typical typecasts of men being good at general maintenance and women being clean and tidy very much to the fore. The survey also found that landlords were also more

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UK buy to let landlords can expect 3.9% increase in rents over the next year

🕔12:06, 13.Aug 2012

Rents have already increased by 4.3% over the past 12 months and are likely to be driven further upwards by a “scarcity” of mortgage finance and a shortage of good quality properties, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) said.

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Low interest rates, booming rents and sliding house prices – a landlords dream

🕔05:44, 27.Jul 2012

A slew of cut-price mortgage deals is tempting many to take the plunge into the market. But further house price falls could hammer unwary investors unless they are prepared to invest for the long term. Experts warn that if landlords

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The key to a good tenancy is finding the right tenant at the start

🕔12:16, 10.Jul 2012

Buy-to-let landlords are being urged to boost their vetting procedures after figures showed the number of tenants in severe arrears increased by almost a quarter in a year. The country’s plunge back into recession has meant frozen or lower wages

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The UK needs a big boost in number of rental properties to cover demand

🕔07:31, 5.Jul 2012

If the private rented sector is to meet the increasing challenges being placed on it to satisfy ever increasing demand, maintain standards and prevent rents from rocketing, there needs to be urgent reform of its tax treatment and regulation. The

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TLA – If tenants miss rental payments, take action quickly!

🕔09:31, 2.Jul 2012

Tenants often complain that they unfairly lose some or all of their deposit when a tenancy ends, but spare a thought for landlords whose losses can run into thousands of pounds if things turn sour. Evicting a tenant who has

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London landords aiming to win big during the 2012 Olympics

🕔11:01, 19.Jun 2012

Eleven million fans, sponsors and athletes will be in the city from July, stoking demand for storage, temporary shops and vantage points for cameras – allowing landlords to cash in on otherwise dead space. “You’ll see usable space created that

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UK Landlords need tax incentives to be able to lower rents

🕔10:54, 19.Jun 2012

  The Joseph Rowntree Foundation predicted 1.5 million extra 18- to 30-year-olds will be priced out of buying their own homes within eight years, flooding the rental market. Homelessness among the under-25s will rise to 81,000 it calculated – with an extra

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Landlords in London are 3 times more likely to evict tenants on housing benefit

🕔10:46, 19.Jun 2012

  According to a government-commissioned study, 40% of Londonlandlords said they would stop renting properties to housing benefit tenants in the next year – compared with 33% nationally. Another 26% said they would reduce their lettings in London to housing benefit tenants –

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UK rental market has become a thriving income sector, boosting the economy

🕔10:41, 11.Jun 2012

  Yolande Barnes, head of residential research, says that rather than looking at bricks and mortar as a capital asset and relying on house price growth to fuel a profit, buyers are now happy to derive an income from rents.

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5 key elements every UK landlord should have in place

🕔10:34, 11.Jun 2012

And here are the detailed five key elements to ensure people are fully covered. 1. Gas Safety Certificates If you have any gas appliances in the property, they must be checked annually by a gas safety engineer. You will be

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UK landlords are being warned not to do their own DIY fire risk assessments

🕔10:30, 11.Jun 2012

  “Don’t even consider it – it could be fraught with danger,” said Dorian Gonsalves, chief executive officer of the country’s leading residential lettings specialist Belvoir. “Few landlords understand the huge amount of legislation governing rented property these days. Fire

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European regulations will not govern UK buy to let market

🕔10:22, 11.Jun 2012

Buy-to-let had initially been covered under the regulation alongside all residential properties but the UK government lobbied hard against its inclusion. The final ECON proposal also included a five-year exemption to introducing the European Standardised Information Sheet to replace the

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The Landlord Association's website reaches peak visitorship amid growing 'problem tenants'

🕔11:15, 1.Jun 2012

The Landlord Association website had its biggest ever visitorship from landlords in May. LandlordExpert.co.uk, the UK’s number 1 information website for landlords, was used by more than 60,000 UK landlords during the month of May. Membership Manager for The Landlord

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Residential landlords in the UK are experiencing a very stable period

🕔10:23, 29.May 2012

It says that overall the picture is stable and concerns about huge rents rises in 2012 have dissipated. Rents are typically averaging around £700 to £800 per month and London you will pay more. But it is still possible to

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Buy to let lending increased by 40% last year and looks to continue in 2012

🕔09:56, 29.May 2012

  Several key lenders have already pledged more funds for buy to let – including the Co-op Bank and The Mortgage Works, the property investment subsidiary of the Nationwide Building Society. Ian Andrew, managing director of group intermediary sales at

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Buy to let is looking very positive for UK landlords say Nationwide

🕔09:50, 29.May 2012

  Demand for buy to let shows no signs of weakening in the UK as almost two thirds of brokers expect to do more mortgage business with landlords this year, according to a new Nationwide Building Society survey. The Mortgage

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UK landlords the big winners in mortgage shortage

🕔09:38, 29.May 2012

Estate agents and mortgage brokers point out that many new rentiers are reluctant landlords because they simply cannot sell at the house prices being asked. Other experts reckon some landlords are being greedy and rents must fall when demand fails to

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Struggling first time buyers means better buy to let business for UK landlords

🕔09:35, 21.May 2012

The number buy-to-let mortgages lent to landlords rose by a third over the first three months of 2012, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML). The CML said that 32,300 buy-to-let loans were made over the first quarter of

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UK landlords are optimistic about the buy to let market

🕔09:30, 21.May 2012

Just under three quarters, 71%, of respondents are positive about the prospects for the buy to let market, with only 5% feeling negative. This percentage of optimists is a fraction down from the 72% recorded in November 2011, but 4%

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Pets can be a UK landlords worst nightmare so be vigilant say the AIIC.

🕔09:20, 21.May 2012

The boom in the rental market has led to a large number of former home owners with pets looking for accommodation and many prospective tenants find it difficult to find landlords that will accept pets in their properties. The result

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Pensions should be able to include buy to let property say MP's

🕔09:14, 21.May 2012

  Calls to boost buy to let by upgrading pensions to include residential property are gathering momentum in Parliament. The Communities and Local Government Select Committee, which includes MPs from all parties, wants self-invested personal pension schemes (SiPP) opened to

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The Landlord Association: Free for all landlords and still the largest

🕔08:14, 18.May 2012

Why are The Landlord Association number 1? We are completely distinguishable from other landlord associations and landlord information websites. We are both the largest association in terms of our actual membership and we own and run the largest website –

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Landlords could avoid legal action thanks to a pioneering service

🕔13:32, 15.May 2012

The Institute of Specialist Surveyors and Engineers (ISSE) is launching a Home Log Book, which is set to revolutionise the property industry by providing the most in-depth, detailed examination of a property ever available.  Now it is encouraging private and

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Good news for UK landlords – Squatting to become a criminal offence!

🕔10:34, 9.May 2012

    Government plans to criminalise squatting went ahead after last minute changes to legislation were withdrawn or voted down. Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Miller had sought to introduce amendments to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill

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UK landlords need more praise for their part in property market growth

🕔10:27, 9.May 2012

  It also recommends that real estate investment trusts should be ‘revamped to encourage investment in housing’. The cross-party committee reported on the need to simplify tax and regulation on landlords, proposing that Government allow pension funds to invest in

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Squatting is to become a criminal offence in September

🕔10:20, 9.May 2012

The Landlord Syndicate, a network of companies providing a complete support centre for UK landlords, has welcomed the news that squatting is to become a criminal offence as of September. Home owners, and particularly landlords whose properties are not always

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London and the South East remain strong rental sectors

🕔09:11, 26.Apr 2012

The buy-to-let sector in London and the south-east remains a strong investment area for those looking to purchase rental property. This is according to policy manager at the National Landlords Association Chris Norris, who explained house prices in the capital

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The plight of the 'accidental landlord'

🕔09:42, 25.Apr 2012

There can be no dispute that it is becoming increasingly difficult for home owners to sell their homes in today’s uncertain market. According to property valuation agency, Hometrack’s latest index, properties are now taking on average more than 15 weeks

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Measures proposed to encourage landlords to submit tenant information

🕔14:53, 19.Apr 2012

Responding to a consultation on tackling bad debt in the industry, Water UK said a voluntary option would not close a significant information gap.It said regulation on landlords was “the only credible option” to deal with the “unacceptable” current situation

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HMRC is getting tougher with landlords who have ignored appeals to file their tax returns on time

🕔14:48, 19.Apr 2012

The fine is for late filing of online tax returns; landlords who missed the paper tax return deadline of October 31 have already faced daily penalties since February 1. The fines do not stop at 90 days, HM Revenue &

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The government had to introduce the higher stamp duty for UK landlords, say The Treasury

🕔14:38, 19.Apr 2012

Institutional property owners, including the Duke of Westminster’s Grosvenor Estate, have said the introduction of a 15 per cent stamp duty levy for houses worth more than £2m – and bought through companies – will both damage their ability to

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Rents in the North are better than the South for UK landlords

🕔14:33, 19.Apr 2012

Figures from Paragon, the buy-to-let lender, show that landlords in the North West are making 6.6pc annual return on their properties, compared with 5.9pc in Central London and 5.7pc in the suburbs.   Landlords in Scotland get the least for

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TDS say friction between landlords and tenants is disappearing

🕔14:30, 19.Apr 2012

The ‘them’ and ‘us’ antagonism between landlords and tenants is disappearing, thanks to the introduction of mandatory tenancy deposit protection five years ago.The claim is due to be made today by TDS boss Steve Harriott, speaking at the Property Business

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Experian's 'Movers Index' shows UK rental market continues to grow

🕔07:51, 13.Apr 2012

The UK rental market is flourishing with an additional 58,000 properties marketed in 2011 compared to 2010, according to Experian’s “Movers’ Index”, which offers insights across the housing market. The number of properties put up for rent rose in every

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Rental market here for good report shows

🕔12:07, 10.Apr 2012

BY 2016 demand for private rented accommodation could reach one in five households, resulting in a requirement for an additional 1.1 million rental homes, a new report from Savills and Rightmove forecasts. Some £200 billion investment will be needed to

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It pays to take advantage of the Olympic letting boom

🕔10:56, 2.Apr 2012

When you cast an eye over the competitors limbering up to rent out properties during the London Olympics and Paralympics, it brings to mind that moment in the Sydney 2000 games when novice swimmer Eric ‘The Eel’ Moussambani — competing

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Average rental yields increase across the UK

🕔08:29, 29.Mar 2012

Buy to let investors across the UK saw a rental yield of 6.1% in 2011 with the average monthly rent climbing to £716 from £682 in 2010, according to new figures from BM Solutions. While 2011 rental yields were marginally

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Landlords: When a tenant is in breach of contract the key is to use legal assistance, and swiftly

🕔10:46, 21.Mar 2012

The ever changing face of the legal marketplace is a minefield, not least for the SME owner. The traditional interface between a solicitor and client is a charge by the hour – yet that is not the only option. Under

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More home owners are being forced to move out and let their property to tenants.

🕔09:22, 20.Mar 2012

Britain is fast becoming a nation of “accidental landlords” as home owners let out properties they cannot sell. However, lenders are toughening up on the “let-to-buy” market, which could leave unwary landlords vulnerable. Figures from the National Landlords Association (NLA)

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Most UK landlords live a long way from their rental properties location

🕔13:57, 13.Mar 2012

  Long-distance landlords are also prevalent in Scotland where ARLA’s data shows a ration of 1:1.74 (resident landlords to properties in the PRS). In contrast, the South East and South West of England showed the least prevalence of long-distance landlords,

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UK rental prices ares still increasing, albeit at a slower pace

🕔14:13, 8.Mar 2012

Rental prices continued to increase across the UK, albeit at the slowest pace in two years, in the three months to January with a net balance of +13 percent of surveyors reporting increases in past rental values (from +21 percent

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Top ten tips for becoming a UK landlord

🕔14:08, 8.Mar 2012

Increasing demand for rental properties is creating a new investment opportunity for first time landlords, as figures from the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) show 55 percent of lettings agents believe demand for rental property is now outstripping supply.

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UK landlords need tax relief like businesses say ARLA

🕔13:58, 8.Mar 2012

Chancellor George Osborne is coming under more pressure from landlord and letting agent lobbies to ease buy to let tax in the forthcoming Budget. The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) is urging the chancellor to scrap capital gains tax

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Around two thirds of UK landlords are more confident in the buy to let market

🕔11:03, 29.Feb 2012

Almost 70% of landlords were more confident about the UK buy to let market in January than they were at the end of 2011, according to new research. They highlighted rising tenant demand, high rents and reduced housing stock as

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Thinking of becoming a buy to let landlord?!

🕔14:38, 27.Feb 2012

  Whether you’re looking to get a better deal on your buy-to-let mortgage or take your first steps as a landlord, now is a great time to take out an investment mortgage. Booming buy-to-let mortgage market The latest figures from

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Newbuy is the first government backed mortgage scheme for new builds

🕔10:06, 23.Feb 2012

  Under the new programme, developed jointly by the Home Builders Federation and Council of Mortgage Lenders, 95 percent mortgages will be made available to people spending up to the value of £500,000, a larger value than expected, on a

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Rental yields continue to move upwards

🕔10:14, 22.Feb 2012

  Better news for buy-to-let investors One of the UK’s biggest property landlords, LSL Property Services, claims UK rents pushed a 0.1% smidge higher in January to £712 a month. A tiny move forward but still a £30 annualised hike.

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One in three families and individuals rent their home from a landlord or state organisation

🕔19:39, 19.Feb 2012

Home ownership has fallen to its lowest level since Margaret Thatcher was in Downing Street, official figures have shown. Just 66 per cent of homes are owned by those who live in them compared with a peak of 71 per

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Only two areas in UK have seen house price rises since 2007 peaks

🕔13:45, 19.Feb 2012

According to the Halifax bank, the only two areas to increase were Rochford in Essex and South Lakeland in Cumbria. Sixteen of the top 20 best performing areas were in southern England. The report said exceptions included holiday and retirement

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Rents rise in January for first time ever

🕔09:39, 17.Feb 2012

In January, the average rent in England and Wales increased by 0.1% to £712 per month, the first time since LSL began compiling the index that rents have risen on a monthly basis in January, and the first monthly rise

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Buy to let continues to progress nicely in 2012

🕔10:51, 6.Feb 2012

As young home-hunters continue to struggle to get on the property ladder, property owners with an eye on the rental market have a vastly greater choice of mortgage deals at signifcantly lower rates than last year, according to Moneyfacts.  

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£1000's set aside for housing poor tenants have not been spent by councils

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2012 to be an olympic year for buy to let

🕔20:59, 30.Jan 2012

This summer, the UK will play host to the much-hyped London 2012 Olympics, with the hope that the economy and the property market will have regained their footing in time for the games. However, experts are warning that this won’t

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Elderly social housing tenants must not be overlooked by UK landlords

🕔13:11, 23.Jan 2012

In 2008, the government changed its policy to one which pays new claimants housing benefit directly to the tenant rather than the landlord and also changed the way new tenants entitlements are calculated. In some cases, this reduced tenants LHA

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UK landlords can expect a good 2012 as tenant demand rises

🕔12:59, 23.Jan 2012

According to tenant referencing specialists, Landlord Assist, many investors are returning to the buy-to-let marketplace to expand portfolios, as they capitalise on growing tenant demand and increasing availability of lending.   It also says that landlords are obtaining mortgages at

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Potential HMRC tax investigations of UK Buy to Let landlords

🕔14:28, 18.Jan 2012

What is HMRC doing? HMRC is planning to investigate many more landlords and small businesses this year, and is expanding its investigations on several fronts. The first is its controversial Business Records Check regime. The scheme was trialled in selected

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Buy to let landlords should be wary of older properties

🕔11:40, 17.Jan 2012

  Low interest rates, high inflation, stable house prices and rising rents have combined to encourage another buy to let boom, it pointed out. According to recent figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders buy to let loans increased by 16% in

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Belvoir say UK landlords must set realistic rental costs

🕔18:07, 9.Jan 2012

Lettings chain Belvoir is predicting only moderate rises in rent this year and is urging landlords to be realistic. Dorian Gonsalves, managing director of Belvoir Lettings, said: “I predict that rents will rise moderately, remaining more or less in line

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UK homeowners having to rent out their homes and becoming landords, is on the rise

🕔15:11, 9.Jan 2012

During the third quarter of 2011, nearly half (47 per cent) of ARLA member agents surveyed reported a rise in the number of ‘unplanned’ lettings as homeowners turn to the private rented sector because they are unable to sell their

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What is in store for the buy to let market in 2012?! There are different opinions…

🕔09:28, 9.Jan 2012

For others the worsening economic climate will lead to rental arrears, evictions and falling rents so putting a big dent in the buy to let landlord’s profits.  For an example of the former, the Telegraph reports that, according to estate agent Savills, buy to

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