Author: Shenda O'Hare

Agents warned over illegality in taking tenants’ money too early

Agents warned over illegality in taking tenants’ money too early

Agents in student cities and towns where it is commonplace for agreements to be signed up to ten months in advance, with deposits, holding fees, referencing fees and, commonly, the first month’s rent taken,...




Long term property renting set to rise in the UK

Long term property renting set to rise in the UK

Long term renting becoming more the norm for a variety of reasons Millions of Britons are resigning themselves to the possibility of never owning their own home as they become more comfortable with the prospect of...




HMRC task force targets landlord tax dodgers

HMRC task force targets landlord tax dodgers

Landlords and property investors who cheat on their tax are under scrutiny from special HM Revenue & Customs task forces. The teams in London and the North West have been so successful that HMRC...




Build to rent is ‘next big thing’, says Grainger boss

Build to rent is ‘next big thing’, says Grainger boss

Will be interesting to see Sir Adrian Montague’s report when it comes out in June, to see what recommendations he has. Developers are to be encouraged to build new housing estates where all the...




Accurate inventory is key as tenants staying in one home for longer, data shows

Accurate inventory is key as tenants staying in one home for longer, data shows

Getting a professional inventory done can save both time and money in the long run, especially if tenants are staying longer in their properties. New figures from the Association of Residential Lettings Agent (ARLA)...




Advice needs to get more sophisticated

Advice needs to get more sophisticated

Both amateur and professional landlords are keen to grow their portfolios and are taking a longer-term view in regards to yields rather than buying property for capital appreciation.  With this trend it is expected...




UK landlords feeling the pinch despite rent increases, research shows

UK landlords feeling the pinch despite rent increases, research shows

Rental yields may be at their lowest level but landlords remain positive about the market Rents may have risen in the private rented property sector in the UK over the last year, but professional...




Rents rise in January for first time ever

Rents rise in January for first time ever

Rents may have rose, but rental arrears also remained high, and with the forecast of more sever job losses this year more landlords could be see arrears In January, the average rent in England...




UK lettings sector urged to be aware of a rise in fraudulent tenants

UK lettings sector urged to be aware of a rise in fraudulent tenants

Be vigilant when checking prospective tenants the extra time spent could well save you both money and hassle in the future Anecdotal evidence from across the UK shows a rising number of deliberate fraud...




Rented properties ‘see longer tenancies’

Rented properties ‘see longer tenancies’

UK tenants are staying put for record lengths of time, according to new research. The study, carried out by the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA), shows that as of 2012 renters in the...