Category: Property Industry News

Could U-turn be on way over licensing of all letting agents?

Could U-turn be on way over licensing of all letting agents?

A new and wide-ranging inquiry into the Private Rented Sector is to be conducted by an influential cross-party group of MPs. Regulation of all landlords and letting agents is on the table – something...




BTL success spoils landlords for choice

BTL success spoils landlords for choice

Buy-to-let is one investment where the economic conditions make decent returns feasible. With interest rates and first-time buyers at historical lows and rents rising in many parts of the country, now could be a...




Olympic legacy creates desirable housing neighbourhood

Olympic legacy creates desirable housing neighbourhood

Stratford’s new Olympic Park neighbourhood, is expected to become one of London’s most desirable postcodes when homes in the area become available in 2013, it is claimed. A study published by the Centre for...




Industry would die if fees are banned, warning

Industry would die if fees are banned, warning

There would be no private letting industry left in England if agents were banned from charging fees. Jonathan Morgan, who heads up Morgans in Leeds, said: “If there are no fees, agents won’t be...




Landlords urged to fight rising energy prices

Landlords urged to fight rising energy prices

A body representing private landlords has urged its members to take advantage of government schemes to improve energy efficiency to counteract hikes in fuel prices.   The National Landlords Association said landlords should seek...




Tackling rogue landlords: is better education the answer?

Tackling rogue landlords: is better education the answer?

Buy-to-let and ‘reluctant’ landlords are ignorant of the rules and responsibilities of letting Last year Shelter published the results of research into problems with theprivate rented sector (PRS), focusing on the condition of properties and...




Buy-to-letwatch

Buy-to-letwatch

Christmas is fast approaching and if you’re like me you’ll be wondering where the year has gone, and what new exciting gifts you can buy your loved ones. If lenders are feeling festive and...




London: No sign of supply matching rental demand, says expert

London: No sign of supply matching rental demand, says expert

The private rental market in London is set for enormous change and growth. A new report from Cluttons says that with a growing proportion of London households living in private rental accommodation, tenants will...




Falling property prices push up buy to let profits

Falling property prices push up buy to let profits

New figures suggest that “the owner-occupier market is sinking deeper into the mire”. Gross yields on buy to let property in the last three months has risen on all property types apart from semi-commercial,...




Time for all to come clean over CMP, says SAFEagent

Time for all to come clean over CMP, says SAFEagent

The membership bodies and their Client Money Protection insurers have been told that they must come clean about their policies and what they cover. Nicholas Cooper, managing director of Northwood and chair of the...