Category: Property Industry News

Half of all LAs could face affordable housing shortfall

Half of all LAs could face affordable housing shortfall

The private rented sector could see further demands on its limited stocks as local authorities face housing shortfalls by 2017. Housing benefit reforms, which will cut payments to private and social housing tenants in...




Time running out for Scots agents to protect deposits

Time running out for Scots agents to protect deposits

Landlords and agents in Scotland are being warned that time is running out to protect tenancy deposits. The deadline of November 13 requires all deposits received between March 7, 2011, and October 2 this...




Did the summer of sport dampen London’s rental market?

Did the summer of sport dampen London’s rental market?

New report shows number of new tenancies fell in the capital while the rest of the UK enjoys a slight upturn. Figures from the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) shows the number of...




Remortgaging top reason for mortgage applications – Paragon

Remortgaging top reason for mortgage applications – Paragon

Remortgages were the most frequesnt cases handled by intermediaries in the third quarter with 37% of intermediaries doing business in this area, data from Paragon has shown. The surge in remortgage applications was closely...




Buy-to-let watch

Buy-to-let watch

Shorter-term money may seem the best option for customers and the shorter tie-in periods create more business for intermediaries but there are a number of good reasons to recommend five-year deals. You might think...




How to Advertise Your Property

How to Advertise Your Property

Advertising your property and securing a tenant is a major part of being a successful landlord. It’s not just the traditional methods of advertising that can be useful i.e. using a letting agency or...




Thousands more private tenants sign on for housing benefit

Thousands more private tenants sign on for housing benefit

A new report says that 10,000 more working families every month are now drawing housing benefit to help pay their private rent. Home Truths 2012, from the National Housing Federation, labels today’s housing market...




First national Green Deal service for landlords announced

First national Green Deal service for landlords announced

The first Green Deal service for private rented sector landlords has been agreed by the, Residential Landlords Association (RLA) and Enact Energy The service will give landlords access to Green Deal and the Energy...




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...