Category: Property Industry News

Property price bubble talk is ‘premature’

Property price bubble talk is ‘premature’

Latest analysis from buy-to-let specialist, Assetz, suggests that we are far from the prospect of a ‘property bubble’. In fact, they claim that current healthy buy-to-let yields, especially outside of London and the South...




New Homes Bonus scheme: Why there’s more to property than a home of one’s own

New Homes Bonus scheme: Why there’s more to property than a home of one’s own

It is tragic that the  Coalition shows no commitment to solving the problem Exactly 20 years ago a Tory government introduced its widely-trumpeted Rent into Mortgage scheme, in an attempt to revive the Right...




October round up of the private rented sector

October round up of the private rented sector

Regulation Proposed regulation of the private rented sector has been ongoing this month.  Building on announcements at the Conservative Party conference, Eric Pickles “plans include forcing letting agents to join a redress scheme allowing...




Badly drafted Immigration Bill will have to be amended, minister concedes

Badly drafted Immigration Bill will have to be amended, minister concedes

The Immigration Bill has been so badly drafted that it would have allowed legalised squatting. Clause 17 of the Bill, as it stands, makes it impossible for landlords who have breached the requirement to...




Landlords in the UK urged to prepare for impact of recovering property market

Landlords in the UK urged to prepare for impact of recovering property market

Landlords in the UK are being urged to ensure that their business strategy is robust enough to withstand the impact of a recovering property market and a potential forthcoming rise in interest rates. According...




Shelter’s ‘reforms’ would ruin private rented sector, says RLA

Shelter’s ‘reforms’ would ruin private rented sector, says RLA

Longer tenancies would “fatally undermine” the private rented sector, says a new report published this morning. Professor Michael Ball says the proposals, from Shelter, are poorly thought out. He also criticises calls to link...




Help to Buy mortgages set to be 30% more expensive than renting

Help to Buy mortgages set to be 30% more expensive than renting

I have already written about my concerns about the cost of Help to Buy and whether it will actually work out as cost effective, especially for first time buyers. But now I am able...




The accidental landlord: using Google to access potential tenants

The accidental landlord: using Google to access potential tenants

Victoria Whitlock finds Google a more useful tool than credit checks when it comes to assessing a would-be tenant Google your own name and, unless you’re so vain you do it all the time,...




Surveyors report a strong month for UK housing market

Surveyors report a strong month for UK housing market

The UK housing market experienced another strong month in September, with the volume of residential valuations 55% higher than August, according to chartered surveyors Connells Survey & Valuation. The firm says in its latest...




Landlords face £188m in tenant immigration check costs

Landlords face £188m in tenant immigration check costs

Landlords could face extra costs of up to £188m over the next ten years if laws requiring them to check tenants’ immigration status come into force. According to the government’s impact assessment, the cost...