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School catchment area high on list of priorities for house hunters

School catchment area high on list of priorities for house hunters

The proximity of a property to a school ranks highly in the wish list of would be buyers and renters in the UK. In a survey conducted by online estate agents Urban, some 95%...




Rogue letting agents should be banned from industry says ARLA

Rogue letting agents should be banned from industry says ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) has told Government ministers that all letting agents should be professionally qualified, with rogue agents banned from the industry. The association also wants to see bans in...




Scottish Government launches code of practice consultation for letting agents

Scottish Government launches code of practice consultation for letting agents

A consultation period for a proposed code of practice for letting agents has been launched by the Scottish Government. Included in the proposals are requirements for letting agents to undergo training before they can...




50% increase in evictions over past 4 years

50% increase in evictions over past 4 years

According to figures published by the Ministry of Justice in August 2015, 0ver 43,000 households in rented housing in England and Wales were evicted by county court bailiffs in the 12 months to June, representing...




Average rents exceed £800 for the first time in England and Wales

Average rents exceed £800 for the first time in England and Wales

According to new data from the latest buy-to-let index from Your Move and Reeds Rains, rents in England and Wales rose by 1.9% in July to £804. This represents the fastest month on month...




Buy-to-let landlords given hope over tax reforms

Buy-to-let landlords given hope over tax reforms

The Summer Budget in the UK included an announcement that interest relief would be limited to the basic rate of tax. This measure will be gradually introduced between April 2017 and April 2020. The...




Legislation on legionella has not been changed

Legislation on legionella has not been changed

It has been claimed that some letting agents in the UK are misinterpreting landlord’s responsibilities regarding legionella risks to their tenants.  According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) the legislation has not been changed and...




Misinformation being spread in relation to new licensing system

Misinformation being spread in relation to new licensing system

From autumn 2015 all private landlords who rent out accommodation in Wales will be required to register with Rent Smart Wales under part 1 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014. In addition, those agents...




Transfer more evictions to High Court says Landlord Action

Transfer more evictions to High Court says Landlord Action

Highlighting delays in obtaining a County Court bailiff appointment once a possession order has been granted, Landlord Action is campaigning to enable more eviction cases to be transferred up to the High Court. The...