Tagged: affordable rent

Help to Buy – more bark than bite?

Help to Buy – more bark than bite?

  The monthly cost of a 95% Help to Buy mortgage is up to 30% higher than renting. The pricing of Help to Buy mortgages means the scheme will appeal to those on the...




Eric Pickles to better regulate landlords and letting agents

Eric Pickles to better regulate landlords and letting agents

Plans include forcing letting agents to join a redress scheme allowing complaints about poor service or hidden fees to be independently examined. The government is preparing to announce rules to better regulate the private...




Concerns mount over Tenants’ Charter

Concerns mount over Tenants’ Charter

Plans to introduce a Tenants’ Charter, to improve standards in the rental sector and encourage longer fixed-term tenancies for families, could be counter-productive for the market, warned rental servicers Landlord Assist. It believes the...




UK Buy-To-Let Charts: Where Is Best To Invest In Property?

UK Buy-To-Let Charts: Where Is Best To Invest In Property?

With rents in England and Wales approaching their record high, where exactly is best for property investors to invest their money this year? Scotland has recently been named the best UK location for student...




Prisk’s £400m offer for new private rent homes

Prisk’s £400m offer for new private rent homes

Housing minister Mark Prisk has invited bids for a £400 million fund to build new private rented sector (PRS) homes. The money is part of the government’s £1 billion build to rent fund, which...




RESI 2013: Government rules out private rented sector use class

RESI 2013: Government rules out private rented sector use class

Speaking at Property Week’s RESI conference today, housing minister Mark Prisk said a use class would be “too much of a deterrent at this stage”. “At this stage we want to get the market...




Advice for landlords out of pocket over UK housing benefit rent gap

Advice for landlords out of pocket over UK housing benefit rent gap

A housing benefit cap introduced in the UK means that in many areas of the country some landlords have seen their Local Housing Authority rental income drop by up to 50%, it is claimed....




New loans scheme to bring empty properties into rented sector

New loans scheme to bring empty properties into rented sector

A new scheme aimed at bringing some of England’s 710,000 empty homes back into use as rental properties has been launched. In a joint initiative between the charity Empty Homes, the Ecology Building Society,...