Tagged: buy-to-let

Further call to ban letting agent fees

Further call to ban letting agent fees

A joint report from the Chartered Institute of Housing and the Resolution Foundation has called on letting agents’ fees to tenants to be banned. In an effort to raise the minimum standards in the...




Government confirms redress scheme starts October 1

Government confirms redress scheme starts October 1

The Department of Communities and Local Government has confirmed that the lettings sector’s compulsory redress scheme will begin on October 1. Under the scheme any lettings agency in England found not to be in...




Private rental sector growing, but you still need to do your homework

Private rental sector growing, but you still need to do your homework

The private rented sector is growing with reports of an annual increase of 4% on rents and with 6 tenants chasing every available property across the country.  So it was not surprising to also...




Tenants allowed to start businesses without landlord’s permission

Tenants allowed to start businesses without landlord’s permission

The Business Minister, Matthew Hancock, is to introduce a new law that removes the need for a tenant to seek permission from their landlord to operate a business from private rented accommodation. Other measures...




Many renters have never met their landlord

Many renters have never met their landlord

Research from Ocean Finance reveals that 30% of private tenants deal only with their letting agent. This figure is most pronounced in London and in the North East (36% and 38% respectively.) Respondents to...




Sharp rise in Scottish rent prices

Sharp rise in Scottish rent prices

New findings released from the July 2014 HomeLet Rental Index show a 10% increase in the Scottish private rental market since June. This compares to an average rise of 4.4% across all UK regions....




First Time Buyers struggle to save for a deposit

First Time Buyers struggle to save for a deposit

The latest Monday Statistics report shows that despite the improved economic outlook, many young people are still struggling to buy their first home. With an average deposit for a first time buyer at £27,719,...




Growth in UK private rental sector growth

Growth in UK private rental sector growth

Excluding London, UK monthly rents have increased by 4% annually with six tenants chasing available property, according to the latest rental index. This equates to an average rent of £689. In London meanwhile the...




Landlords fail to research prior to investing

Landlords fail to research prior to investing

Research conduced by Platinum Property Partners shows that many buy-to-let investors carry out no or little research before making property purchases. Such news is surprising given that the value of the average property portfolio...