Tagged: landlords

Brokers see sharp rise in first-time landlords

Brokers see sharp rise in first-time landlords

Mortgage advisers report a growing number of new landlords applying for mortgages for buy-to-let investments. In a poll by specialist buy-to-let lender Paragon, advisers said 27% of cases involved first-time landlords against 22% in...




Lettings industry reform does not go far enough

Lettings industry reform does not go far enough

It is good news that the UK government is going ahead with its Tenants Charter that will better protect renters from the worst excesses of rogue landlords and lettings agents and it is much...




How to revive build to rent

How to revive build to rent

Vidhya Alakeson is Deputy Chief Executive of the Resolution Foundation. The private rented sector is fast becoming the only housing option for low to middle income families. Even with Help to Buy, home ownership is...




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...




OFT launches new consultation on rules for lettings industry

OFT launches new consultation on rules for lettings industry

In a second key move affecting letting agents, a new consultation was launched yesterday by the OFT. At its centre is the subject of fees. The consultation is on draft guidance aimed at getting...




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...




Pace of rent rises slows down, says HomeLet

Pace of rent rises slows down, says HomeLet

The average cost of renting a home in the UK increased by a minimal 0.4% during September to £854 per month – 5.6% higher than in September last year. However, there were only three...




How the tuition fee hike impacted the student buy-to-let market – Paragon

How the tuition fee hike impacted the student buy-to-let market – Paragon

The beginning of autumn brings with it the migration of 2.5m students to higher education institutions across the UK. As the new academic year starts to unfold, landlords might find it worthwhile to do...




Council of Letting Agents call for Scotland’s dangerous electrics to be outlawed

Council of Letting Agents call for Scotland’s dangerous electrics to be outlawed

The Council of Letting Agents has today called for better electrical safety standards in Scotland’s privately rented properties. Speaking at their inaugural conference, Council of Letting Agents (CLA) Convenor Kathleen Gell said: “Scotland depends...




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...