Tagged: letting agents

No detail as yet on government’s sub-letting proposal

No detail as yet on government’s sub-letting proposal

The small print of this week’s UK budget contained a proposal to provide tenants with the right to sub-let their properties. The Department of Communities and Local Government has indicated that it is not...




Number of young professionals opting for HMOs on the rise

Number of young professionals opting for HMOs on the rise

‘Hutching up’, whereby several individuals share accommodation has traditionally been a London phenomenon due to the fact that rents in the area are prohibitively high. It appears however that this trend is on the...




Rise in residential rents seen by most UK regions

Rise in residential rents seen by most UK regions

Analysis from Countrywide shows that rents for new tenancies within the UK have increased by 1.7% over the last year. This brings the average monthly amount to £876. Over the period the majority of...




84% of brokers believe letting agents should be fully regulated

84% of brokers believe letting agents should be fully regulated

According to a poll carried out by Mortgage Solutions, just 16% of respondents believe the industry does not needed compulsory regulation. Simon Ryan, a landlord and managing director of Social Advisers, said greater landlord protection...




Croydon council set to push through landlord licensing

Croydon council set to push through landlord licensing

In response to the announcement from housing minister, Brandon Lewis, that from April 1 any landlord licensing scheme will require specific ministerial approval, Croydon council officers are recommending to their councillors – who meet...




New restrictions to licensing schemes announced by housing minister

New restrictions to licensing schemes announced by housing minister

The housing minister, Brandon Lewis, has moved to curb any new selective licensing schemes of private rented homes. New restrictions will come into force on April 1. From this date councils will require specific...




Top gripes for landlords revealed

Top gripes for landlords revealed

A new study, conducted by My Property Inventories, details the issues that cause landlords most frustration. Topping the list is the view that tenants always complain about the cost of cleaning at the end...




Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to be required in all rented homes

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to be required in all rented homes

All rental properties, both private and social, will soon be required to have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms installed. The move, supported by the British Property Federation was announced yesterday by communities minister, Penny...




New pension rules unlikely to impact market

New pension rules unlikely to impact market

In April of this year, new pension rules come into effect in the UK which will allow more flexibility in fund withdrawals. Recent headlines had suggested that these changes could result in a flood...




Industry panel trashes Labour housing policy

Industry panel trashes Labour housing policy

At the Paragon Buy to Let Debate, Labour plans to introduce three-year tenancy agreements as standard and to restrict private rental costs have been dismissed and branded “political gerrymandering”. During the debate, panel members...