Tagged: tenancies

How to price a property to let

How to price a property to let

With rental demand for properties continuing to outstrip supply across many parts of the country, landlords’ expectations remain high as far asking prices are concerned. But how do we know how much our properties...




Belfast Company Takes the Lead in New Deposit Protection Market

Belfast Company Takes the Lead in New Deposit Protection Market

Belfast based company TDS Northern Ireland has emerged as the clear leader in the new tenancy deposit protection market, protecting three quarters of new deposits in six months. Housing Minister Nelson McCausland recently announced that 9,142 deposits...




New advertising rules kick in – but are many agents taking notice?

New advertising rules kick in – but are many agents taking notice?

As from last Friday, letting agents should be displaying their up-front, non-refundable charges to tenants on advertising. So are they?




Shelter’s ‘reforms’ would ruin private rented sector, says RLA

Shelter’s ‘reforms’ would ruin private rented sector, says RLA

Longer tenancies would “fatally undermine” the private rented sector, says a new report published this morning. Professor Michael Ball says the proposals, from Shelter, are poorly thought out. He also criticises calls to link...




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...




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 The consultation is on draft guidance aimed at getting...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...




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...




Rental yields remain strong

Rental yields remain strong

Rental yields have remained strong in Q3 with the average yield of a rental property standing at 6.1%, the Countrywide Quarterly Lettings Index has revealed. One and two bedroom properties are achieving the best...