Category: Property Industry News

Landlords urged to only deal with ‘safe’ letting agents

Landlords urged to only deal with ‘safe’ letting agents

Letting agents are urging landlords to make sure they only do business with firms offering a money protection scheme. Firms signed up to the SAFEagent scheme are highlighting that landlords and tenants risk losing...




Third of Landlords Ready to Buy More Rental Homes

Third of Landlords Ready to Buy More Rental Homes

Nearly a third of landlords have plans to buy more rental property this year, according to specialist buy to let lender CHL Mortgages. Landlord confidence is running high with just 1 in 10 aiming...




NewBuy … costs  25% more per week than renting

NewBuy … costs 25% more per week than renting

Hometrack’s latest paper “Market forces shape new housing supply” examines the latest trends in new private housing supply, emerging risks and opportunities, the profile of private starts by geography and the impact ongoing Government support...




£1.8m to tackle ‘beds in sheds’

£1.8m to tackle ‘beds in sheds’

The government has announced £1.8 million of funding to help councils tackle the problem of ‘beds in sheds’. Money will be allocated to nine councils where there is a particular problem with people trapped...




Buy-to-let mortgages up by a third

Buy-to-let mortgages up by a third

CML figures show buy-to-let loans in quarter one of 2012 were up by 32% annually, while repossessions have steadied. The value of mortgages taken out to fund buy-to-let purchases rose by a third year-on-year to the...




The ‘final solution’? Don’t believe the hype about the housing benefit cap

The ‘final solution’? Don’t believe the hype about the housing benefit cap

Critics claimed it was ‘social cleansing’. But the Coalition’s plan to cap housing benefit has caused nothing like the chaos predicted. According to the Guardian’s Polly Toynbee, it was nothing less than a “final...




The Law Regarding Dilapidations

The Law Regarding Dilapidations

Dilapidations are the repairs for which the tenant is responsible for carrying out before vacating their rented property. However, few tenants living in rented accommodation will be aware of the law regarding Dilapidations or...




Buy-to-let at risk as tenants demand to see mortgage permission

Buy-to-let at risk as tenants demand to see mortgage permission

Tenants are increasingly asking to see the landlord’s permission from the mortgage lender to allow a residential property to be let.  This is a particular problem for ‘amateur’ landlords – for example, those who choose to let their...