Category: Property Industry News

Tenancy Deposits: Be a Pro

Tenancy Deposits: Be a Pro

No one likes dealing with complaints, but more tenants than ever are complaining about problems with their deposits. Calls to Shelter’s housing helpline have shot up by over 80% in the last two years...




Landlords and elderly tenants at risk

Landlords and elderly tenants at risk

“News this week that the new Universal Credit, which replaces Housing benefit from 2013, will be paid directly to tenants is a huge financial blow for landlords – placing them at financial risk and...




UK mortgage market growth slowing, says valuers

UK mortgage market growth slowing, says valuers

The UK mortgage market is growing at its slowest annual rate in two years, according to the latest Housing Market Activity Report by Connells Survey & Valuation. While the total number of residential valuations...




THE UK NEEDS A BIG BOOST IN NUMBER OF RENTAL PROPERTIES TO COVER DEMAND

THE UK NEEDS A BIG BOOST IN NUMBER OF RENTAL PROPERTIES TO COVER DEMAND

If the private rented sector is to meet the increasing challenges being placed on it to satisfy ever increasing demand, maintain standards and prevent rents from rocketing, there needs to be urgent reform of...




BTL availability drops 82pc in 5 years

BTL availability drops 82pc in 5 years

Interest rates have also fallen over this period with fixed rates down by as much as 1.00%. Today there are 411 prime Buy-to-let deals on the market at an average variable rate of 4.53% and fixed...




Regulation for deposits in Scotland

Regulation for deposits in Scotland

Tenancy Deposit Protection became mandatory in Scotland yesterday. The law affects everyone who rents or rents out a property, whether they are landlord or tenant. It was passed by the Scottish Government last year,...




It’s a good time to be buying more investment property

It’s a good time to be buying more investment property

Figures are good for buyers making their first investment or for current buy-to-let investors. Although the news is filled with property woes at the moment, with the UK economy being in some turmoil in...




Cost of borrowing set to rise for home-owners

Cost of borrowing set to rise for home-owners

With both those with a small deposit and first time buyers set to be affected by the increase in the cost of borrowing, it looks like more people will be renting and for potentially...




Tribunal stokes row over the cost of heating a rented home

Tribunal stokes row over the cost of heating a rented home

Landlords need to switch on to a new tribunal ruling that orders them to make sure heating in rented homes is affordable for tenants. Liverpool City Council won a case on appeal before the...




Rental yields and tenant demand keep growing

Rental yields and tenant demand keep growing

The average yield on rental property increased from 6.1% in the first quarter of the year to 6.5% in the second, according to the latest Private Rental Sector Trends Survey commissioned by buy-to-let lender...