Category: Property Industry News

Scotland: Flexibility is key for tenancy reform

Scotland: Flexibility is key for tenancy reform

The consultation period for the Scottish Government’s proposals for a new tenancy for the private rented sector ends on 28 December. Peter Robson, non-executive chair of Weslo Housing Management, views the proposal for a new...




Top cause of complaint for UK tenants are faulty boilers

Top cause of complaint for UK tenants are faulty boilers

A new survey conducted by online letting agent PropertyLetByUs, revealed that nearly a third of tenants suffered from a lack of hot water and/or heating at some time during their tenancy.  The second most common...




Pilot scheme on immigration checks starts today

Pilot scheme on immigration checks starts today

The pilot scheme where letting agents and landlords must check if prospective tenants have the legal right to seek residency in the UK starts today in the regions of Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Walsall and Dudley. Under...




North West sees 30% rise in student rents

North West sees 30% rise in student rents

The average student rent in the North West has jumped by as much as £35 per week over the last four years according to the latest report from the Mistoria Group.  With industry figures...




Britain experiencing surge of ‘part-time’ landlords

Britain experiencing surge of ‘part-time’ landlords

According to the latest research from LV= landlord insurance, over 7% of adults in Britain rent out a property to help supplement their income and receive on average £678 per month.   The driving force...




Winter is setting in but no freeze on rent or tenant demand

Winter is setting in but no freeze on rent or tenant demand

This month there have been many stories in the press about the positivity of the private rented sector.  At the beginning of the month it was reported that tenants have rebuilt their financial position, with...




Scotland see’s stronger annual rent growth than England and Wales

Scotland see’s stronger annual rent growth than England and Wales

In England and Wales monthly rents increased just 1.5% on average in the past year, where as in Scotland average residential rents are up 2.2% compared to a year ago, the latest index shows. With...




Consumer Rights Bill to require letting agents to display whether they offer client money protection (CMP)

Consumer Rights Bill to require letting agents to display whether they offer client money protection (CMP)

In a surprise move yesterday the Government amended the Consumer Rights Bill to require letting agents to display whether they offer client money protection (CMP).  This amendment has been welcomed by SAFEagent, who had wrote...




99.5% of people have no knowledge of tenant protection scheme

99.5% of people have no knowledge of tenant protection scheme

Research from sales and lettings firm KIS shows that just 1 person in 200 is aware of the existence of a government scheme designed to protect tenants. As of October, letting agents have been...




Little movement on rental values

Little movement on rental values

An analysis by Kate Faulkner, Property Market Analyst and Commentator, concludes that there has not been significant rent rises on 2014. The analysis reviews indices published by Homelet, LSL and Belvoir. As is generally...