Category: Property Industry News

New guidance on landlord inventories published

New guidance on landlord inventories published

One of the UK’s tenancy deposit schemes has offered new guidance to help landlords avoid deposit disputes. Mydeposits’ ‘The Ins and Outs of Inventories’ provides information “to help avoid deposit disputes occurring at the...




Is the property market recovery good or bad news for buy to let investors?

Is the property market recovery good or bad news for buy to let investors?

Kate Faulkner investigates whether the property market’s recovery is good or bad news for buy-to-let investors. Over the past few months talk of a recovery in the property market has boosted buyers’ confidence. This, coupled with...




Buy-to-let boom fires up the “feelgood factor”

Buy-to-let boom fires up the “feelgood factor”

The buy-to-let market is booming with loans up nearly 30% in a year and landlords revelling in a return of the feelgood factor, according to two new surveys. New BTL lending hit £5 billion...




At last – guidance for agents in showing fees on adverts

At last – guidance for agents in showing fees on adverts

The Committee of Advertising Practice has published its guidance to letting agents on how they should include tenants’ fees in their property advertisements. Agents have until November 1 to comply with the new CAP...




Newham warns rogue landlords

Newham warns rogue landlords

Newham Council has sent out a warning to rogue landlords telling them to “clean up their act or pay the price”; the move follows 110 arrests through its landlord licensing scheme. Figures released by...




Scotland: Landlords, tenants to get dispute resolution panel

Scotland: Landlords, tenants to get dispute resolution panel

A NEW tribunal will be created to deal with disputes between private landlords and tenants, Scottish housing minister Margaret Burgess has announced.




Advice for landlords out of pocket over UK housing benefit rent gap

Advice for landlords out of pocket over UK housing benefit rent gap

A housing benefit cap introduced in the UK means that in many areas of the country some landlords have seen their Local Housing Authority rental income drop by up to 50%, it is claimed....




Majority of interest-only landlords view sale as exit strategy

Majority of interest-only landlords view sale as exit strategy

Almost three-quarters of buy-to-let landlords with interest-only mortgages plan to sell their properties at the end of the term to settle the debt. A study of landlords by BDRC Continental found that 72% planned...




New loans scheme to bring empty properties into rented sector

New loans scheme to bring empty properties into rented sector

A new scheme aimed at bringing some of England’s 710,000 empty homes back into use as rental properties has been launched. In a joint initiative between the charity Empty Homes, the Ecology Building Society,...




How commuter rental hotspots compare with the costs of London living

How commuter rental hotspots compare with the costs of London living

Travel further to find more space for less rent. But does commuting make financial sense once travel costs are included? Ruth Bloomfield does the maths Renting has become the norm for a generation of...