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Surveyors report a strong month for UK housing market

Surveyors report a strong month for UK housing market

The UK housing market experienced another strong month in September, with the volume of residential valuations 55% higher than August, according to chartered surveyors Connells Survey & Valuation. The firm says in its latest...




Landlords face £188m in tenant immigration check costs

Landlords face £188m in tenant immigration check costs

Landlords could face extra costs of up to £188m over the next ten years if laws requiring them to check tenants’ immigration status come into force. According to the government’s impact assessment, the cost...




Brokers see sharp rise in first-time landlords

Brokers see sharp rise in first-time landlords

Mortgage advisers report a growing number of new landlords applying for mortgages for buy-to-let investments. In a poll by specialist buy-to-let lender Paragon, advisers said 27% of cases involved first-time landlords against 22% in...




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...




How to revive build to rent

How to revive build to rent

Vidhya Alakeson is Deputy Chief Executive of the Resolution Foundation. The private rented sector is fast becoming the only housing option for low to middle income families. Even with Help to Buy, home ownership is...




Help to Buy – more bark than bite?

Help to Buy – more bark than bite?

  The monthly cost of a 95% Help to Buy mortgage is up to 30% higher than renting. The pricing of Help to Buy mortgages means the scheme will appeal to those on the...




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 The consultation is on draft guidance aimed at getting...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




How the tuition fee hike impacted the student buy-to-let market – Paragon

How the tuition fee hike impacted the student buy-to-let market – Paragon

The beginning of autumn brings with it the migration of 2.5m students to higher education institutions across the UK. As the new academic year starts to unfold, landlords might find it worthwhile to do...