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Welsh government gets ready to revolutionise private rented sector

Welsh government gets ready to revolutionise private rented sector

The Welsh Government has launched a consultation into reforming the private rented sector in Wales. Proposals include ditching ASTs in favour of simplified, standard contracts. They would contained a ‘prohibited conduct’ term to deal...




Private renting’s hidden costs revealed

Private renting’s hidden costs revealed

The hidden costs of renting private accommodation in Northern Ireland have been revealed in an undercover survey carried out by the Housing Rights Service (HRS). Mystery shoppers conducted a survey of 40 lettings agents...




Immigrant checks would be ‘light touch’, Prisk promises

Immigrant checks would be ‘light touch’, Prisk promises

The immigration status of tenants will only have to be checked under a ‘light touch’ regime, housing minister Mark Prisk has said. Prisk was speaking to MPs who were asking questions about proposals unveiled...




Warning for landlords and investors over size of contingency fund needed for buy to let

Warning for landlords and investors over size of contingency fund needed for buy to let

Residential investors and landlords in the UK are not factoring in the costs of owning a buy to let property with a contingency fund and this is leading to an upward trend in repossessions,...




Rental services firm offered ministers free immigrant check service

Rental services firm offered ministers free immigrant check service

A tenancy referencing firm approached the Government three years ago and offered an immigrants’ checking service which would have cost taxpayers nothing. However, the offer was turned down flat. It has emerged that in...




Architects in the UK launch campaign for more spacious homes

Architects in the UK launch campaign for more spacious homes

The Case for Space study reveals that 75% consider a lack of space a key problem, be sure to invest in properties that are spacious and with plenty of natural light so as to...




Private rental reforms based on ideology not evidence, say landlords

Private rental reforms based on ideology not evidence, say landlords

Reforms to the way the private rented sector operates in Wales are based on ideology rather than evidence, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has claimed. The RLA is warning that the government’s Welsh Agents...




Just one in a hundred deposits ends in formal dispute

Just one in a hundred deposits ends in formal dispute

The ratio of deposit disputes in England & Wales is just over 1% according to official figures released by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The Government figures show that of the seven...




Full impact of housing benefit reforms in private rented sector ‘still to happen’ – report

Full impact of housing benefit reforms in private rented sector ‘still to happen’ – report

The impact of housing benefit reform on tenants living in the private rented sector has been “geographically limited” but London has been hardest hit, according to research published today by the Department for Work...




Ten thousand letting agents now signed up to Ombudsman scheme

Ten thousand letting agents now signed up to Ombudsman scheme

Letting agencies in membership of The Property Ombudsman scheme now exceed 10,000 branches for the first time. The milestone number was passed at the beginning of May.