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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...




Shelter: 1.8m priced out of housing market

Shelter: 1.8m priced out of housing market

A new report from Shelter revealed a swathe of ‘squeezed middle’ families facing years of private renting, or trapped on the first rung of the property ladder. An estimated 1.8m family’s fall into this...




August update on the private rented sector

August update on the private rented sector

Its hard to believe that we are already at the end of another summer and the kids are going back to school.  As usual with this time of year in the lettings industry there...




Relationship between agents and landlords ‘could worsen over migrant checks’

Relationship between agents and landlords ‘could worsen over migrant checks’

Proposals to make private landlords responsible for checking the immigrant status of tenants have been slammed by the Residential Landlords’ Association. The body says the plans could create further friction between landlords and agents. The...




Buy-to-let leads the way to recovery

Buy-to-let leads the way to recovery

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has wasted no time in signalling his views on the economy and his plans for interest rates in particular. It is perhaps unfair to contrast styles with his...




Student rents soar in widening North/South divide

Student rents soar in widening North/South divide

Average student rents are up 3.1% this academic year to stand at just under £80 a week. However, the rise has been driven by increases in student rent in the south, while rents in...




University towns offer buy to let landlords the chance to turn a healthy profit

University towns offer buy to let landlords the chance to turn a healthy profit

Property investors hoping to join the buy-to-let boom should look to university towns beyond London to find the best returns, according to a new survey. Mortgage lending to landlords is at a five-year high...




Private rented sector still most common way to solve homelessness, figures show

Private rented sector still most common way to solve homelessness, figures show

Less use was made of landlord incentive schemes to get people at risk of homelessness into private rented accommodation last year, but it was still the most common solution, official figures released today show....




Buy-to-let yields strongest in North, Midlands and Wales

Buy-to-let yields strongest in North, Midlands and Wales

Analysis from the UK’s largest lettings agency Countrywide shows that the highest buy-to-let yields in July were achieved in Wales at 6.6%, Midlands at 6.5% and North at 6.4%. The average yield across the...




Housing minister Prisk ‘urgently exploring’ new legislation post-Superstrike

Housing minister Prisk ‘urgently exploring’ new legislation post-Superstrike

The Government is “urgently exploring whether new legislation is required” following the Superstrike case. Housing minister Mark Prisk has made the revelation in a letter to the Residential Landlords Association.