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Rents rise for second consecutive month, while rental arrears where down from April

Rents rise for second consecutive month, while rental arrears where down from April

Rental prices in London rose to record levels during May, according to the latest LSL Buy-to-Let Index. Properties in the capital now command an average monthly rental cost of £1,038, a figure that was...




Bedroom tax ‘could force thousands into private rented sector’

Bedroom tax ‘could force thousands into private rented sector’

Housing associations in the North-East of England are warning that they do not have enough smaller homes for thousands of tenants who will be displaced by the new ‘bedroom tax’. They say that up...




Rent deposit complaints rocket 86% in two years

Rent deposit complaints rocket 86% in two years

Housing charity Shelter is urging renters to make sure their deposits are correctly protected after an 86% increase in complaints during the last two years. Nearly 3,300 calls were taken on this issue in...




Newspaper’s private portal launch re-ignites debate about PRS

Newspaper’s private portal launch re-ignites debate about PRS

The move by the London Evening Standard to launch London Private Rentals, a free listings service aimed directly at landlords, has shocked agents right across London and the home counties. The affair has also...




Scotland Due to Launch First Tenancy Deposit Scheme

Scotland Due to Launch First Tenancy Deposit Scheme

July 2nd will see the launch of Scotland’s very first Tenancy Deposit Scheme requiring all tenant deposits to be secured with a Government approved custodial scheme. The regulations to provide these deposit schemes became...




How to make sure your property stays tenanted

How to make sure your property stays tenanted

New research shows that the average length of time a rental property is unoccupied in the UK rental property is three weeks, the longest period since the beginning of 2011. The figures come from...




BTL loans are set to escape EU regulations

BTL loans are set to escape EU regulations

The buy-to-let sector is set to escape new regulations after a committee scrutinising the European Commission’s mortgage credit directive voted to allow the UK to exclude these types of loans from the new rules....




Landlords increase portfolio size – Paragon

Landlords increase portfolio size – Paragon

The average UK landlord has increased the size of his or her portfolio in the past three months, according to a report by Paragon Mortgages. Investors in UK property now hold an average of...




Recession could push 22% of population into private rented sector

Recession could push 22% of population into private rented sector

Only one quarter of households will be home owners with a mortgage by 2025 if the economy continues to stagnate, while record numbers – 22% of the population – will be living in the...




The Current Buy To Let Market

The Current Buy To Let Market

There is no denying that, the buy to let market has suffered since the global economic collapse of the banking and financial sectors in 2008. Things have remained stagnant for the past four years,...