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Shelter’s 5-year tenancies – what other research says

Shelter’s 5-year tenancies – what other research says

Housing charity Shelter is stirring up a fuss in the private rental sector with a call for five-year tenancies for buy to let properties. At the nub of the debate is Shelter wants more...




SAFEagent sets up forum to shed light on CMP schemes

SAFEagent sets up forum to shed light on CMP schemes

An attempt to shine a light on the different Client Money Protection schemes and how they interact with tenancy deposit schemes has been announced as the latest SAFEagent initiative. All the major players, including...




Rents around UK increase to highest price ever seen

Rents around UK increase to highest price ever seen

The HomeLet Rental Index August 2012 headlines… In August, the average cost of renting a home in the UK increased by 2.1% over the past year to £806 per month – the highest average rental...




Record numbers of landlords re-mortgaging

Record numbers of landlords re-mortgaging

Landlords are looking to re-mortgage in record numbers in order to free up funds to buy further properties according to haart. New figures from the UK’s largest independent estate agent show that the percentage...




Small new-build properties are “flooding” the rental market

Small new-build properties are “flooding” the rental market

The rental market is experience a huge surge in the availability of new-build flats and maisonettes, according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA). Just over 43 per cent of UK agents say...




UK landlords must start to consider security for long term tenants

UK landlords must start to consider security for long term tenants

Britons have long held on to the belief that owning your home is the ultimate goal. But after a decade of house prices rising three times as fast as incomes, followed by a decline...




Housing market becoming increasingly localised, Rightmove

Housing market becoming increasingly localised, Rightmove

Winners in current housing market include home-owners in London and the south, the cash-rich and buy-to-let investors. The average price of a property coming to market in September is £234,858, which is virtually the...




Lettings agents need more effective regulation

Lettings agents need more effective regulation

Now that the private rented sector is the second largest tenure in the market, it’s time to make agencies more transparent. One in four people in Britain feel they have been charged unfair fees by...




Top 10 pieces of furniture to put in your investment property

Top 10 pieces of furniture to put in your investment property

So, you’ve just purchased a brand new property with the aim of renting it out. No matter what location the property may be in, there are some essential pieces of furniture that you should...




Rents ‘over-heating’ in London and the South East

Rents ‘over-heating’ in London and the South East

60% of tenants expect to be paying higher rents in 12 months’ time, with the highest proportions anticipating upwards rental pressure in London and South East · ‘Serial landlords’ more prevalent in the North...