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Lettings agent complaints up 26%

Lettings agent complaints up 26%

Following another year in which lettings complaints increased, property ombudsman, Christopher Hamer, is renewing his call for standards to be raised across the lettings industry. In 2011, the ombudsman’s office dealt with 7,641 letting...




MPs and peers to examine private rented sector

MPs and peers to examine private rented sector

MPs and Peers will hear about the impact of the recent changes to housing benefit for claimants under the age of 35 along with how local authorities are using new powers to restrict the growth...




The New Green Deal from April 2012

The New Green Deal from April 2012

Every property in the UK is entitled to an interest FREE finance grant to improve the energy efficiency of their property, up to the maximum value of £10,000. From 1st April 2012, a new...




Long-distance lettings dominate private rental sector, says ARLA

Long-distance lettings dominate private rental sector, says ARLA

StockMarketWire.com – A new survey of landlords shows that long-distance lettings dominate parts of the Private Rented Sector (PRS) in the UK. Research from the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) suggests that in Central...




Landlord login accounts

Landlord login accounts

Whether you’re a buy-to-let landlord managing your own properties, or a letting agent managing properties on behalf of multiple landlords, the landlord sits in the centre of the management picture. The property belongs to...




Cuts prompt landlords to shun benefit claimants

Cuts prompt landlords to shun benefit claimants

Private landlords are becoming less willing to let properties to people on benefits as a result of welfare reforms, England’s first Green Party council leader has said. Bill Randall, leader of Brighton Council, today...




Drop in rental voids ‘good news’ for BTL

Drop in rental voids ‘good news’ for BTL

The drop in rental voids is another clear indication in the increased demand for rental property Landlords who took part in Paragon Mortgages’ quarterly Private Rental Sector Trends survey reported a decrease in void...




UK property industry will try to meet green targets, seminar hears

UK property industry will try to meet green targets, seminar hears

Sustainability as an issue is not going anywhere, so it may pay now to get your properties up to grade so as to avoid any properties suddenly being deemed unlettable under the 2011 Energy...




Ombudsman takes legal advice on compulsory regulation of letting agents

Ombudsman takes legal advice on compulsory regulation of letting agents

Regulation should be considered to protect the consumer, especially in relation to client money protection. The Property Ombudsman scheme has taken legal advice on how letting agents could be compulsorily regulated, saying that voluntary...




Two thirds of tenants expect rents to rise

Two thirds of tenants expect rents to rise

With many expecting rents to rise it may be wiser to keep good tenants on an affordable rent to avoid costly void periods and arrears. A record 63% of current tenants expect rents to...