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Private Members Bill sets out to regulate private rented sector

Private Members Bill sets out to regulate private rented sector

Regulation of the lettings sector is proposed in a new Private Members’ Bill that was presented in Parliament last week. Meanwhile, yesterday in the Lords, peers voted against the Government to introduce regulation.




Letting agents not upfront about fees, says Which? Which? believes letting agents’ hidden fees are unlawful

Letting agents not upfront about fees, says Which? Which? believes letting agents’ hidden fees are unlawful

Which? believes that major letting agents are breaking the law by not being upfront about the fees they charge to clients. Following an undercover investigation, Which? discovered that many letting agents are not disclosing...




London landlords spending up to £8k a year

London landlords spending up to £8k a year

Landlords in London could be spending over £8k a year to let their property, research from BDRC Continental reveals. Maintenance, insurance, professional service fees and other running costs can amount to over £8,000 every year...




EPC legislation to be used to crack down on illegal landlords

EPC legislation to be used to crack down on illegal landlords

Energy Performance Certificate legislation is to be used to crack down on illegal landlords who let out ‘beds in sheds’. Slough Borough Council is using thermal imaging to clamp down on people living illegally...




Deposit Protection

Deposit Protection

This month it has been announced that Northern Ireland will be following England, Wales and Scotland with the introduction on April 1st 2013 of a Tenancy Deposit Scheme. Similar to the schemes that currently...




Is a tax cut for buy-to-let landlords on the cards? Calls for capital gains tax to be slashed after hike LOWERS revenue

Is a tax cut for buy-to-let landlords on the cards? Calls for capital gains tax to be slashed after hike LOWERS revenue

Buy-to-let landlords who have made big profits from rising house prices and investors with substantial portfolios could get a tax cut, if George Osborne listens to fresh calls to slash capital gains tax –...




Stop dodging issue on regulation, Ombudsman tells ministers

Stop dodging issue on regulation, Ombudsman tells ministers

Property Ombudsman Christopher Hamer has reiterated his call for some form of regulation of letting agents. He said that ‘realistically’, legislation is the only option, and called on the Government to stop dodging the...




Green Deal warning for buy-to-let landlords

Green Deal warning for buy-to-let landlords

Buy-to-let investors will be forced to make their properties more energy-efficient or stop renting them out. One in 10 buy-to-let homes will be unlettable in five years’ time unless landlords take steps to improve...




London’s renters need protection from greedy agents and rogue landlords

London’s renters need protection from greedy agents and rogue landlords

Four in 10 London households will be renting by 2020, a new forecast shows. Among the findings of a select committee of MPs, the Government has just been told that London’s “Generation Rent” is...




PropertyLive – not quite dead.

PropertyLive – not quite dead.

PropertyLive, the critically ill property portal is on a life support machine while a ‘cure’ is sought. Mark Hayward (below), Managing Director of the NAEA, said, “While the decision to cease PropertyLive operations at...