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High rents are ‘holding back Britain’s economic recovery’

High rents are ‘holding back Britain’s economic recovery’

High private rents are holding back Britain’s economic recovery, a policy maker at Shelter has argued. Peter Jefferys, who has also worked for the Labour party, said that there is evidence that high rent...




Tenant demand keeps rising – Paragon

Tenant demand keeps rising – Paragon

Demand for rental property is stable or growing across the UK. According to the latest Private Rental Sector Trends research from specialist buy-to-let lender Paragon Mortgages, 91% of landlords said they thought that demand...




Green Deal Legal Framework is in place

Green Deal Legal Framework is in place

Since 1 October 2012 authorised Green Deal assessors and providers can offer ‘whole house’ property assessments and discuss packages of improvements with householders. From 28 January 2013 Green Deal finance plans may be agreed....




NALS strikes ground-breaking deal with ombudsman service

NALS strikes ground-breaking deal with ombudsman service

Ombudsman Services, which provides a redress service for RICS members’ clients, has done a deal with NALS. It will be offering NALS agents, particularly those confident of having no complaints lodged against them, rates...




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...