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Number of housing prosecutions in Newham council far exceeds all other London boroughs put together

Number of housing prosecutions in Newham council far exceeds all other London boroughs put together

London Property Licensing, a property consultancy specialising in licensing regimes for privately-let properties, says there have been 580 housing prosecutions in London under the Housing Act 2004 in the three years to March 2014. The...




Tories must regulate lettings sector, claims agent

Tories must regulate lettings sector, claims agent

According to one of the industry’s leading letting agencies, the new Conservative government must focus on raising standards across the private renal sector. Oxford-based Finders Keepers says there are three key issues for the new administration...




Speculation mounts re roll-out of immigration check requirements

Speculation mounts re roll-out of immigration check requirements

Speculation is mounting that the pilot immigration checks that must be performed by letting agents and landlord in the West Midlands will be rolled out across the rest of the country as early as...




Investment only way forward for rental sector

Investment only way forward for rental sector

With the demand for private rental homes forecast to rise by 1.2 million by 2019, this need can only be met by new, good quality, fit-for-purpose rented housing in volume. Jacqui Daly, director, Savills...




More than a quarter of would be landlords do not know how to apply for a mortgage to get started

More than a quarter of would be landlords do not know how to apply for a mortgage to get started

New research, conducted for specialist mortgage lender Kensington, shows more than half of over 40s retirement savers would consider investing in buy to let to increase their income in retirement following the launch of pension...




Landlords anticipate rent rises to taper off over the next 12 months

Landlords anticipate rent rises to taper off over the next 12 months

According to the latest sentiment survey from UK lettings agent network Your Move and Reeds Rains, UK landlords expect annual rent growth to slow to 1.7% by next year, down from 3.7% currently.  The proportion of...




UK landlords reminded of important legal issues to consider when renting out property

UK landlords reminded of important legal issues to consider when renting out property

Residential property lawyer at Slater and Gordon, Samantha Blackburn said: “As demonstrated by recent reports owning a buy-to-let property can lead to solid returns for landlords, however there are some important legal issues to consider...




ARLA agents expressing concern over Labours tenancy proposals

ARLA agents expressing concern over Labours tenancy proposals

The Association of Residential Letting Agents monthly PRS report has found that 72% of its members believe that Labour’s proposed three-year tenancies with a cap on rents will see landlords pull out of the...




Deadline for landlords to register deposits

Deadline for landlords to register deposits

The UK Government is currently running a 90 day amnesty for landlords who have yet to put their tenants’ deposits into an official scheme. It is thought that up to a third of landlords...




Labour’s proposals for longer tenancies not thought through….

Labour’s proposals for longer tenancies not thought through….

Rob Ellice, CEO of easyProperty has argued strongly against Labour’s longer tenancy proposals in an article written for property industry journal Property Week. Whilst it’s easy to understand that introducing a minimum tenancy of...