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Longer tenancies could result in more tenant disputes

Longer tenancies could result in more tenant disputes

My Property Inventories, an inventory service provider, has suggested that longer tenancies in the private rental sector may result in additional costs to letting agents and landlords due to an increase in the number...




Excessive fees are top complaints, says redress chief

Excessive fees are top complaints, says redress chief

The Property Redress Scheme, is claiming an increase in consumer complaints against lettings agents and property management firms as the right to redress becomes better known to the public. The major causes of complaint have...




Rent rise of 3% recorded in 2014

Rent rise of 3% recorded in 2014

LSL Property Services has reported an average 3% rise in rents over 2014 across England and Wales. This translates to an average rent figure of £767 per month. As usual there are regional variations...




Surge in tax receipts sparked by HMRC investigations into buy-to-let

Surge in tax receipts sparked by HMRC investigations into buy-to-let

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has experienced record receipts of capital gains tax after a crackdown on landlords. Figures published by accountants UHY Hacker Young show that probes by tax inspectors into underpayments of...




Residential Landlords’ Association launches election manifesto

Residential Landlords’ Association launches election manifesto

As thoughts turn towards May’s general election in the UK, the Residential Landlords’ Association has detailed its own manifesto. Recommendations for any future government include enforcement of powers to tackle criminal operators who bring...




Landlords and tenants failing to submit deposit dispute evidence

Landlords and tenants failing to submit deposit dispute evidence

Many landlords and tenants are failing to submit evidence in the required time scales when caught up in security deposit disputes. According to the Deposit Protection Service almost 18% of landlords and 23% of...




‘Silver landlords’ trend set to continue in 2015

‘Silver landlords’ trend set to continue in 2015

The Mistoria Group research revealed that there was more than a 20% increase in silver landlords buying student property last year.   In April, when the new pension rules are introduced it is estimated...




Council of Mortgage Lenders against rent controls

Council of Mortgage Lenders against rent controls

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has joined many voices opposing the concept of rent controls, which many people feel may be the end result of proposals being put forward by the SNP-led government in...




Scottish letting agents in revolt over rent controls proposals

Scottish letting agents in revolt over rent controls proposals

Trade body Letscotland in response to the Scottish government’s consultation on a new tenancy regime for the country, has voiced its opinion that it is strongly opposed to government plans to introduce rent controls and...




28% of private renters feel that they can’t put down roots, claim

28% of private renters feel that they can’t put down roots, claim

A recent report from the National Housing Federation has revealed that there is a new generation of private renters that are stuck in a cycle of short-term lets, leaving them unable to plan for the...