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£300bn of BTL stock left unmeasured leaving landlords vulnerable

£300bn of BTL stock left unmeasured leaving landlords vulnerable

23% of UK landlords do not measure the return on their buy-to-let investments at all according to new research from Platinum Property Partners. This equates to £300bn of investment in BTL left unmonitored, meaning...




Ban of letting agency fees requires further research says MPs

Ban of letting agency fees requires further research says MPs

According to an influential group of MPs the next government should assess the possible impact on the private rented sector before making any decision either to implement, or rule out, a ban on letting...




ARLA backs government curb on outbreak of landlord licensing schemes

ARLA backs government curb on outbreak of landlord licensing schemes

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has thrown its weight behind a bid by the government to curb the outbreak of landlord licensing schemes introduced by councils across Britain – the schemes which ARLA...




Void periods continue to fall

Void periods continue to fall

Paragon Mortgages has surveyed a panel of landlord customers for 13 years, and the average void period reported in Q1 2015 – 2.4 weeks – is the lowest since the survey began. In the...




No detail as yet on government’s sub-letting proposal

No detail as yet on government’s sub-letting proposal

The small print of this week’s UK budget contained a proposal to provide tenants with the right to sub-let their properties. The Department of Communities and Local Government has indicated that it is not...




Number of young professionals opting for HMOs on the rise

Number of young professionals opting for HMOs on the rise

‘Hutching up’, whereby several individuals share accommodation has traditionally been a London phenomenon due to the fact that rents in the area are prohibitively high. It appears however that this trend is on the...




Rise in residential rents seen by most UK regions

Rise in residential rents seen by most UK regions

Analysis from Countrywide shows that rents for new tenancies within the UK have increased by 1.7% over the last year. This brings the average monthly amount to £876. Over the period the majority of...




84% of brokers believe letting agents should be fully regulated

84% of brokers believe letting agents should be fully regulated

According to a poll carried out by Mortgage Solutions, just 16% of respondents believe the industry does not needed compulsory regulation. Simon Ryan, a landlord and managing director of Social Advisers, said greater landlord protection...




Croydon council set to push through landlord licensing

Croydon council set to push through landlord licensing

In response to the announcement from housing minister, Brandon Lewis, that from April 1 any landlord licensing scheme will require specific ministerial approval, Croydon council officers are recommending to their councillors – who meet...




New restrictions to licensing schemes announced by housing minister

New restrictions to licensing schemes announced by housing minister

The housing minister, Brandon Lewis, has moved to curb any new selective licensing schemes of private rented homes. New restrictions will come into force on April 1. From this date councils will require specific...