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Labour’s proposed ban on agent fees defeated…. for the time being

Labour’s proposed ban on agent fees defeated…. for the time being

The ban on fees charged to tenants by letting agents, proposed by Labour, was yesterday defeated in the House of Commons. It is however, likely to resurface should Labour win next year’s general election.




More councils request special dispensation to ban boards

More councils request special dispensation to ban boards

We’re all aware of some areas of our towns, villages and countryside which are awash with for-sale and to-let marketing boards erected by letting and estate agents, and it’s no surprise that to the...




Sound, social policy, or simply a strategy to win votes?

Sound, social policy, or simply a strategy to win votes?

The Residential Landlords Association says that Labour’s plans to abolish fees paid by tenants to letting agents are political posturing and are not based on sound, evidence-based policy. They suggest that the only way...




SAFEAGENT AWARENESS WEEK 12 to 18 May 2014

SAFEAGENT AWARENESS WEEK 12 to 18 May 2014

Since its launch last year the SAFEagent campaign has made giant strides in promoting the importance to landlords and tenants of identifying agents who are part of Client Money Protection Schemes. Landlords and tenants...




Private landlords in the minority when it comes to repossession of property

Private landlords in the minority when it comes to repossession of property

Official figures from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) showed that between January and March landlords in England and Wales went to court to make 47,220 claims to repossess property – the equivalent of 525...




More than a third of landlords look to BTL as long term investment

More than a third of landlords look to BTL as long term investment

Research from Precise Mortgages has revealed that one in three landlords entered the buy-to-let market as a long term investment.  Reinforcing this long term view by landlords, more than a quarter (27%) of respondents are...




Much needed legislation or an attempt to attract votes?

Much needed legislation or an attempt to attract votes?

Labour’s leader, Ed Miliband, has called for longer-term tenancies and rent controls within the private rented sector. Has he however focused too heavily on tenants and forgotten about landlords and letting agents? On the...




30% rise in section 21 possession claims reported

30% rise in section 21 possession claims reported

Landlord Action says tackling ‘retaliatory eviction’ needs more resource to guarantee accuracy. Landlord Action’s latest figures show a 30% rise in claims for possession under Section 21 over the last six months, raising concerns...




Is the UK paying the price for selling off council properties in the 1980s?

Is the UK paying the price for selling off council properties in the 1980s?

Those who remember the 1980s and Margaret Thatcher will be well aware that the trend towards selling off council properties to their tenants took off. We saw thousands upon thousands of properties acquired by...




Landlords warned on protection

Landlords warned on protection

By failing to buy sufficient life cover, landlords are putting their estates at risk, Ying Tan has said. The managing director of The Buy to Let Business said 80 per cent of landlords have...