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Move into private rented sector ‘a natural step’ for ALMOs

Move into private rented sector ‘a natural step’ for ALMOs

Two thirds of housing ALMOs plan to be working in the private rented sector by the end of the year, according to a report published today. The National Federation of ALMOs ‘Right Time Right...




Regulation of UK estate agents handed over to Powys county council

Regulation of UK estate agents handed over to Powys county council

Closure of Office of Fair Trading leaves Welsh council to protect homebuyers and sellers from rogue agents A Welsh council will become responsible for protecting homebuyers and sellers across the UK from rogue estate...




Council loses maisonette HMO licence appeal

Council loses maisonette HMO licence appeal

A High Court ruling that changes the definition of a mandatory house in multiple occupation (HMO) has left the door open for landlords to tackle councils over repaying thousands of pounds in wrongly collected...




Rents up, Voids Down and Green is Good

Rents up, Voids Down and Green is Good

Build to Rent At the beginning of the month a report from non-profit company Million Homes, Million Lives, claimed that ‘Half of Britain could be renting within 30 years’, and called for changes to encourage...




Mandatory redress schemes ‘not enough’ says deposit campaign

Mandatory redress schemes ‘not enough’ says deposit campaign

Obliging letting agents to join an ombudsman or other redress scheme may not address issues of financial protection according to the chair of a scheme campaigning to protect client deposits. John Midgley, chair of...




Eating and heating sidelined as PRS tenants try to cope with soaring rents

Eating and heating sidelined as PRS tenants try to cope with soaring rents

Escalating rent costs are forcing two in five of those in the private rented sector to cut back on heating, while a third are avoiding buying food, a shock poll has revealed. The worrying...




Majority of IFAs expect UK house prices to rise in next three years

Majority of IFAs expect UK house prices to rise in next three years

Nine out of ten Independent Financial Advisers expect UK house prices to increase during the next three years. Some 40% of IFAs would increase their own personal exposure to residential if it were easier...




Go green to get a good deal

Go green to get a good deal

It’s not surprising that the news that the government is extending Green Deal finance to landlords and tenants in England, Wales and Scotland has been welcomed by lettings bodies. With just four years to...




Buy-to-let investors could make 15.3pc return

Buy-to-let investors could make 15.3pc return

The average buy-to-let investor in England and Wales could make a 15.3% return over the next 12 months due to the flourishing rental market, LSL Property Services has estimated writes Ryan Bembridge.




Pensions windfall could see buy-to-let boom

Pensions windfall could see buy-to-let boom

Brokers believe the pension reforms announced in the Budget could trigger a surge in buy-to-let investment and an increase in the number of borrowers paying down interest-only mortgages. From next April, savers aged 55...