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April’s Round Up of the Private Rented Sector

April’s Round Up of the Private Rented Sector

This month seen more announcements of high profile entrepreneurs venturing into the online property market, leading to speculation that 2014 is the year the sector is transformed with the future of the industry not on...




Survey reveals potential high demand for properties in UK in next five years

Survey reveals potential high demand for properties in UK in next five years

Some 5% of UK households plan to buy a property in the next year and a further 20% plan to do so within the next five years, according to a new survey. Some 28%...




Are the Buy-to-Let Doomsayers Right?

Are the Buy-to-Let Doomsayers Right?

Reports about the health and prospects of the buy-to-let sector are somewhat contradictory at present. On the one hand, you have the commentators who claim that buy-to-let is as strong as it has ever...




BTL investor surge plugs rental stock gap

BTL investor surge plugs rental stock gap

Improvements to the sales market resulted in a dip in supply of rental properties towards the end of last year, but one letting agency says they have experienced a surge of enquiries from buy-to-let...




Demand pushing up rents across the UK, especially in London, new data shows

Demand pushing up rents across the UK, especially in London, new data shows

Heightened competition among tenants have led to private residential rents in the UK rising by 8% annually, according to the latest data. UK rents have risen by 1% in the last month to £762...




Compulsory redress schemes for UK letting and property management agents confirmed

Compulsory redress schemes for UK letting and property management agents confirmed

All letting and property management agents in the UK will be required to join an approved redress scheme later this year under new plans announced by Housing Minister Kris Hopkins. Millions of tenants and...




UK interest rate rises could affect buy to let landlord expansion, it is claimed

UK interest rate rises could affect buy to let landlord expansion, it is claimed

UK landlords are being advised to be cautious when considering expanding their buy to let portfolios due to a risk that interest rates could rise sooner than expected. With unemployment down and wage growth...




Buy-to-let rental returns fall in nine regions out of ten

Buy-to-let rental returns fall in nine regions out of ten

Yields are down as rents fall behind the rise in property prices Private landlords are experiencing a decline in rental returns across most of the country, latest data shows.




Big rise in complaints to ombudsman about letting agents

Big rise in complaints to ombudsman about letting agents

There was a 23% rise in complaints to the Property Ombudsman last year, according to its annual report, published this morning. While most of the 16,378 inquiries did not proceed beyond the initial complaint...




BTL investors under scrutiny from HMRC

BTL investors under scrutiny from HMRC

Profits from BTL properties are increasingly coming under close scrutiny from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) which suspects some buy to let investors are underpaying their tax bills. HMRC is now running a Let...