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Badly drafted Immigration Bill will have to be amended, minister concedes

Badly drafted Immigration Bill will have to be amended, minister concedes

The Immigration Bill has been so badly drafted that it would have allowed legalised squatting. Clause 17 of the Bill, as it stands, makes it impossible for landlords who have breached the requirement to...




Landlords in the UK urged to prepare for impact of recovering property market

Landlords in the UK urged to prepare for impact of recovering property market

Landlords in the UK are being urged to ensure that their business strategy is robust enough to withstand the impact of a recovering property market and a potential forthcoming rise in interest rates. According...




Shelter’s ‘reforms’ would ruin private rented sector, says RLA

Shelter’s ‘reforms’ would ruin private rented sector, says RLA

Longer tenancies would “fatally undermine” the private rented sector, says a new report published this morning. Professor Michael Ball says the proposals, from Shelter, are poorly thought out. He also criticises calls to link...




Help to Buy mortgages set to be 30% more expensive than renting

Help to Buy mortgages set to be 30% more expensive than renting

I have already written about my concerns about the cost of Help to Buy and whether it will actually work out as cost effective, especially for first time buyers. But now I am able...




The accidental landlord: using Google to access potential tenants

The accidental landlord: using Google to access potential tenants

Victoria Whitlock finds Google a more useful tool than credit checks when it comes to assessing a would-be tenant Google your own name and, unless you’re so vain you do it all the time,...




Surveyors report a strong month for UK housing market

Surveyors report a strong month for UK housing market

The UK housing market experienced another strong month in September, with the volume of residential valuations 55% higher than August, according to chartered surveyors Connells Survey & Valuation. The firm says in its latest...




Landlords face £188m in tenant immigration check costs

Landlords face £188m in tenant immigration check costs

Landlords could face extra costs of up to £188m over the next ten years if laws requiring them to check tenants’ immigration status come into force. According to the government’s impact assessment, the cost...




Brokers see sharp rise in first-time landlords

Brokers see sharp rise in first-time landlords

Mortgage advisers report a growing number of new landlords applying for mortgages for buy-to-let investments. In a poll by specialist buy-to-let lender Paragon, advisers said 27% of cases involved first-time landlords against 22% in...




Lettings industry reform does not go far enough

Lettings industry reform does not go far enough

It is good news that the UK government is going ahead with its Tenants Charter that will better protect renters from the worst excesses of rogue landlords and lettings agents and it is much...




How to revive build to rent

How to revive build to rent

Vidhya Alakeson is Deputy Chief Executive of the Resolution Foundation. The private rented sector is fast becoming the only housing option for low to middle income families. Even with Help to Buy, home ownership is...