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New measures in England set to make renting more family friendly

New measures in England set to make renting more family friendly

New measures are being introduced in England to encourage family friendly tenancies in the private property rented sector which will also raise standards. Tenants will be able to request longer tenancies that provide stability...




Buy-to-let landlords could be forced to offer longer tenancies

Buy-to-let landlords could be forced to offer longer tenancies

Government plans to be announced later today could see buy-to-let landlords being forced to offer long-term tenancies. Communities secretary Eric Pickles plans to introduce a new set of rules which would give tenants the...




First-time buyers going straight into buy-to-let

First-time buyers going straight into buy-to-let

Growing numbers of first-time buyers are putting their money into properties to let out miles away from where they themselves live, it has been reported. While salaries in big cities such as London tend...




Private residential rental prices up across the UK, new index shows

Private residential rental prices up across the UK, new index shows

Private residential rental prices paid by tenants in the UK rose by 1.2% in the 12 months to August 2013, according to a new index from the Office of National Statistics. Excluding London, were...




Labour pledges mandatory register of all private landlords

Labour pledges mandatory register of all private landlords

Mandatory licensing of all letting agents and a national register of all landlords in England would be policy under a Labour government. The landlords register proposal was unveiled at this week’s party conference by...




September round up of private rented sector

September round up of private rented sector

September, a traditionally busy time of year as students move into new accommodation for the academic year, has also been another busy month for the private rented sector.  Finally guidance has been published on...




UK taxman launches new crackdown on residential landlord payments

UK taxman launches new crackdown on residential landlord payments

Private residential landlords are being advised to put their house in order as the UK’s taxman has announced a crackdown on unpaid taxes. It is estimated that around £500 million is owed by landlords...




Government set to U-turn on immigrant checks, claim

Government set to U-turn on immigrant checks, claim

The Government is set to do a U-turn on plans to force landlords to check their tenants’ immigration status or face fines of up to £3,000. According to a report in the Daily Mail,...




PRS requires 615,000 new homes by 2016 – Savills

PRS requires 615,000 new homes by 2016 – Savills

Over 600,000 households will be created in the private rented sector (PRS) between 2014 and 2016, according to new research revealed recently at RESI 13, the UK residential conference. A significant share of the...




Research reveals the extent of hidden tenants in the UK

Research reveals the extent of hidden tenants in the UK

Some 49% of residential letting agencies in the UK have found people living unofficially in rented accommodation during checks on the property. That amounts to 3.3 million people and 75% of these resident ‘ghosts’...