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UK private residential rents set to increase by 16% in next five years

UK private residential rents set to increase by 16% in next five years

Residential property rents across the UK, which have been rising since 2010, are expected to rise by 16% by 2018, according to a new report from Knight Frank. It points out that the pace...




Government takes more steps to force all letting agents to join redress scheme

Government takes more steps to force all letting agents to join redress scheme

The requirement for all letting and managing agents in England to belong to an ombudsman scheme as from next year has come closer. Yesterday, the Government set out its measures, saying: “Compulsory redress schemes...




Long-term tenancies will help everyone

Long-term tenancies will help everyone

It was interesting to see at the height of all the Help to Buy media hoopla recently that the Government was also highlighting the importance of the private rental sector and focusing on areas...




Brits at home with renting

Brits at home with renting

Figures from the latest Rent Check report, produced by BDRC Continental and Allsop LLP, show that Britons are increasingly at home with renting rather than buying their home. Most tenants in the study –...




Rents rise to 41pc of earnings

Rents rise to 41pc of earnings

National rents showed no sign of slowdown in October, up 1% month-on-month and 11% annually to £785 per month. This is according to research from lettings group Sequence which found that the average rent...




Help to Buy mortgages more expensive than renting, say campaigners

Help to Buy mortgages more expensive than renting, say campaigners

PricedOut says most first-time buyers would be better off renting and saving so they could access a better interest rate further down the line. First-time buyers would be better off renting than buying a home...




BTL rents will rise over “foreseeable future” despite Help to Buy

BTL rents will rise over “foreseeable future” despite Help to Buy

Strong demand for rental property and the lack of supply of new homes will push up rents for the foreseeable future, even if Help to Buy does help more tenants onto the property ladder....




How to price a property to let

How to price a property to let

With rental demand for properties continuing to outstrip supply across many parts of the country, landlords’ expectations remain high as far asking prices are concerned. But how do we know how much our properties...




MPs raise worries over lettings industry and Immigration Bill

MPs raise worries over lettings industry and Immigration Bill

A report by a cross-party group of MPs has thrown serious doubt on to how the immigration status of prospective tenants can be checked by landlords – checks that, in reality, will be carried...




Choosing the best property investment mortgage

Choosing the best property investment mortgage

Choosing the right property investment mortgage is not easy with almost 500 different products from dozens of lenders on the market. According to the latest figures, 484 mortgages are available – and the difference...