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Scotland: Landlords, tenants to get dispute resolution panel

Scotland: Landlords, tenants to get dispute resolution panel

A NEW tribunal will be created to deal with disputes between private landlords and tenants, Scottish housing minister Margaret Burgess has announced.




Advice for landlords out of pocket over UK housing benefit rent gap

Advice for landlords out of pocket over UK housing benefit rent gap

A housing benefit cap introduced in the UK means that in many areas of the country some landlords have seen their Local Housing Authority rental income drop by up to 50%, it is claimed....




Majority of interest-only landlords view sale as exit strategy

Majority of interest-only landlords view sale as exit strategy

Almost three-quarters of buy-to-let landlords with interest-only mortgages plan to sell their properties at the end of the term to settle the debt. A study of landlords by BDRC Continental found that 72% planned...




New loans scheme to bring empty properties into rented sector

New loans scheme to bring empty properties into rented sector

A new scheme aimed at bringing some of England’s 710,000 empty homes back into use as rental properties has been launched. In a joint initiative between the charity Empty Homes, the Ecology Building Society,...




How commuter rental hotspots compare with the costs of London living

How commuter rental hotspots compare with the costs of London living

Travel further to find more space for less rent. But does commuting make financial sense once travel costs are included? Ruth Bloomfield does the maths Renting has become the norm for a generation of...




Shelter: 1.8m priced out of housing market

Shelter: 1.8m priced out of housing market

A new report from Shelter revealed a swathe of ‘squeezed middle’ families facing years of private renting, or trapped on the first rung of the property ladder. An estimated 1.8m family’s fall into this...




August update on the private rented sector

August update on the private rented sector

Its hard to believe that we are already at the end of another summer and the kids are going back to school.  As usual with this time of year in the lettings industry there...




Relationship between agents and landlords ‘could worsen over migrant checks’

Relationship between agents and landlords ‘could worsen over migrant checks’

Proposals to make private landlords responsible for checking the immigrant status of tenants have been slammed by the Residential Landlords’ Association. The body says the plans could create further friction between landlords and agents. The...




Buy-to-let leads the way to recovery

Buy-to-let leads the way to recovery

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has wasted no time in signalling his views on the economy and his plans for interest rates in particular. It is perhaps unfair to contrast styles with his...




Student rents soar in widening North/South divide

Student rents soar in widening North/South divide

Average student rents are up 3.1% this academic year to stand at just under £80 a week. However, the rise has been driven by increases in student rent in the south, while rents in...