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One-in-five landlords plan portfolio expansion

One-in-five landlords plan portfolio expansion

One-in-five landlords plan to purchase an additional property over the next 12 months while becoming increasingly reliant on rental income, according to a study by BM Solutions. The survey of over 700 landlords found...




Rent arrears top concerns about accepting benefit tenants

Rent arrears top concerns about accepting benefit tenants

Six in ten landlords and agents are concerned about receiving rent if they accept housing benefit tenants. A new survey of 500 landlords and agents by website Dssmove found that rent apart, most landlords...




ARLA slams Westminster over lack of rental regulation

ARLA slams Westminster over lack of rental regulation

The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) has accused the Westminster government of lagging behind its Welsh and Scottish counterparts when it comes to regulating the rental sector. The Scottish Government is due to...




A third of councils are considering compulsory landlord licensing

A third of councils are considering compulsory landlord licensing

Health and safety concerns, and the sheer growth of the sector, lead local authorities to pay more attention to private rentals Eight out of 10 councils expect their authorities to take a more proactive...




Letting agents voluntarily signing up to Ombudsman Scheme while Landlords being made responsible for checking the immigration status of tenants

Letting agents voluntarily signing up to Ombudsman Scheme while Landlords being made responsible for checking the immigration status of tenants

With last month’s announcement by the Government that all letting agents must “belong to a recognised redress scheme.”  It was encouraging to see that The Property Ombudsman was able to announce at the beginning of the...




Welsh government gets ready to revolutionise private rented sector

Welsh government gets ready to revolutionise private rented sector

The Welsh Government has launched a consultation into reforming the private rented sector in Wales. Proposals include ditching ASTs in favour of simplified, standard contracts. They would contained a ‘prohibited conduct’ term to deal...




Private renting’s hidden costs revealed

Private renting’s hidden costs revealed

The hidden costs of renting private accommodation in Northern Ireland have been revealed in an undercover survey carried out by the Housing Rights Service (HRS). Mystery shoppers conducted a survey of 40 lettings agents...




Immigrant checks would be ‘light touch’, Prisk promises

Immigrant checks would be ‘light touch’, Prisk promises

The immigration status of tenants will only have to be checked under a ‘light touch’ regime, housing minister Mark Prisk has said. Prisk was speaking to MPs who were asking questions about proposals unveiled...




Warning for landlords and investors over size of contingency fund needed for buy to let

Warning for landlords and investors over size of contingency fund needed for buy to let

Residential investors and landlords in the UK are not factoring in the costs of owning a buy to let property with a contingency fund and this is leading to an upward trend in repossessions,...




Rental services firm offered ministers free immigrant check service

Rental services firm offered ministers free immigrant check service

A tenancy referencing firm approached the Government three years ago and offered an immigrants’ checking service which would have cost taxpayers nothing. However, the offer was turned down flat. It has emerged that in...