Tagged: buy-to-let

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...




OFT launches new consultation on rules for lettings industry

OFT launches new consultation on rules for lettings industry

In a second key move affecting letting agents, a new consultation was launched yesterday by the OFT. At its centre is the subject of fees. The consultation is on draft guidance aimed at getting...




Eric Pickles to better regulate landlords and letting agents

Eric Pickles to better regulate landlords and letting agents

Plans include forcing letting agents to join a redress scheme allowing complaints about poor service or hidden fees to be independently examined. The government is preparing to announce rules to better regulate the private...




Pace of rent rises slows down, says HomeLet

Pace of rent rises slows down, says HomeLet

The average cost of renting a home in the UK increased by a minimal 0.4% during September to £854 per month – 5.6% higher than in September last year. However, there were only three...




How the tuition fee hike impacted the student buy-to-let market – Paragon

How the tuition fee hike impacted the student buy-to-let market – Paragon

The beginning of autumn brings with it the migration of 2.5m students to higher education institutions across the UK. As the new academic year starts to unfold, landlords might find it worthwhile to do...




Council of Letting Agents call for Scotland’s dangerous electrics to be outlawed

Council of Letting Agents call for Scotland’s dangerous electrics to be outlawed

The Council of Letting Agents has today called for better electrical safety standards in Scotland’s privately rented properties. Speaking at their inaugural conference, Council of Letting Agents (CLA) Convenor Kathleen Gell said: “Scotland depends...




Concerns mount over Tenants’ Charter

Concerns mount over Tenants’ Charter

Plans to introduce a Tenants’ Charter, to improve standards in the rental sector and encourage longer fixed-term tenancies for families, could be counter-productive for the market, warned rental servicers Landlord Assist. It believes the...