Tagged: fees

New survey reveals that half of tenants feel ripped off

New survey reveals that half of tenants feel ripped off

A new survey conducted by Ocean Finance has revealed that half of tenants in the UK feel that they have been ripped off by either a private sector landlord or letting agent. The main...




Shelter ‘playing to people’s fears’

Shelter ‘playing to people’s fears’

The Residential Landlords Association has recently accused Shelter of ‘playing to people’s fears’  and warned that public policy must not be based on the opinions of problems which could be distorted. Rather than playing to...




PRS to come under the spotlight in Scotland

PRS to come under the spotlight in Scotland

Tomorrow the future of Scotland’s private rented sector will come under the spotlight  as politicians, key stakeholders, academics and housing sector representatives gather in Edinburgh. Key topics will include how to create a more...




Contrasting views on the impact of tenant fees

Contrasting views on the impact of tenant fees

Shelter today claimed that new research has shown that a ban in Scotland on agents charging tenant fees has had no negative impact on letting agents, landlords or tenants and a similar ban should...




PRS campaigners release renter’s manifesto

PRS campaigners release renter’s manifesto

Generation Rent has released a renter’s manifesto – and is now asking for people’s views and additional proposals as well as suggestions for other solutions.




Labour’s plans could dissuade investment in construction

Labour’s plans could dissuade investment in construction

A pledge to introduce rent controls by the Labour party could dissuade companies from investing in the construction of homes for rent, two big landlords have warned. Andrew Cunningham, chief executive of Grainger Plc, voiced concern...




The Latest Buy-to-Let Index from LSL Property Services

The Latest Buy-to-Let Index from LSL Property Services

David Brown, commercial director of LSL Property Services, analyses the company’s latest Buy-to-Let Index, discussing a variety of issues, such as rents by region, yields and returns, and tenant finances. He also presents a...




Labour’s proposed ban on agent fees defeated…. for the time being

Labour’s proposed ban on agent fees defeated…. for the time being

The ban on fees charged to tenants by letting agents, proposed by Labour, was yesterday defeated in the House of Commons. It is however, likely to resurface should Labour win next year’s general election.




Sound, social policy, or simply a strategy to win votes?

Sound, social policy, or simply a strategy to win votes?

The Residential Landlords Association says that Labour’s plans to abolish fees paid by tenants to letting agents are political posturing and are not based on sound, evidence-based policy. They suggest that the only way...




Much needed legislation or an attempt to attract votes?

Much needed legislation or an attempt to attract votes?

Labour’s leader, Ed Miliband, has called for longer-term tenancies and rent controls within the private rented sector. Has he however focused too heavily on tenants and forgotten about landlords and letting agents? On the...