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Shelter confirms it wants change in law to stop agent fees to tenants

Shelter confirms it wants change in law to stop agent fees to tenants

When agent David Baker wrote to Shelter over its campaign to end letting agent fees charged to tenants, he was not expecting a response. However, he got one. And the response confirms that Shelter...




Deposit schemes unite to take legal advice after Superstrike case

Deposit schemes unite to take legal advice after Superstrike case

The latest Court of Appeal ruling could mean that new tenancies have to be created monthly, and tenants’ deposits re-protected every time. It could also mean that deposits which the law now – but...




Landlords still looking to buy

Landlords still looking to buy

Landlords remain keen to buy despite softening tenant demand, research from the Association of Residential Letting Agents has revealed. The research found that Landlord investment in residential property has increased significantly over the past...




Shelter bids to get letting agent fees banned by law in England

Shelter bids to get letting agent fees banned by law in England

Shelter has launched its widely-expected campaign to get all letting agent fees charged to tenants banned throughout England. The lobbying organisation wants the practice outlawed by MPs, and in future only landlords charged. The...




Pressure on lenders to cut rental restrictions

Pressure on lenders to cut rental restrictions

David Lawrenson, of private rental consultants www.LettingFocus.com, celebrates a victory after the London Assembly accepts his firm’s evidence on the private rented sector and will be used as a key recommendation. The London Assembly...




It’s boom time for buy-to-let, so here’s your homework

It’s boom time for buy-to-let, so here’s your homework

The buy-to-let sector is booming with landlords tempted by lower house prices, rising rents and improved mortgage deals. Homeowners can no longer rely on house prices rising steeply, but with rental yields on the...




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...




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...




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...




Just one in a hundred deposits ends in formal dispute

Just one in a hundred deposits ends in formal dispute

The ratio of deposit disputes in England & Wales is just over 1% according to official figures released by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The Government figures show that of the seven...