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Generation rent prime target for election

‘Generation Rent’ has been shown to be a prime concern amongst likely candidates in the coming election.  In a poll conducted by the National Housing Federation, ... Full story

Buy to let mortgage rates low

The amount of low priced buy to let mortgages available has tripled according to analysis from moneyfacts.co.uk.  The number of five year fixed rate loans priced ... Full story

Buy to let growth continues

Buy to let growth is outperforming residential borrowing, with £36.2 billion lent to fund investment in the private rental sector during the first quarter of ... Full story

Summing up Labour housing pledges

The latest Labour pledge is to abolish stamp duty for first-time buyers buying homes worth up to £300,000 for the next three years. They have ... Full story

London first time buyers surge

First time buyer sales are catching up with investors in the Prime London property market, according to estate agent Marsh & Parsons’ latest London Property ... Full story

Student tenants outbid bankers in London

It has been revealed that students are now paying an average of £28,886 each year for some of Central London’s prime rental properties.  Fuelled by independently ... Full story

Return on investment key to buy to let

80 per cent of landlords fail to consider additional costs when calculating the profitability of their property portfolio, despite this often reaching over £8,000.  Research by ... Full story

Landlord fined for mouldy and damp flat

A rogue London landlord has been fined £3,000 for renting a flat in Margate riddled with mould and damp.  The property was visited by the council’s ... Full story



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Buy to let legislation - the story so far

Whether you are looking forward to the forthcoming General Election with joyful anticipation or sick dread at the changes that could be effected such a short time from now, what is certain is that it has focused the legislature on tidying up some issues in the private sector before the big day. Sharon Betton, landlord advisor with the Bolton Bond Board and author of The Landlord Good Management and Practice Guide looks back at the changes so far. ... Full story

A knotty problem for residential landlords

The spread of Japanese Knotweed and other invasive non-native species (INNS) has been subject to control for some time. The Infrastructure Act 2015 became law on 12 February 2015 and amends section 14 of the Wildlife Act 1981 to introduce new powers which can compel landowners to take action on INNS including Japanese Knotweed. So writes Helen Wheddon, Partner, Stevens & Bolton LLP. ... Full story

Reassuringly inexpensive - Low-cost doesn’t have to mean low quality

'Reassuringly expensive'. So goes the strapline for Stella Artois, and maybe sometimes that’s true. But as time goes on, the trend we’re seeing is that low-cost doesn’t have to mean low-quality at all. Just 20 years ago, for example, if you’d told me that you could fly me to Cologne for £30 I would have had some pretty severe reservations about the quality of that flight (and the likelihood of arriving in one piece). Now though? I wouldn’t think twice. ... Full story

Buy to let rents continue to rise

For investors in the rental market in the UK, one of the country's hottest asset classes, the delicate balance between spending big in London for large returns and spending a little less in the regions for a higher yield over a longer period has always presented a big decision. However, according to new reports, the rental gap between London and the regions is now starting to close, making for good news for those already investing in the strong regions. ... Full story

Buy to let investment - Is it right for you?

The demand for rental properties across the UK has soared over the past 12 months, outstripping supply in all parts of the country. Whilst the number of tenants has risen dramatically - by 20% at the end of last year - the number of homes available to rent during the same period had dropped around 17%. ... Full story

The Budget - 'A nightmare in the making'

So says Alan Ward, Chairman of the RLA. Strong words, written in response to the Governments' plans to out-law from tenancy agreements clauses prohibiting sub-letting and to form a ‘sharing economy’. Whilst I could understand the ethos of much of what the Government is trying to do, it is impossible to see what, if any, thought this has had, which makes it very difficult to provide any defence of the logic behind such a move. ... Full story

Selective Licensing Schemes - Government approval required

Since Selective Licensing was introduced in part three of the 2004 Housing Act, coming into force on 6th April 2004, landlords have viewed it with scepticism. Measures seemed extreme and hit the good landlord with the bad. That would not have mattered so much, had it not hit the pockets of landlords equally. These are expensive schemes and the fee, per property, could be difficult for the very small landlords making very little profit from their properties and feel very unfair to those whose tenants are not contributing to problems in areas designated for licensing. ... Full story

How solid is your rental guarantee?

Guaranteed and assured rentals are a common feature of property investments today, with a myriad buy to let, student accommodation, vacation home and hotel room projects advertising attractive net yields, fixed and assured for a number of years. For the investor, this can feel reassuring; with comfort in the knowledge that their income should remain stable and that they need not worry about void periods, low occupancy or poor performance. ... Full story

Universal Credit - starting near you soon

When we are children, it feels like Christmas never comes. Then when it arrives, we hope our joyful expectation is rewarded with presents, chocolates, good things. Well, it has felt very much like that with Universal Credit - it has been on the radar a very long time with very little happening, but sadly with no joyful expectation at the end! Landlords have dreaded it and hoped the delays may mean it would not be implemented - a vain hope. ... Full story

Buy to let rental market growing

The rental market in the UK has been strong for investors for some time now, with the sector providing them with a perennially high level of demand and steady yields that can be relied upon. However, according to the latest statistics, things could be about to get even better for those putting their money into the buy-to-let market, with the volume of people who are now opting to buy their own home falling. This, of course, means a greater number of new households in particular renting instead, which helps improve conditions for landlords. ... Full story



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