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Newham mayor speaks out against veto

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, has spoken out against Communities Secretary Eric Pickles’ right to veto local authority private landlord licensing schemes.  From 1st April, ... Full story

Uncertainty over the future of office to residential conversions

In his final ministerial statement ahead of the election, Eric Pickles chose not to confirm whether or not the government would extend permitted development rights ... Full story

Capital deposits exceed twice national rate

Average tenancy deposits in London have been found to be more than twice the cost of the rest of England and Wales.  Statistics released by The ... Full story

Landlords check your portfolio yield

Research has revealed that 23 per cent of UK landlords do not measure the returns on their buy-to-let investments, leaving a total of £300billion unmonitored ... Full story

Landlord removes bathroom without warning

A couple were left shocked after returning to their Hoxton flat they were renting to find their landlord had removed their entire bathroom without consulting ... Full story

Optimism back in property market

Despite a dip in the middle of 2014, optimism has returned to the UK property market.  36 per cent of respondents to the property tracker index ... Full story

Landlord finds cannabis farm in loft

Upon entering his recently vacated rental property in Sittingbourne, landlord Peter Hudson was greeted by an unusual smell - the source of which was revealed ... Full story

London rental standard strengthens

115,000 rental properties in the capital are now signed up to the Mayor’s London Rental Standard.  Less than a year since its launch, the Rental Standard ... Full story



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Reassuringly inexpensive - Why 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. From Amazon to Uber, the narrative of the past few years has been relentless: as technology advances, industries evolve dramatically. The result is that customers are empowered. Customers have become increasingly accustomed to paying less for a service that offers more: more control and more value. ... 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

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

Buy to let - invest in the best

There are five key rules to securing the perfect buy to let investment, including the consideration of location, market, and exit strategy. Primarily, the area in which the investment property is situated is a crucial element to its success. Prime postcodes and popular addresses vastly increase property values, as do important features for tenants such as local amenities like shopping and entertainment facilities. Transport links and local schools are also important considerations. The experts from letting agent Belvoir look at the best strategies. ... Full story

Yet another Citizens Advice campaign

Is there no end to the damage that the Citizen's Advice Bureau will do to the private sector, despite the valuable work it does in housing in the region of 9 million tenants who otherwise may be homeless, living in temporary accommodation or forced to live in over-crowded family homes. Sharon Betton, landlord advisor with the Bolton Bond Board and author of The Landlord Good Management and Practice Guide considers their latest report. ... Full story

Pay off debt or buy to let

House prices are expected to rise to record levels in the coming year, exceeding their 2007 peak. Experts have suggested that the average cost of a home will reach £233,000 in 2014, which is 0.7 per cent higher than before the credit crunch. This puts potential investors in an optimum position, with mounting equity and the various opportunities offered by low mortgage interest rates.In the current financial state, there are two viable options. ... Full story



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