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Furnishing brings rental premium

Landlords will see higher rental returns by furnishing their properties, with statistics from Countrywide Monthly Lettings Index revealing that furnished flats achieve a rental premium ... Full story

Property price rise predictions increase

Savills has upped its property price predictions, leading to landlords now expecting a capital appreciation of approximately 9.5 per cent in 2014. This total is a ... Full story

Home business from rented property

Changes have recently been made which will make it easier for tenants to run a business from their rented property. Plans by Business Minister Matthew Hancock ... Full story

Landlord fined for loft room

A Barnet landlord has been fined £3,040 for letting out a loft room which tenants were forced to enter on all fours via a staircase. Landlord ... Full story

Reading top rental yield increase

Research by HSBC has revealed that Reading and Brighton have seen the strongest annual rental yield increase, coming in at 12.8 per cent and 12.6 ... Full story

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Universal Credit - Alternative Payment Arrangements

As Universal Credit slowly starts to roll out over the country, many landlords are feeling threatened by the direct payment of the rental element of ... Full story

Student check-outs

Summer is in full swing and the weather has been good, but for those landlords who predominantly let to students, it has often been a ... Full story

Compulsory redress scheme for agents

Since the Julie Rugg report into the private rented sector, published in 2008, there have been calls for further regulation in the sector.  A step ... Full story

Buy to let mortgages: Know your credit score

Buy to let mortgages are of course, the backbone of landlord house purchase funding, and in recent decades this market has expanded immeasurably. Within the ... Full story

Pests in your rental property

Infestation by pests and vermin such as cockroaches or rats could make any property uninhabitable. Disrepair or poor building design and unhygienic living conditions can ... Full story

London rents more than double North East

Regional variation has led to the average London rent exceeding twice that of North East England, according to the latest data from LSL Property Services.  The ... Full story

Ultra Savvy Landlords Profit from Social Housing Market

At Orchard and Shipman, our nationwide property services company has a proposition that is satisfying more and more of today’s ‘Ultra-savvy’ Landlords and Investors by ... Full story

Is it Possible to Achieve Growth on Student Property Investments?

There are several factors that have fuelled the student property fire that we find ourselves in today.  An increased demand from residential developers, coupled with ... Full story

A challenge to Shelter

The English Housing Survey and Professor Michael Ball of Reading University, (shortly to publish a report on regulation in the private sector) are the brave ... Full story

Eviction costs soar

Landlords have always felt that the cost to get rid of the bad tenant was expensive, particularly when often allied to rent arrears and little ... Full story

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