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Council ready to close 70 ‘illegal’ student houses in uni city
Hundreds of students in a university city fear they may lose their homes as the council investigates 70 houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) that are running without planning permission. York City Council is ready to issue enforcement notices for the planning breaches, which cou
Posted by on 31/10/2012 13:42:45
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Student halls investment up 145% to £2bn
Corporate investors are still backing the student housing sector by ploughing a record £2 billion in to university halls in the first nine months of the year – a 145% increase over last year. This record investment is despite rising tuition fees in England and falling numbers of
Posted by on 29/10/2012 09:23:34
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Auction homes go for 30% below average house prices
Homes sold at auctions are dropping in value and cost around an average 30% less than those bought in private sales. The latest figures for homes sold under the hammer in September reveal that 2,578 homes were sold across the UK for an average price of £114,401, according to auc
Posted by on 24/10/2012 13:49:40
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Students and council argue over HMO plans
Students and councillors in Swansea are at loggerheads over council plans to introduce controls for shared houses. The council wants to control standards and the number of properties by licensing houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), which are mainly lived in by students in the
Posted by on 22/10/2012 11:52:09
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Rents are still rising – but who knows by how much?
Rents are rising whatever way you measure them – the argument between the different firms calculating the figures is by how much. Britain has no official rent index, so the industry relies on figures mainly compiled by two commercial organisations – LSL Property Services and Hom
Posted by on 22/10/2012 08:59:54
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Britain’s property hot spots are university cities
Student landlords are likely to pay the most per square metre for homes in popular university towns, according to house price analysis by The Halifax. The top 10 prices per square metre (M2) are all in London and the South East. Westminster tops the list for the most
Posted by on 17/10/2012 15:07:07
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What makes a great student house?
Student landlords looking to add to their portfolios or new investors thinking about letting to students for the first time can learn a lot by looking at their properties in the same way as their tenants. Let’s face it, the average landlord is generally at least 40 and probably
Posted by on 17/10/2012 13:50:59
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Farming college needs more digs for students
A farming college is calling on local landlords to help with a significant shortfall in student housing. Bicton College, Devon, has seen a record of 1,600 students enrol for courses and many are based in temporary accommodation. Some are even living in ‘Bunkabins’ until landlo
Posted by on 12/10/2012 09:47:35
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Jail threat for landlord who ignored drugs farm
Landlords who turn a blind eye to tenants using or growing drugs could face criminal charges. Police can also charge tenants in shared houses for letting other tenants take drugs Offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act specifically pinpoint occupiers and people concerned in the
Posted by on 10/10/2012 14:27:06
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Dealing with rogue tenants
Not all tenants treat their rented homes well – and students are some of the worst offenders, leaving landlords to deal with broken furniture, smashed windows, holes in walls or ripped carpets. Part of the landlord’s job is minimising the potential for damage at letting proper
Posted by on 10/10/2012 14:22:36
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Good neighbour guides emailed to student houses
Eguides explaining about acting as good neighbours have been emailed to thousands of students and landlords in Manchester. The specially written guides for students living off campus in private shared homes were emailed out by Manchester City Council. The guides offer hints abo
Posted by on 08/10/2012 11:58:38
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Buy to let is booming for 90% of landlords
Business is booming for buy to let landlords with high demand to rent their homes from tenants and improving returns on their investments. Just over 90% of landlords report a steady flow of inquiries from tenants over the past three months, according to the latest buy to let l
Posted by on 03/10/2012 16:58:46
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More councils ready to control HMO houses for students
Student landlords serving two more leading universities are about to come under special planning restrictions. Councillors in Reading and Bath are both readying to restrict the numbers of new shared houses with article 4 directions requiring property investors to apply for pla
Posted by on 03/10/2012 15:54:46
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Three loan deals for landlords financing refurbs
Property investors may want to look at alternatives to bridging finance for refurbishment projects after warnings about unfair interest charges from the Financial Services Authority (FSA) The FSA has contacted every regulated bridging lender pointing out concerns about how the
Posted by on 03/10/2012 15:12:24
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Marketing tips for student landlords
Student landlords need to step up their marketing to make sure they find tenants this year as numbers drop slightly, says the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA). ARLA reckons student numbers this academic year have dropped by up to 15,000 compared to last year, m
Posted by on 01/10/2012 09:44:20
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