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Council pledges to step up HMO campaign
Oxford, one of the UK’s most proactive councils in enforcing house in multiple occupation laws, is warning that landlords running shared homes without a licence risk prosecution. A year in to a controversial city-wide shared licensing scheme, and one of the council officers resp
Posted by on 28/11/2012 13:57:58
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Legal loophole catching landlords out as bad tenants beat reference checks
Are you sure that your new tenant has no court orders against him related to rental arrears at a previous property? Most landlords would feel relaxed about this, safe in the knowledge that they have obtained professional reference reports, including information registered by the
Posted by on 26/11/2012 10:26:40
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Record profits for student landlord lender
Leading student landlord mortgage lender Paragon has announced record profits and a 45% surge in new property investment loans. The Paragon Group of Companies, which runs Paragon Mortgages, has released full-year results for the year ending September 30, 2012. After closi
Posted by on 21/11/2012 16:04:50
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Lettings industry unites in fight against rogue agents
The first meeting of a letting industry talk shop about protecting money paid by landlords and tenants from unscrupulous letting agents highlights the confusion in the sector. Letting agents are an unregulated industry and many landlords and tenants have fallen foul of firms tha
Posted by on 21/11/2012 13:44:16
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Landlords fund their retirement from property pensions
Property is a pension for private landlords as they intend to finance their retirement from their buy to let investments, according to new research. The majority of landlords (80%) prefer funding their property businesses as long-term investments rather than putting their cash i
Posted by on 19/11/2012 09:01:16
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How to serve a Section 21 notice to quit
Private landlords often have problems evicting tenants because when they come to issue the paperwork, they realise they have not followed the legal process correctly. Lawyers can pick apart landlord applications because many buy to let investors do not always understand the law.
Posted by on 14/11/2012 13:56:46
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Landlord insurance – Empty home cover
Student shared houses are left standing empty at some time in the year for a number of reasons like tenants away out of term time and refurbishments. Standard landlord insurance often demands a property is not left vacant for more than 30 days in a row. This can be a problem if
Posted by on 14/11/2012 13:36:06
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Buy to let lending grows – but is 60% down on boom years
Student landlords will be relieved banks and building societies are lending more to property investors – but although the latest figures show a rising market, the levels are still significantly below the boom years. Both the number and amount of buy to let mortgages increased in
Posted by on 09/11/2012 09:36:52
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Student housing leads the way as a top investment
Student housing is one of the top performing investment classes around the world. Property investors in the UK have considered the sector a haven for their cash for several years – and even corporate investors have sunk a record £2 billion in to halls of residence this year to d
Posted by on 07/11/2012 14:06:04
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Free gifts and finances shape student rent market
Students under financial stress are moving out of city centres and away from campus to neighbourhoods with cheaper rents. The problem is moving to the suburbs is not necessarily cheaper than living in a city centre, according to a new study. Although identical homes may be chea
Posted by on 07/11/2012 14:00:04
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Students warned of pan fire dangers after kitchen blaze
Firefighters have warned students about the dangers of pan fires when cooking food is left unattended following a major kitchen blaze. Around 200 students were evacuated from halls of residence at Bradford, when food caught light in a third floor flat in the six storey block. S
Posted by on 05/11/2012 09:36:41
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Landlords called to account over business records
Student landlords and other property investors will find their businesses coming under scrutiny as the tax man investigates how well they are keeping their accounts. Landlords can expect a phone call from HM Revenue & Customs asking some tough questions about their business reco
Posted by on 02/11/2012 09:23:06
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