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Landlords risk being caught up in ID fraud rise
Landlords are being urged to be on their guard against the risk of identity fraud with a general rise in incidents but some areas are seeing seven times the national average in fraud attempts.

The warning comes from a leading independent estate lettings agency, the Esse
Posted by on 28/11/2013 16:02:28
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Wales to introduce new Housing Bill
The first Housing Bill to be introduced by the Welsh Government has been unveiled and one of the policies is to force every landlord with a rental property to register with local authorities.

The Welsh Government says this is a bid to tackle rogue landlords and some of
Posted by on 28/11/2013 16:02:03
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Rents set to increase by 16% in next five years
Things are looking up for the UK’s landlords with another survey predicting good times ahead.

Residential property rents, which have been growing since 2010, are expected to rocket by 16% by 2018, according to a report from international real estate firm Knight Frank.
Posted by on 28/11/2013 16:01:31
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The reasons why tenants leave rental properties
Landlords may be surprised as to some of the reasons given for a tenant leaving their property and now new research reveals what their biggest bugbears are.

Apparently, the biggest reason for leaving a property is to do with poor quality fixtures and fittings, according
Posted by on 21/11/2013 16:45:23
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Rents hit record high
Things are looking good for landlords with buy-to-let properties after news that rents in England and Wales have hit a record high and the number of tenants in arrears has also fallen.

The figures come from the LSL Buy-to-Let Index which reveal that the average rent bein
Posted by on 21/11/2013 16:42:45
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RLA publishes formal guidance to landlords in regards to the Superstrike case
The Superstrike case which earlier this year shook the private rented sector, has found many landlords uncertain about where they stand in regards to tenancy deposit schemes for tenants living in properties with agreements dated before the inception of the tenancy deposit protect
Posted by on 21/11/2013 16:39:33
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National Landlords' Association demands licence fee refunds
The NLA has "written to all local authorities in England after recent court judgments have clarified issues over the licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) and how local lic
Posted by on 21/11/2013 16:37:28
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Experian to include rent payments on personal credit files
One of the world's largest credit referencing agencies, Experian, has announced that from January 2014 it will include rental payments on individual credit reports. The changes will mean landlords and lettings/estates agen
Posted by on 21/11/2013 16:33:49
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Halifax 'dismisses' housing market bubble fears
Halifax, one of the UK's leading landlord mortgage providers, has dismissed fears that the housing market is heading towards another 'bubble'. Halifax's November 2013 House Price Index, highlighted the fact as property prices continued to grow - but with a caveat, at a gradual ra
Posted by on 21/11/2013 16:31:00
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Buy-to-let borrowing rates in surprise drop
Big buy-to-let mortgage providers - Coventry Building Society and Virgin Money - have slowly started to decrease the rates and terms of their mortgage deals. The move, which many analysts argue is a move to get more people to invest into the lucrative buy-to-let marketplace, can
Posted by on 21/11/2013 16:29:29
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Homelet rental index highlights stability in the rental marketplace
According to the HomeLet Rental Index, average rental payments in the UK appear to have plateaued after last month's slight decrease. The data, however, still points towards tenants paying around 2.7% more than this time last year.
Posted by on 21/11/2013 16:26:08
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Landlord fined after "unreasonable delays" on urgent repair work
A landlord in Northumbria has been fined after being found guilty of failing to comply with the Housing Act Improvement Notice regulations in response to his continued failure to act. The landlord, Brij Bushan Chowdhry, was fined £ 1,000. He was also liable for £900 worth of lega
Posted by on 21/11/2013 16:21:37
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Landlords 'Not Worried' About Help To Buy
The National Landlords' Association (NLA) have published a new survey which has found that "just one in five (21 per cent) of landlords say they're worried abut the impact of Help to Buy
Posted by on 21/11/2013 16:16:31
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RLA: Cardiff waste/Recycling collection consultation
The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) are encouraging possible responders to engage with Cardiff Council's new waste and recycling consultation. Cardiff Council want the views of local peo
Posted by on 21/11/2013 16:14:12
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Selective licensing? Try blanket licensing for all Waltham Forest landlords
Waltham Forest, the London Borough, has announced a public consultation on the prospect of joining Newham London Borough Council, by introducing a blanket licensing requirement on all landlords.
Posted by on 21/11/2013 16:11:34
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New guide for buy-to-let landlords launched
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched a series of free guides to help first-time property buyers through the home buying maze - including those wanting to invest in buy-to-let property.

The guides help buyers and sellers alike understand what is expec
Posted by on 07/11/2013 17:23:34
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Funding options for BTL landlords highlighted
Around one third of people investing in property do not realise there are more sources of funding other than high street banks and building societies, according to a survey.

The survey by Shawbrook Bank, a new savings and lending bank, found that these investors were un
Posted by on 07/11/2013 17:23:23
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Landlords increasingly turning to rents to boost income
One of the biggest reasons for landlords moving into the private renting sector is to help boost their monthly earnings, according to a survey.

With income levels stagnant and the squeeze on disposable income growing, four in 10 of landlords questioned said they were ha
Posted by on 07/11/2013 17:23:10
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Demand for rental properties drops
The latest research on the buy-to-let market reveals that more than one third of landlords reveal that demand from tenants for rentable properties is easing after a long period of high demand.

Around 35% of landlords said that the number of renters looking for property
Posted by on 07/11/2013 17:22:59
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