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Don’t surrender to poor local yields, urges property guru
Property investment experts are urging landlords to look away from their local neighbourhoods to earn the biggest returns on their investments.

A new survey of buy to let yields in England and Wales reveals Birmingham is one of the brightest spots for investment, even
Posted by on 27/08/2013 15:57:40
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Clearing Review 2013
So far it seems to be positive news for the September 2013 university intake. On results day on Thursday 15th August, statistics showed that university entry hit an all-time high; this bodes well for landlords.

A week after results day, the number of students with a co
Posted by on 23/08/2013 17:25:10
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New mortgage deals for professional landlords
Buy to let lenders have tweaked some of their mortgages for property investors with new products and rate cuts.

Professional landlords – defined as investors with 25 or more letting properties who have no income other than rents – are being courted by Metro Bank.
Posted by on 22/08/2013 09:07:38
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Students lured on courses by cash, iPads and discounts
Some universities seem to believe that students will pick a degree course based on gimmicks and incentives rather than the standard of teaching.

A bidding war has started to try to attract students to courses in some less attractive learning institutions.

Posted by on 21/08/2013 09:13:48
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How to choose the right letting agent
The high streets and internet are crammed with letting agents vying for landlord business – and the media headlines scream that many are rogue or cowboy businesses

So how does a landlord know which firm to pick?

The choice is often hard without asking a few
Posted by on 20/08/2013 15:47:10
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Has the student housing bubble burst?
Students may be cheering their latest A-level results and looking forward to going off to university, but the future is less clear for a group of investors.

Brandeaux Student Housing, the £1 billion investment fund behind Liberty Housing, the student halls provider, su
Posted by on 16/08/2013 17:03:00
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Buy to let rents surge to a two-year peak
Buy to let rents are rising, reports Countrywide, one of the UK’s largest letting agents, hitting a 24 month peak in July.

The letting agent says average rents are now £866 per month.

Highest returns on investment are in Wales (6.6%), yields in London are lo
Posted by on 16/08/2013 14:15:18
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Buy to let heat maps plot the spread of rented homes
The spread of buy to let and shared houses across the country have been mapped for the first time.

Estate agent Strutt and Parker compared Land Registry housing data for the past decade across England and Wales to show how private rented homes started as clusters aroun
Posted by on 14/08/2013 15:35:34
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Smart property investor could have made 2,200% profit
Smart property investors starting with a £1 million fund in 1995 would have seen their money increase to £23 million if they had predicted the best places to invest every year.

Sticking with the best performing towns and cities would have returned a massive 2,200% prof
Posted by on 13/08/2013 09:41:36
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University has 66 HMO licence applications rejected
A university has had applications to renew 66 house in multiple occupation licences (HMO) rejected by a council after a catalogue of fire and electrical safety problems were revealed at a massive complex housing more than 1,000 students.

The issues are at the 1,163 roo
Posted by on 09/08/2013 17:20:44
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Whoops…Court fines HMO landlord £38,000 by mistake
Red-faced magistrates in Northampton have had to reopen a case against a house in multiple occupation landlord fined £38,000 for illegally letting rooms to more than 30 students.

Chris Berrington, director of Student Housing Northamptonshire Ltd, was found guilty in hi
Posted by on 09/08/2013 09:31:00
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Buy to let lending surges to £5 billion
Landlords borrowed more than £5 billion in the second three months of 2013 as the buy to let market showed strong signs of revival.

The figures for the second quarter hit the highest levels in five years as 40,000 buy to let mortgages worth £5.1 billion were agreed by
Posted by on 09/08/2013 09:22:07
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Student loan fraudsters loot £6.5 in scams
Bogus student loan applications cost the taxpayer more than £6.5 million in the past 12 months.

Around 2,450 fraudsters made applications for student cash from the UK and European Union – and 875 payments were made before the false claims were spotted.

The S
Posted by on 08/08/2013 10:09:10
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Landlord’s CGT plea rejected by tax tribunal
A landlord developer who failed to keep proper records of spending on improvements to rental properties has had a claim for cutting capital gains tax thrown out.

A HM Revenue and Customs comparison on tax returns with Land registry data showed Tobias Ridpath bought and
Posted by on 06/08/2013 14:02:50
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Deposit protection schemes issue Superstrike guidance
Tenancy deposit protection schemes have issued joint guidance for buy to let landlords on serving prescribed information when tenancies turn from fixed to periodic terms.

The information follows consultation with lawyers and the Communities and Local Government Departm
Posted by on 06/08/2013 13:52:57
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£40,000 fine for owner of ‘danger’ HMOs
Tenants were living in a basement without windows or ventilation in shoddy unlicensed houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).

Amarjit Sanger, 37, of Goodmayes, Essex, and ARJ Investments Limited, a company which lists him as a director, rented five dangerous HMOs in the
Posted by on 02/08/2013 10:21:04
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London Rental Standard falls flat of expectations
London Mayor Boris Johnson has revealed the details of his long-awaited London Rental Standard – but controversial proposals for rent controls are not included.

Instead, landlords and letting agents have a strategy for a capital-wide voluntary accreditation scheme.
Posted by on 02/08/2013 10:12:33
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Student housing improves – but at a price
Student housing standards are improving – but at a cost as rents soar.

Average rents are £5,224 a year and finding enough cash to pay for accommodation is a major problem for many students.

The National Union of Students reckons rents have risen 27% above in
Posted by on 02/08/2013 10:05:45
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HMO licensing set for all Tottenham shared homes
Landlords in Tottenham, North London, face stricter planning and licensing for homes in multiple occupation (HMOs).

Haringey Council claims neighbourhoods suffer from too many shared houses due to rising demand for cheap, private housing.

Many of these house
Posted by on 02/08/2013 10:02:15
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Countdown to July tax deadline
Taxpayers have just a few days to pay any tax due on account to HM Revenue and Customs.

The second payment on account date is July 31, 2013.

Late payments attract 3% interest on any tax owed.

The way self-assessment tax works is taxpayers pay any
Posted by on 02/08/2013 09:59:10
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Letting agent stole student £75,000 deposits and rents
Student landlords and students lost around £75,000 to a fraudster letting agent who stole their rents and deposits.

Christine Cork, 33, is now starting an 18-month prison sentence for fraud she ran for two years from the offices of letting agent New Horizons, in Canter
Posted by on 02/08/2013 09:56:10
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Six security tips for shared student houses
Students are sitting targets for thieves who know that they have thousands of pounds of gadgets in a shared house that is often empty for most of the day.

You can take some simple steps to secure your valuables – and here are some cheap tips to help:

• Check
Posted by on 02/08/2013 09:48:56
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HMO licensing plan shelved by council
Student landlords are blamed for the rundown state of many shared homes in Worcester.

Councillors claim many homes rented by students at Worcester University are in poor condition and that the university fails to act to improve standards when complaints are reported.
Posted by on 02/08/2013 09:42:09
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MPs urge new laws for landlords and letting agents
Landlords and letting agents are about to bear the brunt of a flood of new laws for buy to let and shared homes if lawmakers get their way.

Communities and Local Government Select Committee MPs have submitted a wish list of updates to landlord and letting law to the go
Posted by on 02/08/2013 09:30:17
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