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Increase stamp duty for landlords says prominent Tory MP

A top Tory who is chair of the Conservative backbench Treasury Committee and a member of the Treasury Select Committee says...

25 January 2023

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Rent Cap Minister and Shelter stopped from speaking with politicians

A nine-page legal document outlining landlords’ arguments has effectively stopped a controversial housing minister and campaigning organisations giving evidence to a...

25 January 2023

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Huge fine for landlord behind squalid HMO occupying ex-hotel

The landlord of a former hotel with no working kitchen, unusable toilets, blocked drains, and rats, has been ordered to pay...

25 January 2023

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Shocking rise in meter-tampering as energy costs spiral

Illegal meter-tampering is putting people’s lives at risk as they resort to increasingly desperate measures to reduce spiralling energy bills, two...

25 January 2023

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Tory big-hitters demand more house building

Four former Conservative housing ministers have backed a think-tank’s proposals for more housebuilding as a way to resolve the UK’s supply...

25 January 2023

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HMRC Deadline - Offset licensing against tax, landlords reminded

The consumer service Which? Has taken the unusual approach of setting out a 12 point guide to landlords about how to...

24 January 2023

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Selling Up? Don’t set unrealistic asking price, warn agents

A substantial majority of agents say sellers are being unrealistic about the asking prices of their homes This includes landlord sellers quitting...

24 January 2023

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One landlord takes out 14 mortgages for portfolio purchase

A lender has revealed that it has arranged 14 mortgages in one go for a Buy to Let landlord with over...

24 January 2023

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Buy To Let opportunities as purpose-builds near sell-out

As much as 75 per cent of purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) for the next educational year has already been taken...

24 January 2023

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Housing Market - Inheritance becoming ever more important

A cross-party think tank, Demos, says inheritance is becoming an ever more important aspect of the UK housing market. In a new...

24 January 2023

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Labour tells landlords not to raise rents to pay for new licensing

Labour controlled Nottingham council is introducing a new licensing scheme - and tells landlords not to raise rents to pay the...

23 January 2023

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Landlord accreditation scheme scrapped because it “didn’t work”

A council has scrapped a rental accreditation scheme because it “didn’t work.” It attracted only good landlords and thus did not improve...

23 January 2023

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Bizarre ban on landlords speaking about rent controls is now lifted

A Labour council which banned councillors who were landlords from contributing to a key debate has done a U-turn on legal...

23 January 2023

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Legal challenge to rent controls moves a step closer

A coalition of landlords and lettings groups has submitted a Petition to the Court of Session in Edinburgh seeking a Judicial...

23 January 2023

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High profile lender moves into landlord company sector

Skipton International, the Guernsey-licensed bank, has today announced the rollout of its Limited Company Buy To Let product following a soft...

23 January 2023

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Victory - rent rises allowed after politicians’ U-turn

Ruling politicians in Scotland have agreed that from April private rents can rise by 3.0 per cent in a 12 month period...

20 January 2023

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Mould and Damp - Ombudsman launches probes into landlords

Social housing, believed by some to be superior to private rental, is under the spotlight as two major landlords are to...

20 January 2023

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Property Tax Surcharge - politicians break rank to query measure

Two Members of the Scottish Parliament have broken rank with their own party to query the motivation behind a new property...

20 January 2023

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Landlords may be eligible for energy efficiency funding

Eligible landlords and tenants in the Chichester area are being urged to apply for funding to install energy efficiency and renewable...

20 January 2023

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Fine for landlord who let unlicensed London HMO

A London landlord has been fined £2,500 by the local council for letting an unlicensed HMO. The fine was issued after the...

20 January 2023

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Mortgage Tax Relief - Government dismisses landlord's petition

A petition signed by well over 28,000 and calling for the reversal of tax measures introduced to penalise landlords has been...

19 January 2023

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Renters’ groups to help create Good Landlord Charter

A Good Landlord Charter - described as the first of its kind in the UK - is being created by a...

19 January 2023

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Second Homes tax hike agreed by all political parties

Plans to impose a premium on council tax for for second homeowners have been approved by Cornwall Council with all-party agreement. The...

19 January 2023

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Banned! Rogue landlord cannot let property for three years

A Wirral landlord has become the first in the region to be served with a Banning Order, which will prohibit him...

19 January 2023

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Prime London market still dominated by supply shortage and high demand

Rents are still rising rapidly in prime areas of London thanks to a shortage of homes available to rent and high...

19 January 2023

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Capital Gains Tax change - landlords who sell urged to be quick

Landlords who intend to sell their properties this year are being urged to act quickly ahead of the Capital Gains Tax...

18 January 2023

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Would you adapt your property for older tenants?

Half of landlords are prepared to make changes to their property to accommodate the needs of older tenants. Paragon Bank analysis of...

18 January 2023

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It's Getting Worse - supply drought continues in 2023

New data from flatshare site SpareRoom reveals that rents reached an all-time high in Q4 2022, with the average UK room...

18 January 2023

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Energy efficiency guide for landlords available free of charge

The Tenancy Deposit Service and the National Residential Landlords Association have produced a guide to improving energy efficiency in rented properties. Although...

18 January 2023

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Double digit rental growth in prime London

Prime rental growth in London ended 2022 up 10.9 per cent on the year, according to Savills prime lettings index, as...

18 January 2023

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Council wants to lease private rental properties for 20 years

A council is attempting to woo landlords to lease their properties for up to 20 years in return for a guaranteed...

17 January 2023

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Good year for rentals forecast by upbeat agency chief

The mismatch between demand and supply will keep the rental market strong in 2023 according to an agency chief. Nicky Stevenson, managing...

17 January 2023

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Council's new landlord support service - but what does it actually do?

A local council has unveiled a new support service for private landlords and tenants. Telford & Wrekin council has appointed two so-called...

17 January 2023

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Shelter management cave in finally ends pay dispute

Shelter’s controversial management appears to have given in to pay demands in order to end a high-profile strike by the campaigning...

17 January 2023

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Three good causes benefit from landlords’ generosity

A local landlord body has given money to three good causes to start the new year. The Wrekin Landlord Association was set...

17 January 2023

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Toddler Tragedy: New guidance on mould to be set out by government

The government says it’s reviewing landlord guidance on the health risks of damp and mould following the death of two year...

16 January 2023

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AirBnb demands mortgage lenders allow owners to short-let homes

Airbnb has gone into battle against mortgage lenders opposed to their customers letting out their homes. The short let platform is calling...

16 January 2023

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Signs that Scottish private rent freeze could become permanent

There are early signs that the controversial private rental sector rent freeze in Scotland could be made permanent. The freeze, along with...

16 January 2023

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Generation Rent seeks new director within three weeks

The Generation Rent campaign group is advertising for a new director - the role held in recent years by Alicia Kennedy,...

16 January 2023

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Here we go again - asking prices going UP once more 

After two months of falls, the average price of property coming to the market for sale rises again by 0.9 per...

16 January 2023

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High mortgage costs and deposits set to keep rental demand high

New data produced this morning by the Nationwide suggests prospective first time buyers are having a tough time - and many...

13 January 2023

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Landlord strikes deal with council to plead guilty to offences

A rogue landlord who created false identities and fake lcompanies as part of an elaborate web of misinformation designed to exploit...

13 January 2023

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Revealed - what tenants worry about most in their rental home

A new survey by PropTech firm Goodlord has the unsurprising conclusion that the biggest worry for tenants is that their rent...

13 January 2023

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Shock Horror! Big majority of tenants are happy with their landlords!

Campaigners often like to portray relations between tenants and landlords as poor, but a new survey suggests this is far from...

13 January 2023

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Supply Shortage - stock drought set to continue

New rental stock accounts for just 16 per cent according to fresh figures released about the lettings market. Property company Ocasa has...

13 January 2023

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Buy To Let Mortgage Clampdown - more scrutiny demanded by Bank

The Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority is telling lenders to exercise more scrutiny on loans for buy to let properties. In...

12 January 2023

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Landlord councillors banned from debate on city rent freeze

Bristol councillors who are landlords have been told they cannot speak in a debate on rent controls.  Earlier this week we explained...

12 January 2023

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Section 21 and EPC changes not as bad as some suggest, claims agency

Improving yields throughout 2023 may stop more landlords quitting - and, in addition, rental reforms are unlikely to be as bad as...

12 January 2023

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Labour’s Shadow Chancellor backs selective licensing for landlords

The local media in Yorkshire says Labour’s Rachel Reeves - the Shadow Chancellor - is campaigning for the introduction of a...

12 January 2023

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Family households set to be £2,100 worse off - claim

Typical household disposable incomes for working-age families are on track to fall by three per cent this financial year, and by...

12 January 2023

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New forecast predicts double-digit price falls for homes in 2023

The Hargreaves Lansdown business consultancy is forecasting a 10.4 per cent drop in house prices from their peak, to take place...

11 January 2023

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Landlords no longer able to block broadband upgrades

Amended legislation means that landlords will not be able to prevent broadband firms from upgrading their service in blocks of flats. Previously,...

11 January 2023

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Landlords urged to apply for energy efficiency cash help

Landlords have been told that time is running out to apply for funding to improve the energy efficiency of their homes...

11 January 2023

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Shelter claims over 250,000 homeless in England alone

Campaigning charity Shelter claims that “at least” 271,000 are homeless in England alone. The figure - compiled from a Freedom of Information...

11 January 2023

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Council shines spotlight on empty private homes - but not its own…

A council is reminding residents they have only a week left to comment on empty private homes.  Caerphilly council’s draft ‘Private Sector...

11 January 2023

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Capital Gains Tax change is major worry for landlords

A survey of some 2,000 landlords shows that more than four in 10 want recent changes to Capital Gains Tax allowances...

10 January 2023

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First council signs up to Labour Mayor’s ‘Good Landlord’ scheme

Trafford council is believed to be the first to have signed up to a scheme created by Greater Manchester Labour Mayor...

10 January 2023

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Stricter Rental EPCs by 2025? Forget it, says the NRLA

Plans to improve the energy efficiency of private rented housing have no hope of being met following the government’s failure to...

10 January 2023

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Expanding your portfolio? Fewer homes for landlords to buy

Research from Midlands lettings agency Barrows and Forrester shows the volume of homes entering the market for sale has almost halved...

10 January 2023

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Yet More Licensing - three weeks left for landlord comments

A council is reminding landlords that they have only until the end of the month to comment on a proposed scheme...

10 January 2023

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Labour council will back rent controls … but cannot implement them

A Labour council is being tipped to vote tomorrow to introduce rent controls for the private sector, even though it has...

09 January 2023

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Flat owners four times more likely to sell at a loss

Although most property sellers in the past year made a substantial gain, a new analysis shows that flat sellers - many...

09 January 2023

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Revealed - where capital appreciation was greatest (and least) in 2022

New data from Rightmove reveals the areas which have seen the largest price jumps in the past year. It says that Eastwood...

09 January 2023

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House Prices Fall for fourth straight month

The average house price fell a further 1.5 per cent in December according to the Halifax - and that comes on...

09 January 2023

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Up to £25,000 for landlords to improve homes and let via council

A new initiative offering private landlords £5,000 to £25,000 to let their properties through a council has been given the go...

09 January 2023

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Biggest Profits - letting out individual rooms or whole houses?

A new study by insurance firm CIA Landlords has analysed rental prices of properties across the UK to discover possible revenue...

06 January 2023

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Could Starmer’s local devolution mean rent controls?

Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer has set out a radical programme of devolution to local authorities at city and county level...

06 January 2023

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Energy Efficiency - more tenants would shun poor EPC homes

A poll suggests that 58 per cent of tenants would be less likely to look at a rental property if they...

06 January 2023

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House prices to fall for six months - property expert’s warning

House prices are likely to fall every month until the Summer but could then creep back up, a housing expert claims. Jonathan...

06 January 2023

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Rents dip as winter market sets in

The rental market remained relatively steady in recent weeks, according to the latest index from PropTech firm Goodlord. Void periods have remained...

06 January 2023

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Rental Reform is NOT one of Sunak’s five key priorities

The long-awaited Renters Reform Bill did not even warrant a mention in a key speech yesterday by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak...

05 January 2023

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Tory council urges Gove to implement Rental Reform legislation

A Conservative controlled council in the Cotswolds has written to Housing Secretary Michael Gove, urging him to implement rental reform legislation. The...

05 January 2023

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Divorce Day looms - rental sector braced for surge in demand

January 9 this year, the first working Monday after the Christmas Break, has been dubbed Divorce Day. This is typically when enquiries...

05 January 2023

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Discounted boiler service now available to NRLA landlords

The National Residential Landlords Association has launched a new partnership with YourRepair, a provider of flexible boiler and emergency cover. NRLA member landlords...

05 January 2023

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Build To Rent prices revealed at launches of new homes

A Build To Rent developer has released the first phase of apartments at what it describes as its flagship scheme -...

05 January 2023

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Unhappy New Year: it’s tougher than ever to be a landlord

New research has found that nearly half of landlords feel it’s harder being a landlord now compared to the start of...

04 January 2023

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Tax Call To Action - more landlord signatures needed for petition

The petition to secure government action over the Section 24 tax issue affecting landlords has passed the 16,500 benchmark but has...

04 January 2023

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Hundreds of warnings issued by council for damp or mould

A newspaper has discovered that over 1,500 warnings for damp or mould have been issued to landlords by just one city...

04 January 2023

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Tenants can buy share of home under new government scheme

Residents in social and affordable housing are being given the chance to buy a share in their home for the first...

04 January 2023

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Millionaires and Billionaires take bigger stake in prime London

Prime Central London’s ultra-prime housing market for multi-millionaire and billionaire buyers has risen by 30 per cent according to a prominent...

04 January 2023

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Landlords “don’t contribute anything to society” says politician

Landlords are not “contributing anything useful to society” a politician has claimed. Over the Christmas and New year break Ross Greer, a...

03 January 2023

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Another house price fall - is forced selling on the horizon?

December saw a further sharp slowdown in annual house price growth to 2.8 per cent from 4.4 per cent in November...

03 January 2023

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Buy To Let Hotspots - the cities to look out for in 2023

Specialist mortgage lender Aldermore has named what it believes to be the five best cities for landlords to invest in for...

03 January 2023

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Flats price growth still sluggish - an opportunity for canny investors?

Price growth for flats remains sluggish despite the pandemic trends favouring houses slipping away over time. The Halifax says it has continued...

03 January 2023

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Tenant illegally evicted during Covid - big bill for rogue landlord

A landlord has been sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court after she had previously been found guilty of illegal eviction. Dr Amy Eskander,...

03 January 2023

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Private landlords should follow new ‘average rent increase’ plan

Propertymark has come out in favour of private landlords being allowed to follow the example of social landlords in agreeing an...

30 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax Change petition passes new threshold but long way to go

A petition calling on the government to reverse the section 24 tax change has passed a key threshold - but still has...

30 December 2022

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Gove backs Labour council's unprecedented licensing scheme

A London council says it’s been given the go ahead by Housing Secretary Michael Gove for an “unprecedented” third five-year term. The...

30 December 2022

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Mortgages available soon for flats hit by unsafe cladding

January 9 is the date from which a range of mortgage lenders are honouring their commitment to ensure flats in blocks...

30 December 2022

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Labour councils named and shamed by Housing Secretary Gove

Three more social housing landlords have been ‘named and shamed’ by Housing Secretary Michael Gove. The trio - two of which are...

29 December 2022

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Agents push landlords into hiking rents, claim activists

Activist groups say landlords are being pressured by their letting agents into increasing rents. Generation Rent, led by Baroness Alicia Kennedy, and...

29 December 2022

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Landlords avoid London in search for higher yields

The share of Londoners purchasing property outside of the capital slowed in 2022, back towards pre-Covid norms.   That’s the view of lettings...

29 December 2022

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Chaos! Open-ended tenancies to create havoc in 2023 - claim

Students face chaos as government plans to reform the rental market threaten to cause widespread uncertainty as to whether housing will...

29 December 2022

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Top agent tells landlords “It’s right and proper to allow pets”

One of the UK’s leading letting agents has told landlords that they should permit pets because “it’s the right and proper...

29 December 2022

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Richest fare best as interest rates hit house prices elsewhere

The top end of the UK’s residential market is experiencing a growing divergence between heavily mortgaged and equity-rich owners, according to...

28 December 2022

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2022 was bad for PRS - and 2023 could be even worse

There’s a warning that the next 12 months could be even worse than the last for the private rental sector in...

28 December 2022

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Enforcement threat next week for new city-wide licensing scheme

Oxford council is proclaiming its citywide licensing scheme as a success - and claims it is processing more than 10,000 licence...

28 December 2022

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Housing downturn - not quite as bad as first feared?

The mood music surrounding the housing market downturn appears to have become less dramatic with news from the Nationwide that there...

28 December 2022

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‘Bills Included’ now key for many potential renters - claim

A new analysis of the market released by Rightmove shows that this year has been the most competitive on record.  At its...

28 December 2022

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Stop The Tax Grab - Landlord’s petition to reverse law change

Landlords are being encouraged to sign a petition calling on the government to reverse the section 28 tax change which had...

23 December 2022

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