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KEYWORD "Wales" - 100 RESULTS
Government releases official rental sector figures

Latest official figures from the government’s Office for National Statistics show that average UK private rents increased by 8.6% in the...

18 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Lender launches new mortgage product for landlords

Specialist lender Aldermore has launched new and reduced limited edition Buy To Let and residential owner-occupier mortgage products. For individual and company...

15 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Index shows growth but house price below last year’s level

The latest e.surv index shows that house prices in England and Wales are, on average, still some 1.6% below the level...

10 July 2024

From: Breaking News

House prices to rise rest of 2024 and next year - Halifax

UK house prices stayed relatively flat for the third successive month in June, according to figures released over the weekend by...

08 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Controversial Lettings Agency finds landlords against rent controls

A nationwide survey conducted by Leaders Romans Group shows significant concerns over proposed rent controls, property taxes, and regulatory changes. Controversially, LRG...

05 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Political dithering allows tenants to stay a year rent-free

A prominent industry figure has criticised politicians for leaving all sides of the private lettings sector with uncertainty - and allowing...

04 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit with up to 21% rise in sales agency fees - new stats

A new analysis of property sales expenses suggests that landlords who sell now are paying up to 21% more in estate...

28 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords' trade body sets out three key election ‘asks’

The National Residential Landlords Association has set out what it calls “three key asks” of the new government to protect and...

25 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Mortgages data shows uphill struggle for renters to become buyers

A new first-time buyer study from Rightmove reveals that the average first-time buyer mortgage payment has risen by 61% since the...

24 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour v Conservative Housing Policy - an analysis

“When it comes to housing policy, there is little difference between the two major parties” says Aneisha Beveridge, head of research...

22 June 2024

From: The Big Issues

Propertymark’s View on Improving Private Rental Sector Regulation

A call has come from the Welsh Government  to conduct an evaluation of Rent Smart Wales and its objectives.  There has been...

22 June 2024

From: Rental Reform

NRLA says Rental Reform sabotaged by lack of tenant choice

A lack of choice for private renters about where they can live will undermine plans set out by political parties to...

20 June 2024

From: Breaking News

EPCs dismissed as “inaccurate” and “unhelpful”

Energy Performance Certificates can be riddled with inaccuracies and give unhelpful advice to property owners. That’s the view of consumer service...

20 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Caps on Holiday Lets and Rent Controls in latest manifesto

Plaid Cymru, the party of Wales, has issued a manifesto with a clampdown on the private rental sector as one of...

17 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Refurb-To-Let products target landlords improving properties

Paragon Bank has launched a new refurb-to-let deal, offering landlords finance to upgrade their properties. The two refurb-to-let products are designed for...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Homelessness fear haunts a third of private renters, new poll suggests

More than one in five people in the UK fear they or someone they know could be homeless in the next...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Tory Rental Reform and Housing Policies in Full

The Conservatives have set out a 78-page manifesto, of which just over two pages are given to housing and related issues.  Here...

12 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning to Landlords after Suspended Jail Sentence

An advisory service is warning landlords to heed the lessons from a recent court case concerning legal obligation to ensure fire...

12 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Capital Appreciation steady as house prices show no major movements

Average house prices remained broadly stable in May, down just 0.1% on a monthly basis. This actually took the annual rate of...

10 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls? Agents say Labour crisis is chance to rule them out

Propertymark says the current political crisis in Wales - where the Labour Welsh Parliament leader has lost a confidence vote but...

07 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Billions! Landlords adds so much to the economy, says NRLA

The Welsh private rented sector makes a gross value added (GVA) contribution of £1.6 billion to the UK economy, according to...

04 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Free Energy Efficiency teach-in for landlords

An event being held this month is aiming to help private landlords in part of Wales transform their properties into energy-efficient,...

04 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Row over landlord critic who mysteriously wins Labour nomination

A row has broken out over the head of a think tank who surprised Labour Party members by being appointed as...

03 June 2024

From: Breaking News

At Last! Senior agent stands up for holiday homes and second properties

A senior Propertymark figure has made the case for second and holiday homes - against the recent trend of criticism. The issue...

31 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenant Arrears? Ask them what they can afford to pay, suggests industry figure

A property industry commentator has given a five point guide to landlords faced with rising arrears from tenants. And one of them...

30 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Airbnb Bonanza - huge rise in short let property numbers

Figures publicised in a new House of Commons report suggests there’s been a huge rise in the number of short lets...

24 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of landlords says demand is strong

Over eight in 10 landlords are reporting strong levels of tenant demand, Paragon Bank research has revealed. As part of research carried...

24 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Rises Slowing - and that’s official

Average UK private rents were up 8.9% in the year to April according to the Office for National Statistics. This is a...

23 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords - Under-estimated, Under-appreciated and Un-loved

* This piece is written jointly by Richard Rowntree (Managing Director, Paragon Bank) and Ben Beadle (Chief Executive of the National...

18 May 2024

From: Rental Reform

Pets In Lets - agents issue new guidance to private tenants

Propertymark has issued a guide to tenants about their rights to have a pet.  A statement from trade body Propertymark says that...

16 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Landmark court ruling means home owner loses compensation

A landmark ruling about the invasive plant Japanese knotweed has been over-turned - with implications for landlords and other property owners.  In...

16 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Official - Labour will NOT introduce rent controls if it wins election

The Labour Party will not introduce rent controls if it wins the election. A spokesperson for the party is quoted on today’s...

14 May 2024

From: Breaking News

What Can Landlords Buy for the Average House Price?

Brand new data from online mortgage broker Mojo Mortgages has revealed significant differences in the types of properties the average UK house...

11 May 2024

From: Tax & Finance

NRLA hits the road - tour dates announced

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has confirmed the dates for its 2024 ‘Wales On Tour’ sessions.  These will be May 23...

10 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Government insulation scheme flops with tiny take-up so far

Figures from the Department for Energy and Net Zero indicate that only 4,648 households so far have taken advantage of the...

09 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Council wants landlords to back controversial leasing scheme

A council is seeking private landlords to participate in a controversial leasing scheme in a bid to curb homelessness. The use of...

01 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlord Regulator advertises for Welsh-speaking staff

The nearest thing to a national landlord register operating anywhere in the UK is seeking new staff - and they must...

01 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty causes Buy To Let investment to plummet in key areas

The proportion of buy to let properties purchased in Southern England fell to a record low last year, continuing a trend...

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Backfired! Councils LOSE money through second home tax premiums - claim

A politician is claiming that second home council tax premiums, where owners pay up to double the normal rate, is resulting...

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Revealed - types of property selling slowest and fastest

Detached homes in Wales are the slowest property types to sell across the UK and take an average of 92 days...

27 April 2024

From: Agent Advice

Landlords urged to attend Cultural Awareness Course

A so-called Cultural Awareness Course is being held to explain to landlords about their responsibilities under the 2010 Equality Act. The course...

23 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Activists claim Renters Reform Bill change will worsen Domestic Abuse

Generation Rent claims a proposed government amendment to the Renters Reform Bill may ‘trap’ victims of domestic abuse. Generation Rent - which...

19 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Spring into action and sell your BTL portfolio fast

There wasn’t much by way of good news in the Spring Budget for landlords and property investors last month. Although some rumours...

18 April 2024

From: Sponsored Content

Rent rises near double figures as interest rate cuts put on ice

The latest official government rent index shows that average private rents across the UK as a whole increased by 9.2% in...

18 April 2024

From: Breaking News

New tax clampdown on landlords buying multiple properties

The Labour-led government in Wales has issued a consultation proposing the abolition of Land Transaction Tax Multiple Dwelling Relief from June...

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Can Solar Panels Cut The Cost of Heating Water?

The average water bill has risen by 6% in England and Wales in recent days, which could see households having to...

13 April 2024

From: Top tips & guides

House Prices Down and Up, in mixed data from the Halifax

UK house prices grew in March on a quarterly basis, by 2.0%, with annual growth slowing to 0.3%, from 1.6% in...

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - Local Election manifesto aims to “tame” rental market

Rent controls are at the heart of the local election manifesto of the Green Party of England and Wales. Co-leader Carla Denyer,...

05 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Spotlight on council licensing schemes in new report

An industry supplier is analysing licensing schemes and whether they achieve anything to improve rental housing standards. Yuno says questions need to be...

03 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Housing market ‘shows signs of momentum’ despite high interest rates

UK house prices fell by 0.2% in March. Nevertheless, the annual rate of house price growth edged higher to 1.6% in...

03 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords NOT pricing out First Time Buyers - new figures

The popular narrative may have been that first time buyers have been priced out of the market, partly by landlords: but...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Lawyers ask: Why is Gove delaying ground rent reform?

The ban on the sale of new leasehold homes is welcome but there can be no further delay in announcing ground...

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Renting set to boom as buying is even less affordable

The average house prices in England was £290,000 last year, some 8.3 times average annual earnings. This was actually down from 8.5...

26 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Older Renters’ group takes up Generation Rent’s demands

A charity representing older people has taken up almost all of the key demands of activist group Generation Rent. Independent Age says...

22 March 2024

From: Breaking News

The Truth - landlords add billions to economy, and house millions of people

Some of the biggest names in the trade, lending and advisory sectors have produced a report outlining the vast significance that...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Rents rise in most areas as landlords quit lettings sector

A new market snapshot from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors shows tenant demand rising but at a rather more modest...

15 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Locations slammed for failing to meet energy efficiency targets

New analysis claims that the North East of England has made “no progress on greening the highest-emissions homes in 13 years.” Meanwhile,...

12 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Leasing scheme for landlords to be discussed at event with NRLA

Neath Port Talbot council plans to host a free event, providing what it calls “support and funding advice for landlords.” The Private...

12 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Capital Appreciation boost as prices nearly back to 2022 peak

UK house prices rose for the fifth consecutive month in February, up by 0.4 per cent or £1,091 in cash terms,...

11 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax change revealed in Budget

The Chancellor has used his Budget to confirm a 2p cut in National Insurance, from April 6. This will take it...

06 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour’s Rayner defends buying her council house at a discount

Labour deputy leader and shadow housing secretary Angela Rayner says she is not ashamed to have brought her council house at...

26 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Holiday Let Mortgages - Everything You Need To Know

One of the biggest parts of buying a holiday home is securing a holiday let mortgage which can differ substantially to...

24 February 2024

From: Agent Advice

Leasing and legal affairs to be discussed at Landlord teach-in

Another council has set up an advice session for private rental landlords in the area. This even will take place at Neath...

23 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Landmark joint session between NRLA and homelessness charity

The National Residential Landlords Association will jointly host a networking and information session with homelessness charity Crisis. It will take place on...

23 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Every tenant facing eviction must have access to legal aid say lawyers

Tenants faced with eviction must have legal aid, the Law Society of England and Wales claims. Recently published statistics from the Ministry...

14 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Government facing two ways on boiler grants and heat pumps

The government has issued a lengthy statement claiming more home owners, including landlords, are fitting heat pumps - yet at the...

07 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let lender offers new green mortgage products to landlords

Buy To Let lender Paragon Bank has added five-year fixed-rate ‘green’ products to its range of BTL mortgages. Rates start at 4.89...

05 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Worst house price falls for 15 years reported by lender

The average price of a home in Wales fell to £234,086 at the end 2023 following continued economic and financial pressures,...

30 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Huge rise in councils using bailiffs to recover unpaid rent

Some local authorities are quick to criticise private landlords for trying to avoid rent arrears but it appears councils themselves have...

24 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Long term capital appreciation dips for most recent sellers

The average home in England and Wales bought within the last 20 years and sold in 2023 achieved £102,650 or 48...

22 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - the lessons the industry should learn

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on migrating away from the emergency rent controls introduced in September 2022 and extended...

20 January 2024

From: The Big Issues

Record rent rise in 2023 according to new government figures

The Office for National Statistics says private rents in England experienced a 6.1 per cent rise in 2023, the sharpest annual...

18 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Yield league table shows best (and worst) performing regions

A respected league table of yields in different parts of England and Wales has issued its latest figures. The Fleet Mortgages Buy-to-Let...

18 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlord Alert - warning about defective CO alarms sold online

The think tank Policy Connect is warning that landlords have reported that sub-standard carbon monoxide alarms are persistently available online, leaving...

17 January 2024

From: Breaking News

City Flats Are Back - landlords buy urban units as office working returns

UK landlords are doubling down on urban flats amidst a slow but definite return to conventional office working. Data from Shawbrook Bank...

16 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Tax nightmare for landlords leads to huge rise in buy to let companies

Despite a sharp fall in the number of homes bought by landlords in 2023, the number of limited companies set up...

15 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Free Renters Reform Bill teach-in for landlords of students

As the Renters Reform Bill heads towards the House of Lords, a free webinar is targeting landlords operating in the student...

12 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Capital appreciation rising according to another house price index

Another house price index has indicated a gentle rise in capital appreciation coming through at the end of 2023. Richard Sexton, director...

11 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Short Lets registration scheme introduced in part of UK

A mandatory short lets registration and licensing scheme is to be introduced in part of the UK, described as a system...

10 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Auctioneer says the future is online bidding, not in-person

Landlords have long been a backbone of the auction industry but one player in the sector says the future is online...

10 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning to landlords and tenants over fake energy schemes

Letting agents’ trade body Propertymark has issued a warning to the rental sector about scams based on energy efficiency measures.  An increase...

05 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Good news for tenants in 2024? Well, maybe…

With 2023 drawing to a close, flatshare website SpareRoom has revealed data which suggests a slowdown in the rental frenzy -...

30 December 2023

From: Agent Advice

Investors could save tens of thousands with cash-only purchases

A new analysis of discounts available to cash buyer suggests they can save tens of thousands of pounds on some property...

28 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Paragon launches nil-fee five-year BTL fixed-rate mortgages

Paragon Bank has launched new five-year fixed-rate buy-to-let mortgages with nil product fees. Rates start at 5.80 per cent and there is...

19 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent boss in new attack on landlords

The chief executive of the Generation Rent ginger group has called on his former employer to make a case against landlords,...

18 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Lettings market still strong while sales sentiment is ‘less negative’ - RICS

The latest RICS Residential Survey, out today, points to an improved outlook for the housing market, with the more optimistic sentiment...

15 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Transactions tumble to 17 year low but light at end of tunnel - surveyors

Cash and mortgage housing market data show average prices decline by an annual 4.6 per cent says e.surv. But the monthly trend...

13 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Double-digit rise this year takes rents to record high

London has seen the strongest rental growth over the last year according to an analysis by lettings agency Hamptons.   The average rent...

12 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Big Changes This Month for Holiday Lets

The short-term holiday letting industry has significantly expanded in recent years, but this could all change with the introduction of a...

02 December 2023

From: Legislation & Compliance

Rental demand triples in just four years says NRLA

The proportion of private landlords who report increased demand for rental properties has more than tripled compared with demand for properties...

01 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Second Homes on the march - full breakdown by type and location

There are some 141,245 second homes in England and Wales, new figures show.  Flats are the most common type of second home,...

29 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Huge leasehold shake-up for landlords and other owners

The government claims that millions of homeowners in England and Wales will be given greater rights, powers, and protections over their...

28 November 2023

From: Breaking News

How many rental homes listed under £1,000 pcm?  New league table

New research has identified locations with the largest volume of available rental stock, based on those units at or below the...

27 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Really? Think tank claims almost all landlords want stricter EPCs

Almost four fifths of landlords favour raising the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for private rental properties, a think tank claims. The Social...

27 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Private landlords leasing to council now faced with new deal

A council in Wales is making changes to the system it uses to encourage private landlords to lease their properties to...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Charity repeats claim scrapping S21 will reduce homelessness

A charity is suggesting that if only the government got on with abolishing S21 eviction powers, homelessness would be eased. Crisis -...

16 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Government announces changes to Renters Reform Bill

Changes put forward to the Renters Reform Bill to crack down on rogue landlords, protect vulnerable residents and improve the safety of...

15 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Government makes regular checks on how many landlords raise rents

The government's Office for National Statistics has revealed that it conducts an exercise to assess the likelihood that landlords will increase...

06 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Asylum seekers and HMOs - legal challenge to rules relaxation

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health gas come out in support of a legal challenge to the government’s draft regulations exempting...

02 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Council Tax 300% Hike - “huge numbers” of holiday lets sell up

“Huge numbers” of small family-run holiday lettings businesses in Wales are selling up because of new restrictions and large tax hikes. New...

23 October 2023

From: Breaking News

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