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Monday, June 26, 2017

Gov. to ban tenants with pets?

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Landlord and tenant do a 'Life Swap'

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Housing must top ministers' agenda

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Cap threatens 1m families with eviction

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60 towers have unsafe cladding

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Labour pledges to scrap benefits cap

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Battersea Power Statins slashes affordable homes

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Hamilton Fraser buys Landlord Action

HF Resolution Ltd, a subsidiary of Hamilton Fraser, has acquired one of the industry’s leading tenant eviction solicitor firms, Landlord Action Limited.

Landlord Action was founded in 1999 as the first ever fixed-fee tenant eviction service. Led by Founder Paul Shamplina, Landlord Action has since acted in more than 35,000 problem tenant cases, become a champion for landlords and won numerous industry accolades. Landlord Action obtained Solicitors Regulation Authority status in 2013. Campaigning extensively for landlord rights, Landlord Action played an instrumental role in changing the law to make squatting a criminal offence in 2012.

Since being set up in 1996, Hamilton Fraser has developed numerous interests in the property industry. It offers its popular Total Landlord Insurance and professional indemnity insurance for letting and estate agents. Hamilton Fraser is also an owner and scheme administrator for mydeposits and Client Money Protect and through HF Resolution it runs the Property Redress Scheme.

Paul Shamplina, who has been acting as Brand Ambassador for Hamilton Fraser since 2016, will continue to head up Landlord Action, along with his legal team who will now be based at Hamilton Fraser’s offices in Borehamwood. Commenting on the acquisition, Mr Shamplina says: 

“We’re extremely excited to be making this announcement. I have dedicated the last 17 years to helping landlords and agents, and I plan to continue doing so with the added support of Hamilton Fraser. With several brands already providing valuable services throughout the Private Rented Sector, the acquisition not only complements Hamilton Fraser’s existing business, but is a great platform from which to grow Landlord Action.”

Eddie Hooker, CEO of Hamilton Fraser, comments: 

“Landlord Action has built an excellent reputation with a solid record for success and we have enjoyed working more closely with the team over the last few years. This next step is an opportunity for both companies to merge their industry experience and skills to provide a comprehensive suite of services to landlords and agents. We’re proud to say that Hamilton Fraser through HF Resolution is now approved and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, specialising in Housing Law.”
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Selective Licensing for East Staffordshire

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Mortgage lending reached £20.1bn - CML

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May mortgage sales soar by £3.4bn

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Renters cost Theresa May her majority

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Gov propose tenancy deposit cap

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Latest on letting fee ban legislation

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TMW reveals portfolio BTL approach

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The NLA's take on the Queen's Speech

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End of the low-interest rate age

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Retirees earn more from their houses

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House sales fall by a third

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Huge inequality gap - nots/homeowners

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Graph of housing starts in 2016/17

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Not the time to raise rates - Carney

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Best practice guide for utility bills

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New legislation to tackle unfair ground rents

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Inventory Assoc. calls for compulsory independent inventories??!!

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A planning policy to sort the housing market

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Express keeps faith in property

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The best place to be a landlord is...

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Flatshare site sees drop in EU interest

Unsurprisingly, flatshare site Spareroom reports seeing a fall in the numbers of EU nationals registering to find rental accommodation since the Brexit vote.

Between July 2016 and May 2017, the number of Slovakians planning to move here fell by 8%, Poles dropped by over 5%. Interest from Hungarians, Romanians and Estonians also declined in the year since the Brexit vote.

Two EU states did manage to buck the trend; site usage by prospective tenants from Croatia and Greece jumped by over 17% since Brexit.

SpareRoom's Matt Hutchinson comments:

“With so much uncertainty over what Brexit really means, it’s no surprise to see interest in moving to the UK from EU countries in decline.

Until people know how their freedom of movement and right to reside will be affected it’s hard for them to make long-term decisions."

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Rightmove's latest HPI data

  • Sales agreed up 7% on last May 
  • New registration prices down 0.4% (-£1,172), the first in June since 2009.
  • Annual price growth down to 1.8% ( lowest since April 2013).
  • Some regions doing better than others; Northern markets with agreed sales up11%, in contrast with the South up just 3%.
  • First-time buyer market strong; new listing up 3.5% on the month

Rightmove's Miles Shipside reflects:

“It now seems certain that we will have continuing political uncertainty, which the housing market traditionally dislikes, and with the first fall in June prices for eight years there is no doubt that the lack of stability is a factor. The price of property coming to the market had increased in June in every year since 2009, so buyer confidence has clearly been affected by inflation outstripping their pay packets and current political events. However, demand is still high and markets in some parts of the country seem to be getting used to coping with instability and are still strong. The high levels of sales being agreed show that the underlying fundamentals are largely unchanged with high first-time buyer demand which drives movement higher up the ladder, all aided by the cheap cost of borrowing.”

Those at the traditional starter level are brushing aside uncertainty, with demand being fuelled by the ongoing desire for home-ownership, government assistance, and mortgage repayments often being cheaper than rent for a similar property. Increasing prices in this sector have not been enough to shake off the wish to own your first home, whilst in contrast sectors higher up the ladder with a larger proportion of discretionary movers have seen the greatest recent price wobbles.

The swingometer may be leaning towards a buyers’ market in some parts of the country, having been given another tilt in that direction by political uncertainty, but demand for housing and lack of buyer choice are maintaining a sellers’ market in others. London and its commuter belt are proving to be a drag on the national figures, but are currently counter-balanced by continuing momentum in other parts of the country. Markets traditionally slow in the second half of the year, and with a slowing in the pace of asking price rises and the forthcoming months of political and economic confusion, the usual slower market in the second half of the year seems to be one of the few certainties in 2017. Having said that, the historic under-supply of the right property at the right price and ongoing strong housing demand are evidenced by buyer enquiries to agents picking up to a degree after the surprise election result. They were 3% higher on the Monday after the election than the Monday before, showing that people are getting on with addressing their housing needs.”



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Planning permissions in the wrong areas

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A widening North / South divide

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Knight Frank Residential Market Update


Knight Frank have published their Residential Market Update for June 2017.

Key points:
  • Average UK house prices fell by 0.2% in May, taking annual growth to 2.1% 
  • The average values of existing properties in prime central London were flat in May, with an annual decline of 6.6% 
  • Average rents in GB were 1.8% higher on an annual basis in May 
  • House price sentiment slipped in May, but households still expect house price growth over the next 12 months
housing transactions graph


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