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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Housing market update from KF

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Do not buy a 'fire risk' fridge

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London estate agents nervous over Brexit

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The UK's most expensive beach huts

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Oxford landlord fined £7,000

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Housing tenure - from 1961 to now

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Property transactions up 6.6% on the year

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£300 council property now for sale at £1.9m

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More PRS renters than homeowners by 2025

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Size matters to downsizes

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

London landlords less confident

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New student block is Europe's tallest modular building

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Leasehold legislation needs to be right

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BTL tumbles in European ranks as yields fall

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Pension freedoms set to start a BTL boom

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Rental Repair Survey 2017 published

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London landlord handed record fine



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London's top co-working hubs

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Price fixing amongst estate agents

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Sajid Javid - give councils free reign to tackle rogue landlords

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Housing costs trebled for Millennials

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Housing across the generations -RF report

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Private rents 'propped up' by tax payers

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'Rate rise likely in coming months' says Carney

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Tax advice for landlords who rent out inherited property

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Collective ICR of 135% for BTL portfolios

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House disguised as a garage to be torn down

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Urban oasis: development by a lake

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The next financial crisis is coming

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Homelet's rental data from August

Homelet's rental data for August has been posted; it shows
  • Annual rental growth is now at 2.4%
  • UK average monthly rents are £939.
  • Rents in London rose, following three successive months of decline.
  • The average monthly rent in London now at £1,609
  • 11 out of the 12 regions of the UK saw rents rises in August.
HomeLet’s Martin Totty comments:

“Whilst we’ve often observed a seasonal uplift in average rents at this time of year, there’s evidence of a trend now emerging which points to a reversal of the declines seen over the early part of this year. This will be welcome relief to Landlords who have been battered by the perfect storm of tax changes and post-Brexit uncertainties. Whether the trend continues or represents only temporary relief from the headwinds faced by property owners, the remaining months of 2017 should provide the answer.

Whether the recent strengthening in rents achieved, seen generally across all regions of the country, is driven by more robust demand or by some restriction of supply is hard to judge. Either way, landlords will only be encouraged to invest in property over other assets if they’re convinced they can achieve reasonable returns. If not, then the supply of rental properties could become constrained. Many landlords still face further increases in their costs and so will need to find a new equilibrium between their legitimate required returns and affordability for tenants. It seems the elements in solving that particular equation become ever more complex.”

HomeLet’s regional data is available in more detail via an online interactive infographic.


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Where house price inflation might go next

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Monday, September 18, 2017

1 in 5 landlords set to flee the market

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Hampshire Trust prepares BTLs for PRA

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London's 'asking prices' fall by 2.9%

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Is this London's most unusual rental?

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Let's end buy-to let

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Universal Credit send rent arrears soaring

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Rightmove's latest house price index

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Interest rates will rise 4 times in 2018

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The problem with Universal Credit...

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Universal Credit is a train wreck - LibDems

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Secret Millionaire property developer jailed

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Parliament to debate rents and BTL affordability

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

Landlords must prepare for fee changes

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A rate rise is coming, says ratesetter


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HMO restrictions in Bath

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TSB cuts BTL rates

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Carney on possible rate rise

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Is Build-to-rent the solution?

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Local housing needs - Lichfields comment

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Interest rates remain at record low

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Rents to outpace prices - 5 yr forecast

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New homes report from Savills

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Universal Credit - a ticking time bomb

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What can estate agents tell us about prices?

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Right to Rent checks on student limited IDs

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Kensington PRA portfolio lending changes

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Selective Licensing starts in Burton (DE1)

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Tesla's solar roof tiles

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Shamefully shoddy student housing

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Pay outpacing house prices

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Pros and cons of BTL

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What to do if your BTL has storm damage

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House price affordability, in charts

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Number of BTL deals at 10 year high

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Chancellor announces next Budget date

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1 in 79 Brits a property millionaire

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Labour push for a Land Value Tax

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TMW remortgage products for a limited period

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Vida's portfolio lending criteria

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Mortgage arrears below pre-crisis levels

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Annual growth of PRS rents down to 1.6%

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Scotland's strongest property market since 2008

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ONS puts average UK house at £226,185

Published today by the ONS, the Government's HPI data for July 2017 has:
  • the average UK house price at £226,185.
  • the annual growth of UK property at 5.1%
  • monthly growth of UK property at 1.1%
  • Monthly index figure (January 2015 = 100) for the UK was 118.6






property sales volumes july 2017






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Mansfield BS updates portfolio lending for PRA

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Thursday, September 07, 2017

Liverpool landlord fined

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Stamp duty subduing London house prices

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2 weeks remain for Gov's leasehold consultation

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HMRC publish new 'Help and support for landlords'

The HMRC have published additional tax guidance information for landlords, including videos, upcoming webinars and an online toolkit -  'Help and support for landlords' page published on GOV.UK.



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Housing Minister affirms letting fees ban

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Radio 4 gives a history of social housing

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FTB's take upper hand over BTL investors

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House price growth sees slight recovery

Halifax House Price Index for August shows in the last three months (June-August) prices were up 0.1% on the previous three months (March-May).

This corresponds to an annual growth rate of 2.6%, down from a peak rate of 10.0% registered in March 2016 ( largely fuelled by the landlord buying stampede prior to the introduction of the second home stamp duty surcharge). 

halifax hpi aug 2017


Russell Galley from Halifax reflects on the data:

“The annual rate of growth increased from 2.1% in July to 2.6% in August with the average house price now £222,293, which is just above the previous high of December 2016 (£222,190).

Recent figures for mortgage approvals suggest some buoyancy may be returning, possibly on the back of strong recent employment growth, with the unemployment rate falling to a 42 year low. However, wage growth is still lagging increases in consumer prices, which is likely to add pressure on household finances and increase affordability challenges for some buyers.

House prices should continue to be supported by low mortgage rates and a continuing shortage of properties for sale over the coming months.” 

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Possibility of mortgages into older age

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Self-cert mortgages less risky than BTL portfolios

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A shortage of office space in Bristol

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And the ugliest building of the year goes to...

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Bucks BS launches a LTD Co BTL range

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BofE policymaker urges rate rise

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An Irish bank offers to write off some BTL debts

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Recovery for McCarthy and Stone

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London's 'Housing Strategy' published

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450k renters have had a gas leak in the past 5 years

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HMRC's online tax guide for landlords

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A brief breakdown of PRA impact

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