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Friday, March 22, 2019

Landlords switch to limited companies

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Virgin Money amends BTL criteria

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A breakdown of the UK's £100bn benefits bill

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Homeless man wins 'no DSS' case

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Landlord licensing costs: postcode lottery

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Right to rent legislation “is a farce”

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Top 10 buy-to-let hotspots : Zoopla

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Renting Homes (Fees etc) (Wales) Bill passed

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New millennial towns proposal

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House price growth lowest since 2013

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Liverpool achieves best short term let yields

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Landlord licensing “does not work”: RLA

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

40 yr mortgages: life sentence or life raft?

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Landlords exposed for offering rooms for sex

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House price growth at 6 year low

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Latest ONS private rental data

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ONS - latest House Price Index

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Second-charge mortgages vs remortgaging

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Referral fees come under Govt scrutiny

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BTL - beats returns on gold, cash, fine art

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Tenant fees cap may cost pet owners more

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Pay the tenant to find their own replacement!

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Investors avoid 3% stamp duty surcharge after court ruling

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RICS: UK Residential Market Survey

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Fergus Wilson is retiring

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£100bn of UK property is secretly owned

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Homes (FFHH) Act 2018 - Govt Guide

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Govt. publishes leasehold reform report

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Rightmove House Price Index -March

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Leasehold system needs 'urgent reform'

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Calls for 15 new millennial towns

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Landlord Fergus Wilson on Panorama

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Tenants not protected from revenge evictions

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Why so many people leave London

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How long does it take for a property to double in value?

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Think tank demands PRS 'shake up'

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Landlords, do you believe in climate change?

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Latest House Price Index from LSL

Prices edged up for the third consecutive month in February, rising 0.5% to take the average value of a home in England and Wales to £302,435. A spike in prices early last year, however, means prices are down 0.5% compared to this time last year.

Overall, prices remain subdued. An estimated 59,100 sales in February 2019.

Oliver Blake, Managing Director of Your Move and Reeds Rains estate agents said:

“Whilst a challenging market, it’s amixed picture, with some regions still experiencing price rises; there clearly continues to be demand for property and aneed for more homes to come to market.”
Whilst prices are down annually, primarily because they saw a surge at the start of last year, with a peak reached last February. Average prices have risen over the last three months.

Given the challenges of affordability from a decade of rising prices and sluggish wage growth, a short slowdown in prices combined with increases in pay could be a positive outcome for the market in the long term. The market still requires actions to ensure an adequate supply of housing.

As ever, the overall average hides a myriad of different stories. Crucially, there is a distinct North/South divide, with Wales in particular still growing robustly, up 3% annually. Most of the major conurbations outside London also continue to see growth, led by Cardiff (up 5.3%).

In London, prices have risen for the last five months, leaving the average price in the capital at £622,494.

As last month, the North/South divide largely persists in the regions of England and Wales, with annual falls concentrated in the South Eastern corner of the country.

The South East region itself is seeing the fastest falls in prices, with the average house values down 1.7%, despite strong growth in the Isle of Wight (up 7.0%) and Southampton (up 4.2% annually to set a new peak average price).

The picture is complicated by modest growth in the South West (up 0.3%). There, strong growth in Bournemouth (up 7.3%) and new peak average prices in Bristol (up 0.3%), Gloucestershire and Somerset (up 3.8% and 3.9%, respectively) remains enough to outweigh downward pressure from the likes of Bath and North East Somerset (down 10.2%) and North Somerset (down 5.4%). Likewise, the North East refuses to conform to the pattern. Prices there are down 1.6%, with significant falls in Redcar and Cleveland (falling 7.3%) and Middlesbrough (down 6.5%).

Outside these areas, though, growth continues and the majority of local authorities (59 out of 108) saw averages prices rise. For the most part the increases are modest. In England, the North West sees the strong growth with average prices up 1.3% annually. This is supported by strong performance in Manchester, which set a new peak average price in the month and where values have increased 3.1% in the last year. The West Midlands also performs well, with growth of 1.7%, but in the East Midlands and Yorks & Humber regions growth is under 1.0%.


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Zoopla to ban 'no DSS' rental adverts

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Asking prices fall : Rightmove HPI

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PRS tenants unprotected from revenge evictions

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Bad measurements: London estate agents

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Selective licensing of private landlords: Commons Library briefing

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Student rental housing gripes

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Right to Buy's re-sale profits

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Prolonging Brexit - bad for property prices

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Brexit uncertainty holding back house moves

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HMRC's targeting of accidental landlords falls short

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UK house price forecasts downgraded

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New laws lean on landlords

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Hull council wins battle to change private landlord rules

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Rent in London is the most expensive in Europe for expats

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The Chancellor's Spring Statement

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£3bn affordable homes guarantee scheme

As part of the Chancellor's Spring Statement he proposes:

The government is determined to fix the broken housing market. Building more homes in the right places is critical to unlocking productivity growth and makes housing more affordable. At Autumn Budget 2017, the government set out a comprehensive package of new policies to raise housing supply by the end of this Parliament to its highest level since 1970, on track to reach 300,000 a year on average. The Spring Statement set out further steps to deliver this ambition:
  • published a consultation on Infrastructure Finance, seeking views on how the government can best support private infrastructure investment in the context of the UK’s changing relationship with the European Investment Bank
  • reiterated the government’s commitment to publishing a comprehensive National Infrastructure Strategy – the first of its kind – setting out the government’s priorities for economic infrastructure and responding to recommendations in the National Infrastructure Commission’s National Infrastructure Assessment
  • £717 million from the £5.5 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund to unlock up to 37,000 homes at sites including Old Oak Common in London, the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and Cheshire.
  • through the Affordable Homes Guarantee Scheme, the government will guarantee up to £3 billion of borrowing by housing associations in England to support delivery of around 30,000 affordable homes
  • further progress on delivering growth in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc including £445 million from the Housing Infrastructure Fund to unlock over 22,000 homes, and a joint declaration with local partners, affirming our shared vision for the Arc
  • up to £260 million for the Borderlands Growth Deal, which on top of the £102 million announced recently for Carlisle from the Housing Infrastructure Fund means up to £362 million UK Government funding into the Borderlands area



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Downgrade in near-term UK house price forecasts

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PRS Reit cuts 2022 dividend target

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A good alternative to equity release

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Approved Client Money Protection (CMP) schemes

The government has approved the following Client Money Protection (CMP) schemes for letting and property management agents in the private rented sector:
The government is considering other applications.
Letting and property management agents in the private rented sector who hold client money are now required by law to belong to a government-approved CMP scheme by 1 April 2019. These proposals were made on 1 April 2018 following consultation and have been passed by Parliament; agents must also:
  • hold client money in a client money account with a bank or building society authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority*
  • hold and maintain appropriate professional indemnity insurance
  • have appropriate client money protection handling procedures
  • obtain a certificate confirming membership of an approved CMP scheme and display this prominently in each of their offices where they deal with the public and on their website
  • provide a copy of the certificate to any person who may reasonably require it, free of charge
CMP schemes may set additional requirements on membership.
*Or be making all reasonable efforts to do so. Note that while CMP schemes are permitted to offer a grace period to allow agents to open such accounts, they may only offer a grace period until 1 April 2020.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

HMRC scam email advice

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Leeds makes cuts across BTL range

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26,500 high-rise flats still in Grenfell cladding

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Renters' 'Top 10' property features

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Empty homes in England - 216,000

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Homelet's latest Rental Index

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PRS landlords pay more tax than Tesco

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NLA question Labour's commitment to indefinite tenancies

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Rudd reveals first area for Universal Credit managed migration

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RLA calls for action on empty homes

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HMO landlords fined for licence breaches

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Most affordable places for Birmingham FTBs

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Should we remortgage to build an extension?

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Patch repairs and disrepair liability

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Private flat owners - cladding campaign

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Labour to force landlords to offer indefinite tenancies

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The ‘absurd’ planning loophole

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BTL tax hikes ‘excessive’ - Scottish landlords

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Basildon landlord of a HMO fined £4k

A Basildon landlord has been convicted of three offences for failure to comply with fire safety requirements of a house in multiple occupation (HMO) in Oldwyk, Basildon.

Marcus Brade, 47, of Wickhay, Basildon, pleaded guilty to three charges at Basildon Magistrates' Court on Monday 4 March.  

The charges included a breach of an Improvement Notice served by Basildon Council under the Housing Act 2004, which required works to be carried out in respect of fire safety measures. He was also charged with two offences under the HMO Management Regulations 2006 that require relevant fire measures to be in place including interlinked smoke alarms and an adequately protected fire escape route.

The HMO was previously subject to an Emergency Prohibition Order under Mr Brade's management where officers determined serious safety risks to the occupants.

Mr Brade was sentenced to a fine of £2,646, costs of £2,000 and a victim surcharge of £170.

Councillor Don Morris, Chairman of the Housing Committee, commented: 

"All borough residents deserve a home that is safe and we will do all we can to take action against private landlords who think they can cut corners in terms of fire safety when letting their properties.

"HMO accommodation is regarded as being at a higher risk of fire than single family homes. I would like to thank council officers for their intervention. This prosecution sends a clear message to landlords that we will act to ensure the safety of tenants."

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Letting agent fined £72k for three HMOs

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UK rental growth outstripping inflation

The headlines from Homelet's Rental Index for February are:
  • The average rent in the UK is now £940, up by 3.8% on the same time last year
  • When London is excluded, the average rent in the UK is now £782, this is up by 3.2% on last year
  • Average rents in London are now £1,599, up by 4% on last year
  • The region with the largest year-on-year increase is the South West, showing a 7.7% increase between January 2018 and January 2019
  • All 12 of the regions monitored by HomeLet showed an increase in rental values between January 2018 and January 2019
The trends reported within the HomeLet Rental Index are brand new tenancies, which were arranged in the most recent period, providing an in-depth insight into the lettings market.
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Saturday, March 09, 2019

Third of landlords considering cutting spending

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Teignbridge council start grading landlords

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Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Is buying with friends the future of housing?

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May unrepentant over Right to Rent

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TSB adds BTL deal

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Deposit-free renting schemes: ARLA Factsheet

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Property investors defy Brexit scaremongering

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NatWest scraps ‘no-DSS’ rule

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Right to Rent Scheme: Parliament statement

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One-person households projected to rise

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Newcastle Property Investment: Savills

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Telegraph's BTL Guide 2019

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Latest Property Market Insights From Dataloft

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Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Whatever happened to the Brexit property crash?

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Most affordable areas in Greater London for FTBs

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Downsize to alleviate housing crisis

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The inconsistencies in government housing policy

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Housing benefit costs have doubled

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A landlords responsibilities: sewer covers

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Is co-living the new Airbnb for millennial nomads?

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Countrywide fined £215,000

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Reducing the destructive impact of concrete

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Monday, March 04, 2019

'Right to Rent' and other wrongs

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Can a landlord sell a tenanted property?

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Stamp Duty payment period halved

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House prices to drop in mid-2020s

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Sunday, March 03, 2019