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Increase in long-term rentals

Tuesday 21st February 2017

Four in 10 people who rent a home expect to be renting a property for up to a decade; an attractive proposition for buy-to-let landlords. The survey, commissioned by property and construction consultants McBains Cooper, will also provide a welcome boost for the build-to-rent market...


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Landlord licensing scheme could be introduced in Scarborough

Tuesday 21st February 2017

Landlords in parts of Scarborough may soon have to apply for a licence to let their properties after initial plans to introduce a selective licensing scheme were given the go-ahead...


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Mortgage price war sees lenders slash rates on buy-to-let properties

Tuesday 21st February 2017

With interest rates at a record low level, competition among mortgage providers, somewhat unsurprisingly, continues to hot up, with lenders shaving percentage points off their buy-to-let mortgage rates in an effort to entice buy-to-let landlords acquiring new properties through their doors...


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Fast internet is rental priority

Tuesday 21st February 2017

Whether for work, study or entertainment reasons, a reliable and affordable broadband connection is likely to be one of the first services that prospective tenants look for in a new home, as it is one thing most people simply cannot live without...


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PRS charity project awarded £250k lottery funding

Wednesday 22nd February 2017

An initiative designed to promote equality and diversity in the private rented sector in Wales has been awarded a £249,425 lottery grant. The Open Doors project, which will be set up and run by Tai Pawb, is a two year scheme to provide tenants from minority groups, landlords and letting agents in the PRS the knowledge, skills and confidence to prevent and reduce discrimination...


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Inventories offer peace of mind and could save you money

Wednesday 22nd February 2017

For a long time, fair wear and tear has been a grey area for landlords, and because it tends to vary from case to case, it is among the least understood areas of the letting process, and one which can create much ambiguity and cause a high level of disputes with tenants at the end of a tenancy...


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Proportion of landlords looking to sell falls as tenant demand grows

Wednesday 22nd February 2017

The proportion of landlords who intend to sell their rental properties as a result of the government's draconian tax changes has declined, owed in part to higher demand from tenants seeking accommodation in the private rented sector...


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Short-term letting industry vow to stop landlords converting ‘homes into hotels’

Wednesday 22nd February 2017

The short-term letting industry, which includes the likes of Airbnb, joined local authorities and community groups at City Hall yesterday to discuss growing concerns about the contribution of home-sharing platforms on London’s housing crisis...


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List your properties on student property portal for free

Monday 20th February 2017

But-to-let landlords are being invited to post their property advertisements for free on FreshRent, the student accommodation search website. FreshRent, which was purchased by the Student Smart Group last year for an undisclosed sum, has undergone a huge design revamp and spent in the region of £125,000 on bespoke features and algorithms to improve the website...


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Landlord faces £108,000 bill or jail

Monday 20th February 2017

A landlord has been ordered to pay £108,000 within three months or go to jail. Mohamed Omar Hassibi was refused consent to convert his semi-detached house on Mayfield Close in Uxbridge, west London...


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