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How Wales is leading the way in raising standards in the PRS

Tuesday 29th August 2017

This month has seen the approval or introduction of a number of new licensing schemes for landlords in several English cities, including Redbridge, Bristol and Nottingham...


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BTL tax changes push ‘amateur landlords out of the market’

Friday 25th August 2017

The steady levels of mortgage activity seen through the first half of the year continued into July, with gross mortgage lending increasing by 4% month-on-month to £23bn in July, according to an estimate by UK Finance...


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New guide makes end of tenancies easier for landlords, agents and tenants

Friday 25th August 2017

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has launched a new guide to make the process of concluding a lease easier for landlords, tenants and agents, ahead of annual busiest day for end of tenancies...


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‘Landlord tax’ raises £2bn from buy-to-let investors

Friday 25th August 2017

The Treasury has so far pocketed around £2bn as a result of the 3% stamp duty surcharge on additional homes, including buy-to-let properties, new analysis by accounting firm Blick Rothenberg shows...


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Landlords are ‘stuck between a rock and a hard place’ as rents rise

Friday 25th August 2017

Private landlords faced with significantly higher costs, as a result of recent tax changes, are being left with little alternative but to pass on at least some of the costs to tenants or exit the buy-to-let market altogether, which is causing a reduction in available rented housing stock, adding to the existing supply-demand imbalance in the market, which letting agents report is now contributing to higher rents...


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Landlord licensing scheme considered in parts of Barnsley

Thursday 24th August 2017

Barnsley Council is planning to introduce a selective licensing scheme in an effort to clamp down on rogue landlords in the local area as well as reduce anti-social behaviour in private rented properties...


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Landlord who put tenants at risk is brought to justice

Thursday 24th August 2017

A landlord has been fined after being found guilty of letting out a student property in Selly Oak which had a string of fire-related safety issues. Various other defects were discovered, including no fire door, storing combustible materials in the escape route under the stairs, no self-closing device to the fire door on the ground floor front bedroom, as well as insecure and defective treads on the staircase...


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Landlord discovers cannabis farm at rented flat in South Wales

Thursday 24th August 2017

A landlord has described her shock and horror after the home she rented out had been transformed into a cannabis farm. The owner of the terraced house in Treforest, Rhondda Cynon Taf, could not believe her eyes when she discovered up to 400 plants cramped into the property after returning from a holiday in Scotland...


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A growing number of BTL landlords turn to short term holiday let market

Thursday 24th August 2017

More than 130,000 homes have potentially been taken out of the long term private rented sector as more buy-to-let landlords list properties on short-term holiday home websites such as Airbnb instead, fresh research shows...


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Landlord fined £10,000 for failing to license property

Wednesday 23rd August 2017

A private landlord has been prosecuted by Hastings Borough Council for failing to license his rented property in Surrey. Philip Dempsey of Malden Road in Surrey failed to license a property at 156 Bohemia Road between 26 October 2015 and 19 June 2017, despite the fact that the property falls within one of the seven wards in the borough which are required to be licensed under the council’s selective licensing scheme...


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