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Ker-ching! Councils cash in as revenue soars from licensing schemes

By |2019-03-20T10:02:55+00:00March 20th, 2019|Property News|

The implementation and costs of landlord licensing schemes in Britain are a lottery. That’s the conclusion of a new analysis of licensing charges between local authorities conducted by Direct Line for Business. It shows a large variance with the cost of a new licence ranging from just £55 to £1,150.   In Liverpool the...

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Buy-to-let remains ‘one of the most lucrative investments one can make’

By |2019-03-20T10:03:03+00:00March 20th, 2019|Property News|

Despite recent tax and regulatory changes, investment in buy-to-let has outperformed most other major asset classes over the past 10 years, when considering the annual gain in house prices along with the increase in rental yields, new research shows. An investment in the buy-to-let sector a decade ago would have brought...

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Online lettings service ‘pays outgoing tenants to find replacements’

By |2019-03-20T10:02:57+00:00March 20th, 2019|Property News|

An online lettings service says it will pay existing tenants for finding replacements and handling viewings, in a bid to reduce voids. Mashroom, which has yet to formally launch, says it will reward outgoing tenants with up to one week's rent for liaising with prospective renters and carrying out viewings. The idea...

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‘Cleavage’ leaflet withdrawn by agent after complaint to watchdog

By |2019-03-20T10:03:01+00:00March 20th, 2019|Property News|

A lettings agency has withdrawn a leaflet which featured a woman’s cleavage; the leaflet had been the subject of a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority. The advertisement was from Clever Student Lets in Plymouth. The ASA says that a leaflet for the agency, circulated in December last year, showed a woman’s...

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Court ruling prompts campaign to keep repossession rights

By |2019-03-20T10:02:59+00:00March 20th, 2019|Property News|

A trade body says a recent court case threatens the right of buy to let landlords to repossess their properties. The Residential Landlords Association says a recent court case deemed a landlord’s attempt to regain their property as invalid, due to a dispute over a gas safety certificate. After that landlord was...

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Human Habitation law takes effect today – but not everyone is happy…

By |2019-03-20T10:02:58+00:00March 20th, 2019|Property News|

Today the long-awaited Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) Act comes into force, pioneered by Labour MP Karen Buck and giving people on new tenancies the ability to take court action directly against landlords rather than relying on the council.  But pressure group Generation Rent says this is not enough, as it...

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The most expensive landlord licence costs 21 times more than the cheapest

By |2019-03-20T10:03:05+00:00March 20th, 2019|Property News|

Landlord licensing schemes are being introduced across England, while they are mandatory in Scotland and Wales, as local authorities attempt to clampdown on rogue operators. But while councils argue that selective licensing schemes are a key weapon in the battle to improve standards in the private rented sector, many landlords believe...

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Tenants can sue landlords for damp homes under new laws introduced today

By |2019-03-20T10:03:09+00:00March 20th, 2019|Property News|

Tenants now have the right to sue their landlords for cold or damp homes under new laws that have come into force today. If a landlord does not carry out necessary repairs or maintenance, the tenant will be able to take them to court where a judge can issue an injunction...

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Spring bounce dampened by Brexit uncertainty, says Rightmove

By |2019-03-20T10:03:10+00:00March 20th, 2019|Property News|

In some parts of the country the typically busy spring market is on hold, weighed down by Brexit uncertainty, according to the latest findings from Rightmove. The average price of property coming to market has risen just 0.4% (+£1,287) this month, the lowest average monthly growth at this time of year...

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HMRC is targeting ‘accidental landlords’, new data finds

By |2019-03-20T10:03:12+00:00March 20th, 2019|Property News|

HMRC’s ‘Let Property Campaign’ has led to disclosures from less than 3% of eligible landlords, new data acquired by accountancy firm Saffery Champness has revealed. The data was obtained through a Freedom of Information request and sheds light on HMRC’s targeting of accidental landlords. Back in 2013, when the government originally announced...

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