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More red tape as government wants Anti-Money Laundering for letting agents

By |2019-04-17T10:02:47+00:00April 17th, 2019|Property News|

A formal consultation process has started to consider government plans to extend Anti-Money Laundering from property sales to lettings as well. Unveiled on the same day as the proposals to scrap Section 21, and thus overshadowed by the publicity surround the eviction measure, the new AML move would see the Fifth...

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Scrapping S21 isn’t enough – cap rent rises too, say London politicians

By |2019-04-17T10:02:48+00:00April 17th, 2019|Property News|

The scrapping of Section 21 eviction powers has been welcomed by the London Assembly - but apparently it doesn’t go far enough at curbing what some politicians see as the excesses of the private rental sector. Sian Berry - chair of the London Assembly Housing Committee and a national co-leader of...

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Banning Orders Flop: not even one issued after 12 months

By |2019-04-17T10:02:50+00:00April 17th, 2019|Property News|

A Freedom of Information request by The Guardian newspaper has produced the startling admission from government that not even one landlord has been issued with a banning order in the first year the measure was in existence. Last April the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government said landlords convicted of...

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Another one bites the dust! Franchisee snaps up fourth independent

By |2019-04-17T10:02:49+00:00April 17th, 2019|Property News|

Belvoir has snapped up another independent lettings agency in the south east.  Grey & Co, located at Wembley Park in north London, has been acquired by Tom Wang, who only joined the Belvoir franchise empire last year and was the recent winner of Belvoir Newcomer 2019. This is already his fourth acquisition...

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Section 21: Government accused of “Dickensian” view of buy to let

By |2019-04-17T10:02:49+00:00April 17th, 2019|Property News|

The scrapping of Section 21, as proposed by the government, shows that Whiteall has “a Dickensian view” of the buy to let sector according to a top lawyer.  Paul Henson, a partner in the real estate litigation team at Collyer Bristow LLP, says: “The government has a Dickensian view of private...

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Slow growth in rents leads to ‘modest improvement in rental affordability’

By |2019-04-17T10:02:52+00:00April 17th, 2019|Property News|

Weak rental growth has resulted in improved affordability for renters across many parts of the country, including London, while rents in northern regions are now the most affordable for a decade, new research shows. The in-depth study from Zoopla, which sets out trends in the affordability of private renting across countries...

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Section 21 ban without making Section 8 fully ‘fit for purpose’ would be an error

By |2019-04-17T10:02:52+00:00April 17th, 2019|Property News|

Abolishing Section 21 without making Section 8 fully “fit for purpose” will have dire consequences on our housing supply. This week, the government outlined plans to consult on new legislation to abolish Section 21 in a bid to end so called‘no-fault’ evictions. Although this is not a surprise move, it is one...

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Holiday lettings set to benefit from ongoing Brexit uncertainty

By |2019-04-17T10:02:56+00:00April 17th, 2019|Property News|

A Brexit-inspired holiday letting boom is expected to hit the South West this year, according to local holiday letting agency Bournecoast. The agency predicts there will be a considerable uplift in the number of people staying put and letting homes in coastal hotspots such as Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole this year,...

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New app to help cut legal costs between landlords and tenants

By |2019-04-17T10:02:55+00:00April 17th, 2019|Property News|

A new app has been launched with a view to reducing the legal costs involved with disputes between landlords and tenants. LegalDefence, a subscription-based legal service which also reduces the legal costs involved in buying a property and disputes between homeowners and their neighbours, is provided by LegalShield and consumer law...

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Average price of detached property in UK rises more than £125,000

By |2019-04-17T10:02:57+00:00April 17th, 2019|Property News|

The popularity of detached living has seen the average price of this property type rising by more than £125,000 in the past 10 years, according to online estate agents Housesimple. Its research found the average price of a detached house in the UK was £252,473 in January 2009. Today, a detached...

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