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Agency diversifies into letting car parking spaces in city centre

By |2018-11-12T10:02:58+00:00November 12th, 2018|Property News|

A lettings agency in Oxford has diversified into marketing car parking spaces as well as apartments and houses. Scottfraser Summertown has told the Oxford Mail newspaper that this new side of its business has been growing steadily. The newspaper claims that residents can earn up to £150 a month for letting out...

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Another one down – Leaders Romans buys eighth independent of 2018

By |2018-11-12T10:03:00+00:00November 12th, 2018|Property News|

The Leaders Romans Group has revealed its acquisition of yet another independent agency - Property Concept. Based in Clifton, Bristol, Property Concept is a single branch residential letting and sales agency, previously owned by Tracy Robertson and Chris Hurd.  The business comprises 225 managed tenancies together with a further 92 let-only tenancies, with...

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Three-office firm snaps up retirees’ independent agency

By |2018-11-12T10:02:59+00:00November 12th, 2018|Property News|

Somerset agency Mark Templer Residential has acquired independent company Wrington Vale Lettings. Husband and wife team John and Vanessa Webb with business partner Karen Morgan founded Wrington Vale Lettings almost a decade ago. When the Webbs decided to retire they asked Mark Templer Residential to take over the business.  Established over 20...

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Landlords vote ‘trustworthiness’ as the most important quality in tenants

By |2018-11-12T10:03:01+00:00November 12th, 2018|Property News|

Every good landlord deserves good tenants, and every good tenant deserves a good home. But what makes a good tenant? Fresh research suggests that ‘trust’ is the most important element for an effective, efficient, and harmonious relationship, crucial to a happy tenancy for not only your tenant but yourself as a...

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Landlords accused of ‘illegally’ withholding deposits

By |2018-11-12T10:03:02+00:00November 12th, 2018|Property News|

Buy-to-let landlords have been accused of “routinely and illegally” withholding deposits from tenants and subjecting many people living in private rented accommodation to “surprise evictions”. In an article in yesterday’s Mail on Sunday, it was claimed that students and young adults early in their careers are typically “most vulnerable” when it...

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Landlord’s son ordered to pay £1,650 after changing locks over rent arrears

By |2018-11-12T10:03:04+00:00November 12th, 2018|Property News|

A landlord’s son has been ordered to pay £1,000 compensation to a tenant after changing the locks with her belongings still inside the property in Nottingham. Aside from pay compensation, city magistrates also ordered Mohammed Azheem, 32, to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work, pay Nottingham City Council’s costs of £600...

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Tenant causes almost £6k worth of damage after refusing to pay rent

By |2018-11-12T10:03:03+00:00November 12th, 2018|Property News|

A tenant who caused almost £6,000 worth of damage to his rented home after refusing to vacate the flat, despite being served notice by his landlord, has pleaded guilty to damaging the property in Delabole, north Cornwall, between January and April this year. David Pearson, 46, appeared at Truro Crown Court...

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Real rents have fallen in real terms over the last decade

By |2018-11-12T10:03:03+00:00November 12th, 2018|Property News|

The outlook for renters has improved over the past decade, albeit with considerable regional variations, thanks to improved affordability, new figures show. Real rents, adjusted for inflation, have fallen by 2.2% in Great Britain since October 2008, which means that the average cost of living has risen more than average rents,...

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BTL mortgage arrears fall, but concern grows about impact of Universal Credit

By |2018-11-09T10:03:25+00:00November 9th, 2018|Property News|

The number of buy-to-let mortgages in arrears of 2.5% or more of the outstanding balance dropped in the third quarter of this year, reflecting a wider trend in the market. Figures from UK Finance found that there were 4,660 buy-to-let mortgages in arrears in this level in Q3 2018, down 1%...

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‘More must be done to stop the rogues’ government told

By |2018-11-09T10:03:20+00:00November 9th, 2018|Property News|

A lettings trade body has welcomed extra government funding for English councils to clamp down on criminal landlords. But the Residential Landlords Association has said the extra resources are not sufficient in themselves to stop the problem of rogue agents and landlords. David Smith, the RLA’s policy director, says: “We welcome news...

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