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Rental properties likely to increase due to slump in mortgage approvals

Approvals for mortgage applications by British banks fell to a seven month low in September, and the ongoing failure to secure a deal over Brexit is being partly blamed. This is likely to lead to an increase in rental properties over the coming months, as younger buyers again feel the cold shoulder of the property […]

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Dangers Of Rent Repayment Order – Housing and Planning Act 2016

Some sections of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 came into force today.  The media will give a lot of attention to the fact that local authorities will be able to charge landlords Civil Penalties of up to £30,000 without court action and the fact that Tenancy Deposit Protection schemes must now share the landlords […]

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Client Money Protection Scheme Now Compulsory

It’s been a great week for housing campaigners everywhere and we’re pretty chuffed too!  Earlier this week, ministers announced that tenants are now going to be legally protected from rogue letting agents who, without client money protection in place, take rents and deposits and then go bust. In what has been classed as a major victory […]

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New code aims to ‘home-in’ on rogue letting agents in Scotland

It may seem a way off yet, but from the 31st January 2018, the professionalism and standards of the letting sector in Scotland will be driven up even further following the launch of a new code of practice by the Scottish government. But how will this change to property regulations affect you? The new bill […]

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Stamp Duty Land Tax changes: what it means for landlords

As of April 2016, the Stamp Duty Land Tax is set to be 3% higher for those who purchase an additional property with the purpose of letting it. This new levy applies on top existing rates, and is expected to raise in the region of £1 billion in government revenue over the course of five […]

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Buy-to-let Changes Seen Fundamentally Altering The Property Sector

It’s all change in the UK’s multibillion-pound buy-to-let market as the government introduces sweeping new measures aimed at making taxation fairer and helping people who are struggling in the property market to buy a house. Buy-to-let has become a sure-fire way for many people to earn cash while protecting their initial investment, and up to […]

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40% of Letting Agents Are Not Industry Regulated

Kris Hopkins, MP for the Department for Communities and Local Government recently reported that 40% of UK letting agents were not associated with a regulatory body or redress scheme leaving landlords and tenants with a feeling of not being treated fairly and with transparency. Without introducing too much red tape into the industry, Mr Hopkins […]

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Landlord Immigration Checks – Introducing The Immigration Act 2014

You may recall an article we wrote back in May 2013 about the Queens Speech which highlighted the plans to make private landlords responsible for checking the immigration status of their tenants before granting a tenancy agreement.  One year on and the plans have now been put into action – introducing the Immigration Act 2014. […]

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