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Agents want tax reforms on top of pledge to avoid rent controls

Tuesday 31st October 2023

Propertymark has welcomed the pledge by Housing Secretary Michael Gove not to introduce rent controls in England. The trade body says such controls discourage investment and are in any case ineffective at regulating rent levels. Propertymark says where rents have risen,…

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Section 21 U-turn - more details given by government

Monday 23rd October 2023

More details have emerged of what appears to be a sort of stay of execution for Section 21 eviction powers. The abolition of Section 21…

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Major boost for buy to let mortgage range

Friday 20th October 2023

There's been a significant increase in the buy to let mortgage product range according to analysis by independent service Moneyfacts. A year ago, there were fewer than 1,000 buy to let products available;…

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Buy to let income up despite rising costs and red tape

Wednesday 20th September 2023

Landlords in England and Wales have seen their rental portfolio income increase by 8.7 per cent in the past year. That's according to new research from London lettings agency Benham…

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Gas Safety tips for agents to pass to landlords and tenants

Wednesday 13th September 2023

Propertymark, together with Gas Safe Register, has produced top tips to be passed by agents to landlords and tenants as part of this week's Gas Safety Week initiative. …

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Rental firm’s big fine for repair failures on five storey block

Wednesday 23rd August 2023

The company which owned and was responsible for a five-storey block of rented flats in Bridlington has been ordered to pay a total of £12,377…

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EPC Ratings - rental sector won't improve without grants

Wednesday 23rd August 2023

A legal expert says there is too little practical help available to transform the energy efficiency reputation of the private rental sector. Gina…

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Renting cheaper than mortgages for first time in 13 years

Tuesday 22nd August 2023

Zoopla's research team says the rise in mortgage interest rates means it's now cheaper to rent than to buy for the first time since 2010, according to Zoopla. The portal says the average UK…

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Don’t just scrap Section 21 - reform the court system too

Thursday 17th August 2023

A lettings industry trade body has written to the government urging fundamental reform of the court system to prevent it grinding to a standstill if Section 21 eviction…

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Agents and landlords warned over imminent changes to HMO regulations

Friday 11th August 2023

Agents representing landlords of HMOs In Portsmouth are being warned by the council that their need to be licensed or face a hefty fine. Currently properties…

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