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  • Home buying to become faster following review!

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    Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has launched an eight-week review into home buying. He has stated he wanted to “hear from the industry” on how to streamline the process. It is hoped that this will lead to home buying and selling in England and Wales to be “faster and less stressful”. This news comes amid growing speculation that housing will form a key part of next month’s Budget speech. Ways of locking in deals and stopp...READ MORE
    1 Nov 2017 | Comments
  • A room in London now costs more than a whole house in the North East

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    In 2016 the cost of a house in London per habitable room - i.e. excluding bathrooms, conservatories, kitchens and utility rooms, was £132,926. This is more than the average cost of an entire property in the North East of England, worth £128,000 in July 2016, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS's) house price index. London's house prices have been galloping ahead of the rest of the country over the past decad...READ MORE
    18 Oct 2017 | Comments
  • RICS concerned over the number of landlords leaving the sector

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    According to the latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) survey of its members a growing number of buy-to-let landlords are likely to exit the private rented sector over the next 12 months. Over half (61%) of surveyors felt landlords would exit the market over the coming year, while only 12% felt there would be a greater number of entrants. 52% of those surveyed projected that there would be a net reduction o...READ MORE
    20 Sep 2017 | Comments
  • Wales leads the way in raising rental standards

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    This month a number of new licensing schemes for landlords have been approved or introduced in England for cities such as Redbridge, Bristol and Nottingham. Despite the differences amongst these the main initiative is to improve the rental standards in the private rented sector. As positive as these changes are, Wales has already got a scheme across the country, could they be years ahead of England with their Rent Smart Wal...READ MORE
    30 Aug 2017 | Comments
  • UK's in-demand rental hotspots revealed

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    Unique summary: Figures published by Rightmove have revealed the nation's most in-demand locations for renters. New research carried out by Rightmove has highlighted the most in-demand areas of the UK for renters. According to the company's latest quarterly review for the three months to the end of June, the top five most in-demand locations outside of Greater London are Oldham in Greater Manchester, Stirling in Stirlingshi...READ MORE
    23 Aug 2017 | Comments
  • Plans to ban leaseholds on new-build houses in England

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    Under a new proposed crackdown “unfair charges” levied on buyers of new-build houses could be banned in England. Leaseholds on new-build houses would be completely outlawed, while ground rents could be dramatically reduced, under new government plans subject to an eight-week public consultation. Ground rents can double every decade, crippling home owners and in some cases making it impossible to sell your property. "Enough ...READ MORE
    2 Aug 2017 | Comments
  • Bath named as a top city for escaping Londoners

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    London living is vibrant and exciting, but can often be crowded, noisy and awfully expensive for families. However, this does not mean that Londoners seeking more space, a sense of community, good schools and peace and quiet, consider life in rural villages as the answer. For many, moving to a city within commuting distance of the capital, surrounded by countryside offers an alternative, which merges the best of both worlds...READ MORE
    19 Jul 2017 | Comments

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Over the last year, landlords buying in cash have spent more than at any time in the past decade, according to new figures...READ MORE


Diary of a first-time Landlord

Tenancy up for renewal

26 April 2014

We’re coming to the end of our first year as landlords. The letting agent has sent us a routine, and carefully timed, letter asking if we wish to continue letting and whether they should make a formal offer to our current tenants. I feel we’ve been very fortunate in finding a family to live in Mum’s house, who appear to have...READ MORE


Your Stories

I found 25 people living in my 2 bedroom flat!

I am fortunate enough to own five or six properties across the UK, all of which have thrown up different challenges. But probably the most unusual story I have to tell...READ MORE



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