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Student rents indicating increasingly competitive market

Data from Accommodation for Students (AFS) analysing the cost of student accommodation* in 2019 has found that the average rents across many cities are close to the 20-year average of £79 per week. This is good news for students indicating that there i…

Johnson considers Stamp Duty switch from buyer to seller

Conservative Party leadership contender, Boris Johnson, has confirmed his interest in switching Stamp Duty liability from the house buyer to the seller as proposed by Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).
Last year Johnson stated Stamp Duty was …

PRS in England is not fit for purpose

The private rented sector in England is not fit for purpose, failing both landlords and tenants according to some left wing reports.
The general thrust appears to be that Private Sector Landlords should evict perfectly good tenants who have been in the…

Living in same building as their serial ban tenant – couple’s worst nightmare

It’s been heavily publicised that a large percentage of the UK’s retirees are struggling to live off their pension, so it’s no surprise that some over 65s have turned to renting out rooms in their home, or other properties they may have
The post Living…

Transfer property to SPV limited company

My wife and I bought a property on 28th September 2009 (cash £170,000) to live in. We moved out from this property on 16th November 2013 and it has been let out continuously from December 2013 until today. My wife and I have been managing this property…

Stamp duty – First property in joint names?

We currently live in a home worth £95000 and we intend to rent this out and purchase a home for £165000.
We don’t own any other property. Does anyone know how much Stamp Duty we have to pay on our new home as we are getting conflicting answers?
T…

Launching a fabulous opportunity in Leeds

Property Investor Partnership is delighted to have secured four, 2 bedroom houses in Leeds, for the discounted price of £152,995.  These properties have been discounted by 10% off current list prices and also include flooring, turf and white goods in o…

Letting agency fee increase?

Hi, I have a sitting tenant who is willing to renew this tenancy, at the moment I am using full management service from a local estate agency.
However, this local estate agency is pushing to raise their fees in light of this renewal (keeping the same t…

Government needs to avoid breakdown of trust

The Government urgently needs to provide tenants with better information on their rights and responsibilities if it is to avoid a breakdown of trust between renters and their landlords, the National Landlords Association warns.
New research, commission…

Agent sells out – What are the legal consequences?

As a landlord I have recently discovered that the agent we have been using was taken over by another over 12 months ago. Neither I as the landlord nor the tenants have been advised of this change and there are other landlords saying the same.
The post …

Annual house price growth 5.7%

The Halifax House Price Index shows June’s annual change figure of 5.7% growth coming against the backdrop of a particularly low growth rate in the corresponding period in 2018, which has had an impact on year-on-year comparisons. The average house pri…

£186,657 paid out to tenants – SafeDeposits Scotland

During the last 18 months more than 200 landlords from across Scotland have been found in breach of a law designed to protect tenants’ deposits, according to research carried out by SafeDeposits Scotland.
Since 2012, landlords in Scotland that take a d…

What to do now we have moved away?

I have been an avid reader of this site and you kindly helped me before, so perhaps I can ask again for some advice? I have a 3 bed semi in Pegswood, near Morpeth, Northumberland, which used to be my home.
The post What to do now we have moved away? ap…

Rents rise just above inflation and tenancy duration drops

THE latest data from HomeLet shows demand for rental properties remaining high and in examining the data from the last five years, HomeLet has found that the UK as a whole has experienced a 13.9% growth in rental values (12.5% when London is excluded)….

Squatting in Commercial Premises – Don’t wait to seek help

In 2012, a change in law made squatting in residential property a criminal offence. The inevitable consequence of this was an increase in the number of cases of squatting in commercial premises.  Squatting has now become a real issue for commercial lan…

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