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Rents increasing for tenants

Rent Increases: The direct effect of the Tenant Fees Ban is playing out in the form of renting increases, where the costs are simply being transferred from fees to rents, as was widely predicted....

FT Advisor reports record number of landlords leaving market

Buy-to-Let: Research carried out by international research group BVA BDRC, a consumer insight consultancy headquartered in Paris, finds that a record number of landlords are planning to sell their rental properties in the next...

Bed bugs, an increasingly common problem in rentals…

Pest Control: In Britain, bed bugs are a relatively recent phenomenon. Most people in Britain have never seen one or even heard of anyone reporting an infestation, though now that seems to be changing....

Chaos Theory! Changes, Changes what’s next for the Property World

My sister and her husband have just come back from a holiday in Vietnam and they were recounting their experience of Saigon traffic which sounded insane. Asked whether there were any rules they told...

The NLA is looking to improve awareness and disability accessibility in the PRS

Disability Access: Providing accommodation that is suitable for tenants living with a disability in the Private Rented Sector could be a profitable niche market for landlords. But landlords should be aware that the Equality...

5 things to consider before becoming an Airbnb host

Extra income and hosting guests; we cracked open the lid to Airbnb hosting. Should I list my property on Airbnb? Is the location of my property attractive enough for guests?  How much time does...

Reducing moving stress for tenants and landlords

Tenant Moves: The lettings industry (letting agents) should do more to raise awareness of reducing moving stress for tenants and landlords, that’s according to Tenant Shop, a company that takes care of all the...

Eviction costs can seriously dent your rental income

Letting Costs: Research carried out by agents Benham and Reeves has produced some worst case scenario costs of removing a really bad and determined tenant, costs which are truly alarming. These high figures would...

Tenant Fee refunds on tenancy renewals.

Tenant Fee Refunds: Thousands of landlords may need to refund partial deposits to their tenants when tenancies are renewed – when a new contract is signed. According to the Deposit Protection Service (DPS) around...

Claims that Section 21 is leading to homelessness plain wrong, says NLA

Section 21: The Section 21 possession process is set to be abolished amid claims that it is a leading cause of homelessness. Negative publicity surrounding no-fault evictions has long blamed the rise in homelessness...

A guide to deposit protection schemes

Whether you are a tenant or a landlord, read this guide to understand how these compulsory schemes operate Few things have caused more ill feeling between landlords and tenants over the years than deposits....

Moving to a new area? Top tips to help ease moving house

Moving to a new area? Top tips to help ease moving house  Are you thinking about moving across the country to start again in a new area? Or even to start a new job?...

Void periods and how to avoid them

Landlords naturally get a bit twitchy at the thought of their properties being empty and unlet for any length of time. But the savviest landlords know that it is possible to avoid void periods...

How to prepare your garden before selling your home

Malcolm Button, Senior Estate Agency Manager at Aberdein Considine, gives some top tips for ensuring that outside space looks fresh and cared for Ensuring that your property looks fantastic indoors is always important but...

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