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Buy to let landlords are a dying breed, warns finance chief

Buy to let landlords are on the way out and Build To Rent will dominate the sector in the foreseeable future. That’s the view of Scott Marshall, managing director of specialist finance house Roma Finance. He says his firm is already seeing more and more landlords using limited companies to maximise tax efficiencies on their investments, while individual landlords also have to face the welter of tax and regulation changes…

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Market slowdown:UK inflation rises as London house prices record biggest fall since 2009

House prices in London have seen the biggest fall in nine years while UK inflation has edged up for the first time since November. Figures released today show a dip of 0.7 per cent in the year to June —​ the largest drop since 2009 when prices fell by 3.2 per cent —taking the average cost of buying a London home to £476,752. While average prices are now £2,100 lower than a month ago, a…

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Building the boroughs:council-led construction boom to bring 25,000 new homes to London in next five years

Social mobility is at the heart of a new government Green Paper, published yesterday, which pledges to give council tenants the chance to springboard into home ownership. The paper’s authors say no tenant should feel stigmatised as a council renter and suggest allowing tenants to buy as little as one per cent of their home each year to begin home ownership. The plans have been criticised for failing to find…

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Landlords Urge Government To Help Older Renters

The government has received immediate calls to help buy-to-let landlords to support elderly renters who feel the need for better security measures in their homes. A trade body issued their request upon the release of the DWP’s (Department for Works and Pensions) Family Resources Survey showing that the number of older renters had virtually doubled in the last decade. There are over a quarter of renters in their later 30’s…

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Hefty Rise In UK Landlords Choosing To Re-Mortgage

A banking group’s latest survey claims that there is huge rise in the number of UK landlords opting to remortgage their properties. The group’s intermediaries who took part in the survey said that in the first three months of this year, 52% of BTL applications were for remortgaging. This is a steep rise when compared to 2015’s 1st quarter of BTL applications when it was just 29%. However this was…

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Highest Number Of BTL Sell Ups As Droves Of Landlords Escaping The Sector

Letting agents are claiming that the number of private landlords selling their properties and quitting the private rented sector reached its highest level in April; this is blamed on the government’s ‘landlord bashing’ with its punitive tax and legislation regulations. Many landlords are feeling the pinch and their profits have been decimated by the buy-to-let tax changes and are leaving the sector as they have had enough. An association of…

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Right To Rent: date set for full High Court challenge

The government’s controversial Right To Rent policy is to be challenged in the High Court just before Christmas. It was announced in early June that a charity, the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, had obtained permission to challenge Right To Rent in court. Now the JCWI has announced this will take the form of a full hearing before the High Court on December 18 and 19. “This is…

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UK continues to appeal to investors despite Brexit

The third Private Capital Survey from Cluttons, which details the results of a survey of 250 wealthy property investors in the Middle East to understand their global property investment intentions, has been published in partnership with YouGov. The survey, which uses sentiment as an indicator of future capital allocation, also interviewed 50 sterling millionaires residing in London. The research found that the UK continues to be at the front of…

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Revealed: areas where prices have grown by more than 250% since 2000

There are 19 towns and cities that have witnessed property prices growing by more than 250% since the turn of the century, according to research carried out by online estate agent HouseSimple.com. Southend-on-Sea was found to be the UK’s top property hotspot of the 21st century so far, with average property prices in the Essex coastal town soaring by 287.1% since 2000. According to Land Registry figures, Southend-on-Sea – famed for…

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Going to pot: Cannabis farms and your rental homes

Cannabis is big business – and worrying statistics show 90% of cannabis farms are being set up in residential homes. Could your buy-to-let be in a dealer’s sights, and how do you protect yourself and your property? We’ve all seen the pictures in the press. Grim-faced policemen surrounded by forests of plants – electric lamps and blacked out windows. Cannabis farms are being uncovered with depressing regularity on the streets…

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Government announces selective licensing review

The Government has announced a review into the use and effectiveness of selective licensing. The review, announced today by the MHCLG, will see independent commissioners gather evidence from landlord associations, such as the RLA, as well as local authorities, tenants and other housing professionals. The Government says that the findings of the review will be reported in the Spring, with an update on the progress of the review can be…

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“Licensing never works!” – industry verdict on latest government review

Letting agents and others in the private rental sector have responded to the latest government intervention – a review into how the 155 or so local council selective licensing schemes have been working. “Licencing doesn’t work, and it never has done” says an emphatic David Cox, chief executive of ARLA Propertymark. “The government’s aims are laudable; we’re all striving for the same end goal of improving the private rental sector for consumers,…

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Turning tables:falling London house prices and hike in number of homes for sale puts buyers in the driving seat

London house sellers are at last getting real: average asking prices have fallen in two out of three boroughs over the past year, according to a new study. Admittedly the average drop has been minimal – around one per cent – bringing the asking price of the average London property to £637,746 according to the Rightmove House Price Index, published today. But more substantial falls have been witnessed in Hackney (3.7 per cent), Hammersmith and Fulham (3.9 per…

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Bidding to win:how to buy a property at auction and bag a bargain home

London properties took nearly 30 per cent longer to sell this spring than they did two years ago, according to Rightmove’s House Price Index. Buying at auction allows you to buy or sell and have keys exchanged in 28 days. You can save yourself a packet, too, if you choose right. Get it wrong, however, and it will cost you dear. Here are my top tips on a successful buy: 1. VISIT THE…

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Feasts and fun on the doorstep:London to get 19 new street food markets with first-time buyer homes attached

A new 15,000sq ft food court — one of the largest in Britain — is set to transform a vaulted Art Deco former bus depot opposite Victoria station. In September the space, which for 14 years was the home of Ibiza nightclub offshoot Pacha, will become an indoor market with coffee shops, hot food kiosks and produce stalls. It is one of 19 new food courts planned across London, from Canary Wharf to…

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Average eviction now takes 17 weeks according to new analysis

A new analysis reveals that it takes an average of 118 days for court-appointed bailiffs to remove tenants from private homes after bringing a claim to court. This is based on a study of government figures for the first quarter of this year – the latest data available – by the Simple Landlords Insurance company. It says its regional breakdown of data reveals that agents and landlords in London are…

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Brexit is biggest challenge facing property market, say investors

Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union is the biggest challenge facing the UK property sector, according to a survey of investors, landlords, homeowners and insolvency practitioners. Higher taxation and stricter lending criteria were other common concerns revealed by the research carried out by John Pye Property. However, the majority of respondents painted a relatively positive picture of the property market. Almost half said they felt more property sales were taking…

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UK continues to appeal to investors despite Brexit

The third Private Capital Survey from Cluttons, which details the results of a survey of 250 wealthy property investors in the Middle East to understand their global property investment intentions, has been published in partnership with YouGov. The survey, which uses sentiment as an indicator of future capital allocation, also interviewed 50 sterling millionaires residing in London. The research found that the UK continues to be at the front of…

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UK continues to appeal to investors despite Brexit

The third Private Capital Survey from Cluttons, which details the results of a survey of 250 wealthy property investors in the Middle East to understand their global property investment intentions, has been published in partnership with YouGov. The survey, which uses sentiment as an indicator of future capital allocation, also interviewed 50 sterling millionaires residing in London. The research found that the UK continues to be at the front of…

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Could Credit Scores now Include Rental Payment History

Currently if a model tenant pays rent on time each month, their rental payment history does not count towards their credit score. However, with the introduction of the Creditworthiness Assessment Bill put forward by Lord Bird, founder of the Big Issue, this could all change. The bill proposes conditions for lenders to take rental payments and council tax payments into account when assessing potential borrowers. Subsequently, it will be made easier for…

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