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APRIL 20, 2018 | BY A & S Property
There has been an improvement in the letting market, according to board company Agency Express.
The number of new rental property listings increased by 13.16% during February compared to the previous month, while the volume of properties ‘let’ was up 4.8% during the same period, fresh data from the Agency......
APRIL 18, 2018 | BY A & S Property
Labour has once again called for rents to be capped in Scotland after fresh data revealed rent increases were outstripping wage rises over the past five years.
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has made no secret of his desire to control rents and limit the power of private landlords north......
APRIL 17, 2018 | BY A & S Property
The government must focus on urgently improving dangerous housing conditions across the country after new figures revealed that thousands of private tenants are at risk of death in their properties, according to the Chartered Institute of Environmental health (CIEH).
New analysis from The Times in the wake of the deaths......
APRIL 16, 2018 | BY A & S Property
The number of landlords remortgaging in order to raise funds to improve their properties has reached an all-time high, new figures show.
In the last 12 months, 9,523 landlords who re-mortgaged their buy-to-let withdrew money for home improvements – over three times more than the 2,967 recorded in 2016, according......
APRIL 13, 2018 | BY A & S Property
The buy-to-let market continues to see a marginal rise in residential rental prices, and this trend appears to be fuelled by a decline in the number of new properties coming on to the private rental market.
According to the latest HomeLet Rental Index, the average rent in the UK hit......
APRIL 13, 2018 | BY A & S Property
The number of English landlords renting out properties in Scotland has quadrupled since 2012, thanks to cheaper property prices north of the border, along with tax reliefs and higher yields, research shows.
Fresh analysis of Scottish rental deposit registrations by SafeDeposits Scotland reveals that there has been a 430% increase......
APRIL 11, 2018 | BY A & S Property
Void periods are inevitable. But no landlords wants to experience excessive or lengthy void periods as that can significantly impact the viability of their investment, and that is why it is important that buy-to-let investors adopt a strategy to minimise the risk of lengthy void periods, and that means......
APRIL 11, 2018 | BY A & S Property
The landlord of a north London property where two men died of a suspected carbon monoxide leak on Sunday faces a likely hefty fine after operating an unlicensed HMO.
The two tenants, aged 35 and 42, were discovered dead at the property in Bacon Lane, Edgware, on Sunday afternoon, due......
APRIL 10, 2018 | BY A & S Property
New ‘Home Safety Guidance’ has been released by the Electrical Safety Roundtable (ESR) to help landlords meet their obligations and ensure that tenants’ lives are not put in danger due to unsafe accommodation.
When electrical wires were recently found exposed in a private rental property in Luton, the local authority......
APRIL 06, 2018 | BY A & S Property
Almost two-fifths of landlords are feeling positive about the future of the rental market, and are thinking about buying more properties to rent in the future, according to a recent survey by NatWest.
The study found that portfolio landlords are generally keenest to expand with 48% of landlords surveyed with......
APRIL 05, 2018 | BY A & S Property
A buy-to-let investor, who previously spent time in prison for perjury after he lied during an inquiry into the deaths of two tenants during a fire in a basement flat he owns in Scotland, was this week barred from being a landlord following an investigation by Glasgow City Council.
Harpal......
MARCH 28, 2018 | BY A & S Property
Hackney in east London has recorded the fastest growth in rents on a typical two-bedroom home over the past decade, according to Rightmove.
Fresh analysis by the property website reveals that since 2008 the cost of renting a two-bedroom home in Hackney has increased by almost two-thirds - 63% -......
MARCH 27, 2018 | BY A & S Property
Private rental prices paid by tenants in Scotland rose by 0.7% in the 12 months to February 2018, reaching an average of £569 per calendar month (pcm) seasonally adjusted, but the speed of growth has slowed in recent months and there are wide regional differences across the five Scottish......
MARCH 22, 2018 | BY A & S Property
There was a sharp decline in the number of new listings, while the volume of properties let last month dipped, as reduced supply restricted choice for potential renters, according to the latest data from the Agency Express Property Activity Index.
Following a buoyant start to the year, the latest Agency......
MARCH 21, 2018 | BY A & S Property
Skipton International is hoping to build on strong demand for its buy-to-let mortgages to British expats seeking to invest in England or Wales, by launching the expatriate mortgage proposition in Scotland.
Skipton International’s buy-to-let mortgages on Scottish properties will be on the same terms and conditions as its existing proposition......
MARCH 20, 2018 | BY A & S Property
An increasing number of buy-to-let landlords are likely to exit Scotland’s private rented sector or reduce the size of their property portfolio in the coming months due to tax changes coming into play.
A new report by letting agent Aberdein Considine warns that the housing market north of the border......
MARCH 12, 2018 | BY A & S Property
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has unveiled proposals to control rents and limit the power of private landlords, despite concerns that it could spell disaster for tenants.
In his keynote speech to Scottish Labour’s spring conference on Saturday, he detailed his vision to reshape the rental sector in Scotland, including......
MARCH 12, 2018 | BY A & S Property
The average buy-to-let investor who sold their rental property in 2017 did so for £86,651 more than they paid for it, having owned the home for an average of 8.7 years, new figures from Countrywide show.
Although the average gains made by landlords are impressive, they are not as high......
MARCH 09, 2018 | BY A & S Property
Rental prices increased by 1.2% in February compared to the corresponding month a year earlier, the latest HomeLet Rental Index shows.
The average rent agreed on a new tenancy signed in February was £906 per calendar month (pcm),  according to figures from the insurance company.
When London is excluded, the average......
MARCH 01, 2018 | BY A & S Property
There was a sharp rise in the number of tenants that saw their rent costs increase north of the border last month, according to ARLA Propertymark.
The trade body for letting agents report that 44% of Scottish tenants saw their rent costs increase in January, up from the national average......
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