Direct Payments For Landlords – Please Sign The e-Petition

Monday, July 9, 2012

Under the next wave of welfare reforms, new rules set to be introduced next year, mean that the housing benefit allowance of the new Universal Credit system, will not be paid directly to landlords. Instead the Government proposes that all payments will be paid directly to tenants, even if they are vulnerable or in arrears! [...]

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Rise In Malicious Damage To Rental Property

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Being a landlord in the UK is a very desirable financial position that many people would like to be in. Some tenants even think that landlords are made of money, not realising that Buy To Let is a business. The landlord is a businessman and the property is his income source. However, most landlords will [...]

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Welfare Reform Is Bad News For Landlords And Tenants

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

UK landlords could soon be forced out of the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) market by the Government cap on housing benefit payments. 77% of UK landlords who currently accept tenants claiming benefits are already planning to, or are actively taking steps to reduce their involvement with DSS/LHA tenancies because they are physically unable to afford [...]

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Landlords Hope Tenant Demand Continues

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The unprecedented demand for UK rental property has increased the average property rental price throughout the UK and some private sector landlords have been quick to increase the rental price for their properties to almost record levels. Since the start of the recession the private rented sector has experienced a surge in demand with 20,000 [...]

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Further Crackdowns on Rogue Landlords

Monday, May 9, 2011

Latest Landlord News by: Madalena Penny   Local authorities across the UK are stepping up campaigns to overhaul properties rented out by private landlords.  Last week, housing enforcement staff at Derby City Council announced they had been called in to inspect up to 700 homes in the borough in the last 12 months due to [...]

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Scotland’s BTL Property Update

Friday, May 6, 2011

Latest Landlord News by: Madalena Penny Love it or loathe it, as residential rental property increases in value across London and a divide between north and south widens, the same trends appear to befalling Scottish regions. Extensive research by ‘Citylets’ shows like for like tenant-demand and are riding high with property hotspots, mainly in Aberdeen [...]

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Renting to Young People and Teenage Mothers

Friday, April 15, 2011

Latest landlord News by: Madalena Penny Unemployment figures released yesterday reveal that there are now 2.48 million people unemployed.  One in five young people are without work, with a rise in unemployment for 16-25 year-olds increasing by 12,000 on the quarter.  Unemployment affecting 16-17 year-olds has also reached an all time high leading to 218,000 [...]

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Avoiding Eviction

Friday, April 8, 2011

Latest Landlord News by: Madalena Penny No doubt, this week landlords have received notification from their local housing benefit office concerning the caps to be enforced on new tenancies as from the beginning of this month. While some existing private sector tenants have received sketchy (at best) information from local authority branches that they may [...]

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Shared Room Rates & Changes will be Enforced Earlier

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Latest landlord News by: Madalena Penny New rules were announced this week affecting the shared room rate.  The increased threshold for single room occupancy rising from 25-35 year-olds was to be introduced in April 2012 but will now come into effect 3 months earlier in January 2012.  It is understood that the earlier introduction is [...]

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30th Percentile Estimates for April 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Below are the estimates based on the new weekly rates of housing benefit by each local authority.  Named by the government as the 30th Shadow percentile they are a benchmark for the new lower rate of LHA to be introduced this April for new tenancies.  The 30th percentile rule will affect existing tenancies in January [...]

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