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Record low buy to let rates entice investors
 
The growing popularity of the UK's buy to let sector has been underlined with news that buy to let mortgages are at their lowest rates ever and more people are investing.
According to Moneyfacts.co.uk, the increasing competition between BTL mortgage providers has grown in r
     
Posted by on 13/02/2015 10:44:49
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Secrets that tenants keep from landlords revealed
 
A new survey has revealed what the most common secrets are that tenants keep from their landlords - and not paying the rent is number one.
The findings have been published by Property Let By Us which found 63% of tenants have tried to avoid paying their rent and made excuse
     
Posted by on 13/02/2015 10:42:15
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Photographic evidence 'not enough' in tenant disputes
 
Landlords and letting agents are being warned that the use of photographs to illustrate the state of a rental property when a tenant moves in may not be good enough to use in a dispute.
The warning comes from My Property Inventories who say that photographs often do not have
     
Posted by on 13/02/2015 10:41:16
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Record number of BTL products available
 
Landlords in the UK are now able to choose from a record number of buy to let financial products which have risen in number by 16% in the last three months, a survey has revealed.
The findings come from Mortgages for Business who say there are now 817 products and that lower
     
Posted by on 13/02/2015 10:29:05
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Loan schemes for rental home deposits grow
 
Increasing numbers of employers are offering loans to help employees pay a deposit on a rental home and the latest to join the list is the British government.
The government has announced its support for a new rental deposit loan scheme which will enable thousands of its st
     
Posted by on 13/02/2015 10:28:20
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Property rents up and voids down in 2014
 
Landlords with rental properties in the UK have reason to celebrate after it was announced that buy to let rents rose by 1.7% in 2014, according to official data.
The figures have been provided by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and reveal that rents rose by 1.8%, o
     
Posted by on 13/02/2015 10:27:25
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Landlords warned on over-confidence for capital gains
 
As the UK's buy to let sector continues to boom, a warning has been sounded for new landlords in particular that they should not rely on rising property prices to deliver big profits.
The warning comes after a survey by the National Landlords' Association (NLA) which reveal
     
Posted by on 13/02/2015 10:22:32
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Rental property hotspots revealed
 
It's one of the most popular questions being asked by landlords new to the rental sector and that is ‘Where are the best areas for rent?’ - and now one firm has revealed what the answers are.
The data comes from reference processing firm HomeLet who say that rents in Leices
     
Posted by on 13/02/2015 10:21:54
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Letting agent complaints soar
 
Growing numbers of people are filing complaints about their letting agent as awareness of their rights to redress become better known, according to new figures.
The Property Redress Scheme (PRS) adds that complaints are also growing against estate agents and property managem
     
Posted by on 13/02/2015 10:21:14
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London landlords will continue enjoying growth in 2015
 
The strength of London's economy is underpinning a growth in demand for rental properties and this will continue through 2015, according to a new report.
The findings come from Savills, the real estate firm, who are also indicating that demand will also ripple out to other
     
Posted by on 02/02/2015 09:26:20
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Eviction costs for landlords will rocket
 
Proposals to push up the cost of evictions for landlords have been revealed in a consultation document released by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ).
The aim is to introduce a £75 hike in the cost of applying for County Court evictions which will see the department save around
     
Posted by on 02/02/2015 09:22:29
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Ticking timebomb for BTL landlords over energy efficiency laws
 
Landlords with buy to let properties in the UK are facing a 'ticking timebomb' as they struggle to bring properties up to the legal minimum energy efficiency standard.
A legal firm is warning that landlords need to begin complying with new standards on energy efficiency for
     
Posted by on 02/02/2015 09:19:21
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