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Tough council housing rules drive out landlords
 
Landlords are voting with their feet and won’t invest in neighbourhoods where local councils are imposing strict planning and licensing rules.

Three out of four landlords say they do not want their property investments tied up in red tape.

Around 80 local co
     
Posted by on 19/07/2013 11:26:47
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Landlords made to pay for deposit protection errors
 
Tenants are turning to claims lawyers to chase landlords for compensation for failing to complete deposit protection documents correctly.

The ‘no win, no fee’ lawyers make their money from poring over deposit protection paperwork to find errors.

If they reve
     
Posted by on 19/07/2013 11:26:06
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Give student housing back to families, urges property firm
 
Property consultants have come up with a controversial proposal to ease Britain’s housing shortage by moving students out of private shared houses into purpose-built accommodation.

The suggestion is councils, students and developers would all gain from the move.
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Posted by on 17/07/2013 09:07:58
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20,000 student rooms for sale in UK
 
The student housing market is flooded with residential halls for sale following the failure of the Opal Group and other developers about to bring their accommodation online.

This ‘overhang’ represents almost 20,000 beds nationwide – about 10% of all private student hal
     
Posted by on 16/07/2013 14:19:12
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Student landlord fined £38,000 for HMO licensing failures
 
Student landlord letting rooms to students in unlicensed houses in multiple occupation (HMO) was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay almost £8,000 costs by Northampton Magistrates.

The court heard he had 31 student tenants paying an average £15,500 a month in rents at a n
     
Posted by on 15/07/2013 13:48:12
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Landlord immigration check FAQ
 
The Home Office wants landlords, lawyers and other interested parties to respond to a consultation paper on forcing landlords to check a tenant’s immigration status before letting them a home.

Here’s a quick guide to common questions about the new proposals:

     
Posted by on 12/07/2013 16:11:51
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Bradford’s £40m student village wins best housing award
 
Bradford University has won the best student housing award for The Green student village.

The Green is a £40 million development on the university’s main campus.

Comprising blocks of six storey flats and four storey townhouses, students are also surrounded b
     
Posted by on 12/07/2013 16:07:27
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Homes under the hammer at knock-down prices
 
If you want to buy property at knock-down prices, then check out the homes going under the hammer at auction houses online.

Many auction properties sell for a third or more less than similar homes offered by an estate agent.

However, you need to be auction s
     
Posted by on 09/07/2013 10:03:53
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Six scams that fraudsters try on landlords
 
Landlords are often the unwitting victims of property scams – and here’s a look at some of the most common.

Rent 2 Rent

This scam involves a tenant renting a buy to let home and subletting the rooms to as many people as possible.

Generally,
     
Posted by on 05/07/2013 16:59:32
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Landlords may take council to court over HMO licencing
 
HMO landlords may mount a legal challenge against a council shared home licensing scheme.

Landlords will vote on taking Bath and North East Somerset Council to court over plans to licence 1,400 shared homes in some city neighbourhoods where university students live. <
     
Posted by on 04/07/2013 11:59:45
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Councils want landlords to police rowdy student tenants
 
Student landlords who cannot manage rowdy tenants may face a ban on collecting rents if local councils win new powers.

Councillors want to make landlords responsible for making sure tenants keep the noise down, keep rubbish tidy and generally do not upset neighbours.
     
Posted by on 03/07/2013 10:58:08
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Investors claim £1 billion student fund won’t return cash
 
Mystery surrounds one of Britain’s leading student housing property funds after investors claimed they cannot get their money back from the fund managers.

Investors have been in touch with financial media claiming the £1 billion Brandeaux Student Accommodation Fund had
     
Posted by on 03/07/2013 10:52:38
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Council slammed over student planning rules
 
Trends in student housing are concerning councillors in one of Britain’s biggest university cities.

Research has flagged that despite Leeds brimming with student housing, the city council would find turning down new developments ‘difficult’.

The city has a p
     
Posted by on 03/07/2013 10:48:19
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Student lender pulls fixed rates as money market spikes
 
Volatile money markets have triggered at least one specialist buy to let and student house lender to pull fixed rate mortgage deals.

Paragon Mortgages was spooked by a sudden spike in mortgage swap rates – the rate mortgage lenders pay to borrow money to lend on to pro
     
Posted by on 03/07/2013 10:41:37
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Letting agent fined £41,000 for HMO safety breaches
 
A council has won a court case against a letting agent for breaching health and safety laws at an HMO that does not need a licence.

In the case, the letting agent admitted the failings at shared houses, even though property seemingly is not covered by the Housing Act.
     
Posted by on 03/07/2013 10:35:45
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