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Student factor boosts university city home values
 
House prices in university cities are outpacing other cities as record numbers of students look for somewhere to live from home and abroad look for somewhere to live in term time. Despite the housing slump following the credit crisis, average prices in university towns and cit
     
Posted by on 19/08/2011 16:29:31
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Landlord Green Deal bills roll up £1,000 of fees
 
Student landlords who accept quotes to upgrade their letting properties from a leading energy performance certificate firm could be paying up to £1,000 in referral fees. The fees are included in the cost of works under the governmentís new Green Deal Scheme starting next year.
     
Posted by on 19/08/2011 16:24:25
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Ministers refuse to consider letting agent regulation
 
Ministers have rejected new calls to regulate letting agents after some tenants and landlords have lost money due to businesses closing without warning. Some of the agents close for business reasons, but some are subject to fraud inquiries as the letting agents disappear with
     
Posted by on 19/08/2011 16:11:28
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90,000 London students are looking for a shared house
 
Around 90,000 students are seeking homes in London, according to the latest data from a university housing specialist. CB Richard Ellis, a property consulting firm, reckons London has had no publicly funded student accommodation built in 20 years - and despite millions of poun
     
Posted by on 15/08/2011 10:21:10
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Fraud cops uncover forged EPC racket
 
Fraud probe police and energy assessors are urging student landlords to check that their energy performance certificates are genuine. The warning comes after an investigation in to a firm issuing EPCs stopped trading in Plymouth, Devon. Since the inquiry started, trading st
     
Posted by on 15/08/2011 10:14:32
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Council ignores landlord protest to curb student HMOs
 
Another council is imposing tighter planning controls of shared student houses despite complaints from around 70 student landlords. Councillors in Northampton approved the move to introduce an article 4 declaration from February 2012. The Town and Country Planning Act decla
     
Posted by on 15/08/2011 10:10:54
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Stoke council cracks down on student landlords
 
Councillors in a university city are cracking down on student and shared house landlords. Stoke-on-Trent is starting a selective licensing scheme from November 5 for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) - favourite lets for students sharing a house - in the Tunstall neighbourh
     
Posted by on 15/08/2011 10:07:45
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Town v gown rows rumble on over student housing
 
Town versus gown rows about student accommodation in university cities is ripping some communities apart. Residents groups and councillors in some university cities are protesting loudly about student housing taking over neighbourhoods and trying to impose strict planning cond
     
Posted by on 15/08/2011 10:04:45
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Landlords are dreading a mortgage rate increase
 
Landlords feel vulnerable to mortgage interest rate rises and fear that they could drive them out of business, according to new research. The revelations come on the day the Bank of Englandís monetary policy committee voted to keep official interest rates at 0.5% for a record
     
Posted by on 05/08/2011 09:50:06
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