We are pleased to announce that our findings from the 2017 student lifestyle survey have now been released. Over 1000 students took part in the research, answering questions on student finance, term time employment, student social life and future housing aspirations alon
With data collated from online research between May and July 2016, AFS found that the total average weekly rent value (ARV) for private halls in the UK has increased by £6.36 in comparison to last year.
The UK’s private halls ARV now stands at £144.42, ex
Landlords in England and Wales have revealed that the level of rent arrears is on the rise and currently stands at 9.1% - though this is still much lower than the record figure of 14.6% which was set in February 2010.
Our 5th report on students and their accommodation requirements highlights the most important aspects students consider when they decide to
search for accommodation. The report also considers in some detail how satisfied students are, how well the accommodation is
Landlords are currently left paying the price for tenants who choose ignore a valid section 21 notice, with councils stating they must wait to be evicted by bailiffs, says the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC).
Accommodation For Students is delighted to announce a new partnership with Agent Assure, part of Arthur J. Gallagher. Founded in 1927, Arthur J. Gallagher
has grown to be one of the largest, most successful insurance brokerage and risk management companies in the wo
One of the common trends of recent years has been the fact that the quality of student accommodation is changing and this is due, in large part, to the provision of private residential halls for students from private developers.
The student accommodation market has seen a proliferation of purpose-built and re-purposed private halls developments over recent years, aiming to offer
students an attractive accommodation option outside of the traditional choice between university-owned halls and
Landlords are continually reminded of the importance of carrying out a full inventory check when a tenant moves and for when they move out of a property – but tenants do not always have the same commitment.
To coincide with the launch of its smart new App, Glide, the utilities and service provider for student households, has developed its 2015 recommendations for the best apps on the market that simplify life for landlords.
The average yield for landlords with residential rental properties have fallen in the last three months, according to research.
Data from Mortgages for Business reveals that landlords with rental properties saw their yields fall to 5.8% from 6.4%.
Landlords with hous
The number of buy to let landlords in the UK has rocketed in number since 2000 and have racked up debts worth £200 billion to fund their property ambitions, says the Bank of England.
In 2000, the buy to let debt in the country was valued at £10 billion but today it's ri
A new index to measure the private rental sector has revealed that demand for rental properties is at an all-time high.
The data comes from Rightmove which also reveals that the best area for growth in demand has been seen in the East of England.
Demand for rental ho
This month the AFS team caught up with Jim Skelton. Jim has been a landlord for over 25 years and his portfolio extends across Manchester and includes Fallowfield, Rusholme, Victoria Park and Withington. Jim has advertised his properties on AFS for a number of years and over
Landlords and letting-agents believe students make better tenants than non-students, according to findings from Accommodation For Students’ Annual Landlord Report 2014/2015. 73% of Landlords and 68% of Letting Agents stated they have had a better experience letting to student ten
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Despite the growing demand from a large number of people looking for rental properties in the UK, the potential for large rent increases are 'muted' according to one firm.
Belvoir Lettings has carried out an analysis of the market and found that the uncertainty about the Ge
Landlords are caused more stress from late rent payments than they are from badly behaved tenants, according to a new survey.
In the survey by PropertyLetByUs, the issue of late rent payments was cited by 25% of landlords as their biggest concern whereas 20% said tenants fr
Investors are still being drawn to the UK's buy to let sector with the promise of good returns and two surveys out this week reveal just how well things are going.
In the first news from real estate firm Savills, landlords have made £177bn in capital growth from their portfo
Landlords could save themselves lots of trouble if they could calculate the correct compensation charges when a tenancy comes to an end rather than entering an unnecessary dispute with a tenant, says one leading organisation.
The Association of Independent Inventory Associat
Landlords around the country are facing the prospect of around three million tenants not paying their rent as they try to pay their Christmas bills instead, according to the housing charity Shelter.
The charity says that nearly 60% of people questioned in a survey said they
A leading thinktank is proposing that tenants of private landlords should have a new rights that will guarantee rents not increasing by more than inflation.
The idea comes from Civitas who are also saying that tenants should be allowed to live in their home for as long as th
Being unprepared for burglars, winter storms and cold snaps could cost the UK's landlords dearly because there's such a poor awareness of weather and crime risks, says insurance firm AXA.
In a survey of tenants, AXA found that 48% of respondents, or nearly four million homes
Landlords in the UK are not familiar with the planned new immigration checks that they will be required to undertake - and those who are already doing them are not happy, according to research.
A pilot scheme for the new immigration checks has begun in the West Midlands wher
Rents have fallen for the first time in eight months and now stand at an average of £768 per month, a drop of 0.2% from November's figure, according to the latest index.
The index is put together by Your Move and Reeds Rains, the country's largest lettings network, and they
Nearly one in three landlords in the UK say they had experience of rent arrears in the past year, says the National Landlords Association (NLA).
This means that nearly half a million landlords have had to chase rent with the typical amount outstanding being £1,649.
Despite growing demand from tenants, landlords across the UK predict rents will increase by just 1.8% in 2015 which will be below the rate of inflation.
That's according to a survey carried out by the lettings agent network run by Your Move and Reeds Rains which also found t
Resolving a tenant dispute can be a costly exercise for many landlords but there are steps they can take to prevent such disputes from taking place.
Here at landlordmoneysaving.com we often highlight how a landlord can save money
Tenants can now discover at-a-glance which landlords and letting agents have been prosecuted under the Housing Act 2004 after a freedom of information request was granted.
The database was created by the Ministry of Justice to record the details of private landlords who have
A boom in demand for student accommodation has led to growing numbers of students having to share rooms, according to a BBC report.
With 30,000 extra places being offered in this academic year, compared to last ye
A new online service that enables landlords in the UK to begin the accelerated section 21 eviction process of tenants by simply filling out a form has now gone live.
The service has now been launched by the Government after the idea was proposed by tenant eviction experts, L
Here at landlordmoneysaving.com we are committed to highlighting how a landlord can save money and boost the profitability of their rental property.
However, we realise too that buy to let property investment is growing in popularity as increasing numbers of investors look for b
Changes to the pension pot rules from next April will fuel a surge of investment in buy to let properties from pensioners keen to unlock their savings without paying hefty penalty charges.
Many buy to let mortgage firms are already seeing a big increase in the number of enqu
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced a change to its previous stance of how much money will be diverted from a tenant receiving Universal Credit who falls into arrears with their landlord.
Until the announcement, the department said that only 5% of a tena
A survey has revealed that a third of landlords are looking to extend their portfolio by using buy to let lending but many of them will not get the finance, says the National Landlords Association (NLA).
Despite there being a record number of buy to let financial products cu
Landlords with buy to let properties are continually looking at ways of boosting returns and yield and a survey has revealed which property improvements will bring the most reward.
The survey been undertaken by peer-to-peer lender Zopa who say that more than 82% of buy to le
Most landlords around the UK say they are experiencing high levels of demand from tenants with just 3% saying demand is falling, according to a survey.
The findings from Paragon Mortgages revealed that 41% of landlords said that demand was growing while 51% said demand was s
Tips for landlords on protecting property this winter
Now that the autumnal months have come to an end and the cold harsh winter months are upon us, now is the time for landlords to begin protecting their properties and save money at the same time.
Not only should landlords
With increasing numbers of investors casting around for better returns on their money, many are being attracted to the potential of student rental properties.
Many investors are aware that buying a property to rent out to tenants is a very popular way to boost income since
One of the big issues facing buy to let investors in the UK is deciding where they should buy their investment property.
That's because the location is crucial to its success in delivering decent yields and returns some investors must undertake a lot of market research.
Landlords in the UK are being warned to be on the look-out for tenants installing a cannabis factory on their property.
The warning comes as police are increasingly discovering cannabis factories around the UK, particularly in Sheffield, Huddersfield, Leicester, Bath and Gri
Buy to let investors are being urged to ignore the common belief that they will need to buy a one or two bedroom property to enjoy big rental profits.
Instead, particularly if they are investing in a prime London location, they should focus on buying three bedroom properties
It won't come as a surprise to many landlords but new research shows that life as a landlord is becoming more stressful.
Around 25% of new landlords say the business is brought more stress than they had been led to expect and two thirds of landlords said their lives were m
There has been a sharp increase in the number of complaints being made to The Property Ombudsman for the residential lettings sector.
News of soaring complaints comes in the same week that all letting agents in England must now, by law, be registered with an approved redress
Plans by the Bank of England for more powers over the mortgage market could see buy to let landlords having to stump up 40% deposits before being granted a BTL loan.
The revelation comes from an analysis by Countrywide Residential Lettings which says the new planned powers w
A new model tenancy agreement for use by landlords in the private rental sector has been unveiled by the Government.
The agreement is for assured short hold tenancies, particularly those of two or more years, and there’s built-in provision for rent reviews and an ability to
The cost of renting a home in the UK has now hit an all-time high record figure of £761 a month, according to research.
The LSL Property Services index says the figure matches the peak in tenants looking for new homes to rent.
The firm, which owns Your Move and Reeds R
Demand for rental properties in the UK continues to rocket with news that five tenants are now chasing each rental property, according to a survey.
The findings have been revealed in the Countrywide Monthly Lettings Index covering August which highlights that rents have gro
Around two-thirds of landlords are willing to pay a premium on a property’s purchase price to expand their portfolio when the property is in mint condition, research has shown.
The study was undertaken by HSBC which revealed that renovated buy to let property was more attrac
A survey has revealed that 38% of landlords have never heard of tenancy deposit protection schemes which the CEO of one scheme said was 'worrying'.
The figure relates to the number of worried landlords calling Landlord Action’s legal helpline for advice on how to evict a t
The need for professionalism when becoming a landlord has been underlined by a survey which reveals that more than a quarter of landlords with one property lose money or just break even.
The survey was undertaken by the National Landlords Association (NLA) which also found t
The average rental value (ARV) of student properties in the UK has fallen slightly over the past year, according to a survey.
Leading student accommodation website Accommodation for Students says that the ARV is now £79.27, a drop of 37p from the £79.64 being paid last yea
Landlords with buy to let properties in the UK have been warned to check who is living in them after fears that millions of ghost tenants could be secretly living there which could put their livelihood at risk.
The warning comes from The Online Letting Agents which is urgi
More than half of landlords would never consider using an online letting agent and would prefer to use a traditional High Street agency instead, according to a survey.
The annual landlord survey by Property Academy showed that out of nearly 3,000 landlords questioned, only
The biggest cause for disputes between landlords and their tenants is about damage to the property, according to research.
Online Letting Agents has revealed that more than half of landlords (58%) said damage was the biggest source for disputes followed by redecoration issues (5
Whether a buy to let landlord has one or a portfolio of properties there are always opportunities to save money and boost profits and here's a quick guide as to how it can be done.
What follows is a way to squeeze more profit from a current buy to let property without having to
Buy to let rents in the UK have increased in the past year but they have been matched by incomes which have risen to help make rents affordable, according to a survey.
The news will reassure many buy to let landlords who have been fearing that tenants would be priced out of the
Controversial landlord licensing schemes which compel landlords to sign up with their local authority to be monitored and to ensure they meet minimum standards are on the increase but so is a growing chorus of disapproval.
Landlords around the UK are increasingly facing the prospect of being forced into signing up for council-run licensing schemes which are aimed at rooting out rogue landlords but for many it's just an extra cost to bear.
Now one council is going against the trend and has
A growing problem for landlords in the UK is to have their properties being turned into secret cannabis farms and now an insurance specialist is warning their insurance cover may not pay out for the damage.
The warning comes from insurance specialist firm Cover4LetProper
With large parts of the UK under water after some of the worst flooding for decades, the National Landlords Association (NLA) is calling on the government to give residential landlords with properties that have been flooded some council tax relief.
With growing numbers of 'accidental landlords' and professional landlords having their portfolios run by letting agents comes a warning that they must be vigilant about the charges they are having to pay.
The urge for caution comes from property maintenance firm Aspect
Fears that thousands of private tenants will be turfed out of their rented homes with the introduction of Universal Credit is leading to sector leaders to raise concerns about the lack of understanding over the issue.
Already, some large private landlords are hitting the
Landlords should be paying close attention to their tax affairs following the Autumn Statement from Chancellor George Osborne who managed to surprise many commentators but particularly ‘accidental’ landlords.
In his statement, Mr Osborne announced two big changes for cap
Rising house prices are forcing down returns for rental property investors with the average buy-to-let rental yield falling by 10% over the past year and this is putting landlords and investors under pressure.
Landlords have seen average rental yields of 6% in Q3 – a fa
A leading tenancy deposit protection scheme has revealed that 40% of tenants struggle to raise the money to pay for the deposit on a new tenancy and is urging the tenant to ensure that the money is properly protected once they sign up as a consequence.
The Superstrike case which earlier this year shook the private rented sector, has found many landlords uncertain about where they stand in regards to tenancy deposit schemes for tenants living in properties with agreements dated before the inception of the tenancy deposit protect
One of the world's largest credit referencing agencies, Experian, has announced that from January 2014 it will include rental payments on individual credit reports. The changes will mean landlords and lettings/estates agen
Halifax, one of the UK's leading landlord mortgage providers, has dismissed fears that the housing market is heading towards another 'bubble'. Halifax's November 2013 House Price Index, highlighted the fact as property prices continued to grow - but with a caveat, at a gradual ra
Big buy-to-let mortgage providers - Coventry Building Society and Virgin Money - have slowly started to decrease the rates and terms of their mortgage deals. The move, which many analysts argue is a move to get more people to invest into the lucrative buy-to-let marketplace, can
According to the HomeLet Rental Index, average rental payments in the UK appear to have plateaued after last month's slight decrease. The data, however, still points towards tenants paying around 2.7% more than this time last year.
A landlord in Northumbria has been fined after being found guilty of failing to comply with the Housing Act Improvement Notice regulations in response to his continued failure to act. The landlord, Brij Bushan Chowdhry, was fined £ 1,000. He was also liable for £900 worth of lega
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched a series of free guides to help first-time property buyers through the home buying maze - including those wanting to invest in buy-to-let property.
The guides help buyers and sellers alike understand what is expec
This week, Scotland's Police Service and landlords were at loggerheads after a local Glasgow Police Officer, PC Craig Broakes, was quoted as saying; "break-ins could be wiped out overnight if landlords secured their properties properly and strengthened the fixtures surrounding th
Haringey Council has launched a
public consultation in regards to licensing changes for properties within the council's wards that are Homes of Multiple Occupancy (HMO). The council claims there are three thousa
Low mortgage repayments and higher rental yields over the past few years have spurred many student HMO landlords to take out buy-to-let mortgages or re-mortgage on a more affordable rate. However, there are many in the sector who are warning that the days of low interest-rate bac
Knight Frank, the UK luxury sales and valuation group, published a report that forecasts solid rental growth in the student accommodation market, as demand will continue to increase over the next twelve months. The report, found
A common practice that sees agents and landlords signing exclusive deals with energy companies for a commission has been slammed by the Association of Inventory Clerks because it hands a double-whammy to unsuspecting tenants.
So far it seems to be positive news for the September 2013 university intake. On results day on Thursday 15th August, statistics showed that university entry hit an all-time high; this bodes well for landlords.
A week after results day, the number of students with a co
A university has had applications to renew 66 house in multiple occupation licences (HMO) rejected by a council after a catalogue of fire and electrical safety problems were revealed at a massive complex housing more than 1,000 students.
As new proposals to regulate private landlords pour out of think-tanks, councils and housing organisations, it may be time for landlords to ask if they are been seen as a cash-cow in times of public austerity.
In the past few days, polemic about ‘rogue landlords’ has c
Hundreds of homeowners who bought homes several years ago have to pay millions to settle stamp duty irregularities as their conveyancers understated the tax due on forms filed with HM Revenue and Customs.
The tax grab will see many homeowners pursued for unpaid tax, in
The demand for all-inclusive bills from students nationwide is growing year on year supported by a recent AFS student survey where 70% of the students who responded indicated that it was important to have bills included in the price of their rent. As a result, many landlords are
Property ownership, particularly as the landlord of a buy-to-let, comes with all sorts of tax and finance hurdles and regulations. From calculating rental profits to working out what is allowable as a business expense, landlords have a lot to take in.
Student landlords often make the choice of keeping a rental property outside the house in multiple occupation (HMO) to avoid the cost and hassle of licensing – but what happens if you are made an accidental HMO landlord?
Since its launch one year ago, 1221 student properties across 26 UK cities have signed up to the accreditation AFS/Unipol Code, the first nationwide scheme to accredit student landlords who offer high standards of accommodation, with figures predicted to rise to 2500 by the end o
Hidden fees and poor service from letting agents account for the most complaints landlords and tenants make to consumer watchdogs.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has pored over more than 4,000 grumbles that reveal letting agents often add charges after tenancy agreements