Government urged to give EU citizens proof of residence
A physical document that EU citizens could use post-Brexit to show they have the right to rent a home would be a 'pragmatic and common sense way' to deal with the problem, the Residential Landlords Associa
One firm that helps landlords deal with the eviction process through the courts says these cases are now taking longer than they have ever done thanks to administrative errors and frustrating court delays.
Ever since the autumn statement in 2016, the potential impact of the tenant
fee ban has received widespread coverage. While many tenants were positive
about the changes it did present the prospect of a major change for the
Over the last 20 years, AFS has been the home of student accommodation.
Throughout this period we have always offered the full range of student
accommodation and featured over 200,000 student houses on the site in every
University City in the UK.
There has been a big rise in company landlord numbers which have reached their highest level since 2011, according to research.
Real estate firm Hamptons International says that 12% of rental homes in the first half of this year were let by a company landlord.
That's up from
Plans to introduce rent controls in London along with a bid to reform the capital's lettings sector have been criticised by leading organisations.
The Residential Landlords' Association (RLA) says that London Mayor Sadiq Khan's plans for powers to reduce rents and carry out a t
Research has revealed that areas with high crime rates tend to deliver higher rental yields for landlords.
The findings from a national lettings platform looked at how crime rates impact on yields and found that the landlord's returns will increase along with the level of crime
Unless the government's promise to open up the 'Rogue Landlords' database to tenants comes with enforcement action, it will be a pointless exercise, one organisation warns.
The National Landlords' Association is responding to a consultation unveiled by the Ministry of Housing,
The costs of being a landlord in the UK have been revealed with landlords spending thousands of pounds every year on their properties.
The research from LV= General Insurance found that landlords are each spending an average of £3,134 on their properties which amounts to nearly
There has been a big increase in demand from tenants after the tenant fee ban was introduced, figures reveal.
According to data published by Rightmove, tenants who are looking for a new rental home grew by 7% between May and June, that is seven times higher than the previous fo
In the month before the Tenant Fees ban came into force, rents across the UK grew, a report reveals.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) also says that tenant demand has increased slightly for five months in a row.
However, they also say there has been a fal
More than a quarter of landlords have confessed they do not understand changes that have been introduced to the market, research reveals.
The findings from Market Financial Solutions is aimed at financial advisers so they can warn their buy to let clients who may be struggling
There has been a steep rise in the number of tenants aged over 50 who are renting their homes, new research reveals.
Hamptons International says that so far this year, around 15% of rented homes are made up of people who are aged over 50. In 2012, that figure was just 11%.
Four in 10 tenants are said to be stuck with a landlord who will refuse to repair their problem-ridden properties, research has revealed.
The findings from the HomeOwners' Alliance highlights that tenants are being left in damp, cold properties with a landlord who is unwilling
Tenants will save £192 million every year under the Tenant Fees ban, research reveals.
The findings from Bunk, a rental platform, used government data to analyse the 860,000 new rent transactions that are carried out every year, with the average tenant having to fork out £223
The government is introducing big changes to the Universal Credit system which will now see a tenant's rent being paid directly to their landlord.
The controversial benefit currently sees a tenant being responsible for making their own rent payments to their landlord.
Our friends at Glide Student, glide.co.uk know what makes students tick. In
the best tradition of successful student businesses, Glide was set up by
James Villarreal who was a student himself at the time.
With more and young people not expecting to get themselves onto the
property ladder until their 30s, it looks like more millennials are heading
down the route of renting, with many set to continue in the renting sphere
for many years.
A recent study by Accommodation for Students has revealed that two thirds
of students have more than one form of income, meaning that thousands of
students around the country are now working jobs on top of their degree
just to support themselves.
The annual AFS Student Lifestyle Survey explores key characteristics of
students’ life at university including course satisfaction, finances,
social life and eating habits. In 2018, the survey also included questions
about equal opportunities, diversity an
The first step to developing a good relationship with your student tenant
is understanding what they are looking for from the accommodation. For a
number of years, Glide have surveyed landlords and students and used these
results to enhance our understanding
Since 2013, AFS have regularly conducted the Landlord and Agent Letting
Survey trying to achieve a complete picture of how landlords and letting
agents view the student. accommodation market. In early 2018 we conducted a
further survey among our registered
Following on from the government’s announcement for a national mandatory HMO licensing scheme, comes news of new minimum room size requirements for HMO rental properties. The government says this will help reduce the issues of over-crowding and also deal with po
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