New minimum energy efficiency laws for landlords

Landlords have just under six months to ensure their rental properties meet the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES). Portico London estate agents explain how the new MEES will work in regards to EPC ratings, the impact the rules will have on landlords, and the steps that you...
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Specialist BTL brand enhances lending criteria

Specialist buy to let lending brand Keystone Property Finance has made a series of criteria enhancements aimed at helping both portfolio and non-portfolio landlords. The maximum individual loan available has been increased from £750k to £1m on borrowing up to 65% loan to value. The increase has been...
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Fears of a ‘massive’ global property price fall

Property prices have climbed to dangerous levels in several advanced economies, raising the risk of massive price falls if markets overheat, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Catherine Mann, the OECD’s chief economist, said the think-tank was monitoring “vulnerabilities in asset markets” closely amid...
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Why a house price crash is on the cards in 2017

House price growth is a constant in many people’s minds. The idea that they could fall seems unlikely according to homeowners who have enjoyed a long period of profiting from bricks and mortar. However, things could be about to change. Just as during the credit crunch there was...
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Revealed: the extent of the buy-to-let market collapse

New research has exposed the scale of the fall in buy-to-let purchases in the year that the Government hiked stamp duty by 3pc on such transactions. The number of properties sold to buy-to-let investors has fallen 63.7pc in the year to November in England and Wales, according to...
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