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PayProp: Continued government focus on PRS is a positive

The government’s focus on the rental sector should be considered positive by those working in the lettings industry, according to automated rental payment provider PayProp UK. The lettings industry supplier says the move towards increasing regulation of the private rented sector (PRS) shows just how integral a part...
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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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Jobs boom pushes serious rent arrears down 4%

Fewer tenants are falling into serious rent arrears thanks to the improving employment market, according to letting agents Your Move and Reeds Rains. In absolute terms, just 86,200 tenants across the UK are more than two months behind in their rent. This compares to 89,300 in the previous...
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Housing Bill should also include rogue tenants list, says AIIC

The Housing and Planning Bill, which includes measures to tackle criminal landlords and letting agents, should also address the issue of problem tenants, according to the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC). Included in the Bill are proposals to ban and fine criminal landlords and letting agents, introduce...
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Incoming MPs fear young will rent for life

Just before the General Election, a poll of future MPs published by the National Housing Federation has revealed that nine in 10 (89%) are worried that most under-30s in their constituency will not be able to afford to buy a home in a decade’s time. This echoes young...
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