A British Parliamentary Committee has launched an inquiry into the role of local authorities in dealing with rogue landlords in the Private Rented Sector (PRS). The Communities and Local Government Committee decided to look at whether councils have ... read more �
Annual house price growth in England and Wales slowed in September to 1.3% and sales were down by 20% compared to the same month in 2016, the latest published index figures show. Prices were also down month on month by 0.1% taking the average price ... read more �
People living in many of the UK’s five million privately rented properties are caught in a gas safety ‘postcode lottery’ which could be avoided with the use of new technology, it is claimed. Around 40 local authorities currently op... read more �
There are calls for the new blacklist in England of people banned from working in the lettings market to be made public so that the whole of the private rented sector can benefit from the knowledge. Currently the database of individuals, including r... read more �
House prices in Wales increased again during the summer following a slight dip in the second quarter of the year, according to the latest index. A surge of house purchases in August resulted in a 3.5% year on year rise in prices to an average of &po... read more �
Almost half of landlords in the UK would refuse to let to a new tenant with a poor credit score despite in depth credit checks not forming a part of the usual application process. Some 46% said that they put weight behind credit history and 48% said... read more �
House price rises could be a real problem for first-time buyers who are also likely to face increases in mortgage rates. The warning has come after Halifax said house prices rose 0.8% last month, and by 4% annually, to stand at £225,109. Hali... read more �
Britain has a shortage of affordable homes to rent with rent paid by tenants more than double the total mortgage interest being paid by home owners for the first time ever. Rising numbers of renters are therefore unable to access home ownership and ... read more �
Rightmove boss Peter Brooks-Johnson has cashed in 62,336 shares in the firm, netting over £2.5m. He exercised rights to acquire deferred shares acquired at no cost in March 2015 in respect of his 2014 bonus, plus performance shares awarded in ... read more �
The private rental sector in the UK has seen rapid energy efficiency improvements in recent years, but one in 20 properties still fail minimum standards, new research has found. While the number of the worst rated properties has halved and significa... read more �
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