News

  • Calls to unlock property market potential

    October 18, 2021

    Ahead of the 2021 Autumn Budget and Spending Review later this month, HM Treasury called for representations to be made and Propertymark has called for action and funding across four key areas that we see will unlock potential in the property market...

  • 25 years of buy to let mortgages

    October 4, 2021

    Last week saw the 25th anniversary of buy-to-let mortgage products and within the industry itself and beyond this is something to be celebrated...

  • New notice periods from 1st October

    September 24, 2021

    I last wrote about the changes to notice periods that came into effect on 1st June and the Government has now announced that notice periods will return to their pre-COVID lengths from 1st October...

  • Gas Safety Week 2021 – What Landlords Need to Know

    September 17, 2021

    It is the time of year again when thoughts may turn to heating our homes and a timely reminder comes with Gas Safety Week, this week, on how to stay safe with any gas appliances...

  • Virtual Right to Rent Checks to Continue

    September 10, 2021

    Last week the Home Office announced that Right to Rent checks can continue to be carried out by video call through until 5 April 2022...

  • Lowest rental arrears in ten years – the complete picture?

    August 27, 2021

    Recent research into rental arrears has positive headlines, reporting the lowest number of tenants with an outstanding rental payment in over ten years...

  • Tenancy shake-up plans confirmed

    August 20, 2021

    In May this year, as part of the Queen’s Speech, when the government set out their plans for the next parliamentary session, there were four key elements on the housing sector. These were significant changes to planning rules, a new Building Safety Regulator, leasehold changes which affect ground rents, and the next steps for Renters Reform...

  • All-time high in demand for rental property

    August 19, 2021

    Latest reports on the private rented sector show that there are more tenants recorded than ever before. Even with decreasing rental stock, there is an average of 88 new prospective tenants recorded per branch across the country...

  • Agents expelled from Property Ombudsman over compensation breaches

    August 6, 2021

    Every so often the Client Money Protection (CMP) scheme, which became a legal obligation over two years ago, comes under the spotlight when agents breach the regulations...

  • One year on for electrical regulations

    July 30, 2021

    Last July new electrical regulations came into force in the private rented sector, but with some continued disruption from Covid-19 and the backlogs it has caused, I am often asked what does this mean for landlords staying the right side of the legislation and avoiding hefty penalties...