Estate agents say property viewings will never be the same again

A panel of estate agents have suggested that property viewings will never be the same again following the pandemic in a recent webinar. The webinar, which was part of the Kerfuffle podcast hosted by Simon Whale, saw the panel discuss the benefits of livestream open house viewings. The discussion included input from Matt Nicol, director […]

Surge in the number of prospective tenants seeking properties

ARLA Propertymark’s first Private Rented Sector Report covering January shows the number of new prospective tenants rose by more than 27 per cent compared to December 2020 indicating no sign of demand slowing down.   Click on this link to read the full article.  

Warning issued over fake landlords and letting agents scam

Tenants and landlords are being urged to beware of scams with reports of rental fraud involving fake landlords and letting agents on the rise. The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agents Team, which oversees the sales and rentals side of the industry, has issued a warning about the increase in crime.   Click on […]

Inform and Empower – NAPIT’s Leading response to the PRS Regulations

Frank Bertie, Chairman of The National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers, showcases the work of the Association in raising awareness of and explaining the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations to Landlords, Local Authorities and Letting Agents.   Click on this link to read the full article.    

Understanding HMO licensing

Over the last five years landlords have endured significant regulatory changes. These include additional stamp duty levies, taxation changes, the introduction of minimum Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and the requirement for electrical certification reports – all of which will reduce the landlord’s profit from their portfolio of properties. To offset the loss of income, landlords […]

How to improve your EPC to C or above and reduce energy costs up to 60%

For landlords and homeowners making properties more energy efficient will reduce energy costs and increase EPC ratings. For tenants the benefits are lower energy bills and greater comfort. There are a number of simple changes you can implement to make your property more energy efficient, many of which cost nothing. There is also good advice […]

Landlords blocked from evicting small businesses for another three months

The Government has blocked commercial landlords from evicting small businesses from shops and other premises for another three months until the end of June 2021. This moratorium was introduced in March last year and has already been extended three times. It’s part of a package from the Chancellor to extend business support until June. On […]

First-time buyers ‘return to housing market after putting plans on hold in 2020’

First-time buyers are re-emerging in the housing market this year, after the impact of the coronavirus pandemic meant their plans were put on hold in 2020, property experts have said. However, the increase could add to the upward pressure on property prices climbing higher as demand for homes outweighs supply.   Click on this link […]

Welsh landlords will have to give six months’ notice to tenants from next year

Landlords in Wales will have to provide their tenants with six months’ notice from Spring 2022 in the case of ‘no fault evictions’, following legislation from The Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Bill. Currently they only have to give two months’ notice – though they will still be able to seek possession if the tenant is […]

The 10 biggest mistakes a landlord could make (according to a bank)

It might be thought that banks have made significant mistakes of their own in the recent past – including triggering the global financial crisis a decade ago. However, this has not stopped the private and commercial bank Arbuthnot Latham setting out what it sees as 10 mistakes which cause stress, lost money and wasted time […]