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Buy-to-let lending availability 'on the up'

Landlords are viewing buy-to-let finance as increasingly available thanks to the improved liquidity in the market, new research suggests. Some 44 per cent of private landlords agreed with this sentiment in the first three months of 2014, according to research by Paragon Mortgages. It represents a two per cent quarter-on-quarter increase and is the highest level reached ...

10th Apr 2014

Serious rent arrears problems fall by 35%

The number of tenants with severe rent arrears problems has fallen by over a third in the past year.  Renters are making significant progress when it comes to bringing their arrears under control, new figures from LSL Property Services show.  By the end of the first quarter of 2014, 68,000 were more than two months behind on their rent, down from 105,000 in the ...

7th Apr 2014

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Teachers 'the most desired housemates'

Teachers are the UK's most desirable flat sharers, according to new research. Some 54 per cent of respondents specified teaching as the preferred occupation of a potential new house sharer, has discovered.  "Professions which require a high level of qualification or professionalism are by far the most popular among flat sharers," said ...

24th Mar 2014

Buy-to-let: Top tips

The buy-to-let market could be set to see greater activity in the coming months and years after the pension overhaul announced in the Budget. Chancellor George Osborne stated on Wednesday (March 19th) that people approaching retirement age would no longer be forced to buy an annuity, but rather could release their money in one lump sum instead.  According to mortgage ...

21st Mar 2014

Renters to benefit from 'high quality properties'

Up to 6,500 new homes are to be built specifically for the private sector under the latest round of the government's Build to Rent scheme. Some £1 billion is being made available and it forms part of the coalition's commitment to deliver up to 10,000 newly-built homes for private rent. Projects are being supported throughout the country - from London, ...

6th Mar 2014

Private renting overtakes social housing for first time

More people are paying to rent privately rather than use social housing in England for the first time ever, official figures have revealed.  Of the 22 million households in the country in 2012-13, 18 per cent (four million) were private renters, while only 17 per cent (3.7 million) were social renters, according to the latest English Housing Survey.  ...

26th Feb 2014

What's going on in the private rented sector?

The private rented sector has played an increasingly important role in the UK in the past few years. With mortgage lending restrained during the economic downturn, many people have been forced to rent for longer than they initially planned to. The sector now accounts for almost 16.5 per cent of all households, or nearly 3.8 million homes, in England alone. Recent research ...

25th Feb 2014

London landlords 'enjoy bumper rental returns'

Landlords in London have seen annual total returns increase to 14.6 per cent in the year to January 2014.  It represents an average return of £38,104 per property in the capital, which is more than five times the returns recorded in both the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber, LSL Property Services reveals. Across England and Wales, average returns were ...

24th Feb 2014

Britons spend £42,000 on renting before buying first home

People in the UK will spend nearly £42,000 on rent before finally buying a house, it has been revealed.  The typical Briton rents for seven years before getting onto the property ladder, according to new research from Santander Mortgages.  However, 15 per cent of homeowners will find themselves renting for 11 years or more as they struggle to get a deposit ...

19th Feb 2014

More older people and families 'stuck renting for longer'

The age of tenants living in England, Scotland and Wales continues to rise, despite the positive lending conditions for first-time buyers. January showed a 5.8 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of people over-30 still renting, according to Countrywide Residential Lettings. This age group now accounts for nearly 60 per cent of all renters, while 16.2 per cent of ...

11th Feb 2014

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