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Is it time to look north for your next home?

The pandemic has turned the housing market on its head. The stamp duty holiday has dramatically increased house prices right across the country making buying a first home even more out of reach than it was a couple of years ago, while the staycation boom has driven l...

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Planning reform: what will Michael Gove do now?

Michael Gove has been in his new job less than a week and he has already rattled a few cages. The new Secretary of State is heading up the reimagined  Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and has called an immediate halt to publication of the Governme...

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Victory for leaseholders on unfair ground rents

There is good news today for leaseholders living in homes developed by Countryside Properties. Following action taken by the Competition and Markets Authority, they will no longer be subjected to ground rents that double every 10 or 15 years. Instead, the CMA told th...

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Do's and don’ts for Gas Safety Week

According to the Gas Safe Register, one in four homes in the UK has a potentially dangerous gas appliance. That’s a lot of potential damage to property and – far more important – to homeowners and tenants. One estimate we’ve seen quotes a massive 700,000 incidents re...

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Is it time to look again at student lets?

The new academic year is about to start at universities around the country and according to a report in Letting Agent Today earlier this week, the student rental market is booming. Yields are up and with pressure growing on supply across the PRS as a whole, demand fo...

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How much does it cost to be a landlord?

Demand for rental homes continues to outstrip supply in many parts of the UK, with the RICS predicting that rents will rise across the country by an average of 3% in the next 12 months. But if this is making you think that there’s money to be made in being a landlord...

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Rent control - is it just a matter of time?

Rent control is back north of the border. Following an agreement last week between the SNP and the Green Party, the Scottish Government has announced that one of its future housing policies will be to “implement an effective national system of rent controls”: a contr...

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ARMA and IRPM – could they be better together?

At the beginning of August, ARMA (the Association of Residential Managing Agents) and the IRPM (the Institute of Residential Property Management) announced that they are thinking about merging. Two organisations in the rental sector - ARLA Propertymark and the Nation...

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Energy

All stick and no carrot is no way to treat landlords

Successive governments have urged the public to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. With buildings producing the lion’s share of carbon emissions in a country with a large proportion of old housing stock, there is plenty of work to be done. This applies in ...

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Net zero property management: how Ringley is making a difference

Government communicator Allegra Stratton recently hit a wrong note with her advice on micro-steps towards sustainability such as not rinsing dishes before they go in the dishwasher. What she didn’t say is that unless you’re running that dishwasher on green energy, a ...

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