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The Increasing Need For Student Property

The Increasing Need For Student Property

Student Property: Just How Great Is

The Need For It?

When it comes to tactical property investment, it would appear that the UK student property sector could be one of the shrewdest and lucrative choices property investors can make right now.

In 2013 over £2 Billion (GBP) was pumped into the student rental sector by savvy property investors who calculated the increased potential yields were well worth the risks.

This is because demand for student accommodation is at a record high and seems almost certain to continue increasing due to the growing number of UK and overseas university applications being made by prospective students and the increasing number of places being offered on courses by universities in order to attract student interest.

The UK is the current leading host country for attracting international students, with higher demand for places from foreign students than the USA, making our nation the world’s unopposed central student hub, and with good reason, our higher education system is among one of the best in the world, so it is of little wonder that many world leaders are choosing to send their children here to give them a head start in life. And the way current demand for university places is growing suggests that this top education status will not be changing any time soon.

Year on year there has been an increasing number of international students seeking a decent place to live, among fellow undergraduates, while they embark on their studies. Property investors are looking for properties within the

This means that in many UK university towns and cities, market rental prices will inevitably increase due to the increased demand for dedicated student properties, and property investors are virtually guaranteed to see a quick return on their investments because of the overwhelming need for their services.

Yields in student housing are 5-6% higher on average than the standard residential property in the private rental sector returns are well worth the effort.

See the infographic below to view the most important statistics on the current climate of Student Property Investment in the UK today.

Written by Braedon Frank
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Shelter Say Rogue Landlords Are Damaging Tenants Health

Shelter Say Rogue Landlords Are Damaging Tenants Health

New Survey Reckons PRS Properties Are In Such A Poor
State They Affect Tenants Health

According to a newspaper report published in The Independent last week, around 10% of private rental sector tenants have suffered ill health in the last 12 months because they feel that rogue landlords had failed to deal with poor conditions in their rental properties.

Housing and homelessness charity Shelter and British Gas commissioned a survey of 4,500 private rented sector tenants and reckon that poor living conditions are commonplace for tenant families in the UK’s private rented sector.

Around 50% of the tenants surveyed said they had lived in a rental property with damp or mould in the past year, and 20% of tenants said their rented home has electrical hazards, while 17% of tenants reported living with pest infestations including mice, ants and cockroaches.

Campbell Robb, Shelter’s chief executive, said “No family should have to live in a home that puts their health and well-being at risk, let alone face eviction just for asking their landlord to fix a problem. Yet every day, we hear from parents up and down the country living in fear that damp or gas and electrical hazards are putting their children in danger, but feeling powerless to do anything about it. With a bill to end revenge evictions going through parliament next month, we now have a real chance to change the law and protect renting families. We’re calling on people across the country to email their MPs and ask them to vote to end this unfair practice once and for all.”

Have Shelter got their facts wrong?

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PRS Fraud Warning Re-Issued By NLA

PRS Fraud Warning Re-Issued By NLA

NLA Warning About Rental
Fraudsters Re-Issued

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has re-issued its 2010 warning to landlords, letting agents and tenants about online fraudsters operating in the UK’s private rental sector after resurgence of complaints over suspect practitioners.

The NLA began to receive a large number of complaints back in August 2010, concerning fraudsters who operate online, using popular free websites such as Gumtree to attract unwitting victims, and the landlord association has now started to receive a new wave of complaints.

The NLA investigated and uncovered several online rental property fraudsters who would trick tenants into paying them an advance fee to rent a property by using underhand tactics such as official landlord association branding or fake letters claiming to be from NLA local representatives to support their demand for up-front payments in order to lure their victims in to a false sense of security.

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Government End Outdated Law To Allow Short Term Letting In London

Government End Outdated Law To Allow Short Term Letting In London

New Measures Allow Londoners To Conduct Short Term Letting
Of Homes For Extra Cash

The UK Government have announced that they are set to introduce new measures that will bring to an end outdated rules from the 1970’s that prevented home owners in London from renting out their properties on a short-term basis to visitors.

Communities and Local Government (CLG), Secretary Eric Pickles said that there were almost 5 million overseas visitors to the capital between July and September 2013, and thousands of properties were advertised as being available as holiday lets on travel accommodation websites such as Airbnb.

However, under laws dating back to the 1970’s, Londoners who want to rent out their properties for less than 3 months, technically still have to apply for planning permission from the council, which does not apply anywhere else in the UK.

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Insurance Statistics Prove Students Are The Best Tenants

Insurance Statistics Prove Students Are The Best Tenants

Insurance Statistics Prove Students Are The Best Tenants

A survey carried out by the National Landlords Association (NLA) in 2013 found that students are some of the best tenant types housed in the PRS as they are less likely to miss rent and student properties tend to offer better returns.

Now, fresh research by Total Landlord Insurance in 2014 also shows that students are the most reliable tenants in the private rented sector (PRS) as only 9.6% of insurance claims come from student properties, the second lowest of any tenant group, so there may be something to the claims after all, who would have thought?

The average insurance claim made by the landlord of a student property was £2,090.18 (GBP) in 2013, compared to £6,072.97 (GBP) for a typical residential property housing tenants claiming state benefits. 

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Selective Licensing Of PRS Landlords Set For Liverpool

Selective Licensing Of PRS Landlords Set For Liverpool

Selective Licensing Of PRS Landlords Set For Liverpool

Liverpool City council are currently researching proposals to implement a city-wide selective licensing scheme on private rented sector (PRS) landlords and are seeking input and feedback from local landlords prior to taking the proposal further.

Licensing consultation responses are being collected by Liverpool city council as the consultation opened on 24th March 2014 and is expected to close on 16th June 2014.

The local authority insist that the licensing of all private rental sector landlords in the city will help improve the overall standard of accommodation in the borough’s private rented sector (PRS) and will also help to tackle low demand.

The city council’s consultation documents reference anti-social behaviour (ASB), but do not position anti-social behaviour as a primary reason for the scheme.

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Property Investment in the Caribbean

Property Investment in the Caribbean

Spotlight On Overseas Property Investment In The Caribbean

As far as luxury tourist destinations go, the Caribbean is up there with the best of them. Much of the Caribbean’s thriving economy stems directly from the tourism industry, and it’s no wonder why. With demand high for tourist property, and jobs aplenty, the future looks bright in this part of the world.

These stunning islands are also a popular hotspot for the wealthy to live or to have second homes. Consequently, the Caribbean provides an exciting opportunity for property investors, with wealthy locations such as the Bahamas providing a particular source of interest.

The opportunities for property investment in the Caribbean are many and varied. The most popular properties are those which cater for tourists, being that this is the most common widely sought after type of property.

With a booming tourist industry, the decision to invest in tourist properties has proven to be a profitable and wise choice for many investors, and continues to bring excellent returns. Tourist property developments are continuing to appear, bringing an increasing stream of investment opportunities in this sector.

Alongside tourist properties such as hotels and holiday homes, commercial properties for sale in the Caribbean are also a sound investment choice in places with high volumes of tourists. Where people travel, they spend money in bars, restaurants and nightlife, so this can be an alternative way for investors to tap into the profitable potential of the Caribbean islands.

Alongside tourist properties, residential investment opportunities are also available, with strong economies meaning that people are able to buy or rent housing in pretty large quantities, which in turn means that demand is always there for such properties.

Luxury residential properties are another veritable goldmine, with many wealthy people seeing the Caribbean as a great place to live or to have a second home. Because of its stunning scenery and beautiful climate, the Caribbean is an attractive place to live for some, if not all, of the year. Overseas property investment can therefore also be a very profitable decision.

It is perhaps best to focus attention on the islands with the strongest economies, such as the Bahamas. These are very popular with tourists and can lead to many profitable opportunities in terms of tourist accommodation, residential property and commercial buildings.

Whilst the Caribbean offers some excellent opportunities for investment, it is worth remembering that laws, customs and values can differ widely between each of the different islands. Best practice would perhaps be to ensure that you acknowledge the local customs by enlisting the help of a local expert to assist in any purchases or dealings.

UK PRS Landlords Expect Tenant Demand To Increase

UK PRS Landlords Expect Tenant Demand To Increase

UK PRS Landlords Confident About Continued

Strong Tenant Demand

As we reported yesterday (UK Property Boom ContinuesSpotlight – 7th January 2014), the private rented sector boom looks set to continue throughout 2014 and a recent survey conducted by LSL Property Services, has discovered that six in ten UK private rented sector landlords agree.

The LSL survey of 2,195 private rental sector landlords found:

  • 58% of UK PRS landlords are confident that tenant demand will continue to increase over the next twelve months
  • 41% of UK PRS landlords reported growth in tenant demand in past six months
  • 16% of UK PRS landlords expanded rental property portfolios during 2013
  • 18% of UK PRS landlords expect to expand their rental property portfolios in 2014
  • 10% of UK PRS landlords expect tenant demand to fall
  • 6% of UK PRS landlords experienced a drop in tenant demand
  • 77% of UK PRS landlords believe now is a good time to buy or sell rental property
  • 71% of landlords cited attractive property prices
  • 50% of UK PRS landlords highlighted better capital returns on offer compared to other types of investments
  • 47% of landlords said that strong tenant demand was a key investment driver

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Expect 1 Million More PRS Tenants In 5 Years

Expect 1 Million More PRS Tenants In 5 Years

UK PRS should prepare for a million more tenants, say Savills

Giant UK estate agency, Savills are predicting a massive increase in the number of tenants living in the UK private rented sector (PRS) over the next five years.

The company is also predicting that more UK housing associations will seize upon a fantastic business opportunity and that these associations will add to increasing competition for private rented sector landlords.

Savills say there were 4.3 million tenanted households in the private rented sector in the UK during 2011 and tenant demand remains strong despite the recent upturn in the UK economy and recovering housing market, leading to the prediction of at least another 1 Miliion additional tenancies being required over the next five years.

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Beware Of Serious Maintenance Issues When Purchasing Investment Properties

Beware Of Serious Maintenance Issues When Purchasing Investment Properties

25% of properties for sale in the UK
have serious maintenance issues

New research by Halifax home insurance has revealed that home owners are far from proficient at keeping their property well maintained.

The research found that whilst 28% of home owners claim to be DIY enthusiasts, almost a third of people surveyed said they only had basic skills and knowledge to carry out basic cosmetic improvements, such as painting and decorating, grouting tiles or assembling furniture rather than tackling bigger property maintenance issues such as cleaning gutters and repairing fixtures and fittings or repairing cracks in plaster.

lacking the confidence to undertake even straightforward maintenance which could prevent problems such as damp in the longer term,

The research found that property owners in Aberdeen had the best maintained properties in Scotland, while Peterborough was the top region in England, and Newport came out top in Wales.

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