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Red Ed Calls For Rent Controls As Part Of Election Campaign

Red Ed Calls For Rent Controls As Part Of Election Campaign

Red Ed Calls For Rent Controls As Part Of Election Campaign

Labour leader Ed Milliband has called for a European style rent indexation to be introduced as part of the political party’s election rhetoric.

The re-introduction of rent controls under the new guise of a newly titled Rental Price Index, designed to stem excessive rent increases, is intended to be one of Labour’s biggest vote magnets

The current coalition Government decided late last year that they wanted private rental sector landlords to act as unpaid members of the UK Border Agency, controlling and reporting on the immigration status of tenants, in order to avoid excessive financial penalties. This legislation is due to come into effect later this year after passing through Parliament and the House of Lords without too much fuss from MP’s, despite lobbying from landlord associations and heated debates with lettings industry professionals. 

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Rightmove Think London Property Prices Are Unsustainable

Rightmove Think London Property Prices Are Unsustainable

London Property Prices Increase
More Than 10% In October

Average UK property prices increased by 2.8% across the country in October, however property price rises in London are going through the roof and are unsustainable, according to property portal Rightmove

London property prices increased by £50,484 (GBP) equivalent to a 10.2% increase in October, after two consecutive monthly falls in the price of properties marketed.

Property prices in the Capital had fallen by -2.8% and -1.5% in August and September respectively, and the double digit price increases reported in October has analysts worried about the volatility and sustainability of the London property market.

The huge rise in London property prices has been attributed to corresponding factors;

  • Lack of supply of residential properties coming to market
  • Overseas investment in new build properties by foreign property investors

October’s strong recovery means London property prices are now 5.6% or £28,852(GBP) up on July’s all-time high of £515,379 (GBP), pushing the year-on-year increase in London to +13.8% or £66,161(GBP).

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Grab Your Copy Of The 2013 Emergency Cashflow Report

Grab Your Copy Of The 2013 Emergency Cashflow Report

Warning: Why buying property
could ruin you

More people than ever are discovering that property investing is an excellent way of making substantial returns on their savings.

Savings that would normally be eroded away in their bank accounts thanks to high inflation and low interest rates.

It’s no secret – ordinary people, with no specialist property investment education, are right now buying properties easily, with big discounts, renting them out, and making consistent monthly cashflow profits – without having to become ‘hands-on landlords’ or becoming overwhelmed in the process.

BUT with easy access to finance, a plentiful supply of heavily discounted properties, strong tenant demand and a massive rental market to play with, comes a warning

As with every investment boom and opportunity, it is your responsibility to make yourself aware of the facts, and not become sold on the hype and excitement of other people generating cash from property investment.

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If YOU are thinking of investing, or continuing to invest in property in 2013/2014, then it’s essential you read the latest Property Cashflow Report, written by 4-Time Bestselling Property Investment Authors Rob Moore & Mark Homer, the brains behind Progressive Property.

If you’re brand new to property and property investing, this report will give you the best step-by-step guide to generating a healthy second, or even replacement income…

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These two controversial, 30 year old property investors, who were recently featured by the BBC, are releasing their 6th annual Property Cashflow Report

Inside you’ll read the nuts-and-bolts details of how to buy and profit from residential property, explicit facts highlighting the mistakes and assumptions about property investing that you must avoid, mistakes that other investors have already fallen victim to…

PLUS: The full debrief of the biggest controversial warning ever to be shared outside of the property investment community.

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Don’t expect any fluff or padded filler waffling about the joys of property investing, this report delivers the reality about what to do, HOW to do it, and what to avoid for the next 12 months, including:

  • The property investing buying process – every step explained in simple terms
  • How to ALWAYS have enough money to invest, age and credit no factor
  • Why buying at auction is one of the best kept secrets + how it works
  • How to make £2k per month without ever owning property
  • How to make letting, tenancy, and property management easy and stress-less
  • How to find big discount properties through estate agents – at zero cost!
    &…
  • The Top 20 Mistakes Investors Make When Dealing with Agents

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2013 Emergency Cashflow Report

New Row Over Letting Agent's Evil Fees

New Row Over Letting Agent’s Evil Fees

Homeless Charity Wants All
Letting Agent Fees To Be Met By Landlords

The homelessness charity, Shelter have started to campaign to get all letting agent fees currently charged to tenants banned throughout England, and they want landlords to foot the bill for it, a point which has angered the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) and caused consternation with the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) and the UK Association of Letting Agents (UKALA).

Shelter have launched a new report, “Letting Agencies: the Price you Pay”, claiming that charging landlords is a fairer way of doing business and the charity also claim that tenants are having to go without food or heating to meet increasing housing costs because letting agents’ fees are out of control.

Shelter were instrumental in getting letting agent fees banned in Scotland and now want the practice outlawed by MPs in England and are calling for politicians to take action.

The homelessness charity seem to think that all letting agents are the devil in disguise and recently questioned 58 separate letting agents throughout England, anonymously, asking them about what fees each charged in order to set up a tenancy for a tenant and discovered the average administration fee charged by agents was £350 (GBP) plus upfront rent and tenancy deposits. Less than a third of letting agents questioned charged fees totalling more than £400 and seven charged in excess of £700.

The Shelter research claims that in the last three years,

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For the first time in UK history the Government have decided to regulate the UK lettings and property management industry

UK Lettings & Property Management Agents are to be regulated for the first time

UK Lettings & Property Management Agents are to be regulated for the first time

Lettings and property management agents in the UK are set to face government regulation, after decisions were made in the House of Commons to take action to clamp down on unscrupulous behaviour, according to reports.

The new rules will see amendments to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, will mean that all lettings and management agents will be required to sign up to a redress scheme allowing consumers to report unresolved disputes to an ombudsman, who will have the authority to ensure that agents repay any tenants and landlords they may have deceived.

The changes have come as welcome news to many property professionals, after calls from many corners for letting agents to be monitored and checked.

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) extremely happy with the regulation changes, because they were at the forefront of the campaign for regulation.

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Labour MP's Intend To Introduce Regulation To Control UK Lettings Industry

Labour MP’s Intend To Introduce Regulation To Control UK Lettings Industry

The regulation of the private rented sector (PRS) and the UK letting industry as a whole has been the subject of many tabloid newspaper headlines in recent months and now MP’s are adding their weight to the calls for further regulations.

The subject of letting agent fees is now being used by politicians to create civil unrest among tenants and their landlords, in order to bring about even more regulation.

One of the many problems faced by tenants in the PRS has been highlighted by Hilary Benn, Labour’s shadow secretary of state for Communities And Local Government (CLG), who has spoken out over the high charges placed on tenancies by letting and property managing agents and she has claimed that some agents are ‘ripping off’ landlords and tenants.

The shadow secretary of state said Labour are concerned about commission charges and fees for additional services such as Tenant Referencing, credit checking, periodic inspections and sending letters.

The data gathered by the Labour Party suggests that agents’ charges vary to a huge extent, a worrying factor when it is considered that in 2013, the number of residential properties available to be rented out privately is set to exceed social housing in the UK for the first time.

Letting agent charges for Tenant Referencing and credit checking range from £10 (GBP) to an excessive £275 (GBP), while the charge for renewing a tenancy varied from £12 (GBP) up to £220 (GBP).

“What is actually £220 of cost in terms of administration if you had just to send an email, open an envelope and stick it in a file? That seems to me to be a rip-off. It’s a problem not just for tenants but also for landlords.” Said the Labour MP.

Hilary Benn and the Labour party have promised that they will look into ways to cap charges in the Private Rental Sector (PRS) and would be a widely welcomed move by Landlords and Tenants Groups across the UK.

Ian Fletcher, Director of Policy at the British Property Federation (BPF) said: “Anyone can set themselves up as a letting agent, and then potentially abscond with hundreds of thousands of pounds of people’s cash. It is therefore counterintuitive that estate agents who handle relatively little cash are regulated, but letting agents who handle lots of cash are not.”

Labour has conceded that part of the problem lies in the fact that the levels of social housing have still not increased from when they were last in power, and as a result, more and more people are forced to turn to the private rental sector as they are unable to get on to the property ladder and into home ownership.

In the present day, the Labour Party recognises that the PRS is meeting an urgent need and will press on with finding a solution to excessive agent charges.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) have delivered a stinging attack on the coalition Government’s NewBuy mortgage scheme, suggesting it could wreck the entire housing market.

RICS are also calling for the regulation of all letting and property management agents, and the introduction of a single, UK regulation and redress scheme to be set up within 3 years.

The RICS says that NewBuy, which offers purchasers of new-build property 95% mortgages underwritten by taxpayers and developers, could reduce demand for ‘second-hand’ property and play havoc with lenders’ affordability calculations.

The RICS says that the NewBuy scheme may not even help first-time buyers when they come to buy second-hand properties because without stimulating the second-hand market as well as new-build, purchasing chains and overall transaction levels will begin to stagnate.

The institute is to include specific guidance to the valuers of new homes, to ensure that they understand the impact of NewBuy and make sure it ‘does not adversely impact the market’.

But while the RICS is calling on the Government to help local authorities introduce more Lend a Hand schemes, where buyers put down deposits of at least 5% and local authorities provide an indemnity of up to 20%, the organisation says the ‘dire state’ of local government finances makes this unlikely.

The RICS are also calling on the Government to amend the Estate Agents Act to bring all property letting and management agents within its scope, in terms of the need to have client money protection professional indemnity insurance and redress mechanisms.

The RICS says it will work with other bodies to establish by 2015 a single industry-wide regulation and independent redress scheme for the whole sector.

It also wants to see the Government encourage more investment in the private rented sector, including encouragement of ‘build to rent’ schemes, and for private tenants to be offered longer tenancies.

Elsewhere in its new housing policy, the RICS calls for VAT on all home repair, maintenance and improvement work to be cut to 5%, and for Stamp Duty to be reformed.

The RICS produced its new housing policy after consulting its members and will now lobby the Government.

Peter Bolton King, RICS global residential director, said: “To deliver real influence in the corridors of power, RICS needs to have clear residential policy. In putting this landmark work together, we met with our members and firms of all sizes from right across the country. What came across loud and clear is the desperate need to reform sections of the market and generate growth right across the UK. We will now take these recommendations to the Government with the aim of helping them to improve the residential property sector for those operating within the industry and the public as a whole. Change needs to happen if we are to see an economically viable and professionally driven residential sector, and I stand ready to work with members, government, other industry bodies and consumer organisations to achieve this.”

Private Rental Sector (PRS) Tenants are finding Buy To Let rents are unaffordable as many are handing over more than half of their take home pay to keep a roof over their heads according to the property website – Rightmove.

The average pay to rent ratio across the UK is 38% – but up to a 1 million of the country’s 3.4 million Private Rented Sector tenants are paying much more, say the online property portal.

Tenants paying out the most rent from their pay packets:

  • South East – 41%
  • London – 40%

Paying the least rent from gross wages:

  • Scotland – 35%
  • North East – 36%

Some tenants pay even more – with 16% in London and 19% in the South East forking out 60% of their net income.

Despite demand far outpacing the number of properties available to rent, Rightmove Director, Miles Shipside reckons tenants cannot afford to pay any more.

Searches for buy to let properties have soared by 43% in the past 12 months, while the number of properties to rent has only nudged up by 3% according to Rightmove’s latest quarterly consumer confidence report.

61% of tenants and 47% of landlords predict higher rents in the next 12 months, but 43% of landlords expect rents to hold steady.

Mr Shipside said: “While the rental bubble is unlikely to deflate as there is no readily acceptable alternative to the rented roof, it does appear to be approaching a limit in some areas. Agents report that the seemingly incessant demand is causing rental price pressure to spill over into other previously less sought-after areas and some tenants are attempting to negotiate lower rent. This is a clear sign that rents may be hitting an affordability ceiling in some locations. It is an early warning of some overheating and, as well as raising demand in cheaper locations, it will force some to find alternatives such as stay with parents or squeeze more people into smaller spaces.”

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