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Right To Rent Immigration Checks Making PRS Landlords Over Cautious

Right To Rent Immigration Checks Making PRS Landlords Over Cautious

Lawful Tenants Refused Rental Properties
Because Of Right To Rent Immigration Checks

Right to Rent immigration checks could cause more UK private rented sector (PRS) landlords to refuse tenancy applications from lawful tenants because they are over cautious about letting to tenants with foreign accents and names or have unfamiliar identity documents.

According to the Residential Landlords Association, (RLA), the complexity of the Government’s plans to turn landlords into unpaid Border Agency staff could see lawful tenants being refused housing.

The warning comes as new research by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) indicates the difficulties caused by the Government’s Right to Rent scheme, originally piloted in the West Midlands, concluding that UK PRS landlords Right to Rent checks have resulted in discrimination against tenants who appear “foreign”.

The JCWI research discovered that:

  • 42% of landlords were less likely to consider tenant applications from someone who did not have a British passport,
  • 27% of landlords were reluctant to engage with tenancy applications from people with foreign accents or names

Under the new immigration bill, PRS landlords are set to be legally responsible for checking the immigration status of tenants. Following the pilot scheme in the West Midlands, the Government recently announced that the immigration checks by landlords would be expanded nationwide, with landlords facing up to five years in prison for failure to undertake the Right to Rent checks.

Residential Landlords Association policy director, David Smith, said: “Whilst the RLA opposes discrimination against tenants because of their race or nationality, the Government’s plans are causing confusion and anxiety for many landlords. If the Government expect landlords to act as border police it should provide the training and material needed to give them the confidence to carry out the checks required of them. In the absence of such support, today’s research sadly shows the inevitable consequences of the policy which the RLA has long voiced concerns about. Faced with considerable sanctions, landlords will inevitably play it safe where a tenant’s identity documents are either unclear or simply not known to them. It is concerning that the Government remains committed to rolling out the Right to Rent policy nationwide without first publishing its assessment of the impact it has had in its own pilot area. Ministers should halt plans to proceed with its rollout to allow time for proper scrutiny and consideration of the impact it is likely to have.”

The research by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants comes before the publication of the Home Office’s own assessment of the Right to Rent pilot scheme detailing its level of effectiveness.

There seems to be a huge communication breakdown somewhere, we as landlords are now unpaid members of the UK Border Agency, like it or not, we mustn’t discriminate against any tenant applicant because it is an “ism” and can be punished by imprisonment and a large fine, however, if we house someone in need, we leave ourselves open to prosecution and a large fine. If we act in a professional manner, we are accused of not caring, but if we have too much contact with tenants we are seen as overbearing and interfering. If we spend money on properties we are seen as rich money grabbers that are open to exploitation and if we don’t spend vast amounts to correct damage caused by tenant lifestyles as and when tenants demand then we are called tight and heartless. Homeless charities want the UK PRS closed down, the Government want as much of our profits as they can get their hands on and the media think we are all descendants of Rachman and Rigsby – How is the system supposed to work?

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
AspenWoolf.co.uk

Student Property Investment

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Record University Applications Are Good News For Student Property Investors

Record University Applications Are Good News For Student Property Investors

Record University Applications Are Good News
For Student Property Investors

 Current and prospective student property investors have been delighted to see university applications hit record levels. According to a report from UCAS, this year saw a 4% increase in the number of applications, signalling a likely increase in demand for student property.

The increase in applications – which forms part of a continuing upward trend – comes in spite of the fact that there were fewer 18 year olds amongst the UK population this year. The rise shows that more and more people are looking towards higher education after leaving school and college. By the deadline on January 15th, UCAS had received applications from roughly 580,000 18 year olds. This represents approximately 35% of all 18 year olds in the UK.

Student numbers took a serious hit a few years ago, after a high-profile hike which saw tuition fees almost tripled. However, since that time student numbers have been gradually increasing again and have now essentially recovered from the blow.

The higher education sector has enjoyed something of a rebirth as a result, and university-level qualifications remain highly desirable.

According to Mary Curnock Cook, chief executive of UCAS, there is “a remarkably persistent growth in demand for higher education” which is illustrated by these recent figures. She went on to display that the increased demand could be seen universally. It applies to applications for all institutions, and from students of all backgrounds and groups. Demand was also increasing regardless of tuition fee differences, suggesting that this factor is now not hindering university applications in the way it did immediately following the hike.

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Demand May Outstrip Supply As Lenders Brace For Help-To-Buy Stampede

Demand May Outstrip Supply As Lenders Brace For Help-To-Buy Stampede

Demand May Outstrip Supply As Mortgage Lenders Brace For Help-To-Buy Stampede

Over 600,000 residential properties are eligible for the £12 Billion (GBP) scheme, while Zoopla says buyers will still need average £10,000 (GBP) deposit

More than 600,000 residential properties on the market are eligible for inclusion in the £12 Billion (GBP) second phase of the Help-To-Buy scheme, according to the latest in a series of surveys leading to predictions that UK mortgage lenders will be inundated due to the expected demand for the government-backed mortgages.

Details of the 95% mortgages, which are available to existing property owners as well as first-time buyers, are to be unveiled by Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, with some banks expected to invite loan applications within hours of the announcement expected next week.

The second phase of the Government’s flagship scheme to allow more first-time buyers and second steppers, wider access to the UK’s residential property market has already been brought forward by three months, with high street bank Santander claiming that up to 1.7 million people want to use the scheme.

The Help-To-Buy scheme will cover existing residential properties as well as new-build properties, but as yet there are no plans to allow Buy-To-Let property investors use the scheme.

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