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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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Benefits of Property Investment Portfolio Building

Benefits of Property Investment Portfolio Building

Property Investment portfolio building in the present financial climate is no easy task for the traditional property buyer, mortgage companies and lending institutions have stringent criteria to ensure their financial borrowing is covered.

None the less we are where we are and we have to make the best out of what is available and that isn’t always going down the mortgage route to buy if your aim is portfolio building. It can still be done using normal mortgage procedures but these days it’s better done by a third party portfolio builder as lenders want to see landlords with jobs as well as property.

For hands off property investment portfolio building there have never been better times but for those new to property or trying to build wealth from simple means then other alternatives may need to be used. You will hear lots of terminology such as lease options (LO), rent to buy (RTB), rent to rent (R2R), tenant buyers (TB) etc.

Don’t get too hung-up on the names of agreements.

The basic principle is if the vendor and purchaser can make an agreement between themselves over the property, then the legal people should be able to put that agreement into the right wording to draw up a contract that becomes a win/win scenario.

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Tenant evictions increase because of severe rent arrears

as rents and utility bills rise

Rise in Tenant Evictions

Rise in Tenant Evictions

UK landlords are well aware that continuing to house tenants that are already in rent arrears can be a costly exercise, unless swift action is taken to evict them.

Hiring eviction experts can help speed up the eviction process of these non paying tenants and using eviction experts should avoid the case being thrown out of court due to minor inaccuracy or mistakes in the required paper work.

Landlords are moving faster than ever to evict tenants who fall into rent arrears according to the latest figures from Sweet & Maxwell, the leading legal information provider.

Any tenant more than two months behind on their rent is classified as being in severe rental arrears. The number of tenants affected by rent arrears rose nearly 5% during the last quarter of 2012.

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