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Tenants Fear Eviction For Reporting Outstanding Repairs

Tenants Fear Eviction For Reporting Outstanding Repairs

PRS Tenants Living In Fear Of
Retaliatory Evictions

A new survey has revealed that some tenants in private rented sector properties are living in fear of eviction because they had dared to complain to the landlord about outstanding repairs.

A third of tenants have been evicted or threatened with eviction after complaining to their landlord, according to new research carried out by online tenant community The Tenants’ Voice.

  • 61% of tenants said they were wary about complaining to their landlords
  • 71% of tenants have paid for repairs themselves rather than ask their landlords.

The survey suggests that a growing number of PRS tenants are facing retaliatory evictions because they voiced concerns over repairs. Desperate, cash strapped landlords have avoided taking out adequate Landlord Insurance policies to protect their rental properties and instead served section 21 notices to bring about the end of a periodic tenancy, rather than undertake the repairs that the tenants have requested, hoping that any new tenant won’t complain as much.

The UK tenant survey found that many tenants worry about asking their landlords to carry out repairs in fear of reprisals.

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Rental income down valuations affecting

buy-to-let mortgage applications

Buy-To-Let Mortgages Refused As Surveyors Down Value Rental Income

Buy-To-Let Mortgages Refused As Surveyors Down Value Rental Income

Approvals for buy-to-let mortgages are failing because surveyors are ‘down valuing’ the expected rental income from the private rented sector and are advising mortgage lenders accordingly.

In some cases, surveyors are even down valuing the value of rent already being received by landlords.

The claims were made last weekend in a Sunday Times feature, which says that some buy to let mortgage lenders are rejecting landlords’ rental estimates.

Most buy to let mortgage lenders want to see monthly mortgage repayments covered by rent with a 25% excess, to cover expenditure and void periods. Some lenders want to see 130% of rental cover, while others are happy with 100%.

Down valuation of the potential rental income could result in the refusal of the buy to let mortgage application, or lenders may limit the amount they will offer, often below the borrower’s expectations.

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Council Tax Changes Costs Landlords

Council Tax Changes Costs Landlords

As of 1st April 2013, all UK local authorities will have the discretion to charge the full Council Tax due on any empty properties within their borough. This is bad news for landlords as this will include any empty private sector rental properties.

The changes are designed to increase local authority revenues and will affect properties that until now had been granted automatic exemption or discounts, including furnished and unfurnished properties in the private rented sector (PRS).

Properties that would previously have been exempt including those that are empty because of necessary building work also lose the automatic right to be let off Council Tax for up to a year.

Numerous local authorities have decided to charge the full amount of Council Tax from the outset. The important changes to Council Tax charges are detailed below:

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Reluctant Landlords have been avoiding insurance obligations

Reluctant Landlords have been avoiding insurance obligations

When the banking crisis struck back in 2008, mortgage lending in the UK virtually ceased as lenders became wary of the toxicity of sub-prime mortgage loans and raised their lending criteria (and lowered their Loan To Value ratios) to unprecedented and highly restrictive levels, virtually killing the property market.

This meant that properties became financial millstones for many people who were unable to sell, resulting in an upsurge of reluctant or “accidental” landlords who were able to take advantage of a booming rental market caused by the fact that potential property buyers were forced to hand over substantial deposits in order to be allowed a mortgage or were unable to obtain mortgages due to the tightening of the lending criteria and were subsequently forced to rent!

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ARLA reveals rental demand continues to outstrip supply

Demand for good quality rental properties continues to outstrip supply, despite the rise in average rental prices, according to the latest figures from the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA).

The letting industry regulatory body’s bi-annual survey of its members revealed that more than 58% are still experiencing a significant gap between supply and demand.

This is an increase of 3% from the previous survey carried out in December 2011.

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UK Buy-To-Let landlords experience a stable 3rd quarter of 2012

  • 91% of UK Buy-To-Let landlords think that tenant demand in the UK is either stable or increasing.

    Rental Yields Up, Tenant Demand Up - UK landlords Are Happy!

    Rental Yields Up, Tenant Demand Up – UK landlords Are Happy!

The findings come from the latest Paragon Mortgages PRS Trend survey and a huge number of landlords surveyed reckon that tenant demand was either stable or growing.

  • Only 6% of landlords who took part in the survey said that, in their opinion, tenant demand was declining.

Landlords also reported an average property portfolio size of 12.5 properties in the third quarter. In terms of expectations, landlords anticipate this will increase to 12.9 properties in 12 months’ time.

  • Stable and healthy yields were achieved in the third quarter, with a reported average of 6.2%.
  • Professional landlords achieved a higher average yield than smaller-scale landlords, 6.6% compared to 5.2%.
  • Landlords are expecting to retain a stable yield for the foreseeable future, forecasting an average of 6.2% in 12 months’ time.

68% of landlords who agreed to take part in the survey said that their rental income had remained the same during the third quarter, whilst 27% said that rents had increased, just 5% of landlords had experienced a decrease in rent.

The average void period slightly increased to 2.8 weeks compared to 2.7 weeks in the 2nd quarter of the year, however void periods continue to remain low and have not exceeded three weeks since mid-2010.

Landlords are set to continue expanding their property investments in the final quarter of the year, with 16% planning to expand their rental property portfolios.

  • 58% are expecting to buy flats/maisonettes or terraced houses
  • 30% semi-detached houses
  • 21% are looking to buy detached properties.

John Heron, Managing Director of Paragon Mortgages, said: “It has been a stable quarter for landlords. Yields have remained healthy and at a consistent level for the past 12 months. It is not surprising that landlords are continuing to see high levels of tenant demand and I suspect this will continue into Q4 and the coming year. The PRS is under increasing strain with the growing shortage of homes in the UK, housing policy needs to focus more on motivating private landlords to grow their portfolios to better meet demand.”

Home insurers and the UK’s coalition Government are still arguing over paying for flood protection, meaning Millions of homeowners and Buy-To-Let Landlords are facing uncertainty over house prices, mortgage availability and the validity of their insurance policies.

Buy-To-Let Property Owners In Flood Risk Areas Fear Worst

UK Landlords With BTL Property In Flood Risk Areas Fear Worst

If the UK Government fails to meet the demands of insurers to reinstate flood protection cuts then insurance cover for millions of homes, including buy to let rental properties, could be withdrawn from June this year.

Although insurers pledged to offer insurance premiums for properties at risk of flooding, it was on the proviso that the UK government would invest money in flood defence protection.

The agreement is set to run out on July 1st 2013, but Millions of pounds have already been cut from flood defence budgets earmarked for improving sea walls and river banks.

Insurance policies starting at the end of June 2012 could be withdrawn for properties in high flood risk areas if an agreement isn’t reached, as the policies would be in force after the date the current agreement ends.

Flood defence protection is a priority for all residents living near to waterways, lakes and rivers, many people in flood-prone areas now have the added worry that their properties may be difficult or even impossible to insure later this year.

Some insurers are already warning that property owners in high flood risk areas, might not be able to renew their cover after the end of June this year, because their new insurance policy will extend beyond the 1st July 2013 agreement cut off date.

Not being able to obtain insurance cover will blight property values in many areas, as mortgage lenders may not offer funding and in many cases the properties will be very difficult to sell on.

Many home owners and buy-to-let landlords could also risk breaching stringent mortgage conditions that require them to have buildings insurance in place for the life of their mortgage loan.

Business Development Director for SearchFlow, Richard Hinton, said “Buyers will be able to obtain flood insurance for the next few months, but the long-term prospects of properties at risk of flooding are potentially bleak. Buyers purchasing in high-risk flood areas face the possibility of very high premiums, significant reductions in value, less access to mortgage finance and even action taken by the mortgage lender due to breach of the mortgage agreements.”

Check if you have a property at risk by going to the Environment Agency flood pages

the number of empty UK properties still increasing

The Number of UK Empty Properties Continues To Rise

Despite campaigns from all quarters of the media and industry bodies, the number of empty homes in the UK increased significantly in 2011, new research has shown.

Data from the Communities and Local Government department, (CLG),the Office for National Statistics, (ONS), and Halifax’s own housing statistics database, the study revealed a 1.8% rise in empty residential dwellings.

According to the Halifax Empty Homes survey, which takes into account all private and public empty residential abodes, including those that have been vacant for under six months – leapt from the 650,127 recorded in April 2010 to 662,105 for the same period earlier this year.

Despite this trend, the study also revealed some more positive movement, with the amount of long-term empty private homes, those that have been without occupants for at least 6 months, dropping to the lowest levels since 2008.

These properties account for 44% of all empty residences, underlining the significance of the improvement.

It was shown that April 2011 that there were 292,313 examples of this kind of home, which represented a 1.1% decline on the 295,519 reported in the same four-week period 12 months earlier.

Stephen Noakes, Mortgage Director at Halifax,(a division of Bank of Scotland), said: “The findings show the considerable impact empty properties can have on the overall housing market, claiming it is therefore necessary for action to be taken to address the issue. Long-term empty homes account for about 1.6% of all private homes in England. And at a time when first-time buyers are still facing numerous obstacles to getting on the ladder, it is imperative we look further at the issue as an industry.”

The issue of empty homes that are fit for purpose remains a particular problem in a number of areas across the UK, where the proportion of void occupancy is double the national average. Even the UK’s Private Rented Sector is not unaffected. Landlords with properties requiring substantial improvements are lying empty due to the current lack of available finance.

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