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New LHA Rates for 2014 -2015 Published

New LHA Rates for 2014 -2015 Published

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) Rates Change In April

Every year the Government publish Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates that are periodically reviewed and payment levels in some UK regions may change without notice.

The April 2014 – March 2015 LHA rates have now been published and the revised list makes interesting reading for landlords and letting agents who are willing to accept tenants claiming benefits.

UK private rental sector landlords are able to ensure rental property profits by allowing their properties to be let to tenants claiming housing benefit (HB), with local authority rental payments exceeding buy-to-let mortgage payments.

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2012/13 UK Property Hotspots Revealed by Halifax

2012/13 UK Property Hotspots Revealed by Halifax

New data from UK mortgage lender, Halifax, reveals that currently 9 out of the top 10 UK property hotspots are in the South of England.

The mortgage lender analysed data from across the UK and compared the findings with the actual size of property (in square metres) to find the best performing places in the country.

The borough of Westminster in central London is the most expensive area per square metre for property investment, however, it is also the most cramped. Properties in this London borough can cost an average of £7,586 (GBP) per square metre and on average are also the smallest in the UK at approximately 71 m2.

The Halifax data also found that St Albans was the next most expensive area, although property costs are significantly less at an average of £3,227 (GBP) per square metre. However, this is still almost double the national average of £1,668 (GBP).

Martin Ellis, Housing Economist at Halifax, said: “House price per square metre is a useful measure for house price comparison because it helps to adjust for differences in the size and type of properties between locations. Westminster has the most expensive prices in the UK on a price per square metre. Interestingly, it also has the smallest average property size in the country. Not only has Westminster got one of the highest population densities per square kilometre among UK cities, but it also has a large proportion of properties that are flats”.

Edinburgh is the only UK city in the top 10 that is outside of the South of England, with Oxford, Winchester, Chichester and Cambridge all above it as among the most expensive areas.

York was named as the most expensive city in the North of England at £1,830 (GBP) per square metre.

While London may prove to have the most expensive streets in the UK within Kensington and Chelsea ,  MyPropertyPowerTeam.com lists  the other expensive streets Lloyds TSB identified across England and Wales by region.

Property investors should be on the lookout for properties available in these top locations. Remembering the old adage of “buying the worst properties in the best streets” in order to maximise capital appreciation.

  • East Anglia

The most expensive streets in East Anglia are concentrated in Cambridge.
All are close to the main University area (particularly around the Botanic Gardens) in the CB2 and CB3 postal districts.
The most expensive street is Sedley Taylor Road with an average house price of £ 1,111,000. 

  • East Midlands

Valley Road in the Nottingham suburb of West Bridgford is the most expensive street in the East Midlands with an average price of £823,000. Unlike in other regions, the most expensive streets in the East Midlands are spread around the region in towns such as Northampton (Golf Lane, £795,000), Leicester (Swithland Lane, £675,000) and Belper (Hazelwood Road, £790,000). 

  • North

Seven of the ten most expensive streets in the North are in Newcastle, with many of them in the Jesmond and Gosforth areas.
Graham Park Road is the most expensive with an average price of £1,228,000 followed by Oakfield Road (£896,000) and Darras Road (£750,000). 

  • North West

The ten most expensive streets in the North West are all in areas south of Manchester.
Withinlee Road in Prestbury is followed by Macclesfield Road in Alderley Edge (£1,320,000) and Torkington Road (£1,285,000) in Wilmslow. 

  • South East

Five of the ten most expensive streets in the South East are in Surrey. Properties on Leys Road in Leatherhead have an average price of £3,108,000 (highest outside London).
Other expensive streets in the region include Moles Hill in Leatherhead (£2,608,000), Nuns Walk in Virginia Water (£2,574,000) and both Phillippines Shaw (£2,352,000) and Wildernesse Avenue (£2,293,000) in Sevenoaks. 

  • South West

Poole has six of the ten most expensive streets in the South West.
Brundenell Avenue in Sandbanks in Dorset has an average house price of £2,024,000 and is the most expensive street outside of London and the South East.
Sandbanks is well known for commanding premium property prices, with Chaddesley Glen (£1,443,000), Crichel Mount Road (£1,415,000), Elms Avenue (£1,366,000) and Bingham Avenue (£1,310,000) all having an average price above £1 Million (GBP). 

  • West Midlands

Four of the ten most expensive streets in the West Midlands are in Solihull. The most expensive streets are Quarry Park Road in Solihull (£1,070,000), Rosemary Hill Road in Sutton Coldfield (£990,000) and Alderbrook Road in Solihull (£939,000). 

  • Yorkshire and the Humber

The most expensive streets in Yorkshire and the Humber are all located in the area that makes up the “Golden Triangle” between Harrogate, Wetherby and North Leeds.
The region’s most expensive street is Bracken Park in Scarcroft in Leeds with an average price of £934,000, followed by Wigton Lane in Leeds (£840,000) and Orchard Close in York (£800,000). 

  • Wales

The most expensive street in Wales is Druidstone Road in Cardiff with an average house price of £685,000.
Eight of the ten most expensive streets in the Principality are in Cardiff and Swansea; the remaining two are Gannock Road in Conwy (£677,000) and Glasllwch Lane in Gwent (£485,000).

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