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Fury at claim a quarter of Bristol landlords considering quitting and selling up because of 'problem tenants'

A quarter of private landlords in Bristol are considering selling their properties because of ‘problem tenants’ who don’t pay the rent and damage …

UK house prices: Flat prices grow at the fastest rate – but are less popular among homebuyers

Own a flat in the UK? Well, every month its value increases by an average of £1,250 – according to research released today by the Halifax.<p>UK flat …

‘Foxtons charged us £4,000 to find totally unsuitable tenants’

It was only a few weeks after the tenants found and verified by Foxtons moved into Anne and John Day’s luxury two-bed flat in Lewisham, south-east London, that the complaints began.<p>Rubbish strewn outside the flat – a property valued at more than £400,000 – angered the neighbours. Lots of visitors …

I Tried to Interview Michael Portillo About Austerity, and It Didn't Go to Plan

We met ahead of the release of Portillo's new documentary about housing in the UK.<p>Michael Portillo occupies a strange space in the British public consciousness. Known for his colourful politics, and more colourful suits, Portillo today is a media personality – the one who really, really, really …

New series “Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords” launches April 5th

Tomorrow evening, Channel 5 will launch their companion series to "Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords" - delving into the dark side of the housing …

New rules for agents as government vows to crackdown on rogues

A mandatory code of practice and new regulator are being brought in by the government as part of a move to tackle rogue managing and letting agents. …

Sanctions

Taking ‘no DSS’ landlords to court was a real social service | Rebecca Nicholson

Rosie Keogh’s sex discrimination victory inspires all of us who struggle to find a place to rent<p>After paying her rent in full and on time in the same place for 11 years, Rosie Keogh found herself unable to rent a new property in Birmingham when a lettings agent discovered she was receiving housing …

Housing complaints overhaul targets rogue landlords

Tenants left fighting with private landlords over shoddy accommodation will be consulted on a new complaints system, the Government has announced.<p>The current schemes are said to leave thousands without solutions, requiring some people to navigate through at least four different services in order to …

New data reveals a slight dip for average house prices in 2017

The latest data and analysis from Your Move has shown that, on average, house prices in England and Wales fell fractionaly (0.4%) during the course …

Housing

You don’t have to hate cows to want to solve the housing crisis | Jonn Elledge

Defenders of greenfield land fail to mention that many brownfield sites are cut off, contaminated and unsuitable for housing<p>If you wanted a single fact to demonstrate that “brownfield” is not always a useful term when deciding where to build houses, you could do worse than this: until a few years …

Overturned Wrexham multiple occupancy homes plan decision is blasted

The overruling of a planning committee decision to refuse permission for a town centre HMO has been blasted.<p>Brynyffynnon ward member Cllr Phil Wynn …

Welsh Government

Household finances under strain as Nationwide warns of tough times ahead

Building society warns ‘sluggish’ economy, Brexit uncertainty, weak wage increases and rising inflation are hurting customers’ finances<p>Household finances are under worsening pressure, according to Nationwide building society, which reported a fall in profits and warned of tougher trading conditions …

Huge boost for social housing with 250 new homes 'just the start for Powys'

PLANS FOR 250 new council homes in Powys over the next five years are just the start for the area’s social housing sector, according to a Newtown …

House prices aren’t the issue – land prices are | Patrick Collinson

Landowners pocketed £9bn in profit from land they sold for new housing in 2014-15<p>While reporting on the recent court case where controversial landlord Fergus Wilson defended (but lost) his right to refuse to let to Indians and Pakistanis, I learned something about how he’s now making money. He is …

Mortgage rates will rise – so 
are you ready 
to take a hit?

Borrowing costs may still be at an all-time low but be prepared for bigger bills – they are on their way soon<p>Mortgage holders can breathe a sigh of relief after the Bank of England decided last week to leave borrowing costs at an all time low – but it came with the warning that interest rate rises …

What's going to happen to the UK housing market? Here's what experts think

The growth in property prices stalled in July, latest data from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) revealed today showed.<p>While some …

Breakthrough in leasehold scandal as Countryside buys back freeholds

Property developer to take freeholds back from E&J Estates and release homeowners from clauses that double ground rent every 10 years<p>Hopes of a breakthrough for householders trapped in the leasehold scandal are rising after a major developer agreed to buy back some freeholds and axe ground rent …

Is it 'disgusting' to keep your washing machine in the kitchen? Kirstie Allsopp sparks heated debate

Television presenter Kirstie Allsopp has prompted a fierce debate over whether washing machines belong in kitchens.<p>Allsopp, who co-presents the property show Location Location Location, believes the practice of doing laundry in the kitchen is "disgusting".<p>Responding to a post on Twitter from a …

Washing Machines

Opinion: London’s luxury real-estate prices hit bear-market territory

If you think Brexit may be about to hit the massive London real estate market, think again. It already has.<p>Prices in London have been tumbling at the …

New report forecasts challenging times for buy to let in the UK

The buy to let market in the UK will continue to provide good investment opportunities looking ahead but there are challenges, according to a new …

UK house prices fall for three months in a row, first time since 2009 - Nationwide

LONDON (Reuters) - British house prices fell for a third consecutive month in May for the first time since 2009, according to a survey on Thursday that underlines the housing market’s slowdown since last year’s Brexit vote.<p>A couple view properties for sale in an estate agents window in London, …

Move into build-to-rent homes pushes Telford to record revenues

Telford Homes wants rental housing to make up half of its total portfolio as demand among investors soars.<p>Rental homes currently constitute around 10pc of its building pipeline, or nearly 500 properties, with a total contract value of £230m.<p>But chief executive Jon Di-Stefano said he thought that …

The great London property squeeze

As affordable housing in Britain’s capital is replaced by luxury towers, people on middle incomes are being priced out, while the poor are forced to pay extortionate rents for shocking conditions<p>The first time I met Ian Dick, the head of private housing at Newham council in east London, he took me …

Renting property now cheaper than buying in half of UK cities

Renting a property is now cheaper than buying in over half of British cities, according to new data, suggesting that house prices may be approaching …

There are almost 20,000 'ghost' homes sitting empty in London

Property investment marketplace Property Partner analysed figures from the Department of Communities and Local Government on "long-term vacant dwellings" in England and Wales between 2006 and 2016.<p>London emerges as the vacant home capital of the country, with 19,845 homes sitting idle for over six …

Housing

New 'immoral' London flats will be 40% smaller than Travelodge rooms

A developer wants to build more than 250 flats in north London that will nearly all be smaller than the average room in a Travelodge hotel.<p>Barnet …

Budget 2017: up to 50,000 Airbnb hosts could pay between £400 and £3,300 more tax

Up to 52,000 Airbnb hosts around Britain could face an increase in tax of between £400 and £3,300 a year if the Government decides to scrap rent-a-room relief for short term lettings.<p>The average host earns £2,000 a year by letting part or all of their home via the huge Airbnb online marketplace. …

Why are Britain’s new homes built so badly?

We compare UK construction standards to those abroad – and talk to buyers deeply disillusioned by their experiences<p>Weak mortar, faulty drainage, unfinished fittings … for many buyers of newly built properties in Britain, their dream home quickly turns into a nightmare.<p>Last week, it emerged that …

Housing

'Taylor Wimpey sold our freehold - it will cost £40k to buy it back'

A group of home owners who believe they were “mis-sold” their properties are preparing to sue the builders and the solicitors they used when they bought their homes.<p>The home owners, who formed a Facebook group called the National Leasehold Campaign when they discovered that they faced huge …

New Government plan to extend Right To Buy 'to hit affordable housebuilding'

The Government is set to extend the controversial Right to Buy policy to tens of thousands of new properties being built to ease the housing crisis – …