There have been murmurings in the Lettings industry for the past few months about Deposit Free Renting (DFR). With figures released by the Deposit Protection Scheme revealing that the average deposit for a rental property in 2017 was £967, many prospective tenants simply cannot afford the upfront costs associated with renting a private property. It’s… Read more »

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Last week, Rob discussed the effects of Brexit on property sales. So, I thought it only fair, this week, to discuss Brexit from a Landlord’s perspective and I’m pleased to report that, on balance, the picture is a fairly positive one. Tenant Demand Where doubt is being cast over purchasers minds over whether to stay… Read more »

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Not another landlord acronym I hear you cry? Oh, yes, and this is one you will need to comply with and soon. On 1st April 2018 Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards come into force in England and Wales.  Landlords of privately rented domestic and non-domestic properties in England and Wales won’t be able to rent out… Read more »

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This past weekend, Housing Secretary, Sajid Javid, said that dissatisfied tenants should have, ‘a clearer version of redress for their grievances. For too long, tenants have navigated multiple complaints procedures to resolve disputes about everyday household repairs and maintenance.’ The government has now set out an eight-week consultation period in order to gain more opinion… Read more »

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Last month, according to Mortgages for Business*, Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMO’s) produced the highest yield of all buy-to-let investments in 2017 at an average of 8.9% across the UK. We’ve spoken before on the blog about HMO’s and seeing that there is a rise in popularity with these types of lets, we thought now… Read more »

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In 2017 tenants across Great Britain paid a staggering £51.6 billion in renting charges, a £1.8 billion increase on 2016. This has been put down to the number of households renting, and seeing as rent prices have risen each year in the last decade, it’s no surprise to hear of the large increase. Over the… Read more »

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After having read Aleksander Stoyanov’s recent blog post on Property Eye, in relation to agent fees being charged to tenants, we wanted to give our opinion on the subject here at SurePropertyGroup.  Aleksander who writes on behalf of Tenants Voice, one of the UK’s largest online communities for tenants says “Tenants will have to (and… Read more »

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I was surprised when I reviewed the content of the blog over the past eighteen months to find we have given little advice to our landlords about rental increases. It’s a topic which frequently crops up in property management and a subject which is best handled well. Although no longer in a recession, the economy… Read more »

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Things are happening in the Forest of Dean and if you are a landlord looking to make your next property investment, 2018 is the time to act. As of this week VAT has been removed from the M4 toll charges over the Severn Bridge, reducing car crossings from £6.70 to £5.60 (an annual commute saving… Read more »

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Hello, and a very Happy New Year from all of us at Sure Sales & Lettings Gloucester. Whatever your plans for 2018, we hope it’s going to be a happy, healthy and successful year for you. We thought we would kick-start the year with a Lettings Round-Up but, before we do, we wanted to bring… Read more »

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