Tag Archives: Green Deal

ARLA Call on Landlords to Think Green Buy to Let News, Landlord News, Latest Articles, Lettings & Management, Property Development, Property Maintenance, Property News

The Green Deal has fallen on deaf ears according to the latest research from the Association of Residential Letting Agents.

The research found that half (51%) of the landlords questioned hadn’t heard of the Green Deal and over a third (33%) didn’t actually know the energy rating of their buy to lets. Continue reading ARLA Call on Landlords to Think Green


What’s Hot this week on the Property Tribes Forum Buy to Let News, Property Investment News, Property Investment Strategies, Property Market News, UK Property Forum for Buy to Let Landlords

There are so many valuable discussions for Landlords going on over on Property Tribes this week I thought I would reproduce their latest newsletter entitled:  PropERty Tribes celebrates 60 years of HRH, which also lists the top 20 discussions of the week with links to them.

The average property price in the UK is 86 times higher now than in 1952, research by HSBC has revealed ahead of the Diamond Jubilee.

At the start of the Queen’s reign the average property was priced at £1891, compared to an average £162,722 today.

Continue reading What’s Hot this week on the Property Tribes Forum


Government handout of £10k per property for landlords Buy to Let News, Latest Articles, Property Investment News, Property Investment Strategies

As a landlord you can be forgiven for thinking that every bit of news from the government concerning the lettings sector is bad for the landlord – A new set of obligations which comes with the obligatory application process. Creating paper, jobs and VAT income for the government! Enough of my cynicism 🙂

So this article should bring you some cheer – and I will whisper this – A government policy that is based upon complete common sense! Continue reading Government handout of £10k per property for landlords


MP sees red over forcing green repairs on landlords Buy to Let News, Latest Articles, Lettings & Management, Property Development, Property Maintenance

Landlords may have to clear minor repairs with council building inspectors who could force them to carry out extra energy efficiency improvements under controversial proposals drafted by the government.

Under the plan, maintenance like changing a boiler or fitting a new front door will trigger a visit from the council – and demands for other green building works like laying loft insulation or draught-proofing. Continue reading MP sees red over forcing green repairs on landlords


Eastern Landlords Association April 2012 NEWSLETTER Eastern Landlords Newsletter, UK Property Forum for Buy to Let Landlords

Deposits

As has been outlined in previous communications, the deposit rules change from 6 April 2012. The most important change is that from that date where a deposit is taken, it must be protected in one of the three Government approved schemes, and the Prescribed Information provided within 30 DAYS. This is an absolute time limit, and failure will mean that no Section 21 Notice can be served. We have heard that there are some unscrupulous agents that have been advising that the legislation is retrospective, and offering, at a fee to help landlords. This is not the case. If anyone comes across such tactics, please advise the office. Landlords need not worry, but please be very much aware of the new rules. Continue reading Eastern Landlords Association April 2012 NEWSLETTER


Green for go on new EPC laws for buy to lets Buy to Let News, Latest Articles, Lettings & Management, Property Market News

It’s green for go for new-style energy performance certificates from April 6 and landlords or letting agents who flout the new rules could face a fine.

Energy performance certificate (EPC) laws are tightening and letting agents face more scrutiny from trading standards officers. Continue reading Green for go on new EPC laws for buy to lets


Landlords urged to watch for shady solar panel dealings Buy to Let News, Latest Articles, Lettings & Management, Property Development, Property Maintenance

Landlords maximising income from buy to let properties by leasing their roof space to firms generating energy from solar panels are warned that they need to comply with mortgage lender guidelines.

Many landlords are installing solar panels that offer tenants cut-price power while siphoning off excess energy for an income under the feed-in tariff. Continue reading Landlords urged to watch for shady solar panel dealings


What do April ’12 changes to EPC’s mean to us as landlords? Guest Columns

Landlords EPCFor those who think “More legislation to make life difficult for landlords” let’s first look at why Government need us to have Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s).

When fossil fuels are used they emit carbon dioxide (CO2), which is known as a “greenhouse gas” (GHG) because it helps produce something called the greenhouse effect. This traps UV rays from sunlight in our atmosphere bouncing them back and forth from our atmosphere to the ground heating up the earth, increasing global warming. Climate change is one of the major challenges facing everyone on this planet and GHG emissions are recognised to be responsible for this change. Every country in the world must play its part in reducing carbon emissions and each country must identify ways that they can do this.

UK Government had no statistic upon which to base its future plans and, in October 2008, the EPC was born in order to gather accurate information and to raise awareness of the amount of fuel that was being used. Continue reading What do April ’12 changes to EPC’s mean to us as landlords?


Housing Strategy Key Points Latest Articles, Property Investment News, Property Market News

The much awaited Government housing strategy was unveiled today with many seeing it not as the “radical and unashamedly ambitious strategy” professed in the foreword, but as simply not radical enough.

The private rented sector is set to be boosted by tax changes as stamp duty will be assessed on the average value of individual properties instead of on the overall value of the portfolio and the Government is also pushing to develop Real Estate Investment Trusts to remove obstacles from in front of investors. Continue reading Housing Strategy Key Points


Property118 Landlords eNewsletter – Issue 68 Latest Articles, Newsletter

This week’s round-up of the news, insight and commentary featured on Property118 is displayed in a slightly differently format due to the growing number of expert contributors to the website.Please remember that you can sign up to receive a free daily update of posts added to Property118 by registering here. Continue reading Property118 Landlords eNewsletter – Issue 68

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