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Landlords in England are witnessing a booming rental market, with earnings from rental payments in excess of £32 billion per year.

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Rent growth moderating says Homelet

Monday, 15 September 2014 Written by

Rental growth eased right across the UK in August with every region seeing smaller increases than in recent months, according to HomeLet. 

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Agents tell students...beware of agents

Monday, 15 September 2014 Written by

With most university and higher education institutions beginning their new academic years this week there has been an unusual warning to students from a letting agents’ body - it is to avoid being ripped off by letting agents.

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New ESTAS award for tenants' top agent

Monday, 15 September 2014 Written by

The ESTAS have just launched a brand new category for letting agents - but you have to be nice to your tenants to stand a chance of winning. 

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There’s been strong backing from the industry for a new ‘best practice’ Code for the private rented sector which was has been launched by housing minister Brandon Lewis.

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The government has unveiled a model shorthold tenancy agreement - voluntary in nature - which could be used when landlords and tenants want to agree something like a two year tenancy instead of the current standard six or 12 months.

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Welsh probe into HMOs and tenancies

Friday, 12 September 2014 Written by

The Welsh government has commissioned research into the impact of Houses in Multiple Occupation, especially in areas where there are high concentrations. 

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Agents told to clean-up their inventories

Friday, 12 September 2014 Written by

Check-out disputes are the leading source of disagreements between lettings agents or landlords and their tenants.

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Landlords should prepare to implement Home Office guidelines on immigration checks on tenants even though the pilot scheme is restricted to one region of the country, according to a leading lettings agent. 

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Kitemark service SAFEagent is lobbying the government to make it mandatory for all lettings to be linked to a Client Money Protection scheme which offers recompense to tenants and landlords should an agent misappropriate or fraudulently use clients’ money.

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