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With just two days remaining before the Mortgage Market Review kicks in, here is a summary of how it will affect the private rented sector. 

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The government minister with overall responsibility for Help to Buy is being accused of “sailing pretty close to the wind” by using offshore banking arrangements for her buy-to-let property company.

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An 11th local authority is seeking special powers from central government to control, or possibly ban, the display of agents’ board in specific areas.

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ALMOs try to emulate PRS data checks

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A credit information group and two social housing management companies have linked up to provide a pioneering service aimed at tackling social housing tenancy fraud and bring the standard of checks closer to those operating in the private rented sector.

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Average rents across the country are now £762 per month, up by one per cent on last month and now eight per cent higher than a year ago according to Sequence.

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Calling All Bubba Watsons!

Thursday, 24 April 2014 Written by

Letting and estate agents are being called upon to tee off to raise money for Agents Giving which is holding its annual charity golf day on May 21. 

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A TV expose claims laws to protect tenants' deposits cannot stop what the network calls “one rogue letting agent”.

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A council has fined four landlords £13,500 plus costs in a clampdown on those who allegedly fail to manage and licence properties or comply with licence conditions.

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An ‘unfit’ landlord has been ordered to pay over £10,000 after a council probe revealed he had left his tenants to live in overcrowded, filthy and unsafe conditions.

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“We all live in a Robbie Fowler house.” That refrain, familiar to football fans who used to chant it back in the 1990s, may return this week when the former Premier League player relaunches his property academy for buy-to-let investors.

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