Benefit cheat stole £70k while running empire
A benefit cheat who fleeced the taxpayer out of out of more than £70,000 while running £2.6 million property empire and raking in £150,000 a year in rents has been jailed.
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Agent data breach leaves customers open to theft
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has taken action after a London estate agent continued to leave papers containing personal information on the street despite a previous warning.
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Viral, shareable real estate content
The two most important SEO factors today are quality content and its value to others. If other people find it valuable, they will share, talk about and respond to that content. That’s GREAT SEO. But how do you create content that someone will want to talk
More...
Increase in fires in communal areas
Fire brigade bosses are warning landlords to keep communal areas clear of clutter after a sharp increase in blazes in hallways, stairwells and corridors in blocks. The London Fire Brigade has today reported that they were 514 fires in communal areas in 20
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Brokerage plans to launch two new websites
The nation’s largest real estate brokerage, NRT LLC, is preparing to launch two new search portals that are aimed at reducing the company’s reliance on leads from Zillow, Trulia and realtor.com, attracting homebuyers by offering access to a complete set o
More...
Doddington toasts folly tradition with pyramid
A folly in the shape of a pyramid has been built in the grounds of an Elizabethan mansion in Lincolnshire.
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900,000 landlords face buy-to-let tax
Landlords and second home owners face a crackdown as concerns grow over the boom in buy-to-let mortgages.
More...
Damage to property is top cause of disputes
Over half of landlords in the UK say that damage to property is the top cause of disputes with tenants followed by decoration and then rent arrears.
More...
How to guide your buy-to-let clients
With government giving landlords greater responsibility for checking tenants Simon Kenny, senior solicitor at Moore Blatch, looks at the impact this could have for advisers. Mortgage brokers with any residential property investor on their client list need
More...
Meaning of a 'house' and the Leasehold Reform Act
A court has clarified whether the Leasehold Reform Act can apply to derelict properties converted to use as a hostel . The case of Brightbest Ltd George Christopher Cadafel Tapps Gervis Meyrick (Bart) arose after the claimant leaseholder tried to find out
More...
Protection scheme reveals tenancy deposit fraud
Enforcement agencies are being urges to work more closely with Tenancy Deposit Protection (TDP) schemes in the UK in order to crack down on rogue activity from fraudulent landlords and letting agents.
More...
Consumer protection from rogue agents ramps up
From today, prospective landlords have a 14-day cooling-off period in which they can cancel an agreement to rent a property through a letting agent. An updated code of conduct for lettings and estate agents issued by The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has co
More...
Why do estate agents use such awful pictures?
If a picture's worth a thousand words, you'd think property vendors would put some effort into telling the best story.
More...
Woman ordered to pay £160k for illegal conversion
A landlord has been ordered to pay a sum of more than £160,000 after being convicted of illegally converting her Cricklewood property into flats.
More...
Mystery still surrounds English mountain bidder
The ups and downs of the saga of who will buy the Blencathra mountain in the Lake District, for sale at £1.75million continue, with an Indian billionaire denying press reports that he has been successful.
More...
HMRC in VAT surrender
In a very welcome development, HMRC has finally confirmed that the surrender of a lease subject to tenancies can constitute a ‘transfer of a going concern’ (TOGC) with the result that no VAT is payable. This will result in stamp duty land tax (SDLT) savin
More...
London's Gherkin put up for sale at £650m
Savills and Deloitte Real Estate have been jointly instructed to sell the iconic Gherkin office tower at 30 St Mary Axe in the City of London following the appointment of Deloitte as receivers.
More...
Costly lesson for negligent landlord
A Warwickshire landlord who put his tenants’ lives at risk, has been successfully prosecuted by the County Council and fined £50,000.
More...
Ministers move closer to banning rental properties
The clock is ticking for landlords of energy-inefficient properties to make important decisions. They have potentially less than four years in which to upgrade their stock – or dispose of it. A new consultation has been launched, stating that the minimum
More...
Electronic cigarettes allowed in rentals or not?
Often, rental applications will ask whether the tenant smokes cigarettes. Does that include e-cigarettes?
More...
Property price rise causes inheritance tax trap
Significant rises in the property market over recent years are pushing many people – perhaps unwittingly – into larger inheritance tax bills, according to Towry, the wealth adviser.
More...
Letting agents will have to publish their fees
The government has said letting agents in England face a new obligation to display full details of their fees both on their websites and in their offices.
More...
Judge rules in favour of squatter
A squatter has been told he has the right to live in a property he first entered and started renovating in 2000 - but it's not over yet.
More...
Ancient church law that could hit house prices
Your local church could force you to pay for expensive repairs, under a little-known ancient law. The rules mean that if your parish church was built before 1536, then any time it needs repairs, the church can demand that local people foot the bill. The c
More...
The impact of regulation on the private rents
A report has just been released by Residential Landlords Association by Professor Michael Ball looking at the impact of regulation on the private rented sector:
More...
Crazy. Service pays landlords to list on Zoopla
Since writing the original article were please to see that the referencing company have removed the Zoopla logo. ZOOPLA AND PRIME LOCATION WERE ALLOWING NOT ONLY FREE LANDLORD ADVERTS. BUT ALSO ALLOWING A COMPANY TO PAY LANDLORDS £10 IN FAVOUR OF NOT USIN
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Google Capital Pours $50M Into Real Estate Market
Fresh off its public debut last week, Google Capital is putting more money to work this week with the announcement of a $50 million investment in real estate marketplace Auction.com.
More...
House sales see a 32% March increase
Demand is still outperforming supply as new buyers continue to flood into the market, with first time buyer mortgage applications up 7%, so prices are still rising as a result of the shortage of property.
More...
£50 million to support new homes
From today (23 April 2014) local leaders can bid for a share of £50 million to invest in infrastructure that supports new homes.
More...
Botched DIY 'doubles building bill'
The cost of home improvements could double if professional builders have to solve botched DIY jobs first, a building expert has warned.
More...
HMRC stamp duty bonanza
A rise in stamp duty land tax revenues has been driven by an increase in the sale of homes in the £1m to £2m price bracket, Nimesh Shah has claimed.
More...
Crackdown on estate agents
A BAN on multiple 'for sale' notice boards has been introduced by Waltham Forest Council. Deputy council leader Clyde Loakes, cabinet member for environment, said: “We’re not going to just lie down and let businesses or individuals clutter up our boroug
More...
Property firm fined for rat-infested homes
A property firm that allowed its derelict houses to become infested with vermin has been prosecuted.
More...
Exeter estate agent to star in new BBC TV series
Exeter will feature in a new television series promising to unlock the doors on the professionals many people love to hate – estate agents.
More...
Estate agents get a warning from the tax man
HM Revenue and Customs has published new guidance to help estate agency businesses stay on the right side of Money Laundering Regulations.
More...
Landlords confident of UK's financial recovery
Landlords’ confidence in the UK’s financial markets has tripled over the last year, according to research from the National Landlords Association (NLA)*.
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Landlord exposed tenants to gas saftey risk
A 60,000-home landlord failed to carry out a ‘signficant number’ of gas safety checks exposing tenants to potential harm, the Homes and Communities Agency said.
More...
Service charge for leaseholders probed by OFT
The sometimes fraught relationship between leaseholders and their freeholders is going to be investigated by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
More...
Rising housing market spreads beyond London
Property prices up for more than half of England and Wales for first time in a decade, with an average rise of 0.7% in January.
More...
Second-charge is no less important
With the publication of the final rules for the consumer credit market, the second-charge sector can proceed with a clearer roadmap.
More...
Service charge for leaseholders probed by OFT
The sometimes fraught relationship between leaseholders and their freeholders is going to be investigated by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
More...
HMRC is addicted to property
Tax raised from property and property transactions is expected to double or more over the next five years, a report by the OBR states.
More...
17,000 homes bought under Help to Buy scheme
More than 17,000 households bought homes under the government's Help to Buy scheme in its first nine months, figures have revealed.
More...
Fines for estate agents who advertised illegally
Three estate agents have been fined after pleading guilty to displaying illegal advertisements.
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Benefit cheat stole £70k while running empire
A benefit cheat who fleeced the taxpayer out of out of more than £70,000 while running £2.6 million property empire and raking in £150,000 a year in rents has been jailed.
More...
Agent data breach leaves customers open to theft
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has taken action after a London estate agent continued to leave papers containing personal information on the street despite a previous warning.
More...
Viral, shareable real estate content
The two most important SEO factors today are quality content and its value to others. If other people find it valuable, they will share, talk about and respond to that content. That’s GREAT SEO. But how do you create content that someone will want to talk
More...
Increase in fires in communal areas
Fire brigade bosses are warning landlords to keep communal areas clear of clutter after a sharp increase in blazes in hallways, stairwells and corridors in blocks. The London Fire Brigade has today reported that they were 514 fires in communal areas in 20
More...
Brokerage plans to launch two new websites
The nation’s largest real estate brokerage, NRT LLC, is preparing to launch two new search portals that are aimed at reducing the company’s reliance on leads from Zillow, Trulia and realtor.com, attracting homebuyers by offering access to a complete set o
More...
Doddington toasts folly tradition with pyramid
A folly in the shape of a pyramid has been built in the grounds of an Elizabethan mansion in Lincolnshire.
More...
900,000 landlords face buy-to-let tax
Landlords and second home owners face a crackdown as concerns grow over the boom in buy-to-let mortgages.
More...
Damage to property is top cause of disputes
Over half of landlords in the UK say that damage to property is the top cause of disputes with tenants followed by decoration and then rent arrears.
More...
How to guide your buy-to-let clients
With government giving landlords greater responsibility for checking tenants Simon Kenny, senior solicitor at Moore Blatch, looks at the impact this could have for advisers. Mortgage brokers with any residential property investor on their client list need
More...
Meaning of a 'house' and the Leasehold Reform Act
A court has clarified whether the Leasehold Reform Act can apply to derelict properties converted to use as a hostel . The case of Brightbest Ltd George Christopher Cadafel Tapps Gervis Meyrick (Bart) arose after the claimant leaseholder tried to find out
More...
Protection scheme reveals tenancy deposit fraud
Enforcement agencies are being urges to work more closely with Tenancy Deposit Protection (TDP) schemes in the UK in order to crack down on rogue activity from fraudulent landlords and letting agents.
More...
Consumer protection from rogue agents ramps up
From today, prospective landlords have a 14-day cooling-off period in which they can cancel an agreement to rent a property through a letting agent. An updated code of conduct for lettings and estate agents issued by The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has co
More...
Why do estate agents use such awful pictures?
If a picture's worth a thousand words, you'd think property vendors would put some effort into telling the best story.
More...
Woman ordered to pay £160k for illegal conversion
A landlord has been ordered to pay a sum of more than £160,000 after being convicted of illegally converting her Cricklewood property into flats.
More...
Mystery still surrounds English mountain bidder
The ups and downs of the saga of who will buy the Blencathra mountain in the Lake District, for sale at £1.75million continue, with an Indian billionaire denying press reports that he has been successful.
More...
HMRC in VAT surrender
In a very welcome development, HMRC has finally confirmed that the surrender of a lease subject to tenancies can constitute a ‘transfer of a going concern’ (TOGC) with the result that no VAT is payable. This will result in stamp duty land tax (SDLT) savin
More...
London's Gherkin put up for sale at £650m
Savills and Deloitte Real Estate have been jointly instructed to sell the iconic Gherkin office tower at 30 St Mary Axe in the City of London following the appointment of Deloitte as receivers.
More...
Costly lesson for negligent landlord
A Warwickshire landlord who put his tenants’ lives at risk, has been successfully prosecuted by the County Council and fined £50,000.
More...
Ministers move closer to banning rental properties
The clock is ticking for landlords of energy-inefficient properties to make important decisions. They have potentially less than four years in which to upgrade their stock – or dispose of it. A new consultation has been launched, stating that the minimum
More...
Electronic cigarettes allowed in rentals or not?
Often, rental applications will ask whether the tenant smokes cigarettes. Does that include e-cigarettes?
More...
Property price rise causes inheritance tax trap
Significant rises in the property market over recent years are pushing many people – perhaps unwittingly – into larger inheritance tax bills, according to Towry, the wealth adviser.
More...
Letting agents will have to publish their fees
The government has said letting agents in England face a new obligation to display full details of their fees both on their websites and in their offices.
More...
Judge rules in favour of squatter
A squatter has been told he has the right to live in a property he first entered and started renovating in 2000 - but it's not over yet.
More...
Ancient church law that could hit house prices
Your local church could force you to pay for expensive repairs, under a little-known ancient law. The rules mean that if your parish church was built before 1536, then any time it needs repairs, the church can demand that local people foot the bill. The c
More...
The impact of regulation on the private rents
A report has just been released by Residential Landlords Association by Professor Michael Ball looking at the impact of regulation on the private rented sector:
More...
Crazy. Service pays landlords to list on Zoopla
Since writing the original article were please to see that the referencing company have removed the Zoopla logo. ZOOPLA AND PRIME LOCATION WERE ALLOWING NOT ONLY FREE LANDLORD ADVERTS. BUT ALSO ALLOWING A COMPANY TO PAY LANDLORDS £10 IN FAVOUR OF NOT USIN
More...
Google Capital Pours $50M Into Real Estate Market
Fresh off its public debut last week, Google Capital is putting more money to work this week with the announcement of a $50 million investment in real estate marketplace Auction.com.
More...
House sales see a 32% March increase
Demand is still outperforming supply as new buyers continue to flood into the market, with first time buyer mortgage applications up 7%, so prices are still rising as a result of the shortage of property.
More...
£50 million to support new homes
From today (23 April 2014) local leaders can bid for a share of £50 million to invest in infrastructure that supports new homes.
More...
Botched DIY 'doubles building bill'
The cost of home improvements could double if professional builders have to solve botched DIY jobs first, a building expert has warned.
More...
HMRC stamp duty bonanza
A rise in stamp duty land tax revenues has been driven by an increase in the sale of homes in the £1m to £2m price bracket, Nimesh Shah has claimed.
More...
Crackdown on estate agents
A BAN on multiple 'for sale' notice boards has been introduced by Waltham Forest Council. Deputy council leader Clyde Loakes, cabinet member for environment, said: “We’re not going to just lie down and let businesses or individuals clutter up our boroug
More...
Property firm fined for rat-infested homes
A property firm that allowed its derelict houses to become infested with vermin has been prosecuted.
More...
Exeter estate agent to star in new BBC TV series
Exeter will feature in a new television series promising to unlock the doors on the professionals many people love to hate – estate agents.
More...
Estate agents get a warning from the tax man
HM Revenue and Customs has published new guidance to help estate agency businesses stay on the right side of Money Laundering Regulations.
More...
Landlords confident of UK's financial recovery
Landlords’ confidence in the UK’s financial markets has tripled over the last year, according to research from the National Landlords Association (NLA)*.
More...
Landlord exposed tenants to gas saftey risk
A 60,000-home landlord failed to carry out a ‘signficant number’ of gas safety checks exposing tenants to potential harm, the Homes and Communities Agency said.
More...
Service charge for leaseholders probed by OFT
The sometimes fraught relationship between leaseholders and their freeholders is going to be investigated by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
More...
Rising housing market spreads beyond London
Property prices up for more than half of England and Wales for first time in a decade, with an average rise of 0.7% in January.
More...
Second-charge is no less important
With the publication of the final rules for the consumer credit market, the second-charge sector can proceed with a clearer roadmap.
More...
Service charge for leaseholders probed by OFT
The sometimes fraught relationship between leaseholders and their freeholders is going to be investigated by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
More...
HMRC is addicted to property
Tax raised from property and property transactions is expected to double or more over the next five years, a report by the OBR states.
More...
17,000 homes bought under Help to Buy scheme
More than 17,000 households bought homes under the government's Help to Buy scheme in its first nine months, figures have revealed.
More...
Fines for estate agents who advertised illegally
Three estate agents have been fined after pleading guilty to displaying illegal advertisements.
More...