29 Posts for Lettings

Northern Ireland agents ignoring tenant fee ban

https://www.tiltorigin.com/blog/northern-ireland-agents-ignoring-tenant-fee-ban/

Calls have been made in Northern Ireland for enforcement action against agents reportedly charging tenants illegal letting fees. The NI fee ban pre-dates legislation in England by several decades. The practice of unlawfully charging letting fees in the main targets...


UK retailers protected from ‘aggressive rent collection’

https://www.tiltorigin.com/blog/uk-retailers-protected-from-aggressive-rent-collection/

A temporary ban has been imposed on commercial landlords in the UK from initiating legal action against tenants that have not paid their rent, to protect retailers and businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. The ban prohibits landlords from sending statutory...


Calls for extension to safety certificates amid COVID-19 pandemic

https://www.tiltorigin.com/blog/calls-for-extension-to-safety-certificates-amid-covid-19-pandemic/

The validity of all gas and electrical safety certificates should be extended by six months because of the impact of COVID-19 say landlords. The call is highlighted in a survey conducted by the RLA (Residential Landlords Association) during March which...


Two out of five UK renters struggling with payments

https://www.tiltorigin.com/blog/two-out-of-five-uk-renters-struggling-with-payments/

New figures released by market research company, Opinium, have revealed that almost half of UK renters are concerned about the impact COVID-19 could have on their living circumstances. According to the finding, 58% of tenants who were in employment prior...


UK lenders scrapping home loan deals

https://www.tiltorigin.com/blog/uk-lenders-scrapping-home-loan-deals/

UK lenders are effectively pulling out of mortgage deals for first time borrowers as the Coronavirus crisis deepens. As of today, Tuesday 31st March, one of the UK’s biggest lenders, Nationwide, will only offer home loans to those with 25%...


Landlords advised to plan for next six months as repossession proceedings are scrapped

https://www.tiltorigin.com/blog/landlords-advised-to-plan-for-next-six-months-as-repossession-proceedings-are-scrapped/

Landlords have been advised that they may have to wait until the end of the year to get their properties back after the Government confirmed at the end of last week that housing possession court proceedings have been suspended. The...


Government advises agents that repairs and maintenance work can continue

https://www.tiltorigin.com/blog/government-advises-agents-that-repairs-and-maintenance-work-can-continue/

The UK Government has confirmed that maintenance on rental homes can continue during the Coronavirus crisis. The guidance was issued yesterday to membership bodies for dissemination and states: “Work carried out in people‚Äôs homes, for example by tradespeople carrying out...


Agents must close branches warns Ministry of Housing

https://www.tiltorigin.com/blog/agents-must-close-branches-warns-ministry-of-housing/

Despite letting agents voicing concerns that they need to keep their businesses open to look after elderly tenants and organise emergency repairs, a senior civil servant has expressed the view that they are not essential services and should therefore close...


Coronavirus legislation appears to water down eviction ban

https://www.tiltorigin.com/blog/coronavirus-legislation-appears-to-water-down-eviction-ban/

The three month ban on evictions announced by the government last week appears to have been watered down in the Coronavirus Emergency Bill passed by Parliament yesterday. Instead of the ‘complete ban on evictions and additional protections for renters’ affected...


Government urged to extend coronavirus support to estate agents

https://www.tiltorigin.com/blog/government-urged-to-extend-coronavirus-support-to-estate-agents/

As sales activity slows and house viewings drop due to the coronavirus, estate agents have urged the government to extend the business rates holiday to estate agent companies. Currently the concession only applies to retail and hospitality firms. After the...


Coronavirus update: agents and landlords must wait three months before evictions can start

https://www.tiltorigin.com/blog/coronavirus-update-agents-and-landlords-must-wait-three-months-before-evictions-can-start/

The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, told parliament yesterday that the 20 million people living in the UK’s private rented sector would be protected from evictions until the Coronavirus abates. Landlords and letting agents must now wait three months before...


Which are the least affordable European cities for renting?

https://www.tiltorigin.com/blog/which-are-the-least-affordable-european-cities-for-renting/

New research by international rental marketplace, Spotahome, ranks the affordability of European capital cities. The rankings were calculated using the average net salary available in the capital, as well as the average cost of renting a one-bedroom apartment. Surprisingly, a...