London Rental Property News for February 2010

Pre-paid cards' could prevent debt'

Pre-paid cards' could prevent debt'

Consumers concerned about mounting credit and store card debt may want to consider prepaid credit cards as an alternative, one sector commentator has claimed.

Read Article ... Published on 26th February, 2010

'Restrict mortgages' on inefficient homes

'Restrict mortgages' on inefficient homes

People looking to buy a property which is not energy efficient enough to help the UK reach its carbon emissions reduction commitment should not be able to obtain a mortgage unless they carry out green improvements, it has been suggested.

Read Article ... Published on 26th February, 2010

House prices 'falling'

House prices 'falling'

This month has seen UK house prices fall in value by around one per cent, as people put plans to move on the backburner as a result of the freezing temperatures and snowy conditions, it has been revealed.

Read Article ... Published on 26th February, 2010

Rental demand 'will remain strong'

Rental demand 'will remain strong'

The number of people renting a property has risen while the number of homeowners has dropped, according to new government figures.

Read Article ... Published on 25th February, 2010

OFT letting agent ruling 'welcomed'

OFT letting agent ruling 'welcomed'

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has announced a new ruling against one letting agent which it believed was charging landlords an unfair sum.

Read Article ... Published on 25th February, 2010

More letting agents 'looking to renovation'

More letting agents 'looking to renovation'

Britons looking for houses and flats to rent may increasingly find they are able to choose from a selection of older buildings to make their new home.

Read Article ... Published on 24th February, 2010

Brits 'serious about saving at 25'

Brits 'serious about saving at 25'

The age of 25 is the time when consumers in the UK are most likely to begin thinking seriously about their attitude towards saving, new research has revealed.

Read Article ... Published on 24th February, 2010

Millions of Brits 'permanently overdrawn'

Millions of Brits 'permanently overdrawn'

Millions of consumers in the UK are living off their overdraft, new research has revealed.

Read Article ... Published on 24th February, 2010

Renting Britons 'cannot afford to buy'

Renting Britons 'cannot afford to buy'

As house prices continue to rise and securing a mortgage remains an expensive process, more Britons living in rented accommodation are finding they cannot afford to buy their own home.

Read Article ... Published on 23rd February, 2010

Credit customers 'need to look after own finances'

Credit customers 'need to look after own finances'

There is no need to install a central watchdog service to monitor and supervise credit rates, one sector commentator has claimed.

Read Article ... Published on 23rd February, 2010

Could buyers cut out estate agents?

Could buyers cut out estate agents?

A new ruling designed to update existing legislation could allow more online estate agents to compete in the property market, it has been revealed.

Read Article ... Published on 22nd February, 2010

Home automation 'could save money'

Home automation 'could save money'

People keen to save money may wish to evaluate where they could become more energy efficient.

Read Article ... Published on 22nd February, 2010

High inflation 'could be damaging to savers'

High inflation 'could be damaging to savers'

Historically low interest rates coupled with rising inflation is depleting the cash of Britain's savers, resulting in many people being left with less money than when they began, it has been claimed.

Read Article ... Published on 22nd February, 2010

Mortgage lending recovery 'will take time'

Mortgage lending recovery 'will take time'

Mortgage lending will recover eventually, but it is likely to remain at its current levels of decline for some months to come, one sector commentator has asserted.

Read Article ... Published on 19th February, 2010

'More innovation needed' in house selling

'More innovation needed' in house selling

There needs to be more innovation when it comes to the buying and selling of homes, it has been asserted.

Read Article ... Published on 19th February, 2010

Bethnal Green: 'Close to the city' in Bethnal Green

Bethnal Green: 'Close to the city' in Bethnal Green

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Read Article ... Published on 19th February, 2010

Mortgage lending 'off to slow start'

Mortgage lending 'off to slow start'

It is likely mortgage lending will increase throughout 2010, but in the opening months sales are off to a slow start, it has been claimed.

Read Article ... Published on 18th February, 2010

Part-time work 'may help in recession'

Part-time work 'may help in recession'

When confronted with the option of accepting part-time work or being unemployed, many Britons are likely to accept fewer hours, even if this is not their ideal situation, it has been said.

Read Article ... Published on 18th February, 2010

Gross mortgage lending 'decreases'

Gross mortgage lending 'decreases'

Gross mortgage lending decreased in January of this year, the latest figures have revealed.

Read Article ... Published on 18th February, 2010

Property buyers 'show resistance for rising prices'

Property buyers 'show resistance for rising prices'

The price of the average home on the property market increased by 3.2 per cent this month, according to new figures.

Read Article ... Published on 17th February, 2010

Affordable housing 'may be driven by mortgage take-up'

Affordable housing 'may be driven by mortgage take-up'

The last year has been difficult for the housing industry, one sector commentator has asserted - and this has been due in part to a lack of competitive mortgage finance.

Read Article ... Published on 17th February, 2010

Would Brits be broke if food rose with house prices?

Would Brits be broke if food rose with house prices?

With house prices showing signs of increasing again, consumers may wish to be thankful the cost of their essential household shopping bills has not risen at the same pace.

Read Article ... Published on 16th February, 2010

Parents 'helping out first-time buyers'

Parents 'helping out first-time buyers'

First-time buyers are in many cases being given a helping hand by their parents when it comes to taking their initial steps on the property ladder, one sector commentator has asserted.

Read Article ... Published on 16th February, 2010

Could tenants benefit from boiler scrappage growth?

Could tenants benefit from boiler scrappage growth?

The boiler scrappage scheme currently in force in the UK should be extended to allow more households to take part, one sector commentator has claimed.

Read Article ... Published on 16th February, 2010

Help and advice for tenants 'vital'

Help and advice for tenants 'vital'

Britons are continuing to struggle when it comes to the affordability of housing, as the UK emerges from the recession.

Read Article ... Published on 15th February, 2010

Could time be running out for tenants to use boiler scrappage?

Could time be running out for tenants to use boiler scrappage?

Tenants hoping to achieve lower energy bills and reduced carbon emissions by taking part in the boiler scrappage scheme may wish to get their skates on, as demand is proving high.

Read Article ... Published on 15th February, 2010

Good reasons 'to feel positive about renting'

Good reasons 'to feel positive about renting'

Landlords have "very good reasons" to feel positive about the current rental market, one sector commentator has asserted.

Read Article ... Published on 12th February, 2010

Government 'recognises importance of renting'

Government 'recognises importance of renting'

The government now recognises the important role the private UK rental sector plays in filling the housing gap, it has been claimed.

Read Article ... Published on 12th February, 2010

Fewer landlords 'in rental arrears'

Fewer landlords 'in rental arrears'

Fewer landlords are experiencing financial difficulties than was the case during the recession, new research has found.

Read Article ... Published on 12th February, 2010

Buy-to-let lending 'increases'

Buy-to-let lending 'increases'

Rental properties appear to be an increasingly popular investment, with buy-to-let lending increasing in the last three months of 2009, it has been revealed.

Read Article ... Published on 11th February, 2010

'More new properties' likely to enter rental sector

'More new properties' likely to enter rental sector

More properties are likely to become available for private rent, while more landlords could also enter the market as the housing industry improves, one sector commentator has claimed.

Read Article ... Published on 11th February, 2010

Londoners 'planning home improvements'

Londoners 'planning home improvements'

While the UK is now officially out of recession, many Britons may still be keen to keep a tight reign on their spending, which could mean any plans they have to buy a new home are on the backburner.

Read Article ... Published on 10th February, 2010

Consumer confidence 'on ice'

Consumer confidence 'on ice'

Consumer confidence is unlikely to increase but will remain "on ice" until after the spring General Election, it has been predicted.

Read Article ... Published on 10th February, 2010

Could DIY suffer as more people rent?

Could DIY suffer as more people rent?

As increasing numbers of people are choosing to rent their home rather than climbing the property ladder, the DIY industry may suffer, it has been asserted.

Read Article ... Published on 10th February, 2010

House prices rise 'despite cold weather'

House prices rise 'despite cold weather'

House prices in the UK continued to rise again in January, despite the freezing weather causing buyer interest to fall.

Read Article ... Published on 9th February, 2010

Will mortgage market become more competitive?

Will mortgage market become more competitive?

First-time buyers may wish to approach the largest financial services providers when it comes to getting a mortgage, as these are likely to be better able to offer a competitive deal, one sector commentator has asserted.

Read Article ... Published on 9th February, 2010

Tenants to give feedback on landlords

Tenants to give feedback on landlords

Feedback on the UK's worst and best landlords may help tenants to make a decision when looking for flats to rent in Kensington or another part of London.

Read Article ... Published on 8th February, 2010

'Huge demand' for debt advice

'Huge demand' for debt advice

There has been "huge" demand for debt advice in the UK, one sector commentator has claimed, which may be as a result of the recent recession and credit crunch prompting people to reign in their spending.

Read Article ... Published on 8th February, 2010

How tenants could make homes more energy efficient

How tenants could make homes more energy efficient

The possibility of lower energy bills is the major driving force for home improvements designed to improve the energy efficiency of property, it has been claimed.

Read Article ... Published on 8th February, 2010

Private rented sector 'essential to economy'

Private rented sector 'essential to economy'

A new consultation document has this week been announced by the government which will focus on the role the private rental sector should play in the UK's housing market and the economy as a whole.

Read Article ... Published on 5th February, 2010

House prices 'increase in January'

House prices 'increase in January'

House prices continued to grow in January, which may make the dream of homeownership an increasingly unaffordable option for some Britons.

Read Article ... Published on 5th February, 2010

Housing market 'yet to return to pre-credit crunch days'

Housing market 'yet to return to pre-credit crunch days'

Last December, mortgage lending increased by £1.2 billion, a new report has revealed.

Read Article ... Published on 4th February, 2010

Treasury announces consultation on rented sector

Treasury announces consultation on rented sector

The government has published a consultation document into the role the UK's private rental sector should play in supporting the country's economic recovery and increasing housing supply, it has been revealed.

Read Article ... Published on 4th February, 2010

Rental sector responds to Treasury announcement

Rental sector responds to Treasury announcement

The Treasury's consultation into investment in the private rental sector this week has been welcomed by one group, it is reported.

Read Article ... Published on 4th February, 2010

Landlords 'can benefit from sympathetically handling tenants'

Landlords 'can benefit from sympathetically handling tenants'

Sympathetic handling of tenants who are currently experiencing financial difficulties could benefit landlords in the long-terms, one sector commentator has claimed.

Read Article ... Published on 3rd February, 2010

House price rises 'disappointing'

House price rises 'disappointing'

The average price of houses across the UK is predicted to rise by more than six per cent this year, new research has revealed.

Read Article ... Published on 3rd February, 2010

House price rises 'unwelcome for young Brits'

House price rises 'unwelcome for young Brits'

House prices have risen in recent months as the property market shows signs of recovery, however, such news is unlikely to be welcomed by young people looking to take their first steps on the ladder to homeownership, it has been claimed.

Read Article ... Published on 2nd February, 2010

Brits to face 'biggest-ever energy bills'

Brits to face 'biggest-ever energy bills'

This winter the UK experienced its coldest weather in some 30 years and the energy bills covering this period are likely to reflect that in price.

Read Article ... Published on 2nd February, 2010

Housing recovery 'set to slow'

Housing recovery 'set to slow'

As the UK emerges from recession, the rate of recovery experienced in the housing market since its crash a few years ago is set to slow over the coming months, it has been suggested.

Read Article ... Published on 2nd February, 2010

New sale and rent back scheme introduced

New sale and rent back scheme introduced

Britons are to offered additional protection when involved with sale and rent back schemes under new plans announced by the Financial Services Authority (FSA), it has been revealed.

Read Article ... Published on 1st February, 2010

Land registry: House prices increasing

Land registry: House prices increasing

House prices in England and Wales continued to increase at the end of last year, which may mean the majority of UK properties continue to be unaffordable for many consumers.

Read Article ... Published on 1st February, 2010

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