London Rental Property News for November 2009

House prices rise 'but recession not over'

House prices rise 'but recession not over'

House prices are on the increase again but it will be a long time before the recession stops affecting the property market, one sector commentator has claimed.

Read Article ... Published on 30th November, 2009

Private rental sector 'need government support'

Private rental sector 'need government support'

As it increasingly becomes key to the UK's future housing strategy, it is important that the private rental industry receives support from the government, one group has urged.

Read Article ... Published on 30th November, 2009

Clapham: There's nothing common about Clapham

Clapham: There's nothing common about Clapham

Background

Read Article ... Published on 30th November, 2009

More Britons 'worried about finances'

More Britons 'worried about finances'

The financial concerns of Britons have started to have a negative impact on their health, new research has revealed.

Read Article ... Published on 27th November, 2009

Popularity of home improvement 'on the rise'

Popularity of home improvement 'on the rise'

Tenants may wish to discuss with their landlords the possibility of carrying out some home improvements in order to put their own stamp on their property.

Read Article ... Published on 27th November, 2009

House prices 'still rising'

House prices 'still rising'

House prices increased by 0.6 per cent in October when compared to the previous month's figures, new research has revealed.

Read Article ... Published on 27th November, 2009

Does London property present a good opportunity?

Does London property present a good opportunity?

The reduced asking prices of prime central London properties mean that buyers have the opportunity of "a generation", one sector commentator has claimed, although with unemployment continuing to rise and the stamp duty holiday set to end, people may feel it is still safer to rent.

Read Article ... Published on 26th November, 2009

Divorce case wife renting London property

Divorce case wife renting London property

As one of the most expensive UK divorce battles continues, one woman has been forced to downgrade from the property she previously rented in London.

Read Article ... Published on 26th November, 2009

How tenants can host the perfect dinner party

How tenants can host the perfect dinner party

Modern dinner parties are more relaxed, one sector commentator has claimed, as more people choose to stay in and invite friends and family round in order to save money on going out.

Read Article ... Published on 26th November, 2009

Hampstead: Enjoy a luxury lifestyle in Hampstead

Hampstead: Enjoy a luxury lifestyle in Hampstead

Background

Read Article ... Published on 26th November, 2009

Buyers 'may have missed out on stamp duty break'

Buyers 'may have missed out on stamp duty break'

The stamp duty holiday on properties costing less than £175,000 in the UK is to end imminently, which may mean first-time buyers continue to experience difficulties when it comes to climbing the housing ladder.

Read Article ... Published on 25th November, 2009

Rural England 'needs more affordable housing'

Rural England 'needs more affordable housing'

More needs to be done to ensure that affordable housing is available in rural England, one sector commentator has claimed.

Read Article ... Published on 25th November, 2009

Tips for a thrifty Christmas

Tips for a thrifty Christmas

Christmas is now only a few short weeks away and some people may be worrying how they will be able to fork out for gifts and celebratory occasions as the credit crunch rumbles on.

Read Article ... Published on 25th November, 2009

'Minority of bad landlords' will be tackled

'Minority of bad landlords' will be tackled

A new register of landlords in the UK may be able to root out any bad practices occurring within the sector, it has been suggested.

Read Article ... Published on 24th November, 2009

Tenant advice: How to weather-proof homes

Tenant advice: How to weather-proof homes

Although they do not own their home, there may still be steps that renting tenants can take to ensure their properties will not be damaged by the approaching winter weather.

Read Article ... Published on 24th November, 2009

Are tenants now safer from CO poisoning?

Are tenants now safer from CO poisoning?

New gas safety responsibilities being placed on landlords may have helped to contribute to the decline in the number of fatalities occurring in the UK as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Read Article ... Published on 23rd November, 2009

Students 'pay more for rent'

Students 'pay more for rent'

Student accommodation is becoming an increasingly attractive investment vehicle for many UK landlords, it has been claimed.

Read Article ... Published on 23rd November, 2009

Thousands of private houses 'lying empty'

Thousands of private houses 'lying empty'

The number of private properties in England which have been lying empty for a period of six months or more exceeded 300,000 in 2008 for the first time in five years, it has been revealed.

Read Article ... Published on 23rd November, 2009

House prices 'could rise 5%'

House prices 'could rise 5%'

A five per cent rise in house prices during 2010 "looks possible", it has been claimed.

Read Article ... Published on 20th November, 2009

Could Londoners charge cars at home?

Could Londoners charge cars at home?

As Britons become increasingly concerned about what their impact on the environment will mean for future generations, they could be set to get a helping hand in going green from the government.

Read Article ... Published on 20th November, 2009

Stamp duty holiday 'a desperate failure'

Stamp duty holiday 'a desperate failure'

The stamp duty holiday on properties worth up to £175,000 has helped only around a quarter of the amount of buyers that the government estimated, it has been revealed.

Read Article ... Published on 20th November, 2009

Londoners 'should prepare allotments for winter'

Londoners 'should prepare allotments for winter'

As the winter approaches, Londoners have been advised that now is the time to prepare their allotments for the cold weather.

Read Article ... Published on 19th November, 2009

Phil Spencer: Property maintenance is important

Phil Spencer: Property maintenance is important

Property maintenance should be viewed in the same way as people care for their health, one TV property expert has asserted - stating that prevention is "always better than cure".

Read Article ... Published on 19th November, 2009

Landlords 'encouraged to boost energy efficiency'

Landlords 'encouraged to boost energy efficiency'

As impact on the environment becomes an increasing concern for many Britons, people looking for flats to rent in Eltham or another part of London may prioritise choosing a home which has positive green credentials.

Read Article ... Published on 18th November, 2009

Renovation advice for Londoners

Renovation advice for Londoners

Britons looking for property to rent in Wandsworth and other parts of London are likely to be more attracted by smart, contemporary interiors, rather than overly fussy decoration, it has been advised.

Read Article ... Published on 18th November, 2009

Will house prices remain stable?

Will house prices remain stable?

A monthly house price index by FindaProperty.com has revealed that the asking price for properties has fallen by 0.5 per cent since October.

Read Article ... Published on 17th November, 2009

Stamp duty regime 'must be reviewed'

Stamp duty regime 'must be reviewed'

Another mortgage group has joined a growing coalition urging the government to review the current stamp duty regime.

Read Article ... Published on 17th November, 2009

Can tenants reduce their energy bills before winter?

Can tenants reduce their energy bills before winter?

While Britons may have opted to choose flats to rent in Blackheath or another part of London as it is cheaper than buying a new home, the thought of winter energy bills may be adding to their money worries.

Read Article ... Published on 16th November, 2009

Tenants 'should be gas safe'

Tenants 'should be gas safe'

Every year, some 50 people in the UK die as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Read Article ... Published on 16th November, 2009

Stamp duty 'preventing housing recovery'

Stamp duty 'preventing housing recovery'

In its current form, stamp duty is halting the recovery process of the UK property market, one sector commentator has claimed.

Read Article ... Published on 16th November, 2009

Wimbledon: Wimbledon is game, set and match

Wimbledon: Wimbledon is game, set and match

Background

Read Article ... Published on 16th November, 2009

Jarvis Cocker brings art exhibition to Shoreditch

Jarvis Cocker brings art exhibition to Shoreditch

Former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker has this week held a live exhibition at an art gallery in Shoreditch.

Read Article ... Published on 13th November, 2009

Repossession forecast cut

Repossession forecast cut

Last year's projection from the Council of Mortgage Lenders, which estimated that 75,000 homes would be repossessed in 2009, has been amended to just 48,000 properties, it has been revealed.

Read Article ... Published on 13th November, 2009

Higher loan to value rate 'could benefit borrowers'

Higher loan to value rate 'could benefit borrowers'

The amount of mortgages given to buyers has risen for the third month a in a row in September, as first-time buyers contribute to a large proportion of the increase, new figures have revealed.

Read Article ... Published on 13th November, 2009

There are simple ways for tenants to go green

There are simple ways for tenants to go green

Britons should not be dissuaded from going green due to the potential costs involved, one sector commentator has claimed.

Read Article ... Published on 12th November, 2009

Mortgage rates 'need to fall'

Mortgage rates 'need to fall'

While a number of mortgage lenders have made moves to lower their rates in recent weeks, more still needed to be done, one group has claimed.

Read Article ... Published on 12th November, 2009

Tenants 'should look to boost home security'

Tenants 'should look to boost home security'

People are being warned to take care to ensure that their homes are as secure as possible in order to avoid becoming the victim of a burglary.

Read Article ... Published on 11th November, 2009

Number of properties for sale 'has increased'

Number of properties for sale 'has increased'

An increased number of properties are being put on the housing market, according to new research.

Read Article ... Published on 11th November, 2009

Could tenants pay more for not being green?

Could tenants pay more for not being green?

In order to help the UK meet its carbon emissions reduction targets by 2020, Britons should be given a carbon allowance, it has been proposed.

Read Article ... Published on 10th November, 2009

Can tenants save money with new lighting?

Can tenants save money with new lighting?

While Britons may be being urged to become more energy efficient, people renting may be wondering how they can make changes when it is their landlord's responsibility to choose and purchase heating and other household products.

Read Article ... Published on 10th November, 2009

Could tenants be at greater risk of ID fraud?

Could tenants be at greater risk of ID fraud?

Identity fraudsters are increasingly targeting Britons who live in rented accommodation and may be on a lower average income than the traditional wealthy victim, new research has found.

Read Article ... Published on 9th November, 2009

Pre-winter jobs for tenants

Pre-winter jobs for tenants

As the cold weather approaches, winter could pose a number of threats to properties, including the possibility of central heating breaking down or water pipes freezing and bursting.

Read Article ... Published on 9th November, 2009

Stamp duty set to rise

Stamp duty set to rise

The current stamp duty holiday - which sees properties valued at under £175,000 exempt from the charge - is set to come to an end on December 31st.

Read Article ... Published on 9th November, 2009

Tenants 'may be battling over heating'

Tenants 'may be battling over heating'

With Christmas fast approaching, temperatures in the UK have begun to drop and Britons may be keen to switch on their central heating.

Read Article ... Published on 6th November, 2009

Could lack of housing supply mean less choice?

Could lack of housing supply mean less choice?

With new research revealing that there are now five house-hunters to every property currently on the market, Britons may find that there is not much choice when it comes to finding their dream home.

Read Article ... Published on 6th November, 2009

Homeowners 'have unrealistic value expectations'

Homeowners 'have unrealistic value expectations'

The recession has caused homeowners to have unrealistic expectations of what their property is worth and has lead them to feel happier staying in their current home, it has been claimed.

Read Article ... Published on 6th November, 2009

Can bike security influence rental decision?

Can bike security influence rental decision?

Green-minded Britons may be keen to jump on their bicycle in order to commute to work in the capital, which may mean that security is a particular concern when looking for flats to rent in Islington or another part of London.

Read Article ... Published on 5th November, 2009

Maths teacher 'offers renting tips'

Maths teacher 'offers renting tips'

A video featuring a maths teacher giving tips on splitting rent and restaurant bills has proved a hit on YouTube, it is reported.

Read Article ... Published on 5th November, 2009

NLA offers tips to renting politicians

NLA offers tips to renting politicians

After claiming expenses for services which included everything from gardening to moat cleaning, a review in to the expense claims of MPs is set to be published by Sir Christopher Kelly.

Read Article ... Published on 4th November, 2009

Should tenants get covered?

Should tenants get covered?

As the winter weather draws in, many people renting a home may be quick to turn up their central heating.

Read Article ... Published on 4th November, 2009

Should people rent while waiting for a housing bargain?

Should people rent while waiting for a housing bargain?

Last month, property prices in the UK increased by 0.2 per cent, according to new figures.

Read Article ... Published on 3rd November, 2009

Can tenants still save money during winter?

Can tenants still save money during winter?

While homeowners in the UK are increasingly being advised to modernise their central heating systems and of the money they could save by purchasing a new boiler or becoming more energy efficient, those renting a home may feel there is little they can do to lower their energy bills.

Read Article ... Published on 3rd November, 2009

Property prices 'set to rise'

Property prices 'set to rise'

Britons may wish to continue renting their home next year, after one sector commentator predicted the average house price would increase over the course of 2010.

Read Article ... Published on 2nd November, 2009

Tenants 'should check homes are fire-safe'

Tenants 'should check homes are fire-safe'

Almost half of UK households do not have a smoke alarm installed in their property, new research has revealed.

Read Article ... Published on 2nd November, 2009

Can Google help tenants get cheaper bills?

Can Google help tenants get cheaper bills?

Google is set to give a helping hand to Britons by providing a service that will allow them to see where they could potentially make cuts to their electricity consumption, which could see them able to save money.

Read Article ... Published on 2nd November, 2009

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