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Government updates its PRS enforcement guidance for local authorities

By Rent Guarantor on 17/10/2019

The Government's Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has updated its Private Rental Sector enforcement guidance for local authorities. The updated toolkit and knowledge bank are there to help local authority’s PRS enforcement team understand exactly what they should expect from landlords operating in their area, which rules they need to enforce and why they need to be enforced.


Average rent moves mixed, while void periods rise in much of the UK

By Rent Guarantor on 14/10/2019

Average rent changes were mixed across the UK in September, rising in some regions and falling in others. At the same time, the period for which properties were void, was less positive, rising in most areas in the UK. Despite those mixed moves, overall, it still appears that the UK’s rental market remains well supported with high levels of demand.


Why Bracknell could be the next property investment hotspot

By Rent Guarantor on 09/10/2019

With so much uncertainty remaining across the UK, it might be difficult to know where to go next with your property investment plans. However, even though Brexit and politics are far from certain right now, a new development in Bracknell suggests the town that is already very much part of the UK's tech corridor, still has some value for residential property and BTL investors.


Landlords spend an average of £12,000 per property refurbishment

By Rent Guarantor on 11/10/2019

While much is often made of unscrupulous landlords in the UK’s still growing Private Rental Sector, research based on official data shows that thanks to investment from buy-to-let landlords, the standard of rental properties in the PRS has actually improved dramatically over the past ten years. Indeed, thanks to refurbishment by PRS landlords, which costs an average of £12,000 per property, the proportion of rental homes classed as non-decent has almost halved in a decade.


Over half a million families in England live in overcrowded conditions

By Rent Guarantor on 07/10/2019

A recent report has highlighted the UK’s still ongoing housing crisis as it shows that over 600,000 families in England are living in overcrowded conditions. A severe shortage of housing, particularly social housing, means that there are 96,000 more children who are living in an overcrowded home today, than there were a decade ago.