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Private Renters Want to Decorate and do DIY

By Rent Guarantor on 12/02/2020

As the proportion of Britons renting a home in the Private Rental Sector (PRS) continues to rise, it seems the desire for DIY remains strong. Recent research shows that over three-quarters of PRS tenants want to decorate and carry out some DIY on their rental homes, in a bid to make the property more homely.


Buy-to-Let Mortgage Activity Expected to Rise in 2020

By Rent Guarantor on 11/02/2020

As more new data highlights a pickup in the UK's housing market, a survey suggests that buy-to-let (BTL) mortgage activity is set to gain ground in 2020, with more property investors looking to expand their portfolios. Remortgaging activity is also expected to remain robust, however it appears this renewed appetite to purchase more BTL homes is driving overall positive expectations.


Good news for tenants as renting costs make up smaller proportion of income

By Rent Guarantor on 04/02/2020

New research has some good news for the UK's army of tenants, as the cost of renting calculated as a proportion of average incomes has fallen between 2019 and 2016. Given that rents have actually been on the rise during much of that period, the findings of the research from the Deposit Protection Service, (DPS) might come as a bit of a surprise.


Landlords show more interest in HMOs

By Rent Guarantor on 06/02/2020

Amid fears that more Buy-To-Let (BTL) landlords are considering leaving the Private Rental Sector (PRS) in 2020, comes a new report highlighting a growing interest in investing in Homes of Multiple Occupation (HMOs). The higher potential yields that are typically available from HMO investments suggests that even if some landlords do exit the PRS, there is still the potential for a good Return on Income from the property investment and BTL industry to encourage others to enter the market or expand their portfolios.


Should Airbnb Landlords Pay Business Rates?

By Rent Guarantor on 29/01/2020

City councillors in Brighton are reported as saying that Airbnb landlords should pay business rates in England. Meanwhile, in Scotland, local councils look set to be given powers to add controls to better manage the provision of short-term lets. However, there are concerns that this action could result in short-term let landlords selling their properties.