Landlords opt for rent rises as tenant demand grows

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Growing demand for rental property among tenants is driving many landlords to implement rent rises, according to figures from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). In its April 2011 UK Residential Lettings Survey, the organisation reports a net balance of 42 per cent of surveyors who saw rents rise in the quarter up to and including the month of …

Landlords are responsible for plasterwork says Court of Appeal

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Landlords are legally responsible for the upkeep of the plaster of a rental property as well as the walls, reports the New Law Journal. It follows a Court of Appeal hearing after a tenant brought a disrepair claim against the landlord, complaining of damp and mould on the walls. However, the landlord disputed liability. The recent ‘Grand v Gill’ case …

Rising rents and falling house prices are creating opportunities, but should you join buy-to-let set? By Lauren Thompson

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Buy-to-let investments are enjoying a mini boom. Rents are rising because many young people can’t afford to buy. But should investors be piling in when house prices are falling and interest rates are set to rise? Here, Lauren Thompson explains everything a buy-to-let landlord needs to know… SHOULD I BECOME A LANDLORD? Buy-to-let involves buying a property and letting it …