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Landlords say they will not be increasing rents

The vast majority of landlords in the UK say they have no plans to increase rents over the next six months, according to a survey. The HomeLet Rental Index has revealed that 91% of landlords will not be charging their tenants more to rent their home. However, 34% of landlords said they would increase rents within the next year. The chief executive of Barbon Insurance which owns HomeLet, Martin Totty, said: “Our landlord clients tell us they would prefer to retain tenants for a long period rather than receive extra income. This attrition of tenants is not something that landlords want.” Rents on new tenancies being charged has fallen   The index has also revealed that 10 out of the 12 regions they analyse, the rents on new tenancies being charged has fallen slightly or remained static in the third quarter of 2015. Excluding new tenancies in London, landlords around the UK saw average new rents of £743 a month, that’s a 0.7% fall on the previous quarter. Landlords in Greater London saw the average rent falling 1% to £1,544. However, landlords in the East Midlands saw rents rise by 1.2% to £635 while landlords in Yorkshire and Humberside saw […]

Landlords still face cleaning as top check-out dispute

Being handed back dirty properties at the tenant’s check-out stage is still the number one cause of disputes between landlords and tenants, according to a new report. Imfuna Let says that cleaning accounts for 58% of disputes and that the number has risen by 5% on last year. The next big cause for complaint is property damage. This affected 52% of landlords and 32% said redecoration was the next worse for dispute. Issues with gardening occurred for 17% of respondents, and rent arrears were the cause of a dispute for 10% of landlords. Rent arrears takes first place   When it came to costing the dispute, rent arrears take first place with an average value of £1,160. Landlords then face property damage worth £475 and redecoration costs of £449. They also had to pay cleaning costs of £220 and foot a gardening bill of £195. The founder of Imfuna Let, Jax Kneppers, said that tenants claim in their defence that their responsibility for the property’s cleanliness when their tenancy began was not made clear to them. She added: “Tenants claim that their tenancy agreement does not state what is expected of them”. “Landlords and letting agents who want to make […]