TV star tells how he was ripped off by letting agent - 17-05-2013 07:39
Actor Nigel Havers – who ironically rented a property while playing a conman in Coronation Street – told how he was ripped off by a rogue letting agent who vanished without trace.
Havers spoke of his case on Wednesday night’s Watchdog programme. He is the most high-profile victim of an unregulated agent who has allegedly run off with a member of the public&
Agents deny wrongdoing after TV's Watchdog report - 17-05-2013 07:38
The agents featured in the BBC Watchdog programme have strongly denied any wrongdoing.
Reeds Rains, Your Move – both part of LSL – and Foxtons were named in the programme, which criticised their links with utility firm Spark Energy.
Spark also denied any unethical behaviour.
Watchdog also featured the issue of regulation of letting a
Take fines threat over immigration seriously, lawyers warn landlords - 17-05-2013 07:37
Landlords face a very real possibility of heavy fines under proposed new immigration laws, a law firm has warned.
They also run the risk of loss of rent.
New rules, announced in the Queen’s Speech, will make it mandatory for landlords or their agents to check the immigration status of tenants. If they do not, or let to tenants who are living illegally in
New HMO planning regime hits local rent markets - 17-05-2013 07:36
New planning restrictions on Houses in Multiple Occupation are having an adverse effect on local rental markets, the Government has admitted.
Under the coalition government, local councils can use Article 4 Directions to control HMOs.
It means that they require planning permission, which is not necessarily granted, whenever a landlord wants to change a propert
Just one in a hundred deposits ends in formal dispute - 17-05-2013 07:36
The ratio of deposit disputes in England & Wales is just over 1% according to official figures released by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
The Government figures show that of the seven million deposits (7,052,255) that have been protected since the launch of the legislation in 2007, only 91,802 have ended up requiring formal dispute adjudication &nda
Realis I.S. buys Dutch mixed-use scheme - 14-05-2013 08:31
Real I.S. Investment has purchased the De Kroon mixed-use property in The Hague, Netherlands for €38m (£32.3m) advised by international real estate advisor Savills and Loyens & Loeff.