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Under the skin of the letting market

Here we share news and views on both the local letting market in & around Oxfordshire and all planned and recent legislation.


Category Archives: Govt policy & legislation

If you can’t beat them, don’t join the queue

The stamp duty holiday, introduced last year and currently due to end at the end of March, undoubtedly helped to fuel the sales market over the last seven months or so. However, as the deadline approaches and with the current …
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The Tenant Fees Act – transition period ending

The Tenant Fees Act came into effect in England on 1st June 2019. The law bans letting agents and landlords from charging tenants any letting fees other than rent, tenancy deposits, holding deposits and explicitly stated default charges. At the …
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Countdown to MEES: Will your property be lettable in April 2018?

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) were introduced in March 2015 with the aim of improving the energy efficiency of privately rented properties. From 1st April 2018 all buildings in England or Wales will need to have a rating of …
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Autumn Budget Stamp Duty Changes: Published 22nd Nov 2017

On 22nd November it was announced that Stamp Duty is to be abolished for for all first-time buyers purchasing property of a value of £300,000 or less. If you are a first-time buyer, this guest post from Countrywide will help to clarify …
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Countdown to MEES: will your property be lettable in April 2018?

  The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) were introduced in March 2015 with the aim of improving the energy efficiency of privately rented properties. From 1st April 2018 all buildings in England or Wales will need to have a rating …
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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards – MEES

It’s important for all landlords to note that from 1st April 2018 there will be a requirement for any properties rented out in the private rented sector to normally have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy …
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Housing White Paper 2017 Fixing our broken housing market

  Housing White Paper 2017 – “Fixing our broken housing market” a summary by Frank Webster. The Government’s White Paper* was eventually published on 7 February after months of delay. Speculation had been building over what the White Paper would hold. …
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