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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

Finders Keepers Landlord survey 2013

    This is our first survey which we have conducted to find out our clients’ opinions on the private rental sector. We had a great response, with 415 people taking part.

The reform package for the Private Rental Sector

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP) announced at the start of October his reform package for the Private Rental Sector, which includes a new Code of Practice and a Tenant’s Charter. Here, …
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Border Control / Provocative planning / HMO problems / Stamp duty

Did all the Bank Holiday sun go to the industry’s heads? Suddenly the trade and national press are full of some juicy news: Will agents have to act as Border Control as well? Yes but less than we thought. This …
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The Queens Speech, Immigration and High Speed Train

The address by Queen Elizabeth II for the ceremonial state opening was read recently in which the Queen outlined parliament plans and proposed bills for the coming year. In this speech a varied number of topics were discussed covering education, …
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Our response to the budget

“The £3.5bn of capital for shared equity schemes for new houses and the £130bn of guarantees to help people afford a mortgage are good ideas and we hope they work. However they serve mainly to try to stimulate the buy-side …
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Guest Blog: Landlords, replace your white goods now!

This is the first in an occasional series of guest blogs from partners and friends. Here Liz Higgins, Private Client Service Line Manager at Critchleys, discusses Wear & Tear allowance

Changes to council tax discounts and exemptions

As we progress further into April, Oxford City Council and other local authorities have released their plans for Council Tax 2013/14. The local authorities grants have been reduced for the next year as an effect of the Government’s economic policies. …
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