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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

The tide is turning…

We went through the doldrums across the summer with a general shortage of stock of rental property. Over the last few weeks the tide has definitely turned and the phones have been red hot with people ringing up with houses …
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HMO Licensing

Some of you might have read or heard the news today about HMO Licensing in Oxford. We have just finished talking to the BBC to explain our view, which is simply this: – We have spent 38+ years working hard …
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New HMO licence requirements in Oxford

On 22/7/10 Oxford City Council announced that all HMOs in Oxford will require an HMO ‘additional licence’ from 25/10/10 or else face a fine up to £20,000.   This is big news.

Letting agent legislation: only 590 MPs left to convince…

A familiar message emanating from FK Towers is the need to grab the industry and shake it violently so that all the unethical practitioners and landlords are put in bright sunlight. The industry is defined thus: The barriers to entry …
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The importance of having an electrical safety report

Our landlord in South Africa was delighted to receive confirmation that her insurance company has forwarded money for ‘loss of rent’ and ‘emergency repairs’ following the unfortunate fire at her property. The fire, which rendered the house uninhabitable, was caused by the …
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The Housing Minister’s first speech

So Grant Shapps made his maiden public speech last night at RICS (the surveyor’s trade body). The speech seems to be long on rhetoric but short on detail. Perhaps that is inevitable at this stage. Some thoughts:

CGT and the private rental sector

This issue has been covered a lot and we have been keen to dive in. Quite simply, we believe that it might be short term gain for the Government but long term pain for society as a whole. The reason …
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