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Student lets can be a minefield, tread carefully

Jane Erskine, Casework Director, The Property Ombudsman
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All letting agents will want to ensure that, when instructed by a landlord, they comply with the applicable legal requirements and the obligations set out in the TPO Code of Practice. However…

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Patchy forecast for sales

Kate Faulkner
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Report Headlines Rightmove: “Biggest September rise for 13 years to new record high benefits the property-rich.” Home.co.uk: “Average London house price up £60,000.” NAEA: “Supply of available housing dwindles to eleven year…

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Rental prices continue to rise at slower pace

HomeLet Rental Index

Private rental values continued to rise across the UK in October, albeit at a slower pace, led by gains in Scotland, the latest HomeLet rental index reveals. It was the second consecutive…

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Housing supply contracts

Kate Faulkner, Designs on Property
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Designs on Property tracks and summarises the monthly property indices. Kate Faulkner says, “The reality is that people will not move unless they can find a property that they really want to…

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Multi-agency fees and fairness

Christopher Hamer, The Property Ombudsman
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This case study concerns a dispute referred to The Property Ombudsman (TPO) from a seller complainant concerned about the fee that the agent (Agent 1) charged upon the sale of the property.…

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Training for staff development

Andrea Kirkby
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Estate agency is still a job where someone can walk out of sixth form college one day and be selling houses the next, with no formal qualifications or training required. Most agents,…

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Agreed – agents need transaction volumes to rise!

Kate Faulkner, Designs on Property

REPORT HEADLINES: Rightmove: “Hottest demand for two bedrooms or fewer as prices hit new high.” Home.co.uk: “Prices push on up as property drought continues.” NAEA: “Housing demand at an 11 year high.”…

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