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....Home ownership in England has fallen to its lowest level for 30 years, while the number of people privately renting is now higher than in the early 1960s, according to official figures. Government data reveals that the private rented sector has doubled in size since 2004, with almost half of all people in England aged 25 to 34 paying a private landlord for their accommodation. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Home ownership in England at a 30-year low, official figures show image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 02:32:32 PM
....Home ownership in England has fallen to its lowest level for 30 years, while the number of people privately renting is now higher than in the early 1960s, according to official figures. Government data reveals that the private rented sector has doubled in size since 2004, with almost half of all people in England aged 25 to 34 paying a private landlord for their accommodation. ...
Councils to be told to build thousands more new homes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of February 2017 12:01:22 AM
....The number of households who own their own homes has fallen by 200,000 since 2010, with the number of under-35s owning their homes falling by 344,000. Almost a million more households are now renting from private landlords since the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition came to power. ...
Housing benefit claimants increasingly shut out of private rental market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 21st of January 2017 07:00:28 AM
....Shelter has a guide on convincing a landlord to rent to you. It says local councils may keep lists of private landlords who accept tenants on housing benefit, and that some websites such as SpareRoom allow you to select a “DSS OK” filter. ...
Direct Line turns its back on homeowners trying to help refugees image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 21st of January 2017 07:00:28 AM
....The saga throws a fresh spotlight on the wider problems faced by the UK’s 4. 6 million housing benefit claimaints, who face rejection if they want to rent from a private landlord. ...
Generation rent: official figures overstate UK home ownership - study image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 27th of December 2016 10:56:47 AM
.... Judge said there had been a big increase in the number of full-time students living at home. Official figures also understated the extent of renting from private landlords, the Resolution Foundation said. ...
Home ownership 'overestimated by official data' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 27th of December 2016 08:21:38 AM
.... . The cost of renting a home from a private landlord in Britain rose by 2. ...
Britons with no passport struggling to rent due to immigration checks image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of November 2016 05:51:07 PM
....British citizens without a passport are finding it harder to rent accommodation since the introduction of immigration checks on new tenants. Forty-three per cent of private landlords said they were less likely to rent to people who cannot produce a British passport because they feared criminal sanctions if they were tricked by false documents, a survey has shown. ...
Let's hope 'buy as you go' isn't just another chancers' lottery image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of November 2016 10:52:38 AM
....5 million tenants claiming housing benefit in the sector many who are paying an increased shortfall between rents charged and what diminishing housing benefit levels allow. In the past, housing policies have encouraged the private landlords to house people with lower income, who would previously have been housed in the social sector. ...
UK faces shortfall of 1.8m rental homes, warns housing body image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 3rd of October 2016 11:01:02 PM
....It urged the government to drop its previous focus on homeownership and take steps to encourage the provision of more rental homes. It said the new stamp duty rates should be reversed to encourage private landlords, and that pension funds should be incentivised with tax breaks to build large scale rental properties with affordable elements. ...
Record numbers left homeless after eviction by private landlords in England image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of September 2016 02:21:44 PM
. Record numbers of families are becoming homeless after being evicted by private landlords and finding themselves unable to afford a suitable alternative place to live, government figures show. ...
Labour attacks 'misleading' help-to-buy Isas image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 22nd of August 2016 04:01:31 PM
....The scheme was launched in the 2015 budget, with the then chancellor, George Osborne, saying it would help first-time buyers tackle the “high deposits required by the banks”. Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour’s shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, said: “Over the weekend we learned that over £9bn goes into the pockets of private landlords when instead we should be building council houses and it was also revealed that the Tory Isa for first-time buyers was a sham. ...
Home ownership falling in major English cities, says think tank image
....How to save for your first house or flat. The think tank also confirmed that the fall in ownership corresponded with a rise in renting from private landlords. ...
Bank of mum and dad used by 27% of first-time buyers image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 21st of July 2016 12:17:52 PM
....In 2014/15 there were 564,000 purchases by first-time buyers, down from 815,000 in 2004/05, and 857,000 in 1994/95. The figures also show how more people are relying on private landlords to rent from. ...
Sadiq Khan and the battle against bad landlords image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of July 2016 09:25:52 PM
. Siân Berry, Green Party member of the London Assembly, is conducting a survey of the growing number of people in the capital who rent accommodation from private landlords - about 2. ...
London council launches 'right-to-invest' for low-income tenants image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 30th of June 2016 09:24:27 AM
....The scheme means right-to-buy properties will not end up being owned by investors. Around 40% of former council flats are thought to be being rented out by private landlords. ...
Right to buy plans floated by Corbyn backed by centre-right thinktank image
. Radical plans floated by Jeremy Corbyn to extend the right to buy to tenants of private landlords have won the backing of a major centre-right thinktank as a way to address the affordability crisis facing young, aspiring homeowners. ...
Tenant evictions up in England and Wales image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 12th of May 2016 11:29:31 AM
.... These tend to be used by private rather than social landlords. The housing charity Shelter said that meant around 14,235 people had been evicted from their homes by private landlords, assuming an average of 2. ...
Call to make recruiters responsible for housing migrant workers safely image
....The Home Office said councils already had powers to tackle rogue landlords and insisted that there were no gaps in the gangmaster licensing regime. “This is not a loophole: existing legislation and housing standards offer strong protection to those who rent from private landlords,” said a spokesperson. ...
More rent than pay a mortgage: the Tory dream for London has crashed and burned | Aditya Chakrabortty image
.... Nor is that trend likely to reverse. The consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts that, in less than 10 years, 60% of the capital will be renting from a private landlord or a housing association. ...
Tony and Cherie Blair's property empire worth estimated £27m image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of March 2016 05:51:12 PM
.... There would have been capital gains tax liabilities at the time of transfer if the share of property being given was worth more than was paid for it. Cherie is working for a group of private landlords taking on the government over plans to reduce the tax relief available on mortgage interest payments. ...
Young families priced out of rental markets in two-thirds of the UK image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of March 2016 05:50:43 PM
.... Millions more millennials – today’s adults born after 1980, also known as Generation Y – are being corralled into private renting than the generation before them. Looking at decades of data from the British Social Attitudes survey, Ipsos Mori found that that in 1998, when the average member of Generation X (those born between 1965-1979) hit age 27, 55% of them were homeowners and 24% of them were renting from private landlords. ...
The desperate councils buying back homes they were forced to sell image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 19th of February 2016 07:12:24 AM
.... Proponents argue it gives “hard-working families” – that hackneyed old Tory mantra that increases in meaninglessness with every tiresome utterance – a nudge on to the property ladder. Opponents point out that a select committee report last week found that 40% of former council homes sold through right to buy are now rented out by private landlords. ...
First-time buyers' '£50,000 rent bill' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 12th of February 2016 12:26:11 AM
....Latest official figures show that the cost of renting a home is rising faster than the general cost of living. Rents paid to private landlords in Britain rose by 2. ...
Tenant evictions reach highest level on record image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 11th of February 2016 12:16:02 PM
....Housing campaigners blamed welfare cuts and the shortage of affordable homes for the 2% rise in repossessions over the year, revealed in figures from the Ministry of Justice. More than half the evictions are thought to have been by private landlords. ...
MPs slam funding plans for right to buy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of February 2016 01:50:22 PM
....”. The committee said there was “significant concern” that large numbers of housing association properties would quickly end up being rented out more expensively by private landlords, as was the experience with council homes sold under the right to buy. ...
Property prices rise across the country as demand outstrips supply image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 29th of January 2016 12:55:19 PM
.... . Separate government data released today also shows that rent paid by tenants to private landlords grew 2. ...
Housing blew up the global economy in 2008 and we learned nothing image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 29th of January 2016 07:06:08 AM
.... Subprime mortgages were never a goldmine. But we haven’t learned from that: instead, the government pushes the idea that home ownership is the only acceptable tenure, while decimating social housing, and therefore bolstering house prices for private landlords and the dwindling number of people who can get on the ladder. ...
Source : Reuters [Read Article] Thursday 28th of January 2016 08:47:12 AM
.... The changes come into effect later this year. "It is clear that swift and decisive action is required to capitalise on the compelling PRS market opportunity and to enable Grainger to realise its potential of being the UK's leading private landlord," CEO Helen Gordon said in a statement. ...
Source : Reuters [Read Article] Thursday 21st of January 2016 07:16:26 AM
.... Buy-to-let accounted for almost one in four house purchases funded by a mortgage last year, a chunk of the market unseen in other big economies. Overall there are nearly 2 million private landlords in Britain, owning almost 20 percent of homes. ...
Source : Reuters [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of January 2016 08:38:58 AM
....They accounted for almost one in four house purchases funded by a mortgage last year, a chunk of the market unseen in other big economies. Overall, there are nearly 2 million private landlords in Britain, owning almost 20 percent of homes. ...
Source : Reuters [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of January 2016 07:03:59 AM
....They accounted for almost one in four house purchases funded by a mortgage last year, a chunk of the market unseen in other big economies. Overall, there are nearly 2 million private landlords in Britain, owning almost 20 percent of homes. ...
Brighton and Bristol tenants hit by 18% rent rises in 2015 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 12th of January 2016 12:21:09 AM
.... They come amid criticism that a £140m fund announced by David Cameron to replace council ‘sink estates’ will do little to alleviate wider housing pressures. Brighton has one of the biggest private rented sectors in the UK, with around 30% of the entire housing stock in the hands of private landlords. ...
What next for the property market in 2016? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 8th of January 2016 10:30:05 PM
....Also, the Bank of England wants the power to limit overall lending to buy-to-let borrowers, something to which the Chancellor will almost certainly agree. The economic and political problem, as the government sees it, is that the rise of private landlordism has crowded out home owners, especially the fabled first-time buyers. ...
Tory peer condemns his party's 'attack on buy-to-let'  image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 5th of January 2016 01:15:08 PM
.... . Lord Flight is the first prominent politician to openly criticise the Government's surprise assault on private landlords, which will see many pay significantly more tax on their rental income and higher rates of stamp duty. ...
Apprenticeship levy branded a 'pay cut' for ordinary workers image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of December 2015 03:22:55 PM
.... . The OBR's Budget Responsibility Committee also said a 3pc rise in stamp duty for private landlords and buyers of second homes may not raise the £3. ...
One in three Tory MPs own buy-to-lets - but they've wrecked it for everyone else, say landlords image
. The Government has dealt a second body-blow to private landlords in six months with the announcement that from April 1 next year the stamp duty payable by investors will be thousands of pounds higher. ...
Autumn Statement 2015: IFS criticises George Osborne's triple raid on businesses, landlords and workers image
.... . The think-tank said the Chancellor’s decision to introduce a 3pc rise in stamp duty for private landlords and buyers of second homes was “hard to justify” and would punish renters over homeowners by pushing up costs. ...
Annihilation of buy-to-let and the politics of envy image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 26th of November 2015 09:31:46 AM
.... . Interestingly, the rage and spite are directed only at private landlords – at the middle class, ordinarily well-off families who have decided to buy a second property to let as part of their pension planning, or because they want eventually to give it to their child. ...
George Osborne unveils his 'bold plan' to tackle housing crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of November 2015 06:45:38 PM
....Richard Lambert, the CEO of the National Landlords Association, accused the chancellor of wanting to “choke off” future investment in private properties to rent. “The exemption for corporate investment makes this effectively an attack on the small private landlords who responded to the housing crisis by putting their own money into providing homes by the party that they put their faith in at the election,” he said. ...
George Osborne's spending review – our writers' verdict | The panel image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of November 2015 02:43:50 PM
.... But make no mistake, Osborne rings the death knell of social housing as the great housing association sell-off begins. His “affordable” homes for sale are beyond the reach of all but those above median earnings, the rest of the families consigned to private landlord short-term rentals forever. ...
Autumn statement 2015: Buy-to-let landlords sacrificed again with 3pc stamp duty hike to 'help first time buyers' image
.... . Unveiling the surprise levy in today's Autumn Statement, the Chancellor said private landlords making cash purchases are currently unaffected by tax changes announced earlier this year, which cut the amount of relief investors could claim on mortgage interest. ...
Who wants to be a McMillionaire? Meet Britain’s hidden army of successful fast food owners image
.... Rachel Shaw owns two Subways in Greater London. Subway franchisees are usually responsible for finding suitable sites themselves, leasing them from private landlords. ...
London's homes valued at £1.17tn by Halifax image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of November 2015 12:01:03 AM
....The increase of £1. 8tn is equivalent to £76,316 per household, said Halifax, although it did not break down the extent to which the winners have been private landlords. ...
‘Buy-to-let tax will cut our income by 25pc.' How much will YOU lose? image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 31st of October 2015 07:21:54 AM
.... . The complex new arrangements, announced in the summer Budget, will hit only private landlords with mortgages. ...
No Irish, no blacks, no dogs, no proof | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of October 2015 06:41:17 PM
....It proposes that households bringing in £40k pa in London (eg one average London wage of £34 pa plus one old age pension) should be refused protected charitable rental terms by housing associations and be charged full market rent. To achieve this it is proposing that HMRC divulges tenants’ otherwise confidential tax and income details to these private landlords. ...
Buy-to-let in figures: exactly how interest rate rises will hit returns image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of October 2015 09:34:33 AM
. More than one in ten private landlords could be left with unaffordable mortgages if interest rates rise sharply, data published today shows. ...
Landlords taking £5.6bn in rent on homes that 'don’t meet legal standards' image
....Only about 2,000 landlords have been prosecuted in the last eight years, despite studies suggesting that hundreds of thousands of families are living in dangerously substandard private rented accommodation, according to a report. According to the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), private landlords are taking £5. ...
Top accounting body: 'buy-to-let tax is unfair, unreasonable, unworkable' image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 16th of October 2015 09:47:26 AM
.... . It will be phased in between 2017 and 2020, and effectively removes the ability of private landlords to offset the cost of their mortgage interest before arriving at a taxable profit. ...
Buy-to-let investors: 'Let us off capital gains tax and we'll sell to first-time buyers' image
.... . The Residential Landlords Association, which represents around 40,000 private landlords, has suggested the Government could "encourage" landlords to sell their properties to tenants and first-timer buyers via tax incentives. ...
Tories tinkering at edges of housing crisis after easing up on developers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of October 2015 01:03:41 PM
....1 million. Healey has calculated that government spending on housing benefit will be £120bn over the next five years, almost £50bn of which goes to private landlords. ...
Four charts that show why Thatcher's home ownership dream has not held up image
. Three decades since Margaret Thatcher championed her vision of a society where three out of four families would own their own home, a report suggests private landlords have become more powerful than ever before. ...
Jeremy Corbyn speech: intense focus on social housebuilding and tenant rights image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of September 2015 05:04:31 PM
....” Corbyn made clear that Labour would not rely on private housebuilding to ease the housing crisis but would instead focus on state house provision, pointing out it was fiscally responsible, as income would be ploughed back into the local economy and the housing benefit bill reduced. Healey, in a speech to the conference earlier on Monday, promised “the largest council house-building programme in a generation, the full devolution of housing finance to local government, loans to kickstart work on 22,000 homes stalled by the deep recession, powers for councils to license private landlords, and a mortgage rescue scheme that helped thousands facing repossession stay in their homes”. ...
'I've got 25 tenants chasing every property' - buy-to-let tycoon Fergus Wilson image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of September 2015 02:46:54 PM
.... "The Government needs to think this out. It needs private landlords because it does not wish to fund houses for the social sector. ...
The buy-to-let industry by numbers image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 25th of September 2015 03:00:35 PM
.... Hundreds of thousands of landlords fail to file tax returns, it is estimated (Getty). One out of five homes in Britain are now owned by private landlords, and half of the five million new homes built between 1986 and 2012 are under their ownership. ...
Why Labour must become the party of home ownership | Owen Jones image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 25th of September 2015 10:39:58 AM
.... Government schemes such as “Help-to-Buy” (never say the Tories aren’t clever at branding bad policies) have succeeded in pushing up house prices, perversely making home ownership even more of a fantastical dream for millions. And the legacy of right to buy – other than an epic social housing crisis – means that nearly four out of every 10 of the homes sold off under the scheme are now being rented out by private landlords. ...
New buy-to-let tax: now the banks warn against it image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of September 2015 12:31:38 PM
.... . Until now banks - which have a total £201bn in loans outstanding to private landlords - have been silent on the controversial new tax, which will see some landlords paying more in tax than they receive in net income. ...
What's housing benefit for? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 20th of September 2015 11:14:04 PM
....The UK currently spends billions of pounds a year on housing benefit. Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, explains the history of the payments and how government funding for house-building has gradually moved into subsidies for rents, especially to private landlords. ...
Money Talks: Right-to-buy and the housing crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of September 2015 01:35:20 PM
....London house prices ‘cutting off’ graduates from best jobs. London council sets up as private landlord. ...
113,000 council homes to be sold to pay for right to buy – Shelter image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of September 2015 09:51:50 AM
....The extension of the right-to-buy scheme to housing association tenants was a key commitment in the Conservative’s election manifesto. Related: London council sets up as private landlord. ...
London council sets up as private landlord image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of September 2015 01:51:05 PM
....Barking and Dagenham council leaders are hoping other councils will follow suit. In the past councils have tried to surmount the housing shortage by paying private landlords to take council tenants, but this is the first time a council has effectively become a private landlord itself. ...
Why are houses so expensive? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Dawn Foster image
.... This wasn’t always the case. Back in the early 1980s, around half the population of the country owned their own home, and half rented – 30% in social housing, from their local council, and 20% from private landlords. ...
Business gives mixed reaction to Corbyn image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 13th of September 2015 11:25:52 AM
....The most positive response came from RICS. Jeremy Blackburn, the organisation's head of policy said: "He has raised some challenging but principled issues around the expansion of Right to Buy to private landlords; as well as providing a voice for the widely-felt dissatisfaction of privatisation in our rail sector. ...
Mapped: top class university towns for buy-to-let property image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of September 2015 06:15:51 AM
.... . Rather than handing their money over to a private landlord, some financially savvy parents choose to invest in a buy-to-let property for their child to live in while they study. ...
Student co-ops open their doors to tackle sky-high accommodation costs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 7th of September 2015 06:00:11 AM
.... There is no profit – the income from rent goes towards paying off the mortgage and maintenance costs. SSHC was set up by Roy Clutterbuck, James Risner and Rosie Evered with the objective of providing cheaper and better accommodation than private landlords. ...
UK housing market 'dysfunctional' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of September 2015 02:20:34 PM
...."Home ownership is becoming increasingly polarised - by such parameters as age and the tenure of parents," he said. In July, a report by accountants PwC suggested that more than half of the under 40s will be renting homes from private landlords in the UK in 10 years' time. ...
Money Talks: contactless payments come of age image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of September 2015 02:10:08 PM
....Number of workers on zero-hours contracts up by 19%. Thousands of tenants in England ‘suffering abuse’ from private landlords. ...
Nightmare landlords: 'The rent on our decrepit home went up £75, and then we were evicted'  image
....” . While most private landlords operate lawfully, there are a number that exploit their tenants. ...
Why right to buy has been a definitive disaster | Owen Jones image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of August 2015 10:43:29 AM
.... Meanwhile, the failure to replace the stock that has been sold off has led to social-housing waiting lists of up to 5m. So while right to buy has proved a resounding success for private landlords, for young people and those who need social housing, it has been a definitive disaster. ...
Interest rates: don't get complacent about your mortgage or savings deals because Bank of England keeps rates at 0.5% image
....”. Rising interest rates will affect renters too of course, as many private landlords will pass on higher mortgage costs to tenants, adding further pressure to household budgets already squeezed by sharp rent increases in the last few years. ...
Housing affordability gap grows image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of August 2015 10:39:50 AM
....The gap between the property ownership "haves and have nots" was most clearly shown in Westminster. While prices rose, and homes became less affordable to buy, the amount of rent paid to private landlords in Westminster typically took up 78% of an average salary in England and Wales in 2014. ...
British citizens without passports being turned away by landlords image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 3rd of August 2015 12:20:01 PM
. Evidence has emerged that the government’s scheme requiring private landlords not to rent to illegal immigrants has already led to British citizens without passports being turned away as tenants. ...
Private rents rising by 2.5% a year image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 31st of July 2015 10:14:13 AM
. Rents paid to private landlords in Britain went up by an average of 2. ...
Londoners are the real losers of the city’s luxury property boom image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 31st of July 2015 10:02:46 AM
....The pursuit of profit in housing has ridden roughshod over millions of lives. The answer to the housing crisis isn’t to resign ourselves to snatching crumbs from the table of luxury property developers, but tangible investment in public housing, and regulation of rents and private landlords. ...

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