Housing market optimism at lowest level for 18 months

House price optimism in the UK fell to the its lowest level in 18 months as lending got off to a slow start this year. While the Halifax House Price Index found prices increasing by 2% to £193,130 in January, 60% surveyed expected the average property price to be higher in one year’s time. This means that house prices...


Boris Johnson reveals plans for new homes along the Thames

Plans to create thousands of new homes along the River Thames have been published by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. The blueprint known as the London Riverside Opportunity Planning Framework (OAPF) sets out the planning, regeneration and design guidance that will lead to the development of 26,500 new homes and create up to 16,000 jobs across the boroughs...


Labour aiming to get renters on their side for election

The Labour Party has announced plans to shake up the private rented sector and save the average tenant £624 if it comes to power. Leader Ed Miliband says that ‘Generation Rent’ has been ignored and let down by the current government and plans to put an end to “rip-off” letting agent fees for tenants, as well as introducing legislation...


Average UK property price down last month

Average property prices in the UK fell by 0.4% in December but are still 8.2% above the same month in 2013, the latest index figures show. This takes the average price of a UK home to £205,150 according to data from independent estate agency Haart. In London prices fell by 0.2% month on month however, with annual growth of...


Why are would-be buyers holding back?

The biggest barrier for would-be first time buyers remains getting a deposit together, with  61% saying that they are unable to save the money required, up from 57% in the third quarter of 2014. Just 14% of those surveyed were worried about increasing mortgage costs, according to Halifax Housing Market Confidence Tracker. As the market continues to rise, buyers...


Rentguard Issues


  • Majority of landlords have helped tenants during coronavirus crisis
  • Rental crisis deepens with over 300,000 tenants late with rent payments
  • Rentguard’s administration fees