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Three rental sector talking points from the Budget

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

  This year’s Budget might have been unique for being held earlier than usual (to give the government extra room to breathe on Brexit negotiations), on a Monday rather than a Wednesday and at the later time of 15:30 GMT, but it was quite low-key from a housing perspective.   There were, though, some points of note for those operating in the private rented sector. Here, we look at three talking points from the Chancellor’s latest address…  …


The October Rentshield Rental Index

Friday, November 9, 2018

It's time for your monthly update of the UK rental market! Each month we put together the Rentshield Rental Index, filled with the most up to date rental figures from your region and beyond...make sure you check back next month for November's figures.  Key headlines from the October 2018 Rental Index Rents in the UK rose by 2.1% in October compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £928 Rents in London increased by 4.…


Party conference season – what was said about the rental market?

Thursday, October 25, 2018

  The party conferences of the two main political parties threw up some interesting developments with regards to housing and the rental market. Here, we take a closer look at what went on and what might be announced in this month’s early Budget...   Conservative Party conference: Extra stamp duty Theresa May’s speech might be better remembered for her dancing onto the stage to Abba’s Dancing Queen, but it also contained some major policy announ…


The September Rentshield Rental Index

Monday, October 8, 2018

The Rentshield Rental Index is packed with all the lastest figures from the Private Rental Sector throughout the UK. This is your one stop shop for rental figures, income to rent ratios and variance levels in your region and beyond.  Key headlines from the September Rental Index Rents in the UK rose by 1.7% in September compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £943 a month Rents in London increased by 3.0% in September this…


Fees ban - what's the latest and how could it affect you?

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

  In early September, following their summer break, MPs reconvened in the House of Commons to debate letting agent fees as part of the Third Reading and Report Stage of the Tenant Fees Bill.   The Bill passed both stages with little or no opposition. It also passed the formality of the First Reading in the House of Lords. It's now widely expected that the ban on letting agent fees - and the cap on security and holding deposits - will be introduced early next year,…


The August Rentshield Rental Index

Monday, September 17, 2018

Welcome to the August Rentshield Rental Index! Here you can find all the latest rental figures, patterns and rent to income ratios for your region and the rest of the UK.  Key headlines from the August Rental Index Rents in the UK rose by 0.9% in August compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £947 a month Rents in London increased by 1.4% in August this year compared to August 2017; the average monthly rent in the capital…


Rentshield Direct’s parent company have acquired start-up referencing platform Movem

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Rentshield Direct’s parent company Barbon Insurance Group have acquired start-up referencing platform Movem   We’re thrilled to announce that our parent company Barbon Insurance Group have added the open banking data-powered tenant referencing platform Movem to its group of companies.    The acquisition, which completed on the 12 September 2018 - will see Brighton-based Movem continue as a standalone business.    Barbon, tr…


Rentshield Direct joins national award scheme recognising the best property professionals in the UK

Thursday, September 6, 2018

  Rentshield Direct, the Teignmouth based firm has entered The ESTAS Supplier Awards.  The ESTAS, whose headline sponsor is Zoopla, is the national award scheme which recognises the best agents, mortgage advisors, conveyancers and suppliers in the residential property industry.  Winners are selected purely on feedback from customers who have experienced the full service delivery from a property professional.  Last year over 40,000 customers completed an ESTAS survey hel…


Does the tenancy deposit system need reforming?

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

  A consumer body has called on the government to reform the deposit system in the private rented sector, or seek alternatives to make the process fairer for tenants.    According to research conducted by Which?, just under a third of people moving from one rental property to another in the past two years had to pay for a new deposit before their old one was returned. Which? has described this as evidence that the deposit system is ‘broken’. …


The July Rentshield Rental Index

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Each month we produce the Rentshield Rental Index, to keep our agents up to date with the latest rental figures and trends throughout the UK. If you're looking for average rental levels, annual and monthly variance by region and rent to income ratios, you've come to the right place! Key headlines from the July Rental Index Rents in the UK rose by 1.3% in July compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £937 a month Rents in…