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Ban on Letting Agents’ Fees – boon for the tenant or the clunking fist of needless government interference?

‘The road to servitude is paved with government intentions’ as economist Friedrich Hayek might have said. His prophetic ideas are pertinent today, where we are on the cusp of a government ‘initiative’ to ban letting fees. As always with bureaucratic interference, a busybody’s desire to help the ‘vulnerable’ ends up as the economic version of playing the piano with boxing gloves, where the cure can often be worse than the ailment.

Any ‘fule kno’ that agents in response will simply raise their fees, which are usually around 10%, to landlords. The inevitable consequence will be higher rent levels for impoverished tenants. Read more

We have cancelled common sense – Labour Party to ditch Permitted Development Rights

As the presence of a cowpat on a pasture, indicates that there has been a bovine presence, here we have one more reason (as if we need another) to fear the ravages of a Labour Party gaining power at the next Election.

Permitted Development Rights (PDR), brought in by David Cameron’s pseudo-Tory government, was the ‘boil-in-the-bag’ solution to the lack of residential housing, particularly in the Capital.

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Is the humble For Sale Board the answer for weary home sellers, in the sluggish pre-Brexit market?

The double dose of pain from Stamp Duty hikes and a faltering Brexit have induced torpor into the Residential Property Market. So it is an opportune moment to review marketing techniques that will help deliver a sale, even in these turgid times.

Those who sneer at the For Sale Board and dismiss it as ‘Prehistoric’ or think of it as an agent’s conspicuous self-aggrandisement, are guilty of a gross misunderstanding. You, the consumer, maybe losing out. Read more