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Why inventories give important protection for landlords & tenants

2nd November 2019

The recent court ruling that pop star Tulisa Contostavlos must pay her former landlord more than £70,000 after an inventory report showed she had “trashed his flat” is a warning to both landlords and tenants about the importance of inventories. Tulisa, a former X Factor judge, denied she had caused the damage to the £1m […]

Vast majority of tenants happy to rent

25th October 2019

Three quarters of tenants are happy to rent and a third of those would be happy to rent their homes for ever, according to new research. Men are slightly more likely to be happy renting forever – 36 per cent against 31 per cent for women – and nearly two thirds of renters aged 55-plus […]

Latest figures reflect buoyant rental market in York

22nd October 2019

It takes just 12 days for the average York home to rent out, compared with a national average of 17 days, according to a new quarterly survey from Zoopla. The property portal says being a tenant in York is becoming more affordable because the average rent in York increased by 3.3% in the 12 months […]

Anya addresses York RLA

11th October 2019

Letters Managing Director Anya Mathewson advised landlords on how to navigate the 170 pieces of legislation governing the private rental sector when she addressed the York Residential Landlords Association. She spoke about current legislation and proposed major changes to the Private Rented Sector including the controversial abolition of Section 21 “no fault evictions” and its […]

Letters declares war on fatbergs!

4th October 2019

Letters tenants are being encouraged to do their bit for the environment by joining Unblocktober, the world’s first month-long campaign to improve the health of our drains, sewers, watercourses and seas. Everyday items we throw down the loo or sink lead to the creation of fatbergs – enormous masses of congealed fat, oil, grease, wet […]

York shows UK’s “highest rental growth” over last five years

30th September 2019

Typical rents in York have increased by an average of 38.1% between 2014 and 2019, rising from £749 per month to £1,034, according to new research. A study by Ideal Flatmate reported that York has shown the strongest rental price growth across the UK during the last five years, which is encouraging news for landlords. But […]

The secret of Letters’ success? Listen to our podcast!

20th September 2019

Letters’ successful growth into York’s largest independent letting agent and what we do to facilitate the lettings process for both landlords and tenants are laid bare in a new Business Hour podcast. Letters MD Anya Mathewson and Communications Director Graeme Dixon (pictured, above) explain how the business has expanded over the last 30 years to […]

Landlords can “reap the benefits” of lifestyle changes

15th September 2019

Changing lifestyles, work patterns and urbanisation point towards an unprecedented interest and investment in rented accommodation in Europe’s leading cities, says a new report. FTI Consulting and law firm CMS spoke to 6,500 people living in Manchester, Glasgow and London, as well as Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris, to establish their preferences when it comes to […]

Rental properties let in record time

6th September 2019

It took a record-low average of just seven days to fill vacant rental properties in our region in August, new figures show. The North East also experienced an average rent rise of 36% month-on-month, to £897, according to the latest Rental Index from lettings software provider Goodlord. It said the average tenant in the North […]

Landlords warned to maintain gas safety checks on properties

28th August 2019

Landlords are being warned to warned to provide tenants with proof they are keeping their properties’ gas safety records up to date after a landlord’s failure to prove they had done so led to a court ruling against them. Bromley County Court ruled that a Section21 eviction notice served on a tenant was invalid because […]