Renting and letting
Paul Lewis and a panel of guests take your calls on renting and letting.
There have been a number of changes in the housing market. From this month squatting in a house in England and Wales became a criminal offence. Now squatters face jail or a fine. The maximum penalty will be six months in jail, a £5,000 fine, or both. It already was a criminal offence in Scotland.
Meanwhile, rents in England and Wales rose for a fifth consecutive month in August reaching a new high of £734 a month. Average rents climbed by 1.2% compared to July, hitting new peaks in five regions. Average rents in Scotland have risen by 2.6% to £644. In Scotland legislation is to be brought in to outlaw letting agencies charging up-front service fees to tenants other than their deposit.
Do you have a question about a tenancy or as a landlord need your questions answered?
Paul Lewis will be joined by:
Richard Lambert, chief executive, NLA
John Gallagher, solicitor, Shelter
Marveen Smith, specialist in tenancy agreements, PainSmith solicitors
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Producer: Sally Abrahams.