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Are the Stamp Duty changes, Elections, Buy-to-Let tax implications and general housing market slow down impacting the Dunstable and Leighton Buzzard housing market ?

We have seen huge rises in both property prices and rents in Luton, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard and the surrounding areas in the last 18 months. Mostly this has been as a result of the overpriced London market

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What does the 2017 general election mean for the Dunstable property market and will a Conservative win give more confidence in the housing market ?

After an election there is historically a boost in the number of transactions, as a result of renewed certainty and due to the shortened time span before the poll this is expected to take place sooner rather than later.

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A Dunstable landlord buys a 2 bed flat for £180k & a Ferrari for £180k. Which does he care more about ?

For the cost of a cup of coffee a week you might choose an agent who is not going to look after your property, will not care about the tenants until they don't pay the rent, will not be using the most current tenancy agreements and notices

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Letting agents celebrate new protection for landlords and tenants

The Government will finally make CMP mandatory, but it isn't in place yet. That means both landlords and tenants are still at risk of losing money. It is so important that consumers understand that they need to choose their agent wisely

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Some landlords in Dunstable and Leighton Buzzard are still unaware of changes in legislation that have occurred in recent years risking large fines or legal action

It is not unknown for a passing landlord to walk into our shop on Church Street in Dunstable to a...

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Existing landlords & new investors are still choosing Dunstable and Leighton Buzzard even deciding not to sell and to hold onto their properties instead.

So far the Dunstable & Leighton Buzzard property market in 2017 continues to see the activity and enquiries from landlords/investors looking to expand their property portfolios with new and existing landlords approaching me for advice.

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What could happen to property prices in Dunstable and Leighton Buzzard in 2017 and could there be opportunity for investors?

The potential problem for renters is that a reduction in properties available for rent if landlords are selling will make it even more difficult to find the property they want.

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The tenant fee ban is likely to start in 2018 so make 2017 the year you review your choice of letting/estate agent to be ready for the changes ?

My advice to the experienced and new investors was to choose very carefully the letting/estate agent they decide to work with this year and be sure they agent will still be trading or working with lettings after the tenant fee ban starts in 2018

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Dunstable in the top 10 for top-performing towns across the UK for house price growth over the last year

With the Dunstable's close proximity to London where house prices have become unaffordable to many there is no surprise that buyers and renters are looking outside of the capital for accommodation.

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Who is the Letting Agent acting for when arranging a tenancy and managing a property ? Could the ban on Letting Fees change this?

I do hear from tenants that the letting agent they have or have had in the past hasn't acted in their interest maybe in regards to repairs on a property or when it comes to the deposit being returned

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In the Autumn Statement the government announced its intention to ban the tenant fees charged by Estate / Letting Agents. What will this mean for tenants, Letting Agents and landlords ?

For tenants this will mean not having to find any upfront costs when applying for a property although I would expect more agents to request a 'Holding Fee' . This is deducted from the 1st months rent, but shows commitment from the applicants.

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Another new residential development proposed in Dunstable on the disused former Trico site part of the old AC Delco site

Another new residential development proposed in Dunstable on the disused former Trico site part of the old AC Delco site

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