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Cycling in London

By rentonomy on July 4, 2013

Now the sun has finally decided to appear many of us will have decided to shun the Oyster Card and cycle to work. London is a fantastic city for cyclists, even more so since the introduction of the Cycle Super Highways and the famous “Boris Bikes”. As such the number of cyclists on the Capital’s…

A fresh look at London’s buy-to-let hotspots

By rentonomy on May 21, 2013

With the buy-to-let mortgage market starting to defrost would-be investors are now starting to look for the next hot-spots. Each will be looking for the best income return (i.e. weekly rent) and the best capital return (the amount of profit they make on selling the property). To this end we have calculated both income return…

Rent controls and lessons from the US

By rentonomy on April 22, 2013

Rent takes the biggest chunk out most of London’s 820,000 private renting households, so burgeoning rent levels are a source of particular dismay. When a new milestone of average rent is published in the newspapers, the subject of US-style Rent Control is often brought up. So what is rent control, what are the pros and…

Margaret Thatcher and the London rental market

By rentonomy on April 14, 2013

Like much of Margaret Thatcher’s legacy, her impact on the housing market will be vigorously debated. However, we expect all will agree that the impact of the Housing Act 1988 was as profound as it was transformative. We’d like to take the opportunity here to give a quick overview of how the shape and size…

What’s going on in the London Buy-to-Let Market?

By rentonomy on February 12, 2013

The Buy-to-Let (BTL) market in London is picking up pace. With lower house prices (admittedly not that much lower in central London), rising rents and improving mortgage deals, BTL once again looks like an attractive investment in a time of low rates and stock market volatility. Looking at the rental industry’s KPIs it’s easy to…

How our “How much should I pay?” widget works

By rentonomy on January 29, 2013

We’re very happy to announce the release of our latest widget How Much Should I Pay?. The aim of this tool is to help people to establish what an appropriate amount of rent you should pay is for certain types of property in certain areas. This is particularly important if you haven’t rented before or…

Our lucky competition winner

By rentonomy on December 17, 2012

A big well done to Asha Tranquille-Day, winner of our iPad Mini competition. We asked Asha about her experiences living in London, and as you’ll see, she’s had a pretty diverse London experience: DB: So tell us a bit about yourself….. ATD: I’m 21 years old and currently live in Southfields in South West London….

Rental affordability by constituency (Part 2)

By rentonomy on September 8, 2012

In our previous analysis we used an approach pioneered by Professor Steve Wilcox at the University of York to look at relative rental affordability across London, broken down by MPs’ patches. That article can be found here. Now we look at the overall averages by political party to see which voters are being stretched the…

Yields across Europe

By rentonomy on August 19, 2012

As every professional landlord knows, the performance of each rental unit in their portfolio is measured not simply by the rent it achieves, but by its yield; that is the rent relative to the capital value. As such, yields are calculated simply by dividing the annual rent by the capital value of the property. So…

Famous London residents

By rentonomy on March 12, 2012

There are far too many famous Londoners to mention, but here are some highlights. One of the most famous residents of London was the dramatist and wit Oscar Wilde. Although born in Ireland in 1854, Wilde spent many years in Tite Street, Mayfair. There is a fantastic prostrate statue of Oscar opposite Charing Cross where…