Property news round up 27/03/2015

Letting agency fees cost tenants £337 (Guardian): According to charity Citizens Advice, transparency alone isn’t enough to solve this problem.

Want to make life better for Britain’s renters? Here’s how (New Statesman): “It’s time to end the great lettings agent swindle.”

House price falls in central London start to spread out across the capital – but how far? (Telegraph): House price falls in the capital’s more affluent central boroughs have started to spread across the rest of luxury London.

Revealed: UK’s least affordable cities for buying property (Mirror): The cost of a typical home in a UK city is at its most unaffordable level since 2009 as buyers face stretching their wages further to keep up with rising property prices,

Optimism returns to UK housing market after mid-2014 dip, says BSA (Property Wire): 36% of survey participants said they believe that now is a good time to buy a home.

Desperate first-time buyers offered new ‘match-making service’ (Telegraph): New service groups together would-be buyers in the capital who can’t afford a property on their own.

UK residential landlords see lowest void periods for 13 years (Property Wire): At its lowest since 2002, survey shows.

Rent controls just won’t work, says analyst Kate Faulkner (Letting Agent Today): Rent control could lead to rising rent.

Labour’s Private Rented Sector proposals are flawed, says letting agent (Property Investor Today): Letting agency Belvoir has come out against the Labour Party’s PRS plans.