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New research: EE offers the fastest 4G speeds in Great Britain

New research exploring which mobile phone network is fastest in Great Britain has revealed that EE comes up trumps – offering the highest speeds in eight out of 11 regions of Great Britain, including both Scotland and Wales. In the other three regions, EE’s speeds were matched by Three. The research, conducted by OpenSignal, explored mobile network speeds throughout the country in June and August.

It compared providers in Scotland, Wales and the nine official regional divisions of England. Find out more about how EE, O2, Three and Vodafone compare in our guide on which phone network offers the best signal[1].

The 4G battle in the east

While EE offered the highest speeds in most parts of Great Britain, in three regions it has competition from Three. In the north-east, East Midlands and the east of England, the speeds offered by Three are statistically equal to those offered by EE.

Three offers its fastest speeds in the north-east, where Open Signal found it offered average 4G speeds of 30Mbps. Its slowest speeds were found in London, where it reaches speeds of 14.5Mbps. EE is its best in Scotland, offering an average 4G speed of 30.3Mbps.

Its lowest speeds are in Yorkshire and the Humber, where it manages a still respectable 25.9Mbps. By comparison, O2 and Vodafone don’t manage EE’s lowest speed in any part of the country. O2 offers its best speed in the east of England, with 17.3Mbps, and Vodafone’s strongest showing is in the north-west of England with 22Mbps.

Use our infographic, below, to see how the providers stack up in your region.

Which is the best mobile phone provider?

Deciding which mobile provider is best doesn’t just come down to speed. Price and customer service should be considered too, as well as coverage in the areas you spend the most time. Use our mobile phone coverage map[2] to work out which is the best provider in your area.

EE, O2, Three and Vodafone aren’t your only options, though: there are also multiple virtual networks you can choose from. Virtual network providers use the infrastructure put in place by other networks but offer their own plans, and customer service. We’ve surveyed thousands of customers to see what they thought of 14 of the biggest phone providers, rating them on value for money right through to customer service.

Find out which came out on top by reading our overview of the best mobile networks[3].

References

  1. ^ which phone network offers the best signal (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ mobile phone coverage map (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ overview of the best mobile networks (www.which.co.uk)

Rogue landlords risk banning orders from April 2018

A new database of rogue landlords and letting agents will be launched in England next Spring, as the government introduces banning orders for those who fail to protect tenants. Originally announced in 2016’s Housing and Planning Act, the legislation is now set to come into force in April – as long as its regulations are approved by parliament in the new year. Here, we explain how the banning orders will work, and offer advice on how to meet your responsibilities as a landlord.

  • Whether you’re a first-time investor or a buy-to-let pro, you can get advice on finding the right mortgage by calling Which?

    Mortgage Advisers[1] on 0808 252 7987.

Banning orders to be introduced

From April next year, a new database will name landlords who have been banned from letting property, or have been convicted of an offence that prevents them from letting or managing one. The Department for Local Communities and Government (DCLG) has provided details of breaches that can result in landlords being banned. They include:

  • Illegally evicting or harassing a tenant
  • Using violence to enter a property
  • Failing to comply with improvement notice/prohibition order
  • Failing to adhere to HMO (houses in multiple occupation) rules or management regulations
  • Providing false or misleading information
  • Failing to adhere to an overcrowding notice

Those given banning orders won’t be able to earn income from lettings or work as part of managing agents.

At this stage, it isn’t clear whether the database will be available to the public.

Your responsibilities as a landlord

As a landlord, there are a series of things you need to do to ensure the safety of tenants living in your property. These include:

  • Maintaining heating and water systems and bathroom installations
  • Having a gas safety check done by a registered engineer each year
  • Ensuring electrical circuits and appliances are safe
  • Ensuring furniture meets fire-safety regulations and testing smoke detectors
  • Carrying out a condition check at the start of the tenancy

You’ll also need to ensure your tenants are living in the UK legally under ‘Right to Rent’ laws, and will need to adhere to any licensing systems[2] put in place by your local authority.

With this in mind, some landlords choose to appoint a managing agent[3] to look after their property on their behalf.

Becoming a landlord

With a raft of new affordability legislation and taxation changes coming in to force in the last couple of years, starting out as a landlord has become a more complicated and expensive business. Before considering property investment, make sure you do your research on the local market (including likely capital gains and rental yields), and check out our guide on 12 things buy-to-let landlords need to be aware of[4] to get to grips with how time-consuming a pursuit property investment can be. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

Which? Limited is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Which? Financial Services Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 527029).

Which? Mortgage Advisers and Which? Money Compare are trading names of Which?

Financial Services Limited.

References

  1. ^ Which?

    Mortgage Advisers (mortgageadvisers.which.co.uk)

  2. ^ licensing systems (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ appoint a managing agent (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ 12 things buy-to-let landlords need to be aware of (www.which.co.uk)