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Rogue agents sentenced after receiving fraudulent rental payments

Three rogue operators in London have been sentenced after pleading guilty to money laundering fraudulent rental payments received for properties that...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay more than £25k for unlicensed properties

A buy-to-let landlord in Nottingham has been fined £24,000 and told to pay £1,100 costs as well as a victim surcharge...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Homeowners more than £350k better off than private renters over 30 years

The average homeowner in this country could be £352,500 better off than the average private renter over the next 30 years, even...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans introduces new buy-to-let mortgage products

Foundation Home Loans has launched three new buy-to-let mortgage products.  The new deal includes a 75% loan-to-value (LTV) five-year fix at 3.39%,...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: best rental yield areas for buy-to-let

Landlords currently looking for the UK’s best buy-to-let areas should head north to places like Liverpool and Scotland, with new research...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Here are the worst rental yield areas for buy-to-let

Landlords currently looking for significant rental returns will find that there are plenty of high yielding buy-to-let areas to choose from,...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Spike in landlord exodus to lead to ‘record rents’ and ‘fewer homes to choose from’

Almost a quarter of landlords are planning to sell at least one property from their existing buy-to-let portfolio, new research from...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Cannabis farms are responsible for a quarter of all electricity stolen in UK

There has been a notable increase in landlord insurance claims where properties have been damaged by people using them to grow...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Claim your free tickets to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show

  The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place at the Harrogate Convention Centre in Harrogate next month and you can now claim a free pair...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

The top 10 UK cities to buy-to-let property in 2020

With 2020 fast approaching, it is time for forward thinking buy-to-let landlords to start looking for the UK’s best buy-to-let areas...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Lack of focus on housing will see many people ‘resigned to the rental sector’

Monday’s Queen's Speech opened a new session of parliament, setting out policies on crime, health, the environment, and Brexit.  But while the Queen’s Speech...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage activity dips

There was a further increase in mortgage lending for first-time-buyers and home movers in August compared with the previous month and...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Former Upad landlords offered option of re-listing homes on new website for free

Buy-to-let landlords who have been adversely affected by the sudden closure of online letting agent Upad are being invited to re-list...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

TMW announces selected cuts across its BTL mortgage range

The Mortgage Works (TMW), the specialist buy-to-let arm of the Nationwide Building Society, has reduced rates across its five-year fixed mortgage...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Will landlords who paid Upad for a tenant find service be able to claim a refund?

A number of buy-to-let landlords have been left in limbo following the sudden closure of online letting agent Upad.  The company, which...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Proportion of ‘accidental’ landlords falls for first time since 2014

The proportion of ‘accidental’ landlords has dropped year-on-year for the first time since 2014, fresh analysis shows.  One in 14, or 7.1%,...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord slices BTL rates by up to 0.44%

Accord Buy to Let has announced a series of rate reductions to products within its buy-to-let range by up to 0.44%.  Accord has...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

flatfair teams up with Hunters to offer deposit alternative solution

Deposit-free renting provider flatfair has signed a partnership with Hunters which has more than 200 letting branches across the UK. The move...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Glasgow offered free tenancy deposits and disputes training

With 543 disputes having arisen between landlords and tenants in the Glasgow postcode area in the last 12 months, SafeDeposits Scotland,...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

UK rental market looks more attractive for BTL landlords as rents rise further

Rents in the UK’s private rented sector continued to increase in September, the latest figures show.  The data from HomeLet reveals that...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 could lead to ‘open-ended tenancies and rent controls’

The government’s plans to scrap Section 21 notices to evict tenants could potentially pave the way for the introduction of open-ended...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

More than 130,000 unlicensed rental homes in London

There are more than 130,000 unlicensed properties in London that should be licensed under either selective, additional or mandatory HMO licensing...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS adds new BTL product and cuts rates

The Leeds Building Society has announced a new buy-to-let mortgage product and a series of rate reductions. The new product is an...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish tenants owed more than £500k in unclaimed rental deposits

More than 2,000 tenants in Scotland appear to have forgotten to claim back their deposits collectively worth in excess of £500,000,...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Have your say: Section 21 consultation ends tomorrow

With the government consultation on tenancy reform ending tomorrow, time is running out for landlords wishing to have their say by...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

TDS custodial scheme sees sharp rise in number of tenancy deposits protected

There was a 73% increase in the number of landlords and letting agents that signed up to the TDS' custodial scheme during 2018-19,...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined almost £3,000 for unsafe HMO

A buy-to-landlord in Worcester has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 for failing to install adequate safety measures.  Mohammed Rafiq, who was...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Here’s how to winter-proof your properties and save money in the process

With winter fast approaching the cold weather can be more than a discomfort for tenants. To help things run smoothly in your...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 ‘will just make life more difficult for tenants’

The government’s proposal to scrap the use of Section 21 notices to evict tenants has been poorly received by landlords, with...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Former X Factor judge ordered to pay more than £70k for ‘trashed’ rented flat

Pop star Tulisa Contostavlos has been ordered to pay £70,000 in compensation to her former landlord after she trashed a rented...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents rise well below inflation, new figures show

Rent increases in the third quarter of 2019, as released by The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) Rent Index, reveal growth...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to invest in housing benefit so it 'reflects real costs of renting'

Three-quarters of people across the UK believe housing benefit should increase in line with rents to help combat homelessness, new research...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Build to Rent set to grow as individual BTL landlords exit the market

The Build to Rent development pipeline has grown dramatically in recent years and there are clear signs of the sector becoming...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Demand for new build property falls to six-year low

Demand from buyers, including buy-to-let landlords, for new build homes has leveled off as political and economic uncertainty unsettles potential investors.  The...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined for letting uninhabitable property

An unscrupulous landlord has been ordered to pay almost £4,000 after tenants were discovered living in an appalling and unsafe property.  Officers...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

The pace of BTL mortgage rate falls slow

Buy-to-let mortgage rates continue to fall, albeit at a slower rate, the latest data provided by Property Master shows.  October’s report from...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Saffron enhances BTL expat mortgage range

Saffron Building Society has improved its range of expat buy-to-let mortgages by introducing reduced rates and fees and extending its terms.    Fixed...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Death-trap landlord fined for demanding rent from a tenant despite council ban

A buy-to-let investor, who previously spent time in prison for perjury after he lied during an inquiry into the deaths of...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in demand for rental homes in prime London

There has been a significant increase in demand for rental accommodation in prime London, underpinned by uncertainty in the sales market,...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Swansea Building Society introduces lower rate mortgages

Swansea Building Society has launched a new range of lower rate mortgage products aimed at a wide selection of borrowers, including...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Hamilton Fraser named number one landlord insurance provider in the UK

Hamilton Fraser Total Landlord Insurance has been crowned ‘Best Landlord Insurance Provider’ at the Insurance Choice Awards. The insurance provider beat tough...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Buying bargains at property auctions

Auctions are a great way to add to a buy-to-let portfolio, with a wide range of bargains often going under the...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA calls for new housing court to speed up justice for landlords and tenants

A new, properly funded housing court is urgently required to cope with proposed regulatory changes, according to the Residential Landlords Association...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Many landlords feel the BTL market ‘is just no longer viable’

Buy-to-let is no longer a viable investment opportunity for many landlords due to the upcoming changes facing the market, according to...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents edge up in the UK, but growth is largely unchanged

The average cost of renting a room in the UK has increased by just 1% over the past 12 months to...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in demand for rental properties in prime London

There has been a dramatic rise in demand for rental accommodation in prime London, underpinned by uncertainty in the sales market,...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £2k for providing substandard property

A buy-to-let landlord in Sutton has been ordered to pay more than £2,000 after failing to provide acceptable living conditions for...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

HMO landlord hit with £40k fine

City of Lincoln Council has taken action against a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) landlord in Lincoln for failing to comply...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords firmly reject Labour’s ‘right to buy’ tenant plan

Private landlords in Newcastle have slammed the Labour Party’s proposed ‘right to buy’ policy that could see long-term tenants acquire buy-to-let...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New toolkit to help local authorities clampdown on rogue landlords

A new PRS interactive learning toolkit for local authorities to help them take action against rogue landlords and letting agents has...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Investor & Homebuyer Show takes place today

The Property Investor & Homebuyer Show, one of the UK’s most comprehensive property exhibitions, takes place at London ExCeL today and...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Dudley Building Society launches new buy-to-let product

The Dudley Building Society has introduced a buy-to-let product aimed at serving expats, self-employed people, as well as older clients. The new...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: best buy-to-let areas in the UK

New research looking at where is currently the best place to invest in buy-to-let property in this country, based on rental...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

East Hampshire's rental market is enjoying a real boom

There has been a significant increase in letting market activity in East Hampshire, according to Zoopla. The property portal reports that East...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

More than half of BTL landlords adversely affected by stringent tax regulations

More than half of buy-to-let landlords interviewed as part of a new study commissioned by secured property lender Fitzrovia Finance said...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Notable increase in void periods reported as rental demand slows

Void periods increased across the UK in September, with the exception of London, according to the latest Goodlord rental index. A void...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans launches new five-year BTL product

Foundation Home Loans has launched a new five-year buy-to-let mortgage product aimed at landlords who seek rate certainty but with a...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents edge up amid increase in demand from renters

The number of tenants experiencing rent rises hit yet another record high in August, the latest ARLA Propertymark PRS report shows. The...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Weak pound attracts fresh foreign investment in UK’s property market

The ongoing uncertainty over how the UK will leave the EU has seen sterling drop against the dollar and euro and...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Number of buy-to-let deals for first-time landlords hits record high

The number of first-time landlord buy-to-let mortgage products hit a record high of  1,474 in October, up 297 on the same...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New landlord emergency cover launched by Direct Line for Business

Direct Line for Business has launched new landlord emergency cover, which includes call-out charges, costs for labour and materials up to...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New Build to Rent homes in Manchester prove popular

Phases one and two of the Clippers Quay and Salford Quays Build to Rent (BTR) developments in Manchester have now been fully...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

The government has become too reliant on private landlords

All the main political parties are targeting the Generation Rent vote ahead of a potential snap general election, at the expense...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

The rise of the HMO landlord

There is an increasing trend for landlords choosing to grow their residential property portfolios by taking on HMOs (House of Multiple...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

More than half of landlords likely to reuse same broker for their next mortgage

The majority of landlords are most likely to source their next buy-to-let mortgage from their existing broker, new research shows.  According to...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents, landlords and tenants must work together to expose rogue operators

Letting agents are being urged to do more to raise consumer awareness about rogue operators in the industry by demonstrating their...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Vida Homeloans introduces BTL hub to make mortgage applications simpler

Vida Homeloans has launched a new Buy to Let Hub, powered by eTech, with a view to introducing time saving tools...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 would lead to an acute shortage of rental homes

Abolishing the use of Section 21 notices to evict tenants would lead to a dearth of private rental properties across the...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

House prices are a blow for those seeking to ‘escape their generation rent’ status

Owning property is rapidly becoming the impossible dream in this country for many renters, especially when it comes to purchasing property...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Brent and Harrow Trading Standards target rogue letting agents

Council officers from Brent and Harrow Trading Standards have pledged to clampdown on unscrupulous letting agents in the London boroughs of...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Coventry reduces five-year BTL rates

Coventry for intermediaries has reduced rates on its five-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages by up to 0.26%. Five-year rates now start at...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Manchester United’s Old Trafford to host major landlord show next week

Buy-to-let landlords and property enthusiasts will descend on Manchester United FC’s Old Trafford next week where they will be able to...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Most pet-friendly London boroughs for renters revealed

Many tenants who own at least one pet have struggled to find pet-friendly accommodation, and yet despite efforts to encourage more...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Edinburgh abandon short-term letting due to impending restrictions

An increasing number of Airbnb owners in Edinburgh are moving away from short-term letting in favour of traditional long-term tenancies as...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let sector has got flight left in it yet

To say that the buy-to-let sector has had a tough time of it in recent years would be one hell of...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Gatehouse Bank reduces rates across its buy-to-let range

Gatehouse Bank has cut rates across its range of buy-to-let products by up to 0.46%. The shariah-compliant lender has announced that the...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Where has seen the greatest rental price growth over the last five years?

Fresh analysis looking at rental prices across the UK and how they have increased over the last five years shows that...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Chestertons to offer Zero Deposit guarantee

Chestertons has become the latest letting agency to sign up to the Zero Deposit guarantee, a tenant’s deposit replacement product that...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

How landlords can make their properties appeal to younger tenants

These days, renting isn’t just for younger adults, but it’s probably fair to say that younger adults are natural renters. It’s...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Selina Finance launches ‘flex-affordability’ credit facility for BTL investors

Selina Finance has introduced a new property investment credit facility aimed at experienced property investors and landlords.  The digital secured lender has...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Edinburgh offered free tenancy deposits and disputes training

With 490 disputes having arisen between landlords and tenants in the Edinburgh area in the last 12 months, SafeDeposits Scotland, which...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Many BTL investors adopt ‘wait and see’ approach as Brexit deadline draws near

Brexit has undoubtedly deterred many buy-to-let landlords from investing further in the private rented sector, with fresh research showing that more...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant improvement in PRS housing standards

Standards in the private rented sector have improved as buy-to-let landlords respond to legislation aimed at improving living conditions for tenants,...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Legal & General launches first ever rental protection plan for tenants

Legal & General has announced the launch of its rental protection plan following a successful pilot with Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB). Legal...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Proposed taxation would see the reality of owning property ‘greatly diminish’

Many young people would find it significantly harder to get a foot on the housing ladder, leaving many effectively renting for...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

How do you attract a corporate tenant?

When deciding on whether or not to let a property furnished or unfurnished, landlords need to consider their personal circumstances as...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Message to Labour conference: ‘Rent controls do not work’

Labour’s plan to introduce a rent cap has been slammed by ARLA Propertymark.  Labour has proposed capping rents and with Labour’s conference...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The majority of private tenants don’t want to buy a home, research shows

Most private tenants are not currently interested in buying a property, fresh research shows.  Just 42% of tenants are interested in purchasing...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

NRLA names Ben Beadle as new chief executive

The newly formed National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has announced Ben Beadle as its new chief executive.  Beadle will become the organisation’s...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

Many people are at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, particularly if they do not have a CO alarm in their property.  UK...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Aldermore overhauls company BTL products

Aldermore has cut its company buy-to-let remortgage and company multi property purchase and remortgage products by up to 0.3%.  The move by...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Female workers forced to “pay far more in rent or be priced out of the market”

The majority of medium and large companies pay higher wage rates to men than to women, according to the latest government...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

How to fix mistakes landlords make when filing a self assessment tax return

Every year is the same. Come tax season, landlords all over the UK find themselves confused when filing a self assessment...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 could fuel a rise in homelessness, warns Landlord Action

Tenant eviction specialist, Landlord Action, reports that up to half of Section 21 cases they handle are as a consequence of...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Bunk joins forces with Nationwide to support landlords

Bunk has teamed up with Nationwide Building Society to strengthen its service with a view to strengthening its landlord service to...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Shawbrook launches new product switch service

Shawbrook has introduced a new online system called My Shawbrook Portal, which is a self-service platform that reduces flight times from...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost a third of landlords report a rise in tenant demand

There was an increase in the number of landlords reporting growth in tenant demand in the third quarter of the year. Paragon’s...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

University letting service hopes to attract landlords with rental guarantee offer

A student letting firm in Edinburgh is urging private landlords in the city to sign up to its service, which guarantees...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Principality reduces rates

Principality Building Society has cut selected rates across a number of fixed buy-to-let and residential mortgage products.  The reductions include two-year buy-to-let...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Inverness offered free tenancy deposits and disputes training

With the latest research showing that 50 disputes have arisen between landlords and tenants in the Inverness area in the last 12...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord becomes first in England to be banned from the PRS

A man deemed not to be a fit and proper person to hold a licence for a house in multiple occupation...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant refuses to be “bullied” into paying rent owed after fleeing to Greece

A tenant who emigrated to Greece without paying more than £1,000 he owes in rent insists that he will not be...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Transport for London bans short term letting ads

Transport for London (TfL) has finally bowed to pressure from campaigners and announced a ban on adverts that promote short-term letting...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform aims to deliver ‘double-digit returns in year one’

A new PropTech platform aiming to turn rundown properties into cash-flowing investments has been launched.  Revive-to-Rent, a new property investment category from...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans launches new five-year BTL products

Foundation Home Loans has launched two new five-year buy-to-let fixed rate products and reduced rates across other products in its range. Highlights...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent arrears ‘are lower under direct payments to landlords’

With new research showing that direct payment of benefits to landlords contributed most to reductions in rent arrears, the Residential Landlords...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage approvals increased by 5.5% year-on-year in July

Buy-to-let mortgage approvals increased in July, up 5.5% year-on-year, suggesting that market conditions are improving, the latest UK Finance report shows. There...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems vote to scrap Section 21

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to abolish Section 21 repossessions in the private rented sector if they come to power at...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords back RLA and NLA merger

Landlords have backed a merger between the two largest landlord organisations in England and Wales, the National Landlords Association (NLA) and...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Habito introduces new company BTL mortgages

Habito has added to its buy-to-let offering by launching its first suite of company buy-to-let mortgages.  The products, available exclusively through Habito’s...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Boost for landlords as buy-to-let mortgage costs continue to fall

Landlords will welcome the news that buy-to-let mortgage costs are falling as lenders compete against each other to offer the cheapest...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Average rents up 2.3% year-on-year

Rents in Great Britain increased by an average of 2.3% year-on-year in August, fuelled primarily by growth in the South East...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA slams London Trading Standards for failing landlords and tenants

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has criticised the London Trading Standards (LTS) for what it says is an admission of failure in...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Property chains are more likely to collapse amidst a slowing market

The recent increase in the number of residential property sales falling through before completion is likely to continue in the near...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Do not underestimate the importance of a thorough inventory

Assessing what constitutes fair wear and tear to a rental home is among the least understood areas of the lettings process,...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords looking to sell-up and cash in on property need to be realistic

Thousands of landlords plan to sell their buy-to-let properties as a result of tax and regulatory changes, but those offloading homes...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The average BTL investment makes a return of just £2k a year, claims Howsy

Howsy has issued a stark warning over the health of the UK’s private rented sector as tax and regulation changes continue...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords who provide affordable homes should be given greater financial support

Scottish Land & Estates is calling on the Scottish government to ensure that private landlords who provide affordable homes to rent have...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit blamed for fall in asking prices

Asking prices in the UK have dropped as Brexit uncertainty takes its toll, new figures show.  According to fresh data from Rightmove, the...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

ARLA wants to see the government get tough on rogue letting agents

ARLA Propertymark is urging the government to continue taking action to clampdown on unscrupulous agents in the letting industry.  A significant number...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Private sector rents hit record high

Rents in the UK’s private rented sector reached a record high in August, according to the latest data from HomeLet.  The figures...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants warned to beware of rogue letting agents

With new figures showing that almost half of letting agents do not comply with the law, London Trading Standards (LTS) has...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay almost £8k for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in Nottingham been fined £6,000 and instructed to pay  £1,583.18 costs, along with a £170 victim surcharge following...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips for staying gas safe

Landlords are being reminded that they are responsible for the safety of their tenants ahead of Gas Safety Week. The annual event,...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Zephyr Homeloans abolishes application fees

Zephyr Homeloans has scrapped upfront mortgage application fees from its entire range of buy-to-let mortgage products.  The buy-to-let lender charged upfront application...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

London ranked top city in the world for Generation Z

Thousands of graduates across the UK will move to London this month in the hope of embarking on a successful career, despite...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords ‘can reap the benefits’ by catering for older tenants and families

Buy-to-let landlords could benefit financially by catering their offerings towards the growing older renter and family tenant demographics, according to the...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Allow tenants to transfer deposit between landlords, says RLA

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has proposed that tenants should be permitted to transfer a deposit between landlords when moving property.  The...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Just Landlords’ launches ‘best garden’ competition

A new campaign to find “Britain’s Most Beautiful Garden” has been launched by Just Landlords, with entrants competing to win a...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Capital gains tax on buy-to-let should be increased, says IPPR

Buy-to-let landlords could soon be required to pay more money in capital gains tax (CGT) under new proposals put forward by...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Government attacked for ‘incoherent’ approach to PRS

The government has been attacked by a former member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee for its “incoherent” approach...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to ‘better support landlords’ to boost supply of rental stock

A growing number of tenants are experiencing rent hikes due to the widening supply-demand imbalance in the market, according to Carter...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

NatWest changes its buy-to-let calculator to reflect the landlord’s ‘true costs’

NatWest Intermediary Solutions has made amendments to its buy-to-let calculations and will now use actual rather than projected letting agent costs...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Have your say on tax reporting and payment arrangements

Landlords are being invited to take part in a survey in relation to the existing tax system.  The study, which is being...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

A fifth of BTL landlords seeking to add high yielding HMOs to portfolio

Buy-to-let landlords are increasingly favouring Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and more complex property types due to the often higher yields...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Birmingham City Council ordered to pay landlord more than £1,200

Birmingham City Council has been instructed to pay a private landlord £1,269.20 after mistakingly paying housing benefit directly to his tenant.  The...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The biggest property viewing turnoffs unveiled

Struggling to let or sell a property? There are a number of things that turn off potential renters and homebuyers off,...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords evict fewer tenants

The number of tenants evicted by private landlords has continued to fall, according to data from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). From...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Enfield Council plans to introduce landlord licensing scheme

Private landlords in Enfield may soon have to obtain new licences after the local council launched a consultation aimed at gaining...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are worried about the prospect of a Labour government

Hundreds of buy-to-let landlords have expressed concerns for the future of the buy-to-let industry if Labour comes into power.  Boris Johnson is...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords could lose £50bn under Labour’s ‘right to buy’ tenant plan

The Labour Party’s planned ‘right to buy’ policy could cost landlords almost £50bn, an average of £18,400 each, according to calculations...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fails in attempt to rent out bedrooms below national minimum size

An HMO landlord’s attempt to rent out bedrooms smaller than the national minimum size has been thwarted after his legal case...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Hounslow Council has u-turned on plans for a landlord licensing scheme

Hounslow Council has u-turned on plans to introduce a licensing scheme for landlords.  Plans for an additional licensing scheme for landlords were...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

HS2 spends more than £1.25bn buying property in London

More than £1.25bn has been spent acquiring property in London to make way for High Speed Rail 2 (HS2), according to...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Hackney Council takes legal action against HMO landlords

Following the introduction of new HMO licences in Hackney, east London, the local council has taken legal action against four landlords...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Student Housing claims an industry first as it switches to renewable energy

Student Housing says that it has become the first business of its kind in the UK to only use renewable energy...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £14,500

A private landlord in Evesham has been ordered to pay £14,500 after he was found to be illegally renting his property...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord Buy To Let reduces five-year BTL fixed rates

Accord Buy To Let has cut rates on its five-year fixed-term BTL products. Highlights include a 60% loan-to-value fee-free five-year fixed rate...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords should fear the prospect of a Corbyn-led government - claim

The prospect of a general election is looming large after Boris Johnson signalled his determination to trigger a snap vote on...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

What are renters really looking for?

Whether you are about to acquire a new property or preparing to re-let an existing home, it is helpful to know...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords charge extra rent for the ‘potential damage a pet can cause’

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are charging what has been described as a ‘pet rent’ of up to £50 a...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Surge in demand for rental properties in prime London

There has been a significant increase in demand for rental accommodation in prime London, according to the latest report from Knight...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

New deal to provide landlords with access to Landbay’s lending products

Landbay has announced a new partnership with the Next Intelligence mortgage club, Mortgage Intelligence, Mortgage Next and FYB Network brands that...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Void periods drop as rents rise across the country

Buy-to-let landlords in England and Wales are facing void periods of just 11 days on average between tenancies, which is the...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

How to get CGT relief when passing on a buy-to-let property to your children

For most people, their properties are their most valuable asset. And for anyone with children, the consequence of not having made...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £2k for failing to fit property with fire safety measures

Birmingham  City Council has taken action against a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) landlord in the Small Heath area in what...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Coventry reduces buy-to-let rates

Coventry for Intermediaries has cut fixed rates on a selection of its buy-to-let mortgage products by up to 0.21%. Highlights include two-year...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of BTL landlords remain committed to the buy-to-let market

An overwhelming majority of buy-to-let landlords are optimistic about their future in the private rental sector with 84% looking to maintain...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s private tenants ‘right to buy’ policy is a ‘cash grab’ from the PRS

The Labour Party’s proposed ‘right to buy’ policy would have a devasting impact on the private rented sector and lead to...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Legal & General's success in Manchester shows BTR model ‘will continue to thrive’

Build to Rent (BTR) continues to go from strength to strength with record levels of investment in the sector, which explains...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The hidden short-term letting hotspots in Liverpool and Manchester

Liverpool and Manchester are both recognised as great destinations for property investors. Property is (still) very affordable and both cities have...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landbay refreshes mortgage range

Landbay has revamped its range of buy-to-let mortgage deals for professional landlords and reduced rates on selected products, with its most...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Restore levels of housing benefit to ‘end homelessness for good’ - Crisis

The government is being urged to restore the levels of housing benefit, otherwise known as Local Housing Allowance (LHA), so they...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Council hits new heights to catch dozens of rogue landlords

A council used a plane with thermal imaging to catch unscrupulous landlords that allowed tenants to live in substandard conditions.  Several people...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fees ban comes into force in Wales

It is now illegal for tenants to be charged by landlords or letting agents in Wales in order to set up or...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Goodlord and DAS UK Insurance to offer a new ‘rent and legal protection’ policy

Goodlord has today announced an exclusive partnership with leading insurance provider DAS UK Insurance, offering customers a new rent and legal...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays introduces fresh rate cuts

Barclays has introduced a new set of rate reductions to its buy-to-let and residential ranges. In total, there have been 19 changes,...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

NLA and RLA to join forces

The two largest landlord organisations in England and Wales, the National Landlords Association (NLA) and the Residential Landlords Association (RLA), have...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

A quarter of private rented properties fail basic health and safety standards

A quarter - 25% - of homes rented from private landlords fail to meet the national Decent Homes Standard when taking...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Which political party has been best for landlords and tenants?

As a general election surely looms, Benham and Reeves has undertaken some research that could potentially help you decide who to...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS launches 10-year fixed rate mortgage range

Leeds Building Society has this morning launched a new range of 10-year fixed rate buy-to-let products. There is a product available at...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fees ban in Wales comes into play this weekend

On Sunday 1st September 2019, the Renting Homes (fees etc) (Wales) Act will come into force in Wales. The Act means that...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Overseas investors snap up UK homes as agent calls bottom of London’s market

Many buy-to-let investors in the UK seem to be sitting on their hands at the moment, owed mainly to the tax...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Wales must not ‘fall foul of their new compliance obligations’

With just a few days until the Welsh tenant fee ban is introduced, landlords in Wales are being urged to adapt...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips for short term rentals

The Airbnb revolution has widely changed perceptions of short lets, opening up a potentially lucrative market for buy-to-let investors.  For landlords, short...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Getting household repairs done during the summer ‘can save you a lot of money’

A number of homeowners, including buy-to-let landlords, across the UK are already thinking about winter despite the recent stifling temperatures with...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Virgin Money targets BTL landlords looking for ‘longer interest rate certainty’

Virgin Money is targeting buy-to-let landlords looking to lock into decade-long fixed rate mortgage deals, amid fears over the economy and...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents in the private rented sector continue to rise as supply falls

The number of tenants experiencing rent rises hit the highest level on record in July, according to ARLA Propertymark’s latest PRS...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Short term lets prove lucrative as ‘staycation becomes ever more popular’

Demand for short lets in London has surged in recent months, with many people attracted to the fact that private property...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The Welsh tenant fee ban comes into force this weekend

The Renting Homes (Fees Etc.) (Wales) Act 2019, banning landlords and letting agents from charging fees to tenants, will come into...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

TSB reduces buy-to-let rates by up to 0.25%

TSB has cut rates on selected buy-to-let fixed and tracker remortgage rates up to 75% loan-to-value (LTV). The lender last made notable...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord denies  sending several naked videos to his tenant

A private landlord in the Scottish Borders has been accused of sending a number of videos of him performing an explicit...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Liverpool offers short-term yields of up to 27.2%

Buy-to-let landlords who own property in Liverpool could potentially achieve short-term rental yields of just over 27%, according to Portico Host. The...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

A better regulated PRS would ‘enhance the landlord-tenant relationship’

More needs to be done to improve transparency and standards in the private rented sector, according to the Royal Institute Of...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Affordability remains a concern for a significant number of tenants

Affordability continues to be a concern for a number of renters north of the border, according to a fresh report from...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Only a quarter of private renters  have life insurance

We all know that life insurance is important, but many of us choose to ignore the reality of what would happen...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Saffron introduces new range of limited company BTL mortgages

Saffron Building Society has added it its limited company buy-to-let range with the introduction of a new five-year fixed rate product,...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord confidence at a seven-year low

Landlords’ confidence in the buy-to-let sector is currently at a seven-year low, according to new research. The latest BVA BDRC1 Landlords Panel...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

More than half of Universal Credit claimants are in rent arrears - RLA

More than half the people claiming Universal Credit are in rent arrears, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). It reports that 54% of...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let fundamentals remain strong

Landlords’ confidence in the buy-to-let sector has collapsed, as reflected by the latest industry research. However, despite gloomy forecasts, the fundamentals in...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The cheapest and most expensive cities for homebuyers revealed

Zoopla’s UK Cities House Price Index for July 2019, which focuses on trends in housing affordability as measured by the ratio...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New product enables sitting tenants to unlock their cash deposit

A new product has been launched by Zero Deposit that allows tenants to unlock their cash deposit and replace it with...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Many first-time buyers can’t leave behind their ‘reluctant renter’ status

The scales are tipping in the UK towards a greater number of private renters compared to owner-occupiers, as reflected by the...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Sajid Javid says that he will not shift stamp duty to sellers

Sajid Javid has dismissed a report in the Times over the weekend that claimed he planned to make property sellers rather than...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Spotahome launches new landlord functionality for online property rental

Spotahome has expanded its landlord functionality for landlords to secure and process long-term rental bookings online. The PropTech startup decided to introduce...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

One in four Brits plan bank holiday DIY

When living in a rental property, it is only natural that your tenants will want to make it feel like home...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Axis Bank aims to meet ‘needs of modern landlords’ by improving DIP process

Buy-to-let lender for professional landlords, Axis Bank UK, has improved its Decision in Principle (DIP) submission system to make it a...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to ‘fight’ to protect their rights to legitimately repossess properties

Buy-to-let landlords are being encouraged to back a legal case aimed at protecting their rights to repossess properties by making a...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental market defies usual summer slowdown

There has been a further improvement in letting market activity, according to board company Agency Express. The number of new rental property listings...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Half of landlords would not currently invest in the BTL sector

A number of landlords would not currently consider investing in the buy-to-let sector as a consequence of buy-to-let tax and legislative...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips for choosing a letting agent

The letting agent you instruct for your buy-to-let property could have a major impact on your landlord experience. While a decent letting...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant posing as landlord fined £4,000 for creating illegal HMO

A tenant posing as a landlord converted two bedrooms in a flat into four bedsits, putting residents at risk. The fake landlord...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New scheme will allow landlords to significantly ‘improve their cashflow’

A new scheme will aim to offer landlords more financial freedom to expand their property portfolio or make an alternative investment...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

UK rental sector generates more than £50bn in rental payments each year

The private rental sector in the UK generates more income than 130 world nations and FTSE 100 companies, new research shows. The...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Welsh government launches new guide on the Welsh tenant fee ban

The Renting Homes (Fees Etc.) (Wales) Act 2019, banning landlords and agents from charging fees to tenants, will come into effect...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla reports major ‘uptick’ in investors buying homes in Stockton-on-Tees

There has been a sharp rise in letting market activity in Stockton-on-Tees, according to Zoopla. The North East market town has seen...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages fall further

The majority of fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage rates are continuing to fall, according to the latest research from Property Master. The online...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Property price cuts attracts buyers

There has been a 6.1% increase in the number of property sales agreed, as buyers are spurred into action by improved...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

A third of all BTL landlords intend to remortgage over the next 12 months

A third of buy-to-let landlords plan to remortgage in the next year, with those looking to add to their portfolio more...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Retail to residential conversions drop 17% as councils restrict developers’ rights

With the government consistently missing its housebuilding targets, Britain’s housing shortage has now reached crisis point, with the number of prospective...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The Guild explains what impact proposed Section 21 changes will have

The government’s existing consultation on the abolition of Section 21 does not close until Saturday 12th October, but its proposal to remove...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New online tool allows landlords to earn money when tenants switch utilities

A new utility management and transfer tool, available to both landlords and letting agents, has been launched by LetHQ. The company, which...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage lending figures ‘are a concern’

Take-up of buy-to-let mortgages slowed in June as economic and political uncertainty caused some buy-to-let investors to adopt a ‘wait and...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish landlords praised for ‘taking their legal responsibilities seriously’

Buy-to-let landlords north of the border have been applauded for renting responsibly after SafeDeposits Scotland researched rates of landlords failing to...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

flatfair to expand deposit-free renting platform after securing fresh funding

flatfair, a fintech scale-up allowing tenants to instantly rent a home with no deposit, has raised $11m (£9.1bn) in a funding...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Paragon introduces new portfolio and BTL products

Paragon has launched several new mortgage products for portfolio and non-portfolio landlords. Products include a 75% loan-to-value (LTV) two-year fix at 3.55%...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £3,500 for failing to repair BTL property

A buy-to-let landlord has been found guilty of failing to comply with a notice from Bradford Council ordering him to improve...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

NLA dismisses government’s claim that Section 21 is driving up homelessness

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has rejected the government’s claim that landlords’ use of Section 21 eviction notices is the leading...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Private rents rise 1.3%

Private rents paid by tenants in the UK increased by 1.3% in the 12 months to July 2019 and is unchanged...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The cost of evicting a rogue tenant ‘can be crippling’

Evicting an unscrupulous tenant could potentially cost landlords thousands, even hundreds of thousands of pounds, new research shows. Benham and Reeves has...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Coventry Council rejects claims that its licensing scheme is unlawful

Coventry City Council has dismissed claims that its landlord licensing and accreditation scheme is potentially unlawful. The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) wrote...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £7k for providing substandard property

A buy-to-let landlord in South Ockendon has been ordered to pay more than £7,000 after failing to provide acceptable living conditions...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord confidence at an all-time low

Landlords’ confidence in the buy-to-let sector has collapsed, according to the National Landlords Association (NLA). Confidence in landlords’ business expectations has tumbled...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

More needs to be done to help landlords and tenants deal with moving day stress

The letting industry needs to do more to reduce moving stress for tenants and landlords by increasing awareness of some of...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

More rented homes urgently needed in Cardiff

Cardiff based housing association Cadwyn is calling for more private landlords with properties in the city to lease their properties with...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

MHCLG amends notes on form landlords use when serving a Section 21 notice

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has updated the notes on Form 6A, the document landlords use when...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays introduces new 5-year fixed rate deal

Barclays has launched a new five-year fixed rate buy-to-let product at 75% loan-to-value (LTV). The purchase only deal is available at 2.19%...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New online platform targets BTL investors chasing high yields

A new online platform dedicated to the buying and selling of income-generating properties has been launched. Powered by Experience Invest, yieldbase allows...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The UK coastal districts with the most holiday rentals unveiled

With the summer holiday season in full swing, UK coastal districts are seeing a boom in staycation bookings. Cornwall was discovered to...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Moving home costs an additional £3,417 in ‘extra’ costs over a lifetime

Renters who move home regularly often face excessive costs associated with moving, new research shows. The study by MoneySuperMarket reveals that the...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fails in appeal over £2k fine for not protecting tenancy deposit

A buy-to-let landlord who failed to pay a tenancy deposit into an approved scheme for four years has proved unsuccessful in...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS reduces five-year BTL rates

The Leeds Building Society has introduced rate cuts on a number of five-year buy-to-let mortgages by up to 0.45%. New deals include...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to prevent damp in your rental properties

Damp problems can be a serious concern in any home. Not only are they unwelcoming, but they are also unhealthy, and...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Private sector rents rise in line with wages

Private rental price increases have accelerated modestly, in line with earnings across the UK, according to a new report from HomeLet. The...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: The renovations that offer the best return on investment

From kitchen improvements to building an extension, new research unveils top ways to add value to your home in the shortest...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Government’s focus on homeownership ‘serves only to hurt tenants’

New communities secretary Robert Jenrick and housing minister Esther McVey look set to focus on increasing homeownership, but this appears to...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

TML removes restrictions on letting to DSS tenants

The Mortgage Lender (TML) will no longer prevent buy-to-let landlords from letting property to tenants in receipt of benefits. The move comes...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to bring forward its plans for court reform

It now takes private landlords an average of 22.5 weeks from making a claim to the courts for a property to...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

More than half of landlords plan to use limited companies to acquire property

Some 55% of landlords planning to add to their portfolio over the next 12 months will use a limited company to...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The best ways to avoid common buy-to-let insurance claims

Damage caused by water, fire, explosion and theft have been identified as the primary reasons that buy-to-let landlords make insurance claims, but there...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Leek United cuts buy-to-let rates

Leek United has reduced rates on its buy-to-let products by up to 40bps. The lender’s five-year fixed rate buy-to-let product is now...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Premier League kicks off today but who should you support in terms of yields?

Top-flight football returns this weekend, with Liverpool preparing for tonight’s Premier League opener versus Norwich City, but what team should landlords...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Average rents drop across the UK

Average rents dropped in five of the eight UK regions monitored by Goodlord in July, new figures show. The property technology firm...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay more than £3,700 for unlicensed HMO

A landlord has been penalised for operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupancy  (HMO) in south London. Fouad Ahmad, from Streatham, pleaded...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Performers at Edinburgh Fringe struggle to find a place to stay

A number of performers at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which is currently taking place, are struggling to find short-term accommodation in...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans reduces BTL rates

Foundation Home Loans has cut rates on selected five-year fixed buy-to-let products by up to 0.1%. The specialist lender has made reductions...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

BM Solutions set to almost double max number of BTL mortgages

BM Solutions has announced that it plans to increase the maximum number of buy-to-let mortgages from three to five with Lloyds...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips for investing in London’s buy-to-let market

With the slump in house price growth in London slowing, a growing number of property investors believe that now is a...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit cap will ‘eventually affect a significant proportion of properties’

More than four out of ten tenancy deposits managed by the Deposit Protection Service (DPS) are currently higher than the recently...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Sensible rules will ensure ‘responsible growth’ of short-term letting sector

It is not always possible for an individual or company to improve its image beyond that of its industry, and that is...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay almost £50k for overcrowded property

An unscrupulous landlord has been ordered to pay £47,500 after council officers found 11 people living in a small flat in...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord may need to convert flats into houses after failing to gain consent

A landlord who converted a house in north London into flats without consent could face legal action. Javad Aghababazadeh was given permission...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays reduces two-year fix to 1.65%

Barclays has announced a series of rate reduction to products within its mortgage ranges, including buy-to-let. The lender has cut its 75%...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New Right to Rent guidance issued by the Home Office

Fresh guidance updating how landlords can ensure that they are compliant with the Right to Rent requirements in England has been...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Cabinet ministers supplementing salaries via buy-to-let investments

A number of MPs are currently earning rental income from properties let to private tenants, including eight ministers in Boris Johnson’s...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Police appeal to landlords to help clampdown on organised crime gangs

Cheshire Police are appealing for landlords, along with letting agents and local residents to help crack down on organised crime gangs. Officers...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

No legal requirement for an HHSRS report

Buy-to-let landlords should be aware that Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) inventory reports are not needed to comply with...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord Buy To Let introduces new products and cuts rates

Accord Buy To Let has introduced two new products aimed at landlords looking for longer term fixed rate deals. For purchasing landlords,...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Fresh government guidance ‘could leave landlords open to prosecution’

Buy-to-let landlords are being urged by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) not to follow new guidance from the government on its...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Free launch event for scheme offering BTL landlords 12 months’ rent upfront

Choices Estate Agents will launch a new Advanced Rent Option (ARO) product later this month, which enables landlords to receive their...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord who lived in a council house ordered to pay £48k or face prison

A buy-to-let landlord who claimed that he needed a council home has been ordered to pay back more than £48,000 or...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New licensing scheme is potentially unlawful, warns RLA

Buy-to-let landlords who own property in Coventry should be wary of Coventry Council’s landlord licensing and accreditation scheme as it is...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Ascend Properties continues expansion into Build to Rent

Ascend Properties continues to expand its reach into the Build to Rent sector after securing significant investment from Gatehouse Bank last year. The...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson is a man without a plan to boost BTL activity levels, poll finds

The majority of landlords in the UK’s private rented sector do not believe that new Prime Minister Boris Johnson has a...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

NLA to ‘recommend’ Zero Deposit to its members

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has identified Zero Deposit as the only deposit replacement product worth recommending to its members. The landlord association...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Evictions specialist wants landlords to have a say on Section 21

There is no such thing as 'no-fault' eviction under Section 21, according to evictions specialist Paul Shamplina. The founder of Landlord Action insists...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

NatWest cuts rates on select BTL products

NatWest has reduced rates on some buy-to-let and residential products. On the lender’s buy-to-let switcher there are reductions of up to 0.15%...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Furness for Intermediaries introduces new holiday let mortgages

Furness for Intermediaries has launched two five-year fixed rate products for its holiday let range. The new mortgage deals have a borrowing...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Misery for tenants as rent prices increase

There has been a sharp rise in the number of tenants experiencing rent rises following the introduction of the tenant fees...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Nine out of ten landlords would support a new dedicated housing court

The vast majority of private landlords are dissatisfied with the existing courts process to repossess properties and would support an alternative...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord slapped with £25k fine for overcrowded property

An unscrupulous landlord who housed at least 25 tenants in a rundown property in north-west London has been ordered to pay...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

It is good practice to have a well prepared inventory to ensure a risk-free tenancy

The government’s decision to cap tenancy deposits at no more than five weeks’ rent where the annual rent is up to...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Pepper UK appointed to service Habito’s new range of mortgages

Habito has instructed Pepper UK to provide the end-to-end servicing of its new portfolio of buy-to-let mortgages. The online mortgage broker announced...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

PM Johnson urged to ‘reinvigorate buy-to-let’ by introducing tax changes

Boris Johnson is being to urged to do more to support investment in the private rented sector, as research shows that...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

More than half of all BTL lenders offered limited company products in Q2

Purchasing an investment property via a limited company, rather than as an individual, has become significantly more popular, and that largely...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Legal & General to complete largest privately funded development in Wales

Legal & General will develop 318 Build to Rent flats as part of a £400m regeneration of Cardiff’s Central Square district...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Furness for Intermediaries cuts consumer BTL rates

Furness for Intermediaries has reduced rates on its consumer buy-to-let products by up to 1.1%.   The new discount rate products include...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

North-south divide narrows as property price growth slows

Residential property prices are increasing faster in cities in the north of England and parts of Scotland than they are in...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords ripped off by rogue agent

A managing agent who defrauded buy-to-let landlords out of £16,500 over an 18-month period will face a Proceeds of Crime Act...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Council tenant fined £100,000 for sub-letting his studio flat on Airbnb

An Airbnb host who rented out his council flat in central London has been fined £100,000 and evicted by Westminster City...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Overseas ownership: Australians most interested in Scottish property

Australia is the popular country of residence for overseas Scottish property owners, followed by the USA, new figures show. SafeDeposits Scotland, the...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Taxpayer confusion: HMRC issues inaccurate self-assessment statements

A number of taxpayers, including buy-to-let landlords, have been left feeling confused after HMRC issued self-assessment statements to individual taxpayers which...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

London renters stressed as many cannot afford their rent let alone buy

A new study shows 77% of London renters feel being unable to own their own home is negatively impacting their life. The...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost £360m of institutional investment into the UK PRS in Q2

There was £359.4m of institutional investment into the UK private rented sector in second quarter of the year, according to CBRE...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Manchester trials restricting short-term lets

When people think of Manchester these days, possibly their first thought is of its thriving economy and the opportunities it now...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £14,500 for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay £14,500 for illegally renting out an overcrowded House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) without...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Growing number of landlords choosing two-year fix rate deals

There has been a notable increase in the number of landlords opting for two-year fixed buy-to-let deals owed in part to...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

House values: the UK’s best and worst regions for price growth

The average property increased in value by £2,046 during the first half of 2019, led by gains in the West Midlands,...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Changes to possession rules and their impact on landlords and tenants

These days, housing probably ranks right up with the NHS and education as a political battleground and over recent years, politicians...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

August is the most popular time to move home

Whether you are looking to rent out your property or sell, it is worth noting that August is the most popular...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property investment training firm eyes online expansion

Touchstone Education is planning to expand with the launch of online additions to its nationwide courses in property investment strategies. The property...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Esther McVey becomes Housing Minister, while Robert Jenrick is Housing Secretary

Robert Jenrick has been named the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, while Esther McVey has been...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property remains a good ‘long-term investment’

Although new capital gains tax rules could cost some landlords thousands of pounds when they sell up, property is still a...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime central London rental values dip as supply increases

Rental values in London’s super prime rental market dropped by 0.5% in the year to July on the back of a...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental market activity slows

There was a drop in the number of properties ‘to let’ last month, while there was also a slowdown in the...

25 July 2019

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Landlord ordered to pay more than £5k for overcrowded property in Nottingham

A private landlord in Nottingham has appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to breaching a prohibition order requiring...

25 July 2019

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Revealed: the cities outperforming national rental growth

Rental price growth in English cities undergoing extensive regeneration is outpacing the national average, new research shows. Looking at 12 cities in...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Company landlords now own almost 650,000 rental properties

Some 12% of properties in the private rented sector are now owned by a company as tax changes make private landlords...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Leasehold packs set to be capped at £200

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has proposed that the maximum fee a landlord can charge a leaseholder...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord Buy To Let’s latest changes offer ‘more choice and much better value’

Accord Buy To Let has cut rates on selected two, three and five-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages by up to 0.11%,...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s son is ‘very, very sorry’ for stealing tenant’s underwear

A landlord's son has confessed to stealing 30 pairs of knickers from his father's tenant and hiding them around her property. Magistrates...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the safest BTL investment areas based on crime levels and rental yields

Rental yields tend to increase in areas with higher crime rates, according to new research. The study by the national lettings platform,...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords viewers left in shock last night

The latest episode of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords left many viewers stunned after the show exposed extensive damage to a property...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged not to underestimate impact of removing Section 21

The government’s plan to scrap Section 21 without improving the court system and alternative process for regaining possession of a property,...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Flatfair teams up with CBRE to offer deposit alternative solution

Deposit-free renting provider Flatfair has signed a partnership with CBRE UK Residential Lettings to offer deposit alternative solution. CBRE’s residential lettings business...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Canada Life Home Finance cuts buy-to-let rates and increases maximum LTV

Canada Life Home Finance has reduced rates and increased the maximum loan-to-value (LTV) across its buy-to-let and second home product range. The lender...

23 July 2019

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Rogue landlords database may be a pointless exercise, warns NLA

Introducing a ‘rogue landlords’ database without better enforcement would be a pointless exercise, according to the National Landlords Association (NLA). A rogue...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Cap rents in London: Sadiq Khan ‘has failed to learn the lessons of history’

The mayor of London has called for additional powers so he can introduce rent controls in the capital. Sadiq Khan believes greater...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords cast doubt on government's plan to scrap Section 21

Buy-to-let landlords are concerned about the proposed scrapping of Section 21 in the absence of a new system that allows them...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in film-related enquiries for short-lets in London and Home Counties

There has been a significant increase in the number of film-related enquiries for short-lets in London and the Home Counties, according...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Paragon reduces BTL rates

Paragon has refreshed its buy-to-let mortgage range, offering lower interest rates, no up-front fees and £350 cashback on selected products. The new...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

High demand for rental homes following introduction of the tenant fee ban

There has been a significant rise in tenant demand in recent weeks after the change to tenant fees came in on...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords set to become more selective if the government removes Section 21

Vulnerable tenants and those at higher risk of rent arrears are likely to suffer most as a result of the government’s...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting and managing agents in England face tougher regulation

Letting and managing agents in England face the prospect of having to abide by a new regulatory framework, in accordance with...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Skipton reduces BTL rates

Skipton Building Society has refreshed its buy-to-let range and cut rates. Two-year fixed rates will now start from 1.58% at 60% loan-to-value...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Most tenants satisfied with private rented housing, says new report

The majority of private renters were satisfied or very satisfied with their current accommodation, according to the English Housing Survey report...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with commonhold – government finally responds to readers

Just days after Landlord Today and sister publication, Estate Agent Today, published stories outlining the lack of government response to our...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: best rental yield areas for buy-to-let

Almost all of the UK’s top 20 best postcodes for buy-to-let rental yields are located within close proximity to a university...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit currently ‘isn’t working as it needs to’

Universal credit is not working in its existing form, with households on the benefit significantly more likely to have housing debt than...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord prosecuted for a second time

An unscrupulous landlord in Chesterfield has been ordered to pay a total of £5,684.91 after being prosecuted by a second time...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Technology is crucial in helping landlords remain complaint, says Gas Tag

With the number of PRS regulations continuing to rise, technology is growing increasingly more important in aiding compliance and ensuring that...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Don't miss this month's ‘payment on account’ online tax return deadline

If as a landlord you are already in the self-assessment tax system then you may be due to pay your payment...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Very few tenants know about their rights and responsibilities

The government is being urged by the National Landlords Association (NLA) to do more to inform tenants of their rights and...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Leek United removes affordability assessment for BTL landlords

Leek United has made a number of changes to its lending policy across its retirement, buy-to-let and remortgage product ranges. In terms...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords set to be offered 12 months’ rent upfront under new scheme

How does the idea of 12 months’ rent in advance sound? Choices Estate Agents plans to launch a new Advanced Rent...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson to consider switching stamp duty from buyers to sellers

The Conservative leadership frontrunner, Boris Johnson, has said it is time to consider switching stamp duty liability from the house buyer...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Councillors who are landlords or tenants banned from debating licensing scheme

Portsmouth City Council is controversially planning to introduce a landlord licensing scheme in the city without potentially allowing around half of...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Platform reduces rates

Platform has announced reductions to borrowing rates across a range of mortgage products, including buy-to-let deals. The intermediary mortgage brand of The...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

The Lettings Hub joins forces with proptech provider teclet

The Lettings Hub, a major tenant referencing and let insurance provider, has joined forces with teclet, a cloud-based, automated software platform. The...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Proposed changes mean the ‘current housing crisis would get worse’

The next prime minister, Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt, will almost certainly face a housing crisis if the government does not...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government to reform health and safety standards

The government has announced that it will reform the Housing Health Safety Rating System (HHSRS) used to assess health and safety...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Smart tax needed to support investment in energy efficiency measures, says RLA

A cap limiting landlord spending on energy efficiency improvements to £3,500 should be scrapped and replaced with a new £5,000 figure,...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

More than 200 Scottish landlords fail to protect tenancy deposits in 18 months

Buy-to-let landlords in Scotland are being urged to ensure that they protect tenancy deposits and seek legal advice if they are...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in demand for property in Preston

There has been an increase of almost 60% in buyer enquiries in Preston in the last 12 months, according to new...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental yields hit two-year high

Rental yields have increased to their highest level for two years, according to the latest edition of Kent Reliance for Intermediaries’...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Room rents rise 8% following introduction of the tenant fee ban

The average cost of renting a room in the UK increased by 8% between April and June and now stands at...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with commonhold – government fails to respond to readers

Throughout April and May, we ran a high-profile campaign across our sites, Landlord Today, Estate Agent Today, Letting Agent Today and...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Dishonest tenant jailed after being exposed by landlord

An unscrupulous tenant who forged a statement to back up a county court claim against her landlord has been jailed for...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

LendInvest increases maximum loan size on five-year fixed BTL products

LendInvest has increased its maximum loan size to £750,000 on its five-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage products and will now contribute...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

UK rents rise 13.9% in last five years

UK rents have increased by an average of 13.9% over the past five years, according to HomeLet. The group said its June...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in rents in Q2 2019 – DPS

The UK saw a sharp rise in average rent from £757 to £771 a month, up 1.79% during the second quarter...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Who has been Britain’s best housing minister?

The next prime minister, Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt, will inevitably reshuffle the cabinet once they are in office, and that...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Around 33,000 properties are potentially being let illegally

It is estimated that around 33,000 properties across the UK may be unwittingly let illegally, according to research. A recent study exploring...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords look set to influence the future of the Right to Rent scheme

Private landlords will have a major say in a court case considering the future of the government’s Right to Rent scheme. The...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Boiler maintenance tips for first time landlords

Boilers can be expensive to repair, but they can be even more costly to replace. To help ensure that you keep...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Habito launches new mortgage range for the buy-to-let market

Habito has launched its own range of buy-to-let products for individual landlords. The Habito-branded mortgages, which will be available through its new...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Bexley’s annual landlords meeting to take place next week

Bexley’s annual Landlords Meeting will be held next week at the Hall Place & Gardens. The aim of the event, which takes...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Lowering of mortgage costs ‘will be very much welcomed’ by BTL investors

There has been an ‘unprecedented’ drop in the cost of fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages, according to the latest research from Property...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Minimum 12-month contracts set to be introduced in Wales by default

New rules could effectively see the introduction of 12-month minimum tenancy contracts as standard in Wales. Welsh housing minister Julie James AM...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Tax-dodging UK landlords based abroad find the net is closing

HMRC is starting to catch up with overseas-based landlords who have not been paying tax on the rental income they receive...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

New app aims to enhance renter and buyer experience

Zoopla has launched its new app experience which aims to help home-hunters easily find the most relevant properties on mobile and...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays trims lending rates

Barclays has introduced marginal rate cuts across some of its buy-to-let mortgage products. The biggest cut in its buy-to-let range is a...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in the number of landlords admitting to not paying tax

The number of buy-to-let landlords confessing to not paying tax has soared, new figures show. A crackdown by HM Revenue and Customs...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in fraudulent letting applications

The level of fraudulent rental applications being received by letting agents is on the up, new research shows. The study by Benham...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

More needs to be done to protect landlords from fraud

There is a growing need to improve fraud detection in the private rented sector, according to Landlord Action. Paul Shamplina, the founder...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Drop in buy-to-let mortgage costs spells boost for landlords

Landlords stand to benefit from a drop in buy-to-let costs, new figures show. Fresh research from Moneyfacts.co.uk reveals that buy-to-let mortgage costs...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

TMW reduces rates and introduces 50% LTV products

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has cut selected two and five-year rates by up to 0.6% and introduced a range of 50%...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords will become ‘more selective’ if the government scraps Section 21

But-to-let landlords will have little alternative but to become more selective over what tenants they are willing to accept if the...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Wide gap in regional rental prices, new figures show

The average rent increased in four of the eight regions monitored by Goodlord across England and Wales between May and June,...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Glasgow’s first major city centre Build to Rent development successfully delivered

Construction has been completed on the first major city centre Build to Rent development in Glasgow. With young professionals flocking to the...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Vida introduces new BTL products

Vida Homeloans has announced the release of a series of new specialist mortgage products, including buy-to-let deals. The products include a 75%...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Four out of 10 landlords call for a fast track housing tribunal

Almost four out of ten adults would like to see the government introduce a fast track housing tribunal if the Section...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in the number of tenants registering in London – haart

There has been a sharp rise in the number of people living in private rental homes, owed in part to a...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay almost £39k for putting tenants’ lives at risk

A private landlord who put the lives of his tenants at risk has been ordered to pay a £20,000 fine and...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Local authorities ‘failing’ to stop agents that ‘poison’ landlord-tenant relationship

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is calling on local authorities to take much firmer action against rogue letting agents that tarnish...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS scraps age limit for buy-to-let landlords

Leeds Building Society has removed the age limit completely on its buy-to-let mortgages, allowing more customers to borrow into retirement. The lender...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Half of private Landlords use rental property to supplement monthly income

A new survey by Precise Mortgages has found that 52% of buy-to-let landlords are using rental properties to supplement their employed...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Tory leadership candidates urged to ‘encourage more investment’ in the PRS

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson, the two men competing to become the next Conservative Party leader, are being to urged to...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urges Hull City Council to stop ‘unfairly penalising landlords’

Hull City Council has come under pressure for unjustly taking an aggressive stance against landlords after a sharp rebuke from the...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

The need for speed: fast broadband now considered ‘crucial’

With most of us using multiple digital devices and streaming everything from TV shows and music to computer games and powerpoint...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landbay refreshes its range for professional landlords and cuts rates

Landbay has revamped its range of buy-to-let mortgage products for professional landlords and reduced rates in a bid to win more...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour plans to cap rent rises in crackdown on landlords

Private landlords would be banned from above-inflation rent rises if Labour wins power after the next general election, according to a...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Over-65s have gained £5.5bn of property wealth over past 12 months

Retired homeowners have gained £1,165 each on average in property wealth over the last year despite uncertainty in the property market,...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

NatWest introduces new products and reduces rates

NatWest has launched a selection of new buy-to-let products at reduce rates designed to appeal to landlord borrowers. Borrowing rates have been...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Hertsmere praise new incentive scheme

Private landlords have praised a new scheme in Hertsmere, which offers financial incentives and support for those looking to rent out...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Number of deals available to first-time landlords has ‘boomed to a record high’

The choice of first-time landlord buy-to-let products has increased to an all-time high, according to the latest research from Moneyfacts.co.uk. The data...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Couple falsely claim £50,000 from DWP by pretending to be landlord and tenant

A couple from Barry in Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, have been handed suspended prison sentences for benefit fraud after being convicted...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to carefully consider the ‘dramatic’ impact of the new tax deadline

Buy-to-let landlords, property investors and second home owners are being urged to beware of a ‘dramatic change’ to the existing capital...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let is a ‘lucrative business’ that continues to appeal to investors

Residential property is currently the best long-term investment when compared to all other asset classes, according to buy-to-let investors. Benham and Reeves...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Scotland’s fastest growing rental market unveiled

Rents rose in most areas of Scotland during the month of May, the latest figures from Your Move Scotland show, as...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Investment in Build to Rent sector hits all-time high

Investment into the Build to Rent sector reached a record high in 2018, as corporate landlords continued to tap into healthy...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

The next chancellor must reverse ‘tax changes impacting private landlords’

The Tory leadership contest is well underway with just two candidates - Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt - left in the...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let ‘still represents a great investment opportunity for landlords’

With savers continuing to receive poor returns from banks and building societies, thousands of people unsurprisingly continue to turn to residential...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Renters could transfer deposit from one landlord to the next under new proposal

Tenants could be permitted to transfer rental deposits directly between landlords instead of having to pay up for their next property...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in the number of older renters

There has been a sharp rise in the number of older renters over the last year, according to new research from...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords becoming more professional as amateurs give up on buy-to-let

A two-speed market has emerged in the buy-to-let sector as most smaller landlords have stopped adding to their portfolios, while their...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £66k for ‘gross mistreatment’ of tenants

A rogue landlord in north London has been ordered to pay more than £66,000 after being found guilty of making tenants'...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Two-thirds of rental applicants deemed unsuitable

Landlords now face the prospect of two unsuccessful tenant applications on average for every successful one, resulting in an increase in...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

No end to increasing demand for rented homes

Demand for rented homes looks set to increase in the coming years as new data suggests that many people who do...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

A high number of private renters living in ‘hazardous homes’ – Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice has called for more regulation of the private rented sector after research revealed that hundreds of thousands of tenants...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord left in tears after nightmare tenant leaves house in an awful state

A landlord in Cardiff was reduced to tears after discovering her house in a shockingly dire state. The tenant is said to...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Which area has the highest number of landlords avoiding tax on rental income?

  When you rent a property to a tenant, you are required to pay tax on any profit you make from rental...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Selective Licensing Review will fail to ‘root out the bad landlords’

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has slammed the government’s Selective Licensing Review for failing to listen to landlords. The report, which was...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Build to Rent homes cost 15% more than other private rentals

Investor demand from corporate landlords, often backed by institutional finance, is growing and that is pushing up rental values across some parts...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay £10,000 for renting out poor quality housing

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay a fine of £10,000 after being convicted for renting out two unlicensed properties...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords optimistic about buy-to-let despite tax changes and Brexit

Most landlords feel optimistic about the existing UK buy-to-let environment, fresh research suggests. The study by Cambridge and Counties Bank showed that...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords struggling to keep up with recent legislative reforms

A high number of landlords are struggling to keep up with new policy reforms, new research suggests. Market Financial Solutions has surveyed...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Cowardly man who stabbed his landlord sentenced to over six years in prison

A man has been jailed for a six years and three months for stabbing his landlord in an unprovoked attack. Ainars Jozans,...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

A national register of landlords would add ‘unnecessary’ layer of bureaucracy – RLA

The recommendation for a national register of landlords in the government’s review of selective licensing published today would prove ‘unnecessary’ and...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £3k for trying to avoid paying council tax

A buy-to-let landlord in Telford has been fined £1,000, ordered to pay £2,183 costs and a £100 victim surcharge after pleading...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tory leadership candidates urged to scrap controversial Right to Rent scheme

The two candidates for Conservative leader are being urged to make a public commitment to abolishing the controversial Right to Rent...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Do more to inform tenants of their rights, NLA urges government

The government needs to do more to provide tenants with better information on their rights and responsibilities if it is to...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

How the tenant fee ban is changing buy-to-let

The tenant fee ban is new to most of the UK, but has been in place in Scotland since 2012. Advocates...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined almost £60,000 for putting vulnerable bedsit tenants at risk

A rogue landlord has been fined £55,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £2,989.67 as well as a victim surcharge...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Newcastle Intermediaries extends buy-to-let products to Scotland

Newcastle Intermediaries is now offering its buy-to-let mortgage range to borrowers in Scotland. It comes over three years after the firm, which...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant from hell shamelessly destroys rented property causing £20,000 damage

A private landlord in the Staffordshire was left horrified after nightmare tenants trashed her property and turned it into a drugs...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Why the government’s scapegoating of landlords for the rental crisis must end

Earlier this month the Tenant Fee Ban was introduced, after much fanfare from the Government. However, it is not the only...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Britain’s holiday rental market looks set to boom this summer

The holiday rental market in this country looks set for another busy summer as the weak pound persuades millions to opt for...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Two free tickets to this year’s Homebuilding & Renovating Shows

Following on from the successful Glasgow Homebuilding & Renovating Show that took place at the SEC Centre earlier this month, the...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Pepper Money reduces buy-to-let rates

Pepper Money has cut rates on a range of residential and buy-to-let mortgage products. The limited edition summer special offer means that...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord jailed for illegally converted flats and failing to repay £130k

A rogue landlord who made almost £130,000 in illegal rent after converting his three-bedroom house in east London into two flats...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Growing number of property owners in London turning homes into short lets

With demand for short term rental accommodation growing, an increasing number of landlords and homeowners in prime London areas are offering their...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants found living inside garden shed during dawn raid

Brent Council in north London discovered three tenants living inside a shed in the garden of a three-bedroom semi-detached house in...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

ONS: Rents increased by 1.3% in the UK in the year to May 2019

Rents in the UK’s private rented sector increased by 1.3% in the 12 months to May 2019, up from 1.2% in April,...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays introduces new products and reduces rates

Barclays has cut rates on a number of products across its residential, buy-to-let and Reward ranges. The buy-to-let range includes a 2.35%...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Berlin-style rental rate freeze could send UK property market ‘into meltdown’

Germany’s rent controls place strong restrictions on in-tenancy rent increases, while the ‘rent brake’ introduced a couple of year ago makes...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting market activity picking up momentum

There was a significant improvement in the letting market, the latest figures from Agency Express shows. The number of new rental property...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord fined £7k for allowing garden to become ‘extensively’ overgrown

A landlord has been ordered to pay £7,000 for neglecting the garden at one of his properties and allowing to become...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

New online platform aims to help landlords ‘keep their costs down’

An e-commerce platform battling construction waste by enabling businesses to sell surplus materials to builders, renovators and DIY enthusiasts, claims that...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Octane Capital passes £500m lending milestone

Having completed loans primarily to professional landlords, property investors and developers, Octane Capital has passed the £500m lending milestone, just over...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Are you entitled to a stamp duty rebate following landmark court case?

Primas Law is urging landlords and property developers to seek legal advice about potential stamp duty rebates on ‘uninhabitable’ second properties...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property buyers in southern England are ‘seeking out value for money’

More than a third of residential properties in southern England are in property markets experiencing house price falls as the slowdown...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Planning for retirement: wealth ‘intrinsically linked to bricks and mortar’

With fresh analysis revealing that national property wealth has surpassed £4 trillion, a growing number of older homeowners are now factoring...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords want tenants claiming benefits to be treated ‘fairly and equally’

The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) is calling for an urgent overhaul of how universal credit is paid, with most landlords north of...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter urged to go back to drawing board on tenancy proposal

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has urged Shelter to go back to the drawing board after calling for England to adopt...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in the number of people with additional properties

The buy-to-let boom over the past 20 years has contributed significantly to the number of people who own second homes. More than...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in the number of over-50s living in rented homes

There has been a sharp rise in the number of over 50s renting homes, according to new research from Hamptons International. Some...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News