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Surge in demand for rental properties

There has been a sharp rise in demand for rental accommodation, according to the latest report from haart. Data from the letting...

25 April 2018

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Tenants want their landlords to be more eco-conscious

Investing in buy-to-let property can be a great way to make money. But before parting with your cash, an investment strategy...

25 April 2018

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Supply decline pushes Scottish rental prices up

The number of rental homes on the market in Scotland dropped in the first quarter of the year, while demand from...

25 April 2018

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New messaging platform designed to improve communication for landlords

A new productivity tool designed to help landlords, property managers, agents and tenants better manage their day-to-day tenancy communications has been...

25 April 2018

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Foundation Home Loans unveils exclusive 5-year fix

Foundation Home Loans has launched a five-year fixed rate product exclusively through its key packager partners. The new product being offered is available...

25 April 2018

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What do renters look for in a rental property?

For landlords, it is not always easy to guess what prospective tenants are looking for when getting a vacant property ‘rental...

24 April 2018

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Number of limited company BTL products at record levels, says Moneyfacts

The number of limited company fixed rate buy-to-let products hit a record high this month as mortgage lenders respond to changing...

24 April 2018

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Property crowdfunding attracting growing number of millennials

There has been a significant increase in the number of millennials investing in property crowdfunding, new research by Shojin Property Partners...

24 April 2018

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David Salusbury, former NLA chairman passes away

David Salusbury, the former chairman of the National Landlords Association (NLA), the UK Association of Letting Agents (UKALA), and of mydeposits,...

24 April 2018

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Give councils power to ‘confiscate’ properties from rogue landlords, say MPs

Local authorities should be given the power to confiscate properties from landlords who break the law, according to a committee of...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

A third of small private landlords plan to sell up as BTL crackdown bites

From a landlord’s perspective, it has been a tough couple of years, with a raft of changes designed to bring the...

23 April 2018

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Unscrupulous landlord fined more than £180,000

A rogue landlord who left tenants living in substandard conditions in Selly Oak and Edgbaston has been ordered to pay in...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Gearing among BTL landlords is getting lower

Many people feel anxious and uncomfortable when getting themselves into debt and understandably this is why many of us strive to...

23 April 2018

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Aldermore reduces buy-to-let rates

Aldermore has cut rates on its buy-to-let mortgage range for company landlords, ensuring that they are now aligned with buy-to-let deals...

23 April 2018

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High house prices will lead to a shift toward renting

High house prices and years without real-terms wages growth have prompted a growing number of young people to abandon the idea...

20 April 2018

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Letting market activity picking up momentum

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

20 April 2018

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Spring price drop: Average asking price cut by £25k

Low levels of activity in the sluggish housing market are forcing many homeowners to accept offers well below asking price, making...

20 April 2018

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Some landlords struggling with ‘complex’ BTL legislation

New buy-to-let regulations are making it harder for landlords to keep up to speed with complex compliance responsibilities, as the government...

20 April 2018

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Foundation Home Loans launches new 5-year BTL product

Foundation Home Loans has launched a new five-year fixed rate deal for a limited time only, which is aimed at primarily...

20 April 2018

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BTL landlords weary of threat posed by Brexit

A majority of buy-to-let landlords see the UK’s vote to leave the EU as a threat to their property business, with...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Join us at the Property Investor Show

The Property Investor & Homebuyer Show, the UK’s most comprehensive property exhibition, takes place at London ExCeL tomorrow and Saturday and...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants should be able to improve credit score by paying rent on time

RentalStep has added its voice to growing calls for rent payments to be added to a tenant’s credit score. The PropTech startup supports...

19 April 2018

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Vetting tenants to ensure they are all they seem

Tenant referencing provides all the background information on prospective tenants, helping landlords and letting agents make an educated choice about who...

19 April 2018

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The Cambridge and L&G team up to offer landlords more choice

Cambridge Building Society has joined forces with Legal & General Mortgage Club to offer its buy-to-let range to landlords across England...

19 April 2018

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Government must ‘support, rather than attack’, private landlords, says RLA

Private landlords provide an increasingly vital source of affordable and flexible accommodation for many people and the government should do more...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Older BTL investors target property in London and South East

In recent years, cites within the north of England have attracted more property investors targeting high yields, but new research shows...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Spike in BTL landlords looking to diversify

An increasing number of buy-to-let landlords are looking to diversify their portfolios by investing in Houses with Multiple Occupants (HMOs), commercial...

18 April 2018

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Rent control proposed in Scotland

Labour has once again called for rents to be capped in Scotland after fresh data revealed rent increases were outstripping wage...

18 April 2018

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Landlords remain optimistic about buy-to-let in spite of challenges

More than two fifths (41%) of portfolio landlords aim to expand their portfolio over the next 12 months, new research shows. The...

18 April 2018

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Government urged to focus on improving conditions in the PRS

The government must focus on urgently improving dangerous housing conditions across the country after new figures revealed that thousands of private...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL continues to supplement the PM’s income

With savers receiving miserable returns, many shrewd investors are turning to the buy-to-let sector as a means of supplementing their income,...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb sees sharp rise in bookings thanks to the royal wedding

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding has caused a major tourism boost for areas surrounding London and Windsor as illustrated...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid uncovers tenants living in unsafe conditions

An ‘unsafe’ house in multiple occupation (HMO) in north London has been uncovered by enforcement officers from Brent Council following a...

17 April 2018

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The build-to-rent sector is ‘evolving quickly’

There has been a sharp rise in the number of build-to-rent homes complete, under construction and in planning across the UK,...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord remortgaging activity for home improvements hits record high

The number of landlords remortgaging in order to raise funds to improve their properties has reached an all-time high, new figures...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

The BTL sector represents ‘more of an opportunity than a threat’

With savers continuing to receive poor returns from banks and building societies, buy-to-let remains the investment of choice for many people,...

16 April 2018

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Rise in UK landlords shows there is still an appetite for buy-to-let

Over the past year, the government has introduced 3% Stamp Duty levy, new stress tests for portfolio landlords and started to...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Modest increase in rental prices in first quarter of 2018

The buy-to-let market continues to see a marginal rise in residential rental prices, and this trend appears to be fuelled by...

13 April 2018

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Sharp increase in English landlords renting out properties in Scotland

The number of English landlords renting out properties in Scotland has quadrupled since 2012, thanks to cheaper property prices north of...

13 April 2018

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Shortage of retirement homes creates opportunities for BTL landlords

Older people are facing a shortage of suitable housing for their retirement, putting pressure on the wider property market. A new report...

13 April 2018

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Insure your properties are protected

When a landlord rented out a property in a quiet residential area in Plymouth Hoe last year, he had little cause...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Bluestone Mortgages introduces interest-only BTL mortgages

Specialist lender, Bluestone Mortgages, has made changes across its buy-to-let mortgage range, including the introduction of interest-only products aimed at customers...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

London’s super prime rental market ‘has gone completely nuts’, says agent

Wealthy foreigners are prepared to spend up to £50,000 a week renting luxury homes in London, and this now risks sending...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

TMW scraps age limit for experienced BTL landlords

The Mortgage Works (TMW) is removing all upper age restrictions across its buy-to-let product range for experienced landlords. Currently, the buy-to-let arm...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More than half of BTL landlords to offload properties, says Property Partner

Over half of private landlords plan to sell some of their buy-to-let properties this year, it has been claimed. Some 54% of landlords...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

NatWest and Barclays change rates for BTL mortgage products

Barclays and NatWest have introduced rate changes to some of their buy-to-let purchase mortgage products. Barclays has raised rates across no fewer...

12 April 2018

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Landlord faces action after tenants die from carbon monoxide poisoning

The landlord of a north London property where two men died of a suspected carbon monoxide leak on Sunday faces a...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords in the north of England more likely to face void periods

Void periods are inevitable. But no landlords wants to experience excessive or lengthy void periods as that can significantly impact the...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent who stole from clients ordered to payback £22k in compensation

The law has finally caught up with a letting agent who stole £22,000 from clients, including landlords. Peter Bell, now the former...

11 April 2018

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Fleet Mortgages reduces cost of fixed rate products

Fleet Mortgages has cut rates across its fixed-rate products by 10 basis points. In terms of its standard range, the buy-to-let lender’s two-year...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Free industry guidance to help landlords ‘stay on ‘right side of the law’

New ‘Home Safety Guidance’ has been released by the Electrical Safety Roundtable (ESR) to help landlords meet their obligations and ensure...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

There are still ‘attractive yields to be had’ in the BTL sector

Demand for property in the private rental market is showing no signs of slowing down, and this is placing upward pressure...

10 April 2018

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Landlord fined £25k for poorly managed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in Birmingham has been fined £25,000 after pleading guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court for regulation breaches in relation...

10 April 2018

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Plans to clamp down on rogue landlords in Doncaster

Doncaster Council’s Cabinet will be discussing new ways to tackle rogue landlords at their meeting later today. The proposal is to introduce...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Number of UK landlords rises to 2.5 million

Despite the changes to the buy-to-let sector in recent years, there still remains a desire among many to become a landlord,...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Post-Grenfell fire safety review ‘risks becoming a missed opportunity’

The government’s review into building and fire safety regulations is ‘missing the opportunity’ to assess fire safety regulations across all types...

09 April 2018

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Property Vs pensions – which is best for your retirement?

As we grow older, we begin to think about life after work, and being to imagine how retirement may be for...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

New limited edition BTL range launched by Paragon

Paragon has launched a new range of buy-to-let mortgage products for portfolio landlords, for a limited time only. The mortgage deals, which...

09 April 2018

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New students letting platform in Bristol offers rent guarantee service

An online student accommodation service has launched in Bristol offering to cover landlords for up to six months’ worth of unpaid...

09 April 2018

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New banning orders will ensure tenants live in ‘safe and good quality’ homes

Unscrupulous landlords who rent out substandard properties face being driven out of the private rented sector as new banning orders are...

06 April 2018

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Milton Keynes Council vow to ‘get tough’ on shoddy landlords

Rogue landlords in Milton Keynes are being put on notice as the local council announces a new ‘tough approach’, including the...

06 April 2018

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More landlords using SPVs to expand BTL portfolios

A growing number of landlords are using a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) as a tax-efficient way of holding a portfolio of...

06 April 2018

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Landlords remain confident about BTL, study finds

Almost two-fifths of landlords are feeling positive about the future of the rental market, and are thinking about buying more properties...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed ‘death trap’ landlord banned from renting out properties

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

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

New TV series to expose ‘Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords’

A new TV show called ‘Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords’, a companion series to ‘Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords’, starts today. Following the success...

05 April 2018

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Secret database of rogue landlords and agents deemed ‘pointless’

ARLA Propertymark has slammed the new database of rogue landlords and letting agents, which will come into effect from tomorrow, as...

05 April 2018

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Seven in ten prospective tenants think deposit-free renting is a good idea

Seven in ten prospective tenants registered with MovingSoon.co.uk, a website that advertises affordable housing for renters, believe deposit-free renting is a...

05 April 2018

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New ‘BTL toolkit’ launched by GWlegal

GWlegal has launched a buy-to-let toolkit, available on its online case management system GWlive, as part of the company’s rebrand as...

05 April 2018

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Landlords should be offered tax incentives, says Tory peer

Lord Flight, a former Conservative Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has once again criticised his own party’s buy-to-let tax changes,...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let market ‘resilient’ despite uncertainly

A number of landlords remain confident about the buy-to-let sector despite tax hikes and tougher mortgage rules hitting the private rented...

04 April 2018

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Prime central London rents rise may signal upward trend

Rents in prime central London increased by 0.2% between February and March, the first monthly rise since September 2015, according to...

04 April 2018

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Landlord ordered to pay over £31k for failing to deal with noisy pigeons

A landlord in North West London who failed to deal with noisy pigeons nesting at one of its properties has been...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Vida expands buy-to-let expat criteria via select distributors

Vida has widened its buy-to-let expat criteria for a limited number of distributors to cater for existing UK property owners working...

04 April 2018

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Buy-to-let hotspots revealed

Colchester has been named the best place for buy-to-let investors in today’s market, based on a combination of capital value growth,...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Recent squeeze on landlords’ profits ‘could be coming to an end’

Rents increased 3% annually in February to £857 per month on average helping to offset recent tax hikes for landlords, new...

03 April 2018

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Tory councillor fined AGAIN for being a rogue landlord

A Conservative councillor has been ordered to pay more than £57,000 after being taken to court by his own council for...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

How BTL landlords can combat increases to the UK interest rate

When the Bank of England increased the interest rate to 0.5% in late 2017, buy-to-let landlords throughout the UK felt the...

03 April 2018

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Foundation Home Loans refines BTL criteria for EPC regulation

Foundation Home Loans has made changes to its but-to-let criteria for landlords seeking fresh funds to help acquire property, in response...

03 April 2018

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Rental deposits look set to be capped at five weeks rent

The security deposits that tenants leave with their landlord or their letting agent could be capped at no more than five...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent is a ‘failing policy’ that uses landlords as ‘scapegoats’

The government’s Right to Rent' policy has been slammed by a government inspector for failing “to demonstrate its worth” by encouraging...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Number of rental properties continues to fall

The number of homes available to rent in the UK dropped in February to a 21 month low which letting agents...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

What makes Sheffield a property investment hotspot?

In recent years, cites within the north of the UK have become more and more popular within the property investment world,...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New guides for landlords in Northern Ireland

Buy-to-let landlords who currently own property in Northern Ireland, or who are thinking about investing in the country’s buy-to-let sector, may...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL borrowers burdened by PRA rule change

A growing number of buy-to-let are struggling to obtain mortgages following the introduction of tougher lending conditions, including more rigid underwriting...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords are ‘sick of being utilised as a cash cow’

Buy-to-let landlords who own properties in Blackpool are being urged to lobby against plans to introduce a selective licensing scheme in...

28 March 2018

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Hackney sees fastest growth in home rents over past decade

Hackney in east London has recorded the fastest growth in rents on a typical two-bedroom home over the past decade, according...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

TMW hikes maximum loan-to-value across all BTL mortgages

The Mortgage Works (TMW) is increasing the maximum loan-to-value (LTV) for landlords from 75% to 80%. The increase in maximum LTV for...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

One in eight retiring without a pension

Up to 12% of people retiring in 2018 have not made any financial provision for their retirement, according to fresh research...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent Spicerhaart shows support for deposit-free renting

Deposit-free renting provider Flatfair has signed a partnership with the UK's largest independent estate agency Spicerhaart which has 100 letting branches...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent expelled from TPO for failing to pass on tenants rent

A letting agent in Hove has been expelled from The Property Ombudsman (TPO) scheme for 18 months for not passing on...

27 March 2018

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Scottish rental market continues to slow

Private rental prices paid by tenants in Scotland rose by 0.7% in the 12 months to February 2018, reaching an average...

27 March 2018

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Landlords in London could earn £180 per night this Easter, says Air Agents

Buy-to-let landlords who own properties in London that look set to be empty over the Easter bank holiday weekend are being...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Paragon introduces procuration fees for buy-to-let

Paragon is introducing a procuration fee for intermediaries who submit further advance business for buy-to-let customers that subsequently completes. The specialist bank...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords who refuse to let to tenants on DSS are “beyond bonkers”

Buy-to-let landlords who reject housing benefit claimants could be breaking the law. A recent legal case which saw single mother Rosie Keogh...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined more than £20k for renting out converted BT Station

A buy-to-let landlord who rented out a converted British Telecom station in Osterley without consent has been ordered to pay over...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Growing number of over 60s choosing to rent

There has been a sharp rise in the number of over 60s renting privately, according to new research from the Centre...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

EastEnders praised for tenancy deposit storyline

EastEnders has been praised by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) for a recent storyline tackling tenancy deposit issues faced by some...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Homeownerships is not for everyone

Some people are simply not interested in owning their own home, as reflected by new research revealing that 16% of private...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed suspended sentences for harassment and illegal eviction

A pair of private landlords from Sheffield who harassed and illegal evicted their tenant have been handed suspended prison sentences. Mark Cashin...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Universal credit could cause up to 1.3 million evictions

Universal credit will cause up to 1.3 million evictions from privately rented homes, Liberal Democrat Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Additional license will force rogue landlords to bring ‘homes up to scratch’

Unscrupulous landlords in Hackney, east London, who leave tenants living in substandard conditions, will be forced to improve the condition of...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord unveils new loan for remortgaging landlords

Private landlords are now being offered more choice when looking to remortgage after Accord Buy To Let launched a new mortgage...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposit cap risks leaving landlords out of pocket at the end of the tenancy

Plans to cap the security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents at no more than six weeks...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental market activity slows

There was a sharp decline in the number of new listings, while the volume of properties let last month dipped, as...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to invest in buy-to-let via crowdfunding

Buy-to-let landlords who are deterred from expanding their property portfolios due to recent legislative and tax changes, but still wanting greater...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Together cuts buy-to-let rates

Together has reduced a number of buy-to-let rates as they continue to compete to win more business amid a housing market...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords finding it harder to secure a buy-to-let mortgage

Tougher buy-to-let lending criteria, introduced in September last year by the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA), is making it...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £20k for putting tenants’ ‘health and wellbeing at risk’

A buy-to-let landlord who let ‘hazardous’ properties in Leyland has been fined £20,000. Leyland Estates Ltd was prosecuted at Preston Magistrates Court after...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New rent collection service aims to ‘minimise’ risk of late or missed payments

A new rent collection service that offers landlords the same power as large financial institutions to incentivise on-time payments from their...

21 March 2018

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Councils to be given new wave of powers to fine landlords

Councils will be handed tough new powers to punish rogue landlords up to £30,000. Under the new legislation, being introduced in October,...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Skipton International expands expat lending to Scotland

Skipton International is hoping to build on strong demand for its buy-to-let mortgages to British expats seeking to invest in England...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords continue to quit the Scottish rental market

An increasing number of buy-to-let landlords are likely to exit Scotland’s private rented sector or reduce the size of their property...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New scheme will help renters take ‘first step on to the property ladder’

In recent years, high property prices have made it difficult for first-time buyers to get on the housing ladder. Despite this,...

20 March 2018

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Average London renter now requires £3K deposit, says campaigning letting agent

Tenants in London are now required to pay up to £8,650 just to move into a rented home, it has been...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Free landlord event in Gwent to offer advice on legislation and tax

Buy-to-let landlords will have an opportunity to gain free advice on legislation and tax at a free event being held in...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Lean on landlords that aren't doing the job’, says shadow housing minister

Councils are being urged to do more to crack down on rogue landlords who are leaving thousands of tenants living in...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Council urged to get tough on Airbnb-style rentals

A north London council is being encouraged to take a tough stance on reported Airbnb and equivalent style rentals in an...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined more than £20k for overcrowding

A rogue landlord has been fined in excess of £20,000 after renting a single house out to three separate families. Veli Bunul...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Virgin Money offers £750 cashback deal

Virgin Money has introduced a new £750 cashback incentive on its intermediary exclusive buy-to-let range, available for a limited time. The new...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

One in three landlords still unaware of new BTL mortgage rules

Around a third of buy-to-let investors are still unaware of how regulatory changes could impact their ability to borrow or refinance...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Most landlords and tenants lack awareness of new energy efficiency rules

There is still a worrying lack of awareness regarding new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) being introduced next month, according to...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agents’ fees ban – is the balance changing in favour of tenants?

Recent research from Fixflo shows that nearly 42% of all agents in the UK believe the looming letting fees ban will...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let boom is coming to an end

Fewer people are looking to invest in buy-to-let property as new regulations and a cooler market deter prospective property investors.   A...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Why are landlords becoming limited companies?

In the past couple of years there has been an increase in the number of private landlords running their letting business...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Here’s how to ensure your next property purchase is gas safe

If you are planning to add to your property portfolio, it is important to ensure that the property is gas safe. Here’s...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New BTL service launched by GWlegal

GWlegal has launched a new service tailored to specialist buy-to-let brokers and landlords. The service, called GW Expert Buy-To-Let, will provide buy-to-let...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

 ‘Pro-growth tax and planning policies’ needed to support private landlords

Buy-to-let landlords are currently in retreat in the housing market, leaving many tenants struggling to find suitable rented accommodation, new analysis...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

We are proud to support the Landlord of the Year Awards 2018

Home insurance provider, HomeProtect, has embarked on a quest to find the UK’s best landlord. Their first ever Landlord of the Year...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage lending falls to four-year low

Mortgage lending fell to a four-year low during the final quarter of last year as tax reforms continue to deter buy-to-let...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Is now the best time to invest in Birmingham property?

In recent times, Birmingham has widely been considered as one of the very best places to invest in, throughout the whole...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

NLA seeking regional reps

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is seeking property professionals to be its local representatives across the country. The trade body has described...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent welcomes plan for new rental complaints system

Plans to introduce a new rental complaints system to help support private tenants who are forced to live in shoddy housing...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips for new landlords

Whether you are a first-time landlord or have let properties before, there are a number of factors to consider in order...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans revamps product range ahead of rate hike

Foundation Home Loans has expanded its HMO product range and re-priced select buy-to-let mortgage rates in response to SWAP rate changes. Highlights...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

TDS sets new Academy course dates

Deposit protection scheme, TDS, has announced 20 new dates for its ‘Academy’ training events running over the next year across England...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent control proposed north of the border

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has unveiled proposals to control rents and limit the power of private landlords, despite concerns that...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Article 4 is nothing more than a ‘revenue generating exercise’, NLA says

The government is being urged by the National Landlords Association (NLA) to repeal the fee that councils can now charge when...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Average BTL landlord who sold last year gained £86,651 – Countrywide

The average buy-to-let investor who sold their rental property in 2017 did so for £86,651 more than they paid for it,...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

The Beast from the East and Storm Emma causes surge in BTL insurance claims

There has been a reported surge in calls from landlords whose investment properties were damaged by the ‘Beast from the East’...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Average tenancy deposit exceeds £1,500 in major cities, Dlighted claims

The average tenancy deposit paid by tenants in Britain’s largest cities now stands at £1,057, with deposits for properties in London and...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Where are rents rising fastest?

Most areas of England and Wales have seen rental price growth over the past 12 months, but where are rents increasing...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Misery for tenants as rents rise again

Rental prices increased by 1.2% in February compared to the corresponding month a year earlier, the latest HomeLet Rental Index shows. The...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Just one in five of those renting get on with their landlords

Only a fifth of tenants get on with their landlords, according to a new study by Hillarys.co.uk, as part of ongoing...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Open Banking is ‘proving popular’ with tenants – claim

A growing number of private tenants are signing up to Open Banking, involving several banks, which was launched in the UK...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Gedling Borough Council approve plans for mandatory licences

Gedling Borough Council yesterday voted to approve plans to impose selective licensing charges on private landlords in the Nottinghamshire district. Following a consultation...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

The growing popularity of buy-to-let

With savers receiving dismal returns from banks and building societies, thousands more people are turning to buy-to-let as a means of...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Mass exodus of landlords? Some are taking a far more pragmatic approach

This week, there have been warnings that the buy-to-let market is looking ‘increasingly bleak’ and that landlords are deterred from entering...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord fined for unlicensed HMO

A private landlord has been fined more than £11,000 for operating an unlicensed property in Bedford. Mr Fhalora of Ampthill Road, Bedford,...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Remortgaging continues to drive buy-to-let activity

Remortgaging continues to drive the buy-to-let market, with the proportion of buy-to-let mortgages for remortgages rising to 52% in the fourth...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords plan to sell up as buy-to-let crackdown bites

A growing number of private landlords are planning to exit the buy-to-let market, prompting fears that rents will rise sharply as the...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords need to prepare for change in the way profit is calculated

With the new tax year approaching, now is a good time to get your tax affairs up to date, and to...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Five-year BTL mortgage interest rates fall to record lows

The average five-year fixed rate has fallen to a joint record-low of 3.43%, a rate last seen in October 2017, according...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp fall in rental stock coming onto the market

There was a significant decline in rental stock coming on to the market in the final quarter of 2017, placing greater...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool have become global investment hotspots

The Northern Powerhouse cities of Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool have been identified as global property investment hotspots. According to the research from...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

TripAdvisor-style rating and review model launched by Homerenter

A rating and review service that allows both tenants and landlords to assess each other after one month of engagement and...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Are you ready for new minimum energy efficiency standards?

There is less than four weeks remaining until new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) come into force across England and Wales,...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Treasury urged to ‘encourage and support landlords’

The Treasury should focus on easing the housing crisis by thinking more ‘creatively’ and using taxation to ‘encourage and support’ buy-to-let...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Basildon invited to attend free council-run event

Private landlords in Basildon are being invited to attend a free rental workshop this week. The event, which is being run by...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Prime central London lettings market bottoming out

Average rents in the prime central London (PCL) residential lettings market fell 2.1% in the year to February 2018, the same...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Council to get tough on rogue landlords

Rotherham Council wants to do more to protect private tenants by using tougher new laws to clamp down on rogue landlords. Local...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

RLA unveils rebrand to mark 20th anniversary

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) today unveiled its modernised branding to reflect what it describes as its ‘new corporate identity, as...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Popular BTR development is almost fully occupied

It has been just over a year since the opening of the rental development be:here Hayes in west London, delivered by...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Man, whose family are victims of Leicester explosion, offered rent free flat

A generous landlord, who has asked to remain anonymous, has donated one of her rental properties to Jose Ragoobeer, whose family...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory HMO licensing extension to start in October

The government has confirmed that the long-awaited extension of Mandatory HMO Licensing will be introduced from 1st October 2018, subject to...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

How will Brexit affect the rental market in 2018?

There has been much debate about Brexit and how it will impact the property market and the economy as a whole. ...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Newbury Building Society reduces buy-to-let rates

Newbury Building Society has cut its buy-to-let mortgage rates, including those to landlords operating through a limited company, by up to...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

It is ‘best to invest’ up north, says buy-to-let specialist

Buy-to-let landlords are being advised to turn to the North West of England in a bid to increase their annual yields following the...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Government launches major private rented sector survey

Buy-to-let landlords and letting agents working in the private rented sector in England are being invited to offer their views in...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

The cost of renting in Scotland rises amid proposed rent controls

There was a sharp rise in the number of tenants that saw their rent costs increase north of the border last...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Family BTL mortgages increase student property investment opportunities

Changes to the way in which buy-to-let mortgages are assessed and sold has meant that those wishing to invest in property...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Claim your free tickets for The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place this month at the NEC in Birmingham, and you can now claim a...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage costs are rising

The cost of taking out a buy-to-let mortgage has started to rise, following the Bank of England’s decision to increase the...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords to be given greater flexibility in new gas safety rules

Failure to comply with gas and other safety standards in rented properties are likely to be less tolerated by the regulator once...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent launches loyalty programme for landlords

Loyalty programmes are popping up in every corner of the retail space, and that is because businesses understand the importance of...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New EPC rating retriever for landlords launched by Mortgages for Business

A new tool that enables landlords to get an instant EPC rating on their rental properties has been launched by Mortgages...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit theft total hits £750k so far this year

Rogue letting agents have reportedly been convicted of stealing more than £750,000 worth of tenancy deposits so far this year –...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

‘No DSS’ landlords may be breaking equality laws

Private landlords who reject housing benefit claimants could be breaking the law. A recent legal case saw single mother Rosie Keogh win...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Are you aware of your obligations when it comes to issuing section 21 notices?

Less than one in five landlords in England can legally issue section 21 notices in England, according to Cover4LetProperty.co.uk. The landlord insurance...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Grainger launches Build to Rent project in Hampshire

A new development featuring the first family houses built exclusively for rent in Hampshire has been launched by Grainger, the UK’s...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New HMO range launched by Landbay

Landbay has launched a new range of buy-to-let products, with a specific focus on enhancing its HMO offering, making it easier...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Subletting tenants who crammed 35 men into single house sentenced in court

Three tenants who sub-let a three-bedroom semi-detached house in Kingsbury, north-west London, to 35 men have been fined more than 23,000. The residents...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined for once again breaching safety regulations

A private landlord in Lincoln has been fined more than £10,000 after being caught breaking safety rules for a second time. Missing...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Fleet embrace ‘professionalism’ of BTL market by revamping product range

Fleet Mortgages has revamped and re-priced its product range as part of a strategy of embracing the ‘professionalism’ of the buy-to-let...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

National Landlords Association launches new brand

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has launched its new brand following extensive consultation with members and stakeholders. The new brand aims to...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords to face remortgaging issues

Many buy-to-let landlords with two-year fixed deals that are about to come to an end are likely to face difficulties in...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Private landlords in England need to be prepared for increasing regulation

Buy-to-let landlords need to be prepared for more regulations coming in, following the publication of a government consultation on electrical safety...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Should renters with pets be given greater rights?

Many people with pets still find it difficult to find a rental property, and that is largely due to the potential...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Fewer private landlords will lead to rent hikes and higher rates of homelessness

Hundreds of thousands of people are experiencing acute forms of homelessness across Britain, with rough sleeping set to increase sharply over...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Capital gains tax soars as buy-to-let investors ‘unload properties’

Capital gains tax receipts hit £5.5bn in January, leaving the Treasury on course to rake in as much as £8.8bn this...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips to keep your boiler warm this winter

Amid what is likely to be one of the coldest Februarys for a century the last thing you need – or...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Councils restricted by new licensing conditions on private rented homes

Councils cannot use selective licensing conditions to impose new standards on private rented homes, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday. The case...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Training session for landlords in Northumberland

A new training event will held in Northumberland next week to help buy-to-let landlords manage their tenancies and properties. The training session,...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing is a minefield of regulation

In 2006, selective licensing was introduced, giving councils the power to force landlords to clean up their acts. These licenses allow...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial Section 21 evictions investigated by tonight’s BBC Panorama

Do private tenants deserve more protection in terms long-term right to stay in a property, or would new rules make the...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New buy-to-let calculator launched by LendInvest

A new buy-to-let affordability calculator, which works out the loan-to-value (LTV), annual rental yield and maximum gross loan amount for both...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Register to attend free landlord investment show

Registration is now live for the National Landlord Investment Show which will take place at London Olympia next month.  Hundreds of buy-to-let landlords...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

The PRS is increasingly relied upon to house young adults

Fresh research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) which reveals that young adults are less likely to own a home...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords to face remortgaging difficulties

Over the next few months, it is anticipated that tens of thousands of private landlords in the UK will face struggles...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting market activity bounces back after Christmas lull

The private rented sector has enjoyed a strong start to 2018, according to the Agency Express Property Activity Index. National month-on-month figures...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in super prime tenancies agreed in London

With residential property prices in super prime London continuing to fall, an increasing number of would-be purchasers are turning to luxury...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government approves new selective licensing schemes

Plans to introduce new licensing schemes for privately rented homes across parts of North West London have been given the go-ahead by...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Bank of Ireland UK reduces BTL rates by up to 0.2%

Bank of Ireland UK has cut rates on its two-year fixed buy-to-let range by up to 0.2%, with rates now starting...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New complaints system targets rogue landlords

A new rental complaints system has been proposed to help support private tenants who are forced to live in shoddy housing...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

How can landlords keep tenants happy?

Over recent months, the government and leading housing charities have put increasing pressure on landlords to improve the quality of rental...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property investors remain resilient

A third of property professionals in this country are set to add to their portfolios this year as appetite for opportunistic...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in Burnley handed major fines

Two buy-to-let landlords in Burnley have been fined a total of £27,500 as part of Burnley Council’s campaign to clamp down...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property remains the ‘preferred form of investment for so many people’

Residential property remains the long-term investment of choice for many Britons, illustrated by the high number of properties sold under the...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

How does GDPR affect small landlords?

The introduction of the EU-wide General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a little over three months away, and the legislation will...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to service boilers to reduce risk of heating system failure

Britain has been hit with a snow and ice warning that is set to put thousands of homes at risk of...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Free seminar for buy-to-let landlords

Buy-to-let landlords are being invited to take part in a free seminar in Cumbria next week. The event, which will be held...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Investors should be ‘pouring’ money into the buy-to-let sector, says expert

Residential property price growth continues to prove resilient despite political and economic uncertainty, which is partly why buy-to-let remains the investment...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Nine out of ten landlords would like to ditch letting agents and go it alone

A number of buy-to-let landlords currently do not use letting agents to find or manage properties, and it has been suggested...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL lenders see margins squeezed

Buy-to-let lending margins have been squeezed, with providers absorbing more costs to keep their rates competitive in the last quarter of...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord given suspended prison sentence for illegal eviction

A buy-to-let landlord has been given a suspended prison sentence, handed a 16-week curfew and ordered to pay more than £10,600...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Paragon launches online portal

Paragon has launched a new online portal for buy-to-let mortgage customers and intermediaries, making it easier for borrowers to access a...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

RLA cautious over Labour's proposal for pets in rented homes

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is seeking greater clarification from the Labour party after it put forward new proposals this week...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government approves new PRS licensing scheme

A proposal to introduce a new licensing scheme for privately rented homes in Nottingham has been given the green light by...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

TMW launches sub-2% five-year fixed rate BTL product

The Mortgage Works (TMW) will launch its first ever sub-2% five-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage deal today. The new product, offered at...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent controls would ‘act against the interests of tenants’

Private rental prices paid by tenants continued to slow last month suggesting that rent controls may leave tenants worse off. Rent paid...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £7,400 as council secures 125th prosecution against rogue operators

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay £7,400 after failing to obtain a license to rent out a property in...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New platform to help landlords buy and sell property while tenanted

Many buy-to-let landlords are reluctant to sell a tenanted property because it can increase the chances of the sale falling through...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Proposed selective licensing scheme scrapped

A plan to introduce a new selective licensing scheme in Telford has been scrapped by Telford & Wrekin Council after more...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New tenant app designed to improve communication with landlords

A new tenant app, designed to improve the communications between landlords and tenants, has been launched by property management software firm,...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government must support ‘prominent role’ the PRS plays in housing sector

A mix of tax reforms and tighter regulation for the buy-to-let sector must not prevent private landlords from being able to...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Total amount millennials pay in rent starts to fall as more become homeowners

Tenants collectively paid a whopping £51.6bn in rent last year, which is £1.8bn higher than the previous year and more than...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental prices edge up again in January says Homelet

Rental prices continued to rise in January, albeit marginally, according to the latest HomeLet Rental Index. The average rent agreed on a...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Profits at Nationwide fall due to ‘subdued buy-to-let mortgage market’

Nationwide has seen profits fall following a drop in buy-to-let mortgages as demand for rental properties continue to fall. It is currently...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in serious mortgage arrears

There has been a significant increase in the number of landlords who are seriously behind with their mortgage payments, new figures...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Close to half of BTL landlords looking to expand portfolios

Almost half of buy-to-let landlords are looking to expand their property portfolios despite recent tax changes in the industry, according to...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Prime London housing market report – rents rise in Q4 2017

Rental values in prime London increased by 2.5% in the final quarter of 2017, up 1.2% on the corresponding period in...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

What is the most profitable London borough for Airbnb hosts?

Buy-to-let landlords looking for an impressive return on investment in the capital through Airbnb stays should look to invest in East...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New free tenancy agreement tool launched for DIY landlords

A new free Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) contract creator tool that allows DIY landlords to create a bespoke, legally-binding tenancy agreement...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property remains a ‘popular investment choice’

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

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property manager hit with £10,500 fine for unlicensed HMO

A company and the manager of a house of multiple occupation (HMO) in South Hampstead, north-west London, have been hit with...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents rise across every UK region for the first time in 19 months

The average cost of renting a home is now increasing across every UK region for the first time in 19 months,...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Greater demand for retirement rentals

There has been a rise in the number of people wanting to step off the housing ladder and rent in retirement...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Expat demand for buy-to-let property increases

There has been a sharp rise in the number of expats in Australia looking to invest in UK buy-to-let property, despite...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

A fifth of landlords in outer London forced to reduce rents

Weaker demand from tenants has resulted in rental price falls in parts of the capital, as some landlords are being forced...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Investor interest in buy-to-let nosedives

  There has been a significant decline in buy-to-let acquisitions since 2015 owed primary to tax and regulatory changes, new figures show. A...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Renting a home is ‘out of reach’ for many young people

We all know that buying a home is a distant dream for many young people without wealthy parents, but there is...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman Services moves away from ‘broken’ housing market

Using an ombudsman has long been a pretty successful way of trying to resolve a complaint with a property firm without...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Fake landlord sentenced to six years in prison

An unscrupulous individual pretending to be a private landlord in order to scam more than £10,000 from unsuspecting tenants before going...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Police seize up to £50,000 worth of cannabis in raid

Police in Plymouth have seized up to £50,000 worth of cannabis in a raid. Officers searched a rented property in Plymouth Hoe,...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Major fine imposed ‘should act as a lesson to all landlords’ in the PRS

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined almost £34,000 for putting tenants at risk. Harbhajan Singh Dhami pleaded guilty to not one, but 32...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

TMA adds Chorley Building Society to its lender panel

TMA Club has added Chorley Building Society to its lender panel, offering members immediate access to a wide range of buy-to-let...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

London property hotspots – where should you invest in 2018?

With 65,000 affordable new homes planned to be built in London per year, it would appear that the capital is offering...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Did you miss the tax return deadline?

The 31st January deadline to submit your self-assessment tax return for the year ended 5 April 2017 has come and gone, but almost...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Cannabis farm discovered at rented property in Plymouth

A major cannabis farm was discovered over the weekend at a house in Plymouth city centre after two police community support...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans launches cashback offer

We all know that regulatory changes to lending in this country has made it harder for portfolio landlords to secure a...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Landmark legal decision could see rogue landlords forced to give up all earnings

Criminal landlords who crammed up to 40 migrants inside their semi-detached townhouse in north-west London face losing hundreds of thousands of...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Legal challenges launched against Right to Rent policy

Two separate legal challenges have been launched against government's 'Right to Rent' policy. The scheme, which requires landlords to check the immigration...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

How to improve the rental market for tenants

Landlord licensing, a database of rogue landlords and improved rent controls are among some of the primary measures proposed by renters...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

What should landlords be aware of going into 2018?

The buy-to-let property market is currently experiencing a wave of reforms, with the government looking to alter the way in which...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Legal & General announces Brighton as next city for Build to Rent homes

Legal & General has announced that it will be creating 200 new Build to Rent (BTR) homes in Brighton as part...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

What’s the true cost of holding an empty property?

According to official figures, more than 200,000 homes in England were empty for at least six months during 2016. In London,...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

The biggest turn-offs for prospective renters

A dirty property has been identified as the most off-putting factor for people looking for a new home to rent. New figures...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t cut corners with gas

As a landlord you should be aware that you are responsible for the safety of your tenants, and that is why...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords urged to invest in key northern cities

Buy-to-let investors seeking the best returns should look at investing in key northern cities where the gap between asking and achieved...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rate of rental price decline moderates in prime central London

Average rents in prime central London recorded a fall of 3.1% over the course of 2017, but the rate of decline...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

The Scottish rental market is ‘a great place to invest’

Rental price growth north of the border continued to outstrip the rest of the UK with an annual rise of 1.7%...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £4k for ‘appalling’ property

A but-to-let landlord in south east London has been penalised for allowing his elderly tenants to live in a property that...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Financial demands placed on tenants ‘has never been greater’

With tenants privately renting from a landlord now typically paying more than half of their income in rent, a growing number...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

The government is “in the pockets of rogue landlords”, says Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused the Tory government of intentionally not fixing the housing crisis after revelations that thousands of...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Investors eye ‘real estate opportunities’ rather than new assets

Fresh research into how investors are planning to manage their financial strategy in 2018 shows that more than half - 53%...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Panel recommends that short lets should be curbed in Scotland

Buy-to-let landlords in Scotland should not be permitted to use Airbnb, and equivalent websites, to rent out their properties for longer...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords benefit from falling mortgage rates

The average two-year buy-to-let fixed mortgage deal at 75% loan-to-value (LTV) has fallen to a record-low of 2.47%, as many landlords...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Last minute self assessment tax return tips

With the 31 January deadline for the 2016/17 self assessment tax returns almost upon us, Blick Rothenberg offers some last minute...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

London’s housing crisis putting greater pressure on the PRS

The housing crisis is the greatest challenge London faces. Years of not building enough new homes, including affordable housing, mean many...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

The young prioritise property over pensions

The future of the pensions industry has been dealt a further blow as young people feel saving for property is more...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental stock hits all-time high

The number of properties letting agents managed in December reached a record-high, according to ARLA Propertymark’s December Private Rented Sector (PRS) report. The 200 properties...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Mansfield BS launches family buy-to-let deal at 100% ICR

Mansfield Building Society has launched a new family buy-to-let mortgage that enables landlords to let out their property to a close...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: Britain’s top 10 buy-to-let hotspots

Liverpool, Nottingham and Cardiff are among the latest hotspots for buy-to-let investors looking for the best returns. The latest edition of Private...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL investors buying property at auction were ‘cautiously optimistic’ last year

Auctions are a great way to acquire property competitively, with a wide range of great investment deals often going under the...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage tax relief cut doesn’t add up for BTL landlords

The phasing out of mortgage interest relief from last April will soon start to make it harder for buy-to-let landlords to make...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government confronts unfair practices in the leasehold market

We have seen a significant amount of publicity recently surrounding the sale of leasehold houses and the imposition of significant ground...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay over £10k for poor property management

A buy-to-let landlord in Tiptree has been fined for poor property management that left a family in Poor living conditions. Mohibur Rahman,...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Is the health and safety of your tenants being unwittingly compromised?

As a landlord you will undoubtedly be aware that you are responsible for the safety of your tenants, and that includes...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Increase your profits with these top tips

There are plenty of changes that you could make to ensure 2018 is more profitable, with Simple Landlords Insurance advising buy-to-let...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Skipton’s ‘popular’ BTL mortgage deals offer ‘great value’

Skipton Building Society has cut rates on selected buy-to-let mortgages, as competition between mortgage lenders remains strong. The new buy-to-let range includes...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £29k for putting tenants’ lives ‘at risk’

Dangerous electrical mains installation, ‘defective’ sanitary fitments in both the bathroom and kitchen, and a ‘lack of automatic fire detection’, were among...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

East of England sees fastest growth in rents

The average rent in England and Wales hit £850 a month in December, up 2.2% year-on-year, led by gains in the...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

HMOs provide highest rental yields for landlords

Buy-to-let landlords looking to secure high rental yields should consider investing in Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) which continue to outperform...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Paragon sees significant growth in buy-to-let lending

Despite a challenging 2017 for the buy-to-let market, characterised by tax and regulatory changes, including the first stage of the phasing out...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in Wakefield will face fines up to £30,000 under new rules

Buy-to-let landlords who fail to comply with minimum standards will face fines up to £30,000 for each offence under tough new...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord cuts buy-to-let rates

Accord Buy To Let has overhauled its buy-to-let mortgage range by introducing 17 new products and reducing rates by up to...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage availability: a taxing challenge for would-be incorporated landlords

The majority of UK landlords did not set out to create significant property businesses and, even today, about half (49.7%) of...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Scottish rents dipped in the final quarter of 2017

Rents in Scotland fell marginally in the final three months of 2017, the latest figures show. Fresh data from letting agent portal...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental price inflation picks up in December, HomeLet says

Annual rental price growth in the UK edged up in December, HomeLet said on Tuesday. The latest HomeLet Rental Index reveals that...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL lender joins SimplyBiz panel

Buy-to-let lender Landbay has been added to the SimplyBiz Mortgages panel. The lender offers a host of products aimed at buy-to-let landlords, including...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Could direct debit be the answer to rental arrears?

Rental arrears – or the potential for rent arrears – are the bane of every landlord’s life, to the degree that...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips to improve your properties’ EPC ratings

With less than three months until the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) are introduced in April 2018, Mike Feely of...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New deposit protection training for landlords in Norwich

Landlords in Norwich are being offered an opportunity to attend a couple of workshops designed to give landlords and property professionals...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Al Rayan cuts Sharia-compliant buy-to-let rates

Buy-to-let landlords seeking an alternative to conventional, interest-bearing, property finance products, may be interested to learn that Islamic buy-to-let property finance...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

The new tenant legislation ‘needs to go much further’, says leading agent

A leading letting agent has warned that new measures to protect tenants do not go far enough. The government announced earlier this...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £70,000 for safety breaches

A landlord in Luton has been handed the largest fine the town has ever seen for breaches of the law regarding...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords allegedly making millions out of housing benefits

Rogue landlords are profiting from the housing benefit system by enticing desperate local authorities to place single homeless people into small...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

How to be a successful landlord in five easy steps

Tenants that have nothing but respect and praise for their landlords are the sort of tenants that are likely to be...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

More than half of Brits face issues with agents

More than half of those who bought, sold or rented a home in the last five years had issues with their...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

A ‘perfect storm’ is brewing for buy-to-let landlords

News that a growing number of buy-to-let landlords are likely to exit the private rented sector or reduce the size of...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

RLA supports new measures to improve the safety of tenants

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has expressed its support for new legislation that will help ensure rented homes are safe and...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Coventry for Intermediaries’ BTL fixed rates fall to record low

Coventry for Intermediaries has reduced rates across its entire buy-to-let range, with new deals including its lowest ever two- and five-year...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Digital BTL mortgage brokerage aims to become ‘destination site’ for landlords

A recently launched digital buy-to-let mortgage brokerage service that enables landlords to find, compare and secure the best mortgage deals available...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

London ‘remains a no-go’ zone for buy-to-let investors

London continued to be the worst performing region in Britain when it comes to house prices, with values falling by 0.8%...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage activity dips as rules get tougher

Activity in the buy-to-let mortgage market took a dip in November, owed in part to the base rate rise and tougher...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Modest rental growth recorded in December

Rent paid by tenants to private landlords in Britain rose by 1.2% in the year to December, the Office for National...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landbay eases portfolio stress tests

Specialist buy-to-let mortgage lender Landbay has announced that it is changing its underlying portfolio stress tests for portfolio landlords. It will now...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord/management company restrictions survey launched

The Conveyancing Association (CA) has in conjunction with HM Land Registry launched a new survey as part of an informal consultation...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

The North West of England remains ‘the best region for BTL investors’

With house prices increasingly steady outside of London and the South East, the housing market across many parts of the country...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Reality star makes surprise appearance on Judge Rinder over dispute with landlord

Ex-Big Brother TV star Heavy D was humiliated on ITV daytime show Judge Rinder yesterday after having a case against his...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Race row landlord to sue vlogger for calling him a racist

A controversial buy-to-let landlord who last year banned ‘coloured people’ from renting any of his properties because ‘they make them smell...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Parliament to discuss giving tenants legal right to challenge landlords this week

A Private Members’ Bill put forward by Labour MP, Karen Buck, which offers tenants the legal right to take action against...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Skipton unveils new retention range

It was announced this morning that Skipton Building Society has launched a range of retention buy-to-let and residential mortgage products in...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants to be given legal right to challenge landlords

Tenants will be given the right to take legal action against landlords who offer properties that are not ‘fit for human...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Proportion of homes acquired by landlords at 9-year low, says Countrywide

The proportion of homes bought by a landlord fell to a nine-year low of just 12.5% last year, as higher taxes...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords have shown remarkable resilience despite buy-to-let crackdown

But-to-let landlords have shown remarkable resilience and adaptability in the face of the onslaught on their livelihoods, following justifiable concerns about...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New range of buy-to-let products launched by Skipton

A new range of intermediary only fixed rate buy-to-let products has been launched by Skipton Intermediaries. The new fee free five-year buy-to-let...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Here’s why many landlords won’t rent to Universal Credit claimants

Earlier this week, the Liberal Democrat’s Work and Pensions spokesperson, Stephen Lloyd, warned that the government needed to introduce default payments to...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

West Suffolk councils approve new powers to combat rogue landlords

West Suffolk councils have agreed to clamp down on dodgy landlords by adopting new powers to tackle them, following a joint...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord given suspended prison sentence for ignoring gas safety

A buy-to-let landlord has been given a suspended prison sentence, instructed to undertake community service and ordered to pay almost £6,500...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Vida Homeloans and Personal Touch Financial Services join forces

Vida Homeloans will start to provide specialist residential and buy-to-let mortgages to clients of Personal Touch Financial Services’ after being appointed...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

One in five landlords set to reduce their portfolio, says NLA

A high number of landlords plan to scale back buy-to-let investments over the next 12 months, according to a new study....

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to be ready for next year’s letting fees crackdown

The government announced yesterday that the implementation of the ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants will not take place...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords warned of growing residential subletting trend

In most cases, a tenant needs their landlord’s consent before they can sublet their home, and yet some tenants seem to...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent ‘eats up a shockingly high proportion of people’s wages’

Tenants are spending an increasing proportion of their earnings on rent, new figures have revealed. Fresh research undertaken by rentals platform CreditLadder...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents increase across the UK but at their lowest level since 2014

The average asking rent across the UK, excluding London, increased by 0.7% in 2017, which is the lowest rate of growth...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent: Young adults fear they will never be able to buy property

Home ownership is increasingly out of reach for young people without the bank of Mum and Dad, according to a new...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Appointing a new housing minister is ‘a step in the wrong direction’

Theresa May continued to shake-up her ministerial team yesterday by handing jobs to several junior ministers, but he her decision to...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord set to appeal against convictions

A buy-to-let landlord who was convicted of nine counts of breaching regulations for a house in multiple occupation (HMO) that he...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New partnership to help landlords receive ‘maximum benefit from their investment’

Independent mortgage broker John Charcol has teamed up with online letting agent Upad to help landlords maximise their buy-to-let investment. The partnership...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Metro Bank refreshes BTL range with five-year fix at 2.39%

Metro Bank has refreshed its buy-to-let range by introducing a 2.39% five-year fixed rate deal at 60% loan-to-value (LTV) while its...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit debate should lead to ‘improvements for tenants and landlords’

The Liberal Democrat’s Work and Pensions Spokesperson, Stephen Lloyd MP, will today initiate a debate in Parliament on the impact of...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords will still claim £16.7bn in relief despite tax changes

Buy-to-let landlords will still benefit from £16.7bn worth of tax relief, based on claims from the latest year’s tax returns, even...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

TMA adds Paragon Bank to its lender panel

TMA Club has added Paragon Bank to its lender panel, offering members immediate access to a wide range of buy-to-let products...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords among those accused of fly-tipping in Swindon

Fly-tipping has become rife and is creating a blot on the landscape around the Manchester Road area of Swindon due to...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Self Assessment tax returns: Help and support for landlords

It’s that time of year again. Filing an annual tax return is a necessary task for every self-employed person, including buy-to-let...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body welcomes changes to Universal Credit

The government’s decision to make it easier for landlords to apply for Alternative Payment Arrangements (APAs) without the consent of tenants’...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental price growth ‘expected to accelerate this year’

UK rents grew by 0.56% in 2017, led by gains in London commuter hotspots, according to the latest rental price index...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord offers to help landlords manage ‘upfront costs of remortgaging a property’

Accord Buy To Let is offering landlords who remortgage a £500 cashback on selected loans, including eight remortgage deals. The intermediary-only lender,...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

London is slowing as government works its way through Brexit negotiations

The market in London started to slow about three years ago, with property prices at the upper to high end of...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Where to invest in 2018?

With the New Year now upon us, those thinking of investing in property want to know what is going to happen...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

What does 2018 have in store for landlords?

Undoubtedly, 2017 was another tough year for landlords. With so many legislative changes in the last 18 months (wear and tear...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £20k

A buy-to-let landlord has been convicted of nine counts of breaching regulations for a house in multiple occupation (HMO) that he...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

‘How landlords can adapt to survive the current economic climate’

2017 was a year of flux for landlords, with Brexit becoming a reality and two Budgets from Phillip Hammond dictating the...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent payments should be added to tenant’s credit score, says PayProp

PayProp has added its voice to growing calls for rent payments to be added to a tenant’s credit score. The automated rental...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Newbury launches new BTL calculator

A new buy-to-let affordability calculator, which works with the new stress rate of 5.5% and takes top-slicing into account, has been...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Grainger set to acquire Sheffield PRS scheme for £32m

Grainger plc, the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, has exchanged contracts with Abode Hallam Limited after agreeing a deal to acquire...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

2017 was a ‘tough year’ for landlords but there is still ‘appetite’ for BTL

The phasing out of mortgage interest relief and tougher mortgage lending conditions contributed to what was a rather difficult 2017 for...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit worries leave PCL’s private rental market in limbo

Uncertainties over Brexit will continue to hit property investor sentiment in prime central London (PCL), according to a leading letting agent. While...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New portal aims ‘to make life easier’ for landlords

A new landlord portal has been launched by The Nottingham with a view to making it easier for buy-to-let investors. The new...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips on how to finance a property purchase at auction

Auction rooms across the UK are often filled with property investors, including many buy-to-let landlords, looking to buy property, ensuring that...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

High yields in Leicester should attract ‘even the most cautious investor’

With the plans for the Northern Powerhouse in full flow and the housing market in London currently being outperformed by other...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit theft total hits £926k in 2017

Rogue letting agents were reportedly convicted of stealing just over £926,000 worth of tenancy deposits in 2017, fresh analysis from deposit-free...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Scottish rental market ‘remains on a positive trend’

The annual rate of rental price growth in Scotland hit 2.2% in November, the latest Your Move buy-to-let index shows. On a...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Scarborough face £100 fine for late application

The deadline for landlords in parts of Scarborough’s Castle and North Bay wards to apply for a license under the local...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government announces further crackdown on ‘rogue landlords’

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) yesterday announced fresh plans to clamp down on rogue landlord practices such as...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from everyone at Landlord Today

What a year it’s been! There was an unanticipated snap general election, the unexpected result, and consequently what we have now...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Ticking time bomb of interest-only mortgages

Many interest-only mortgage borrowers, including a significant proportion of buy-to-let landlords, have no plan in place to repay the capital when...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Top New Year's resolutions for self-employed landlords

As we prepare ourselves for the New Year, the chances are you, along with plenty of other people, have big plans for...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property investment decisions need to be made with a ‘long-term view’

With the new year almost upon us, now is a good time to think about your property investment strategy and potentially...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Secure a five-year fixed rate now to ensure you enjoy a ‘good night’s sleep’

With five-year buy-to-let mortgage rates currently among the lowest levels ever seen, a leading mortgage broker is urging more BTL landlords...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords offered new way to buy replacement boilers for their properties

With buy-to-let let landlords making up around 30% of the replacement boiler market in this country, one firm is looking to...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New expat BTL mortgage launched by Aldermore

A new buy-to-let mortgage designed for British expats has been launched by Aldermore Bank, which is available through Expat Packager in...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord aims to raise £100,000 for charities in 3,000 mile bike ride

A community-spirited buy-to-let landlord is preparing to saddle up for an epic 3,000 mile coast to coast bike ride from the...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Checklist: How to winter-proof your rental properties

It is that time of year again! With a distinct chill in the air and dampness on the ground, the cold...

23 December 2017

From: Breaking News

You and your tenants need to be vigilant over the festive period

Christmas is almost here and there is a good chance that your tenants may be going away over the festive period,...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord jailed for ‘blatant disregard for fire safety’

A landlord in Ilford, Essex, has been sentenced to four months in jail for continuing to rent out his property despite...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord offers his flat for free to homeless people this Christmas

A buy-to-let landlord who used to live in his car is offering his flat for free to homeless people over the...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords will pass ‘green tax’ onto tenants says RLA

Hundreds of thousands of buy-to-let landlords will be required to pay a ‘green tax’ of up to £2,500 per property upfront...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas from Landlord Today

The team at Landlord Today would like wish you all the very best for the festive season. We would like to say...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Top rental searches unveiled by Rightmove

As 2017 draws to a close, Rightmove has released fresh data, based on searches by prospective tenants browsing its website, revealing...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Is there an uoccupancy clause in your building insurance?

Buy-to-let landlords are being urged to check the small print in their building insurance to ensure that their building insurance covers...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord database ‘will save lives’ says LFB

The mayor of London’s decision to launch a new public online database which ‘names and shames’ rogue landlords and letting agents...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage sales rose sharply in November

Buy-to-let mortgage sales increased by 10.8%, or £334.1m, in November compared with a month earlier, fresh analysis of the intermediary marketplace...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

NLA won’t endorse new cost cap for energy efficiency improvements

The government’s proposal to introduce a cost cap of £2,500, down from £5,000, on the amount any landlord would need to...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New database leaves rogue landlords with ‘nowhere to hide’

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan yesterday launched a new public online database which ‘names and shames’ dodgy landlords and letting...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents fell in real terms in 2017 - HomeLet

Annual rental price growth in the UK slowed to just 0.7% in November, down from 0.9% a month earlier, HomeLet’s latest...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Higher demand for five-year fixes as landlords seek a ‘great rate for longer’

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are looking to lock into mortgage deals offering a longer period of certainty, such as...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

House prices edge higher as BTL landlords target properties ‘further afield’

Residential property prices across England and Wales increased in November for the first time in eight months, supported in part by...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Council plans 1,100% selective licensing fee hike for some landlords

Buy-to-let landlords with rental properties in Peterborough will now have to pay £600 for a five-year licence to rent out a...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined over £11,000 after being found guilty of multiple offences

A buy-to-let landlord in Flintshire has been given 28 days to pay a fine of £11,081 after being found guilty of...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans increases max BTL LTV to 80%

Foundation Home Loans has increased its maximum buy-to-let loan-to-value (LTV) from 75% to 80% on both its standard and first-time landlord...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Over four in 10 landlords are reluctant to rent to those without a British passport

Some 42% of private landlords say the Right to Rent scheme has made them less likely to let to those without...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Evicted tenant treated for depression as tax hikes force landlords to sell up

A mother of five who was forced to endure what has been described as ‘six months of family hell’ is being...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

House prices could drop as a result of landlords exiting the market

The signs are that 2018 looks set to be another difficult year for buy-to-let landlords as tax hikes bite. An increasing number...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant jailed for attempted arson

A deranged tenant in Scarborough has been sentenced to 32 months in prison after he attempted to set fire to his...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body, which works with 81,000 landlords, appoints new chairman

Adrian Jeakings, who has previous experience as president of the Newspaper Society, chairman of the News Media Association and CEO of...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Top rental hotspots in 2017 revealed!

Whilst it has been a challenging year for private landlords, the buy-to-let sector continues to offer plenty of investment opportunities, but...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Millennials will have spent over £110k on rent by the time they buy a home

Millennials renting in this country will have spent more than £110,000 in rent by the time they are finally in a...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Haringey Council launches consultation on new Selective Licensing Scheme

Haringey Council has launched a public consultation on plans to introduce two new Selective Landlord Licensing schemes in the London borough. The...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Listen: landlord and tenant swap stories - ‘Encounters’

As well all know, the landlord is required to provide the property, the tenant needs to pay their rent on time and ideally they...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

3mc launches new expat buy-to-let deal

3mc has launched a new buy-to-let mortgage deal designed for use by British expats, which is funded by Aldermore Bank. Borrowing rates...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Government urged to introduce new buy-to-let tax on ‘nightly letting’

Buy-to-let landlords who let out their properties as short-term holiday lets should be hit with fresh taxes to deter them from...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

UK letting market enjoys ‘robust’ boost, claims Agency Express

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

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

TSB and Natwest introduce new BTL mortgage products

TSB has introduced a range of new two-year fixed rate mortgage deals, while Natwest has cut rates on selected deals to...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Marginal decline in rents as 2017 draws to a close

There was a symbolic decline in UK rents last month, new figures show. The average UK rent dropped by 0.01% in November, and...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Protect tenants by regulating letting agents, says property manager

All letting agents should be regulated and required to have minimum training qualifications in order to reduce the number of rogue...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Are private landlords discriminating against students?

The majority of private landlords will not rent to students because they are concerned about the damage they could do to...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgages now make up almost a fifth of all mortgages - Paragon

Buy-to-let mortgages made up 17% of all mortgage cases in the three months to October, according to a new report by Paragon...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Renting in retirement is rapidly becoming a ‘lifestyle choice’

There has been a sharp rise in the number of people wanting to step off the property ladder and rent in...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

UK rents set to rise in 2018, latest forecast suggests

Rent prices will increase next year, according to the latest property market analysis. Shortages of suitable properties to let and greater demand...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax hikes is incentivising the use of homes as ‘short-term holiday lets’

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are letting out their homes as short-term holiday lets, making them no longer available for...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay over £5k for putting tenants at risk

A private landlord in Northampton has been fined £3,300 and ordered to pay the council’s £1,890.26 legal costs along with a...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Skipton Building Society this morning relaunched a number of its fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages cutting rates by up to 0.25%. The society...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Four in 10 homes bought under Right to Buy now owned by private landlords

Ever since Margaret Thatcher declared her belief in a ‘property-owning democracy’ and introduced Right to Buy in 1980, the UK was...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers offered chance to get foot on the property ladder through BTL

First-time buyers will no longer have to own a residential property in order to access finance from Barclays to invest in...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Accidental landlords add 80,000 rented homes to the market

A slower sales market in the south of England has revived the accidental landlord as more people chose to rent their...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Coventry for Intermediaries reduces BTL two-year fixed rates by 0.2%

Coventry for Intermediaries has cut rates on its two-year fixed buy-to-let range by 0.2%, with rates now starting from 1.49%. New two-year...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Whopping fine should ‘serve as a warning to any other rogue landlords’

A rogue landlord in Newmarket who exposed tenants to ‘significant risk’ has been ordered to pay almost £33,000 after being found...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords continue to benefit from ‘healthy capital growth and high yields’

Investment in buy-to-let continues to outperform most major asset classes, at a time of low saving rates and stock market volatility. Despite...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL sector is becoming the preserve of experienced long-term investors

A combination of tax reform and stricter regulation for landlords is slowing the growth of the private rented sector (PRS), despite...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New auction platform allows prospective tenants to bid for rental properties online

A new online property auction platform is launching that enables estate agents to add an auction element to both sales and...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Heavy fines for illegal subletters

A property firm with assets in the Virgin Islands has paid a £8,000 civil penalty to Brent Council after two tenants...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords face emergency repair price hike over Christmas period

Private landlords could be charged up to 50% more for an emergency repair call out over the Christmas period, compared to...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Principality reduces mortgage rates to help ‘customers prosper’

Principality Building Society has reignited the mortgage rate war by reducing rates across some of its buy-to-let mortgage products. The lender said...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise sharply

Rents are forecast to see strong growth between 2018 and 2022, according to the latest residential property forecast from Knight Frank. The...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

‘I'm very sorry she’s my landlord’

Singer Lily Allen has sparked an angry online backlash after claiming on Twitter that she is set to be homeless for...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Portfolio BTL enquiries soar

There has been a significant increase in enquiries from portfolio landlords following the introduction of the new Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA)...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

The Cambridge reduce rates across its BTL range

The Cambridge has launched a new range of buy-to-let mortgages, as the lender battles to remain competitive. Highlights include a two-year fixed rate...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords sell up as buy-to-let crackdown bites

The past few months have seen a number of buy-to-let investors sell up, and this is expected to place upward pressure...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property manager jailed after stealing money from landlords

A crooked property manager who pocketed thousands of pounds in rental income which he failed to pass on to landlords has been...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords welcome changes to Universal Credit but ‘further reforms’ needed

Recent changes to Universal Credit have been broadly welcomed, which largely explains why more buy-to-let landlords are prepared to rent to...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage rates are ‘shooting upwards’

The average two-year tracker buy-to-let mortgage rate has increased by 0.2% over the past month, following the Bank of England base...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

LSL launches new exclusive BTL deals with Leeds BS

LSL Group has launched two new five-year fixed rate buy-to-let products with Leeds Building Society The products, with rates of 2.94% and...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for putting ‘safety, well-being and lives’ of tenants at risk

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay almost £6,500 for renting out four houses in Nottingham without a license. Dilip Gohil...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Database of rogue landlords and agents to be introduced in April

It has been confirmed that a database of rogue landlords and letting agents as well as new banning orders will be...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Council is slammed for siding with landlord who ‘illegally’ evicted family

Maidstone Borough Council has been criticised by a government watchdog and ordered to pay in excess of £4,000 after a private...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Shelter Scotland welcomes ‘reform of private renting’

The introduction of a new form of Scottish private residential tenancy has been welcomed by Shelter Scotland. The new private residential tenancy...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords adapting to controversial tax changes

But-to-let landlords are adapting to ongoing restrictions to tax relief on buy-to-let mortgage interest, with almost half of all landlords having...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New tool to help landlords comply with licensing schemes

A new online platform designed to help landlords keep on top of new licensing schemes and consultations has been launched by...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Things to check when choosing landlord home emergency cover

Working as a landlord involves dealing with the occasional less-than-calm phone call in the middle of the night about a broken...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Four in five tenants deterred by a bad property advert or viewing

Some 80% of prospective tenants have been put off renting a property through a letting agent due to a misleading property...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees crackdown may deter many landlords from using agents

The government’s plan to ban letting agents in England from charging fees to tenants will deter up to 30% of buy-to-let...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Major PRS changes in Scotland

A new form of Scottish private residential tenancy will be introduced tomorrow. The new private residential tenancy (PRT) will replace the existing...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Welsh housing minister to address Future Renting Wales conference today

The Welsh minister for housing and regeneration, Rebecca Evans AM, will address the RLA’s Future Renting Wales conference in Cardiff today.  The Future...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The Melton reaffirms its ‘support for the buy-to-let market’

An interest coverage ratio of 130% against a stressed interest rate of 5.5% for pound-for-pound buy-to-let remortgages has been introduced by...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The UK remains ‘one of the best places in the world to buy property’

International investors’ interest in the UK buy-to-let market is starting to increase once more, according to a new Liquid Expat Mortgages...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord who rented out an illegally converted property is jailed

A landlord who failed to provide his tenants with adequate living conditions has been sent to jail. Majid Saniinejad, of Stoke Newington,...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News