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Landlord insurance: Is making a claim always a good idea?

Can claiming on your landlord insurance be a false economy? In some cases the answer appears to be yes, particularly when...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant jailed for illegally subletting house

A private tenant occupying a three-bedroom house in north-west London has been jailed after he was caught illegally subletting the property...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for renting out bed in shed

A landlord has been fined ordered to pay £5,000 for allowing tenants to sleep in an outbuilding in Enfield, north London. Sanjiv...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Families make ‘good, reliable, and long-term tenants’

Properties rented to families take up the least amount of property management time when compared to other types of tenants, fresh...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Skipton reduces BTL rates by up to 0.23%

Skipton Building Society has cut rates by up to 0.23% across its buy-to-let range on both new acquisition and remortgage deals. The...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Momentum improves as there is a rise in both ‘to let’ and ‘let’ properties

Following a slowdown in rental market activity in April, new letting data from the Agency Express Property Activity Index has revealed...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government publishes new guidance for landlords to further protect tenants

New guidance for landlords to further protect tenants from poor living conditions has been published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government to review selective licensing across the private rental sector

The government yesterday announced a review to look at how selective licensing is used across the private rental sector in order...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Licencing doesn’t work’, says ARLA Propertymark

The government’s decision to review how selective licensing is used across the private rental sector in order to find out how well...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Price comparison site launches buy-to-let tool

GoCompare has launched a new tool to help determine where you should invest your money for the best capital growth and...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords could save thousands by switching their mortgage deal

Landlords are being reminded to do all they can to avoid the trap awaiting borrowers when fixed-rate mortgage deals end. A third...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Two-thirds of renters do not intend to purchase property

More than two thirds of UK renters have no plans to acquire a property, according to new research by landlord insurer...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

The Mansfield launches expat buy-to-let product

Mansfield Building Society is hoping to tap in to demand from British expats seeking to invest in the UK buy-to-let market...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Telford & Wrekin Council handed £388k cash boost to tackle rogue landlords

The government is hoping to improve standards in the private rented sector in Telford by handing £388,925 to Telford & Wrekin...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let remains an attractive asset class with the best yields up north

Buy-to-let returns continue to outperform many major asset classes with property investors in northern areas benefitting from higher yields, owed in...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Cap tenant deposits at three weeks as part of ‘fairer deal’ for renters, say Labour

The tenancy security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents should be capped at a maximum of three...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Ipswich BS introduces new buy-to-let and credit repair rates

The Ipswich Building Society has launched two new products to its buy-to-let range as well as added three products to its...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Limited edition BTL range launched by Precise

A new limited edition five-year fixed rate buy-to-let range with reduced rates and product fees has been launched by Precise Mortgages. The...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Universal credit flaws leads to tragic death of a tenant

A benefit claimant who faced debt, rent arrears and potential eviction as a result of policy design flaws in universal credit,...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords owed thousands by collapsed letting firm

Landlords in Norfolk claim that they are owed thousands in unpaid rent while tenant deposits were left unprotected by a local...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

How much do you know about landlords’ rights and responsibilities?

As a private landlord you are bound by specific housing legislation, which provide tenants with certain basic rights. From keeping your property...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Council launches new private rental scheme in bid to provide more homes

Peterborough City Council has launched a new private rental scheme aimed at landlords who are looking for a long term tenant...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Vernon introduces new range of BTL mortgage deals

Vernon Intermediaries has launched a selection of new buy-to-let mortgage deals. The mortgage products, which are each available for a fixed term...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents set to rise as demand outstrips supply

Rents in the UK are set to increase as demand for rental properties grows, but the number of homes coming on...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp decline in the number of homes to let

The UK is facing a critical rental shortage as many landlords continue to offload properties due to recent tax a change,...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant fined for damaging landlord’s car after tenancy deposit dispute

An angry tenant who damaged his landlord’s car following a tenancy deposit dispute has been ordered to pay £1,351 repairs. Nottingham Magistrates'...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Kensington Mortgages cuts rates and offers higher LTV mortgage lending

Kensington Mortgages has increased the loan-to-value limits and reduced rates on a series of its buy-to-let mortgages to improve the affordability...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans extends borrowing limits across BTL range

Foundation Home Loans has upped the maximum amount landlords can borrow and cut rates across its buy-to-let range, including products for...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

These are the big issues facing property investors, including BTL landlords

Brexit uncertainty, higher taxation and more stringent mortgage lending conditions are among the toughest challenges currently facing property investors, including buy-to-let...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Kent Reliance launches income-backed buy-to-let proposition

Specialist mortgage lender Kent Reliance has launched an income-backed buy-to-let mortgage for limited companies and individual lending. The mortgage provider will now...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Propio targets BTL investors for new property investment platform

Propio Properties has launched a new online property investment platform that it hopes will appeal to buy-to-let investors looking for a...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS expands buy-to-let mortgage range

Leeds Building Society has added new fixed rate products to its range of mortgage deals. The new mortgages include a 1.44% two-year...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL share of mortgage lending up for first time since Q1 2017

Buy-to-let mortgages accounted for 13.9% of new lending during the first quarter of this year, new figures reveal. Fresh data from the...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban set to be introduced in Wales

Landlords and letting agents could soon be banned from charging fees to private tenants in Wales under plans for a new...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

More landlords opting for 5-year fixed rate deals

A growing number of landlords are opting for five-year fixed rate mortgages in favour of short-term alternatives which demand more stringent...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

A fifth of landlords ‘fell into’ buy-to-let

One in five landlords in this country entered the buy-to-let sector without even planning to, finding themselves with a property ‘accidentally’...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Increasing number of buy-to-let landlords switching to limited companies

Almost two out of five buy-to-let landlords will use limited companies to acquire properties over the next 12 months compared to...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in number of young people applying for a rent guarantor

There has been a significant increase in the number of students and young professionals applying for a rent guarantor to secure...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined after letting out flat with no heating

A landlord from Greater Manchester has been fined for letting out a flat which had no heating during winter. North Staffordshire Justice...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Widespread relief as VAT challenge on student accommodation fails

Landlords, universities and construction firms involved with developing student housing breathed a sigh of relief after HMRC’s appeal against a ruling...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

South West has highest proportion of rented properties let as second homes

The number of properties rented as a second home in Great Britain reached 13,680 last year, the highest number on record,...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

London council extends licensing scheme to five additional wards

One of the most active councils in London when it comes to prosecuting rogue landlords and letting agents has now extended...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

How to avoid fines as a BTL landlord

As a landlord, you have a number of different responsibilities and obligations that you need to stay on top of, in...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Celebrities back campaign to make homes safer

Singer Midge Ure and West End actress Carley Stenson have backed a campaign attempting to make homes in this country safer. Ure...

11 June 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 this week.  Hundreds of buy-to-let landlords...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental growth slows to five-year low

Rental prices in England are increasing at the slowest pace for five years, the latest Landbay Rental Index shows. Rents in England,...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to make clear they are complying with their legal obligations

Buy-to-let landlords north of the border are being urged to demonstrate that they are complying with all of their legal obligations...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Long-term tenants shouldn’t need to be referenced

Tenants who have been renting for 10 years or longer should not have to have to go through the same referencing...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for overcrowded property

A buy-to-let landlord has been reprimanded for housing too many people in a rented property in Peterborough Raashid Alyas, of Mayors Walk...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Charity event sees Draker host exclusive film preview for landlords

Draker letting agents hosted an exclusive charity film screening of Studio 54 at the Soho Hotel for 100 landlords last week....

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government faces High Court challenge over Right to Rent scheme

The High Court has given the go-ahead for a legal review to be launched into the government’s Right to Rent policy. The...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents on the rise again

Rental prices increased by 2% in May compared to the same month last year, the latest HomeLet Rental Index shows. The average...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Is your property ‘OnTheMarket’?

With more house-hunters than ever now starting their search for a new home by typically looking online on one of the major property portals, most landlords would naturally like...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

The Mortgage Lender extends BTL range to whole of market

The Mortgage Lender has extended its buy-to-let offering, ensuring that its products are available to the whole broker market, following a...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Parents face financial risks when agreeing to be a rent guarantor

Young people, particularly students, are increasingly required to provide guarantors when they rent a property, ensuring that if they default on...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Allsop defy political uncertainty, but BTL investors remain cautious

Allsop’s latest residential auction in London raised more than £67m, with a success rate of 75%, but buy-to-let investors in the...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Automated payment systems can protect landlords against letting agency fraud

Automated payment systems can help to reduce letting agency fraud, it has been claimed. PropTech firm PayProp says that automating rental payment...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

New campaign to make electrical testing a legal requirement in England

Industry experts have joined forces to launch a campaign urging policy makers to create legislation on appliance testing in rental properties. It...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Masthaven introduces reduced BTL rates

Masthaven has announced changes to its buy-to-let mortgage range, including reduced rates. Acknowledging that the buy-to-let sector plays an important role in...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ immigration checks ‘creating a hostile environment’, says RLA

The controversial Right to Rent scheme requiring landlords to check the immigration status of new tenants is fuelling discrimination and should...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

London rents rise almost three times faster than wages

New research by the GMB trade union shows that rents in the capital are far outpacing wage growth, with a two-bedroom...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

New online platform to provide buy-to-let investors with an ‘exit strategy’

A new online platform designed to simplify the sale and purchase of buy-to-let property has been launched by Knight Knox. The UK...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government approves new selective licensing scheme

BTL landlords in Redbridge will have to abide by tougher rules after new rental licensing conditions proposed by Redbridge Council were...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord prosecuted for council tax fraud

A buy-to-let landlord who owns 30 properties in York and Leeds has been handed a fine of more than £1,000 and...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent to be challenged in court this week

The government is facing a High Court challenge this week to stop it forcing buy-to-let landlords to check the immigration status of...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

More than 400 landlords fined for Right to Rent breaches

Buy-to-let landlords have been fined on average just over £654 each by the Home office for failing to meet their obligations...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord jailed for fraud

A rogue landlord who swindled £28,000 from a family friend has been sentenced to four years in prison. Mark Thorogood of Maelgwyn...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Furness reduces rates on buy-to-let and holiday let range

Furness Building Society has refreshed its buy-to-let and holiday product ranges, which includes cutting two-year rates by up to 0.56%. The intermediary...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Paradigm teams up with Precise to offer semi-exclusive BTL mortgage

Paradigm Mortgage Services has secured access to a semi-exclusive buy-to-let product from specialist lender Precise Mortgages. Paradigm members are now able to...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants face rent bombshell

Rent hikes are inevitable unless the government reverses tax changes for landlords, it has been claimed.  Tenants face paying an average of £23 a...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Jump in landlords leaving the PRS

The number private landlords selling their buy-to-let properties reached a record high in April due to a raft of recent tax...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Changes to tax relief for landlords affect the armed services

Members of the armed forces deployed within the UK or overseas are being adversely affected by the government’s tax hikes on private...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord Today named among top 10 landlord websites

Landlord Today has been rated as one of the UK’s top websites for buy-to-let landlords, according to Feedspot, a content reader built...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

LendInvest launches buy-to-let legal panel

LendInvest has named firms JMW Solicitors LLP and Lightfoots Solicitors on its first official panel of solicitors for its buy-to-let products.  The...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords advised to prepare for letting fees ban

Buy-to-let landlords are being urged to prepare for the introduction of the letting fees ban, which will make it illegal to...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips for success in the ever changing BTL property market

The UK buy-to-let property market has witnessed some extensive changes over the last couple of years, making the market much more...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in BTL remortgaging activity

There was a sharp rise in remortgaging activity during the first three months of 2018 as buy-to-let landlords lock in lower...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

TMW launches new 50% LTV BTL products

A new range of 50% loan-to-value (LTV) two-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage deals are being launched by The Mortgage Works (TMW). Rates...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

RLA inundated with calls from landlords asking for GDPR guidance

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is receiving an unprecedented number of calls from private landlords seeking last-minute advice on how to...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government responds to petition demanding tax changes for landlords

The government has responded to a petition calling on the reintroduction of full mortgage interest relief and the scrapping of the...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for breaching HMO rules

A buy-to-let landlord in Immingham, near Gimsby, has been ordered to pay £1,380 after being found guilty of renting an unlicensed...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

New landlord group launches in the North East

A consortium of businesses has joined forces to form a new regional landlords association in the North East of England. The North...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Claim your free tickets for The Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show kicks off at Sandown Park in Surrey at the end of next month, and you...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined £370k after breaching enforcement notices on flats

A landlord who built an outbuilding and converted it into eight small flats without planning consent has been ordered to pay...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

The South West’s biggest landlord exhibition returns to Bristol

There are a number of key changes facing private landlords at the moment, which is why this year’s Landlord Expo, to...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Pepper Money reduces rates on selected buy-to-let deals

Pepper Money has cut rates across selected mortgage products as part of an overall revamp of its buy-to-let range. The specialist lender...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Paragon’s profit up 4.7% supported by BTL lending surge

Paragon saw a significant increase in first-half underlying profit supported by its buy-to-let offering. The specialist lender has announced that its first-half...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Changes to landlords’ tax rules needed to boost supply of new homes to rent

With the number of homes coming up to let in short supply, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling on the...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing shortage puts ‘upwards pressure’ on rents in prime central London

A drop in the number of properties coming onto the private rented market in prime central London (PCL) has begun to...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Sainsbury’s Bank enters buy-to-let market

Sainsbury’s Bank has extended its mortgage range with the launch of two-year and five-year buy-to-let products for landlords with a portfolio...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

What features and facilities would renters pay a premium for?

Tenants are often willing to pay more for perks that add something special to a rental property, whether it is a...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agents in Burnley praised for providing tenants with ‘top class service’

Two leading letting agents in Burnley have become the latest to be recognised for their professional approach to looking after their...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Are you ready for GDPR?

From tomorrow a new law will make the consequences of failing to protect personal data for companies and others far more serious. The...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a letting agent worth the investment?

As a property professional working in the lettings market, I feel that the moves to stamp out poor landlord practice and...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

NAPIT seeks to help landlords improve electrical safety in rented homes

The National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) stepped up its efforts to help improve electrical safety in the private...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

South West sees fastest growth in rents

Rents in the South West, which includes the likes of Bristol, Devon and Cornwall, has seen rental price increases outstrip all...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

West One to amend criteria for BTL affordability tests

But-to-let landlords will now be able to use non rental income towards the affordability assessment when applying for second charge buy-to-let...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL investors in Scotland urged to ‘ride the storm’

Landlords continue to feel the pinch after the latest phase of the government crackdown on buy-to-let came into effect last month,...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

London’s most and least pet-friendly boroughs revealed

With the number of people living in private rented accommodation continuing to grow, more tenants are seeking permission to keep pets...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

How to beat the tough rental climate and find a great mortgage deal

By anyone's standards, it’s a tough time to be a landlord. With Brexit just around the corner, a sluggish housing market,...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

All rogue landlords to be ‘named and shamed’ in the capital

Criminal landlords across London will be named and shamed on an online database after all London boroughs signed up to a rogue...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

LendInvest moves to speed up the BTL application process

LendInvest has moved to help streamline the loan application process for brokers applying for buy-to-let loans by expanding upon its existing...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Property should be held as part of a ‘well-diversified portfolio of investments’

A number of people have unsurprisingly invested in property over the years as a means of supplementing their income, supported by...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Claim of ‘mass exodus’ of BTL landlords has been overstated

The private rented sector will not experience a “mass exodus” of private landlords as a result of tax changes and tougher...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Accidental landlords are confused over rental responsibilities

When it comes to rental responsibilities during a tenancy, there remains some confusion among so-called ‘accidental landlords’ when it comes to...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Ideal Flatmate secures £1.25m seed fund

Ideal Flatmate has closed its second round of funding, taking total investment in the company to £1.25m. The website, a compatibility-based flatmate...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Will the Chelsea Flower Show inspire you to add value to your property?

For the next five days, the grounds of the Royal Hospital in SW3 will be home to the world’s most prestigious...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in number of fee-free BTL mortgages

Previously, nearly all buy-to-let mortgages charged a minimum 1% arrangement fee, but fresh data from specialist buy-to-let broker Mortgages for Business...

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Number of interest-only mortgages falls by almost half

The number of interest-only mortgages provided by lenders continues to fall, with the latest data from UK Finance revealing that there...

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Hampshire Trust Bank change BTL and HMO interest cover ratio

Hampshire Trust Bank (HTB) has enhanced the lending criteria on its buy-to-let and home in multiple occupation (HMO) five-year fixed rate...

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rental market activity slows in April

There was a decline in the number of properties let last month, as a fall in supply restricted choice for prospective...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Hackitt report welcomed as a “step in the right direction”

The publication yesterday of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, confirming that landlords and building managers will...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord guilty of treating vulnerable tenants as ‘slaves’

A buy-to-let landlord has been found guilty of exploiting six vulnerable tenants by bullying them into working for him without pay. Hargit...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Seven-day second charge loan enables landlord to grow BTL portfolio

Expert packager Crystal Specialist Finance and Together have teamed up to successfully deliver fast finance enabling their client, a property investment...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp decline in buy-to-let lending as tax and tougher mortgage rules bite

Buy-to-let mortgage lending plummeted during March, as reflected by the latest data released by UK Finance. Fresh figures from the banking industry...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Welsh government to clampdown on ‘sex for rent’ landlords

Buy-to-let landlords in Wales who offer free accommodation in return for sex could lose their operating licences, according to plans being...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Unscrupulous landlord fined for unsafe property

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 after being found guilty of a number of breaches relating to...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Greater demand for The Property Ombudsman services

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) scheme has released its latest annual report revealing an increase in the number of consumers contacting the...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

New combined bridge and buy-to-let mortgage launched

A new bridging and buy-to-let combination mortgage deal with a joint application and underwriting process has been launched by UX Mortgages...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental supply set to fall as landlords look to quit sector

The number of landlords planning to sell some or all of their buy-to-let properties remains at an historic high, according to...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Yorkshire and Humber region identified as a BTL hotspot

The majority of buy-to-let landlords with properties in Yorkshire and Humberside are feeling positive about the future of the rental market, with many...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Legal and General Mortgage Club adds Landbay to its lender panel

Legal and General Mortgage Club has added Landbay to its lender panel, offering members immediate access to a wide range of...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to take action to offset higher letting agent fees

Buy-to-let landlords are being advised to think seriously about how they can recoup costs to help pay for higher letting agents...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

NFB and RLA join forces to improve rental standards

Buy-to-let landlords will hopefully have better access to reputable builders when developing and maintaining homes across England and Wales, following a...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t fall victim to your lenders’ SVR

Buy-to-let landlords are being reminded to do all they can to avoid the trap awaiting borrowers when fixed-rate mortgage deals end. A...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

NatWest increases buy-to-let rates

NatWest has increased rates on its buy-to-let mortgage deals. Its two year fixed-rate buy-to-let purchase deal at 60% loan-to-value (LTV) has been...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

More than 300,000 property sales collapse every year

Various reports suggest that a number of buy-to-let landlords plan to exit the private rented sector due to concerns about the...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to push for longer tenancies

With more than a quarter of those in their late thirties and early forties now renting, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA)...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

North-south rent gap narrows

The north-south gap in rental prices is narrowing, as rent hikes ease in the north but pick up in the south...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agents fined £14k for unlicensed HMOs in Camden

Two letting agents have been hit with £14,000 fines for unlicensed shared properties in Camden, north London. The two rogue letting agents...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let is still an attractive long-term investment

Buy-to-let investment in the long-term is still likely to beat savings rates by a significant margin over the coming years, despite recent...

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £45,000 for substandard housing

A rogue landlord who pleaded guilty to 45 charges relating to properties he owned in Wirral has been fined £32,000 and...

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans has cut rates across its BTL range

Foundation Home Loans has improved its product offering, with a series of price reductions across its buy-to-let product range aimed primarily...

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

New build-to-rent scheme launched in Shoreditch

A new build development of eight luxury flats has come on to the rental market in Shoreditch, east London. The new homes,...

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

A quarter of landlords have the wrong property insurance

Often the best way for a landlord to protect themselves, their property and indeed their tenants is to take out appropriate...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let activity is ‘alive and kicking’

The buy-to-let market in London and the South East has seen stronger levels of activity since the start of the year...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Grainger acquires Southampton PRS scheme for £27m

Grainger plc, the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, has purchased a Private Rented Sector (PRS) build-to-rent development on East Street, an...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Property crowdfunding attracting more international investors

There has been a sharp rise in the number of overseas investors investing in UK crowdfunding development projects, including buy-to-let schemes,...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Top buy-to-let tips from Together

Despite changes to tax relief for residential landlords, buy-to-let remains a popular choice, supported by record-low mortgage borrowing rates, solid demand...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let remains a ‘popular’ and ‘dependable’ investment

With the outlook for savers looking dismal, many people continue to invest in the tried and tested route of bricks and...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Third of landlords thinking of quitting BTL sector due to ‘challenging’ tenants

MakeUrMove is warning that a significant number of buy-to-let landlords are thinking about quitting the private rented sector due to problem tenants...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage rates continue to fall

Mortgage lenders have cut their rates for buy-to-let investors looking for deals in a bid to attract landlords. The cost of a...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords adopt ‘wait and see’ approach due to market uncertainty

Almost half of private landlords have opted to wait to see what impact Brexit and regulatory changes will have on the...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

There are ‘substantial discounts to be had’ in London

It is undoubtedly a buyer’s market in London at the moment, with those who are looking to buy property in the...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord recognised for ‘outstanding service’

Elaine Kellington from Kelso in the Scottish Borders has been named ‘Landlord of the Year’ at the HomeProtect Landlord of the...

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants fork out more than £1bn a year in repairs

Renters are spending more than £1bn of their own money every year on repairs their landlords failed to carry out, fresh...

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents continue to rise in April says HomeLet

Rental prices increased by 1.5% in April compared to the corresponding month a year earlier, according to the latest HomeLet Rental...

08 May 2018

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Coventry for intermediaries reduce rates across its BTL range

Coventry for intermediaries has cut rates across its range of buy-to-let mortgages in a bid to remain competitive. The lender has reduced...

08 May 2018

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Why Nottingham appeals to buy-to-let investors

Located in a central position of the UK, Nottingham is a fantastic city with a population of more than 350,000 people,...

08 May 2018

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HMO property continues to deliver the best yields

HMO properties produced the highest yields in the first quarter of 2018, at 7.1% - 1.3% above the market average, according...

04 May 2018

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Tenant Fees Bill ‘could lead to rent rises’, says RLA

The government’s Tenant Fees Bill now introduced to the Commons is a ‘missed opportunity’ to make quicker and more lasting improvements in...

04 May 2018

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Landlords in central London most likely to reduce rents

Buy-to-let landlords in central London were the most likely to have reduced rents in England in the past 12 months, fresh...

04 May 2018

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Cost of 5-year fixed BTL rates continue to fall

The pricing of five-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage products continued to fall in the first quarter of the year, according to...

04 May 2018

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Thistle Finance and Mercury FX join forces to cater for expat BTL investors

Thistle Finance has teamed up with global currency specialist, Mercury FX, to offer UK expats new buy-to-let rates through specialist loans...

04 May 2018

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Letting fees ban will hit tenants hardest, says ARLA Propertymark

The ban on letting fees charged by landlords and letting agents is on its way, along with new rules on deposits,...

03 May 2018

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Rental deposits to be capped at six weeks rent

The tenancy security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents will be capped at a maximum of six...

03 May 2018

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Buy-to-let nightmare: Landlord may be forced to sell over spiralling costs

When ex-social worker and professional landlord Leslie-Ann acquired the 18th century two-bedroom cottage she lives next door to four years ago,...

03 May 2018

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Landlords slapped with hefty fine after ignoring planning and licensing laws

A buy-to-let landlord in North West London has been ordered to pay more than £10,000 for licensing breaches in connection with...

03 May 2018

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Lomond Capital expands rental management business in Birmingham

Lomond Capital has acquired a major Birmingham residential letting portfolio from national property services business SDL Group. SDL Property Management has decided...

03 May 2018

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PropTech startup reports landlord user growth of 150%

PropTech startup RentalStep has recorded impressive monthly growth of landlords and tenants using its platform. Since January, the platform has recorded landlord...

03 May 2018

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Landlords face hefty costs for not providing ‘How to Rent’ guide to tenants

A number of buy-to-let landlords who failed to provide tenants with a copy of a ‘How to Rent’ guide – a...

02 May 2018

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Number of BTL mortgage products hits record high

Buy-to-let investors now have plenty of choice when looking for a mortgage after new data revealed that the number of buy-to-let...

02 May 2018

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New Home Secretary urged to address concerns about Right to Rent

There is growing speculation that the new Home Secretary Sajid Javid is paving the way to become the next Prime Minister....

02 May 2018

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Existing system for redress in housing is ‘ineffective, confusing and complicated’

Almost seven in 10 people find the current system for complaining about housing confusing, according to the results of Ombudsman Services'...

02 May 2018

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Accord lowers rates on BTL remortgages

Accord Buy To Let has reduced rates on two and five-year fixed-rate remortgage products by up to 0.18%. Accord, which is part...

02 May 2018

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Sharp rise in Airbnb listings in London

London now has significantly more Airbnb listings than ever before, with a growing number of buy-to-let landlords turning to the holiday letting...

01 May 2018

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Councillor in charge of punishing rogue landlords failed to declare rental property

A Labour councillor tasked with clamping down on rogue landlords has found herself in hot water after failing to declare a...

01 May 2018

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Landlord fined for forcing tenants to live in ‘uninhabitable and unsafe conditions’

A buy-to-let landlord in Nottinghamshire has been ordered to pay almost £6,500 after failing to comply with an improvement relating to...

01 May 2018

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A guide to property tax for non-residential landlords

Many buy-to-let landlords in the UK are often overwhelmed with confusion and fear whenever discussing or thinking about tax, as it...

01 May 2018

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James Brokenshire named as new housing secretary

James Brokenshire has replaced Sajid Javid as housing secretary, following Javid's move to home secretary in the wake of Amber Rudd’s...

01 May 2018

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As Scottish rents edge higher, BTL investors achieve ‘competitive’ returns

Buy-to-let landlords in Scotland continue to achieve higher returns on their property investments than their counterparts south of the border, the...

30 April 2018

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Number of houses sold for less than asking price hit record high in March

It currently looks like a potentially good time for buy-to-let landlords to expand their property portfolios, amid an overall cooling in...

30 April 2018

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Fewer lenders for portfolio landlords to choose from

Almost half of portfolio landlords who had submitted a mortgage application since the introduction of the new rules reported a reduction...

30 April 2018

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Landlord looks to bridging loan firm to expand portfolio

With many landlords finding harder to secure a mortgage since the Prudential Regulation Authority’s changes were introduced last year, some buy-to-let investors...

30 April 2018

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Renters face rent hikes amid tax changes

Almost a quarter of tenants experienced rent hikes in March as landlords are left with little alternative but to pass higher...

27 April 2018

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Rise in demand for buy-to-let mortgages

There has been a sharp rise in demand for buy-to-let mortgages after a number of two-year fixed deals came to end. A...

27 April 2018

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London housing shortage a ‘ticking time bomb’ for businesses

The growing housing crisis in London is forcing employees to quit their jobs and making it harder for firms to recruit...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords urged to ‘embrace’ tax changes and ‘watch their portfolio thrive’

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

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

LandInvest cuts BTL mortgage rates

LendInvest has reduced rates on a number of its buy-to-let mortgage deals. The specialist lender has introduced a two-year fixed rate at...

27 April 2018

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Average UK rents fall for first time in six years

Average UK rents have fallen for the first time in six years, fresh data shows. The slowdown in the rental sector reflects...

26 April 2018

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Bidding war for properties to rent

With demand from tenants gathering pace, at a time when there has been a reduction in the number of new properties...

26 April 2018

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BTL landlords prepared to pay more to avoid the voids

No landlord wants to experience excessive or lengthy void periods as that can significantly impact the viability of their investment, and...

26 April 2018

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Accord cuts cost of fixed-rate deals

Accord Buy To Let has reduced rates on selected fixed-rate products by up to 0.15%. These reductions are being applied to two-...

26 April 2018

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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

From: Breaking News

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

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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

From: Breaking News

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

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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

From: Breaking News

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

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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

From: Breaking News

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

From: Breaking News

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

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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

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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

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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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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