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Government urged to simplify the benefits system to prevent discrimination

Nationwide were among a small group of mortgage lenders asked to give evidence at a select committee yesterday on restrictions around...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA welcomes launch of new APPG looking into short-term lets

A new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has been launched with a view to looking into short-term lets. The new group, which...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

The ‘relentless pursuit of profit has seen outside space sacrificed’, says agent

With savers continuing to receive poor returns from banks and building societies, many people continue to turn to residential property as...

25 April 2019

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Delays to Crossrail could have an adverse impact on house prices along the route

The delay to Crossrail is having a negative impact on nearby property prices, which is bad news for those who own...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Saffron launches limited company BTL mortgage

Saffron Building Society has introduced a new limited company buy-to-let mortgage product, available at 75% loan-to-value on a two-year fixed rate...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

What is the latest service renters want when moving to a new area?

Traditionally, many renters have often sought properties with good local amenities close by in an area that falls within the catchment...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost one in 10 landlords do not allow tenants to switch energy providers

Thousands of tenants are being told by their landlord that they are not allowed to switch energy providers with a view...

24 April 2019

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Landlords in Newcastle fear proposed licensing will ‘push rents up for tenants’

Private landlords in Newcastle have rejected a new licensing policy put forward by Newcastle City Council, which would require them to...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £50,000 for HMO offences

Lettings of London Ltd has been ordered to pay more than £50,000 after pleading guilty to 18 offences largely relating to...

24 April 2019

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Landbay to increase maximum loan term to 30 years

Landbay has announced that it will be increasing its maximum loan term from 25 to 30 years from 1 May. All products...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting market activity picks up momentum

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

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New survey provides landlords with a chance to shape the future of the PRS

Following the government’s recent announcement that it is to consult on ending Section 21 repossessions, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Greedy’ landlords punished for their ‘total negligence’

A husband and wife have been issued with fines, penalties and costs totalling more than £8,000 after showing a complete disregard...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Advisory seminar to showcase benefits of investing in Edinburgh’s property market

A number of property investment specialists plan to join forces this week to host an advisory seminar designed to highlight the...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

The Mortgage Lender launches new range of BTL products

The Mortgage Lender has launched a range of buy-to-let mortgage products available at up to 80% loan-to-value (LTV). The new deals, some...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents in London hit record high as number of homes continues to decline

Average asking rents in London rose to an all-time high of £2,091 a month in the first quarter of the year...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New research predicts that ‘worse is yet to come’ for private landlords

Returns for private landlords have dropped in recent years, while strong returns have instead come from investing in corporate residential landlords, according...

18 April 2019

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Rents rise as tenant fees ban looms

Private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK increased by 1.2% in the 12 months to March 2019, up from...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

When can you achieve the highest number of enquiries for rental listings?

Buy-to-let landlords and letting agents will find that they will typically achieve the highest number of leads during weekday evenings, with...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Paragon updates its buy-to-let mortgage range

Paragon has refreshed its buy-to-let mortgage range for portfolio and non-portfolio landlords, with products including mortgages with no product fee, no...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government accused of having ‘a Dickensian view of private landlords’

The government’s announcement earlier this week that there will be radical reforms of the PRS will not just create open-ended tenancies...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 ban without making Section 8 fully ‘fit for purpose’ would be an error

Abolishing Section 21 without making Section 8 fully “fit for purpose” will have dire consequences on our housing supply. This week, the...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Slow growth in rents leads to ‘modest improvement in rental affordability’

Weak rental growth has resulted in improved affordability for renters across many parts of the country, including London, while rents in...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New app to help cut legal costs between landlords and tenants

A new app has been launched with a view to reducing the legal costs involved with disputes between landlords and tenants. LegalDefence,...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays cuts rates on BTL range

Barclays has made alterations to some of its buy-to-let mortgage products. Rate reductions in the buy-to-let range include a two-year fix at...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government warned against banning Section 21

The housing minister James Brokenshire’s announcement yesterday that there will be a consultation period on the ability of landlords to remove...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

MPs invest in BTL market with taxpayers’ money

A number of MPs are currently earning rental income from properties that they bought with public help, according to a fresh...

16 April 2019

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Rise in popularity of the ‘staycation’ creates opportunities for BTL landlords

The rise in popularity of holidaying in the UK or ‘staycation’ has led to a mini boom for the UK tourist...

16 April 2019

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Cost of renting a single room in Kensington increases 23% in five years

The soaring cost of renting property in prime central London has once again come under the spotlight following WikiLeaks founder Julian...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Castle Trust introduces new bridging loan product

Castle Trust has launched a new unregulated bridging loan product that can be used for first charge buy-to-let cases of up...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government set to abolish Section 21

The government is today proposing to consult on scrapping Section 21, so-called  ‘no fault’, repossessions in the private rented sector in favour...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Growing number of BTL landlords shun London’s property market after tax hikes

There has been a sharp decline in the number of buy-to-let landlords investing in the capital’s property market since the 3%...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Average rents up 1.9% year-on-year

Rents in Great Britain increased 1.9% year-on-year in March, driven by a 3.7% rise in Greater London where rents hit a...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Santander increases maximum mortgage term to 40 years

Santander has increased the maximum term, age and loan-to-value (LTV) for its buy-to-let products, while also making amendments to its affordability...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord cuts rates on five-year fixed rate deals

Accord Buy to Let has reduced rates on nine of its five-year fixed rate products. Highlights of the new range, available to...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Three in four Scots back rent caps

A new survey has revealed three in four Scots back rent caps north of the border to help curb increasing housing...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

How can you maximise on the value of renovating a buy-to-let property?

We all know that ensuring your property is of a high standard can yield better returns and more loyal tenants, but...

12 April 2019

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What parts of the home do people neglect to clean?

End of tenancy cleaning is the single biggest cause of deposit deductions, which is why having a cleaning checklist to ensure...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

TMW cut rates and launches new product ‘to support a wide range of landlords’

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has reduced rates on selected two-year fixed and tracker mortgages by up to 0.25%. The subsidiary of Nationwide Building Society has...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Last opportunity to have your say on Weymouth landlord licensing scheme

Today is the final day for the public to have their say on the possible introduction of the Weymouth landlord licensing...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents increase as tenant fees ban approaches

UK rents have started to increase at a rate not seen in the market for more than two years, fresh figures...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Q&A: Why landlords now need to watch out when taking payments from tenants

As many of you already know, the ban on tenant fees will come into force on 1 June 2019, and the...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency changes are around the corner for Scotland

Following the changes introduced in England and Wales last year, an important piece of legislation is coming into force in Scotland...

11 April 2019

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Come and visit our stand 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...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

What are people not willing to compromise on when renting property?

Many renters are relatively flexible in terms of the area that they are willing to live in, but there are plenty...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let remortgage activity set to fall

With some landlords finding it harder to make a profit as a result of changes to buy-to-let taxation, remortgage activity looks...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Report exposes ‘scandalous mis-selling of leasehold properties on an epic scale’

Leasehold property ownership has come under yet more fire today after a new report laid bare the scale of mis-selling in...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

HMO landlord fined after council investigation

A private landlord has been ordered to pay £800 in fines and costs after investigators discovered several deficiencies in a property...

10 April 2019

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Fresh online support for councils to crackdown on rogue landlords

Fresh guidance for local authorities to crackdown on rogue landlords has been unveiled by housing minister Heather Wheeler. Local authorities across the...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Top 10 most popular rental areas in London unveiled

Property search data from Zoopla over the past 12 months has been analysed to reveal the most sought-after areas for a...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fees ban in Wales is now inevitable

The ban on fees charged by landlords and letting agents in Wales will be introduced in September, subject to it receiving...

09 April 2019

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Short-term letting: growing concern over loss of ‘much-needed’ long-term lets

More needs to be done to stem the increase in short-term lets on Airbnb and similar platforms to ensure that there...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £17k for endangering the lives of his tenants

A buy-to-let landlord in Stevenage has been fined £14,000 and told to pay Stevenage Borough Council’s legal costs of £2,845.50 and...

09 April 2019

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London drags down average rents across UK, which are ‘growing at a steady pace’

The average rent for a property in the UK increased by 0.96% in the year to March but London remains a...

09 April 2019

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BTL landlords are simply not prepared for Brexit, says RLA

EU citizens may face problems getting rented accommodation in the UK after Brexit due to a lack of guidance for landlords...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

The most affordable locations to invest in property in England and Wales

If you are looking to expand your buy-to-let portfolio this year with a low-cost property purchase you may wish to consider buying...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental fraud remains 'one of the uglier aspects of private renting'

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is reminding would-be tenants to be vigilant when looking for somewhere new to live and to...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Ultra-low emission zone aims to reduce poor air quality

Around 2 million Londoners, including many renters, live in areas which exceed legal limits for air pollution, fresh figures show. The data...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Roma launches five-year buy-to-let deal

Roma Finance has announced the launch of a new five-year buy-to-let let product, targeted at landlords who seek flexibility, allowing them...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

The best letter and number combination for the highest rental income unveiled

New research has looked at the best postcode combinations for a profitable buy-to-let investment, and found that outcodes (the first half...

05 April 2019

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RLA welcomes tax relief for rental home improvements proposal

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has welcomed calls by a parliamentary committee for tax incentives for private landlords to improve the...

05 April 2019

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People who live alone are more likely to be renting

The cost of living alone has hit 92% of income, making it far harder for single people to get a foot...

05 April 2019

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Two landlords in West Sussex lose appeal against CPNs

Two landlords who let substandard properties in Lancing and Southwick have had their appeals against Civil Penalty Notices (CPNs) rejected. Adur District...

05 April 2019

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TSB adds to its BTL mortgage range

TSB has launched new buy-to-let remortgage products within its intermediary range, with rates now starting from 1.59%. There are two-, three- and...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents rising across most of England and Wales

Private sector rents increased across most parts of England and Wales between February and March, according to the latest Goodlord rental...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New licensing scheme set to cost landlords £1,200

Buy-to-let landlords will need to pay £1,200 for a licence to rent their properties in Bristol as part of the local...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

The best cities for millennial renters

The slump in the UK home ownership rate from 73% a decade ago to just 63% today reflects the fact that...

04 April 2019

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Landlord ordered to pay £29,000 for harassing two tenants out of their homes

A private landlord in Telford has been ordered to pay £29,000 in costs and fines for harassing two tenants out of...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime London letting market is ‘strong and stable’

Rental values in prime London remain firm on the back of greater demand from tenants, as continued political uncertainty continues to...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

MEES rules change means cost cap is now set at £3,500

Private landlords with properties on the exemption register with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G will now have to...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New landlord management platform to pay tenants to find their replacement

A new property management platform, which is launching soon, is looking for landlords to sign up and test its systems for...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Increasing number of landlords selling up in London

There has been significant rise in the number of landlords selling up in the capital due to buy-to-let tax changes, according...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Here are 10 good reasons for people to rent

As the supply of rental accommodation dwindles, demand from tenants continues to go up, and for good reason, according to Paul Sloan, operations director...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Kensington Mortgages reduces buy-to-let rates

Kensington Mortgages has cut rates across its buy-to-let mortgage range by up to 0.4%. Rates on two-year fixed rate products now start...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

“A good time to be a landlord in London’ as renters seek long-term tenancies

A growing number of renters in the capital are looking for longer-term tenancies as home ownership becomes increasingly out of reach...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed suspended sentence after hiding tenants in windowless rooms

A buy-to-let landlord who allowed tenants to occupy rooms without windows after failing to get planning consent for a block of...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New mortgage and protection service launched by Portico

Portico has expanded its client offering with the launch of Portico Finance, a mortgage broker and protection service, designed to offer...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £9k for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in London has been ordered to pay more than £9,000 for failing to license a HMO. Across Tower Hamlets,...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New tenancy deposit replacement product launches

Another tenancy deposit replacement insurance scheme has been launched – this time by Goodlord. The property technology firm is offering the deposit...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish landlords now face higher tax bills then their English counterparts

Buy-to-let landlords in Scotland will face higher tax bills than their English counterparts from today, according to leading accountants and business...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Strong and stable market ‘could convince many to expand their portfolios’

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

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost half of tenants claim poor health due to condition of their home

Nearly half of tenants in the UK claim to have suffered health problems and injury as a direct result of conditions...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Greater protection for landlords as CMP is made compulsory for letting agents

All letting agents in England are now required to belong to an approved Client Money Protection scheme, a measure designed to...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Co-Op removes restrictions on letting to DSS tenants

Platform, the intermediary lender of The Co-operative Bank, will no longer restrict landlords from letting to tenants in receipt of housing...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage costs remain broadly unchanged

The cost of taking out a buy-to-let mortgage remains at an historic low, according to the latest analysis from Mortgage Brain. Despite...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

How will the gas boiler ban affect BTL landlords?

On 13th March the Chancellor announced that it will be illegal to install gas boilers in new build homes from 2025....

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban set to be introduced in Wales

Landlords and letting agents will soon be banned from charging fees to private rental tenants in Wales after a Bill banning...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

NatWest reduces BTL rates

NatWest has cut rates on selected buy-to-let products. The lender has reduced its semi exclusive five-year buy-to-let fixed rate remortgage deals by...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Early bird discount for landlords in new selective licensing scheme

From Monday, landlords will be able to apply for an early bird discount for Scarborough Borough Council’s new selective licensing scheme,...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents increase as landlords ‘continue exiting the market’

The number of tenants experiencing rent increases in February rose to the highest figure since August, as supply of new property...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Tax changes could lead to a surge in BTL landlords selling up

There could soon be a sharp rise in the number of buy-to-let looking to sell up as a consequence of the...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords under pressure to increase rents

Tax and legislative changes have unsurprisingly left many buy-to-let investors with little alternative but to pass costs onto tenants by pushing up...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Can you let out your BTL flat? - The problem with leasehold

As a landlord, you may have purchased a flat for the purposes of subletting, but are you actually allowed to rent...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Virgin Money amends buy-to-let mortgage criteria

Virgin Money has increased the maximum loan-to-value on its buy-to-let portfolio landlord range from 70% to 75%, while previous portfolio growth...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Iain Duncan Smith criticises former chancellor’s housing polices

Former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith has criticised policies of former Conservative chancellor George Osborne with regard to housing. Speaking at...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords across England and Wales continue to enjoy ‘solid yields’

The average rent across England and Wales has increased by 0.4% in the last 12 months, hitting an average of £861...

27 March 2019

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BTL landlords must ‘not underestimate the importance of a thorough inventory’

It is good practice to have a detailed and accurate inventory completed at the start of the tenancy, and again when...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Plans approved for major Build to Rent scheme in Brighton

Legal & General has been granted planning permission to develop the Longley Industrial Estate into Brighton’s first Build to Rent (BTR)...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Petition against ‘No DSS’ Rightmove listings hit 40,000 signatures

An online petition calling on Rightmove to ban ‘No DSS’ wording in rental adverts has attracted more than 40,000 signatures. The petition...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Could BTL investors avoid 3% stamp duty surcharge following tax tribunal ruling?

HMRC could soon be flooded with stamp duty surcharge refund requests from buy-to-let investors following a potential precedent set at a...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Many landlords now rely on council incentives to house homeless people

The widening gap between housing benefit rates and market rents means that many buy-to-let landlords are now forced to rely on...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to buy properties with high service charges and then take control

Buy-to-let landlords should not be deterred from acquiring leasehold properties, but rather target homes with ‘high service charges’, and then set...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Four in ten BTL landlords set to add to portfolio this year

Four in ten buy-to-let landlords are planning to expand their portfolio this year, according to new research. With buy-to-let continuing to deliver...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New app makes repairs reporting easier

A new property repair and maintenance reporting app has been launched by Scottish Land & Estates (SLE). The system, which can be...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Now is a good time to invest in property amid Brexit uncertainty

Residential property prices have fallen since the stat of the year, according to figures from the ONS, with prices dropping 1%...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

A growing number of landlords using limited company status

More than two thirds of landlords with four or more properties intend to use limited company status in order to acquire...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in cost of 5-year rate BTL mortgage products

There has been a significant increase in the cost of popular fixed term buy-to-let mortgage rates, fresh data shows. The latest research...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to prevent damp in your rental properties

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

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Have your say on Weymouth landlord licensing scheme

Members of the general public are being offered the opportunity to have their say on the possible introduction of the Weymouth...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

UK’s highest yields: the best postcodes for buy-to-let

Despite a number of tax and legislative changes making it harder to make money in buy-to-let, there are still pockets of...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Average monthly rent is not enough to cover cost of fixing a faulty boiler

The cost of repairing a faulty boiler currently stands at about 60% more than the average UK monthly rent, according to...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent branded ‘a farce’ by RLA

The controversial Right to Rent scheme, which requires landlords in England to check the immigration status of their tenants, has been...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords must ensure properties ‘comply with the required standards’ or face court

Landlords are being urged to prepare for the new Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018, which came into effect earlier...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla’s decision to ban ‘No DSS’ adverts welcomed by landlord association

Zoopla’s decision to issue ‘blanket bans against tenants in receipt of housing-related benefits’ after announcing that it will end ‘No DSS’ wording...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental market activity slows

There was a significant drop in the number of new rental listings, while the volume of properties let last month also...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords could ‘potentially do very well out of Brexit’ by turning to UK holiday lets

Brexit uncertainty could lead to a rise in demand for holiday let rental homes, which is potentially good news for landlords...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Four-year trend of rising rents ‘shows no signs of abating’

Private rental prices in the UK increased by 1.1% in the 12 months to February, according to the Office for National...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Nationwide is the latest lender to remove restrictions on letting to DSS tenants

Nationwide has announced that it will no longer prevent buy-to-let landlords from letting property to tenants in receipt of benefits. The move...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Discount for landlords who sign up early for new licensing scheme

Buy-to-let landlords will soon be able to apply for an early bird discount for Scarborough Borough Council’s new selective licensing scheme,...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let remains ‘one of the most lucrative investments one can make’

Despite recent tax and regulatory changes, investment in buy-to-let has outperformed most other major asset classes over the past 10 years,...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

The most expensive landlord licence costs 21 times more than the cheapest

Landlord licensing schemes are being introduced across England, while they are mandatory in Scotland and Wales, as local authorities attempt to...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants can sue landlords for damp homes under new laws

Tenants now have the right to sue their landlords for cold or damp homes under new laws that have come into...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing committee calls for leasehold reform

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has published a report calling for wide ranging reforms to the leasehold system in...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

TDS to host training events for landlords and letting agents

A new series of Academy events across the country designed to educate landlords and letting agents on the ins and outs...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

‘The landlord rules, not the tenant’, Fergus Wilson tells Panorama

Fergus Wilson was courting controversy long before he appeared on last night’s episode of Panorama. The buy-to-let landlord, widely considered to be...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA campaign to protect the rights of landlords to repossess their properties

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has launched a fresh campaign fighting for landlords’ repossession rights. The landlord organisation has decided to take...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

What issues can cause a property to be classed unfit under new law?

The new Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 will be introduced from tomorrow giving tenants the tenants the right to...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Short-term lets in Liverpool offer yields of up to 30.7%

Buy-to-let landlords who own property in Liverpool or Manchester could potentially achieve short-term letting yields of up to 30.7%, according to...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Highly anticipated report into Leasehold Reform to be published today

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee is due to publish its report into Leasehold Reform today, which is designed to...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Controversial landlord to feature on BBC Panorama tonight

One of the UK’s largest and arguably most controversial buy-to-let landlords who has in the past banned ‘coloured people’ from renting...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant sentenced to 12 years in prison for burning down rental property

A tenant who was found guilty of deliberately burning down a property he was renting four years ago was sentenced to...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage lending remains sluggish

Buy-to-let mortgage activity remained subdued in January with landlord investors taking out just 5,500 new buy-to-let home purchase mortgages, down 1.8%...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in the proportion of landlords in London buying homes with cash

The proportion of landlords acquiring properties in London in cash hit a seven-year high in 2018, according to fresh data from...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Avoid carpet in rental properties when renting to young families with kids

With a growing number of young families choosing to rent instead of buy, more landlords are now accepting tenants with young...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords thinking of selling now urged to “think again”

A number of buy-to-let landlords are currently thinking about exiting the private rented sector due to recent policy changes, including the...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla to stop rental listings discriminating against benefits claimants

Zoopla will no longer allow letting agents and landlords to issue ‘blanket bans against tenants in receipt of housing-related benefits’ after...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay almost £5k for ‘cutting corners in terms of fire safety’

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay a fine of £2,646, costs of £2,000 and a victim surcharge of £170...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Top pet-friendly renting tips for landlords and tenants

Pet-friendly rentals are growing in popularity, as reflected by Zoopla’s latest analysed search data from its keyword property search tool, which...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New workshops to improve relationships between agents, landlords and tenants

In a bid to improve relationships between letting agents, landlords, and tenants north of the border, fresh funding has been made...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords who have tax to pay urged to come forward ‘sooner rather than later’

HMRC’s Let Property Campaign, which provides an opportunity for landlords to come forward and report undeclared rental income and expenditure to...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: ‘Chancellor's housing plans simply don't go far enough’

The chancellor Philip Hammond has once again failed to deliver for private landlords, with yesterday’s rather low-key Spring Statement yet another...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Pilot launched to improve energy efficiency of rented accommodation

A new pilot has been launched by TrustMark, the government endorsed quality scheme, in partnership with East Sussex Trading Standards, to...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Appropriate cover for short-term letting is virtually non-existent, report shows

Short-term letting providers, including landlords who list properties on Airbnb, are not adequately protected by major insurance providers, according to a...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

One in three tenants happy to rent for life

A third of UK renters have no plans to ever buy property, preparing instead for life as a long-term tenant, according...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Chancellor urged to ‘breathe life back into the private landlord sector’

Buy-to-let landlords believe that today’s Spring Statement provides the chancellor Philip Hammond with an opportunity to bolster activity in the buy-to-let...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Offer landlords tax incentives to end the ‘scandal of empty homes’, says RLA

The government is being urged to do more to address the ‘scourge’ of empty homes in England by supporting buy-to-let landlords...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords association loses High Court battle to prevent new landlord rules

New enforcement rules covering living conditions in private rented housing in Hull look set to be introduced after Humber Landlords Association...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS reduces rates on select purchase and remortgage BTL products

Leeds Building Society has cut rates across its buy-to-let range to help landlords already facing a tax and mortgage squeeze to...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Property values in London are too high due to outdated measurement methods

Residential properties in London are being wrongly valued due to outdated measurement techniques used to measure floor space, it has been...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ ‘significant contribution’ to the economy set to soar

Every little helps to boost Tesco sales, and yet Britain’s biggest retailer is not paying anywhere near as much tax as...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

‘National scandal’ as the number of empty homes across England rises 5%

Buy-to-let landlords are often blamed, primarily by those under the age of 40, for the existing housing crisis because property investors acquire...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord who ‘pinched, punched and kicked’ his female tenant is prosecuted

A buy-to-let landlord who used violence and intimidation to illegally evict his tenant has been handed a suspended jail sentence and...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in number of letting agents offering Zero Deposit guarantee

There has been a significant increase in the number of letting agents signing up to the Zero Deposit Guarantee, which currently...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Haringey approves plan to introduce borough-wide additional licensing

Haringey Borough Council has given the go-ahead for borough-wide additional licensing to be introduced from 27 May 2019 for Houses in...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour plans to force landlords to offer ‘indefinite’ tenancies

A Labour government would aim to address what it sees as a ‘power imbalance’ between landlords and renters by introducing “indefinite”...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Collapsed letting firm leaves landlords thousands of pounds out of pocket

A number of buy-to-let landlords have been left thousands of pounds out of pocket after a letting agent in Edinburgh went...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents increase ahead of general inflation

The cost of renting a home in the UK is rising quicker than the rate of inflation, with the average monthly...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

HMO landlords ordered to pay more than £30k for breaching licence conditions

Two landlords have been ordered to pay more than £30,000 for breaching fire safety and over-occupancy licence conditions at their House...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Girls Aloud star evicted after pets cause £17k worth of damage

Singer Sarah Harding has been evicted from her private rented home in Buckinghamshire after her pets reportedly caused more than £17,000...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords contribute £16.1bn a year to UK economy, research finds

Buy-to-let landlords collectively contribute £16.1bn to the British economy through pre-tax spending, which is almost double the estimated £8.5bn a decade...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Government makes funds available to help house homeless in the PRS

The Ministry for Housing, Community and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced that £45.5m will be made available to help find homeless...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Prince William concerned by slum conditions faced by some private renters

Prince William has expressed concern at the ‘slum’ conditions faced by some private renters following a trip to Blackpool where he...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

What do renters really want?

Whether you are looking to add to your portfolio by acquiring a new property or preparing to re-let any of your...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

How to flexibly earn income during ‘void’ tenancy periods

With the property market in a state of flux, even the traditional rental market appears to be cooling a little, particularly...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental income for BTL landlords jumps 15% year-on-year to £18.7bn

Rental income for buy-to-let landlords has increased by a staggering 15% over the past 12 month to hit £18.7bn, up from...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Home Office to review Right to Rent checks following High Court ruling

The Home Office has announced that it plans to reassess its Right to Rent scheme that requires landlords in England to...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord let off paying £16k licensing fees as not in the ‘public interest’

A buy-to-let landlord appears to have been let off paying fees of around £16,700 to license 37 rental properties in Stoke-on-Trent,...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Principality commits to ‘supporting UK landlords’ by increasing max loan size

Principality Building Society has reiterated its commitment to ‘supporting’ buy-to-let landlords looking to ‘extend and strengthen their investment portfolios’ by increasing its...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

TSB launches new BTL product but increases remortgage rates

TSB has introduced a new two-year buy-to-let tracker deal and hiked up rates on several remortgage products. The new buy-to-let tracker is...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

How to improve your property’s EPC rating

It is estimated that buildings produce nearly half of this country’s carbon emissions - almost double that of cars and planes. The...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Renting in London costs twice as much as elsewhere

London remains by far the most expensive place in the country to rent, with average rent in the capital 114% higher...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Keystone introduces new purchase-only buy-to-let products

Keystone Property Finance has introduced a series of new purchase-only buy-to-let products. The new deals are available at 65% or 75% loan-to-value...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New deposit protection training courses for landlords in Scotland

Landlords in Scotland are being offered an opportunity to attend new tenancy deposit adjudication workshops designed to offer training in tenancy...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

One of Scotland’s ‘most iconic’ properties available to rent

Landlords in Edinburgh who are looking to attract high-end tenants will be keeping an eye on how a newly listed rental...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Government to clampdown on landlords discriminating against DSS tenants

The government plans to crackdown on BTL landlords and letting agents posting ‘no DSS’ adverts discriminating against tenants claiming housing benefit. Around...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Where can you find the most energy-efficient properties in the UK?

Investing in residential properties can be a great way to accumulate wealth. But before parting with your cash, an investment strategy...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Gap between buying and renting hits nine-year low

The gap between the cost of buying and renting is down 59%, its lowest level in nine years, according to the...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords cool on property purchases

Philip Hammond is once again being urged to reverse the previous chancellor George Osborne’s deeply unpopular tax reforms as they are...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

More than 2,000 Build to Rent homes set to be delivered in Bristol by 2021

When property experts gathered at the Bristol office of Colliers International in June 2016 to discuss Bristol’s potential for Build to...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to abolish controversial Right to Rent policy

The government faces growing pressure to scrap Right to Rent, which forces landlords to undertake immigration checks on prospective tenants, after the...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

NatWest scraps ‘no DSS’ policy

NatWest has bowed to growing industry pressure by lifting restrictions on buy-to-let landlords renting to tenants in receipt of housing benefit. In...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Falling property sales in Manchester: has the bubble burst?

If you’ve been reading about the Manchester property market, then you will probably have read that overall sales volumes have fallen...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Ipswich BS reduces BTL rates

Ipswich Building Society has cut the rates and fees on its existing buy-to-let five-year fixed rate products . There is a five-year...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Claim your free tickets for this year’s Homebuilding & Renovating Shows

Following on from the successful South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show that took place at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Councils significantly reduce action against rogue landlords

Local authorities across England are spending significantly less on dealing with rogue landlords than in 2009-10, new research shows. According to Residential...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: how the cost of renting a room varies across London

A growing number of young professionals and students are choosing to house share, driving up the average cost of renting room...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New ‘Let it, don’t forget it’ fire safety campaign launched

A new fire safety campaign urging private sector landlords and letting agents to always abide by the law and install smoke...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips for renting out your property

ARLA Propertymark has compiled some top tips aimed at novice landlords that some experienced buy-to-let landlords may also find useful. Peter Savage,...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord Buy To Let refreshes mortgage range

Accord Buy To Let has cut rates on selected two and five-year fixed rate mortgages by up to 0.04% and extended...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

London offers ‘improved yields’ as market shows signs of bottoming out

There are growing signs that the London housing market may have bottomed out, fresh analysis shows. Property prices in the capital have...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Birmingham and Manchester benefit from Brexit blues

Despite Brexit, homebuyers, including buy-to-let investors, in the north of England are showing much more confidence than those in the south. Since...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord secures £100,000 payout following ‘slander’ claim row

A buy-to-let landlord who threatened to take Doncaster Council to court over alleged slander has secured a £100,000 payout from the...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays expands BTL range and reduces rates

Barclays launched two new buy-to-let products and cut rates on existing deals this morning.  The newly launched products include a 60% loan-to-value...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing for private landlords could be introduced in Walsall

Walsall Council is considering introducing new selective landlord licensing in Walsall town centre and Willenhall with a view to raising standards in...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing market stalemate means it falls to landlords to ‘pick up the pieces’

The latest UK Finance household lending and deposits data reveals that gross mortgage lending across the residential market dropped in January,...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

The average time it takes to sell a property revealed

Some buy-to-let landlords are being driven out of the market by the government’s tax crackdown as growing numbers struggle to make...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant issues ‘holding back construction’ of much needed new homes

The increase in demand for residential properties, coupled with restricted supply of new homes being built, will almost certainly cause property...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

House price growth slows amid uncertainty and ‘affordability pressures’

There has been a moderate rise in residential property price growth across the UK, according to the latest analysis carried out...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Money Shield and NALS receive government approval as CMP scheme providers

Money Shield and the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) have become officially recognised Client Money Protection (CMP) Scheme operators after securing...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Major ‘blow for tenants’ as rents rise

The number of tenants experiencing rent increases in January rose for the first time since September 2018, according to ARLA Propertymark’s...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

What impact will Brexit have on property prices?

With just five weeks until the UK is set to leave the EU, the impact of leaving the bloc without a...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents help landlords break strict short-term letting laws in London

Buy-to-let landlords in London are being encouraged by property management firms to break strict short-term letting laws in the capital, an...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

For many, the only ‘viable’ renting option for prospective buyers is to house share

Affordability is a serious problem, particularly in London, and this puts people wishing to buy their first property under a great...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Britain’s noisiest neighbourhoods unveiled

As an income investment, buy-to-let continues to look attractive, especially compared to low savings rates and stock market swings, but when...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords need support to ‘keep up-to-date’ with regulation changes

Landlords are being urged to seek guidance to ensure that they are clear on the ‘bombardment’ of regulatory changes that could...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

What’s the typical discount for making a cash offer on a property?

Vendors will often accept an all-cash purchase offer over a higher-priced offer with a mortgage, highlighting the importance of cash in...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

UK property market remains a magnet for wealthy investors despite Brexit

Many national and international high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) who currently invest in the UK’s property market plan to add to their property...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Less than 3% of BTL landlords offer informal short-term lets

Despite the growing popularity of Airbnb and other short-term letting websites, less than 3% of landlords are currently engaged in the informal...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Property still beats a pension, new figures show

When it comes to saving for retirement, many of us are split on whether property or a pension is the best...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fraudsters claiming to be landlords leave tenants £20k out of pocket

Fraudsters posing as landlords have conned prospective tenants out of £20,000 over the past couple months by persuading them to pay...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency embarks on TV advertising campaign to promote ‘guaranteed rent’

Northwood, part of the Belvoir group, has launched a new TV advertising campaign to highlight its guaranteed rent scheme, in response...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

US investor developer to invest £100m in UK’s BTR sector

Viventi Capital Management has announced plans to invest £100m in the UK’s Built to Rent sector. The company says that it is...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans launches flexible five-year BTL product

Foundation Home Loans has launched what it refers to as a ‘Fix to Flex’ five-year buy-to-let mortgage where early repayment charges...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

London’s top commuter towns revealed

With a growing number of Londoners renting property outside the capital, where affordability is stretched, more buy-to-let landlords are now looking...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Are you prepared for the next phase of mortgage interest tax relief changes?

On the surface, registering as a limited company could serve higher taxpayers and larger investors well, while mainstream lenders remain a...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to help protect yourself against property investment fraud

Many people invest in property or sign up to investment club arrangements, which are not uncommon in the industry, but sometimes it...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

CMP scheme allows landlords and tenants to claim money back from rogue agents

Landlords and tenants will continue to be able to claim back the entire amount of money that has been lost or...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Skipton’s UK buy-to-let mortgages are now available to overseas nationals

Skipton International has extended its UK buy-to-let mortgages to foreign nationals based abroad. Skipton previously only offered its UK buy-to-let mortgages to...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending slumps as landlords deterred by tax changes

Buy-to-let mortgage activity continued to slow in December with landlord investors taking out just 5,100 new buy-to-let home purchase mortgages, down...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant demand increases in London as number of properties for rent falls

Demand from new tenants in London’s private rented sector is rising at a time when the number of homes available to...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Positive news’ for landlords and tenants as new CMP scheme is approved

Client Money Protect, part of the Hamilton Fraser group, has been awarded consent to operate a client money protection scheme when...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s time to tackle the scourge of sub-standard rental homes, says PayProp chief

Tenants living in sub-standard rented accommodation need greater support, according to Neil Cobbold, chief operating officer of PayProp UK, who has...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New tech solution to help sharers set-up and manage household bills

A new tech solution called Resooma Bills has been launched this morning to help make it easier for those living in...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit uncertainty continues to weigh heavily on the housing market

Confidence in the UK housing market has slumped amid Brexit uncertainty, according to Paragon’s latest Financial Adviser and Confidence Tracking (FACT)...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords accused of ‘exploiting’ student renters

Landlords are taking advantage of first-time student renters by failing to carry out repairs, according to a new poll. A fresh report...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Plans approved for major Build to Rent scheme in Cardiff

PLATFORM_ has been awarded planning consent to build just over 200 homes on the site of the former Browning Jones &...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined almost £3k for overcrowded flat

A buy-to-let landlord who crammed at least seven people into a two-bedroom flat has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 by...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Hanley launches new two-year fix at 1.84%

Hanley Economic Building Society has introduced a fee-free two-year fixed rate buy-to-let product at 60% loan-to-value with a borrowing rate of...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed suspended sentence for illegally evicting tenant

A buy-to-let landlord in Leeds who left his tenant homeless after changing the locks while he was on holiday has been...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental decline showing signs of bottoming out in prime London: Savills

Rental values in prime London has started to see some slowdown in decline as initial signs of a bottoming out have...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord jailed for forging HMO documents

An unscrupulous landlord who converted three family homes into houses in multiple occupation (HMO) without planning consent has been jailed for...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Overseas buyers exploit weak pound to acquire property in London

Overseas investors snapped up more than half of all properties for sale in prime London in the second half of 2018...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Renters almost twice as likely to experience a pest problem in their home

Three fifths of Brits have experienced a pest problem within their home, with 64% of those who have had an infestation...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

The best cities to rent out property on a room by room basis unveiled

A number of buy-to-let landlords prefer to rent out property on a room by room basis instead of renting the whole...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords are being ‘persecuted’ under landlord licensing scheme – claim

Buy-to-let investors should be ‘extremely wary’ of buying property in an area affected by selective licensing rules because many local authorities...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £5,400 for poor management of unlicensed properties

A buy-to-let landlord in Doncaster has been ordered to pay more than £5,000 in fines and costs following a successful prosecution...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New tenant packs could help save lives

New tenant packs designed to help landlords raise awareness of fire and carbon monoxide dangers have been launched by Aico Ltd. Aico,...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agent responds to ‘landlords’ needs’ by enhancing ‘UPay On Success’ product

Online letting agent Upad has pledged to challenge landlords’ ‘expectations’ with the revamp of its ‘UPay On Success’ product which means...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords starting to feel ‘the pressure’ to increase rents to offset tax changes

The increasing tax burden on landlords is likely to result in increased rents, according to research from the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let remains a ‘lucrative investment’ as rents rise across the UK

Private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK rose by 1% in the 12 months to January 2019, unchanged from...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord tragically killed while renovating BTL property after 6ft wall collapsed

A buy-to-let landlord was killed while renovating a property she owns with her husband when a 6ft garden wall collapsed on...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Proportion of income spent on rent by private tenants has fallen

The proportion of income spent on rent in the private rented sector has fallen from 35.4% in 2010/11 to 32.9% in...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Increasing SDLT for overseas buyers ‘would send a catastrophic message’

The government’s decision to launch a consultation into a proposal to add 1% onto the stamp duty paid when buying a home in England...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords ‘illegally’ letting energy inefficient homes

Tens of thousands of landlords across the UK could be unwittingly renting out property illegally because they have should have an...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant Fees Bill receives Royal Assent

The Tenant Fees Bill, banning landlord and agents from charging fees to tenants, has become an Act of Parliament after being...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agent left red-faced after tomato plants mistaken for cannabis

When a tenant renting a property in West Lothian was asked by their mother to look after her tomatoes while she...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

The UK’s second tallest Build to Rent tower unveiled in Salford

Anaconda Cut, standing at 131 metres tall, making it the tallest building in Salford, has been officially launched. The 44-storey tower, which...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Mansfield BS introduces BTL product for expats

Mansfield Building Society has launched a buy-to-let mortgage product exclusively for expat borrowers. The new product, available with no completion fee, is...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Political and economic uncertainty’ boost demand for rental properties

There has been a significant rise in demand from people looking to rent property amid political and economic uncertainty and this...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents rise in prime London

Rental values in prime London increased by 1.9% in the fourth quarter of 2018 on the back of greater demand from...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for allowing tenants to live in property deemed ‘unfit for purpose’

A rogue landlord who allowed a family to live in a house described as “unfit for human habitation” has been fined...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Political broadcaster Andrew Neil to chair major landlord debate in London

Journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil will chair the Government Panel Debate at the National Landlord Investment Show in London, it has...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to have their say on local licensing consultations

With several licensing consultations currently being run by local authorities across the country, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is encouraging buy-to-let...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fitness for Human Habitation: RLA to host webinar today at 11am

Following the recent addition of the Fitness for Human Habitation Bill and the amendments this has made to the existing Landlord...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

The most uninhabitable London boroughs for tenants unveiled

New research has identified London’s most uninhabitable boroughs for the capital’s tenants, based on the cost of living there to the...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

How will the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 affect you?

Following the passing of Karen Buck’s Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 into law, it is important that landlords are aware...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Amount tenants spend on rent falls for first time in a decade

Tenants spent £1.9bn less in rent in 2018 compared with a year earlier, marking the first annual decline in more than...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay more than £10k for badly maintained property

Toilet flushing discharged into the rear yard of a property, broken fire alarms and faulty electrics were among the defects found...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

UK rents up 2.5% in a year, says HomeLet

The average cost of renting a property in the UK increased by 2.5% in the 12 months to January, the latest...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Call for Universal Credit overhaul as many claimants fall into rent arrears

Half the people seeking help with their Universal Credit claim are in rent arrears, according to Citizens Advice. More generous advance loans...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants discovered living in cramped conditions following dawn raid

Brent Council in north London looks set to take action against a buy-to-let landlord who is accused of “exploiting tenants” after ...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tips for creating a successful Build to Rent property

With a growing number of Build to Rent (BTR) developments increasing, broadband and utilities provider, Glide, has put together the top...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New ex-pat BTL product range launched by Tipton & Coseley BS

Tipton & Coseley Building Society has launched a range of ex-pat buy-to-let products for intermediaries and direct customers. Two fixed and two...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

How much does the average landlord in England earn in income from rent?

There is a misconception among some people that all buy-to-let landlords are wealthy, but the reality is that most operate as...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord handed £66k fine for operating unlicensed HMOs in Luton

Luton Council has successfully prosecuted an unscrupulous landlord for letting three unlicensed houses in which several people lived in squalor. Zenith Accommodation...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

PRS should cooperate to raise standards, says property commentator

Cooperation has been identified as key to improving standards in the private rented sector (PRS), according to a report by Kate Faulkner,...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing set to be extended in Burnley

Councillors in Burnley are expected to extend the existing selective licensing schemes in Trinity, Gannow and Queensgate, as well as introduce...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

L&G to launch exclusive holiday buy-to-let product with Leeds BS

A new exclusive holiday buy-to-let product has been launched by Legal & General Mortgage Club in collaboration with Leeds Building Society Legal...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish rents jump 5% in a year

Rental prices in Scotland increased further in the fourth quarter of 2018, the latest data shows. The Scottish national average increased to...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

How much is the average tenancy deposit?

The cost of average deposits has increased across the UK, according to the latest Statistical Briefing report by The Dispute Service...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

A fifth of millennials forced to leave rental home due to change in ownership

Many tenants face the uncertainty of potentially having to find a new home as a result of a change in ownership,...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Automated feeds service allows landlords to target potential student tenants

Accommodation for Students (AFS) has launched a new automated feeds service for buy-to-let landlords and letting agents, enabling them to instantly...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New 5-year fixed expat buy-to-let product launched by Marsden BS

Marsden Building Society has launched a new five-year fixed expat buy-to-let product for landlords looking to buy or remortgage a buy-to-let...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Key trends that are are set to dominate the PRS over the next few years

A new multi-housing report reveals five trends that are set to dominate the private rented sector between now and 2025.   The...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 8 delays force many landlords to serve Section 21 notices instead

Section 8 delays are leaving more than half of landlords with no alternative but serve Section 21 notices, according to new...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Mixed picture’ for BTL mortgage rates

The average cost of three out of six categories of fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage has increased over the past month, while...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay over £7,500 for safety hazards

A landlord who failed to install a proper heating system and left safety hazards across a house in Peterborough has been...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Portico launches short-term letting services in Manchester and Liverpool

Portico has expanded its short-term lettings service, bringing its Airbnb services to Manchester and Liverpool’s high streets. The estate agency, which currently...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Spike in landlord exodus in London

There was a significant increase in the number of landlords exiting the rental market in December 2018 as rents increased for...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Discrimination against tenants on benefits?

Shelter has recently run a campaign aimed at banning ‘discrimination’ against tenants on benefits in the private rented sector, presenting a...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Hamilton Fraser acquires NLA’s TDSL shares

Hamilton Fraser has acquired the National Landlords Association’s (NLA) Tenancy Deposit Solutions Ltd (TDSL) shares, enabling the firm to take full...

04 February 2019

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 2018 has come and gone,...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Kent Reliance makes changes to buy-to-let range

Kent Reliance’s buy-to-let maximum loan limit has been cut to £750,000, down from £1m, while the lender has removed its three-year...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Cost of renting in the private sector falls

The proportion of income spent by private tenants on rents in England has continued to fall, according to an official report...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Affordability is the most important factor for private tenants, study finds

Affordability is the overriding priority for renters of all ages when looking for private rented accommodation, according to a survey of...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Private landlords and letting agents need to stick together

The so-called housing charity, Shelter, targeted Ludlow Thompson a few months back, asking its supporters to block the letting agent’s telephone...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New petition calls for pet damage insurance to be paid by tenants with pets

Landlords and tenants are being urged to sign a new online petition calling for the government to better support tenants with...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

One in three Brits are at risk of from carbon monoxide poisoning this winter as they do not have a CO...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants in for a ‘rocky ride this year’

Undoubtedly, 2018 was another tough year for landlords. With so many tax and regulatory changes over the past couple of years,...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agent welcomes tenant fees ban as it ‘rights a flawed piece of legislation’

The government’s ban on tenant fees is good for business and will strengthen the relationship between landlords and tenants, according to...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

How will a disorderly Brexit affect your property investment strategy?

A no-deal Brexit could trigger a deep and damaging recession with worse consequences for the UK economy than the 2008 financial...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay almost £6,500 for poor standards

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined close to £6,500 after failing to make improvements to a house in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, including...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit-free renting to be discussed on Radio 4 at 12.15pm today

Deposit-free renting will be a subject of discussion on the ‘You and Yours’ consumer affairs programme to be broadcast today on BBC...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords face tough new rules on electrical safety

The government has committed to introduce mandatory five yearly electrical safety checks in the private rented sector. No time date has been...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent prices increase across England and Wales

The average rent across England and Wales has increased by 1.8% in the last 12 months, hitting an average of £865...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Legal & General acquires its first BTR scheme in Scotland

Legal & General has unveiled its first Build to Rent (BTR) scheme in Scotland to help meet the increasing demand for...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Santander launches one-year fixed rate buy-to-let product

Santander has launched what is believed to be the first ever one-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage. The short-term deal, which is available...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New expat range launched by Cambridge Building Society

Cambridge Building Society has unveiled a new range of expat mortgage products for landlords looking to acquire or remortgage a buy-to-let...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Last minute self assessment tax return tips

With the 31 January deadline for the 2017/18 self assessment tax returns just days away, Blick Rothenberg offers some last minute...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord Buy to Let launches five-year fix at 2.22%

Accord Buy to Let has launched a five-year fixed rate deal at 2.22% up to 60% loan-to-value (LTV), as part of...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Are you prepared for the letting fees ban?

After the Tenant Fees Bill received Royal Assent last week, landlords and letting agents will, from June 1st 2019, no longer...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

UK buy-to-let landlords claimed £17.7bn in tax relief last year – claim

Despite government cuts, a new report claims that buy-to-let landlords in the UK claimed £17.7bn in tax relief last year, up...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Vida Homeloans cuts BTL rates to offer ‘greater flexibility and choice’

Vida Homeloans has reduced rates across its buy-to-let range by up to 0.5%, with the lowest two-year fixed rate now starting...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agents jailed for conning landlords and tenants

Three rogue directors of a letting agency in London who conned at least landlords and tenants out of more than £105,000 were...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The Civil Justice Council doesn’t support plans for a housing court

The Civil Justice Council has said it cannot support government plans for a specialist housing court, deeming it unnecessary.  Responding to the...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

More people are selling up and renting in retirement

An increasing number of over 60s are looking to sell up and rent in retirement, research shows. According to the Centre for...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Ealing has more accredited landlords than any other borough in London

Ealing council has praised buy-to-let landlords operating in the local area after fresh figures revealed that there are more properly accredited...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans simplifies buy-to-let range

Foundation Home Loans has refreshed its buy-to-let proposition to ensure the range is more transparent and easier for intermediaries to understand...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords will be legally required to join a redress scheme, or face £5,000 fine

For the first time ever, buy-to-let landlords will be legally required to become members of a redress scheme, as part of measures...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

What are student tenants looking for when searching for a property?

Many buy-to-let landlords purchase properties near universities in order to take advantage of the lucrative yields that the student rental market...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Tax return deadline looming – are you prepared?

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

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords raise almost £2,000 for homeless people in Rugby

Landlords from across the Midlands have helped raise funds for homeless people in Rugby. Donations made by landlords at the most recent...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord event to be held in Croydon next week

Buy-to-let landlords looking to invest in Croydon or stay on top of industry best practice are invited to attend a free...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let yields drop to three-year low

A number of BTL landlords are beginning to feel the effects of recent tax changes, resulting in a squeeze on their...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Mayor of London to develop ‘rent control’ proposals

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan is developing rent control proposals as part of his 2020 re-election bid in the hope...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fees ban is now inevitable after gaining Royal Assent

The ban on fees charged by landlords and letting agents will be introduced in June after the Tenant Fees Bill passed...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord purchases fall sharply as tax assault bites

There has been a sharp decline in the number of buy-to-let property purchases as a raft of government tax hikes continues...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Renting became more affordable last year, says The DPS

A fall in annual rents and wage inflation helped ensure that renting became more affordable in 2018, according to The Deposit...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay £4,500 for breaching a prohibition order

A landlord in Stevenage who allowed his tenant to live in an excessively cold attic with a serious fire safety hazard...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Most landlords lock in to 5-year fixed rates

Amid continued speculation that interest rates will rise later this year, the majority of landlords chose a five-year fixed rate when...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New landlord seminars to help landlords tackle disrepair in common areas

With research showing that around 61% of privately rented flats in Scotland currently have common areas like stairways and roofs in...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays reduces buy-to-let rates on a range of products

Barclays has cut rates across its buy-to-let range by up to 0.26%. Buy-to-let purchase and remortgage products now start at 2.3% for...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Convicted landlord receives 500K in housing benefit payments despite ban

A rogue landlord deemed unfit to rent out property in the north London borough of Brent in 2015 has since received...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

What would a no-deal Brexit mean for the UK’s landlords?

Life just doesn’t get any easier for Theresa May. No sooner had her Brexit withdrawal plan been rejected by a record-breaking...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Legal & General acquires Build to Rent site in Chelmsford

Legal & General has exchanged contracts on a new Build To Rent (BTR) site in Chelmsford City Centre, on behalf of...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are ‘increasingly looking for longer term fixed rates’

The majority of private landlords are understandably looking for greater security in the current climate and that largely explains why they...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Teachers BS increases maximum age on BTL and cuts standard coverage ratio

Teachers Building Society has made various changes to its buy-to-let criteria, including an increase in maximum age, while the society has...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Green shoots’ of recovery emerging in London’s buy-to-let sector

There are growing signs of confidence returning to the London market, with a resurgence in house prices being anticipated owed in...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Q4 housing analysis shows 40% of housing stock available is rental

There has been a steady increase in the percentage of rental properties available over the past 12 months and data for...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Hull accused of ‘getting away with murder’

Buy-to-let landlords are “getting away with murder” according to Advice4Renters, after new figures revealed that just two out of almost 2,000...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New app launched to help you manage your buy-to-let portfolio

A new app has been launched to support landlords and ensure that they understand the complex landscape of residential property legislation,...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Free landlord events to be held in Croydon

Croydon Council is inviting private landlords to attend a free public event this week that will offer expert buy-to-let tips and...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords cool on property purchases

The number of buy-to-let purchases continues to fall, as reflected by a further drop in new buy-to-let mortgage lending. Fresh data from...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Barnet Council plans to introduce tougher licensing controls

Barnet Council is planning to introduce a stricter licensing scheme designed to clampdown on rogue landlords across the borough in north...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Just 135 of 3,000 landlords have signed up to new statuary license

There is growing concern in Reading that thousands of landlords could soon face enforcement action if they do not sign up...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

UK Finance slammed for suggesting that the leasehold system is working well

Assertions made by UK Finance that the leasehold system is not in need of major reform have been rejected by Leasehold...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord sees HMO license application rejected due to fire safety concerns

A buy-to-let landlord in Glasgow will be left out of pocket after the renewal of her house in multiple occupation (HMO)...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents in London hit an all-time high as supply plummets

Asking rents in London rose to a record high in December, with market conditions in the capital improving to levels not...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Best locations for buy-to-let in the UK revealed

Despite the introduction of profound changes to the taxation of buy-to-let investments, leaving many landlords facing higher tax bills, there are...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

How long does it take to sell a buy-to-let property in the UK?

New figures from specialist online agency yieldit, which analyses the time taken between a tenanted investment property being listed and an...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s simple: Immaculately presented rental properties will get a ‘higher price’

From furniture and lighting to bedding and tabletop items, there is a lot that can be done to improve a property’s...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Skipton expat lending now includes studio flats

Skipton International has extended the terms of its mortgage proposition to include studio apartments valued at £250,000 and above in response...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Is Brexit uncertainty good news for BTL landlords?

Many people tend to hold off on buying property during times of uncertainty and that appears to be precisely what is...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban set to come into force on 1 June 2019

The introduction of a ban on fees charged by landlords and letting agents look set to finally come into force on...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Councils are choosing to enforce the ‘harshest options’ to punish landlords

A growing number of local authorities are using selective licensing to introduce penalties for buy-to-let landlords that go well beyond the...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Commercial Trust improves its online buy-to-let comparison table

Commercial Trust Limited has enhanced its buy-to-let comparison table for customers. The new table features a number of new products, which includes...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

NatWest cuts BTL remortgage rates

NatWest Intermediary Services this morning made changes to a number of its buy-to-let, as well as its residential mortgage products, with...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let tycoon looks to offload 300 homes

One of the UK’s largest and most controversial private landlords plans to sell his entire portfolio of around 300 residential properties...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost £2.4m for councils to crack down on rogue landlords

Close to £2.4m of additional funding designed to clampdown on unscrupulous landlords will be made available for more than 50 councils...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents vows to return £20m to tenants who sign up to deposit-free scheme

Deposit-free renting is growing increasingly popular, with more providers than ever before now providing tenants with a range of nil deposit...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The total value of UK’s housing stock hits £7.29 trillion

The total value of the UK’s housing stock reached a record £7.29 trillion in 2018, according to fresh research from Savills. The...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Leeds doubles BTL cashback incentives to £1,000

Leeds Building Society has doubled the cashback incentives available on its selected two- and five-year buy-to-let products from £500 to £1,000. Highlights...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

UK rents to rise 11.4% by 2023 – CBRE

UK rents are predicted to rise 11.4% in the next five years, according to a forecast by CBRE. Alongside fairly ‘moderate’ growth...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit to be taken from claimants and paid directly to landlords

The government has announced a new online system that will pay private landlords of those on Universal Credit directly. It is hoped...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords in London are already worse off because of Brexit

MPs will finally hold their vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal tomorrow, with just over two months to go before the...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord in Slough becomes first to secure finance from Zephyr Homeloans

An experienced buy-to-let landlord in Slough has become the first to be granted a mortgage by Zephyr Homeloans, a new dedicated...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord who dumped mum of nine’s belongings in the street may lose license

A buy-to-let landlord in Edinburgh who evicted a young family and dumped their belongings in the garden after they fell into...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let demand in prime central London showing signs of ‘resurgence’

There has been increased demand for buy-to-let property in prime central London in recent months and this trend looks set to continue...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Online letting agency launches new subscription model for landlords

It is becoming increasingly clear that some letting agents may not survive the tenant fee ban coming into force next spring...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay £12,500

An unscrupulous landlord has been punished for providing his tenant with poor living conditions by being ordered to pay more than...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Security advice for your tenants to help protect your property

With more than 500,000 reported burglaries in the UK each year, fresh research from MoneySuperMarket looks at how people can protect...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property management firm fined £5k for non-compliance

Property management company Titlecroft Limited has been fined £5,000 for failing to join a government-approved property redress scheme, which is a...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The outlook for property investors ‘remains positive’ as rents rise again

The average cost of renting a property in the UK rose by 1.5% in the 12 months to December 2018, the...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants from hell leave property in ‘horrendous’ state

A private landlord in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire was left horrified after nightmare tenants left his property in a...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

LandInvest targets wider market by teaming up with Mortgage Brain

LendInvest has joined forces with mortgage sourcing system Mortgage Brain to bring its buy-to-let product to a wider audience of intermediaries...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

TDS becomes first TDP scheme to appoint independent complaints reviewer

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), one of three government-backed tenancy deposit protection (TDP) schemes, has appointed a new external independent complaints...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Pepper Money launches limited edition range of five-year fixed BTL products

Pepper Money has launched a new range of five-year fixed rate buy-to-let limited edition products, with rates starting at 3.28%. The range...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The government is ‘not that bothered’ about helping BTL landlords, claims NLA

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has expressed its disappointment at the government’s decision not to address a major ruling that is...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Where is Scotland’s fastest growing rental market?

Following a prolonged period of strong growth, the Highlands and Islands region has been replaced as Scotland’s fastest growing rental market. According...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

MOT-style reports needed in rental sector, says inventory specialist

No Letting Go, one of the UK’s largest providers of inventory services, is calling for the introduction of MOT-style certificates to...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays announce BTL rate cuts

Barclays Mortgages has launched a series of rate reductions across a number of buy-to-let – and residential – ranges for both...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Hostmaker lists with Spotahome to offer landlords more flexible tenancy terms

Hostmaker, a leading Airbnb and holiday rental property management specialist, claims to have found a way to fill the low-season and...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Corrupt lawyer jailed for helping fraudster build a £10.8m BTL property empire

Dodgy solicitor Ross McKay, who helped a fraudster create a £10.8m property empire with the help of Tameside’s criminal underworld, has...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in number of middle-age renters

There has been a 15% rise in the number of people renting a home aged 35-54 in the last three years as...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Cost of fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages fall year-on-year

Mortgage lenders have reduced the cost of most of their fixed rate buy-to-let deals for landlords over the past 12 months,...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent rises in Scotland may not always be legal

The introduction of the Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) in December 2017 has led to major changes in the industry in Scotland,...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA membership hits all-time high

More buy-to-let landlords are adopting a more professional approach to running their property business, as reflected by the number of people...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

UK property market finished 2018 with ‘more of a whimper than a bang’

Brexit has “smashed property market sentiment to smithereens”, according to Jonathan Samuels, the chief executive of the property lender Octane Capital. Buying...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Zero Deposit set to become ‘major part of renting’ for agents, landlords and tenants

With a sharp rise in the number of letting agents signing up to the Zero Deposit Guarantee, underpinning hundreds of tenancies...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Investors head north for higher rental yields

A growing number of buy-to-let investors are heading north for better returns, according to Your Move. The property firm reports that the...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New portal aims to set ‘new standard in property management’

A new property management portal claims to be on a mission to raise the standard of the property industry by establishing...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

LetCo acquired by LSL Property Services

Buy-to-let landlords with properties in Hampshire and Sussex, may be keen to learn that local lettings and property management specialist, LetCo,...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

How much did Airbnb hosts in London make over the festive period?

Many buy-to-let landlords who own properties in London took advantage of their assets by renting out their homes on a short-term...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Can a tenant who can’t afford the deposit be trusted to pay the rent?

Deposit-free renting is growing increasingly popular, with more providers than ever before now providing tenants with a range of nil deposit...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants need to ensure they are protected in the private rental sector

It may now be more than three months since thousands of households in Wales were faced with severe flooding in October...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Britain looks set to be hit with snow and ice warnings over the next few weeks that could put thousands of...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord slapped with £60k licence breaches fine

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay £60,000 for committing serious offences under The Housing Act 2004. Regev Hazan, the landlord of...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Claim your free tickets for The South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre later this month and...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Is the buy-to-let market as good as dead and buried?

Investors have long turned to residential property as a means of supplementing their income, supported by strong demand from tenants and...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings agents must show that they are worth the money

As landlords increasingly feel the squeeze, with their reduction in yields principally due to increased regulation and tax changes, they are questioning...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Self Assessment tax returns: Help and support for landlords

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

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord family ordered to pay £250k under Proceeds of Crime Act

A family of slum landlords who crammed 31 people into a suburban four-bedroom house has been ordered to pay back almost...

03 January 2019

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...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords accused of taking advantage of the growing homeless population

We all know that buy-to-let investors provide a vital service for people looking for housing, and yet an article in The...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let investors ripped off by unscrupulous developers

Six directors have been banned for a total of 54 years after misleading more than 300 investors who collectively invested at...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Majority of students are ‘more than satisfied’ with their landlord

University students are generally happy with their living conditions and the services provided by their landlord, according to new research. The survey,...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord and building contractor fined over asbestos neglect

A landlord and building contractor have been prosecuted after workers were exposed to large quantities of asbestos fibres at a rented...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Britain braces for temperature drop: is your boiler covered?

With temperatures set to drop over the next few days, it is important that landlords check whether they have protection for...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Significantly fewer BTL landlords register to buy property in 2018

There was a sharp decline in the number of buy-to-let landlords acquiring property in 2018, fresh data from Haart shows. Clearly deterred...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental yields in prime central London hit six-year high

The average rental yield achieved in prime central London in December was 3.35% - the highest level seen since April 2012...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords should be offered incentives to ‘come back into the long-term market’

More needs to be done to stem the rise in short-term lets on Airbnb in Scotland to ensure that the market...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Council issues landlords with £300k worth of penalties in 2018

Havering Council continued to clampdown on rogue landlords in 2018, with new figures revealing that the local authority issued just over...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year to all our readers!

Following a year dominated by Brexit uncertainty, political instability, higher interest rates and more stringent mortgage regulations, many buy-to-let landlords will...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Renters fear not getting on to the ladder due to cost of saving for a deposit

Most renters fear that they will never be in a position to buy property due to the sheer cost of saving...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Which University towns and cities make the best buy-to-let investment hotspots?

It is common knowledge (and common sense) that university towns and cities are full of people who are natural renters. This...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

The Scottish rental market – 2018 overview

It’s been a busy year in terms of legislation in the Scottish lettings industry. The introduction of the Private Residential Tenancy...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips to help you avoid property tax pitfalls in 2019

When you rent out property you may have to pay tax. But the rules on paying tax on rental income can...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

National LIS to address key issues plaguing landlords in 2019

Buy-to-let landlords and property enthusiasts will once again descend on the Olympia Conference Centre in London in March where they will...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Where are rents rising fastest?

As 2018 draws to a close, the vast majority of areas have seen rents increase over the past 12 months, according...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Draconian tax changes shouldn’t spell the end for buy-to-let landlords

It’s now three years since the then Conservative Chancellor George Osborne introduced a series of measures aimed, principally, at cooling the...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage tips to take into the New Year

With 2019 fast approaching, mortgage borrowers are being encouraged to take a few simple steps to ensure they are in the...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £6k after failing to licence property in Bristol

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined more than £6,000 after failing to obtain a license for a shared house in Bristol. John Elwes...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New BTL lender formally launches

Computershare Loan Services has launched Zephyr Homeloans, a dedicated buy-to-lender that provides a range of mortgage products for professional portfolio landlords...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Future Right to Rent system must be ‘reliable’ and treat people ‘fairly’

The government’s long-awaited White Paper on post-Brexit immigration policy, published last week, unveiled plans for a single, skills-based immigration system applying...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise 7.5% over the next three years

UK rents are expected to increase by 7.5% over the next three years, as the supply of rental accommodation dwindles while...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Government introduces new room size guidance

The introduction of new guidance on room sizes in rented homes has been warmly welcomed by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Get your tax return in by Sunday and you could receive a cash flow benefit

It’s meant to be a time of good cheer, relaxation and celebration, but for many, Christmas is stressful, not least for...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas from Landlord Today

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

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New law will give renters ‘greater protection’ against rogue landlords

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill will soon become law after passing its third reading at the House of Lords...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in number of landlords selling up in the East of England

The number landlords exiting the market in the East of England last month was double the national average, ARLA Propertymark reveals. Landlords...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Here’s why property is still a good long-term investment

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

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Kensington Mortgages announces new 75% LTV rates

Kensington Mortgages has introduced new rates across its Select product range. The new deals are available across the lender’s 75% loan-to-value (LTV)...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Bah humbug! Landlords with sociable tenants could face hidden costs at Xmas

Buy-to-let landlords who currently offer properties with rents inclusive of all utility bills should be aware of potential ‘hidden cost of...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Further drop in the number of tenants seeing their rent increase, data shows

The number of tenants experiencing rent increases in November dropped to its lowest level seen since February this year, according to...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit theft total exceeds £1.3m so far this year

The recent conviction of former letting agent Heather Crabb for illegally pocketing £260,000 from renters in Plymouth has contributed significantly to...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

The most common Christmas household disasters unveiled

Household disasters happen, even over the festive period, with leaking roofs, burst pipes and broken boilers among the most common mishaps...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing being considered in Weymouth

People in Weymouth are being invited to have their say on Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s plans to introduce selective licensing...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips for your tenants at Christmas

Christmas is almost upon us once again and for many people, that means they are now making plans to go and...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords give preference to white people with British passports, court told

A number of buy-to-let landlords are discriminating against prospective tenants based on their nationality and ethnicity due to