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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

See the latest Coronavirus statistics from across the world on our world map SEE MAP UK Confirmed cases: 33,718 | UK Deaths: 2,921 | UK Recovered: 135 SEE MAP Italy Confirmed cases: 115,242 | Italy Deaths: 13,915 | Italy Recovered: 18,278 SEE MAP Spain Confirmed cases: 112,065 | Spain Deaths: 10,348 | Spain Recovered: 26,743 SEE MAP See the latest Coronavirus statistics from across the world on our world map SEE MAP UK Confirmed cases: 33,718 | UK Deaths: 2,921 | UK Recovered: 135 SEE MAP Italy Confirmed cases: 115,242 | Italy Deaths: 13,915 | Italy Recovered: 18,278 SEE MAP Spain Confirmed cases: 112,065 | Spain Deaths: 10,348 | Spain Recovered: 26,743 SEE MAP

Coronavirus: Landlords and tenants urged to have an ‘honest’ conversation

Renters facing financial hardship because of the coronavirus crisis are being encouraged to communicate with their landlords after emergency rental measures were...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords will now have tenants on Universal Credit

Universal Credit has had its problems and of course now it is going to be under an enormous amount of strain...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property owners rush to remortgage amid coronavirus uncertainty

Remortgaging activity has surged in recent weeks as homeowners, including buy-to-let landlords, rush to lock into low-rate loans amid uncertainty over...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Advice for those moving in or out of a property whilst social distancing

To help ensure those planning to move home over the new few weeks adhere to the current social distancing requirements, TDS...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Gatehouse Bank lowers FTV to 65%

Gatehouse Bank has lowered its finance-to-value (FTV) limit to 65% on buy-to-let and home purchase plans to help cope with existing...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

MHCLG issues coronavirus guidance for landlords and tenants

COVID-19 has presented a hugely challenging and uncertain time for everyone, with many landlords and tenants in desperate need of fresh...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in new tenancies until number of UK COVID-19 cases began to increase

There was a notable increase in the number of new tenancies in the early part of March before a sudden drop...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New trade body finally launches for BTL landlords

A new landlord organistaion has become the largest ever trade body in the letting sector after officially launching this morning.   The National...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

All property moves should be delayed during coronavirus crisis

The Scottish government has released new guidance advising that all property moves north of the border should be delayed due to...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Virgin Money suspends all new purchase mortgage applications

Virgin Money is no longer accepting any new buy-to-let or residential purchase mortgage applications.      The lender has also capped loan...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand for rental accommodation hit record high for month of February

Demand from new prospective renters hit the highest level on record for the month of February, new figures show.  The data, compiled...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

The short-term rental sector ‘is under severe threat’

Renting out a property as a short-term let or holiday home has proved extremely profitable for some property investors, and a...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

TMW temporarily withdraws high LTV mortgage lending

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has temporarily withdrawn its high loan-to-value (LTV) buy-to-let mortgage products.  The specialist buy-to-let arm of Nationwide Building Society...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

STAA calls for emergency support to help short-lets sector

The UK Short Term Accommodation Association’s (STAA) is lobbying the government for an emergency support package to help the short-term rental...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Skipton relaunches buy-to-let range

Skipton Building Society is expected to relaunch its buy-to-let lending to up 75% loan-to-value (LTV) following a temporary withdrawal from new purchase...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to halt buy-to-let changes

The Government should consider postponing upcoming tax changes because of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Apropos by DJ Alexander.  The property management...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent immigration checks adjusted to make  it easier for landlords

Right to Rent checks has been temporarily adapted due to coronavirus, to make it easier for landlords to carry them out. Effective immediately,...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market had looked set for a spring surge

The number of homes sold rose again in February to hit their highest level in six months in a further sign...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

New Gas Tag feature allows landlords to meet ‘regulatory obligations’

Gas Tag has launched a new feature to support landlords, housing providers, and contractors with compliance efforts during COVID-19. The update, designed...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Mansfield BS caps BTL lending at 65% LTV

Mansfield Building Society has limited lending to 65% loan-to-value across its buy-to-let mortgage range in response to the coronavirus outbreak.  The Society has...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour calls for rent payments to be scrapped for three months

Labour is urging the government to permit private tenants who are struggling to pay their rent due to the coronavirus epidemic to...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Yields strong in most UK areas as supply of rental stock falls

Rents continued to rise year-on-year in March while the number of homes available to let fell, according to the latest data...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

The government made ‘the right decision’ to ban evictions - ARLA Propertymark

The government’s decision to suspend all ongoing housing possession actions, which means that neither cases currently in the or any about to...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Short-let properties made available for NHS staff to self isolate

To help support our NHS workers, Seven Living are offering 50 self-contained properties for free to NHS staff embarking on 14-day...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coventry Building Society pulls all BTL products over 65% LTV

Coventry Building Society has temporarily removed all buy-to-let mortgage products over 65% loan-to-value (LTV).  The society has made the decision due to...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Complete ban on evictions and additional protection for renters from today

The court service has from today suspended all ongoing housing possession action, which means that neither cases currently in the or...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus concerns: BTL borrowing options have been ‘drastically reduced’

Hundreds of buy-to-let mortgage products have been withdrawn from the market due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to Property Master. The online buy-to-let...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

What happens when tenants leave in the middle of an agreement?

In principle, tenancy contracts are binding upon both parties and hence can be enforced in a court of law. In practice,...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Nationwide launches ‘simple online service’ to help those affected by Covid-19

Nationwide Building Society has developed a dedicated coronavirus support page to make it as easy as possible to arrange payment breaks.  The...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

How to successfully navigate the property market in uncertain times

These are difficult times in the property market, with a constantly changing situation creating a great deal of uncertainty. The world...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing transactions set to drop by up to 60% over the next three months

Historically, economic uncertainty and market volatility are detrimental to the housing market, and the latest observations on the impacts of coronavirus...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

TDS launches coronavirus guide to help landlords, agents and tenants

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has launched an FAQ web page for landlords, letting agents and tenants to provide help and...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord allows tenant to live in his property rent free for five months

As the escalating coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc, a number of tenants have been left in extremely vulnerable situations.  Many who...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Barclays withdraws all portfolio buy-to-let products

With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to escalate, Barclays has announced that it is withdrawing all portfolio buy-to-let products and is no...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

New plans to impose a six-month ban on evictions of private tenants

Buy-to-let landlords could be banned from evicting private tenants in Scotland for up to six months if the Scottish government’s plans...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Necessary COVID-19 information for landlords and agents

New guidance from ARLA Propertymark’s legal helpline aims to provide landlords and letting agents with greater clarity based on frequent queries they...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to remain calm as students return to their parental homes

Student property has long been one of the most lucrative investments available to landlords, with sky-high double-digit yields typically available in...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage payment holiday online form now available

Customers from Yorkshire Building Society, Accord Mortgages, Accord Buy to Let and Chelsea Building Society who have been financially affected by...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

The housing market got off to a strong start in 2020, but activity is ‘plummeting’

Heading into March, the UK housing market was showing the kind of green shoots appropriate for the start of spring, with...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus could cost BTL landlords almost £15bn in lost rental income

The devastating impact of the Coronavirus could cost buy-to-let landlords nearly £14.9bn should tenants be unable to pay rent during the...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Useful guidance and support for dealing with tenants during Covid-19 outbreak

A high number of buy-to-let landlords are concerned about the impact of the Coronavirus, but The Guild of Letting and Management...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Barclays refuses to offer buy-to-let borrowers a payment holiday

Landlords who have a buy-to-let mortgage with Barclays will not be offered a repayment holiday, despite government guidance to offer borrowers...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Less than one in 20 BTL landlords permit tenants to keep pets

Most landlords are wary of the potential damage, smells and noise complaints that can come with accommodating a tenant with pets,...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

UnderTheDoormat offers free accommodation for NHS workers

UnderTheDoormat, which provides short-let properties in London, is opening up its homes to doctors and nurses for free as they care...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

UK letting market started to slow in February

The UK letting market has ground to a virtual halt amid the coronavirus pandemic, but new figures show that the market started...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

TDS updates tenancy deposit protection guidance for landlords with tenants

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has published updated guidance to the tenancy deposit protection (TDP) legislation in England and Wales. The information...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

LRU release template letter for struggling renters to send to their landlords

The London Renters Union (LRU) has released a template letter for renters to send to their landlords if they are struggling...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Vida takes ‘swift and decisive action’ to withdraw tiers within BTL range

  Vida Homeloans, like some other non-bank lenders, has been forced to withdraw their buy-to-let and residential product ranges due to limited access...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords switching from short-term lets to longer lets before lockdown

There has been a significant increase in the number of landlords and homeowners switching from short-term lets to longer rentals.  Across the...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage payment holiday will apply to limited company BTL products

The three-month mortgage payment holiday to landlords whose tenants are experiencing financial difficulties due to coronavirus, will also apply to those...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to be ‘as flexible as possible with tenants facing difficulties’

The government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak when it comes to protecting private landlords and tenants has been “right and fair”,...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Foreign investors eye UK property

Despite the growing concern amid the coronavirus pandemic, international property investors are expected to increase their presence in the UK buy-to-let...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property shows cancelled due to coronavirus

The rapid spread of the coronavirus is causing cancellations and postponements of property events around the globe.   Mipim, the property sector’s annual...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Three month mortgage payment holiday for buy-to-let landlords

The chancellor’s promise of a three-month mortgage payment holiday to customers affected by coronavirus has been extended to buy-to-let borrowers whose...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Organisations welcome government action to support landlords and tenants

A number of property firms and landlord organisations have welcomed government action to support landlords and tenants affected by coronavirus. Private tenants...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must do ‘whatever it takes’ to protect tenants during corona outbreak

The government’s decision to bring forward emergency legislation to protect private renters from eviction has been warmly welcomed by ARLA Propertymark.  Many...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Saffron Building Society withdraws BTL product range

Saffron Building Society has removed its buy-to-let product range.  The lender said it has made the strategic decision to focus on the...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

What’s your investment strategy? Martin Lewis issues urgent advice for landlords

Housing market activity has plummeted over the past week or so and looks set for another volatile period ahead, as the...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: NRLA's chief exec on supporting landlords at this crucial time

With the rapid spread of coronavirus across the country, more and more landlords are asking what they need to be doing...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Let tenants who contract coronavirus ‘live rent-free for up to three months’

Private renters who contract coronavirus should be able to live rent-free for up to three months, according to a leading tax...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord handed suspended sentence after failing to maintain gas appliances

A buy-to-let landlord has been sentenced after failing to maintain gas appliances at a rental property he owns in Plymouth.  Plymouth Crown...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

OneSavings Bank announces enhancements to HMO proposition

OneSavings Bank announced a series of changes to its HMO proposition. The specialist lending and retail savings group recently introduced a new...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Petition calls for ‘rent holiday’ to support self-isolating tenants

The government is under growing pressure to consider doing more to protect tenants from the threat of eviction during the coronavirus...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Fresh help needed for landlords and tenants affected by the coronavirus

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) and the National Landlords Association (NLA) are calling for a package of measures from government and...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Almost half of landlords set to flee the market

Fresh research shows almost half of landlords are considering divesting their portfolios and leaving the PRS due to an increase in regulation...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Landlords urged to ‘not evict tenants’ who can’t pay their rent

Landlords are being urged not to evict tenants facing financial hardship as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.  Responding to a petition...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

The government has failed to support those that may struggle financially

The government is being urged to do more to support renters who may struggle to pay their rent during the coronavirus...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

What impact could coronavirus have on the housing market?

The property market had enjoyed a boost thanks to the outcome of the general election in December, but now the market faces...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Asking prices hit new record high: Rightmove

Prices of new property coming onto the market rose by 1% between 9 February and 7 March to push the national...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

London’s housing market ‘is back with a bang’

Residential property prices in London continued to grow up until a week ago, as the market recovered following Boris Johnson’s election...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Accord reduces BTL rates

Accord has cut rates across its buy-to-let products.  The lender has reduced two-year fixed rates to 3.2% at 80% loan-to-value (LTV) with...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let tax clampdown has hit tenants ‘hardest’

The Government is failing to recognise clear warning signs that a rental crisis is on the horizon, the Residential Landlords Association...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords can repay their mortgage until the age of 99!

Older buy-to-let investors are no longer being overlooked by mortgage lenders with the latest move by Gatehouse Bank to increase its...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Make renting ‘fairer’ by embracing tech-driven platforms, says flatfair CEO

The head of flatfair, a London-based fintech that lets landlords offer “deposit-free” renting to tenants, is urging more people to sign...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Redwood Bank passes on full base rate cut to mortgage products

Redwood Bank has passed on the full Bank of England Base Rate reduction of 0.5% to its existing lending products. The challenger...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents in UK will rise for next five years, RICS predict

Rents across most of the UK look set to increase as rising demand from prospective tenants puts upward pressure on values,...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Budget 2020: what Rishi Sunak’s announcement means for the PRS

Rishi Sunak's first Budget included new taxes for overseas property buyers, funding to remove unsafe cladding, fresh funds to support the...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Interest rate cut will ‘inject liquidity into the economy and property market’

The Bank of England’s extraordinary decision to cut interest rates to just 0.25% yesterday with no warning, reflecting the level of...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Carter Jonas, Marsh & Parsons and James Pendleton to offer Zero Deposit guarantee

Carter Jonas, Marsh & Parsons and James Pendleton have become the latest letting agents to sign up to the Zero Deposit guarantee,...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS introduces new 10-year mortgages

Leeds Building Society is launching a couple of new 10-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage products. The two new 10-year fixed rate products...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord bodies finally set to merge to create powerful lobby group

A new landlord organistaion, which will become the largest ever trade body in the letting sector, is finally set to officially launch over...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

MP wants amendment to Renters’ Reform Bill to prosecute “sex for rent” landlords

An amendment is urgently required to the Renters’ Reform Bill to prosecute “sex for rent” landlords and reassure victims that they...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

UK rents on the rise but failing to keep pace with inflation

Average UK rents continued to rise in February, but failed to keep up with inflation, according to the latest HomeLet Rental...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £87,000 for putting tenants in ‘serious danger’

A private landlord has been prosecuted by Bristol City Council for providing private rented accommodation that posed a “serious risk to life”.  Nine...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Budget 2020: ‘There must be no further taxation on landlords’

The Guild of Property Professionals is calling on the new chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to use his Budget speech, which will take...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Drop in the cost of borrowing ‘will be a boost for landlords’

The cost of buy-to-let mortgages has continued to fall, according to the latest research from Property Master.  The biggest month-on-month fall in...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must ‘get to grips with root causes pushing people into homelessness’

With buy-to-let landlords across the country being pushed out of the market by increasing costs and legislation, and new investors deterred...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

TML reduces BTL rates and simplifies range

The Mortgage Lender (TML) has made rate reductions across its new simplified buy-to-let mortgage range, which maintains a variety of fee...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

First Property Hub Live event to be held in London

The first ever Property Hub Live event will take place in north London next month.  The show, to be held at Tottenham...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

1.2 million people relying on overdrafts to fund rent or mortgage payments

Some 13% of people use their overdraft to cover the cost of their rental or mortgage payments - the equivalent of...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

More than 100,000 renters sign up to Zoopla’s new rental guide

Zoopla has registered more than 100,000 sign-ups to its latest dedicated rental platform since it was launched a week ago.  Zooploma, a...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Insurance payouts for storms Dennis and Ciara to top £360m, say insurers

Insurers are set to pay out an average £32,000 per household for flood claims following the destructive storms last month, according...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

TSB cuts rates across its buy-to-let and residential mortgage ranges

TSB has made changes across its buy-to-let and residential mortgage range. Within the buy-to-let range, a new 10-year fixed (With 10-year ERC)...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Proposed rent controls will 'drive landlords out of the market'

Labour’s proposals to introduce rent controls in London risks reducing the number of private homes available for rent, as landlords look...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Top tips for novice buy-to-let investors

If you have recently entered the buy-to-let market for the first time, here are a few tips to help you ensure...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

DWP updates guidance for landlords with tenants in receipt of Universal Credit

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published updated guidance for landlords with tenants in receipt of Universal Credit. The information is designed to...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

When is the right time for property investors to consider a bridging loan?

Increasingly property investors are turning to short-term finance to bridge a gap. Findings from the most recent ‘Bridging Trends’ report show...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Register for a free ticket to the Property Investor Show

The Property Investor Show, the UK’s most comprehensive property exhibition, takes place at London ExCeL on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th April and...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Void periods continue to decline

There was an encouraging decline in void rates during February, with the UK average standing at 19 days down from 20...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

London councils call for mandatory registration system for short-term lettings

Those who rent out homes short-term in either the London borough of Camden or Westminster could soon face fresh restrictions. Both councils...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Fire safety issues affecting tower blocks ‘run far deeper’ than flammable cladding

Rendered insulation could be a bigger issue for scores of tower blocks with flammable cladding, according to Andrews Property Group.  Almost three...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Gumtree insists it takes ‘fraud very seriously’ following latest letting scam

Gumtree, the dedicated website for free classifieds adverts in the UK, is urging landlords and tenants to follow its ‘safety advice’ when...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Principality Building Society trims lending rates

Principality Building Society has introduced marginal rate cuts across some of its buy-to-let mortgage products. The cuts include the 75% loan-to-value (LTV)...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Social landlords could face a £10bn bill to ‘to fix fire safety problems’

The government is being urged to fund a bailout to help social landlords avoid a £10bn bill to fix fire safety...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

 Top tips for ensuring your rental's loft conversion meets MEES

With the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) coming into play last year, it's now more important than ever to ensure the...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Get two free tickets to the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show

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

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

The options set to reinvigorate the buy-to-let market

It’s no secret that the war on landlords has escalated heavily since 2016 and as we find ourselves in a new...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Paws for thought: ‘no pet’ clauses contributing to loneliness

Two-thirds of private renters who would like to own a pet are being forced to delay by restrictive tenancy agreements, and...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let remains ‘a solid long term investment’

With savers receiving poor returns from banks and building societies, thousands of people unsurprisingly continue to turn to residential property as a means...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Fraudulent rental scam leaves couple £800 out of pocket

A young couple who recently turned to the web to find a property to rent have fallen prey to a fraudulent...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

STAA seeks to reassure those affected by Hostmaker’s collapse

Short-term let property management firm Hostmaker has gone into administration, prompting redundancies for the entirety of the company’s London-based team.  Houst, formerly...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Landbay announce buy-to-let product refresh

Buy-to-let lender Landbay has announced a product refresh across a series of its products, including the addition of fees to 80%...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Where are BTL landlords most likely to buy property in the next 12 months?

Buy to-to-let landlords across the Midlands are most likely to acquire new property over the next 12 months, new research show.  A...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

A ‘50/50 gender split amongst buy-to-let investors’ is edging closer to reality

A growing number of women are investing in the buy-to-let market as an alternative to the failing of the pensions industry,...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Average tenancy deposit now stands at £1,139

The average tenancy deposit paid by tenants in Britain now stands at £1,139, fresh analysis from Ome, part of Hamilton Fraser, shows.   The...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

England striker sues former landlord for £100,000 over offensive word

Former Liverpool FC star and England striker Daniel Sturridge is suing his ex-landlord for £100,000 after finding a Netflix account had...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Newcastle Intermediaries refreshes buy-to-let range

Newcastle Intermediaries has reduced rates on its fee assisted buy-to-let mortgages by 0.2 percentage points and extended end dates across the...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Maintaining the average BTL investment stands at 28% of annual rental income

Buy-to-let maintenance is costing private landlords up to 28% of their annual rental income, according to the latest research by Howsy.  The letting...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay £190,000 for renting out illegal flats

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay back a whopping £190,000 after he was caught receiving rental from illegal flats. A...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Why new EPC rules favour new-builds as investment properties

The UK government has legally committed to going carbon neutral by 2050. That’s going to require a huge effort and significant...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Brent Council’s application to extend its selective licensing scheme is rejected

Brent Council’s application to extend its selective licensing scheme in the north west London ward has been rejected by central government.  Brent...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Castle Trust launches 10-year loan for buy-to-let investors

Castle Trust is offering a 10-year term loan for people looking to invest in buy-to-let property.  Castle Trust’s TermTen loan for buy-to-let...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Brighton ranked as most profitable city for landlords

Brighton has been named the most profitable city to invest in for buy-to-let landlords in the UK.  Landlords investing in Brighton’s buy-to-let...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Servicing your tenants right: Five tips to enhance your credibility as a landlord

If the private rental sector and sharing economy is to continue to thrive, regular engagement with your tenants is required to...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Top renter-friendly cities in the UK unveiled

The best and worst cities for renters have been identified by taking into account several factors, including the average salary spend...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £9,500 for failing to maintain property

A buy-to-let landlord in Liverpool has been ordered to pay almost £9.500 after failing to provide acceptable living conditions for his...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The Nottingham introduces new limited company BTL products

The Nottingham for Intermediaries has launched a new range of limited company buy-to-let mortgages. Highlights include a two-year fixed rate at 2.76%,...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant demand hits record high as housing supply falls

Rental demand reached a record high of 88 prospective tenants per letting agency branch in January, up 57% from an average...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord confidence in BTL market improves after the election

Boris Johnson’s emphatic December general election victory has triggered fresh optimism among buy-to-let landlords, despite tax and regulatory changes hitting their...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Residential property prices in all English cities surpass 2007 peak

Residential property prices across all English Cities have risen above pre-crisis peaks for the first time since 2007, the latest Zoopla...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords ditch letting agents and go it alone

With landlords’ purse strings being squeezed by tax and regulatory changes, a growing number of buy-to-let investors are opting to ditch...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

What steps do landlords need to take when it comes to MEES regulations?

Most landlords will already be familiar with the Domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency (MEES) Regulations which came into force on 1 April...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must protect tenants by delaying electrical safety regulations - RLA

The Residential Landlords Associations (RLA) is calling on the government to delay introducing new electrical safety rules to help ensure that...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Chancellor urged to adopt a ‘big thinking’ approach to housing in his first Budget

Next month's Budget is a golden opportunity to reform Britain's broken housing market and get the country moving again, according to...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Two-bedroom properties offer the best yields for BTL landlords

Two-bedroom properties make the best investment for buy-to-let landlords in England when it comes to existing rental yields, fresh research shows.  Howsy...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The government cannot force landlords to accept renters with pets

With many tenants being forced to get rid of their pets under current rules from their landlords, the government is planning...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agent launches ‘let for free’ initiative to celebrate 10th anniversary

Draker Lettings is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the launch of its ‘let for free’ initiative aimed at landlords with properties...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Government policy is deterring landlords from providing long-term homes to rent

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are switching to short-term lets, as a consequence of skewed policy that favours holiday homes...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord jailed after failing to pay £12k fine

An unscrupulous landlord who illegally rented out properties in Fife has been sentenced to two years in prison after failing to...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property transactions increase by 5.2% year-on-year

Residential property transactions increased by 5.2% in the year to January 2020, according to HMRC ‘s latest property transaction statistics. There were...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord discovers cannabis farm at rented house in West Bromwich

A shocked landlord found a cannabis farm in one of his properties in West Bromwich. The landlord called the police after discovering...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The rental market proves resilient as ‘demand remains strong’

The private rented sector is set to see the sustained growth of rental values seen throughout the course of last year...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Insurance costs from two February storms could cost £425m in claims

The severe weather that brought heavy rain and strong winds across the UK and flooded hundreds of properties this month is estimated...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Grainger targets mid-market renters with major scheme in Salford

Grainger plc is targeting primarily key workers and recent graduates for their latest Build to Rent scheme in Salford.  Clippers Quay, the largest...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Estate agent looks to rebuild reputation after firm goes bust owing landlords £28k

The former owner of an estate agency in Ipswich which went bust owing landlords and tenants just over £28,000 after being...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Skipton enhances expat BTL proposition

Skipton International has launched a new remortgage offer that it hopes will appeal to UK expats. Skipton is offering to refund an...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The buy-to-let market is ‘finally starting to show signs that it is regaining strength’

A deluge of taxes and an uncertain market has seen a number of landlords abandon the buy-to-let industry in recent years.  Some...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant’s attempt to sue landlord for almost £14,000 is dismissed

A tenant’s appeal to recover £13,800 in rent and deposit from his landlord has been rejected by the Upper Tribunal for...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

London landlords lost £730m in lost rent last year due to avoidable void periods

Void periods can have serious financial consequences for a landlord. While they are undoubtedly part of running a buy-to-let business, it...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Kensington Mortgages reduces buy-to-let rates

Kensington Mortgages has cut rates across its buy-to-let range. Highlights include its 85% loan-to-value product, available on a two-year fix, which has...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Investing in buy-to-let is ‘getting more costly by the year’ as income drops

Landlords have seen income from property investment and management fall by an average of almost 20% since 2011, new research shows.  A...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Number of landlords in the PRS drops to a seven-year low

The number of landlords in the private rental sector has fallen to a seven-year low, according to Hamptons International’s latest monthly...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Reduced cost of BTL mortgages ‘is very good news for landlords’

The cost of buy-to-let mortgages has dropped further, the latest research from Property Master shows.  The biggest month-on-month fall in cost was...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

It's time to stop bashing agents over mis-selling of deposit insurance schemes

The recent criticism of letting agents and deposit insurance schemes, which began with a probe by the BBC last weekend, will...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Storm damage likely to lead to a sharp rise in buy-to-let insurance claims

Storms and floods wreaked havoc across much of the country in recent weeks, leaving a number of homes and businesses damaged,...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The Tories are chasing the tenant vote, but what about landlords?

Given that the number of people living in private rented accommodation has grown, doubling in the past three decades, renters are...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

More than a quarter of landlords saw an increase in tenant demand in Q4 2019

The private rented sector ended 2019 strongly, with 27% of landlords experiencing an increase in tenant demand, according to the latest...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New chancellor urged to use Budget to ‘encourage’ investment in the PRS

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) and the National Landlords Association (NLA) are calling on the new chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to use...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

A growing number of landlords opting for two-year fixed rate products

There was a notable increase in the percentage of landlords selecting shorter-term buy-to-let mortgage products in the final quarter of last...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Free entry registration - The National Landlord Investment Show

The National Landlord Show arrives at Olympia on Thursday 19th March to offer advice via complimentary seminars, major suppliers and landlord debates where you...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords and sellers no longer holding back

The Conservatives’ general election victory in December has triggered a new burst of housing market activity as confidence flows back into...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents set to target consumers by tapping into the ‘digital environment’

The change in customer behaviour driven by technological developments is the biggest trend that marketers believe will offer the greatest opportunities...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Linking rent rises to wages could have a ‘severe’ impact on the PRS

A proposed Bill to protect private sector tenants by introducing measures to limit rent increases could drive many buy-to-let landlords out...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property development confidence improves following Tory election victory

The residential property market has enjoyed what some are referring to as a ‘Boris bounce’ following the result of the recent...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Roma Finance reduces bridging rates

Roma Finance has cut its bridging and development rates across its product range, which includes buy-to-let, after obtaining fresh and sustainable...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Government is failing ‘good landlords’ by ‘attacking’ the PRS, says RLA

The latest data demonstrates the failure of government policy for the private rented sector, which in turn is having an adverse...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Student housing is a ‘big Living investment story’, says JLL

With the number of full-time students in the UK continuing to grow, student housing is now the number one Living investment,...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Should you be concerned about tenants’ exposure to coronavirus?

A ninth person has tested positive for Coronavirus in the UK, the government has confirmed.  The woman flew into London from China...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Christopher Pincher replaces Esther McVey as the new housing minister

Boris Johnson has unveiled his new look cabinet, which includes the appointment of Christopher Pincher as the new housing minister. Pincher replaces Esther McVey,...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Exciting times ahead for UK landlords’ as investors plan to add to portfolios

With the residential property market continuing to show signs of improvement, there is renewed investor confidence in the sector,  according to...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Average rents in Scotland increase 3.5% year-on-year - CityLets

The cost of renting a home in Scotland continued to rise during the final quarter of 2019, new figures show.  The Scottish...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

HMRC re-issues brief guidance on Making Tax Digital for landlords and sole traders

HMRC has re-issued brief guidance on Making Tax Digital (MTD) for landlords and sole traders who will eventually be required to...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental prices set to ‘remain steady with annual growth continuing to rise’

The squeeze on supply, coupled with continued demand for properties from tenants, is likely to lead to continued rental increases across...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to be on guard against tenant's cannabis farms

Landlords are being urged to vet tenants carefully and watch out for the tell-tale signs that a property is being used as...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Cost of renting outstrips inflation

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

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New bill will make it harder ‘for landlords to reclaim possession of their property’

A new bill that could potentially make it harder for landlords to evict problem tenants swiftly and efficiently due to current...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Ban for agent who failed to protect £28k worth of tenants’ deposits and rent

A letting agent who failed to safeguard £28,000 worth of tenants’ deposits and rent destined for landlords has been handed a...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

More transparency needed on deposit alternative schemes

There has been much debate in recent days about deposit-free renting and whether letting agents have been mis-selling deposit alternative products,...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Ed Sheeran invests in London where he can ‘charge top whack to renters’

Ed Sheeran has reportedly spent £57m on investing in the property market. The singer, 28, is said to be the owner of...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market remained steady in January - Goodlord

The rental market broadly remained stable in January, the latest rental index from Goodlord shows. Average rents increased in four out of...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Concerns raised over deposit-free renting being mis-sold to tenants

A growing number of companies and letting agents are offering deposit-free options without making it clear they could cost renters more...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

flatfair defends deposit alternative solutions following BBC article

flatfair, which lets landlords offer deposit-free renting to tenants, has defended nil deposit schemes as an alternative to a traditional deposit,...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans cuts rates across core BTL product range

Foundation Home Loans has made a series of rate reductions across a number of products in its core buy-to-let range. The rate...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Get two free tickets to the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows

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

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest tax changes prove the ‘final straw’ for many small buy-to-let landlords

Cuts to tax relief and other rule changes are driving out smaller landlords, the latest figures show.   Official HMRC data reveals the...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

North of England tops list for fastest growing buy-to-let yields

The north of England provided the biggest jump in returns for buy-to-let landlords in the final quarter of last year as...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents will rise for next five years, experts predict

Rents in prime London and its commuter belt are expected edge higher this year due to the widening supply-demand imbalance in...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Major landlord exhibition returns to Bristol

The west of England’s Landlord Expo returns to Bristol next month.  The free-to-attend event, organised by the four West of England Local...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Aldermore relaunches BTL mortgage offering

Aldermore Bank has relaunched its buy-to-let proposition with a view to offering landlords greater choice, flexibility, new products, reduced rates, and...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New Airbnb rental calculator highlights how much more rent landlords can make

A new online calculator highlighting how much more rent landlords can make by letting to holidaymakers via Airbnb across a range...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

London is the second most expensive option for an Airbnb in Europe

With short trips to European capital cities an increasingly more popular option, a growing number of people are turning to Airbnb...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Supporting the UK’s construction industry in 2020

It is common knowledge the UK is facing an undersupply of housing. Unfortunately, this is not a sudden phenomenon – the...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Council appeals to landlords to take tenants off the housing waiting list

A local council has moved to try and attract more buy-to-let landlords with a range of new services, aimed at boosting...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Hampshire Trust Bank revamps BTL offering

Hampshire Trust Bank (HTB) has refreshed its buy-to-let and semi-commercial offering. The lender now provides rates for loans up to £5m, up from...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

What areas have enjoyed biggest hike in rental yields since the ban on tenant fees?

Rental yields in the private rented sector have dipped marginally since the introduction of the ban on tenant fees in June...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents lose a significant chunk of their revenue from tenant fees ban

The majority of letting agents in England have experienced lost revenue from the tenant fees ban. A survey of agents by letting platform...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Why landlords should be embracing open banking

  Two years ago, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) ordered the nine largest UK current account providers to open up their...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Newbury reduces rate on limited company BTL product

Newbury Building Society has cut rates on a limited company buy-to-let mortgage deal. The 75% loan-to-value three-year variable product has been reduced...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Wise Living plans to build over 10,000 BTR homes by 2025

Wise Living has announced plans to build more than 10,000 Build to Rent (BTR) homes by 2025.  The BTR arm of property...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords welcome delay to minimum energy efficiency standards

The decision to delay the minimum energy efficiency standards deadline in Scotland has been welcomed by landlords as a ‘sensible one’.  The...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

UK's top 10 cheapest places to rent revealed

Newcastle upon Tyne has been named the most affordable place to rent in the UK.  According to the research, undertaken by CompareTheMarketcom,...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The average renter has saved £163 since tenancy deposits were capped

Renters across England have made an average saving of £163.08 since tenancy security deposits were capped last year at the equivalent...

05 February 2020

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 its UK...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Landbay introduces limited edition BTL product including free property valuation

Landbay has launched a new buy-to-let mortgage product for a limited time.  The product, which includes a free valuation for standard properties valued...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords  spend more than £3.6bn on local economies in 12 months

Buy-to-let landlords have spent £3.61bn on local economies across the UK over the last 12 months, according to Aldermore Bank. The bank...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord handed £90k fine for license breaches

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay just over £90,000 for repeatedly ignoring selective licensing laws in north London.  Stephen Ige...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit rollout delayed again until 2024

The full rollout of universal credit, the government's flagship welfare reform, has been delayed yet again - until 2024.  The system was...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Shortage of rental homes continues to push rents up in prime London

An increase in demand, coupled with the growing rental stock shortage, is placing upward pressure on rental values in prime London.  The...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord claims Romania still owes him £75k in rent for ambassador’s residence

Chasing an ex-tenant for money owed on unpaid rent is challenging at the best of times, and so imagine the difficulty...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Recovery and confidence returning to the market

There are growing signs of stability returning to the residential property market, new research shows.  Sentiment towards the housing market looks positive...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Is a mass landlord exodus upon us?

Is the UK on the brink of a mass landlord exodus? It may seem like an ominous question, but ask people...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Missed the self-assessment tax deadline? Here's what you need to know

The 31st January deadline to submit your self-assessment tax return for the year ended 5 April 2019 has come and gone, however,...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

YBS Commercial Mortgages introduce new five-year company BTL product

YBS Commercial Mortgages has expanded its buy-to-let product range by launching a new five-year fixed rate Limited Company buy-to-let deal. The move...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit: What will change after 11pm tonight?

The UK formally leaves the European Union at 11pm tonight, at which point it will instantly enter into an 11-month transition...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Britain heading towards a rental crisis as BTL landlords switch to short-term lets

There has been a significant increase in the number of buy-to-let landlords who are considering converting their property to a short-term...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market set for a post-Brexit boost

The UK housing market has enjoyed a relatively strong start to 2020 after Boris Johnson’s general election victory ended Brexit uncertainty.  A...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Growth in the number of short-term lets is bad news for the PRS

The tax and regulatory changes introduced in recent years have led to an increase in the number of landlords exiting the...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Paragon sees growth in specialist mortgage business

Paragon’s specialist portfolio buy-to-let lending grew during the final quarter of 2019. Specialist buy-to-let lending was 1.1% higher year-on-year at £375.4m, whilst...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

A third of renters fear they will never be able to afford to buy their own home

The dream of home ownership is becoming increasingly out of reach for many private renters, with a third fearing that they...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords hope for change in next week’s Scottish Budget

Buy-to-let landlords are demanding change in next week’s Scottish Budget to help ensure rental price growth eases.  The number of tenants experiencing...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

What aspects of the home are causing concern when it comes to cleaning?

Cleaning is often identified as the most common cause of a tenancy deposit dispute in the private rented property sector.  Figures provided...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Pepper Money launches new BTL products for limited companies

Pepper Money has launched a new range of two and five-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages for limited companies.  The products come with...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants find it ‘harder than ever to negotiate a reduction in rent’

Rents look set to rise across much of the UK this year as the supply and demand gap continues to widen...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Four-fifths of tenants break landlord rules, study finds

The vast majority of renters engage in actions and behaviours that landlords would disapprove of, partly because they are not familiar...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

How confident are property investors in the Conservative government?

After two elections and three years of intense debate and hostility, the general election in December seemed to offer the political...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New technology designed for those buying new build homes

New VR technology has been launched that will allow prospective homebuyers, including property investors, an opportunity to view developments, ahead of...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

The Mortgage Lender makes ‘criteria enhancements’ to BTL range

The Mortgage Lender has amended its buy-to-let criteria by increasing its lending threshold from £2.5m to £5m, while also removing the...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Election result ‘has injected some much-needed confidence into the market’

The outlook for the UK housing market has improved over the past few weeks with the decisive nature of the general election...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant causes thousands of pounds worth of damage

A landlord was almost reduced to tears after discovering a house he rented out ‘in a state of squalor’, with the...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tax tips for those who rent out properties or rooms on a short-term basis

The number of properties and rooms available to book on Airbnb has soared in major UK cities, as landlords, local families...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Council tenant who owns three BTL properties ordered to pay almost £90k

A now-former council tenant in north London has been handed a suspended sentence and ordered to pay close to £90,000 after...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

TSB cuts buy-to-let rates

TSB has unveiled a number of rate reductions to mortgage products within its buy-to-let range. Buy-to-let rates have been trimmed by as...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed: The most attractive cities for buy-to-let in 2020

More than 800 landlords have been surveyed to establish where they feel offer the best buy-to-let investment opportunities in 2020.  The study,...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Investors frustrated by ‘how much red tape there now is within the PRS’

Buy-to-let landlords are becoming more frustrated by tax and regulatory changes in the private rented sector, according to fresh research from...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

The proportion of income spent on rent drops despite increases in rental level

Despite increased rent prices, the proportion of income spent by tenants on rent decreased between 2016 and 2019, according to The Deposit...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords in ‘limbo’ due to a lack of guidance from the Scottish government

Buy-to-let landlords north of the border have come under increasing pressure ahead of the incoming changes to the energy efficiency of...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Accord revamps entire buy-to-let range

Accord Buy To Let range has been relaunched with reduced rates, extended end dates and increased cashback on purchase products, with...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are providing private tenants with long-term security

Whether a matter of choice or necessity, most private renters need long-term security and the vast majority of private landlords are...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Every sensible landlord wants ‘a happy tenant’ to avoid void periods

Void periods can be a serious pain. While they are undoubtedly part of running a buy-to-let business, it would seem that...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New electrical safety regulations unlikely to affect ‘slum’ landlords

New electrical safety regulations were presented before Parliament on 13 January 2020 in a move by the government to strengthen electrical...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New online BTL comparison site launched

An online comparison site has been launched by Buy-to-Let Direct with a view to helping landlords make the right decisions when...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

The Nottingham launches new buy-to-let products

The Nottingham has introduced a new range of buy-to-let products, which are available at up to 75% loan-to-value (LTV).  The society’s new...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

An increasing number of BTL landlords set sights on high-yielding HMO market

Buy-to-let landlords currently looking to buy property are targeting Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) more than any other property type, according...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

A third of landlords plan to sell property in 2020

More than a third of buy-to-let landlords are planning to reduce the number of homes they rent out or exit the...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Income tax when you let property: help and support for landlords

The tax return deadline when filing your online Self Assessment for the tax year ending 5 April 2019 is just over...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Shawbrook cuts BTL range to three products

Shawbrook Banks has simplified its buy-to-let range down to just three products, a few months after streamlining its range from 10 to...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Room for growth: rents are rising below the level of earnings, says Zoopla

Despite the widening supply-demand imbalance in the private rented sector, it is now generally more affordable to rent a property with...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Post-Brexit housing market boom anticipated

The decisive result of last month’s general election has sparked a surge in housing market activity, placing upward pressure on house...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

MPs urged to back ‘common sense proposal’ when it comes to EU citizens

MPs are being encouraged to ensure EU citizens with settled status can continue to rent a property in this country and...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Trade bodies seek further clarity on new short-term letting regulations

The minister for local government, housing and planning in Scotland, Kevin Stewart, has received a joint letter from the UK Short...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Al Rayan Bank reduces rental rates and introduces a new deal

Al Rayan Bank has introduced a new five-year fixed 80% finance-to-value (FTV) buy-to-let purchase plan (BTLPP), while also cutting the rental...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property market sentiment improves following Tory election victory

The housing market has enjoyed what some are calling a “Boris bounce” following the result of last month’s general election, with...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

What key events do property investors need to be aware of in 2020?

Towards the end of last year, I wrote an article for Landlord Today outlining the difficulties many landlords in the UK...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market activity in London bounces back as demand surges

Soaring demand in London is pushing up activity levels with the housing market seeing interest from would-be buyers, including property investors,...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £2k for failing to comply with improvement notices

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay more than £2,000 after ignoring several requests to carry out important repairs to...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Landbay teams up with FIBA to offer specialist lending products

Landbay, the buy-to-let mortgage lender, has joined forces with The Financial Intermediary & Broker Association (FIBA) to provide landlords using certain...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Most in demand areas in the UK to rent a property

Fresh figures from Howsy has revealed the most in-demand cities to rent property in the United Kingdom, with some surprising findings.  The...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

London property hotspots: Up and coming regions worth considering

Demand for rental homes is continuing to outpace supply and drive up prices in London and that is an attractive proposition...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Here is how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

Following last week's announcement by the Welsh government that it plans to introduce new regulations to combat carbon monoxide poisoning, here are a...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

LendInvest enhances buy-to-let product criteria

LendInvest has made several changes to its buy-to-let product range in a bid to appeal to borrowers.  The lender has increased the...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New housing court needed ‘for the benefit of landlords and tenants alike’

It now takes private landlords across the UK more than five months on average from making a claim to the courts...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New regulations to combat carbon monoxide poisoning

An assembly member has welcomed the introduction of legislation for carbon monoxide detectors in rented homes in Wales. The Welsh Government says new...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants spend nearly half of their salary on rent

Rents in England are almost half of tenants’ average take-home pay, according to a new report on the state of the...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Hanley Economic BS launches first expat BTL product

Hanley Economic Building Society has launched its first-ever expat buy-to-let mortgage product after entering the market. The product is available at up...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Register for Free Entry - The Property Investor Show

The Property Investor & Homebuyer Show, the UK’s most comprehensive property exhibition, takes place at London ExCeL in April – 3 &...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental supply shortage set to push up rents

Rents look set to rise over the next 12 months as the supply of new rental properties dries up, according to...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

What the UK’s property industry requires of the new Conservative government

Just over a month on from the Conservative Party's election victory and all eyes are firmly fixed on Boris Johnson and...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Top tips when investing in property in 2020

Investing in the buy-to-let sector is one of the most lucrative ways to make money. There are a number of things to...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

TMW cuts rates across BTL range

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has reduced the two and five-year rates across a range of its buy to let products.  The specialist...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Free tickets for this weekend's Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The Farnborough Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place at the Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre in Farnborough, north Hampshire, this weekend and you...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Mandatory electrical safety regulations to be introduced in England

The government plans to introduce mandatory electrical installation inspecting for all rented homes.  Detailed regulations for enforcing compulsory five-year electrical safety checks...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

A high number of private renters are ‘suffering from housing worries’

Renters have higher levels of harmful stress levels than homeowners, according to new research.  A survey of almost 4,000 renters by Shelter...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Fewer landlords are letting to tenants in receipt of housing benefit

There has been a notable drop in the number of private landlords letting to tenants in receipt of local housing allowance...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agent banned for failing to protect £68k worth of tenants’ deposits

A senior director at a letting agency in Exeter has been handed a six-year ban after failing to safeguard more than £68,000...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Castle Trust launches new 10-year product

A new 10-year term loan has been introduced by Castle Trust which is fixed for five years before reverting to the...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Government to end Local Housing Allowance rate freeze

Around 900,000 people across the UK could see their housing benefit payments increase by around £120 a year from April after...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

These areas offer properties with ‘potentially good mid-term investments’

The locations that saw the biggest house price increases in the last year have been unveiled by the Post Office Money.  The...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Top places to invest near London in 2020

London remains one of the biggest property investment destinations in the world, attracting a wide range of national and international investors.  But...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

UK interest rate cut on the cards

Momentum towards an interest rate cut is growing after a third of members of the Bank of England’s rate-setting committee signalled...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tax return deadline looms – 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...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

UK rents rise with tenant demand ‘not showing signs of slowing down’

UK rents have risen yet again, with the latest survey showing higher rents across the whole of the UK.  The increase in...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Short-lets ‘could produce more problems than traditional long-term letting’

Buy-to-let landlords are being urged to think twice about moving to holiday letting following proposed regulatory and financial changes to the...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Landlords want to comply with the law and offer a good home to their tenants’

While some rogue landlords and bad players grab the headlines, the reality is that the vast majority of private sector landlords...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

London super prime market ‘sees a significant bounce in demand’

There has been a significant increase in demand for London’s most expensive homes from wealthy buyers, including property investors, following last...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

SBI UK’s BTL product range now available through Legal and General Mortgage Club

The State Bank of India’s (SBI UK) buy-to-let product range is now available through Legal and General Mortgage Club. The company provides...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

 The cost of renting a room remains steady but London prices drop

The cost of renting a room in the UK has dropped by an average of 3% over the past 12 months...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Scottish government announces plans to regulate short-term lets

The Scottish government has announced new measures to regulate short-term lets north of the border.  The government is handing local authorities fresh...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Poor communication is the biggest cause of deposit disputes

A lack of communication when withholding a deposit is the most common cause for deposit disputes between landlords and tenants, according...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £3,000 for failing to comply with two improvement notices

A property firm has been fined £3,000 after neglecting a property in Derbyshire.  A & S Milward Property Limited was found guilty...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Gatehouse Bank has cut rates across its buy-to-let mortgage range by up to 0.7%.  There is a two-year fixed rate product available...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to prepare for new MEES regulations in April

Landlords of the draughtiest homes in England and Wales will be required to upgrade their properties ahead of new rules requiring...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Top tips for new student landlords

Student property remains one of the most lucrative investments available to landlords, with sky-high double-digit yields currently on offer in many...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

What have been the top performing property types of the past decade?

Fresh research from Proportunity reveals how different property types performed over the past decade, based on price growth.  The data, collected across...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Virgin Money’s new ‘three for two’ rate designed to offer ‘peace of mind’

Virgin Money has launched a new ‘three for two’ rate designed to offer borrowers an additional year’s ‘peace of mind for...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

 A quarter of landlords plan to sell at least one property this year

A quarter of private landlords plan to sell at least one property this year in the face of lower profits, according...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL investors urged to head north for higher returns

Property investors are being advised to head north for better returns, with new research revealing that Bootle in Merseyside is currently...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

What Universal Credit means for landlords

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published updated guidance for landlords with tenants in receipt of Universal Credit. The information is...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New technology aims to improve fire safety

New technology is being launched in an attempt to improve fire safety in the rental sector.  Following the changing recommendations around fire...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Government calls on landlords to allow tenants to keep pets in their properties

Many pet-owning tenants have a tough time finding a suitable rental home, as few landlords embrace the idea of a pet...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Affordability is ‘the number one issue facing students’

Affordability is the most important issue facing students when renting, according to the latest UK student accommodation survey.  The study, undertaken by...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Paragon refreshes buy-to-let mortgage range

Paragon has reduced borrowing rates across its range of buy-to-let mortgage products, available at up to 80% loan-to-value. The deals, which are suitable...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Don't fall victim to frozen pipes this winter

Britain's mild start to the new year is set to come to end next week as a Nordic blast will hit...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New selective licensing scheme launched in parts of Leeds

A selective licensing scheme covering two areas in the suburbs of Leeds has been introduced by Leeds City Council.  Under the new...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

A fall in available rental stock would see ‘increased competition and higher rents’

Greater confidence and more certainty in the housing market following last month’s Tory election victory looks set to boost the housing...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

The Guild supports clampdown on rogue landlords

The government’s decision to invest an additional £4m in funding for local councils to tackle criminal landlords and letting agents has...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Raising a tenancy deposit ‘more of a cash flow problem than an affordability issue’

Buy-to-let landlords generally recognise the importance of taking a deposit from a tenant and placing it in a government-backed tenancy deposit...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Claim your free tickets to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The Farnborough Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place at the Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre in Farnborough, north Hampshire, next weekend and you can...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

TSB adds new range of buy-to-let products

TSB has introduced a new range of buy-to-let mortgages.  Available at up to 60% loan-to-value (LTV) there is a two-year fixed rate...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Court delays causing ‘extreme stress’ for landlords

Under-resourced county courts are struggling to cope with the number of possession claims being put forward, ‘causing misery for landlords’ not...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

January will be ‘real test of consumer sentiment’ as UK prepares to leave the EU

There are tentative signs that landlords are beginning to return to the buy-to-let market, particularly in London where house price falls...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord set to be sentenced for unlawful harassment and misleading practices

A rogue landlord in Gainsborough will be sentenced later this month after being found guilty of unlawful harassment towards his tenants...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales - have your say

The Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) research exchange, PEARL, is currently seeking views on Rent Smart Wales (RSW), the overseeing authority for...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New trade body set to launch for BTL landlords

A new landlord organistaion, which will become the largest ever trade body in the letting sector, is set to officially launch this month....

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Help and support available for landlords paying tax and keeping records

The tax return deadline when filing your online Self Assessment for the tax year ending 5 April 2019 is less than...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Homeowners are now focused on ‘using excess cash to invest in their property’

Investing in property is not a get rich quick scheme, but rather a long-term financial solution to building wealth, as any...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined £27k for unsafe HMO

An unscrupulous landlord has been fined £27,000 over an unlicensed HMO in Luton with multiple fire and safety breaches. ​ Luton Magistrates Court...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

National LIS to address key issues affecting landlords in 2020

The National Landlord Investment Show will return this year with events set to take place across the UK.  The first of six...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

The most popular rental areas unveiled

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

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 changes: time to prepare for reforms to the eviction system

Letting agents are being urged to do more to protect buy-to-let landlords by preparing now for the government’s plans to scrap Section...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords urged to prepare for New Year void periods

All landlords experience void periods when renting their property, and that is why it is important to adopt a strategy to...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Trade body welcomes European Court of Justice ruling on Airbnb

The Short Term Accommodation Association (STAA), a UK trade body representing the entire short-term rental sector, from multinational platforms to individual...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from everyone at Landlord Today

After yet another year dominated by Brexit uncertainty, political instability, tax, and regulatory changes, most buy-to-let landlords will be looking for...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Shortage of homes to let sees rental growth return to ‘its long-term average’

A shortage of properties available to rent coupled with strong demand from tenants has led to notable rental price increases across...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Renters could save money by removing ‘unnecessary burden’ of rental deposits

When renting a property out, landlords and letting recognise that it is important to take a deposit from the tenant and...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Security advice for your tenants to help protect your property investment

There are more than half a million reported burglaries in the UK each year, but there are plenty of ways people can...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Buying bargains at property auctions

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

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Man who sublet hundreds of properties to criminal gangs jailed

A man who rented hundreds of properties that he sub-let to criminal gangs running brothels and cannabis farms has been jailed...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

A few tips to help you avoid property tax pitfalls in 2020

As a buy-to-let landlord it is highly likely that you will have to pay tax. However, the rules on paying tax...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landbay sees sharp rise in lending volume

Landbay has achieved a rather impressive 200% growth in lending volumes over the past 12 months.  The buy-to-let lender reports that recent...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Free tickets for next year’s Homebuilding & Renovating Shows

There will be eight Homebuilding & Renovating Shows taking place across the UK in 2020 and you can claim a free pair of free tickets for...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental price growth in prime London looks set to pick up pace

Rental price growth in prime London looks set to pick up to hit an annual rate of about 2% over the...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Despite tax and regulatory changes ‘there is still money to be made in the PRS’

With savers receiving poor returns from banks and building societies, thousands of people unsurprisingly continue to turn to residential property as...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay almost £2k for unlicensed property in Scarborough

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined £1,384 after pleading guilty to failing to selectively license a rental property he owns in...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas from Landlord Today

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

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Paragon expects to see continued growth in complex BTL business in 2020

There will be further growth in portfolio and complex buy-to-let lending in 2020, Paragon predicts. There has been greater demand over the...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise in 2020 as landlords continue to exit the PRS

Rents look set to rise across much of the UK next year owed in part to a further increase in the...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Average rents increase 3.2% year-on-year - HomeLet

Rents in the PRS continued to grow at a modest pace in November, the latest figures from HomeLet show.  The data reveals...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

The Christmas season is upon us and there is a good chance that your tenants may be going away, leaving your...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Preparing for property emergencies

Britain has faced terrible flooding this year. Floods and other property emergency can take minutes to occur and years to remedy....

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Have you sent your tenants Christmas cards this year?

Many private landlords like to give Christmas cards to their tenants and some are even generous gift-givers, but are you?  Research shows...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

One in three landlords plan to sell in the next year

The UK could be heading for a rental crisis, with experts dreading the prospect of a chronic property shortage in the...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 is ‘another attack’ against BTL landlords

The Queen has announced the new government's priorities for its coming term, and it includes a proposal to abolish Section 21...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson’s housing plans are a ‘crisis waiting to happen’

The housing plans being put forward by Boris Johnson have been described by the National Landlords Association (NLA) as “ruinous” and...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: The areas where house prices have risen the most over the past decade

Despite the slowdown in the UK housing market in recent years, caused in part by the Brexit vote which fuelled uncertainty...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

The number of tenants experiencing rent rises drops to an eight-month low

Fewer BTL landlords increased rents in November amid a slowdown in the market, the latest figures show.  Just under a third -...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

London rental price growth set to outstrip the rest of the UK

Rental prices in London are set to increase by an average of 15% over the next five years compared to 10%...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage costs continue to fall

Mortgage costs in the buy-to-let market have been falling since the second quarter of 2019 as lenders continue to make reductions.  According...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord who crammed 15 tenants into three-bed house ordered to pay £430k

A rogue landlord who squeezed 15 people into a modest home in west London has been ordered to pay more than...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agent jailed for ripping off landlords and tenants

An unscrupulous letting agent has been jailed for two years for conning landlords and tenants out of almost a quarter of...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

How will the election result impact landlords and tenants?

Although the recent election was indisputably dominated by the Brexit question, the fact is that there’s far more to managing the...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

NLA welcomes increase in funding for housing in new Welsh government budget

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has welcomed the Welsh government's plans to increase spending on housing in their draft budget for...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed banning order for putting tenants' lives at risk

A rogue landlord in Doncaster has been given a banning order for two-and-a-half years after repeatedly putting tenants’ lives at risk...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Principality Building Society reduces buy-to-let rates

Principality Building Society has unveiled a number of rate reductions to mortgage products within its buy-to-let range. Buy-to-let rates have been trimmed...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

House price growth set to pick up speed following an end to the political gridlock

Residential property prices, much like the economy, are likely to grow faster than initially anticipated next year thanks to the greater...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Improving communication with your tenants

When investing in the buy-to-let sector it is important to have a good relationship with your tenants, and that often requires...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Top UK regeneration hotspots unveiled

When it comes to investing in property, it pays to know about the latest property hotspots and up-and-coming areas whether you...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Radical reform needed to ensure ‘reluctant renters’ are not ‘ignored’

With house prices set to rise in 2020, on the back of greater political certainty and chronic housing shortage, the government...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS cuts rates on selected products and launches a new deal

Leeds Building Society has cut rates on selected fee-free buy-to-let mortgages and launched a new 80% loan-to-value (LTV) product. Two-year fixed rate...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental reform: The government must act to ‘have the full confidence of landlords’

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling on the government to ensure that reforms are made to the way good landlords...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

NLA urges new government to introduce housing court and reform Section 8

The National Landlords’ Association (NLA) has once again called for the introduction of a properly funded housing court to cope with...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson must recognise BTL landlords’ ‘importance to Britain’

With research revealing that buy-to-let landlords collectively contribute £16.1bn to the British economy through pre-tax spending, prime minister Boris Johnson is...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

A high number of BTL landlords plan to remortgage over the next 12 months

A significant number of landlords plan to remortgage over the next year, fresh research by BDRC, on behalf of Precise Mortgages,...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

TMW introduces new switcher range

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has launched a new range of buy-to-let switcher mortgage products for limited companies. The new deals, which are...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning of rocketing rents amid a stark housing shortage

With more landlords selling properties than buying them, at a time when there is growing demand from tenants for rental properties, the private rental...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant drop in properties to let placing upward pressure on rents

Rents are forecast to see strong growth over the next five years, according to the latest residential property forecast from the...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans enhances buy-to-let loans

Foundation Home Loans has made several criteria changes across its buy-to-let product range. The lender will now assess missed payments on credit...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Most tenants want landlords to take on responsibility for basic amenities

There is growing uncertainty over where the responsibilities of private sector tenants and their landlords meet, according to a study by...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord who put tenants' lives at risk ordered to pay £37,000

Slough Borough Council has taken action against an unscrupulous landlord in Slough who to date has refused to pay a fine...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property owners need to beware of invasive bamboo

Invasive bamboo is becoming a problem for homeowners, including many buy-to-let landlords, many of which may not realise that most species...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Following on from the successful South West Homebuilding & Renovating Show that took place at the Bath & West Showground in Shepton...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Metro Bank reduces buy-to-let rates

Metro Bank has cut rates by up to 0.2% across its buy-to-let fixed rate mortgage range for borrowers up to 70%...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord has fine for breaching HMO rules slashed by more than £28,000

A buy-to-let landlord who was originally fined £31,499 by Coventry City Council for breaches of the Housing Act 2004 has had...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

General election 2019: Key housing policies, at a glance

With just one day until voting day, each of the main political parties has outlined its plans for the country, including for...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord discovers meth lab left by tenant in property

A buy-to-let landlord has been left in a state of shock after discovering what appears to be a 'deconstructed meth lab'...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord looks to make products more accessible to ‘broader range of landlords’

Accord Buy To Let is attempting to improve its service and make its mortgage products more widely accessible by amending its...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Best cities for buy-to-let investments revealed

Despite the recent tax and regulatory changes, buy-to-let continues to look an attractive income investment at a time of low-interest rates...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

The UK’s next prime minister needs to take housing seriously

Thursday’s general election presents the main political parties with an opportunity to address voters’ concerns about housing, and not just focus...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Are you entitled to compensation due to onerous ground rent charges?

Thousands of landlords trapped in developer contracts with spiraling costs could be entitled to compensation, according to legal experts.  Around 100,000 homeowners...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Many landlords ‘have not recognised the need to educate themselves’

How do you potentially balance property buying and management with a full-time job? What strategies have you developed to build wealth...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Coventry reduces buy-to-let rates

Coventry for intermediaries has reduced rates on its five-year fixed rate buy-to-let and portfolio mortgages by up to 0.2%. Five-year rates now...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Next UK government urged to ‘reduce’ upfront costs for tenants

The next UK government must do more to reduce the burden on private tenants by reducing upfront costs associated with renting...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Build to Rent offers plenty of room for growth

Build-to-Rent remains a fast growing sector with thousands of developments currently under construction, and this trend looks set to continue in...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Average rental deposit hits almost £1,300

The cost of the average deposit paid by renters has dropped to £1,299, new figures show.  The latest research from Hamilton Fraser’s...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL lender Landbay to focus on institutional funders

Landbay has become an institutional only platform after closing its retail investment arm and exiting the peer-to-peer lending market. The buy-to-let mortgage...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

UK rents hit an all-time high

There was an increase in the number of tenants experiencing rent increases in 2019, according to ARLA Propertymark.  The trade body’s latest...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips for landlords on how to manage a Section 21 notice

Proposals by the main political parties, including the Tory government, to scrap Section 21 notices to evict tenants could potentially pave...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay more than £150k for safety failings

An unscrupulous landlord has been ordered to pay more than £150,000 after failing to fix several safety hazards in his property. Officers from...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

New matrix aims to simplify tenant fees ban

More than five months on from the introduction of the tenant fees ban, a number of landlords and agents are still...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Hinckley & Rugby launches BTL limited company mortgages

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society has launched three buy-to-let mortgages for limited companies. The products include a two-year discount, a two-year fix...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing policies ‘should not compromise the supply of homes for sale or to rent’

With the general election just over a week away, each of the main political parties has outlined its plans for the...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Next government urged to cut VAT on maintenance and improvement works

The next government should urgently reduce VAT on maintenance and improvement works to people’s homes to help boost investment in the...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Hodge launches holiday let mortgage

Hodge has introduced a new mortgage aimed at those wanting to acquire a holiday let property in the UK.  The mortgage, which...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

ASA rejects complaint by Zero Deposit against flatfair

Buy-to-let investors can have full confidence in the protection offered to landlords and tenants by flatfair, a fintech scale-up that allows...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Woman denies trying to kill her landlord

A woman in Cutteslowe, north Oxford, has pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted murder against her landlord.  A jury at...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landord voters could be a crucial force at the general election

Which party will win the landlord vote?  Given that the mainstream parties all have policies that appear to work against BTL landlords,...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord slammed for advertising corridor as a flat

A buy-to-let landlord in south London has been blasted for offering a corridor as a flat.  The flat in Brixton was listed...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to prevent damp and mould this winter

Tenants sometimes complain their property is damp and mouldy, and request that their landlord take action to address the problem. Landlords,...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Council pledges to improve conditions in the PRS

City of York Council has vowed to crack down on rogue landlords looking to exploit the housing market, as part of...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Fleet Mortgages reduces BTL rates at 80% LTV

Fleet Mortgages has cut rates to two of its 80% loan-to-value (LTV) products in both its standard and HMO product ranges. The...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Battery-powered smoke alarms failed in more than a third of property fires

As you will undoubtedly know, it is a legal requirement to ensure your rental property has adequate smoke detectors installed.  Some landlords...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing in the manifestos: how could the main policies affect landlords?

The main political parties have laid out their blueprints for government ahead of what is likely to be one of the...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £35,000 for selective licensing breaches

A buy-to-let landlord who owns two properties in Scarborough has been fined £35,000 for breaches of his Selective Licence following a...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Newcastle Intermediaries reduces BTL rates

Newcastle Intermediaries has cut rates on its range of five-year fixed buy-to-let mortgage products by up to 0.2%. Reductions include a 75%...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Temporary relief for tenants’ as fewer people see private rental prices rise

There was a further fall in the number of private renters experiencing rent increases in October providing some ‘temporary relief for...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants discovered living in cramped conditions during dawn raid

Brent Council in north London will be taking action against a buy-to-let landlord who is accused of “exploiting tenants” after  17...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

AIIC welcomes new deposit scheme that must include inventory reports

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (The AIIC) has unsurprisingly welcomed the launch of a new deposit protection service that requires...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

FirstPort adds 5,000 homes to residential property management portfolio

FirstPort, one of the largest managers of residential property in the UK, has taken over the operational management of an additional...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Four upcoming legal changes you need to be aware of as a landlord in 2020

With the festive season fast approaching, it is completely natural for everyone to start winding down a bit at this time...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Two-thirds of renters have no contents insurance

There is a lot of focus on helping landlords better protect themselves and their property from potential claims from tenants, but...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Serial offending landlord fined more than £25k for failing to maintain a property

A rogue landlord who repeatedly rented out a substandard property in Yeadon, West Yorkshire, has been fined more than £25,000. Jack Collins,...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Hamilton Fraser launches new deposit alternative scheme

Hamilton Fraser has announced the launch of its own in-house deposit alternative brand, Ome.  The new product, which is the latest to...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL investors and renters can ‘benefit from the realistic prices’ in the North East

Buy-to-let landlords looking to add to their portfolio should consider buying property in the North East of England where rents are...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

The UK housing market is ‘coming to the end of a long period of uncertainty’

The UK housing market is showing signs of recovery following a prolonged period of uncertainty, according to JLL.  The property firm forecasts...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Are you overstepping the mark when communicating with tenants?

Communicating with tenants can be a tricky business. The appropriate method and style of communication is usually determined by the relationship between...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Do you rely on Google to provide home maintenance and renovation advice?

Home maintenance and renovation are without a doubt some of the biggest responsibilities of owning a property, especially for buy-to-let landlords,...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Paragon sees significant increase in specialist buy-to-let business

Paragon has reported a sharp rise in specialist landlord business, according to its full year result.  The mortgage lender has seen specialist...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tory manifesto ‘cripples landlords’ ability to run a functioning letting business’

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has slammed the Conservative Party manifesto for proposing nothing to encourage and support landlords to continue...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour manifesto is ‘too extreme’ and ‘unrealistic’

Labour’s general election manifesto promises to “transform” the UK with what some commentators view as the most ambitious - and most...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Cash buyers hit a record low as property investors steer clear

The proportion of homes bought with cash has hit an all-time low as the number of investors acquiring property continues to...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s rent control proposals will leave tenants worse off

Labour’s proposals to introduce rent controls risks reducing the number of private homes available for rent, as landlords look to exit...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Autumn ‘spike’ in rental market activity but slowdown looms

There was more choice for those looking to rent in October, reflected by a notable rise in the number of homes...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let repossessions surge in Q3 2019

The number of private landlords’ properties being repossessed jumped by 40% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2019, figures from a...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour vows to ‘put bad landlords out of business’ and introduce rent controls

Labour has pledged to clampdown on rogue landlords and restrict rent hikes in England if it wins next month’s general election.  A...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories confirm plan to scrap Section 21 and introduce Lifetime Deposit

Boris Johnson launched the Conservative Party manifesto yesterday with a promise to “Get Brexit done”, and although the document was rather...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish landlords remain confident in long-term prospects of PRS

Despite the political and economic uncertainty, SafeDeposits Scotland has found that the vast majority of landlords north of the border remain...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord trims buy-to-let rates

Accord Buy to Let has made modest reductions to the cost of its 80% loan-to-value buy-to-let mortgage range.  The intermediary only subsidiary...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News