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Shock! Most tenants like renting their home and get on with the landlord

A survey of over 2,000 tenants by a specialist buy to let lender shows that contrary to the popular belief, most...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Politician slams landlords as “not caring” about balanced community

A cluster of owner occupiers living near a city centre are demanding that landlords win planning consent before operating HMOs. The Gloucestershire...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Fine “sends a message” to landlords over licensing

A landlord has been fined £2,500 for failing to licence a property that she had been renting out for several years...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord must pay £280,000 - or go to jail

A London landlord must pay over £280,000 in three months after housing eight people in a flat deems illegal for even...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords blast Sunak for making rent payments harder

Landlords have sharply criticised Chancellor Rishi Sunak for cutting the amount tenants relying on benefits will be able to claim to...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge costs of emergency call-outs identified by insurer’s research

Research by an insurance firm has identified the high costs incurred by landlords on emergency call-outs. Whilst inevitably promoting the merits of...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Working From Home leads to rent falls in least affordable cities

Many of our less affordable cities have seen rent levels drop because of the trend for tenants to work from home...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

How the other half make money - huge tax perks for overseas investors

An international consultancy specialising in investors’ residency and citizenship has lifted the lid on the huge tax savings open to overseas...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords given check-list of preparing property for a hard winter

An insurance company is offering a checklist for landlords - and indeed all property owners - to prepare their homes for...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

What tenants want now: Findings from survey of 2,000 renters

The findings of a survey conducted with 2,000 tenants give an insight into what renters want now, eight months on from...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Is it time for government to give grants to landlords?

A property industry accreditation service is asking whether it’s now time for the government to offer grants to help landlords through...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Seven Emergency Prohibition Orders served on one landlord

Seven Emergency Prohibition Orders have been served on one landlord by a Nottinghamshire Police force and local authority. The seven properties in...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s family step in to manage repairs after tribunal hearing

The family of an 80-year-old landlord fined for failing to maintain a block of flats in Wisbech has stepped in to...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Supplier says landlords fail to fully understand guarantor companies

A guarantor company says landlords may fail to understand the advantages of using services such as those it provides. Housing Hand says...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

 Landlords “facilitating race discrimination” claims law firm

A law firm says landlords being obliged to conduct checks on the immigration status of potential tenants is encouraging and even...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax change could mean landlords pay LESS, not more

A leading housing market analyst suggests that the implementation of a Capital Gains Tax change could actually mean landlords paying less...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords warned over threat from rogue locksmiths

Landlords who frequently have to change locks after tenants leave are being warned to be on their guard against rogue locksmiths...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Yield Update: Good and bad locations, revealed by mortgage company

A ‘city tracker’ operated by a specialist buy to let mortgage company has outlined the best - and worst - places...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Another landlord confronted at home by anti-eviction activists

Anti-eviction campaigners have confronted two landlords over an alleged planned eviction.  Members of the Living Rent tenants union are pictured by the...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Carbon monoxide alarm regulations to be beefed up

There may be new and stricter legal requirements on the way for private landlords with regards to carbon monoxide alarm installation...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm launches ‘game-changing’ deposit alternative

PropTech company Reposit has launched a product allowing properties to be let on a deposit-free basis whilst ensuring landlords are protected...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb under scrutiny over threat of money laundering

Airbnb’s UK operation is under scrutiny by the City watchdog over fears it could be exploited for money laundering purposes Although there...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

MP wants controls over HMOs used as supported accommodation

Labour MP Steve McCabe has introduced a 10 Minute Rule Bill into the House of Commons to address the problems of HMO’s being...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Game changer’ up-front rental payment system to roll out nationwide

The Advanced Rent Option, which offers landlords a year’s rent up-front, is being rolled out across the UK. The ARO is the brainchild...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Investment tips for landlords threatened by Capital Gains Tax hike

A property investment firm has given tips to landlords who may feel m threatened by the prospect of a hike in Capital Gain...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Unlikely allies back online landlord licence checker idea

Pressure groups attacking landlords and letting agents are usually on the other side of the fence from property industry professionals but...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Samsung teams up with Build To Rent firm to deliver hi-tech homes

Technology colossus Samsung has teamed up with a Build To Rent provider to create what it calls “next generation neighbourhoods” of...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords have extra year for Green Homes Grant projects

Landlords now have another year to apply for the government’s Green Homes Grant scheme. The 12 months extension, announced last evening, follows...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Will landlords be caught in a Trading Standards clampdown?

The trading standards team charged with policing lettings and estate agents is to investigate whether a new guideline on referral fees...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour Mayor in bid to help tenants reclaim thousands in rent rebates

London’s Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a new tool for tenants to check on their landlords - and possibly claim...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Tribunal upholds civil penalty notice and fine on landlord

A £4,550 fine has been upheld after an appeal by the landlord was rejected by a property tribunal. Fenland council served five...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents up across most of the UK but London landlords miss out

Rents rose 1.4 per cent in the year to October, a drop from the 1.5 per cent growth recorded in September...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Government slammed for encouraging 'rent dodgers'

The leading landlords trade body is accusing the government of rewarding rent dodgers with its latest restrictions on eviction. The National Residential...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Insurance firm tells landlords to do more to educate tenants

An insurance firm says landlords should “educate” their tenants on the apparent need to get increased insurance cover. Paymentshield claims that a...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Government warned on Right To Rent - landlords can't meet guidelines

The government is being warned landlords won’t be able to meet new guidelines being set for Right To Rent once the Coronavirus...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown means more stable tenancies - claim

A rental property consultancy says its experience this year convinces it that the Coronavirus crisis has led to more stable tenancies. Apropos...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New direction for Build To Rent as major player targets suburbia

Build To Rent, which has predominantly focussed on secondary sites in major city centres, is branching out to the suburbs. One of...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction change - tenants with ‘severe arrears’ can be evicted

From today possession cases with severe rent arrears will be exempt from the effective ban on evictions applying to the England...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Advice to landlords on how to prepare for possible CGT change

A financial planner is advising landlords on how to minimise their current Capital Gains Tax liability ahead of possible change. Chancellor Rishi...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Legal challenge to ‘ban’ on bailiff-enforced evictions

A legal challenge has been started to the government’s current ‘ban’ on bailiff-enforced evictions in the private rental sector. High profile property...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Fixed penalty notice for landlord - yet no one saw his offence

A council has issued a £445 Fixed Penalty Notice to a local landlord who disposed of his renovation waste in a...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Plight of first time buyers shows landlords needed more than ever

A new survey shows almost two thirds of prospective first time buyers regard it as ‘impossible’ to get on the property...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent demands more public cash for renting families

Activists in Generation Rent claim that a fifth of families in the lettings sector suffer a shortfall between benefits and rent. Using selected data...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Some London rents down near 30% while other regions prosper

Renters are quitting London and heading for the regions in search of more space and bigger homes and gardens. That’s the claim...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

HMO landlord fined £70,500 over homes in ‘shocking’ condition

A landlord who failed to properly look after two HMOs has been fined £70,500 by an Essex council. Lystra Dorval, of Ilford,...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Insight into problems for tenants in shared flats and houses

A new survey gives an insight into problems involving tenants who share apartments and houses - and how those difficulties could...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Property expert's dispute resolution service to avoid evictions

A property expert in the Home Counties has launched a dispute resolution service to avoid evictions. Julie Ford - who’s been in...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Big surge in landlords seeking limited company status - claim

Increasing numbers of landlords are registering as limited companies to reduce their tax liability, an investment specialist claims.  Thirlmere Deacon says there’s...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Can HMOs be made attractive to tenants worried about Covid?

The HMO market is buoyant, not over-saturated, and it can survive suspicions from tenants worried about Coronavirus. That’s the view of Stephanie...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Deposit Disputes - guess the number one cause of disagreement...

There’s been a modest increase in deposit protections across England and Wales in the past year. Data from the Tenancy Deposit Service...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants risk Covid because of inadequate benefits, say landlords

A landlord body says some tenants will have little choice but to increase their risk of contracting Coronavirus because of inadequate...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Small-scale amateur landlords praised - but changes needed

A research project funded by the Nationwide Foundation has revealed widespread tenant satisfaction with small-scale landlords in Scotland.  The project, RentBetter, looks...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords targeted for another huge tax from government

Landlords could be in line for another huge tax burden - a doubling of Capital Gains Tax.  A report commissioned by the government...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21 will remain until pandemic eases, government confirms

The government has confirmed its long-standing intention to scrap Section 21 eviction powers which currently sit with landlords - but the appropriate...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid fears mean tenants are avoiding HMOs and shared units

There’s been a significant slump in the number of new enquiry levels from landlords seeking property management and tenant-related services, according...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Help for landlords on maximising use of Green Homes Grant Scheme

A property specialist at Perrys Chartered Accountants has issued new advice for landlords on how they can reap the benefits of...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council asked to rethink private rental licensing proposals

The Labour-controlled Swansea council in south Wales is being asked by a landlord body to rethink its licensing proposals. The authority is...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Pandemic Impact Survey: how have landlords been hit?

A new survey by rental sector PropTech supplier Fixflo asks landlords and agents how they have been impacted by the pandemic. The...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Misery for landlords caught in never-ending eviction moratorium

An industry service supplier has revealed the scale of the backlog in possession cases which cannot be pursued to eviction because of...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

High-deposit cities may prove rich pickings for buy to let landlords

A league table of UK cities where it takes the longest for first time buyers to save for a deposit may...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

App claims to cut out “low service standards” of London letting agents

A PropTech company claims to have created a Covid-friendly app for landlords in London, challenging traditional agents’ models for finding tenants. Rentd, which...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Under-insurance a massive problem for landlords - claim

Landlords have been told they face another invisible threat beyond Coronavirus - it’s under-insurance, which is apparently rife in the private...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Banks set to repossess substantial number of buy to lets - claim

A  leading property law firm says the government’s ‘eviction ban by the back door’ means many buy to let properties are...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Big surge in landlord optimism as they plan to buy outside cities

One in 10 landlords wants to buy another investment property in the coming year according to a new survey.  This compares to...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

It's a two-tier rental market with London trailing badly

Zoopla says it’s a two-tier market with London trailing badly trailing the rest of the country. UK rents outside London are up...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb locks down bookings until December 2

Airbnb in the UK has imposed stark restrictions on bookings during the current England lockdown period. Until December 2 those who are...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Auctions vie for attention of buy to let investment purchasers

Auctioneers are keener than ever to vie for the attention of buy to let purchasers in the current competitive market. Auction House...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Voyeur landlord banned from working in financial services industry

Mark Horsey, a landlord who has been convicted of voyeurism, has now been banned from continuing to work in the financial...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest two month eviction halt not enough for Generation Rent

The government’s announcement at the end of next week that almost no evictions would be possible before January 11 at the...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Can mediation solve arrears problems? Webinar for landlords

A webinar being held tomorrow will consider whether mediation is a valid way of addressing tenant arrears during the Coronavirus pandemic. A...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords get new guide to Covid-safe Green Homes Grant installation

Revised guidance from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy outlines how landlords and other applicants can handle Green Homes...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

'Extreme arrears' is one of few reasons for eviction during lockdown

It’s been confirmed that during the current one month lockdown in England there will be no enforcement of possession orders except...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords slammed by report that demands national register

A new report makes searing claims about the performance and quality of landlords and their homes in the private rental sector. Almost...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Plea to ensure landlords’ energy work is future-proofed

A trade body has told MPs the government must ensure work done to make homes energy efficient is ‘future-proofed’ to accept...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Will Lockdown 2 produce another surge in tenancies?

Research from a deposit replacement scheme, Ome, suggests the first lockdown was sharply followed by a surge in tenancies - begging...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents fall further as short lets make supply glut worse

There’s more bad news for landlords and investors looking at prime London properties according to a market snapshot from Knight Frank. It...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Stop lockdown evictions now! Generation Rent renews its demand

Generation Rent says there should be a reinstatement of the eviction ban immediately, and appears to have been stung into the...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent online system tweaked later this month

It’s been confirmed that a new online system allowing landlords to check the Right to Rent status of prospective tenants will...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Older renters and retirees now the fastest-growing tenant groups

A new report from respected specialist mortgage provider Paragon Bank shows that retiree renters and those in the upper-middle age category...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

What rental issues do landlords know most (and least) about?

A new survey suggests that one in five individual and multi-property landlords felt unprepared when they first started letting properties -...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Former Labour leader joins Shelter board

The former leader of the Labour Party in Scotland has joined the board of Shelter, the campaigning charity that has often...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Is Boris Johnson trying to force landlords to evict and sell?

A prominent Conservative supporter and expert in the private rental sector has posed an interesting question - is Boris Johnson trying...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb hits back at critics wanting tighter short lets regulation

Airbnb claims a proposal to regulate short lets could put 17,000 jobs at risk and take almost £1m a day out...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New HMO landlord scheme launched to protect against arrears

A new rent arrears protection service has launched to cater specifically for settings with tenants renting rooms rather than entire apartments or...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Council urges private landlords to provide one-bed units

A local authority is urging private landlords to provide one bedroom properties for formerly homeless people moving out of supported accommodation.  Since...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords “not taking their share of the Covid crisis” says academic

A visiting professor and accountancy academic claims landlords are not carrying their fair share of the financial burden caused by the...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New 43-page Right To Rent guide for landlords with Covid changes

The government has this week revealed temporary changes to the way landlords can check documents required for Right To Rent. There have...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge arrears and 50,000 evictions in 2021, says academic study

An analysis of the private rental sector by the London School of Economics suggests there could be three times the current...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Council says it’s going to come down hard on rogue landlords

A council in the westcountry says it’s going to come down hard on rogue landlords and has identified ‘high risk’ properties...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 40 seminars for landlords at today’s Landlord Investment Show

Over 40 seminars will be held today at the latest Landlord Investment Show, which will also host a lively debate on...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists demand furlough-type hand outs to pay tenants’ arrears

Generation Rent is calling for a furlough-type scheme aimed at helping tenants. The group says that following news of the four week...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let exodus underway? Rise in landlord numbers selling units

New data from letting agents suggests that there’s been a substantial rise in the number of landlords selling buy to let...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Council is first in country to offer Covid-helpline for landlords

A local authority is thought to be the first in the country to be offering a Coronavirus lifeline to hard-pressed landlords. Leicester...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Drop rents, Don’t evict! Think-tank says tenants need more protection

A think tank is calling for landlords to consider rent reductions and is also suggesting the return of an eviction ban...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough fear adds to call that renters should get cash help

The furlough scheme has been extended for a month and while it’s being replaced eventually by a less generous scheme, there is...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

National licensing of landlords “on the horizon” says regulation expert

A key member of the Regulation of Property Agents working party says the licensing of private landlords is “on the horizon”...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to challenge eviction restrictions in Corona hotspots

A leading property lawyers says he’s willing to act for landlords to take the government to judicial review over its latest...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New advice on Capital Gains Tax on sale of rental units

Tax experts at specialist landlord accountancy firm Gorilla Accounting are giving the sector fresh advice on minimising CGT liability when selling...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 20% of renters could fall into arrears in Corona hotspots - claim

A PropTech company claims a quarter of private renters in towns and cities most affected by pandemic could fall into arrears. Deposit...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Majority oppose licensing - but Labour council set to ignore verdict

South Tyneside council is considering a selective licensing in two areas of South Shields - and looks likely to ignore its...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Sunak given landlords’ wish-list as he reveals spending review date

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will announce government spending plans for the next 12 months on November 25 - and he already has...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Hot Cakes - landlords urged to act quick on Green Homes Grants

Just under half of landlords say they intend to make energy efficiency improvements to properties as part of the government's Green Homes Grant...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Complete Rubbish? Landlord’s four figure waste bill

A council has prosecuted a landlord who failed to ensure waste from his property was properly disposed of. Mohammed Hussain from Leeds...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent advising tenants to negotiate lower rents

Generation Rent, the pressure group led by Baroness Alicia Kennedy, is tweeting advice to tenants on how to negotiate a lower...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Charging Order for landlord who ignored civil penalty notice

Northampton council is seeking a so-called Charging Order against a landlord who failed to carry out improvements to her property and then...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Green Party wants landlords banned from evicting when they sell

The Green Party says there should be an end to private rental sector eviction grounds “such as the wish of the...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Socially conscious renting’ promoted by Build To Rent operator

A Build To Rent operator claims to be promoting what it calls “socially conscious renting” as people seek to live more...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction activists stage protest outside home of landlord

It’s being reported that a so-called ‘rental union’ group of activists has staged a protest outside a landlord’s own home. Acorn - a...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Spending Spree: more landlords plan to purchase

Around 10 per cent of landlords plan to purchase properties and expand their portfolio in the coming year according to a...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid: Tips for landlords on preparing for pandemic problems

Insurance firm CIA Landlord is offering advice to landlords on how to prepare for five likely problems to appear this winter...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Renting Minefield? Council action week to bring landlords up to date

A local council is gathering key players from the private rental sector to help landlords and letting agents get up to date...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions effectively halted across much of England and Wales

Bailiffs have agreed to a government request not to enforce court orders against tenants in Tier 2 and Tier 3 locations. This...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant dies in HMO fire - private landlord sentenced

A landlord has been prosecuted following the death of a tenant in a house fire at an HMO said to have...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter in new attack on private landlords who house homeless

Campaigning charity Shelter is back on the warpath against private landlords, criticising how much of the country’s temporary accommodation budget for...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s five figure fine for negligent management

A council has prosecuted a local landlord for failing to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of his tenants. Eastleigh council took...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Double whammy: Council extends licensing and adds new scheme

A London local authority is to extend its current additional licensing scheme from 12 council wards to 18 - and is...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Who Knew? Buy to let investors have little-known 'bare trust' purchase option

An investment consultancy says landlords seeking mortgages to acquire new properties via a company have been finding some applications rejected as...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Want the best yields and least hassle? Choose a low-wage area…

Lower income areas - often with lower-priced homes too - produce higher yields than more affluent locations, new research shows. Lettings management...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Petition for National Landlord Register struggles for signatures

A petition created by the Generation Rent group of activists and seeking a national landlord register appears to be struggling to...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Not just home owners - tenants also want to escape to the country

Just over a fifth of landlords predict their tenants will escape to the country in search of more space because they...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

 Prison threat for landlord hit with £300,000 planning penalties

A London landlord who ignored six enforcement notices served by his local council has been ordered to pay over £300,000. Salim Mussa Patel...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

£130,000 bill for landlords letting “criminally improper” flats

Two landlords have been fined over £100,000 after 35 people were found living in what a judge called “criminally improper conditions.” Arun...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Council imposing “fair” two-stage fee for private rental licensing

A council wants to introduce private rental sector licensing as part of a pledge made back in 2018. Plymouth’s Labour controlled council pledged...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New boutique Build To Rent brand snaps up developers’ units

A new Build To Rent brand - Kooky - has acquired 208 units in High Wycombe from a developer, Inland Homes. The...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Co-living in London - young renters boost demand for new concept

One of London’s largest co-living property operators claims there’s been a marked increase in demand from young renters.  Built Asset Management says...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

London may never regain pre-Covid appeal to tenants - rental chief

A lettings chief says London may never regain its appeal to the typical renter, as new data shows the capital still...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

 Lockdown rules published - list of landlords’ Covid-safe responsibilities

The Welsh Government has set out how its two week ‘fire break’ lockdown will impact the rental industry, including landlords' responsibilities in...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Race Against Time! Landlord buyers may not make stamp duty deadline

There’s another warning today that buy to let landlords wanting to expand their portfolio are in a race against time to...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Massive spike in landlords reducing rents in London, admits agency

The challenges of London’s rental market continue to play out in the latest market snapshot from one of the capital’s biggest...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Additional home buyers should require planning consent - claim

Buyers of second or holiday homes in Snowdonia National Park should require planning permission to purchase. That’s the view of the park's...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Abolishing Section 21 means rent up, stock down, tenant insecurity

The Lettings Industry Council has published a report outlining why Section 21 should not be abolished, despite the government’s commitment to...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord told to repay £28,000 rent after tribunal backs tenants

A landlord in Winchester has been ordered to pay nearly £30,000 in rent after a tribunal backed his tenants in a...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

 Council imposes record fine on landlord with 54 HMO breaches

A collapsing ceiling, filthy facilities, and an abandoned car are among the dangerous defects leading to a Banbury landlord facing a...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where there are the strongest levels of rental demand

A new survey of 700 landlords from a respected buy to let lender reveals the regions with the strongest levels of...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

More advice to landlords on preparing homes for winter

There’s no shortage of advice for landlords as winter approaches - the latest comes from the Deposit Protection Service.  Here’s its four...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Loans to tenants NOT the answer to arrears, survey suggests

A survey of private rental sector clients by accreditation body safeagent suggests 44 per cent feel government-backed loans for tenants to pay...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Is there a witch-hunt of landlords in the Labour Party?

A Labour activist claiming to represent tenants is putting the squeeze on party members who are also landlords. An article on the Labour...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Council pledges guaranteed rents to woo private landlords

Landlords are being invited to get involved in a scheme which a local council describes as “an attractive, risk-free financial offer.” Cambridge...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Ugh! Cockroach guide created for landlords

A pest control body has issued guidance for landlords about the emergence of cockroaches when heating is turned on. Heating ducts and pipes...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Politicians making rental laws with too little information - claim

The leading landlord trade body wants a new and regular study of housing in Wales, to make its politicians better-informed. The National Residential...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords asked not to evict as council pleads poverty

A London council is writing to thousands of private landlords in its borough urging them not to evict people. Southwark council says this...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Petition to ban pet “discrimination” in private rental sector

An online petition calling for pets to be allowed in private rental properties has gained thousands of signatures. The petition - on...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New legal guidance on S8 notices - landlords can issue two of them

There’s new legal guidance for landlords faced with long-standing arrears and it says it’s possible to serve a second Section 8...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

It's like saying 'You can only afford two-thirds rent’” - furlough criticised

The government’s former homelessness guru has criticised the Boris Johnson administration for risking the country entering a period of destitution, with...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords still bullish despite Covid and Brexit - poll

A developer claims a poll of its clients show landlords to be bullish about the market, despite Coronavirus and Brexit. The company...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for keeping tenant’s deposit in a tin

A landlord has been ordered to pay his ex-tenant £1,500 after failing to protect her deposit with an approved scheme. The Housing...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

London supply glut sees rents plummet 10% since Covid

A lettings market monitor says the Greater London rental sector has in recent months switched from one of scarcity of properties...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

No DSS: MPs warned affordability checks likely to increase

The ‘No DSS’ issue has been effectively settled by a landmark court case, but a new document for MPs says ‘affordability...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Second homes under attack from locals hit by high house prices

Local people in a part of Wales claim they are being priced out of their communities by investment buyers and second home...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Notice period and other landlord-critical documents released

New versions of a model private residential tenancy agreement and other landlord-critical documentation have been issued by the Scottish Government. There’s also...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Small-scale landlords need agents more than ever, insists Rightmove

Small scale or accidental landlords will need agents to help them let studio and one-bedroom properties, Rightmove says in a market...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

See you in court! Angry landlord denies HMO licensing charge

An angry landlord has appeared at a magistrates court to deny a charge relating to local council licensing.  Local media report that...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

London landlords testing the water for possible sales, says agency

Some London landlords are testing the water to see if they can downsize or sell their entire portfolios. Chestertons, a London-focussed high end...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Possible refund for investors caught out by planning consent scam

The Financial Conduct Authority wants to find people who unwittingly invested in an unauthorised land banking scheme - they may be...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords should consider Covid break clauses - PropTech chief

A student accommodation search platform says Coronavirus means landlords and academic authorities have to consider possible break clauses and premature tenancy ends...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Will HMRC’s tax grab spell the end of the short-let landlord?

A rental sector management firm is asking whether possible upcoming tax probes by HMRC may spell the end of the short-let...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental portfolio producing £75k a year - all yours for £10

Would-be landlords are being wooed by an opportunity to win a 13-apartment portfolio in return for ... just a £10 ticket. It's...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Asbestos Danger: reminder of landlords’ responsibilities

An environment services provider is reminding landlords of their responsibilities should asbestos be found in their properties. Although a high profile problem in the...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Too dear, not transparent - landlords say why they don’t use agents

A new study of over 2,000 landlords reveals that only a quarter of them instruct agents to fully manage their investment properties...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists accuse councils of doing nothing to stop retaliatory evictions

Generation Rent activists are back on the warpath, this time accusing councils of not doing enough - and sometimes nothing -...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Hit by Coronavirus - two-thirds of landlords fear for their business

The latest survey assessing damage to the private rental sector by the pandemic makes tough reading for landlords. The study - for...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New survey sees London rents plummeting as rest of GB is static

Rental growth across Great Britain was flat in September according to the latest market survey by Countrywide brand Hamptons International. Average rents...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Sunak’s ‘local furlough’ scheme not enough to help renters - claim

The latest financial measures introduced over the weekend by Chancellor Rishi Sunak are not likely to help rental sector problems in...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb landlords beware - HMRC may be investigating you

An accountancy firm is warning Airbnb landlords they may be investigated following a decision by the short lets platform to share data...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Note to government - give landlords and tenants financial support

The National Residential Landlords Association is calling on the government to ensure a comprehensive financial package is provided for landlords themselves,...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus set to hit income of large-scale student landlord

One of Britain’s biggest corporate student landlords is warning of reduced income in the year ahead thanks to Coronavirus. Unite has told shareholders...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Brrrr! Here's how to prepare for cold-weather rentals

Lettings agents’ group ARLA Propertymark has issued a seven point guide for landlords as winter approaches. The guide ensures the points are...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords lose out as buy to let may be changed forever

Two thirds of landlords have suffered financially during the pandemic and four out of 10 fear their investments will be impacted...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour pushing for tenant loans scheme to cover arrears

Labour wants to see a tenant loans scheme in England similar to one now operating in Wales. Easington Labour MP Grahame Morris...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

London still in the slow lane while rest of market accelerates

The latest study from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors shows a strong lettings market across the UK - except in London. “London...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Licensing: council ponders selective scheme ‘to improve standards’

A selective licensing regime is being considered by a westcountry council following an enquiry into private rental sector conditions. Cornwall Council says 50...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

You’re Wrong Boris! Landlords tell PM to back rental sector

A landlords’ trade body has ticked off Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his attitude towards the rental sector. He suggested in his...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Judge Rinder praises Shelter campaigns to help tenants

Robert Rinder, the reality TV celebrity and barrister, has joined the campaigning charity Shelter to oppose what he describes as illegal...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

London’s now a tenant’s market as supply soars - top agency

Prime Central London rents fell by an average 2.3 per cent in the third quarter of 2020 according to Savills. In prime...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Property management chief backs Shelter over poor quality homes

A prominent rental industry figure has backed Shelter’s sweeping condemnation of the lettings sector - but insists landlords are not to...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Mandatory landlord register demanded by Generation Rent activists

The Generation Rent campaign says a mandatory landlord register is necessary - and would have stopped the actions of a rogue...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Private landlords wanted to help council tackle waiting lists

Birmingham city council is providing incentives to landlords who offer 12 month fixed tenancies to those on the authority’s homeless and housing...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Nightmare tenant’s community service after landlord feared for safety

A landlord says he feared for his safety and locked himself in his bedroom following a drunken rampage by a tenant. The...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where London may see a glut of new rental stock

Data from estate agency Carter Jonas reveals which borough in the capital appears to be seeing the largest number of people...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Stay Secure! Landlords given five top tips to boost home security

The National Residential Landlords Association has given the sector five top tips to improve home security - marking October as Home...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents leap four per cent in three months, but big regional differences

HomeLet’s latest monthly index shows a four per cent surge in the all-UK average rent over just three months, but there...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent checks to be easier for landlords (well, that’s the theory)

Tweaks being made to the Right To Rent system should make it easier for landlords to complete the controversial process. The government...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Smoke alarms alert - are landlords keeping up with the law?

Over two million homes in England - that’s almost one in 10 - do not have a working smoke alarm according...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Virtual forum happening today for landlords to discuss licensing

A local authority is inviting landlords to a virtual forum to be held today to canvas views on two proposed licensing...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Banned for life: rogue landlord faces jail if he lets another home

A landlord who unlawfully let cramped and overcrowded bedsits and then harassed tenants who complained has been fined thousands of pounds...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Long-term buy to let investment beats other options - new research

The absence of good alternative investments and the modest pace of capital growth for property in recent years are thought to...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

The Covid Effect - how the virus is changing some rental trends

New research from SpareRoom reveals the majority of sharers now want evidence of kindness, empathy and thinking of others in people they...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

National Landlord Investment Show prepares for trio of online events

The National Landlord Investment Show is preparing three online events this month and next as it creates virtual versions of its respected...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Hot Air? Landlords face £30,000 fines under government energy plans

The government has launched an official consultation on proposals to make the private rental sector more energy-efficient - and they include...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Here’s where bulk of landlords may be eligible for Green Homes Grant

A PropTech firm has drawn up a list of those regions with the highest proportion of rental properties with EPC rating...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New short-let provider in London aims to disrupt traditional PRS

Is a new short-let accommodation provider in the capital likely to prove a further threat to traditional landlords? Stayo - described as...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency tries to reassure landlords in prime markets as economy worsens

One of the leading agents is advising landlords that the high-end housing market is ‘edgier’ than before - but there’s no...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New editor takes over at Landlord Today

There’s a new editor of Landlord Today - Graham Norwood, currently editor of sister publications Letting Agent Today and Estate Agent...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Editor’s Letter: Goodbye and Thank You

Dear Readers, Today is my last day as editor of Landlord Today. Following more than four years in the role, I have...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage approvals surge as landlords look to ‘diversify their property portfolios’

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are looking to take advantage of cheaper borrowing rates, growing demand from renters, and the...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

The private rental market ‘still isn’t showing any signs of slowing down’

The number of new prospective tenants continued to increase last month, reaching an all-time high, according to ARLA Propertymark’s latest PRS...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers frozen out of the market

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

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to be on guard against cannabis farms

Landlords are being urged to remain attentive when viewing or inspecting rental homes in order to weed out tenants that may...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Urgent action needed to address mounting tenant debt

A lot more needs to be done to financially support landlords and renters during the existing Covid-19 pandemic, according to Housing...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in properties selling for above asking price as buyer demand spikes

One in eight properties sold for more than the original asking price in August as housing demand peaked following the chancellor’s...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Top tips to winter-proof your garden

With the weather taking a turn for the worse in recent days, buy-to-let landlords who own properties with gardens would do...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

LendInvest introduces products for first-time landlords and student lets

Lendinvest has revamped its buy-to-let range, with new products for student lets and deals for first-time landlords, while the lending platform...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

A missed opportunity ‘to provide support to individual landlords’

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s new 'Job Support Scheme', unveiled last week, has been welcomed by millions of workers across the country, but...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agent stole rent deposits to support failing business

A letting agent in Nottinghamshire stole close to £30,000 from several landlord clients and tenants to help prevent his business from...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Council warns landlords against illegal extensions after issuing £375k in fines

Buy-to-let landlords in Walthamstow, north east London, have been ordered to pay a collective total of £375,000 after modifying their buy-to-let...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Precise Mortgages cuts BTL rates

Precise Mortgages has reduced mortgage rates across its buy-to-let range by up to 0.4%.  The specialist lender’s buy-to-let range, which is available...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to introduce hardship loans for tenants in England

The government is once again being urged to follow the example set in Wales and Scotland and develop interest free, guaranteed...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Plans to deliver 3,000 new rental homes in London

Sigma Capital has joined forces with Swedish investment firm EQT to create a £1bn housing joint venture, with a view to...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New Delivery Hub aims to meet environmental targets

A Delivery Hub will be set up by a new cross sector Future Homes Task Force, comprising of representatives from across...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Pepper Money reduces buy-to-let rates

Pepper Money has cut rates across its buy-to-let range by up to 0.4%. The Pepper48 product, which is available up to 70%...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Have your say on plans to introduce licensing schemes

Landlords are being encouraged to give their views on plans to introduce licensing schemes in a number of regions across the...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Channel 5 show to follow yet more difficult tenants

Channel 5 will continue to provide an insight into a number of tenants and landlords across the UK, as feuds between...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Vida launches flexible buy-to-let mortgage

Vida Homeloans has introduced a new flexible mortgage product designed for budding buy-to-let investors including professional and first-time landlords.  The launch of...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

The Nottingham withdraws mortgage range

The Nottingham for Intermediaries has temporarily withdrawn its mortgage range. Nikki Warren-Dean, head of intermediary sales, said: "The aim of this temporary measure...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

The UK’s most profitable cities for BTL landlords unveiled

Salford has been identified as the most profitable buy-to-let city for landlords, according to research by CIA Landlord.  The study found that...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New partnership aims to help landlords regain possession of their properties

Landlord Action and the Property Redress Scheme, both part of the Hamilton Fraser group, have teamed up to help buy-to-let landlords...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Council introduces fresh strategy to improve conditions for private tenants

A new strategy has been launched today by Westminster City Council to help raise standards for tenants who rent privately.  Westminster, which...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Foundation reduces buy-to-let rates

Foundation Home Loans has cut its buy-to-let rates across all product tiers and property types. Foundation’s 80% loan-to-value (LTV) two-year fix has...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Law firm says that it is highly unlikely that there will be a ‘spike in evictions’

The government’s decision to not extend the ban on landlords evicting renters beyond 20 September is a major concern for many private...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in illegal evictions

There has been a sharp rise in illegal evictions by rogue landlords, it has been claimed.  According to The Independent, illegal evictions...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Spike in demand from first-time landlords

From accidental landlords to those wanting to embark on buy-to-let as a business, renting out property can be extremely rewarding, and...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

More than £1.7bn worth of unclaimed property lying vacant

There is currently around £1.744bn worth of unclaimed property lying vacant across England and Wales, according to the latest research by...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords ‘can start to take action’ following end of the evictions ban

The six-month tenant eviction ban, which finally ended yesterday, has helped renters that are suffering financial difficulty, but it has also...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting market activity slows in August

There was a sharp drop in letting market activity in August, according to the latest figures from the Agency Express Property...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can help landlords ‘reduce the need for evictions caused by rent arrears’

With courts now prepared to hear rental property repossession cases again following the end of the ban on evictions, there will...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Plans approved for 460-home build to rent scheme in west London

Plans to develop 460 build to rent flats next to Southall train station in west London have been given the go-ahead.  The...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Six month notice for evictions extended into next year

Rules which were due to expire at the end of September have been extended meaning buy-to-let landlords in Wales must now...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords need support too during coronavirus crisis, says Tory politician

Renters across Wales received greater protection this week after the Welsh government extended the six month notice for evictions, which was...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Court rules that landlords must not discriminate against benefit claimants

A second UK court has ruled that ‘No DSS’ is unlawful, after a renter won a legal trial against housing benefit...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Can you still get possession? Top tips for landlords

As has been broadcast widely in the news the government has been going to extraordinary lengths to enforce their message that...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Buckinghamshire Building Society reintroduce ex-pat buy-to-let product

Buckinghamshire Building Society has relaunched its ex-pat buy-to-let product. The mortgage deal is available at 70% loan-to-value (LTV) on a two-year discount...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

London mayor Sadiq Khan calls for two-year rent freeze

Rents should be frozen in London to avert mass evictions, city mayor Sadiq Khan has told the government. Khan wants new powers...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

A rent freeze is quite simply ‘another type of rent control’

Sadiq Khan’s proposal to introduce rent controls in London risks reducing the number of private homes available for rent, as landlords...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Optimism remains high among letting agents

Letting agents are feeling more optimistic about the letting sector than they were at the outset of 2020 despite the challenges...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Canopy urges landlords to ‘hand back deposits to renters in dire need’

More needs to be done to help support tenants, especially those facing financial hardship as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic,...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Zooploma attracts 25,000 BTL landlords and investors in just over a week

Zoopla has attracted around 25,000 property investors and landlords just over a week after launching Zooploma, a two week email programme...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Many landlords are ‘struggling financially’ and cannot subsidise rents

Less than half of landlords have received full rent since March 2020, when Covid-19 lockdown rules were introduced, according to new...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Fury at potential evictions ban extension

There was widespread disappointment among buy-to-let landlords when the government decided to prolong the existing ban on tenant evictions until 20...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords in England look to avoid ‘confrontation’

Buy-to-let landlords in England could learn a thing or two from the Scottish market as the eviction deadline approaches, according to...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Foundation withdraws two-year BTL deals

Foundation Home Loans is planning to pull some of its buy-to-let products tomorrow.  On Thursday, the specialist lender will remove its two-year...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant evictions will not be enforced in areas subject to local lockdowns

Many renters have welcomed the government's latest announcement around protecting tenants from eviction over the winter period, but tenants and landlords...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Gas Safety Week: Top tips to make your properties ‘gas secure’

Landlords are being reminded this week that they are responsible for the safety of their tenants, as part of Gas Safety...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

What are the most common questions when it comes to the 30-day CGT rule?

It has been just over a month since changes to the 30-day Capital Gains Tax (CGT) rule came into force and...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Ipswich BS reintroduces BTL range

Ipswich Building Society has relaunched its buy-to-let range, two months after deciding to withdraw its products to help it cope with...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

NRLA calls for interest-free hardship loans for tenants affected by Covid-19

Almost a quarter of private landlords with properties in England surveyed have lost rental income due to Covid-19, according to a...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand for property may have intensified, but pricing remains sensitive

The post-lockdown rebound in buying momentum looks set to continue in and around London as we head into Autumn, according to...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

The National Landlord Investment Show launches online

The National Landlord Investment Show will be held online-only for the first time due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The Online Midlands Show,...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing charities call on the government to extend the ban on evictions

Housing charities want the government to extend the ban on landlords evicting renters beyond 20 September. Renters across England and Wales received...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in new tenancies as renters take advantage of lower rents

There was a notable increase in the number of new tenancies last month as an increasing number of tenants took advantage...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Police arrest landlord after seizing £400k worth of cannabis in Coventry

The landlord of two properties in Coventry has been arrested after police seized cash and drugs worth £400,000. The money and drugs...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Post office withdraws BTL products

The Post Office has withdrawn a number of buy-to-let mortgage products.  The lender emailed brokers to let them know that it will...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords ‘are now treading very carefully’ due to the tenant evictions ban

New landlord instructions were broadly flat last month following a modest increase in July, while tenant demand continues to increase sharply,...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance to help landlords arrange student check-ins

The Deposit Protection Service (DPS) has issued new guidance to help student landlords in England and Wales arrange accommodation check-ins during the...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Almost a third of property buyers denied a mortgage despite SDLT holiday

Demand for property has soared as purchasers, including buy to-let investors, make the most of Rishi Sunak's stamp duty holiday, but...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Kensington reduces BTL rates

Kensington Mortgages has introduced a range of rate cuts across its buy-to-let and residential ranges.  Rates have been cut by up to 0.3%...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Why should landlords ‘subsidise those who are struggling to pay their rent’?

The government has been slammed for attempting to shift the responsibility for renters in need onto landlords.  Chris Town a landlord and...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Two thirds of British workers are better off financially since lockdown

As the UK went into lockdown, most people were either furloughed or forced to work from home where they can, and...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Castle Trust Bank launches new BTL deals

Castle Trust Bank has introduced a new range of buy-to-let products available at up to 75% loan-to-value (LTV). In addition, the lender...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Flat owners welcome government response on cladding

The government has published its response to the House of Commons, Communities and Local Government Select Committee’s (HCLG) report on cladding...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent arrears: Last minute U-turn ‘another huge blow for those landlords struggling’

At the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown, a ban on evictions was introduced in England and Wales. That has now been extended...

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

ARLA Propertymark reflects on changes to the notice periods

The length of notice periods landlords must provide tenants when using certain grounds for possession whilst the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020...

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

flatfair teams up with Martyn Gerrard to offer deposit alternative solution

Deposit-free renting provider flatfair has signed a partnership with Martyn Gerrard which has 12 branches across north London.  The move will bring...

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Regeneration hotspots for property investment

A number potential property hotspots have been identified for buy-to-let investors with an eye on the future.   Government infrastructure spending and investment...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New private rental electrical safety standards: What you need to know

New regulations on electrical safety standards for private rented accommodation have come into effect. Here is what landlords need to know. The ‘Electrical...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents stable ‘as the market starts to settle into a more predictable pattern’

Rents increased by an average of 2% in August thanks to greater demand from renters, the latest figures show.  Modest growth in...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Significant fall in rent and living costs in London

London has seen the second-largest decline in rent and living costs in Europe over the past three years when it comes...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL sector ‘can make a strong recovery in the second half of the year’

There has been a drop in buy-to-let lending, but the decline is less dramatic than the general purchase market, according to the latest...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Law Society calls for ‘legislative changes to prevent a spike in homelessness’

More needs to be done to help support tenants, especially those facing financial hardship as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic,...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Scottish government updates guidance for private landlords

The Scottish government has published updated guidance for private landlords and letting agents to help cope with the existing Covid-19 pandemic.  The...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Mandatory electrical  safety checks requested as part of short-let regulation

Electrical Safety First is calling for the introduction of mandatory electrical safety checks as part of the Scottish government’s plan to...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

The ‘new normal’ means more tenants want ‘variety, options and security’

The Covid-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered almost every aspect of our daily lives, and the rental market needs to adapt to...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Barclays limits buy-to-let lending up to 70% LTV

Barclays has announced that it is restricting all buy-to-let deals to a maximum limit of 70% loan-to-value (LTV). The bank, which was...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Are there legal issues with the six-month notice period for possession claims?

Buy-to-let landlords must now provide tenants with at least six months’ notice period prior to seeking possession through the courts in...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand funding for renters, justice for landlords

Covid-19 has been a challenge for landlords and tenants, on a scale that no one could ever anticipate. Whilst our research shows...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent in Chelmsford may still be trading despite being expelled by TPO

Landlords and tenants in Chelmsford, Essex, are being warned that a local letting agent appears to be trading, despite being expelled from...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

SimplyBiz Mortgages adds Zephyr Homeloans to BTL panel

SimplyBiz Mortgages has added buy-to-let lender Zephyr Homeloans to its mortgage panel. Zephyr offers standard and specialist products to both individuals and...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property transactions set to rise, ‘particularly in buy-to-let’ market

There has been a sharp rise in mortgage approvals, as reported by the Bank of England yesterday.  The latest data reveals that...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New interest-free, tenant hardship loan scheme launched in Scotland

A new Tenant Hardship Loan Fund to help renters cope with housing costs during the Covid-19 pandemic has been launched north...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to deliver a scheme ‘to support tenants and landlords in England’

The UK is in a recession for the first time in 11 years, and there are some suggestions unemployment could hit...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Average UK rents up 2.1% in 12 months to August

Average rents across the UK increased by 2.1% in August when compared with a month earlier, according to the latest data...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New six-month notice period is introduced

Buy-to-let landlords must now provide tenants with at least six months’ notice period prior to seeking possession through the courts in...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

High demand for rental property sees viewings hit a 10-year high

Viewing figures in the letting market in London and the Home Counties hit a 10-year high at the end of August,...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants require a ‘solution that can provide financial support’

More money needs to be made available to support landlords and renters during the existing Covid-19 pandemic, according to Bankrate UK.  The...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

NRLA demand reopening of courts

The government has finally confirmed how repossession cases in the rental market will be handled from 20 September.    Buy-to-let landlords are now...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Goodlord welcomes ‘essential clarity’ on latest evictions update

The government’s latest changes to the eviction ban have been welcomed by property technology company Goodlord.  The government revealed yet more changes...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extension could leave landlords facing two years without rent

Buy-to-let landlords could be facing up to two years without rent due to the government’s decision to extend the evictions ban,...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Strettons fears ‘unintended consequences’ of extended eviction ban

Strettons has described the government’s decision to extend the ban of tenant evictions until 20 September as a ‘pragmatic and humane decision’...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer’s Move iQ joins forces with Legal & General to offer insurance

While landlords have a duty to safeguard their rental properties and income, tenants are generally responsible for protecting themselves and their...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Virgin Money increases rates across buy-to-let range

Virgin Money has increased its buy-to-let rates by up to 20% as part of a series of changes to its mortgage...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

New property platform for buy-to-let investors

A new property search platform aimed at buy-to-let investors has been launched.  PropertyXYZ, a data focussed platform, uses technology to provide property...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property prices stable as pent-up demand leads to quicker home sales

Residential property prices look set to hold firm for the remainder of the year - despite the onset of recession and...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let purchase activity bounces back

There has been a sharp rise in buy-to-let mortgage activity as property investors look to take advantage of the current stamp...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Councils unite to launch a new service to help prevent a potential spike in evictions

Private landlords and tenants across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire are being urged to seek further advice if they are having problems with...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords in St. Leonards-On-Sea warned that  local letting agent has been expelled

Landlords and tenants are being warned that Foremost Lettings Ltd (trading as Foremost Lettings), based in St. Leonards-On-Sea, has been expelled...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to provide ‘support for landlords during this time’

Following the decision to extend the tenant eviction ban until 20 September, apropos is calling on the government to show the...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

How does the government’s Green Homes Grant work?

With just a few weeks remaining until the opening of the Green Homes Grant, many buy-to-let landlords are preparing to take...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

July was a ‘relatively robust month for the UK lettings market’

Rental market activity remained relatively stable last month, according to the latest data from Agency Express Property.  National month-on-month figures for properties...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Where are buy-to-let investments with a tenant already in situ most in-demand?

Buy-to-let investments with a tenant already in situ are most in-demand across Glasgow, according to Howsy.  The letting management platform reports that...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agent expelled from TPO

A letting agent in north London has been expelled from The Property Ombudsman (TPO) after receiving a complaint from a landlord...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Government U-turn on evictions ban ‘is a misstep’

The government has made a grave mistake extending the evictions ban in England and Wales by four weeks, it has been...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

U-turn on evictions ban is simply ‘kicking the can a month down the road’

Protestors fear that there will be a potential spike in homelessness in the near future despite the government’s U-turn on lifting...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Investors are understandably hesitant but there is room for improvement

It is no secret that landlords have long been dissatisfied by the government’s approach to the buy-to-let market. The ongoing imposition...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Accord increases maximum LTV to 80%

Accord will be increasing its maximum loan-to-value (LTV) for its buy-to-let product transfers to 80%.  In addition, the lender has reduced rates...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords ‘cannot be expected to foot the bill for government failure’

The government has been slammed for its 11th-hour U-turn after extending the eviction ban for four weeks and instructing landlords to...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Notice periods extended with a view to ‘supporting renters over winter’

Buy-to-let landlords in England will now have to give tenants six months’ notice to vacate their property except in cases involving...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Government needs to ‘seriously consider offering landlords’ financial support

Financial support needs to be made available to landlords with tenants who have fallen into arrears relating to Covid-19 and can...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants must ‘come to an agreement on rent owed’

A number of buy-to-let landlords continue to work closely with tenants to support those in rent arrears as a result of...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter demands ‘extra powers to stop renters being evicted’

Shelter is calling for greater protection for renters facing financial difficulties.  The extended ban on evictions announced on Friday will not be...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords should not be required to take ‘financial hit on behalf of their tenants’

A number of buy-to-let landlords have worked closely with tenants to support those in rent arrears as a result of the...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property litigation firm expects ‘a surge’ of repossession cases in London

There could be a significant increase in repossession cases in London once the tenant eviction ban ends this weekend, legal experts...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord banned from listing property for short-term letting

A landlord in Oxford is no longer allowed to offer a local property for short-term lets following a lengthy planning battle...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to ‘protect those facing homelessness’

Crisis, a national charity for homeless people, is calling on the government to do more to help renters facing homelessness due...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Kenton Finance expands to London as business grows

Kenton Finance, a major provider of bridging loans, has announced that it will be opening new offices for business within the...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Long, ‘bumpy’ road to recovery predicted for UK property market

The latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests that the housing market continued to recover at the tail...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Recent rental boom could see a spike in number of electrical checks

Buy-to-let landlords and letting agents could be required to process a high number of electrical checks (EICRs) if the recent upturn...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

New Appetite Statements introduced by LendInvest for professional landlords

LandInvest has introduced Appetite Statements for landlords seeking a pre-agreed financing offer for their future projects. The new Appetite Statement is a...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Accord withdraws all 60% LTV buy-to-let mortgages

Accord has removed all of its buy-to-let products at 60% loan-to-value (LTV) on a temporary basis.  The company says that the move...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

LRU to hold a day of action demanding eviction ban extension

The London Renters Union (RLU) will hold a day of action next week demanding that the government acts to protect renters,...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL product numbers dip as rates start to rise

There appears to have been an increase in demand for buy-to-let property since the chancellor announced a stamp duty holiday, but...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans cuts buy-to-let rates

Foundation Home Loans has reduced rates across a range of five-year buy-to-let mortgage products. The deals, which are offered to both individual...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Most student 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...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Top universities for buy-to-let revealed

With the academic year set to get underway, thousands of students are busily moving into flats and rented homes in towns...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Courts must prioritise rent arrears, anti-social behaviour and domestic violence

While the five-month tenant eviction ban has helped renters that are suffering financial difficulty, it has left landlords powerless to take...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Useful tips for students planning to rent

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

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Santander increases BTL mortgage rates

Santander has increased a selection of its buy-to-let mortgage rates for purchase and remortgage.  The lender has increased selected rates and fees...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Proposed reforms will give leaseholders ‘greater control over their homes’

A series of recommendations recently published by the Law Commission of England and Wales could soon transform the future of home...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market strength proves itself once again

The UK housing market is in growth mode as the recovery gathers pace, the latest figures show.  According to Rightmove, the post-lockdown...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour MP calls for shake-up to ‘end landlordism’ and extend evictions ban

A Labour MP has called for the ban on evictions to be extended until next year, as renters fear a sharp...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday triggers unseasonal rise in housing transactions

The number of residential property sales agreed have surged in the month since the chancellor announced a stamp duty holiday, with...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords must reveal if tenant they wish to evict has been affected by Covid-19

Buy-to-let landlords planning to evict tenants who have failed to pay rent when the existing evictions ban is scrapped on 23...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

New tenancy mediation service proves a success

A new tenancy mediation service for landlords and tenants has successfully resolved 50% of cases where the renter was willing to...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

It is now a good time to invest in buy-to-let - UK Property Finance

Buy-to-let remains a popular investment option for many investors, despite being the subject of major reform over the last three years. A...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Increase in demand for rental properties a bright spark amidst the ‘doom and gloom’

Demand for properties in the private rented sector has increased significantly providing a welcome boost for buy-to-let landlords.  Various reports show that...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Camden Council renew their additional landlord licensing scheme

Camden Council has approved the renewal of landlord licensing in the borough, extending the licensing to most Houses in Multiple Occupation...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

TML increases maximum LTV to 75% on BTL remortgage products

The Mortgage Lender (TML) has increased its loan-to-value (LTV) for capital raising landlords from 65% to 75% on all remortgage products. The...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market recovery could be short-lived, warn RICS

The UK housing market could see what first looks like a V-shaped recovery only for it to be quickly flattened out,...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

The rental market is on the road to recovery

There has been a solid recovery in the letting market in recent weeks, according to a new RICS survey.  Respondents noted a...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

A flawed plan: ‘Rent controls are complex to introduce and deeply controversial’

The recent decision to abolish The Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill demonstrates the difficulty of introducing lettings regulation amid ongoing uncertainty, while...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

West One introduces new limited edition BTL products

West One has launched two limited edition buy-to-let mortgage products, which both benefit from West One’s ‘no credit scoring’ approach, with...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

New partnership will not only help letting agents, ‘but landlords and renters too’

Some buy-to-let landlords stand to benefit from a new partnership between no-deposit solution provider flatfair and Homesearch, it has been claimed.  The...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ‘is not’ an inevitable outcome for tenants facing financial hardship

Concerns over a spike in evictions once the current ban is lifted are unfounded, according to the National Residential Landlords Association...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant loan scheme welcomed by the NRLA

A number of buy-to-let landlords are having to prepare for a potential spike in rent arrears after the latest data revealed...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL investors urged to pay attention to crucial safety obligations

With a number of property investors looking to take advantage of Rishi Sunak’s stamp duty holiday by expanding their portfolios, NICEIC...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Clydesdale increases BTL mortgage rates

Clydesdale Bank has increased a selection of its buy-to-let mortgage rates. The lender’s 75% loan-to-value (LTV)  two-year fix is now available at...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

LandInvest makes changes to range of BTL products

LandInvest has made a series of changes to its buy-to-let product range. The property finance platform has raised its maximum loan size...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords in Scotland have served 350 eviction notices since lockdown

Buy-to-let landlords in Scotland have been left with little alternative but to serve 350 eviction notices since the beginning of lockdown,...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Boost’ for landlords as new product adds on up to six week’s damage protection

Boost, a new product, has been launched by payment technology company flatfair.  The scheme provides landlords with up to six additional weeks of...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

There has been a ‘huge upsurge in buyers looking to purchase property’ at auction

No longer just a domain for investors, developers, and property dealers, the auction room is now the preferred option of buying...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Accord once again offering BTL mortgages for first-time landlords

Accord Buy To Let has announced that it is now offering buy-to-let mortgages to first-time landlords up to a maximum loan-to-value...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Top 10 property features to attract tenants in London

With the latest report from Zoopla showing that rents look set to drop to their lowest level in almost six years, landlords...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

TSB will no longer lend on buy-to-lets that do not meet minimum EPC standards

TSB will no longer lend on buy-to-let properties in England and Wales that do not meet minimum energy efficiency standards.  Buy-to-let landlords...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Scandal is leaving buyers, sellers and renters ‘out of pocket’ - claim

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

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Post office withdraws buy-to-let products

The Post Office has announced that it has withdrawn a number of buy-to-let products.  The lender emailed brokers late last week to...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Weaker demand as the rental market in prime London remains subdued

Rental market activity in prime London markets has been lower than normal this summer due to uncertainty around the start of...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Foreign investors eye UK property ahead of stamp duty surcharge

A growing number of international property investors are expected to increase their presence in the UK buy-to-let market over the next...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Will you benefit from the Green Homes Grant?

As new details regarding the new Green Homes Grant emerge, landlords should hopefully be in a better position to assess whether...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Potential freehold disposals could present ‘golden opportunity’ for leaseholders

Potential reforms to the leasehold system could lead to a sharp rise in the number of freeholders looking to sell their...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Retail to residential conversions set to rise

The government’s decision to grant new housing applications in England “automatic” consent as part of planning reforms should lead to a...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Annual rent price growth rate slows

Average UK rents slowed in the second quarter of the year as the coronavirus pandemic took its toll. Zoopla’s latest quarterly Rental...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

A national register of rental homes would help stop ‘landlord tax dodging’

The government is being encouraged to consider introducing a national register of rental properties to improve tax compliance in the buy-to-let...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords urged to review ‘advertising material and vetting policies’

A specialist property litigation firm is warning buy-to-let landlords not to discriminate against benefit claimants, following a recent landmark ruling that...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

New rental protection service launched to ‘protect’ landlords

Portico has teamed up with Goodlord to offer a new rent protection service.  The Goodlord insurance policy is designed to allow Portico’s...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

New Green Homes Grant plans are ‘good news for landlords and tenants’

With just a few weeks remaining until the opening of the Green Homes Grant, the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) is...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords urged to consider property incorporation

Now is potentially a good time for buy-to-let landlords to become limited companies, according to accountancy firm MJ Bushell.  Property tax specialists...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Council targets rogue landlords

Buy-to-let landlords in Bury now face the prospect of major fines if they are caught providing tenants with unsafe and substandard...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

West One rejigs BTL offerings

West One Loans has made changes to its buy-to-let product criteria.  BTL products have had the maximum loan-to-value (LTV) permitted increased from...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Greater demand for new tenancies placing upward pressure on rents

Average rents across the UK increased by 1.5% in July when compared with a month earlier, the latest data and analysis...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Strong tenant demand for unfurnished properties

A majority of tenants are looking for unfurnished homes, new research shows.  Online property management platform Howsy analysed existing rental property listings...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage demand rises as investors return to the market

There was a surge in demand for buy-to-let property in July, according to the latest data released by mortgage technology provider,...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

NRLA joins forces with the Scottish Association of Landlords

Buy-to-let landlords who let properties in England, Wales and Scotland can now have joint membership of associations north and south of the...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord licensing scheme approved

Scarborough Council has approved the introduction of a compulsory selective licensing scheme in parts of Scarborough’s Weaponness and Ramshill ward.  The decision...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property investors head north for higher returns

A growing number of buy-to-let investors are heading north for better returns, according to Hamptons International. But while investor demand for property...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Staycation boost for short-term let landlords

A number of buy-to-let landlords have switched to short-term lets in recent years, as a consequence of skewed policy that favours...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Alternative online search platforms prove popular with agents

Given that online property portals, dominated by a handful of websites, are by far the most popular home search method, it...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

TMW withdraws 10-year fixed rate buy-to-let products

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has withdrawn its 10-year fixed rate buy-to-let products. The specialist buy-to-let arm of Nationwide Building Society has also...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

An increase in tenant demand puts upward pressure on rental values

Almost three in 10 letting agents saw landlords  increasing rent in June in response to high demand from prospective renters, new...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property viewings: BTL landlords urged to ‘up their game’

Clutter and mess are among the most off putting things when looking at a potential new home, according to new research.  A...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to be on guard against cannabis farms

Landlords are being reminded to remain attentive when viewing or inspecting rental homes in order to weed out tenants that may...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Accord expands BTL range and reduces rates

Accord Buy To Let is introducing 14 new mortgage products as part of a full range refresh to offer buy-to-let landlords...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord searches for letting agents increases by a fifth

Buy-to-let remains an attractive asset class with more property investors looking to take advantage of a notable increase in demand for...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

UK’s most profitable city to be an Airbnb landlord revealed

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

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Prepare for a potential rent arrears spike: Experts’ best practice advice

Buy-to-let landlords are being urged to prepare for a spike in rent arrears ahead of changes to the furlough scheme this...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Keystone Property Finance launches standard and specialist BTL ranges

Keystone Property Finance has introduced a selection of ‘summer special’ mortgage products available for both its standard and specialist buy-to-let ranges. The...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

The government puts plans to scrap Section 21 on hold

The government has indicated that it will not scrap Section 21 evictions through the Renters' Reform Bill until at least 2021.  The...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Advice for BTL landlords: How to operate successfully during a recession

The coronavirus crisis has hit the UK's economic outlook, and many buy-to-let landlords are understandably worried about their post-lockdown rental property...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Are you familiar with the new Electrical Safety Standards?

Buy-to-let landlords in England must now ensure that electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new tenancies in...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Message to taxpayers: Don't pay later, pay now!

Buy-to-let landlords facing hardship as a consequence of the coronavirus crisis can defer their July tax payment on account, but taxpayers...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Barclays stops lending to portfolio landlords and increases rates

Barclays has withdrawn its product for portfolio landlords and hiked rates across a range of buy-to-let deals in a bid to...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ losses to hit £5.7bn by 2024 as rents look set to fall

Buy-to-let landlords face having to reduce rents by at least 5% over the next five years as a growing number of...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords remain optimistic but profitability falls

The government’s decision to temporarily increase the stamp duty threshold to £500,000 for property sales in England and Northern Ireland, until...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Post lockdown surge in demand for homes with a garden

Since the housing market reopened in May there has been a significant increase in demand for homes with a garden as...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Top tips to make your rental property more appealing

Imagine if you could make the properties that you are currently trying to let look larger, brighter, cleaner, warmer, more homely,...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

NRLA appoints new legal counsel

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has appointed a new legal counsel.  Housing lawyer and former Residential Landlords Association (RLA) policy director...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Six month notice for repossessions is a ‘hammer blow to landlords in Wales’

The Welsh government’s decision to force landlords to give tenants six months’ notice when repossessing their homes has not been well...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting market activity springs back into life

Activity levels in the rental market bounced back to pre-lockdown levels in June, as the reopening of the housing market released...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New platform allows landlords to promote their properties free of charge

A new website has been launched with a  view to helping landlords find quality tenants.  Using Tenancy Trust, landlords can invite reviews...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Council and police work together to crack down on rogue landlords

Ashfield District Council has joined forces with police officers in the Sutton area of Nottinghamshire to clampdown on unscrupulous landlords operating...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landbay launches new range of ‘special edition’ BTL products

Landbay has introduced a new range of ‘special edition’ buy-to-let mortgage products after agreeing a new funding partnership with Canada Square.  The...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Introduce capital gains tax on all homes and raise £421bn, urges think tank

The government is being urged to consider introducing a new capital gains tax on all residential properties in the UK to...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Council seeks government approval to renew landlord licensing scheme

Croydon Council has applied for government consent to renew the borough’s landlord licensing scheme that makes sure privately-let properties meet key...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans reduces buy-to-let rates

Foundation Home Loans has cut its  shorter-term buy-to-let mortgage products in response to greater demand from investors.  Two-year fixed rates within Foundation’s...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Council appeals to private landlords to help solve the housing crisis

West Lothian Council is appealing to buy-to-let landlords to provide private let accommodation as a means of accommodating those on the...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Multi-property landlords offered free online trial

A new online property management platform has been launched by Herddle.  The new service, which combines proprietary technology and traditional property management...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to protect renters from eviction

Thousands of renters face the prospect of losing their homes when the rental eviction ban lifts next month unless the government...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords will be among ‘most affected’ by tax change, says accountant

The government has unveiled plans for the completion of the rollout of the Making Tax Digital (MTD) programme, with the scheme...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental deposits now above average in five English regions

London has long been home to the highest rental deposits, but what other regions in England are seeing tenants pay above...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Sharp decline in demand for super prime homes in London

The super prime property market in London has suffered amid the coronavirus pandemic, new research shows.  In times of crisis, the prime...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New tenancies are now almost back to pre-pandemic levels

The number of new tenancies is almost back to pre-pandemic levels following a sharp decline in activity during the second quarter...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Barnsley will not allow their investments to go to pot

With a growing number of rental properties being targeted by gangs of cannabis cultivators looking to house their criminal activities, landlords...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord looks to add value to property despite local opposition

A buy-to-let landlord is looking to increase the rental value as well as the future sale price of a property in...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Have your say: Harrow Council plans to renew landlord licensing scheme

Buy-to-let landlords with a rental property in Harrow have just a few weeks left to have their say in a consultation...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Pepper Money relaunches BTL products

Pepper Money has reintroduced buy-to-let purchase mortgages for individual investors and limited companies. The lender has also announced that it will be...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords need to assess how green their properties are right ‘now’

With just over a month until the opening of the Green Homes Grant, buy-to-let landlords in England should be in a...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords are ‘planning for the future’ by remortgaging properties

There was a notable increase in buy-to-let remortgage business in the second quarter of the year, according to Paragon Bank.  The research...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Top rental yield areas for buy-to-let unveiled

Many property investors looking for high rental yields typically head north to places like Liverpool and Scotland, and for good reason,...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landbay increases max lending to help landlords ‘expand portfolios’

Landbay has responded to the growing demand for buy-to-let property by increasing its maximum loan sizes from £1m to £1.5m on...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

A quarter of renters have fallen behind on rent payments

There are growing concerns regarding the future ability of renters to pay on time, fresh research suggests.  A new survey of private...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New licensing scheme proposed to crack down on rogue landlords

A new licensing scheme designed to clampdown on unscrupulous landlords has been put forward for consideration by  Liverpool City Council. The new...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord loses appeal at High Court over extension

A buy-to-let landlord in Doncaster has lost an appeal at the High Court after he built an extension on a property...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

YBS launches new holiday BTL product

Yorkshire Building Society (YBS) Commercial Mortgages has introduced a new limited company buy-to-let product targeted specifically at holiday letting properties in...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords urged to invest in property sooner rather than later

Buy-to-let landlords are being urged to take advantage of the stamp duty tax savings announced in the chancellor’s summer statement by...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Thousands of vulnerable Londoners face ‘the threat of eviction’

The government’s decision not to remove the cap on Universal Credit for all claimants and increase housing benefit to cover local...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital gains tax review: BTL landlords must ‘feel unfairly targeted’

Rishi Sunak is being urged not to increase capital gains tax, as part of the government’s attempts to claw back the...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

UK holidays: Landlords should have ‘protection in place’ for short lets

Landlords thinking of letting property on a short-term let this summer are being urged to have the right insurance protection in...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News