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‘Steep decline’ in rental market activity

There has been sharp slowdown in rental market activity as we draw closer to the festive period, the latest data from...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

With excessive competition and ample supply, is there still demand for HMOs?

HMO properties look very good on paper. Why charge a single rent when you can charge four or five lots of...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

NatWest increase buy-to-let remortgage rates by up to 0.5%

NatWest has increased rates on its two- and five-year buy-to-let remortgage products by up to 0.5%. The rate hike means that the...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

How landlords can protect their property in cold weather

Winter is now very definitely here and the weather is only going to get harsher, possibly a lot harsher, before spring...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New crowdfunding property investment opportunity launched in Nottingham

A new crowdfunding project has been launched by Shojin Property Partners allowing investors to make a minimum investment of £5,000. The investment...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Softening mortgage market highlights BTL concerns

Buy-to-let mortgage activity continued to slow in October, as fewer landlords took out home loans as a result of tax changes...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to look beyond product fees and factor in extra mortgage costs

Headline mortgage rates are misleading borrowers and could be costing them thousands of pounds, according to Property Master. It may initially seem...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

LBTT Scottish stamp duty surcharge to increase to 4%

There was bad news for buy-to-let landlords in Scotland yesterday when the Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay proposed a 1% hike...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial landlord fined £25k for leaving disabled tenant without hot water

One of the UK’s biggest and arguably most contentious buy-to-let landlords has been ordered to pay £25,000 after ignoring a notice...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

P2P property platform aims to lure traditional BTL investors

For some investors, buy-to-let does not look as lucrative as it once did, with peer-to-peer investing emerging as a viable alternative...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

The days of rock bottom BTL mortgage interest rates ‘may be numbered’

It could be the end of the road for rock bottom buy-to-let mortgage interest rates, according to a leading expert. Buy-to-let landlords...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Draconian tax changes will force landlords to ‘evict tenants’ or ‘increase their rents’

Draconian tax changes applying to buy-to-let investors will leave many private landlords with little alternative but to evict tenants and sell...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord to provide homeless people with a roof over their heads

Five homeless people will be offered a house to live in over the festive period, thanks to a landlord in Liverpool. Compassionate...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Communication and technology can help landlords stay on top of rental arrears

Unfortunately some renters appear to view owing their landlord money as a cheap loan - a debt with 0% interest no...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants left £105,000 out of pocket by rogue letting agents

At least 19 landlords and tenants have been left £105,000 out of pocket by unscrupulous letting agents who ran London-based letting...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent controls would hurt both tenants and landlords, warns RLA

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has warned that growing speculation the mayor of London Sadiq Khan is considering introducing rent controls...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents rising more slowly than inflation but regional variations remain

The average cost of renting a property in the UK increased by 1.5% in the 12 months to November, the latest...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

TMW introduces 10-year fix buy-to-let mortgage at 2.74%

The Mortgage Works has launched a fresh selection of 10-year fixed rate mortgages with rates starting from 2.74%. The specialist buy-to-let arm...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Growing number of tenants turning to letting agents to find a place to live

There has been a notable increase in the number of renters turning to lettings agents to find a new property, research...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Paragon speeds up portfolio landlord applications with eTech

Paragon has joined forces with eTech to include its web-based workflow management system to streamline and simplify the mortgage application process...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in rental deposit numbers as PRS continues to grow

There has been a sharp rise in the number of tenancy deposits held across the UK, new figures provided by deposit...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord who threw young family out awarded £1,250 by TV’s Judge Rinder

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

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New direct debit rent collection system launched by Upad

Online letting agency Upad is now providing landlords with a new proprietary system to collect rental payments via direct debit. The agent’s new...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New energy and void period management product launched

Goodlord has partnered with Octopus Energy to launch Goodlord Switch, a new energy switching and void period management product that it...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Most renters unaware of their rights, research shows

The vast majority of people who live in the private rented sector are unaware of their rental rights, according to new...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

The rent most landlords receive is just servicing the interest on their mortgages

The rental income received by 79% of landlords with mortgages is only sufficient to service the interest element of their loans, and not...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to rethink rent protection scheme

The government’s existing strategy to protect rent paid by tenants to letting agents will fail to provide adequate protection for landlords,...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Will paying 50% more council tax get landlords ‘a return on their investment’?

A 50% council tax increase could be on the way for owners of empty properties across many parts of the country...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Where is best to invest in Manchester?

Residential popery prices in Manchester have increased significantly in recent years, with research showing that the city outperformed all other core...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgages could help landlords meet Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

Just 4% of landlords and tenants had in April this year heard of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), claims research by...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords boosted by rising demand from tenants amid ‘uncertain times’

There has been a sharp rise in demand from people looking to rent property amid political and economic uncertainty, according to...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord hit with record £1.5m fine for flouting planning rules

A notorious rogue landlord who illegally built a number of tiny bedsits across North West London has been ordered to pay...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise in London next year

Rents in London are expected to increase further in 2019 due to the widening supply-demand imbalance in the capital’s rental market,...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Councils struggling to take action over unlicensed HMOs

The new regulations introduced last month to bring mandatory licensing to all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) was designed to better...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord Buy To Let expands range of BTL products

Accord Buy To Let has added to its range of buy-to-let mortgage products for existing borrowers, with rates now starting from...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental deposits to be capped at five weeks rent

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

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs accused of ‘attacking’ the BTL industry ‘for their own purposes’

Having ignored calls to stop punishing landlords and rethink its stamp duty attack on the buy-to-let sector, along with the phasing out of mortgage...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New Tinder-style lettings app could reduce the number of feuding tenants

From not paying their share of the rent or bills to failing to do their share of the household tasks, there...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Crossrail delay unlikely to halt rental growth around Elizabeth Line

Crossrail will demand hundreds of millions of pounds from the government in its third bailout of the year according to various...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Tipton & Coseley Building Society overhauls BTL lending criteria

Tipton & Coseley Building Society has announced enhancements to its buy-to-let product criteria. Tipton says that the move is part of its...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Supply of rental properties drops as landlords exit the market

Rents in the UK’s private rental sector continue to rise as the supply of properties to let has dropped again on...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords earned £34bn in rental income last year

Private landlords across the UK collectively earned £33.8bn from their buy-to-let investments in the year from 5 April 2017 to 2018,...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords could be offered incentives to house tenants receiving benefits

The Welsh government is planning to introduce new incentives and other support to help encourage more landlords with properties in Wales...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Hackney Council extends licence applications deadline

The deadline for submitting additional and selective licence applications in Hackney has been extended until 1 March 2019.  The deadline for applications...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Zoopla trials new Property Valuation Report

Property website Zoopla is trialling a new Property Valuation Report (PVR) in nine areas across the country ahead of a broader...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Airbnb-style’ landlords provide welcome support for the construction industry

A number of landlords who use short-term holiday rental sites are reinvesting their earnings in refurbishment work helping to provide much...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Landlords currently looking for the UK’s best buy-to-let areas should consider locations with a high student population, with yields of up...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords would agree to three-year tenancies but conditions are needed

One of the government’s suggestions to help fix the UK’s “broken housing market” was to oblige landlords to offer tenancies with...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Loughborough BS enhances buy-to-let range

Loughborough Building Society has launched a new buy-to-let range with two, three and five-year rates available up to 80% loan-to-value (LTV). There...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips to prevent burst and frozen pipes this winter

As winter approaches, landlords and other property owners need to take the right measures to prepare their properties against the cold...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Highest number of tenants negotiating rent reductions since records began

There was an 85% rise in the number of tenants successfully negotiating rent reductions in October as the supply of available...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Good landlords are being let down by councils and minority of criminals

Two thirds of councils in England and Wales responding to a FOI request by the Residential Landlords Association brought no prosecutions...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords continue to enjoy ‘strong returns’ in Scotland

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

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Liverpool leading the way for annual house price growth and affordability

Liverpool has managed a very interesting and appealing double win, according to data from Hometrack. The city not only topped the list...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Kinleigh Folkard and Hayward to offer Zero Deposit guarantee

Kinleigh Folkard and Hayward (KFH) has become the latest letting agency to sign up to the Zero Deposit guarantee, a tenant’s...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey exposes tenants’ shocking lack of knowledge about tenancy deposits

A fresh survey of more than 1,000 people involved in the UK private rental sector has found a staggering and worrying...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Research reveals worrying lack of landlord awareness

The private rented sector is a challenging landscape to negotiate, with tax changes and ever-changing regulation meaning that landlords now, more...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

L&G Mortgage Club launches exclusive BTL products with TML

Legal & General Mortgage Club has launched an exclusive buy-to-let deal through The Mortgage Lender. The five-year fixed rate product is available...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

 Most renters have no contents insurance

There is so much focus on helping landlords better protect themselves and their property from potential claims from tenants, but many...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

You could qualify for an inheritance tax exemption on your holiday lettings?

If you have inherited a holiday home or B&B you could save thousands of pounds in inheritance tax, according to Kirwans...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents hold steady with the best yields up north

The average rent across England and Wales increased by 2.2% in the 12 months to October to stand at an average...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Cashback incentives becoming a ‘more prominent feature of the BTL market’

A growing number of mortgage lenders are trying to lure both residential and buy-to-let mortgage borrowers with a wide range of...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

More pet-friendly rental properties needed, says SpareRoom

Almost four out five tenants who own at least one animal have struggled to find pet-friendly accommodation, according to new research. The...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Most affordable London borough to rent based on salary revealed

Tenants in the London borough of Kingston upon Thames are spending the lowest proportion of their salary on rent, according to new...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New website aims to help BTL investors identify best deals

A new Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered website designed to allow BTL landlords and investors to search for property investment deals by...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords who reject tenants on housing benefits could be breaking equality laws

Thousands of landlords and lettings agents across the country could be flouting equality laws by rejecting housing benefit claimants, according to...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Private tenants want long-term security even after the landlord sells

Almost fourth-fifths of renters do not want to move property due to a change in ownership, a fresh study shows. The research,...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips to help landlords avoid plumbing problems this winter

Burst pipes and blocked drains are a pain at the best of times, but with winter rapidly approaching, it is even...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants will be relied upon to help enforce letting fees ban

Trading standards will almost certainly need help from consumers to help police the ban on letting fees, according to PayProp. As part...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Campaign to make cheap insurance available for properties at risk of flooding

A new campaign has been launched to help make cheap insurance available to those who own property in flood-risk areas following...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing campaigners target NatWest branch over BTL mortgage ‘discrimination’

Campaigners opposed to mortgage lenders allowing landlords to rent property to people claiming benefits tried to voice their discontent over the...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Traditional tenant referencing is ‘not fit for purpose’, says PropTech entrepreneur

Traditional tenant referencing is dead as it uses old and slow systems, has little technology support, and is grossly overpriced, according...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords must wait five months to gain possession of property through courts

It now takes more than five months on average for private landlords to regain possession of a property when applying to...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban will not stop ‘hidden charges’

The government’s plan to introduce a ban on fees charged by landlords and letting agents is likely to come into force...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Unlawful ‘beds-in-sheds’ landlord ordered to pay £450k

A woman who repeatedly ignored council orders to stop renting ‘beds in sheds’ has been ordered to pay back almost £450,000...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Less than 1% of tenancies end in a deposit dispute

Just 0.85% of all tenancies ended in a dispute over the tenancy deposit in the 12 months to March 2018, according...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords invited to TDS adjudication training session in London

Tenant deposit protection scheme, TDS, will be hosting a half-day workshop in London in February, designed to give landlords and property...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Minister to address Future Renting Wales conference next week

The Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance, Justin Tomlinson, will address the Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) Future Renting Wales conference...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Are developers inflating the prices of homes through Help to Buy?

Millennials looking to get a foot on the housing ladder are now able to do so two years earlier because of the...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

67% of students say accommodation provides good value for money

The views and opinions of British and international students regarding their accommodation choices across the UK have been unveiled in the...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Allowing banks to operate a “no DSS” policy is “housing discrimination”

Mortgage lenders have once again been criticised for not permitting landlords to rent property to people claiming benefits – this time...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords urged to take advantage of current low rate mortgage deals

Landlords are being encouraged to take advantage of existing low mortgage rates ahead of any potential base rate increases next year. There...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

CreditLadder given FCA approval for rent payments

CreditLadder has become the first PropTech firm to be approved by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as a payment institute. This offers...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords invited to enter PRS awards

Nominations for the ATLAS (Accreditation & Training for Landlords and Agents Service) and LLAS (London Landlord Accreditation Scheme) Awards 2019 are now open...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Leeds introduces ‘market-leading’ BTL variable mortgages from 1.14%

Leeds Building Society has launched what it claims are two ‘market-leading’ discounted buy-to-let variable mortgages that it hopes will attract existing...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Government benefit cuts fuel surge in homelessness from rented housing

Government benefit changes, including cuts to housing benefit, are to blame for increasing levels of homelessness from private rented housing, according...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords offered chance to win £500 by exposing ‘tenants from hell’

Buy-to-let landlords who have endured the misfortune of being lumbered with nightmare tenants are being encouraged to enter a competition which...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant Shop partners with ScottishPower to help landlords manage energy needs

Landlords, letting agents and tenants are being offered a bespoke void space solution when it comes to managing energy in their...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord increases cashback offer on selected two-year buy-to-let products

Accord Buy to Let has increased the amount of cashback offered through a selection of its two-year fixed buy-to-let deals. Following the...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

The thriving BTL sector remains a ‘solid investment option’

Despite the headlines, it’s not all doom and gloom for the buy-to-let sector. While the BTL industry has undergone radical change over...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Are you paying too much for your mortgage?

Far too many people fail to avoid the trap awaiting borrowers, including buy-to-let landlords, when fixed-rate mortgage deals end, as reflected...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposit free renting could be a ‘benefit to landlords’, says anti-deposit campaigner

With Universal Credit problems forcing a growing number of claimants into destitution and rent arrears, anti-deposit campaigner Ajay Jagota is urging more...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Prosecution of high-profile landlord ‘shows we have teeth’, says councillor

Folkestone Magistrates Court’s decision last week to find high profile landlord, Judith Wilson, guilty of failing to comply with an enforcement...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘House of horrors’: Property firm ordered to pay back over £60k in rent

A London-based property firm has been ordered to pay back 70% of their profits gained from renting poorly converted flats in...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Council spends £95k taking landlord to Supreme Court and loses

Nottingham City Council has been slammed for wasting taxpayers’ money after spending £95,000 taking a landlord to the Supreme Court and...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

UK’s ‘worst landlord’ owes more than £100k in unpaid fines

A buy-to-let investor, once dubbed “country’s worst landlord”, still owes more than £100,000 in unpaid fines in relation to over 60...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Autumn ‘spike’ in rental market activity

There was greater choice for those looking to rent last month, reflected by a sharp increase in the number of properties...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined almost £30k for running unsafe and unlicensed properties

An unscrupulous landlord has been ordered to pay close to £30,000 after being found guilty of a number of breaches relating...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans launches 3-year fixed rate BTL product

Foundation Home Loans has unveiled a new three-year fixed rate product within its buy-to-let range. The limited-edition deal, available to limited companies...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Bonkers’: More than 3,500 licensing applications rejected by council

More than three months on from the introduction of a selective licensing scheme in Nottingham, thousands of landlords remain unlicensed because...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Buying property now cheaper than renting in 90% of the 10 largest UK cities

Renting a property is now more expensive than buying in nine out of ten of the largest British cities, fresh data...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Scarborough Council votes in powers to fine rogue landlords up to £30,000

Rogue landlords with properties in Scarborough now face fines of up to £30,000 as the local council looks to clampdown on...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New expat buy-to-let range launched by Marsden BS

Marsden Building Society has unveiled two new expat mortgage products for landlords looking to acquire or remortgage a buy-to-let property in...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending slumps as tax reforms deter landlords

Buy-to-let mortgage activity slowed dramatically in September, as the number of landlords taking out new home loans dropped by almost a...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Decline of buy-to-let prompts ‘exciting time for renters’, says JLL

The number of properties acquired by landlords has dropped significantly over the past couple of years following the tax and regulatory...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

The mortgage industry is “not fit for purpose”, claims Together

Panoramic views of London, little noise pollution, three generous sized bedrooms and the prospect of a near 9% gross rental yield...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Plymouth offers the highest student accommodation yields

Plymouth has been identified as the top location for landlords looking to invest in purpose-built student accommodation in the UK by...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Octopus puts buy-to-let lending on hold

Octopus Property has announced that it is currently not accepting new buy-to-let applications after being ‘inundated’ with demand for its products. A...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New government housing court plan is ‘good news for landlords and tenants’

The launch yesterday of a consultation by the government on establishing a new housing court has been welcomed by the Residential...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial landlord faces huge fine for leaving disabled tenant without hot water

Britain’s biggest and arguably most contentious buy-to-let landlord could be slapped with an ‘unlimited’ fine after leaving a wheelchair-bound tenant without...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Section 8 process is ‘no longer fit for purpose’, NLA says

A review of the section 8 possession process is urgently required, according to the National Landlords Association (NLA). As many of you...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Portico teams up with Airbnb as London’s short-term rental revolution continues

Portico’s short term lettings service, Portico Host, has been appointed to Airbnb’s professional co-host programme, bringing Airbnb services to London’s high...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Free Landlord Information Evening to be held for landlords in Reading

Buy-to-let landlords in Reading are invited to attend a free Landlord Information Evening being held at Reading’s Civic Offices in Bridge...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

It’s ‘not all doom and gloom’ for the BTL sector, but where are the yield hotspots?

Buy-to-let landlords who have adopted a high yielding investment strategy may be interested in new analysis of the BTL market that...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Top 10 buy-to-let hotspots

Colchester has been identified as the number one place to currently invest for buy-to-let, based on rental yields. The LendInvest BTL Index...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord could have license revoked after tenant disputes legality of eviction

A buy-to-let landlord in Edinburgh, who faces losing his license after evicting a young family, is appealing to his other tenants...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord left with more than £4,000 rent arrears by unscrupulous tenant

A buy-to-let landlord has been left with a major clean-up bill after a tenant from hell trashed his rented home in...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Growing number of people looking to rent in retirement

Private renting has more than doubled over the past 20 years, and young people are by far the most likely age...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s son ordered to pay £1,650 after changing locks over rent arrears

A landlord’s son has been ordered to pay £1,000 compensation to a tenant after changing the locks with her belongings still...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords vote ‘trustworthiness’ as the most important quality in tenants

Every good landlord deserves good tenants, and every good tenant deserves a good home. But what makes a good tenant? Fresh research...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant causes almost £6k worth of damage after refusing to pay rent

A tenant who caused almost £6,000 worth of damage to his rented home after refusing to vacate the flat, despite being...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords accused of ‘illegally’ withholding deposits

Buy-to-let landlords have been accused of “routinely and illegally” withholding deposits from tenants and subjecting many people living in private rented...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents have fallen in real terms over the last decade

The outlook for renters has improved over the past decade, albeit with considerable regional variations, thanks to improved affordability, new figures...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage arrears fall, but concern grows about impact of Universal Credit

The number of buy-to-let mortgages in arrears of 2.5% or more of the outstanding balance dropped in the third quarter of...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Government’s new £2m rogue landlord crackdown is a step in the right direction

Yesterday’s announcement that councils in England are going to be handed an additional £2m in government funding to tackle the small...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents continue to rise across the UK

The average cost of renting a property outside London rose by 1.7% in the 12 months to October, while tenants in...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Aldermore cuts rates on 5-year fixed rate BTL remortgage products

Aldermore has reduced the rates on its buy-to-let five-year fixed remortgage products for individual landlords and company landlords by 0.2%. Individual landlords...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants spend a third of their gross pay on rent

Tenants typically spend a third of their monthly salary before tax on rent, new figures show, but there are wide regional...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Fixed BTL mortgage rates on the rise

Mortgage lenders have increased their fixed rate buy-to-let deals for landlords, according to Property Master. The firm’s mortgage tracker, which follows a...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL lending slumps to way below forecast

Buy-to-let lending for 2018 looks likely to fall well below its estimate of £12bn, as taxes and regulations continue to have an adverse...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

A ban on letting fees will have a ‘significant impact’ on the PRS in Wales

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

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord who ignored Improvement Notices is ordered to pay almost £3,000

Reading Borough Council has won a case against a buy-to-let landlord who allowed his tenants to live in unsafe conditions, despite...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

October’s criteria searches shows fresh appetite for BTL investment opportunities

Knowledge Bank’s Criteria Activity Tracker for October suggests that property remains a popular investment option. In terms of buy-to-let, two of the...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents in central London rise as number of rental homes drops by 18% in a year

Renters in central London now face having to bid against each other, pushing rents up in the process, as a result...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Increasing the ‘financial burden’ faced by landlords is ‘bad news’ for the PRS

This week’s announcement that landlords will need to pay the first £3,500 to make improvements to their properties to ensure they...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Employers face huge staff shortages as workers ‘priced out of housing market’

The increase of London Living Wage to £10.55 per hour and UK Living Wage to £9 per hour has been welcomed...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency rules disadvantage landlords investing in rural homes

Landlords investing in the rural private rented sector face higher costs and fewer options to meet new requirements of minimum energy...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord hit with £21k fine for safety failings

A private landlord from St Helens has been ordered to pay £21,000 after a prosecution by the local council found a...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

More landlords to be forced to improve energy efficiency of their properties

More landlords of the draughtiest homes in England and Wales will be required to upgrade their properties after amendments to regulations...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise by 13.7% by 2023

A shortage of housing supply will push up rents up by an average of 13.7% over the next five years, according...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Strong demand pushes up rents in Scotland

Average rents in Scotland continued their upward trend in the third quarter of the year on the back of strong demand...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Paragon extends BTL range for expat landlords and holiday lets

Paragon has added to its buy-to-let mortgage range to include mortgages for expat landlords with rental property in the UK and...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Eight men found crammed in one-bedroom flat

Eight men were found living in cramped conditions in a one-bedroom flat in east London during a raid by Barking and...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant Fees Bill reaches the committee stage in the House of Lords today

Tenant Fees Bill that will ban most charges set by landlords and letting agents to tenants in England will continue its...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Ban of letting fees will see tenants living in poorest areas pay more – claim

Tenants living in some of the most deprived areas in England will face some of the steepest rent price hikes in...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New measures are “another nail in the coffin for buy-to-let”

Buy-to-let is a lot tougher than it once was. Landlords’ returns have been squeezed by the introduction of the 3% stamp duty...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Council threatened with a judicial review over ‘unlawful’ licensing plan

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has threatened Great Yarmouth Borough Council with a judicial review over ‘unlawful’ licensing plan because it...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

£20m ‘Ponzi’ property scheme shut down

The High Court has shut down a Ponzi scheme operated by a property investment firm after ruling that it was misusing...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New partnership provides out-of-hours repairs services to tenants

AXA Partners and property repairs reporting service Fixflo have joined forces to offer a new emergency and out-of-hours repairs service to...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord uses bridging finance to add to portfolio

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

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Pent-up’ demand continues to give landlords in London the upper hand

Rents in London’s prime property market have increased further, rising by 1.1% in the 12 months to September, as more people...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New property management service targets new business from landlords

MyHomeGroup has launched a new property management service aimed at landlords looking for an alternative to what it says are the...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Hinckley & Rugby scraps maximum age limit

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society has removed all upper age restrictions across its entire mortgage range, including buy-to-let products. Hinkley & Rugby’s...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Fresh calls for restrictions on Airbnb-style rentals to tackle housing shortage

There have been fresh calls for new restrictions on Airbnb and other short-term letting websites in this country, just days after...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New platform allows for careful management of a property portfolio

Building and managing a property portfolio can be daunting, but Arthur Online claims that it has made property management simpler by...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New selective licensing rules come into force today

BTL landlords in parts of Sheffield must now apply to the council for a licence to let their properties after selective licensing...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Changes to the eviction rules now impact older tenancies

Good tenant selection can go a long way to reducing the likelihood that you will have to go through the eviction...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Vernon Building Society launches 5-year fixed rate on its buy-to-let range

Vernon Building Society has launched a new five-year fixed rate deal, as part of its buy-to-let product review. The new product, which...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Strong demand for rental homes as standards ‘higher than ever before’

Buying a property is cheaper than renting in every area of the UK, a recent study found, and yet a growing...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

What are your plumbing responsibilities as a landlord?

Being a landlord demands a high level of commitment, not only to reduce void periods and keep your property marketable but...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord adds to its buy-to-let range

Accord has added to its range of buy-to-let products, including the launch of new cashback options on its two-year fixed rate...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New buy-to-let affordability calculator launched by Magellan Homeloans

A new buy-to-let affordability calculator, which allows brokers to simply input basic borrowing requirements to see the maximum loan available on...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Where does the challenges faced by BTL landlords and lenders end?

Investing in buy-to-let property has long been a lucrative business opportunity for both recreational and professional investors, but could harsh tax...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Autumn Budget delivers ‘another tax hit for landlords’ – industry reaction

Philip Hammond has once again failed to reverse the previous chancellor George Osborne’s deeply unpopular tax reforms that have had far-reaching...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Growth in social media screening highlights need for tenant referencing

Tenant referencing has once again been a topic of hot debate over the past few weeks, following a fresh study that...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property licensing: too many landlords face ‘unnecessary criminal proceedings’

Landlord licensing schemes are popping up all over the UK as local authorities step up their efforts to clampdown on rogue...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Shortage of rental properties continues to push rents up

A continued shortage in the number of rental properties on the market is placing upward pressure on rents across most parts...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

National LIS Awards shortlist announced!

The organisers of the National Landlord Investment Show have announced the shortlist for the 2018 National LIS Awards. The team at Landlord...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Successive tax increases on residential property are ‘ill-conceived and ineffective’

As the Chancellor prepares for today’s Autumn Budget, more residential taxes are widely mooted to be introduced, according to various experts. The...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants set to be handed power to sue landlords over property conditions

Tenants look set to be given more powers to take action against rogue landlords renting out properties “unfit for human habitation”,...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Almost a third of first-time buyers want landlords to sell to long-term tenants

As the Chancellor prepares to deliver his Budget today, research from Aldermore has revealed the measures prospective first-time buyers want put...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Lenders need to keep an eye on BTL landlords with tenants on Universal Credit

Almost two-thirds of private landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit have had problems with non-payment and arrears, according to the latest...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

IPSE backs Vince Cable’s call for halt to Universal Credit roll-out

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) has backed the Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable’s calls for a halt...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Boost for renters as rent payments added to their credit score

Private tenants who pay their rent on time are set to benefit from better credit scores, after Experian said it was...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Almost a third of renters saw rents increase in September

Some 31% of private tenants saw their rent payments rise last month, up from 27% in September 2017 and 24% in...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord database to be made freely available, says PM

Tenants will be offered access to the government’s rogue landlord database under fresh plans unveiled by Theresa May. The Prime Minister was...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for allowing tenants to live among cockroaches, rats and raw sewage

A rogue landlord whose tenants were living in degrading conditions has been ordered to pay £9,000. Housing enforcement officers from Harrow Council...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

3mc launches new exclusive deals with Pepper Money

3mc has teamed up with Pepper Money to launch some new exclusive mortgage products that are up to 0.1% cheaper than...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rented homes are urgently required, so why are landlords ‘underappreciated’?

Private landlords provide a vital service for people looking for housing, and that is why the government is wrong to persecute...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Failure of licensing system allows rogue landlords to ‘operate with impunity’

The government’s attempts to clampdown on rogue landlords have been branded ‘weak and pathetic’, partly due to the vast and complex...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

The Midlands offers the highest buy-to-let yields in England and Wales

Buy-to-let landlords wishing to achieve the highest rental returns need to look at a variety of factors, but one of the...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let product numbers for limited companies double in last year

The number of buy-to-let mortgage deals available to landlords who operate their properties through limited companies has more than doubled in...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents facing first full year of negative growth since the global financial crisis

The UK rental market remained in recession during the third quarter of 2018, the latest figures from The Deposit Protection Service...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords take a ‘long-term performance view of their portfolios’

The reversal of controversial alterations to mortgage interest relief and the scrapping of the 3% stamp duty surcharge on additional properties understandably...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let remortgaging hits all-time high

The proportion of buy-to-let remortgaging hit a record high in the third quarter of the year, as more landlords looked to...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Leeds Building Society launches initial interest-free BTL range

Leeds Building Society has launched a new range of buy-to-let mortgages with an interest rate of 0% for the first three months. The...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Autumn Budget: Can we expect some ‘pre-Halloween’ treats for landlords?

From tax hikes to a fresh raid on pensions tax relief, there are various tricks and treats the Chancellor could have...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents increase across England and Wales, with just London seeing a decrease

The average rent across England and Wales increased by 2.3% in the 12 months to September, reaching an average of £861...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Surge in demand for rental properties in London

There has been a significant increase in demand for rental accommodation in London, according to the latest report from Benham &...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord who gutted a listed manor house ordered to pay £82k

A private landlord who illegally modernised an historic house in Brighton has been told by a judge to pay out more...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Council to pay private landlords £5,000 reward to house tenants

A new landlord reward scheme designed to increase the stock of private rented accommodation in the marketplace in Rochford, Essex, has...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Home movers increasingly reliant on ‘connection, community and convenience’

Home movers, including a growing number of renters, are increasingly reliant on connection, community and convenience when looking at where to...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

West Ham’s former stadium transformed into 842 new homes

A mixed-tenure development of private sale and affordable housing has been launched on the site of West Ham’s former Upton Park...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

No-deal Brexit will not deter most landlords from expanding portfolio

The chances of a no-deal Brexit are looking increasingly likely after EU leaders snubbed Theresa May’s latest compromise offer, but that...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lenders slammed for preventing landlords renting to benefit claimants

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has raised serious concerns that the majority of buy-to-let lenders are preventing landlords renting property to...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Grants of up to £25,500 offered to landlords to restore empty homes

Private landlords are being offered money to help encourage them to restore their empty homes in the London borough of Barnet.  Empty...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Kensington Mortgages extends limited time offer

Kensington Mortgages has extended its limited time offer across its range of buy-to-let and residential products until Monday 5th November. The buy-to-let...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord fined for breaching his licence

A landlord in County Durham has been ordered to pay just over £450 for breaching his licence. Matthew Snowdon, of Cows Hill...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit sends rent arrears soaring

The number of people seeking advice over rent arrears has increased by 47% over the past five years due primarily to...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let shifting towards an era of professionalism

Two years on from sweeping tax reforms to the buy-to-let sector, the industry is rapidly shifting towards professional landlords, according to...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government releases £400m for cladding upgrades

The government has released the first tranche of an estimated £400m to fund the removal and replacement of unsafe cladding on...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords to be offered training to deal with hike in rent arrears

Rent arrears are a real concern for a number of landlords across the UK, especially as it can have a significant...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

TMW announces BTL changes

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has announced changes to its buy-to-let mortgage range, which it says will offer landlords greater flexibility. These changes...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New no deposit scheme aims to create a ‘stress-free experience’ for landlords

homes4u is the latest letting agency to sign up to the Zero Deposit scheme, a tenant’s deposit replacement product, designed to...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Growth in London’s luxury market slows sharply amid uncertainty

Growth in demand for super-prime properties in prime central London has slowed significantly, fresh data shows. According to Knight Frank, the number...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

What is pre-referencing and why it will make your life easier?

How many times has a potential tenant failed referencing? Too many times is probably your answer. This frustrating scenario ultimately arises because...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Aldermore announce changes to BTL proposition

Aldermore has updated its proposition for buy-to-let and residential mortgages. The specialist bank has made several changes to its criteria, including lowering...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord who kept 23 people in overcrowded conditions fined £7,500

A landlord in Ilford, Essex, who allowed 23 people to live in overcrowded conditions has been fined £7,500. Tenants in a house...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Five-year fixed rates drop to record low

The average rate on a five-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage has fallen to an all-time low of 3.4%, the latest figures...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Taxes on buy-to-let landlords have ‘made no difference to rents’

The rise in the number of buy-to-let landlords quitting the buy-to-let sector in response to a raft of tax and regulatory...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords accused of being involved in a ‘billion-pound scandal’

The government is being urged to take action to clampdown on landlords that fail to protect tenants’ deposits in an approved...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rise in remortgaging shows ‘landlords remain committed to the market’

Many landlords remain committed to the buy-to-let sector despite government interventions and a wider housing slowdown, new figures show. Despite the adverse...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

LetHQ launches new rent guarantee service

LetHQ has launched a new rent guarantee service to help safeguard landlords from losing out on rental income. Unpaid rent and rent...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let continues to offer ‘long-term benefits’ for investors

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

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp decline in buy-to-let purchases since 2015

Buy-to-let investors spent £12.1bn on new buy-to-let purchases during the first half of 2018, down 30% on three years ago, fresh...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental prices continue to ‘gradually pick up’

A number of tenants have been hit by rent rises over the past 12 months as landlords respond to extra taxes...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers in the driver’s seat as buy-to-let property sales fade

The price of small properties across many parts of the country has dropped largely because landlord purchases are down, offering fresh...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Managing agent fined £26k for cramming 16 tenants into family home

A rogue managing agent of an overcrowded house of multiple occupation (HMO) in east London has been fined £26,000 for breaches...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in rent arrears involving tenants on Universal Credit

Universal Credit was described by one national newspaper as an ‘ill-conceived shambles’ over the weekend, after former prime ministers Gordon Brown...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

LGBT activists hold ‘kiss-in’ protest after landlord allegedly rejected female couple

LGBT charities and activists staged a ‘kiss-in’ protest outside a north London letting agency last week after a lesbian couple were denied...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government announces plans to improve property agent standards

New plans to raise standards across the property agent sector have been unveiled by the housing minister Heather Wheeler. A new working...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

RentPassport and DepositFree insurance trial to take place in Scotland

Canopy, the UK property rental market app has teamed up with Rettie & Co. to trial RentPassport and DepositFree insurance at...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let yields rise as landlords increase rents

The returns made by buy-to-let landlords rose across the UK as investors increase rates to counter tax relief cuts, new figures...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Autumn Budget: What’s in store for BTL landlords?

Several ideas have been floated as potential proposals in this month’s Budget, including financial incentives for those offering longer tenancies. But...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents up 1.7% in a year, says HomeLet

The average cost of renting a property in the UK rose by 1.7% in the 12 months to September, according to...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Fleet Mortgages launches fixed rate buy-to-let products

Fleet Mortgages has launched a range of fixed-fee mortgage products across its standard, limited company and HMO or multi-unit block sectors. The...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property podcast provides educational content and discussion for landlords

Despite a challenging period for landlords, characterised by tax and regulatory changes, buy-to-let remains a popular choice, supported by record-low mortgage...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Future elections expected to be influenced powerfully by private renters

Recent changes in legislation, as part of government policy to encourage first-time buyers and owner-occupier purchases, have led to a tax...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Where in London has seen the biggest surge in rental returns over the past year?

Rental yields in London have increased over the past 12 months and the signs are that they could rise further moving...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Most tenants don’t want three-year tenancies, survey shows

Six out of 10 renters want tenancies of 12 months or less, a new AXA survey suggests. The government, which wants to...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents look set to rise as demand outstrips supply

Rental prices in the UK look set to increase as demand for property continue to rise, but the number of homes...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government launches £20m fund to help homeless into private rented homes

Thousands of vulnerable people facing homelessness look set to benefit from a new £20m initiative designed to help them secure a private...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Croydon becomes first council to support campaign to scrap Section 21

Croydon Council has become the first local authority to support calls to scrap the so-called ‘no fault’ evictions in order to...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords being encouraged to re-evaluate mortgage position

Do you know how much you could save by switching mortgages? Research from Property Master reveals that landlords on standard variable...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government changes leading to ‘confusion among tenants’

More than half - 53% - of tenants in this country do not understand their rights and new regulations brought in...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landbay partners with Julian Harris to ‘support’ landlords in ‘new world of BTL’

Landbay has partnered with Julian Harris Adviser Network to provide more mortgage brokers and their landlord clients with access to its...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Hamilton Fraser named ‘Best Landlord Insurance Provider’ at prestigious awards

Hamilton Fraser Total Landlord Insurance has scooped the ‘Best Landlord Insurance Provider’ for the second consecutive year at the Insurance Choice...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New landlords association urges Chancellor to reverse BTL tax changes

Philip Hammond is coming under increasing pressure to reverse draconian tax changes applying to buy-to-let landlords. A number of landlords have been...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

EU citizens could face repeat of Windrush scandal post-Brexit, says RLA

EU citizens living in the UK are at risk of facing some of the same difficulties caused for the Windrush generation...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Conservative think tank is wrong in its call for landlords to ‘disinvest from the sector’

Proposals drawn up by Conservative think tank Onward to allow existing buy-to-let properties to be eligible for 100% capital gains tax...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Goodlord secures additional funding to help simplify renting process

PropTech startup Goodlord, which offers cloud-based software to help letting agents, landlords and tenants manage the rental process, has raised £7m...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent calculator: Find the rental value of your property

If you are thinking about adding to your property portfolio or remortgaging an existing buy-to-let property, it can be a helpful...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords could be offered tax incentive for longer tenancies

The government is considering plans to provide financial incentives for those offering longer tenancies, according to the Sunday Times. The government is...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ban on letting fees moves a step closer

The next stage of the Tenants’ Fees Bill through Parliament will be a Second Reading in the House of Lords this...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord launches buy-to-let tax guide for landlords

A new guide to help brokers navigate recent and upcoming tax changes with their landlord clients’ has been launched by Accord...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Manchester United’s Old Trafford to host major investment show tomorrow

The 60th National Landlord Investment Show will take place at Manchester United FC’s Old Trafford this week. The event, which will take...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Kensington reduces two-year fix

Kensington Mortgages has cut rates across selected buy-to-let for a limited time only. The lender’s two-year fixed rate buy-to-let product at 75%...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords should be offered tax incentives for longer tenancies, says RLA

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling for tax reforms to encourage and support more landlords to offer longer tenancies. In its...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Young renters forced to pay “unaffordable” level of rent

Two-thirds of Britain is effectively off-limits to many young people who want to rent a property of their own, a new...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year tenancy plans could deter a third of BTL landlords

One third of landlords say they would be less likely to acquire property if three-year tenancies are made compulsory, according to...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord launches new scheme that helps tenants ‘get onto the property ladder’

Tenants paid a record £51.6bn last year in rent to private sector landlords - more than twice the total bill a decade ago...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Vida Homeloans expands into Scotland

Mortgage products offered by Vida Homeloans are now available to buy-to-let landlords in Scotland. The specialist lender’s offerings, which are available to...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Upward pressure on rents in prime central London as supply falls

Rents in London’s prime property market rose again in August as market conditions in the capital improved to levels not seen...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Student landlords forced to deduct money from tenants’ deposits

Almost a quarter of students lost part of their rental deposit when they left their accommodation at the end of the...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New HMO rules: have you got the right finance in place?

It is estimated that around 160,000 properties will be affected by the new rules governing Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), which...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

BM Solutions scraps fees across its BTL range

BM Solutions will no longer charge a mortgage account fee of £295 on products across its buy-to-let purchase and remortgage range. In...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents raise more than £26k for children’s charity

Over 200 letting agents assembled in Heathrow last month to raise more than £26,000 for children’s charity.   The two-day event, called Agent...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Liverpool is ideal for BTL investors looking for ‘lucrative long-term rental returns’

Liverpool has once again been highlighted as an ideal destination for buy-to-let landlords seeking solid rental returns, this time by an...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Hackney Council targets dodgy landlords with licensing

Landlords with property in Hackney, east London, should be aware that following a consultation earlier this year Hackney Council has now...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue agent and companies slapped with a £60k fine for unlicensed HMO

A rogue agent and two lettings companies in north west London have been heavily fined for operating a dangerous unlicensed house...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landbay expands product criteria for BTL landlords

Landbay has enhanced and expanded its product criteria for buy-to-let landlords. The lender has increased its maximum loan size from £1m to...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Free conference for landlords in Croydon

Buy-to-let landlords with properties in Croydon, south London, are being invited to attend a free conference being run this week by...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants leave property in a disgusting state before fleeing owing £1,700 rent

A landlord was handed a huge cleaning bill after his house was left in a horrific and disgusting state. The landlord was...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

A third of tenants claim their landlord hasn’t put deposit in a protection scheme

Thousands of buy-to-let landlords are breaking the law by not putting their tenant’s deposit into a government-backed deposit tenancy deposit protection...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Middlesborough Council to extend licensing scheme to additional ward

Middlesborough Council is hoping to clampdown on unscrupulous landlords operating in the Newport ward, particularly in and around the Gresham area,...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

All letting agents in Scotland must now be registered

All letting agents in Scotland must now be signed up to a new register in order to trade legally. The Letting Agent...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined almost £3k for overcrowded house

An unscrupulous landlord who crammed six families into a three-bedroom house has been ordered to pay just under £3,000 by a...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory licensing for HMOs is extended

Changes to mandatory Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing come into force in England today, requiring properties with five or more...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Changes to Section 21 eviction notices from today

From today, all BTL landlords in England with Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs), regardless of their start date, will need to comply...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Philip Hammond urged to scrap stamp duty and CGT surcharges

The Chancellor Philip Hammond may have only announced last week that the Autumn Budget will take place on Monday 29 October,...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords could earn an extra £72 a month by allowing tenants to decorate

Landlords could potentially earn more than £850 extra a year in rental income by permitting their tenants to decorate their homes, according...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Early bird tickets now on sale for RLA’s next Future Renting Conference

Early bird tickets are now on sale for the Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) next Future Renting Conference in Cardiff. The one-day conference,...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Average rents hit new record-high

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes in August increased to an all-time high of 40%, up from 31% a month...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Why your next property investment should be in Birmingham

Birmingham, a metropolitan borough and major city located in the West Midlands, has been awarded the title of the 6th best...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More than 20 men found crammed into ‘slum-like’ three-bedroom house

More than 20 men were discovered living in cramped conditions in a three-bedroom house in north-west London during a raid by...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental yields remain higher in Scotland than in England and Wales

The average buy-to-let investor in Scotland enjoyed an annual yield of 4.7% in August, which compares favourably to returns found in England...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Clydesdale Bank refreshes buy-to-let range

Clydesdale Bank has launched two new buy-to-let deals and cut rates on existing products by up to 0.2%. The two new BTL...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Are you ready for changes to Section 21 notices, from next week?

Buy-to-let landlords need to prepare themselves for changes to the Section 21 Notice coming into force next week. On 1st October 2018,...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Chancellor urged to use Autumn Budget to ‘encourage’ investment in the PRS

Philip Hammond is being urged to use his Autumn Budget, which will take place on 29 October, to support investment in...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

TMW cuts BTL rates and expands limited company offering

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has reduced rates on selected buy-to-let mortgages by up to 0.65%, as well as expand its limited...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Where is the best place to retire?

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

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour ‘hell-bent’ on dragging the UK rental sector backwards

Labour’s plans to scrap legislation permitting private landlords to evict tenants without reason has been slammed by a leading letting agency...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Shortage of homes continuing to drive up rents in England and Wales

The average rent across England and Wales has increased by 2.6% in the last 12 months, hitting an average of £861...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

No sign of ‘mass landlord exodus’ from BTL market

Fears that regulatory changes will pave the way for an exodus from the buy-to-let market may be a little premature, according...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Fire safety knowledge improves but more needs to be done

Fire safety knowledge in the private rented sector has improved over the past 12 months but there is still significant room...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Less than a week for letting agents in Scotland to apply for mandatory register

Buy-to-let landlords in Scotland are being reminded that new rules have been introduced which affect the way letting agencies are able...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour wants to offer private tenants greater power

Labour plans to abolish legislation permitting private landlords to evict tenants without giving a reason. Section 21 notices, which have been in...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Deadline to register for self-assessment is next week

If as a landlord you are not yet in the self-assessment tax system then you need to register for tax self-assessment...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Concern grows over unregistered landlords of HMOs

With just a few days left until changes to mandatory HMO licensing are introduced, there is growing concern that many landlords...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord cleared of assault

A buy-to-let landlord who pushed a council employee out of one of his properties in Blackpool has been cleared of assault. Landlord...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Newcastle Intermediaries slashes buy-to-let rates

Newcastle Intermediaries has reduced rates on its range of buy-to-let products by up to 0.64% with competitive rates now starting from...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords at risk of hefty fines if they miss next week’s HMO deadline

Landlords of HMOs are being urged to get licensed before changes to mandatory HMO licensing are introduced next week to avoid...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

London rents rising amid shortage of properties

Rent prices in London are forecast to see strong growth following a significant drop in the number of homes available to rent...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Fire Door Safety Week: Landlords must recognise their fire safety obligations

Less than one in five BTL landlords have contacted with their tenants regarding basic fire safety precautions since the Grenfell Tower...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

TSB reduces buy-to-let rates by up to 0.3%

TSB has cut rates on selected two-, three- and five-year fixed rate buy-to-let purchase and remortgage products. Two-year fixed rates between 60%...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agent that failed to pass on rent expelled by TPO

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has expelled TeesSurveyors Lettings Ltd (TSL) from the scheme for failing to pay awards totalling just over...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords can get up to 21% more rent for a furnished property, research shows

While the cost difference between furnished and unfurnished rentals varies across the country, generally speaking you can typically expect to receive...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New HMO rules to cost landlords an extra £79m

Changes to mandatory Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing coming into force in England on 1 October 2018 will collectively cost...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government’s housebuilding plans are insufficient to tackle housing crisis

The government remains committed to building more new homes, but their target of 300,000 a year is unlikely to be met. Sky-high...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

TPO expels agent that treated rent and tenant deposits as their own money

A letting agency in Isleworth, West London, which was recently penalised for a number of offences, has been expelled from The...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent fined £50k for breaching safety regulations in unlicensed property

SDV HQ Limited, trading as Sterling de Vere, has been ordered to pay more than £50,000 after letting an overcrowded flat...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords losing money by selling properties tenant free

More than £500m worth of rental income is lost annually in this country because buy-to-let landlords are often encouraged to sell...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

PRS housing standards are up, but there’s still room for improvement

Standards in the private rented sector have got better as buy-to-let landlords respond to a flurry of legislation aimed at improving...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

It’s time to suspend ‘unfair’ Right to Rent scheme, says RLA

The Home Office is to reconvene its Private Rented Sector (PRS) stakeholder panel on Right to Rent. The government plans to take...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental market activity remained sluggish in August

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

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New landlord licensing scheme announced in Brighton

Brighton and Hove Council has given the go-ahead for new selective landlord licensing to be introduced across 12 wards in the...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems want to introduce mandatory licences for private landlords

The Liberal Democrats once again called for the introduction of mandatory licensing for PRS homes as well as a publicly available...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Almost half of private tenants would prefer deposit-free renting

Close to half of private renters would like to see tenant deposits scrapped and replaced with deposit protection insurance, according to...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £4,000 and do 100 hours community service

A buy-to-let landlord has been handed a two-year suspended sentence, ordered to pay more than £4,000 and given 100 hours of...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Less than two weeks until new HMO rules are introduced

Buy-to-let landlords must prepare for new licensing laws for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) to ensure that they do not fall...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Growing number of landlords using low-cost referencing app

We all know that landlords must carry out a series of vigorous checks on prospective tenants before letting a property, as...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Gas Safety Week: Tips for staying gas safe

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

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More landlords are using social media to screen prospective tenants

A growing number of landlords are turning to social media to garner more information about rental applicants, according to the latest...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

IPSE calls on government to halt Universal Credit rollout

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) is the latest organisation to call on the government to immediately pause...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Council plans to clampdown on rogue landlords

Great Yarmouth Borough Council has vowed to clampdown on rogue landlords who allow tenants to live in poor housing standards in...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Barclays reduces buy-to-let fees

Barclays hopes to attract new business from landlords by remaining competitive in their buy-to-let pricing. The bank, which has reduced rates across...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New rents edge up throughout the UK

Rental prices continued to rise in August, albeit marginally, new figures show. The average rent agreed on a new tenancy signed last...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More tenants are renewing their contracts instead of moving

Tenants are adopting a longer-term view to renting property, with more private renters looking to renew their existing contracts, new research...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental market is in recession, says The DPS

The UK rental market is in recession for the first time since the global financial crisis, according to The Deposit Protection...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb property management firm expands beyond London

Airbnb property management firm, Air Agents, has expanded from London into Bristol and Bath. With almost three million tourists visiting Bristol and...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More than a third of tenants don’t know how to claim their deposit back

A high number of private tenants do not know how to claim their deposit back, a new survey has revealed. Research by...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

MP calls for action over rent-for-sex cases

The government is once again being urged to introduce fresh legislation to outlaw the ‘despicable’ practice of sex-for-rent deals. Speaking in the...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing fund plans to invest heavily in the PRS

The Multifamily Housing REIT, a regional UK private rented sector (PRS) property group, is planning to compete against buy-to-let landlords in...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Top university towns for buy-to-let revealed

Many buy-to-let landlords like the idea of investing in student housing, as it is considered to be a serious and lucrative...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent fined more than £32k over unsafe tiny room

A managing agent has been fined more than £30,000 for allowing a tenant to occupy an unsafe tiny room behind a...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £5k for failing to improve condition of BTL property

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined £5,000 for letting a property with a number of hazards that could have endangered the...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lenders adjust rates ‘upwards’ following Bank rate increase

A number of lenders have now passed on the recent interest rate hike to mortgage customers, which means that borrowers, including...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government’s tax changes have led to the ‘sledgehammering of the BTL industry’

Activity in the buy-to-let market dropped further in July as a result of government interventions and a wider housing slowdown, new...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Trading standards looking to clamp down on rogue landlords and letting agents

Trading Standards services in London are warning landlords and letting agents to ensure that they comply with the law and not...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords continue to see ‘the worth in property investment’

The number of buy-to-let landlords acquiring new properties continues to tumble as recent tax changes bite, but property remains a viable...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord banned from renting out property that lacked ‘basic standards’

An unscrupulous landlord whose tenants were living in degrading and hazardous conditions has been banned from renting out his property. Several complaints...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending continues to fall as landlords back out of market

Tax and regulation changes continue to have an adverse impact on the buy-to-let market, with the value of mortgages taken out...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New blockchain database to track changes in the PRS

Citylets has adopted blockchain technology to help track and store rental data in Scotland.   The Scottish property rental portal has teamed...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Ask The Landlord’ platform launched to provide tenants with ‘help’ and ‘advice’

Private landlords are offering their expertise to the increasing number of renters in this country, as part of a new campaign...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New PRS scheme aimed at buy-to-let investors

Buy-to-let landlords potentially interested in investing in the Midlands may wish to check out a new PRS investment scheme being launched...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

The RLA’s next Future Renting Conference takes place tomorrow

The Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) next Future Renting Conference takes places in London tomorrow. The one-day conference, which will be held at...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landmark report criticises government’s failed PRS policies

The government’s private rented sector policies are failing tenants, mainly because they are ‘not joined up or thought through’, a new...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Fire safety regulations: are you aware of your responsibilities as a landlord?

As a landlord, it goes without saying that you must keep the property you provide your tenants with safe and free...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords ‘have no place in the market’, says RLA

Councils must do more to root out unscrupulous landlords that give the sector a bad name, according to the Residential Landlords...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Keystone relaunches as a specialist BTL lender

Keystone Property Finance has relaunched its specialist buy-to-let offering and is now well placed to lend to landlords borrowing both personally...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

 My London Home’s lettings book to rebrand as Stirling Ackroyd

If you own a house or flat in London, there is a fair chance that you may have heard of, and...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Where is the strongest performing BTL market in prime central London?

Rental yields in prime central London are typically among the lowest in the UK, but that does not mean that there...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More than half of landlords optimistic about the future of the BTL market

Going by press headlines, it would be easy to imagine that buy-to-let landlords in the UK are struggling to keep going...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord reduces rates on BTL products

Accord has cut its buy-to-let mortgage rates by up to 0.25% in an effort to attract more business from landlords, particularly...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Where in the UK are the most vegetarian friendly properties to rent?

There has been a sharp rise in vegans and vegetarians in this country in recent years, with more people than ever...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

London letting agent partners with Vue Cinemas offering landlords free tickets

Throughout September, Draker in partnership with Vue Cinemas will be offering two free cinema tickets to all the letting agency’s landlords. There...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents record biggest month-on-month rise in over two years

Rents have had their biggest monthly increase for 28 months, led by gains in the East Midlands, according to the latest...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £177,000 for putting tenants at risk

A neglectful landlord, who allowed his tenants to occupy a property without working smoke alarms, a lack of sufficient fire doors...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent disappears owing landlords thousands of pounds in rent

A letting agent in Newmarket has disappeared owing landlords thousands of pounds in rent. The head of Smart Residential, Frank Smart, was...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Over-65s have gained £45.7bn of property wealth in a year

Retired homeowners have gained £9,744 each on average in property wealth over the past 12 month despite uncertainty in the property market,...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Here are some useful tips when doing an end of tenancy clean yourself

Having a cleaning checklist to ensure your property is in a good condition is important for both landlords and tenants. End of...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government scraps plans to introduce three-year tenancies

The government appears to have scrapped proposals that will give tenants a minimum three-year contract. According to an article in The Sun...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords face losing millions as government cracks down on letting fees

Landlords are set to lose out on millions of pounds through a clampdown on rental fees after the government yesterday announced...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Cleaning is still the biggest cause of deposit disputes

Cleaning has once again been identified as the most common cause of a tenancy deposit dispute in the private rented property...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Kent Reliance cuts rates on 5-year fixed rate BTL products

Kent Reliance has reduced the cost of its five-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages in an effort to attract more business from...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Zoopla and OTM’s rental listings are now available to view on Facebook

With the majority of people’s property searches beginning online, most landlords would naturally expect to see their rental properties listed on...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Top 10 student buy-to-let hotspots

Student property remains one of the most lucrative investments available to landlords, with sky-high yields of almost 12% currently on offer. With...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New homes desperately needed for growing number of life-long renters

While most private renters in the UK aspire to buy property, the reality is that many people simply cannot afford to...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords divided over their future

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

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New partnership enables tenants to add rental payments to their credit history

CreditLadder has joined forces with Bud to help tenants use rental payment history in credit scoring, with a view to helping...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgages for Business now automating BTL applications

Mortgages for Business is now automating the buy-to-let application submission process with lenders Kent Reliance and Paragon. The broker’s advisors will no...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed suspended sentence after failing to maintain gas appliances

A landlord from Blackburn has been fined after failing to maintain gas appliances at his rental properties in Norwich. Norwich Magistrates’ Court...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords and letting agents turn to SAL to cope with regulation changes

There has been a significant increase in the number of landlords and letting agents joining Scotland’s largest membership organisation for landlords. The...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

House of Commons briefing paper on tenancy deposit schemes published

A briefing paper on tenancy deposit schemes has been published by the House of Commons ahead of the Report Stage and...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

RLA launches new training academy for landlords

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has launched a new training academy to help landlords better manage their property portfolios. There are various...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Magellan Homeloans introduces buy-to-let products

Magellan Homeloans has extended its range of products with the launch of new buy-to-let mortgages. The new BTL mortgage products, which are...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined heavily for allowing tenants to live in atrocious conditions

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay more than £37,000 for allowing tenants to live in what inspectors described as...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Are landlord licensing schemes actually a good idea?

Licensing schemes can serve purposes which are indisputably genuine and valid. They can, however, also be used as money-making schemes, particularly...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rented housing chief confirmed as speaker at landlord conference

The deputy director the private rented sector in the Ministry of Housing, Anne Frost, has been confirmed as one of the...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Buyer activity remains ‘pretty depressed’ as more people look to rent

There has been a further decline in the number of people looking to buy property, as reflected by the Bank of...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Security advice for student landlords

As a new intake of students look forward to starting university, the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) has issued new advice to...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing being considered in Stoke-on-Trent

People in Stoke-on-Trent are being invited to have their say on city council plans to designate 14 areas under ‘selective licensing...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Barclays cuts buy-to-let rates

Barclays has reduced its buy-to-let rates, with two-year fixed rate deals now starting from 1.5% up to 60% loan-to-value (LTV). There is...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Dudley BS increases maximum loan amount on expat products

Dudley Building Society has increased maximum expat loan-to-values to 70% on its buy-to-let product with a rate of 3.99%. Early repayment charges...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

More than £1,000 of rent recovered from rogue landlord in landmark case

An unscrupulous landlord who forced a tenant to live in appalling conditions has been ordered to repay more than £1,000 in...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New Forest council calls on private landlords to help reduce homelessness

Rough sleeping in England has sadly increased for the seventh consecutive year, official figures show, and now New Forest District Council...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £10k for illegally evicting tenant

A private tenant was shocked when he returned home to find the locks to his rental property had been changed and...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

RLA hires new chief executive

Andrew Dixon, formerly of Tesco, Boots and Procter & Gamble, has joined the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) as the organisation’s new...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

NatWest reduces BTL rates by 0.5%

NatWest has cut rates across its buy-to-let ranges by up to 0.5%. Two-year fixed rate buy-to-let products now start from 2.77% at...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental demand continues to increase, but supply dwindles

The number of prospective tenants looking for new homes to rent has increased to the highest level seen since September 2017,...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to stop ‘penalising’ BTL landlords

The government must move now to start supporting those that invest in the private rented sector or risk seeing significantly more...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Home ownership is the ‘ultimate goal’ for young adults

The chances of a young adult owning a home in this country has dropped dramatically over the past two decades due...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants sub-let house in west London for £835-a-night without landlord’s consent

The owner of a three-bedroom house in west London has not received a penny in rent despite her property being sub-let,...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent guarantee insurance provide landlords with ‘peace of mind’

Unpaid rent and rent arrears are a constant concern for landlords as they can cause major financial problems.   To help safeguard landlords...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords need to be able to ‘regain their property’ when things go wrong

A proposal to scrap Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, the clause which allows landlords to evict tenants without cause, would...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords offload almost 4,000 properties a month

Landlords are selling close to 4,000 buy-to-let properties a month resulting in the first recorded fall in the number of rental...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants who complain almost twice as likely to be evicted, says Citizens Advice

Private renters who complain to their landlord about problems at their rental property, including issues such as damp and mould, are...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancy plans appear to be a ‘political move’ aimed at the renter vote

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has once again voiced its opposition to plans to introduce mandatory three year tenancies. Responding to the...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords maintain BTL ‘portfolio sizes’ - Foundation Home Loans

The UK housing market continued to slow last month as reflected by a drop in new mortgage lending, with many buy-to-let...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords selling up in droves, says Belvoir

There has been a significant increase in the number of buy-to-let landlords selling up, along with a notable reduction in the...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Major regional difference in landlord ‘experience and buying habits’

Buy-to-let landlords in the Midlands continue to invest in the sector on the back of a ‘positive outlook’, but elsewhere in...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Almost one in ten people want to invest in buy-to-let property

With savers receiving appalling returns from banks and building societies, many people are unsurprising still interested in investing in buy-to-let as...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing raid finds 15 men living in two-bedroom north London bungalow

Brent Council officers discovered 15 men crammed inside a two-bedroom bungalow during an enforcement raid yesterday morning. Tenants were found sleeping on...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Aldermore launches new 5-year fixed rate BTL product for individual landlords

Aldermore has launched a new buy-to-let remortgage product for individual landlords. The five-year fixed rate deal, on offer for a limited period,...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

There is a misconception that most BTL landlords are wealthy

There are around 2.4 million landlords in the UK, but what are the characteristics of the average buy-to-let investor? Two thirds of...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Average age of buy-to-let investors drops 10 years

The average age of new landlords acquiring property to let has dropped by 10 years since 2014, according to yieldit. Having analysed...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Housebuilders looking to profit from Generation Rent

Property developers are looking to profit from the growing number of private renters by investing further in purpose-built rental accommodation. The Build...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Tourist surge boosts demand for holiday lets in the UK

The UK’s tourism sector is going from strength to strength with growing visits by foreigners in the country, and the increasing...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Leeds refreshes two-year buy-to-let tracker range

Leeds Building Society has refreshed its range of two-year buy-to-let tracker products. The lender’s new tracker rates now start at 1.29% up...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Why would landlords want rent in arrears when they can get paid up front?

Thousands of private landlords across the country understandably reject housing benefit claimants despite accusations that they are discriminating against those on...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

How Brexit could impact the buy-to-let market

On 29 March 2019, the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union (EU). Despite the profound significance of this event,...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Greater demand for two-year fixed rate deals

Demand for two-year fixed deals rose in the second quarter of the year ahead of the highly-anticipated rise in interest rates...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £5k for safety failings

A landlord has been ordered to pay just over £5,000 after admitting safety failings at a fire-hit house in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. Lawrence...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

TBMC and Precise team up to launch buy-to-let refurbishment product

TBMC has joined forces with Precise Mortgages to pilot a new buy-to-let refurbishment product. The product includes initial bridging finance up to...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

A fifth of landlords plan to remain in buy-to-let indefinitely

One in five landlords plan to stay in the buy-to-let market indefinitely, with the same number of portfolio landlords foreseeing the...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let market to remain subdued until 2021

The buy-to-let market is expected to remain subdued for the next three years mired by tax changes and tougher mortgage lending...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: Average rent in top ranked university towns and cities

The student buy-to-let market continues to offer landlords the potential of good returns. Research by Totally Money suggests that student property is...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Investec launches 10-year fix buy-to-let mortgage at 3.69%

Investec Private Bank is offering landlords the opportunity to lock into low interest rates for a decade, after the lender launched...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Quarterly bridging lending dips but short-term finance still proves helpful

There was a marginal decline in bridging lending in the second quarter of the year, with bridging lending falling by 6.6%...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government must work with landlords on longer tenancy plans, says RLA

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has reacted furiously to growing speculation that the government will press ahead with its plans to...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Female investors prefer lower risk investments ‘like real estate’

Astute property investors generally look to compound wealth over time, recognising that over-ambition can often lead to excessive risk, not to...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government-backed scheme aims to improve standards in the short-let sector

Short-let landlords, including those that list properties on Airbnb, will be able to apply for national accreditation from next month, as...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants to be consulted over Scottish rent restrictions proposal

Landlords and tenants across Scotland will be consulted over plans to impose rent restrictions north of the border. Scottish Labour wants to...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New scheme provides ‘opportunity’ for tenants to acquire property

The government’s decision to launch a £200m pilot scheme last week to extend Right to Buy to housing association tenants -...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Renting to students provide ‘some of the best yields in the country’

Student property is one of the best investments available at the moment, thanks to high demand for student housing ahead of...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Investors are starting to think twice about investing in buy-to-let

The attraction of buy-to-let is starting to wane as far as some people are concerned due to a series of recent...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Have some local authorities been charging too much for HMO licenses?

Buy-to-let landlords could have grounds to challenge HMO licensing fees which could save them hundreds of pounds each year, according to...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New electrical regulation ‘can only be seen as a positive’

Landlords generally believe that many recent regulation changes have gone too far and want to see the government rethink the swathes...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Investors target ‘long term investments’ amid ‘short-term uncertainty’

A number of buy-to-let investors continue to acquire properties under the hammer despite recent tax hikes and significant political uncertainty, but...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Long-term property investment should see BTL landlords ‘come out on top’

Higher taxes, tougher mortgage lending conditions, along with political and economic uncertainty are making investment in buy-to-let less attractive to many existing and potential...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental market activity slows for the summer

There was a drop in the number of properties ‘let’ last month, while there was also a decline in the number...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Is it time to consider investing in student buy-to-let property?

Over recent times, politicians of all persuasions have been increasingly vocal about their sympathy for the plight of renters. So far,...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

The UK housing market is ‘struggling to gain momentum’, especially in London

UK house price growth has slowed to the lowest level since August 2013, according to the latest data from the Office...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Precise Mortgages launches into holiday buy-to-let market

Precise Mortgages has launched into the holiday buy-to-let market and enhanced criteria for its multi-unit range. The specialist lender decided to make...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Majority of landlords ‘remain positive about the future’ of the BTL sector

More than half of UK landlords are now feeling optimistic about the existing buy-to-let environment, and the opportunity it presents. The industry...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Which university towns offer the best buy-to-let returns?

Durham has been identified as the number one destination in a new survey looking at which university towns offer the best...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage intermediaries forecast a more stable outlook for buy-to-let business

The level of landlord business looks set to stabilise over the next 12 months, according to Paragon’s latest Financial Adviser Confidence...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News