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Landlord incentivises needed to ‘stop rents from spiralling out of control’

The government must start to provide financial incentives for buy-to-let landlords prepared to offer longer tenancies or risk seeing rents soar,...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Pervert landlord installed cameras in tenants’ rooms to film them having sex

A disgusting landlord has been ordered to pay a £5,000 fine plus £500 in costs, and handed 100 hours of unpaid...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenancy overhaul in Scotland is starting to ‘unnerve investors’

Buy-to-let landlords are leaving the private rented sector north of the border in their droves as a direct result of Scottish...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Reforming the deposit system offers no greater protection, says mydeposits boss

The chief executive officer of mydeposits, Eddie Hooker, has defended the current system of deposit protection schemes following criticisms from Which?.   The consumer group...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £2,000 for failing to comply with an improvement notice

A private landlord in St Leonards has been fined £2,000 for failing to comply with an improvement notice.   Hastings Borough Council decided...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Higher taxes deter overseas based buy-to-let investors

The proportion of let properties in the UK that are owned by overseas landlords has dropped dramatically, according to new figures. The...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Broken’ tenant deposit system is forcing tenants into debt, says Which?

The existing tenant deposit system is “broken” and in desperate need of reform after a new report revealed that one in...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord fined £20k after house fire

A now former landlord has been fined £20,000 for putting the lives of five residents at risk after a broke out...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord to be prosecuted after 31 beds found in ‘appalling’ three-bedroom house

A landlord faces prosecution after police found he had squeezed 31 beds into a very overcrowded three-bedroom house that had just...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

LendInvest launches exclusive 5-year fix through Buy to Let Club

LendInvest has launched an exclusive five-year fixed rate product for intermediaries through Buy to Let Club.   The new deal, available on loans...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Top 10 best places to be a landlord at the moment

Bootle in Merseyside has been named the best place to currently be a buy-to-let landlord, based on a number of key...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp decline in properties to let placing upward pressure on rents

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

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

EU citizens could be evicted from their rental homes in Britain, warns RLA

Thousands of EU nationals could inadvertently lose their rental homes due uncertainty about their status post-Brexit, according to the Residential Landlords...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent legal challenge date set for December

The government’s controversial Right to Rent scheme, which forces landlords to undertake immigration checks on prospective tenants, is to be challenged in...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords told to weed out illegal cannabis farms

With an increasing numbers of rental properties being targeted by gangs of cannabis cultivators looking to house their criminal activities, it...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

A number of landlords subsidise good tenants by renting at below market rates

Rent increases during the last five years have been less than initially perceived, tracking the retail price index (RPI) in England...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord told to pay £12k compensation after burning tenant’s belongings

A landlord who burnt his tenant’s possessions has been ordered to pay £12,000 compensation. Buy-to-let investor Tyrone Holmes, of Kensington Grove in...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New online fire safety course for landlords

Private landlords looking for fresh fire safety guidance can now gain access to an online fire safety course that has been...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Saffron launches expat BTL mortgages

The Saffron Building Society has unveiled a refreshed range of expat mortgages for landlords looking to purchase or remortgage a buy-to-let...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords advised to complete the following seasonal maintenance tasks

The scorching heatwave across much of the country means that now more than ever, landlords really must attend to seasonal maintenance...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

London is on the road to recovery as rents exceed £1,600 a month for the first time

Rental prices in Greater London have surpassed the £1,600 per calendar month (pcm) mark for the very first time, according to...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to do more to improve energy efficiency of rented homes

The government is coming under growing pressure from landlords to be more ambitious when it comes to the energy efficiency of...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

When was the last time you reviewed your mortgage options?

It is important to regularly review your mortgage options, and that is where mortgage intermediaries can often help. Paragon’s latest Financial Adviser...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Drugs worth £60k found by landlord in rented property

A tenant has appeared in court after being caught with a drug haul worth in the region of £60,000. The man was...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New licensing scheme is ‘just a way of making money for the council’

Nottingham City Council became the latest local authority to introduce a landlord licensing scheme last week in an attempt to clampdown...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Private landlords continue to be stigmatised by the media

Changes to the buy-to-let tax regime are squeezing landlords’ margins, yet many are thinking about exiting the private rented sector not...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for not protecting tenancy deposit and operating an unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord has been found guilty of aggressive practices, failing to protect a tenancy deposit and operating an unlicensed House...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New central London tenancies rose significantly in Q2

Take up of new rental tenancies in prime central London in the second quarter of this year was up 27.7% compared...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Have your say: Selective licensing being considered in parts of Leeds

People are being invited to share their views on the possible introduction of licensing for private sector rented housing in some...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Some agents may ‘have missed the deadline’ to switch redress schemes

The Ombudsman Services (OS) is no longer handling consumer complaints in the property and housing sector after withdrawing from the industry. The...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Chancellor plans another “tax attack” on buy-to-let landlords

Buy-to-let landlords could face another stamp duty rate hike in the Autumn Budget to further curb the acquisition of second homes. The...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial landlord raised rents within an hour of interest rate increase

Britain’s biggest and arguably most contentious buy-to-let landlord increased rents on hundreds of homes within an hour of the Bank of...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent which withheld landlord’s rent ordered to pay compensation

A Lanarkshire-based letting firm has been told to stump up almost £1,000 in compensation to a disgruntled landlord after breaching the...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to remortgage after Bank of England hike

The Bank of England’s decision to raise interest rates by 0.25% last week could be a sign of things to come,...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Top 10 buy-to-let hotspots unveiled

Buy-to-let has recently taken a bit of a bashing with some landlords forced to exit the market as profits drop amid...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Interest rate rise is ‘another blow’ for buy-to-let investors, say accountants

The Bank of England’s decision to raise the interest rate yesterday, from 0.5% to 0.75%, will increase the interest costs of...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents likely to rise as Bank of England increases interest rate to 0.75%

Many buy-to-let landlords have so far refrained from passing on extra costs to tenants despite feeling the squeeze from a stamp duty...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents in England and Wales remain virtually unchanged month-on-month

Rents in England and Wales increased by 4.45% to an average of £861 in the 12 months to June 2018 but...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

The landlord licensing system should be simpler, says PayProp

The government’s decision to review how selective licensing is used across the private rental sector presents an ideal opportunity to look...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

LendInvest abolishes debenture floating charges as part of changes to its products

LendInvest has scrapped its debenture and floating charges, as part of a series of product changes. The lender has also reduced its...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Nightmare tenants leave landlord thousands of pounds out of pocket

A buy-to-let landlord has been left with a major clean-up bill after ‘tenants from hell’ whose rent had fallen into severe...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £15k for allowing tenants to live in ‘appalling’ conditions

An unscrupulous landlord who allowed up to 40 tenants to live in poor conditions in a disused pub in North Wales...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental prices edge up again in Scotland

Rental prices in Scotland continued to edge upwards in the second quarter of the year, the latest figures reveal. The Scottish national...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Newcastle Quayside to receive North East’s first Build to Rent development

Construction work is progressing well on a new ultramodern, multimillion pound Build to Rent development on Forth Banks in Newcastle, which...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans launches lowest ever BTL fixed rates

Foundation Home Loans has launched its lowest ever fixed rates with its new ‘summer special’ buy-to-let product, designed specifically for individuals,...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

The ‘real value’ of independent inventories should not be underestimated

The importance of having an independent inventory cannot be misjudged, especially as a poorly recorded or written report may leave the...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Does your letting agent belong to a valid redress scheme?

When a tenant paid his initial one month’s rent in addition to a tenancy deposit in exchange for the keys to...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Shared occupancy test for rent-a-room relief will add ‘unnecessary complexity’

The government’s plans to change the rules on its ‘rent-a-room’ scheme, which allows people to earn up to £7,500 a year...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords could save more than £1,300 a year on letting agent fees – claim

Buy-to-let landlords could save hundreds, if not thousands of pounds every year by not instructing a letting agent to let their property. The...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents in prime areas of London continue to rise

Rents in London’s prime property market increased for the second consecutive month, rising by 1.1% in the 12 months to June...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

International students target shared accommodation

Appetite for student accommodation looks set to be high this summer, supported in part by strong demand from international students, which...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords offered fresh incentives to take in people at risk of homelessness

Free gas and electrical checks are among the incentives being offered to landlords with properties in Barrow-in-Furness in a bid to...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Cheshire East Council sets out on rogue landlord crackdown

Cheshire East Council has pledged to clampdown on rogue landlords who allow tenants to live in poor housing standards within the...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

The Swansea BS team up with TBMC to offer BTL and holiday let products

The Swansea Building Society will now offer its buy-to-let and holiday let products through TBMC’s mortgage panel after joining forces with...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords shun new controversial licensing scheme

The new licensing scheme for rented homes in Nottingham is set to come into force on Wednesday, August 1, and yet...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Don't miss today’s ‘payment on account’ online tax return deadline

If as a landlord you are already in the self-assessment tax system then you may be due to pay your payment...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government launches consultation to improve the performance of EPCs

The government is planning to reform Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) in a bid to make them more effective drivers of energy...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Why you should consider Glasgow as your next property investment destination

Glasgow or Edinburgh? Glasgow is a lot like Edinburgh, only more affordable. Obviously don’t make that comment if you’re actually talking...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Vida slashes 5-year fixed rates

Vida Homeloans has reduced a number of its five-year fixed rate buy-to-let products by up to 0.75% in a bid to...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

AIIC continue to push for mandatory independent inventories

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) remains hopeful that independent inventory reporting will become a compulsory requirement. The AIIC, the UK’s...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

New no deposit option designed to benefit landlords

Nick Dunning Associates is the latest letting agency to sign up to the Zero Deposit scheme, which offers a tenant’s deposit replacement...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rising rents hit a 10-month high

There was a further rise in the number of tenants in the private rented sector experiencing a rent hike in June...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords opt for fixed-rate BTL deals

Some 93% of landlords financing buy-to-let property chose a fixed rate mortgage in the second quarter of the year, fresh figures...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord reduces buy-to-let rates

Accord Buy To Let has cut rates across its mortgage range by up to 0.16%. The intermediary-only lender, part of Yorkshire Building...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

London’s buy-to-let market attracts new investors

London continued to attract new property investors, as reflected by Commercial Trust’s latest buy-to-let purchase mortgage data. Analysis of buy-to-let purchase applications...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Asking rents rose in the second quarter of 2018

Asking rents for properties in the UK increased in the second quarter of the year, led by gains in London, Rightmove’s...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Most affordable places to rent in London revealed

Bexley in South East London has been identified as the most affordable place to rent in London, based on four people...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in number of landlords listing multiple properties on Airbnb

There has been a notable increase in the number of landlords listing multiple properties on Airbnb, according to fresh research from...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for using garden as a dumping ground

A landlord who infuriated neighbours by using a back garden at one of his rental properties to dump rubbish has been...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Male landlords earn more than female landlords

Men typically earn more income from property investments than women, fresh research shows. The average rental income for male landlords is £24,050...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants in London expect rent discounts for unreliable internet connection

Private renters are more discerning about the type of property they are prepared to rent than they were a generation ago....

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Groundbreaking technology’ should help ‘improve the rental experience’

‘Open banking’ provider TrueLayer has teamed up with Goodlord to enhance the proptech platform’s fintech integration for landlords, tenants and agents. Goodlord’s...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

3mc launches exclusive BTL deals with Paragon Bank

3mc has joined forces with Paragon Bank to launch some new exclusive portfolio buy-to-let products. The products, which increase the maximum available...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tickets now on sale for the RLA’s next Future Renting Conference

Tickets are now on sale for the Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) next Future Renting Conference in London. The one-day conference, which will...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Increasing housing supply offers tenants ‘more power to negotiate lower rents’

Rents for residential properties fell across parts of London in quarterly terms as the supply of properties coming on to the...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Police investigate claims journalist was offered sex-for-rent deals

Two buy-to-let landlords who allegedly offered an undercover journalist rent-free accommodation in exchange for sex are now the subject of a...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let investors increasingly targeting low cost, high yield properties

Buy-to-let investments will continue to offer attractive rates of return compared to other asset classes, but investors will increasingly search out...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Paragon continues to see ‘strong demand from professional landlords’

Paragon has seen a significant increase in mortgage lending supported by its buy-to-let offering. Best known for its specialist focus on buy-to-let...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

The summer rental market - top tips for landlords

While the UK weather continues to defy all expectation, with scorching temperatures raging across the country, the rental market in London...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant ordered to pay more than £26k for subletting ‘death trap’ property

A tenant who illegally sublet an unlicensed and poorly-maintained bungalow in north London, which was described by Brent Council as a...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords offered cash incentive to meet minimum housing standards

A pilot scheme has been launched with a view to improving property standards, increasing awareness, boosting engagement and increasing housing supply...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord Today is a proud media partner of the National LIS Awards

Landlord Today is a proud media partner of the National LIS Awards, brought to you by the organisers of the National...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS refreshes 70% buy-to-let range

The Leeds Building Society has launched a two-year fee-free fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage deal at 2.32% up to 70% loan-to-value (LTV),...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans launches new ‘large loan’ BTL product

Foundation Home Loans has unveiled a new large loan buy-to-let product, available to both individuals and limited companies with prior landlord...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Race row landlord vows to evict single mums with babies

One of the UK’s largest and arguably most controversial buy-to-let landlord who last year banned ‘coloured people’ from renting any of...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year minimum tenancies – what are the legal implications for landlords?

Amid the headline-grabbing political manoeuvring over Brexit, a policy proposal which could have serious ramifications for thousands of private landlords –...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Regular electrical checks in the PRS are ‘essential’

Plans to introduce new tougher electrical safety standards in the private rented sector aimed at protecting tenants by reducing the risk...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Scotland’s most responsible student tenants unveiled

Students may work hard, but many also party hard, which is largely why they have a reputation for being bad tenants. Binge-drinking...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined just over £2,500 for unlicensed property

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined £2,525 after failing to obtain a license for a shared house in Thurrock, Essex. Adeola Makinde was...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

London’s housing market has ‘suffered from the drop off in buy-to-let investors’

London house prices are continuing to fall, with the collapse in the buy-to-let sector increasing the number of homes on the...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

The cost of five-year fixed rate mortgages has continued to fall despite fears of an imminent interest rate rise, new figure...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tipton & Coseley launches short-term let loans for landlords using AirBnB

The Tipton & Coseley Building Society will now accept mortgage applications for second homes and holiday lets where borrowers wish to...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Thurrock Council plans to introduce additional licensing for landlords

Thurrock Council is proposing to introduce additional licensing for private landlords renting rooms to tenants in specific parts of the borough...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Draker teams up with OKA to offer landlords unique home staging service

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

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let hotspots revealed

Luton and Colchester have been named among the best places for buy-to-let investors in the existing market, based on rental yields. The...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to address ‘baffling’ housing complaints system

A single housing ombudsman is crucial to ensure that the current system for complaining about housing is no longer confusing, according...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent arrears are a ‘real and serious issue’ for landlords, RentalStep warns

The number of tenants falling behind with their rent payments is likely to rise if rents continue to increase and wage growth...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords welcome MPs fire safety plans

A call by a Parliamentary committee for the government to fund certain fire safety improvements in privately owned residential blocks has...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Fixflo launches new landlord survey – have your say

Buy-to-let landlords across the UK are being invited to have their say on what they think of letting agents and other...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting market activity continues to pick up momentum

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

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Evicting problem tenants can take up to 17 weeks and ‘cost a lot of money’

Rogue landlords who break the law and exploit vulnerable tenants often make headlines, but spare a thought for landlords who are...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit theft total hits almost £1m in just six months

Rogue letting agents and landlords have reportedly been convicted of stealing almost £1m worth of tenancy deposits so far this year,...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Principality reduces 5-year fixed rate deal

Principality Building Society has cut the rate on its five-year buy-to-let mortgage product at 75% loan-to-value by 0.1% to 2.75%, making...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Cheshire East revises HMO licensing fees

Buy-to-let landlords who operate houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in Cheshire East will face new licensing fees after the local council...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Many BTL landlords worried their properties won't ‘cover their own costs’

Bricks and mortar have provided stellar returns for many people over the past couple of decades, prompting many to rely on...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Greater regulation for Airbnb-style landlords may be needed, say MPs

With more Airbnb listings in this country than ever before, there is growing concern among MPs that the home sharing website...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Best places to invest based on capital growth

When it comes to investing in property, it pays to know about the latest property hotspots and up-and-coming areas, not just...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Dragons' Den star Tej Lalvani buys stake in Air Agents

Dragons’ Den star Tej Lalvani has acquired a stake in London-based Airbnb property management firm, Air Agents. Lalvani, the chief executive of...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Ashford Borough Council to adopt new powers to crackdown on rogue landlords

Rogue landlords in Ashford will now face fines of up to £30,000 after Ashford Borough Council voted to adopt new rules...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

New investment in the buy-to-let market continues to fall

Activity in the buy-to-let mortgage market took a further dip in May as the combination of tighter tax and mortgage rules...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Amateur landlords are ‘beating a fast retreat’ and ‘becoming an anachronism’

A two-speed market has emerged in the buy-to-let sector as smaller landlords have stopped adding to their portfolios, according to Octane...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Most private tenants are happy with their homes

The vast majority of private sector tenants are satisfied with their housing, the English Housing Survey report for 2016/17 has found. The...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

A third of renters have no plans to acquire a property

One in three renters never intend to buy their own home, mainly because they are happy living in the private rented sector,...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Paragon launches portfolio BTL range in Scotland

Paragon has expanded its buy-to-let mortgage offering in Scotland to include products for portfolio landlords. The new mortgage range is designed for landlords...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

New rental listings set to drop sharply amid landlord exodus

An exodus of landlords from the buy-to-let market has caused a significant drop in rental property listings in recent month with...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property wealth is helping to “change lives”

Property investment is not a quick fix, but rather a long-term financial solution to building wealth, as any good buy-to-let landlord will...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Proposed changes will lead to an increase in costs for landlords – claim

The Welsh Assembly is being urged to reconsider the bill to ban tenants’ fees in Wales due to concerns that that...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord offers cheaper mortgage deals

Accord Buy to Let has reduced rates on selected mortgage deals, with products now available from below 2%. Buy-to-let landlords looking to...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Longer contracts could drive yet more buy-to-let landlords out of the PRS

Small scale buy-to-let investors and accidental landlords face more upheaval under the government’s plan to introduce mandatory minimum three-year tenancies, according...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Important information for landlords: ‘How to Rent’ guide updated

The government’s “How to Rent” guide was once again updated yesterday. Landlords agreeing new tenancies must provide tenants with this new version...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents increase further, Homelet says

Annual rental price growth in the UK increased in June, HomeLet said on Tuesday. The latest HomeLet Rental Index shows that the...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips to attract family tenants

Many landlords consider family tenants the Holy Grail with recent research by the National Landlords Association (NLA) revealing that properties rented...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Vida Homeloans introduces lower buy-to-let fees

Vida Homeloans has cut its buy-to-let fees on smaller buy-to-let loans to 1% in a bid to win more business from...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Dominic Raab’s exit leaves us ‘staring down the barrel’ of a housing crisis

Kit Malthouse has been named as the government’s latest housing minister after Dominic Raab, who spent just six months in the...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA Propertymark launches licensing scheme database

ARLA Propertymark has launched a new database in partnership with GetRentr, a technology platform which automatically monitors property portfolios for compliance...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed landlord ordered to pay more than £12k for letting substandard property

A rogue landlord letting a cold, damp property with a lack of hot water and heating has been ordered to pay...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans launches short-term lets product

Foundation Home Loans has launched a new short-term let product, as part of the buy-to-let range, available exclusively through Legal &...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords must prepare for next EPC deadline

Buy-to-let landlords with existing tenancies on properties rented out in the private rented sector are being reminded to take note of...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to end ‘scandalous’ sex for rent property deals

The government has been urged to introduce new legislation to outlaw the “scandalous” and “immoral” practice of sex for rent deals. Liz...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Legislative changes will lead to ‘increased professionalism’ in Scotland

It’s been a perfect storm of government changes for buy-to-let investors over the past couples of years, with more coming down...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Sainsbury’s reduces buy-to-let rates

Sainsbury's Bank has cut rates across its buy-to-let products, as well as its residential deals, amid fierce competition among mortgage providers. New...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

London Assembly agrees motion to scrap Section 21 notices

The London Assembly Members yesterday agreed a unanimous motion calling on the Mayor of London to back a campaign to abolish...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

London rents rise for the first time since December 2016

Rents in London grew by 0.1% in the 12 months to June 2018, the first annual rental rise in the city...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Hinckley & Rugby extends BTL deals to portfolio landlords

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society is now offering its full range of buy-to-let mortgage products to portfolio landlords. The lender will now...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent collection service aims to offer landlords ‘financial security’

Unpaid rent and rent arrears are the main reason for tenant evictions, according to Belvoir’s Q1 rental index, but that could...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Amanda Lamb announced as keynote speaker at landlord networking event

Amanda Lamb, one of television’s most sought-after property presenters, has been confirmed as keynote speaker at this year’s Mid Devon Landlord...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government slammed for failing to act on report that suggests improvements to PRS

The government has been criticised for continuing to drag its heels over taking on key recommendations made in a recent report...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Strong support for petition calling for BTL tax relief changes to be reversed

An online petition calling for buy-to-let tax relief changes to be reversed has received almost 16,500 signatures. Buy-to-let landlord and property investment...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agents accused of failing tenants

Letting agents are being accused of failing tenants, after a small group of cowboy agents showed prospective tenants around mouldy properties...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Less than four weeks until introduction of selective licensing in Nottingham

BTL landlords in Nottingham will soon face tougher rules with new rental licensing conditions set to be introduced in the city. The...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Retirement Advance enhances buy-to-let products for older landlords

Retirement Advantage has cut rates and increased loan-to-value (LTV) ratios across its older borrower buy-to-let range. The products, launched last year, allow...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords will turn to holiday lets

Disgruntled private landlords are likely to turn their attention from buy-to-let to holiday lets if the government presses ahead with its...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents in prime central London rise for the first time in two and a half years

Rents in London’s prime property market have moved into positive territory for the first time since January 2016, increasing by 0.8%...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord couple want to see letting agent banned over unpaid rent

A couple who claim they are owed thousands of pounds in unpaid rent have called for a ban on the letting...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Legal & General completes acquisition of BTR site in Woolwich

Legal & General has exchanged contracts on its largest build-to-rent (BTR) site to date located in Woolwich. The scheme, which has been...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let is still an attractive investment

The attraction of buy-to-let may be waning as far as some people are concerned due to a series of tax changes,...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords could be offered tax incentives for longer tenancies

Private landlords are welcoming proposals being considered by the government to provide financial incentives for those offering longer tenancies. In its consultation...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Major landlord supports three-year tenancy plans

Many buy-to-let landlords may have reacted angrily to government proposals that will give tenants a minimum three year contract, but one...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Healthy homes zones’ proposed by Labour

Plans to create ‘healthy homes zones’, as part of an effort to reduce housing-related health inequalities, have been proposed by the...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Number of first-time landlord products hits record high

A record number of first-time landlord mortgage products have been made available to borrowers as lenders launched extra loans to attract...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Metro Bank teams up with CreditLadder for rent reporting

Tenants who have a personal account with Metro Bank are now able to report their rent through CreditLadder to reference agency...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Longer-term tenancy plan is ‘a political move aimed at the renter vote’

The idea of the property-owning democracy has deep roots and has long defined housing policy in this country, with various schemes...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

More tenants faced rent rises in May

There was an increase in the number of tenants in the private rented sector experiencing a rent increase in May compared...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Broker braced for buy-to-let remortgage rush

A number of buy-to-let landlords are expected to rush to complete last-minute mortgages, including remortgage deals, ahead of new licensing laws,...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

RLA has released tickets for its Future Renting conference in London

Tickets have been released for the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) next Future Renting conference in London. The one-day conference, which will be...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

The rise in 'staycations' and the opportunities they create for landlords

Overseas family holidays are a relatively recent concept in the UK. They came about as a result of air travel becoming...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage costs remain stable

The cost of taking out a buy-to-let mortgage remains at an historic low, and it is likely that this will remain...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

UK buy-to-let hotspots revealed

There is still plenty of money to be made in buy-to-let, provided you invest in the right areas, according to new...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to offer tax incentives to ‘support and encourage’ landlords

As a private landlord you have a crucial role in providing a much needed housing option for people and so why...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL sales platform ‘inundated with valuation requests’ from landlords

A new buy-to-let property platform has been well received by BTL investors potentially looking to offload their properties. yieldit, launched by Knight...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

TMW cuts cost of 5-year fixed rate deals

The Mortgage Works is reducing the cost of its five-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages by up to 0.5%. New five-year products offered...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Random rental property spot checks could improve standards in the PRS

Most private landlords would oppose the idea of arbitrary checks of their rental properties by local authorities, but that has not...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

The top 10 best UK cities to be a BTL landlord

Manchester has been identified as the number one place to rent out a property with an average yield of 5.55% and...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to be cautious over limited company incorporation

Landlords are being advised by buy-to let broker Commercial Trust Limited to seek specialist tax advice before making the decision to...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Tougher electrical safety standards needed to protect private tenants

Tougher electrical safety standards for rented properties north of the border are needed to protect private tenants, according to a leading...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord launches new fixed-rate products for first-time buyer landlords

Accord has launched two new fixed-rate mortgages for ‘first-time buyer’ landlords, on the back of a notable rise in the number...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

New government guidance to clampdown on rogue landlords and agents

The government has launched new online information designed to help renters and landlords know their rights. The rental guides, published by the...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems renew ‘rent to buy’ pledge for first time homeowners

A number of young renters will be offered ‘rent to buy’ deposit-free homes as part of plans being proposed by the...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Onward’s report is wrong and fails to address need for ‘more homes to rent’

A Conservative think tank has been slammed by the Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA) for its inaccurate analysis of the private rental...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Lenders will be forced to push up mortgage rates because of higher costs

Banks will almost certainly be forced to raise mortgage rates as cheap money provided by a closed Bank of England scheme...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Crest Nicolson and M&G Real Estate to fund BTR scheme in Berkshire

Crest Nicolson and M&G Real Estate have teamed up once again to fund the construction of 114 private rental homes in...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to take action to restrict BTL landlords

Buy-to-let landlords are having an adverse impact on home ownership, according to new research. Fresh analysis by Onward suggests that the government...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Equity release market proving ‘extremely resilient’

The total amount of equity released by homeowners, including buy-to-let landlords, was up 5.8% in May compared to the previous month,...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Surge in landlords exiting the sector

There has been a rise in the number of buy-to-let landlords selling up and quitting the private rented sector, according to...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Virgin Money confirm support for buy-to-let portfolio landlords

Virgin Money is now accepting buy-to-let portfolio landlord applications, ensuring that customers who have four mortgaged rental properties or more are...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

PRA changes will affect landlords’ ability to provide ‘quality affordable housing’

Mortgage brokers and lenders have been slammed by the National Landlords Association (NLA) for failing to do enough to communicate changes...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Over 10 years to save for a deposit as first-time buyers forced to rent for longer

Many would-be first-time buyers are being forced to rent longer despite a slowdown in house prices as new figures reveal that...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Brent Council aims to ‘foster good relationships with private landlords’

Brent Council insists that it wants to build better relationships with private landlords after successfully winning close to 150 prosecution cases...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Sainsbury’s reduces cost of buy-to-let deals

Sainsbury’s Bank, which only entered the buy-to-let sector last month, has cut rates across its two and five-year BTL products. Rates have...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for renting out bed in shed

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

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Skipton reduces BTL rates by up to 0.23%

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

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant jailed for illegally subletting house

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

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government publishes new guidance for landlords to further protect tenants

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

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government to review selective licensing across the private rental sector

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

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Licencing doesn’t work’, says ARLA Propertymark

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

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Price comparison site launches buy-to-let tool

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

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords could save thousands by switching their mortgage deal

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

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Two-thirds of renters do not intend to purchase property

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

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

The Mansfield launches expat buy-to-let product

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

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Limited edition BTL range launched by Precise

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

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Universal credit flaws leads to tragic death of a tenant

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

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords owed thousands by collapsed letting firm

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

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Vernon introduces new range of BTL mortgage deals

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

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents set to rise as demand outstrips supply

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

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp decline in the number of homes to let

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

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Kensington Mortgages cuts rates and offers higher LTV mortgage lending

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

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans extends borrowing limits across BTL range

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

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Propio targets BTL investors for new property investment platform

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

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS expands buy-to-let mortgage range

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

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban set to be introduced in Wales

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

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

More landlords opting for 5-year fixed rate deals

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

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined after letting out flat with no heating

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

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Widespread relief as VAT challenge on student accommodation fails

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

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

London council extends licensing scheme to five additional wards

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

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

How to avoid fines as a BTL landlord

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

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Celebrities back campaign to make homes safer

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

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Register to attend free landlord investment show

Registration is now live for the National Landlord Investment Show which will take place at London Olympia this week.  Hundreds of buy-to-let landlords...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental growth slows to five-year low

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

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Long-term tenants shouldn’t need to be referenced

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

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for overcrowded property

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

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Charity event sees Draker host exclusive film preview for landlords

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

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government faces High Court challenge over Right to Rent scheme

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

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents on the rise again

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

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Is your property ‘OnTheMarket’?

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

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

The Mortgage Lender extends BTL range to whole of market

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

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Parents face financial risks when agreeing to be a rent guarantor

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

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Allsop defy political uncertainty, but BTL investors remain cautious

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

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Automated payment systems can protect landlords against letting agency fraud

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

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

New campaign to make electrical testing a legal requirement in England

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

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Masthaven introduces reduced BTL rates

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

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

London rents rise almost three times faster than wages

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

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government approves new selective licensing scheme

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

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord prosecuted for council tax fraud

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

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent to be challenged in court this week

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

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

More than 400 landlords fined for Right to Rent breaches

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

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord jailed for fraud

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

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants face rent bombshell

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

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Jump in landlords leaving the PRS

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

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Changes to tax relief for landlords affect the armed services

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

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord Today named among top 10 landlord websites

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

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

LendInvest launches buy-to-let legal panel

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

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords advised to prepare for letting fees ban

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

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips for success in the ever changing BTL property market

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

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in BTL remortgaging activity

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

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

TMW launches new 50% LTV BTL products

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

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

RLA inundated with calls from landlords asking for GDPR guidance

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

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government responds to petition demanding tax changes for landlords

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

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for breaching HMO rules

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

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

New landlord group launches in the North East

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

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Claim your free tickets for The Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show

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

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

The South West’s biggest landlord exhibition returns to Bristol

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

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Sainsbury’s Bank enters buy-to-let market

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

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

What features and facilities would renters pay a premium for?

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

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Are you ready for GDPR?

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

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a letting agent worth the investment?

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

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

NAPIT seeks to help landlords improve electrical safety in rented homes

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

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

South West sees fastest growth in rents

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

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

West One to amend criteria for BTL affordability tests

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

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL investors in Scotland urged to ‘ride the storm’

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

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

London’s most and least pet-friendly boroughs revealed

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

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

LendInvest moves to speed up the BTL application process

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

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Accidental landlords are confused over rental responsibilities

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

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Ideal Flatmate secures £1.25m seed fund

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

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in number of fee-free BTL mortgages

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

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Number of interest-only mortgages falls by almost half

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

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Hampshire Trust Bank change BTL and HMO interest cover ratio

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

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rental market activity slows in April

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

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord guilty of treating vulnerable tenants as ‘slaves’

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

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Welsh government to clampdown on ‘sex for rent’ landlords

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

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Unscrupulous landlord fined for unsafe property

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

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Greater demand for The Property Ombudsman services

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

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

New combined bridge and buy-to-let mortgage launched

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

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental supply set to fall as landlords look to quit sector

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

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Yorkshire and Humber region identified as a BTL hotspot

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

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Legal and General Mortgage Club adds Landbay to its lender panel

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

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to take action to offset higher letting agent fees

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

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

NFB and RLA join forces to improve rental standards

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

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t fall victim to your lenders’ SVR

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

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

NatWest increases buy-to-let rates

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

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

More than 300,000 property sales collapse every year

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

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to push for longer tenancies

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

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

North-south rent gap narrows

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

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans has cut rates across its BTL range

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

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

New build-to-rent scheme launched in Shoreditch

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

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

A quarter of landlords have the wrong property insurance

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

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Grainger acquires Southampton PRS scheme for £27m

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

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Property crowdfunding attracting more international investors

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

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Top buy-to-let tips from Together

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

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage rates continue to fall

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

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

There are ‘substantial discounts to be had’ in London

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

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord recognised for ‘outstanding service’

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

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents continue to rise in April says HomeLet

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

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Coventry for intermediaries reduce rates across its BTL range

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

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Why Nottingham appeals to buy-to-let investors

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

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

HMO property continues to deliver the best yields

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

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords in central London most likely to reduce rents

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

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Cost of 5-year fixed BTL rates continue to fall

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

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban will hit tenants hardest, says ARLA Propertymark

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

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental deposits to be capped at six weeks rent

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

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords slapped with hefty fine after ignoring planning and licensing laws

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

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Lomond Capital expands rental management business in Birmingham

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

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech startup reports landlord user growth of 150%

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

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Number of BTL mortgage products hits record high

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

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

New Home Secretary urged to address concerns about Right to Rent

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

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord lowers rates on BTL remortgages

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

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in Airbnb listings in London

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

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

A guide to property tax for non-residential landlords

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

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

James Brokenshire named as new housing secretary

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

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Fewer lenders for portfolio landlords to choose from

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

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord looks to bridging loan firm to expand portfolio

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

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Renters face rent hikes amid tax changes

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

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rise in demand for buy-to-let mortgages

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

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

London housing shortage a ‘ticking time bomb’ for businesses

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

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

LandInvest cuts BTL mortgage rates

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

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Average UK rents fall for first time in six years

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

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Bidding war for properties to rent

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

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords prepared to pay more to avoid the voids

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

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord cuts cost of fixed-rate deals

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

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Surge in demand for rental properties

There has been a sharp rise in demand for rental accommodation, according to the latest report from haart. Data from the letting...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants want their landlords to be more eco-conscious

Investing in buy-to-let property can be a great way to make money. But before parting with your cash, an investment strategy...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Supply decline pushes Scottish rental prices up

The number of rental homes on the market in Scotland dropped in the first quarter of the year, while demand from...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

New messaging platform designed to improve communication for landlords

A new productivity tool designed to help landlords, property managers, agents and tenants better manage their day-to-day tenancy communications has been...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans unveils exclusive 5-year fix

Foundation Home Loans has launched a five-year fixed rate product exclusively through its key packager partners. The new product being offered is available...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

What do renters look for in a rental property?

For landlords, it is not always easy to guess what prospective tenants are looking for when getting a vacant property ‘rental...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Number of limited company BTL products at record levels, says Moneyfacts

The number of limited company fixed rate buy-to-let products hit a record high this month as mortgage lenders respond to changing...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Property crowdfunding attracting growing number of millennials

There has been a significant increase in the number of millennials investing in property crowdfunding, new research by Shojin Property Partners...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

David Salusbury, former NLA chairman passes away

David Salusbury, the former chairman of the National Landlords Association (NLA), the UK Association of Letting Agents (UKALA), and of mydeposits,...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Give councils power to ‘confiscate’ properties from rogue landlords, say MPs

Local authorities should be given the power to confiscate properties from landlords who break the law, according to a committee of...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

A third of small private landlords plan to sell up as BTL crackdown bites

From a landlord’s perspective, it has been a tough couple of years, with a raft of changes designed to bring the...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Unscrupulous landlord fined more than £180,000

A rogue landlord who left tenants living in substandard conditions in Selly Oak and Edgbaston has been ordered to pay in...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Gearing among BTL landlords is getting lower

Many people feel anxious and uncomfortable when getting themselves into debt and understandably this is why many of us strive to...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Aldermore reduces buy-to-let rates

Aldermore has cut rates on its buy-to-let mortgage range for company landlords, ensuring that they are now aligned with buy-to-let deals...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

High house prices will lead to a shift toward renting

High house prices and years without real-terms wages growth have prompted a growing number of young people to abandon the idea...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting market activity picking up momentum

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

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Spring price drop: Average asking price cut by £25k

Low levels of activity in the sluggish housing market are forcing many homeowners to accept offers well below asking price, making...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Some landlords struggling with ‘complex’ BTL legislation

New buy-to-let regulations are making it harder for landlords to keep up to speed with complex compliance responsibilities, as the government...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans launches new 5-year BTL product

Foundation Home Loans has launched a new five-year fixed rate deal for a limited time only, which is aimed at primarily...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords weary of threat posed by Brexit

A majority of buy-to-let landlords see the UK’s vote to leave the EU as a threat to their property business, with...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Join us at the Property Investor Show

The Property Investor & Homebuyer Show, the UK’s most comprehensive property exhibition, takes place at London ExCeL tomorrow and Saturday and...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants should be able to improve credit score by paying rent on time

RentalStep has added its voice to growing calls for rent payments to be added to a tenant’s credit score. The PropTech startup supports...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Vetting tenants to ensure they are all they seem

Tenant referencing provides all the background information on prospective tenants, helping landlords and letting agents make an educated choice about who...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

The Cambridge and L&G team up to offer landlords more choice

Cambridge Building Society has joined forces with Legal & General Mortgage Club to offer its buy-to-let range to landlords across England...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Government must ‘support, rather than attack’, private landlords, says RLA

Private landlords provide an increasingly vital source of affordable and flexible accommodation for many people and the government should do more...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Older BTL investors target property in London and South East

In recent years, cites within the north of England have attracted more property investors targeting high yields, but new research shows...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Spike in BTL landlords looking to diversify

An increasing number of buy-to-let landlords are looking to diversify their portfolios by investing in Houses with Multiple Occupants (HMOs), commercial...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent control proposed in Scotland

Labour has once again called for rents to be capped in Scotland after fresh data revealed rent increases were outstripping wage...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords remain optimistic about buy-to-let in spite of challenges

More than two fifths (41%) of portfolio landlords aim to expand their portfolio over the next 12 months, new research shows. The...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to focus on improving conditions in the PRS

The government must focus on urgently improving dangerous housing conditions across the country after new figures revealed that thousands of private...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL continues to supplement the PM’s income

With savers receiving miserable returns, many shrewd investors are turning to the buy-to-let sector as a means of supplementing their income,...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb sees sharp rise in bookings thanks to the royal wedding

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding has caused a major tourism boost for areas surrounding London and Windsor as illustrated...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid uncovers tenants living in unsafe conditions

An ‘unsafe’ house in multiple occupation (HMO) in north London has been uncovered by enforcement officers from Brent Council following a...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

The build-to-rent sector is ‘evolving quickly’

There has been a sharp rise in the number of build-to-rent homes complete, under construction and in planning across the UK,...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord remortgaging activity for home improvements hits record high

The number of landlords remortgaging in order to raise funds to improve their properties has reached an all-time high, new figures...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

The BTL sector represents ‘more of an opportunity than a threat’

With savers continuing to receive poor returns from banks and building societies, buy-to-let remains the investment of choice for many people,...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rise in UK landlords shows there is still an appetite for buy-to-let

Over the past year, the government has introduced 3% Stamp Duty levy, new stress tests for portfolio landlords and started to...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Modest increase in rental prices in first quarter of 2018

The buy-to-let market continues to see a marginal rise in residential rental prices, and this trend appears to be fuelled by...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp increase in English landlords renting out properties in Scotland

The number of English landlords renting out properties in Scotland has quadrupled since 2012, thanks to cheaper property prices north of...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Shortage of retirement homes creates opportunities for BTL landlords

Older people are facing a shortage of suitable housing for their retirement, putting pressure on the wider property market. A new report...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Insure your properties are protected

When a landlord rented out a property in a quiet residential area in Plymouth Hoe last year, he had little cause...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Bluestone Mortgages introduces interest-only BTL mortgages

Specialist lender, Bluestone Mortgages, has made changes across its buy-to-let mortgage range, including the introduction of interest-only products aimed at customers...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

London’s super prime rental market ‘has gone completely nuts’, says agent

Wealthy foreigners are prepared to spend up to £50,000 a week renting luxury homes in London, and this now risks sending...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

TMW scraps age limit for experienced BTL landlords

The Mortgage Works (TMW) is removing all upper age restrictions across its buy-to-let product range for experienced landlords. Currently, the buy-to-let arm...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More than half of BTL landlords to offload properties, says Property Partner

Over half of private landlords plan to sell some of their buy-to-let properties this year, it has been claimed. Some 54% of landlords...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

NatWest and Barclays change rates for BTL mortgage products

Barclays and NatWest have introduced rate changes to some of their buy-to-let purchase mortgage products. Barclays has raised rates across no fewer...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord faces action after tenants die from carbon monoxide poisoning

The landlord of a north London property where two men died of a suspected carbon monoxide leak on Sunday faces a...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords in the north of England more likely to face void periods

Void periods are inevitable. But no landlords wants to experience excessive or lengthy void periods as that can significantly impact the...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent who stole from clients ordered to payback £22k in compensation

The law has finally caught up with a letting agent who stole £22,000 from clients, including landlords. Peter Bell, now the former...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Fleet Mortgages reduces cost of fixed rate products

Fleet Mortgages has cut rates across its fixed-rate products by 10 basis points. In terms of its standard range, the buy-to-let lender’s two-year...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Free industry guidance to help landlords ‘stay on ‘right side of the law’

New ‘Home Safety Guidance’ has been released by the Electrical Safety Roundtable (ESR) to help landlords meet their obligations and ensure...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

There are still ‘attractive yields to be had’ in the BTL sector

Demand for property in the private rental market is showing no signs of slowing down, and this is placing upward pressure...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £25k for poorly managed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in Birmingham has been fined £25,000 after pleading guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court for regulation breaches in relation...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Plans to clamp down on rogue landlords in Doncaster

Doncaster Council’s Cabinet will be discussing new ways to tackle rogue landlords at their meeting later today. The proposal is to introduce...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Number of UK landlords rises to 2.5 million

Despite the changes to the buy-to-let sector in recent years, there still remains a desire among many to become a landlord,...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Post-Grenfell fire safety review ‘risks becoming a missed opportunity’

The government’s review into building and fire safety regulations is ‘missing the opportunity’ to assess fire safety regulations across all types...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Vs pensions – which is best for your retirement?

As we grow older, we begin to think about life after work, and being to imagine how retirement may be for...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

New limited edition BTL range launched by Paragon

Paragon has launched a new range of buy-to-let mortgage products for portfolio landlords, for a limited time only. The mortgage deals, which...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

New students letting platform in Bristol offers rent guarantee service

An online student accommodation service has launched in Bristol offering to cover landlords for up to six months’ worth of unpaid...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

New banning orders will ensure tenants live in ‘safe and good quality’ homes

Unscrupulous landlords who rent out substandard properties face being driven out of the private rented sector as new banning orders are...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Milton Keynes Council vow to ‘get tough’ on shoddy landlords

Rogue landlords in Milton Keynes are being put on notice as the local council announces a new ‘tough approach’, including the...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More landlords using SPVs to expand BTL portfolios

A growing number of landlords are using a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) as a tax-efficient way of holding a portfolio of...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords remain confident about BTL, study finds

Almost two-fifths of landlords are feeling positive about the future of the rental market, and are thinking about buying more properties...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed ‘death trap’ landlord banned from renting out properties

A buy-to-let investor, who previously spent time in prison for perjury after he lied during an inquiry into the deaths of...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

New TV series to expose ‘Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords’

A new TV show called ‘Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords’, a companion series to ‘Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords’, starts today. Following the success...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Secret database of rogue landlords and agents deemed ‘pointless’

ARLA Propertymark has slammed the new database of rogue landlords and letting agents, which will come into effect from tomorrow, as...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Seven in ten prospective tenants think deposit-free renting is a good idea

Seven in ten prospective tenants registered with MovingSoon.co.uk, a website that advertises affordable housing for renters, believe deposit-free renting is a...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

New ‘BTL toolkit’ launched by GWlegal

GWlegal has launched a buy-to-let toolkit, available on its online case management system GWlive, as part of the company’s rebrand as...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords should be offered tax incentives, says Tory peer

Lord Flight, a former Conservative Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has once again criticised his own party’s buy-to-let tax changes,...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let market ‘resilient’ despite uncertainly

A number of landlords remain confident about the buy-to-let sector despite tax hikes and tougher mortgage rules hitting the private rented...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Prime central London rents rise may signal upward trend

Rents in prime central London increased by 0.2% between February and March, the first monthly rise since September 2015, according to...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay over £31k for failing to deal with noisy pigeons

A landlord in North West London who failed to deal with noisy pigeons nesting at one of its properties has been...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Vida expands buy-to-let expat criteria via select distributors

Vida has widened its buy-to-let expat criteria for a limited number of distributors to cater for existing UK property owners working...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let hotspots revealed

Colchester has been named the best place for buy-to-let investors in today’s market, based on a combination of capital value growth,...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News