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

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

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lenders slammed for preventing landlords renting to benefit claimants

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

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Kensington Mortgages extends limited time offer

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

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord fined for breaching his licence

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

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit sends rent arrears soaring

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

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let shifting towards an era of professionalism

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

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government releases £400m for cladding upgrades

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

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

TMW announces BTL changes

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

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Growth in London’s luxury market slows sharply amid uncertainty

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

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Aldermore announce changes to BTL proposition

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

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Five-year fixed rates drop to record low

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

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

LetHQ launches new rent guarantee service

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

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp decline in buy-to-let purchases since 2015

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

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental prices continue to ‘gradually pick up’

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

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in rent arrears involving tenants on Universal Credit

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

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government announces plans to improve property agent standards

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

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

RentPassport and DepositFree insurance trial to take place in Scotland

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

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let yields rise as landlords increase rents

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

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents up 1.7% in a year, says HomeLet

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

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Fleet Mortgages launches fixed rate buy-to-let products

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

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property podcast provides educational content and discussion for landlords

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

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Future elections expected to be influenced powerfully by private renters

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

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents look set to rise as demand outstrips supply

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

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Croydon becomes first council to support campaign to scrap Section 21

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

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords being encouraged to re-evaluate mortgage position

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

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government changes leading to ‘confusion among tenants’

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

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New landlords association urges Chancellor to reverse BTL tax changes

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

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Goodlord secures additional funding to help simplify renting process

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

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent calculator: Find the rental value of your property

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

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords could be offered tax incentive for longer tenancies

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

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ban on letting fees moves a step closer

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

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord launches buy-to-let tax guide for landlords

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

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Kensington reduces two-year fix

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

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Young renters forced to pay “unaffordable” level of rent

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

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Vida Homeloans expands into Scotland

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

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Upward pressure on rents in prime central London as supply falls

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

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Student landlords forced to deduct money from tenants’ deposits

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

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

BM Solutions scraps fees across its BTL range

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

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Hackney Council targets dodgy landlords with licensing

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

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landbay expands product criteria for BTL landlords

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

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Free conference for landlords in Croydon

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

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Middlesborough Council to extend licensing scheme to additional ward

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

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

All letting agents in Scotland must now be registered

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

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined almost £3k for overcrowded house

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

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory licensing for HMOs is extended

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

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Changes to Section 21 eviction notices from today

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

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Philip Hammond urged to scrap stamp duty and CGT surcharges

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

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Average rents hit new record-high

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

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Why your next property investment should be in Birmingham

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

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental yields remain higher in Scotland than in England and Wales

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

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Clydesdale Bank refreshes buy-to-let range

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

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

TMW cuts BTL rates and expands limited company offering

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

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Where is the best place to retire?

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

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

No sign of ‘mass landlord exodus’ from BTL market

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

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Fire safety knowledge improves but more needs to be done

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

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour wants to offer private tenants greater power

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

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Deadline to register for self-assessment is next week

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

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Concern grows over unregistered landlords of HMOs

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

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord cleared of assault

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

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Newcastle Intermediaries slashes buy-to-let rates

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

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

London rents rising amid shortage of properties

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

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New HMO rules to cost landlords an extra £79m

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

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government’s housebuilding plans are insufficient to tackle housing crisis

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

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords losing money by selling properties tenant free

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

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental market activity remained sluggish in August

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

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New landlord licensing scheme announced in Brighton

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

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems want to introduce mandatory licences for private landlords

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

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Almost half of private tenants would prefer deposit-free renting

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

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Less than two weeks until new HMO rules are introduced

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

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Growing number of landlords using low-cost referencing app

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

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Gas Safety Week: Tips for staying gas safe

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

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More landlords are using social media to screen prospective tenants

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

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

IPSE calls on government to halt Universal Credit rollout

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

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Council plans to clampdown on rogue landlords

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

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Barclays reduces buy-to-let fees

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

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New rents edge up throughout the UK

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

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More tenants are renewing their contracts instead of moving

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

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental market is in recession, says The DPS

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

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb property management firm expands beyond London

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

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

MP calls for action over rent-for-sex cases

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

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing fund plans to invest heavily in the PRS

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

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Top university towns for buy-to-let revealed

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

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent fined more than £32k over unsafe tiny room

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

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New blockchain database to track changes in the PRS

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

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New PRS scheme aimed at buy-to-let investors

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

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

The RLA’s next Future Renting Conference takes place tomorrow

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

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landmark report criticises government’s failed PRS policies

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

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Keystone relaunches as a specialist BTL lender

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

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord reduces rates on BTL products

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

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

London letting agent partners with Vue Cinemas offering landlords free tickets

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

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £177,000 for putting tenants at risk

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

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent disappears owing landlords thousands of pounds in rent

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

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government scraps plans to introduce three-year tenancies

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

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords face losing millions as government cracks down on letting fees

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

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Cleaning is still the biggest cause of deposit disputes

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

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Top 10 student buy-to-let hotspots

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

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords divided over their future

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

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgages for Business now automating BTL applications

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

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed suspended sentence after failing to maintain gas appliances

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

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

House of Commons briefing paper on tenancy deposit schemes published

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

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

RLA launches new training academy for landlords

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

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Magellan Homeloans introduces buy-to-let products

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

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined heavily for allowing tenants to live in atrocious conditions

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

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Are landlord licensing schemes actually a good idea?

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

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rented housing chief confirmed as speaker at landlord conference

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

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for spying on his tenants

A buy-to-let let landlord in Glasgow who used CCTV cameras to spy on his tenants has been fined. Abtin Ossatian used CCTV...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Security advice for student landlords

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

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing being considered in Stoke-on-Trent

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

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Barclays cuts buy-to-let rates

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

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Dudley BS increases maximum loan amount on expat products

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

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New Forest council calls on private landlords to help reduce homelessness

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

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

RLA hires new chief executive

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

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

NatWest reduces BTL rates by 0.5%

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

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental demand continues to increase, but supply dwindles

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

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to stop ‘penalising’ BTL landlords

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

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Home ownership is the ‘ultimate goal’ for young adults

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

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent guarantee insurance provide landlords with ‘peace of mind’

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

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords offload almost 4,000 properties a month

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

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords maintain BTL ‘portfolio sizes’ - Foundation Home Loans

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

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords selling up in droves, says Belvoir

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

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Major regional difference in landlord ‘experience and buying habits’

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

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

There is a misconception that most BTL landlords are wealthy

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

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Housebuilders looking to profit from Generation Rent

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

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Tourist surge boosts demand for holiday lets in the UK

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

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

How Brexit could impact the buy-to-let market

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

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Greater demand for two-year fixed rate deals

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

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £5k for safety failings

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

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let market to remain subdued until 2021

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

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: Average rent in top ranked university towns and cities

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

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Female investors prefer lower risk investments ‘like real estate’

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

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants to be consulted over Scottish rent restrictions proposal

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

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New scheme provides ‘opportunity’ for tenants to acquire property

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

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental market activity slows for the summer

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

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Precise Mortgages launches into holiday buy-to-let market

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

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Clock is ticking for landlords in parts of Sheffield to obtain a license

The deadline for the new selective licensing scheme which comes into effect at the start of November is looming, and time...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Pepper launches limited edition zero completion fee BTL product

A new limited edition buy-to-let product with no completion fee for those who have not had a CCJ or default in...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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