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Marginal decline in rents as 2017 draws to a close

There was a symbolic decline in UK rents last month, new figures show. The average UK rent may have dropped by just...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Government urged to introduce new buy-to-let tax on ‘nightly letting’

Buy-to-let landlords who let out their properties as short-term holiday lets should be hit with fresh taxes to deter them from...

14 December 2017

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UK letting market enjoys ‘robust’ boost, claims Agency Express

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

14 December 2017

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TSB and Natwest introduce new BTL mortgage products

TSB has introduced a range of new two-year fixed rate mortgage deals, while Natwest has cut rates on selected deals to...

14 December 2017

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Protect tenants by regulating letting agents, says property manager

All letting agents should be regulated and required to have minimum training qualifications in order to reduce the number of rogue...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Are private landlords discriminating against students?

The majority of private landlords will not rent to students because they are concerned about the damage they could do to...

13 December 2017

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Buy-to-let mortgages now make up almost a fifth of all mortgages - Paragon

Buy-to-let mortgages made up 17% of all mortgage cases in the three months to October, according to a new report by Paragon...

13 December 2017

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Renting in retirement is rapidly becoming a ‘lifestyle choice’

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

13 December 2017

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UK rents set to rise in 2018, latest forecast suggests

Rent prices will increase next year, according to the latest property market analysis. Shortages of suitable properties to let and greater demand...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax hikes is incentivising the use of homes as ‘short-term holiday lets’

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are letting out their homes as short-term holiday lets, making them no longer available for...

12 December 2017

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Landlord ordered to pay over £5k for putting tenants at risk

A private landlord in Northampton has been fined £3,300 and ordered to pay the council’s £1,890.26 legal costs along with a...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Skipton reduces buy-to-let rates by up to 0.25%

Skipton Building Society this morning relaunched a number of its fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages cutting rates by up to 0.25%. The society...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Four in 10 homes bought under Right to Buy now owned by private landlords

Ever since Margaret Thatcher declared her belief in a ‘property-owning democracy’ and introduced Right to Buy in 1980, the UK was...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers offered chance to get foot on the property ladder through BTL

First-time buyers will no longer have to own a residential property in order to access finance from Barclays to invest in...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Accidental landlords add 80,000 rented homes to the market

A slower sales market in the south of England has revived the accidental landlord as more people chose to rent their...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Coventry for Intermediaries reduces BTL two-year fixed rates by 0.2%

Coventry for Intermediaries has cut rates on its two-year fixed buy-to-let range by 0.2%, with rates now starting from 1.49%. New two-year...

11 December 2017

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Whopping fine should ‘serve as a warning to any other rogue landlords’

A rogue landlord in Newmarket who exposed tenants to ‘significant risk’ has been ordered to pay almost £33,000 after being found...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords continue to benefit from ‘healthy capital growth and high yields’

Investment in buy-to-let continues to outperform most major asset classes, at a time of low saving rates and stock market volatility. Despite...

08 December 2017

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BTL sector is becoming the preserve of experienced long-term investors

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

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New auction platform allows prospective tenants to bid for rental properties online

A new online property auction platform is launching that enables estate agents to add an auction element to both sales and...

08 December 2017

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Heavy fines for illegal subletters

A property firm with assets in the Virgin Islands has paid a £8,000 civil penalty to Brent Council after two tenants...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords face emergency repair price hike over Christmas period

Private landlords could be charged up to 50% more for an emergency repair call out over the Christmas period, compared to...

07 December 2017

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Principality reduces mortgage rates to help ‘customers prosper’

Principality Building Society has reignited the mortgage rate war by reducing rates across some of its buy-to-let mortgage products. The lender said...

07 December 2017

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Rents set to rise sharply

Rents are forecast to see strong growth between 2018 and 2022, according to the latest residential property forecast from Knight Frank. The...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

‘I'm very sorry she’s my landlord’

Singer Lily Allen has sparked an angry online backlash after claiming on Twitter that she is set to be homeless for...

06 December 2017

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Portfolio BTL enquiries soar

There has been a significant increase in enquiries from portfolio landlords following the introduction of the new Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA)...

06 December 2017

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The Cambridge reduce rates across its BTL range

The Cambridge has launched a new range of buy-to-let mortgages, as the lender battles to remain competitive. Highlights include a two-year fixed rate...

06 December 2017

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Landlords sell up as buy-to-let crackdown bites

The past few months have seen a number of buy-to-let investors sell up, and this is expected to place upward pressure...

05 December 2017

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Property manager jailed after stealing money from landlords

A crooked property manager who pocketed thousands of pounds in rental income which he failed to pass on to landlords has been...

05 December 2017

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Landlords welcome changes to Universal Credit but ‘further reforms’ needed

Recent changes to Universal Credit have been broadly welcomed, which largely explains why more buy-to-let landlords are prepared to rent to...

05 December 2017

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Buy-to-let mortgage rates are ‘shooting upwards’

The average two-year tracker buy-to-let mortgage rate has increased by 0.2% over the past month, following the Bank of England base...

05 December 2017

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LSL launches new exclusive BTL deals with Leeds BS

LSL Group has launched two new five-year fixed rate buy-to-let products with Leeds Building Society The products, with rates of 2.94% and...

05 December 2017

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Landlord fined for putting ‘safety, well-being and lives’ of tenants at risk

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay almost £6,500 for renting out four houses in Nottingham without a license. Dilip Gohil...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Database of rogue landlords and agents to be introduced in April

It has been confirmed that a database of rogue landlords and letting agents as well as new banning orders will be...

04 December 2017

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Council is slammed for siding with landlord who ‘illegally’ evicted family

Maidstone Borough Council has been criticised by a government watchdog and ordered to pay in excess of £4,000 after a private...

04 December 2017

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Shelter Scotland welcomes ‘reform of private renting’

The introduction of a new form of Scottish private residential tenancy has been welcomed by Shelter Scotland. The new private residential tenancy...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords adapting to controversial tax changes

But-to-let landlords are adapting to ongoing restrictions to tax relief on buy-to-let mortgage interest, with almost half of all landlords having...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New tool to help landlords comply with licensing schemes

A new online platform designed to help landlords keep on top of new licensing schemes and consultations has been launched by...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Things to check when choosing landlord home emergency cover

Working as a landlord involves dealing with the occasional less-than-calm phone call in the middle of the night about a broken...

01 December 2017

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Four in five tenants deterred by a bad property advert or viewing

Some 80% of prospective tenants have been put off renting a property through a letting agent due to a misleading property...

01 December 2017

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Letting fees crackdown may deter many landlords from using agents

The government’s plan to ban letting agents in England from charging fees to tenants will deter up to 30% of buy-to-let...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Major PRS changes in Scotland

A new form of Scottish private residential tenancy will be introduced tomorrow. The new private residential tenancy (PRT) will replace the existing...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Welsh housing minister to address Future Renting Wales conference today

The Welsh minister for housing and regeneration, Rebecca Evans AM, will address the RLA’s Future Renting Wales conference in Cardiff today.  The Future...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The Melton reaffirms its ‘support for the buy-to-let market’

An interest coverage ratio of 130% against a stressed interest rate of 5.5% for pound-for-pound buy-to-let remortgages has been introduced by...

30 November 2017

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The UK remains ‘one of the best places in the world to buy property’

International investors’ interest in the UK buy-to-let market is starting to increase once more, according to a new Liquid Expat Mortgages...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord who rented out an illegally converted property is jailed

A landlord who failed to provide his tenants with adequate living conditions has been sent to jail. Majid Saniinejad, of Stoke Newington,...

29 November 2017

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Scottish rental market continues to outperform the rest of the UK

Rental price growth north of the border continued to outstrip the rest of the UK with an annual rise of 2.5%...

29 November 2017

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Tenants union targets rogue landlords

We all know that buy-to-let landlords have a bad reputation, which is largely undeserved, but a growing anti-landlord movement would have...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans increases BTL portfolio limits to £3m

Foundation Home Loans has announced that it has increased the maximum total borrowing limits on its buy-to-let range from £2m to...

29 November 2017

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Rental supply falls in October as letting agents predict price rises

The supply of rental properties fell by 3.7% during October when compared to the previous month, according to fresh data from...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in buy-to-let remortgaging activity

Remortgaging activity has increased significantly in recent months, helped in no small part by record low mortgage rates and continued house...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Paragon abolish fees for portfolio landlords

Paragon has scrapped valuation and application fees on all buy-to-let products for portfolio landlords. The removal of the standard application fee of...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost 3,800 landlords could face fines for illegally renting out properties

There is growing concern that thousands of buy-to-let landlords could face fines and possibly even prosecution for failing to sign up...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental price growth slows as market starts to feel a chill

The average rent in England and Wales hit £845 a month in October, up 2.4% year-on-year, which is down from 4.8%...

27 November 2017

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Unlicensed landlord ordered to pay almost £7K

Action from Hertsmere Borough Council has left a landlord with a bill of close to £7,000 for letting an unlicensed property...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

3mc and Precise launch BTL exclusive

A new two-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage deal, which is funded by Precise Mortgages, has been launched by mortgage distributor 3mc. The...

27 November 2017

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Chancellor Philip Hammond is blasted for failing to act on ‘punitive tax changes’

Chancellor Philip Hammond has been slammed by Belvoir for failing to address taxes on buy-to-let landlords imposed by his predecessor George...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let demand continues to slow

A series of fiscal and regulatory changes aimed at private landlords and challenging lending conditions are taking their toll on the...

24 November 2017

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Landlords welcome Universal Credit changes

Buy-to-let landlords receiving rent from tenants in receipt of Universal Credit will continue to be paid housing benefit directly, rather than...

24 November 2017

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Tax relief is abolished for landlords who own properties within a company

  Buy-to-let landlords who own homes within a company will face a higher tax bill when they eventually sell their properties. Yesterday’s Budget...

23 November 2017

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Council tax discount for landlords may be scrapped

Buy-to-let landlords could soon be hit with an empty homes tax after the Chancellor Philip Hammond yesterday gave local councils the...

23 November 2017

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Government fails to offer landlords tax relief for offering longer-term tenancies

Buy-to-let landlords avoided a further tax clampdown in the Budget yesterday, while the Chancellor Philip Hammond revealed government plans to review...

23 November 2017

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Autumn Budget: Key points at-a-glance

The Chancellor Philip Hammond has delivered his Autumn Budget. Here are the key points of his speech impacting private landlords and...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Fewer people living in rented accommodation

There has been a notable decline in the number of people living in rented accommodation, new research suggests. An independent study carried out by...

22 November 2017

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Is the new Electronic Communications Code a hazard for landlords?

Many property owners agree to electronic communications operators, such as mobile phone companies, installing aerials and other equipment, for example on...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Newcastle Intermediaries reduces BTL rates

Newcastle Intermediaries has cut rates across its buy-to-let ranges. The new buy-to-let remortgage deals are available at 2.85% for two years or...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Philip Hammond urged to scrap stamp duty

The Chancellor Philip Hammond should scrap stamp duty because it would encourage more buy-to-let landlords to invest in the private rented...

22 November 2017

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Buy-to-let landlords must take tenant affordability into account

While demand for rental property remains strong, landlords always have to be mindful of tenants’ ability to pay higher prices, according...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax breaks for landlords needed to keep them in the market

A raft of ‘anti-landlord’ policies introduced by the government have prompting concern that buy-to-let landlords with low profit margins could end...

21 November 2017

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The effects of the Manchester city centre housing boom

A continuous increase in the number of cranes, hoardings and skyscraper frames around Manchester’s inner ring road is visual proof of...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

InventoryBase supporting mandatory landlord inventories

InventoryBase has announced that it is supporting the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) in their bid for mandatory inventories for...

21 November 2017

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Mixed month for the UK lettings market

October produced mixed results for the UK rental market as data for new listings ‘to let’ rose, while figures for properties...

20 November 2017

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Are you assured of compliance?

There is a lot for landlords to consider when letting a property and what is required often relates to the date...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Coventry for Intermediaries unveils new Flexx for Term BTLs

Coventry for Intermediaries has launched new Flexx for Term buy-to-let mortgages at 50%-75% loan-to-value (LTV). The new range includes a 1.82% rate...

20 November 2017

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A £5 raffle ticket could win you a £315k house in West Midlands

Thousands of people are being offered the chance to win a three-bedroom house in the West Midlands The bungalow in Halesowen, which...

20 November 2017

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The UK's top buy-to-let property hotspots unveiled

Buy-to-let landlords can still expect to achieve double-digit yields when investing up north, fresh research shows. A new survey by TotallyMoney provides...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms – have your say

The government’s decision to review the effectiveness of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 will have an impact...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales needs full compliance to raise standards in the PRS

First introduced in November 2015, The Welsh government’s Rent Smart Wales (RSW) scheme was designed to drive up standards in the...

17 November 2017

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Rogue landlords urged to ‘take notice’ after hefty fine is issued in Bucks

A landlord has been handed a £10,000 fine after failing to properly maintain his rental property, leaving tenants living in substandard...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips to improve your properties’ EPC ratings

With less than six months until the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) are introduced in April 2018, Mike Feely of...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords are unsure of their responsibilities, research shows

As a landlord do you know your rights and responsibilities? Well, it would appear that many people, including tenants, do not...

16 November 2017

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‘Earn money in your sleep’ by investing in property, says ex-footballer

Football legend turned property magnate Robbie Fowler, estimated to be worth more than £30m, is behind free advice on how to...

16 November 2017

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More than 450 landlords attend show in London

Over 450 buy-to-let landlords and property investors attended the Olympia Conference Centre in London last week where they were able to...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Accord reduces buy-to-let remortgage rates

Accord Buy to Let has cut selected remortgage rates for buy-to-let landlords by up to 0.17%. The intermediary-only lender, which is part...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords should look north for higher rental yields

Private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 1.5% in the 12 months to October, but this was...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Will longer tenancies restrict rent rises?

The forthcoming Autumn Budget is set to unveil the government’s plans to encourage landlords to offer longer tenancies of at least...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Many renters will ‘end up worse off’ unless the law is changed

The government’s proposal to cap tenancy deposits to six weeks’ rent will save many tenants money, given that a number of...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage costs remain stable

The second phase of the Prudential Regulation Authority changes, coupled with the recent interest rate hike, appear to have had minimal...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Politicians risk neglecting those who ‘face a lifetime of renting’, claims lobby group

High house prices, inadequate savings and longer life expectancies mean a number of people will never be able to get a...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Does your letting agent clearly display all their fees?

It is a statutory duty for letting agents to fully publicise the fees they charge to landlords and tenants, and yet...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Colchester landlord ordered to pay almost £9k for poor property management

A buy-to-let landlord in Colchester has been fined for poor property management that left a family in Wimpole Road, CO1, living...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

World’s ‘most successful’ Airbnb landlord earns £11.9m a year in London

The world's ‘most successful’ Airbnb landlord is based in London and currently makes £11.9m a year in rental income, renting out...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Cash buyers make up record 65% of buy-to-let purchasers

The proportion of landlords acquiring properties in cash has reached an all-time high of 65%, according to fresh data from Countrywide. The...

13 November 2017

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Landlords welcome report that will ‘improve safety in rental housing’

The publication of a new report to ministers on electrical safety has been warmly welcomed by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The annual rate of rental growth slows

Annual rental price growth slowed between September and October with the cost of the average new let in Great Britain increasing...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

TMW pilots limited company BTL range

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has launched a new limited company buy-to-let mortgage product range for professional landlords. There are five products being...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs call for carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in all homes to let

Buy-to-let landlords across the UK should be responsible for the installation of carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, according to a new report. Under...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords face compulsory ombudsman scheme

In order to solve tenant disputes, landlords will soon be required to register with a redress scheme, helping to improve operating...

10 November 2017

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RLA welcomes new director to drive growth

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has appointed Paul Smee as a new director, as the trade body looks to accelerate growth...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Race row landlord told ‘no coloured’ policy is unlawful

The UK’s largest and arguably most controversial buy-to-let landlord who earlier this year banned ‘coloured people’ from renting any of his...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Annual price growth slows as rents hit an affordability ceiling

Annual rental price growth in the UK slowed to just 0.9% in October, which was less than half the 2.1% increase...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Cleaning remains the number one cause of deposit disputes

When renting out a property, most landlords opt to take a deposit from the tenant before the tenancy starts. The deposit...

09 November 2017

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App claims to make it ‘more profitable’ for landlords to rent to students

A new student lettings app has been launched by SPCE that will potentially make it easier for landlords to find student...

09 November 2017

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Tenant had the ‘legal right’ to break back into landlord’s property, says council

Havering Council has defended its decision to advise a tenant to break back into a rental property that she had vacated...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New renting platform cuts ‘out the middle agent’ to ensure ‘happier tenancies’

A new online property letting website backed by newspaper publisher Trinity Mirror has been launched, offering to cut out the role...

08 November 2017

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Over 500 landlords attend Brent forum event

More than 500 landlords attended Brent Council’s latest Landlord Forum in north London last week where they were given presentations from...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Vida expands lending criteria to include missed unsecured payments

Vida Homeloans has announced the introduction of new lending criteria for customers with impaired and improving credit records. The specialist mortgage lender...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £12k for illegally renting out basement

A landlord has been fined just over £12,000 after repeatedly ignoring warnings from council planning enforcement officers not to carry on...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord faced with eviction costs after council tells tenant to break into his flat

A landlord in Essex has had to start eviction proceedings to remove a sitting tenant after she broke back into a...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New powers will make it ‘quicker and easier’ to tackle rogue landlords

Hefty fines could soon be issued to rogue landlords in Bradford without being taken to court, under plans due to be...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

No Letting Go backs calls for mandatory inventories

For a long time, fair wear and tear has been a grey area for landlords and letting agents alike, and because...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Free landlord investment show takes place in London today

Buy-to-let landlords and property enthusiasts will descend on the Olympia Conference Centre in London today where they will be able to...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage brokers can save you thousands of pounds

A new campaign is being launched today to tackle mortgage myths and highlight the importance of professional advice when it comes...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Legislation and technology is giving more power to tenants

As the letting fees ban looms ahead, it is clear that however it plays out we are seeing more and more...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord let out Harry Potter-style cupboard under the stairs for £250pcm

A young man has been discovered paying £250 a month for a sleeping space in a cupboard under the stairs, measuring...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Could you spot a household carbon monoxide leak?

Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, non-irritant and therefore undetectable gas, which is why more than half of Britons would...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Residents in high rise blocks let down by ‘confused’ guidance on fire safety

People living in high rise tower blocks across the UK are being let down by a system in which it is...

06 November 2017

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Buy-to-let investing to ‘fall most dramatically’ - Savills

The number of properties acquired by buy-to-let investors using a mortgage will plummet by more than a quarter over the next...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Interest rate rise could push up the cost of renting

The Bank of England’s decision to increase interest rates yesterday could lead to rents rising across the country as some landlords...

03 November 2017

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Ban on letting fees must not leave any exploitable loopholes, say Lib Dems

The government’s decision to introduce a draft bill to parliament this week to ban letting agents and landlords from charging introductory...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Four landlords collectively fined over £200k for unlicensed properties

Four landlords in Gainsborough have been heavily penalised after failing to comply with West Lindsey District Council’s selective licensing scheme. The quartet...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Draft Tenant Fees Bill is a ‘step in the right direction’

The government introduced a draft bill to parliament yesterday to ban letting agents and landlords from charging introductory fees to tenants...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent hit by rising house prices

The annual rate of house price growth increased to 2.5% in October, according to the latest figures, pushing homes further out...

02 November 2017

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Rental deposits to be capped at six weeks rent

The security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents will be capped at no more than six weeks...

02 November 2017

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Landlords and letting agents urged to sign mandatory inventories petition

A new petition has been launched calling for independent inventory reporting to become a compulsory requirement. The petition, which has been created...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans expands BTL range

A new set of products has been introduced by Foundation Home Loans across its entire buy-to-let range, in order to offer...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips to protect landlords against allegations of ‘revenge evictions’

A number of landlords are leaving themselves wide open to legal claims of retaliatory eviction and property disrepair by failing to...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Damaged furniture biggest cause of deductions to rental deposit

When renting out a property most landlords opt to take a deposit from the tenant prior to the tenancy starting. The...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords are increasingly turning to auctions for ‘a quick sale and exit’

There has been a sharp rise in the number of landlords in Manchester offloading buy-to-let properties at auction due to tougher...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Accord to help landlords manage the upfront costs of buying a new property

From today Accord Buy To Let is offering free standard valuation and up to £1,000 cashback on all of its fixed...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Strong and stable market means ‘things are looking up for Scottish landlords’

Returns achieved by landlords in Scotland remain highly competitive when compared to other asset classes, the latest figures show. The average monthly...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Ipswich BS launches new ‘competitive’ BTL products

Ipswich Building Society has released two new ‘attractive’ buy-to-let products in a bid to win more business from private landlords purchasing...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Abandoned homes are ‘disgusting’ and ‘wearing me down’, says landlord

A landlord in Burnley fears that he will be left with no choice but to board up and abandon his rental...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Metro slashes BTL rates by up to 0.4%

Metro Bank has reduced buy-to-let rates on loans of up to £2m by as much as 0.4% Rates now start from 2.69%...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Increasing rents putting pressure on tenants

More than a quarter of letting agents saw a rise in rents last month, raising concerns about tenant affordability. Some 27% of...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Generous landlord offers rent reduction for ‘unsung heroes’ working in the NHS

A big-hearted landlord is prepared to lower the rent of his one-bedroom property in Wycombe for a tenant who works in...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Is buy-to-let still a good investment? The PM certainly seems to think so

Over the past couple of years, private landlords have suffered some disappointing blows compared with other investors, such as the scrapping...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Hinckley & Rugby eases BTL stress test for remortgages

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society has announced that it is now assessing like-for-like buy-to-let remortgages using a lower reference rate and...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Where are rents rising fastest in England and Wales?

Most areas of England and Wales have seen rental price growth over the past 12 months, according to the latest Your...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Over £4.1bn in rental deposits ‘being lost to the British economy’

dLighted, the insurance backed deposit-free renting solution, is once again trying to persuade more landlords and tenants to use its service...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Paragon continues to ‘support landlords’ by expanding BTL product ranges

Paragon has extended its portfolio and regular buy-to-let product ranges. Four new products have been added to its buy-to-let Portfolio range, starting...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords call on chancellor to help homeless people rent

With Britain potentially facing its worst winter homelessness crisis for 20 years, the National Landlord Association (NLA) and Residential Landlords Association...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agent rating system provides landlords with ‘independent reviews’

When letting a property, many of us turn to letting agents for help, and as many of you will know, not...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Consultation proposal on licensing scheme for private landlords in Gedling

Gedling Borough Council has proposed a five year licensing scheme for private landlords in Gedling, Nottinghamshire, in an effort to improve...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in new purpose-built student accommodation developments

There has been a significant increase in the number of students living in purpose-built student accommodation across Britain, making it harder...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Aldermore unveils limited edition BTL remortgage deals

Aldermore has launched two new limited edition five-year fixed rate remortgage deals aimed at buy-to-let landlords as the specialist lender looks...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost a quarter of tenants spend over half their pay on rent

Nearly a quarter of private tenants in the UK are spending more than half their take-home pay on rent, new figures...

25 October 2017

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Landlord given 12-month community service order for illegally evicting tenants

A landlord has been given a 12-month community service order with a rehabilitation activity requirement of 20 days after being convicted...

25 October 2017

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Rogue landlords in Hackney now face fines of up to £30,000

Rogue landlords in Hackney face heavy fines after the local council gained new powers to issue penalties of up to £30,000.  Landlords...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Make CMP mandatory on agents ‘at the earliest opportunity’ government told

Given that thousands of landlords and tenants are not protected by client money protection (CMP), placing money held by letting agents are...

25 October 2017

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Rent payments should automatically be added to tenant’s credit score, say MPs

Rent payments should be used as part of credit scores to help private renters secure a mortgage to buy a home...

24 October 2017

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Landlords back calls for Universal Credit waiting time to be cut

Buy-to-let landlords have welcomed reports that Universal Credit waiting time could be cut from six weeks to a month Former work and...

24 October 2017

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Top tips to avoid tenant disputes

Dealing with tenant disputes is one of the biggest challenges landlords must overcome, and can sometimes prove both expensive and time-consuming...

24 October 2017

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Landlord inspections ‘are not something to be afraid of’

When a landlord let his property in Hartlepool to two cousins, he did not expect them to be sent to jail...

24 October 2017

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TBMC unveils 1.99% BTL exclusive with Hinkley

TBMC has launched a new buy-to-let mortgage exclusive with Hinckley & Rugby Building Society. The product is a 1.99% two year discount...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord event to provide advice about new tenancy agreements

With just over a month until a new form of private residential tenancy (PRT) will be introduced north of the border,...

23 October 2017

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Number of buy-to-let mortgage deals slightly down

The total number of buy-to-let mortgage products on the market fell slightly last month, but remains at its second highest level...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to prepare properties for winter

Landlords are being encouraged to make crucial preparations to their buy-to-let properties as the winter fast approaches, after a new survey...

23 October 2017

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Welsh housing minister to address landlords at conference next month

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has announced that the Welsh cabinet secretary responsible for housing policy, Carl Sargeant, will be the...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urge government to pause the rollout of Universal Credit

Labour’s symbolic victory over the rollout of universal credit on Wednesday night will have been welcomed by many buy-to-let landlords. Tory MPs were...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Why Right to Rent imperfections shouldn’t concern pragmatic landlords

The findings of the BBC investigation into ID fraud linked to Right to Rent checks will come as no surprise to...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Call to protect tenants in Wales from ‘unjust fees and rogue landlords’

The secretary of state for Wales has called for greater protections for tenants and a crackdown on rogue landlords in Wales. Welsh...

20 October 2017

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Prime rents rise in the Home Counties as demand grows

Prime rents across the Home Counties increased further in the third quarter of the year as the market recovery continued, underpinned...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit theft total hits £850k so far this year

The recent conviction of letting agent Lee Grace for illegally keeping £45,000 of tenancy deposits has contributed significantly to the near...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Don’t let the energy efficiency standards leave you with ‘unrentable’ properties

There are now only six months until the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) are implemented – a sweeping change due...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Specialist lender delivers funding to landlord in just 24 hours

Together teamed up with second charge master broker Smart Money to provide a landlord with much needed funding within 24 hours. The...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Four landlords fined £232,000 for failing to licence properties

Four landlords in Lincolnshire have been ordered to pay a collective fine of £232,155.68 for failing to comply with licensing regulations. The...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

TMA and Precise launch exclusive product for large portfolio landlords

TMA Mortgage Club has teamed up with Precise Mortgages to launch an exclusive three-year fixed rate buy-to-let product for members of...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work for unlawfully subletting home

In most cases, a tenant needs their landlord’s consent before they can sublet their home, otherwise they risk breaking the term...

18 October 2017

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Government issues guidance on complying with minimum EPC standards

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Regulations make it unlawful from April 2018 to let domestic and commercial buildings in England...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

What are the most important factors when renting?

Fresh research carried out by Usurv on behalf of landlord insurance specialists Cover4LetProperty reveals that for 88% of renters, the cost...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New rules for landlords in Wales – have your say

The Welsh government is currently seeking views on proposed regulations, made under section 94 of the act, for determining if a...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

More than a quarter of renters in Scotland ignorant of deposit schemes

When Scotland introduced tenancy deposit protection over five years ago, it offered a much needed level of security to landlords and...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in Dagenham fined almost £80,000

A pair of landlords in Dagenham have been slapped with a hefty fine for renting out two illegally converted flats over...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord immigration checks fuelling ‘black market’

A scheme requiring landlords to check the immigration status of new tenants is fuelling a ‘black market in forged Ids’, a...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Angry tenant to be sentenced next month for vandalising her landlord’s car

A furious tenant who sprayed offensive comments, such as ‘racist’, ‘Arab’ and ‘no means no’, across her landlord’s car after she...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined over £11,600 for overcrowding

A landlord in Luton has been fined £11,620 for letting an unlicensed and poorly-maintained house in the town which is classed...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Castle Trust provide ‘options’ for landlords with bad credit

Castle Trust Capital has launched a range of mortgages aimed at buy-to-let landlords with a poor credit history.   The ‘credit recovery’...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

The Bournemouth & Poole Landlord Exhibition to take place tomorrow

The 10th annual Bournemouth and Poole Landlord Exhibition will take place tomorrow (Wednesday). The event, which is being organised in conjunction with...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage lending remains flat

Mortgage lending to buy-to-let investors remained largely unchanged in August despite an overall increase in residential mortgage lending, according to the...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New inquiry into PRS welcomed by letting agents

The decision to launch a new inquiry into the private rented sector has been welcomed by letting agents. The Communities and Local...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New 80% BTL mortgage deal launched by Mansfield BS

The Mansfield Building Society has launched a new mortgage product specifically designed to allow buy-to-let investors to purchase or remortgage a...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Government has made landlords ‘public enemy number one’, says Tory councillor

A Camden councillor who was prosecuted last year by the council he works for in north west London after failing to...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Around 1.6 million rental homes at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning

Almost a third of rental properties in the UK are potentially at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning, according to new research. The study, carried...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Legal & General announces Birmingham as next city for Build to Rent homes

Legal & General has announced that it will be creating 220 new Build to Rent (BTR) homes in Birmingham, as part...

13 October 2017

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Havering Council approves landlord licensing scheme

Plans to introduce an additional licensing scheme across 12 wards in Havering, east London, have been approved. Local councillors met on Wednesday...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Bath pair fined £16k for holding wrong HMO licenses

Two landlords in Bath have been ordered to more than £16,000 for failing to hold the correct HMO licences. Elizabeth Vowles, 48,...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax and affordability test changes prompt landlords to set up structures

A growing number of landlords are turning to corporate structures in an effort to reduce tax liability and avoid stringent new...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Specialist BTL lender eases borrowing restrictions

Keystone Property Finance has relaxed its criteria around its buy-to-let proposition in a bid to help win more business from both...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord licensing scheme considered in Weymouth

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council is planning to introduce a selective licensing scheme in an effort to clamp down on unscrupulous...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost half of landlords would reject a tenant applicant with a poor credit rating

Nearly half of landlords across the UK would refuse a tenant applicant with a poor credit score, despite in-depth credit checks...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New blacklist will be a ‘valuable tool in protecting tenants’

The new blacklist of rogue agents and landlords, introduced as part of the Housing and Planning Bill, will go a long...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landmark change of planning rules for HMOs will ‘drive out rogue landlords’

New rules making it compulsory for landlords to apply for planning consent if they wish to convert properties in the Royal...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Supply-demand imbalance likely to tip PCL market ‘in the favour of landlords’

There are growing signs of recovery in the prime central London buy-to-let market as rental values dipped by just 0.1% in...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents continue to rise across the UK

The average cost of renting a property in the UK rose by 2.1% in September, while tenants in the capital faced...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

A van in Bristol is available to rent as a home for £220 per month

An advert offering a van for rent as a home for £220 per month has appeared on Gumtree. The advert for the...

10 October 2017

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Rogue landlords in York could soon face fines of up to £30k

New rules to help crack down on rogue landlords in York could soon come into force. City of York Council is considering...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Havering Council set to approve landlord licensing scheme

Plans to introduce an additional licensing scheme across 12 wards in Havering, east London, look set to be approved tomorrow. Local councillor will...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips for landlords letting to student tenants

Being a student landlord can be an attractive proposition especially in an area with a high student population which has the...

09 October 2017

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Asking rents fall amid rise in property supply

Asking rents are continuing to drop as the supply of property to let increases, according to a new report. Historically, asking rents...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Why the Northern Powerhouse is a beacon for buy-to-let investors

With the benefit of hindsight we always know, with painful clarity, which investments we should have bought and which we should...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

One-on-one interview: Steve Burrows, MD of Landlord Secure

What is Landlord Secure? Landlord Secure is a tenant referencing service provider, as well as an FCA authorised company for the sale...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Crossrail 2 delay would be a ‘hammer blow’

Following the news that Transport for London has privately warned that Crossrail 2 could be delayed by a decade, to the...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

UK government urged to follow Scotland’s lead to reduce rent arrears

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has hailed the Scottish government for offering people receiving Universal Credit north of the border more...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ perfect tenant revealed

Almost a quarter of households in Britain will be renting privately by the end of 2021 as rising house prices and...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-letting agent jailed for burgling rental properties

A former north London letting agent who stole thousands of pounds worth of cash and belongings from rental homes by tricking...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Most tenants ‘have no desire' to own a home’

It is well known that homeownership rates have been falling rapidly, particularly among young people, despite government efforts to reverse the...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Minimise conflicts by educating landlords and tenants, says expert

While the majority of landlords, tenants and letting agents do act responsibly, disputes still occur, which can sometimes end up involving...

05 October 2017

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Ban on agents' letting fees – is there a power shift towards tenants?

New research from Fixflo shows that nearly 42% of all agents in the UK believe the looming letting fees ban will...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landbay enjoys record month of buy-to-let lending

Landbay has reported a record month of buy-to-let lending in September, despite the latest crack down on the sector. Stricter portfolio buy-to-let...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Deposit protection training for landlords

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) will continue to offer buy-to-let landlords across the country special training on tenancy deposit schemes, as...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

One in 20 BTL homes would fail new minimum energy efficiency standards

Around 5% of buy-to-let properties are set to fail new Minimum Energy Efficient Standards (MEES) that come into effect in April...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Renters paying over double what homeowners pay in mortgage interest

The total amount of rent paid to private landlords is now more than double the amount of mortgage interest paid to...

04 October 2017

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Landlord faces jail if £102k fine is not paid in two months

A landlord in east London will have to cough up more than £100,000 or face going to jail for illegally converting...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

How technology will shape the PRS in the future

The latest figures show that there are over one million apps available across leading app stores such as Google Play, Apple...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents welcome government’s pledge to ‘regulate’ the PRS

The Conservative Party’s pledge to give tenants greater rights as part of a regulatory shake-up of the private rented sector has...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

What’s new in the London letting market?

With all the doom and gloom in the press about the poor performance of the property market as a whole, landlords...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Sky-high tenant deposits ‘have spiralled out of control’

With many landlords and letting agents now demanding tenant deposits equivalent to six weeks, many renters across the country are required...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Legal & General Mortgage Club updates BTL matrix

Legal & General Mortgage Club’s Buy to Let Matrix has been updated to include the positions of all lenders on portfolio...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Direct Line Group acquires stake in rental market disrupter Canopy

Direct Line Group has announced that it has taken a 15% equity stake in Canopy, a rental market disruptor founded last...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords will be forced to register with an ombudsman redress scheme

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, yesterday pledged to offer private sector tenants’ greater rights by...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

A £5 raffle ticket could win you a £145k house in Leicester

A buy-to-let landlord is raffling off a three-bedroom house in the Leicestershire town of Wigston which is worth in the region...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

NatWest reduces buy-to-let income coverage ratio

Natwest has lowered its buy-to-let income coverage ratio requirement from 145% to 135% at 5.5%, while it has also introduced more...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord who illegally converted houses ordered to pay £340k

A private landlord who converted several houses into bedsits without planning consent has been ordered to pay more than £340,000. Latif Rehman,...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords earn returns of over 1,000% since 1996

Investing in the buy-to-let sector has proved a shrewd move for many private landlords, with fresh research revealing that they have...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents rise in England, Wales, and Scotland

A low supply of rental homes on the market continues to push rents up across England, Wales and Scotland, new figures...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Student landlords urged to up their game

Given the sharp rise in purpose-built student accommodation in recent years, buy-to-let landlords targeting the student sector are being encouraged to...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed landlord ordered to pay £1,300

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined £1,000 for renting out a property in Peterborough without a licence which he was legally...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

New interactive fire door checker launched

A new fire door checker has been launched as part of Fire Door Safety Week (25 September - 1 October), designed...

29 September 2017

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Jeremy Corbyn pledges to introduce rent controls

Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to give cities the power to introduce rent controls under a Labour government. Yesterday was the last day...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords slapped with heavy fine for cramming tenants into rat-infested home

Two landlords have been fined more than £85,000 for illegally cramming tenants into a rental property in Leytonstone, east London, and...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

TDS Charitable Foundation donates £94k towards improving PRS

The Charitable Foundation of TDS, the deposit protection scheme, has announced that it made just over £94,000 in awards in its...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Grainger on course for growth thanks to ‘substantial’ PRS investments

Grainger PLC saw adjusted earnings for the full year to the end of September increase by more than 30% thanks to a...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Government urged to support landlords by axing cuts to mortgage interest relief

The importance of the private rented market in this country should not be underestimated – it is a crucial source of...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

‘Bleak picture’ for tenants as rents continue to rise

A growing number of landlords are passing extra costs onto tenants by increasing rents, while others are simply opting to exit...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined over £8k for ‘unacceptable’ safety breaches

A Lincoln landlord has been told to pay more than £8,000 for serious overcrowding and safety breaches. Abdol Ali Javid Keshmiri of...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Average earners risk being priced out of the rental market

With rents continuing to rise across the UK, fresh research shows that those looking to rent increasingly need to earn more...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

‘Deposit-free renting’ necessary to protect tenancies, says agent

With personal debt burden continuing to rise, anti-deposit campaigner Ajay Jagota of Dlighted has once again called for tenant deposits to be scrapped. The...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Renters reveal fire escape concerns

Landlords have been accused of doing little to improve fire safety in their rental properties following the Grenfell Tower disaster. New research,...

26 September 2017

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Greater Manchester mayor vows to clamp down on rogue landlords

A cap on rents and more stringent regulations are among the proposals put forward by the mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

TMW takes ‘pragmatic and considered approach’ to new PRA standards

New buy-to-let requirements for portfolio landlords have been unveiled by The Mortgage Works (TMW) ahead of the introduction of the new...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for letting unlicensed property

A buy-to-let landlord had been prosecuted for letting rooms to three disabled people in an unlicensed property in the Rose Hill...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Help to Rent and tax reforms among recommendations made to Treasury

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has submitted recommendations to HM Treasury ahead of Autumn Budget Statement, due to be delivered on...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Naive couple conned by imposter landlord

A couple in Plymouth have been scammed out of £1,200 by a fake landlord who copied and pasted pictures and details...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents under ‘increasing pressure’ from changing legislation

It is currently a challenging time for letting agents, following a raft of changes introduced by the government prompting concern that...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Have your say on the state of the PRS

Buy-to-let landlords are being invited to take part in the Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) latest quarter survey, designed to improve conditions...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

More landlords likely to use specialist lenders due to new changes - Together

As the buy-to-let industry braces itself for yet more changes, a growing number of private landlords are likely to turn to...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord threatens to sue council after 35 men were found living in his house

The owner of a three-bedroom house in Queensbury, north-west London, where 35 men were living in rooms full of mattresses has threatened to...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords prosecuted for failing to licence or maintain their BTL properties

A landlord in Sheffield, who also happens to be a company director and letting agent, has been handed a hefty fine...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord licensing scheme considered in Hackney

  Hackney Council is planning to introduce a selective licensing scheme in an effort to clamp down on unscrupulous landlords in the...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

UK slips down EU buy-to-let league table

The UK has dropped into the bottom five European buy-to-let markets for investors as UK yields plummet, according to the latest...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Monthly boost for rental property supply

The number of new rental property listings increased by 2.4% during August compared to the same month a year ago, the...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent inventories for student properties are ‘invaluable’, says AIIC

For a long time, fair wear and tear has been a grey area for landlords and letting agents alike, and because...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

‘We’re coming for you’, council warns rogue landlords after a shock discovery

Brent Council has once again vowed to clamp down on rogue landlords in the local area after 35 men we found...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent hit by ‘rising house prices and low interest rates’

Renters in London face a five year delay in buying a home of their own if they leave savings in cash,...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to check gas appliances this Gas Safety Week

Landlords are being warned of the dangers of unsafe gas appliances this Gas Safety Week. The seventh annual Gas Safety Week currently...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Parliament to debate rent payments being added to tenant’s credit score

Private tenants who pay their rent on time could soon see their credit rating boosted in order to make it easier...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

New industry alliance to lobby on behalf of landlords

With almost a quarter of existing buy-to-let landlords thinking about exiting the private rented sector and many more planning to increase...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined over £200,000 for endangering lives of tenants

A landlord who endangered the lives of his tenants has been successfully prosecuted and fined more than £200,000 for failing to...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

A ‘welcome relief’ for landlords as rents rise by 2.4% in August

The rental market remains firm despite the various economic and political headwinds the sector has faced recently, the latest data shows.  Newly...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Scottish Labour hopeful calls for ‘stringent rent controls’

Richard Leonard, the Scottish Labour leadership candidate backed by supporters of Jeremy Corbyn, has called for ‘stringent’ rent controls to be...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

More tenants face eviction and rent arrears due to universal credit

Delays in universal credit benefit payments for housing costs are leaving claimants unable to pay rent and pushing some deep into...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed landlord ordered to pay over £2,600

A private landlord has been fined £2,000 for renting out two properties in Peterborough without a licence which he was legally...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

The number of landlords exiting the market ‘is concerning’, says RICS

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are likely to exit the private rented sector over the next 12 months due to...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

New mortgage advice clinic launched to help support portfolio landlords

A free mortgage advice clinic has been launched by The Happy Tenant Company in conjunction with the mortgage broker Lee Grandin...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord denies manslaughter after house fire kills two toddlers

A landlord has pleaded not guilty to gross negligence manslaughter after a house fire in Huddersfield last year tragically claimed the...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Free advice event for landlords and investors

Landlords across the East Midlands are being invited to attend a free event offering mortgage, tax and new legislation advice. The event,...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

It’s ‘business as usual’ for Foundation Home Loans despite PRS changes

Foundation Home Loans will continue to provide its range of competitive mortgage products to portfolio landlords when new PRA underwriting standards...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

When is the best time to sell a BTL property?

This year has seen record numbers of landlords selling their BTL properties, in response to regulatory changes and the economic uncertainty,...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Funding available to help landlords install ‘vital’ energy efficiency improvements

From the 1st April 2018, it will be unlawful to rent a property which breaches the requirement for a minimum energy...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

TMW launches two limited edition BTL products

Two new limited edition fixed rate buy-to-let remortgage products have been launched by The Mortgage Works (TMW). The new mortgage deals, which...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Free online training on fire doors launched for private landlords

Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy and in support of this year’s Fire Door Safety Week (25 September – 1 October 2017),...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

A growing number of tenants are ‘stuck in a never ending rental trap’

The scare tactics adopted by the government to keep Britain in the EU ahead of last year’s Brexit referendum saw the...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords race to remortgage and take advantage of record low BTL rates

Buy-to-let landlords are rushing to remortgage as record low rates look increasingly attractive, fresh data shows. In July, remortgaging accounted for more...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental market in Scotland ‘remains in good shape’ despite ban on fees

It is currently a challenging time for letting agents, following a raft of changes introduced by the government prompting concern that...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords face bans from letting homes after renting out damp and mouldy house

A pair of private landlords who rented out a damp and mouldy house in Croydon to a family of four, including...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Universal credit is leading ‘many more tenants into rent arrears’

More than a third of private landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit have said that they are now in rent arrears,...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Lender competition fuels surge in BTL deals

The total number of buy-to-let mortgage products on the market has reached its highest level since the recession in 2008 as...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords need to be ‘fully up-to-speed with legislation’

With a high number of laws affecting buy-to-let landlords and changing frequently, it is now more important than ever to keep...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for cramming vulnerable tenants in unsafe, overcrowded home

A landlord has been ordered to pay almost £10,000 after tenants were discovered living in appalling, cramped conditions, as Brent Council...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fewer landlords cash-in on rising rents despite expanding portfolios

The number of buy-to-let landlords in the UK has fallen by 154,000 since 2015 despite the volume of rented homes increasing...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord given suspended sentence for putting residents ‘at risk of harm’

A private landlord from Cornwall has been given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for 24 months, fined £5,000, and ordered to...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Complaints against letting agents soar

With more sales and letting agent branches than ever before now signed up to redress schemes, partly because it has been...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Two new fee-free mortgage products to help ‘support’ landlords

Buy-to-let landlords looking to acquire properties in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Suffolk, can now apply for two...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords and agents invited to have their say on proposed licensing scheme

Private landlords and letting agents in Wisbech, a market town in Fenland, Cambridgeshire, are being invited to offer their views this...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Investing in property continues to deliver ‘very healthy returns’

Despite a host of anti-landlord policies adopted by the government, including higher stamp duty and the phasing out of mortgage tax...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Graduates moving to London look to live in outer boroughs to ‘reduce rent burden’

Buy-to-let landlords looking to invest in London’s rental market may wish to consider investing in the capital’s outer boroughs where the...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

New guidance to regulate who can operate as a private landlord

New landlord registration enforcement guidance has been issued by the Scottish government to all local authorities on regulating landlords in the...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined £339k for allowing tenants to live in ‘atrocious conditions’

A rogue landlord who rented out squalid flats, which breached council planning laws and failed to meet basic living standards, has...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Weak pound makes UK’s buy-to-let market more attractive for British expats

The fall in the pound over the past year or so has made the UK a cheaper location for overseas-based property...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Survey finds 31% of landlords ‘unaware of proposed letting fee ban

Almost a third of buy-to-let landlords are unaware of the proposals for a draft bill banning letting agent fees, according to...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

TMA launch buy-to-let exclusive with Skipton

TMA Mortgage Club has launched an exclusive two-year buy-to-let fixed rate mortgage at 2.49% with Skipton Building Society. The product, which is...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords offered ‘help and support’ to pay tax

A new ‘help and support’ page has been launched by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to help landlords pay tax and...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost a third of renters fear they will never own a home

Nearly a third of renters do not believe they will ever be able to afford to buy their own home, according...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord pleads guilty to harassing tenants

A buy-to-let landlord pleaded guilty to two charges relating to the harassment of his tenants during a short hearing at Sheffield...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords ‘taken to task’ and banned from renting out homes

Nine private landlords have been banned from letting out homes in the Govanhill area of Glasgow after being found unfit to...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Avoid problem tenants’ with this new online tool

Investing in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) can be extremely profitable, but there are times when issues, which are simply out...

06 September 2017

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Proposed ban on letting agent fees will drive up rents, says ARLA

Letting agents will compensate for potential losses resulting from a future ban on letting agent fees paid by tenants by increasing...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue agent’s behaviour ‘affected the lives of several landlords’

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has opted to extend its exclusion of a letting agency by an additional four years after seven...

05 September 2017

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Landlord fined for putting tenants at ‘serious risk of death’

A private landlord in Liverpool has been handed a hefty fine for putting his tenants at risk of fire. Following an inspection...

05 September 2017

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New online fire safety course for landlords

Buy-to-let landlords seeking fire safety guidance following the Grenfell Tower tragedy can now gain access to an online fire safety course...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Around £2.5bn a year handed out to landlords renting out ‘non-decent’ homes

Rogue landlords receive in the region of £2.5bn a year for renting out ‘non-decent’ properties, which includes homes that are unsafe,...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

What really keeps landlords awake at night?

For many people buy-to-let continues to look an attractive income investment at a time of low saving rates and stock market...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans scraps £500 limited company fee

Landlords selecting a limited company structure with Foundation Home Loans in order to expand their buy-to-let portfolio will no longer have...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips every landlord should consider when investing in student property

A number of buy-to-let landlords are turning their attention to student housing, which is regarded by many property investors as a...

04 September 2017

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Landlords urged to run their buy-to-let portfolio ‘as a business’

Private landlords are being advised to adopt a more professional approach when it comes to managing their property portfolio, after new...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Scottish rental market ‘continues to improve’ as rents rise further

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

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Investing in buy-to-let continues to provide ‘great returns’

The rapid growth in popularity of buy-to-let in recent years has been fuelled in part by the failings of the pensions...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords adopt a ‘wait and see attitude’ in prime central London

Activity levels in prime central London’s buy-to-let sector remains relatively sluggish, despite a pick up in the wider housing market in...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s prosecution must act as a ‘warning to others’, says councillor

A landlord in Sheffield has been prosecuted for illegally evicting his tenant by simply giving him just a few hours notice...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing shortage drives up rents in England and Wales

A decline in the number of rental properties on the market is driving rents upwards across England and Wales, fresh figures...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords identify London’s next buy-to-let hotspots

Landlords have identified what they believe to be London’s next buy-to-let hotspots, which includes the likes of Woodford, Leytonstone and Redbridge. North...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Your letting agent could save you thousands by reviewing rent collection

Private landlords are being urged to only instruct letting agents that adopt a modern approach to rent payments so that they...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords sign up to council’s guaranteed rent scheme

The prospect of a guaranteed rent each month, even during void periods, has enticed more than 50 private landlords to sign...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords ‘batten down the hatches’ and increase rents

A growing number of landlords are selling off properties and increasing rents in response to regulatory changes and political uncertainty after...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

New buy-to-let lender targets professional landlords

Redwood Bank, a new business lender, is officially up and running after completing its mobilisation phase yesterday, having already secured its...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council given more powers to tackle rogue landlords

New measures to clamp down on unscrupulous landlords who trap and cram vulnerable tenants in unsafe, overcrowded homes in Govanhill, Glasgow,...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Accord launches ‘better value for money’ BTL mortgages

Accord Buy To Let has launched a new range of buy-to-let mortgages at 60% loan-to-value (LTV). The new options include a two-year...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant slams landlord for rejecting his right to pay cheap rent for life

A tenant who has won a legal case permitting him to pay cheap rent for life has panned his landlord for...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

How Wales is leading the way in raising standards in the PRS

This month has seen the approval or introduction of a number of new licensing schemes for landlords in several English cities,...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

How to be a successful landlord in five easy steps

Tenants that have nothing but respect and praise for their landlords are the sort of tenants that are likely to be...

29 August 2017

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Landlords are ‘stuck between a rock and a hard place’ as rents rise

Private landlords faced with significantly higher costs, as a result of recent tax changes, are being left with little alternative but...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

‘Landlord tax’ raises £2bn from buy-to-let investors

The Treasury has so far pocketed around £2bn as a result of the 3% stamp duty surcharge on additional homes, including...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

New guide makes end of tenancies easier for landlords, agents and tenants

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has launched a new guide to make the process of concluding a lease easier for landlords,...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL tax changes push ‘amateur landlords out of the market’

The steady levels of mortgage activity seen through the first half of the year continued into July, with gross mortgage lending...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord discovers cannabis farm at rented flat in South Wales

A landlord has described her shock and horror after the home she rented out had been transformed into a cannabis farm. The...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

A growing number of BTL landlords turn to short term holiday let market

More than 130,000 homes have potentially been taken out of the long term private rented sector as more buy-to-let landlords list...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord who put tenants at risk is brought to justice

A landlord has been fined after being found guilty of letting out a student property in Selly Oak which had a...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord licensing scheme considered in parts of Barnsley

Barnsley Council is planning to introduce a selective licensing scheme in an effort to clamp down on rogue landlords in the...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to remortgage ahead of tougher BTL regulations

If the existing mortgage deal on your buy-to-let property is about to come to an end, you may want to change...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Average tenancy is now 20 months

Tenants are now adopting a longer-term view to renting property, reflected in the average assured shorthold tenancy length which is now...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant fined for racist remark to her landlord

A tenant in South Shields has pleaded guilty to racially abusing her landlord after she was threatened with eviction. Kelly Bonner, 31,...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

BM Solutions is latest lender to change criteria ahead of new portfolio rules

BM Solutions has set out the details of how it will tackle portfolio buy-to-let underwriting when the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA)...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £10,000 for failing to license property

A private landlord has been prosecuted by Hastings Borough Council for failing to license his rented property in Surrey. Philip Dempsey of Malden...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax changes mean a third of landlords plan to hike rents

A significant number of private landlords are planning to increase rents to help cope with changes to the way they are...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

No ‘compelling evidence’ as to why tenants should pay letting fees

Buy-to-let landlords should be responsible for paying letting agent fees in Wales, despite some concerns that this will lead to higher...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips to improve your property’s EPC rating

From the 1st April 2018, it will be unlawful to rent a property which breaches the requirement for a minimum energy...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agent fined £20k for issuing fake documents

A London based letting company has been fined £20,000 after issuing false documents that gave tenants no protection from landlords or...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to adopt a more professional approach

In an attempt to improve standards in the private rented sector, a London-based letting agent is calling on buy-to-let landlords to adopt...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips for evicting an unwanted tenant

As the buy-to-let industry has grown, so too have the many rules and regulations involved with letting a property. Keeping up with...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council approve revised selective licensing scheme

City councillors in Nottingham have approved a new licensing scheme aimed at improving housing standards in the city’s private rented sector.  Following...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords slammed for ‘knowingly renting property to illegal migrants’

Buy-to-let landlords allowing illegal immigrants to live in their properties may face jail after hundreds of people suspected of not having...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

New equity release product range for BTL properties

A new range of equity release products for owners of buy-to-let properties has today been launched by Retirement Advantage. The new products...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharp decline in the number of homes for rent

There has been a significant drop in the number of homes available to rent over the past 12 months, according to...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Top 5 tips holiday home landlords should take to ensure a fruitful summer

With the number of Brits enjoying a staycation this summer expected to be almost a quarter (23.8%) higher than in 2016,...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Edgbaston land deal for major Built to Rent scheme

Plans have been unveiled for a development of 375 new Build to Rent (BTR) homes, as part of the proposed redevelopment...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords first to be fined under new licensing scheme

Four landlords in Peterborough have become the first to have been fined for not holding a licence under a new city...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Families and professionals ‘most likely to experience rent rises’

Rents are likely to rise in the third quarter of year as fewer rental homes come on to the market because...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Paying rent ‘in full and on time’ should boost a tenant’s credit score, says RLA

Private tenants who pay their rent on time should see their credit rating boosted in order to make it easier for...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Top university towns and cities for buy-to-let revealed

Many landlords purchase properties near universities in order to take advantage of the lucrative yields that the student rental market often...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents fall in London despite greater demand from tenants

Average rents continued to fall across many parts of London during the second quarter of the year despite the fact that...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Lender overhauls BTL mortgage deals

New Street Mortgages has unveiled changes to its buy-to-let range, while also making key alterations to its lending criteria. The lender has...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Nightmare tenants exposed

In what is a welcome change to the landlord bashing articles often featured in the media, the Liverpool Echo has published...

16 August 2017

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Council ‘pressing the government’ to roll out selective licensing scheme

Borough wide selective licensing could soon be coming to Brent if the the local council gets its way. Brent Council wants the...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Boost for landlords as buy-to-let mortgage rates fall

Landlords will welcome the news that buy-to-let mortgage rates are falling as lenders compete against each other to have the cheapest...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Skipton insist it’s ‘business as usual’ despite rule change

Skipton Building Society has announced that it has tightened its portfolio affordability requirements to 150% at 5.5%, and at 5% for...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council identifies 13,000 landlords who have failed to declare rental income

A London council has been working with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to identify landlords that have failed to declare their...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants and landlords make up bulk of complaints to redress scheme

Tenants and landlords accounted for over 85% of complaints made to The Property Redress Scheme (The PRS) in 2016.  The organisation's annual...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Eight-month run of falling rents comes to an end as UK growth doubles

A run of eight consecutive months of falling rents in London came to an end last month, according to Countrywide. The UK's...

15 August 2017

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Rental supply to dwindle as landlords look to sell

The supply of homes is set to fall while demand from tenants continues to increase, according to the latest research from...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord jailed for Capital Gains fraud

A landlord has been jailed for failing to declare Capital Gains Tax from the sale of his rental properties. Richard Fuller, 53,...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords remain ‘positive’ about buy-to-let market

The government’s decision to introduce a number of measures to curb the growth of private landlords has prompted concern that the buy-to-let...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

How can landlords maximise yields and profits?

Over the last few months, landlords have seen their profits eroded with the chancellors’ recent tax measures and it is becoming...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Student landlords warned about potential scam

Private landlords offering accommodation to students who are planning to go to the University of Newcastle this September are being targeted...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 100 landlords sign up to new council service

More than 100 private landlords have now signed up to the Cheshire West and Chester Council Private Landlord Service. The council run...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

A growing number of people are ‘coming to rely on the private rental sector’

A generation is being priced out of the housing market with homeownership levels set to fall further as younger people are...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council receives fresh funds to tackle rogue landlords

The Home Office is hoping to drive up standards in the private rented sector in Bristol by handing £321,750 to Bristol...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

NatWest will ‘continue to support’ portfolio landlords

Natwest has announced an overhaul of its underwriting processes for portfolio landlords ahead of September’s regulatory changes for complex buy-to-let, but...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Shortage of homes continuing to drive up rents

Rents look set to increase further in the coming months, as the supply-demand imbalance continues to grow. With landlords facing increasing pressure...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

More BTL landlords needed to meet demand from a growing population

Supply and demand are perhaps the most fundamental concepts of economics, and it is the main reason why UK house prices...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Here’s how to ensure your buy-to-let investment is gas safe

When investing in buy-to-let, you can’t always be sure when the appliances and pipe work in the property were last serviced...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Lender sees sharp rise in expat mortgage enquiries

More than £500m worth of expat mortgage enquiries for UK buy-to-let property have been received by Skipton International in the first...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Redbridge Council launches new licensing scheme

A new property licensing scheme has been introduced by Redbridge Council in order to crack down on rogue landlords – and...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord given suspended sentence for endangering tenants with illegal gas work

A buy-to-let landlord in Ilfracombe, a seaside resort on the North Devon coast, has been given a suspended prison sentence for...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords not confident about ‘stable’ rental yields

Rental yields remain steady, and yet many buy-to-let landlords are losing confidence in their ability to rely on rental income, a...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

New service allows ‘landlords to cash in until they find the perfect tenant’

A London-based sales and letting agent has launched an Airbnb interior styling service that it hopes will enable more buy-to-let landlords...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Leeds unveils portfolio buy-to-let plans

Leeds Building Society has confirmed that it will continue to accept buy-to-let mortgage applications from portfolio landlords despite the buy-to-let lending...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents bounce back in July but London weak – HomeLet

UK rental prices returned to growth in July, the first rise recorded for three months, according to the latest HomeLet Rental...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

More build to rent developments needed to ‘fix the broken housing market’

With significantly more new homes urgently needed to help plug the housing shortage in this country, the government views the Build...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Greater energy efficiency regulations required in Scotland, says Labour

The Scottish government is being urged to set a higher benchmark for the energy efficiency of private rented homes to help...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Top 10 postcodes for buy-to-let in London

A high number of buy-to-let investors prioritise rental rents over capital gains when making property purchase decisions, and with that in...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Overseas landlords shun UK housing market after tax hikes

The number of overseas investors with buy-to-let properties has dropped sharply after a tax and regulatory clampdown, reducing the number of...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord allegedly ran tenant over for digging up his plants

A landlord has been apprehended by the police for running over a tenant with his tractor and breaking her hip because...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Britain to become a nation of renters

A growing number of young British adults are giving up hope of ever owning their own property, fresh research shows. A startling...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Renting becomes cheaper than buying, particularly in the South East

  For many years, rent has been called “dead money” and young people have been urged to “get on the housing ladder”...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords south of the border ‘will be envious of the Scottish market’

Landlords north of the border continue to enjoy a higher yield on their properties than those in England and Wales, according...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Coventry release details of additional lending criteria for portfolio landlords

Coventry Intermediaries has announced that it is setting out additional lending criteria for portfolio landlords with four or more properties, to...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage rates continue to fall

With the outlook for savers continuing to look grim, many people will undoubtedly continue to consider investing in the buy-to-let sector,...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Why are landlords turning student tenants down?

After a lifetime with the parents, students naturally want to let their hair down before the serious study starts, and that...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants launch fundraising page to pay for ‘independent’ fire safety checks

A crowdfunding page has been set up by concerned tenants who are looking to pay for an independent fire safety inspection...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips for maintaining your rental property during the summer months

Maintaining your property is one of the most important aspects of being a homeowner or landlord, and that includes giving your...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for gas safety breaches

A private landlord has been prosecuted after failing to maintain gas appliances at his rental property in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. Llanelli Magistrates’ Court...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Sex-for-rent landlords could face up to seven years in prison

Rogue landlords who target vulnerable people for sex by posting online classified adverts offering accommodation in exchange for other services, could...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

RLA calls for a ‘full review of fire safety standards’

Contradictory and outdated fire safety guidance urgently needs updating to better support private landlords, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Accord reveals portfolio buy-to-let underwriting change

Accord Buy To Let is the latest lender to announce that it is amending details of its buy-to-let lending criteria for...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord confidence falls as tax burden increases

Landlord confidence declined across all key indicators during the second quarter of the year, the latest quarterly index from BM Solutions...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips for getting tenancy deposit protection right

Despite the anti-landlord policies adopted by the government, many investors continue to be drawn to the buy-to-let market as the returns...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

More than a quarter of private renters keep pets a secret from landlord

The rise in the number of people living in private rented accommodation in recent years has created an unexpected number of...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord caught on tape having sex in tenant’s bed

A landlord has pleaded guilty to trespassing charges after being caught having sex in his tenant's bedroom by a home security...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental values rise despite political uncertainty

Rental values across the residential property market in England and Wales held firm between May and June despite the uncertainty caused...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing shortage drives up rents

A chronic shortage of properties continues to drive rental prices upwards across the country, according to the Association of Residential Letting...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents expelled by TPO following landlord and tenant complaints

After a tenant paid his rent, he did not expect a few weeks later to be contacted by the landlord wanting...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agent claims it can reduce tenancy void period by a week

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

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost £750k in tenancy deposits stolen by letting agents this year alone

Rogue letting agents have reportedly been convicted of stealing more than £750,000 worth of tenancy deposits so far this year –...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords step up post-Grenfell fire safety checks

A number of buy-to-let landlords are taking measures to check the fire safety of their buy-to-let properties in the wake of...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords ‘remain resilient’ despite ‘ever-changing property marketplace’

But-to-let landlords are a resilient bunch of people who continue to adopt a ‘positive’ attitude towards the private rented sector (PRS)...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips: A few options to help protect your profits and limit loss

The anti-landlord policies adopted by the government has had an adverse impact on private landlords, especially the smaller players, over the...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharp decline in buy-to-let landlords ‘likely to back fire on tenants’

Buy-to-let landlords are currently in retreat in the property market, leaving many prospective first-time buyers, including many existing tenants, in a...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

RLA slams Joseph Rowntree Foundation for ‘misleading’ evictions report

Claims made by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation that the number of evictions was greater in the private rented sector than the...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Regulation needed to ensure evictions are ‘conducted professionally and sensitively’

Thousands of tenants are evicted from their homes every year, but to make sure that eviction firms follow correct procedure they...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Licensed homes reduces anti-social behaviour, claims councillor

There is a direct correlation between licensed rental properties and a reduction in anti-social behaviour, according to a north London based...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Leeds cut buy-to-let rates by up to 0.25%

Leeds Building Society has reduced rates on its fixed rate buy-to-let deals by up to 0.25%. New products include a 2.09% two-year...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent4sure offers a service ‘landlords can rely on’, says IT director

Living next to inconsiderate neighbours can be a nightmare, but letting to bad tenants can prove costly, especially when issues, which...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost one in five MPs are landlords

We all know that investing in buy-to-let property is a potentially great way to supplement our income, and so it is...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Is property still a better bet than a pension?

Andy Haldane, the Bank of England’s chief economist, last year confirmed what many of us already knew – investing in property...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants found living in crammed conditions following dawn raid

No fewer than 16 men were found to be living in a one-bedroom flat filled with bunk beds made out of...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Coventry introduces transitional BTL affordability policy

Coventry for intermediaries has introduced a transitional buy-to-let affordability policy for borrowers remortgaging, with a reference rate of 5% to be...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord confidence bullish despite higher buy-to-let taxes

A number of landlords remain confidence about the buy-to-let sector despite tax hikes hitting the private rented sector, research shows. More than...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL tax changes the ‘next pension crisis’, warns NLA

Having long provided mega double-digit returns for investors, investment in buy-to-let has outperformed all major asset classes in recent years, but...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

London’s super prime rentals market is booming

With a growing number of would-be buyers turning to luxury rentals while they wait out political and economic uncertainty, activity in...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Online property support service continues to grow with more field agents

Access 2 View, the online support service that provides landlords and letting agents with a range of services, including property management,...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

TV show exposes ‘lack of communication’ between landlord and tenants

A BBC TV show challenging landlords to spend a week living in one of their own rentals, on their tenant's budget,...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Users are wising up to ‘dangers of online rental fraud’

With July being Fraud Awareness Month, the subject of online rental fraud has been brought into the spotlight by Nick Marr,...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans offer first-time landlords ‘more options’

Foundation Home Loans yesterday announced that it is improving its first-time landlord range, with the introduction of a five-year fixed rate...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Plan to introduce landlord licence in Nottingham approved

Private landlords in Nottingham may soon have to obtain a licence after plans to introduce a selective licensing scheme were given...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Iain Duncan Smith speaks out in support of private landlords

Many buy-to-let landlords will undoubtedly commend former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith for slamming anti-buy-to-let legislation introduced by the former chancellor...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

UK rental market activity slows in June

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

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

UK rents increase by 1.8%, says ONS

UK rental prices paid by private tenants rose by 1.8% in the 12 months to June 2017, fresh figures from the...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body supports MP’s proposals to improve housing standards

An MP’s bid to make homes in the rented sector ‘fit for human habitation’ has received support from the Residential Landlords...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage flat fees hit 12-month low

Flat fees for buy-to-let mortgages have dropped to their lowest level for 12 months after falling by more than 5% in...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Fewer overseas nationals investing in UK’s buy-to-let market

There has been a notable decline in the proportion of overseas based landlords in the UK as a growing number of...

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales licence breach leads to fine

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay more than £4,000 after being prosecuted for breaching new laws demanding that all...

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

The Mortgage Works reduces rates by up to 0.3%

The Mortgage Works has reduced rates on selected two-year tracker products by up to 0.3% and five-year fixed rates by up...

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New mobile app for landlords and tenants launched by Hampton International

Hamptons International has released its first mobile application for both landlords and tenants, offering them instant access to their personal account...

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News