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Capital gains tax soars as buy-to-let investors ‘unload properties’

Capital gains tax receipts hit £5.5bn in January, leaving the Treasury on course to rake in as much as £8.8bn this...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips to keep your boiler warm this winter

Amid what is likely to be one of the coldest Februarys for a century the last thing you need – or...

22 February 2018

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Councils restricted by new licensing conditions on private rented homes

Councils cannot use selective licensing conditions to impose new standards on private rented homes, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday. The case...

22 February 2018

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Training session for landlords in Northumberland

A new training event will held in Northumberland next week to help buy-to-let landlords manage their tenancies and properties. The training session,...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing is a minefield of regulation

In 2006, selective licensing was introduced, giving councils the power to force landlords to clean up their acts. These licenses allow...

21 February 2018

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Controversial Section 21 evictions investigated by tonight’s BBC Panorama

Do private tenants deserve more protection in terms long-term right to stay in a property, or would new rules make the...

21 February 2018

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New buy-to-let calculator launched by LendInvest

A new buy-to-let affordability calculator, which works out the loan-to-value (LTV), annual rental yield and maximum gross loan amount for both...

21 February 2018

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Register to attend free landlord investment show

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

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

The PRS is increasingly relied upon to house young adults

Fresh research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) which reveals that young adults are less likely to own a home...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords to face remortgaging difficulties

Over the next few months, it is anticipated that tens of thousands of private landlords in the UK will face struggles...

20 February 2018

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Letting market activity bounces back after Christmas lull

The private rented sector has enjoyed a strong start to 2018, according to the Agency Express Property Activity Index. National month-on-month figures...

20 February 2018

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Sharp rise in super prime tenancies agreed in London

With residential property prices in super prime London continuing to fall, an increasing number of would-be purchasers are turning to luxury...

20 February 2018

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Government approves new selective licensing schemes

Plans to introduce new licensing schemes for privately rented homes across parts of North West London have been given the go-ahead by...

20 February 2018

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Bank of Ireland UK reduces BTL rates by up to 0.2%

Bank of Ireland UK has cut rates on its two-year fixed buy-to-let range by up to 0.2%, with rates now starting...

20 February 2018

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New complaints system targets rogue landlords

A new rental complaints system has been proposed to help support private tenants who are forced to live in shoddy housing...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

How can landlords keep tenants happy?

Over recent months, the government and leading housing charities have put increasing pressure on landlords to improve the quality of rental...

19 February 2018

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Property investors remain resilient

A third of property professionals in this country are set to add to their portfolios this year as appetite for opportunistic...

19 February 2018

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Rogue landlords in Burnley handed major fines

Two buy-to-let landlords in Burnley have been fined a total of £27,500 as part of Burnley Council’s campaign to clamp down...

19 February 2018

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Property remains the ‘preferred form of investment for so many people’

Residential property remains the long-term investment of choice for many Britons, illustrated by the high number of properties sold under the...

16 February 2018

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How does GDPR affect small landlords?

The introduction of the EU-wide General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a little over three months away, and the legislation will...

16 February 2018

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Landlords urged to service boilers to reduce risk of heating system failure

Britain has been hit with a snow and ice warning that is set to put thousands of homes at risk of...

16 February 2018

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Claim your free tickets for The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place next month at the NEC in Birmingham, and you can now claim a...

16 February 2018

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Free seminar for buy-to-let landlords

Buy-to-let landlords are being invited to take part in a free seminar in Cumbria next week. The event, which will be held...

16 February 2018

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Investors should be ‘pouring’ money into the buy-to-let sector, says expert

Residential property price growth continues to prove resilient despite political and economic uncertainty, which is partly why buy-to-let remains the investment...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Nine out of ten landlords would like to ditch letting agents and go it alone

A number of buy-to-let landlords currently do not use letting agents to find or manage properties, and it has been suggested...

15 February 2018

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BTL lenders see margins squeezed

Buy-to-let lending margins have been squeezed, with providers absorbing more costs to keep their rates competitive in the last quarter of...

15 February 2018

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Landlord given suspended prison sentence for illegal eviction

A buy-to-let landlord has been given a suspended prison sentence, handed a 16-week curfew and ordered to pay more than £10,600...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Paragon launches online portal

Paragon has launched a new online portal for buy-to-let mortgage customers and intermediaries, making it easier for borrowers to access a...

15 February 2018

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RLA cautious over Labour's proposal for pets in rented homes

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is seeking greater clarification from the Labour party after it put forward new proposals this week...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government approves new PRS licensing scheme

A proposal to introduce a new licensing scheme for privately rented homes in Nottingham has been given the green light by...

14 February 2018

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TMW launches sub-2% five-year fixed rate BTL product

The Mortgage Works (TMW) will launch its first ever sub-2% five-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage deal today. The new product, offered at...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent controls would ‘act against the interests of tenants’

Private rental prices paid by tenants continued to slow last month suggesting that rent controls may leave tenants worse off. Rent paid...

14 February 2018

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Landlord fined £7,400 as council secures 125th prosecution against rogue operators

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay £7,400 after failing to obtain a license to rent out a property in...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New platform to help landlords buy and sell property while tenanted

Many buy-to-let landlords are reluctant to sell a tenanted property because it can increase the chances of the sale falling through...

13 February 2018

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Proposed selective licensing scheme scrapped

A plan to introduce a new selective licensing scheme in Telford has been scrapped by Telford & Wrekin Council after more...

13 February 2018

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New tenant app designed to improve communication with landlords

A new tenant app, designed to improve the communications between landlords and tenants, has been launched by property management software firm,...

13 February 2018

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Government must support ‘prominent role’ the PRS plays in housing sector

A mix of tax reforms and tighter regulation for the buy-to-let sector must not prevent private landlords from being able to...

12 February 2018

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Total amount millennials pay in rent starts to fall as more become homeowners

Tenants collectively paid a whopping £51.6bn in rent last year, which is £1.8bn higher than the previous year and more than...

12 February 2018

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Rental prices edge up again in January says Homelet

Rental prices continued to rise in January, albeit marginally, according to the latest HomeLet Rental Index. The average rent agreed on a...

12 February 2018

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Profits at Nationwide fall due to ‘subdued buy-to-let mortgage market’

Nationwide has seen profits fall following a drop in buy-to-let mortgages as demand for rental properties continue to fall. It is currently...

12 February 2018

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Sharp rise in serious mortgage arrears

There has been a significant increase in the number of landlords who are seriously behind with their mortgage payments, new figures...

12 February 2018

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Close to half of BTL landlords looking to expand portfolios

Almost half of buy-to-let landlords are looking to expand their property portfolios despite recent tax changes in the industry, according to...

09 February 2018

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Prime London housing market report – rents rise in Q4 2017

Rental values in prime London increased by 2.5% in the final quarter of 2017, up 1.2% on the corresponding period in...

09 February 2018

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What is the most profitable London borough for Airbnb hosts?

Buy-to-let landlords looking for an impressive return on investment in the capital through Airbnb stays should look to invest in East...

09 February 2018

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New free tenancy agreement tool launched for DIY landlords

A new free Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) contract creator tool that allows DIY landlords to create a bespoke, legally-binding tenancy agreement...

09 February 2018

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Property remains a ‘popular investment choice’

With savers continuing to receive poor returns from banks and building societies, thousands of people unsurprisingly continue to turn to residential...

08 February 2018

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Property manager hit with £10,500 fine for unlicensed HMO

A company and the manager of a house of multiple occupation (HMO) in South Hampstead, north-west London, have been hit with...

08 February 2018

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Rents rise across every UK region for the first time in 19 months

The average cost of renting a home is now increasing across every UK region for the first time in 19 months,...

08 February 2018

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Greater demand for retirement rentals

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

08 February 2018

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Expat demand for buy-to-let property increases

There has been a sharp rise in the number of expats in Australia looking to invest in UK buy-to-let property, despite...

08 February 2018

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A fifth of landlords in outer London forced to reduce rents

Weaker demand from tenants has resulted in rental price falls in parts of the capital, as some landlords are being forced...

07 February 2018

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Investor interest in buy-to-let nosedives

  There has been a significant decline in buy-to-let acquisitions since 2015 owed primary to tax and regulatory changes, new figures show. A...

07 February 2018

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Renting a home is ‘out of reach’ for many young people

We all know that buying a home is a distant dream for many young people without wealthy parents, but there is...

07 February 2018

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Ombudsman Services moves away from ‘broken’ housing market

Using an ombudsman has long been a pretty successful way of trying to resolve a complaint with a property firm without...

07 February 2018

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Fake landlord sentenced to six years in prison

An unscrupulous individual pretending to be a private landlord in order to scam more than £10,000 from unsuspecting tenants before going...

06 February 2018

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Police seize up to £50,000 worth of cannabis in raid

Police in Plymouth have seized up to £50,000 worth of cannabis in a raid. Officers searched a rented property in Plymouth Hoe,...

06 February 2018

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Major fine imposed ‘should act as a lesson to all landlords’ in the PRS

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined almost £34,000 for putting tenants at risk. Harbhajan Singh Dhami pleaded guilty to not one, but 32...

06 February 2018

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TMA adds Chorley Building Society to its lender panel

TMA Club has added Chorley Building Society to its lender panel, offering members immediate access to a wide range of buy-to-let...

06 February 2018

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London property hotspots – where should you invest in 2018?

With 65,000 affordable new homes planned to be built in London per year, it would appear that the capital is offering...

05 February 2018

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Did you miss the tax return deadline?

The 31st January deadline to submit your self-assessment tax return for the year ended 5 April 2017 has come and gone, but almost...

05 February 2018

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Cannabis farm discovered at rented property in Plymouth

A major cannabis farm was discovered over the weekend at a house in Plymouth city centre after two police community support...

05 February 2018

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Foundation Home Loans launches cashback offer

We all know that regulatory changes to lending in this country has made it harder for portfolio landlords to secure a...

05 February 2018

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Landmark legal decision could see rogue landlords forced to give up all earnings

Criminal landlords who crammed up to 40 migrants inside their semi-detached townhouse in north-west London face losing hundreds of thousands of...

02 February 2018

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Legal challenges launched against Right to Rent policy

Two separate legal challenges have been launched against government's 'Right to Rent' policy. The scheme, which requires landlords to check the immigration...

02 February 2018

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How to improve the rental market for tenants

Landlord licensing, a database of rogue landlords and improved rent controls are among some of the primary measures proposed by renters...

02 February 2018

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What should landlords be aware of going into 2018?

The buy-to-let property market is currently experiencing a wave of reforms, with the government looking to alter the way in which...

02 February 2018

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

Legal & General has announced that it will be creating 200 new Build to Rent (BTR) homes in Brighton as part...

01 February 2018

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What’s the true cost of holding an empty property?

According to official figures, more than 200,000 homes in England were empty for at least six months during 2016. In London,...

01 February 2018

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The biggest turn-offs for prospective renters

A dirty property has been identified as the most off-putting factor for people looking for a new home to rent. New figures...

01 February 2018

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Don’t cut corners with gas

As a landlord you should be aware that you are responsible for the safety of your tenants, and that is why...

01 February 2018

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Buy-to-let landlords urged to invest in key northern cities

Buy-to-let investors seeking the best returns should look at investing in key northern cities where the gap between asking and achieved...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rate of rental price decline moderates in prime central London

Average rents in prime central London recorded a fall of 3.1% over the course of 2017, but the rate of decline...

31 January 2018

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The Scottish rental market is ‘a great place to invest’

Rental price growth north of the border continued to outstrip the rest of the UK with an annual rise of 1.7%...

31 January 2018

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Landlord ordered to pay more than £4k for ‘appalling’ property

A but-to-let landlord in south east London has been penalised for allowing his elderly tenants to live in a property that...

31 January 2018

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Financial demands placed on tenants ‘has never been greater’

With tenants privately renting from a landlord now typically paying more than half of their income in rent, a growing number...

31 January 2018

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The government is “in the pockets of rogue landlords”, says Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused the Tory government of intentionally not fixing the housing crisis after revelations that thousands of...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Investors eye ‘real estate opportunities’ rather than new assets

Fresh research into how investors are planning to manage their financial strategy in 2018 shows that more than half - 53%...

30 January 2018

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Panel recommends that short lets should be curbed in Scotland

Buy-to-let landlords in Scotland should not be permitted to use Airbnb, and equivalent websites, to rent out their properties for longer...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords benefit from falling mortgage rates

The average two-year buy-to-let fixed mortgage deal at 75% loan-to-value (LTV) has fallen to a record-low of 2.47%, as many landlords...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Last minute self assessment tax return tips

With the 31 January deadline for the 2016/17 self assessment tax returns almost upon us, Blick Rothenberg offers some last minute...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

London’s housing crisis putting greater pressure on the PRS

The housing crisis is the greatest challenge London faces. Years of not building enough new homes, including affordable housing, mean many...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

The young prioritise property over pensions

The future of the pensions industry has been dealt a further blow as young people feel saving for property is more...

29 January 2018

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Rental stock hits all-time high

The number of properties letting agents managed in December reached a record-high, according to ARLA Propertymark’s December Private Rented Sector (PRS) report. The 200 properties...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Mansfield BS launches family buy-to-let deal at 100% ICR

Mansfield Building Society has launched a new family buy-to-let mortgage that enables landlords to let out their property to a close...

29 January 2018

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Revealed: Britain’s top 10 buy-to-let hotspots

Liverpool, Nottingham and Cardiff are among the latest hotspots for buy-to-let investors looking for the best returns. The latest edition of Private...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL investors buying property at auction were ‘cautiously optimistic’ last year

Auctions are a great way to acquire property competitively, with a wide range of great investment deals often going under the...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage tax relief cut doesn’t add up for BTL landlords

The phasing out of mortgage interest relief from last April will soon start to make it harder for buy-to-let landlords to make...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government confronts unfair practices in the leasehold market

We have seen a significant amount of publicity recently surrounding the sale of leasehold houses and the imposition of significant ground...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay over £10k for poor property management

A buy-to-let landlord in Tiptree has been fined for poor property management that left a family in Poor living conditions. Mohibur Rahman,...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Is the health and safety of your tenants being unwittingly compromised?

As a landlord you will undoubtedly be aware that you are responsible for the safety of your tenants, and that includes...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Increase your profits with these top tips

There are plenty of changes that you could make to ensure 2018 is more profitable, with Simple Landlords Insurance advising buy-to-let...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Skipton’s ‘popular’ BTL mortgage deals offer ‘great value’

Skipton Building Society has cut rates on selected buy-to-let mortgages, as competition between mortgage lenders remains strong. The new buy-to-let range includes...

25 January 2018

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Landlord fined £29k for putting tenants’ lives ‘at risk’

Dangerous electrical mains installation, ‘defective’ sanitary fitments in both the bathroom and kitchen, and a ‘lack of automatic fire detection’, were among...

25 January 2018

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East of England sees fastest growth in rents

The average rent in England and Wales hit £850 a month in December, up 2.2% year-on-year, led by gains in the...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

HMOs provide highest rental yields for landlords

Buy-to-let landlords looking to secure high rental yields should consider investing in Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) which continue to outperform...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Paragon sees significant growth in buy-to-let lending

Despite a challenging 2017 for the buy-to-let market, characterised by tax and regulatory changes, including the first stage of the phasing out...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in Wakefield will face fines up to £30,000 under new rules

Buy-to-let landlords who fail to comply with minimum standards will face fines up to £30,000 for each offence under tough new...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord cuts buy-to-let rates

Accord Buy To Let has overhauled its buy-to-let mortgage range by introducing 17 new products and reducing rates by up to...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage availability: a taxing challenge for would-be incorporated landlords

The majority of UK landlords did not set out to create significant property businesses and, even today, about half (49.7%) of...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Scottish rents dipped in the final quarter of 2017

Rents in Scotland fell marginally in the final three months of 2017, the latest figures show. Fresh data from letting agent portal...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental price inflation picks up in December, HomeLet says

Annual rental price growth in the UK edged up in December, HomeLet said on Tuesday. The latest HomeLet Rental Index reveals that...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL lender joins SimplyBiz panel

Buy-to-let lender Landbay has been added to the SimplyBiz Mortgages panel. The lender offers a host of products aimed at buy-to-let landlords, including...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Could direct debit be the answer to rental arrears?

Rental arrears – or the potential for rent arrears – are the bane of every landlord’s life, to the degree that...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips to improve your properties’ EPC ratings

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

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New deposit protection training for landlords in Norwich

Landlords in Norwich are being offered an opportunity to attend a couple of workshops designed to give landlords and property professionals...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Al Rayan cuts Sharia-compliant buy-to-let rates

Buy-to-let landlords seeking an alternative to conventional, interest-bearing, property finance products, may be interested to learn that Islamic buy-to-let property finance...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

The new tenant legislation ‘needs to go much further’, says leading agent

A leading letting agent has warned that new measures to protect tenants do not go far enough. The government announced earlier this...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £70,000 for safety breaches

A landlord in Luton has been handed the largest fine the town has ever seen for breaches of the law regarding...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords allegedly making millions out of housing benefits

Rogue landlords are profiting from the housing benefit system by enticing desperate local authorities to place single homeless people into small...

19 January 2018

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...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

More than half of Brits face issues with agents

More than half of those who bought, sold or rented a home in the last five years had issues with their...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

A ‘perfect storm’ is brewing for buy-to-let landlords

News that a growing number of buy-to-let landlords are likely to exit the private rented sector or reduce the size of...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

RLA supports new measures to improve the safety of tenants

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has expressed its support for new legislation that will help ensure rented homes are safe and...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Coventry for Intermediaries’ BTL fixed rates fall to record low

Coventry for Intermediaries has reduced rates across its entire buy-to-let range, with new deals including its lowest ever two- and five-year...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Digital BTL mortgage brokerage aims to become ‘destination site’ for landlords

A recently launched digital buy-to-let mortgage brokerage service that enables landlords to find, compare and secure the best mortgage deals available...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

London ‘remains a no-go’ zone for buy-to-let investors

London continued to be the worst performing region in Britain when it comes to house prices, with values falling by 0.8%...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage activity dips as rules get tougher

Activity in the buy-to-let mortgage market took a dip in November, owed in part to the base rate rise and tougher...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Modest rental growth recorded in December

Rent paid by tenants to private landlords in Britain rose by 1.2% in the year to December, the Office for National...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landbay eases portfolio stress tests

Specialist buy-to-let mortgage lender Landbay has announced that it is changing its underlying portfolio stress tests for portfolio landlords. It will now...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord/management company restrictions survey launched

The Conveyancing Association (CA) has in conjunction with HM Land Registry launched a new survey as part of an informal consultation...

17 January 2018

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The North West of England remains ‘the best region for BTL investors’

With house prices increasingly steady outside of London and the South East, the housing market across many parts of the country...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Reality star makes surprise appearance on Judge Rinder over dispute with landlord

Ex-Big Brother TV star Heavy D was humiliated on ITV daytime show Judge Rinder yesterday after having a case against his...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Race row landlord to sue vlogger for calling him a racist

A controversial buy-to-let landlord who last year banned ‘coloured people’ from renting any of his properties because ‘they make them smell...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Parliament to discuss giving tenants legal right to challenge landlords this week

A Private Members’ Bill put forward by Labour MP, Karen Buck, which offers tenants the legal right to take action against...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Skipton unveils new retention range

It was announced this morning that Skipton Building Society has launched a range of retention buy-to-let and residential mortgage products in...

16 January 2018

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Tenants to be given legal right to challenge landlords

Tenants will be given the right to take legal action against landlords who offer properties that are not ‘fit for human...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Proportion of homes acquired by landlords at 9-year low, says Countrywide

The proportion of homes bought by a landlord fell to a nine-year low of just 12.5% last year, as higher taxes...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords have shown remarkable resilience despite buy-to-let crackdown

But-to-let landlords have shown remarkable resilience and adaptability in the face of the onslaught on their livelihoods, following justifiable concerns about...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New range of buy-to-let products launched by Skipton

A new range of intermediary only fixed rate buy-to-let products has been launched by Skipton Intermediaries. The new fee free five-year buy-to-let...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Here’s why many landlords won’t rent to Universal Credit claimants

Earlier this week, the Liberal Democrat’s Work and Pensions spokesperson, Stephen Lloyd, warned that the government needed to introduce default payments to...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

West Suffolk councils approve new powers to combat rogue landlords

West Suffolk councils have agreed to clamp down on dodgy landlords by adopting new powers to tackle them, following a joint...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord given suspended prison sentence for ignoring gas safety

A buy-to-let landlord has been given a suspended prison sentence, instructed to undertake community service and ordered to pay almost £6,500...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Vida Homeloans and Personal Touch Financial Services join forces

Vida Homeloans will start to provide specialist residential and buy-to-let mortgages to clients of Personal Touch Financial Services’ after being appointed...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

One in five landlords set to reduce their portfolio, says NLA

A high number of landlords plan to scale back buy-to-let investments over the next 12 months, according to a new study....

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to be ready for next year’s letting fees crackdown

The government announced yesterday that the implementation of the ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants will not take place...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords warned of growing residential subletting trend

In most cases, a tenant needs their landlord’s consent before they can sublet their home, and yet some tenants seem to...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent ‘eats up a shockingly high proportion of people’s wages’

Tenants are spending an increasing proportion of their earnings on rent, new figures have revealed. Fresh research undertaken by rentals platform CreditLadder...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents increase across the UK but at their lowest level since 2014

The average asking rent across the UK, excluding London, increased by 0.7% in 2017, which is the lowest rate of growth...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent: Young adults fear they will never be able to buy property

Home ownership is increasingly out of reach for young people without the bank of Mum and Dad, according to a new...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Appointing a new housing minister is ‘a step in the wrong direction’

Theresa May continued to shake-up her ministerial team yesterday by handing jobs to several junior ministers, but he her decision to...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord set to appeal against convictions

A buy-to-let landlord who was convicted of nine counts of breaching regulations for a house in multiple occupation (HMO) that he...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New partnership to help landlords receive ‘maximum benefit from their investment’

Independent mortgage broker John Charcol has teamed up with online letting agent Upad to help landlords maximise their buy-to-let investment. The partnership...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Metro Bank refreshes BTL range with five-year fix at 2.39%

Metro Bank has refreshed its buy-to-let range by introducing a 2.39% five-year fixed rate deal at 60% loan-to-value (LTV) while its...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit debate should lead to ‘improvements for tenants and landlords’

The Liberal Democrat’s Work and Pensions Spokesperson, Stephen Lloyd MP, will today initiate a debate in Parliament on the impact of...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords will still claim £16.7bn in relief despite tax changes

Buy-to-let landlords will still benefit from £16.7bn worth of tax relief, based on claims from the latest year’s tax returns, even...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

TMA adds Paragon Bank to its lender panel

TMA Club has added Paragon Bank to its lender panel, offering members immediate access to a wide range of buy-to-let products...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords among those accused of fly-tipping in Swindon

Fly-tipping has become rife and is creating a blot on the landscape around the Manchester Road area of Swindon due to...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Self Assessment tax returns: Help and support for landlords

It’s that time of year again. Filing an annual tax return is a necessary task for every self-employed person, including buy-to-let...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body welcomes changes to Universal Credit

The government’s decision to make it easier for landlords to apply for Alternative Payment Arrangements (APAs) without the consent of tenants’...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental price growth ‘expected to accelerate this year’

UK rents grew by 0.56% in 2017, led by gains in London commuter hotspots, according to the latest rental price index...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord offers to help landlords manage ‘upfront costs of remortgaging a property’

Accord Buy To Let is offering landlords who remortgage a £500 cashback on selected loans, including eight remortgage deals. The intermediary-only lender,...

08 January 2018

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London is slowing as government works its way through Brexit negotiations

The market in London started to slow about three years ago, with property prices at the upper to high end of...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Where to invest in 2018?

With the New Year now upon us, those thinking of investing in property want to know what is going to happen...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

What does 2018 have in store for landlords?

Undoubtedly, 2017 was another tough year for landlords. With so many legislative changes in the last 18 months (wear and tear...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £20k

A buy-to-let landlord has been convicted of nine counts of breaching regulations for a house in multiple occupation (HMO) that he...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

‘How landlords can adapt to survive the current economic climate’

2017 was a year of flux for landlords, with Brexit becoming a reality and two Budgets from Phillip Hammond dictating the...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent payments should be added to tenant’s credit score, says PayProp

PayProp has added its voice to growing calls for rent payments to be added to a tenant’s credit score. The automated rental...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Newbury launches new BTL calculator

A new buy-to-let affordability calculator, which works with the new stress rate of 5.5% and takes top-slicing into account, has been...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Grainger set to acquire Sheffield PRS scheme for £32m

Grainger plc, the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, has exchanged contracts with Abode Hallam Limited after agreeing a deal to acquire...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

2017 was a ‘tough year’ for landlords but there is still ‘appetite’ for BTL

The phasing out of mortgage interest relief and tougher mortgage lending conditions contributed to what was a rather difficult 2017 for...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit worries leave PCL’s private rental market in limbo

Uncertainties over Brexit will continue to hit property investor sentiment in prime central London (PCL), according to a leading letting agent. While...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New portal aims ‘to make life easier’ for landlords

A new landlord portal has been launched by The Nottingham with a view to making it easier for buy-to-let investors. The new...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips on how to finance a property purchase at auction

Auction rooms across the UK are often filled with property investors, including many buy-to-let landlords, looking to buy property, ensuring that...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

High yields in Leicester should attract ‘even the most cautious investor’

With the plans for the Northern Powerhouse in full flow and the housing market in London currently being outperformed by other...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit theft total hits £926k in 2017

Rogue letting agents were reportedly convicted of stealing just over £926,000 worth of tenancy deposits in 2017, fresh analysis from deposit-free...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Scottish rental market ‘remains on a positive trend’

The annual rate of rental price growth in Scotland hit 2.2% in November, the latest Your Move buy-to-let index shows. On a...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Scarborough face £100 fine for late application

The deadline for landlords in parts of Scarborough’s Castle and North Bay wards to apply for a license under the local...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government announces further crackdown on ‘rogue landlords’

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) yesterday announced fresh plans to clamp down on rogue landlord practices such as...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from everyone at Landlord Today

What a year it’s been! There was an unanticipated snap general election, the unexpected result, and consequently what we have now...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Ticking time bomb of interest-only mortgages

Many interest-only mortgage borrowers, including a significant proportion of buy-to-let landlords, have no plan in place to repay the capital when...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Top New Year's resolutions for self-employed landlords

As we prepare ourselves for the New Year, the chances are you, along with plenty of other people, have big plans for...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property investment decisions need to be made with a ‘long-term view’

With the new year almost upon us, now is a good time to think about your property investment strategy and potentially...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Secure a five-year fixed rate now to ensure you enjoy a ‘good night’s sleep’

With five-year buy-to-let mortgage rates currently among the lowest levels ever seen, a leading mortgage broker is urging more BTL landlords...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords offered new way to buy replacement boilers for their properties

With buy-to-let let landlords making up around 30% of the replacement boiler market in this country, one firm is looking to...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New expat BTL mortgage launched by Aldermore

A new buy-to-let mortgage designed for British expats has been launched by Aldermore Bank, which is available through Expat Packager in...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord aims to raise £100,000 for charities in 3,000 mile bike ride

A community-spirited buy-to-let landlord is preparing to saddle up for an epic 3,000 mile coast to coast bike ride from the...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Checklist: How to winter-proof your rental properties

It is that time of year again! With a distinct chill in the air and dampness on the ground, the cold...

23 December 2017

From: Breaking News

You and your tenants need to be vigilant over the festive period

Christmas is almost here and there is a good chance that your tenants may be going away over the festive period,...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord jailed for ‘blatant disregard for fire safety’

A landlord in Ilford, Essex, has been sentenced to four months in jail for continuing to rent out his property despite...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord offers his flat for free to homeless people this Christmas

A buy-to-let landlord who used to live in his car is offering his flat for free to homeless people over the...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords will pass ‘green tax’ onto tenants says RLA

Hundreds of thousands of buy-to-let landlords will be required to pay a ‘green tax’ of up to £2,500 per property upfront...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas from Landlord Today

The team at Landlord Today would like wish you all the very best for the festive season. We would like to say...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Top rental searches unveiled by Rightmove

As 2017 draws to a close, Rightmove has released fresh data, based on searches by prospective tenants browsing its website, revealing...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Is there an uoccupancy clause in your building insurance?

Buy-to-let landlords are being urged to check the small print in their building insurance to ensure that their building insurance covers...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord database ‘will save lives’ says LFB

The mayor of London’s decision to launch a new public online database which ‘names and shames’ rogue landlords and letting agents...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage sales rose sharply in November

Buy-to-let mortgage sales increased by 10.8%, or £334.1m, in November compared with a month earlier, fresh analysis of the intermediary marketplace...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

NLA won’t endorse new cost cap for energy efficiency improvements

The government’s proposal to introduce a cost cap of £2,500, down from £5,000, on the amount any landlord would need to...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New database leaves rogue landlords with ‘nowhere to hide’

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan yesterday launched a new public online database which ‘names and shames’ dodgy landlords and letting...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents fell in real terms in 2017 - HomeLet

Annual rental price growth in the UK slowed to just 0.7% in November, down from 0.9% a month earlier, HomeLet’s latest...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Higher demand for five-year fixes as landlords seek a ‘great rate for longer’

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are looking to lock into mortgage deals offering a longer period of certainty, such as...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

House prices edge higher as BTL landlords target properties ‘further afield’

Residential property prices across England and Wales increased in November for the first time in eight months, supported in part by...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Council plans 1,100% selective licensing fee hike for some landlords

Buy-to-let landlords with rental properties in Peterborough will now have to pay £600 for a five-year licence to rent out a...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined over £11,000 after being found guilty of multiple offences

A buy-to-let landlord in Flintshire has been given 28 days to pay a fine of £11,081 after being found guilty of...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans increases max BTL LTV to 80%

Foundation Home Loans has increased its maximum buy-to-let loan-to-value (LTV) from 75% to 80% on both its standard and first-time landlord...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Over four in 10 landlords are reluctant to rent to those without a British passport

Some 42% of private landlords say the Right to Rent scheme has made them less likely to let to those without...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Evicted tenant treated for depression as tax hikes force landlords to sell up

A mother of five who was forced to endure what has been described as ‘six months of family hell’ is being...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

House prices could drop as a result of landlords exiting the market

The signs are that 2018 looks set to be another difficult year for buy-to-let landlords as tax hikes bite. An increasing number...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant jailed for attempted arson

A deranged tenant in Scarborough has been sentenced to 32 months in prison after he attempted to set fire to his...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body, which works with 81,000 landlords, appoints new chairman

Adrian Jeakings, who has previous experience as president of the Newspaper Society, chairman of the News Media Association and CEO of...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Top rental hotspots in 2017 revealed!

Whilst it has been a challenging year for private landlords, the buy-to-let sector continues to offer plenty of investment opportunities, but...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Millennials will have spent over £110k on rent by the time they buy a home

Millennials renting in this country will have spent more than £110,000 in rent by the time they are finally in a...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Haringey Council launches consultation on new Selective Licensing Scheme

Haringey Council has launched a public consultation on plans to introduce two new Selective Landlord Licensing schemes in the London borough. The...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Listen: landlord and tenant swap stories - ‘Encounters’

As well all know, the landlord is required to provide the property, the tenant needs to pay their rent on time and ideally they...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

3mc launches new expat buy-to-let deal

3mc has launched a new buy-to-let mortgage deal designed for use by British expats, which is funded by Aldermore Bank. Borrowing rates...

15 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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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 dropped by 0.01% in November, and...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

From: Breaking News

‘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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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