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London’s top commuter towns revealed

With a growing number of Londoners renting property outside the capital, where affordability is stretched, more buy-to-let landlords are now looking...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to help protect yourself against property investment fraud

Many people invest in property or sign up to investment club arrangements, which are not uncommon in the industry, but sometimes it...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Are you prepared for the next phase of mortgage interest tax relief changes?

On the surface, registering as a limited company could serve higher taxpayers and larger investors well, while mainstream lenders remain a...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

CMP scheme allows landlords and tenants to claim money back from rogue agents

Landlords and tenants will continue to be able to claim back the entire amount of money that has been lost or...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Skipton’s UK buy-to-let mortgages are now available to overseas nationals

Skipton International has extended its UK buy-to-let mortgages to foreign nationals based abroad. Skipton previously only offered its UK buy-to-let mortgages to...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending slumps as landlords deterred by tax changes

Buy-to-let mortgage activity continued to slow in December with landlord investors taking out just 5,100 new buy-to-let home purchase mortgages, down...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant demand increases in London as number of properties for rent falls

Demand from new tenants in London’s private rented sector is rising at a time when the number of homes available to...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Positive news’ for landlords and tenants as new CMP scheme is approved

Client Money Protect, part of the Hamilton Fraser group, has been awarded consent to operate a client money protection scheme when...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s time to tackle the scourge of sub-standard rental homes, says PayProp chief

Tenants living in sub-standard rented accommodation need greater support, according to Neil Cobbold, chief operating officer of PayProp UK, who has...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New tech solution to help sharers set-up and manage household bills

A new tech solution called Resooma Bills has been launched this morning to help make it easier for those living in...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit uncertainty continues to weigh heavily on the housing market

Confidence in the UK housing market has slumped amid Brexit uncertainty, according to Paragon’s latest Financial Adviser and Confidence Tracking (FACT)...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords accused of ‘exploiting’ student renters

Landlords are taking advantage of first-time student renters by failing to carry out repairs, according to a new poll. A fresh report...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Plans approved for major Build to Rent scheme in Cardiff

PLATFORM_ has been awarded planning consent to build just over 200 homes on the site of the former Browning Jones &...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined almost £3k for overcrowded flat

A buy-to-let landlord who crammed at least seven people into a two-bedroom flat has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 by...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Hanley launches new two-year fix at 1.84%

Hanley Economic Building Society has introduced a fee-free two-year fixed rate buy-to-let product at 60% loan-to-value with a borrowing rate of...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed suspended sentence for illegally evicting tenant

A buy-to-let landlord in Leeds who left his tenant homeless after changing the locks while he was on holiday has been...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental decline showing signs of bottoming out in prime London: Savills

Rental values in prime London has started to see some slowdown in decline as initial signs of a bottoming out have...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord jailed for forging HMO documents

An unscrupulous landlord who converted three family homes into houses in multiple occupation (HMO) without planning consent has been jailed for...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Overseas buyers exploit weak pound to acquire property in London

Overseas investors snapped up more than half of all properties for sale in prime London in the second half of 2018...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Renters almost twice as likely to experience a pest problem in their home

Three fifths of Brits have experienced a pest problem within their home, with 64% of those who have had an infestation...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

The best cities to rent out property on a room by room basis unveiled

A number of buy-to-let landlords prefer to rent out property on a room by room basis instead of renting the whole...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords are being ‘persecuted’ under landlord licensing scheme – claim

Buy-to-let investors should be ‘extremely wary’ of buying property in an area affected by selective licensing rules because many local authorities...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £5,400 for poor management of unlicensed properties

A buy-to-let landlord in Doncaster has been ordered to pay more than £5,000 in fines and costs following a successful prosecution...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New tenant packs could help save lives

New tenant packs designed to help landlords raise awareness of fire and carbon monoxide dangers have been launched by Aico Ltd. Aico,...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agent responds to ‘landlords’ needs’ by enhancing ‘UPay On Success’ product

Online letting agent Upad has pledged to challenge landlords’ ‘expectations’ with the revamp of its ‘UPay On Success’ product which means...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords starting to feel ‘the pressure’ to increase rents to offset tax changes

The increasing tax burden on landlords is likely to result in increased rents, according to research from the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let remains a ‘lucrative investment’ as rents rise across the UK

Private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK rose by 1% in the 12 months to January 2019, unchanged from...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord tragically killed while renovating BTL property after 6ft wall collapsed

A buy-to-let landlord was killed while renovating a property she owns with her husband when a 6ft garden wall collapsed on...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Proportion of income spent on rent by private tenants has fallen

The proportion of income spent on rent in the private rented sector has fallen from 35.4% in 2010/11 to 32.9% in...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Increasing SDLT for overseas buyers ‘would send a catastrophic message’

The government’s decision to launch a consultation into a proposal to add 1% onto the stamp duty paid when buying a home in England...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords ‘illegally’ letting energy inefficient homes

Tens of thousands of landlords across the UK could be unwittingly renting out property illegally because they have should have an...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant Fees Bill receives Royal Assent

The Tenant Fees Bill, banning landlord and agents from charging fees to tenants, has become an Act of Parliament after being...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agent left red-faced after tomato plants mistaken for cannabis

When a tenant renting a property in West Lothian was asked by their mother to look after her tomatoes while she...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

The UK’s second tallest Build to Rent tower unveiled in Salford

Anaconda Cut, standing at 131 metres tall, making it the tallest building in Salford, has been officially launched. The 44-storey tower, which...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Mansfield BS introduces BTL product for expats

Mansfield Building Society has launched a buy-to-let mortgage product exclusively for expat borrowers. The new product, available with no completion fee, is...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Political and economic uncertainty’ boost demand for rental properties

There has been a significant rise in demand from people looking to rent property amid political and economic uncertainty and this...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents rise in prime London

Rental values in prime London increased by 1.9% in the fourth quarter of 2018 on the back of greater demand from...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for allowing tenants to live in property deemed ‘unfit for purpose’

A rogue landlord who allowed a family to live in a house described as “unfit for human habitation” has been fined...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Political broadcaster Andrew Neil to chair major landlord debate in London

Journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil will chair the Government Panel Debate at the National Landlord Investment Show in London, it has...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to have their say on local licensing consultations

With several licensing consultations currently being run by local authorities across the country, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is encouraging buy-to-let...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fitness for Human Habitation: RLA to host webinar today at 11am

Following the recent addition of the Fitness for Human Habitation Bill and the amendments this has made to the existing Landlord...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

The most uninhabitable London boroughs for tenants unveiled

New research has identified London’s most uninhabitable boroughs for the capital’s tenants, based on the cost of living there to the...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

How will the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 affect you?

Following the passing of Karen Buck’s Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 into law, it is important that landlords are aware...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Amount tenants spend on rent falls for first time in a decade

Tenants spent £1.9bn less in rent in 2018 compared with a year earlier, marking the first annual decline in more than...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay more than £10k for badly maintained property

Toilet flushing discharged into the rear yard of a property, broken fire alarms and faulty electrics were among the defects found...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

UK rents up 2.5% in a year, says HomeLet

The average cost of renting a property in the UK increased by 2.5% in the 12 months to January, the latest...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Call for Universal Credit overhaul as many claimants fall into rent arrears

Half the people seeking help with their Universal Credit claim are in rent arrears, according to Citizens Advice. More generous advance loans...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants discovered living in cramped conditions following dawn raid

Brent Council in north London looks set to take action against a buy-to-let landlord who is accused of “exploiting tenants” after ...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tips for creating a successful Build to Rent property

With a growing number of Build to Rent (BTR) developments increasing, broadband and utilities provider, Glide, has put together the top...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New ex-pat BTL product range launched by Tipton & Coseley BS

Tipton & Coseley Building Society has launched a range of ex-pat buy-to-let products for intermediaries and direct customers. Two fixed and two...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

How much does the average landlord in England earn in income from rent?

There is a misconception among some people that all buy-to-let landlords are wealthy, but the reality is that most operate as...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord handed £66k fine for operating unlicensed HMOs in Luton

Luton Council has successfully prosecuted an unscrupulous landlord for letting three unlicensed houses in which several people lived in squalor. Zenith Accommodation...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

PRS should cooperate to raise standards, says property commentator

Cooperation has been identified as key to improving standards in the private rented sector (PRS), according to a report by Kate Faulkner,...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing set to be extended in Burnley

Councillors in Burnley are expected to extend the existing selective licensing schemes in Trinity, Gannow and Queensgate, as well as introduce...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

L&G to launch exclusive holiday buy-to-let product with Leeds BS

A new exclusive holiday buy-to-let product has been launched by Legal & General Mortgage Club in collaboration with Leeds Building Society Legal...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish rents jump 5% in a year

Rental prices in Scotland increased further in the fourth quarter of 2018, the latest data shows. The Scottish national average increased to...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

How much is the average tenancy deposit?

The cost of average deposits has increased across the UK, according to the latest Statistical Briefing report by The Dispute Service...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

A fifth of millennials forced to leave rental home due to change in ownership

Many tenants face the uncertainty of potentially having to find a new home as a result of a change in ownership,...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Automated feeds service allows landlords to target potential student tenants

Accommodation for Students (AFS) has launched a new automated feeds service for buy-to-let landlords and letting agents, enabling them to instantly...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New 5-year fixed expat buy-to-let product launched by Marsden BS

Marsden Building Society has launched a new five-year fixed expat buy-to-let product for landlords looking to buy or remortgage a buy-to-let...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Key trends that are are set to dominate the PRS over the next few years

A new multi-housing report reveals five trends that are set to dominate the private rented sector between now and 2025.   The...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 8 delays force many landlords to serve Section 21 notices instead

Section 8 delays are leaving more than half of landlords with no alternative but serve Section 21 notices, according to new...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Mixed picture’ for BTL mortgage rates

The average cost of three out of six categories of fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage has increased over the past month, while...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay over £7,500 for safety hazards

A landlord who failed to install a proper heating system and left safety hazards across a house in Peterborough has been...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Portico launches short-term letting services in Manchester and Liverpool

Portico has expanded its short-term lettings service, bringing its Airbnb services to Manchester and Liverpool’s high streets. The estate agency, which currently...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Spike in landlord exodus in London

There was a significant increase in the number of landlords exiting the rental market in December 2018 as rents increased for...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Discrimination against tenants on benefits?

Shelter has recently run a campaign aimed at banning ‘discrimination’ against tenants on benefits in the private rented sector, presenting a...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Hamilton Fraser acquires NLA’s TDSL shares

Hamilton Fraser has acquired the National Landlords Association’s (NLA) Tenancy Deposit Solutions Ltd (TDSL) shares, enabling the firm to take full...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Did you miss the tax return deadline?

The 31st January deadline to submit your self-assessment tax return for the year ended 5 April 2018 has come and gone,...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Kent Reliance makes changes to buy-to-let range

Kent Reliance’s buy-to-let maximum loan limit has been cut to £750,000, down from £1m, while the lender has removed its three-year...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Cost of renting in the private sector falls

The proportion of income spent by private tenants on rents in England has continued to fall, according to an official report...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Affordability is the most important factor for private tenants, study finds

Affordability is the overriding priority for renters of all ages when looking for private rented accommodation, according to a survey of...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Private landlords and letting agents need to stick together

The so-called housing charity, Shelter, targeted Ludlow Thompson a few months back, asking its supporters to block the letting agent’s telephone...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New petition calls for pet damage insurance to be paid by tenants with pets

Landlords and tenants are being urged to sign a new online petition calling for the government to better support tenants with...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

One in three Brits are at risk of from carbon monoxide poisoning this winter as they do not have a CO...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants in for a ‘rocky ride this year’

Undoubtedly, 2018 was another tough year for landlords. With so many tax and regulatory changes over the past couple of years,...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agent welcomes tenant fees ban as it ‘rights a flawed piece of legislation’

The government’s ban on tenant fees is good for business and will strengthen the relationship between landlords and tenants, according to...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

How will a disorderly Brexit affect your property investment strategy?

A no-deal Brexit could trigger a deep and damaging recession with worse consequences for the UK economy than the 2008 financial...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay almost £6,500 for poor standards

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined close to £6,500 after failing to make improvements to a house in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, including...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit-free renting to be discussed on Radio 4 at 12.15pm today

Deposit-free renting will be a subject of discussion on the ‘You and Yours’ consumer affairs programme to be broadcast today on BBC...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords face tough new rules on electrical safety

The government has committed to introduce mandatory five yearly electrical safety checks in the private rented sector. No time date has been...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent prices increase across England and Wales

The average rent across England and Wales has increased by 1.8% in the last 12 months, hitting an average of £865...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Legal & General acquires its first BTR scheme in Scotland

Legal & General has unveiled its first Build to Rent (BTR) scheme in Scotland to help meet the increasing demand for...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Santander launches one-year fixed rate buy-to-let product

Santander has launched what is believed to be the first ever one-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage. The short-term deal, which is available...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New expat range launched by Cambridge Building Society

Cambridge Building Society has unveiled a new range of expat mortgage products for landlords looking to acquire or remortgage a buy-to-let...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Last minute self assessment tax return tips

With the 31 January deadline for the 2017/18 self assessment tax returns just days away, Blick Rothenberg offers some last minute...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord Buy to Let launches five-year fix at 2.22%

Accord Buy to Let has launched a five-year fixed rate deal at 2.22% up to 60% loan-to-value (LTV), as part of...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Are you prepared for the letting fees ban?

After the Tenant Fees Bill received Royal Assent last week, landlords and letting agents will, from June 1st 2019, no longer...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

UK buy-to-let landlords claimed £17.7bn in tax relief last year – claim

Despite government cuts, a new report claims that buy-to-let landlords in the UK claimed £17.7bn in tax relief last year, up...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Vida Homeloans cuts BTL rates to offer ‘greater flexibility and choice’

Vida Homeloans has reduced rates across its buy-to-let range by up to 0.5%, with the lowest two-year fixed rate now starting...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agents jailed for conning landlords and tenants

Three rogue directors of a letting agency in London who conned at least landlords and tenants out of more than £105,000 were...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The Civil Justice Council doesn’t support plans for a housing court

The Civil Justice Council has said it cannot support government plans for a specialist housing court, deeming it unnecessary.  Responding to the...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

More people are selling up and renting in retirement

An increasing number of over 60s are looking to sell up and rent in retirement, research shows. According to the Centre for...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Ealing has more accredited landlords than any other borough in London

Ealing council has praised buy-to-let landlords operating in the local area after fresh figures revealed that there are more properly accredited...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans simplifies buy-to-let range

Foundation Home Loans has refreshed its buy-to-let proposition to ensure the range is more transparent and easier for intermediaries to understand...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords will be legally required to join a redress scheme, or face £5,000 fine

For the first time ever, buy-to-let landlords will be legally required to become members of a redress scheme, as part of measures...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

What are student tenants looking for when searching for a property?

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

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Tax return deadline looming – are you prepared?

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

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords raise almost £2,000 for homeless people in Rugby

Landlords from across the Midlands have helped raise funds for homeless people in Rugby. Donations made by landlords at the most recent...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord event to be held in Croydon next week

Buy-to-let landlords looking to invest in Croydon or stay on top of industry best practice are invited to attend a free...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let yields drop to three-year low

A number of BTL landlords are beginning to feel the effects of recent tax changes, resulting in a squeeze on their...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Mayor of London to develop ‘rent control’ proposals

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan is developing rent control proposals as part of his 2020 re-election bid in the hope...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fees ban is now inevitable after gaining Royal Assent

The ban on fees charged by landlords and letting agents will be introduced in June after the Tenant Fees Bill passed...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord purchases fall sharply as tax assault bites

There has been a sharp decline in the number of buy-to-let property purchases as a raft of government tax hikes continues...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Renting became more affordable last year, says The DPS

A fall in annual rents and wage inflation helped ensure that renting became more affordable in 2018, according to The Deposit...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Four in 10 Right to Buy homes in London 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...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay £4,500 for breaching a prohibition order

A landlord in Stevenage who allowed his tenant to live in an excessively cold attic with a serious fire safety hazard...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Most landlords lock in to 5-year fixed rates

Amid continued speculation that interest rates will rise later this year, the majority of landlords chose a five-year fixed rate when...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New landlord seminars to help landlords tackle disrepair in common areas

With research showing that around 61% of privately rented flats in Scotland currently have common areas like stairways and roofs in...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays reduces buy-to-let rates on a range of products

Barclays has cut rates across its buy-to-let range by up to 0.26%. Buy-to-let purchase and remortgage products now start at 2.3% for...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Convicted landlord receives 500K in housing benefit payments despite ban

A rogue landlord deemed unfit to rent out property in the north London borough of Brent in 2015 has since received...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

What would a no-deal Brexit mean for the UK’s landlords?

Life just doesn’t get any easier for Theresa May. No sooner had her Brexit withdrawal plan been rejected by a record-breaking...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Legal & General acquires Build to Rent site in Chelmsford

Legal & General has exchanged contracts on a new Build To Rent (BTR) site in Chelmsford City Centre, on behalf of...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are ‘increasingly looking for longer term fixed rates’

The majority of private landlords are understandably looking for greater security in the current climate and that largely explains why they...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Teachers BS increases maximum age on BTL and cuts standard coverage ratio

Teachers Building Society has made various changes to its buy-to-let criteria, including an increase in maximum age, while the society has...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Green shoots’ of recovery emerging in London’s buy-to-let sector

There are growing signs of confidence returning to the London market, with a resurgence in house prices being anticipated owed in...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Q4 housing analysis shows 40% of housing stock available is rental

There has been a steady increase in the percentage of rental properties available over the past 12 months and data for...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Hull accused of ‘getting away with murder’

Buy-to-let landlords are “getting away with murder” according to Advice4Renters, after new figures revealed that just two out of almost 2,000...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New app launched to help you manage your buy-to-let portfolio

A new app has been launched to support landlords and ensure that they understand the complex landscape of residential property legislation,...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Free landlord events to be held in Croydon

Croydon Council is inviting private landlords to attend a free public event this week that will offer expert buy-to-let tips and...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords cool on property purchases

The number of buy-to-let purchases continues to fall, as reflected by a further drop in new buy-to-let mortgage lending. Fresh data from...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Barnet Council plans to introduce tougher licensing controls

Barnet Council is planning to introduce a stricter licensing scheme designed to clampdown on rogue landlords across the borough in north...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Just 135 of 3,000 landlords have signed up to new statuary license

There is growing concern in Reading that thousands of landlords could soon face enforcement action if they do not sign up...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

UK Finance slammed for suggesting that the leasehold system is working well

Assertions made by UK Finance that the leasehold system is not in need of major reform have been rejected by Leasehold...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord sees HMO license application rejected due to fire safety concerns

A buy-to-let landlord in Glasgow will be left out of pocket after the renewal of her house in multiple occupation (HMO)...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents in London hit an all-time high as supply plummets

Asking rents in London rose to a record high in December, with market conditions in the capital improving to levels not...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Best locations for buy-to-let in the UK revealed

Despite the introduction of profound changes to the taxation of buy-to-let investments, leaving many landlords facing higher tax bills, there are...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

How long does it take to sell a buy-to-let property in the UK?

New figures from specialist online agency yieldit, which analyses the time taken between a tenanted investment property being listed and an...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s simple: Immaculately presented rental properties will get a ‘higher price’

From furniture and lighting to bedding and tabletop items, there is a lot that can be done to improve a property’s...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Skipton expat lending now includes studio flats

Skipton International has extended the terms of its mortgage proposition to include studio apartments valued at £250,000 and above in response...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Is Brexit uncertainty good news for BTL landlords?

Many people tend to hold off on buying property during times of uncertainty and that appears to be precisely what is...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban set to come into force on 1 June 2019

The introduction of a ban on fees charged by landlords and letting agents look set to finally come into force on...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Councils are choosing to enforce the ‘harshest options’ to punish landlords

A growing number of local authorities are using selective licensing to introduce penalties for buy-to-let landlords that go well beyond the...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Commercial Trust improves its online buy-to-let comparison table

Commercial Trust Limited has enhanced its buy-to-let comparison table for customers. The new table features a number of new products, which includes...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

NatWest cuts BTL remortgage rates

NatWest Intermediary Services this morning made changes to a number of its buy-to-let, as well as its residential mortgage products, with...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let tycoon looks to offload 300 homes

One of the UK’s largest and most controversial private landlords plans to sell his entire portfolio of around 300 residential properties...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost £2.4m for councils to crack down on rogue landlords

Close to £2.4m of additional funding designed to clampdown on unscrupulous landlords will be made available for more than 50 councils...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents vows to return £20m to tenants who sign up to deposit-free scheme

Deposit-free renting is growing increasingly popular, with more providers than ever before now providing tenants with a range of nil deposit...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The total value of UK’s housing stock hits £7.29 trillion

The total value of the UK’s housing stock reached a record £7.29 trillion in 2018, according to fresh research from Savills. The...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Leeds doubles BTL cashback incentives to £1,000

Leeds Building Society has doubled the cashback incentives available on its selected two- and five-year buy-to-let products from £500 to £1,000. Highlights...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

UK rents to rise 11.4% by 2023 – CBRE

UK rents are predicted to rise 11.4% in the next five years, according to a forecast by CBRE. Alongside fairly ‘moderate’ growth...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit to be taken from claimants and paid directly to landlords

The government has announced a new online system that will pay private landlords of those on Universal Credit directly. It is hoped...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords in London are already worse off because of Brexit

MPs will finally hold their vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal tomorrow, with just over two months to go before the...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord in Slough becomes first to secure finance from Zephyr Homeloans

An experienced buy-to-let landlord in Slough has become the first to be granted a mortgage by Zephyr Homeloans, a new dedicated...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord who dumped mum of nine’s belongings in the street may lose license

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

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let demand in prime central London showing signs of ‘resurgence’

There has been increased demand for buy-to-let property in prime central London in recent months and this trend looks set to continue...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Online letting agency launches new subscription model for landlords

It is becoming increasingly clear that some letting agents may not survive the tenant fee ban coming into force next spring...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay £12,500

An unscrupulous landlord has been punished for providing his tenant with poor living conditions by being ordered to pay more than...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Security advice for your tenants to help protect your property

With more than 500,000 reported burglaries in the UK each year, fresh research from MoneySuperMarket looks at how people can protect...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property management firm fined £5k for non-compliance

Property management company Titlecroft Limited has been fined £5,000 for failing to join a government-approved property redress scheme, which is a...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The outlook for property investors ‘remains positive’ as rents rise again

The average cost of renting a property in the UK rose by 1.5% in the 12 months to December 2018, the...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants from hell leave property in ‘horrendous’ state

A private landlord in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire was left horrified after nightmare tenants left his property in a...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

LandInvest targets wider market by teaming up with Mortgage Brain

LendInvest has joined forces with mortgage sourcing system Mortgage Brain to bring its buy-to-let product to a wider audience of intermediaries...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

TDS becomes first TDP scheme to appoint independent complaints reviewer

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), one of three government-backed tenancy deposit protection (TDP) schemes, has appointed a new external independent complaints...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Pepper Money launches limited edition range of five-year fixed BTL products

Pepper Money has launched a new range of five-year fixed rate buy-to-let limited edition products, with rates starting at 3.28%. The range...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The government is ‘not that bothered’ about helping BTL landlords, claims NLA

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has expressed its disappointment at the government’s decision not to address a major ruling that is...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Where is Scotland’s fastest growing rental market?

Following a prolonged period of strong growth, the Highlands and Islands region has been replaced as Scotland’s fastest growing rental market. According...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

MOT-style reports needed in rental sector, says inventory specialist

No Letting Go, one of the UK’s largest providers of inventory services, is calling for the introduction of MOT-style certificates to...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays announce BTL rate cuts

Barclays Mortgages has launched a series of rate reductions across a number of buy-to-let – and residential – ranges for both...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Hostmaker lists with Spotahome to offer landlords more flexible tenancy terms

Hostmaker, a leading Airbnb and holiday rental property management specialist, claims to have found a way to fill the low-season and...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Corrupt lawyer jailed for helping fraudster build a £10.8m BTL property empire

Dodgy solicitor Ross McKay, who helped a fraudster create a £10.8m property empire with the help of Tameside’s criminal underworld, has...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in number of middle-age renters

There has been a 15% rise in the number of people renting a home aged 35-54 in the last three years as...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Mortgage lenders have reduced the cost of most of their fixed rate buy-to-let deals for landlords over the past 12 months,...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent rises in Scotland may not always be legal

The introduction of the Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) in December 2017 has led to major changes in the industry in Scotland,...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA membership hits all-time high

More buy-to-let landlords are adopting a more professional approach to running their property business, as reflected by the number of people...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

UK property market finished 2018 with ‘more of a whimper than a bang’

Brexit has “smashed property market sentiment to smithereens”, according to Jonathan Samuels, the chief executive of the property lender Octane Capital. Buying...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Zero Deposit set to become ‘major part of renting’ for agents, landlords and tenants

With a sharp rise in the number of letting agents signing up to the Zero Deposit Guarantee, underpinning hundreds of tenancies...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Investors head north for higher rental yields

A growing number of buy-to-let investors are heading north for better returns, according to Your Move. The property firm reports that the...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New portal aims to set ‘new standard in property management’

A new property management portal claims to be on a mission to raise the standard of the property industry by establishing...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

LetCo acquired by LSL Property Services

Buy-to-let landlords with properties in Hampshire and Sussex, may be keen to learn that local lettings and property management specialist, LetCo,...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

How much did Airbnb hosts in London make over the festive period?

Many buy-to-let landlords who own properties in London took advantage of their assets by renting out their homes on a short-term...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Can a tenant who can’t afford the deposit be trusted to pay the rent?

Deposit-free renting is growing increasingly popular, with more providers than ever before now providing tenants with a range of nil deposit...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants need to ensure they are protected in the private rental sector

It may now be more than three months since thousands of households in Wales were faced with severe flooding in October...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Britain looks set to be hit with snow and ice warnings over the next few weeks that could put thousands of...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord slapped with £60k licence breaches fine

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay £60,000 for committing serious offences under The Housing Act 2004. Regev Hazan, the landlord of...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Claim your free tickets for The South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre later this month and...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Is the buy-to-let market as good as dead and buried?

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

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings agents must show that they are worth the money

As landlords increasingly feel the squeeze, with their reduction in yields principally due to increased regulation and tax changes, they are questioning...

03 January 2019

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...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord family ordered to pay £250k under Proceeds of Crime Act

A family of slum landlords who crammed 31 people into a suburban four-bedroom house has been ordered to pay back almost...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Here’s how to ensure your next property purchase is gas safe

If you are planning to add to your property portfolio, it is important to ensure that the property is gas safe. Here’s...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords accused of taking advantage of the growing homeless population

We all know that buy-to-let investors provide a vital service for people looking for housing, and yet an article in The...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let investors ripped off by unscrupulous developers

Six directors have been banned for a total of 54 years after misleading more than 300 investors who collectively invested at...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Majority of students are ‘more than satisfied’ with their landlord

University students are generally happy with their living conditions and the services provided by their landlord, according to new research. The survey,...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord and building contractor fined over asbestos neglect

A landlord and building contractor have been prosecuted after workers were exposed to large quantities of asbestos fibres at a rented...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Britain braces for temperature drop: is your boiler covered?

With temperatures set to drop over the next few days, it is important that landlords check whether they have protection for...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Significantly fewer BTL landlords register to buy property in 2018

There was a sharp decline in the number of buy-to-let landlords acquiring property in 2018, fresh data from Haart shows. Clearly deterred...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental yields in prime central London hit six-year high

The average rental yield achieved in prime central London in December was 3.35% - the highest level seen since April 2012...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords should be offered incentives to ‘come back into the long-term market’

More needs to be done to stem the rise in short-term lets on Airbnb in Scotland to ensure that the market...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Council issues landlords with £300k worth of penalties in 2018

Havering Council continued to clampdown on rogue landlords in 2018, with new figures revealing that the local authority issued just over...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year to all our readers!

Following a year dominated by Brexit uncertainty, political instability, higher interest rates and more stringent mortgage regulations, many buy-to-let landlords will...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Renters fear not getting on to the ladder due to cost of saving for a deposit

Most renters fear that they will never be in a position to buy property due to the sheer cost of saving...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Which University towns and cities make the best buy-to-let investment hotspots?

It is common knowledge (and common sense) that university towns and cities are full of people who are natural renters. This...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

The Scottish rental market – 2018 overview

It’s been a busy year in terms of legislation in the Scottish lettings industry. The introduction of the Private Residential Tenancy...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips to help you avoid property tax pitfalls in 2019

When you rent out property you may have to pay tax. But the rules on paying tax on rental income can...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

National LIS to address key issues plaguing landlords in 2019

Buy-to-let landlords and property enthusiasts will once again descend on the Olympia Conference Centre in London in March where they will...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Where are rents rising fastest?

As 2018 draws to a close, the vast majority of areas have seen rents increase over the past 12 months, according...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Draconian tax changes shouldn’t spell the end for buy-to-let landlords

It’s now three years since the then Conservative Chancellor George Osborne introduced a series of measures aimed, principally, at cooling the...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage tips to take into the New Year

With 2019 fast approaching, mortgage borrowers are being encouraged to take a few simple steps to ensure they are in the...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £6k after failing to licence property in Bristol

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined more than £6,000 after failing to obtain a license for a shared house in Bristol. John Elwes...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New BTL lender formally launches

Computershare Loan Services has launched Zephyr Homeloans, a dedicated buy-to-lender that provides a range of mortgage products for professional portfolio landlords...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Future Right to Rent system must be ‘reliable’ and treat people ‘fairly’

The government’s long-awaited White Paper on post-Brexit immigration policy, published last week, unveiled plans for a single, skills-based immigration system applying...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise 7.5% over the next three years

UK rents are expected to increase by 7.5% over the next three years, as the supply of rental accommodation dwindles while...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Government introduces new room size guidance

The introduction of new guidance on room sizes in rented homes has been warmly welcomed by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Get your tax return in by Sunday and you could receive a cash flow benefit

It’s meant to be a time of good cheer, relaxation and celebration, but for many, Christmas is stressful, not least for...

24 December 2018

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. Thank you to all our...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New law will give renters ‘greater protection’ against rogue landlords

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill will soon become law after passing its third reading at the House of Lords...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in number of landlords selling up in the East of England

The number landlords exiting the market in the East of England last month was double the national average, ARLA Propertymark reveals. Landlords...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Here’s why property is still a good long-term investment

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

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Kensington Mortgages announces new 75% LTV rates

Kensington Mortgages has introduced new rates across its Select product range. The new deals are available across the lender’s 75% loan-to-value (LTV)...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Bah humbug! Landlords with sociable tenants could face hidden costs at Xmas

Buy-to-let landlords who currently offer properties with rents inclusive of all utility bills should be aware of potential ‘hidden cost of...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Further drop in the number of tenants seeing their rent increase, data shows

The number of tenants experiencing rent increases in November dropped to its lowest level seen since February this year, according to...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit theft total exceeds £1.3m so far this year

The recent conviction of former letting agent Heather Crabb for illegally pocketing £260,000 from renters in Plymouth has contributed significantly to...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

The most common Christmas household disasters unveiled

Household disasters happen, even over the festive period, with leaking roofs, burst pipes and broken boilers among the most common mishaps...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing being considered in Weymouth

People in Weymouth are being invited to have their say on Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s plans to introduce selective licensing...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips for your tenants at Christmas

Christmas is almost upon us once again and for many people, that means they are now making plans to go and...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords give preference to white people with British passports, court told

A number of buy-to-let landlords are discriminating against prospective tenants based on their nationality and ethnicity due to the impact that...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

The key to being a successful landlord is to ‘get to know your tenants’

Buy-to-let landlords should invest the time in getting to know their tenants, according to new research. A survey conducted by Upad shows...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords continue to exit the BTL market

There was a further rise in the number of landlords exiting the buy-to-let market, new data shows. Belvoir’s Q3 Rental Index, compiled...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news for landlords in NI as less than 1% of tenancies end with deposit dispute

Less than 1% of private tenancies in Northern Ireland ended in a dispute over the deposit in the 12 months to...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Fleet Mortgages announces new limited company products and cuts ICR

Fleet Mortgages has announced the launch of new products across both its standard and limited company ranges, as well as criteria...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants set to be granted new powers to hold rogue landlords to account

Tenants are on the verge of being handed fresh powers to take action against rogue landlords thanks to the Homes (Fitness...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

High Court review of Right to Rent policy begins today

A Judicial Review of the government’s controversial Right to Rent policy, which forces landlords to undertake immigration checks on prospective tenants, will...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

An increasing number of private landlords appear to be waiting to see what impact Brexit and regulatory changes will have on...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for renting out poorly converted garage

A buy-to-let landlord in Luton has been ordered to pay £8,510 by Luton Magistrates Court for continuing to rent out a...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Have you sent a Christmas card to your tenant yet?

BTL landlords should take note of the fact that the festive postal deadline is rapidly approaching, with Thursday 20th December the...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Is this a good week to invest in property as asking prices continue to fall?

Making an offer to purchase a property might sound like the most stressful thing to do just before Christmas, but this...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Sluggish rent rises and higher taxes deter overseas buy-to-let investors

The proportion of let properties in the UK owned by overseas landlords is at its lowest in almost a decade, new...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords who disregarded planning rules ordered to pay £322k or face prison

Rogue landlords who converted terrace houses into shoebox flats without planning permission have been ordered to re-pay illegal income or face...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents edge up, led by gains in the UK’s regional hubs

Rents in the UK’s private rented sector increased by 0.97% in the 12 months to November 2018, virtually unchanged from the...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent is expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme

Landlords in West Bromwich should be aware that local letting agent, The Lettings Shop (TLS), located in High Street has been...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Steep decline’ in rental market activity

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

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

How landlords can protect their property in cold weather

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

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New crowdfunding property investment opportunity launched in Nottingham

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

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Softening mortgage market highlights BTL concerns

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

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

LBTT Scottish stamp duty surcharge to increase to 4%

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

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

P2P property platform aims to lure traditional BTL investors

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

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord to provide homeless people with a roof over their heads

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

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent controls would hurt both tenants and landlords, warns RLA

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

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents rising more slowly than inflation but regional variations remain

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

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Paragon speeds up portfolio landlord applications with eTech

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

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in rental deposit numbers as PRS continues to grow

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

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New direct debit rent collection system launched by Upad

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

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New energy and void period management product launched

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

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Most renters unaware of their rights, research shows

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

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to rethink rent protection scheme

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

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Where is best to invest in Manchester?

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

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgages could help landlords meet Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

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

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise in London next year

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

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Councils struggling to take action over unlicensed HMOs

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

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord Buy To Let expands range of BTL products

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

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental deposits to be capped at five weeks rent

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

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Crossrail delay unlikely to halt rental growth around Elizabeth Line

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

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Tipton & Coseley Building Society overhauls BTL lending criteria

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

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Supply of rental properties drops as landlords exit the market

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

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords earned £34bn in rental income last year

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

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords could be offered incentives to house tenants receiving benefits

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

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Hackney Council extends licence applications deadline

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

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Zoopla trials new Property Valuation Report

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

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Loughborough BS enhances buy-to-let range

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

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips to prevent burst and frozen pipes this winter

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

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Highest number of tenants negotiating rent reductions since records began

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

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords continue to enjoy ‘strong returns’ in Scotland

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

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Liverpool leading the way for annual house price growth and affordability

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

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Kinleigh Folkard and Hayward to offer Zero Deposit guarantee

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

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey exposes tenants’ shocking lack of knowledge about tenancy deposits

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

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Research reveals worrying lack of landlord awareness

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

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

L&G Mortgage Club launches exclusive BTL products with TML

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

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

 Most renters have no contents insurance

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

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents hold steady with the best yields up north

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

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

More pet-friendly rental properties needed, says SpareRoom

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

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Most affordable London borough to rent based on salary revealed

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

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New website aims to help BTL investors identify best deals

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

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips to help landlords avoid plumbing problems this winter

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

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing campaigners target NatWest branch over BTL mortgage ‘discrimination’

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

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban will not stop ‘hidden charges’

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

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Less than 1% of tenancies end in a deposit dispute

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

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords invited to TDS adjudication training session in London

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

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Minister to address Future Renting Wales conference next week

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

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

67% of students say accommodation provides good value for money

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

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

CreditLadder given FCA approval for rent payments

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

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords invited to enter PRS awards

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

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Government benefit cuts fuel surge in homelessness from rented housing

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

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant Shop partners with ScottishPower to help landlords manage energy needs

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

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

The thriving BTL sector remains a ‘solid investment option’

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

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Are you paying too much for your mortgage?

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

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Autumn ‘spike’ in rental market activity

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

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans launches 3-year fixed rate BTL product

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

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Plymouth offers the highest student accommodation yields

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

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Octopus puts buy-to-let lending on hold

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

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Free Landlord Information Evening to be held for landlords in Reading

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

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Top 10 buy-to-let hotspots

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

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord could have license revoked after tenant disputes legality of eviction

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

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Growing number of people looking to rent in retirement

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

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords accused of ‘illegally’ withholding deposits

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

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents have fallen in real terms over the last decade

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

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents continue to rise across the UK

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

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants spend a third of their gross pay on rent

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

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Fixed BTL mortgage rates on the rise

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

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL lending slumps to way below forecast

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

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency rules disadvantage landlords investing in rural homes

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

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord hit with £21k fine for safety failings

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

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise by 13.7% by 2023

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

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Strong demand pushes up rents in Scotland

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

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Paragon extends BTL range for expat landlords and holiday lets

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

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Eight men found crammed in one-bedroom flat

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

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

£20m ‘Ponzi’ property scheme shut down

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

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord uses bridging finance to add to portfolio

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

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New property management service targets new business from landlords

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

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Hinckley & Rugby scraps maximum age limit

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

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New platform allows for careful management of a property portfolio

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

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New selective licensing rules come into force today

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

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Changes to the eviction rules now impact older tenancies

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

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

What are your plumbing responsibilities as a landlord?

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

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord adds to its buy-to-let range

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

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Growth in social media screening highlights need for tenant referencing

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

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Shortage of rental properties continues to push rents up

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

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

National LIS Awards shortlist announced!

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

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Boost for renters as rent payments added to their credit score

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

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Almost a third of renters saw rents increase in September

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

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord database to be made freely available, says PM

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

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

3mc launches new exclusive deals with Pepper Money

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

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let remortgaging hits all-time high

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

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Leeds Building Society launches initial interest-free BTL range

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

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Surge in demand for rental properties in London

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

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

West Ham’s former stadium transformed into 842 new homes

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

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lenders slammed for preventing landlords renting to benefit claimants

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

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News