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Labour’s “a home for £1” idea mocked by leading agent

A Labour Party proposal to sell some long-empty homes to first time buyers for just £1 has been dismissed as the...

22 February 2023

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Myth of rent controls is exploded by property industry chief

A leading property industry figure has exploded the myths that lie behind the calls for private rent controls. Ian Fletcher, director of...

22 February 2023

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Landlord accreditation service to roll out to nearby councils

An association run by a local council with the involvement of private landlords is marking its 10th anniversary. The Partnership Accreditation for...

22 February 2023

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Perfect Storm as landlords quit and social housing volumes fall

A perfect storm is brewing in the lettings market with rents spiralling driven by increasing demand fuelled by workers returning to...

22 February 2023

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HMRC targets short-let landlords with ‘nudge’ tax letters

Accountants and tax advisers are reporting that HMRC has sent out a spate of what are called ‘one-to-many’ letters to taxpayers. The...

21 February 2023

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Airbnb Licensing should be in “priority areas only” say agents

Licensing for Airbnbs and similar short lets should be targeted in priority areas only and not the subject of blanket rules. That’s...

21 February 2023

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Small HMOs to be subject to council licensing from April

Another Labour controlled council is introducing additional licensing for small HMOs. York council says that from April 1 an additional licence is...

21 February 2023

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Online auction says 38% of lots are from landlords quitting

An online auction firm claims well over a third of its clients are buy to let landlords quitting the sector. Some 38...

21 February 2023

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Lender wooing first time buyers into buy to let

A high profile mortgage lender operating in the buy to let sector has launched a series of products aimed at investors...

21 February 2023

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Sweeping controls on rents and Airbnbs - could they happen here?

The Portuguese government has announced sweeping measures, mostly against landlords, which some activists want introduced in the UK too. Portuguese Prime Minister...

20 February 2023

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Tories and Lib Dems unite to hammer holiday let landlords

There’s been something of a love-in on a local authority in a popular tourist area of the UK - with second...

20 February 2023

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Landlords face uncertain future with Purplebricks

The relatively small number of landlords who use Purplebricks to handle tenants for their properties appear to face an uncertain future. The...

20 February 2023

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Better-than-expected market gives hope for 2023 - Rightmove

The better-than-expected sales market has been a surprise to investors, owners, buyers and sellers alike, says Rightmove. In its latest monthly snapshot...

20 February 2023

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11 applicants for every available property, claim letting agents

There were 108 new applicants registered per Propertymark member lettings agency branch on average in January, compared to just 64 in...

20 February 2023

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Controversial Labour licensing scheme set to be approved

A new licensing scheme for landlords in one of the country’s most controversial cities is likely to be approved next week. Nottingham...

17 February 2023

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Tories call for more pro-tenant rental reforms

A Tory council in Middle England has backed a committee of MPs calling for rental reform measures to be tightened up. The...

17 February 2023

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Foxtons reveals how many renters compete for each property

New figures from London-focussed letting agency Foxtons show rental demand remaining very strong. Last month’s figures show that compared to January 2020,...

17 February 2023

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How to deal effectively with HMRC - a teach-in

High profile independent law firm Mishcon de Reya is hosting an in-person panel discussion on recent experiences with HMRC - and...

17 February 2023

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Buy to let investors courted by prominent agency

The Edinburgh-based agency ESPC is holding an event for buy to let investors next week.  ESPC will be joined by solicitor estate...

17 February 2023

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Tax and Compulsory Purchase threats to private landlords - new report

Private rental property should be “acquired” and used for social housing according to a think tank. And it says tax penalties, laws...

16 February 2023

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Energy Efficiency - growing numbers of landlords spending thousands

Some 21 per cent of tenants have spoken to their landlords about making energy efficiency improvements to their property, according to...

16 February 2023

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Almost half of landlords set to expand portfolio, despite obstacles

The mass exodus of landlords unhappy with increased tax and regulation appears not to have happened - at least yet. A quarterly...

16 February 2023

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Capital appreciation dips but no price crash in sight

House prices rose by 9.8 per cent year-on-year in December compared with the same month in 2021, the Office for National...

16 February 2023

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Soaring mortgage costs hit high numbers of landlords

Almost a third of private landlords with a buy to let mortgage face the prospect of significantly higher costs this year...

16 February 2023

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Rent control Twitter rant backfires on London Mayor

A rant about rent controls by London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan appears to have backfired. Khan - who has repeatedly demanded that...

15 February 2023

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Renting “ruins retirement for single people and self-employed” - claim

A business consultancy says the high cost of renting is ruining the retirement dreams of different groups, such as single people...

15 February 2023

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Councils not holding back with tax rises at the maximum allowed

Three quarters of local authorities are set to increase their council tax by the maximum amount in April as they complain...

15 February 2023

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Multi-million pound fully-let portfolio comes to the market

Eleven fully let apartments in Birmingham city centre have come on to the market with Bond Wolfe for offers based on...

15 February 2023

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The flat is back - at least in prime buy to let territory

The flat is back in demand in Britain’s most expensive rental enclave, a lettings agency says.  Demand for apartments in prime central...

15 February 2023

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Landlords may suffer double council tax during void periods

Landlords say housing standards in one of the UK’s biggest cities could sugar because of council tax changes for empty homes. Manchester’s...

14 February 2023

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Home Office says landlords do not ‘systematically discriminate’ against tenants

The government has published the findings of a review into the operation of Right To Rent by private landlords and letting...

14 February 2023

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Five figure fine for HMO landlord failing on health and safety

A landlord who failed to provide a fire detection and alarm system in an HMO has been fined a total of...

14 February 2023

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Soaring interest rates hit some Build To Rent returns - Savills

An agency heavily involved in Build To Rent claims investment in the sector remains high - but soaring debt costs may...

14 February 2023

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Free advice, tips and hacks for landlords at online event

Private landlords and letting agents can pick up tips on how to keep energy costs under control, stay on top of...

14 February 2023

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Bid for tenants' reviews of landlords to be used for enforcement

A review platform which describes itself as a TripAdvisor for tenants is using a left-leaning blog to seek business from councils. Marks...

13 February 2023

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Shelter uses repossession figures to attack Section 21

The chief executive of Shelter claims that Section 21 evictions are a leading cause of homelessness. Polly Neate was making her remarks...

13 February 2023

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Tax shock for holiday let owners when rates change kicks in

The Valuation Office Agency has issued a reminder that changes to eligibility rules for self-catering properties will come into effect from...

13 February 2023

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Free investment shows for landlords planned throughout 2023

The National Landlord Investment Show has announced a series of free events for landlords, investors and property professionals throughout 2023. Co-founder Steve...

13 February 2023

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Council praises private landlord for illegal fly-tipping solution

We’re used to councils having a pop at private landlords - but now one has praised a landlord for helping to...

13 February 2023

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Rent Cap - another council wants it but has no powers to implement it

Another council says it wants to implement private sector rent controls - although it has no power to do so. Belfast council...

10 February 2023

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MPs want tax review and courts reform - NRLA approves

The landlords’ trade body is broadly welcoming some proposals from MPs to reform the private rented sector. Some aspects of the Levelling...

10 February 2023

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Energy efficiency experts can be found via new tool for landlords

An accreditation scheme has produced a free-to-use tool aimed at landlords seeking to make their residential properties more energy efficient and...

10 February 2023

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Britain’s biggest landlord enjoys bumper start to 2023

Grainger, the Newcastle company that is active in Build To Rent and claims to be Britain’s biggest landlord, has enjoyed a...

10 February 2023

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UK’s landlord hotspots revealed by lettings agency chief

A new rental market analysis has revealed where in the UK has the highest proportion of private landlords.  Benham and Reeves analysed...

10 February 2023

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MPs demand stronger anti-eviction policies and holiday lets clampdown

The government’s proposed tenancy reforms - including the banning of section 21 evictions - could be undermined by delays in the...

09 February 2023

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Buy To Let “virtually pointless” for many landlords - claim

A property industry trade body chief says buy to let is “virtually pointless” for landlords with substantial mortgages who seek income...

09 February 2023

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Build To Rent won’t solve shortage of lettings properties - RICS

One of the property industry’s most respected bodies says Build To Rent won’t solve the lettings supply shortfall. The claim comes in...

09 February 2023

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Ignoring Prohibition Order leads to fine for rogue landlord

A landlord has been fined after pleading guilty to breaching a prohibition order preventing him from letting a property. The Isle of...

09 February 2023

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Council clamps down on small HMOs

New rules introduced by a council in south east England will prevent smaller homes from being converted into Houses of Multiple...

09 February 2023

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Landlords ‘must accept Pets in Lets’ - campaign begins

Two of the UK’s highest profile animal welfare organisations want the government to introduce better protection for responsible tenants with pets. Dogs...

08 February 2023

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Council boasts of landlords’ fines over past two years

A London borough council has revealed the number of cases it has taken against private landlords since the start of 2021...

08 February 2023

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Rishi Reshuffle - will EPC reform move a step closer?

The trade press is fixated on the departure of housing minister Lucy Frazer after four months in the government reshuffle, but...

08 February 2023

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Government chases landlords as overseas owners escape or ignore law

Landlords who feel recent laws have singled them out may be interested to know that one group of property owners appears...

08 February 2023

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Opportunity Knocks for Shrewd Buyers? Prices being reduced…

Landlords with funds to expand their portfolios may be in luck - a growing proportion of properties on sale have reduced...

08 February 2023

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Crowdfund property platform targets ‘new generation’ of investors

A new crowdfunding platform says it’s opening up property investing to “a whole new generation.” Allbricks claims it’s disrupting “the antiquated mortgage...

07 February 2023

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Council using charity to chase landlords to boost EPCs

A federation of charities wants landlords and tenants to get in touch to discuss energy efficiency in private rental properties. ‘Groundwork’ is...

07 February 2023

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Fined! Landlord’s company hit with second non-compliance penalty

A landlord’s company called Trophy Homes Limited, based in Liverpool, has pleaded guilty to failing to apply for an HMO licence...

07 February 2023

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Wine Bar and car charging feature at new rental scheme

The latest phase of a new Build To Rent scheme being launched in London is offering a wine bar and electric...

07 February 2023

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Agency warns: Liz Truss Budget still affecting the housing market

The head of residential research at a prominent estate agency says the signs look ominous that “the housing market is headed...

07 February 2023

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Landlords taxed too much and review needed, says NRLA

The National Residential Landlords Association is calling on the government to begin a full review of how private rented housing is...

06 February 2023

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Activists want landlords to be sued for damages by tenants

The Generation Rent group of activists is promoting a petition calling for private landlords to pay damages to tenants in some...

06 February 2023

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Council “pleased” with landlord interest at leasing their properties

A council at the heart of a controversial scheme claims to be “pleased” with the interest shown by private landlords. Leasing Scheme...

06 February 2023

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New licensing scheme has online teach-in session tomorrow

Charnwood council in the East Midlands is now accepting applications from landlords of private rented properties that are covered by two...

06 February 2023

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Empty property’s garden rubbish costs landlord thousands

A landlord has been landed with a bill of almost £2,800 for failing to clear rubbish and maintain his vacant property. Alex...

06 February 2023

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Strict guidelines for AirBnb and holiday let landlords set by council

York council has set out strict guidelines for Airbnb style short lets and for holiday rentals.   A statement from the Labour-controlled authority...

03 February 2023

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New advice for landlords hit by latest interest rate rise

Landlords are being offered fresh advice if they have been hit with higher interest payments following the base rate rise to...

03 February 2023

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Tens of thousands of rental homes found with damp and mould

The Regulator of Social Housing has warned landlords in that sector to take immediate action over damp and mould. And the regulator...

03 February 2023

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New Generation Rent boss to be chosen this month

Interviews for the post of director of Generation Rent are scheduled to be held this month. The most recent holder of the...

03 February 2023

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Landlord ignored council and didn’t get a licence - so he’s fined

A private landlord has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 by magistrates for failing to properly licence a rented property. The...

03 February 2023

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Interest Rates: Bank of England announces latest decision

The Bank of England has increased base rate to 4.0 per cent - its 10th rate rise in a row. Avinav Nigam,...

02 February 2023

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Is property tax so high it drives away investment?

Property taxes in Scotland have increased by nearly a quarter of a billion pounds in the last year compared to the...

02 February 2023

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Annual house price growth plummets with worse to come

Annual house price growth has slowed to 1.1 per cent - a sharp drop on a month ago when it was...

02 February 2023

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Revealed - the size and value of the UK’s private rental sector

A debt advisory service claims it has calculated the overall size of the private rental sector. Sirius Property Finance analysed the current...

02 February 2023

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Tens of millions to restore empty homes - but not for private landlords

A £50m scheme to bring more empty homes back to life in Wales - but private land are excluded from applying. The...

02 February 2023

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Bizarre case of the landlord and the vermin in the back yard

A company which failed to declare its interest in a property which had health and vermin risks has been ordered to...

02 February 2023

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Tory MP speaks up for landlords and urges tax reform

A Conservative MP is calling on the government to help landlords boost rental supply by reforming taxation. Andrew Lewer, Conservative MP for...

01 February 2023

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Capital! Highest rental demand in the UK found in London

Landlords with properties in Central London have reported the highest levels of tenant demand across England and Wales. Research on behalf of...

01 February 2023

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Landlord repays thousands after ignoring improvement notice

A landlord has agreed to repay £2,160 that he received in housing benefit following the expiry of an improvement notice served...

01 February 2023

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Training sessions for landlords cover laws, licensing and HMOs

Training sessions are being aimed at teaching private landlords in one London borough the rules and responsibilities when it comes to...

01 February 2023

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Big fine for landlord’s string of health and safety failures

A landlord has been ordered to pay over £25,000 by magistrates for a catalogue of failings relating to his rental property...

01 February 2023

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Private renting vital to economic and social fabric of UK - report

The private rented sector has an important economic and social role to play across the country, according to a new report...

31 January 2023

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Rent Freeze backfires according to property portal analysis

The rent freeze imposed on the Scottish private rental sector appears to have backfired. In the first quarter since the freeze was...

31 January 2023

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Illegal licensing consultation - council goes back to square one

A London council is relaunching its consultation on a new borough-wide Additional HMO Licensing Scheme, following feedback from the community.  The original...

31 January 2023

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Mortgage costs could drop 25% by end of 2023 - forecast

Although most landlords will be on fixed rate mortgages, those suffering because of recent interest rate rises have some good news...

31 January 2023

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Pundit says he knows how long property downturn will last

The boss of a comparison website claims to know how long the property downturn will last roughly, anyway. Colby Short of GetAgent...

31 January 2023

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Tax Cuts for Landlords? Don’t expect any for quite some time…

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has poured cold water on the prospect of any tax cuts in the near future -...

30 January 2023

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Council boasts of 550% increase in fines for landlords

A local authority controlled by the Green Party says it’s issued 550 per cent more fines against landlords in the past...

30 January 2023

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Landlord sales may slow as buyers sit tight until Easter

Any landlord quitting the market and selling up may find demand from buyers muted until Easter. That’s the warning from Zoopla which...

30 January 2023

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Labour to launch major review of private rental sector

The Labour Party is to launch a major review of the private rental sector, led by the head of a London...

30 January 2023

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Tenants “at sharp end of cost of living crisis” - claim

A think tank says household costs are under more pressure from the cost of living crisis than in the pandemic, with...

30 January 2023

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Unlikely location heads landlords’ capital growth league table

An unlikely location heads the latest league table purporting to show the highest returns on property investment. Aldermore’s Buy To let City...

27 January 2023

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Another Day, Another New High Rental Record…

Average asking rents for new tenants outside London have risen to another new record of £1,172 per calendar month says Rightmove. This...

27 January 2023

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Buy To Let hotspots revealed by landlord insurer

London continues to dominate the list of the most attractive cities for buy to let investment for the second year running. Data...

27 January 2023

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Illegal extension and tiny rooms cost landlord over £50k

A landlord has admitted breaching planning rules at two properties in south London. He submitted a guilty plea in response to Southwark...

27 January 2023

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Landlords invited to virtual forum about new licensing regime

Landlords and letting agents are invited to join a virtual forum for details of a new licensing requirements and to find...

27 January 2023

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Landlords with good EPC ratings get better mortgage deals

Suffolk Building Society has announced the launch of a new five-year fixed expat buy to let product for properties with an...

26 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Tax Relief Petition passes new milestone but still needs support

The government may already have dismissed it, but the petition wanting landlords to be able to offset mortgage interest against tax...

26 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform threatens access to higher education - claim

Government plans to reform the private rented sector risk making it more difficult for students to enter higher education. That’s the warning...

26 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Council slammed for “severe maladministration” over damp and mould

The Housing Ombudsman - a service which deals with social housing - says it’s found severe maladministration in how Leeds council...

26 January 2023

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Big increase in mortgage choice for holiday let landlords

There are now 173 more mortgage options on the market for holiday let landlords than there were just three months ago,...

26 January 2023

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