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Landlord insurance: Is making a claim always a good idea?

Can claiming on your landlord insurance be a false economy? In some cases the answer appears to be yes, particularly when making claims for small amounts,...

Tenant jailed for illegally subletting house

A private tenant occupying a three-bedroom house in north-west London has been jailed after he was caught illegally subletting the property to 35 men. The residents had...

Landlord fined for renting out bed in shed

A landlord has been fined ordered to pay £5,000 for allowing tenants to sleep in an outbuilding in Enfield, north London. Sanjiv Shah, of Rowantree Road, Enfield,...

Families make ‘good, reliable, and long-term tenants’

Properties rented to families take up the least amount of property management time when compared to other types of tenants, fresh research by the National Landlords...

Skipton reduces BTL rates by up to 0.23%

Skipton Building Society has cut rates by up to 0.23% across its buy-to-let range on both new acquisition and remortgage deals. The lender’s new buy-to-let range includes...

Momentum improves as there is a rise in both ‘to let’ and ‘let’ properties

Following a slowdown in rental market activity in April, new letting data from the Agency Express Property Activity Index has revealed nationwide increases in both ‘to...

Government publishes new guidance for landlords to further protect tenants

New guidance for landlords to further protect tenants from poor living conditions has been published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. From 1 October...

Government to review selective licensing across the private rental sector

The government yesterday announced a review to look at how selective licensing is used across the private rental sector in order to find out how well...

‘Licencing doesn’t work’, says ARLA Propertymark

The government’s decision to review how selective licensing is used across the private rental sector in order to find out how well it is working has been...

Price comparison site launches buy-to-let tool

GoCompare has launched a new tool to help determine where you should invest your money for the best capital growth and rental returns. The platform allows investors to...

Landlords could save thousands by switching their mortgage deal

Landlords are being reminded to do all they can to avoid the trap awaiting borrowers when fixed-rate mortgage deals end. A third - 33% - of mortgage...

Two-thirds of renters do not intend to purchase property

More than two thirds of UK renters have no plans to acquire a property, according to new research by landlord insurer Direct Line for Business. The study...

The Mansfield launches expat buy-to-let product

Mansfield Building Society is hoping to tap in to demand from British expats seeking to invest in the UK buy-to-let market by launching a new expat...

Telford & Wrekin Council handed £388k cash boost to tackle rogue landlords

The government is hoping to improve standards in the private rented sector in Telford by handing £388,925 to Telford & Wrekin Council to help target rogue...

Buy-to-let remains an attractive asset class with the best yields up north

Buy-to-let returns continue to outperform many major asset classes with property investors in northern areas benefitting from higher yields, owed in part to lower property values,...

Cap tenant deposits at three weeks as part of ‘fairer deal’ for renters, say Labour

The tenancy security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents should be capped at a maximum of three weeks, and not the six...

Ipswich BS introduces new buy-to-let and credit repair rates

The Ipswich Building Society has launched two new products to its buy-to-let range as well as added three products to its credit repair range. The new buy-to-let...

Limited edition BTL range launched by Precise

A new limited edition five-year fixed rate buy-to-let range with reduced rates and product fees has been launched by Precise Mortgages. The new products, which are available to...

Universal credit flaws leads to tragic death of a tenant

A benefit claimant who faced debt, rent arrears and potential eviction as a result of policy design flaws in universal credit, has tragically committed suicide. The tenant...

Landlords owed thousands by collapsed letting firm

Landlords in Norfolk claim that they are owed thousands in unpaid rent while tenant deposits were left unprotected by a local letting agency that has gone...

How much do you know about landlords’ rights and responsibilities?

As a private landlord you are bound by specific housing legislation, which provide tenants with certain basic rights. From keeping your property free from health hazards and...

Council launches new private rental scheme in bid to provide more homes

Peterborough City Council has launched a new private rental scheme aimed at landlords who are looking for a long term tenant and a guaranteed rent. The new...

Vernon introduces new range of BTL mortgage deals

Vernon Intermediaries has launched a selection of new buy-to-let mortgage deals. The mortgage products, which are each available for a fixed term of three years, are being...

UK rents set to rise as demand outstrips supply

Rents in the UK are set to increase as demand for rental properties grows, but the number of homes coming on to the private rental market...

Sharp decline in the number of homes to let

The UK is facing a critical rental shortage as many landlords continue to offload properties due to recent tax a change, including the phasing out of...

Tenant fined for damaging landlord’s car after tenancy deposit dispute

An angry tenant who damaged his landlord’s car following a tenancy deposit dispute has been ordered to pay £1,351 repairs. Nottingham Magistrates' Court heard how Hieu Le,...

Kensington Mortgages cuts rates and offers higher LTV mortgage lending

Kensington Mortgages has increased the loan-to-value limits and reduced rates on a series of its buy-to-let mortgages to improve the affordability of its range. Kensington Mortgages now...

Foundation Home Loans extends borrowing limits across BTL range

Foundation Home Loans has upped the maximum amount landlords can borrow and cut rates across its buy-to-let range, including products for limited companies and individuals with...

These are the big issues facing property investors, including BTL landlords

Brexit uncertainty, higher taxation and more stringent mortgage lending conditions are among the toughest challenges currently facing property investors, including buy-to-let landlords, according to new research. A...

Kent Reliance launches income-backed buy-to-let proposition

Specialist mortgage lender Kent Reliance has launched an income-backed buy-to-let mortgage for limited companies and individual lending. The mortgage provider will now take a broader view of...

Propio targets BTL investors for new property investment platform

Propio Properties has launched a new online property investment platform that it hopes will appeal to buy-to-let investors looking for a diversified investment portfolio. According to the...

Leeds BS expands buy-to-let mortgage range

Leeds Building Society has added new fixed rate products to its range of mortgage deals. The new mortgages include a 1.44% two-year fixed rate up to 60%...

BTL share of mortgage lending up for first time since Q1 2017

Buy-to-let mortgages accounted for 13.9% of new lending during the first quarter of this year, new figures reveal. Fresh data from the Bank of England shows that new...

Letting fees ban set to be introduced in Wales

Landlords and letting agents could soon be banned from charging fees to private tenants in Wales under plans for a new law. The Renting Homes Bill will...

More landlords opting for 5-year fixed rate deals

A growing number of landlords are opting for five-year fixed rate mortgages in favour of short-term alternatives which demand more stringent affordability tests, as the cost...

A fifth of landlords ‘fell into’ buy-to-let

One in five landlords in this country entered the buy-to-let sector without even planning to, finding themselves with a property ‘accidentally’ or through inheritance, according to...

Increasing number of buy-to-let landlords switching to limited companies

Almost two out of five buy-to-let landlords will use limited companies to acquire properties over the next 12 months compared to just over a quarter as...

Sharp rise in number of young people applying for a rent guarantor

There has been a significant increase in the number of students and young professionals applying for a rent guarantor to secure accommodation, fresh research shows. New data...

Landlord fined after letting out flat with no heating

A landlord from Greater Manchester has been fined for letting out a flat which had no heating during winter. North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard that landlord Massud...

Widespread relief as VAT challenge on student accommodation fails

Landlords, universities and construction firms involved with developing student housing breathed a sigh of relief after HMRC’s appeal against a ruling that overturned its student accommodation...

South West has highest proportion of rented properties let as second homes

The number of properties rented as a second home in Great Britain reached 13,680 last year, the highest number on record, according to the latest Hamptons...

London council extends licensing scheme to five additional wards

One of the most active councils in London when it comes to prosecuting rogue landlords and letting agents has now extended its selective licensing scheme to...

How to avoid fines as a BTL landlord

As a landlord, you have a number of different responsibilities and obligations that you need to stay on top of, in order to provide a safe...

Celebrities back campaign to make homes safer

Singer Midge Ure and West End actress Carley Stenson have backed a campaign attempting to make homes in this country safer. Ure and Stenson have given their...

Register to attend free landlord investment show

Registration is now live for the National Landlord Investment Show which will take place at London Olympia this week.  Hundreds of buy-to-let landlords and property enthusiasts will descend...

Rental growth slows to five-year low

Rental prices in England are increasing at the slowest pace for five years, the latest Landbay Rental Index shows. Rents in England, excluding London, are up by...

Landlords urged to make clear they are complying with their legal obligations

Buy-to-let landlords north of the border are being urged to demonstrate that they are complying with all of their legal obligations when applying to the landlord...

Long-term tenants shouldn’t need to be referenced

Tenants who have been renting for 10 years or longer should not have to have to go through the same referencing process every time they move...

Landlord fined for overcrowded property

A buy-to-let landlord has been reprimanded for housing too many people in a rented property in Peterborough Raashid Alyas, of Mayors Walk in Peterborough, was hit with...

Charity event sees Draker host exclusive film preview for landlords

Draker letting agents hosted an exclusive charity film screening of Studio 54 at the Soho Hotel for 100 landlords last week. The event raised £1,300 with...

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