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BTL landlords are providing private tenants with long-term security

Whether a matter of choice or necessity, most private renters need long-term security and the vast majority of private landlords are more than willing to meet...

Every sensible landlord wants ‘a happy tenant’ to avoid void periods

Void periods can be a serious pain. While they are undoubtedly part of running a buy-to-let business, it would seem that many private landlords are going...

New electrical safety regulations unlikely to affect ‘slum’ landlords

New electrical safety regulations were presented before Parliament on 13 January 2020 in a move by the government to strengthen electrical safety practices and bring in...

New online BTL comparison site launched

An online comparison site has been launched by Buy-to-Let Direct with a view to helping landlords make the right decisions when it comes to mortgages.  The online...

The Nottingham launches new buy-to-let products

The Nottingham has introduced a new range of buy-to-let products, which are available at up to 75% loan-to-value (LTV).  The society’s new two-year fixed rate product is...

An increasing number of BTL landlords set sights on high-yielding HMO market

Buy-to-let landlords currently looking to buy property are targeting Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) more than any other property type, according to fresh research. According to Paragon’s...

A third of landlords plan to sell property in 2020

More than a third of buy-to-let landlords are planning to reduce the number of homes they rent out or exit the market altogether, according to a...

Income tax when you let property: help and support for landlords

The tax return deadline when filing your online Self Assessment for the tax year ending 5 April 2019 is just over a week away.   Filing an annual...

Shawbrook cuts BTL range to three products

Shawbrook Banks has simplified its buy-to-let range down to just three products, a few months after streamlining its range from 10 to seven products. The lender’s products now...

Room for growth: rents are rising below the level of earnings, says Zoopla

Despite the widening supply-demand imbalance in the private rented sector, it is now generally more affordable to rent a property with costs increasing below the level...

Post-Brexit housing market boom anticipated

The decisive result of last month’s general election has sparked a surge in housing market activity, placing upward pressure on house prices, and this is a...

MPs urged to back ‘common sense proposal’ when it comes to EU citizens

MPs are being encouraged to ensure EU citizens with settled status can continue to rent a property in this country and find jobs post-Brexit.  The House of...

Trade bodies seek further clarity on new short-term letting regulations

The minister for local government, housing and planning in Scotland, Kevin Stewart, has received a joint letter from the UK Short Term Accommodation Association (UKSTAA) and...

Al Rayan Bank reduces rental rates and introduces a new deal

Al Rayan Bank has introduced a new five-year fixed 80% finance-to-value (FTV) buy-to-let purchase plan (BTLPP), while also cutting the rental rates across its  Sharia-compliant product...

Property market sentiment improves following Tory election victory

The housing market has enjoyed what some are calling a “Boris bounce” following the result of last month’s general election, with confidence in the market hitting...

What key events do property investors need to be aware of in 2020?

Towards the end of last year, I wrote an article for Landlord Today outlining the difficulties many landlords in the UK are facing. At that time,...

Housing market activity in London bounces back as demand surges

Soaring demand in London is pushing up activity levels with the housing market seeing interest from would-be buyers, including property investors, rocketing, according to the latest...

Landlord fined £2k for failing to comply with improvement notices

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay more than £2,000 after ignoring several requests to carry out important repairs to a property in Bridlington, Yorkshire.  David...

Landbay teams up with FIBA to offer specialist lending products

Landbay, the buy-to-let mortgage lender, has joined forces with The Financial Intermediary & Broker Association (FIBA) to provide landlords using certain mortgage brokers access to its...

Most in demand areas in the UK to rent a property

Fresh figures from Howsy has revealed the most in-demand cities to rent property in the United Kingdom, with some surprising findings.  The rental management platform analysed demand...

London property hotspots: Up and coming regions worth considering

Demand for rental homes is continuing to outpace supply and drive up prices in London and that is an attractive proposition for many buy-to-let landlords.   Rental supply...

Here is how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

Following last week's announcement by the Welsh government that it plans to introduce new regulations to combat carbon monoxide poisoning, here are a few tips to help landlords ensure that...

LendInvest enhances buy-to-let product criteria

LendInvest has made several changes to its buy-to-let product range in a bid to appeal to borrowers.  The lender has increased the maximum loan size for all...

New housing court needed ‘for the benefit of landlords and tenants alike’

It now takes private landlords across the UK more than five months on average from making a claim to the courts for a property to be...

New regulations to combat carbon monoxide poisoning

An assembly member has welcomed the introduction of legislation for carbon monoxide detectors in rented homes in Wales. The Welsh Government says new regulations are to be introduced...

Tenants spend nearly half of their salary on rent

Rents in England are almost half of tenants’ average take-home pay, according to a new report on the state of the country’s private rented sector  Research undertaken...

Hanley Economic BS launches first expat BTL product

Hanley Economic Building Society has launched its first-ever expat buy-to-let mortgage product after entering the market. The product is available at up to 80% loan-to-value (LTV) with...

Register for Free Entry - The Property Investor Show

The Property Investor & Homebuyer Show, the UK’s most comprehensive property exhibition, takes place at London ExCeL in April – 3 & 4 April 2020 – and is...

Rental supply shortage set to push up rents

Rents look set to rise over the next 12 months as the supply of new rental properties dries up, according to the latest survey by the...

What the UK’s property industry requires of the new Conservative government

Just over a month on from the Conservative Party's election victory and all eyes are firmly fixed on Boris Johnson and his cabinet to see if...

Top tips when investing in property in 2020

Investing in the buy-to-let sector is one of the most lucrative ways to make money. There are a number of things to consider when thinking about how...

TMW cuts rates across BTL range

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has reduced the two and five-year rates across a range of its buy to let products.  The specialist buy-to-let arm of Nationwide Building...

Free tickets for this weekend's Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The Farnborough Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place at the Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre in Farnborough, north Hampshire, this weekend and you can register for a free pair of...

Mandatory electrical safety regulations to be introduced in England

The government plans to introduce mandatory electrical installation inspecting for all rented homes.  Detailed regulations for enforcing compulsory five-year electrical safety checks in the private rented sector...

A high number of private renters are ‘suffering from housing worries’

Renters have higher levels of harmful stress levels than homeowners, according to new research.  A survey of almost 4,000 renters by Shelter found that some private renters...

Fewer landlords are letting to tenants in receipt of housing benefit

There has been a notable drop in the number of private landlords letting to tenants in receipt of local housing allowance or Universal Credit, according to...

Letting agent banned for failing to protect £68k worth of tenants’ deposits

A senior director at a letting agency in Exeter has been handed a six-year ban after failing to safeguard more than £68,000 worth of tenants’ deposits. Clear Lettings...

Castle Trust launches new 10-year product

A new 10-year term loan has been introduced by Castle Trust which is fixed for five years before reverting to the lender’s standard variable rate.  The mortgage...

Government to end Local Housing Allowance rate freeze

Around 900,000 people across the UK could see their housing benefit payments increase by around £120 a year from April after the government yesterday announced that...

These areas offer properties with ‘potentially good mid-term investments’

The locations that saw the biggest house price increases in the last year have been unveiled by the Post Office Money.  The research, which analyses Office for...

Top places to invest near London in 2020

London remains one of the biggest property investment destinations in the world, attracting a wide range of national and international investors.  But with historically low buy-to-let returns,...

UK interest rate cut on the cards

Momentum towards an interest rate cut is growing after a third of members of the Bank of England’s rate-setting committee signalled that the UK economy could...

Tax return deadline looms – 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 buy-to-let landlords, with the 31...

UK rents rise with tenant demand ‘not showing signs of slowing down’

UK rents have risen yet again, with the latest survey showing higher rents across the whole of the UK.  The increase in average UK rents comes as...

Short-lets ‘could produce more problems than traditional long-term letting’

Buy-to-let landlords are being urged to think twice about moving to holiday letting following proposed regulatory and financial changes to the status of Airbnb in Scotland...

‘Landlords want to comply with the law and offer a good home to their tenants’

While some rogue landlords and bad players grab the headlines, the reality is that the vast majority of private sector landlords do a good job and...

London super prime market ‘sees a significant bounce in demand’

There has been a significant increase in demand for London’s most expensive homes from wealthy buyers, including property investors, following last month's general election result. Market conditions...

SBI UK’s BTL product range now available through Legal and General Mortgage Club

The State Bank of India’s (SBI UK) buy-to-let product range is now available through Legal and General Mortgage Club. The company provides buy-to-let financing up to 75%...

The cost of renting a room remains steady but London prices drop

The cost of renting a room in the UK has dropped by an average of 3% over the past 12 months due to struggles in the...

Scottish government announces plans to regulate short-term lets

The Scottish government has announced new measures to regulate short-term lets north of the border.  The government is handing local authorities fresh powers to regulate short-term lets...

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