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Average UK rents fall for first time in six years

Average UK rents have fallen for the first time in six years, fresh data shows. The slowdown in the rental sector reflects a sluggish sales market, in...

Bidding war for properties to rent

With demand from tenants gathering pace, at a time when there has been a reduction in the number of new properties for renting, many prospective tenants...

BTL landlords prepared to pay more to avoid the voids

No landlord wants to experience excessive or lengthy void periods as that can significantly impact the viability of their investment, and that is why many astute...

Accord cuts cost of fixed-rate deals

Accord Buy To Let has reduced rates on selected fixed-rate products by up to 0.15%. These reductions are being applied to two- and five-year fixed rate mortgages...

Surge in demand for rental properties

There has been a sharp rise in demand for rental accommodation, according to the latest report from haart. Data from the letting agency shows that the number...

Tenants want their landlords to be more eco-conscious

Investing in buy-to-let property can be a great way to make money. But before parting with your cash, an investment strategy needs to be developed. Where...

Supply decline pushes Scottish rental prices up

The number of rental homes on the market in Scotland dropped in the first quarter of the year, while demand from people looking for property to...

New messaging platform designed to improve communication for landlords

A new productivity tool designed to help landlords, property managers, agents and tenants better manage their day-to-day tenancy communications has been launched by SevenBee. The London-based start...

Foundation Home Loans unveils exclusive 5-year fix

Foundation Home Loans has launched a five-year fixed rate product exclusively through its key packager partners. The new product being offered is available at a fixed rate of...

What do renters look for in a rental property?

For landlords, it is not always easy to guess what prospective tenants are looking for when getting a vacant property ‘rental ready’. From furniture and lighting to...

Number of limited company BTL products at record levels, says Moneyfacts

The number of limited company fixed rate buy-to-let products hit a record high this month as mortgage lenders respond to changing market conditions. With the government currently...

Property crowdfunding attracting growing number of millennials

There has been a significant increase in the number of millennials investing in property crowdfunding, new research by Shojin Property Partners has revealed. The company has seen...

David Salusbury, former NLA chairman passes away

David Salusbury, the former chairman of the National Landlords Association (NLA), the UK Association of Letting Agents (UKALA), and of mydeposits, has passed away after a...

Give councils power to ‘confiscate’ properties from rogue landlords, say MPs

Local authorities should be given the power to confiscate properties from landlords who break the law, according to a committee of MPs. In a new report, the...

A third of small private landlords plan to sell up as BTL crackdown bites

From a landlord’s perspective, it has been a tough couple of years, with a raft of changes designed to bring the previously booming housing market under...

Unscrupulous landlord fined more than £180,000

A rogue landlord who left tenants living in substandard conditions in Selly Oak and Edgbaston has been ordered to pay in excess of £180,000 after being...

Gearing among BTL landlords is getting lower

Many people feel anxious and uncomfortable when getting themselves into debt and understandably this is why many of us strive to pay off our mortgages as...

Aldermore reduces buy-to-let rates

Aldermore has cut rates on its buy-to-let mortgage range for company landlords, ensuring that they are now aligned with buy-to-let deals offered to individuals. The specialist lender...

High house prices will lead to a shift toward renting

High house prices and years without real-terms wages growth have prompted a growing number of young people to abandon the idea of ever owning their own...

Letting market activity picking up momentum

There has been an improvement in the letting market, according to board company Agency Express. The number of new rental property listings increased by 13.16% during February...

Spring price drop: Average asking price cut by £25k

Low levels of activity in the sluggish housing market are forcing many homeowners to accept offers well below asking price, making now a potentially good time...

Some landlords struggling with ‘complex’ BTL legislation

New buy-to-let regulations are making it harder for landlords to keep up to speed with complex compliance responsibilities, as the government drives to improve standards in...

Foundation Home Loans launches new 5-year BTL product

Foundation Home Loans has launched a new five-year fixed rate deal for a limited time only, which is aimed at primarily at portfolio and non-portfolio landlords. The...

BTL landlords weary of threat posed by Brexit

A majority of buy-to-let landlords see the UK’s vote to leave the EU as a threat to their property business, with some reviewing their plans to...

Join us at the Property Investor Show

The Property Investor & Homebuyer Show, the UK’s most comprehensive property exhibition, takes place at London ExCeL tomorrow and Saturday and we are delighted to announce...

Tenants should be able to improve credit score by paying rent on time

RentalStep has added its voice to growing calls for rent payments to be added to a tenant’s credit score. The PropTech startup supports the government's Creditworthiness Assessment Bill...

Vetting tenants to ensure they are all they seem

Tenant referencing provides all the background information on prospective tenants, helping landlords and letting agents make an educated choice about who they let their properties to,...

The Cambridge and L&G team up to offer landlords more choice

Cambridge Building Society has joined forces with Legal & General Mortgage Club to offer its buy-to-let range to landlords across England and Wales. The Cambridge has been...

Government must ‘support, rather than attack’, private landlords, says RLA

Private landlords provide an increasingly vital source of affordable and flexible accommodation for many people and the government should do more to support them, according to...

Older BTL investors target property in London and South East

In recent years, cites within the north of England have attracted more property investors targeting high yields, but new research shows that London and the South...

Spike in BTL landlords looking to diversify

An increasing number of buy-to-let landlords are looking to diversify their portfolios by investing in Houses with Multiple Occupants (HMOs), commercial and mixed-use property to boost...

Rent control proposed in Scotland

Labour has once again called for rents to be capped in Scotland after fresh data revealed rent increases were outstripping wage rises over the past five...

Landlords remain optimistic about buy-to-let in spite of challenges

More than two fifths (41%) of portfolio landlords aim to expand their portfolio over the next 12 months, new research shows. The report from Aldermore, the specialist...

Government urged to focus on improving conditions in the PRS

The government must focus on urgently improving dangerous housing conditions across the country after new figures revealed that thousands of private tenants are at risk of...

BTL continues to supplement the PM’s income

With savers receiving miserable returns, many shrewd investors are turning to the buy-to-let sector as a means of supplementing their income, and so it comes as...

Airbnb sees sharp rise in bookings thanks to the royal wedding

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding has caused a major tourism boost for areas surrounding London and Windsor as illustrated by new Airbnb data revealing...

Dawn raid uncovers tenants living in unsafe conditions

An ‘unsafe’ house in multiple occupation (HMO) in north London has been uncovered by enforcement officers from Brent Council following a dawn raid, as the local...

The build-to-rent sector is ‘evolving quickly’

There has been a sharp rise in the number of build-to-rent homes complete, under construction and in planning across the UK, according to the British Property...

Landlord remortgaging activity for home improvements hits record high

The number of landlords remortgaging in order to raise funds to improve their properties has reached an all-time high, new figures show. In the last 12 months,...

The BTL sector represents ‘more of an opportunity than a threat’

With savers continuing to receive poor returns from banks and building societies, buy-to-let remains the investment of choice for many people, supported by record-low mortgage borrowing...

Rise in UK landlords shows there is still an appetite for buy-to-let

Over the past year, the government has introduced 3% Stamp Duty levy, new stress tests for portfolio landlords and started to phase out mortgage interest tax...

Modest increase in rental prices in first quarter of 2018

The buy-to-let market continues to see a marginal rise in residential rental prices, and this trend appears to be fuelled by a decline in the number...

Sharp increase in English landlords renting out properties in Scotland

The number of English landlords renting out properties in Scotland has quadrupled since 2012, thanks to cheaper property prices north of the border, along with tax...

Shortage of retirement homes creates opportunities for BTL landlords

Older people are facing a shortage of suitable housing for their retirement, putting pressure on the wider property market. A new report by Knight Frank, The Case for...

Insure your properties are protected

When a landlord rented out a property in a quiet residential area in Plymouth Hoe last year, he had little cause for concern. The tenants, well presented...

Bluestone Mortgages introduces interest-only BTL mortgages

Specialist lender, Bluestone Mortgages, has made changes across its buy-to-let mortgage range, including the introduction of interest-only products aimed at customers looking for reduced monthly servicing...

London’s super prime rental market ‘has gone completely nuts’, says agent

Wealthy foreigners are prepared to spend up to £50,000 a week renting luxury homes in London, and this now risks sending prices spiralling out of control,...

TMW scraps age limit for experienced BTL landlords

The Mortgage Works (TMW) is removing all upper age restrictions across its buy-to-let product range for experienced landlords. Currently, the buy-to-let arm of Nationwide Building Society’s maximum...

More than half of BTL landlords to offload properties, says Property Partner

Over half of private landlords plan to sell some of their buy-to-let properties this year, it has been claimed. Some 54% of landlords said they would reduce the...

NatWest and Barclays change rates for BTL mortgage products

Barclays and NatWest have introduced rate changes to some of their buy-to-let purchase mortgage products. Barclays has raised rates across no fewer than 62 products on its...

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