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Families and professionals ‘most likely to experience rent rises’

Rents are likely to rise in the third quarter of year as fewer rental homes come on to the market because more landlords are beginning to...

Paying rent ‘in full and on time’ should boost a tenant’s credit score, says RLA

Private tenants who pay their rent on time should see their credit rating boosted in order to make it easier for them to gain a foot...

Top university towns and cities for buy-to-let revealed

Many landlords purchase properties near universities in order to take advantage of the lucrative yields that the student rental market often has to offer, with a...

Rents fall in London despite greater demand from tenants

Average rents continued to fall across many parts of London during the second quarter of the year despite the fact that demand for rental property rose...

Lender overhauls BTL mortgage deals

New Street Mortgages has unveiled changes to its buy-to-let range, while also making key alterations to its lending criteria. The lender has introduced a reduced reversionary rate...

Nightmare tenants exposed

In what is a welcome change to the landlord bashing articles often featured in the media, the Liverpool Echo has published a story showing the flip...

Council ‘pressing the government’ to roll out selective licensing scheme

Borough wide selective licensing could soon be coming to Brent if the the local council gets its way. Brent Council wants the government to allow it to...

Boost for landlords as buy-to-let mortgage rates fall

Landlords will welcome the news that buy-to-let mortgage rates are falling as lenders compete against each other to have the cheapest rates. According to fresh figures from...

Skipton insist it’s ‘business as usual’ despite rule change

Skipton Building Society has announced that it has tightened its portfolio affordability requirements to 150% at 5.5%, and at 5% for five-year fixed rates, while its...

Council identifies 13,000 landlords who have failed to declare rental income

A London council has been working with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to identify landlords that have failed to declare their rental income. Newham Council - which...

Tenants and landlords make up bulk of complaints to redress scheme

Tenants and landlords accounted for over 85% of complaints made to The Property Redress Scheme (The PRS) in 2016.  The organisation's annual report reveals that the most...

Eight-month run of falling rents comes to an end as UK growth doubles

A run of eight consecutive months of falling rents in London came to an end last month, according to Countrywide. The UK's largest estate agency group reports...

Rental supply to dwindle as landlords look to sell

The supply of homes is set to fall while demand from tenants continues to increase, according to the latest research from the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). A...

Landlord jailed for Capital Gains fraud

A landlord has been jailed for failing to declare Capital Gains Tax from the sale of his rental properties. Richard Fuller, 53, did not declare the profit...

Landlords remain ‘positive’ about buy-to-let market

The government’s decision to introduce a number of measures to curb the growth of private landlords has prompted concern that the buy-to-let windfall may be coming to...

How can landlords maximise yields and profits?

Over the last few months, landlords have seen their profits eroded with the chancellors’ recent tax measures and it is becoming much harder to make money...

Student landlords warned about potential scam

Private landlords offering accommodation to students who are planning to go to the University of Newcastle this September are being targeted by scam artists, it has...

Over 100 landlords sign up to new council service

More than 100 private landlords have now signed up to the Cheshire West and Chester Council Private Landlord Service. The council run service was launched in November...

A growing number of people are ‘coming to rely on the private rental sector’

A generation is being priced out of the housing market with homeownership levels set to fall further as younger people are priced out of buying property,...

Council receives fresh funds to tackle rogue landlords

The Home Office is hoping to drive up standards in the private rented sector in Bristol by handing £321,750 to Bristol City Council to help target...

NatWest will ‘continue to support’ portfolio landlords

Natwest has announced an overhaul of its underwriting processes for portfolio landlords ahead of September’s regulatory changes for complex buy-to-let, but insists that the reforms will...

Shortage of homes continuing to drive up rents

Rents look set to increase further in the coming months, as the supply-demand imbalance continues to grow. With landlords facing increasing pressure as a result of the...

More BTL landlords needed to meet demand from a growing population

Supply and demand are perhaps the most fundamental concepts of economics, and it is the main reason why UK house prices have increased so much in...

Here’s how to ensure your buy-to-let investment is gas safe

When investing in buy-to-let, you can’t always be sure when the appliances and pipe work in the property were last serviced and checked, but it does...

Lender sees sharp rise in expat mortgage enquiries

More than £500m worth of expat mortgage enquiries for UK buy-to-let property have been received by Skipton International in the first seven months of the year. The...

Redbridge Council launches new licensing scheme

A new property licensing scheme has been introduced by Redbridge Council in order to crack down on rogue landlords – and no doubt boost council coffers. The...

Landlord given suspended sentence for endangering tenants with illegal gas work

A buy-to-let landlord in Ilfracombe, a seaside resort on the North Devon coast, has been given a suspended prison sentence for risking the lives of his...

Landlords not confident about ‘stable’ rental yields

Rental yields remain steady, and yet many buy-to-let landlords are losing confidence in their ability to rely on rental income, a new report shows.   The drop-off in...

New service allows ‘landlords to cash in until they find the perfect tenant’

A London-based sales and letting agent has launched an Airbnb interior styling service that it hopes will enable more buy-to-let landlords to reduce void rental periods...

Leeds unveils portfolio buy-to-let plans

Leeds Building Society has confirmed that it will continue to accept buy-to-let mortgage applications from portfolio landlords despite the buy-to-let lending rule changes coming in next...

Landlord ordered to pay over £10k for unsafe property

A buy-to-let landlord in Birmingham has been ordered to pay more than £10,000 after he was found guilty of failing to comply with an improvement notice...

Rents bounce back in July but London weak – HomeLet

UK rental prices returned to growth in July, the first rise recorded for three months, according to the latest HomeLet Rental Index. The figures show that the...

More build to rent developments needed to ‘fix the broken housing market’

With significantly more new homes urgently needed to help plug the housing shortage in this country, the government views the Build to Rent as key to...

Greater energy efficiency regulations required in Scotland, says Labour

The Scottish government is being urged to set a higher benchmark for the energy efficiency of private rented homes to help create warmer places to live,...

Have your say on the ‘state of PRS’

Buy-to-let landlords are being invited to take part in the Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) latest quarter survey, designed to improve conditions in the private rented sector...

Top 10 postcodes for buy-to-let in London

A high number of buy-to-let investors prioritise rental rents over capital gains when making property purchase decisions, and with that in mind, London based residential agent...

Overseas landlords shun UK housing market after tax hikes

The number of overseas investors with buy-to-let properties has dropped sharply after a tax and regulatory clampdown, reducing the number of homes coming onto the private...

Landlord allegedly ran tenant over for digging up his plants

A landlord has been apprehended by the police for running over a tenant with his tractor and breaking her hip because she dug up plants in...

Britain to become a nation of renters

A growing number of young British adults are giving up hope of ever owning their own property, fresh research shows. A startling new survey reveals that while...

Renting becomes cheaper than buying, particularly in the South East

  For many years, rent has been called “dead money” and young people have been urged to “get on the housing ladder” so that they can put...

Landlords south of the border ‘will be envious of the Scottish market’

Landlords north of the border continue to enjoy a higher yield on their properties than those in England and Wales, according to Your Move Scotland. According to...

Coventry release details of additional lending criteria for portfolio landlords

Coventry Intermediaries has announced that it is setting out additional lending criteria for portfolio landlords with four or more properties, to be introduced from 14 September. The...

Buy-to-let mortgage rates continue to fall

With the outlook for savers continuing to look grim, many people will undoubtedly continue to consider investing in the buy-to-let sector, despite various anti-landlord measures introduced...

Why are landlords turning student tenants down?

After a lifetime with the parents, students naturally want to let their hair down before the serious study starts, and that is why they are a...

Tenants launch fundraising page to pay for ‘independent’ fire safety checks

A crowdfunding page has been set up by concerned tenants who are looking to pay for an independent fire safety inspection to be carried out at...

Top tips for maintaining your rental property during the summer months

Maintaining your property is one of the most important aspects of being a homeowner or landlord, and that includes giving your rental property a summer maintenance...

Landlord fined for gas safety breaches

A private landlord has been prosecuted after failing to maintain gas appliances at his rental property in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. Llanelli Magistrates’ Court found the landlord, Gous Ahmed,...

Sex-for-rent landlords could face up to seven years in prison

Rogue landlords who target vulnerable people for sex by posting online classified adverts offering accommodation in exchange for other services, could face prosecution after the justice...

RLA calls for a ‘full review of fire safety standards’

Contradictory and outdated fire safety guidance urgently needs updating to better support private landlords, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The trade body points to the...

Accord reveals portfolio buy-to-let underwriting change

Accord Buy To Let is the latest lender to announce that it is amending details of its buy-to-let lending criteria for portfolio landlords, which come into...

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