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Warning of rocketing rents amid a stark housing shortage

With more landlords selling properties than buying them, at a time when there is growing demand from tenants for rental properties, the private rental sector is facing a major...

Significant drop in properties to let placing upward pressure on rents

Rents are forecast to see strong growth over the next five years, according to the latest residential property forecast from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors...

Foundation Home Loans enhances buy-to-let loans

Foundation Home Loans has made several criteria changes across its buy-to-let product range. The lender will now assess missed payments on credit cards alongside simple communication blips...

Most tenants want landlords to take on responsibility for basic amenities

There is growing uncertainty over where the responsibilities of private sector tenants and their landlords meet, according to a study by a major broadband and utilities...

Rogue landlord who put tenants' lives at risk ordered to pay £37,000

Slough Borough Council has taken action against an unscrupulous landlord in Slough who to date has refused to pay a fine of £37,000 after renting out...

Property owners need to beware of invasive bamboo

Invasive bamboo is becoming a problem for homeowners, including many buy-to-let landlords, many of which may not realise that most species are invasive if left unchecked.  Environet...

Claim your free tickets for next year’s Homebuilding & Renovating Shows

Following on from the successful South West Homebuilding & Renovating Show that took place at the Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, last month, the event’s...

Metro Bank reduces buy-to-let rates

Metro Bank has cut rates by up to 0.2% across its buy-to-let fixed rate mortgage range for borrowers up to 70% loan-to-value (LTV).  All remortgage customers will...

BTL landlord has fine for breaching HMO rules slashed by more than £28,000

A buy-to-let landlord who was originally fined £31,499 by Coventry City Council for breaches of the Housing Act 2004 has had his penalty reduced by almost...

General election 2019: Key housing policies, at a glance

With just one day until voting day, each of the main political parties has outlined its plans for the country, including for the housing market, with various...

Landlord discovers meth lab left by tenant in property

A buy-to-let landlord has been left in a state of shock after discovering what appears to be a 'deconstructed meth lab' in his house in Bulwell,...

Accord looks to make products more accessible to ‘broader range of landlords’

Accord Buy To Let is attempting to improve its service and make its mortgage products more widely accessible by amending its criteria and documentation.  The intermediary only...

Best cities for buy-to-let investments revealed

Despite the recent tax and regulatory changes, buy-to-let continues to look an attractive income investment at a time of low-interest rates and volatile stock markets, but...

The UK’s next prime minister needs to take housing seriously

Thursday’s general election presents the main political parties with an opportunity to address voters’ concerns about housing, and not just focus on attempts to leave the...

Are you entitled to compensation due to onerous ground rent charges?

Thousands of landlords trapped in developer contracts with spiraling costs could be entitled to compensation, according to legal experts.  Around 100,000 homeowners across the UK, including many...

Many landlords ‘have not recognised the need to educate themselves’

How do you potentially balance property buying and management with a full-time job? What strategies have you developed to build wealth and generate passive income?  When it...

Coventry reduces buy-to-let rates

Coventry for intermediaries has reduced rates on its five-year fixed rate buy-to-let and portfolio mortgages by up to 0.2%. Five-year rates now start at 1.79%, down from...

Next UK government urged to ‘reduce’ upfront costs for tenants

The next UK government must do more to reduce the burden on private tenants by reducing upfront costs associated with renting a new property, according to...

Build to Rent offers plenty of room for growth

Build-to-Rent remains a fast growing sector with thousands of developments currently under construction, and this trend looks set to continue in 2020 and beyond.  The number of...

Average rental deposit hits almost £1,300

The cost of the average deposit paid by renters has dropped to £1,299, new figures show.  The latest research from Hamilton Fraser’s deposit replacement scheme, Ome, reveals...

BTL lender Landbay to focus on institutional funders

Landbay has become an institutional only platform after closing its retail investment arm and exiting the peer-to-peer lending market. The buy-to-let mortgage lender, one of the UK’s...

UK rents hit an all-time high

There was an increase in the number of tenants experiencing rent increases in 2019, according to ARLA Propertymark.  The trade body’s latest report shows that the number...

Top tips for landlords on how to manage a Section 21 notice

Proposals by the main political parties, including the Tory government, to scrap Section 21 notices to evict tenants could potentially pave the way for the mass...

Rogue landlord ordered to pay more than £150k for safety failings

An unscrupulous landlord has been ordered to pay more than £150,000 after failing to fix several safety hazards in his property. Officers from Dudley Council’s private sector housing...

New matrix aims to simplify tenant fees ban

More than five months on from the introduction of the tenant fees ban, a number of landlords and agents are still confused by the new rules,...

Hinckley & Rugby launches BTL limited company mortgages

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society has launched three buy-to-let mortgages for limited companies. The products include a two-year discount, a two-year fix and a five-year fix, all...

Housing policies ‘should not compromise the supply of homes for sale or to rent’

With the general election just over a week away, each of the main political parties has outlined its plans for the country, including for the housing...

Next government urged to cut VAT on maintenance and improvement works

The next government should urgently reduce VAT on maintenance and improvement works to people’s homes to help boost investment in the housing sector, stimulate the economy...

Hodge launches holiday let mortgage

Hodge has introduced a new mortgage aimed at those wanting to acquire a holiday let property in the UK.  The mortgage, which allows customers to borrow up...

ASA rejects complaint by Zero Deposit against flatfair

Buy-to-let investors can have full confidence in the protection offered to landlords and tenants by flatfair, a fintech scale-up that allows tenants to instantly rent a...

Woman denies trying to kill her landlord

A woman in Cutteslowe, north Oxford, has pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted murder against her landlord.  A jury at Oxford Crown Court heard that...

BTL landord voters could be a crucial force at the general election

Which party will win the landlord vote?  Given that the mainstream parties all have policies that appear to work against BTL landlords, the answer, it would appear...

Landlord slammed for advertising corridor as a flat

A buy-to-let landlord in south London has been blasted for offering a corridor as a flat.  The flat in Brixton was listed on Zoopla until yesterday at...

Top tips to prevent damp and mould this winter

Tenants sometimes complain their property is damp and mouldy, and request that their landlord take action to address the problem. Landlords, on the other hand, regularly...

Council pledges to improve conditions in the PRS

City of York Council has vowed to crack down on rogue landlords looking to exploit the housing market, as part of a campaign to improve living...

Fleet Mortgages reduces BTL rates at 80% LTV

Fleet Mortgages has cut rates to two of its 80% loan-to-value (LTV) products in both its standard and HMO product ranges. The buy-to-let specialist lender’s two-year 80%...

Battery-powered smoke alarms failed in more than a third of property fires

As you will undoubtedly know, it is a legal requirement to ensure your rental property has adequate smoke detectors installed.  Some landlords think they are required to...

Housing in the manifestos: how could the main policies affect landlords?

The main political parties have laid out their blueprints for government ahead of what is likely to be one of the most decisive general elections in...

Landlord fined £35,000 for selective licensing breaches

A buy-to-let landlord who owns two properties in Scarborough has been fined £35,000 for breaches of his Selective Licence following a prosecution brought by Scarborough Borough...

Newcastle Intermediaries reduces BTL rates

Newcastle Intermediaries has cut rates on its range of five-year fixed buy-to-let mortgage products by up to 0.2%. Reductions include a 75% loan-to-value (LTV) five-year fix reduced...

‘Temporary relief for tenants’ as fewer people see private rental prices rise

There was a further fall in the number of private renters experiencing rent increases in October providing some ‘temporary relief for tenants’, according to ARLA Propertymark.  The...

Tenants discovered living in cramped conditions during dawn raid

Brent Council in north London will be taking action against a buy-to-let landlord who is accused of “exploiting tenants” after  17 men were found living in...

AIIC welcomes new deposit scheme that must include inventory reports

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (The AIIC) has unsurprisingly welcomed the launch of a new deposit protection service that requires all tenancy agreements to include...

FirstPort adds 5,000 homes to residential property management portfolio

FirstPort, one of the largest managers of residential property in the UK, has taken over the operational management of an additional 5,000 homes in the year...

Four upcoming legal changes you need to be aware of as a landlord in 2020

With the festive season fast approaching, it is completely natural for everyone to start winding down a bit at this time of year, but astute property...

Two-thirds of renters have no contents insurance

There is a lot of focus on helping landlords better protect themselves and their property from potential claims from tenants, but the majority of renters are...

Serial offending landlord fined more than £25k for failing to maintain a property

A rogue landlord who repeatedly rented out a substandard property in Yeadon, West Yorkshire, has been fined more than £25,000. Jack Collins, of Woodlea Road in Yeadon,...

Hamilton Fraser launches new deposit alternative scheme

Hamilton Fraser has announced the launch of its own in-house deposit alternative brand, Ome.  The new product, which is the latest to be launched by the letting...

BTL investors and renters can ‘benefit from the realistic prices’ in the North East

Buy-to-let landlords looking to add to their portfolio should consider buying property in the North East of England where rents are rising at a modest rate,...

The UK housing market is ‘coming to the end of a long period of uncertainty’

The UK housing market is showing signs of recovery following a prolonged period of uncertainty, according to JLL.  The property firm forecasts that the residential property market...

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