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Landlord bans ‘poor people, pets and gays’

A landlord in London faces a backlash after posting an advert for a room inviting potential tenants to apply as long as they are not poor,...

Some agents welcome the government’s plans to cut tenants fees

The proposed ban on any letting fees charged to tenants by landlords and letting agents is widely viewed as a draconian measure within the letting industry...

Landlord fined more than £4,000 for ‘dangerous failings’

A landlord has been fined over £4,000 at Cardiff Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to eight charges relating to five rented student flats in Albany Road,...

Specialist BTL lender launches new product range

Specialist buy-to-let lender Fleet Mortgages has announced the launch of 13 new mortgage products with immediate effect. The product range, which covers three key borrower groups, individuals,...

Confidence in buy-to-let market slips due to tax hikes

Recent changes to tax for buy-to-let property has dented confidence among landlords with new research showing many are set to revise their situation and implement new...

BTL lending forecast revised down

The Council of Mortgage Lender’s (CML) buy-to-let forecast for 2017 and 2018 has been revised down from previous expectations at the end of last year, as...

New online case tracking aims to speed up buy-to-let mortgage applications

A new online case tracking system that enables brokers to review the progress of mortgage applications on behalf of buy-to-let landlords has been launched by Keystone...

Inclusion of letting agency fee ban in Queen’s Speech ‘reeks of desperation’

The Queen’s Speech was unsurprisingly dominated by Brexit, with a host of proposed new laws designed to prepare the UK for a smooth departure from the...

Tenancy deposits to be capped

When renting out a property, most landlords or their letting agents opt to take an upfront deposit from the tenant prior to the tenancy starting, in...

Council makes several unannounced inspections of rental properties

West Lindsey District Council made a number of unannounced inspections of private rental homes in Gainsborough yesterday, supported by police officers, as it stepped up its...

Sharp decline in homes to let

There has been a major slump in the number of homes for rent over the past six years, fresh figures show. There has been an 11.6% decline...

Save on tax: 10 ways to potentially cut what you pay to HMRC

Very few of us enjoy filling in a tax return. But here are a few suggestions put forward by London based estate agents Portico and seasoned...

Fewer EU nationals renting property in the UK, flatshare data suggests

There has been a sharp decline in the number of in EU nationals looking to move to the UK following the Brexit referendum which is placing...

Nightmare tenant jailed for setting fire to her rental property

A tenant who set fire to her flat because her landlord was planning to evict her has been sentenced to three years and two months in...

UK rental market bounces back with greater activity anticipated over summer

Rental market activity bounced back in May, defying fears that a slowdown had struck the market, following a slump the previous month, according to Agency Express. Following...

Thousands of landlords are ditching letting agents to go it alone

With landlords’ purse strings being tightened by tax changes and a mortgage squeeze, a growing number of buy-to-let investors are choosing to ditch letting agents to...

Council insists ‘homes are homes, not hotels’, as it aims to curb short lets

Southwark council in south London is warning local leaseholders to refrain from renting out properties via short term holiday rental sites, such as Airbnb, because it...

Independent inventories should be compulsory, says trade body

For a long time, fair wear and tear has been a grey area for landlords and tenants alike, and because it tends to vary from case...

Rental market in prime central London on the road to recovery

The rental market in prime central London is showing signs of improvement, as reflected by the latest data from Knight Frank which shows that the pace...

Where can landlords find the best mix of affordability and rental return?

Fresh research using a combination of house prices, salaries and rental prices suggest that Stoke-on-Trent is the best destination to invest in buy-to-let property. The study, which...

Holiday homes could earn you six times more income than a buy-to-let

Holiday home landlords who own property in sought-after locations in the UK can earn up to almost six times the average weekly rent in the UK...

London is the most expensive region to be a landlord

London has been identified as the most expensive region in Britain to be a landlord, according to fresh research by Kent Reliance.   The study by the specialist...

Landlords sought for post-election panel debate

Buy-to-let landlords from across the UK are being invited to join a post-election panel debate on the afternoon of Thursday 13 July. Following the general election, the...

Where is the most profitable area in the UK for buy-to-let landlords?

Property investors looking to invest in the buy-to-let market may wish to consider buying property in Luton, which currently offers the best return on investment, new...

Britons with no passport struggling to rent due to immigration checks

Almost half of private landlords say the Right to Rent scheme has made them less likely to let to those without a UK passport.  About 17% of...

NLA launches free tenant-finding service for its members

The National Landlord Association (NLA) has launched a free tenant finding service for its 70,000-plus members and teaming up with the TheHouseShop.com as a recognised supplier. While...

Rogue landlords ordered to pay £13k for ‘total disregard’ for safety of tenants

Two landlords have been ordered to pay more than £13,000 after showing what was described as a “total disregard” for the safety of their tenants. Birmingham Magistrates...

Virgin Money launches new BTL mortgage products

Virgin Money has launched a range of new mortgage products, including some attractive deals aimed at buy-to-let landlords. A new five-year fixed rate buy-to-let deal at 70%...

Housing and Planning Bill may need amending after horrific tower block blaze

The fire that engulfed a 24-storey tower block in west London yesterday, tragically killing several people when flames tore through the building, may raise questions over...

The buy-to-let market in Scotland is a ‘viable investment option’ for landlords

The private rented sector north of the border continues to offer good investment opportunities despite existing political uncertainties and recent tax and legislative changes, according Galbraith. The...

Letting activity buoyant in super prime Home Counties

Changes to taxation and greater flexibility from landlords means activity in the super prime rental market across the Home Counties is buoyant, according to the latest...

Landlord networking event in Southport - free entry

From unfavourable tax changes to tougher mortgage lending conditions, the past 18 months or so have been difficult for many buy-to-let landlords, and yet there may...

Tax reforms continue to deter buy-to-let landlords

The number of mortgages approved for buy-to-let acquisitions fell in April, according to the latest figures, which suggest that many landlords are being deterred from the...

What does the public think about landlords?

Let’s face it - landlords have a bad reputation. While that reputation is largely undeserved, the landlord bashing articles often featured in the mainstream media would...

New rent guarantee launched by Direct Line Landlord Insurance

To help safeguard landlords from losing out on rental income, Direct Line Landlord Insurance has launched a new rent guarantee product that offers to reimburse landlords...

Metro Bank looks to support landlords by entering consumer BTL market

Metro Bank has announced that it will now accept consumer buy-to-let mortgage applications. The new products will support landlords where at least one of the applicants does...

Almost a quarter of households will be renting privately by end of 2021

With home ownership levels continuing to fall, almost a quarter of all UK households are expected to be living in private rented accommodation by 2021, according...

Vida launches expat buy-to-let mortgage range

Vida Homeloans has launched a new expat buy-to-let mortgage range aimed at existing UK property owners living overseas who wish to invest in the UK’s private...

Free landlord investment show comes to London this week

Buy-to-let landlords and property enthusiasts will descend on the Olympia Conference Centre in London this week where they will be able to obtain free expert advice...

New government needs to focus on attracting BTL landlords

The new Tory-led government is being urged to reverse punitive tax policies affecting private landlords in order to increase much needed housing supply in the rental...

Theresa May’s plan to govern with DUP will not halt ‘landlord bashing’

Over the weekend Number 10 said that a deal with the Democratic Unionists had been reached, but was then forced to backtrack after the Northern Ireland...

Accord offers landlords up to £750 cashback when securing any of its deals

Landlords who agree to take out any of Accord’s buy-to-let mortgage products are being offered a lump sum of up to £750. The offer from the broker-only...

Landlord fined over £3,000 for renting out garage as a flat

A landlord who was caught renting out a damp garage in north London, which had no gas, electrify or running water, as a studio flat, has...

Right to Rent – what landlords need to know

Steve Wood, Wales and West chairman of the Council of the Certificated Enforcement Agents Association, offers a guide to the 'Right to Rent' immigration checks.  Immigration is...

Home renting bidding site set to launch this month

The popularity of property auctions in the UK has increased enormously in recent years, supported by popular TV shows such as Homes Under the hammer and...

Leeds BS introduces new buy-to-let tracker with no early repayments charge

Leeds Building Society has added to its buy-to-let range by launching a new buy-to-let five-year tracker with no early redemption charges. The 1.65% five year tracker, available...

Landlord fined for failing to carry out ‘essential repairs’

A landlord has been prosecuted by Derby City Council for renting out a house with mould issues and poor fire safety. The property in Derby, which also...

Almost half of buy-to-let landlords still looking to expand portfolios

Almost half of buy-to-let landlords are looking to expand their property portfolios despite recent tax changes in the industry and tougher BTL lending conditions, according to...

Rents remain stagnant as affordability pressures ‘pinch the pockets of renters’

Rents have flat-lined across most of the UK, as a growing number of landlords refrain from asking for rental increases, new figure suggest. UK rents increased by...

Just a few hours until the polls close #GE2017

With only a few hours left of voting in the general election, the balance of power will have a major impact on the private rented sector...

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