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Why buy-to-let is still going strong

Over the past two years we have seen a drastic shake up in the buy-to-let sector. Starting with rental tax changes announced in 2016, which are due...

Demand for Sharia-compliant finance continues to grow

Demand for UK property from Sharia-conscious investors continued to soar last month, fresh figures show. Al Rayan Bank, the wholly Sharia-compliant retail bank, said that there was...

Rogue landlords handed a hefty fine

Two unscrupulous landlords in Reading have been fined almost £9,000 for poor housing standards and a complete disregard for the welfare of their tenants. Broken toilets and...

Vida Homeloans revises its buy-to-let proposition

Vida Homeloans has modified its buy-to-let proposition following the introduction of new underwriting standards by the Prudential Regulatory Authority last month. The specialist mortgage lender for intermediaries...

Short-term letting industry vow to stop landlords converting ‘homes into hotels’

The short-term letting industry, which includes the likes of Airbnb, joined local authorities and community groups at City Hall yesterday to discuss growing concerns about the...

Proportion of landlords looking to sell falls as tenant demand grows

The proportion of landlords who intend to sell their rental properties as a result of the government's draconian tax changes has declined, owed in part to...

Inventories offer peace of mind and could save you money

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

PRS charity project awarded £250k lottery funding

An initiative designed to promote equality and diversity in the private rented sector in Wales has been awarded a £249,425 lottery grant. The Open Doors project, which...

Fast internet is rental priority

Whether for work, study or entertainment reasons, a reliable and affordable broadband connection is likely to be one of the first services that prospective tenants look...

Mortgage price war sees lenders slash rates on buy-to-let properties

With interest rates at a record low level, competition among mortgage providers, somewhat unsurprisingly, continues to hot up, with lenders shaving percentage points off their buy-to-let...

Landlord licensing scheme could be introduced in Scarborough

Landlords in parts of Scarborough may soon have to apply for a licence to let their properties after initial plans to introduce a selective licensing scheme...

Increase in long-term rentals

Four in 10 people who rent a home expect to be renting a property for up to a decade; an attractive proposition for buy-to-let landlords. The survey,...

Santander to scrap controversial mortgage clause

Santander is getting rid of a controversial clause in its buy-to-let mortgage contracts requesting that landlords raise rents by “as much as can be reasonably achieved”...

Buy-to-let landlords will inevitably ‘seek to increase rents’ to offset higher costs

Many tenants renting privately will almost certainly be hit with rent rises following changes to the tax regime for landlords, according to a new report. Research by...

Landlord faces £108,000 bill or jail

A landlord has been ordered to pay £108,000 within three months or go to jail. Mohamed Omar Hassibi was refused consent to convert his semi-detached house on...

List your properties on student property portal for free

But-to-let landlords are being invited to post their property advertisements for free on FreshRent, the student accommodation search website. FreshRent, which was purchased by the Student Smart...

What opportunities and challenges lie ahead for BTL landlords this year?

We all know that buy-to-let investors face a challenging time, but what are the key issues affecting landlords? Karen Bennett looks at some of the opportunities...

Banks and building societies urged to lend to self-employed landlords

More banks and building societies should consider lending to self-employed landlords, according to the Mortgage Broker Ltd. The national mortgage broker is urging the mortgage industry to...

Landlord fined for failing to make safety improvements

A landlord who failed to comply with an Improvement Notice and carry out essential repairs to his property was ordered to pay fines and costs of...

Key insurance scheme launches

A new key insurance scheme has been launched for buy-to-let landlords and homeowners by Discount Insurance. The insurance broker has joined forces with Keycare, a specialist in...

Tenants’ backlash against Santander over mortgage clause continues

Santander continues to face the wrath of private tenants after it emerged last month that there is a clause in its buy-to-let mortgage contracts requiring landlords...

Robust start to the year for rental market

The UK rental market has enjoyed a strong start to the year, according to the latest data from Agency Express. The letting agency board service’s Property Activity...

Right to Rent causing landlords to discriminate against foreign students

Many landlords are being left with little alternative but to discriminate against international students as a result of the government’s Right to Rent checks, fresh research...

Brent Council raise almost £100,000 in landlord fines in just four weeks

Four weeks of prosecutions by Brent Council in north London has seen six successful results with total court fines for rogue landlords of £97,727, the highest...

Almost 17% of homes could become unrentable by 2018

Nearly 17% of properties currently available on the private rented sector could become unrentable by 2018 if government plans for new legislation go ahead, according to...

Landlord narrowly escapes prison over gas safety failings

A buy-to-let landlord has narrowly escaped jail after failing to ensure gas appliances in one of her properties were checked for safety. Preston Magistrates Court heard that...

Council considers introducing selective licensing scheme

A local council is planning to crackdown on rogue landlords by potentially introducing a selective licensing scheme, it has been revealed. Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council wants to use...

Landlord opposed to licensing scheme plans to hold a referendum

After forcing Burnley Council to hold a referendum on a directly-elected mayor, a disgruntled buy-to-let landlord has now vowed to do the same in Blackburn with...

BTL mortgage costs and rates ‘moving away from long period of historic lows’

Buy-to-let mortgage costs remain at record lows, but there are growing signs that borrowing costs and rates in the sector could be entering a period of...

New landlord registration system goes live

A new digital application for a register of landlords has gone live across Scotland. The application will make it significantly easier for anyone to search the public...

Buy-to-let mortgage rates drop to new lows

Mortgage lenders are shaving percentage points of their buy-to-let mortgage rates in an effort to entice buy-to-let landlords acquiring new properties through their doors. Fresh figures show...

Where are rents rising fastest?

Rents in the residential property sector are continuing to rise across many parts of the UK with no fewer than 20 areas seeing growth of more...

Britain’s highest yields: the best areas for buy-to-let returns revealed

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

Around half of landlords refuse to let to those without a UK passport

Foreign nationals and Britons without a passport are struggling to rent due to immigration checks introduced last year, according to a new survey. A report by the...

Sharp decline in buy-to-let lending at Nationwide

Nationwide has recorded a significant drop in buy-to-let lending as government measures to clampdown on landlords start to have an impact on the UK’s biggest building...

Growing wealth in the BTL sector ‘fuelling cash purchases’

The proportion of buy-to-let landlords acquiring property in cash increased to 61% in January, the highest level since records began a decade ago, according to Countrywide.   Buy-to-let...

Rents to rise faster than house prices in next five years, says RICS

Rental prices look set to increase faster than house prices over the next five years, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). When it comes...

Council seeks to work with private landlords for housing solutions

Many private sector landlords see social housing tenancies as a higher risk than traditional rentals, and rising rents in the open private market also make the...

Private tenants are ‘enduring cold conditions’ out of fear of eviction

A high number of tenants in the private rented sector feel as though they are being left with little alternative but to live in cold homes...

New flatmate finder launches with a free trial for landlords

Buy-to-let landlords are currently being invited to list rooms for rent in London free of charge on Idealflatmate.co.uk, a compatibility based flatmate matchmaker. The platform, designed by...

Landlord jailed for fraud

A private landlord has been jailed for almost four years after being found guilty of stealing money from more than 100 prospective tenants. Tahir Khaliq operated a...

Rental market in England and Wales ended 2016 strongly, latest index shows

Despite a turbulent year average rents ended 2016 higher than they started it, the latest Your Move England & Wales Buy to Let Index has revealed. The...

Public event to help ‘landlords maintain their assets’

Buy-to-let landlords are being invited to attend a special public event tomorrow which will offer expert tips and advice.  The event, which will be hosted by Harrison...

Maintenance reporting added to private landlord app

Private landlords who use Rentr, the property management app, can now take full advantage of a new complete maintenance reporting solution as well as new property...

The government’s private rented sector policy is ‘hypocritical’

New housing policies affecting the private rented sector, including longer tenancies, boosting the supply of much needed housing and plans to clamp down on rogue landlords,...

Small landlords are ‘vital to the health of our rental sector’

Letting agents broadly welcomed yesterday’s housing white paper, which raises many of the significant issues the housing sector is facing, including the need to place greater...

Landlords need ‘protection against rogue tenants’

The government has vowed to offer private renters extra protections and safeguards, as set out in the long-awaited white paper yesterday, by introducing banning orders ‘to...

Buy-to-let landlords are 'suffering from recent tax changes'

The government is being urged to reconsider punitive tax relief changes for buy-to-let income which is set to be introduced in April in order to prevent...

TMW aims to ‘offer a wider range of options for landlords’

The Mortgage Works (TMW) is looking to broaden its range of options for buy-to-let landlords, balancing those seeking lower rates but with a higher fee, with...

Rented housing reforms ‘doomed to failure’ without support for landlords

Renters are expected to be given a boost with ministers promising new minimum tenancies and vowing to build more homes to rent in what the housing...