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A missed opportunity ‘to provide support to individual landlords’

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s new 'Job Support Scheme', unveiled last week, has been welcomed by millions of workers across the country, but the initiative in its existing...

Letting agent stole rent deposits to support failing business

A letting agent in Nottinghamshire stole close to £30,000 from several landlord clients and tenants to help prevent his business from going bust.  Tim Catherall, of Carolgate...

Council warns landlords against illegal extensions after issuing £375k in fines

Buy-to-let landlords in Walthamstow, north east London, have been ordered to pay a collective total of £375,000 after modifying their buy-to-let properties - often with a...

Precise Mortgages cuts BTL rates

Precise Mortgages has reduced mortgage rates across its buy-to-let range by up to 0.4%.  The specialist lender’s buy-to-let range, which is available for both purchase and remortgage,...

Government urged to introduce hardship loans for tenants in England

The government is once again being urged to follow the example set in Wales and Scotland and develop interest free, guaranteed hardship loans to help tenants...

Plans to deliver 3,000 new rental homes in London

Sigma Capital has joined forces with Swedish investment firm EQT to create a £1bn housing joint venture, with a view to building around 3,000 new rental...

New Delivery Hub aims to meet environmental targets

A Delivery Hub will be set up by a new cross sector Future Homes Task Force, comprising of representatives from across all the sectors that shape...

Pepper Money reduces buy-to-let rates

Pepper Money has cut rates across its buy-to-let range by up to 0.4%. The Pepper48 product, which is available up to 70% loan-to-value (LTV), is now available...

Have your say on plans to introduce licensing schemes

Landlords are being encouraged to give their views on plans to introduce licensing schemes in a number of regions across the country.  There are a number of...

Channel 5 show to follow yet more difficult tenants

Channel 5 will continue to provide an insight into a number of tenants and landlords across the UK, as feuds between them get out of control. Extreme...

Vida launches flexible buy-to-let mortgage

Vida Homeloans has introduced a new flexible mortgage product designed for budding buy-to-let investors including professional and first-time landlords.  The launch of Vida Flex follows a return...

The Nottingham withdraws mortgage range

The Nottingham for Intermediaries has temporarily withdrawn its mortgage range. Nikki Warren-Dean, head of intermediary sales, said: "The aim of this temporary measure is to support brokers and...

The UK’s most profitable cities for BTL landlords unveiled

Salford has been identified as the most profitable buy-to-let city for landlords, according to research by CIA Landlord.  The study found that property in Salford commands an...

New partnership aims to help landlords regain possession of their properties

Landlord Action and the Property Redress Scheme, both part of the Hamilton Fraser group, have teamed up to help buy-to-let landlords regain possession of their properties.  They...

Council introduces fresh strategy to improve conditions for private tenants

A new strategy has been launched today by Westminster City Council to help raise standards for tenants who rent privately.  Westminster, which has the largest number of...

Foundation reduces buy-to-let rates

Foundation Home Loans has cut its buy-to-let rates across all product tiers and property types. Foundation’s 80% loan-to-value (LTV) two-year fix has been reduced from 4.29% to...

Law firm says that it is highly unlikely that there will be a ‘spike in evictions’

The government’s decision to not extend the ban on landlords evicting renters beyond 20 September is a major concern for many private renters worried about being able...

Significant increase in illegal evictions

There has been a sharp rise in illegal evictions by rogue landlords, it has been claimed.  According to The Independent, illegal evictions have surged by up to...

Spike in demand from first-time landlords

From accidental landlords to those wanting to embark on buy-to-let as a business, renting out property can be extremely rewarding, and that may be why new...

More than £1.7bn worth of unclaimed property lying vacant

There is currently around £1.744bn worth of unclaimed property lying vacant across England and Wales, according to the latest research by the property developer StripeHomes. London and...

BTL landlords ‘can start to take action’ following end of the evictions ban

The six-month tenant eviction ban, which finally ended yesterday, has helped renters that are suffering financial difficulty, but it has also left landlords powerless to take...

Letting market activity slows in August

There was a sharp drop in letting market activity in August, according to the latest figures from the Agency Express Property Activity Index.  National month-on-month figures show...

Agents can help landlords ‘reduce the need for evictions caused by rent arrears’

With courts now prepared to hear rental property repossession cases again following the end of the ban on evictions, there will inevitably be an increase in...

Plans approved for 460-home build to rent scheme in west London

Plans to develop 460 build to rent flats next to Southall train station in west London have been given the go-ahead.  The scheme will be led by...

Six month notice for evictions extended into next year

Rules which were due to expire at the end of September have been extended meaning buy-to-let landlords in Wales must now give at least six months...

Landlords need support too during coronavirus crisis, says Tory politician

Renters across Wales received greater protection this week after the Welsh government extended the six month notice for evictions, which was due to expire at the...

Court rules that landlords must not discriminate against benefit claimants

A second UK court has ruled that ‘No DSS’ is unlawful, after a renter won a legal trial against housing benefit discrimination.  Stephen Tyler, who is disabled,...

Can you still get possession? Top tips for landlords

As has been broadcast widely in the news the government has been going to extraordinary lengths to enforce their message that no tenant will be evicted...

Buckinghamshire Building Society reintroduce ex-pat buy-to-let product

Buckinghamshire Building Society has relaunched its ex-pat buy-to-let product. The mortgage deal is available at 70% loan-to-value (LTV) on a two-year discount at 3.99%. It includes a...

London mayor Sadiq Khan calls for two-year rent freeze

Rents should be frozen in London to avert mass evictions, city mayor Sadiq Khan has told the government. Khan wants new powers to prevent any rent hikes...

A rent freeze is quite simply ‘another type of rent control’

Sadiq Khan’s proposal to introduce rent controls in London risks reducing the number of private homes available for rent, as landlords look to exit the private...

Optimism remains high among letting agents

Letting agents are feeling more optimistic about the letting sector than they were at the outset of 2020 despite the challenges of Covid-19, according to new...

Canopy urges landlords to ‘hand back deposits to renters in dire need’

More needs to be done to help support tenants, especially those facing financial hardship as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Canopy.  The firm is...

Zooploma attracts 25,000 BTL landlords and investors in just over a week

Zoopla has attracted around 25,000 property investors and landlords just over a week after launching Zooploma, a two week email programme that provides property guides, expert...

Many landlords are ‘struggling financially’ and cannot subsidise rents

Less than half of landlords have received full rent since March 2020, when Covid-19 lockdown rules were introduced, according to new research by Hamilton Fraser.  A survey...

Fury at potential evictions ban extension

There was widespread disappointment among buy-to-let landlords when the government decided to prolong the existing ban on tenant evictions until 20 September, and so spare a...

BTL landlords in England look to avoid ‘confrontation’

Buy-to-let landlords in England could learn a thing or two from the Scottish market as the eviction deadline approaches, according to apropos.  The property management firm says...

Foundation withdraws two-year BTL deals

Foundation Home Loans is planning to pull some of its buy-to-let products tomorrow.  On Thursday, the specialist lender will remove its two-year flat fee deals and two-year...

Tenant evictions will not be enforced in areas subject to local lockdowns

Many renters have welcomed the government's latest announcement around protecting tenants from eviction over the winter period, but tenants and landlords should continue to work together...

Gas Safety Week: Top tips to make your properties ‘gas secure’

Landlords are being reminded this week that they are responsible for the safety of their tenants, as part of Gas Safety Week. The annual event, which takes...

What are the most common questions when it comes to the 30-day CGT rule?

It has been just over a month since changes to the 30-day Capital Gains Tax (CGT) rule came into force and talk of a CGT increase...

Ipswich BS reintroduces BTL range

Ipswich Building Society has relaunched its buy-to-let range, two months after deciding to withdraw its products to help it cope with a significant increase in mortgage...

NRLA calls for interest-free hardship loans for tenants affected by Covid-19

Almost a quarter of private landlords with properties in England surveyed have lost rental income due to Covid-19, according to a new survey.  The online poll, conducted...

Demand for property may have intensified, but pricing remains sensitive

The post-lockdown rebound in buying momentum looks set to continue in and around London as we head into Autumn, according to a new survey from Savills. The...

The National Landlord Investment Show launches online

The National Landlord Investment Show will be held online-only for the first time due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The Online Midlands Show, which will take place on...

Housing charities call on the government to extend the ban on evictions

Housing charities want the government to extend the ban on landlords evicting renters beyond 20 September. Renters across England and Wales received greater protection in mid-July after...

Sharp rise in new tenancies as renters take advantage of lower rents

There was a notable increase in the number of new tenancies last month as an increasing number of tenants took advantage of lower rents across London,...

Police arrest landlord after seizing £400k worth of cannabis in Coventry

The landlord of two properties in Coventry has been arrested after police seized cash and drugs worth £400,000. The money and drugs were discovered during major police...

Post office withdraws BTL products

The Post Office has withdrawn a number of buy-to-let mortgage products.  The lender emailed brokers to let them know that it will no longer be offering a...

BTL landlords ‘are now treading very carefully’ due to the tenant evictions ban

New landlord instructions were broadly flat last month following a modest increase in July, while tenant demand continues to increase sharply, according to the latest report...

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