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Number of landlords looking to expand their portfolio falls to record-low

There has been a sharp fall in the number of landlords looking to expand their buy-to-let portfolios, according to the latest quarterly index from BM Solutions. Just...

Is it still possible to make money as a landlord?

Since the twin onslaughts of George Osborne’s Section 24 tax raid and the wholly unfounded negative hype surrounding Brexit, the talk has all been about woe...

Criminal landlords to be ‘named and shamed’ in London

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has vowed to crackdown on criminal landlords by ensuring that they are ‘named and shamed’ on a new online database. The...

Accord attempts to lure buy-to-let investors with lower rate deals

Accord Buy to Let is hoping to help mortgage brokers attract more buy-to-let landlords who may be looking to ‘refinance some, or all, of their mortgage...

Are you familiar with the changes to the welfare benefits reform?

You may have heard about the welfare reform changes that started in 2013. Many existing benefits are being abolished and replaced by a new benefits system. Universal...

Sharp rise in landlords quitting the PRS

There has been a significant increase in the number of landlords exiting the buy-to-let sector due to higher stamp duty costs and the phasing out of...

Trade body calls for either an extension or suspension of letting fees consultation

The consultation period for the proposed ban on letting agents’ fees in England should either be extended or suspended until after the general election, according to...

Renters feel let down by ‘dishonest and unethical’ letting agents, claims study

For both parties, a good landlord-tenant relationship is great for everyone involved, but that rapport can sometimes be ruined by ‘dishonest and unethical’ letting agents, it...

Santander launches new ‘market leading remortgage rates’

Santander has launched a new range of buy-to-let mortgages and reduced borrowing rates by up to 0.3% on existing fixed-rate products. From today, the lender is offering...

Just the two of us: Building a successful landlord-tenant relationship

Since 2004, the private rental sector has almost doubled in size to 4.5 million households. This may be good news, but this growth has also meant an...

60 second interview with Michelle Niziol

What does it say on your business card? Michelle Niziol, managing director, IMS Independent Lettings Solutions Limited. Who are IMS Independent Lettings Solutions Limited and how long have...

Percentage based BTL fees now more common than flat fees

The latest edition of the Buy to Let Mortgage Costs Index, published by Mortgages for Business, has found that percentage-based arrangement fees have become the new...

Free open day for private landlords in Stirling

Private landlords in Stirling may be interested in attending a free private rented sector open day and conference to be hosted by Stirling Council next month. The...

Rents rising ‘significantly below’ the general rate of inflation

Rental price growth in the UK remains sluggish, the latest HomeLet Rental Index shows. The annual rate of rental price inflation reached 1.1% in March, significantly lower...

Claim your free ticket for the Property Investor & Homebuyer Show

The Property Investor & Homebuyer Show, the UK’s most comprehensive property exhibition, takes place at London ExCeL this week – 28 & 29 April – and...

Landlord handed a hefty fine for letting hazardous property

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay more than £17,000 for renting out an unsafe house in Ipswich, which posed significant fire risks to the...

Southampton’s first purpose-built PRS scheme set to launch soon

The first large-scale PRS development along the south coast is set to launch soon as part of the Bow Square scheme in Southampton. The development, which is...

Buy-to-let lending ‘unlikely to recover in the near future’

The UK property market continued to rally last month, with gross mortgage lending surging by 19% compared with February, but it is becoming more ‘complicated’ for...

Landlord ordered to pay more than £235k for renting out illegal bedsits

A landlord has been ordered to pay in excess of £235,000 for renting out illegal bedsits in east London after pleading guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court...

It’s a tenant’s market in the Home Counties, says Knight Frank

With significantly more properties to choose from, tenants are firmly in control when it comes to the private rented market in the Home Counties, as reflected...

More women now investing in buy-to-let property

A growing number of women are investing in the buy-to-let market as an alternative to the failing of the pensions industry, new research shows.   According to a...

Momentum improves but outlook for the letting market remains unpredictable

There was a significant increase in both the number of new listings and properties let last month, but the rental market still remains extremely volatile, according...

Join us at the Property Investor Show

The Property Investor & Homebuyer Show, the UK’s most comprehensive property exhibition, takes place at London ExCeL next week – 28 & 29 April – and we...

Quick-win opportunities for landlords and their tenants

Whether you are new to the industry and are looking for your first property, or an experienced landlord with an extensive portfolio, there are things that...

Discounted property license available to landlords in Ashfield

Landlords in Ashfield are being encouraged to take advantage of discounted property licensing fees. From 1 May, landlords in Ashfield will require a licence for every property...

Generation Rent ‘don't want the burden’ of homeownership

The percentage of people in the UK who own their own home is currently falling, and not just because housing is becoming more expensive. A recent survey...

Political parties urged to deliver for ‘tenants and good landlords alike’

The campaign to woo voters across the country has already started following the UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s surprise announcement that she wants to hold a...

A number of tenants would try to hide damage from landlords

One third of private tenants would not tell their landlord if they did significant damage to their rental property, fresh research shows, acting as a timely...

Santander aims to ‘better support’ BTL landlords by offering greater flexibility

Santander will now assess buy-to-let remortgages with 125% rental cover at 5% for borrowers who secured a mortgage before the Prudential Regulation Authority rules were introduced...

New tenant referencing service aims to become ‘the benchmark for landlords’

We all know that tenant referencing is an extremely important process when you are renting out your investment property. After all, who would not want to...

One in five rental properties now owned by companies - Countrywide

The proportion of homes let through a limited company reached an all-time high of 20% in the first quarter of the year, new figures show. The phasing...

Landlord handed prison sentence for illegal eviction

A landlord has been sentenced to six weeks in prison following the illegal evicting of one of his tenants and for putting their safety at risk. Lemuel...

Rogue landlords are offering ‘sex for rent’ deals

Some rogue landlords are targeting young, vulnerable people for sex by posting online classified adverts offering accommodation in exchange for other “services,” a disturbing new investigation...

2017 tenancy deposit theft total passes £300k

The recent conviction of letting agent Thirunga Damayantharan for illegally keeping £15,000 of tenancy deposits has taken the total value of deposits known to be stolen...

Landlord fined £45,000 for ‘putting people’s lives at risk’ in shared flat

A landlord has been fined more than £45,000 after 12 people were found living in slum-like conditions in a four storey maisonette over a restaurant licensed...

Where can you achieve the highest rental yields?

Some buy-to-let landlords are bracing themselves for smaller profits over the coming years as a result of the new mortgage interest tax relief rules, but that...

Rents rise in England and Wales, but fall in Scotland

Rents in the private rented sector rose by an average of 2% in Britain in the 12 months to March 2017, but this was marginally down...

The reputations of ‘good landlords’ being ‘tarnished by the bad ones’, says LGA

Local councils are calling on the government to close a legal loophole that allows landlords to get away with converting properties into multiple tiny units which...

Some landlords miss out on ‘good mortgage deals’ because of ‘lazy’ brokers

Many buy-to-let landlords are simply not getting the best mortgage deal, or find themselves trapped into mortgages with high standard variable rates, as a consequence of deals set...

Two-third of landlords unaware of new energy efficiency rules

Around two-thirds of buy-to-let landlords lack awareness of new Minimum Energy Efficient Standards (MEES) that come into effect in April 2018, fresh research shows. The 2015 Energy...

Buy-to-let property continues to deliver ‘strong returns’

Having long provided mega double-digit returns for investors, investment in buy-to-let continues to outperform other major asset classes, including bonds, cash and shares, with total net...

Things forgetful tenants leave behind

Forgetfulness is a problem for many people, but how many of us would leave behind an urn of pet ashes when moving out of a property? New...

Tenant forgets to collect £5,250 deposit

A tenant forgot to claim back a deposit of £5,250 and eventually only did so after being tracked down by staff at tenancy deposit scheme SafeDeposits...

Minimum energy efficiency standards being considered for landlords in Scotland

New proposals to ensure all privately rented homes north of the border meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency have been published by the Scottish government. The...

More than 1,000 mortgages for first-time landlords

Despite the government’s decision to introduce a number of measures to curb the growth of buy-to-let landlords, prompting concern that the buy-to-let boom of recent years...

Developers plead for rethink on buy-to-let tax

More than three quarters of housebuilders would like to see the government reconsider its buy-to-let tax policies as part of a wider effort to help address...

Lower profits for many landlords mean ‘rents will have to rise this year’

A number of buy-to-let landlords are still unaware, or only vaguely aware, of the changes to mortgage interest relief, despite the new tax rules coming into...

Free Right to Rent insurance for all RLA members

All members of the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) can now expect to receive free Right to Rent legal expenses when they buy landlord building and contents...

Best buy-to-let mortgages: rates at a record low

Looking for a buy-to-let mortgage? There are some excellent deals available – provided you know where to look. The number of buy-to-let loans secured by buy-to-let landlords...

‘Bed in shed’ landlord faces potential fine

A rogue landlord who allowed tenants to live in a shed without gaining planning consent from the local council has been warned to stop using his...

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