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Landlords at risk of non-compliance due to buy-to-let tax changes

Landlords are under mounting pressure which is making them vulnerable to non-compliance in their accounting following a raft of changes, including tax measures, in the buy-to-let...

Wales sees rents rise faster than anywhere else in the UK

Rents across in England and Wales rose in all but two of the eight regions analysed in the year to February 2017, led by gains in...

Rogue landlords hit with £18k penalty for letting hazardous property

Three landlords have been ordered to pay costs totalling £18,000 for renting out an unsafe house in High Wycombe, which included faulty electrics and lack of fire...

Lincoln Council launching new landlord accreditation scheme this week

The City of Lincoln Council will launch the Trusted Landlord Scheme this week in an effort to promote best practice and improve conditions in Lincoln’s private...

Trade body fears mass sell-off of buy-to-let properties

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are planning to sell-off their properties as the government’s punitive new tax changes cause investors to quit the market, new...

Buy-to-let tycoon offers £10k purse to fight journalist

The UK’s largest private landlord Fergus Wilson has called out a local journalist over a prospective fight after being insulted by the reporter. Fergus Wilson, who owns...

New Street Mortgages reduces rental cover rates to 125%

New Street Mortgages has fresh buy-to-let criteria changes, including reducing its lowest rental cover rate from 145% to 125%. From next Monday, the lender will tailor rental...

Landlords urged to allow tenants to personalise their rental properties

Landlords should be more open-minded to tenants’ requests to make home improvements to their rental properties, according to the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC). The inventory...

Forever renters: young people increasingly giving up on home ownership

The gap between income and house prices has sky-rocketed so much in recent years that a growing number of younger people are giving up the idea...

Council offers five-year tenancy agreements to house Syrian refugees

Landlords with family size homes in East Devon are being urged to rent their properties to vulnerable Syrian refugees after East Devon District Council (EDDC) accepted...

Tenant referencing firm celebrates helping millionth tenant move home

Rent4sure made history last week when they helped their one millionth tenant move property. The tenant referencing company, which now helps over 30,000 tenants a month with...

Four rogue landlords, including child sex offender, banned from renting properties

A man who is currently serving six years in prison for child sex abuse offences is among four rogue landlords in Glasgow’s Govanhill who have been...

MPs call for greater powers to ‘clamp down’ on illegal lets in London

With a growing number of buy-to-let landlords in London now using short-term letting platforms like Airbnb to breach the rules for letting properties, MPs are calling...

Tenants spend half their pay on rent

Rents in this country are now around half of tenants’ average take-home pay, according to a report on the state of so called Generation Rent. New research,...

Significantly more ‘truly affordable rented homes’ needed to reduce homelessness

A lack of affordable rented homes are contributing to rising levels of homelessness, according to a new report from the national homelessness charity Crisis and the...

Plans unveiled for major Build to Rent scheme in Bath

A new Build to Rent (BTR) development featuring over 170 homes will be built in Bath city centre by Legal & General, after it acquired the...

More landlords diversifying their portfolios to avoid increasing taxation

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are diversifying their portfolios by investing in semi-commercial property in order to protect their investments from higher levels of taxation,...

Letting fees crackdown will not deter landlords from using agents

The government’s plan to ban letting agents in England from charging fees to tenants will not deter the vast majority of landlords from using an agent...

Student rental market hampered by political uncertainty surrounding Brexit

The announcement yesterday that prime minister Theresa May will officially trigger Article 50 next week to leave the European Union is creating huge uncertainty surrounding EU students and...

Booking home improvement jobs is now ‘as easy as ordering food for delivery’

Appointing unreliable tradesmen who not turn up or arrive late for a job can be extremely frustrating, especially as this can often put an instant strain...

Rental market slows in February as supply crunch continues

The UK’s rental market showed signs of weakness last month, as the number of homes to let fell as uncertainty and a lack of supply restricted...

Reputable landlords recognised at awards ceremony

Some of country’s best private landlords have been recognised at an awards ceremony held in Sheffield. The city’s Private Landlord Award event was held to recognise the...

Council targets landlords that allow homes to fall into disrepair

Buy-to-let investors are being warned not to leave their properties to fall into disrepair after a landlord was found guilty of allowing a vacant property in...

Work on Manchester’s largest PRS scheme set to start in August

Construction work on the largest fully funded Build to Rent scheme in Manchester is set to get underway in August after Select Property Group formed a...

Ipswich launches new buy-to-let mortgage products

Ipswich Building Society has launched a new two-year fix rate buy-to-let product at 3.39% and a two-year discount at 3.44% for new purchases and remortgages at...

Can you afford to ignore the Affordable Warmth Scheme?

The UK government’s Affordable Warmth Scheme (AWS) has been in place since 2013, as part of the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO).   The aim of the scheme, which...

NLA and NIA join forces to help landlords meet new regulations

National Landlords Association (NLA) has teamed up with the National Insulation Association (NIA) to provide landlords with an easy to use online facility to find local...

Buy-to-let property purchase activity ‘continues to be weak’

The number of buy-to-let loans secured by buy-to-let landlords increased in January to the second highest monthly level since the introduction of the 3% stamp duty...

Landlord fined for unlicensed property

A landlord from Solihull in the West Midlands has been ordered to pay £1,500 for failing to comply with licensing regulations for a buy-to-let property he...

Landlords facing £610 licences to rent out properties in Telford

Telford & Wrekin Council has launched a consultation on its plans to introduce a Selective Licensing in parts of Telford in a bid to improve poorly...

Proptech startup secures £7.2m to ‘revolutionise’ the rental market

​Silicon Valley fintech investor Ribbit Capital is backing a new property technology venture designed to transform the private rental market.  Proptech startup Goodlord announced this morning that...

Landlord accepted £40,000 stolen whisky as rent payment

A landlord has been found guilty of being in possession of stolen goods, having accepted £40,000 worth of stolen whisky in lieu of a £1,400 rent...

BM Solutions unveils lower buy-to-let stress rates

BM Solutions has reduced its stress rates for new and remortgage buy-to-let applications. From Monday 20 March, the lender will offer five-year fixed rate products with a...

Landlord in Sheffield continues to ‘tarnish the private rented sector’

A buy-to-let landlord in Sheffield has been told that he has to pay £2,412 in court costs, fines and compensation after being prosecuted for harassing a...

Rental property turned into a cannabis farm

A private tenant in Motherwell faces a possible jail sentence after pleading guilty to producing cannabis at a flat in Addie Street between April and July...

Rent increases drop to lowest level since 2013 – while London prices fall

Rent increases across the UK have slowed to their lowest level since 2013, fresh data has revealed, with prices in London falling yet again. Figures from Landbay...

Buy-to-let enquiries soared in Q4 2016

Enquiries from investors seeking to invest in the buy-to-let market rose sharply in the final three months of 2016, new figures show, According to the Intermediary Mortgage...

Up to 1.4 million landlords unaware of buy-to-let tax changes

Many people feel anxious and uncomfortable when getting themselves into debt and understandably this is why many of us strive to pay off our mortgages as...

Rents fall for the first time in six years

Average rents in Great Britain have fallen for the first time in more than six years, driven by a sharp drop in the cost of new...

Buy-to-let landlord sentenced for tax fraud and fined £200,000

A London based landlord has been given a suspended two-year prison sentence for tax fraud, following a Revenue and Customs investigation that discovered £281,000 in unpaid...

Landlords urged to ‘think twice’ about ‘unjust’ tenancy deposit deductions

Buy-to-let landlords are well within their rights to make appropriate deductions from a tenancy deposit when a tenant breaches the terms of the tenancy agreement, such...

Mansfield BS increases max loan size to £500,000

Mansfield Building Society has increased its maximum loan size from £300,000 to £500,000 across its buy-to-let mortgage range, subject to the borrower having a maximum of...

Top tips for improving your property’s energy efficiency rating

The 2015 Energy Efficiency Regulations, passed in March 2015, set out minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for England and Wales. These regulations make it unlawful for...

UK rents to rocket 20% in the next five years

Rents are forecast to rise by more than 20% over the next five years as the falling number of new landlord instructions persists, according to the...

Brexit to have minimal impact on buy-to-let market

As the government prepares to invoke Article 50 to leave the EU, very few experts forecast that Brexit will have an adverse affect on the buy-to-let...

Landlords fined almost £14,000 for health and safety problems

Two landlords in Reading have been fined almost £14,000 for failing to put right a string of housing offences at a property in Reading. Anuroop Tyagi and...

The government is ‘wiping out the buy-to-let economy’

Philip Hammond’s failure to reverse the previous chancellor George Osborne’s deeply unpopular tax reforms will have far-reaching implications for the buy-to-let industry, it has been predicted. Government...

Chancellor fails to deliver for buy-to-let landlords

Despite pressure from the property industry, including landlords, letting agents and housebuilders, the chancellor Philip Hammond opted not to reverse the additional 3% stamp duty surcharge...

Investment in transport infrastructure could boost rents

The chancellor’s pledge to create a £690m competition fund for English councils to tackle urban congestion and develop local transport networks, as well as invest in...

Strong start to the year for Scottish rental market

The rental market north of the border has seen a strong start to the year with the average property in Scotland now letting for £571 per...

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