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Capital gains tax soars as buy-to-let investors ‘unload properties’

Capital gains tax receipts hit £5.5bn in January, leaving the Treasury on course to rake in as much as £8.8bn this tax year, according to analysis...

Top tips to keep your boiler warm this winter

Amid what is likely to be one of the coldest Februarys for a century the last thing you need – or expect – is for your...

Councils restricted by new licensing conditions on private rented homes

Councils cannot use selective licensing conditions to impose new standards on private rented homes, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday. The case saw Accrington-based landlord, Paul Brown,...

Training session for landlords in Northumberland

A new training event will held in Northumberland next week to help buy-to-let landlords manage their tenancies and properties. The training session, which will be led by...

Selective licensing is a minefield of regulation

In 2006, selective licensing was introduced, giving councils the power to force landlords to clean up their acts. These licenses allow the local authorities to check...

Controversial Section 21 evictions investigated by tonight’s BBC Panorama

Do private tenants deserve more protection in terms long-term right to stay in a property, or would new rules make the housing crisis worse? Tonight’s episode of...

New buy-to-let calculator launched by LendInvest

A new buy-to-let affordability calculator, which works out the loan-to-value (LTV), annual rental yield and maximum gross loan amount for both individuals and limited companies, has...

Register to attend free landlord investment show

Registration is now live for the National Landlord Investment Show which will take place at London Olympia next month.  Hundreds of buy-to-let landlords and property enthusiasts will descend...

The PRS is increasingly relied upon to house young adults

Fresh research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) which reveals that young adults are less likely to own a home than ever before reinforces the...

Landlords to face remortgaging difficulties

Over the next few months, it is anticipated that tens of thousands of private landlords in the UK will face struggles in their quest to remortgage...

Letting market activity bounces back after Christmas lull

The private rented sector has enjoyed a strong start to 2018, according to the Agency Express Property Activity Index. National month-on-month figures for new listings ‘to let’...

Sharp rise in super prime tenancies agreed in London

With residential property prices in super prime London continuing to fall, an increasing number of would-be purchasers are turning to luxury rentals, reflected by greater activity...

Government approves new selective licensing schemes

Plans to introduce new licensing schemes for privately rented homes across parts of North West London have been given the go-ahead by the Secretary State for the...

Bank of Ireland UK reduces BTL rates by up to 0.2%

Bank of Ireland UK has cut rates on its two-year fixed buy-to-let range by up to 0.2%, with rates now starting from 1.49%. New two-year fixed rate...

New complaints system targets rogue landlords

A new rental complaints system has been proposed to help support private tenants who are forced to live in shoddy housing and squalid conditions, the government...

How can landlords keep tenants happy?

Over recent months, the government and leading housing charities have put increasing pressure on landlords to improve the quality of rental accommodation and tenancy conditions. Earlier...

Property investors remain resilient

A third of property professionals in this country are set to add to their portfolios this year as appetite for opportunistic deals continues, remaining resilient despite...

Rogue landlords in Burnley handed major fines

Two buy-to-let landlords in Burnley have been fined a total of £27,500 as part of Burnley Council’s campaign to clamp down on rogue operators in the...

Property remains the ‘preferred form of investment for so many people’

Residential property remains the long-term investment of choice for many Britons, illustrated by the high number of properties sold under the hammer at auction over the...

How does GDPR affect small landlords?

The introduction of the EU-wide General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a little over three months away, and the legislation will require landlords to process tenants’...

Landlords urged to service boilers to reduce risk of heating system failure

Britain has been hit with a snow and ice warning that is set to put thousands of homes at risk of frozen and burst pipes, which...

Claim your free tickets for The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place next month at the NEC in Birmingham, and you can now claim a pair of free tickets for...

Free seminar for buy-to-let landlords

Buy-to-let landlords are being invited to take part in a free seminar in Cumbria next week. The event, which will be held at The Melbreak Hotel, near...

Investors should be ‘pouring’ money into the buy-to-let sector, says expert

Residential property price growth continues to prove resilient despite political and economic uncertainty, which is partly why buy-to-let remains the investment of choice, according to Sequre...

Nine out of ten landlords would like to ditch letting agents and go it alone

A number of buy-to-let landlords currently do not use letting agents to find or manage properties, and it has been suggested that many more would like...

BTL lenders see margins squeezed

Buy-to-let lending margins have been squeezed, with providers absorbing more costs to keep their rates competitive in the last quarter of 2017, according the latest results...

Landlord given suspended prison sentence for illegal eviction

A buy-to-let landlord has been given a suspended prison sentence, handed a 16-week curfew and ordered to pay more than £10,600 after being found guilty of...

Paragon launches online portal

Paragon has launched a new online portal for buy-to-let mortgage customers and intermediaries, making it easier for borrowers to access a new further advance facility, including...

RLA cautious over Labour's proposal for pets in rented homes

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is seeking greater clarification from the Labour party after it put forward new proposals this week to allow tenants to keep...

Government approves new PRS licensing scheme

A proposal to introduce a new licensing scheme for privately rented homes in Nottingham has been given the green light by the Secretary State for the...

TMW launches sub-2% five-year fixed rate BTL product

The Mortgage Works (TMW) will launch its first ever sub-2% five-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage deal today. The new product, offered at a borrowing rate of 1.99%,...

Rent controls would ‘act against the interests of tenants’

Private rental prices paid by tenants continued to slow last month suggesting that rent controls may leave tenants worse off. Rent paid by tenants to private landlords...

Landlord fined £7,400 as council secures 125th prosecution against rogue operators

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay £7,400 after failing to obtain a license to rent out a property in North West London. The unlicensed two-bedroom...

New platform to help landlords buy and sell property while tenanted

Many buy-to-let landlords are reluctant to sell a tenanted property because it can increase the chances of the sale falling through compared to selling a vacant...

Proposed selective licensing scheme scrapped

A plan to introduce a new selective licensing scheme in Telford has been scrapped by Telford & Wrekin Council after more than 900 people replied to...

New tenant app designed to improve communication with landlords

A new tenant app, designed to improve the communications between landlords and tenants, has been launched by property management software firm, Arthur. The new app has been...

Government must support ‘prominent role’ the PRS plays in housing sector

A mix of tax reforms and tighter regulation for the buy-to-let sector must not prevent private landlords from being able to run a successful property business...

Total amount millennials pay in rent starts to fall as more become homeowners

Tenants collectively paid a whopping £51.6bn in rent last year, which is £1.8bn higher than the previous year and more than twice what they paid in...

Rental prices edge up again in January says Homelet

Rental prices continued to rise in January, albeit marginally, according to the latest HomeLet Rental Index. The average rent agreed on a new tenancy signed in January...

Profits at Nationwide fall due to ‘subdued buy-to-let mortgage market’

Nationwide has seen profits fall following a drop in buy-to-let mortgages as demand for rental properties continue to fall. It is currently a challenging time for buy-to-let...

Sharp rise in serious mortgage arrears

There has been a significant increase in the number of landlords who are seriously behind with their mortgage payments, new figures show. During the final quarter of...

Close to half of BTL landlords 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, according to a new poll. Despite the existing...

Prime London housing market report – rents rise in Q4 2017

Rental values in prime London increased by 2.5% in the final quarter of 2017, up 1.2% on the corresponding period in 2016, led by gains in...

What is the most profitable London borough for Airbnb hosts?

Buy-to-let landlords looking for an impressive return on investment in the capital through Airbnb stays should look to invest in East London, new research suggests.  The study,...

New free tenancy agreement tool launched for DIY landlords

A new free Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) contract creator tool that allows DIY landlords to create a bespoke, legally-binding tenancy agreement in a matter of minutes...

Property remains a ‘popular investment choice’

With savers continuing to receive poor returns from banks and building societies, thousands of people unsurprisingly continue to turn to residential property as a means of...

Property manager hit with £10,500 fine for unlicensed HMO

A company and the manager of a house of multiple occupation (HMO) in South Hampstead, north-west London, have been hit with a hefty fine following legal...

Rents rise across every UK region for the first time in 19 months

The average cost of renting a home is now increasing across every UK region for the first time in 19 months, the latest Landbay Rental Index...

Greater demand for retirement rentals

There has been a rise in the number of people wanting to step off the housing ladder and rent in retirement because of the various benefits...

Expat demand for buy-to-let property increases

There has been a sharp rise in the number of expats in Australia looking to invest in UK buy-to-let property, despite tougher lending criteria, new figures...

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