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Landlords becoming more professional as amateurs give up on buy-to-let

A two-speed market has emerged in the buy-to-let sector as most smaller landlords have stopped adding to their portfolios, while their large scale counterparts continue to...

Landlord ordered to pay more than £66k for ‘gross mistreatment’ of tenants

A rogue landlord in north London has been ordered to pay more than £66,000 after being found guilty of making tenants' lives a misery through licensing...

Two-thirds of rental applicants deemed unsuitable

Landlords now face the prospect of two unsuccessful tenant applications on average for every successful one, resulting in an increase in the length of time it...

No end to increasing demand for rented homes

Demand for rented homes looks set to increase in the coming years as new data suggests that many people who do not yet own property will not...

A high number of private renters living in ‘hazardous homes’ – Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice has called for more regulation of the private rented sector after research revealed that hundreds of thousands of tenants in England are living in...

Landlord left in tears after nightmare tenant leaves house in an awful state

A landlord in Cardiff was reduced to tears after discovering her house in a shockingly dire state. The tenant is said to have fled the house in...

Which area has the highest number of landlords avoiding tax on rental income?

  When you rent a property to a tenant, you are required to pay tax on any profit you make from rental income that is not covered...

Selective Licensing Review will fail to ‘root out the bad landlords’

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has slammed the government’s Selective Licensing Review for failing to listen to landlords. The report, which was released yesterday, failed to take...

Build to Rent homes cost 15% more than other private rentals

Investor demand from corporate landlords, often backed by institutional finance, is growing and that is pushing up rental values across some parts of the UK, new research...

Rogue landlord ordered to pay £10,000 for renting out poor quality housing

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay a fine of £10,000 after being convicted for renting out two unlicensed properties in Cricklewood, north west London,...

Landlords optimistic about buy-to-let despite tax changes and Brexit

Most landlords feel optimistic about the existing UK buy-to-let environment, fresh research suggests. The study by Cambridge and Counties Bank showed that 64% of landlords felt positive...

Buy-to-let landlords struggling to keep up with recent legislative reforms

A high number of landlords are struggling to keep up with new policy reforms, new research suggests. Market Financial Solutions has surveyed more than 400 landlords to...

Cowardly man who stabbed his landlord sentenced to over six years in prison

A man has been jailed for a six years and three months for stabbing his landlord in an unprovoked attack. Ainars Jozans, 29, knifed his landlord in...

A national register of landlords would add ‘unnecessary’ layer of bureaucracy – RLA

The recommendation for a national register of landlords in the government’s review of selective licensing published today would prove ‘unnecessary’ and ‘costly’, according to the Residential...

BTL landlord ordered to pay £3k for trying to avoid paying council tax

A buy-to-let landlord in Telford has been fined £1,000, ordered to pay £2,183 costs and a £100 victim surcharge after pleading guilty to creating false tenancies...

Tory leadership candidates urged to scrap controversial Right to Rent scheme

The two candidates for Conservative leader are being urged to make a public commitment to abolishing the controversial Right to Rent scheme. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt,...

Do more to inform tenants of their rights, NLA urges government

The government needs to do more to provide tenants with better information on their rights and responsibilities if it is to avoid a breakdown of trust...

How the tenant fee ban is changing buy-to-let

The tenant fee ban is new to most of the UK, but has been in place in Scotland since 2012. Advocates of extending the ban throughout...

Rogue landlord fined almost £60,000 for putting vulnerable bedsit tenants at risk

A rogue landlord has been fined £55,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £2,989.67 as well as a victim surcharge of £170 after putting vulnerable...

Newcastle Intermediaries extends buy-to-let products to Scotland

Newcastle Intermediaries is now offering its buy-to-let mortgage range to borrowers in Scotland. It comes over three years after the firm, which is the intermediary arm of...

Tenant from hell shamelessly destroys rented property causing £20,000 damage

A private landlord in the Staffordshire was left horrified after nightmare tenants trashed her property and turned it into a drugs den. Jean Fox had to spend...

Why the government’s scapegoating of landlords for the rental crisis must end

Earlier this month the Tenant Fee Ban was introduced, after much fanfare from the Government. However, it is not the only piece of regulation and policy...

Britain’s holiday rental market looks set to boom this summer

The holiday rental market in this country looks set for another busy summer as the weak pound persuades millions to opt for a staycation. The fall in the...

Two free tickets to this year’s Homebuilding & Renovating Shows

Following on from the successful Glasgow Homebuilding & Renovating Show that took place at the SEC Centre earlier this month, the event’s organiser is reminding readers...

Pepper Money reduces buy-to-let rates

Pepper Money has cut rates on a range of residential and buy-to-let mortgage products. The limited edition summer special offer means that buy-to-let rates offered by Pepper...

Rogue landlord jailed for illegally converted flats and failing to repay £130k

A rogue landlord who made almost £130,000 in illegal rent after converting his three-bedroom house in east London into two flats without planning consent has been...

Growing number of property owners in London turning homes into short lets

With demand for short term rental accommodation growing, an increasing number of landlords and homeowners in prime London areas are offering their homes as short term rentals  In Wimbledon, for...

Tenants found living inside garden shed during dawn raid

Brent Council in north London discovered three tenants living inside a shed in the garden of a three-bedroom semi-detached house in Dollis Hill during the early hours...

ONS: Rents increased by 1.3% in the UK in the year to May 2019

Rents in the UK’s private rented sector increased by 1.3% in the 12 months to May 2019, up from 1.2% in April, ONS’s Index of Private Housing...

Barclays introduces new products and reduces rates

Barclays has cut rates on a number of products across its residential, buy-to-let and Reward ranges. The buy-to-let range includes a 2.35% five-year fixed, available at 75%...

Berlin-style rental rate freeze could send UK property market ‘into meltdown’

Germany’s rent controls place strong restrictions on in-tenancy rent increases, while the ‘rent brake’ introduced a couple of year ago makes it harder for landlords to...

Letting market activity picking up momentum

There was a significant improvement in the letting market, the latest figures from Agency Express shows. The number of new rental property listings ‘to let’ increased by...

BTL landlord fined £7k for allowing garden to become ‘extensively’ overgrown

A landlord has been ordered to pay £7,000 for neglecting the garden at one of his properties and allowing to become severely overgrown, having not cut...

New online platform aims to help landlords ‘keep their costs down’

An e-commerce platform battling construction waste by enabling businesses to sell surplus materials to builders, renovators and DIY enthusiasts, claims that it can also help landlords...

Octane Capital passes £500m lending milestone

Having completed loans primarily to professional landlords, property investors and developers, Octane Capital has passed the £500m lending milestone, just over two years since launching in...

Are you entitled to a stamp duty rebate following landmark court case?

Primas Law is urging landlords and property developers to seek legal advice about potential stamp duty rebates on ‘uninhabitable’ second properties after a landmark tribunal case. A...

Property buyers in southern England are ‘seeking out value for money’

More than a third of residential properties in southern England are in property markets experiencing house price falls as the slowdown ripples out of London, new...

Planning for retirement: wealth ‘intrinsically linked to bricks and mortar’

With fresh analysis revealing that national property wealth has surpassed £4 trillion, a growing number of older homeowners are now factoring property into their retirement plans. A...

Landlords want tenants claiming benefits to be treated ‘fairly and equally’

The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) is calling for an urgent overhaul of how universal credit is paid, with most landlords north of the border wanting to see...

Shelter urged to go back to drawing board on tenancy proposal

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has urged Shelter to go back to the drawing board after calling for England to adopt Scotland’s model of indefinite tenancies...

Sharp rise in the number of people with additional properties

The buy-to-let boom over the past 20 years has contributed significantly to the number of people who own second homes. More than one in 10 people in...

Significant increase in the number of over-50s living in rented homes

There has been a sharp rise in the number of over 50s renting homes, according to new research from Hamptons International. Some 15% of rented households so...

Buy-to-let investors urged to use a mortgage broker

Buy-to-let landlords looking to add to their property portfolios are being encouraged to use a specialist mortgage broker as they could “make a difference to maintaining...

Landlord ordered to pay more than £5k for safety breaches

A buy-to-let landlord in South Yorkshire has been fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,121 as well as a victim surcharge of £100 after...

Insurance provider offers ‘protection solutions which landlords’ value’

Tenant referencing and lettings insurance provider, Barbon Insurance Group, has teamed up with flatfair to co-market the two companies’ products and services. Barbon, best known for its...

New mortgage data shows the BTL sector is ‘holding its head above water’

Buy-to-let mortgage activity increased slightly in April, with landlord investors taking out 5,100 new buy-to-let home purchase mortgages, up from 5,000 a month earlier, the latest...

New guidance to help landlords protect themselves against major risks

Buy-to-let landlords need to minimise potential risks that make the difference between ‘profitable calm’ and ‘money-pit worry’ to help ensure that investing in the PRS proves...

Is your tumble dryer one of 500,000 to be a ‘fire risk’?

Thousands of households, including many of those renting privately, could still be at risk from faulty Whirlpool tumble dryers as the government issues a fresh warning...

Skipton launches new buy-to-let products

Five new buy-to-let intermediary-only mortgage products have been introduced by Skipton Building Society. Among the new products for purchase or remortgage, which include free valuations, is a...

BTL landlord fined more than £1,600 for assaulting a council officer

A private landlord in Doncaster has been found guilty of pushing a council officer down stairs during an inspection of his rented property. A court heard that...

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