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Most in demand areas in the UK to rent a property

Fresh figures from Howsy has revealed the most in-demand cities to rent property in the United Kingdom, with some surprising findings.  The...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

London property hotspots: Up and coming regions worth considering

Demand for rental homes is continuing to outpace supply and drive up prices in London and that is an attractive proposition...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Here is how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

Following last week's announcement by the Welsh government that it plans to introduce new regulations to combat carbon monoxide poisoning, here are a...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

LendInvest enhances buy-to-let product criteria

LendInvest has made several changes to its buy-to-let product range in a bid to appeal to borrowers.  The lender has increased the...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New housing court needed ‘for the benefit of landlords and tenants alike’

It now takes private landlords across the UK more than five months on average from making a claim to the courts...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New regulations to combat carbon monoxide poisoning

An assembly member has welcomed the introduction of legislation for carbon monoxide detectors in rented homes in Wales. The Welsh Government says new...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants spend nearly half of their salary on rent

Rents in England are almost half of tenants’ average take-home pay, according to a new report on the state of the...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Hanley Economic BS launches first expat BTL product

Hanley Economic Building Society has launched its first-ever expat buy-to-let mortgage product after entering the market. The product is available at up...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Register for Free Entry - The Property Investor Show

The Property Investor & Homebuyer Show, the UK’s most comprehensive property exhibition, takes place at London ExCeL in April – 3 &...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental supply shortage set to push up rents

Rents look set to rise over the next 12 months as the supply of new rental properties dries up, according to...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

What the UK’s property industry requires of the new Conservative government

Just over a month on from the Conservative Party's election victory and all eyes are firmly fixed on Boris Johnson and...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Top tips when investing in property in 2020

Investing in the buy-to-let sector is one of the most lucrative ways to make money. There are a number of things to...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

TMW cuts rates across BTL range

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has reduced the two and five-year rates across a range of its buy to let products.  The specialist...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Free tickets for this weekend's Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The Farnborough Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place at the Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre in Farnborough, north Hampshire, this weekend and you...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Mandatory electrical safety regulations to be introduced in England

The government plans to introduce mandatory electrical installation inspecting for all rented homes.  Detailed regulations for enforcing compulsory five-year electrical safety checks...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

A high number of private renters are ‘suffering from housing worries’

Renters have higher levels of harmful stress levels than homeowners, according to new research.  A survey of almost 4,000 renters by Shelter...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Fewer landlords are letting to tenants in receipt of housing benefit

There has been a notable drop in the number of private landlords letting to tenants in receipt of local housing allowance...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agent banned for failing to protect £68k worth of tenants’ deposits

A senior director at a letting agency in Exeter has been handed a six-year ban after failing to safeguard more than £68,000...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Castle Trust launches new 10-year product

A new 10-year term loan has been introduced by Castle Trust which is fixed for five years before reverting to the...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Government to end Local Housing Allowance rate freeze

Around 900,000 people across the UK could see their housing benefit payments increase by around £120 a year from April after...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

These areas offer properties with ‘potentially good mid-term investments’

The locations that saw the biggest house price increases in the last year have been unveiled by the Post Office Money.  The...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Top places to invest near London in 2020

London remains one of the biggest property investment destinations in the world, attracting a wide range of national and international investors.  But...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

UK interest rate cut on the cards

Momentum towards an interest rate cut is growing after a third of members of the Bank of England’s rate-setting committee signalled...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tax return deadline looms – are you prepared?

It is that time of year again. Filing an annual tax return is a necessary task for every self-employed person, including...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

UK rents rise with tenant demand ‘not showing signs of slowing down’

UK rents have risen yet again, with the latest survey showing higher rents across the whole of the UK.  The increase in...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Short-lets ‘could produce more problems than traditional long-term letting’

Buy-to-let landlords are being urged to think twice about moving to holiday letting following proposed regulatory and financial changes to the...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Landlords want to comply with the law and offer a good home to their tenants’

While some rogue landlords and bad players grab the headlines, the reality is that the vast majority of private sector landlords...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

London super prime market ‘sees a significant bounce in demand’

There has been a significant increase in demand for London’s most expensive homes from wealthy buyers, including property investors, following last...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

SBI UK’s BTL product range now available through Legal and General Mortgage Club

The State Bank of India’s (SBI UK) buy-to-let product range is now available through Legal and General Mortgage Club. The company provides...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

 The cost of renting a room remains steady but London prices drop

The cost of renting a room in the UK has dropped by an average of 3% over the past 12 months...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Scottish government announces plans to regulate short-term lets

The Scottish government has announced new measures to regulate short-term lets north of the border.  The government is handing local authorities fresh...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Poor communication is the biggest cause of deposit disputes

A lack of communication when withholding a deposit is the most common cause for deposit disputes between landlords and tenants, according...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £3,000 for failing to comply with two improvement notices

A property firm has been fined £3,000 after neglecting a property in Derbyshire.  A & S Milward Property Limited was found guilty...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Gatehouse Bank reduces rates across its buy-to-let mortgage range

Gatehouse Bank has cut rates across its buy-to-let mortgage range by up to 0.7%.  There is a two-year fixed rate product available...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to prepare for new MEES regulations in April

Landlords of the draughtiest homes in England and Wales will be required to upgrade their properties ahead of new rules requiring...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Top tips for new student landlords

Student property remains one of the most lucrative investments available to landlords, with sky-high double-digit yields currently on offer in many...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

What have been the top performing property types of the past decade?

Fresh research from Proportunity reveals how different property types performed over the past decade, based on price growth.  The data, collected across...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Virgin Money’s new ‘three for two’ rate designed to offer ‘peace of mind’

Virgin Money has launched a new ‘three for two’ rate designed to offer borrowers an additional year’s ‘peace of mind for...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

 A quarter of landlords plan to sell at least one property this year

A quarter of private landlords plan to sell at least one property this year in the face of lower profits, according...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL investors urged to head north for higher returns

Property investors are being advised to head north for better returns, with new research revealing that Bootle in Merseyside is currently...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

What Universal Credit means for landlords

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published updated guidance for landlords with tenants in receipt of Universal Credit. The information is...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New technology aims to improve fire safety

New technology is being launched in an attempt to improve fire safety in the rental sector.  Following the changing recommendations around fire...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Government calls on landlords to allow tenants to keep pets in their properties

Many pet-owning tenants have a tough time finding a suitable rental home, as few landlords embrace the idea of a pet...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Affordability is ‘the number one issue facing students’

Affordability is the most important issue facing students when renting, according to the latest UK student accommodation survey.  The study, undertaken by...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Paragon refreshes buy-to-let mortgage range

Paragon has reduced borrowing rates across its range of buy-to-let mortgage products, available at up to 80% loan-to-value. The deals, which are suitable...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Don't fall victim to frozen pipes this winter

Britain's mild start to the new year is set to come to end next week as a Nordic blast will hit...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New selective licensing scheme launched in parts of Leeds

A selective licensing scheme covering two areas in the suburbs of Leeds has been introduced by Leeds City Council.  Under the new...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

A fall in available rental stock would see ‘increased competition and higher rents’

Greater confidence and more certainty in the housing market following last month’s Tory election victory looks set to boost the housing...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

The Guild supports clampdown on rogue landlords

The government’s decision to invest an additional £4m in funding for local councils to tackle criminal landlords and letting agents has...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Raising a tenancy deposit ‘more of a cash flow problem than an affordability issue’

Buy-to-let landlords generally recognise the importance of taking a deposit from a tenant and placing it in a government-backed tenancy deposit...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Claim your free tickets to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The Farnborough Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place at the Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre in Farnborough, north Hampshire, next weekend and you can...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

TSB adds new range of buy-to-let products

TSB has introduced a new range of buy-to-let mortgages.  Available at up to 60% loan-to-value (LTV) there is a two-year fixed rate...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Court delays causing ‘extreme stress’ for landlords

Under-resourced county courts are struggling to cope with the number of possession claims being put forward, ‘causing misery for landlords’ not...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

January will be ‘real test of consumer sentiment’ as UK prepares to leave the EU

There are tentative signs that landlords are beginning to return to the buy-to-let market, particularly in London where house price falls...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord set to be sentenced for unlawful harassment and misleading practices

A rogue landlord in Gainsborough will be sentenced later this month after being found guilty of unlawful harassment towards his tenants...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales - have your say

The Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) research exchange, PEARL, is currently seeking views on Rent Smart Wales (RSW), the overseeing authority for...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New trade body set to launch for BTL landlords

A new landlord organistaion, which will become the largest ever trade body in the letting sector, is set to officially launch this month....

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Help and support available for landlords paying tax and keeping records

The tax return deadline when filing your online Self Assessment for the tax year ending 5 April 2019 is less than...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Homeowners are now focused on ‘using excess cash to invest in their property’

Investing in property is not a get rich quick scheme, but rather a long-term financial solution to building wealth, as any...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined £27k for unsafe HMO

An unscrupulous landlord has been fined £27,000 over an unlicensed HMO in Luton with multiple fire and safety breaches. ​ Luton Magistrates Court...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

National LIS to address key issues affecting landlords in 2020

The National Landlord Investment Show will return this year with events set to take place across the UK.  The first of six...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

The most popular rental areas unveiled

Property search data from Rightmove over the past 12 months has been analysed to reveal the most sought-after areas for a...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 changes: time to prepare for reforms to the eviction system

Letting agents are being urged to do more to protect buy-to-let landlords by preparing now for the government’s plans to scrap Section...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords urged to prepare for New Year void periods

All landlords experience void periods when renting their property, and that is why it is important to adopt a strategy to...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Trade body welcomes European Court of Justice ruling on Airbnb

The Short Term Accommodation Association (STAA), a UK trade body representing the entire short-term rental sector, from multinational platforms to individual...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from everyone at Landlord Today

After yet another year dominated by Brexit uncertainty, political instability, tax, and regulatory changes, most buy-to-let landlords will be looking for...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Shortage of homes to let sees rental growth return to ‘its long-term average’

A shortage of properties available to rent coupled with strong demand from tenants has led to notable rental price increases across...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Renters could save money by removing ‘unnecessary burden’ of rental deposits

When renting a property out, landlords and letting recognise that it is important to take a deposit from the tenant and...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Security advice for your tenants to help protect your property investment

There are more than half a million reported burglaries in the UK each year, but there are plenty of ways people can...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Buying bargains at property auctions

Auctions are a great way to add to a buy-to-let portfolio, with a wide range of bargains often going under the...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Man who sublet hundreds of properties to criminal gangs jailed

A man who rented hundreds of properties that he sub-let to criminal gangs running brothels and cannabis farms has been jailed...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

A few tips to help you avoid property tax pitfalls in 2020

As a buy-to-let landlord it is highly likely that you will have to pay tax. However, the rules on paying tax...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landbay sees sharp rise in lending volume

Landbay has achieved a rather impressive 200% growth in lending volumes over the past 12 months.  The buy-to-let lender reports that recent...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Free tickets for next year’s Homebuilding & Renovating Shows

There will be eight Homebuilding & Renovating Shows taking place across the UK in 2020 and you can claim a free pair of free tickets for...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental price growth in prime London looks set to pick up pace

Rental price growth in prime London looks set to pick up to hit an annual rate of about 2% over the...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Despite tax and regulatory changes ‘there is still money to be made in the PRS’

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

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay almost £2k for unlicensed property in Scarborough

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined £1,384 after pleading guilty to failing to selectively license a rental property he owns in...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas from Landlord Today

The team at Landlord Today would like to wish you all the very best for the festive season. We would like to...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Paragon expects to see continued growth in complex BTL business in 2020

There will be further growth in portfolio and complex buy-to-let lending in 2020, Paragon predicts. There has been greater demand over the...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise in 2020 as landlords continue to exit the PRS

Rents look set to rise across much of the UK next year owed in part to a further increase in the...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Average rents increase 3.2% year-on-year - HomeLet

Rents in the PRS continued to grow at a modest pace in November, the latest figures from HomeLet show.  The data reveals...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

You and your tenants need to be vigilant over the Christmas period

The Christmas season is upon us and there is a good chance that your tenants may be going away, leaving your...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Preparing for property emergencies

Britain has faced terrible flooding this year. Floods and other property emergency can take minutes to occur and years to remedy....

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Have you sent your tenants Christmas cards this year?

Many private landlords like to give Christmas cards to their tenants and some are even generous gift-givers, but are you?  Research shows...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

One in three landlords plan to sell in the next year

The UK could be heading for a rental crisis, with experts dreading the prospect of a chronic property shortage in the...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 is ‘another attack’ against BTL landlords

The Queen has announced the new government's priorities for its coming term, and it includes a proposal to abolish Section 21...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson’s housing plans are a ‘crisis waiting to happen’

The housing plans being put forward by Boris Johnson have been described by the National Landlords Association (NLA) as “ruinous” and...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: The areas where house prices have risen the most over the past decade

Despite the slowdown in the UK housing market in recent years, caused in part by the Brexit vote which fuelled uncertainty...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

The number of tenants experiencing rent rises drops to an eight-month low

Fewer BTL landlords increased rents in November amid a slowdown in the market, the latest figures show.  Just under a third -...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

London rental price growth set to outstrip the rest of the UK

Rental prices in London are set to increase by an average of 15% over the next five years compared to 10%...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage costs continue to fall

Mortgage costs in the buy-to-let market have been falling since the second quarter of 2019 as lenders continue to make reductions.  According...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord who crammed 15 tenants into three-bed house ordered to pay £430k

A rogue landlord who squeezed 15 people into a modest home in west London has been ordered to pay more than...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agent jailed for ripping off landlords and tenants

An unscrupulous letting agent has been jailed for two years for conning landlords and tenants out of almost a quarter of...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

How will the election result impact landlords and tenants?

Although the recent election was indisputably dominated by the Brexit question, the fact is that there’s far more to managing the...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

NLA welcomes increase in funding for housing in new Welsh government budget

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has welcomed the Welsh government's plans to increase spending on housing in their draft budget for...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed banning order for putting tenants' lives at risk

A rogue landlord in Doncaster has been given a banning order for two-and-a-half years after repeatedly putting tenants’ lives at risk...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Principality Building Society reduces buy-to-let rates

Principality Building Society has unveiled a number of rate reductions to mortgage products within its buy-to-let range. Buy-to-let rates have been trimmed...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

House price growth set to pick up speed following an end to the political gridlock

Residential property prices, much like the economy, are likely to grow faster than initially anticipated next year thanks to the greater...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Improving communication with your tenants

When investing in the buy-to-let sector it is important to have a good relationship with your tenants, and that often requires...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Top UK regeneration hotspots unveiled

When it comes to investing in property, it pays to know about the latest property hotspots and up-and-coming areas whether you...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Radical reform needed to ensure ‘reluctant renters’ are not ‘ignored’

With house prices set to rise in 2020, on the back of greater political certainty and chronic housing shortage, the government...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS cuts rates on selected products and launches a new deal

Leeds Building Society has cut rates on selected fee-free buy-to-let mortgages and launched a new 80% loan-to-value (LTV) product. Two-year fixed rate...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental reform: The government must act to ‘have the full confidence of landlords’

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling on the government to ensure that reforms are made to the way good landlords...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

NLA urges new government to introduce housing court and reform Section 8

The National Landlords’ Association (NLA) has once again called for the introduction of a properly funded housing court to cope with...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson must recognise BTL landlords’ ‘importance to Britain’

With research revealing that buy-to-let landlords collectively contribute £16.1bn to the British economy through pre-tax spending, prime minister Boris Johnson is...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

A high number of BTL landlords plan to remortgage over the next 12 months

A significant number of landlords plan to remortgage over the next year, fresh research by BDRC, on behalf of Precise Mortgages,...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

TMW introduces new switcher range

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has launched a new range of buy-to-let switcher mortgage products for limited companies. The new deals, which are...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning of rocketing rents amid a stark housing shortage

With more landlords selling properties than buying them, at a time when there is growing demand from tenants for rental properties, the private rental...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant drop in properties to let placing upward pressure on rents

Rents are forecast to see strong growth over the next five years, according to the latest residential property forecast from the...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans enhances buy-to-let loans

Foundation Home Loans has made several criteria changes across its buy-to-let product range. The lender will now assess missed payments on credit...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Most tenants want landlords to take on responsibility for basic amenities

There is growing uncertainty over where the responsibilities of private sector tenants and their landlords meet, according to a study by...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord who put tenants' lives at risk ordered to pay £37,000

Slough Borough Council has taken action against an unscrupulous landlord in Slough who to date has refused to pay a fine...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property owners need to beware of invasive bamboo

Invasive bamboo is becoming a problem for homeowners, including many buy-to-let landlords, many of which may not realise that most species...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Claim your free tickets for next year’s Homebuilding & Renovating Shows

Following on from the successful South West Homebuilding & Renovating Show that took place at the Bath & West Showground in Shepton...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Metro Bank reduces buy-to-let rates

Metro Bank has cut rates by up to 0.2% across its buy-to-let fixed rate mortgage range for borrowers up to 70%...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord has fine for breaching HMO rules slashed by more than £28,000

A buy-to-let landlord who was originally fined £31,499 by Coventry City Council for breaches of the Housing Act 2004 has had...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

General election 2019: Key housing policies, at a glance

With just one day until voting day, each of the main political parties has outlined its plans for the country, including for...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord discovers meth lab left by tenant in property

A buy-to-let landlord has been left in a state of shock after discovering what appears to be a 'deconstructed meth lab'...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord looks to make products more accessible to ‘broader range of landlords’

Accord Buy To Let is attempting to improve its service and make its mortgage products more widely accessible by amending its...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Best cities for buy-to-let investments revealed

Despite the recent tax and regulatory changes, buy-to-let continues to look an attractive income investment at a time of low-interest rates...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

The UK’s next prime minister needs to take housing seriously

Thursday’s general election presents the main political parties with an opportunity to address voters’ concerns about housing, and not just focus...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Are you entitled to compensation due to onerous ground rent charges?

Thousands of landlords trapped in developer contracts with spiraling costs could be entitled to compensation, according to legal experts.  Around 100,000 homeowners...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Many landlords ‘have not recognised the need to educate themselves’

How do you potentially balance property buying and management with a full-time job? What strategies have you developed to build wealth...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Coventry reduces buy-to-let rates

Coventry for intermediaries has reduced rates on its five-year fixed rate buy-to-let and portfolio mortgages by up to 0.2%. Five-year rates now...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Next UK government urged to ‘reduce’ upfront costs for tenants

The next UK government must do more to reduce the burden on private tenants by reducing upfront costs associated with renting...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Build to Rent offers plenty of room for growth

Build-to-Rent remains a fast growing sector with thousands of developments currently under construction, and this trend looks set to continue in...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Average rental deposit hits almost £1,300

The cost of the average deposit paid by renters has dropped to £1,299, new figures show.  The latest research from Hamilton Fraser’s...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL lender Landbay to focus on institutional funders

Landbay has become an institutional only platform after closing its retail investment arm and exiting the peer-to-peer lending market. The buy-to-let mortgage...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

UK rents hit an all-time high

There was an increase in the number of tenants experiencing rent increases in 2019, according to ARLA Propertymark.  The trade body’s latest...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips for landlords on how to manage a Section 21 notice

Proposals by the main political parties, including the Tory government, to scrap Section 21 notices to evict tenants could potentially pave...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay more than £150k for safety failings

An unscrupulous landlord has been ordered to pay more than £150,000 after failing to fix several safety hazards in his property. Officers from...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

New matrix aims to simplify tenant fees ban

More than five months on from the introduction of the tenant fees ban, a number of landlords and agents are still...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Hinckley & Rugby launches BTL limited company mortgages

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society has launched three buy-to-let mortgages for limited companies. The products include a two-year discount, a two-year fix...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing policies ‘should not compromise the supply of homes for sale or to rent’

With the general election just over a week away, each of the main political parties has outlined its plans for the...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Next government urged to cut VAT on maintenance and improvement works

The next government should urgently reduce VAT on maintenance and improvement works to people’s homes to help boost investment in the...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Hodge launches holiday let mortgage

Hodge has introduced a new mortgage aimed at those wanting to acquire a holiday let property in the UK.  The mortgage, which...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

ASA rejects complaint by Zero Deposit against flatfair

Buy-to-let investors can have full confidence in the protection offered to landlords and tenants by flatfair, a fintech scale-up that allows...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Woman denies trying to kill her landlord

A woman in Cutteslowe, north Oxford, has pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted murder against her landlord.  A jury at...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landord voters could be a crucial force at the general election

Which party will win the landlord vote?  Given that the mainstream parties all have policies that appear to work against BTL landlords,...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord slammed for advertising corridor as a flat

A buy-to-let landlord in south London has been blasted for offering a corridor as a flat.  The flat in Brixton was listed...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to prevent damp and mould this winter

Tenants sometimes complain their property is damp and mouldy, and request that their landlord take action to address the problem. Landlords,...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Council pledges to improve conditions in the PRS

City of York Council has vowed to crack down on rogue landlords looking to exploit the housing market, as part of...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Fleet Mortgages reduces BTL rates at 80% LTV

Fleet Mortgages has cut rates to two of its 80% loan-to-value (LTV) products in both its standard and HMO product ranges. The...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Battery-powered smoke alarms failed in more than a third of property fires

As you will undoubtedly know, it is a legal requirement to ensure your rental property has adequate smoke detectors installed.  Some landlords...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing in the manifestos: how could the main policies affect landlords?

The main political parties have laid out their blueprints for government ahead of what is likely to be one of the...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £35,000 for selective licensing breaches

A buy-to-let landlord who owns two properties in Scarborough has been fined £35,000 for breaches of his Selective Licence following a...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Newcastle Intermediaries reduces BTL rates

Newcastle Intermediaries has cut rates on its range of five-year fixed buy-to-let mortgage products by up to 0.2%. Reductions include a 75%...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Temporary relief for tenants’ as fewer people see private rental prices rise

There was a further fall in the number of private renters experiencing rent increases in October providing some ‘temporary relief for...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants discovered living in cramped conditions during dawn raid

Brent Council in north London will be taking action against a buy-to-let landlord who is accused of “exploiting tenants” after  17...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

AIIC welcomes new deposit scheme that must include inventory reports

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (The AIIC) has unsurprisingly welcomed the launch of a new deposit protection service that requires...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

FirstPort adds 5,000 homes to residential property management portfolio

FirstPort, one of the largest managers of residential property in the UK, has taken over the operational management of an additional...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Four upcoming legal changes you need to be aware of as a landlord in 2020

With the festive season fast approaching, it is completely natural for everyone to start winding down a bit at this time...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Two-thirds of renters have no contents insurance

There is a lot of focus on helping landlords better protect themselves and their property from potential claims from tenants, but...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Serial offending landlord fined more than £25k for failing to maintain a property

A rogue landlord who repeatedly rented out a substandard property in Yeadon, West Yorkshire, has been fined more than £25,000. Jack Collins,...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Hamilton Fraser launches new deposit alternative scheme

Hamilton Fraser has announced the launch of its own in-house deposit alternative brand, Ome.  The new product, which is the latest to...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL investors and renters can ‘benefit from the realistic prices’ in the North East

Buy-to-let landlords looking to add to their portfolio should consider buying property in the North East of England where rents are...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

The UK housing market is ‘coming to the end of a long period of uncertainty’

The UK housing market is showing signs of recovery following a prolonged period of uncertainty, according to JLL.  The property firm forecasts...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Are you overstepping the mark when communicating with tenants?

Communicating with tenants can be a tricky business. The appropriate method and style of communication is usually determined by the relationship between...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Do you rely on Google to provide home maintenance and renovation advice?

Home maintenance and renovation are without a doubt some of the biggest responsibilities of owning a property, especially for buy-to-let landlords,...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Paragon sees significant increase in specialist buy-to-let business

Paragon has reported a sharp rise in specialist landlord business, according to its full year result.  The mortgage lender has seen specialist...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tory manifesto ‘cripples landlords’ ability to run a functioning letting business’

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has slammed the Conservative Party manifesto for proposing nothing to encourage and support landlords to continue...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour manifesto is ‘too extreme’ and ‘unrealistic’

Labour’s general election manifesto promises to “transform” the UK with what some commentators view as the most ambitious - and most...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Cash buyers hit a record low as property investors steer clear

The proportion of homes bought with cash has hit an all-time low as the number of investors acquiring property continues to...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s rent control proposals will leave tenants worse off

Labour’s proposals to introduce rent controls risks reducing the number of private homes available for rent, as landlords look to exit...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Autumn ‘spike’ in rental market activity but slowdown looms

There was more choice for those looking to rent in October, reflected by a notable rise in the number of homes...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let repossessions surge in Q3 2019

The number of private landlords’ properties being repossessed jumped by 40% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2019, figures from a...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour vows to ‘put bad landlords out of business’ and introduce rent controls

Labour has pledged to clampdown on rogue landlords and restrict rent hikes in England if it wins next month’s general election.  A...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories confirm plan to scrap Section 21 and introduce Lifetime Deposit

Boris Johnson launched the Conservative Party manifesto yesterday with a promise to “Get Brexit done”, and although the document was rather...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish landlords remain confident in long-term prospects of PRS

Despite the political and economic uncertainty, SafeDeposits Scotland has found that the vast majority of landlords north of the border remain...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord trims buy-to-let rates

Accord Buy to Let has made modest reductions to the cost of its 80% loan-to-value buy-to-let mortgage range.  The intermediary only subsidiary...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour manifesto: Right to Rent, Section 21, rent controls, licensing

Labour has launched its general election manifesto, promising to “transform” the UK with what some commentators view as the most ambitious...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

BTR landlord adopts ‘zero deposits or fees’ policy

Moda Living has welcomed Boris Johnson’s pledge to introduce government-backed “lifetime rental deposits” to reduce the cost of moving from one...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Two-year fixed rate mortgages proving popular with borrowers

Shorter-term fixed rate mortgages have increased in popularity, with more borrowers opting for two-year fixed rate products, the latest resaerch from...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Grainger submits planning application for BTR scheme in Lewisham

Grainger PLC has submitted detailed planning consent for a Build to Rent scheme in Lewisham.  The project on Besson Street, SE14, which...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Vida Homeloans introduces new buy-to-let product range

Vida Homeloans has overhauled its buy-to-let product range by reducing rates and making criteria changes. The specialist mortgage lender has cut rates...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Lib Dem manifesto presents a  mixed bag for BTL landlords

The Liberal Democrats have launched their 2019 election manifesto, which sets out the polices the party aims to introduce should it...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories target renters with pledge to introduce Lifetime Rental Deposits

The Conservatives have pledged to introduce a new scheme to allow tenants to transfer their tenancy deposits when they move homes.  The...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let acquisitions drop 11% as tax and regulatory changes ‘hit the sector’

There was a significant fall in lending to buy-to-let landlords, according to the latest data from UK Finance.  The figures show that...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla reveals most popular search terms among house hunters

Property website Zoopla has released the keywords that prospective homebuyers are most likely to use when searching on the site. ‘Garage’, ‘garden’...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord confidence continues to plummet

Landlords’ confidence in the buy-to-let sector continues to fall with the majority less confident about the PRS than they were three...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Council slammed for ‘doing nothing to find and root out bad landlords’

Nottingham City Council has been criticised for targeting responsible landlords whilst doing little to clampdown on rogue operators in the local...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Wales urged to beware change in the law ‘with little notice’

Buy-to-let landlords and letting agents in Wales will have to start supplying a list of information to tenants before taking a...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Habito adds portfolio landlord deals to BTL range

Habito has added portfolio landlord mortgages to its buy-to-let product range. Rates are available from 2.54% for individuals and 2.59% for those...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Be aware of the silent killer

To mark Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, landlords are being reminded that they have a legal obligation to keep tenants safe by...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

A high number of people are at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning this winter as they do not have a CO...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Council obtains London’s first landlord banning order

London’s first rogue landlord banning order has been issued after tenants’ lives were put at risk through the letting of unsafe...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants: what are the most common general election issues?

Brexit, climate change and the environment, and education are the top three issues for tenants as they prepare to cast their...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

NLA welcomes Labour’s decision to drop ‘ludicrous’ right to buy tenant plan

Landlords have welcomed the news that Labour has dropped its proposed ‘right to buy’ policy that would have allowed long-term tenants...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

NatWest revamps BTL product range

NatWest this morning reduced its two-year fixed remortgage product at 75% loan-to-value (LTV)  by 0.53% from 2.51% to 1.98%. For buy-to-let purchases,...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s a buyer’s market

It is a potentially good time for buy-to-let landlords to add to their portfolio, the latest housing market snapshot suggests.  With buy-to-let...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

London rents set to rise faster than wages over the next five years

Rental price growth in London is set to rise ahead of wage inflation over the next five years, according to new forecasts...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Many people are set to rent for the rest of their lives

A new study claims that almost half of all Britons could end up renting for the rest of their lives.  Some 45% of...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay nearly £5k for fire safety breaches

A buy-to-let landlord in Sutton has been fined £2,694 and ordered to pay £1,994 in costs and a victim surcharge of...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Paragon introduces new BTL discounted variable rate mortgages

Paragon has launched a new range of buy-to-let purchase and remortgage products for portfolio and non-portfolio landlords, with rates discounted for...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA calls for court reform as the time it takes to repossess a rental home rises

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has once again called for the introduction of a properly funded housing court to cope with...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

UK rents continue to rise in October

Rents in the UK’s private rented sector increased further in October, according to the latest data.  The figures from HomeLet show that...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in number of BTL mortgaged properties taken into possession

There was a significant increase in the number of buy-to-let mortgaged properties taken into possession in the third quarter of the...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Aldermore launches new 5-year BTL remortgage product

Aldermore has expanded its buy-to-let remortgage range with the addition of a new five-year product aimed at both individual and company...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

The best performing parliamentary constituencies for house price growth

What has happened to residential property prices since the last general election just two years ago? On a national scale, the...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to prevent burst and frozen pipes as Britan braces for snow

With the temperature plummeting across the UK, there are several weather warnings in place over the next few days, and some...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

London council calls for all estate agency and letting boards to be banned

‘For Sale’ and ‘To Let’ boards are one of the oldest and most important property marketing tools, even in this modern...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans cuts rates on select BTL products

Foundation Home Loans has unveiled a number of rate reductions across a range of buy-to-let products by up to 45 basis...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

LendInvest launches BTL products in Scotland

LendInvest has expanded its buy-to-let offering into Scotland as it looks to take advantage of the growing demand for property finance...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: Areas where there are major rental supply shortages

The worst served city for rental stock is Newport in Wales where just 13.5% of properties listed are to rent, according...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

New digital service designed to clampdown on rogue landlords

Marks Out Of Tenancy, a letting review website, has launched a digital service to help local authorities crackdown on unscrupulous landlords...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Shared ownership is a viable option for renters aiming to get onto housing ladder

With the number of renters across the UK more than doubling since 2001, there has been a sharp rise in the...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Skipton looks to expand buy-to-let mortgage lending

Skipton International has announced plans to expand its buy-to-let mortgage lending and increase offshore savings deposits. Skipton, which offers buy-to-let mortgages to...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Claim your free tickets to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The South West Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place at the Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, this weekend and you...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord left £30,000 out of pocket after tenant from hell destroys property

A buy-to-let landlord has been left with a major clean-up bill after a tenant from hell trashed his rental property in...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Police to investigate ‘malicious communications’ from landlord

Orbit, the owner of a number of buy-to-let properties in Coventry, could find itself in hot water over comments allegedly made...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Intermediaries forecast ‘increased BTL business over the next 12 months’

The mortgage industry is predicting a 1% increase in buy-to-let business in the next 12 months, according to Paragon’s latest Financial...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent who conned landlords told to repay just £850

A letting agent has been ordered to pay back just £850 despite pocketing more than £16,000 at the expense of three...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to winter-proof your properties

With the weather taking a turn for the worse in recent weeks, buy-to-let landlords would do well to ensure their properties are winter-ready before...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

One in 10 homes let by non-UK based landlords

The proportion of homes let in this country by overseas-based landlords has increased, new figures show. The latest data from Hamptons International,...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent controls are not to the answer to London’s housing crisis

The mayor of London is being urged to forget about rent controls and instead focus on increasing the supply of rental...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Al Rayan Bank increases FTV on selected buy-to-let mortgage products

Al Rayan Bank has increased its finance-to-value (FTV) on select buy-to-let mortgage products. The lender’s two-year discount at 3.74%  has had its...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Clydesdale Bank remains committed to BTL but withdraws from bridging market

Clydesdale Bank has reiterated its commitment to supporting buy-to-let landlords looking to invest in the PRS by announcing plans to focus...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Government has no plans for a national register of landlords

Proposals for a national register of landlords have been rejected by the government.  A report on the joint research project between the...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Void periods drop while average rents ‘are returning to expected levels’

After an encouragingly buoyant summer period for the letting sector, there are growing signs that the rental market is starting to...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Two in five renters fear they will never afford to own a home

A significant number of people renting in the UK say they will never be able to afford a home, according to...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Gatehouse now accepts BTL mortgage applications from first-time buyers

Gatehouse Bank has broadened its eligibility criteria for both buy-to-let and home purchase mortgages in a bid to lure first-time buyers...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Two free tickets to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The South West Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place at the Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, next week and you can...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

London’s Build to Rent sector sees 35% growth in five years

The number of Build to Rent homes completed, under construction or in planning across London has increased by 35% in the...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

More than 40% of mortgage holders do not have life insurance

Millions of people across the UK are putting loved ones and their families at risk of financial hardship because they do...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Skipton targets high net worths with latest BTL offering

Skipton International has amended its mortgage criteria to enable borrowers to potentially borrow more against their buy-to-let property investments.  Skipton, which provides...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

How buying and selling property in Scotland differs from England

They may be part of the Union, but the process of buying and selling property in Scotland and England differs markedly.  It’s...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord installs ‘cage’ around thermostat to stop tenants turning heating up

Brits are in for a chilly week with temperatures continuing to drop, but that has not deterred a landlord in west...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost two-thirds of landlords plan to use limited companies to buy property

Almost two-thirds of landlords planning to add to their portfolio over the next 12 months will use a limited company to...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent protection specialists merge to offer agents and landlords ‘peace of mind’

Leading rent protection firms Barbon Insurance Group, trading as HomeLet and Rentshield Direct, and Let Alliance have today joined forces and...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Shawbrook Bank refreshes BTL range

Shawbrook Bank has made changes to its buy-to-let product range and criteria across all loan-to-value (LTV) bandings.  The specialist lender has cut...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

New £3.8m fund to help local authorities crackdown on rogue landlords

Fresh funding for local councils in England to tackle unscrupulous landlords has been made available, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £1,200 for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in Lincolnshire been ordered to pay just over £1,200 following a breach of HMO licensing rules.  Nicholas Moyses allowed...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

A shortage in home lets is driving up rental prices in Britain to record levels

The UK has a chronic undersupply of housing. This is not news; it’s just a statement of a fact which has...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Zephyr Homeloans cuts BTL fees and rates

Zephyr Homeloans has reduced rates across its range of five-year fixed-rate deals whilst cutting some product fees by up to 0.5%. The...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

National Landlord Investment Show to address important issues today

A number of buy-to-let landlords and property enthusiasts will visit the Olympia Conference Centre in London today in order to obtain...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

An increasing number of regulations challenge BTL landlords

The government crackdown on the buy-to-let sector has seen landlord regulations increase by a third since the Conservative party came into...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Several housebuilders sign up to Zoopla to offer consumers more choice

A number of key regional housebuilders across England, Scotland and Wales have signed up to Zoopla, offering consumers, including buy-to-let landlords,...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Surge in demand for rental homes in prime London

Demand for rental accommodation in prime London has jumped by almost a third over the past 12 months, according to the...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Leasehold reform campaigner unveils key areas where changes are needed

A new 10-point manifesto designed to drive forward leasehold reform has been published by a prominent leasehold reform campaigner, following the...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Virgin Money eases stress test rate for buy-to-let mortgages

Virgin Money has announces changed to the stress test rates used when assessing affordability for buy-to-let mortgages, which will please some...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords forced to shell out £4.5bn on emergency contractors in past 12 months

With demand still far outstripping supply, buy-to-let remains an attractive asset class, but while the majority of landlords say they are...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Major shift in student accommodation sector as PBSA soars to ‘frothy heights’

The UK Purpose-Built Student Accommodation Sector (PBSA) has grown by a record 5.3% in 2019 which equates to more than 34,000...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Let’s not overlook the needs of UK landlords

Just when we thought we might have finally made some credible progress on Brexit, it looks as though looming uncertainty will...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords: Do you know your health and safety obligations?

Private landlords have long been expected to keep their properties to a reasonable standard, but up until fairly recently what this...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Welsh housing minister to address landlords at RLA conference

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has announced that the Welsh cabinet secretary responsible for housing policy, Julie James, will be the...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

General election 2019: Housing should be top ‘priority’

Boris Johnson’s call for a snap general election on December 12 to try to settle the issue of Brexit took very...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA sets out industry demands ahead of general election

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has compiled a manifesto that it hopes all political parties will take note of ahead of...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord show to address key issues affecting landlords ahead of election

Journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil will once again chair the Government Panel Debate at the National Landlord Investment Show in London...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Newcastle reduces buy-to-let rates

Newcastle Intermediaries has introduced a number of rate reductions to mortgage products within its buy-to-let range. Highlights include a two-year fixed rate...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Aberdeen offered free tenancy deposits and disputes training

Following on from the success of recent training events in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness, designed to help landlords better manage tenancy deposits...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent controls ‘can make it more expensive and more difficult’ for tenants, says RLA

Ahead of next month’s general election, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is warning that any potential proposal to introduce rent controls...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to reform the rental deposit system

When renting a property out, landlords recognise that it is important to take a deposit from the tenant and place it...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Brent Council agrees to introduce  additional and selective licensing

London Borough of Brent has approved the renewal and extension of borough-wide additional licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) for...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Why it's worth the hassle for landlords to switch letting agents

On the one hand “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it”, seems like common-sense advice, especially when making a change and...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay almost £6,000 for failing to comply with the council

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay almost £6,000 after the council was unable to determine if his property in...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental supply crisis looms as landlords continue to exit the PRS

There has been a further increase in the number of landlords exiting the buy-to-let market, according to new research by the...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents continue to rise, albeit at a slower pace

There was a marginal drop in the number of tenants experiencing rent increases in September but they remained high overall, ARLA...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

TPO expels agents for failing to pass on rent

Assessing what constitutes fair wear and tear to a rental home is among the least understood areas of the lettings process,...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Do not put your property investment at risk by failing to protect a tenant’s deposit

A number of landlords are jeopardising their property investments - probably their biggest assets - by failing to comply with basic...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Fleet Mortgages introduces new five-year HMO product

Fleet Mortgages has launched a new five-year HMO fixed rate deal that it hopes will prove popular with buy-to-let landlords.  The new...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb tenant subletting scam exposed

There is a growing issue of tenants subletting their rental properties on websites like Airbnb, with some renters inappropriately using it...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Legal crowdfunding campaign to help landlords oust tenants who don’t pay rent

Tenants are often able to live rent-free for weeks, if not months, when they are in dispute with their landlord about moving...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agent goes into liquidation owing a landlord almost £15,000

Ilford-based Kingsman Property has gone out of business after being expelled from The Property Ombudsman (TPO) scheme owing a landlord almost...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

TSB provides ‘attractively priced products’ for BTL landlords

TSB has refreshed its buy-to-let product transfer range, which includes the introduction of new loan bandings.  The move is designed to support...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

UK’s Build to Rent sector continues to go from strength to strength

More than £2bn has been invested into the UK’s Build to Rent (BTR) sector in the first three quarters of 2019, according...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agent expelled from TPO for owing landlords more than £2,700

Buy-to-let landlords and tenants, as well as vendors and property purchasers, are being warned that Kent-based Chambers Estates has been excluded...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS reduces rates on selected two-year BTL fixes

Leeds Building Society has reduced rates on selected two-year buy-to-let fixed products by up to 0.06%. From today, the society will offer...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

CBRE moves into Build to Rent market by acquiring Telford Homes

CBRE has completed the purchase of Telford Homes in a £267m deal. The acquisition of the housebuilder will enable the company to...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

As UK edges towards recession, property expert urges  BTL landlords ‘to ride it out’

With Britain edging closer to its first recession since the financial crisis, a leading property auctioneer is urging property investors, including...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Could celebrities help market your rental properties in the future?

As landlords increasingly feel the squeeze, amid increasing regulation and tax changes, some are questioning more than ever the point of...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay almost £3,000 for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in Worcester has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 for operating an unlicensed House of Multiple Occupation (HMO)...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Pepper updates BTL range

Pepper Money has unveiled a series of new buy-to-let rate reductions and product introductions.  The new mortgage range includes buy-to-let limited editions...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Three quarters of private tenants happy to remain renting

Fresh research shows that just a quarter of private tenants in the UK are interested in purchasing property in the near...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

UK house prices soar 189% over 20 years

The average price of residential property in the UK has increased by 189% since 1999, according to fresh analysis from independent...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

HMRC could potentially take legal action against Airbnb

Airbnb has been warned that it could face legal proceedings after being contacted by HMRC over "tax laws or regulations impacting...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Top 10 tips for landlords this winter

For landlords looking to protect their rental properties this winter, here are some top tips, as well as hints on how...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents could potentially be prosecuted instead of landlords for unlicensed homes

Letting agents who fail to obtain licences for rented properties that fall under selective licensing rules could be prosecuted either alongside...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in Hackney warned to expect “tough penalties”

Unscrupulous landlords in the London Borough of Hackney face more stringent regulation after Hackney Council agreed to new property licensing powers...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Lord Alan Sugar caught up in ‘Airbnb scam’

Lord Alan Sugar has issued a warning to Airbnb users after a family was  cheated out of around £465 because fraudsters told...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Renters urged to take out life insurance to close ‘protection gap’

Tenants are being encouraged to think about taking out life insurance to close what has been described as the 'protection gap’.  Tenant...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Register for free tickets to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place at the Harrogate Convention Centre in Harrogate next month and you can register for a free pair of...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £7,500 after claiming student home was a holiday let

An unscruplous landlord has been handed a £7,500 fine after he broke tenancy laws by claiming a flat in the Warriston...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

UK house prices ‘subdued’ amid Brexit impasse

Residential property price growth remains subdued owed largely to the ongoing uncertainty created by the Brexit shenanigans in Parliament.  The data from...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla launches search function for new homes

With no repairs required, lower running costs and energy bills, as well as NHBC’s 10-year warranty, new build homes appeal to...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

National Landlord Investment Show to address key issues affecting the PRS

Buy-to-let landlords and property enthusiasts will once again descend on the Olympia Conference Centre in London next month where they will...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

SES awarded Mustard Wharf Build to Rent contract

SES Engineering Services has been appointed to provide mechanical, electrical and plumbing design and installation services on the Mustard Wharf Build...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue agents sentenced after receiving fraudulent rental payments

Three rogue operators in London have been sentenced after pleading guilty to money laundering fraudulent rental payments received for properties that...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Ex-Premiership footballer ordered to pay more than £25k for unlicensed properties

A buy-to-let landlord in Nottingham has been fined £24,000 and told to pay £1,100 costs as well as a victim surcharge...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Homeowners more than £350k better off than private renters over 30 years

The average homeowner in this country could be £352,500 better off than the average private renter over the next 30 years, even...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans introduces new buy-to-let mortgage products

Foundation Home Loans has launched three new buy-to-let mortgage products.  The new deal includes a 75% loan-to-value (LTV) five-year fix at 3.39%,...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: best rental yield areas for buy-to-let

Landlords currently looking for the UK’s best buy-to-let areas should head north to places like Liverpool and Scotland, with new research...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Here are the worst rental yield areas for buy-to-let

Landlords currently looking for significant rental returns will find that there are plenty of high yielding buy-to-let areas to choose from,...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Spike in landlord exodus to lead to ‘record rents’ and ‘fewer homes to choose from’

Almost a quarter of landlords are planning to sell at least one property from their existing buy-to-let portfolio, new research from...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Cannabis farms are responsible for a quarter of all electricity stolen in UK

There has been a notable increase in landlord insurance claims where properties have been damaged by people using them to grow...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Claim your free tickets to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show

  The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place at the Harrogate Convention Centre in Harrogate next month and you can now claim a free pair...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

The top 10 UK cities to buy-to-let property in 2020

With 2020 fast approaching, it is time for forward thinking buy-to-let landlords to start looking for the UK’s best buy-to-let areas...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Lack of focus on housing will see many people ‘resigned to the rental sector’

Monday’s Queen's Speech opened a new session of parliament, setting out policies on crime, health, the environment, and Brexit.  But while the Queen’s Speech...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage activity dips

There was a further increase in mortgage lending for first-time-buyers and home movers in August compared with the previous month and...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Former Upad landlords offered option of re-listing homes on new website for free

Buy-to-let landlords who have been adversely affected by the sudden closure of online letting agent Upad are being invited to re-list...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

TMW announces selected cuts across its BTL mortgage range

The Mortgage Works (TMW), the specialist buy-to-let arm of the Nationwide Building Society, has reduced rates across its five-year fixed mortgage...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Will landlords who paid Upad for a tenant find service be able to claim a refund?

A number of buy-to-let landlords have been left in limbo following the sudden closure of online letting agent Upad.  The company, which...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Proportion of ‘accidental’ landlords falls for first time since 2014

The proportion of ‘accidental’ landlords has dropped year-on-year for the first time since 2014, fresh analysis shows.  One in 14, or 7.1%,...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord slices BTL rates by up to 0.44%

Accord Buy to Let has announced a series of rate reductions to products within its buy-to-let range by up to 0.44%.  Accord has...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

flatfair teams up with Hunters to offer deposit alternative solution

Deposit-free renting provider flatfair has signed a partnership with Hunters which has more than 200 letting branches across the UK. The move...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Glasgow offered free tenancy deposits and disputes training

With 543 disputes having arisen between landlords and tenants in the Glasgow postcode area in the last 12 months, SafeDeposits Scotland,...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

UK rental market looks more attractive for BTL landlords as rents rise further

Rents in the UK’s private rented sector continued to increase in September, the latest figures show.  The data from HomeLet reveals that...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 could lead to ‘open-ended tenancies and rent controls’

The government’s plans to scrap Section 21 notices to evict tenants could potentially pave the way for the introduction of open-ended...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

More than 130,000 unlicensed rental homes in London

There are more than 130,000 unlicensed properties in London that should be licensed under either selective, additional or mandatory HMO licensing...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS adds new BTL product and cuts rates

The Leeds Building Society has announced a new buy-to-let mortgage product and a series of rate reductions. The new product is an...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish tenants owed more than £500k in unclaimed rental deposits

More than 2,000 tenants in Scotland appear to have forgotten to claim back their deposits collectively worth in excess of £500,000,...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Have your say: Section 21 consultation ends tomorrow

With the government consultation on tenancy reform ending tomorrow, time is running out for landlords wishing to have their say by...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

TDS custodial scheme sees sharp rise in number of tenancy deposits protected

There was a 73% increase in the number of landlords and letting agents that signed up to the TDS' custodial scheme during 2018-19,...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined almost £3,000 for unsafe HMO

A buy-to-landlord in Worcester has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 for failing to install adequate safety measures.  Mohammed Rafiq, who was...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Here’s how to winter-proof your properties and save money in the process

With winter fast approaching the cold weather can be more than a discomfort for tenants. To help things run smoothly in your...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 ‘will just make life more difficult for tenants’

The government’s proposal to scrap the use of Section 21 notices to evict tenants has been poorly received by landlords, with...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Former X Factor judge ordered to pay more than £70k for ‘trashed’ rented flat

Pop star Tulisa Contostavlos has been ordered to pay £70,000 in compensation to her former landlord after she trashed a rented...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents rise well below inflation, new figures show

Rent increases in the third quarter of 2019, as released by The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) Rent Index, reveal growth...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to invest in housing benefit so it 'reflects real costs of renting'

Three-quarters of people across the UK believe housing benefit should increase in line with rents to help combat homelessness, new research...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Build to Rent set to grow as individual BTL landlords exit the market

The Build to Rent development pipeline has grown dramatically in recent years and there are clear signs of the sector becoming...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Demand for new build property falls to six-year low

Demand from buyers, including buy-to-let landlords, for new build homes has leveled off as political and economic uncertainty unsettles potential investors.  The...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined for letting uninhabitable property

An unscrupulous landlord has been ordered to pay almost £4,000 after tenants were discovered living in an appalling and unsafe property.  Officers...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

The pace of BTL mortgage rate falls slow

Buy-to-let mortgage rates continue to fall, albeit at a slower rate, the latest data provided by Property Master shows.  October’s report from...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Saffron enhances BTL expat mortgage range

Saffron Building Society has improved its range of expat buy-to-let mortgages by introducing reduced rates and fees and extending its terms.    Fixed...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Death-trap landlord fined for demanding rent from a tenant despite council ban

A buy-to-let investor, who previously spent time in prison for perjury after he lied during an inquiry into the deaths of...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in demand for rental homes in prime London

There has been a significant increase in demand for rental accommodation in prime London, underpinned by uncertainty in the sales market,...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Swansea Building Society introduces lower rate mortgages

Swansea Building Society has launched a new range of lower rate mortgage products aimed at a wide selection of borrowers, including...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Hamilton Fraser named number one landlord insurance provider in the UK

Hamilton Fraser Total Landlord Insurance has been crowned ‘Best Landlord Insurance Provider’ at the Insurance Choice Awards. The insurance provider beat tough...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA calls for new housing court to speed up justice for landlords and tenants

A new, properly funded housing court is urgently required to cope with proposed regulatory changes, according to the Residential Landlords Association...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Many landlords feel the BTL market ‘is just no longer viable’

Buy-to-let is no longer a viable investment opportunity for many landlords due to the upcoming changes facing the market, according to...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents edge up in the UK, but growth is largely unchanged

The average cost of renting a room in the UK has increased by just 1% over the past 12 months to...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in demand for rental properties in prime London

There has been a dramatic rise in demand for rental accommodation in prime London, underpinned by uncertainty in the sales market,...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £2k for providing substandard property

A buy-to-let landlord in Sutton has been ordered to pay more than £2,000 after failing to provide acceptable living conditions for...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

HMO landlord hit with £40k fine

City of Lincoln Council has taken action against a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) landlord in Lincoln for failing to comply...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords firmly reject Labour’s ‘right to buy’ tenant plan

Private landlords in Newcastle have slammed the Labour Party’s proposed ‘right to buy’ policy that could see long-term tenants acquire buy-to-let...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New toolkit to help local authorities clampdown on rogue landlords

A new PRS interactive learning toolkit for local authorities to help them take action against rogue landlords and letting agents has...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Investor & Homebuyer Show takes place today

The Property Investor & Homebuyer Show, one of the UK’s most comprehensive property exhibitions, takes place at London ExCeL today and...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Dudley Building Society launches new buy-to-let product

The Dudley Building Society has introduced a buy-to-let product aimed at serving expats, self-employed people, as well as older clients. The new...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: best buy-to-let areas in the UK

New research looking at where is currently the best place to invest in buy-to-let property in this country, based on rental...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

East Hampshire's rental market is enjoying a real boom

There has been a significant increase in letting market activity in East Hampshire, according to Zoopla. The property portal reports that East...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

More than half of BTL landlords adversely affected by stringent tax regulations

More than half of buy-to-let landlords interviewed as part of a new study commissioned by secured property lender Fitzrovia Finance said...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Notable increase in void periods reported as rental demand slows

Void periods increased across the UK in September, with the exception of London, according to the latest Goodlord rental index. A void...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans launches new five-year BTL product

Foundation Home Loans has launched a new five-year buy-to-let mortgage product aimed at landlords who seek rate certainty but with a...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents edge up amid increase in demand from renters

The number of tenants experiencing rent rises hit yet another record high in August, the latest ARLA Propertymark PRS report shows. The...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Weak pound attracts fresh foreign investment in UK’s property market

The ongoing uncertainty over how the UK will leave the EU has seen sterling drop against the dollar and euro and...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Number of buy-to-let deals for first-time landlords hits record high

The number of first-time landlord buy-to-let mortgage products hit a record high of  1,474 in October, up 297 on the same...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New landlord emergency cover launched by Direct Line for Business

Direct Line for Business has launched new landlord emergency cover, which includes call-out charges, costs for labour and materials up to...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New Build to Rent homes in Manchester prove popular

Phases one and two of the Clippers Quay and Salford Quays Build to Rent (BTR) developments in Manchester have now been fully...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

The government has become too reliant on private landlords

All the main political parties are targeting the Generation Rent vote ahead of a potential snap general election, at the expense...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

The rise of the HMO landlord

There is an increasing trend for landlords choosing to grow their residential property portfolios by taking on HMOs (House of Multiple...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

More than half of landlords likely to reuse same broker for their next mortgage

The majority of landlords are most likely to source their next buy-to-let mortgage from their existing broker, new research shows.  According to...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents, landlords and tenants must work together to expose rogue operators

Letting agents are being urged to do more to raise consumer awareness about rogue operators in the industry by demonstrating their...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Vida Homeloans introduces BTL hub to make mortgage applications simpler

Vida Homeloans has launched a new Buy to Let Hub, powered by eTech, with a view to introducing time saving tools...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 would lead to an acute shortage of rental homes

Abolishing the use of Section 21 notices to evict tenants would lead to a dearth of private rental properties across the...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

House prices are a blow for those seeking to ‘escape their generation rent’ status

Owning property is rapidly becoming the impossible dream in this country for many renters, especially when it comes to purchasing property...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Brent and Harrow Trading Standards target rogue letting agents

Council officers from Brent and Harrow Trading Standards have pledged to clampdown on unscrupulous letting agents in the London boroughs of...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Coventry reduces five-year BTL rates

Coventry for intermediaries has reduced rates on its five-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages by up to 0.26%. Five-year rates now start at...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Manchester United’s Old Trafford to host major landlord show next week

Buy-to-let landlords and property enthusiasts will descend on Manchester United FC’s Old Trafford next week where they will be able to...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Most pet-friendly London boroughs for renters revealed

Many tenants who own at least one pet have struggled to find pet-friendly accommodation, and yet despite efforts to encourage more...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Edinburgh abandon short-term letting due to impending restrictions

An increasing number of Airbnb owners in Edinburgh are moving away from short-term letting in favour of traditional long-term tenancies as...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let sector has got flight left in it yet

To say that the buy-to-let sector has had a tough time of it in recent years would be one hell of...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Gatehouse Bank reduces rates across its buy-to-let range

Gatehouse Bank has cut rates across its range of buy-to-let products by up to 0.46%. The shariah-compliant lender has announced that the...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Where has seen the greatest rental price growth over the last five years?

Fresh analysis looking at rental prices across the UK and how they have increased over the last five years shows that...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Chestertons to offer Zero Deposit guarantee

Chestertons has become the latest letting agency to sign up to the Zero Deposit guarantee, a tenant’s deposit replacement product that...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

How landlords can make their properties appeal to younger tenants

These days, renting isn’t just for younger adults, but it’s probably fair to say that younger adults are natural renters. It’s...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Selina Finance launches ‘flex-affordability’ credit facility for BTL investors

Selina Finance has introduced a new property investment credit facility aimed at experienced property investors and landlords.  The digital secured lender has...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Edinburgh offered free tenancy deposits and disputes training

With 490 disputes having arisen between landlords and tenants in the Edinburgh area in the last 12 months, SafeDeposits Scotland, which...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Many BTL investors adopt ‘wait and see’ approach as Brexit deadline draws near

Brexit has undoubtedly deterred many buy-to-let landlords from investing further in the private rented sector, with fresh research showing that more...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant improvement in PRS housing standards

Standards in the private rented sector have improved as buy-to-let landlords respond to legislation aimed at improving living conditions for tenants,...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Legal & General launches first ever rental protection plan for tenants

Legal & General has announced the launch of its rental protection plan following a successful pilot with Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB). Legal...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Proposed taxation would see the reality of owning property ‘greatly diminish’

Many young people would find it significantly harder to get a foot on the housing ladder, leaving many effectively renting for...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

How do you attract a corporate tenant?

When deciding on whether or not to let a property furnished or unfurnished, landlords need to consider their personal circumstances as...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Message to Labour conference: ‘Rent controls do not work’

Labour’s plan to introduce a rent cap has been slammed by ARLA Propertymark.  Labour has proposed capping rents and with Labour’s conference...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The majority of private tenants don’t want to buy a home, research shows

Most private tenants are not currently interested in buying a property, fresh research shows.  Just 42% of tenants are interested in purchasing...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

NRLA names Ben Beadle as new chief executive

The newly formed National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has announced Ben Beadle as its new chief executive.  Beadle will become the organisation’s...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

Many people are at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, particularly if they do not have a CO alarm in their property.  UK...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Aldermore overhauls company BTL products

Aldermore has cut its company buy-to-let remortgage and company multi property purchase and remortgage products by up to 0.3%.  The move by...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Female workers forced to “pay far more in rent or be priced out of the market”

The majority of medium and large companies pay higher wage rates to men than to women, according to the latest government...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

How to fix mistakes landlords make when filing a self assessment tax return

Every year is the same. Come tax season, landlords all over the UK find themselves confused when filing a self assessment...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 could fuel a rise in homelessness, warns Landlord Action

Tenant eviction specialist, Landlord Action, reports that up to half of Section 21 cases they handle are as a consequence of...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Bunk joins forces with Nationwide to support landlords

Bunk has teamed up with Nationwide Building Society to strengthen its service with a view to strengthening its landlord service to...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Shawbrook launches new product switch service

Shawbrook has introduced a new online system called My Shawbrook Portal, which is a self-service platform that reduces flight times from...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost a third of landlords report a rise in tenant demand

There was an increase in the number of landlords reporting growth in tenant demand in the third quarter of the year. Paragon’s...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

University letting service hopes to attract landlords with rental guarantee offer

A student letting firm in Edinburgh is urging private landlords in the city to sign up to its service, which guarantees...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Principality reduces rates

Principality Building Society has cut selected rates across a number of fixed buy-to-let and residential mortgage products.  The reductions include two-year buy-to-let...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Inverness offered free tenancy deposits and disputes training

With the latest research showing that 50 disputes have arisen between landlords and tenants in the Inverness area in the last 12...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord becomes first in England to be banned from the PRS

A man deemed not to be a fit and proper person to hold a licence for a house in multiple occupation...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant refuses to be “bullied” into paying rent owed after fleeing to Greece

A tenant who emigrated to Greece without paying more than £1,000 he owes in rent insists that he will not be...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Transport for London bans short term letting ads

Transport for London (TfL) has finally bowed to pressure from campaigners and announced a ban on adverts that promote short-term letting...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform aims to deliver ‘double-digit returns in year one’

A new PropTech platform aiming to turn rundown properties into cash-flowing investments has been launched.  Revive-to-Rent, a new property investment category from...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans launches new five-year BTL products

Foundation Home Loans has launched two new five-year buy-to-let fixed rate products and reduced rates across other products in its range. Highlights...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent arrears ‘are lower under direct payments to landlords’

With new research showing that direct payment of benefits to landlords contributed most to reductions in rent arrears, the Residential Landlords...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage approvals increased by 5.5% year-on-year in July

Buy-to-let mortgage approvals increased in July, up 5.5% year-on-year, suggesting that market conditions are improving, the latest UK Finance report shows. There...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems vote to scrap Section 21

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to abolish Section 21 repossessions in the private rented sector if they come to power at...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords back RLA and NLA merger

Landlords have backed a merger between the two largest landlord organisations in England and Wales, the National Landlords Association (NLA) and...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Habito introduces new company BTL mortgages

Habito has added to its buy-to-let offering by launching its first suite of company buy-to-let mortgages.  The products, available exclusively through Habito’s...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Boost for landlords as buy-to-let mortgage costs continue to fall

Landlords will welcome the news that buy-to-let mortgage costs are falling as lenders compete against each other to offer the cheapest...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Average rents up 2.3% year-on-year

Rents in Great Britain increased by an average of 2.3% year-on-year in August, fuelled primarily by growth in the South East...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA slams London Trading Standards for failing landlords and tenants

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has criticised the London Trading Standards (LTS) for what it says is an admission of failure in...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Property chains are more likely to collapse amidst a slowing market

The recent increase in the number of residential property sales falling through before completion is likely to continue in the near...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Do not underestimate the importance of a thorough inventory

Assessing what constitutes fair wear and tear to a rental home is among the least understood areas of the lettings process,...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords looking to sell-up and cash in on property need to be realistic

Thousands of landlords plan to sell their buy-to-let properties as a result of tax and regulatory changes, but those offloading homes...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The average BTL investment makes a return of just £2k a year, claims Howsy

Howsy has issued a stark warning over the health of the UK’s private rented sector as tax and regulation changes continue...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords who provide affordable homes should be given greater financial support

Scottish Land & Estates is calling on the Scottish government to ensure that private landlords who provide affordable homes to rent have...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit blamed for fall in asking prices

Asking prices in the UK have dropped as Brexit uncertainty takes its toll, new figures show.  According to fresh data from Rightmove, the...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

ARLA wants to see the government get tough on rogue letting agents

ARLA Propertymark is urging the government to continue taking action to clampdown on unscrupulous agents in the letting industry.  A significant number...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Private sector rents hit record high

Rents in the UK’s private rented sector reached a record high in August, according to the latest data from HomeLet.  The figures...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants warned to beware of rogue letting agents

With new figures showing that almost half of letting agents do not comply with the law, London Trading Standards (LTS) has...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay almost £8k for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in Nottingham been fined £6,000 and instructed to pay  £1,583.18 costs, along with a £170 victim surcharge following...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips for staying gas safe

Landlords are being reminded that they are responsible for the safety of their tenants ahead of Gas Safety Week. The annual event,...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Zephyr Homeloans abolishes application fees

Zephyr Homeloans has scrapped upfront mortgage application fees from its entire range of buy-to-let mortgage products.  The buy-to-let lender charged upfront application...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

London ranked top city in the world for Generation Z

Thousands of graduates across the UK will move to London this month in the hope of embarking on a successful career, despite...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords ‘can reap the benefits’ by catering for older tenants and families

Buy-to-let landlords could benefit financially by catering their offerings towards the growing older renter and family tenant demographics, according to the...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Allow tenants to transfer deposit between landlords, says RLA

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has proposed that tenants should be permitted to transfer a deposit between landlords when moving property.  The...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Just Landlords’ launches ‘best garden’ competition

A new campaign to find “Britain’s Most Beautiful Garden” has been launched by Just Landlords, with entrants competing to win a...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Capital gains tax on buy-to-let should be increased, says IPPR

Buy-to-let landlords could soon be required to pay more money in capital gains tax (CGT) under new proposals put forward by...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Government attacked for ‘incoherent’ approach to PRS

The government has been attacked by a former member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee for its “incoherent” approach...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to ‘better support landlords’ to boost supply of rental stock

A growing number of tenants are experiencing rent hikes due to the widening supply-demand imbalance in the market, according to Carter...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

NatWest changes its buy-to-let calculator to reflect the landlord’s ‘true costs’

NatWest Intermediary Solutions has made amendments to its buy-to-let calculations and will now use actual rather than projected letting agent costs...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Have your say on tax reporting and payment arrangements

Landlords are being invited to take part in a survey in relation to the existing tax system.  The study, which is being...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

A fifth of BTL landlords seeking to add high yielding HMOs to portfolio

Buy-to-let landlords are increasingly favouring Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and more complex property types due to the often higher yields...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Birmingham City Council ordered to pay landlord more than £1,200

Birmingham City Council has been instructed to pay a private landlord £1,269.20 after mistakingly paying housing benefit directly to his tenant.  The...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The biggest property viewing turnoffs unveiled

Struggling to let or sell a property? There are a number of things that turn off potential renters and homebuyers off,...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords evict fewer tenants

The number of tenants evicted by private landlords has continued to fall, according to data from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). From...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Enfield Council plans to introduce landlord licensing scheme

Private landlords in Enfield may soon have to obtain new licences after the local council launched a consultation aimed at gaining...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are worried about the prospect of a Labour government

Hundreds of buy-to-let landlords have expressed concerns for the future of the buy-to-let industry if Labour comes into power.  Boris Johnson is...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords could lose £50bn under Labour’s ‘right to buy’ tenant plan

The Labour Party’s planned ‘right to buy’ policy could cost landlords almost £50bn, an average of £18,400 each, according to calculations...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fails in attempt to rent out bedrooms below national minimum size

An HMO landlord’s attempt to rent out bedrooms smaller than the national minimum size has been thwarted after his legal case...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Hounslow Council has u-turned on plans for a landlord licensing scheme

Hounslow Council has u-turned on plans to introduce a licensing scheme for landlords.  Plans for an additional licensing scheme for landlords were...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

HS2 spends more than £1.25bn buying property in London

More than £1.25bn has been spent acquiring property in London to make way for High Speed Rail 2 (HS2), according to...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Hackney Council takes legal action against HMO landlords

Following the introduction of new HMO licences in Hackney, east London, the local council has taken legal action against four landlords...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News