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It is now a good time to invest in buy-to-let - UK Property Finance

Buy-to-let remains a popular investment option for many investors, despite being the subject of major reform over the last three years. A...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Increase in demand for rental properties a bright spark amidst the ‘doom and gloom’

Demand for properties in the private rented sector has increased significantly providing a welcome boost for buy-to-let landlords.  Various reports show that...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Camden Council renew their additional landlord licensing scheme

Camden Council has approved the renewal of landlord licensing in the borough, extending the licensing to most Houses in Multiple Occupation...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

TML increases maximum LTV to 75% on BTL remortgage products

The Mortgage Lender (TML) has increased its loan-to-value (LTV) for capital raising landlords from 65% to 75% on all remortgage products. The...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market recovery could be short-lived, warn RICS

The UK housing market could see what first looks like a V-shaped recovery only for it to be quickly flattened out,...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

The rental market is on the road to recovery

There has been a solid recovery in the letting market in recent weeks, according to a new RICS survey.  Respondents noted a...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

A flawed plan: ‘Rent controls are complex to introduce and deeply controversial’

The recent decision to abolish The Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill demonstrates the difficulty of introducing lettings regulation amid ongoing uncertainty, while...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

West One introduces new limited edition BTL products

West One has launched two limited edition buy-to-let mortgage products, which both benefit from West One’s ‘no credit scoring’ approach, with...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

New partnership will not only help letting agents, ‘but landlords and renters too’

Some buy-to-let landlords stand to benefit from a new partnership between no-deposit solution provider flatfair and Homesearch, it has been claimed.  The...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ‘is not’ an inevitable outcome for tenants facing financial hardship

Concerns over a spike in evictions once the current ban is lifted are unfounded, according to the National Residential Landlords Association...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant loan scheme welcomed by the NRLA

A number of buy-to-let landlords are having to prepare for a potential spike in rent arrears after the latest data revealed...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL investors urged to pay attention to crucial safety obligations

With a number of property investors looking to take advantage of Rishi Sunak’s stamp duty holiday by expanding their portfolios, NICEIC...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Clydesdale increases BTL mortgage rates

Clydesdale Bank has increased a selection of its buy-to-let mortgage rates. The lender’s 75% loan-to-value (LTV)  two-year fix is now available at...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

LandInvest makes changes to range of BTL products

LandInvest has made a series of changes to its buy-to-let product range. The property finance platform has raised its maximum loan size...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords in Scotland have served 350 eviction notices since lockdown

Buy-to-let landlords in Scotland have been left with little alternative but to serve 350 eviction notices since the beginning of lockdown,...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Boost’ for landlords as new product adds on up to six week’s damage protection

Boost, a new product, has been launched by payment technology company flatfair.  The scheme provides landlords with up to six additional weeks of...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

There has been a ‘huge upsurge in buyers looking to purchase property’ at auction

No longer just a domain for investors, developers, and property dealers, the auction room is now the preferred option of buying...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Accord once again offering BTL mortgages for first-time landlords

Accord Buy To Let has announced that it is now offering buy-to-let mortgages to first-time landlords up to a maximum loan-to-value...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Top 10 property features to attract tenants in London

With the latest report from Zoopla showing that rents look set to drop to their lowest level in almost six years, landlords...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

TSB will no longer lend on buy-to-lets that do not meet minimum EPC standards

TSB will no longer lend on buy-to-let properties in England and Wales that do not meet minimum energy efficiency standards.  Buy-to-let landlords...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Scandal is leaving buyers, sellers and renters ‘out of pocket’ - claim

Residential properties in the capital are being wrongly valued due to outdated measurement techniques used to measure floor space, it has...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Post office withdraws buy-to-let products

The Post Office has announced that it has withdrawn a number of buy-to-let products.  The lender emailed brokers late last week to...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Weaker demand as the rental market in prime London remains subdued

Rental market activity in prime London markets has been lower than normal this summer due to uncertainty around the start of...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Foreign investors eye UK property ahead of stamp duty surcharge

A growing number of international property investors are expected to increase their presence in the UK buy-to-let market over the next...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Will you benefit from the Green Homes Grant?

As new details regarding the new Green Homes Grant emerge, landlords should hopefully be in a better position to assess whether...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Potential freehold disposals could present ‘golden opportunity’ for leaseholders

Potential reforms to the leasehold system could lead to a sharp rise in the number of freeholders looking to sell their...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Retail to residential conversions set to rise

The government’s decision to grant new housing applications in England “automatic” consent as part of planning reforms should lead to a...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Annual rent price growth rate slows

Average UK rents slowed in the second quarter of the year as the coronavirus pandemic took its toll. Zoopla’s latest quarterly Rental...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

A national register of rental homes would help stop ‘landlord tax dodging’

The government is being encouraged to consider introducing a national register of rental properties to improve tax compliance in the buy-to-let...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords urged to review ‘advertising material and vetting policies’

A specialist property litigation firm is warning buy-to-let landlords not to discriminate against benefit claimants, following a recent landmark ruling that...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

New rental protection service launched to ‘protect’ landlords

Portico has teamed up with Goodlord to offer a new rent protection service.  The Goodlord insurance policy is designed to allow Portico’s...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

New Green Homes Grant plans are ‘good news for landlords and tenants’

With just a few weeks remaining until the opening of the Green Homes Grant, the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) is...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords urged to consider property incorporation

Now is potentially a good time for buy-to-let landlords to become limited companies, according to accountancy firm MJ Bushell.  Property tax specialists...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Council targets rogue landlords

Buy-to-let landlords in Bury now face the prospect of major fines if they are caught providing tenants with unsafe and substandard...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

West One rejigs BTL offerings

West One Loans has made changes to its buy-to-let product criteria.  BTL products have had the maximum loan-to-value (LTV) permitted increased from...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Greater demand for new tenancies placing upward pressure on rents

Average rents across the UK increased by 1.5% in July when compared with a month earlier, the latest data and analysis...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Strong tenant demand for unfurnished properties

A majority of tenants are looking for unfurnished homes, new research shows.  Online property management platform Howsy analysed existing rental property listings...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage demand rises as investors return to the market

There was a surge in demand for buy-to-let property in July, according to the latest data released by mortgage technology provider,...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

NRLA joins forces with the Scottish Association of Landlords

Buy-to-let landlords who let properties in England, Wales and Scotland can now have joint membership of associations north and south of the...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord licensing scheme approved

Scarborough Council has approved the introduction of a compulsory selective licensing scheme in parts of Scarborough’s Weaponness and Ramshill ward.  The decision...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property investors head north for higher returns

A growing number of buy-to-let investors are heading north for better returns, according to Hamptons International. But while investor demand for property...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Staycation boost for short-term let landlords

A number of buy-to-let landlords have switched to short-term lets in recent years, as a consequence of skewed policy that favours...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Alternative online search platforms prove popular with agents

Given that online property portals, dominated by a handful of websites, are by far the most popular home search method, it...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

TMW withdraws 10-year fixed rate buy-to-let products

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has withdrawn its 10-year fixed rate buy-to-let products. The specialist buy-to-let arm of Nationwide Building Society has also...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

An increase in tenant demand puts upward pressure on rental values

Almost three in 10 letting agents saw landlords  increasing rent in June in response to high demand from prospective renters, new...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property viewings: BTL landlords urged to ‘up their game’

Clutter and mess are among the most off putting things when looking at a potential new home, according to new research.  A...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to be on guard against cannabis farms

Landlords are being reminded to remain attentive when viewing or inspecting rental homes in order to weed out tenants that may...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Accord expands BTL range and reduces rates

Accord Buy To Let is introducing 14 new mortgage products as part of a full range refresh to offer buy-to-let landlords...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord searches for letting agents increases by a fifth

Buy-to-let remains an attractive asset class with more property investors looking to take advantage of a notable increase in demand for...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

UK’s most profitable city to be an Airbnb landlord revealed

Renting out a property as a short-term let or holiday home has proved extremely profitable for some property investors, and a...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Prepare for a potential rent arrears spike: Experts’ best practice advice

Buy-to-let landlords are being urged to prepare for a spike in rent arrears ahead of changes to the furlough scheme this...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Keystone Property Finance launches standard and specialist BTL ranges

Keystone Property Finance has introduced a selection of ‘summer special’ mortgage products available for both its standard and specialist buy-to-let ranges. The...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

The government puts plans to scrap Section 21 on hold

The government has indicated that it will not scrap Section 21 evictions through the Renters' Reform Bill until at least 2021.  The...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Advice for BTL landlords: How to operate successfully during a recession

The coronavirus crisis has hit the UK's economic outlook, and many buy-to-let landlords are understandably worried about their post-lockdown rental property...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Are you familiar with the new Electrical Safety Standards?

Buy-to-let landlords in England must now ensure that electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new tenancies in...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Message to taxpayers: Don't pay later, pay now!

Buy-to-let landlords facing hardship as a consequence of the coronavirus crisis can defer their July tax payment on account, but taxpayers...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Barclays stops lending to portfolio landlords and increases rates

Barclays has withdrawn its product for portfolio landlords and hiked rates across a range of buy-to-let deals in a bid to...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ losses to hit £5.7bn by 2024 as rents look set to fall

Buy-to-let landlords face having to reduce rents by at least 5% over the next five years as a growing number of...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords remain optimistic but profitability falls

The government’s decision to temporarily increase the stamp duty threshold to £500,000 for property sales in England and Northern Ireland, until...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Post lockdown surge in demand for homes with a garden

Since the housing market reopened in May there has been a significant increase in demand for homes with a garden as...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Top tips to make your rental property more appealing

Imagine if you could make the properties that you are currently trying to let look larger, brighter, cleaner, warmer, more homely,...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

NRLA appoints new legal counsel

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has appointed a new legal counsel.  Housing lawyer and former Residential Landlords Association (RLA) policy director...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Six month notice for repossessions is a ‘hammer blow to landlords in Wales’

The Welsh government’s decision to force landlords to give tenants six months’ notice when repossessing their homes has not been well...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting market activity springs back into life

Activity levels in the rental market bounced back to pre-lockdown levels in June, as the reopening of the housing market released...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New platform allows landlords to promote their properties free of charge

A new website has been launched with a  view to helping landlords find quality tenants.  Using Tenancy Trust, landlords can invite reviews...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Council and police work together to crack down on rogue landlords

Ashfield District Council has joined forces with police officers in the Sutton area of Nottinghamshire to clampdown on unscrupulous landlords operating...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landbay launches new range of ‘special edition’ BTL products

Landbay has introduced a new range of ‘special edition’ buy-to-let mortgage products after agreeing a new funding partnership with Canada Square.  The...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Introduce capital gains tax on all homes and raise £421bn, urges think tank

The government is being urged to consider introducing a new capital gains tax on all residential properties in the UK to...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Council seeks government approval to renew landlord licensing scheme

Croydon Council has applied for government consent to renew the borough’s landlord licensing scheme that makes sure privately-let properties meet key...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans reduces buy-to-let rates

Foundation Home Loans has cut its  shorter-term buy-to-let mortgage products in response to greater demand from investors.  Two-year fixed rates within Foundation’s...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Council appeals to private landlords to help solve the housing crisis

West Lothian Council is appealing to buy-to-let landlords to provide private let accommodation as a means of accommodating those on the...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Multi-property landlords offered free online trial

A new online property management platform has been launched by Herddle.  The new service, which combines proprietary technology and traditional property management...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to protect renters from eviction

Thousands of renters face the prospect of losing their homes when the rental eviction ban lifts next month unless the government...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords will be among ‘most affected’ by tax change, says accountant

The government has unveiled plans for the completion of the rollout of the Making Tax Digital (MTD) programme, with the scheme...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental deposits now above average in five English regions

London has long been home to the highest rental deposits, but what other regions in England are seeing tenants pay above...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Sharp decline in demand for super prime homes in London

The super prime property market in London has suffered amid the coronavirus pandemic, new research shows.  In times of crisis, the prime...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New tenancies are now almost back to pre-pandemic levels

The number of new tenancies is almost back to pre-pandemic levels following a sharp decline in activity during the second quarter...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Barnsley will not allow their investments to go to pot

With a growing number of rental properties being targeted by gangs of cannabis cultivators looking to house their criminal activities, landlords...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord looks to add value to property despite local opposition

A buy-to-let landlord is looking to increase the rental value as well as the future sale price of a property in...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Have your say: Harrow Council plans to renew landlord licensing scheme

Buy-to-let landlords with a rental property in Harrow have just a few weeks left to have their say in a consultation...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Pepper Money relaunches BTL products

Pepper Money has reintroduced buy-to-let purchase mortgages for individual investors and limited companies. The lender has also announced that it will be...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords need to assess how green their properties are right ‘now’

With just over a month until the opening of the Green Homes Grant, buy-to-let landlords in England should be in a...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords are ‘planning for the future’ by remortgaging properties

There was a notable increase in buy-to-let remortgage business in the second quarter of the year, according to Paragon Bank.  The research...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Top rental yield areas for buy-to-let unveiled

Many property investors looking for high rental yields typically head north to places like Liverpool and Scotland, and for good reason,...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landbay increases max lending to help landlords ‘expand portfolios’

Landbay has responded to the growing demand for buy-to-let property by increasing its maximum loan sizes from £1m to £1.5m on...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

A quarter of renters have fallen behind on rent payments

There are growing concerns regarding the future ability of renters to pay on time, fresh research suggests.  A new survey of private...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New licensing scheme proposed to crack down on rogue landlords

A new licensing scheme designed to clampdown on unscrupulous landlords has been put forward for consideration by  Liverpool City Council. The new...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord loses appeal at High Court over extension

A buy-to-let landlord in Doncaster has lost an appeal at the High Court after he built an extension on a property...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

YBS launches new holiday BTL product

Yorkshire Building Society (YBS) Commercial Mortgages has introduced a new limited company buy-to-let product targeted specifically at holiday letting properties in...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords urged to invest in property sooner rather than later

Buy-to-let landlords are being urged to take advantage of the stamp duty tax savings announced in the chancellor’s summer statement by...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Thousands of vulnerable Londoners face ‘the threat of eviction’

The government’s decision not to remove the cap on Universal Credit for all claimants and increase housing benefit to cover local...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital gains tax review: BTL landlords must ‘feel unfairly targeted’

Rishi Sunak is being urged not to increase capital gains tax, as part of the government’s attempts to claw back the...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

UK holidays: Landlords should have ‘protection in place’ for short lets

Landlords thinking of letting property on a short-term let this summer are being urged to have the right insurance protection in...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Are your tenants about to switch to permanent home-working?

There are a growing number of companies planning to shut their offices, with a view to having all their staff work...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Chancellor refuses to confirm plans to increase capital gains tax

Rishi Sunak has distanced himself from reports that he is looking at increasing capital gains tax to help pay for the...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital gains tax review could lead to ‘a mass exodus’ from the BTL market

The chancellor’s decision to order a review of capital gains tax, signalling a future raid on second homeowners, including buy-to-let landlords,...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

A quarter of BTL landlords plan to add to portfolios

One in four buy-to-let landlords are planning to expand their portfolio this year, according to new research. With buy-to-let continuing to deliver...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Growth in prices ‘highlight the resilience of the UK rental market’

Private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK increased by 1.5% in the 12 months to June 2020, the latest...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Increasing capital gains tax would ‘have a detrimental impact on supply’

Increasing capital gains tax would almost certainly have an adverse impact on the private rented sector, according to NAEA Propertymark and...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Refusing DSS tenants is ‘not’ discrimination, say most landlords in poll

The practice of refusing to rent homes to those in receipt of housing benefit has been ruled unlawful this week, but...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Households could save £8,638 by end of 2020 if they maintain spending habits

The Covid-19 pandemic has left many people, including private renters, facing financial difficulty, leading to some concerns that there will be...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Average house price in the UK has almost trebled in the past 20 years

There has been a general softening in residential property prices across many parts of the UK in recent months, suggesting that...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

CSF and West One introduce new semi-exclusive BTL products

Crystal Specialist Finance (CSF) has teamed up with West One to launch a new range of buy-to-let semi-exclusive products with West...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Legal victory over 'No DSS' BTL landlords

Buy-to-let landlords must not discriminate against benefit claimants, a court has ruled.  A court case in York has ruled that blanket bans...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New service aims to reduce disputes over rent arrears

The Dispute Service (TDS) has launched a new service to help reduce tenant and landlord disputes over rent arrears.  TDS Resolution is...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL demand hit record high in June and July ‘has started strongly’

There has been a surge in demand for buy-to-let mortgage applications over the past few weeks, according to The Mortgage Lender...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Most pet-friendly UK postcodes revealed

Tenants who own at least one pet will often struggle to find pet-friendly accommodation, and yet despite efforts to encourage more...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rishi Sunak slammed for supposedly ‘helping people invest in BTL properties’

Labour has criticised the government’s decision to introduce a stamp duty holiday, claiming it offers a “huge bung” to those buying...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Many private tenants ‘terrified’ that the eviction ban is coming to an end

The government’s decision to not extend the ban on landlords evicting renters beyond 23 August is a major concern for many...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Private renters are ‘increasingly satisfied with their housing’

Buy-to-let landlords have been commended for improving conditions in the private rented sector.  The majority of landlords take their responsibilities to their...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £5,200

A buy-to-let landlord has been left with a £5,200 legal bill following a string of drug-dealing and possible exploitation offences linked...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Paragon confirms evidence of ‘strong and stable demand for buy-to-let’

Buy-to-let properties in the UK are currently in high demand and there appears to be plenty of room for further growth,...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove records busiest day ever as demand surges

The chancellor’s decision to temporarily cut stamp duty has led to a surge in property searches, according to Rightmove.  The property website...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday: How much could you save?

The government’s decision to temporarily increase the stamp duty threshold to £500,000 for property sales in England and Northern Ireland, until...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Plans submitted for a new BTR development in Leeds

A planning application has been submitted by DPP for a Build to Rent scheme at Flax Place in Leeds, on behalf...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords will benefit from £2bn home insulation scheme

The new £2bn grant scheme in England for projects such as insulation, unveiled yesterday by the chancellor Rishi Sunak as part...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords welcome stamp duty cut

Yesterday’s summer statement provided a much welcome boost for buy-to-let landlords who stand to benefit from the stamp duty holiday.  The levy...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday: Rightmove records a very busy day as housing demand spikes

Rightmove yesterday recorded a sharp rise in searches for property on its website as it was forced to deal with pent...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental values look set to ‘hold up well’ as tenant demand grows

Average rents achieved on tenancies in June dropped marginally compared to May, but remain higher on an annual basis, the latest...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rise in mortgage products ‘is a vote of confidence in the buy-to-let sector’

There has been a steady increase in the numbers of buy-to-let mortgage products since the start of May in a sign...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage market shows tentative signs of recovery

There are emerging signs of recovery in the buy-to-let mortgage market, following the major initial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic-induced lockdown,...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

London rents fall as supply increases

There has been a noticeable increase in the supply of letting properties, placing downward pressure on rental values, according to Knight...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord's kind gesture for his tenants goes viral on Twitter

A BTL landlord has proved to be a big social media hit after issuing his tenants with a bonus when returning...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Newcastle Intermediaries re-enters buy-to-let market

Newcastle Intermediaries has relaunched its buy-to-let offerings. The lender’s two-year fixed rate product offers a choice of fee-assisted deals at 75% loan-to-value...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

What will the government’s stamp duty holiday mean for BTL landlords?

The chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to announce tomorrow changes to the levels of stamp duty paid on properties in England, but...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to boost the safety net available to young renters

Industry leaders are calling on the government to provide urgent support for young people living in private rented housing.  As the chancellor...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents have dropped 10% in central London

Landlords in central London have been forced to reduce rents by an average of 10%, according to Chestertons. The letting agency says...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance for those renting a property

ARLA Propertymark has compiled some fresh advice and top tips for those starting to think about their living circumstances and renting...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Ipswich BS withdraws entire BTL range following high demand from applicants

Ipswich Building Society has withdrawn all its buy-to-let products, including expat BTL and holiday let mortgages, following a sharp rise in...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are ‘doing all they can to keep people in their homes’

Speculation that there will be a sharp increase in evictions once the existing evictions ban is lifted next month has been...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Many renters ‘are in danger of being evicted when the current ban lifts’ - claim

The number of private tenants in England who have fallen behind on rent has doubled during the coronavirus pandemic, according to...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New platform allows BTL landlords to market property directly online

PlanetRent, an automated letting platform, has been launched enabling landlords to market their property directly on Zoopla and Rightmove on a pay-as-you-go...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Initial cost of renting has increased by almost a quarter in some parts of England

The cost of renting in England since the tenant fee ban was introduced has increased by almost a quarter in some...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

SimplyBiz Mortgages adds Paragon to BTL panel

SimplyBiz Mortgages has added Paragon’s buy-to-let range to its mortgage panel.  The buy-to-let range includes support for SPV limited company lending, including...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New rent arrears guidance issued by leading housing organisations

A number of organisations from across the housing sector have teamed up to support landlords and tenants facing rent arrears as...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in London’s East End forced to pay more than £100,000

Unscrupulous landlords in the East End of London been ordered to pay more than £100,000 over the past 12 months for...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Foundation relaunches pre-lockdown buy-to-let offering

Foundation Home Loans has relaunched its buy-to-let product range to its pre-lockdown structure with the reintroduction of large loans, early remortgage,...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Utility provider out smart metering to landlords

Thousands of smart meters have been rolled out to landlords and agents by Glide, enabling its clients to future proof their...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Ban on tenant evictions will not be extended beyond next month

The government has confirmed that it will not extend the ban on landlords evicting renters beyond 23 August. Renters across England and Wales received greater...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Minister’s comments ‘provide greater certainty for the rental market’

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has welcomed confirmation from a government minister that the courts will begin to hear possession...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents rise as the market returns to pre-Covid activity levels

Pent-up demand during lockdown has translated into a rapid bounce-back in activity since the start of June, with new and completed...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords to face fines of up to £30,000 if they fail to comply with new regulations

New regulation introduced yesterday could see unscrupulous landlords fined up to £30,000 if they do not comply with the rules.  Under the...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

North West is home to fastest growing buy-to-let yields

The north of England once again provided the greatest jump in rental returns for buy-to-let landlords in the second quarter of...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Thousands of tenants face losing home when eviction ban ends - claim

Thousands of tenants who have struggled to pay rent during the coronavirus pandemic face the prospect of losing their home when...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

The NRLA slams Generation Rent for scaremongering tenants

Generation Rent has been criticised for claiming that homelessness could treble this year unless the government acts to help private renters. The...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Will the PM’s ‘Build, Build, Build' policy boost housebuilding?

Boris Johnson’s “Build Build Build” announcement yesterday was designed to help drag the UK economy out of what could prove to...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New electrical safety rules to ensure that private tenants are protected

New regulations that are designed to strengthen electrical safety practices and bring in line with those already well-established within gas safety regulations...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are remortgaging in order to build war chests

Buy-to-let landlords remortgaging are currently doing so with a view to adding to their buy-to-let portfolios, according to Mortgage for Business. The...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Slump in mortgage approvals will inevitably see people ‘renting for longer’

Mortgage approvals plummeted to an all-time low in May, leaving many would-be buyers with no alternative but to rent for longer.  The...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand from landlords has increased ‘sharply in the last month’

There has been a significant increase in demand for buy-to-let properties in recent weeks, according to Landbay.  It would appear, based on...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Free virtual event aims to clarify new regulations

New rules and how the Electrical Inspection Condition Reports (EICRs) requirements for rented homes in England are changing have sparked debate...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Swansea BS lowers rates on buy-to-let and holiday let mortgages

Swansea Building Society has cut rates across its buy-to-let and holiday let mortgage ranges.  Products now start from 4.25% to 3.55% variable...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Misery for tenants as cost of renting continues ‘to climb across the UK’

The average tenant in the UK is spending almost half of their monthly net income to cover the average cost of...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Taxpayers urged not to defer self assessment payment on account

Buy-to-let landlords suffering hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can defer their July tax payment on account, but taxpayers...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Kent Reliance introduces new buy-to-let tax guide

The buy-to-let market has been impacted by tax rule changes in recent years, and as a result landlords have been unable...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Family Building Society increases LTV and cuts rates

Family Building Society has introduced rate cuts across its buy-to-let mortgage range, as well as its owner occupier products.  Rates have been...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in rent arrears as eviction cases surge

Rent arrears have increased to more than £3m, with almost 2,500 eviction cases waiting to go through the courts, according to...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Over 70% of letting agents do not feel it is ‘safe to return to work’

The majority of letting agents think their working conditions are unsafe, according to a new survey.  More than 70% surveyed by the...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord forced to handback housing benefits

A buy-to-let landlord in Bristol has been forced to hand £1,569 back to the council for housing benefit payments he received. Charles...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Here is how to avoid unwarranted suspicion when applying for a mortgage

With fraudulent mortgage applications up by 5% in 2019, anti-money laundering service, SmartSearch, has compiled some key things to consider to...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Roma Finance introduces new holiday let product

Roma Finance has launched a holiday let and serviced accommodation five-year term base rate tracker mortgage product. The criteria offered by the...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Portico launches £1 letting service for private landlords

London-based estate agent Portico has digitalised its letting process, with the launch of a new online rental service for private landlords...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Britain’s fire safety regime is ‘a national disgrace and politicians are responsible’

Three years after the Grenfell fire, 257 tower blocks in Britain, housing about 56,000 people, are still to be made safe,...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £3,000 after harassing tenants

A buy-to-let landlord in Bristol has been ordered to repay more than £3,000 following investigations by the council’s Private Housing Rogue...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

The property industry has second lowest monthly furlough wage bill

The Real Estate sector has seen the number of workers furloughed hit 28%, with the monthly wage packet for these workers...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Accord withdraws BTL products and cuts rates

Accord has withdrawn 18 buy-to-let mortgage products, but has reduced rates by up to 16 basis points on selected buy-to-let deals that...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL rental yields remain broadly unchanged year-on-year

Buy-to-let rental yields have remained largely flat, increasing by just 0.1% over the past 12 months, according to Sourced Capital. The research...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

What will the market look like for student landlords in September?

Student property has long been one of the most lucrative investments available to landlords, with sky-high double-digit yields typically available in...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance to help landlords arrange accommodation check-outs

The Deposit Protection Service (DPS) has issued fresh guidance to help students and landlords in England and Wales arrange accommodation check-outs...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL webinar proves popular with brokers ‘more confident in dealing with landlords’

More than 1,000 brokers signed up for FIBA’s recent series of four exclusive live webinars conducted by Roger Morris of Precise...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

How much do landlords in London owe through mortgage borrowing?

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

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rise in demand for new build homes

Demand from consumers, including buy-to-let investors, for new build homes has increased over the past 12 months, new figures show.  Fresh applicant...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

How will landlords and health and safety have to adapt in a post Covid-19 world?

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic uncertainty has swept the globe and has cause a number of markets and industries...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

O’Neill Patient acquires Cavendish Legal Group

O’Neill Patient LLP has completed the acquisition of well established law firm, Cavendish Legal Group.  O’Neill Patient, which specialises in conveyancing services...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

How is the property market bouncing back?

There’s no question it’s been a tough start to the year, not just for individuals but also for businesses and specific...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Court ruling will be ‘a huge relief to private and social landlords’

The Court of Appeal’s decision to back landlords in the gas safety certificate challenge last week was an enormous relief to...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Many youngsters forced ‘to pay rent for unused flats’

Around 1.9 million people in this country are paying rent on accomodation they are not using, new research suggests,  The study by...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Ipswich withdraws BTL products following high demand from applicants

Ipswich Building Society has withdrawn its five-year standard buy-to-let and five-year expat buy-to-let fixed rate products to “slow the inflow of...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Landbay joins the Lender Exchange

Landbay has joined the Lender Exchange in order to have access to better conveyancing solicitors. Lender Exchange, owned by Decision First, is...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Court of Appeal sides with landlords in landmark case ruling

The Court of Appeal yesterday ruled that Section 21 notices issued by landlords are valid provided a gas safety certificate is...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

NRLA welcomes clarity on repossession notices

Yesterday’s Court of Appeal ruling in the case of Trecarrell House Limited v Rouncefield has provided landlords with much-needed clarity on...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Lawyer to host a masterclass on possession claims

A leading property litigation and housing lawyer will host a masterclass on possession claims today at 10am following yesterday's landmark case ruling.  David Smith,...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

The government’s attempt to remove cladding has been ‘too slow’

The government has been criticised by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) for taking far too long to remove all flammable cladding...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Under-estimation of Wales’ population set to lead to ‘increased housing need’

An error in the processing of cross-border flows between Wales and England has resulted in the under-estimation of Wales’ net population...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

ONS: Rental prices hit an all-time high

Rents have increased to their highest level on record, according to the latest price index from the Office of National Statistics...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Council urges investors to let out vacant Airbnb properties

Renting out a property as a short-term let or holiday home has proved extremely profitable for some property investors, and a...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Where is London’s most affordable commuter rental hotspot?

The best-connected rental hotspot in terms of the sheer number of stations and the affordable cost of renting has been identified...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Do you need to lower your tenancy deposit amounts?

The government has provided clarification on deposit cap requirements following the end of the transition period on 31 May. For tenancies in...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Paragon launches new online system for landlords

Paragon has launched a new online system for its landlord customers. The Landlord Portal enables landlords to access all their accounts in...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market sees strong bounce back in activity

Activity levels in the rental market have bounced back more quickly than other parts of the property market, with landlords and...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

What property type has the best yields?

New data from lettings management platform offers fresh insight into which property types produce the best yields for investors. The study found...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Unscrupulous landlord becomes second 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...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords who sold up last year made an average £78,100 profit

The average buy-to-let landlord made £78,100 profit upon selling their rental property in 2019, fresh data shows. Landlords selling up in London made...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

TML makes it ‘more cost effective for investors to submit multiple applications’

The Mortgage Lender (TML) has scrapped multiple application fees and cut its completion fee on portfolio applications to 1.2%, down from...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

The tenant eviction ban in England and Wales ‘is not without victims’

The government’s decision to extend the ban on evictions in England and Wales by a further two months has left victims...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

What impact will landmark case ruling have on future possession claims?

David Smith, renowned property litigation and housing lawyer, will host a masterclass on possession claims this Friday following a landmark case...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents on renewed tenancies in Great Britain fell 1.6% in May

There was a 1.6 % fall in rents on renewed tenancies across Great Britain in May, the third consecutive monthly drop,...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to widen coronavirus government support scheme

A House of Commons Treasury Committee is calling on ministers to plug gaps in government schemes designed to support people during...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Barclays refreshes BTL mortgage range

Barclays has made changes to some of its buy-to-let products to ensure its proposition is in line with existing market conditions. The...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Fresh data exposes ‘the threat that coronavirus poses to the rental market’

New research shows that renters are more vulnerable to economic shocks compared to homeowners.  Renters typically spend a higher proportion of their...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

NAPIT issues fresh electrical safety guidance for landlords and inspectors

The National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) has produced fresh guidance designed to help landlords and the electrical industry...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL borrowers 25% less likely to require a mortgage deferral

Buy-to-let borrowers are around 25% less likely to require a mortgage payment holiday than residential borrowers, new research shows. Foundation Home Loans analysed...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

HSBC re-enters buy-to-let market with new mortgage range

HSBC has started offering buy-to-let mortgages once again after clearing a backlog of physical property valuations across England and Scotland. The bank...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans increases LTVs and reduces rates

Foundation Home Loans has made a range of changes to its buy-to-let product range, which includes increases to loan-to-value (LTV) bands,...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

What will being a landlord look like after Covid-19?

Do you think Covid-19 been a stress test for the property sector? Have you made knee-jerk decisions? Have you been adversely...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Planning to defer your self assessment payment?

Are you facing cash flow difficulties? Buy-to-let landlords suffering hardship as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic can defer their July...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

London remains the most expensive city in Europe

Frustrated tenants struggling to afford to live in London can feel vindicated, as a new report shows that the cost of...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

UK economy plummeted 20.4% in April

The UK economy shrank by a record 20.4% in April as the coronavirus caused huge swaths of businesses to seize trading and the government...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Virtual property auctions continue to prove popular

Property auctions have proved increasingly popular and attracted a number of investors, including buy-to-let landlords, since the lockdown restrictions were eased,...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rebound in demand from tenants, while rental valuations hit a record high

Following a two-month pause, the rental market has seen a resurgence in tenant demand, while a record number of buy-to-let landlords...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Opportunistic property investors urged not to make ridiculous offers

There has been a general softening in residential property prices across many parts of the UK, according to some estate agents,...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are committed to improving energy efficiency but appeal for support

Buy-to-let landlords north of the border are urging the Scottish government to take into consideration the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants turn to Google to provide key information and advice

Private renters naturally have rights and responsibilities,  but it would appear that uncertainty presented by the outbreak of Covid-19 has left...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Paragon sees growth in specialist buy-to-let business

Paragon’s specialist portfolio buy-to-let lending grew during the first half of its financial year, the company has announced.  Specialist buy-to-let lending was...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

The share of buy-to-let mortgages hit 14% in Q1 2020

The share of gross mortgage lending for buy-to-let purposes during the first quarter of the year was 14%, thus supplying around...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Expert advice for newcomer landlords

With buy-to-let returns continuing to beat all other mainstream investments, including commercial property, UK government bonds and cash, while remaining a...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions ban extension will provide ‘relief to millions of tenants’

The Law Society England and Wales has welcomed the government’s decision to extend the ban on landlords evicting renters until 23...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Paragon sees significant growth in visits to buy-to-let intermediary portal

Paragon Bank has recorded a sharp rise in the number of buy-to-let mortgage intermediaries visiting its online intermediary portal following the...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Harrow Council consults on Edgware landlord licensing scheme

Harrow Council is looking to renew its landlord licensing scheme in Edgware, enabling tougher enforcement action on rogue landlords. It is consulting...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage products increase as signs suggest the market is ‘starting to recover’

Consumer choice of buy-to-let (BTL) mortgage products has increased significantly in recent weeks, the latest figures show.  The data, taken from the...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Key predictions for the PRS: leading expert’s must-watch market analysis

With the number of new tenancies currently being agreed at an historic low, there is evidence to suggest that there will...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords are accepting lower rental offers to avoid void periods

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords with empty homes are looking to avoid lengthy void periods and maximise profits in the...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

There is ‘strong and continuing demand from tenants’ north of the border

Buy-to-let landlords have been concerned by additional legislation in recent years in Scotland but strong demand from tenants continues.  The relatively limited...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Santander invites BTL mortgage borrowers to request a payment holiday

Santander has confirmed that extended payment solutions and stay on repossession activity will be available for all buy-to-let customers as well...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

What are renters currently looking for in their next home?

Half of renters currently in the market say lockdown has impacted what they are looking for in their next home.   A...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters will ‘feel more secure’ following extension of the tenant eviction ban

The government’s decision to extend the ban on landlords evicting renters will help to ensure that no-one will be evicted from...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are looking to support tenants wishing to ‘stay in their homes’

Speculation that there will be a spike in evictions once the existing evictions ban is lifted are wide of the mark,...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Leek United launches new BTL products

Leek United has launched new buy-to-let products for both non-homeowner and regulated deals.  There are four new products for buy-to-let purchasers, including...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Mixed picture as rents rise 2.7% in the last year, but down 0.9% month-on-month

Average rents across the UK increased by 2.7% in May when compared to the same month last year, according to the...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New data shows ‘buy-to-let started the year really strongly’

There was an increase in buy-to-let activity in the first three months of 2020, the latest mortgage lending data shows. According to...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental payment delays ‘are creeping up month-on-month’

There has been a notable increase in the number of rental properties now making late rent payments, according to a survey...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Accord Buy To Let relaunches product range at up to 80% LTV

Accord Buy To Let’s mortgage offering is now back to pre-coronavirus levels, with products available at up to 80% loan-to-value (LTV)...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New Ombudsman will enable TPO to ‘raise standards in the industry’

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has announced that Rebecca Marsh, the existing chief ombudsman at the Legal Ombudsman, will become the new...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour MP calls for extension to evictions ban

A Labour MP has called for the ban on evictions to be extended until later in the year, as renters fear...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental app reveals ‘a seismic shift in rental behaviour’

Outdoor space and bike storage are among some of the most important things that prospective renters are currently looking for when...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Best buy-to-let areas with the UK's highest rental yields

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

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

TMW launches one-year fixed rate BTL mortgage at 1%

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has launched a one-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage for existing customers.  The unusually short deal comes with a 2%...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New app aims to ‘modernise’ the rental process

A new app has been launched with a view to shaking up the traditional rental process driven system of renting.  The online...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

The rental sector is ‘keeping the whole property industry afloat’

The rental market looks set to recover faster than sales, with recent activity in the sector showing some glimmers of hope.  Goodlord’s...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market bounces back with 22% surge in demand

Demand for properties in the private rented sector is up by 22% compared to last year, according to Rightmove. The data from...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in rental arrears as 300,000 tenants fail to pay on time

More than 300,000 tenants failed to pay their rent on time last month, new research from Goodlord suggests.  The study by the...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Reforms to housing benefits ‘are needed urgently’

The government is being urged to increase housing benefits and remove the benefit cap to help support more tenants, especially in...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Slump in mortgage approvals ‘comes as no surprise’

Mortgage approvals slumped to the lowest on record in April as the UK spent the month in the coronavirus lockdown, the...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Guide for landlords: New electrical safety standards in the PRS

New electrical safety rules have been introduced to ensure that private tenants are protected.  New regulations, which were introduced yesterday, are designed to strengthen...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed: Premier rental yield league table

With Premier League football poised to return on 17 June after a three-month shutdown, Sourced Capital has decided to analyse average...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage searches drop to 18%

Buy-to-let is no longer the investment of choice for some people, new data suggests.  The buy-to-let share of all online mortgage searches...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Tribunal decides that a flat within a house is not a single dwelling

People who invest in a property that has an annexe and therefore believe they have acquired two properties and can claim stamp...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

The Mortgage Lender slashes fees on large buy-to-let loans

All buy-to-let loans above £500,000 are now offered by The Mortgage Lender with a reduced completion fee of 0.5%, and from...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

A careful reopening of the evictions process ‘needs to take place’

A number of buy-to-let landlords face financial hardship because of the coronavirus crisis, especially if the existing ban of tenant evictions...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must protect people ‘who have fallen into arrears’

With the Coronavirus crisis widely expected to lead to a rise in rent arrears as many tenants face financial hardship, Citizens...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists encourage more than 2,500 households to withhold rent

More than 2,500 households have agreed not to pay rent thanks to a campaign, launched by the London Renters Union (LRU), which...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

One in eight tenants struggling with payments

A survey of tenants suggests around one in eight private sector tenants have fallen behind with housing costs since the coronavirus...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Virgin Money relaunches BTL deals up to 80% LTV

Virgin Money has launched a wide range of new products, with lending up to 80% loan-to-value (LTV) available on buy-to-let cases.  Virgin...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

London rents drop by up to 15% amid the coronavirus crisis

Private landlords in London have been forced to drop rents by up to 15% following a significant increase in the number...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rising rent arrears ‘likely to mount’ as tenants face financial hardship

Many buy-to-let landlords are heavily exposed to young renters most at risk of losing their job, according to new research from...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists urge renters to tell landlords that ‘they can't, and won't, pay rent’

Activists are calling on tenants to withhold their payments to landlords, in an attempt to generalise a growing rent strike movement. The...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Digital tools can help ensure effective interactions with your tenants

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the property sector in unprecedented ways. The impact has been immediate and widespread – hitting everyone...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Investors continue to eye up property in Scotland

Although the existing coronavirus restrictions have not yet been eased in Scotland, this has not prevented demand rising from Scottish property buyers...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents encouraged to offer virtual viewings post-lockdown

As more people start to think about moving home as the coronavirus restrictions are eased, sales and letting agents are being...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb lays off 25% of workforce as virus lockdowns weigh

Airbnb has confirmed that it is laying off 25% of its workforce as the short-term lets platform joins a slew of firms...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Aldermore resumes physical BTL valuations

Aldermore Bank has resumed physical mortgage valuations on rental properties for buy-to-let purchase and remortgage in England. However, larger rental properties, including...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Investors favour property as ‘a safe asset’ but hold back on new deals

Almost half of UK-based investors see property as a safe and secure asset despite the existing Covid-19 pandemic, new research shows.  FJP Investment...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Strong, long-term fundamentals’ will underpin demand for student property

Student property will remain a very profitable asset class giving robust return despite the existing disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic,...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit: New online form allows landlords to apply for direct rent payment

A new form enabling landlords to claim for rent payments, from tenants in receipt of Universal Credit, to be paid directly...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Property group calls for urgent revamp to furlough scheme

Property trade associations, professional bodies and other parties have joined forces to call for urgent government action to help support the...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Challenger bank continues to support BTL landlords

Redwood Bank has increased its average loan to buy-to-let landlords by 68% over the past 12 months.  The Hertfordshire-based challenger bank has...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Student landlords threaten legal action over non-payment of rent

A number of landlords are threatening legal action against university students after many withheld rent to save cash during the lockdown.  Landlords...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

London council asks landlords to support tenants hit by coronavirus

With a number of tenants suffering financial hardship due to coronavirus, Wandsworth Council is among a number of councils in the...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Skipton refreshes BTL product range

Skipton Building Society has refreshed its buy-to-let and residential product range with reduced rates on selected products. The society’s buy-to-let two-year fixed...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Defer your Self Assessment payment on account due to Covid-19

Buy-to-let landlords suffering hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can defer their July tax payment on account.  Research shows that not...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to ‘help people meet their rent payments’

The government last week announced that homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage due to coronavirus will be able to extend their...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants turn to Google to provide relevant information and advice

Private renters naturally have rights and responsibilities,  but it would appear that uncertainty presented by the outbreak of Covid-19 has left...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

West One Loans relaunches BTL range

West One Loans has relaunched its buy-to-let range following the reintroduction of physical valuations.  The new mortgage deals, offered at up to...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New data shows 'the extent of the fall in property transactions'

Property transactions unsurprisingly slumped in April amid the lockdown restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak. The latest HMRC...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords support calls for ‘benefits to cover rents’

MPs on parliament’s Housing, Communities and Local Government have called for greater financial support to be provided to all tenants during...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Economic impact of Covid-19 could ‘trigger big price reductions’

Many landlords and letting agents are increasingly concerned about the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their tenants and property...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand for rental property increases by a third

Demand for rental property is up 33% compared to this time last year as market restrictions ease and renters plan for...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Barclays cut BTL rates by up to 0.1%

Barclays is cutting selected rates by up to 10 basis points on its fixed buy-to-let mortgage range with all products coming...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of landlords ‘are doing everything possible to support tenants’

Buy-to-let landlords are bending over backwards to support tenants struggling to pay their rent as a consequence of coronavirus, new research...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

UK house prices were on an upward trajectory before coronavirus hit

Residential property prices increased across the UK by an average of 2.1% in the year to March, up from 2% in...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

LendInvest revamps BTL product range

LendInvest has refreshed its buy-to-let product range with rates now starting from 2.99%.  The mortgage products, which are available up to 75%...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

West One Loans relaunches 70% BTL mortgage range

West One Loans has relaunched its buy-to-let range up to 70% loan-to-value (LTV) following the reintroduction of physical valuations.  The range is...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Indicators suggest the UK rental market ‘is set for a swift comeback’

Online visits and engagement by homebuyers and tenants in the UK has dropped 4.1% over the past six months as many...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Knight Frank sees online property enquiries hit a 12-month high

Further signs of greater activity in the housing market have come from Knight Frank. The company reports that the volume of online enquiries...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

How can landlords support older tenants during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Although all age groups are at risk of contracting Covid-19, older people face a significant risk of developing severe illness if...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

OSB increases BTL mortgage lending to 75% LTV

OneSavings Bank (OSB) has increased the loan-to-value (LTV) to 75% across their buy-to-let ranges available through Kent Reliance for Intermediaries, Precise...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market activity shows ‘green shoots’ of recovery

There has been a significant increase in the number of rental properties hitting the market after lockdown on the sector was...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Short-term accommodation sector urgently needs greater support - STAA

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devasting impact on the short-term let industry, with nearly all those short-letting their property seeing the...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Skipton returns to remortgage lending for international buy-to-let investors

Skipton International has returned to remortgage lending for overseas buyers looking to invest in the UK buy-to-let market.  Skipton International had recently...

19 May 2020

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Students march to demand greater help for tenants impacted by Covid-19 crisis

Students at the University of Bristol have taken part in a socially distant march demanding greater help for tenants adversely affected by...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords urged to take advantage of ‘bargains’ and add to portfolios

With the residential property market reopening for business, investor confidence in the sector is starting to improve with Mortgages for Business...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Online property searches return to pre-lockdown levels

Online property searches have surged back to normal levels with Rightmove recording the highest number of unique enquiries in one day...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents on renewed tenancies drop for second month in a row

Rents on renewed tenancies fell for the second consecutive month in April, the latest Hamptons International Lettings Index shows.  Last month, the average...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans unveils new buy-to-let products

Foundation Home Loans has returned to new lending with the creation and launch of a new set of buy-to-let and residential...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage arrears drop 6% year-on-year

There were 4,420 buy-to-let mortgages in arrears of 2.5% or more of the outstanding balance in the first quarter of 2020,...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental platform aims to reduce property viewing risk with video first strategy

The government’s decision to relax lockdown rules in England has allowed the residential property market to restart, with letting agents given...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

TDS to host a series of Covid-19 webinars

Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has launched a series of Covid-19 webinars to provide answers to tenancy deposit questions during the existing...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage technology expert to roll out Affordability Hub

Mortgage Brain has announced that it is rolling out its affordability-based sourcing solution Affordability Hub following a successful pilot. The three main...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New BTL products ‘offer landlords more choice’

Paragon has expanded its buy-to-let product offering by introducing a new range of 70% loan-to-value (LTV) two- and five-year fixed rate...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market back with a bang  after lockdown easing in England

Rightmove said visits to its website rose by 45% yesterday morning compared with a day earlier following the government’s decision to...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit: New system allows landlords to request direct rent payments

A new online system to allow rent payments, from tenants in receipt of Universal Credit, to be paid directly to private...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Ome launches new free to use Rental Wellbeing Helpline

A free rental helpline has been launched by rental deposit replacement scheme Ome.  The introduction of the Rental Wellbeing Helpline has been...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid-19: Tips for letting people into your home for viewings

Buy-to-let landlords hope that the housing market in England has embarked on a road to recovery after being given the green...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New digital property management platform goes live

A new digital property management platform from Apropos by DJ Alexander, which covers almost half of the UK, including Edinburgh, Manchester,...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Restarting the property market is ‘a catalyst for the broader economy’

Restarting the housing market could help kickstart the UK economy.  The government has relaxed lockdown rules from today to allow the UK...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Property viewings and moves will be allowed from today

Property moves and viewings will be able to resume again in England from today, under new rules announced by the government...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Unions demand that all rent payments are suspended immediately

Some of the UK’s largest tenants unions have joined forces to heap pressure on the government to suspend all rent immediately,...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Most landlords approached for help by their tenants ‘are responding positively’

The vast majority of landlords are supporting tenants needing help during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research shows.  A yet to be published...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Extension to furlough scheme could cost the government £70bn

The Chancellor’s decision to extend the existing furlough scheme until the end of October will prevent mass redundancies and help millions...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed: The pockets of the rental market registering the strongest yields

The current average UK rental yield has dropped slightly from 3.6% to 3.5%, according to the latest data from Howsy.  Despite the existing...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Many BTL landlords face financial ruin if eviction ban is extended

A number of buy-to-let landlords face financial hardship because of the coronavirus crisis, especially if the existing ban of tenant evictions...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid-19: New rent payment plan tool to ‘help landlords not get left behind’

A new rent payment plan tool has been launched for landlords and tenants to agree a rent payment plan for arrears...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Targeted relief must remain ‘for those who need it’

The government’s coronavirus job retention scheme is expected to be extended until September at a reduced rate of 60%  The furlough scheme,...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour unveils five-point plan to protect renters

Labour is calling on the government to unveil new measures to protect renters beyond June after the Bank of England warned...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Two-thirds of letting complaints supported by The Property Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) dealt with 2,518 letting complaints last year, according to the organisation’s 2019 annual report, which shows continued...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

The number of lost sales in London due to coronavirus is increasing

Four in five deals underway when the Covid-19 pandemic struck are still progressing, but transaction numbers in the week ending 2...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Virtual property auctions ‘are functioning well’ during lockdown - Auction House

Property auctions continue to prove popular and attract a number of investors, including buy-to-let landlords, despite the coronavirus crisis, according to...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Lendlord teams up with Property Tribes to offer portfolio management product

Lendlord has joined forces with Property Tribes to provide landlords with a comprehensive portfolio management product. Property Tribes will make Lendlord’s platform,...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Surge in online searches for properties in remote or coastal areas during lockdown

Online searches for properties in remote or coastal locations has increased sharply, according to Rightmove.  The property website analysed the areas people...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

House prices drop 0.6% as sales plummet during pandemic

The average UK house price dropped by 0.6% in April compared with the previous month as market activity ground to a...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents expelled from from TPO

Landlords should be aware that eight estate and letting agents have been expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme (TPO), which means...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Barclays expands buy-to-let mortgage range

Barclays has launched a range of new buy-to-let mortgage products.  The newly introduced deals include a buy-to-let remortgage range, including a two-year...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus lockdown: UK economy is losing £2.7bn a day

The UK economy is losing £2.7bn a day in absolute terms due to the existing lockdown, a new report has revealed.  According to UK Powerhouse...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are ‘taking advantage of remote valuations’

Now home sellers, including buy-to-let landlords, will soon be able to use smartphones, cameras or laptops to capture and share photographs...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

There is still a need for estate agents to be on the high street

Technology is now among the most important elements in building a successful business, and this has led to the sharp growth...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

TMW reintroduces tracker products and reminds landlords it is ‘open for business’

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has this morning made a number of changes to its buy-to-let mortgage range.  The specialist buy-to-let arm of...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid-19 crisis: New support for landlords whose tenants are struggling to pay rent

Landlords north of the border whose tenants are having difficulty paying rent during the coronavirus crisis can now apply for a...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Are you familiar with the Electrical Safety Standards being introduced in the PRS?

Buy-to-let landlords in England will soon need to ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new tenancies...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants asked to sign a ‘moral contract’ committing to repay rental arrears

A letting agency is asking tenants to sign a ‘moral contract’ to express their unconditional commitment to repay their rental arrears...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Council slammed for ignoring Covid-19 guidelines

Coventry Council has been accused of acting irresponsibly by introducing a licensing scheme for private rented housing earlier this week.  The council...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market update amid coronavirus pandemic

Rents have unsurprisingly dropped over the past month, while the dip in void periods has fluctuated across the UK, the latest...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Is the government planning to extend the ban on evictions?

There are growing concerns that buy-to-let landlords could be banned from evicting private tenants beyond next month due to the coronavirus...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Agents urged to offer virtual viewings post-lockdown

As more people start to think about moving home during the coronavirus pandemic, sales and letting agents are being urged to...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Kensington withdraws buy-to-let purchase products

Kensington Mortgages has withdrawn its buy-to-let purchase products during the Covid-19 outbreak.  Aside from withdrawing its buy-to-let purchase products, the specialist lender...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental stock shortage could see rents rise

A reduction in rental stock entering the market during the existing lockdown could result in higher rental costs for tenants, according to Ome.  The rental...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

NRLA slams Citizens Advice for ‘misleading’ report

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has criticised Citizens Advice for over-egging rental default levels due to coronavirus.  Research carried out by...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 2,500 homes available for NHS workers free of charge

There are now more than 2,500 homes available for NHS workers free of charge under the NHS Homes scheme launched by...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Remembering all the victims who have died

A leading estate agent is launching a campaign to get the UK to observe a minute’s silence for all coronavirus victims...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Paragon launches discounted SVR product

Paragon has introduced a new one-year buy-to-let discounted SVR product to support new and existing landlord customers through the coronavirus uncertainty. The...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to scrap stamp duty surcharge for landlords

The government should aim to stimulate housing market activity post-lockdown by abolishing the 3% stamp duty surcharge for buy-to-let landlords buying...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

London private rental prices showing the smallest increase since 2015

The increase in rental prices in London has slowed down to the level of 2015, new data shows.  Rental prices for London...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Santander relaunches a range of buy-to-let remortgage products

Santander has launched a range of buy-to-let remortgages with rates starting from 2.29%.  The 2.29% rate is available on a two-year fixed...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

The UK’s tax regime should be simplified to encourage inward investment

In an effort to get the UK economy open again, the UK’s tax regime should be simplified to encourage inward investment,...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

There is a ‘massive amount of pent-up demand’ in the rental market

The UK lockdown has been essential for containing the spread of coronavirus, but it is causing major disruption and distress, so when...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

DWP suspends Universal Credit rent arrears deductions

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that Universal Credit rent arrears deductions have been suspended amid the coronavirus...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit payments should ‘cover the full cost of rents’

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has criticised the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) after it announced yesterday that the...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Coventry for Intermediaries increases maximum LTV across its BTL range

Coventry for Intermediaries has increased its maximum loan-to-value (LTV) across its buy-to-let range to 75%.  The lender also has a selection of...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters should ‘know if their landlord has benefited from a mortgage holiday’

Landlords who have benefited from a mortgage holiday should pass this on to financially distressed tenants, according to Mary-Anne Bowring, group...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Average monthly rents remained broadly unchanged in Q1 2020

Average monthly rents across the country increased by just £2, or 0.26%, on Q4 2019 to hit an average of £775...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Late rental payments rise just 2% despite the lockdown

Many tenants have been laid off, furloughed, or have seen their incomes plummet because of the response to the coronavirus outbreak,...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Collaboration is the key to keeping properties damp and mould free

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 has been applicable to all tenants in England for just over a month,...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Updated tenant fees ban matrix for England and Wales published by TDS

Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has updated its Tenant Fees Matrix, initially introduced in 2019, with a view to simplifying the most...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property buyers put £82bn worth of purchases on hold due to Covid-19

A high number of buyers have postponed or pulled out of property deals as a result of the coronavirus outbreak fearing...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage searches ‘represent an ever-larger proportion of the market’

A growing number of investors are potentially preparing for what they believe could be a good opportunity to buy property at bargain...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Seven out of ten tenancies that were due to end in March were renewed

Some 70% tenancies that were due to end in March were renewed, the highest level recorded in any March since 2008...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New tenancy mediation service launched by the PRS

Property Redress Scheme (PRS) has launched a tenancy mediation service for residential and commercial landlords, or their appointed letting agent, and...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

David Cox of ARLA Propertymark to co-host Goodlord’s webinar tomorrow

ARLA Propertymark chief executive, David Cox, will co-host Goodlord’s second webinar tomorrow, as part of its series of sessions designed to...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Higher numbers than ever have renewed tenancy deals since the lockdown

The number of tenants renewing private tenancy agreements is rising, as people opt to stay put given the global uncertainty. The number...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Most lenders ‘have cut down the sorts of landlords that they will lend to’

While some lenders, such as HSBC, have stopped all buy-to-let activity during the Covid-19 outbreak due to limitations on physical valuations,...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Investors face potential legal action as they struggle to get out of off-plan deals

Thousands of property investors, including buy-to-let landlords adding to their portfolios, face potential legal disputes if they avoid completion of transactions,...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

England developed more homes last year ‘than at any time since financial crash’

Fresh figures show that there was a rise in the number of housebuilders completing new homes in England last year, helping to alleviate...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

A number of self-employed tenants likely to miss out on government support

The government has introduced a package of measures to protect renters affected by Covid-19, but that may not be enough to...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in demand for rental homes with garden space

Demand for rental homes with outdoor space has surged in recent weeks as a result of the existing coronavirus lockdown, according...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand for rental homes set to ‘grow over the course of the year'

Buy-to-let remains an attractive asset class, according to Mary-Anne Bowring, managing director of Ringley Group.  The latest figures from Zoopla reveal that there was...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Love to Rent and UKAA to host Build-to-Rent webinar next week

Love to Rent is teaming up with the UK Apartment Association (UKAA) to host a webinar focusing on Covid-19 and the...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

The Nottingham launches 65% LTV buy-to-let range

The Nottingham for Intermediaries has introduced a new range of fixed and discount mortgage products for buy-to-let landlords.  Issues in relation to...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental demand and stock levels drop sharply

Demand for rental properties and the supply of rental stock have dropped significantly year-on-year across the majority of UK cities and...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

NRLA welcomes call for package to support tenants hit by coronavirus

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) supports calls for a package of measures from the government to support tenants affected by...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Rental supply slumps amid lockdown

Unsurprisingly, there has been a sharp drop in the number of new rental listings, while the volume of properties let last...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants denied 20% rent reduction by billionaire landlord’s agency

More than 100 residents in east London have been refused a rent reduction by their letting agent.  Residents living at Tower Quay in...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Goodlord to host a series of webinars to support landlords from today

Goodlord will host a series of webinars designed to support landlords and letting agents navigate the existing coronavirus crisis, starting with a...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Three quarters of landlords contacted by tenants warning they will fail to pay rent

Three quarters of landlords warn that tenants will not be in a financial position to pay their rent if the coronavirus...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand starts to recover as more renters look at post-lockdown ‘moving options’

Rents continued to increase during the first quarter of the year, owed in part to a lack of supply and increasing...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Appeal against ruling on Right to Rent judicial review

The controversial Right to Rent scheme, which requires landlords in England to check the immigration status of their tenants, often leads...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Stop thieves targeting empty properties during lockdown with these top tips

Back in 1940, when this country was again fighting a ruthless enemy, albeit of a very different kind to now, Winston...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

HSBC withdraws BTL mortgage deals

HSBC has stopped all buy-to-let lending during the Covid-19 outbreak due to limitations on physical valuations. Research by Moneyfacts has found that...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Stage set for a rental market 'bounce back'

There has been a sharp rise in demand for rental homes as more people start planning for life after the existing...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to allow estate and letting agents to return to work ASAP

Estate and letting agents should be among the first industries to return to work as soon as the lockdown is relaxed,...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New Gas Tag feature now available for all landlords to use during the pandemic

All landlords and contractors can now access Gas Tag’s latest feature, designed to ensure that they are compliant during the Covid-19...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords warned against using mortgage payment holidays

Buy-to-let landlords are being warned not to use mortgage payment holidays unless absolutely necessary.  Chestertons, based in London, says that landlords should...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Accord Buy To Let introduces new products and cuts rates

Accord Buy To Let has expanded its remortgage product range by introducing 13 new products at 60%-65% loan-to-value (LTV) with two...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Validity of gas and electrical safety certificates should be extended - NRLA

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) is calling for a six month extension to the validity of all gas and electrical...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Student union asks landlords to give tenants a rent break

Landlords with student tenants in Northampton are being urged to acknowledge the financial hardship some students are facing and give them...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Southwark Council approves borough-wide licensing scheme

Southwark Council has given the go-ahead for the introduction of a new licensing scheme which could see landlords across the borough...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

OSB resume ‘business lending’  with new range of BTL products

The OneSavings Bank Group (OSB) has returned to lending with a range of new mortgage products.  The buy-to-let specific deals are available...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Government’s job retention scheme extended until end of June

The government has extended its wage-subsidy programme for workers until the end of June, which should help ensure many private tenants are...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Is there room for growth in rent prices once the lockdown is lifted?

With renters, landlords, buyers, and sellers being advised to delay their home moves if possible and not to allow new viewings,...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Around £4.5bn tied up in rental deposits

It is estimated that £4.5bn of cash is currently tied up in rental deposits, providing landlords with a degree of security...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Savills auction raises £18.4m after switching to remote-bidding-only sale

Some 69 lots were offered online by Savills with prospective buyers invited to place remote bids via the telephone, online or...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New portfolio and non-portfolio products launched by Paragon

A number of new buy-to-let deals for both portfolio and smaller scale landlords have been launched by Paragon.  The new products are...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to think ‘long and hard’ before requesting a mortgage holiday

One in nine mortgage holders in the UK has taken a so-called ‘payment holiday’ as their finances have been adversely affected...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market crash could be driven by the rental sector

Wage cuts and a surge in unemployment threaten to destabilize the housing market on an unprecedented scale, as the number of...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Majority of landlords and tenants ‘are concerned about rent payments’

Almost half of renters are currently worried about the impact Covid-19 could have on their living situation, while many landlords are...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants urged to work together during the Covid-19 crisis

The government has introduced a package of measures to protect renters affected by coronavirus. With these in force, no renter in...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords accuse ‘irresponsible’  council of ignoring Covid-19 guidelines

Coventry Council is acting irresponsibly by pressing ahead with plans to introduce a licensing scheme for private rented housing, according to...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to suspend rents during the Covid-19 pandemic

Renters’ unions are calling on the government to suspend rents for the duration of the coronavirus crisis after new research found...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Many tenants are struggling to pay rent, claims new poll

A number of tenants are now struggling to pay rent due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, according to new research.  Around...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

More than 1,300 BTL mortgage products withdrawn due to coronavirus

There has been a sharp decline in the number of buy-to-let mortgage products available due to the coronavirus crisis. Moneyfacts UK Mortgage...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Petition calling for ‘rent holiday’ to support tenants hits 100,000 signatures

The government is under mounting pressure to consider doing more to protect tenants from the threat of eviction during the coronavirus pandemic,...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters and coronavirus: Tenants given ‘a certain amount of respite’

These are tough times, and many people need help to cope, including those living in private rented accommodation.  The government has taken...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Four in 10 tenants will struggle to pay rent, research suggests

The government is currently protecting renters from eviction as a result of enacting the Coronavirus Act 2020, ensuring that anyone struggling...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Student landlords urged not to charge full rent next term

Student groups are urging landlords not to charge full rent on university accommodation left vacant by the coronavirus shutdown. Some universities have...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage payment calculator launched by MoneySuperMarket

MoneySuperMarket has joined forces with its joint venture partner Podium to launch a mortgage payment holiday calculator to help people, including...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Dynamo for Intermediaries joins forces with Habito

Dynamo for Intermediaries has gained exclusive access to Habito’s range of buy-to-let mortgage products, making it the first mortgage club to...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

HMRC suspend enquiries into taxpayers

HMRC are suspending enquiries into taxpayers and businesses that are under investigation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HMRC is writing...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb temporarily restricts bookings to key workers and ‘essential stays’

Airbnb has announced that it is temporarily restricting all booking across the UK to coronavirus key workers, such as NHS and social...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

More than 2,500 homes now available for NHS workers free of charge

There has been a significant increase in the number of companies pledging their support for NHS Homes, a scheme launched by...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property auction raises more than £29m after switching online

Amid all the uncertainty facing the world, some people are in the middle of buying property, and while some home hunters...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

TSB relaunches BTL products up to 75% LTV

TSB has reintroduced a number of mortgage deals, including products within its buy-to-let remortgage range up to 75% loan-to-value (LTV). At the...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property market to bounce back once restrictions are lifted

The UK housing market will bounce back once the current coronavirus crisis has passed.  This is according to Guy Gittins, who is...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

The Treasury stands to lose almost £5bn in stamp duty amid the coronavirus crisis

The Treasury looks set to suffer a near £5bn tax hit due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The Covid-19 outbreak has led to...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let tax relief changes for landlords

The new tax year got underway earlier this week, bringing with it a new set of rules. Since April 2017, the amount...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants struggling to pay rent urged to ‘seek help and advice’

Tenants who face financial difficulties because of the coronavirus pandemic are being urged not to ignore the problem and talk to,...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Are you aware of the new capital gains tax changes?

From this month, HMRC has enacted legislation requiring UK residents to submit capital gains tax (CGT) returns, as well as pay any...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New landlord instructions plummet as Covid-19 lockdown takes hold

The number of new landlords instructing letting agents has dropped sharply - and with worse to come thanks to the coronavirus...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property prices could fall by up to 20% due to coronavirus pandemic

House prices could fall by up to 20% this year in a worst case scenario for the economy, according to Jefferies. The...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Dwindling numbers of buy-to-let property purchases

There has been a significant drop in the proportion of annual sales to buy-to-let landlords as measured by Hamptons International.  The estate...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Knight Frank predicts 38% drop in residential property sales this year

Knight Frank forecast that residential property sales will fall by 38% this year, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Based on the assumption that...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

What a difference a year makes!

The weather is set to get warmer as we head into the Easter weekend, but people will not be making the...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

UK housing market could bounce back in Q4 2020

Housing market activity is on track for a drastic fall this summer, as significantly fewer homes change hands due to the...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords offered free tenant referencing service during COVID-19 pandemic

All buy-to-let landlords and letting agents are being offered a comprehensive tenant screening service absolutely free of charge by Canopy.   Available with...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage products drop by a third

Almost a third of all mortgage deals, including buy-to-let products, have been pulled from the market in response to the coronavirus...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

TML increases buy-to-let mortgage rates by 0.3%

The Mortgage Lender (TML) has increased rates across its buy-to-let mortgage range by 0.3%. Rates now start at 3.39% for 70% loan-to-value...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

COVID-19 ‘is not a green light to tenants everywhere to stop paying their rent’

The government is protecting renters from eviction as a result of enacting the Coronavirus Act 2020, ensuring that anyone struggling with...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Long-term fixed contracts will now ‘prove less attractive to tenants’

Whether a matter of choice or necessity, many private renters demand long-term security and the vast majority of private landlords are...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News