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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asking prices hit new record high: Rightmove

Prices of new property coming onto the market rose by 1% between 9 February and 7 March to push the national...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let tax clampdown has hit tenants ‘hardest’

The Government is failing to recognise clear warning signs that a rental crisis is on the horizon, the Residential Landlords Association...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Make renting ‘fairer’ by embracing tech-driven platforms, says flatfair CEO

The head of flatfair, a London-based fintech that lets landlords offer “deposit-free” renting to tenants, is urging more people to sign...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents in UK will rise for next five years, RICS predict

Rents across most of the UK look set to increase as rising demand from prospective tenants puts upward pressure on values,...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

The options set to reinvigorate the buy-to-let market

It’s no secret that the war on landlords has escalated heavily since 2016 and as we find ourselves in a new...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

A ‘50/50 gender split amongst buy-to-let investors’ is edging closer to reality

A growing number of women are investing in the buy-to-let market as an alternative to the failing of the pensions industry,...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant’s attempt to sue landlord for almost £14,000 is dismissed

A tenant’s appeal to recover £13,800 in rent and deposit from his landlord has been rejected by the Upper Tribunal for...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Number of landlords in the PRS drops to a seven-year low

The number of landlords in the private rental sector has fallen to a seven-year low, according to Hamptons International’s latest monthly...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New bill will make it harder ‘for landlords to reclaim possession of their property’

A new bill that could potentially make it harder for landlords to evict problem tenants swiftly and efficiently due to current...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents will rise for next five years, experts predict

Rents in prime London and its commuter belt are expected edge higher this year due to the widening supply-demand imbalance in...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit: What will change after 11pm tonight?

The UK formally leaves the European Union at 11pm tonight, at which point it will instantly enter into an 11-month transition...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Britain heading towards a rental crisis as BTL landlords switch to short-term lets

There has been a significant increase in the number of buy-to-let landlords who are considering converting their property to a short-term...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market set for a post-Brexit boost

The UK housing market has enjoyed a relatively strong start to 2020 after Boris Johnson’s general election victory ended Brexit uncertainty.  A...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

The proportion of income spent on rent drops despite increases in rental level

Despite increased rent prices, the proportion of income spent by tenants on rent decreased between 2016 and 2019, according to The Deposit...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Room for growth: rents are rising below the level of earnings, says Zoopla

Despite the widening supply-demand imbalance in the private rented sector, it is now generally more affordable to rent a property with...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New regulations to combat carbon monoxide poisoning

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

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental supply shortage set to push up rents

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

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Fewer landlords are letting to tenants in receipt of housing benefit

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

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Government to end Local Housing Allowance rate freeze

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

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Have you sent your tenants Christmas cards this year?

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

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent who conned landlords told to repay just £850

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

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

One in 10 homes let by non-UK based landlords

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

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent arrears ‘are lower under direct payments to landlords’

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

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The cheapest and most expensive cities for homebuyers revealed

Zoopla’s UK Cities House Price Index for July 2019, which focuses on trends in housing affordability as measured by the ratio...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord may need to convert flats into houses after failing to gain consent

A landlord who converted a house in north London into flats without consent could face legal action. Javad Aghababazadeh was given permission...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords ripped off by rogue agent

A managing agent who defrauded buy-to-let landlords out of £16,500 over an 18-month period will face a Proceeds of Crime Act...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

August is the most popular time to move home

Whether you are looking to rent out your property or sell, it is worth noting that August is the most popular...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Company landlords now own almost 650,000 rental properties

Some 12% of properties in the private rented sector are now owned by a company as tax changes make private landlords...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Dishonest tenant jailed after being exposed by landlord

An unscrupulous tenant who forged a statement to back up a county court claim against her landlord has been jailed for...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Around 33,000 properties are potentially being let illegally

It is estimated that around 33,000 properties across the UK may be unwittingly let illegally, according to research. A recent study exploring...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords look set to influence the future of the Right to Rent scheme

Private landlords will have a major say in a court case considering the future of the government’s Right to Rent scheme. The...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Minimum 12-month contracts set to be introduced in Wales by default

New rules could effectively see the introduction of 12-month minimum tenancy contracts as standard in Wales. Welsh housing minister Julie James AM...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay almost £39k for putting tenants’ lives at risk

A private landlord who put the lives of his tenants at risk has been ordered to pay a £20,000 fine and...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

No end to increasing demand for rented homes

Demand for rented homes looks set to increase in the coming years as new data suggests that many people who do...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tory leadership candidates urged to scrap controversial Right to Rent scheme

The two candidates for Conservative leader are being urged to make a public commitment to abolishing the controversial Right to Rent...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in the number of people with additional properties

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

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Petition calls for Sadiq Khan to ban holiday let adverts in London

More than 8,300 Londoners have called on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to ban adverts ‘encouraging’ landlords to abandon long-term tenants for...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Hostmaker defends adverts that encourage short-term lettings

Controversial short-lets managing agents Hostmaker has defended its latest advertising campaign after once again sparking outrage among some industry professionals for...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants left in limbo as agency suddenly shuts owing thousands

An estate agency in the West Midlands has shut down leaving clients demanding their cash. Landlords and tenants who dealt with the...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage lending drops 9.1%

Buy-to-let mortgage activity remained sluggish in March with landlord investors taking out just 5,000 new buy-to-let home purchase mortgages, down 9.1%...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Welsh Renting Homes (Fees etc.) Bill receives Royal Assent

The ban on fees charged by landlords and letting agents in Wales will be introduced in September, after it received Royal...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips for first-time landlords

We all know that investing in a buy-to-let (BTL) property is a huge responsibility, but for those of you who are...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to ‘stimulate’ rental home supply with ‘pro-growth taxation’

The UK is facing a private rented housing crisis unless the government takes rapid action to stop landlords selling up, according...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord sees market share grow but it remains a ‘testing market for landlords’

There is no two ways about it, the buy-to-let market has become much more challenging for property investors of late for...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit and the Right to Rent for EU nationals

Few people familiar with the UK property market would dispute the fact that the Right to Rent scheme has been deeply...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay £1.1m after converting flats into ‘cramped bedsits’

A buy-to-let landlord who converted a flat in London Bridge into ‘cramped bedsits’ without planning consent has been ordered to pay...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA welcomes launch of new APPG looking into short-term lets

A new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has been launched with a view to looking into short-term lets. The new group, which...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Greedy’ landlords punished for their ‘total negligence’

A husband and wife have been issued with fines, penalties and costs totalling more than £8,000 after showing a complete disregard...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents in London hit record high as number of homes continues to decline

Average asking rents in London rose to an all-time high of £2,091 a month in the first quarter of the year...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New research predicts that ‘worse is yet to come’ for private landlords

Returns for private landlords have dropped in recent years, while strong returns have instead come from investing in corporate residential landlords, according...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Slow growth in rents leads to ‘modest improvement in rental affordability’

Weak rental growth has resulted in improved affordability for renters across many parts of the country, including London, while rents in...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Cost of renting a single room in Kensington increases 23% in five years

The soaring cost of renting property in prime central London has once again come under the spotlight following WikiLeaks founder Julian...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Growing number of BTL landlords shun London’s property market after tax hikes

There has been a sharp decline in the number of buy-to-let landlords investing in the capital’s property market since the 3%...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fees ban in Wales is now inevitable

The ban on fees charged by landlords and letting agents in Wales will be introduced in September, subject to it receiving...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Ultra-low emission zone aims to reduce poor air quality

Around 2 million Londoners, including many renters, live in areas which exceed legal limits for air pollution, fresh figures show. The data...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Roma launches five-year buy-to-let deal

Roma Finance has announced the launch of a new five-year buy-to-let let product, targeted at landlords who seek flexibility, allowing them...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

THE UK’S HIDDEN PROPERTY INVESTMENT HOTSPOTS

Recent years have seen a shift in buyer activity across the UK’s property market, with London’s much publicised decline in popularity...

05 April 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Scottish landlords now face higher tax bills then their English counterparts

Buy-to-let landlords in Scotland will face higher tax bills than their English counterparts from today, according to leading accountants and business...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage costs remain broadly unchanged

The cost of taking out a buy-to-let mortgage remains at an historic low, according to the latest analysis from Mortgage Brain. Despite...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban set to be introduced in Wales

Landlords and letting agents will soon be banned from charging fees to private rental tenants in Wales after a Bill banning...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Iain Duncan Smith criticises former chancellor’s housing polices

Former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith has criticised policies of former Conservative chancellor George Osborne with regard to housing. Speaking at...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Plans approved for major Build to Rent scheme in Brighton

Legal & General has been granted planning permission to develop the Longley Industrial Estate into Brighton’s first Build to Rent (BTR)...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

The most expensive landlord licence costs 21 times more than the cheapest

Landlord licensing schemes are being introduced across England, while they are mandatory in Scotland and Wales, as local authorities attempt to...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords who have tax to pay urged to come forward ‘sooner rather than later’

HMRC’s Let Property Campaign, which provides an opportunity for landlords to come forward and report undeclared rental income and expenditure to...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Home Office to review Right to Rent checks following High Court ruling

The Home Office has announced that it plans to reassess its Right to Rent scheme that requires landlords in England to...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

More than 2,000 Build to Rent homes set to be delivered in Bristol by 2021

When property experts gathered at the Bristol office of Colliers International in June 2016 to discuss Bristol’s potential for Build to...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to abolish controversial Right to Rent policy

The government faces growing pressure to scrap Right to Rent, which forces landlords to undertake immigration checks on prospective tenants, after the...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips for renting out your property

ARLA Propertymark has compiled some top tips aimed at novice landlords that some experienced buy-to-let landlords may also find useful. Peter Savage,...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Birmingham and Manchester benefit from Brexit blues

Despite Brexit, homebuyers, including buy-to-let investors, in the north of England are showing much more confidence than those in the south. Since...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Britain’s noisiest neighbourhoods unveiled

As an income investment, buy-to-let continues to look attractive, especially compared to low savings rates and stock market swings, but when...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental decline showing signs of bottoming out in prime London: Savills

Rental values in prime London has started to see some slowdown in decline as initial signs of a bottoming out have...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Overseas buyers exploit weak pound to acquire property in London

Overseas investors snapped up more than half of all properties for sale in prime London in the second half of 2018...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords ‘illegally’ letting energy inefficient homes

Tens of thousands of landlords across the UK could be unwittingly renting out property illegally because they have should have an...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Amount tenants spend on rent falls for first time in a decade

Tenants spent £1.9bn less in rent in 2018 compared with a year earlier, marking the first annual decline in more than...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Cost of renting in the private sector falls

The proportion of income spent by private tenants on rents in England has continued to fall, according to an official report...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Private landlords and letting agents need to stick together

The so-called housing charity, Shelter, targeted Ludlow Thompson a few months back, asking its supporters to block the letting agent’s telephone...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Vida Homeloans cuts BTL rates to offer ‘greater flexibility and choice’

Vida Homeloans has reduced rates across its buy-to-let range by up to 0.5%, with the lowest two-year fixed rate now starting...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agents jailed for conning landlords and tenants

Three rogue directors of a letting agency in London who conned at least landlords and tenants out of more than £105,000 were...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Mayor of London to develop ‘rent control’ proposals

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan is developing rent control proposals as part of his 2020 re-election bid in the hope...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

What would a no-deal Brexit mean for the UK’s landlords?

Life just doesn’t get any easier for Theresa May. No sooner had her Brexit withdrawal plan been rejected by a record-breaking...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Barnet Council plans to introduce tougher licensing controls

Barnet Council is planning to introduce a stricter licensing scheme designed to clampdown on rogue landlords across the borough in north...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents in London hit an all-time high as supply plummets

Asking rents in London rose to a record high in December, with market conditions in the capital improving to levels not...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

2019 preview – what landlords need to look out for this year

With a new year now upon us, it’s time to look forward to what might happen (and what is definitely happening)...

15 January 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Universal Credit to be taken from claimants and paid directly to landlords

The government has announced a new online system that will pay private landlords of those on Universal Credit directly. It is hoped...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords in London are already worse off because of Brexit

MPs will finally hold their vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal tomorrow, with just over two months to go before the...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property management firm fined £5k for non-compliance

Property management company Titlecroft Limited has been fined £5,000 for failing to join a government-approved property redress scheme, which is a...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in number of middle-age renters

There has been a 15% rise in the number of people renting a home aged 35-54 in the last three years as...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

LetCo acquired by LSL Property Services

Buy-to-let landlords with properties in Hampshire and Sussex, may be keen to learn that local lettings and property management specialist, LetCo,...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord family ordered to pay £250k under Proceeds of Crime Act

A family of slum landlords who crammed 31 people into a suburban four-bedroom house has been ordered to pay back almost...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let investors ripped off by unscrupulous developers

Six directors have been banned for a total of 54 years after misleading more than 300 investors who collectively invested at...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise 7.5% over the next three years

UK rents are expected to increase by 7.5% over the next three years, as the supply of rental accommodation dwindles while...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit theft total exceeds £1.3m so far this year

The recent conviction of former letting agent Heather Crabb for illegally pocketing £260,000 from renters in Plymouth has contributed significantly to...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords give preference to white people with British passports, court told

A number of buy-to-let landlords are discriminating against prospective tenants based on their nationality and ethnicity due to the impact that...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news for landlords in NI as less than 1% of tenancies end with deposit dispute

Less than 1% of private tenancies in Northern Ireland ended in a dispute over the deposit in the 12 months to...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

High Court review of Right to Rent policy begins today

A Judicial Review of the government’s controversial Right to Rent policy, which forces landlords to undertake immigration checks on prospective tenants, will...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Have you sent a Christmas card to your tenant yet?

BTL landlords should take note of the fact that the festive postal deadline is rapidly approaching, with Thursday 20th December the...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Sluggish rent rises and higher taxes deter overseas buy-to-let investors

The proportion of let properties in the UK owned by overseas landlords is at its lowest in almost a decade, new...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Steep decline’ in rental market activity

There has been sharp slowdown in rental market activity as we draw closer to the festive period, the latest data from...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Growing number of tenants turning to letting agents to find a place to live

There has been a notable increase in the number of renters turning to lettings agents to find a new property, research...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips for first-time landlords

Letting a home can be an intimidating task if you’re doing it for the first time. You may have deliberately entered...

06 December 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Landlords boosted by rising demand from tenants amid ‘uncertain times’

There has been a sharp rise in demand from people looking to rent property amid political and economic uncertainty, according to...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords earned £34bn in rental income last year

Private landlords across the UK collectively earned £33.8bn from their buy-to-let investments in the year from 5 April 2017 to 2018,...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants will be relied upon to help enforce letting fees ban

Trading standards will almost certainly need help from consumers to help police the ban on letting fees, according to PayProp. As part...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

It’s ‘not all doom and gloom’ for the BTL sector, but where are the yield hotspots?

Buy-to-let landlords who have adopted a high yielding investment strategy may be interested in new analysis of the BTL market that...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

A ban on letting fees will have a ‘significant impact’ on the PRS in Wales

Landlords and letting agents could be banned from charging fees to private rental tenants in Wales under plans for a new...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord who ignored Improvement Notices is ordered to pay almost £3,000

Reading Borough Council has won a case against a buy-to-let landlord who allowed his tenants to live in unsafe conditions, despite...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant Fees Bill reaches the committee stage in the House of Lords today

Tenant Fees Bill that will ban most charges set by landlords and letting agents to tenants in England will continue its...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Successive tax increases on residential property are ‘ill-conceived and ineffective’

As the Chancellor prepares for today’s Autumn Budget, more residential taxes are widely mooted to be introduced, according to various experts. The...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Lenders need to keep an eye on BTL landlords with tenants on Universal Credit

Almost two-thirds of private landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit have had problems with non-payment and arrears, according to the latest...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Almost a third of renters saw rents increase in September

Some 31% of private tenants saw their rent payments rise last month, up from 27% in September 2017 and 24% in...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents facing first full year of negative growth since the global financial crisis

The UK rental market remained in recession during the third quarter of 2018, the latest figures from The Deposit Protection Service...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Growth in London’s luxury market slows sharply amid uncertainty

Growth in demand for super-prime properties in prime central London has slowed significantly, fresh data shows. According to Knight Frank, the number...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp decline in buy-to-let purchases since 2015

Buy-to-let investors spent £12.1bn on new buy-to-let purchases during the first half of 2018, down 30% on three years ago, fresh...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers in the driver’s seat as buy-to-let property sales fade

The price of small properties across many parts of the country has dropped largely because landlord purchases are down, offering fresh...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in rent arrears involving tenants on Universal Credit

Universal Credit was described by one national newspaper as an ‘ill-conceived shambles’ over the weekend, after former prime ministers Gordon Brown...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ban on letting fees moves a step closer

The next stage of the Tenants’ Fees Bill through Parliament will be a Second Reading in the House of Lords this...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Middlesborough Council to extend licensing scheme to additional ward

Middlesborough Council is hoping to clampdown on unscrupulous landlords operating in the Newport ward, particularly in and around the Gresham area,...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Chancellor urged to use Autumn Budget to ‘encourage’ investment in the PRS

Philip Hammond is being urged to use his Autumn Budget, which will take place on 29 October, to support investment in...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

TSB reduces buy-to-let rates by up to 0.3%

TSB has cut rates on selected two-, three- and five-year fixed rate buy-to-let purchase and remortgage products. Two-year fixed rates between 60%...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £5k for failing to improve condition of BTL property

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined £5,000 for letting a property with a number of hazards that could have endangered the...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending continues to fall as landlords back out of market

Tax and regulation changes continue to have an adverse impact on the buy-to-let market, with the value of mortgages taken out...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords ‘have no place in the market’, says RLA

Councils must do more to root out unscrupulous landlords that give the sector a bad name, according to the Residential Landlords...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents record biggest month-on-month rise in over two years

Rents have had their biggest monthly increase for 28 months, led by gains in the East Midlands, according to the latest...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More than £1,000 of rent recovered from rogue landlord in landmark case

An unscrupulous landlord who forced a tenant to live in appalling conditions has been ordered to repay more than £1,000 in...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £10k for illegally evicting tenant

A private tenant was shocked when he returned home to find the locks to his rental property had been changed and...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Housebuilders looking to profit from Generation Rent

Property developers are looking to profit from the growing number of private renters by investing further in purpose-built rental accommodation. The Build...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let market to remain subdued until 2021

The buy-to-let market is expected to remain subdued for the next three years mired by tax changes and tougher mortgage lending...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord incentivises needed to ‘stop rents from spiralling out of control’

The government must start to provide financial incentives for buy-to-let landlords prepared to offer longer tenancies or risk seeing rents soar,...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenancy overhaul in Scotland is starting to ‘unnerve investors’

Buy-to-let landlords are leaving the private rented sector north of the border in their droves as a direct result of Scottish...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Higher taxes deter overseas based buy-to-let investors

The proportion of let properties in the UK that are owned by overseas landlords has dropped dramatically, according to new figures. The...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Chancellor plans another “tax attack” on buy-to-let landlords

Buy-to-let landlords could face another stamp duty rate hike in the Autumn Budget to further curb the acquisition of second homes. The...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Cheshire East Council sets out on rogue landlord crackdown

Cheshire East Council has pledged to clampdown on rogue landlords who allow tenants to live in poor housing standards within the...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let hotspots revealed

Luton and Colchester have been named among the best places for buy-to-let investors in the existing market, based on rental yields. The...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Best places to invest based on capital growth

When it comes to investing in property, it pays to know about the latest property hotspots and up-and-coming areas, not just...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Most private tenants are happy with their homes

The vast majority of private sector tenants are satisfied with their housing, the English Housing Survey report for 2016/17 has found. The...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

London rents rise for the first time since December 2016

Rents in London grew by 0.1% in the 12 months to June 2018, the first annual rental rise in the city...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Strong support for petition calling for BTL tax relief changes to be reversed

An online petition calling for buy-to-let tax relief changes to be reversed has received almost 16,500 signatures. Buy-to-let landlord and property investment...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents in prime central London rise for the first time in two and a half years

Rents in London’s prime property market have moved into positive territory for the first time since January 2016, increasing by 0.8%...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to offer tax incentives to ‘support and encourage’ landlords

As a private landlord you have a crucial role in providing a much needed housing option for people and so why...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Lenders will be forced to push up mortgage rates because of higher costs

Banks will almost certainly be forced to raise mortgage rates as cheap money provided by a closed Bank of England scheme...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

London council extends licensing scheme to five additional wards

One of the most active councils in London when it comes to prosecuting rogue landlords and letting agents has now extended...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for overcrowded property

A buy-to-let landlord has been reprimanded for housing too many people in a rented property in Peterborough Raashid Alyas, of Mayors Walk...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Allsop defy political uncertainty, but BTL investors remain cautious

Allsop’s latest residential auction in London raised more than £67m, with a success rate of 75%, but buy-to-let investors in the...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord prosecuted for council tax fraud

A buy-to-let landlord who owns 30 properties in York and Leeds has been handed a fine of more than £1,000 and...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government responds to petition demanding tax changes for landlords

The government has responded to a petition calling on the reintroduction of full mortgage interest relief and the scrapping of the...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Changes to landlords’ tax rules needed to boost supply of new homes to rent

With the number of homes coming up to let in short supply, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling on the...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agents in Burnley praised for providing tenants with ‘top class service’

Two leading letting agents in Burnley have become the latest to be recognised for their professional approach to looking after their...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a letting agent worth the investment?

As a property professional working in the lettings market, I feel that the moves to stamp out poor landlord practice and...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord guilty of treating vulnerable tenants as ‘slaves’

A buy-to-let landlord has been found guilty of exploiting six vulnerable tenants by bullying them into working for him without pay. Hargit...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let activity is ‘alive and kicking’

The buy-to-let market in London and the South East has seen stronger levels of activity since the start of the year...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban will hit tenants hardest, says ARLA Propertymark

The ban on letting fees charged by landlords and letting agents is on its way, along with new rules on deposits,...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in Airbnb listings in London

London now has significantly more Airbnb listings than ever before, with a growing number of buy-to-let landlords turning to the holiday letting...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for forcing tenants to live in ‘uninhabitable and unsafe conditions’

A buy-to-let landlord in Nottinghamshire has been ordered to pay almost £6,500 after failing to comply with an improvement relating to...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Number of houses sold for less than asking price hit record high in March

It currently looks like a potentially good time for buy-to-let landlords to expand their property portfolios, amid an overall cooling in...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rise in demand for buy-to-let mortgages

There has been a sharp rise in demand for buy-to-let mortgages after a number of two-year fixed deals came to end. A...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Average UK rents fall for first time in six years

Average UK rents have fallen for the first time in six years, fresh data shows. The slowdown in the rental sector reflects...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord remortgaging activity for home improvements hits record high

The number of landlords remortgaging in order to raise funds to improve their properties has reached an all-time high, new figures...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rise in UK landlords shows there is still an appetite for buy-to-let

Over the past year, the government has introduced 3% Stamp Duty levy, new stress tests for portfolio landlords and started to...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Modest increase in rental prices in first quarter of 2018

The buy-to-let market continues to see a marginal rise in residential rental prices, and this trend appears to be fuelled by...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp increase in English landlords renting out properties in Scotland

The number of English landlords renting out properties in Scotland has quadrupled since 2012, thanks to cheaper property prices north of...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

There are still ‘attractive yields to be had’ in the BTL sector

Demand for property in the private rental market is showing no signs of slowing down, and this is placing upward pressure...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

New banning orders will ensure tenants live in ‘safe and good quality’ homes

Unscrupulous landlords who rent out substandard properties face being driven out of the private rented sector as new banning orders are...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords remain confident about BTL, study finds

Almost two-fifths of landlords are feeling positive about the future of the rental market, and are thinking about buying more properties...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Secret database of rogue landlords and agents deemed ‘pointless’

ARLA Propertymark has slammed the new database of rogue landlords and letting agents, which will come into effect from tomorrow, as...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Number of rental properties continues to fall

The number of homes available to rent in the UK dropped in February to a 21 month low which letting agents...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Hackney sees fastest growth in home rents over past decade

Hackney in east London has recorded the fastest growth in rents on a typical two-bedroom home over the past decade, according...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed suspended sentences for harassment and illegal eviction

A pair of private landlords from Sheffield who harassed and illegal evicted their tenant have been handed suspended prison sentences. Mark Cashin...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposit cap risks leaving landlords out of pocket at the end of the tenancy

Plans to cap the security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents at no more than six weeks...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords continue to quit the Scottish rental market

An increasing number of buy-to-let landlords are likely to exit Scotland’s private rented sector or reduce the size of their property...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Council urged to get tough on Airbnb-style rentals

A north London council is being encouraged to take a tough stance on reported Airbnb and equivalent style rentals in an...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Is now the best time to invest in Birmingham property?

In recent times, Birmingham has widely been considered as one of the very best places to invest in, throughout the whole...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords plan to sell up as buy-to-let crackdown bites

A growing number of private landlords are planning to exit the buy-to-let market, prompting fears that rents will rise sharply as the...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Five-year BTL mortgage interest rates fall to record lows

The average five-year fixed rate has fallen to a joint record-low of 3.43%, a rate last seen in October 2017, according...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp fall in rental stock coming onto the market

There was a significant decline in rental stock coming on to the market in the final quarter of 2017, placing greater...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool have become global investment hotspots

The Northern Powerhouse cities of Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool have been identified as global property investment hotspots. According to the research from...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Prime central London lettings market bottoming out

Average rents in the prime central London (PCL) residential lettings market fell 2.1% in the year to February 2018, the same...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Council to get tough on rogue landlords

Rotherham Council wants to do more to protect private tenants by using tougher new laws to clamp down on rogue landlords. Local...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords to face remortgaging issues

Many buy-to-let landlords with two-year fixed deals that are about to come to an end are likely to face difficulties in...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

The PRS is increasingly relied upon to house young adults

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

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords to face remortgaging difficulties

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

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting market activity bounces back after Christmas lull

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

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in super prime tenancies agreed in London

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

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government approves new selective licensing schemes

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

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL lenders see margins squeezed

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

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay £7,400 after failing to obtain a license to rent out a property in...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in serious mortgage arrears

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

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Prime London housing market report – rents rise in Q4 2017

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

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property remains a ‘popular investment choice’

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

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Greater demand for retirement rentals

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

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Fake landlord sentenced to six years in prison

An unscrupulous individual pretending to be a private landlord in order to scam more than £10,000 from unsuspecting tenants before going...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Did you miss the tax return deadline?

The 31st January deadline to submit your self-assessment tax return for the year ended 5 April 2017 has come and gone, but almost...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

What should landlords be aware of going into 2018?

The buy-to-let property market is currently experiencing a wave of reforms, with the government looking to alter the way in which...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

What’s the true cost of holding an empty property?

According to official figures, more than 200,000 homes in England were empty for at least six months during 2016. In London,...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Investors eye ‘real estate opportunities’ rather than new assets

Fresh research into how investors are planning to manage their financial strategy in 2018 shows that more than half - 53%...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Last minute self assessment tax return tips

With the 31 January deadline for the 2016/17 self assessment tax returns almost upon us, Blick Rothenberg offers some last minute...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental stock hits all-time high

The number of properties letting agents managed in December reached a record-high, according to ARLA Propertymark’s December Private Rented Sector (PRS) report. The 200 properties...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL investors buying property at auction were ‘cautiously optimistic’ last year

Auctions are a great way to acquire property competitively, with a wide range of great investment deals often going under the...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage tax relief cut doesn’t add up for BTL landlords

The phasing out of mortgage interest relief from last April will soon start to make it harder for buy-to-let landlords to make...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £29k for putting tenants’ lives ‘at risk’

Dangerous electrical mains installation, ‘defective’ sanitary fitments in both the bathroom and kitchen, and a ‘lack of automatic fire detection’, were among...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

East of England sees fastest growth in rents

The average rent in England and Wales hit £850 a month in December, up 2.2% year-on-year, led by gains in the...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental price inflation picks up in December, HomeLet says

Annual rental price growth in the UK edged up in December, HomeLet said on Tuesday. The latest HomeLet Rental Index reveals that...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Arthur Jones: Business Development Manager at Glide

Who are you?   Arthur Jones, I’m Glide’s London Business Development Manager. I joined Glide in November 2016 to head up London. My...

18 January 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Proportion of homes acquired by landlords at 9-year low, says Countrywide

The proportion of homes bought by a landlord fell to a nine-year low of just 12.5% last year, as higher taxes...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

West Suffolk councils approve new powers to combat rogue landlords

West Suffolk councils have agreed to clamp down on dodgy landlords by adopting new powers to tackle them, following a joint...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents increase across the UK but at their lowest level since 2014

The average asking rent across the UK, excluding London, increased by 0.7% in 2017, which is the lowest rate of growth...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Self Assessment tax returns: Help and support for landlords

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

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

2017 was a ‘tough year’ for landlords but there is still ‘appetite’ for BTL

The phasing out of mortgage interest relief and tougher mortgage lending conditions contributed to what was a rather difficult 2017 for...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit theft total hits £926k in 2017

Rogue letting agents were reportedly convicted of stealing just over £926,000 worth of tenancy deposits in 2017, fresh analysis from deposit-free...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Ticking time bomb of interest-only mortgages

Many interest-only mortgage borrowers, including a significant proportion of buy-to-let landlords, have no plan in place to repay the capital when...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Top rental searches unveiled by Rightmove

As 2017 draws to a close, Rightmove has released fresh data, based on searches by prospective tenants browsing its website, revealing...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents fell in real terms in 2017 - HomeLet

Annual rental price growth in the UK slowed to just 0.7% in November, down from 0.9% a month earlier, HomeLet’s latest...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

UK letting market enjoys ‘robust’ boost, claims Agency Express

There has been a significant improvement in the letting market, according to board company Agency Express. The number of new rental property...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Marginal decline in rents as 2017 draws to a close

There was a symbolic decline in UK rents last month, new figures show. The average UK rent dropped by 0.01% in November, and...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Renting in retirement is rapidly becoming a ‘lifestyle choice’

There has been a sharp rise in the number of people wanting to step off the property ladder and rent in...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay over £5k for putting tenants at risk

A private landlord in Northampton has been fined £3,300 and ordered to pay the council’s £1,890.26 legal costs along with a...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage rates are ‘shooting upwards’

The average two-year tracker buy-to-let mortgage rate has increased by 0.2% over the past month, following the Bank of England base...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

LSL launches new exclusive BTL deals with Leeds BS

LSL Group has launched two new five-year fixed rate buy-to-let products with Leeds Building Society The products, with rates of 2.94% and...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Database of rogue landlords and agents to be introduced in April

It has been confirmed that a database of rogue landlords and letting agents as well as new banning orders will be...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords adapting to controversial tax changes

But-to-let landlords are adapting to ongoing restrictions to tax relief on buy-to-let mortgage interest, with almost half of all landlords having...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Scottish rental market continues to outperform the rest of the UK

Rental price growth north of the border continued to outstrip the rest of the UK with an annual rise of 2.5%...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental supply falls in October as letting agents predict price rises

The supply of rental properties fell by 3.7% during October when compared to the previous month, according to fresh data from...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental price growth slows as market starts to feel a chill

The average rent in England and Wales hit £845 a month in October, up 2.4% year-on-year, which is down from 4.8%...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Philip Hammond urged to scrap stamp duty

The Chancellor Philip Hammond should scrap stamp duty because it would encourage more buy-to-let landlords to invest in the private rented...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

More than 450 landlords attend show in London

Over 450 buy-to-let landlords and property investors attended the Olympia Conference Centre in London last week where they were able to...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Cash buyers make up record 65% of buy-to-let purchasers

The proportion of landlords acquiring properties in cash has reached an all-time high of 65%, according to fresh data from Countrywide. The...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords face compulsory ombudsman scheme

In order to solve tenant disputes, landlords will soon be required to register with a redress scheme, helping to improve operating...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Annual price growth slows as rents hit an affordability ceiling

Annual rental price growth in the UK slowed to just 0.9% in October, which was less than half the 2.1% increase...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New powers will make it ‘quicker and easier’ to tackle rogue landlords

Hefty fines could soon be issued to rogue landlords in Bradford without being taken to court, under plans due to be...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Free landlord investment show takes place in London today

Buy-to-let landlords and property enthusiasts will descend on the Olympia Conference Centre in London today where they will be able to...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Legislation and technology is giving more power to tenants

As the letting fees ban looms ahead, it is clear that however it plays out we are seeing more and more...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Interest rate rise could push up the cost of renting

The Bank of England’s decision to increase interest rates yesterday could lead to rents rising across the country as some landlords...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Strong and stable market means ‘things are looking up for Scottish landlords’

Returns achieved by landlords in Scotland remain highly competitive when compared to other asset classes, the latest figures show. The average monthly...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Increasing rents putting pressure on tenants

More than a quarter of letting agents saw a rise in rents last month, raising concerns about tenant affordability. Some 27% of...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Four landlords fined £232,000 for failing to licence properties

Four landlords in Lincolnshire have been ordered to pay a collective fine of £232,155.68 for failing to comply with licensing regulations. The...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New rules for landlords in Wales – have your say

The Welsh government is currently seeking views on proposed regulations, made under section 94 of the act, for determining if a...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in Dagenham fined almost £80,000

A pair of landlords in Dagenham have been slapped with a hefty fine for renting out two illegally converted flats over...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage lending remains flat

Mortgage lending to buy-to-let investors remained largely unchanged in August despite an overall increase in residential mortgage lending, according to the...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Horton and Garton: Committed to charity and the community

At Horton and Garton, our message to West London is simple: we want to make a difference. Not just to the...

12 October 2017

From: Sponsored Content

New HMO changes good for tenants, and landlords too

Local authorities now have greater powers to control properties rented out in their areas, thanks to changes in the mandatory HMO...

12 October 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Tax and affordability test changes prompt landlords to set up structures

A growing number of landlords are turning to corporate structures in an effort to reduce tax liability and avoid stringent new...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Supply-demand imbalance likely to tip PCL market ‘in the favour of landlords’

There are growing signs of recovery in the prime central London buy-to-let market as rental values dipped by just 0.1% in...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-letting agent jailed for burgling rental properties

A former north London letting agent who stole thousands of pounds worth of cash and belongings from rental homes by tricking...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

UK slips down EU buy-to-let league table

The UK has dropped into the bottom five European buy-to-let markets for investors as UK yields plummet, according to the latest...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Monthly boost for rental property supply

The number of new rental property listings increased by 2.4% during August compared to the same month a year ago, the...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

A growing number of tenants are ‘stuck in a never ending rental trap’

The scare tactics adopted by the government to keep Britain in the EU ahead of last year’s Brexit referendum saw the...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Universal credit is leading ‘many more tenants into rent arrears’

More than a third of private landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit have said that they are now in rent arrears,...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Complaints against letting agents soar

With more sales and letting agent branches than ever before now signed up to redress schemes, partly because it has been...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord pleads guilty to harassing tenants

A buy-to-let landlord pleaded guilty to two charges relating to the harassment of his tenants during a short hearing at Sheffield...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips every landlord should consider when investing in student property

A number of buy-to-let landlords are turning their attention to student housing, which is regarded by many property investors as a...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

‘Landlord tax’ raises £2bn from buy-to-let investors

The Treasury has so far pocketed around £2bn as a result of the 3% stamp duty surcharge on additional homes, including...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL tax changes push ‘amateur landlords out of the market’

The steady levels of mortgage activity seen through the first half of the year continued into July, with gross mortgage lending...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

A growing number of BTL landlords turn to short term holiday let market

More than 130,000 homes have potentially been taken out of the long term private rented sector as more buy-to-let landlords list...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Top 5 tips holiday home landlords should take to ensure a fruitful summer

With the number of Brits enjoying a staycation this summer expected to be almost a quarter (23.8%) higher than in 2016,...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords first to be fined under new licensing scheme

Four landlords in Peterborough have become the first to have been fined for not holding a licence under a new city...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Families and professionals ‘most likely to experience rent rises’

Rents are likely to rise in the third quarter of year as fewer rental homes come on to the market because...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants and landlords make up bulk of complaints to redress scheme

Tenants and landlords accounted for over 85% of complaints made to The Property Redress Scheme (The PRS) in 2016.  The organisation's annual...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Shortage of homes continuing to drive up rents

Rents look set to increase further in the coming months, as the supply-demand imbalance continues to grow. With landlords facing increasing pressure...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord given suspended sentence for endangering tenants with illegal gas work

A buy-to-let landlord in Ilfracombe, a seaside resort on the North Devon coast, has been given a suspended prison sentence for...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents bounce back in July but London weak – HomeLet

UK rental prices returned to growth in July, the first rise recorded for three months, according to the latest HomeLet Rental...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Renting becomes cheaper than buying, particularly in the South East

  For many years, rent has been called “dead money” and young people have been urged to “get on the housing ladder”...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Calum Brannan, CEO of No Agent

Q: What is No Agent?   No Agent is a complete property management service. We have combined the experience of property experts with...

02 August 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Housing shortage drives up rents

A chronic shortage of properties continues to drive rental prices upwards across the country, according to the Association of Residential Letting...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lending increases for all borrowers, including BTL investors

Mortgage lending rose for all borrowers, including buy-to-let landlords, in May, although there is a possibility that the drop in lending...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let tax u-turn needed to ensure PRS ‘continues to perform well’

Given that Britain will soon have one of the toughest tax regimes for private landlords in the western world once mortgage...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let tax crackdown based on ‘false assumptions’

Thousands of private landlords could be unfairly pushed in to a higher tax bracket following the introduction of new taxation rules...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in number of older tenants

There has been a significant increase in the number of people renting homes when they retire over the past decade, according...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants feel the heat as rents rise

More than a quarter of letting agents saw private rents rise in May despite an increase in the supply of rental...

03 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental prices in Scotland ‘ticked down’ in May

The rental market in Scotland slowed in the run-up to the general election last month, with rental prices falling across many...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

New accounting services launched to help landlords

Landbay announced yesterday that it is to launch an accounting, reporting and tax compliance service to help landlords with their tax...

27 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Fewer EU nationals renting property in the UK, flatshare data suggests

There has been a sharp decline in the number of in EU nationals looking to move to the UK following the...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental market in prime central London on the road to recovery

The rental market in prime central London is showing signs of improvement, as reflected by the latest data from Knight Frank...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Where can landlords find the best mix of affordability and rental return?

Fresh research using a combination of house prices, salaries and rental prices suggest that Stoke-on-Trent is the best destination to invest...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Holiday homes could earn you six times more income than a buy-to-let

Holiday home landlords who own property in sought-after locations in the UK can earn up to almost six times the average...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords sought for post-election panel debate

Buy-to-let landlords from across the UK are being invited to join a post-election panel debate on the afternoon of Thursday 13...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting activity buoyant in super prime Home Counties

Changes to taxation and greater flexibility from landlords means activity in the super prime rental market across the Home Counties is...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax reforms continue to deter buy-to-let landlords

The number of mortgages approved for buy-to-let acquisitions fell in April, according to the latest figures, which suggest that many landlords...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

New government needs to focus on attracting BTL landlords

The new Tory-led government is being urged to reverse punitive tax policies affecting private landlords in order to increase much needed...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent – what landlords need to know

Steve Wood, Wales and West chairman of the Council of the Certificated Enforcement Agents Association, offers a guide to the 'Right...

10 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Number of rental homes coming on to the market drops sharply

The number of properties coming on to the private rental market continues to fall, driving up rents across many parts of...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

UK rents fall for the first time since 2009

UK rental prices fell for the first time in eight years in May, according to the latest HomeLet Rental Index. The figures...

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL investment case remains compelling for those ‘who adapt’ to market changes

Having long provided mega double-digit returns for investors, investment in buy-to-let has outperformed all major asset classes in recent years. But...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Rise in number of landlords using letting agents may not be sustainable

The recent increase in the proportion of landlords who use a letting agent to help manage their property will naturally be...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Living in London wins new awards at The Wharf Property Awards 2017

Living in London is thrilled to announce it has won the New Starter award and been ‘Highly Commended’ in the Office...

01 June 2017

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How to reference check potential tenants

As a landlord, you should know exactly who a potential tenant is before you hand over the keys to your property...

01 June 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Sharp rise in the number of first time buy-to-let investors

There has been a significant increase in the number of people investing in the buy-to-let sector for the first time over...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords fork out over £500,000 in fines due to council’s ‘zero-tolerance’ approach

Landlords renting out properties in the London borough of Brent have been ordered to pay fines totalling more than £500,000 over...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Supply of rental homes in London falls by a third

The number of rental homes available in London dropped sharply in April, while only increasing marginally across the rest of the...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords ‘finally waking up’ to mortgage interest relief change, says NLA

A growing number of private landlords are ‘finally waking up’ to the fact they could be pushed in to a higher...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

More than 150 tenants evicted in Hull

More private landlords are needed to house the high number of tenants being thrown out of social housing in Hull, new...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharp decline in BTL valuations due to ‘government’s anti-landlord policies’

There has been a significant fall in buy-to-let valuation activity, according to forecasts by Connells Survey & Valuation. The proportion of buy-to-let...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

650 reasons not to worry about student intake from the EU in 2017

You may have noticed a renewed flurry of post-referendum pessimism in early February as UCAS published its January 2017 deadline application...

17 May 2017

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Government threatened with legal action over landlord immigration checks

The government is facing a legal challenge over its controversial Right to Rent scheme, which effectively forces buy-to-let landlords to act...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

A well-served BTL market is needed to ‘support’ those unable to buy property

Despite the fact that UK house prices are continuing to slow, with yesterday’s figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS)...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords adopting a ‘more strategic’ approach to investing in London

Recent tax changes mean that investing in buy-to-let property will no longer deliver the returns it once did for many landlords,...

15 May 2017

From: Breaking News

A high number of tenants happy to rent long-term

While the majority of private renters have the ambition to eventually own their own home, almost a quarter of existing renters...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let rates start to rise

Following a first quarter defined by successive rate cut, buy-to-let fixed rates increased last month across two, three and five-year terms,...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents in London fell for the first time since 2009 in April

Rents in London have recorded their first annual drop for eight years, according to the latest HomeLet Rental Index. In April, the...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

North East sees almost 6,300 rogue landlord complaints in three years

Close to 6,300 private renters in the North East of England lodged formal complaints to their local council about their landlord between...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips to help you sell your property this Spring

First it was the change in Stamp duty and Landlord Taxation taking a large chunk of Investors out of the buying...

02 May 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Where are rents rising fastest in England and Wales?

Across the whole of England and Wales the average rent in the PRS stood at £800 in March, up £2 compared...

28 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental prices increase across Scotland

The rental market in Scotland continues to flourish, with all regions north of the border seeing rents rise in March compared...

28 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Alex Lubinsky, CEO of Rentberry

Recently I caught up with the Alex Lubinsky CEO of Rentberry, the app that allows a tenant to place a bid...

25 April 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

60 second interview with Michelle Niziol

What does it say on your business card? Michelle Niziol, managing director, IMS Independent Lettings Solutions Limited. Who are IMS Independent Lettings Solutions...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents rising ‘significantly below’ the general rate of inflation

Rental price growth in the UK remains sluggish, the latest HomeLet Rental Index shows. The annual rate of rental price inflation reached...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Momentum improves but outlook for the letting market remains unpredictable

There was a significant increase in both the number of new listings and properties let last month, but the rental market...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

One in five rental properties now owned by companies - Countrywide

The proportion of homes let through a limited company reached an all-time high of 20% in the first quarter of the...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant forgets to collect £5,250 deposit

A tenant forgot to claim back a deposit of £5,250 and eventually only did so after being tracked down by staff...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

​What’s better for funding retirement, pensions or property?

The debate between property or pensions has been discussed for many years, with the changes to mortgage interest and finance costs...

11 April 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Best buy-to-let mortgages: rates at a record low

Looking for a buy-to-let mortgage? There are some excellent deals available – provided you know where to look. The number of buy-to-let...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords optimistic as they plan for tax changes

Optimism among landlords has improved modestly over the past 12 months and suggests confidence is returning to the market following a...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental values slow as supply increases

Rent asking prices so far in 2017 have slowed to their lowest level since the final quarter of 2014, following a...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental price growth cools after stamp duty hike on BTL homes

The pace of UK rental growth has more than halved since the end of March 2016, slowing consistently since the introduction...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Significantly more landlords using limited companies to beat BTL tax changes

There has been a sharp rise in the number of landlords using limited companies to manage their buy-to-let portfolios as a...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Where can landlords achieve the best rental yields?

Buy-to-let returns continued to outperform many major asset classes in the second half of last year, with landlords earning an average...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental demand in Scotland falls as EU migrants leave

The rental market north of the border remains strong, but demand fell across all regions, especially in areas with high numbers...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Cleaning is the main cause for deposit disputes between landlords and tenants

The most common cause of a tenancy deposit dispute in the private rented property sector is cleaning, while disputes over rent...

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Living In London Celebrates 15 Years in SE16

Living in London has been busy painting the town pink in the lead up to its 15th Anniversary, and it’s finally...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Wales sees rents rise faster than anywhere else in the UK

Rents across in England and Wales rose in all but two of the eight regions analysed in the year to February...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Forever renters: young people increasingly giving up on home ownership

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

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental market slows in February as supply crunch continues

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

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Can you afford to ignore the Affordable Warmth Scheme?

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

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

BM Solutions unveils lower buy-to-let stress rates

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

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let enquiries soared in Q4 2016

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

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents fall for the first time in six years

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

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Strong start to the year for Scottish rental market

The rental market north of the border has seen a strong start to the year with the average property in Scotland...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime rents in London to stay flat until 2018

Rental prices continued to fall across prime central London during the fourth quarter of last year, but values are expected to...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Is this the north of England’s next buy-to-let hotspot?

The north of England, supported in part by the Northern Powerhouse concept, has already attracted a lot of investment, particularly from...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents rise below inflation amid concerns about tenants’ ability to pay

Rental price inflation is now running below general inflation as measured by the consumer price index, as a growing number of buy-to-let...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Demand for buy-to-let ‘has never been so low’

The number of people investing in the buy-to-let sector is falling at an alarming rate, while many existing landlords are selling...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

A higher number of landlords seek to bypass buy-to-let tax changes

The buy-to-let boom of recent years has fed the stereotype that Brits are obsessed with property. Ever since Margaret Thatcher declared...

28 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents fall in London

London rents fell in the final quarter of last year, according to the latest Foxtons letting report. The fall was triggered by...

28 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing shortage set to drive up rents

Rental prices look set to increase in the coming months on the back of a growing supply-demand imbalance, the latest Private...

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents are increasing fastest in the East of England

The rental market across England and Wales has enjoyed a strong start to the year, with rents rising in all but...

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Why buy-to-let is still going strong

Over the past two years we have seen a drastic shake up in the buy-to-let sector. Starting with rental tax changes announced...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Demand for Sharia-compliant finance continues to grow

Demand for UK property from Sharia-conscious investors continued to soar last month, fresh figures show. Al Rayan Bank, the wholly Sharia-compliant retail...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

What opportunities and challenges lie ahead for BTL landlords this year?

We all know that buy-to-let investors face a challenging time, but what are the key issues affecting landlords? Karen Bennett looks...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Robust start to the year for rental market

The UK rental market has enjoyed a strong start to the year, according to the latest data from Agency Express. The letting...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent causing landlords to discriminate against foreign students

Many landlords are being left with little alternative but to discriminate against international students as a result of the government’s Right...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage costs and rates ‘moving away from long period of historic lows’

Buy-to-let mortgage costs remain at record lows, but there are growing signs that borrowing costs and rates in the sector could...

14 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Britain’s highest yields: the best areas for buy-to-let returns revealed

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

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Around half of landlords refuse to let to those without a UK passport

Foreign nationals and Britons without a passport are struggling to rent due to immigration checks introduced last year, according to a...

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

WHAT’S TO COME FOR THE UK HOUSING MARKET?

Following the events of 2016, it’s easy to see why experts across the country are torn when it comes to the...

10 February 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Rental market in England and Wales ended 2016 strongly, latest index shows

Despite a turbulent year average rents ended 2016 higher than they started it, the latest Your Move England & Wales Buy...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Maintenance reporting added to private landlord app

Private landlords who use Rentr, the property management app, can now take full advantage of a new complete maintenance reporting solution...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Kent Reliance launches ‘best ever’ 5-year BTL rates

Kent Reliance, the specialist mortgage provider and part of OneSavings Bank plc, yesterday announced major changes to its five year fixed...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

UK rental price growth continues to cool, HomeLet says

Rents across the UK are continuing to cool down, according the HomeLet Rental Index. The annual rate of rental price inflation fell to...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords undeterred by stamp duty surcharge

The number of second homes liable to pay stamp duty increased to 62,800 in the final quarter of last year, up...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Government urged to reconsider changes to tax relief for residential landlords

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is urging the government to reconsider pending taxation changes announced by the now former chancellor George...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending falls following introduction of new rules

Paragon Bank witnessed a sharp decline in its buy-to-let lending in the final quarter last year following the introduction of more...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let rates set to rise

Buy-to-let mortgage rates were largely unaffected by a sharp increase in swap rates in the final quarter of 2016, but this...

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Rail strikes could be responsible for rent dips, figures show

The Southern Rail strikes which have caused disruption for commuters have started to have an impact on rental price growth in...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords warned of dangers of ignoring new electrical regulations

A property management firm has urged Scottish landlords to take electrical safety legislation seriously. Ross and Liddell says that landlords who fail...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Strong start to the year for buy-to-let market

While many will agree that 2016 was not the best year for buy-to-let, as the government introduced a raft of anti-landlord...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords borrowed an average of £15,000 more to buy property in 2016

Average buy-to-let loans and deposits increased last year, as a result of increasing property prices and the tougher stance by mortgage...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Surprise fall in the cost of renting property in Scotland

Rents in Scotland have fallen annually as a slowdown in the rate of growth in some markets of the central belt...

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

London’s super-prime rental market benefits from sales slowdown

The prime rental market in the capital has benefitted from the sales slowdown, with greater stock and more people needing to...

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending hits highest level since stamp duty surge

There was a significant rise in the amount buy-to-let landlords borrowed to invest in property before the introduction of new affordability...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

More buy-to-let landlords turn to bridging finance

The Bank of England’s decision to crack down on buy-to-let lending through the introduction of tighter borrowing rules and stricter affordability...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let market’s ‘loss’ has been owner-occupiers ‘gain’

The buy-to-let sector is continuing to struggle with valuations contracting 26% on an annual basis following a turbulent year, according to...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

More landlords opt for higher yielding HMO conversions

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are looking to boost rental profits to help cope with pending tax hikes by converting...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime rental values fell in the Home Counties last year

Prime rents in the Home Counties dropped by an average of 0.8% last year, as a higher number of homes available...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

The best (and worst) postcodes for buy-to-let returns unveiled

The key to a successful long-term buy-to-let investment is securing solid rental yields for income returns and the potential for capital...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Demand for buy-to-let set to fall in Q1 2017

The number of people investing in the buy-to-let sectors is expected to fall in the first quarter of the year ahead...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Living in London wins ‘Best Independent Letting Agent in London’

Living in London is thrilled to announce it has been awarded the title of ‘Best Independent Letting Agent in London’ at...

12 January 2017

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Longer term tenancies needed to enable tenants to plan for the future

More needs to be done to focus on improving renting rather than obsessing over property ownership, according to a specialist provider...

12 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending ‘returned to normal’ in Q4 2016

Buy-to-let lending returned to some form of normality during the fourth quarter of 2016, according to fresh lending figures. The share of...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Annual price growth continues to slow as rents hit an affordability ceiling

Annual rental price growth slowed to just 1.7% in December, which was less than half the 3.8% increase recorded in December 2015,...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents outside of London hit average of £750 a month

The average cost of renting a home has increased outside of London as rent paid rose 2% and pay fell over...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New podcasts designed to ‘educate’ buy-to-let landlords

Private renting policy changes will undoubtedly challenge many private landlords, and could even drive some small buy-to-let investors out of the...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in limited company buy-to-let applications

An increasing number of buy-to-let landlords are looking to overcome recent government interventions in the market by acquiring property via limited...

06 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Number of buy-to-let landlords struggling to pay mortgages hits 2-year high

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are struggling to keep up with their mortgage payments, new figures show Mortgage arrears among landlords...

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords to be adversely affected by tax changes and tougher lending conditions

Having long provided mega double-digit returns for investors, investment in buy-to-let has outperformed all major asset classes in recent years, but...

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords are ‘continuing to see strong yield levels and rents are increasing’

The private rental market is still holding strong, despite ongoing pressures elsewhere in the British economy, according to Adrian Gill, director...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Stuart Law – what to expect in 2017

Stuart Law, owner and founder of Assetz, offers his thoughts on what property market trends we can expect over the coming year. Despite...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year to all our readers!

Next year is likely to be a challenging time for buy-to-let landlords in the UK and perhaps even tougher than 2016,...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Are you aware of your obligations as a landlord?

Landlord obligations can be difficult. Electrical safety, fire safety, deposit protection, licensing and consent, the list is endless - leaving some...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Top tips for buy-to-let landlords purchasing property at auction

Investing in property at auction is a popular choice for many buy-to-let landlords as there are some good bargains to be...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords, are you paying for council tax unnecessarily?

Aaron Cambden reflects on the Leeds City Council v Broadley Appeal Court ruling, including his tips for landlords.  Landlords are not responsible...

17 December 2016

From: Breaking News

A significant number of landlords plan to reduce their BTL portfolios

Buy-to-let landlords will be left with little alternative but to raise rents or sell their properties due to the government’s punitive...

17 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Modest annual growth as rents hit ‘an affordability ceiling’

Annual rental price growth reached 3.1% in November taking the average UK rent to £898 per month, which although higher than November...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Liverpool has become a magnet for property investors

A growing number of seasoned investors expanding their property portfolios and those planning their first UK rental investment consider this to...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Government set to extend mandatory licensing of HMOs in England

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has ended a consultation on ‘Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and residential property...

13 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Days of the buy-to-let landlord are numbered, says Fergus Wilson

Tax changes and more stringent mortgage lending conditions will sound the death knell for small buy-to-let landlords, according to Britain’s largest...

12 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Increasing supply has boosted ‘tenants negotiating power’

Buy-to-let landlords who scrambled to acquire homes earlier this year are beginning to rent them out or now looking to re-let...

12 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Tougher “stress tests” for buy-to-let landlords

The Mortgage Works is the latest lender to announce that it is increasing its rental stress rate for buy-to-let landlords as...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let valuation instructions plummet 18.5%

Buy-to-let valuation instructions have dropped sharply since the stamp duty surcharge was introduced on additional properties – and now the government’s...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord confidence returning as buy-to-let lending to limited companies soars

Landlord confidence is now at its highest in a year, as a growing number of buy-to-let investors seek to overcome recent...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Enforcement is ‘fundamental’ to ensure criminal landlords are prosecuted

New measures under the Immigration Act 2016, which came into play yesterday, will only be welcomed by those operating in the...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Poor conditions for older renters ‘need to be addressed’

Better standards of private rented homes are needed to accommodate the growing number of people living in the private rented sector,...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Autumn Statement ‘missed opportunity’ to support buy-to-let landlords

Buy-to-let landlords have been left disappointed at the 'missed opportunity' in the Autumn Statement to support those that invest in the...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

New selective licensing sessions for landlords

Understanding property licensing is not an easy task and that is why two drop-in sessions will be held by Peterborough City...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords call for change in Autumn Statement

Private landlords believe that this week’s Autumn Statement provides the chancellor Philip Hammond with an opportunity to bolster activity in the...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending falls as mortgage crackdown hits landlords

Buy-to-let landlords have come under attack from the taxman and now also from the Bank of England, which could make landlord...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenant arrears set to soar

Tenant defaults could increase significantly over the next 12 months amid reports that many buy-to-let landlords plan to increase rents next...

19 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Almost half of landlords refuse to let to those without a UK passport

Britons without a passport are struggling to rent due to immigration checks introduced for earlier this year, according to a new survey. The...

19 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank of England gets new powers to curb buy-to-let lending

The Bank of England will be granted new powers by the government to regulate mortgages used by small buy-to-let landlords to...

17 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords to take action against solicitors who advised Bank of Ireland

A group of landlords has suspended its plans to take the Bank of Ireland to court over their tracker rate being...

17 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Annual rental price growth continues to slow

Annual rental price growth slowed to 3% in October, which is the lowest rate of increase this year, HomeLet’s latest Rental Index has...

14 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Significant drop in landlord possession claims

There has been a sharp decline in the volume of claims made by private sector landlords to repossess a property over...

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords at risk of ‘penalties, stopping orders and prosecution’

With less than two weeks until the new registration and licensing system in Wales, Rent Smart Wales, becomes a mandatory requirement, thousands...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Keystone improves lending criteria and reduces rates

Specialist lender Keystone Property Finance has enhanced its offer to buy-to-let landlords by improving its lending criteria and making a number...

07 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Britain’s elderly face retirement housing shortage

Older people are facing a shortage of suitable housing for their retirement, putting pressure on the wider property market, according to...

04 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Greater ‘appetite’ for buy-to-let properties after ‘topsy-turvy’ summer

From a landlord’s perspective, it has been a tough year, with a raft of changes designed to bring the booming housing...

02 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge is a ‘by the back door’ tax hike

Almost 40% of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) raised in the third quarter of the year came from property transactions which...

01 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Remortgage levels drop to 6-month low

September was the worst month for remortgaging since the EU referendum, new figures from conveyancing firm LMS show. The research found that...

01 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents rise by 2.3% over the last year, but clamp down on PRS anticipated

Private tenants saw average rents rise by 2.3% in the 12 months to September 2016, unchanged compared with the year to...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Anyone looking inside this landlord’s house of horrors will think it is Halloween

An unscrupulous landlord who failed to fix a toilet which had became detached from the soil pipe, leaking all over the...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Number of older tenants set to soar, but ‘awful conditions’ must improve

The number of older people living in the private rented sector is expected to rise sharply over the next few years,...

29 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords overwhelmingly support compulsory client money protection

Four out of five buy-to-let landlords believe that client money protection (CMP) should be made compulsory when they use a letting...

29 October 2016

From: Breaking News