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Technology is crucial in helping landlords remain complaint, says Gas Tag

With the number of PRS regulations continuing to rise, technology is growing increasingly more important in aiding compliance and ensuring that...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Don't miss this month's ‘payment on account’ online tax return deadline

If as a landlord you are already in the self-assessment tax system then you may be due to pay your payment...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Leek United removes affordability assessment for BTL landlords

Leek United has made a number of changes to its lending policy across its retirement, buy-to-let and remortgage product ranges. In terms...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords set to be offered 12 months’ rent upfront under new scheme

How does the idea of 12 months’ rent in advance sound? Choices Estate Agents plans to launch a new Advanced Rent...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson to consider switching stamp duty from buyers to sellers

The Conservative leadership frontrunner, Boris Johnson, has said it is time to consider switching stamp duty liability from the house buyer...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Councillors who are landlords or tenants banned from debating licensing scheme

Portsmouth City Council is controversially planning to introduce a landlord licensing scheme in the city without potentially allowing around half of...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Platform reduces rates

Platform has announced reductions to borrowing rates across a range of mortgage products, including buy-to-let deals. The intermediary mortgage brand of The...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

The Lettings Hub joins forces with proptech provider teclet

The Lettings Hub, a major tenant referencing and let insurance provider, has joined forces with teclet, a cloud-based, automated software platform. The...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Proposed changes mean the ‘current housing crisis would get worse’

The next prime minister, Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt, will almost certainly face a housing crisis if the government does not...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government to reform health and safety standards

The government has announced that it will reform the Housing Health Safety Rating System (HHSRS) used to assess health and safety...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Smart tax needed to support investment in energy efficiency measures, says RLA

A cap limiting landlord spending on energy efficiency improvements to £3,500 should be scrapped and replaced with a new £5,000 figure,...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

More than 200 Scottish landlords fail to protect tenancy deposits in 18 months

Buy-to-let landlords in Scotland are being urged to ensure that they protect tenancy deposits and seek legal advice if they are...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental yields hit two-year high

Rental yields have increased to their highest level for two years, according to the latest edition of Kent Reliance for Intermediaries’...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Room rents rise 8% following introduction of the tenant fee ban

The average cost of renting a room in the UK increased by 8% between April and June and now stands at...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with commonhold – government fails to respond to readers

Throughout April and May, we ran a high-profile campaign across our sites, Landlord Today, Estate Agent Today, Letting Agent Today and...

12 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

UK rents rise 13.9% in last five years

UK rents have increased by an average of 13.9% over the past five years, according to HomeLet. The group said its June...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in rents in Q2 2019 – DPS

The UK saw a sharp rise in average rent from £757 to £771 a month, up 1.79% during the second quarter...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Who has been Britain’s best housing minister?

The next prime minister, Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt, will inevitably reshuffle the cabinet once they are in office, and that...

11 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

Boiler maintenance tips for first time landlords

Boilers can be expensive to repair, but they can be even more costly to replace. To help ensure that you keep...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Habito launches new mortgage range for the buy-to-let market

Habito has launched its own range of buy-to-let products for individual landlords. The Habito-branded mortgages, which will be available through its new...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Bexley’s annual landlords meeting to take place next week

Bexley’s annual Landlords Meeting will be held next week at the Hall Place & Gardens. The aim of the event, which takes...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Lowering of mortgage costs ‘will be very much welcomed’ by BTL investors

There has been an ‘unprecedented’ drop in the cost of fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages, according to the latest research from Property...

09 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

Tax-dodging UK landlords based abroad find the net is closing

HMRC is starting to catch up with overseas-based landlords who have not been paying tax on the rental income they receive...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

New app aims to enhance renter and buyer experience

Zoopla has launched its new app experience which aims to help home-hunters easily find the most relevant properties on mobile and...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays trims lending rates

Barclays has introduced marginal rate cuts across some of its buy-to-let mortgage products. The biggest cut in its buy-to-let range is a...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in the number of landlords admitting to not paying tax

The number of buy-to-let landlords confessing to not paying tax has soared, new figures show. A crackdown by HM Revenue and Customs...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in fraudulent letting applications

The level of fraudulent rental applications being received by letting agents is on the up, new research shows. The study by Benham...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

More needs to be done to protect landlords from fraud

There is a growing need to improve fraud detection in the private rented sector, according to Landlord Action. Paul Shamplina, the founder...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

TMW reduces rates and introduces 50% LTV products

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has cut selected two and five-year rates by up to 0.6% and introduced a range of 50%...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords will become ‘more selective’ if the government scraps Section 21

But-to-let landlords will have little alternative but to become more selective over what tenants they are willing to accept if the...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Wide gap in regional rental prices, new figures show

The average rent increased in four of the eight regions monitored by Goodlord across England and Wales between May and June,...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Glasgow’s first major city centre Build to Rent development successfully delivered

Construction has been completed on the first major city centre Build to Rent development in Glasgow. With young professionals flocking to the...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Vida introduces new BTL products

Vida Homeloans has announced the release of a series of new specialist mortgage products, including buy-to-let deals. The products include a 75%...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Four out of 10 landlords call for a fast track housing tribunal

Almost four out of ten adults would like to see the government introduce a fast track housing tribunal if the Section...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in the number of tenants registering in London – haart

There has been a sharp rise in the number of people living in private rental homes, owed in part to a...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Local authorities ‘failing’ to stop agents that ‘poison’ landlord-tenant relationship

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is calling on local authorities to take much firmer action against rogue letting agents that tarnish...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS scraps age limit for buy-to-let landlords

Leeds Building Society has removed the age limit completely on its buy-to-let mortgages, allowing more customers to borrow into retirement. The lender...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Why landlords must work hard to keep void periods at a minimum

Void periods are one of landlords’ most dreaded occurrences. This is because you are not only failing to collect rental income,...

03 July 2019

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Half of private Landlords use rental property to supplement monthly income

A new survey by Precise Mortgages has found that 52% of buy-to-let landlords are using rental properties to supplement their employed...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Tory leadership candidates urged to ‘encourage more investment’ in the PRS

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson, the two men competing to become the next Conservative Party leader, are being to urged to...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urges Hull City Council to stop ‘unfairly penalising landlords’

Hull City Council has come under pressure for unjustly taking an aggressive stance against landlords after a sharp rebuke from the...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

The need for speed: fast broadband now considered ‘crucial’

With most of us using multiple digital devices and streaming everything from TV shows and music to computer games and powerpoint...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landbay refreshes its range for professional landlords and cuts rates

Landbay has revamped its range of buy-to-let mortgage products for professional landlords and reduced rates in a bid to win more...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour plans to cap rent rises in crackdown on landlords

Private landlords would be banned from above-inflation rent rises if Labour wins power after the next general election, according to a...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Over-65s have gained £5.5bn of property wealth over past 12 months

Retired homeowners have gained £1,165 each on average in property wealth over the last year despite uncertainty in the property market,...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

NatWest introduces new products and reduces rates

NatWest has launched a selection of new buy-to-let products at reduce rates designed to appeal to landlord borrowers. Borrowing rates have been...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Hertsmere praise new incentive scheme

Private landlords have praised a new scheme in Hertsmere, which offers financial incentives and support for those looking to rent out...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Number of deals available to first-time landlords has ‘boomed to a record high’

The choice of first-time landlord buy-to-let products has increased to an all-time high, according to the latest research from Moneyfacts.co.uk. The data...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Couple falsely claim £50,000 from DWP by pretending to be landlord and tenant

A couple from Barry in Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, have been handed suspended prison sentences for benefit fraud after being convicted...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to carefully consider the ‘dramatic’ impact of the new tax deadline

Buy-to-let landlords, property investors and second home owners are being urged to beware of a ‘dramatic change’ to the existing capital...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Scotland’s fastest growing rental market unveiled

Rents rose in most areas of Scotland during the month of May, the latest figures from Your Move Scotland show, as...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

The next chancellor must reverse ‘tax changes impacting private landlords’

The Tory leadership contest is well underway with just two candidates - Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt - left in the...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let ‘still represents a great investment opportunity for landlords’

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

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Renters could transfer deposit from one landlord to the next under new proposal

Tenants could be permitted to transfer rental deposits directly between landlords instead of having to pay up for their next property...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in the number of older renters

There has been a sharp rise in the number of older renters over the last year, according to new research from...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Two-thirds of rental applicants deemed unsuitable

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

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

  When you rent a property to a tenant, you are required to pay tax on any profit you make from rental...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 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

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

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

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Newcastle Intermediaries extends buy-to-let products to Scotland

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

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

A private landlord in the Staffordshire was left horrified after nightmare tenants trashed her property and turned it into a drugs...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Following on from the successful Glasgow Homebuilding & Renovating Show that took place at the SEC Centre earlier this month, the...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

A rogue landlord who made almost £130,000 in illegal rent after converting his three-bedroom house in east London into two flats...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants found living inside garden shed during dawn raid

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

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays introduces new products and reduces rates

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

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting market activity picking up momentum

There was a significant improvement in the letting market, the latest figures from Agency Express shows. The number of new rental property...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

A landlord has been ordered to pay £7,000 for neglecting the garden at one of his properties and allowing to become...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Octane Capital passes £500m lending milestone

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

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter urged to go back to drawing board on tenancy proposal

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has urged Shelter to go back to the drawing board after calling for England to adopt...

18 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

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

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

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Insurance provider offers ‘protection solutions which landlords’ value’

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

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

New guidance to help landlords protect themselves against major risks

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

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish government urged to protect tenants’ rights

The Scottish government is being encouraged to acknowledge that some landlords north of the border are breaking the law by letting...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

National Landlord Investment Show to address key issues today

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

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agent discovers cannabis farm at rented flat in Lancashire

A shocked letting agent found a cannabis farm in of one of his landlord’s houses while filming for a Channel 5...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Coventry reduces fixed rates on standard buy-to-let products

Coventry for intermediaries has cut rates on its three- and five-year fixed rates and standard buy-to-let products by up to 0.2%. The...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Metro Bank is the latest lender to remove restrictions on letting to DSS tenants

Metro Bank has announced that it will no longer prevent buy-to-let landlords from letting property to tenants in receipt of benefits. The...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay more than £13k for fire safety breaches

A buy-to-let landlord in north London has been ordered to pay more than £13,000 after breaching fire safety regulations and failing...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

TMW reduces rates for limited company and HMO BTL products

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has cut limited company and HMO buy-to-let mortgage rates. TMW is offering a two-year fixed limited company mortgage...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

BLP Insurance awarded Mustard Wharf Build to Rent contract

BLP Insurance has been awarded a new contract with Legal & General to underwrite the Mustard Wharf Build to Rent (BTR)...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property prices set to rise by 4.8% over the next six months

The vast majority of homeowners in Britain expect residential property prices to rise over the next six months, Zoopla’s latest ‘Housing market...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish parliament consults on introducing rent controls

The Scottish government is consulting on introducing rent controls north of the border with a view to protecting private sector tenants...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Pair fined more than £5,000

Two landlords in Staffordshire have been ordered to pay more £5,000 after allowing their tenants to live in poor conditions   Brian...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

The number of buy-to-let mortgage products hits 12-year high

Consumer choice of buy-to-let (BTL) mortgage products has reached a 12-year high, according to new figures. The data, taken from the latest...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Foundation sees rise in portfolio landlord and limited company BTL business

There has been a significant increase in both portfolio landlord and limited company buy-to-let business over the past 12 months, according...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants can now ‘quickly’ share data and it’s a ‘complete game-changer’

We all know that high quality detailed tenant references are crucial to ensure that people placed in rental properties have been...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

UK is fourth happiest place in Europe when it comes to satisfaction with homes

The UK has been ranked the fourth happiest place in Europe when it comes to satisfaction with our homes, according to...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Political uncertainty leads to sharp rise in ‘super-prime tenancies’ in London

Activity in London’s super prime rental market continues to grow as more people opt to rent rather than buy property in...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

UK rents up 1.6% in a year, says HomeLet

The average cost of renting a property in the UK increased by 1.6% in the 12 months to May, according to...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

New Universal Credit system will see rent be paid directly to landlords

Significant changes are being made to the Universal Credit system that will see the housing element of the benefit paid directly...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord to be sentenced for secretly recording tenant in the bathroom

A buy-to-let landlord will be sentenced today in Plymouth Crown Court after he admitted to using a secret camera to spy...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

New partnership sees tenancy deposit alternative launched in the South West

Reposit has teamed up with Devon-based letting agency Webbers to extend its tenancy deposit alternative to the South West of England. The...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rising rents ‘make young people less mobile’

High rents mean young people are less likely to move to UK cities where average salaries are higher, a new report...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays reduces rates on BTL range

Barclays has cut rates across its buy-to-let and residential product range for purchases and remortgages. Rate reductions in the buy-to-let range for...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban ‘clearly designed to shift the costs to landlords’

The government’s decision to ban tenant fees is clearly designed to shift the costs to landlords, according to Property Personnel. The estate...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords need new licence to rent out properties in Slough

Private landlords will soon need to obtain a new licence to rent out property with multiple individually let rooms in Slough,...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Thousands missing out on best mortgage deals by not speaking to advisers

Thousands of borrowers, including many buy-to-let landlords, could be missing out on a better mortgage deal by not speaking to an...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Keystone introduces new cashback range

Keystone Property Finance has launched a new product range for purchase applications only, offering a cashback incentive. The buy-to-let lender’s new range...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s new ‘tax bombshell’ – party plans to scrap council tax for renters

Renters would stop paying council tax under radical plans being considered by the Labour Party. A Labour-commissioned report calls on the party...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Bargain hunters prepare for ‘sudden flood of properties onto the market’

With some analysts predicting that buy-to-let landlords are about to flood the market with properties for sale, investors are being urged...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Four in 10 renters live in poorly maintained homes, survey suggests

More than a third of renters across the UK report being stuck in poorly maintained homes with landlords who refuse to...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Renters stand to save £192m a year as a result of the tenant fee ban

Private renters in the UK look set to save in the region of £192m a year as a consequence of the...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

West One launches new first charge BTL mortgage range

West One Loans has launched a new range of first charge buy-to-let mortgage products, including both standard and specialist deals. The new...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord groups form coalition to oppose scrapping of Section 21

Landlords and letting agents have joined forces to campaign against government plans to scrap Section 21, the so-called ‘no fault eviction’. ‘Fair...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Hostmaker to pull their ‘misguided’ short-term rental ads

Hostmaker, which specialises in managing London properties put on to Airbnb and other short-let platforms, has apologised for causing controversy over...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Fastest selling buy-to-let hotspots revealed

There has been a notable rise in the number of buy-to-let landlords offloading properties in recent month due to buy-to-let tax...

03 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

Remortgagers locking into five-year fixed deals for certainty

The number of people remortgaging on to five-year fixes remains high ahead of a potential increase in interest rates. Almost half -...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA endorses Zero Deposit guarantee

Zero Deposit is the only deposit replacement product worth considering in the market, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The landlord...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in number of landlords selling up ahead of tenant fee ban

There has been a significant increase in the number of buy-to-let landlords offloading properties ahead of the introduction of the tenant...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban to be introduced tomorrow

From tomorrow, it will be illegal for tenants in England to be charged letting fees, with deposits capped at five weeks’...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Poor internet connection leaves renters paying over the odds for mobile data fees

Many renters are paying the price for residential developers’ historic lack of investment in digital connectivity, new research shows. WiredScore has launching...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents to rise as government efforts to make renting cheaper ‘fall flat on its face’

Rents are expected to increase over the next few months, according to the latest survey from Just Landlords. The study found that almost half of...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Former London mayor to take part in major landlord debate

Ex-London mayor Ken Livingstone will take part in the Future of the UK Housing Market Debate at the National Landlord Investment...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Expat mortgages and the process for applying for them in the UK

In the context of mortgage applications, the term expat mortgages applies to anyone who lives outside the UK but wishes to...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips for DIY safety

Demand for good quality rental homes continues to grow, but with the latest figures from NHS Digital revealing that there were...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Mansfield Building Society launches expat BTL range

Mansfield Building Society has introduced two new expat consumer buy-to-let mortgage products for borrowers who want to let out their property...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in disputes handled by the Property Redress Scheme

There was a significant increase in the number of disputes under the Property Redress Scheme last year, according to the organisation’s...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban comes into effect this weekend

The Tenant Fees Act 2019, banning landlords and agents from charging fees to tenants, will come into effect on Saturday in...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landbay seeks to reassure investors on buy-to-let credentials

Specialist buy-to-let lender Landbay has conducted an independent Bank of England stress test to project the impact of a major economic...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord cuts rates across a range of BTL products

Accord Buy To Let has reduced rates on more than a third of its buy-to-let product range. No fewer than 25 products...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Is the deposit-free rental model a good idea?

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

28 May 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

Investment in alternative real estate assets hits record high

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

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Knockout event sees landlords and agents raise more than £18,000 for charity

The biggest white collar boxing event ever brought to the property industry, ‘Rumble with the Agents’, took place at The Holiday...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords in Scotland need to prepare for new regulation

With less than a year until new legislation surrounding energy performance certificates (EPCs) is introduced in Scotland, buy-to-let landlords north of...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

What do landlords need to know about the deposit cap?

The Tenant Fees Act, better known simply as the tenant fees ban, is coming into force from June 1 2019. It...

24 May 2019

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Rents in London set to increase as tenant fees ban approaches

Rents in London look set to rise sharply over the next few months, as the supply of rental accommodation dwindles while...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New management service aims to help landlords avoid ‘exorbitant’ agency fees

A new online property management service has been launched by Rentora and comes with a suite of easy management tools to...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are ‘a dying breed ‘, warns investment firm

Buy-to-let landlords are being driven out of the private rented sector and will soon start looking for more profitable alternative investments. That...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Alternative to tenancy deposit scheme for landlords proves popular

Flatfair, the payment technology firm, believes that its deposit replacement scheme can help strengthen ties between landlords and tenants. The initiative, which...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords in Scotland continue to enjoy strong yields

Scotland’s rental market continued to go from strength to strength, with the average rental property north of the border generating a...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost half of landlords expected to exit the PRS

Removing Section 21 could prove devastating for the private rented sector, with almost half of landlords and letting agents more likely...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting market activity slows

There was a notable drop in the number of new rental listings, while the volume of properties let last month also...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

London mayor Sadiq Khan urged to crackdown on short-term letting adverts

London mayor Sadiq Khan is being urged to pull advertisements encouraging landlords to move into tourist lets. Following a significant drop in...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The best buy-to-let hotspots unveiled

Private landlords looking for lucrative returns will find that L6 in Liverpool is the most profitable location to buy-to-let in the...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Al Rayan Bank launches buy-to-let purchase plan

Al Rayan Bank has launched a new limited company buy-to-let purchase plan (BTLPP) for landlords to purchase their investment properties in...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords continue to enjoy ‘stable returns’

Rents across England and Wales have edged slightly higher over the past 12 months, increasing by an average of 0.5% to...

22 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

Tougher HMO licencing rules: awareness ‘remains limited’ says agent

Six months on from the introduction of licencing that regulates Homes for Multiple Occupation (HMOs), and awareness of the new laws...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Masthaven revamps buy-to-let range

Masthaven has announced changes to its buy-to-let mortgage range, including flexible criteria, rates for non-traditional tenants and landlords, as well as...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Growing number of English landlords investing in Scotland’s BTL sector

There has been a notable rise in the number of English landlords investing in Scotland’s buy-to-let sector thanks to cheaper property prices...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Londoners on housing benefits are ‘treated like second class citizens’

Renters in London are being discriminated against ‘because they are on benefits’, according to ITV News London. ITV News reporter Katie Barnfield...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to behave himself after being abusive towards tenant

A BTL landlord who lost his cool during a heated exchange with a tenant over unpaid rent has been ordered to...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Retirees urged to consider renting in retirement rather than take equity release

It may actually make more financial sense for older people to rent rather than withdraw equity from their properties, according to...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord Buy To Let launches new range of 80% LTV products

Accord Buy To Let has launched a new range of 80% loan-to-value (LTV) products, designed to give landlords with smaller deposits...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost four in ten landlords will consider selling up if Section 21 is axed

Nearly four in ten private landlords will consider selling up if the government scraps Section 21, shocking new statistics reveal.  According to...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The Tories have lost the trust of BTL landlords

With less than a week until the European elections take place, a new poll conducted by the National Landlords Association (NLA)...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £1,600 for leaving tenants in ‘cold and scruffy’ flat

A buy-to-let landlord in Nottingham has been ordered to pay just over £1,600 for allowing five tenants to live in what...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) rebrands as safeagent

When it comes to letting a property, it is important that landlords and renters have faith in their agent.   To many renters,...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Coventry for Intermediaries expands buy-to-let criteria

Coventry for Intermediaries has enhanced the number of buy-to-let mortgages permitted with the group from three to five, doubled the maximum...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Middle-aged renters on the rise

Rising UK house prices have left many middle-age workers unable to afford a first home, or as accidental renters after a...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Record response to new survey on Section 21

A record number of landlords have responded to the Residential Landlord Association’s (RLA) survey asking what a post-Section 21 private rented...

17 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

Questions raised about letting agents in England and Wales

Consumer organization Which? recently undertook a mystery-shopping exercise at 20 letting agents in England and Wales and unearthed some disappointed results,...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Inventory provider anticipates a surge in tenant activity next month

Landlords and letting agents are being urged to prepare for a significant increase in tenant activity from the start of next...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New post-Brexit Right to Rent guidance issued by the government

New guidance on Right to Rent checks for EU citizens after Britain leaves the European Union has been published by the...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords ordered to pay more than £6k for HMO failings

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay more than £6,000 in relation to 12 charges under the Housing Act after...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Man denies posing as a landlord in a deposit scam

A man in Dundee has denied that he fraudulently pretended to be a landlord who asked for an up-front deposit from...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage specialist sees record first quarter

Charter Court has reported a record first quarter with new loan originations of £710m, up from £668m during the corresponding period...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime central London rental market proving resilient

The rental market in prime central London has proved resilient this year despite the impact of political uncertainty surrounding Brexit negotiations,...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing Hand launches new rent guarantor scheme

Housing Hand has launched a new rent guarantor scheme to help tenants secure accommodation. Research by Housing Hand shows that there has...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

HMO drop-in events to be held in Manchester

Manchester City Council will hold a couple of HMO drop-in events over the next few days for private landlords and letting...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

LendInvest introduces new BTL deals and reduces rates

LendInvest has introduced a range of new buy-to-let mortgage products, in addition to reducing rates on select offerings. New buy-to-let rate deals...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

TSB reduces remortgage rates

TSB has made selected rate changes to its buy-to-let and residential range, including cutting three- and five-year fixed remortgage products at...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA welcomes MP’s pledge to fix court system before Section 21 is scrapped

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has welcomed the housing minister’s pledge to make changes to the courts to speed up the...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

London’s prime property hotspots revealed

Buy-to-let landlords looking to buy property in London are being urged to consider investing in what Black Brick describes as ‘two...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in safety issues identified by independent inventory clerks

Inventory reports are increasingly showing and reporting safety and compliance issues within tenanted properties, according to the Association of Independent Inventory...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

NLA’s new guide on the Tenant Fees Act can now be downloaded

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is trying to help buy-to-let investors prepare for the ban on tenant fees by introducing a...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords who sold up last year made an average £80,000 profit

The average buy-to-let landlord made £80,000 profit upon selling their rental property in 2018, new figures show. Landlords in London made the...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant Fees Act 2019: Guidance for landlords and agents

New guidance for landlords and letting agents has been released by the government. The Tenant Fees Act 2019, which applies to England...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents rise in line with inflation

Rental price inflation has slowed down, with HomeLet's latest data revealing that the average monthly rent in the UK now stands...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Notable rise in the number of over 65s investing in buy-to-let

There has been an increase in the number of older people investing in the buy-to-let sector, fresh figures show. Commercial Trust has...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Platform reduces buy-to-let mortgage rates

Platform has cut selected buy-to-let rates by up to 0.1%, while also announcing plans to scrap from next week restrictions on...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Government allocates £200m to replace Grenfell-style cladding from high rises

The government has set up a £200m fund to replace unsafe Grenfell Tower-style cladding on around 170 private high-rise residential buildings...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter launches £600k fund to help vulnerable renters in Greater Manchester

Housing charity Shelter has launched a £600,000 fund in Greater Manchester today with a view to finding real-life solutions to the...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay almost £25k for unlicensed HMO

An unscrupulous landlord has been told to pay close to £25,000 after being prosecuted for renting out rooms in an unlicensed...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

TML launches first expat buy-to-let product range

The Mortgage Lender (TML) has launched its first expat buy-to-let mortgage product range. Available for both purchase and remortgage applications, initial rates...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New book aims to help landlords thrive in buy-to-let sector

With more than 170 pieces of landlord legislation in place, property experts, Paul Shamplina and Kate Faulkner, have once again joined...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to repay £52,000 within three months or face prison

A private landlord in Lincoln has been warned that he could be given a prison sentence of up to 15 months...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Cost of buy-to-let mortgage rates set to rise, says Property Master

Fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage costs look set to rise in the near term, according to Property Master. Property Master’s May 2019 Mortgage...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New Oxford accreditation scheme is ‘unlawful’, says RLA

A new landlord accreditation scheme in Oxford has been deemed both discriminatory and unlawful by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The association...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

London’s super prime rental market sees demand surge

Activity in London’s the super prime rental market has hit a five-year high as more people opt to rent rather than...

09 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

‘Assault’ on landlords ‘contradicts the basic principles of sound tax policy’

Buy-to-let landlords are being unfairly penalised for the housing crisis, according to a new report by the Institute of Economic Affairs...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb is a good idea but landlords urged to approach with caution

A growing number of private landlords are turning to Airbnb and similar platforms, but Apropos by DJ Alexander Ltd, a property management...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents increase in Q1 2019 due to ‘lack of available stock’

Rents increased by 2.6% in prime London and prime central London during the first quarter of year compared to Q1 2018,...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

BBC explores challenges and opportunities for renters in coastal areas

In an attempt to help crackdown on poor quality housing, BBC News is exploring the challenges and the opportunities for communities...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Precise Mortgages makes slicing available across its entire buy-to-let range

Precise Mortgages has made its top slicing feature available across its entire buy-to-let range. The lender now accepts top slicing on all...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Where are the best places to currently invest in the North West?

The North West has long since ceased to be an “inside tip” amongst forward-looking property investors. It’s now one of the...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

A third of renters in Scotland have no plans to ever own their own property

Almost one in three renters have no intention of ever acquiring their own property, mainly because they are happy living in...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Top DIY tips and tricks to improve your property

Property investors often debate on how best to improve their properties. Whether that is undergoing big property renovations or improving their...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Sainsbury’s Bank cuts rates on BTL products

Sainsbury's Bank has cut rates across its buy-to-let products, amid strong competition among mortgage providers. New buy-to-let rate deals include a five-year...

07 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

New technology aims to provide greater gas safety accountability in the PRS

New technology has been launched in an attempt to improve gas safety accountability in the private rental sector. The existing system makes...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Where in the UK has seen the largest increase in room costs over the past year?

London unsurprisingly remains the most unaffordable city to rent a room in the UK with the average cost in the capital...

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

TMW launches new large portfolio BTL products and cuts existing rates

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has launched a new portfolio range while also reducing a number of five-year fixed rate products by...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

GRAND NEW APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT COMING SOON TO BRACKNELL

Bracknell’s former bus depot is set to undergo a grand transformation into a 155,000 square foot development of 242 luxury apartments,...

02 May 2019

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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

Rental prices rise 1.7% in Scotland

Scottish rents continued to edge up in the first quarter of the year, the latest figures show. The Scottish national average increased...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech startup launches new house hunting app for students

Polygon has launched a new mobile app designed to make it easier for students to house hunt. To help ensure that housemates...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit has helped create ‘a buyers' market for buy-to-let’ in London

The buy-to-let market is starting to show some positive signs, especially in London where activity is picking up again, new figures show. The ongoing political...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Parents of students warned not to take the decision to become a landlord lightly

Parents with children at university may be considering whether it is worth buying them a property while they continue their education,...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords ordered to pay more than £5k after letting flat with no windows

Two landlords have been fined for letting out a flat that had no heating or windows. The flat, located above commercial premises,...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New ‘Tenants' Tools’ launched by Marks Out Of Tenancy

Marks Out Of Tenancy, a letting review website, has launched ‘Tenants’ Tools’ for tenants to securely keep any tenancy-related images and...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Daniel Gibson, director at Daniel Craig Residential

Who are you and what does it say on your business card?  My name is Daniel and I’m a director at...

30 April 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Increasing number of landlords ‘cautiously’ re-entering the BTL market

There has been a significant rise in the number of landlords re-entering the buy-to-let market after coming to terms with the...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with commonhold - put your views to the housing minister

In recent weeks our campaign to replace leasehold with commonhold has continued to gather momentum both in the press and across...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Abolishing Section 21 could adversely affect housing supply

The government’s proposal to scrap Section 21 of the 1988 Housing Act is likely to deter many people from investing in...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Number of homes for sale hits record low during March

But-to-let landlords thinking about expanding their property portfolio will find that the sustained drop in the number of new homes for...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord is left with a £7k repair bill after tenant destroys three-bedroom property

A tenant left a three-bedroom house in Birmingham “completely destroyed” after piling rubbish in every single room and dumping mattresses in...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents remain flat but ‘yields continue to perform strongly’

The average rent across England and Wales has remained flat over the past 12 months, with rents reaching an average of...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

UK's Build to Rent sector sees record levels of investment

The UK Build to Rent sector continues to go from strength to strength, with record levels of investment in the first...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Scammer steals £1,200 from couple by posing as a landlord

A fraudster pretending to be a landlord scammed a couple looking to move into a new property with their children out...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent rises slow despite a high number of landlords continuing to exit the PRS

The number of tenants experiencing rent increases dropped slightly in March thanks partly to a sharp rise in the number of...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost a quarter of ‘sandwich carers’ are struggling to pay their rent

An overstretched generation of carers are in need of greater support themselves when it comes to keeping a roof over their...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Some of the most valuable home improvements unveiled

Estate agents, property surveyors, interior decorators, an online services marketplace and other housing experts have teamed up to reveal home renovations...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Zero fee buy-to-let range launches at Barclays

Barclays has launched a new range of fee-free buy-to-let mortgage products. The bank has also reduced rates on a selection of buy-to-let...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Jurgen Klopp jokingly says he’ll withhold rent if Leicester fails to beat Man City

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has light-heartedly threatened to withhold rent if his landlord fails to do the football club a favour...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to simplify the benefits system to prevent discrimination

Nationwide were among a small group of mortgage lenders asked to give evidence at a select committee yesterday on restrictions around...

25 April 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

Delays to Crossrail could have an adverse impact on house prices along the route

The delay to Crossrail is having a negative impact on nearby property prices, which is bad news for those who own...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Saffron launches limited company BTL mortgage

Saffron Building Society has introduced a new limited company buy-to-let mortgage product, available at 75% loan-to-value on a two-year fixed rate...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

What is the latest service renters want when moving to a new area?

Traditionally, many renters have often sought properties with good local amenities close by in an area that falls within the catchment...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost one in 10 landlords do not allow tenants to switch energy providers

Thousands of tenants are being told by their landlord that they are not allowed to switch energy providers with a view...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Newcastle fear proposed licensing will ‘push rents up for tenants’

Private landlords in Newcastle have rejected a new licensing policy put forward by Newcastle City Council, which would require them to...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £50,000 for HMO offences

Lettings of London Ltd has been ordered to pay more than £50,000 after pleading guilty to 18 offences largely relating to...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landbay to increase maximum loan term to 30 years

Landbay has announced that it will be increasing its maximum loan term from 25 to 30 years from 1 May. All products...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting market activity picks up momentum

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

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New survey provides landlords with a chance to shape the future of the PRS

Following the government’s recent announcement that it is to consult on ending Section 21 repossessions, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is...

23 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

Advisory seminar to showcase benefits of investing in Edinburgh’s property market

A number of property investment specialists plan to join forces this week to host an advisory seminar designed to highlight the...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

The Mortgage Lender launches new range of BTL products

The Mortgage Lender has launched a range of buy-to-let mortgage products available at up to 80% loan-to-value (LTV). The new deals, some...

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

Rents rise as tenant fees ban looms

Private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK increased by 1.2% in the 12 months to March 2019, up from...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Paragon updates its buy-to-let mortgage range

Paragon has refreshed its buy-to-let mortgage range for portfolio and non-portfolio landlords, with products including mortgages with no product fee, no...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government accused of having ‘a Dickensian view of private landlords’

The government’s announcement earlier this week that there will be radical reforms of the PRS will not just create open-ended tenancies...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 ban without making Section 8 fully ‘fit for purpose’ would be an error

Abolishing Section 21 without making Section 8 fully “fit for purpose” will have dire consequences on our housing supply. This week, the...

17 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

Barclays cuts rates on BTL range

Barclays has made alterations to some of its buy-to-let mortgage products. Rate reductions in the buy-to-let range include a two-year fix at...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government warned against banning Section 21

The housing minister James Brokenshire’s announcement yesterday that there will be a consultation period on the ability of landlords to remove...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

MPs invest in BTL market with taxpayers’ money

A number of MPs are currently earning rental income from properties that they bought with public help, according to a fresh...

16 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

Castle Trust introduces new bridging loan product

Castle Trust has launched a new unregulated bridging loan product that can be used for first charge buy-to-let cases of up...

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

Average rents up 1.9% year-on-year

Rents in Great Britain increased 1.9% year-on-year in March, driven by a 3.7% rise in Greater London where rents hit a...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Santander increases maximum mortgage term to 40 years

Santander has increased the maximum term, age and loan-to-value (LTV) for its buy-to-let products, while also making amendments to its affordability...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord cuts rates on five-year fixed rate deals

Accord Buy to Let has reduced rates on nine of its five-year fixed rate products. Highlights of the new range, available to...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Three in four Scots back rent caps

A new survey has revealed three in four Scots back rent caps north of the border to help curb increasing housing...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

How can you maximise on the value of renovating a buy-to-let property?

We all know that ensuring your property is of a high standard can yield better returns and more loyal tenants, but...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

What parts of the home do people neglect to clean?

End of tenancy cleaning is the single biggest cause of deposit deductions, which is why having a cleaning checklist to ensure...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

TMW cut rates and launches new product ‘to support a wide range of landlords’

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has reduced rates on selected two-year fixed and tracker mortgages by up to 0.25%. The subsidiary of Nationwide Building Society has...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Last opportunity to have your say on Weymouth landlord licensing scheme

Today is the final day for the public to have their say on the possible introduction of the Weymouth landlord licensing...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Sunil Sharma, Director at Regal Estates

Who are you? Sunil Sharma, Director at Regal Estates. Who are Regal Estates? We are an established independent lettings and management company based in...

11 April 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Rents increase as tenant fees ban approaches

UK rents have started to increase at a rate not seen in the market for more than two years, fresh figures...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Q&A: Why landlords now need to watch out when taking payments from tenants

As many of you already know, the ban on tenant fees will come into force on 1 June 2019, and the...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency changes are around the corner for Scotland

Following the changes introduced in England and Wales last year, an important piece of legislation is coming into force in Scotland...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

What are people not willing to compromise on when renting property?

Many renters are relatively flexible in terms of the area that they are willing to live in, but there are plenty...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let remortgage activity set to fall

With some landlords finding it harder to make a profit as a result of changes to buy-to-let taxation, remortgage activity looks...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Report exposes ‘scandalous mis-selling of leasehold properties on an epic scale’

Leasehold property ownership has come under yet more fire today after a new report laid bare the scale of mis-selling in...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fresh online support for councils to crackdown on rogue landlords

Fresh guidance for local authorities to crackdown on rogue landlords has been unveiled by housing minister Heather Wheeler. Local authorities across the...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Client Money Protection – what do landlords need to know?

On April 1 2019, the rental sector shifted into a new era of even greater professionalisation with the introduction of mandatory...

09 April 2019

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Top 10 most popular rental areas in London unveiled

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

09 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

Short-term letting: growing concern over loss of ‘much-needed’ long-term lets

More needs to be done to stem the increase in short-term lets on Airbnb and similar platforms to ensure that there...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £17k for endangering the lives of his tenants

A buy-to-let landlord in Stevenage has been fined £14,000 and told to pay Stevenage Borough Council’s legal costs of £2,845.50 and...

09 April 2019

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London drags down average rents across UK, which are ‘growing at a steady pace’

The average rent for a property in the UK increased by 0.96% in the year to March but London remains a...

09 April 2019

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BTL landlords are simply not prepared for Brexit, says RLA

EU citizens may face problems getting rented accommodation in the UK after Brexit due to a lack of guidance for landlords...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

The most affordable locations to invest in property in England and Wales

If you are looking to expand your buy-to-let portfolio this year with a low-cost property purchase you may wish to consider buying...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental fraud remains 'one of the uglier aspects of private renting'

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is reminding would-be tenants to be vigilant when looking for somewhere new to live and to...

08 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

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The best letter and number combination for the highest rental income unveiled

New research has looked at the best postcode combinations for a profitable buy-to-let investment, and found that outcodes (the first half...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA welcomes tax relief for rental home improvements proposal

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has welcomed calls by a parliamentary committee for tax incentives for private landlords to improve the...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

People who live alone are more likely to be renting

The cost of living alone has hit 92% of income, making it far harder for single people to get a foot...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Two landlords in West Sussex lose appeal against CPNs

Two landlords who let substandard properties in Lancing and Southwick have had their appeals against Civil Penalty Notices (CPNs) rejected. Adur District...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

TSB adds to its BTL mortgage range

TSB has launched new buy-to-let remortgage products within its intermediary range, with rates now starting from 1.59%. There are two-, three- and...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New licensing scheme set to cost landlords £1,200

Buy-to-let landlords will need to pay £1,200 for a licence to rent their properties in Bristol as part of the local...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

The best cities for millennial renters

The slump in the UK home ownership rate from 73% a decade ago to just 63% today reflects the fact that...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £29,000 for harassing two tenants out of their homes

A private landlord in Telford has been ordered to pay £29,000 in costs and fines for harassing two tenants out of...

04 April 2019

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Prime London letting market is ‘strong and stable’

Rental values in prime London remain firm on the back of greater demand from tenants, as continued political uncertainty continues to...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New landlord management platform to pay tenants to find their replacement

A new property management platform, which is launching soon, is looking for landlords to sign up and test its systems for...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Increasing number of landlords selling up in London

There has been significant rise in the number of landlords selling up in the capital due to buy-to-let tax changes, according...

03 April 2019

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Here are 10 good reasons for people to rent

As the supply of rental accommodation dwindles, demand from tenants continues to go up, and for good reason, according to Paul Sloan, operations director...

03 April 2019

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Kensington Mortgages reduces buy-to-let rates

Kensington Mortgages has cut rates across its buy-to-let mortgage range by up to 0.4%. Rates on two-year fixed rate products now start...

03 April 2019

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“A good time to be a landlord in London’ as renters seek long-term tenancies

A growing number of renters in the capital are looking for longer-term tenancies as home ownership becomes increasingly out of reach...

02 April 2019

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Landlord handed suspended sentence after hiding tenants in windowless rooms

A buy-to-let landlord who allowed tenants to occupy rooms without windows after failing to get planning consent for a block of...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New mortgage and protection service launched by Portico

Portico has expanded its client offering with the launch of Portico Finance, a mortgage broker and protection service, designed to offer...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £9k for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in London has been ordered to pay more than £9,000 for failing to license a HMO. Across Tower Hamlets,...

02 April 2019

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New tenancy deposit replacement product launches

Another tenancy deposit replacement insurance scheme has been launched – this time by Goodlord. The property technology firm is offering the deposit...

02 April 2019

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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

Almost half of tenants claim poor health due to condition of their home

Nearly half of tenants in the UK claim to have suffered health problems and injury as a direct result of conditions...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Greater protection for landlords as CMP is made compulsory for letting agents

All letting agents in England are now required to belong to an approved Client Money Protection scheme, a measure designed to...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Co-Op removes restrictions on letting to DSS tenants

Platform, the intermediary lender of The Co-operative Bank, will no longer restrict landlords from letting to tenants in receipt of housing...

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

How will the gas boiler ban affect BTL landlords?

On 13th March the Chancellor announced that it will be illegal to install gas boilers in new build homes from 2025....

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

NatWest reduces BTL rates

NatWest has cut rates on selected buy-to-let products. The lender has reduced its semi exclusive five-year buy-to-let fixed rate remortgage deals by...

29 March 2019

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Early bird discount for landlords in new selective licensing scheme

From Monday, landlords will be able to apply for an early bird discount for Scarborough Borough Council’s new selective licensing scheme,...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents increase as landlords ‘continue exiting the market’

The number of tenants experiencing rent increases in February rose to the highest figure since August, as supply of new property...

28 March 2019

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Tax changes could lead to a surge in BTL landlords selling up

There could soon be a sharp rise in the number of buy-to-let looking to sell up as a consequence of the...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords under pressure to increase rents

Tax and legislative changes have unsurprisingly left many buy-to-let investors with little alternative but to pass costs onto tenants by pushing up...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Can you let out your BTL flat? - The problem with leasehold

As a landlord, you may have purchased a flat for the purposes of subletting, but are you actually allowed to rent...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Virgin Money amends buy-to-let mortgage criteria

Virgin Money has increased the maximum loan-to-value on its buy-to-let portfolio landlord range from 70% to 75%, while previous portfolio growth...

28 March 2019

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WHY NOW IS THE TIME TO INVEST IN BIRMINGHAM

Birmingham has experienced an incredible transformation over recent years. Shaking off its previously industrial image. The UK’s second city has emerged...

27 March 2019

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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

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BTL landlords across England and Wales continue to enjoy ‘solid yields’

The average rent across England and Wales has increased by 0.4% in the last 12 months, hitting an average of £861...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords must ‘not underestimate the importance of a thorough inventory’

It is good practice to have a detailed and accurate inventory completed at the start of the tenancy, and again when...

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

Petition against ‘No DSS’ Rightmove listings hit 40,000 signatures

An online petition calling on Rightmove to ban ‘No DSS’ wording in rental adverts has attracted more than 40,000 signatures. The petition...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Gill Fielding’s top things you should look out for when looking for properties to invest in

Property expert and entrepreneur Gill Fielding has been investing in property for several decades; long before the term ‘property investor’ was...

26 March 2019

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Could BTL investors avoid 3% stamp duty surcharge following tax tribunal ruling?

HMRC could soon be flooded with stamp duty surcharge refund requests from buy-to-let investors following a potential precedent set at a...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Many landlords now rely on council incentives to house homeless people

The widening gap between housing benefit rates and market rents means that many buy-to-let landlords are now forced to rely on...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to buy properties with high service charges and then take control

Buy-to-let landlords should not be deterred from acquiring leasehold properties, but rather target homes with ‘high service charges’, and then set...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Four in ten BTL landlords set to add to portfolio this year

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

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New app makes repairs reporting easier

A new property repair and maintenance reporting app has been launched by Scottish Land & Estates (SLE). The system, which can be...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Now is a good time to invest in property amid Brexit uncertainty

Residential property prices have fallen since the stat of the year, according to figures from the ONS, with prices dropping 1%...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

A growing number of landlords using limited company status

More than two thirds of landlords with four or more properties intend to use limited company status in order to acquire...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in cost of 5-year rate BTL mortgage products

There has been a significant increase in the cost of popular fixed term buy-to-let mortgage rates, fresh data shows. The latest research...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to prevent damp in your rental properties

Damp problems can be a serious concern in any home. Not only are they unwelcoming, but they are also unhealthy, and...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Have your say on Weymouth landlord licensing scheme

Members of the general public are being offered the opportunity to have their say on the possible introduction of the Weymouth...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

UK’s highest yields: the best postcodes for buy-to-let

Despite a number of tax and legislative changes making it harder to make money in buy-to-let, there are still pockets of...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Average monthly rent is not enough to cover cost of fixing a faulty boiler

The cost of repairing a faulty boiler currently stands at about 60% more than the average UK monthly rent, according to...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent branded ‘a farce’ by RLA

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

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords must ensure properties ‘comply with the required standards’ or face court

Landlords are being urged to prepare for the new Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018, which came into effect earlier...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla’s decision to ban ‘No DSS’ adverts welcomed by landlord association

Zoopla’s decision to issue ‘blanket bans against tenants in receipt of housing-related benefits’ after announcing that it will end ‘No DSS’ wording...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental market activity slows

There was a significant drop in the number of new rental listings, while the volume of properties let last month also...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords could ‘potentially do very well out of Brexit’ by turning to UK holiday lets

Brexit uncertainty could lead to a rise in demand for holiday let rental homes, which is potentially good news for landlords...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Four-year trend of rising rents ‘shows no signs of abating’

Private rental prices in the UK increased by 1.1% in the 12 months to February, according to the Office for National...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Nationwide is the latest lender to remove restrictions on letting to DSS tenants

Nationwide has announced that it will no longer prevent buy-to-let landlords from letting property to tenants in receipt of benefits. The move...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Discount for landlords who sign up early for new licensing scheme

Buy-to-let landlords will soon be able to apply for an early bird discount for Scarborough Borough Council’s new selective licensing scheme,...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let remains ‘one of the most lucrative investments one can make’

Despite recent tax and regulatory changes, investment in buy-to-let has outperformed most other major asset classes over the past 10 years,...

20 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

Tenants can sue landlords for damp homes under new laws

Tenants now have the right to sue their landlords for cold or damp homes under new laws that have come into...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing committee calls for leasehold reform

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has published a report calling for wide ranging reforms to the leasehold system in...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

TDS to host training events for landlords and letting agents

A new series of Academy events across the country designed to educate landlords and letting agents on the ins and outs...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

‘The landlord rules, not the tenant’, Fergus Wilson tells Panorama

Fergus Wilson was courting controversy long before he appeared on last night’s episode of Panorama. The buy-to-let landlord, widely considered to be...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA campaign to protect the rights of landlords to repossess their properties

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has launched a fresh campaign fighting for landlords’ repossession rights. The landlord organisation has decided to take...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

What issues can cause a property to be classed unfit under new law?

The new Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 will be introduced from tomorrow giving tenants the tenants the right to...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Short-term lets in Liverpool offer yields of up to 30.7%

Buy-to-let landlords who own property in Liverpool or Manchester could potentially achieve short-term letting yields of up to 30.7%, according to...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Highly anticipated report into Leasehold Reform to be published today

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee is due to publish its report into Leasehold Reform today, which is designed to...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Controversial landlord to feature on BBC Panorama tonight

One of the UK’s largest and arguably most controversial buy-to-let landlords who has in the past banned ‘coloured people’ from renting...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant sentenced to 12 years in prison for burning down rental property

A tenant who was found guilty of deliberately burning down a property he was renting four years ago was sentenced to...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage lending remains sluggish

Buy-to-let mortgage activity remained subdued in January with landlord investors taking out just 5,500 new buy-to-let home purchase mortgages, down 1.8%...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in the proportion of landlords in London buying homes with cash

The proportion of landlords acquiring properties in London in cash hit a seven-year high in 2018, according to fresh data from...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Avoid carpet in rental properties when renting to young families with kids

With a growing number of young families choosing to rent instead of buy, more landlords are now accepting tenants with young...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord - work smarter, not harder and reap the financial rewards

So, what do smart landlords do to make more money than you, and how do they do it? The million-dollar question....

15 March 2019

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BTL landlords thinking of selling now urged to “think again”

A number of buy-to-let landlords are currently thinking about exiting the private rented sector due to recent policy changes, including the...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla to stop rental listings discriminating against benefits claimants

Zoopla will no longer allow letting agents and landlords to issue ‘blanket bans against tenants in receipt of housing-related benefits’ after...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay almost £5k for ‘cutting corners in terms of fire safety’

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay a fine of £2,646, costs of £2,000 and a victim surcharge of £170...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Top pet-friendly renting tips for landlords and tenants

Pet-friendly rentals are growing in popularity, as reflected by Zoopla’s latest analysed search data from its keyword property search tool, which...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New workshops to improve relationships between agents, landlords and tenants

In a bid to improve relationships between letting agents, landlords, and tenants north of the border, fresh funding has been made...

15 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

Phil Spencer: ‘Chancellor's housing plans simply don't go far enough’

The chancellor Philip Hammond has once again failed to deliver for private landlords, with yesterday’s rather low-key Spring Statement yet another...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Pilot launched to improve energy efficiency of rented accommodation

A new pilot has been launched by TrustMark, the government endorsed quality scheme, in partnership with East Sussex Trading Standards, to...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Appropriate cover for short-term letting is virtually non-existent, report shows

Short-term letting providers, including landlords who list properties on Airbnb, are not adequately protected by major insurance providers, according to a...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

One in three tenants happy to rent for life

A third of UK renters have no plans to ever buy property, preparing instead for life as a long-term tenant, according...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Chancellor urged to ‘breathe life back into the private landlord sector’

Buy-to-let landlords believe that today’s Spring Statement provides the chancellor Philip Hammond with an opportunity to bolster activity in the buy-to-let...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords association loses High Court battle to prevent new landlord rules

New enforcement rules covering living conditions in private rented housing in Hull look set to be introduced after Humber Landlords Association...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS reduces rates on select purchase and remortgage BTL products

Leeds Building Society has cut rates across its buy-to-let range to help landlords already facing a tax and mortgage squeeze to...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Property values in London are too high due to outdated measurement methods

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

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Four common landlord mistakes and how to avoid them

For landlords, buying a property, making a few renovations and renting it out may sound like a simple feat, but it...

12 March 2019

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Landlords’ ‘significant contribution’ to the economy set to soar

Every little helps to boost Tesco sales, and yet Britain’s biggest retailer is not paying anywhere near as much tax as...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

‘National scandal’ as the number of empty homes across England rises 5%

Buy-to-let landlords are often blamed, primarily by those under the age of 40, for the existing housing crisis because property investors acquire...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord who ‘pinched, punched and kicked’ his female tenant is prosecuted

A buy-to-let landlord who used violence and intimidation to illegally evict his tenant has been handed a suspended jail sentence and...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in number of letting agents offering Zero Deposit guarantee

There has been a significant increase in the number of letting agents signing up to the Zero Deposit Guarantee, which currently...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Haringey approves plan to introduce borough-wide additional licensing

Haringey Borough Council has given the go-ahead for borough-wide additional licensing to be introduced from 27 May 2019 for Houses in...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Five tips for reducing void periods

For landlords, experiencing occasional void periods is inevitable and often out of your control. If a tenant’s circumstances change, they could...

11 March 2019

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Labour plans to force landlords to offer ‘indefinite’ tenancies

A Labour government would aim to address what it sees as a ‘power imbalance’ between landlords and renters by introducing “indefinite”...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Collapsed letting firm leaves landlords thousands of pounds out of pocket

A number of buy-to-let landlords have been left thousands of pounds out of pocket after a letting agent in Edinburgh went...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents increase ahead of general inflation

The cost of renting a home in the UK is rising quicker than the rate of inflation, with the average monthly...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

HMO landlords ordered to pay more than £30k for breaching licence conditions

Two landlords have been ordered to pay more than £30,000 for breaching fire safety and over-occupancy licence conditions at their House...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Girls Aloud star evicted after pets cause £17k worth of damage

Singer Sarah Harding has been evicted from her private rented home in Buckinghamshire after her pets reportedly caused more than £17,000...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords contribute £16.1bn a year to UK economy, research finds

Buy-to-let landlords collectively contribute £16.1bn to the British economy through pre-tax spending, which is almost double the estimated £8.5bn a decade...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Government makes funds available to help house homeless in the PRS

The Ministry for Housing, Community and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced that £45.5m will be made available to help find homeless...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Prince William concerned by slum conditions faced by some private renters

Prince William has expressed concern at the ‘slum’ conditions faced by some private renters following a trip to Blackpool where he...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

What do renters really want?

Whether you are looking to add to your portfolio by acquiring a new property or preparing to re-let any of your...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

How to flexibly earn income during ‘void’ tenancy periods

With the property market in a state of flux, even the traditional rental market appears to be cooling a little, particularly...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental income for BTL landlords jumps 15% year-on-year to £18.7bn

Rental income for buy-to-let landlords has increased by a staggering 15% over the past 12 month to hit £18.7bn, up from...

07 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

BTL landlord let off paying £16k licensing fees as not in the ‘public interest’

A buy-to-let landlord appears to have been let off paying fees of around £16,700 to license 37 rental properties in Stoke-on-Trent,...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

TSB launches new BTL product but increases remortgage rates

TSB has introduced a new two-year buy-to-let tracker deal and hiked up rates on several remortgage products. The new buy-to-let tracker is...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

How to improve your property’s EPC rating

It is estimated that buildings produce nearly half of this country’s carbon emissions - almost double that of cars and planes. The...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Renting in London costs twice as much as elsewhere

London remains by far the most expensive place in the country to rent, with average rent in the capital 114% higher...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Keystone introduces new purchase-only buy-to-let products

Keystone Property Finance has introduced a series of new purchase-only buy-to-let products. The new deals are available at 65% or 75% loan-to-value...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New deposit protection training courses for landlords in Scotland

Landlords in Scotland are being offered an opportunity to attend new tenancy deposit adjudication workshops designed to offer training in tenancy...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

One of Scotland’s ‘most iconic’ properties available to rent

Landlords in Edinburgh who are looking to attract high-end tenants will be keeping an eye on how a newly listed rental...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Government to clampdown on landlords discriminating against DSS tenants

The government plans to crackdown on BTL landlords and letting agents posting ‘no DSS’ adverts discriminating against tenants claiming housing benefit. Around...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Where can you find the most energy-efficient properties in the UK?

Investing in residential properties can be a great way to accumulate wealth. But before parting with your cash, an investment strategy...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Gap between buying and renting hits nine-year low

The gap between the cost of buying and renting is down 59%, its lowest level in nine years, according to the...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords cool on property purchases

Philip Hammond is once again being urged to reverse the previous chancellor George Osborne’s deeply unpopular tax reforms as they are...

05 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

NatWest scraps ‘no DSS’ policy

NatWest has bowed to growing industry pressure by lifting restrictions on buy-to-let landlords renting to tenants in receipt of housing benefit. In...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Falling property sales in Manchester: has the bubble burst?

If you’ve been reading about the Manchester property market, then you will probably have read that overall sales volumes have fallen...

04 Marc