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Landlords will still have virtual auction options in future

A favourite route for a landlord acquiring properties - at auction - is likely to remain at least partly virtual in...

16 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent share of planning approvals down on pre-Covid peak

Build To Rent planning application requests have risen 52 per cent in the past year according to the latest research. However they...

16 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents are falling in real terms - and that’s official

Private sector rents are falling in real terms according to government figures. Data from the Office for National Statistics show that private...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Massive fall in HMRC tax take from ‘Let Property’ campaign

There’s been a sharp fall in money raised from a campaign encouraging landlords to voluntarily disclose tax owed on rental properties...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New league table shows best yields by regions and towns

The best buy to let yields can be found in the North East of England according to new research.  The region as...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Happy Tenants! Big majority of renters satisfied with landlords

Over 80 per cent of private renters in England are satisfied with their accommodation according to new data. Figures from the English...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Outdated! Some rental regulations date back to 18th century

Some laws underpinning the private rented sector date back to the 18th century and are no longer fit for purposes, according...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

More new landlords replacing those quitting sector, survey shows

Nearly a million landlords plan to review their buy to let portfolios over the next two years with the number planning...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Official figures show big FALL in possessions during pandemic

Contrary to the impression put forward by some pressure groups, there’s been a continued fall in landlord possession claims between April...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Another mortgage lender urges landlords to improve buy to let EPCs

Specialist buy to let lender Landbay is the latest to try to turn landlords green by offering discounted mortgages for rental...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Investment firm says serviced apartments now an option for investors

Investment consultancy Thirlmere Deacon says serviced apartments, typically for visitors, can provide an attractive option for investors right now. Thirlmere Deacon director...

22 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Threat to small-scale landlords as Lloyds Bank buys and lets flats

It’s been reported that the Lloyds Banking Group is set to buy its first property as it seeks to become a...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

At last! London rental market shows strong signs of recovery

After months in the doldrums thanks to tenants moving away and an excess of supply, London’s rental sector is recovering. The Home...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Tory Lord promotes campaign for pets to be allowed in private lets

Conservative Peer Lord Black of Brentwood - Guy Black, a former newspaper magnate and Conservative activist - has urged the government...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord pays out £980 compensation over condition of flat

A landlord in Norwich has paid almost £1,000 in compensation following the discovery of black mould and damp in a property...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Fake investment scams on the rise, warns Citizens Advice

The Citizens Advice consumer charity is warning that fake investment scams are amongst the fraudulent activity that’s on the rise across...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords in high-level talks with government over rental reforms

The landlords’ trade body has been invited to join what it calls “high-level” talks with government over reforms to the private...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

 Platform allows landlords to set up companies to buy properties

A platform claims it allows buy to let landlords to set up limited companies within 30 minutes, through which they can...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Up and Up - rents reach new record high says top agency

Rental growth accelerated in May to reach a new record high according to Connells-owned lettings agency Hamptons.   Last month the average cost...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Fraudster fake landlords scam tenant out of deposit cash

A genuine tenant who advertised on social media for a property has been scammed out of £450 by fraudsters posing as...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

 New guidance given to first time landlords

The Association of Residential Landlords Association - part of Propertymark - has issued guidance to first time landlords letting out property.  Check...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Soaring house prices lure expat and foreign national investors

There’s been a “huge demand” for buy to let mortgages spurred on by dramatic house prices rises, according to a major...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction activists tell renters to check landlord paperwork

Activist group Generation Rent are telling tenants to use the slightest documentation error by landlords to avoid eviction. It claims as many...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

“Bumper summer of lettings” on the way for landlords

We’re on track for a bumper summer of lettings according to one of the sector’s most authoritative rental market monitors. Goodlord’s latest...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Licensing landlords would help students, insists charity and union

A Citizens Advice and Students Union study into student accommodation in its patch says there should be an additional licensing scheme...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let resurgence sees landlords getting younger

The average age of British landlords has decreased, with some 47 per cent now aged under 40.  That compares to just three...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Enforcing rental regulation is a postcode lottery in part of the UK - claim

The landlords’ trade body says there’s an enforcement postcode lottery across part of the UK. The National Residential Landlords Association’s Welsh Enforcement...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Official - no significant Covid rent arrears, no pile-up of possession cases

The government has produced figures that counter the long-running claims by rental sector activists that there has been a build up...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords Beware: fraudulent tenancy applications soar

There’s a warning that there’s been a huge rise in fraudulent tenant applications since the start of the pandemic. In terms of...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

This is how landlords should choose an agent - according to ARLA

Propertymark has issued a guide to help landlords choose lettings agents.   Angela Davey, ARLA Propertymark president, says she has five tips aimed...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Buying at auction? It’ll never be the same again insists industry leader

The auction process, for years a favourite with landlords, will never be the same again according to one of the industry’s...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants flee London as pandemic changes rental landscape

Private sector tenants are leaving London in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, changing the rental market fundamentally. According to new research, landlords...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

New finance deal to encourage more rental energy efficiency

Offa, the UK’s first Shariah-compliant bridging loan provider, has launched a short-term loan system for landlords which is open only in relation...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Lifetime Deposits may be more complicated than government hopes

There’s a warning that the government’s pledge to introduce a lifetime deposits concept, theoretically making it easier and cheaper for tenants...

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Optimism and tight supply fuel rentals boom, according to surveyors

The latest sentiment survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors makes welcome reading for most landlords. RICS deals only with broad...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

What’s that smell? It must be a Build To Rent scheme…

A Build To Rent operator is introducing “signature scents” into its properties “to lift moods and enhance the rental experience.” Fig, orange...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Outlook uncertain for buy to let after recent retreat - Nationwide

The private rental sector is in slow retreat according to a new analysis by Nationwide-owned specialist lender, The Mortgage Works. Nationwide chief...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Councils accused by activists over rental licensing and safety

There are now 10 councils with licensing schemes covering more than 20 per cent of the rental market according to activists’...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

 Big rise in incorporated landlords according to investment service

A property investment consultancy says growing numbers of UK and international landlords are incorporating to manage their buy to let portfolios...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

It's a Renter's Market - London affordability improves during pandemic

Rental affordability in the capital has improved markedly during the pandemic according to London lettings agency Benham and Reeves.  The firm analysed...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Do you wish you could change your Brexit referendum vote?

A third of landlords surveyed in a poll this month say they wish they could now change the way they voted...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter and tenants’ group set up city Fair Renting campaign

Shelter and tenants’ group in a major city have mobilised to set up a campaign called Fair Renting. The campaign is focussed...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb blocks 80,000 reservations in bid to curb anti-social behaviour

Airbnb has blocked nearly 80,000 UK reservation attempts following the introduction of restrictions that prevent under 25-year-olds from making entire home...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lenders make more offers to woo landlord borrowers

The mortgage market is becoming increasingly competitive for landlords who want to take advantage of offers as the economy comes out...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Are you prepared to give more property details to letting agents?

Several high-flying lettings sector bodies say rental properties advertised on portals should carry much more upfront information. This means landlords who use agents...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Soaring number of second homes jumping on staycation bandwagon

The number of second homes in the UK has risen 30 per cent over the last five years, according to a...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Should investors take advantage of Florida’s market boom?

The spring market in Florida is white-hot at the moment, rivalling the increasing temperatures across the state as people begin their...

13 April 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Council action means £90,000 bill for landlord and company

A landlord and a property company have a total of over £90,000 to pay after being found guilty of 27 charges...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

We’re Staying Put! Landlord sell-offs hits a seven year low

New data from lettings agency Hamptons suggests that despite the slew of challenges thrown at the private rental sector, the number...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Big rise in rents outside London as demands outstrips supply

New figures suggest a large average rise in rents over the past year in almost every region outside of London. According to...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour criticises court delays as backlog hits all-time high

Many landlords awaiting the hearing of possession cases will hardly need reminding, but new figures from the Ministry of Justice give...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Big surge in choice of mortgages for holiday let landlords

There’s been a surge in the number of mortgage products aimed at landlords in the holiday let market. There’s been a 45...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Big drop in ‘super prime’ tenancies starting in central London

Few landlords deal in the rarified surroundings of the central London market, and new figures from lettings agency Knight Frank show...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let mortgage options increase, but warning on rates

Buy to let mortgage choice has increased for the fifth month in a row, according to independent mortgage market monitor Moneyfacts. There...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New mortgage range for buy to lets with good EPC ratings

Paragon Bank has launched a range of 80 per cent loan to value buy to let mortgages specifically for properties with...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Are tenancy agreements being broken by uninsured renters?

A survey of 1,000 tenants suggests that only around half have contents insurance. Nationwide, which conducted the poll, says the contents of...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

How the other half rent - an insight into Mayfair’s rental sector

One of the most respected and experienced agents in Prime Central London has given an insight into the lettings market in...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Yield hot spots in London identified by letting agent

London-focussed lettings agency Portico has drawn up highly localised hotspots within the capital for landlords seeking the best yields.  According to the...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

£24,000 - landlord’s average loss from Capital Gains Tax threat

A lettings agency has suggested that the typical landlord could lose as much as £24,000 if the government increases Capital Gains...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords have upper hand on rents as supply plummets - research

High level research shows that since the start of the pandemic - March 2020 - some 300,000 fewer properties have come...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lawyer tells landlords: Don’t deceive tenants

Landlords have been warned not to try to deceive departing tenants after a controversial tribunal ruling. Lindsays law firm says Scotland’s first...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Student leader says landlords treated better than tenants in pandemic

Landlords have benefitted from tax breaks, subsidies and a weak eviction ban according to the National Union of Students. Larissa Kennedy, the...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Post-Budget BTL hacks - advice for landlords trying to beat stamp duty extension chaos

Landlords trying to expand their portfolios can avoid delays caused by residential buyers taking advantage of the Chancellor's stamp duty extension by using four 'buy-to-let hacks', according to broker Mortgages for...

10 March 2021

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Activists press another council to get tough on landlords

Activists from the Acorn campaign are pressing a council to get tough on landlords. Acorn has waged anti-landlord and anti-letting agent campaigns...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Sharia-compliant funding for property investors now available

A company is offering Sharia-compliant bridging finance for property investors. Sharia compliance in the finance world means for savers and borrowers, instead...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

High Street bank may become huge private landlord

Lloyds Bank is considering entering the private rental sector as a landlord, according to a Financial Times scoop. The newspaper says it's...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord Alert: faulty electrical appliances cause 43 fires a week in England

Faulty appliances cause an average of 43 fires a week in England alone, according to an electrical product platform. Research by Electrical Direct...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Investment opportunity? Student demand growing as stock falls - claim

Demand for student accommodation is greater than ever, a specialist online platform suggests. This is despite high supply of new purpose built...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Advice - how landlords can survive the pandemic

Around 840,000 private renters in England and Wales have built up rent arrears since lockdown measures began and one in five...

03 March 2021

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Covid arrears not such a big problem according to new survey

A major survey of landlords, tenants and letting agents suggests Covid-related arrears may not be the big problem as some fear. The...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

The 10 biggest mistakes a landlord could make (according to a bank)

It might be thought that banks have made significant mistakes of their own in the recent past - including triggering the...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Clear 700,000 private tenants’ arrears, demand Generation Rent

Generation Rent campaign activists say 700,000 private tenants on Universal Credit cannot afford to pay their rent. The campaign - led by...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax incentives needed to help energy efficiency in private renting

The landlords’ trade body says the tax system needs reforming to support energy improvements in the private rental sector. The intervention by...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Scams are rife in the private lettings sector, says Trading Standards

Scams involving fake landlords and bogus lettings agents are rife in the private rentals sector, and may have been made worse...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Suspended jail term for landlord failing to maintain gas appliances

A landlord has been sentenced for failing to maintain gas appliances at a rental property in accordance with the law. Swansea magistrates’...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Advice to landlords on changes to Electrical Safety Standards

A lettings agency is issuing general guidance to the landlord community ahead of changes to Electrical Safety Standards in April. Helen Hollingsworth,...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants increasingly worried over personal credit scores

Despite talk of increased arrears and wider economic concerns, it appears tenants are increasingly worried about the long-term effects of poor credit...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords lumbered with loans and unsellable flats

It’s feared that the government’s latest funding to solve the cladding crisis will leave thousands of landlords with loans and unsellable...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Growing investment from landlords despite rents stagnating

There is substantial investment going in to the private rental sector by individual landlords, according to evidence from the latest edition...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Houses letting much more quickly than apartments in city centres

New research out this morning suggests that Coronavirus continues to change the lettings landscape, with houses now renting more quickly than a...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs slam “snail’s pace” Green Homes Grant vouchers for landlords

The Green Homes Grant scheme is set to fail according to MPs, who claim the current slow roll-out means it would...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords have no choice but to evict after new Universal Credit hitch

Landlords with tenants on Universal Credit are struggling to set up Alternative Payment Arrangements because the UC portal is closed to new...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords invited to respond to yet another licensing consultation

Landlords in the the Charnwood area of the Midlands are invited to give their views on the proposed conditions for two...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Take heart at strength of rental market’ says commentator

A leading market monitor suggests voids are increasing but otherwise states the rental market is in good health, one year on from...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Advice for landlords on how to reduce deposit dispute risk

Newly released data shows precisely what subjects lead to deposit disputes - and a long-standing issue is in the number one...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

The top 10 tips for preventing pet damage in your home

Whilst 24% of adults have welcomed a new pet into their home since March 2020, or are planning to before Easter...

28 January 2021

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Police probe homes let by landlords contrary to Covid rules

Police in Devon say they will be cracking down on holiday homes let by landlords in contravention of Coronavirus lockdown rules...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Current eviction ban is “more balanced” says housing solicitor

The current extension to the eviction ban in England and Wales is “more balanced” than some past examples according to a...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental market slowing according to surveyors’ sentiment study

The latest sentiment survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggests a drop in landlord activity across the UK. RICS does...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Private renters enjoy more life satisfaction than social sector tenants

Social renters have the lowest life satisfaction and experience the greatest anxiety according to analysis by a property management firm.  Lettings company...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents booming in much of England and Wales away from London

Rents across much of England and Wales are performing strongly according to a new market analysis - and in some areas...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Expert tips - How to set up and manage a holiday let

Britain’s holiday rental market is preparing for a busy year ahead, as many travellers are expected to opt for staycations over...

12 January 2021

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Eviction ban extended in England and Wales

The ban on bailiff-enforced evictions for private renters has been extended in England and Wales. This will be until February 21 “at...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant income tumbles but so far no damage to rental market

The latest survey from PropTech platform Goodlord suggests the lettings landscape is relatively stable entering 2021 - but with the prospect...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Green Homes Grant change makes finding installers easier

The landlords’ trade body says it welcomes a change of heart by the government over details of the Green Homes Grant scheme. Until now...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Mould? Oh that’s the landlord’s responsibility, say most tenants

Two thirds of people who have experienced mould are tenants in private, social or student housing according to a new survey. Comparison...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Should new HMOs have en suites to combat Coronavirus?

A councillor has called for all new HMOs to be created with en suite bathrooms, and not shared bathrooms. The call came during...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent increases reducing in volume for three months on the run

For the third successive month the number of landlords increasing rent to tenants has dropped, according to the latest data from...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Taking landlords to court stops council’s ‘real’ work, it admits

A leading officer in a Labour council which has in the past taken landlords to court says this process is so...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Boiling Over! Landlords face huge bills to meet eco-requirements

Two players in the domestic energy industry are warning landlords that it will be an expensive exercise to meet predicted future...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents hit all-time high according to government figures

The average monthly private sector rent in England over the 12 months to September was £725. The figure, released over the weekend,...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

London rents set to fall according to vast majority of surveyors

The latest lettings market snapshot from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggests the vast majority of respondents expect rents in...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Abandoned! Landlords angry at being forgotten by government

Landlords are feeling abandoned by the government during the pandemic according to a new survey.  Some 64 per cent say they haven’t...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

New rent guarantee and legal cover Covid insurance for landlords

Insurance provider Berkeley Alexander has launched a Landlord Legal Expenses and Rent Guarantee product for use under Covid-19 restrictions. The company claims that...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Amazing story of landlord dynasty convicted of benefits fraud

Members of a wealthy Blackburn family of landlords with a portfolio of properties have been sentenced for defrauding the Department for...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Green councillor wants tenants to lead private rental sector review

A Green Party councillor is demanding that tenants be allowed to write the local authority’s policy for the private rental sector. According...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Do you know your Wear and Tear from your Residual Lifespan?

An online quiz with 4,000 landlord participants suggests that landlords are well informed - they scored an average 70 per cent...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Short-lets chief advises tenants to “take the pub home” at Christmas

A leading figure in the short lets sector is advising tenants to “take the pub home” this Christmas. Merilee Karr, chair of...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Post-Lockdown league table shows where to find the best yields

A new league table from comparison website Rentround shows how the lockdown has impacted yields around the country. The site has analysed...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Time for landlords to reflect and move forward

When 2020 began one of the biggest issues most landlords faced was the ending of tax relief introduced over four years...

01 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Landlords being supported by agents as rent rises dwindle

Landlords are being supported by letting agencies as the Coronavirus fall-out continues, according to the president of agents’ trade body ARLA...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Many overseas landlords confessing to tax avoidance - claim

The number of overseas landlords admitting tax avoidance has risen 65 per cent in five years according to an accountancy firm. Moore,...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords blast Sunak for making rent payments harder

Landlords have sharply criticised Chancellor Rishi Sunak for cutting the amount tenants relying on benefits will be able to claim to...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Yield Update: Good and bad locations, revealed by mortgage company

A ‘city tracker’ operated by a specialist buy to let mortgage company has outlined the best - and worst - places...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Carbon monoxide alarm regulations to be beefed up

There may be new and stricter legal requirements on the way for private landlords with regards to carbon monoxide alarm installation...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb under scrutiny over threat of money laundering

Airbnb’s UK operation is under scrutiny by the City watchdog over fears it could be exploited for money laundering purposes Although there...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents up across most of the UK but London landlords miss out

Rents rose 1.4 per cent in the year to October, a drop from the 1.5 per cent growth recorded in September...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid fears mean tenants are avoiding HMOs and shared units

There’s been a significant slump in the number of new enquiry levels from landlords seeking property management and tenant-related services, according...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Pandemic Impact Survey: how have landlords been hit?

A new survey by rental sector PropTech supplier Fixflo asks landlords and agents how they have been impacted by the pandemic. The...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed: top tips for buying property in Spain in the new normal

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed so many things for so many people. For international real estate agents in Spain, it has...

10 November 2020

From: Overseas Property

Big surge in landlord optimism as they plan to buy outside cities

One in 10 landlords wants to buy another investment property in the coming year according to a new survey.  This compares to...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Voyeur landlord banned from working in financial services industry

Mark Horsey, a landlord who has been convicted of voyeurism, has now been banned from continuing to work in the financial...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents fall further as short lets make supply glut worse

There’s more bad news for landlords and investors looking at prime London properties according to a market snapshot from Knight Frank. It...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough fear adds to call that renters should get cash help

The furlough scheme has been extended for a month and while it’s being replaced eventually by a less generous scheme, there is...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 20% of renters could fall into arrears in Corona hotspots - claim

A PropTech company claims a quarter of private renters in towns and cities most affected by pandemic could fall into arrears. Deposit...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Top tips on virtual viewings when buying or selling a home

Virtual viewings are on the increase according to a new study by the UK's technology-led estate agent, Purplebricks, with one in six buyers...

29 October 2020

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Make a grand entrance: 6 expert tips to maximise kerb appeal when renovating your home

According to recent statistics, British homeowners have spent an average of £4,035.70 each on house renovations this year. With people spending...

29 October 2020

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Rethinking hospitality in a post-Covid world – how to meet rising demand for holiday lets

For over two decades, The Cumberland has been offering specialist lending to the hospitality sector, and 10 years ago, it became...

29 October 2020

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Top tips to make your properties ‘gas secure’

Gas Safety Week is an annual event, that took place 14-20 September in 2020 and aims to raise awareness of gas safety...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation, Regulation & Compliance

Anti-eviction activists stage protest outside home of landlord

It’s being reported that a so-called ‘rental union’ group of activists has staged a protest outside a landlord’s own home. Acorn - a...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Spending Spree: more landlords plan to purchase

Around 10 per cent of landlords plan to purchase properties and expand their portfolio in the coming year according to a...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s five figure fine for negligent management

A council has prosecuted a local landlord for failing to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of his tenants. Eastleigh council took...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

£130,000 bill for landlords letting “criminally improper” flats

Two landlords have been fined over £100,000 after 35 people were found living in what a judge called “criminally improper conditions.” Arun...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

 Lockdown rules published - list of landlords’ Covid-safe responsibilities

The Welsh Government has set out how its two week ‘fire break’ lockdown will impact the rental industry, including landlords' responsibilities in...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

London landlords testing the water for possible sales, says agency

Some London landlords are testing the water to see if they can downsize or sell their entire portfolios. Chestertons, a London-focussed high end...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Possible refund for investors caught out by planning consent scam

The Financial Conduct Authority wants to find people who unwittingly invested in an unauthorised land banking scheme - they may be...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental portfolio producing £75k a year - all yours for £10

Would-be landlords are being wooed by an opportunity to win a 13-apartment portfolio in return for ... just a £10 ticket. It's...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New survey sees London rents plummeting as rest of GB is static

Rental growth across Great Britain was flat in September according to the latest market survey by Countrywide brand Hamptons International. Average rents...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Sunak’s ‘local furlough’ scheme not enough to help renters - claim

The latest financial measures introduced over the weekend by Chancellor Rishi Sunak are not likely to help rental sector problems in...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb landlords beware - HMRC may be investigating you

An accountancy firm is warning Airbnb landlords they may be investigated following a decision by the short lets platform to share data...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

London’s now a tenant’s market as supply soars - top agency

Prime Central London rents fell by an average 2.3 per cent in the third quarter of 2020 according to Savills. In prime...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Stay Secure! Landlords given five top tips to boost home security

The National Residential Landlords Association has given the sector five top tips to improve home security - marking October as Home...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords – here’s how to create the perfect property listing

Despite another national lockdown seemingly on the horizon, the property market remains resilient, with the stamp duty holiday and other initiatives...

05 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Smoke alarms alert - are landlords keeping up with the law?

Over two million homes in England - that’s almost one in 10 - do not have a working smoke alarm according...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

The Covid Effect - how the virus is changing some rental trends

New research from SpareRoom reveals the majority of sharers now want evidence of kindness, empathy and thinking of others in people they...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage approvals surge as landlords look to ‘diversify their property portfolios’

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are looking to take advantage of cheaper borrowing rates, growing demand from renters, and the...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

The private rental market ‘still isn’t showing any signs of slowing down’

The number of new prospective tenants continued to increase last month, reaching an all-time high, according to ARLA Propertymark’s latest PRS...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers frozen out of the market

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

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Urgent action needed to address mounting tenant debt

A lot more needs to be done to financially support landlords and renters during the existing Covid-19 pandemic, according to Housing...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in properties selling for above asking price as buyer demand spikes

One in eight properties sold for more than the original asking price in August as housing demand peaked following the chancellor’s...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

A missed opportunity ‘to provide support to individual landlords’

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s new 'Job Support Scheme', unveiled last week, has been welcomed by millions of workers across the country, but...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Council warns landlords against illegal extensions after issuing £375k in fines

Buy-to-let landlords in Walthamstow, north east London, have been ordered to pay a collective total of £375,000 after modifying their buy-to-let...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

The UK’s most profitable cities for BTL landlords unveiled

Salford has been identified as the most profitable buy-to-let city for landlords, according to research by CIA Landlord.  The study found that...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Law firm says that it is highly unlikely that there will be a ‘spike in evictions’

The government’s decision to not extend the ban on landlords evicting renters beyond 20 September is a major concern for many private...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in illegal evictions

There has been a sharp rise in illegal evictions by rogue landlords, it has been claimed.  According to The Independent, illegal evictions...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

More than £1.7bn worth of unclaimed property lying vacant

There is currently around £1.744bn worth of unclaimed property lying vacant across England and Wales, according to the latest research by...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords ‘can start to take action’ following end of the evictions ban

The six-month tenant eviction ban, which finally ended yesterday, has helped renters that are suffering financial difficulty, but it has also...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting market activity slows in August

There was a sharp drop in letting market activity in August, according to the latest figures from the Agency Express Property...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can help landlords ‘reduce the need for evictions caused by rent arrears’

With courts now prepared to hear rental property repossession cases again following the end of the ban on evictions, there will...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Optimism remains high among letting agents

Letting agents are feeling more optimistic about the letting sector than they were at the outset of 2020 despite the challenges...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Canopy urges landlords to ‘hand back deposits to renters in dire need’

More needs to be done to help support tenants, especially those facing financial hardship as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic,...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Many landlords are ‘struggling financially’ and cannot subsidise rents

Less than half of landlords have received full rent since March 2020, when Covid-19 lockdown rules were introduced, according to new...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords in England look to avoid ‘confrontation’

Buy-to-let landlords in England could learn a thing or two from the Scottish market as the eviction deadline approaches, according to...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant evictions will not be enforced in areas subject to local lockdowns

Many renters have welcomed the government's latest announcement around protecting tenants from eviction over the winter period, but tenants and landlords...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Gas Safety Week: Top tips to make your properties ‘gas secure’

Landlords are being reminded this week that they are responsible for the safety of their tenants, as part of Gas Safety...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

NRLA calls for interest-free hardship loans for tenants affected by Covid-19

Almost a quarter of private landlords with properties in England surveyed have lost rental income due to Covid-19, according to a...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand for property may have intensified, but pricing remains sensitive

The post-lockdown rebound in buying momentum looks set to continue in and around London as we head into Autumn, according to...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in new tenancies as renters take advantage of lower rents

There was a notable increase in the number of new tenancies last month as an increasing number of tenants took advantage...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Police arrest landlord after seizing £400k worth of cannabis in Coventry

The landlord of two properties in Coventry has been arrested after police seized cash and drugs worth £400,000. The money and drugs...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords ‘are now treading very carefully’ due to the tenant evictions ban

New landlord instructions were broadly flat last month following a modest increase in July, while tenant demand continues to increase sharply,...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance to help landlords arrange student check-ins

The Deposit Protection Service (DPS) has issued new guidance to help student landlords in England and Wales arrange accommodation check-ins during the...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Two thirds of British workers are better off financially since lockdown

As the UK went into lockdown, most people were either furloughed or forced to work from home where they can, and...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Flat owners welcome government response on cladding

The government has published its response to the House of Commons, Communities and Local Government Select Committee’s (HCLG) report on cladding...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords – now is the perfect time to let your property

With activity in the market continuing to rise and the number new tenancies back to pre-pandemic levels, landlords are enjoying strong...

07 September 2020

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Rents stable ‘as the market starts to settle into a more predictable pattern’

Rents increased by an average of 2% in August thanks to greater demand from renters, the latest figures show.  Modest growth in...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL sector ‘can make a strong recovery in the second half of the year’

There has been a drop in buy-to-let lending, but the decline is less dramatic than the general purchase market, according to the latest...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Law Society calls for ‘legislative changes to prevent a spike in homelessness’

More needs to be done to help support tenants, especially those facing financial hardship as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic,...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

The ‘new normal’ means more tenants want ‘variety, options and security’

The Covid-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered almost every aspect of our daily lives, and the rental market needs to adapt to...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent in Chelmsford may still be trading despite being expelled by TPO

Landlords and tenants in Chelmsford, Essex, are being warned that a local letting agent appears to be trading, despite being expelled from...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property transactions set to rise, ‘particularly in buy-to-let’ market

There has been a sharp rise in mortgage approvals, as reported by the Bank of England yesterday.  The latest data reveals that...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to deliver a scheme ‘to support tenants and landlords in England’

The UK is in a recession for the first time in 11 years, and there are some suggestions unemployment could hit...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Average UK rents up 2.1% in 12 months to August

Average rents across the UK increased by 2.1% in August when compared with a month earlier, according to the latest data...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

High demand for rental property sees viewings hit a 10-year high

Viewing figures in the letting market in London and the Home Counties hit a 10-year high at the end of August,...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants require a ‘solution that can provide financial support’

More money needs to be made available to support landlords and renters during the existing Covid-19 pandemic, according to Bankrate UK.  The...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property prices stable as pent-up demand leads to quicker home sales

Residential property prices look set to hold firm for the remainder of the year - despite the onset of recession and...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let purchase activity bounces back

There has been a sharp rise in buy-to-let mortgage activity as property investors look to take advantage of the current stamp...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to provide ‘support for landlords during this time’

Following the decision to extend the tenant eviction ban until 20 September, apropos is calling on the government to show the...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

July was a ‘relatively robust month for the UK lettings market’

Rental market activity remained relatively stable last month, according to the latest data from Agency Express Property.  National month-on-month figures for properties...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Where are buy-to-let investments with a tenant already in situ most in-demand?

Buy-to-let investments with a tenant already in situ are most in-demand across Glasgow, according to Howsy.  The letting management platform reports that...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Government U-turn on evictions ban ‘is a misstep’

The government has made a grave mistake extending the evictions ban in England and Wales by four weeks, it has been...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Accord increases maximum LTV to 80%

Accord will be increasing its maximum loan-to-value (LTV) for its buy-to-let product transfers to 80%.  In addition, the lender has reduced rates...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords ‘cannot be expected to foot the bill for government failure’

The government has been slammed for its 11th-hour U-turn after extending the eviction ban for four weeks and instructing landlords to...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Government needs to ‘seriously consider offering landlords’ financial support

Financial support needs to be made available to landlords with tenants who have fallen into arrears relating to Covid-19 and can...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants must ‘come to an agreement on rent owed’

A number of buy-to-let landlords continue to work closely with tenants to support those in rent arrears as a result of...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter demands ‘extra powers to stop renters being evicted’

Shelter is calling for greater protection for renters facing financial difficulties.  The extended ban on evictions announced on Friday will not be...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords should not be required to take ‘financial hit on behalf of their tenants’

A number of buy-to-let landlords have worked closely with tenants to support those in rent arrears as a result of the...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Recent rental boom could see a spike in number of electrical checks

Buy-to-let landlords and letting agents could be required to process a high number of electrical checks (EICRs) if the recent upturn...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Accord withdraws all 60% LTV buy-to-let mortgages

Accord has removed all of its buy-to-let products at 60% loan-to-value (LTV) on a temporary basis.  The company says that the move...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL product numbers dip as rates start to rise

There appears to have been an increase in demand for buy-to-let property since the chancellor announced a stamp duty holiday, but...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Top universities for buy-to-let revealed

With the academic year set to get underway, thousands of students are busily moving into flats and rented homes in towns...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Courts must prioritise rent arrears, anti-social behaviour and domestic violence

While the five-month tenant eviction ban has helped renters that are suffering financial difficulty, it has left landlords powerless to take...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Why landlords need to be vigilant for cannabis farms

As a landlord, it’s vital to conduct periodic inspections throughout each tenancy to ensure that the condition of your rental property...

17 August 2020

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Housing market strength proves itself once again

The UK housing market is in growth mode as the recovery gathers pace, the latest figures show.  According to Rightmove, the post-lockdown...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour MP calls for shake-up to ‘end landlordism’ and extend evictions ban

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

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday triggers unseasonal rise in housing transactions

The number of residential property sales agreed have surged in the month since the chancellor announced a stamp duty holiday, with...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market recovery could be short-lived, warn RICS

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

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

The rental market is on the road to recovery

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

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant loan scheme welcomed by the NRLA

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

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords in Scotland have served 350 eviction notices since lockdown

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

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Accord once again offering BTL mortgages for first-time landlords

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

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Top 10 property features to attract tenants in London

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

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Weaker demand as the rental market in prime London remains subdued

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

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Retail to residential conversions set to rise

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

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Annual rent price growth rate slows

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

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

New rental protection service launched to ‘protect’ landlords

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

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords urged to consider property incorporation

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

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Greater demand for new tenancies placing upward pressure on rents

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

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage demand rises as investors return to the market

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

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property investors head north for higher returns

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

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Staycation boost for short-term let landlords

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

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

An increase in tenant demand puts upward pressure on rental values

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

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Accord expands BTL range and reduces rates

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

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords remain optimistic but profitability falls

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

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Post lockdown surge in demand for homes with a garden

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

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental deposits now above average in five English regions

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

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New tenancies are now almost back to pre-pandemic levels

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

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord looks to add value to property despite local opposition

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

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords are ‘planning for the future’ by remortgaging properties

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

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Top rental yield areas for buy-to-let unveiled

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

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

A quarter of renters have fallen behind on rent payments

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

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord loses appeal at High Court over extension

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

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords urged to invest in property sooner rather than later

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

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Thousands of vulnerable Londoners face ‘the threat of eviction’

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

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

A quarter of BTL landlords plan to add to portfolios

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

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Most pet-friendly UK postcodes revealed

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

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Private renters are ‘increasingly satisfied with their housing’

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

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove records busiest day ever as demand surges

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

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

London rents fall as supply increases

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

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to boost the safety net available to young renters

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

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents have dropped 10% in central London

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

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

The NRLA slams Generation Rent for scaremongering tenants

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

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are remortgaging in order to build war chests

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

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in rent arrears as eviction cases surge

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

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage advisor jobs - shortage of advisors to meet demand

Mortgage advisor jobs - shortage of advisors to meet demand The mortgage market, like all other parts of the property industry,...

25 June 2020

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Portico launches £1 letting service for private landlords

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

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

The property industry has second lowest monthly furlough wage bill

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

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Accord withdraws BTL products and cuts rates

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

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL rental yields remain broadly unchanged year-on-year

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

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance to help landlords arrange accommodation check-outs

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

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

How much do landlords in London owe through mortgage borrowing?

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

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

ONS: Rental prices hit an all-time high

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

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Planning to defer your self assessment payment?

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

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Virtual property auctions continue to prove popular

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

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Opportunistic property investors urged not to make ridiculous offers

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

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Harrow Council consults on Edgware landlord licensing scheme

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

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords are accepting lower rental offers to avoid void periods

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

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour MP calls for extension to evictions ban

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

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market bounces back with 22% surge in demand

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

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage searches drop to 18%

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

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand for rental property increases by a third

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

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

UK house prices were on an upward trajectory before coronavirus hit

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

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Extension to furlough scheme could cost the government £70bn

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

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Many BTL landlords face financial ruin if eviction ban is extended

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

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Two-thirds of letting complaints supported by The Property Ombudsman

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

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market update amid coronavirus pandemic

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

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental stock shortage could see rents rise

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

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to scrap stamp duty surcharge for landlords

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

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

London private rental prices showing the smallest increase since 2015

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

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

DWP suspends Universal Credit rent arrears deductions

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

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Late rental payments rise just 2% despite the lockdown

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

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Higher numbers than ever have renewed tenancy deals since the lockdown

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

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in demand for rental homes with garden space

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

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Rental supply slumps amid lockdown

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

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Stage set for a rental market 'bounce back'

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

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Accord Buy To Let introduces new products and cuts rates

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

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market crash could be driven by the rental sector

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

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Many tenants are struggling to pay rent, claims new poll

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

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Student landlords urged not to charge full rent next term

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

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

HMRC suspend enquiries into taxpayers

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

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property market to bounce back once restrictions are lifted

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

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

UK housing market could bounce back in Q4 2020

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

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage products drop by a third

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

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Barclays permits BTL mortgage borrowers to request a payment holiday

Landlords who have a buy-to-let mortgage with Barclays are now being offered a repayment holiday, in accordance with government guidance to...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

App allows landlords and prospective tenants to transact online

In response to the widespread of the COVID-19 virus, many landlords with vacant properties are looking for new ways in which...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to halt buy-to-let changes

The Government should consider postponing upcoming tax changes because of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Apropos by DJ Alexander.  The property management...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Mansfield BS caps BTL lending at 65% LTV

Mansfield Building Society has limited lending to 65% loan-to-value across its buy-to-let mortgage range in response to the coronavirus outbreak.  The Society has...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour calls for rent payments to be scrapped for three months

Labour is urging the government to permit private tenants who are struggling to pay their rent due to the coronavirus epidemic to...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Yields strong in most UK areas as supply of rental stock falls

Rents continued to rise year-on-year in March while the number of homes available to let fell, according to the latest data...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus concerns: BTL borrowing options have been ‘drastically reduced’

Hundreds of buy-to-let mortgage products have been withdrawn from the market due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to Property Master. The online buy-to-let...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing transactions set to drop by up to 60% over the next three months

Historically, economic uncertainty and market volatility are detrimental to the housing market, and the latest observations on the impacts of coronavirus...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage payment holiday online form now available

Customers from Yorkshire Building Society, Accord Mortgages, Accord Buy to Let and Chelsea Building Society who have been financially affected by...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

The housing market got off to a strong start in 2020, but activity is ‘plummeting’

Heading into March, the UK housing market was showing the kind of green shoots appropriate for the start of spring, with...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Less than one in 20 BTL landlords permit tenants to keep pets

Most landlords are wary of the potential damage, smells and noise complaints that can come with accommodating a tenant with pets,...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords switching from short-term lets to longer lets before lockdown

There has been a significant increase in the number of landlords and homeowners switching from short-term lets to longer rentals.  Across the...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to be ‘as flexible as possible with tenants facing difficulties’

The government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak when it comes to protecting private landlords and tenants has been “right and fair”,...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Let tenants who contract coronavirus ‘live rent-free for up to three months’

Private renters who contract coronavirus should be able to live rent-free for up to three months, according to a leading tax...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

What impact could coronavirus have on the housing market?

The property market had enjoyed a boost thanks to the outcome of the general election in December, but now the market faces...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Asking prices hit new record high: Rightmove

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

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

London’s housing market ‘is back with a bang’

Residential property prices in London continued to grow up until a week ago, as the market recovered following Boris Johnson’s election...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Accord reduces BTL rates

Accord has cut rates across its buy-to-let products.  The lender has reduced two-year fixed rates to 3.2% at 80% loan-to-value (LTV) with...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Budget 2020: what Rishi Sunak’s announcement means for the PRS

Rishi Sunak's first Budget included new taxes for overseas property buyers, funding to remove unsafe cladding, fresh funds to support the...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

MP wants amendment to Renters’ Reform Bill to prosecute “sex for rent” landlords

An amendment is urgently required to the Renters’ Reform Bill to prosecute “sex for rent” landlords and reassure victims that they...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

UK rents on the rise but failing to keep pace with inflation

Average UK rents continued to rise in February, but failed to keep up with inflation, according to the latest HomeLet Rental...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Drop in the cost of borrowing ‘will be a boost for landlords’

The cost of buy-to-let mortgages has continued to fall, according to the latest research from Property Master.  The biggest month-on-month fall in...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

1.2 million people relying on overdrafts to fund rent or mortgage payments

Some 13% of people use their overdraft to cover the cost of their rental or mortgage payments - the equivalent of...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Insurance payouts for storms Dennis and Ciara to top £360m, say insurers

Insurers are set to pay out an average £32,000 per household for flood claims following the destructive storms last month, according...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Top tips for novice buy-to-let investors

If you have recently entered the buy-to-let market for the first time, here are a few tips to help you ensure...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Fire safety issues affecting tower blocks ‘run far deeper’ than flammable cladding

Rendered insulation could be a bigger issue for scores of tower blocks with flammable cladding, according to Andrews Property Group.  Almost three...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

 Top tips for ensuring your rental's loft conversion meets MEES

With the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) coming into play last year, it's now more important than ever to ensure the...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Paws for thought: ‘no pet’ clauses contributing to loneliness

Two-thirds of private renters who would like to own a pet are being forced to delay by restrictive tenancy agreements, and...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

England striker sues former landlord for £100,000 over offensive word

Former Liverpool FC star and England striker Daniel Sturridge is suing his ex-landlord for £100,000 after finding a Netflix account had...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Maintaining the average BTL investment stands at 28% of annual rental income

Buy-to-let maintenance is costing private landlords up to 28% of their annual rental income, according to the latest research by Howsy.  The letting...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Brighton ranked as most profitable city for landlords

Brighton has been named the most profitable city to invest in for buy-to-let landlords in the UK.  Landlords investing in Brighton’s buy-to-let...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £9,500 for failing to maintain property

A buy-to-let landlord in Liverpool has been ordered to pay almost £9.500 after failing to provide acceptable living conditions for his...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant demand hits record high as housing supply falls

Rental demand reached a record high of 88 prospective tenants per letting agency branch in January, up 57% from an average...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Residential property prices in all English cities surpass 2007 peak

Residential property prices across all English Cities have risen above pre-crisis peaks for the first time since 2007, the latest Zoopla...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords ditch letting agents and go it alone

With landlords’ purse strings being squeezed by tax and regulatory changes, a growing number of buy-to-let investors are opting to ditch...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Chancellor urged to adopt a ‘big thinking’ approach to housing in his first Budget

Next month's Budget is a golden opportunity to reform Britain's broken housing market and get the country moving again, according to...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Two-bedroom properties offer the best yields for BTL landlords

Two-bedroom properties make the best investment for buy-to-let landlords in England when it comes to existing rental yields, fresh research shows.  Howsy...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The government cannot force landlords to accept renters with pets

With many tenants being forced to get rid of their pets under current rules from their landlords, the government is planning...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property transactions increase by 5.2% year-on-year

Residential property transactions increased by 5.2% in the year to January 2020, according to HMRC ‘s latest property transaction statistics. There were...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

London landlords lost £730m in lost rent last year due to avoidable void periods

Void periods can have serious financial consequences for a landlord. While they are undoubtedly part of running a buy-to-let business, it...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

More than a quarter of landlords saw an increase in tenant demand in Q4 2019

The private rented sector ended 2019 strongly, with 27% of landlords experiencing an increase in tenant demand, according to the latest...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

A growing number of landlords opting for two-year fixed rate products

There was a notable increase in the percentage of landlords selecting shorter-term buy-to-let mortgage products in the final quarter of last...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords and sellers no longer holding back

The Conservatives’ general election victory in December has triggered a new burst of housing market activity as confidence flows back into...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Linking rent rises to wages could have a ‘severe’ impact on the PRS

A proposed Bill to protect private sector tenants by introducing measures to limit rent increases could drive many buy-to-let landlords out...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property development confidence improves following Tory election victory

The residential property market has enjoyed what some are referring to as a ‘Boris bounce’ following the result of the recent...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Student housing is a ‘big Living investment story’, says JLL

With the number of full-time students in the UK continuing to grow, student housing is now the number one Living investment,...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Exciting times ahead for UK landlords’ as investors plan to add to portfolios

With the residential property market continuing to show signs of improvement, there is renewed investor confidence in the sector,  according to...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Average rents in Scotland increase 3.5% year-on-year - CityLets

The cost of renting a home in Scotland continued to rise during the final quarter of 2019, new figures show.  The Scottish...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental prices set to ‘remain steady with annual growth continuing to rise’

The squeeze on supply, coupled with continued demand for properties from tenants, is likely to lead to continued rental increases across...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Cost of renting outstrips inflation

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

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

More transparency needed on deposit alternative schemes

There has been much debate in recent days about deposit-free renting and whether letting agents have been mis-selling deposit alternative products,...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Concerns raised over deposit-free renting being mis-sold to tenants

A growing number of companies and letting agents are offering deposit-free options without making it clear they could cost renters more...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest tax changes prove the ‘final straw’ for many small buy-to-let landlords

Cuts to tax relief and other rule changes are driving out smaller landlords, the latest figures show.   Official HMRC data reveals the...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

North of England tops list for fastest growing buy-to-let yields

The north of England provided the biggest jump in returns for buy-to-let landlords in the final quarter of last year as...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Supporting the UK’s construction industry in 2020

It is common knowledge the UK is facing an undersupply of housing. Unfortunately, this is not a sudden phenomenon – the...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

What areas have enjoyed biggest hike in rental yields since the ban on tenant fees?

Rental yields in the private rented sector have dipped marginally since the introduction of the ban on tenant fees in June...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News