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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

Covid: Tips for landlords on preparing for pandemic problems

Insurance firm CIA Landlord is offering advice to landlords on how to prepare for five likely problems to appear this winter...

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

Double whammy: Council extends licensing and adds new scheme

A London local authority is to extend its current additional licensing scheme from 12 council wards to 18 - and is...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Who Knew? Buy to let investors have little-known 'bare trust' purchase option

An investment consultancy says landlords seeking mortgages to acquire new properties via a company have been finding some applications rejected as...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Petition for National Landlord Register struggles for signatures

A petition created by the Generation Rent group of activists and seeking a national landlord register appears to be struggling to...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

London may never regain pre-Covid appeal to tenants - rental chief

A lettings chief says London may never regain its appeal to the typical renter, as new data shows the capital still...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Additional home buyers should require planning consent - claim

Buyers of second or holiday homes in Snowdonia National Park should require planning permission to purchase. That’s the view of the park's...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Craig Hayward

Who are you? Craig Hayward How do you help landlords and property investors? With over 10 years’ experience we have been helping landlords and...

20 October 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Landlord told to repay £28,000 rent after tribunal backs tenants

A landlord in Winchester has been ordered to pay nearly £30,000 in rent after a tribunal backed his tenants in a...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

More advice to landlords on preparing homes for winter

There’s no shortage of advice for landlords as winter approaches - the latest comes from the Deposit Protection Service.  Here’s its four...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Is there a witch-hunt of landlords in the Labour Party?

A Labour activist claiming to represent tenants is putting the squeeze on party members who are also landlords. An article on the Labour...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Ugh! Cockroach guide created for landlords

A pest control body has issued guidance for landlords about the emergence of cockroaches when heating is turned on. Heating ducts and pipes...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords asked not to evict as council pleads poverty

A London council is writing to thousands of private landlords in its borough urging them not to evict people. Southwark council says this...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for keeping tenant’s deposit in a tin

A landlord has been ordered to pay his ex-tenant £1,500 after failing to protect her deposit with an approved scheme. The Housing...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

No DSS: MPs warned affordability checks likely to increase

The ‘No DSS’ issue has been effectively settled by a landmark court case, but a new document for MPs says ‘affordability...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Second homes under attack from locals hit by high house prices

Local people in a part of Wales claim they are being priced out of their communities by investment buyers and second home...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

See you in court! Angry landlord denies HMO licensing charge

An angry landlord has appeared at a magistrates court to deny a charge relating to local council licensing.  Local media report that...

14 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

Stuart Aikman & Mathew Walters, co-founders - Story of Home

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Stuart Aikman & Mathew Walters, co-founders - Story of...

13 October 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Will HMRC’s tax grab spell the end of the short-let landlord?

A rental sector management firm is asking whether possible upcoming tax probes by HMRC may spell the end of the short-let...

13 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

Asbestos Danger: reminder of landlords’ responsibilities

An environment services provider is reminding landlords of their responsibilities should asbestos be found in their properties. Although a high profile problem in the...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Too dear, not transparent - landlords say why they don’t use agents

A new study of over 2,000 landlords reveals that only a quarter of them instruct agents to fully manage their investment properties...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Selling a flat with a short lease

Landlords with leasehold property within their portfolio, as well as their advisors, will be aware of the difficulty and delay a...

09 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Note to government - give landlords and tenants financial support

The National Residential Landlords Association is calling on the government to ensure a comprehensive financial package is provided for landlords themselves,...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Brrrr! Here's how to prepare for cold-weather rentals

Lettings agents’ group ARLA Propertymark has issued a seven point guide for landlords as winter approaches. The guide ensures the points are...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Licensing: council ponders selective scheme ‘to improve standards’

A selective licensing regime is being considered by a westcountry council following an enquiry into private rental sector conditions. Cornwall Council says 50...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Private landlords wanted to help council tackle waiting lists

Birmingham city council is providing incentives to landlords who offer 12 month fixed tenancies to those on the authority’s homeless and housing...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Nightmare tenant’s community service after landlord feared for safety

A landlord says he feared for his safety and locked himself in his bedroom following a drunken rampage by a tenant. The...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where London may see a glut of new rental stock

Data from estate agency Carter Jonas reveals which borough in the capital appears to be seeing the largest number of people...

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

Right To Rent checks to be easier for landlords (well, that’s the theory)

Tweaks being made to the Right To Rent system should make it easier for landlords to complete the controversial process. The government...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Virtual forum happening today for landlords to discuss licensing

A local authority is inviting landlords to a virtual forum to be held today to canvas views on two proposed licensing...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Banned for life: rogue landlord faces jail if he lets another home

A landlord who unlawfully let cramped and overcrowded bedsits and then harassed tenants who complained has been fined thousands of pounds...

02 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

Hot Air? Landlords face £30,000 fines under government energy plans

The government has launched an official consultation on proposals to make the private rental sector more energy-efficient - and they include...

01 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

Top tips to winter-proof your garden

With the weather taking a turn for the worse in recent days, buy-to-let landlords who own properties with gardens would do...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Is this the right time to invest in property?

Although the last six months have undoubtedly been difficult for many property investors and landlords for others this has been a...

28 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Have your say on plans to introduce licensing schemes

Landlords are being encouraged to give their views on plans to introduce licensing schemes in a number of regions across the...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

The Nottingham withdraws mortgage range

The Nottingham for Intermediaries has temporarily withdrawn its mortgage range. Nikki Warren-Dean, head of intermediary sales, said: "The aim of this temporary measure...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New partnership aims to help landlords regain possession of their properties

Landlord Action and the Property Redress Scheme, both part of the Hamilton Fraser group, have teamed up to help buy-to-let landlords...

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

Plans approved for 460-home build to rent scheme in west London

Plans to develop 460 build to rent flats next to Southall train station in west London have been given the go-ahead.  The...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Can you still get possession? Top tips for landlords

As has been broadcast widely in the news the government has been going to extraordinary lengths to enforce their message that...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

How to Improve the UK Lettings Market With Technology and Service

Not a whole lot has changed since the boom of the private rental sector in the 1980s. At least, not much...

17 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

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

Fury at potential evictions ban extension

There was widespread disappointment among buy-to-let landlords when the government decided to prolong the existing ban on tenant evictions until 20...

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

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

What are the most common questions when it comes to the 30-day CGT rule?

It has been just over a month since changes to the 30-day Capital Gains Tax (CGT) rule came into force and...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Ipswich BS reintroduces BTL range

Ipswich Building Society has relaunched its buy-to-let range, two months after deciding to withdraw its products to help it cope with...

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

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

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

ARLA Propertymark reflects on changes to the notice periods

The length of notice periods landlords must provide tenants when using certain grounds for possession whilst the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020...

08 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

From: Sponsored Content

New private rental electrical safety standards: What you need to know

New regulations on electrical safety standards for private rented accommodation have come into effect. Here is what landlords need to know. The ‘Electrical...

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

Coronavirus: Scottish government updates guidance for private landlords

The Scottish government has published updated guidance for private landlords and letting agents to help cope with the existing Covid-19 pandemic.  The...

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

SimplyBiz Mortgages adds Zephyr Homeloans to BTL panel

SimplyBiz Mortgages has added buy-to-let lender Zephyr Homeloans to its mortgage panel. Zephyr offers standard and specialist products to both individuals and...

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

New interest-free, tenant hardship loan scheme launched in Scotland

A new Tenant Hardship Loan Fund to help renters cope with housing costs during the Covid-19 pandemic has been launched north...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

UK Landlords need to prepare to survive these challenging times  By David Alexander, joint Managing Director of apropos

There has never been a harder time to be a landlord in the UK. The pressures that the last six months...

28 August 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Phil Spencer’s Move iQ joins forces with Legal & General to offer insurance

While landlords have a duty to safeguard their rental properties and income, tenants are generally responsible for protecting themselves and their...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords in St. Leonards-On-Sea warned that  local letting agent has been expelled

Landlords and tenants are being warned that Foremost Lettings Ltd (trading as Foremost Lettings), based in St. Leonards-On-Sea, has been expelled...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

How does the government’s Green Homes Grant work?

With just a few weeks remaining until the opening of the Green Homes Grant, many buy-to-let landlords are preparing to take...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Investors are understandably hesitant but there is room for improvement

It is no secret that landlords have long been dissatisfied by the government’s approach to the buy-to-let market. The ongoing imposition...

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

Landlord banned from listing property for short-term letting

A landlord in Oxford is no longer allowed to offer a local property for short-term lets following a lengthy planning battle...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Long, ‘bumpy’ road to recovery predicted for UK property market

The latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests that the housing market continued to recover at the tail...

20 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

New Appetite Statements introduced by LendInvest for professional landlords

LandInvest has introduced Appetite Statements for landlords seeking a pre-agreed financing offer for their future projects. The new Appetite Statement is a...

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

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

From: Sponsored Content

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

Landlords must reveal if tenant they wish to evict has been affected by Covid-19

Buy-to-let landlords planning to evict tenants who have failed to pay rent when the existing evictions ban is scrapped on 23...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

New tenancy mediation service proves a success

A new tenancy mediation service for landlords and tenants has successfully resolved 50% of cases where the renter was willing to...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Camden Council renew their additional landlord licensing scheme

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

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

West One introduces new limited edition BTL products

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

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

LandInvest makes changes to range of BTL products

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

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Foreign investors eye UK property ahead of stamp duty surcharge

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

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Will you benefit from the Green Homes Grant?

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

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

David Alexander, Joint Manager Director

Who are you? David Alexander What does it say on your business card? Joint Manager Director What is apropos? Apropos is a revolutionary...

05 August 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Strong tenant demand for unfurnished properties

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

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord licensing scheme approved

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

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Alternative online search platforms prove popular with agents

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

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Why landlords must not use ‘no DSS’ to discriminate against benefit tenants

In recent years, there has been considerable controversy over the use of ‘no DSS’ in homes being listed for let, with...

29 July 2020

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Barclays stops lending to portfolio landlords and increases rates

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

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords remain optimistic but profitability falls

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

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Post lockdown surge in demand for homes with a garden

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

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Top tips to make your rental property more appealing

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

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

NRLA appoints new legal counsel

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

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New platform allows landlords to promote their properties free of charge

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

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Council seeks government approval to renew landlord licensing scheme

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

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Council appeals to private landlords to help solve the housing crisis

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

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Sharp decline in demand for super prime homes in London

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

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

New licensing scheme proposed to crack down on rogue landlords

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

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord loses appeal at High Court over extension

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

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Chancellor refuses to confirm plans to increase capital gains tax

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

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Most pet-friendly UK postcodes revealed

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

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Plans submitted for a new BTR development in Leeds

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

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords will benefit from £2bn home insulation scheme

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

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords welcome stamp duty cut

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

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Newcastle Intermediaries re-enters buy-to-let market

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

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

New guidance for those renting a property

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

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Ipswich BS withdraws entire BTL range following high demand from applicants

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

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Utility provider out smart metering to landlords

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

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Ban on tenant evictions will not be extended beyond next month

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

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Free virtual event aims to clarify new regulations

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

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Taxpayers urged not to defer self assessment payment on account

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

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Ben Hall, Managing Director of LOFT

Who are you? My name is Benjamin Hall and I’m the Founder and Managing Director of LOFT. What services does LOFT provide? LOFT delivers...

26 June 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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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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

Rise in demand for new build homes

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

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Ipswich withdraws BTL products following high demand from applicants

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

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Landbay joins the Lender Exchange

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

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Court of Appeal sides with landlords in landmark case ruling

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

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

NRLA welcomes clarity on repossession notices

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

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Lawyer to host a masterclass on possession claims

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

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Do you need to lower your tenancy deposit amounts?

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

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market sees strong bounce back in activity

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

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL borrowers 25% less likely to require a mortgage deferral

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

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans increases LTVs and reduces rates

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

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Extension to eviction ban – three things landlords need to know

Earlier this month, the government confirmed that its ban on evictions due to the coronavirus pandemic is to be extended for...

12 June 2020

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants turn to Google to provide key information and advice

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

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Harrow Council consults on Edgware landlord licensing scheme

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

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour MP calls for extension to evictions ban

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

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental app reveals ‘a seismic shift in rental behaviour’

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

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New app aims to ‘modernise’ the rental process

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

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Slump in mortgage approvals ‘comes as no surprise’

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

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

InventoryBase Workstreams provides vetted and professional suppliers local to your property to carry out a property visit

InventoryBase Workstreams​ is a new innovative network module of InventoryBase that enables anyone to outsource property visits like inventory/check out reports...

01 June 2020

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Virgin Money relaunches BTL deals up to 80% LTV

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

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Digital tools can help ensure effective interactions with your tenants

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

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents encouraged to offer virtual viewings post-lockdown

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

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Property group calls for urgent revamp to furlough scheme

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

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Student landlords threaten legal action over non-payment of rent

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

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

London council asks landlords to support tenants hit by coronavirus

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

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Skipton refreshes BTL product range

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

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants turn to Google to provide relevant information and advice

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

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

West One Loans relaunches BTL range

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

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords support calls for ‘benefits to cover rents’

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

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

OSB increases BTL mortgage lending to 75% LTV

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

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Online property searches return to pre-lockdown levels

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

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage technology expert to roll out Affordability Hub

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

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New digital property management platform goes live

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

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Property viewings and moves will be allowed from today

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

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Letting agents expelled from from TPO

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

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Is the government planning to extend the ban on evictions?

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

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental stock shortage could see rents rise

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

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

NRLA slams Citizens Advice for ‘misleading’ report

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

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Paragon launches discounted SVR product

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

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to scrap stamp duty surcharge for landlords

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

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

London private rental prices showing the smallest increase since 2015

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

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

DWP suspends Universal Credit rent arrears deductions

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

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Collaboration is the key to keeping properties damp and mould free

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

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New tenancy mediation service launched by the PRS

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

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Ian Wiggett, Managing Director of Henry Adams

Who are you? Ian Wiggett What does it say on your business card? Managing Director of Henry Adams Lettings and Henry Adams...

27 April 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Appeal against ruling on Right to Rent judicial review

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

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Stop thieves targeting empty properties during lockdown with these top tips

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

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

HSBC withdraws BTL mortgage deals

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

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords warned against using mortgage payment holidays

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

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Southwark Council approves borough-wide licensing scheme

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

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New portfolio and non-portfolio products launched by Paragon

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

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Dynamo for Intermediaries joins forces with Habito

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

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus pandemic sees demand increase for homes with garden space

Living without outdoor space is proving a real challenge for many people during the current coronavirus lockdown, which will largely explain...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Thangam Debbonaire appointed as shadow housing secretary

New Labour leader Keir Starmer finalised his shadow cabinet appointments yesterday, with Thangam Debbonaire securing the role of shadow housing secretary. Debbonaire,...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Why good communication is essential in these difficult times

As we keep being regularly told at the moment, we are living through unprecedented times, with the greatest restrictions on our civil...

06 April 2020

From: Sponsored Content

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

Coronavirus: Landlords and tenants urged to have an ‘honest’ conversation

Renters facing financial hardship because of the coronavirus crisis are being encouraged to communicate with their landlords after emergency rental measures were...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords will now have tenants on Universal Credit

Universal Credit has had its problems and of course now it is going to be under an enormous amount of strain...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property owners rush to remortgage amid coronavirus uncertainty

Remortgaging activity has surged in recent weeks as homeowners, including buy-to-let landlords, rush to lock into low-rate loans amid uncertainty over...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Gatehouse Bank lowers FTV to 65%

Gatehouse Bank has lowered its finance-to-value (FTV) limit to 65% on buy-to-let and home purchase plans to help cope with existing...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Virgin Money suspends all new purchase mortgage applications

Virgin Money is no longer accepting any new buy-to-let or residential purchase mortgage applications.      The lender has also capped loan...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand for rental accommodation hit record high for month of February

Demand from new prospective renters hit the highest level on record for the month of February, new figures show.  The data, compiled...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

TMW temporarily withdraws high LTV mortgage lending

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has temporarily withdrawn its high loan-to-value (LTV) buy-to-let mortgage products.  The specialist buy-to-let arm of Nationwide Building Society...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market had looked set for a spring surge

The number of homes sold rose again in February to hit their highest level in six months in a further sign...

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

The government made ‘the right decision’ to ban evictions - ARLA Propertymark

The government’s decision to suspend all ongoing housing possession actions, which means that neither cases currently in the or any about to...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Complete ban on evictions and additional protection for renters from today

The court service has from today suspended all ongoing housing possession action, which means that neither cases currently in the or...

27 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

What happens when tenants leave in the middle of an agreement?

In principle, tenancy contracts are binding upon both parties and hence can be enforced in a court of law. In practice,...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Nationwide launches ‘simple online service’ to help those affected by Covid-19

Nationwide Building Society has developed a dedicated coronavirus support page to make it as easy as possible to arrange payment breaks.  The...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Barclays withdraws all portfolio buy-to-let products

With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to escalate, Barclays has announced that it is withdrawing all portfolio buy-to-let products and is no...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

New plans to impose a six-month ban on evictions of private tenants

Buy-to-let landlords could be banned from evicting private tenants in Scotland for up to six months if the Scottish government’s plans...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Necessary COVID-19 information for landlords and agents

New guidance from ARLA Propertymark’s legal helpline aims to provide landlords and letting agents with greater clarity based on frequent queries they...

25 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

Barclays refuses to offer buy-to-let borrowers a payment holiday

Landlords who have a buy-to-let mortgage with Barclays will not be offered a repayment holiday, despite government guidance to offer borrowers...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

TDS updates tenancy deposit protection guidance for landlords with tenants

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has published updated guidance to the tenancy deposit protection (TDP) legislation in England and Wales. The information...

23 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

Mortgage payment holiday will apply to limited company BTL products

The three-month mortgage payment holiday to landlords whose tenants are experiencing financial difficulties due to coronavirus, will also apply to those...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Foreign investors eye UK property

Despite the growing concern amid the coronavirus pandemic, international property investors are expected to increase their presence in the UK buy-to-let...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

What’s your investment strategy? Martin Lewis issues urgent advice for landlords

Housing market activity has plummeted over the past week or so and looks set for another volatile period ahead, as the...

18 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

BTL landlord handed suspended sentence after failing to maintain gas appliances

A buy-to-let landlord has been sentenced after failing to maintain gas appliances at a rental property he owns in Plymouth.  Plymouth Crown...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

OneSavings Bank announces enhancements to HMO proposition

OneSavings Bank announced a series of changes to its HMO proposition. The specialist lending and retail savings group recently introduced a new...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Fresh help needed for landlords and tenants affected by the coronavirus

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) and the National Landlords Association (NLA) are calling for a package of measures from government and...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords can repay their mortgage until the age of 99!

Older buy-to-let investors are no longer being overlooked by mortgage lenders with the latest move by Gatehouse Bank to increase its...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Carter Jonas, Marsh & Parsons and James Pendleton to offer Zero Deposit guarantee

Carter Jonas, Marsh & Parsons and James Pendleton have become the latest letting agents to sign up to the Zero Deposit guarantee,...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS introduces new 10-year mortgages

Leeds Building Society is launching a couple of new 10-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage products. The two new 10-year fixed rate products...

12 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

Budget 2020: ‘There must be no further taxation on landlords’

The Guild of Property Professionals is calling on the new chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to use his Budget speech, which will take...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must ‘get to grips with root causes pushing people into homelessness’

With buy-to-let landlords across the country being pushed out of the market by increasing costs and legislation, and new investors deterred...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

TML reduces BTL rates and simplifies range

The Mortgage Lender (TML) has made rate reductions across its new simplified buy-to-let mortgage range, which maintains a variety of fee...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

First Property Hub Live event to be held in London

The first ever Property Hub Live event will take place in north London next month.  The show, to be held at Tottenham...

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

More than 100,000 renters sign up to Zoopla’s new rental guide

Zoopla has registered more than 100,000 sign-ups to its latest dedicated rental platform since it was launched a week ago.  Zooploma, a...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Syede Cole, Director of Cole Harding Estates.

Who are you? Cole Harding is a community based estate agent, who offers maximum exposure on all the online portals and social...

06 March 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

When is the right time for property investors to consider a bridging loan?

Increasingly property investors are turning to short-term finance to bridge a gap. Findings from the most recent ‘Bridging Trends’ report show...

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

Gumtree insists it takes ‘fraud very seriously’ following latest letting scam

Gumtree, the dedicated website for free classifieds adverts in the UK, is urging landlords and tenants to follow its ‘safety advice’ when...

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

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

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

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Fraudulent rental scam leaves couple £800 out of pocket

A young couple who recently turned to the web to find a property to rent have fallen prey to a fraudulent...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

STAA seeks to reassure those affected by Hostmaker’s collapse

Short-term let property management firm Hostmaker has gone into administration, prompting redundancies for the entirety of the company’s London-based team.  Houst, formerly...

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

Why new EPC rules favour new-builds as investment properties

The UK government has legally committed to going carbon neutral by 2050. That’s going to require a huge effort and significant...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Brent Council’s application to extend its selective licensing scheme is rejected

Brent Council’s application to extend its selective licensing scheme in the north west London ward has been rejected by central government.  Brent...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Top renter-friendly cities in the UK unveiled

The best and worst cities for renters have been identified by taking into account several factors, including the average salary spend...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The Nottingham introduces new limited company BTL products

The Nottingham for Intermediaries has launched a new range of limited company buy-to-let mortgages. Highlights include a two-year fixed rate at 2.76%,...

27 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

What steps do landlords need to take when it comes to MEES regulations?

Most landlords will already be familiar with the Domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency (MEES) Regulations which came into force on 1 April...

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

Letting agent launches ‘let for free’ initiative to celebrate 10th anniversary

Draker Lettings is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the launch of its ‘let for free’ initiative aimed at landlords with properties...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Government policy is deterring landlords from providing long-term homes to rent

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are switching to short-term lets, as a consequence of skewed policy that favours holiday homes...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Skipton enhances expat BTL proposition

Skipton International has launched a new remortgage offer that it hopes will appeal to UK expats. Skipton is offering to refund an...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

It's time to stop bashing agents over mis-selling of deposit insurance schemes

The recent criticism of letting agents and deposit insurance schemes, which began with a probe by the BBC last weekend, will...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The Tories are chasing the tenant vote, but what about landlords?

Given that the number of people living in private rented accommodation has grown, doubling in the past three decades, renters are...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New chancellor urged to use Budget to ‘encourage’ investment in the PRS

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) and the National Landlords Association (NLA) are calling on the new chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to use...

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

Landlords – here’s three rental property kitchen improvement tips

Whether you’re a first-time landlord or a seasoned one looking to build your portfolio, you will need to consider how you...

17 February 2020

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Agents set to target consumers by tapping into the ‘digital environment’

The change in customer behaviour driven by technological developments is the biggest trend that marketers believe will offer the greatest opportunities...

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

Christopher Pincher replaces Esther McVey as the new housing minister

Boris Johnson has unveiled his new look cabinet, which includes the appointment of Christopher Pincher as the new housing minister. Pincher replaces Esther McVey,...

14 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

flatfair defends deposit alternative solutions following BBC article

flatfair, which lets landlords offer deposit-free renting to tenants, has defended nil deposit schemes as an alternative to a traditional deposit,...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New Airbnb rental calculator highlights how much more rent landlords can make

A new online calculator highlighting how much more rent landlords can make by letting to holidaymakers via Airbnb across a range...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Council appeals to landlords to take tenants off the housing waiting list

A local council has moved to try and attract more buy-to-let landlords with a range of new services, aimed at boosting...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Hampshire Trust Bank revamps BTL offering

Hampshire Trust Bank (HTB) has refreshed its buy-to-let and semi-commercial offering. The lender now provides rates for loans up to £5m, up from...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Newbury reduces rate on limited company BTL product

Newbury Building Society has cut rates on a limited company buy-to-let mortgage deal. The 75% loan-to-value three-year variable product has been reduced...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The average renter has saved £163 since tenancy deposits were capped

Renters across England have made an average saving of £163.08 since tenancy security deposits were capped last year at the equivalent...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit rollout delayed again until 2024

The full rollout of universal credit, the government's flagship welfare reform, has been delayed yet again - until 2024.  The system was...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Shortage of rental homes continues to push rents up in prime London

An increase in demand, coupled with the growing rental stock shortage, is placing upward pressure on rental values in prime London.  The...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit: What will change after 11pm tonight?

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

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market set for a post-Brexit boost

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

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Growth in the number of short-term lets is bad news for the PRS

The tax and regulatory changes introduced in recent years have led to an increase in the number of landlords exiting the...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

How to attract tenants to your property this winter

With the private rented sector continuing to expand, landlords must work hard to get ahead of the competition and attract suitable...

30 January 2020

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A third of renters fear they will never be able to afford to buy their own home

The dream of home ownership is becoming increasingly out of reach for many private renters, with a third fearing that they...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Pepper Money launches new BTL products for limited companies

Pepper Money has launched a new range of two and five-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages for limited companies.  The products come with...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Four-fifths of tenants break landlord rules, study finds

The vast majority of renters engage in actions and behaviours that landlords would disapprove of, partly because they are not familiar...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

How confident are property investors in the Conservative government?

After two elections and three years of intense debate and hostility, the general election in December seemed to offer the political...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

The Mortgage Lender makes ‘criteria enhancements’ to BTL range

The Mortgage Lender has amended its buy-to-let criteria by increasing its lending threshold from £2.5m to £5m, while also removing the...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tax tips for those who rent out properties or rooms on a short-term basis

The number of properties and rooms available to book on Airbnb has soared in major UK cities, as landlords, local families...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Council tenant who owns three BTL properties ordered to pay almost £90k

A now-former council tenant in north London has been handed a suspended sentence and ordered to pay close to £90,000 after...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed: The most attractive cities for buy-to-let in 2020

More than 800 landlords have been surveyed to establish where they feel offer the best buy-to-let investment opportunities in 2020.  The study,...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are providing private tenants with long-term security

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

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Every sensible landlord wants ‘a happy tenant’ to avoid void periods

Void periods can be a serious pain. While they are undoubtedly part of running a buy-to-let business, it would seem that...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Shawbrook cuts BTL range to three products

Shawbrook Banks has simplified its buy-to-let range down to just three products, a few months after streamlining its range from 10 to...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Trade bodies seek further clarity on new short-term letting regulations

The minister for local government, housing and planning in Scotland, Kevin Stewart, has received a joint letter from the UK Short...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

What key events do property investors need to be aware of in 2020?

Towards the end of last year, I wrote an article for Landlord Today outlining the difficulties many landlords in the UK...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Landbay teams up with FIBA to offer specialist lending products

Landbay, the buy-to-let mortgage lender, has joined forces with The Financial Intermediary & Broker Association (FIBA) to provide landlords using certain...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Most in demand areas in the UK to rent a property

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

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Here is how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

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

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

LendInvest enhances buy-to-let product criteria

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

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property predictions – what could happen to the housing market in 2020?

Now that 2020 is underway, activity in the property market is likely to start picking up due to the traditional seasonal...

17 January 2020

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

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

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New regulations to combat carbon monoxide poisoning

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

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Hanley Economic BS launches first expat BTL product

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

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Register for Free Entry - The Property Investor Show

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

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Top tips when investing in property in 2020

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

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Mandatory electrical safety regulations to be introduced in England

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

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Scottish government announces plans to regulate short-term lets

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

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Top tips for new student landlords

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

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New selective licensing scheme launched in parts of Leeds

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

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Court delays causing ‘extreme stress’ for landlords

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

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord set to be sentenced for unlawful harassment and misleading practices

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

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales - have your say

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

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Trade body welcomes European Court of Justice ruling on Airbnb

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

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from everyone at Landlord Today

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

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Preparing for property emergencies

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

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 is ‘another attack’ against BTL landlords

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

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords: here’s how to research your next property investment

Whether you’re a first-time landlord or a seasoned investor, finding the right buy-to-let investment is far from simple. With many factors to...

17 December 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Most tenants want landlords to take on responsibility for basic amenities

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

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

General election 2019: Key housing policies, at a glance

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

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord discovers meth lab left by tenant in property

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

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Build to Rent offers plenty of room for growth

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

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Hinckley & Rugby launches BTL limited company mortgages

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

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Holiday let or buy to let?

It’s impossible to ignore the recent boom of the short let market, as more and more buy-to-let owners opt to try...

04 December 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Council pledges to improve conditions in the PRS

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

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £35,000 for selective licensing breaches

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

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

FirstPort adds 5,000 homes to residential property management portfolio

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

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Are you overstepping the mark when communicating with tenants?

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

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s rent control proposals will leave tenants worse off

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

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let repossessions surge in Q3 2019

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

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

BTR landlord adopts ‘zero deposits or fees’ policy

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

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Grainger submits planning application for BTR scheme in Lewisham

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

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla reveals most popular search terms among house hunters

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

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Need a Bad Credit Buy to Let Mortgage? Learn how we can help

If you’re an existing landlord with bad credit issues looking to remortgage your buy to let property or perhaps buy a...

20 November 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Be aware of the silent killer

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

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

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

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants: what are the most common general election issues?

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

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Paragon introduces new BTL discounted variable rate mortgages

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

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Aldermore launches new 5-year BTL remortgage product

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

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

The best performing parliamentary constituencies for house price growth

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

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans cuts rates on select BTL products

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

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

New digital service designed to clampdown on rogue landlords

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

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Skipton looks to expand buy-to-let mortgage lending

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

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent who conned landlords told to repay just £850

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

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to winter-proof your properties

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

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

The pros and pitfalls of letting an HMO

House sharing has becoming increasingly popular as more (and older) people opt to live with housemates over ownership or renting alone....

11 November 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Clydesdale Bank remains committed to BTL but withdraws from bridging market

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

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Gatehouse now accepts BTL mortgage applications from first-time buyers

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

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Skipton targets high net worths with latest BTL offering

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

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News