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ASA rejects complaint by Zero Deposit against flatfair

Buy-to-let investors can have full confidence in the protection offered to landlords and tenants by flatfair, a fintech scale-up that allows...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Woman denies trying to kill her landlord

A woman in Cutteslowe, north Oxford, has pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted murder against her landlord.  A jury at...

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

Fleet Mortgages reduces BTL rates at 80% LTV

Fleet Mortgages has cut rates to two of its 80% loan-to-value (LTV) products in both its standard and HMO product ranges. The...

03 December 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

Two-thirds of renters have no contents insurance

There is a lot of focus on helping landlords better protect themselves and their property from potential claims from tenants, but...

28 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

Labour vows to ‘put bad landlords out of business’ and introduce rent controls

Labour has pledged to clampdown on rogue landlords and restrict rent hikes in England if it wins next month’s general election.  A...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Habito adds portfolio landlord deals to BTL range

Habito has added portfolio landlord mortgages to its buy-to-let product range. Rates are available from 2.54% for individuals and 2.59% for those...

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

It’s a buyer’s market

It is a potentially good time for buy-to-let landlords to add to their portfolio, the latest housing market snapshot suggests.  With buy-to-let...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Many people are set to rent for the rest of their lives

A new study claims that almost half of all Britons could end up renting for the rest of their lives.  Some 45% of...

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

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

Claim your free tickets to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The South West Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place at the Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, this weekend and you...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Police to investigate ‘malicious communications’ from landlord

Orbit, the owner of a number of buy-to-let properties in Coventry, could find itself in hot water over comments allegedly made...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Al Rayan Bank increases FTV on selected buy-to-let mortgage products

Al Rayan Bank has increased its finance-to-value (FTV) on select buy-to-let mortgage products. The lender’s two-year discount at 3.74%  has had its...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Two free tickets to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The South West Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place at the Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, next week and you can...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

How buying and selling property in Scotland differs from England

They may be part of the Union, but the process of buying and selling property in Scotland and England differs markedly.  It’s...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord installs ‘cage’ around thermostat to stop tenants turning heating up

Brits are in for a chilly week with temperatures continuing to drop, but that has not deterred a landlord in west...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Leasehold reform campaigner unveils key areas where changes are needed

A new 10-point manifesto designed to drive forward leasehold reform has been published by a prominent leasehold reform campaigner, following the...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords forced to shell out £4.5bn on emergency contractors in past 12 months

With demand still far outstripping supply, buy-to-let remains an attractive asset class, but while the majority of landlords say they are...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

77% of buy-to-lets are now bought through a limited company, says online broker Habito

It’s becoming more and more popular for landlords in the UK to buy properties through limited companies, rather than as individuals....

31 October 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Angels sponsors local kickboxing club

Here at Angels Sales & Lettings, we are always delighted to sponsor great local initiatives and clubs as part of our...

31 October 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Landlord ordered to pay almost £6,000 for failing to comply with the council

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay almost £6,000 after the council was unable to determine if his property in...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Fleet Mortgages introduces new five-year HMO product

Fleet Mortgages has launched a new five-year HMO fixed rate deal that it hopes will prove popular with buy-to-let landlords.  The new...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in Hackney warned to expect “tough penalties”

Unscrupulous landlords in the London Borough of Hackney face more stringent regulation after Hackney Council agreed to new property licensing powers...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Lord Alan Sugar caught up in ‘Airbnb scam’

Lord Alan Sugar has issued a warning to Airbnb users after a family was  cheated out of around £465 because fraudsters told...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Register for free tickets to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place at the Harrogate Convention Centre in Harrogate next month and you can register for a free pair of...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £7,500 after claiming student home was a holiday let

An unscruplous landlord has been handed a £7,500 fine after he broke tenancy laws by claiming a flat in the Warriston...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Cannabis farms are responsible for a quarter of all electricity stolen in UK

There has been a notable increase in landlord insurance claims where properties have been damaged by people using them to grow...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Claim your free tickets to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show

  The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place at the Harrogate Convention Centre in Harrogate next month and you can now claim a free pair...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Will landlords who paid Upad for a tenant find service be able to claim a refund?

A number of buy-to-let landlords have been left in limbo following the sudden closure of online letting agent Upad.  The company, which...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

flatfair teams up with Hunters to offer deposit alternative solution

Deposit-free renting provider flatfair has signed a partnership with Hunters which has more than 200 letting branches across the UK. The move...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish tenants owed more than £500k in unclaimed rental deposits

More than 2,000 tenants in Scotland appear to have forgotten to claim back their deposits collectively worth in excess of £500,000,...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

TDS custodial scheme sees sharp rise in number of tenancy deposits protected

There was a 73% increase in the number of landlords and letting agents that signed up to the TDS' custodial scheme during 2018-19,...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined almost £3,000 for unsafe HMO

A buy-to-landlord in Worcester has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 for failing to install adequate safety measures.  Mohammed Rafiq, who was...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Build to Rent set to grow as individual BTL landlords exit the market

The Build to Rent development pipeline has grown dramatically in recent years and there are clear signs of the sector becoming...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Moving home? Here’s your guide to property jargon

When it comes to buying, selling, letting or renting a property, you will likely be faced with words, phrases, acronyms and...

08 October 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Hamilton Fraser named number one landlord insurance provider in the UK

Hamilton Fraser Total Landlord Insurance has been crowned ‘Best Landlord Insurance Provider’ at the Insurance Choice Awards. The insurance provider beat tough...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New toolkit to help local authorities clampdown on rogue landlords

A new PRS interactive learning toolkit for local authorities to help them take action against rogue landlords and letting agents has...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Dudley Building Society launches new buy-to-let product

The Dudley Building Society has introduced a buy-to-let product aimed at serving expats, self-employed people, as well as older clients. The new...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: best buy-to-let areas in the UK

New research looking at where is currently the best place to invest in buy-to-let property in this country, based on rental...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

More than half of BTL landlords adversely affected by stringent tax regulations

More than half of buy-to-let landlords interviewed as part of a new study commissioned by secured property lender Fitzrovia Finance said...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New landlord emergency cover launched by Direct Line for Business

Direct Line for Business has launched new landlord emergency cover, which includes call-out charges, costs for labour and materials up to...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

The rise of the HMO landlord

There is an increasing trend for landlords choosing to grow their residential property portfolios by taking on HMOs (House of Multiple...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents, landlords and tenants must work together to expose rogue operators

Letting agents are being urged to do more to raise consumer awareness about rogue operators in the industry by demonstrating their...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Brent and Harrow Trading Standards target rogue letting agents

Council officers from Brent and Harrow Trading Standards have pledged to clampdown on unscrupulous letting agents in the London boroughs of...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Edinburgh abandon short-term letting due to impending restrictions

An increasing number of Airbnb owners in Edinburgh are moving away from short-term letting in favour of traditional long-term tenancies as...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Four things you need to know when starting a new tenancy

Did you know that preparing for a deposit dispute starts at the beginning of a tenancy? When tenants and landlords disagree about...

26 September 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Legal & General launches first ever rental protection plan for tenants

Legal & General has announced the launch of its rental protection plan following a successful pilot with Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB). Legal...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

How to fix mistakes landlords make when filing a self assessment tax return

Every year is the same. Come tax season, landlords all over the UK find themselves confused when filing a self assessment...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 could fuel a rise in homelessness, warns Landlord Action

Tenant eviction specialist, Landlord Action, reports that up to half of Section 21 cases they handle are as a consequence of...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant refuses to be “bullied” into paying rent owed after fleeing to Greece

A tenant who emigrated to Greece without paying more than £1,000 he owes in rent insists that he will not be...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Transport for London bans short term letting ads

Transport for London (TfL) has finally bowed to pressure from campaigners and announced a ban on adverts that promote short-term letting...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent arrears ‘are lower under direct payments to landlords’

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

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The average BTL investment makes a return of just £2k a year, claims Howsy

Howsy has issued a stark warning over the health of the UK’s private rented sector as tax and regulation changes continue...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

ARLA wants to see the government get tough on rogue letting agents

ARLA Propertymark is urging the government to continue taking action to clampdown on unscrupulous agents in the letting industry.  A significant number...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

5 secrets of great student landlords

It’s that time of year again when pencil cases are fully stocked and the smell of dusty books opening fills the...

13 September 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Government attacked for ‘incoherent’ approach to PRS

The government has been attacked by a former member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee for its “incoherent” approach...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to ‘better support landlords’ to boost supply of rental stock

A growing number of tenants are experiencing rent hikes due to the widening supply-demand imbalance in the market, according to Carter...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Birmingham City Council ordered to pay landlord more than £1,200

Birmingham City Council has been instructed to pay a private landlord £1,269.20 after mistakingly paying housing benefit directly to his tenant.  The...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords evict fewer tenants

The number of tenants evicted by private landlords has continued to fall, according to data from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). From...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Student Housing claims an industry first as it switches to renewable energy

Student Housing says that it has become the first business of its kind in the UK to only use renewable energy...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £14,500

A private landlord in Evesham has been ordered to pay £14,500 after he was found to be illegally renting his property...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords should fear the prospect of a Corbyn-led government - claim

The prospect of a general election is looming large after Boris Johnson signalled his determination to trigger a snap vote on...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords charge extra rent for the ‘potential damage a pet can cause’

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are charging what has been described as a ‘pet rent’ of up to £50 a...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £2k for failing to fit property with fire safety measures

Birmingham  City Council has taken action against a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) landlord in the Small Heath area in what...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Goodlord and DAS UK Insurance to offer a new ‘rent and legal protection’ policy

Goodlord has today announced an exclusive partnership with leading insurance provider DAS UK Insurance, offering customers a new rent and legal...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays introduces fresh rate cuts

Barclays has introduced a new set of rate reductions to its buy-to-let and residential ranges. In total, there have been 19 changes,...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

More than half of Universal Credit claimants are in rent arrears - RLA

More than half the people claiming Universal Credit are in rent arrears, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). It reports that 54% of...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Many first-time buyers can’t leave behind their ‘reluctant renter’ status

The scales are tipping in the UK towards a greater number of private renters compared to owner-occupiers, as reflected by the...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Sajid Javid says that he will not shift stamp duty to sellers

Sajid Javid has dismissed a report in the Times over the weekend that claimed he planned to make property sellers rather than...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson’s stamp duty plans – what do landlords need to know?

Whether you’re a first-time landlord or an experienced one, there are frequent regulatory changes in the buy-to-let sector that you will...

19 August 2019

From: Sponsored Content

The Guild explains what impact proposed Section 21 changes will have

The government’s existing consultation on the abolition of Section 21 does not close until Saturday 12th October, but its proposal to remove...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

NLA dismisses government’s claim that Section 21 is driving up homelessness

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has rejected the government’s claim that landlords’ use of Section 21 eviction notices is the leading...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Coventry Council rejects claims that its licensing scheme is unlawful

Coventry City Council has dismissed claims that its landlord licensing and accreditation scheme is potentially unlawful. The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) wrote...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays introduces new 5-year fixed rate deal

Barclays has launched a new five-year fixed rate buy-to-let product at 75% loan-to-value (LTV). The purchase only deal is available at 2.19%...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fails in appeal over £2k fine for not protecting tenancy deposit

A buy-to-let landlord who failed to pay a tenancy deposit into an approved scheme for four years has proved unsuccessful in...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

TML removes restrictions on letting to DSS tenants

The Mortgage Lender (TML) will no longer prevent buy-to-let landlords from letting property to tenants in receipt of benefits. The move comes...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to bring forward its plans for court reform

It now takes private landlords an average of 22.5 weeks from making a claim to the courts for a property to...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The best ways to avoid common buy-to-let insurance claims

Damage caused by water, fire, explosion and theft have been identified as the primary reasons that buy-to-let landlords make insurance claims, but there...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Sensible rules will ensure ‘responsible growth’ of short-term letting sector

It is not always possible for an individual or company to improve its image beyond that of its industry, and that is...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays reduces two-year fix to 1.65%

Barclays has announced a series of rate reduction to products within its mortgage ranges, including buy-to-let. The lender has cut its 75%...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Cabinet ministers supplementing salaries via buy-to-let investments

A number of MPs are currently earning rental income from properties let to private tenants, including eight ministers in Boris Johnson’s...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Police appeal to landlords to help clampdown on organised crime gangs

Cheshire Police are appealing for landlords, along with letting agents and local residents to help crack down on organised crime gangs. Officers...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

No legal requirement for an HHSRS report

Buy-to-let landlords should be aware that Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) inventory reports are not needed to comply with...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Fresh government guidance ‘could leave landlords open to prosecution’

Buy-to-let landlords are being urged by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) not to follow new guidance from the government on its...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord who lived in a council house ordered to pay £48k or face prison

A buy-to-let landlord who claimed that he needed a council home has been ordered to pay back more than £48,000 or...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

NLA to ‘recommend’ Zero Deposit to its members

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has identified Zero Deposit as the only deposit replacement product worth recommending to its members. The landlord association...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Evictions specialist wants landlords to have a say on Section 21

There is no such thing as 'no-fault' eviction under Section 21, according to evictions specialist Paul Shamplina. The founder of Landlord Action insists...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

It is good practice to have a well prepared inventory to ensure a risk-free tenancy

The government’s decision to cap tenancy deposits at no more than five weeks’ rent where the annual rent is up to...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Manchester trials restricting short-term lets

When people think of Manchester these days, possibly their first thought is of its thriving economy and the opportunities it now...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property remains a good ‘long-term investment’

Although new capital gains tax rules could cost some landlords thousands of pounds when they sell up, property is still a...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords viewers left in shock last night

The latest episode of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords left many viewers stunned after the show exposed extensive damage to a property...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Flatfair teams up with CBRE to offer deposit alternative solution

Deposit-free renting provider Flatfair has signed a partnership with CBRE UK Residential Lettings to offer deposit alternative solution. CBRE’s residential lettings business...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords cast doubt on government's plan to scrap Section 21

Buy-to-let landlords are concerned about the proposed scrapping of Section 21 in the absence of a new system that allows them...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords set to become more selective if the government removes Section 21

Vulnerable tenants and those at higher risk of rent arrears are likely to suffer most as a result of the government’s...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Mustafa Dervish, Owner of Two Six Homes

Who are you?  We are Two Six Homes, an independent sales and lettings agency based in Palmers Green, North London. Our record of success...

18 July 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Replacing leasehold with commonhold – government finally responds to readers

Just days after Landlord Today and sister publication, Estate Agent Today, published stories outlining the lack of government response to our...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit currently ‘isn’t working as it needs to’

Universal credit is not working in its existing form, with households on the benefit significantly more likely to have housing debt than...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Councillors who are landlords or tenants banned from debating licensing scheme

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

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government to reform health and safety standards

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

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Dishonest tenant jailed after being exposed by landlord

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

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Around 33,000 properties are potentially being let illegally

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

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays trims lending rates

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

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

More needs to be done to protect landlords from fraud

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

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let is a ‘lucrative business’ that continues to appeal to investors

Residential property is currently the best long-term investment when compared to all other asset classes, according to buy-to-let investors. Benham and Reeves...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays introduces new products and reduces rates

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

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter urged to go back to drawing board on tenancy proposal

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

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish government urged to protect tenants’ rights

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

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agent discovers cannabis farm at rented flat in Lancashire

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

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays reduces rates on BTL range

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

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA endorses Zero Deposit guarantee

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

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Investment in alternative real estate assets hits record high

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

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents in London set to increase as tenant fees ban approaches

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

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Alternative to tenancy deposit scheme for landlords proves popular

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

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost half of landlords expected to exit the PRS

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

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Questions raised about letting agents in England and Wales

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

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Man denies posing as a landlord in a deposit scam

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

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

HMO drop-in events to be held in Manchester

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

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in safety issues identified by independent inventory clerks

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

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

BBC explores challenges and opportunities for renters in coastal areas

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

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Zero fee buy-to-let range launches at Barclays

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

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to simplify the benefits system to prevent discrimination

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

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays cuts rates on BTL range

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

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government warned against banning Section 21

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

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

MPs invest in BTL market with taxpayers’ money

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

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fresh online support for councils to crackdown on rogue landlords

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

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 April 2019

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Two landlords in West Sussex lose appeal against CPNs

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

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New licensing scheme set to cost landlords £1,200

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

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Increasing number of landlords selling up in London

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

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed suspended sentence after hiding tenants in windowless rooms

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

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New mortgage and protection service launched by Portico

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

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New tenancy deposit replacement product launches

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

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Co-Op removes restrictions on letting to DSS tenants

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

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

NatWest reduces BTL rates

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

29 March 2019

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WHY NOW IS THE TIME TO INVEST IN BIRMINGHAM

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

27 March 2019

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

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

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 March 2019

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

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

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent branded ‘a farce’ by RLA

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

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage lending remains sluggish

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

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla to stop rental listings discriminating against benefits claimants

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

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Top pet-friendly renting tips for landlords and tenants

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

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Offer landlords tax incentives to end the ‘scandal of empty homes’, says RLA

The government is being urged to do more to address the ‘scourge’ of empty homes in England by supporting buy-to-let landlords...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in number of letting agents offering Zero Deposit guarantee

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

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Collapsed letting firm leaves landlords thousands of pounds out of pocket

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

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New deposit protection training courses for landlords in Scotland

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

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Government to clampdown on landlords discriminating against DSS tenants

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

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords cool on property purchases

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

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

NatWest scraps ‘no DSS’ policy

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

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Claim your free tickets for this year’s Homebuilding & Renovating Shows

Following on from the successful South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show that took place at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Councils significantly reduce action against rogue landlords

Local authorities across England are spending significantly less on dealing with rogue landlords than in 2009-10, new research shows. According to Residential...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord secures £100,000 payout following ‘slander’ claim row

A buy-to-let landlord who threatened to take Doncaster Council to court over alleged slander has secured a £100,000 payout from the...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays expands BTL range and reduces rates

Barclays launched two new buy-to-let products and cut rates on existing deals this morning.  The newly launched products include a 60% loan-to-value...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fraudsters claiming to be landlords leave tenants £20k out of pocket

Fraudsters posing as landlords have conned prospective tenants out of £20,000 over the past couple months by persuading them to pay...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

US investor developer to invest £100m in UK’s BTR sector

Viventi Capital Management has announced plans to invest £100m in the UK’s Built to Rent sector. The company says that it is...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

London’s top commuter towns revealed

With a growing number of Londoners renting property outside the capital, where affordability is stretched, more buy-to-let landlords are now looking...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

CMP scheme allows landlords and tenants to claim money back from rogue agents

Landlords and tenants will continue to be able to claim back the entire amount of money that has been lost or...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Positive news’ for landlords and tenants as new CMP scheme is approved

Client Money Protect, part of the Hamilton Fraser group, has been awarded consent to operate a client money protection scheme when...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord jailed for forging HMO documents

An unscrupulous landlord who converted three family homes into houses in multiple occupation (HMO) without planning consent has been jailed for...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords are being ‘persecuted’ under landlord licensing scheme – claim

Buy-to-let investors should be ‘extremely wary’ of buying property in an area affected by selective licensing rules because many local authorities...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agent responds to ‘landlords’ needs’ by enhancing ‘UPay On Success’ product

Online letting agent Upad has pledged to challenge landlords’ ‘expectations’ with the revamp of its ‘UPay On Success’ product which means...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords ‘illegally’ letting energy inefficient homes

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

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

How will the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 affect you?

Following the passing of Karen Buck’s Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 into law, it is important that landlords are aware...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Call for Universal Credit overhaul as many claimants fall into rent arrears

Half the people seeking help with their Universal Credit claim are in rent arrears, according to Citizens Advice. More generous advance loans...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

A fifth of millennials forced to leave rental home due to change in ownership

Many tenants face the uncertainty of potentially having to find a new home as a result of a change in ownership,...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 8 delays force many landlords to serve Section 21 notices instead

Section 8 delays are leaving more than half of landlords with no alternative but serve Section 21 notices, according to new...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Mixed picture’ for BTL mortgage rates

The average cost of three out of six categories of fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage has increased over the past month, while...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Discrimination against tenants on benefits?

Shelter has recently run a campaign aimed at banning ‘discrimination’ against tenants on benefits in the private rented sector, presenting a...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Legal & General acquires its first BTR scheme in Scotland

Legal & General has unveiled its first Build to Rent (BTR) scheme in Scotland to help meet the increasing demand for...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Last minute self assessment tax return tips

With the 31 January deadline for the 2017/18 self assessment tax returns just days away, Blick Rothenberg offers some last minute...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

UK buy-to-let landlords claimed £17.7bn in tax relief last year – claim

Despite government cuts, a new report claims that buy-to-let landlords in the UK claimed £17.7bn in tax relief last year, up...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agents jailed for conning landlords and tenants

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

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Four in 10 Right to Buy homes in London now owned by private landlords

Ever since Margaret Thatcher declared her belief in a ‘property-owning democracy’ and introduced Right to Buy in 1980, the UK was...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays reduces buy-to-let rates on a range of products

Barclays has cut rates across its buy-to-let range by up to 0.26%. Buy-to-let purchase and remortgage products now start at 2.3% for...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Q4 housing analysis shows 40% of housing stock available is rental

There has been a steady increase in the percentage of rental properties available over the past 12 months and data for...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Barnet Council plans to introduce tougher licensing controls

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

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

UK Finance slammed for suggesting that the leasehold system is working well

Assertions made by UK Finance that the leasehold system is not in need of major reform have been rejected by Leasehold...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2019

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Almost £2.4m for councils to crack down on rogue landlords

Close to £2.4m of additional funding designed to clampdown on unscrupulous landlords will be made available for more than 50 councils...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents vows to return £20m to tenants who sign up to deposit-free scheme

Deposit-free renting is growing increasingly popular, with more providers than ever before now providing tenants with a range of nil deposit...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The total value of UK’s housing stock hits £7.29 trillion

The total value of the UK’s housing stock reached a record £7.29 trillion in 2018, according to fresh research from Savills. The...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords in London are already worse off because of Brexit

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

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants from hell leave property in ‘horrendous’ state

A private landlord in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire was left horrified after nightmare tenants left his property in a...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

LandInvest targets wider market by teaming up with Mortgage Brain

LendInvest has joined forces with mortgage sourcing system Mortgage Brain to bring its buy-to-let product to a wider audience of intermediaries...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The government is ‘not that bothered’ about helping BTL landlords, claims NLA

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has expressed its disappointment at the government’s decision not to address a major ruling that is...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

MOT-style reports needed in rental sector, says inventory specialist

No Letting Go, one of the UK’s largest providers of inventory services, is calling for the introduction of MOT-style certificates to...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays announce BTL rate cuts

Barclays Mortgages has launched a series of rate reductions across a number of buy-to-let – and residential – ranges for both...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Hostmaker lists with Spotahome to offer landlords more flexible tenancy terms

Hostmaker, a leading Airbnb and holiday rental property management specialist, claims to have found a way to fill the low-season and...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Corrupt lawyer jailed for helping fraudster build a £10.8m BTL property empire

Dodgy solicitor Ross McKay, who helped a fraudster create a £10.8m property empire with the help of Tameside’s criminal underworld, has...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Cost of fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages fall year-on-year

Mortgage lenders have reduced the cost of most of their fixed rate buy-to-let deals for landlords over the past 12 months,...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Zero Deposit set to become ‘major part of renting’ for agents, landlords and tenants

With a sharp rise in the number of letting agents signing up to the Zero Deposit Guarantee, underpinning hundreds of tenancies...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New portal aims to set ‘new standard in property management’

A new property management portal claims to be on a mission to raise the standard of the property industry by establishing...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to service boilers to reduce risk of heating system failure

Britain looks set to be hit with snow and ice warnings over the next few weeks that could put thousands of...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord slapped with £60k licence breaches fine

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay £60,000 for committing serious offences under The Housing Act 2004. Regev Hazan, the landlord of...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Claim your free tickets for The South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre later this month and...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Is the buy-to-let market as good as dead and buried?

Investors have long turned to residential property as a means of supplementing their income, supported by strong demand from tenants and...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords accused of taking advantage of the growing homeless population

We all know that buy-to-let investors provide a vital service for people looking for housing, and yet an article in The...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Majority of students are ‘more than satisfied’ with their landlord

University students are generally happy with their living conditions and the services provided by their landlord, according to new research. The survey,...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords should be offered incentives to ‘come back into the long-term market’

More needs to be done to stem the rise in short-term lets on Airbnb in Scotland to ensure that the market...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Council issues landlords with £300k worth of penalties in 2018

Havering Council continued to clampdown on rogue landlords in 2018, with new figures revealing that the local authority issued just over...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Here’s why property is still a good long-term investment

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

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Have you sent a Christmas card to your tenant yet?

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

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord to provide homeless people with a roof over their heads

Five homeless people will be offered a house to live in over the festive period, thanks to a landlord in Liverpool. Compassionate...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Communication and technology can help landlords stay on top of rental arrears

Unfortunately some renters appear to view owing their landlord money as a cheap loan - a debt with 0% interest no...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants left £105,000 out of pocket by rogue letting agents

At least 19 landlords and tenants have been left £105,000 out of pocket by unscrupulous letting agents who ran London-based letting...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord who threw young family out awarded £1,250 by TV’s Judge Rinder

A landlord in Edinburgh who evicted a young family and dumped their belongings in the garden after they fell into rent...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Where is best to invest in Manchester?

Residential popery prices in Manchester have increased significantly in recent years, with research showing that the city outperformed all other core...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgages could help landlords meet Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

Just 4% of landlords and tenants had in April this year heard of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), claims research by...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental deposits to be capped at five weeks rent

The tenancy security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents will be capped at a maximum of five...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New Tinder-style lettings app could reduce the number of feuding tenants

From not paying their share of the rent or bills to failing to do their share of the household tasks, there...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords earned £34bn in rental income last year

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

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords could be offered incentives to house tenants receiving benefits

The Welsh government is planning to introduce new incentives and other support to help encourage more landlords with properties in Wales...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords would agree to three-year tenancies but conditions are needed

One of the government’s suggestions to help fix the UK’s “broken housing market” was to oblige landlords to offer tenancies with...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips to prevent burst and frozen pipes this winter

As winter approaches, landlords and other property owners need to take the right measures to prepare their properties against the cold...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Kinleigh Folkard and Hayward to offer Zero Deposit guarantee

Kinleigh Folkard and Hayward (KFH) has become the latest letting agency to sign up to the Zero Deposit guarantee, a tenant’s...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey exposes tenants’ shocking lack of knowledge about tenancy deposits

A fresh survey of more than 1,000 people involved in the UK private rental sector has found a staggering and worrying...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

 Most renters have no contents insurance

There is so much focus on helping landlords better protect themselves and their property from potential claims from tenants, but many...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

You could qualify for an inheritance tax exemption on your holiday lettings?

If you have inherited a holiday home or B&B you could save thousands of pounds in inheritance tax, according to Kirwans...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

More pet-friendly rental properties needed, says SpareRoom

Almost four out five tenants who own at least one animal have struggled to find pet-friendly accommodation, according to new research. The...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New website aims to help BTL investors identify best deals

A new Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered website designed to allow BTL landlords and investors to search for property investment deals by...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords who reject tenants on housing benefits could be breaking equality laws

Thousands of landlords and lettings agents across the country could be flouting equality laws by rejecting housing benefit claimants, according to...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing campaigners target NatWest branch over BTL mortgage ‘discrimination’

Campaigners opposed to mortgage lenders allowing landlords to rent property to people claiming benefits tried to voice their discontent over the...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Traditional tenant referencing is ‘not fit for purpose’, says PropTech entrepreneur

Traditional tenant referencing is dead as it uses old and slow systems, has little technology support, and is grossly overpriced, according...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Unlawful ‘beds-in-sheds’ landlord ordered to pay £450k

A woman who repeatedly ignored council orders to stop renting ‘beds in sheds’ has been ordered to pay back almost £450,000...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Are developers inflating the prices of homes through Help to Buy?

Millennials looking to get a foot on the housing ladder are now able to do so two years earlier because of the...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Allowing banks to operate a “no DSS” policy is “housing discrimination”

Mortgage lenders have once again been criticised for not permitting landlords to rent property to people claiming benefits – this time...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Leeds introduces ‘market-leading’ BTL variable mortgages from 1.14%

Leeds Building Society has launched what it claims are two ‘market-leading’ discounted buy-to-let variable mortgages that it hopes will attract existing...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposit free renting could be a ‘benefit to landlords’, says anti-deposit campaigner

With Universal Credit problems forcing a growing number of claimants into destitution and rent arrears, anti-deposit campaigner Ajay Jagota is urging more...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

UK’s ‘worst landlord’ owes more than £100k in unpaid fines

A buy-to-let investor, once dubbed “country’s worst landlord”, still owes more than £100,000 in unpaid fines in relation to over 60...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Bonkers’: More than 3,500 licensing applications rejected by council

More than three months on from the introduction of a selective licensing scheme in Nottingham, thousands of landlords remain unlicensed because...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Scarborough Council votes in powers to fine rogue landlords up to £30,000

Rogue landlords with properties in Scarborough now face fines of up to £30,000 as the local council looks to clampdown on...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Decline of buy-to-let prompts ‘exciting time for renters’, says JLL

The number of properties acquired by landlords has dropped significantly over the past couple of years following the tax and regulatory...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

The mortgage industry is “not fit for purpose”, claims Together

Panoramic views of London, little noise pollution, three generous sized bedrooms and the prospect of a near 9% gross rental yield...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Section 8 process is ‘no longer fit for purpose’, NLA says

A review of the section 8 possession process is urgently required, according to the National Landlords Association (NLA). As many of you...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant causes almost £6k worth of damage after refusing to pay rent

A tenant who caused almost £6,000 worth of damage to his rented home after refusing to vacate the flat, despite being...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords accused of ‘illegally’ withholding deposits

Buy-to-let landlords have been accused of “routinely and illegally” withholding deposits from tenants and subjecting many people living in private rented...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Fixed BTL mortgage rates on the rise

Mortgage lenders have increased their fixed rate buy-to-let deals for landlords, according to Property Master. The firm’s mortgage tracker, which follows a...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents in central London rise as number of rental homes drops by 18% in a year

Renters in central London now face having to bid against each other, pushing rents up in the process, as a result...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Increasing the ‘financial burden’ faced by landlords is ‘bad news’ for the PRS

This week’s announcement that landlords will need to pay the first £3,500 to make improvements to their properties to ensure they...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency rules disadvantage landlords investing in rural homes

Landlords investing in the rural private rented sector face higher costs and fewer options to meet new requirements of minimum energy...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord hit with £21k fine for safety failings

A private landlord from St Helens has been ordered to pay £21,000 after a prosecution by the local council found a...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

More landlords to be forced to improve energy efficiency of their properties

More landlords of the draughtiest homes in England and Wales will be required to upgrade their properties after amendments to regulations...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Ban of letting fees will see tenants living in poorest areas pay more – claim

Tenants living in some of the most deprived areas in England will face some of the steepest rent price hikes in...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Council threatened with a judicial review over ‘unlawful’ licensing plan

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has threatened Great Yarmouth Borough Council with a judicial review over ‘unlawful’ licensing plan because it...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

£20m ‘Ponzi’ property scheme shut down

The High Court has shut down a Ponzi scheme operated by a property investment firm after ruling that it was misusing...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New property management service targets new business from landlords

MyHomeGroup has launched a new property management service aimed at landlords looking for an alternative to what it says are the...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New platform allows for careful management of a property portfolio

Building and managing a property portfolio can be daunting, but Arthur Online claims that it has made property management simpler by...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Changes to the eviction rules now impact older tenancies

Good tenant selection can go a long way to reducing the likelihood that you will have to go through the eviction...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Strong demand for rental homes as standards ‘higher than ever before’

Buying a property is cheaper than renting in every area of the UK, a recent study found, and yet a growing...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Autumn Budget delivers ‘another tax hit for landlords’ – industry reaction

Philip Hammond has once again failed to reverse the previous chancellor George Osborne’s deeply unpopular tax reforms that have had far-reaching...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property licensing: too many landlords face ‘unnecessary criminal proceedings’

Landlord licensing schemes are popping up all over the UK as local authorities step up their efforts to clampdown on rogue...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

IPSE backs Vince Cable’s call for halt to Universal Credit roll-out

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) has backed the Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable’s calls for a halt...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

3mc launches new exclusive deals with Pepper Money

3mc has teamed up with Pepper Money to launch some new exclusive mortgage products that are up to 0.1% cheaper than...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Failure of licensing system allows rogue landlords to ‘operate with impunity’

The government’s attempts to clampdown on rogue landlords have been branded ‘weak and pathetic’, partly due to the vast and complex...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lenders slammed for preventing landlords renting to benefit claimants

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has raised serious concerns that the majority of buy-to-let lenders are preventing landlords renting property to...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord fined for breaching his licence

A landlord in County Durham has been ordered to pay just over £450 for breaching his licence. Matthew Snowdon, of Cows Hill...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government releases £400m for cladding upgrades

The government has released the first tranche of an estimated £400m to fund the removal and replacement of unsafe cladding on...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords to be offered training to deal with hike in rent arrears

Rent arrears are a real concern for a number of landlords across the UK, especially as it can have a significant...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New no deposit scheme aims to create a ‘stress-free experience’ for landlords

homes4u is the latest letting agency to sign up to the Zero Deposit scheme, a tenant’s deposit replacement product, designed to...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords accused of being involved in a ‘billion-pound scandal’

The government is being urged to take action to clampdown on landlords that fail to protect tenants’ deposits in an approved...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

LetHQ launches new rent guarantee service

LetHQ has launched a new rent guarantee service to help safeguard landlords from losing out on rental income. Unpaid rent and rent...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

LGBT activists hold ‘kiss-in’ protest after landlord allegedly rejected female couple

LGBT charities and activists staged a ‘kiss-in’ protest outside a north London letting agency last week after a lesbian couple were denied...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property podcast provides educational content and discussion for landlords

Despite a challenging period for landlords, characterised by tax and regulatory changes, buy-to-let remains a popular choice, supported by record-low mortgage...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Most tenants don’t want three-year tenancies, survey shows

Six out of 10 renters want tenancies of 12 months or less, a new AXA survey suggests. The government, which wants to...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government changes leading to ‘confusion among tenants’

More than half - 53% - of tenants in this country do not understand their rights and new regulations brought in...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Young renters forced to pay “unaffordable” level of rent

Two-thirds of Britain is effectively off-limits to many young people who want to rent a property of their own, a new...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Vida Homeloans expands into Scotland

Mortgage products offered by Vida Homeloans are now available to buy-to-let landlords in Scotland. The specialist lender’s offerings, which are available to...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Student landlords forced to deduct money from tenants’ deposits

Almost a quarter of students lost part of their rental deposit when they left their accommodation at the end of the...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New HMO rules: have you got the right finance in place?

It is estimated that around 160,000 properties will be affected by the new rules governing Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), which...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

A third of tenants claim their landlord hasn’t put deposit in a protection scheme

Thousands of buy-to-let landlords are breaking the law by not putting their tenant’s deposit into a government-backed deposit tenancy deposit protection...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Middlesborough Council to extend licensing scheme to additional ward

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

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords could earn an extra £72 a month by allowing tenants to decorate

Landlords could potentially earn more than £850 extra a year in rental income by permitting their tenants to decorate their homes, according...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Concern grows over unregistered landlords of HMOs

With just a few days left until changes to mandatory HMO licensing are introduced, there is growing concern that many landlords...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord cleared of assault

A buy-to-let landlord who pushed a council employee out of one of his properties in Blackpool has been cleared of assault. Landlord...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords at risk of hefty fines if they miss next week’s HMO deadline

Landlords of HMOs are being urged to get licensed before changes to mandatory HMO licensing are introduced next week to avoid...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Growing number of landlords using low-cost referencing app

We all know that landlords must carry out a series of vigorous checks on prospective tenants before letting a property, as...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

IPSE calls on government to halt Universal Credit rollout

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) is the latest organisation to call on the government to immediately pause...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Council plans to clampdown on rogue landlords

Great Yarmouth Borough Council has vowed to clampdown on rogue landlords who allow tenants to live in poor housing standards in...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Barclays reduces buy-to-let fees

Barclays hopes to attract new business from landlords by remaining competitive in their buy-to-let pricing. The bank, which has reduced rates across...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More than a third of tenants don’t know how to claim their deposit back

A high number of private tenants do not know how to claim their deposit back, a new survey has revealed. Research by...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Top university towns for buy-to-let revealed

Many buy-to-let landlords like the idea of investing in student housing, as it is considered to be a serious and lucrative...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government’s tax changes have led to the ‘sledgehammering of the BTL industry’

Activity in the buy-to-let market dropped further in July as a result of government interventions and a wider housing slowdown, new...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Trading standards looking to clamp down on rogue landlords and letting agents

Trading Standards services in London are warning landlords and letting agents to ensure that they comply with the law and not...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords face losing millions as government cracks down on letting fees

Landlords are set to lose out on millions of pounds through a clampdown on rental fees after the government yesterday announced...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Cleaning is still the biggest cause of deposit disputes

Cleaning has once again been identified as the most common cause of a tenancy deposit dispute in the private rented property...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Zoopla and OTM’s rental listings are now available to view on Facebook

With the majority of people’s property searches beginning online, most landlords would naturally expect to see their rental properties listed on...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords divided over their future

Investors have long turned to residential property as a means of supplementing their income, supported by strong demand from tenants and...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Are landlord licensing schemes actually a good idea?

Licensing schemes can serve purposes which are indisputably genuine and valid. They can, however, also be used as money-making schemes, particularly...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Barclays cuts buy-to-let rates

Barclays has reduced its buy-to-let rates, with two-year fixed rate deals now starting from 1.5% up to 60% loan-to-value (LTV). There is...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants sub-let house in west London for £835-a-night without landlord’s consent

The owner of a three-bedroom house in west London has not received a penny in rent despite her property being sub-let,...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent guarantee insurance provide landlords with ‘peace of mind’

Unpaid rent and rent arrears are a constant concern for landlords as they can cause major financial problems.   To help safeguard landlords...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords need to be able to ‘regain their property’ when things go wrong

A proposal to scrap Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, the clause which allows landlords to evict tenants without cause, would...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants who complain almost twice as likely to be evicted, says Citizens Advice

Private renters who complain to their landlord about problems at their rental property, including issues such as damp and mould, are...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancy plans appear to be a ‘political move’ aimed at the renter vote

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has once again voiced its opposition to plans to introduce mandatory three year tenancies. Responding to the...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Almost one in ten people want to invest in buy-to-let property

With savers receiving appalling returns from banks and building societies, many people are unsurprising still interested in investing in buy-to-let as...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

There is a misconception that most BTL landlords are wealthy

There are around 2.4 million landlords in the UK, but what are the characteristics of the average buy-to-let investor? Two thirds of...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Average age of buy-to-let investors drops 10 years

The average age of new landlords acquiring property to let has dropped by 10 years since 2014, according to yieldit. Having analysed...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Tourist surge boosts demand for holiday lets in the UK

The UK’s tourism sector is going from strength to strength with growing visits by foreigners in the country, and the increasing...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Why would landlords want rent in arrears when they can get paid up front?

Thousands of private landlords across the country understandably reject housing benefit claimants despite accusations that they are discriminating against those on...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

How Brexit could impact the buy-to-let market

On 29 March 2019, the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union (EU). Despite the profound significance of this event,...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Investec launches 10-year fix buy-to-let mortgage at 3.69%

Investec Private Bank is offering landlords the opportunity to lock into low interest rates for a decade, after the lender launched...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government-backed scheme aims to improve standards in the short-let sector

Short-let landlords, including those that list properties on Airbnb, will be able to apply for national accreditation from next month, as...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Have some local authorities been charging too much for HMO licenses?

Buy-to-let landlords could have grounds to challenge HMO licensing fees which could save them hundreds of pounds each year, according to...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New electrical regulation ‘can only be seen as a positive’

Landlords generally believe that many recent regulation changes have gone too far and want to see the government rethink the swathes...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £2,000 for failing to comply with an improvement notice

A private landlord in St Leonards has been fined £2,000 for failing to comply with an improvement notice.   Hastings Borough Council decided...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

EU citizens could be evicted from their rental homes in Britain, warns RLA

Thousands of EU nationals could inadvertently lose their rental homes due uncertainty about their status post-Brexit, according to the Residential Landlords...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

A number of landlords subsidise good tenants by renting at below market rates

Rent increases during the last five years have been less than initially perceived, tracking the retail price index (RPI) in England...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord told to pay £12k compensation after burning tenant’s belongings

A landlord who burnt his tenant’s possessions has been ordered to pay £12,000 compensation. Buy-to-let investor Tyrone Holmes, of Kensington Grove in...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New licensing scheme is ‘just a way of making money for the council’

Nottingham City Council became the latest local authority to introduce a landlord licensing scheme last week in an attempt to clampdown...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for not protecting tenancy deposit and operating an unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord has been found guilty of aggressive practices, failing to protect a tenancy deposit and operating an unlicensed House...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent which withheld landlord’s rent ordered to pay compensation

A Lanarkshire-based letting firm has been told to stump up almost £1,000 in compensation to a disgruntled landlord after breaching the...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Newcastle Quayside to receive North East’s first Build to Rent development

Construction work is progressing well on a new ultramodern, multimillion pound Build to Rent development on Forth Banks in Newcastle, which...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

The ‘real value’ of independent inventories should not be underestimated

The importance of having an independent inventory cannot be misjudged, especially as a poorly recorded or written report may leave the...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Shared occupancy test for rent-a-room relief will add ‘unnecessary complexity’

The government’s plans to change the rules on its ‘rent-a-room’ scheme, which allows people to earn up to £7,500 a year...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords could save more than £1,300 a year on letting agent fees – claim

Buy-to-let landlords could save hundreds, if not thousands of pounds every year by not instructing a letting agent to let their property. The...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Low Rate Secured Loans For Self-employed and Contractor Workers

If you wish to raise finance against an existing property and are self-employed then you may find a secured loan provides...

31 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Cheshire East Council sets out on rogue landlord crackdown

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

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Increasing housing supply offers tenants ‘more power to negotiate lower rents’

Rents for residential properties fell across parts of London in quarterly terms as the supply of properties coming on to the...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Police investigate claims journalist was offered sex-for-rent deals

Two buy-to-let landlords who allegedly offered an undercover journalist rent-free accommodation in exchange for sex are now the subject of a...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let investors increasingly targeting low cost, high yield properties

Buy-to-let investments will continue to offer attractive rates of return compared to other asset classes, but investors will increasingly search out...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords offered cash incentive to meet minimum housing standards

A pilot scheme has been launched with a view to improving property standards, increasing awareness, boosting engagement and increasing housing supply...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year minimum tenancies – what are the legal implications for landlords?

Amid the headline-grabbing political manoeuvring over Brexit, a policy proposal which could have serious ramifications for thousands of private landlords –...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Regular electrical checks in the PRS are ‘essential’

Plans to introduce new tougher electrical safety standards in the private rented sector aimed at protecting tenants by reducing the risk...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Thurrock Council plans to introduce additional licensing for landlords

Thurrock Council is proposing to introduce additional licensing for private landlords renting rooms to tenants in specific parts of the borough...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let hotspots revealed

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

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords welcome MPs fire safety plans

A call by a Parliamentary committee for the government to fund certain fire safety improvements in privately owned residential blocks has...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Evicting problem tenants can take up to 17 weeks and ‘cost a lot of money’

Rogue landlords who break the law and exploit vulnerable tenants often make headlines, but spare a thought for landlords who are...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Best places to invest based on capital growth

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

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Ashford Borough Council to adopt new powers to crackdown on rogue landlords

Rogue landlords in Ashford will now face fines of up to £30,000 after Ashford Borough Council voted to adopt new rules...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

New rental listings set to drop sharply amid landlord exodus

An exodus of landlords from the buy-to-let market has caused a significant drop in rental property listings in recent month with...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Proposed changes will lead to an increase in costs for landlords – claim

The Welsh Assembly is being urged to reconsider the bill to ban tenants’ fees in Wales due to concerns that that...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

London Assembly agrees motion to scrap Section 21 notices

The London Assembly Members yesterday agreed a unanimous motion calling on the Mayor of London to back a campaign to abolish...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent collection service aims to offer landlords ‘financial security’

Unpaid rent and rent arrears are the main reason for tenant evictions, according to Belvoir’s Q1 rental index, but that could...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agents accused of failing tenants

Letting agents are being accused of failing tenants, after a small group of cowboy agents showed prospective tenants around mouldy properties...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords will turn to holiday lets

Disgruntled private landlords are likely to turn their attention from buy-to-let to holiday lets if the government presses ahead with its...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord couple want to see letting agent banned over unpaid rent

A couple who claim they are owed thousands of pounds in unpaid rent have called for a ban on the letting...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let is still an attractive investment

The attraction of buy-to-let may be waning as far as some people are concerned due to a series of tax changes,...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Major landlord supports three-year tenancy plans

Many buy-to-let landlords may have reacted angrily to government proposals that will give tenants a minimum three year contract, but one...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Metro Bank teams up with CreditLadder for rent reporting

Tenants who have a personal account with Metro Bank are now able to report their rent through CreditLadder to reference agency...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

New government guidance to clampdown on rogue landlords and agents

The government has launched new online information designed to help renters and landlords know their rights. The rental guides, published by the...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord insurance: Is making a claim always a good idea?

Can claiming on your landlord insurance be a false economy? In some cases the answer appears to be yes, particularly when...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Price comparison site launches buy-to-let tool

GoCompare has launched a new tool to help determine where you should invest your money for the best capital growth and...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let remains an attractive asset class with the best yields up north

Buy-to-let returns continue to outperform many major asset classes with property investors in northern areas benefitting from higher yields, owed in...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Cap tenant deposits at three weeks as part of ‘fairer deal’ for renters, say Labour

The tenancy security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents should be capped at a maximum of three...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Universal credit flaws leads to tragic death of a tenant

A benefit claimant who faced debt, rent arrears and potential eviction as a result of policy design flaws in universal credit,...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords owed thousands by collapsed letting firm

Landlords in Norfolk claim that they are owed thousands in unpaid rent while tenant deposits were left unprotected by a local...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

How much do you know about landlords’ rights and responsibilities?

As a private landlord you are bound by specific housing legislation, which provide tenants with certain basic rights. From keeping your property...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant fined for damaging landlord’s car after tenancy deposit dispute

An angry tenant who damaged his landlord’s car following a tenancy deposit dispute has been ordered to pay £1,351 repairs. Nottingham Magistrates'...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Widespread relief as VAT challenge on student accommodation fails

Landlords, universities and construction firms involved with developing student housing breathed a sigh of relief after HMRC’s appeal against a ruling...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords: How to sell your unwanted rental properties quickly for cash

Having a poor performing rental property or one you simply wish to get rid of quickly can be a real drain...

08 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Charity event sees Draker host exclusive film preview for landlords

Draker letting agents hosted an exclusive charity film screening of Studio 54 at the Soho Hotel for 100 landlords last week....

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Is your property ‘OnTheMarket’?

With more house-hunters than ever now starting their search for a new home by typically looking online on one of the major property portals, most landlords would naturally like...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Automated payment systems can protect landlords against letting agency fraud

Automated payment systems can help to reduce letting agency fraud, it has been claimed. PropTech firm PayProp says that automating rental payment...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News