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KEYWORD "Charges" - 227 RESULTS
Landlords kick back against government licensing plan

A licensing scheme proposed for one part of the UK has been branded as “intrusive” for tenants and expensive for the...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Pet references - should landlords or tenants pay?

A pet referencing service is courting controversy by suggesting more animals should be allowed in rental properties - and that landlords,...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent’s top tips for letting properties quickly

High end lettings agency Carter Jonas has offered landlords a series of tips to renting out their properties quickly and successfully. They...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Remarkable - New licensing scheme will be FREE for landlords

It’s already a very un-typical part of the United Kingdom but now Jersey has set itself apart in a different way...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords with flats may soon have to face Commonhold tenure

A new government-created committee is considering the introduction of the new Commonhold tenure. Commonhold is a form of freehold ownership, largely for...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to landlords over eviction paperwork change

Landlords are being warned of an urgent change to the arrears process thanks to the launch of the government’s Breathing Space...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s fine slashed after fightback against council court move

A landlord who was hit with a £66,000 fine over safety breaches at a rental property has fought back - and...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord to hand over 18 properties to experts after £30,000 fine

A landlord has been handed nearly £30,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to maintenance and safety failures at three...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord and property company hit with £50,000 in fines and costs

A property company and its sole director landlord have been convicted and ordered to pay more than £50,000 in fines and...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors wooed by barrister offering specialist advice

A tax barrister has restructured his way of working and is appealing to buy to let and other property investors as...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Breathing Space law will halt landlords seeking arrears or eviction

The government has set out details of its new Debt Respite Scheme - also known as Breathing Space - which comes...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Record fine for landlord letting out HMO with safety failings

A landlord has been hit with what a local authority calls a record £66,000 fine after being found guilty of letting...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Many overseas landlords confessing to tax avoidance - claim

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

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm launches ‘game-changing’ deposit alternative

PropTech company Reposit has launched a product allowing properties to be let on a deposit-free basis whilst ensuring landlords are protected...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid: Tips for landlords on preparing for pandemic problems

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

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Race Against Time! Landlord buyers may not make stamp duty deadline

There’s another warning today that buy to let landlords wanting to expand their portfolio are in a race against time to...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Boost’ for landlords as new product adds on up to six week’s damage protection

Boost, a new product, has been launched by payment technology company flatfair.  The scheme provides landlords with up to six additional weeks of...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans unveils new buy-to-let products

Foundation Home Loans has returned to new lending with the creation and launch of a new set of buy-to-let and residential...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Updated tenant fees ban matrix for England and Wales published by TDS

Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has updated its Tenant Fees Matrix, initially introduced in 2019, with a view to simplifying the most...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Are you aware of the new capital gains tax changes?

From this month, HMRC has enacted legislation requiring UK residents to submit capital gains tax (CGT) returns, as well as pay any...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords offered free tenant referencing service during COVID-19 pandemic

All buy-to-let landlords and letting agents are being offered a comprehensive tenant screening service absolutely free of charge by Canopy.   Available with...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

DWP updates guidance for landlords with tenants in receipt of Universal Credit

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published updated guidance for landlords with tenants in receipt of Universal Credit. The information is designed to...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Castle Trust launches 10-year loan for buy-to-let investors

Castle Trust is offering a 10-year term loan for people looking to invest in buy-to-let property.  Castle Trust’s TermTen loan for buy-to-let...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords ditch letting agents and go it alone

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

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Newbury reduces rate on limited company BTL product

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

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

What Universal Credit means for landlords

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published updated guidance for landlords with tenants in receipt of Universal Credit. The information is...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord set to be sentenced for unlawful harassment and misleading practices

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

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay almost £2k for unlicensed property in Scarborough

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined £1,384 after pleading guilty to failing to selectively license a rental property he owns in...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Hinckley & Rugby launches BTL limited company mortgages

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

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £35,000 for selective licensing breaches

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

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

Foundation Home Loans launches new five-year BTL product

Foundation Home Loans has launched a new five-year buy-to-let mortgage product aimed at landlords who seek rate certainty but with a...

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

Gatehouse Bank reduces rates across its buy-to-let range

Gatehouse Bank has cut rates across its range of buy-to-let products by up to 0.46%. The shariah-compliant lender has announced that the...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fees ban comes into force in Wales

It is now illegal for tenants to be charged by landlords or letting agents in Wales in order to set up or...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Wales must not ‘fall foul of their new compliance obligations’

With just a few days until the Welsh tenant fee ban is introduced, landlords in Wales are being urged to adapt...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Half of landlords would not currently invest in the BTL sector

A number of landlords would not currently consider investing in the buy-to-let sector as a consequence of buy-to-let tax and legislative...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

PM Johnson urged to ‘reinvigorate buy-to-let’ by introducing tax changes

Boris Johnson is being to urged to do more to support investment in the private rented sector, as research shows that...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Taxpayer confusion: HMRC issues inaccurate self-assessment statements

A number of taxpayers, including buy-to-let landlords, have been left feeling confused after HMRC issued self-assessment statements to individual taxpayers which...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Leasehold packs set to be capped at £200

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has proposed that the maximum fee a landlord can charge a leaseholder...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban could see many landlords ‘opt to do without agents’

The next few months are likely to be challenging for letting agents as they adjust to an outright ban on letting...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in disputes handled by the Property Redress Scheme

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

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

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

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Greedy’ landlords punished for their ‘total negligence’

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

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Three in four Scots back rent caps

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

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fees ban in Wales is now inevitable

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

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Ultra-low emission zone aims to reduce poor air quality

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

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban set to be introduced in Wales

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

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Housing committee calls for leasehold reform

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

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Highly anticipated report into Leasehold Reform to be published today

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

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans launches flexible five-year BTL product

Foundation Home Loans has launched what it refers to as a ‘Fix to Flex’ five-year buy-to-let mortgage where early repayment charges...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord handed £66k fine for operating unlicensed HMOs in Luton

Luton Council has successfully prosecuted an unscrupulous landlord for letting three unlicensed houses in which several people lived in squalor. Zenith Accommodation...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New 5-year fixed expat buy-to-let product launched by Marsden BS

Marsden Building Society has launched a new five-year fixed expat buy-to-let product for landlords looking to buy or remortgage a buy-to-let...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agent welcomes tenant fees ban as it ‘rights a flawed piece of legislation’

The government’s ban on tenant fees is good for business and will strengthen the relationship between landlords and tenants, according to...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit-free renting to be discussed on Radio 4 at 12.15pm today

Deposit-free renting will be a subject of discussion on the ‘You and Yours’ consumer affairs programme to be broadcast today on BBC...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

More people are selling up and renting in retirement

An increasing number of over 60s are looking to sell up and rent in retirement, research shows. According to the Centre for...

28 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

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

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

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

TMW introduces 10-year fix buy-to-let mortgage at 2.74%

The Mortgage Works has launched a fresh selection of 10-year fixed rate mortgages with rates starting from 2.74%. The specialist buy-to-let arm...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Will paying 50% more council tax get landlords ‘a return on their investment’?

A 50% council tax increase could be on the way for owners of empty properties across many parts of the country...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban will not stop ‘hidden charges’

The government’s plan to introduce a ban on fees charged by landlords and letting agents is likely to come into force...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Vernon Building Society launches 5-year fixed rate on its buy-to-let range

Vernon Building Society has launched a new five-year fixed rate deal, as part of its buy-to-let product review. The new product, which...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord adds to its buy-to-let range

Accord has added to its range of buy-to-let products, including the launch of new cashback options on its two-year fixed rate...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let remortgaging hits all-time high

The proportion of buy-to-let remortgaging hit a record high in the third quarter of the year, as more landlords looked to...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Philip Hammond urged to scrap stamp duty and CGT surcharges

The Chancellor Philip Hammond may have only announced last week that the Autumn Budget will take place on Monday 29 October,...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Where is the best place to retire?

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

27 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

Landlord fined £177,000 for putting tenants at risk

A neglectful landlord, who allowed his tenants to occupy a property without working smoke alarms, a lack of sufficient fire doors...

07 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

Magellan Homeloans introduces buy-to-let products

Magellan Homeloans has extended its range of products with the launch of new buy-to-let mortgages. The new BTL mortgage products, which are...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Dudley BS increases maximum loan amount on expat products

Dudley Building Society has increased maximum expat loan-to-values to 70% on its buy-to-let product with a rate of 3.99%. Early repayment charges...

31 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

Landlords and tenants to be consulted over Scottish rent restrictions proposal

Landlords and tenants across Scotland will be consulted over plans to impose rent restrictions north of the border. Scottish Labour wants to...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

LendInvest abolishes debenture floating charges as part of changes to its products

LendInvest has scrapped its debenture and floating charges, as part of a series of product changes. The lender has also reduced its...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Scotland’s most responsible student tenants unveiled

Students may work hard, but many also party hard, which is largely why they have a reputation for being bad tenants. Binge-drinking...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined just over £2,500 for unlicensed property

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined £2,525 after failing to obtain a license for a shared house in Thurrock, Essex. Adeola Makinde was...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Cheshire East revises HMO licensing fees

Buy-to-let landlords who operate houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in Cheshire East will face new licensing fees after the local council...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Secured loans against BTL rental property – what you need to know

Historically secured loans against buy to let property were seen as a last chance option for a landlords borrowing needs. In...

26 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Tenant jailed for illegally subletting house

A private tenant occupying a three-bedroom house in north-west London has been jailed after he was caught illegally subletting the property...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgages for unemployed landlord applicants

If you’re a landlord who is currently out of work or unemployed who wishes to buy a new BTL property or...

19 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Specialist Buy-to-let mortgage solutions for landlords with no proof of income & adverse credit

If you’re a landlord and wish to raise finance against an existing buy to let property and don’t have proof of...

06 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Landlords advised to prepare for letting fees ban

Buy-to-let landlords are being urged to prepare for the introduction of the letting fees ban, which will make it illegal to...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Pepper Money reduces rates on selected buy-to-let deals

Pepper Money has cut rates across selected mortgage products as part of an overall revamp of its buy-to-let range. The specialist lender...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a letting agent worth the investment?

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

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

West One to amend criteria for BTL affordability tests

But-to-let landlords will now be able to use non rental income towards the affordability assessment when applying for second charge buy-to-let...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord guilty of treating vulnerable tenants as ‘slaves’

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

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to take action to offset higher letting agent fees

Buy-to-let landlords are being advised to think seriously about how they can recoup costs to help pay for higher letting agents...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Coventry for intermediaries reduce rates across its BTL range

Coventry for intermediaries has cut rates across its range of buy-to-let mortgages in a bid to remain competitive. The lender has reduced...

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans unveils exclusive 5-year fix

Foundation Home Loans has launched a five-year fixed rate product exclusively through its key packager partners. The new product being offered is available...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Aldermore reduces buy-to-let rates

Aldermore has cut rates on its buy-to-let mortgage range for company landlords, ensuring that they are now aligned with buy-to-let deals...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL borrowers burdened by PRA rule change

A growing number of buy-to-let are struggling to obtain mortgages following the introduction of tougher lending conditions, including more rigid underwriting...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Gedling Borough Council approve plans for mandatory licences

Gedling Borough Council yesterday voted to approve plans to impose selective licensing charges on private landlords in the Nottinghamshire district. Following a consultation...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Subletting tenants who crammed 35 men into single house sentenced in court

Three tenants who sub-let a three-bedroom semi-detached house in Kingsbury, north-west London, to 35 men have been fined more than 23,000. The residents...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined for once again breaching safety regulations

A private landlord in Lincoln has been fined more than £10,000 after being caught breaking safety rules for a second time. Missing...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Will Handley, CEO of HomeRenter

Who are you? Will Handley, CEO of HomeRenter What does it say on your business card? CEO and Co-founder What is HomeRenter? HomeRenter’s mission is to...

08 February 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Major fine imposed ‘should act as a lesson to all landlords’ in the PRS

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined almost £34,000 for putting tenants at risk. Harbhajan Singh Dhami pleaded guilty to not one, but 32...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord cuts buy-to-let rates

Accord Buy To Let has overhauled its buy-to-let mortgage range by introducing 17 new products and reducing rates by up to...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord set to appeal against convictions

A buy-to-let landlord who was convicted of nine counts of breaching regulations for a house in multiple occupation (HMO) that he...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £20k

A buy-to-let landlord has been convicted of nine counts of breaching regulations for a house in multiple occupation (HMO) that he...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Renting in retirement is rapidly becoming a ‘lifestyle choice’

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

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Coventry for Intermediaries reduces BTL two-year fixed rates by 0.2%

Coventry for Intermediaries has cut rates on its two-year fixed buy-to-let range by 0.2%, with rates now starting from 1.49%. New two-year...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Whopping fine should ‘serve as a warning to any other rogue landlords’

A rogue landlord in Newmarket who exposed tenants to ‘significant risk’ has been ordered to pay almost £33,000 after being found...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Heavy fines for illegal subletters

A property firm with assets in the Virgin Islands has paid a £8,000 civil penalty to Brent Council after two tenants...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let investing to ‘fall most dramatically’ - Savills

The number of properties acquired by buy-to-let investors using a mortgage will plummet by more than a quarter over the next...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords back calls for Universal Credit waiting time to be cut

Buy-to-let landlords have welcomed reports that Universal Credit waiting time could be cut from six weeks to a month Former work and...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

TBMC unveils 1.99% BTL exclusive with Hinkley

TBMC has launched a new buy-to-let mortgage exclusive with Hinckley & Rugby Building Society. The product is a 1.99% two year discount...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-letting agent jailed for burgling rental properties

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

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord who illegally converted houses ordered to pay £340k

A private landlord who converted several houses into bedsits without planning consent has been ordered to pay more than £340,000. Latif Rehman,...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined over £8k for ‘unacceptable’ safety breaches

A Lincoln landlord has been told to pay more than £8,000 for serious overcrowding and safety breaches. Abdol Ali Javid Keshmiri of...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

New mortgage advice clinic launched to help support portfolio landlords

A free mortgage advice clinic has been launched by The Happy Tenant Company in conjunction with the mortgage broker Lee Grandin...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Survey finds 31% of landlords ‘unaware of proposed letting fee ban

Almost a third of buy-to-let landlords are unaware of the proposals for a draft bill banning letting agent fees, according to...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord pleads guilty to harassing tenants

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

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing shortage drives up rents in England and Wales

A decline in the number of rental properties on the market is driving rents upwards across England and Wales, fresh figures...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords ‘batten down the hatches’ and increase rents

A growing number of landlords are selling off properties and increasing rents in response to regulatory changes and political uncertainty after...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord discovers cannabis farm at rented flat in South Wales

A landlord has described her shock and horror after the home she rented out had been transformed into a cannabis farm. The...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord caught on tape having sex in tenant’s bed

A landlord has pleaded guilty to trespassing charges after being caught having sex in his tenant's bedroom by a home security...

31 July 2017

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Foundation Home Loans offer first-time landlords ‘more options’

Foundation Home Loans yesterday announced that it is improving its first-time landlord range, with the introduction of a five-year fixed rate...

20 July 2017

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Buy-to-let mortgage flat fees hit 12-month low

Flat fees for buy-to-let mortgages have dropped to their lowest level for 12 months after falling by more than 5% in...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Some agents welcome the government’s plans to cut tenants fees

The proposed ban on any letting fees charged to tenants by landlords and letting agents is widely viewed as a draconian...

26 June 2017

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Landlord fined more than £4,000 for ‘dangerous failings’

A landlord has been fined over £4,000 at Cardiff Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to eight charges relating to five rented...

26 June 2017

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Save on tax: 10 ways to potentially cut what you pay to HMRC

Very few of us enjoy filling in a tax return. But here are a few suggestions put forward by London based...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS introduces new buy-to-let tracker with no early repayments charge

Leeds Building Society has added to its buy-to-let range by launching a new buy-to-let five-year tracker with no early redemption charges. The...

09 June 2017

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

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

01 June 2017

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Landlord fined £16k for tenant’s anti-social behaviour

A landlord has been handed a £16,000 fine because his tenant would not stop playing loud music. Jason Duffield must pay the...

25 May 2017

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Buy-to-let landlords contribute £15.9bn a year to UK economy, study finds

Buy-to-let landlords currently contribute £15.9bn per year to the British economy through pre-tax spending on running their portfolios, which is more...

12 May 2017

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New accounting software launched for landlords

A new cloud-based system offering a business accounting solution for landlords with small to medium-sized portfolios has been launched by Visionbase...

11 May 2017

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Landlord handed two-year ban and £41k bill for putting tenants’ lives at risk

A man who rented out rooms above a town centre bar has been banned from being a landlord after putting the...

09 May 2017

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Boost for renters as poll shows little public support for tenant fees

The government’s proposed ban on letting agents charging tenant fees has gained significant support from members of the general public, while...

04 May 2017

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Just the two of us: Building a successful landlord-tenant relationship

Since 2004, the private rental sector has almost doubled in size to 4.5 million households. This may be good news, but this...

25 April 2017

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Percentage based BTL fees now more common than flat fees

The latest edition of the Buy to Let Mortgage Costs Index, published by Mortgages for Business, has found that percentage-based arrangement...

25 April 2017

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Landlord handed prison sentence for illegal eviction

A landlord has been sentenced to six weeks in prison following the illegal evicting of one of his tenants and for...

18 April 2017

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Landlord fined £45,000 for ‘putting people’s lives at risk’ in shared flat

A landlord has been fined more than £45,000 after 12 people were found living in slum-like conditions in a four storey...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords and agents need ‘certainty about the market’s regulatory future’

Following a raft of changes, including tax measures, in the buy-to-let sector, the government has now published its consultation on banning...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Proposed ban on letting agent fees will deter longer term tenancies, says ARLA

Tenants will not benefit from the government’s ban on letting agent fees - because the costs will be passed on in...

10 April 2017

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Rogue landlords hit with £18k penalty for letting hazardous property

Three landlords have been ordered to pay costs totalling £18,000 for renting out an unsafe house in High Wycombe, which included...

27 March 2017

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New Street Mortgages reduces rental cover rates to 125%

New Street Mortgages has fresh buy-to-let criteria changes, including reducing its lowest rental cover rate from 145% to 125%. From next Monday,...

24 March 2017

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Key insurance scheme launches

A new key insurance scheme has been launched for buy-to-let landlords and homeowners by Discount Insurance. The insurance broker has joined forces...

17 February 2017

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Brent Council raise almost £100,000 in landlord fines in just four weeks

Four weeks of prosecutions by Brent Council in north London has seen six successful results with total court fines for rogue...

16 February 2017

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Council seeks to work with private landlords for housing solutions

Many private sector landlords see social housing tenancies as a higher risk than traditional rentals, and rising rents in the open...

10 February 2017

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Rate cuts will enable more people to ‘invest in the buy-to-let market’

Given the recent changes to buy-to-let mortgage interest relief and stamp duty charges, New Street Mortgages is among those buy-to-let lenders...

26 January 2017

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

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

19 January 2017

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Prime rental values fell in the Home Counties last year

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

17 January 2017

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

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

16 January 2017

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Landlords offered online tax training

With less than just three weeks remaining until the January 31 Self Assessment deadline, buy-to-let landlords are being reminded that there are...

13 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Why does the government have it in for buy-to-landlords?

In the UK, we have a chronic shortage of housing. Apparently we need 200,000 new houses a year but last year...

17 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords likely to increase rents to offset higher costs

There are growing fears that tenants will end up bearing the cost of the government’s decision to ban letting agents' fees...

29 November 2016

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Scrapping agent fees set to lead to higher rents

Letting agents in England will be banned from charging fees to tenants under plans announced by the chancellor in his Autumn...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Where are the cheapest and most expensive tenant fees in the UK?

The chancellor Philip Hammond may have announced in the Autumn Statement that letting agents in England will be banned from charging...

24 November 2016

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Landlords continue to chase rental payments

Two landlords have issued complaints to The Property Ombudsman (TPO) after it materialised that a letting agent in Huddersfield had not passed on rent...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Keystone improves lending criteria and reduces rates

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

07 November 2016

From: Breaking News

The Tipton looks to entice buy-to-let landlords with rate cuts

The Tipton and Coseley Building Society has reduced borrowing rates across its range of three- and five-year discounted buy-to-let purchase products.   The...

27 October 2016

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Landbay launches professional landlord products

Landbay has launched a range of limited edition lending products aimed primarily at professional landlords with no early redemption charges (ERCs). The...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Coventry launches new buy-to-let rates

Coventry for Intermediaries has announced rate cuts across a range of its 70% loan-to-value (LTV) buy-to-let products, enabling brokers to offer...

11 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade association calls for reversal of stamp duty hike on BTL homes

The chancellor Philip Hammond is being urged to reverse George Osborne’s outright assault on buy-to-let by scrapping the 3% stamp duty...

03 October 2016

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Landlord ordered to pay over £8,500 for renting out unsafe property

A landlord who confessed to renting out houses in Stotfold and Arlesey with serious safety hazards has been ordered to pay...

26 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Council proposes to tax student landlords

Students are currently exempt from paying council tax and student accommodation is currently exempt from business rates, but that could soon...

23 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Calculating correct compensation charges ‘the holy grail of letting’

Compensation charges at the end of tenancies can be very contentious and as a result, lead to deposit disputes, especially when...

09 September 2016

From: Breaking News

New digital letting service could save landlords up to £1,600 a year

A new digital letting service that aims to save landlords up to £1,600 per year has been launched.  NoAgent.co.uk uses technology to...

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords fined for renting out unlicensed properties in Blackburn

No fewer than seven landlords have been fined thousands of pounds for renting out unlicensed properties in Blackburn as part of...

05 September 2016

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Landlords prefer good tenants to high rents

Landlords are often portrayed as greedy investors who are looking to take advantage of tenants, but when it comes to what...

02 September 2016

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Dudley adopt ‘common sense approach’ to BTL lending by slashing fixed rates

Dudley Building Society has introduced a range of new fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage products with interest rates lowered across all its...

02 September 2016

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Lenders must create ‘innovative’ mortgage products to ‘support landlords’

With many landlords now facing higher taxes and more stringent borrowing conditions, it is crucial that mortgage lenders do more to...

15 August 2016

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Landlord handed £1,800 fine for failing to comply with regulations

A landlord has been order to pay just over £1,800 for failing to provide an energy certificate and not complying with...

15 August 2016

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‘Greedy and selfish’ landlord narrowly avoids prison

A landlord who continued to rent out a house to tenants despite being warned that it posed serious health and a...

05 August 2016

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‘Burdensome approaches’ to regulate landlords would be ineffective

The government will not force landlords of leasehold properties to belong to a redress scheme, despite growing pressure from conveyancers pushing...

03 August 2016

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Unsafe log burner costs landlord £1,100

A landlord in South Gloucestershire has been handed a £500 fine and ordered to pay £600 for six offences relating to...

02 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Why investors should look north to boost profits

For many investors in London and the South East, the relentless pressure on buy-to-let income means that the numbers no longer add...

27 July 2016

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Three landlords fined £11,000 for housing offences

Three landlords in Oxford have been fined a total of £11,000 after being convicted of housing offences. Environmental Health Officers from Oxford...

25 July 2016

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Tenancy length hits five-year high

The average length of tenancy in the private rented sector has increased by 300% over the last two years, from 16...

22 July 2016

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Landlords may be forced to sell after council official pocketed their rent

Some landlords in Denbighshire, a county in north east Wales, may have to sell their property after falling victim to a...

13 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents accused of ‘ripping off’ landlords and tenants

We all know headlines sell newspapers, but a report in yesterday’s Daily Mirror brought shame on a host of letting agents...

08 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenants saddled with unexpected rental costs – claim

More than one in ten renters are being charged unexpected costs, such as maintenance repairs and flood damage, by their landlords...

08 July 2016

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Overcrowded: 28 tenants forced to share one bathroom

A landlord has been fined £20,000 after a raid revealed that 28 tenants were residing in “unsafe” cramped conditions in a...

07 July 2016

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Inventory charges could be passed on to landlords, warns AIIC

Plans to stop letting agents charging tenants for an inventory check could see costs passed on to landlords, warns the Association...

01 July 2016

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Landlord fined more than £9,000 for various offences

A landlord who was convicted of multiple building regulation offences and for failing to disclose information in relation to ownership of...

21 June 2016

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Furness launches new BTL products from 2.85%

Furness Building Society has launched two new dedicated consumer products after announcing that it will now consider all consumer buy-to-let mortgage...

20 June 2016

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Top tip for landlords seeking capital gains

Buy-to-let investors looking to benefit from the greatest level of capital appreciation over the next 12 months should focus on buying...

24 May 2016

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Buy-to-let valuation instructions plummet

There was a significant drop in the volume of buy-to-let valuation instructions recorded last month following the introduction of higher stamp...

13 May 2016

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UK rents continue to rise

Rents on new tenancies rose across most parts of the UK over the three months to the end of April, led...

05 May 2016

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Rent-to-rent gang fined

Newham Council has prosecuted what it called a “group of criminals” running a dodgy letting business with an estimated income of...

24 March 2016

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Reading landlord fined £5,700

A landlord has been prosecuted by Reading Borough Council and ordered to pay £5,700 by magistrates after failing to meet national...

25 February 2016

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One in six tenants sublets their home

Do you know who’s living in your property? Maybe not, according to new research.   Direct Line for Business found that one in...

24 February 2016

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Notting Hill property company fined £47,900 for HMO failings

A west London property company managing an HMO in Notting Hill has been fined £47,900 in relation to 24 charges under...

17 February 2016

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Early-morning immigration raid leads to £15,080 bill for landlord

A landlord has been fined for breaching regulations for houses in multiple occupation following an early morning raid involving immigration enforcement officers. As...

22 January 2016

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Two West London landlords fined for ignoring council notices

Two Southall landlords have been found guilty of failing to comply with notices and orders to make safe dangerous and illegal...

20 January 2016

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Southall landlord fined £70K for HMO regulation breaches

A west London landlord has been fined more than £70,000 for breaking HMO regulations after prosecution by Ealing Council. Balwinder Singh Kahlon...

20 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Fee-free BTL products increase

The number of arrangement fee-free buy-to-let mortgage products rose in Q3, according to figures from Mortgages For Business. The findings from the...

29 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords plead guilty to housing failures

Two landlords in Wolverhampton have pleaded guilty to several housing failures. The landlords, Joginder and Rashpal Bains, who own 100 properties in...

25 September 2015

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Kent landlord slapped with £32k fine… and not his first offence

A Kent landlord has been fined for failing to have a valid Gas Safety Record in place for five properties. Medway Magistrates’...

11 September 2015

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Guaranteed rent agent fined £12k for ignoring complaints

A Leicester estate agent which offers “guaranteed rent” has been ordered to pay more than £12,000 in fines and court costs...

08 September 2015

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£15k bill for Great Yarmouth HMO landlord

A HMO landlord whose HMO was closed down by the local council has been left with a court bill of nearly...

04 September 2015

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York council meet to discuss landlord and letting agent fines

City of York Council is holding a “decision session” today to discuss the introduction of fixed penalty notices for letting agents...

25 August 2015

From: Breaking News

RLA appeals for alternative tax solutions to present to the Treasury

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has asked for landlords’ help in proposing alternative “tax solutions” to the Government. In the summer Budget...

21 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Notting Hill landlord fined £25,000

An unlicensed HMO landlord has been ordered to pay more than £25,000 after appearing in court. Emmil Seeson Watson (also known as...

21 July 2015

From: Breaking News

What will the Budget hold for landlords?

Chancellor George Osborne is presenting the “summer budget” tomorrow with rumours circulating that he will give in to calls to close...

07 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Brent landlord fined for second time over HMO

A landlord who was found to have 16 tenants living in just one property in Willesden Green, north London, has been...

02 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords get criminal records and fine over HMO safety

Two landlords each face a bill of well over £4,000 each after being found guilty of charges relating to their three...

18 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Agent fee rules come into effect

It is now a statutory duty for letting agents to fully publicise the fees they charge to landlords and tenants. Under the...

28 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Hamptons in hot water over fees

High end estate agent Hamptons has had its knuckled rapped by the advertising regulator about the way it displays fees in...

24 April 2015

From: Breaking News

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