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New deposit protection training for landlords in Norwich

Landlords in Norwich are being offered an opportunity to attend a couple of workshops designed to give landlords and property professionals...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New Luxury Development in Birmingham

A new residential scheme for Erdington, has been given the go ahead. SevenCapital has been granted planning permission to transform a...

19 January 2018

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More than half of Brits face issues with agents

More than half of those who bought, sold or rented a home in the last five years had issues with their...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landbay eases portfolio stress tests

Specialist buy-to-let mortgage lender Landbay has announced that it is changing its underlying portfolio stress tests for portfolio landlords. It will now...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord/management company restrictions survey launched

The Conveyancing Association (CA) has in conjunction with HM Land Registry launched a new survey as part of an informal consultation...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

The North West of England remains ‘the best region for BTL investors’

With house prices increasingly steady outside of London and the South East, the housing market across many parts of the country...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Reality star makes surprise appearance on Judge Rinder over dispute with landlord

Ex-Big Brother TV star Heavy D was humiliated on ITV daytime show Judge Rinder yesterday after having a case against his...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords have shown remarkable resilience despite buy-to-let crackdown

But-to-let landlords have shown remarkable resilience and adaptability in the face of the onslaught on their livelihoods, following justifiable concerns about...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords will still claim £16.7bn in relief despite tax changes

Buy-to-let landlords will still benefit from £16.7bn worth of tax relief, based on claims from the latest year’s tax returns, even...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

TMA adds Paragon Bank to its lender panel

TMA Club has added Paragon Bank to its lender panel, offering members immediate access to a wide range of buy-to-let products...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords among those accused of fly-tipping in Swindon

Fly-tipping has become rife and is creating a blot on the landscape around the Manchester Road area of Swindon due to...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Where to invest in 2018?

With the New Year now upon us, those thinking of investing in property want to know what is going to happen...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

What does 2018 have in store for landlords?

Undoubtedly, 2017 was another tough year for landlords. With so many legislative changes in the last 18 months (wear and tear...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

‘How landlords can adapt to survive the current economic climate’

2017 was a year of flux for landlords, with Brexit becoming a reality and two Budgets from Phillip Hammond dictating the...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

2017 was a ‘tough year’ for landlords but there is still ‘appetite’ for BTL

The phasing out of mortgage interest relief and tougher mortgage lending conditions contributed to what was a rather difficult 2017 for...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit worries leave PCL’s private rental market in limbo

Uncertainties over Brexit will continue to hit property investor sentiment in prime central London (PCL), according to a leading letting agent. While...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Scarborough face £100 fine for late application

The deadline for landlords in parts of Scarborough’s Castle and North Bay wards to apply for a license under the local...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government announces further crackdown on ‘rogue landlords’

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) yesterday announced fresh plans to clamp down on rogue landlord practices such as...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from everyone at Landlord Today

What a year it’s been! There was an unanticipated snap general election, the unexpected result, and consequently what we have now...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Top New Year's resolutions for self-employed landlords

As we prepare ourselves for the New Year, the chances are you, along with plenty of other people, have big plans for...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property investment decisions need to be made with a ‘long-term view’

With the new year almost upon us, now is a good time to think about your property investment strategy and potentially...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord aims to raise £100,000 for charities in 3,000 mile bike ride

A community-spirited buy-to-let landlord is preparing to saddle up for an epic 3,000 mile coast to coast bike ride from the...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Checklist: How to winter-proof your rental properties

It is that time of year again! With a distinct chill in the air and dampness on the ground, the cold...

23 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Top rental searches unveiled by Rightmove

As 2017 draws to a close, Rightmove has released fresh data, based on searches by prospective tenants browsing its website, revealing...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord database ‘will save lives’ says LFB

The mayor of London’s decision to launch a new public online database which ‘names and shames’ rogue landlords and letting agents...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New database leaves rogue landlords with ‘nowhere to hide’

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan yesterday launched a new public online database which ‘names and shames’ dodgy landlords and letting...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Higher demand for five-year fixes as landlords seek a ‘great rate for longer’

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are looking to lock into mortgage deals offering a longer period of certainty, such as...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans increases max BTL LTV to 80%

Foundation Home Loans has increased its maximum buy-to-let loan-to-value (LTV) from 75% to 80% on both its standard and first-time landlord...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Over four in 10 landlords are reluctant to rent to those without a British passport

Some 42% of private landlords say the Right to Rent scheme has made them less likely to let to those without...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

House prices could drop as a result of landlords exiting the market

The signs are that 2018 looks set to be another difficult year for buy-to-let landlords as tax hikes bite. An increasing number...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Millennials will have spent over £110k on rent by the time they buy a home

Millennials renting in this country will have spent more than £110,000 in rent by the time they are finally in a...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

3mc launches new expat buy-to-let deal

3mc has launched a new buy-to-let mortgage deal designed for use by British expats, which is funded by Aldermore Bank. Borrowing rates...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Three Off-Plan Investments in Birmingham Selling Fast

With the recent report from Hometrack stating ‘Birmingham is rising faster than anywhere in the country’ it’s clear the property market...

14 December 2017

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UK letting market enjoys ‘robust’ boost, claims Agency Express

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

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

TSB and Natwest introduce new BTL mortgage products

TSB has introduced a range of new two-year fixed rate mortgage deals, while Natwest has cut rates on selected deals to...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Are private landlords discriminating against students?

The majority of private landlords will not rent to students because they are concerned about the damage they could do to...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax hikes is incentivising the use of homes as ‘short-term holiday lets’

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are letting out their homes as short-term holiday lets, making them no longer available for...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers offered chance to get foot on the property ladder through BTL

First-time buyers will no longer have to own a residential property in order to access finance from Barclays to invest in...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Accidental landlords add 80,000 rented homes to the market

A slower sales market in the south of England has revived the accidental landlord as more people chose to rent their...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords continue to benefit from ‘healthy capital growth and high yields’

Investment in buy-to-let continues to outperform most major asset classes, at a time of low saving rates and stock market volatility. Despite...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New auction platform allows prospective tenants to bid for rental properties online

A new online property auction platform is launching that enables estate agents to add an auction element to both sales and...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise sharply

Rents are forecast to see strong growth between 2018 and 2022, according to the latest residential property forecast from Knight Frank. The...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Portfolio BTL enquiries soar

There has been a significant increase in enquiries from portfolio landlords following the introduction of the new Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA)...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords adapting to controversial tax changes

But-to-let landlords are adapting to ongoing restrictions to tax relief on buy-to-let mortgage interest, with almost half of all landlords having...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New tool to help landlords comply with licensing schemes

A new online platform designed to help landlords keep on top of new licensing schemes and consultations has been launched by...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees crackdown may deter many landlords from using agents

The government’s plan to ban letting agents in England from charging fees to tenants will deter up to 30% of buy-to-let...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Welsh housing minister to address Future Renting Wales conference today

The Welsh minister for housing and regeneration, Rebecca Evans AM, will address the RLA’s Future Renting Wales conference in Cardiff today.  The Future...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in buy-to-let remortgaging activity

Remortgaging activity has increased significantly in recent months, helped in no small part by record low mortgage rates and continued house...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

3mc and Precise launch BTL exclusive

A new two-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage deal, which is funded by Precise Mortgages, has been launched by mortgage distributor 3mc. The...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Chancellor Philip Hammond is blasted for failing to act on ‘punitive tax changes’

Chancellor Philip Hammond has been slammed by Belvoir for failing to address taxes on buy-to-let landlords imposed by his predecessor George...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords welcome Universal Credit changes

Buy-to-let landlords receiving rent from tenants in receipt of Universal Credit will continue to be paid housing benefit directly, rather than...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Government fails to offer landlords tax relief for offering longer-term tenancies

Buy-to-let landlords avoided a further tax clampdown in the Budget yesterday, while the Chancellor Philip Hammond revealed government plans to review...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Fewer people living in rented accommodation

There has been a notable decline in the number of people living in rented accommodation, new research suggests. An independent study carried out by...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Newcastle Intermediaries reduces BTL rates

Newcastle Intermediaries has cut rates across its buy-to-let ranges. The new buy-to-let remortgage deals are available at 2.85% for two years or...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Philip Hammond urged to scrap stamp duty

The Chancellor Philip Hammond should scrap stamp duty because it would encourage more buy-to-let landlords to invest in the private rented...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The effects of the Manchester city centre housing boom

A continuous increase in the number of cranes, hoardings and skyscraper frames around Manchester’s inner ring road is visual proof of...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Will longer tenancies restrict rent rises?

The forthcoming Autumn Budget is set to unveil the government’s plans to encourage landlords to offer longer tenancies of at least...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Politicians risk neglecting those who ‘face a lifetime of renting’, claims lobby group

High house prices, inadequate savings and longer life expectancies mean a number of people will never be able to get a...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

TMW pilots limited company BTL range

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has launched a new limited company buy-to-let mortgage product range for professional landlords. There are five products being...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords face compulsory ombudsman scheme

In order to solve tenant disputes, landlords will soon be required to register with a redress scheme, helping to improve operating...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Race row landlord told ‘no coloured’ policy is unlawful

The UK’s largest and arguably most controversial buy-to-let landlord who earlier this year banned ‘coloured people’ from renting any of his...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

App claims to make it ‘more profitable’ for landlords to rent to students

A new student lettings app has been launched by SPCE that will potentially make it easier for landlords to find student...

09 November 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

Interest rate rise could push up the cost of renting

The Bank of England’s decision to increase interest rates yesterday could lead to rents rising across the country as some landlords...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental deposits to be capped at six weeks rent

The security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents will be capped at no more than six weeks...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Strong and stable market means ‘things are looking up for Scottish landlords’

Returns achieved by landlords in Scotland remain highly competitive when compared to other asset classes, the latest figures show. The average monthly...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Generous landlord offers rent reduction for ‘unsung heroes’ working in the NHS

A big-hearted landlord is prepared to lower the rent of his one-bedroom property in Wycombe for a tenant who works in...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Hinckley & Rugby eases BTL stress test for remortgages

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society has announced that it is now assessing like-for-like buy-to-let remortgages using a lower reference rate and...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agent rating system provides landlords with ‘independent reviews’

When letting a property, many of us turn to letting agents for help, and as many of you will know, not...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Aldermore unveils limited edition BTL remortgage deals

Aldermore has launched two new limited edition five-year fixed rate remortgage deals aimed at buy-to-let landlords as the specialist lender looks...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord inspections ‘are not something to be afraid of’

When a landlord let his property in Hartlepool to two cousins, he did not expect them to be sent to jail...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Number of buy-to-let mortgage deals slightly down

The total number of buy-to-let mortgage products on the market fell slightly last month, but remains at its second highest level...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to prepare properties for winter

Landlords are being encouraged to make crucial preparations to their buy-to-let properties as the winter fast approaches, after a new survey...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Welsh housing minister to address landlords at conference next month

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has announced that the Welsh cabinet secretary responsible for housing policy, Carl Sargeant, will be the...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urge government to pause the rollout of Universal Credit

Labour’s symbolic victory over the rollout of universal credit on Wednesday night will have been welcomed by many buy-to-let landlords. Tory MPs were...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Why Right to Rent imperfections shouldn’t concern pragmatic landlords

The findings of the BBC investigation into ID fraud linked to Right to Rent checks will come as no surprise to...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime rents rise in the Home Counties as demand grows

Prime rents across the Home Counties increased further in the third quarter of the year as the market recovery continued, underpinned...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Don’t let the energy efficiency standards leave you with ‘unrentable’ properties

There are now only six months until the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) are implemented – a sweeping change due...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

More than a quarter of renters in Scotland ignorant of deposit schemes

When Scotland introduced tenancy deposit protection over five years ago, it offered a much needed level of security to landlords and...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in Dagenham fined almost £80,000

A pair of landlords in Dagenham have been slapped with a hefty fine for renting out two illegally converted flats over...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage lending remains flat

Mortgage lending to buy-to-let investors remained largely unchanged in August despite an overall increase in residential mortgage lending, according to the...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Havering Council approves landlord licensing scheme

Plans to introduce an additional licensing scheme across 12 wards in Havering, east London, have been approved. Local councillors met on Wednesday...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New HMO changes good for tenants, and landlords too

Local authorities now have greater powers to control properties rented out in their areas, thanks to changes in the mandatory HMO...

12 October 2017

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Specialist BTL lender eases borrowing restrictions

Keystone Property Finance has relaxed its criteria around its buy-to-let proposition in a bid to help win more business from both...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost half of landlords would reject a tenant applicant with a poor credit rating

Nearly half of landlords across the UK would refuse a tenant applicant with a poor credit score, despite in-depth credit checks...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New blacklist will be a ‘valuable tool in protecting tenants’

The new blacklist of rogue agents and landlords, introduced as part of the Housing and Planning Bill, will go a long...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Havering Council set to approve landlord licensing scheme

Plans to introduce an additional licensing scheme across 12 wards in Havering, east London, look set to be approved tomorrow. Local councillor will...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Why the Northern Powerhouse is a beacon for buy-to-let investors

With the benefit of hindsight we always know, with painful clarity, which investments we should have bought and which we should...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

UK government urged to follow Scotland’s lead to reduce rent arrears

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has hailed the Scottish government for offering people receiving Universal Credit north of the border more...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ perfect tenant revealed

Almost a quarter of households in Britain will be renting privately by the end of 2021 as rising house prices and...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord faces jail if £102k fine is not paid in two months

A landlord in east London will have to cough up more than £100,000 or face going to jail for illegally converting...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

A £5 raffle ticket could win you a £145k house in Leicester

A buy-to-let landlord is raffling off a three-bedroom house in the Leicestershire town of Wigston which is worth in the region...

02 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

New interactive fire door checker launched

A new fire door checker has been launched as part of Fire Door Safety Week (25 September - 1 October), designed...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Jeremy Corbyn pledges to introduce rent controls

Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to give cities the power to introduce rent controls under a Labour government. Yesterday was the last day...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Government urged to support landlords by axing cuts to mortgage interest relief

The importance of the private rented market in this country should not be underestimated – it is a crucial source of...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Average earners risk being priced out of the rental market

With rents continuing to rise across the UK, fresh research shows that those looking to rent increasingly need to earn more...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

TMW takes ‘pragmatic and considered approach’ to new PRA standards

New buy-to-let requirements for portfolio landlords have been unveiled by The Mortgage Works (TMW) ahead of the introduction of the new...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

More landlords likely to use specialist lenders due to new changes - Together

As the buy-to-let industry braces itself for yet more changes, a growing number of private landlords are likely to turn to...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

UK slips down EU buy-to-let league table

The UK has dropped into the bottom five European buy-to-let markets for investors as UK yields plummet, according to the latest...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

New industry alliance to lobby on behalf of landlords

With almost a quarter of existing buy-to-let landlords thinking about exiting the private rented sector and many more planning to increase...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

The number of landlords exiting the market ‘is concerning’, says RICS

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are likely to exit the private rented sector over the next 12 months due to...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Free advice event for landlords and investors

Landlords across the East Midlands are being invited to attend a free event offering mortgage, tax and new legislation advice. The event,...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

TMW launches two limited edition BTL products

Two new limited edition fixed rate buy-to-let remortgage products have been launched by The Mortgage Works (TMW). The new mortgage deals, which...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Free online training on fire doors launched for private landlords

Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy and in support of this year’s Fire Door Safety Week (25 September – 1 October 2017),...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Universal credit is leading ‘many more tenants into rent arrears’

More than a third of private landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit have said that they are now in rent arrears,...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords need to be ‘fully up-to-speed with legislation’

With a high number of laws affecting buy-to-let landlords and changing frequently, it is now more important than ever to keep...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fewer landlords cash-in on rising rents despite expanding portfolios

The number of buy-to-let landlords in the UK has fallen by 154,000 since 2015 despite the volume of rented homes increasing...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Investing in property continues to deliver ‘very healthy returns’

Despite a host of anti-landlord policies adopted by the government, including higher stamp duty and the phasing out of mortgage tax...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Graduates moving to London look to live in outer boroughs to ‘reduce rent burden’

Buy-to-let landlords looking to invest in London’s rental market may wish to consider investing in the capital’s outer boroughs where the...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords offered ‘help and support’ to pay tax

A new ‘help and support’ page has been launched by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to help landlords pay tax and...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for putting tenants at ‘serious risk of death’

A private landlord in Liverpool has been handed a hefty fine for putting his tenants at risk of fire. Following an inspection...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

What really keeps landlords awake at night?

For many people buy-to-let continues to look an attractive income investment at a time of low saving rates and stock market...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips every landlord should consider when investing in student property

A number of buy-to-let landlords are turning their attention to student housing, which is regarded by many property investors as a...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to run their buy-to-let portfolio ‘as a business’

Private landlords are being advised to adopt a more professional approach when it comes to managing their property portfolio, after new...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Scottish rental market ‘continues to improve’ as rents rise further

Buy-to-let landlords in Scotland continue to achieve higher returns on their property investments than their counterparts south of the border, according...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Investing in buy-to-let continues to provide ‘great returns’

The rapid growth in popularity of buy-to-let in recent years has been fuelled in part by the failings of the pensions...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords identify London’s next buy-to-let hotspots

Landlords have identified what they believe to be London’s next buy-to-let hotspots, which includes the likes of Woodford, Leytonstone and Redbridge. North...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Accord launches ‘better value for money’ BTL mortgages

Accord Buy To Let has launched a new range of buy-to-let mortgages at 60% loan-to-value (LTV). The new options include a two-year...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

How Wales is leading the way in raising standards in the PRS

This month has seen the approval or introduction of a number of new licensing schemes for landlords in several English cities,...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

A growing number of BTL landlords turn to short term holiday let market

More than 130,000 homes have potentially been taken out of the long term private rented sector as more buy-to-let landlords list...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to remortgage ahead of tougher BTL regulations

If the existing mortgage deal on your buy-to-let property is about to come to an end, you may want to change...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant fined for racist remark to her landlord

A tenant in South Shields has pleaded guilty to racially abusing her landlord after she was threatened with eviction. Kelly Bonner, 31,...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

BM Solutions is latest lender to change criteria ahead of new portfolio rules

BM Solutions has set out the details of how it will tackle portfolio buy-to-let underwriting when the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA)...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £10,000 for failing to license property

A private landlord has been prosecuted by Hastings Borough Council for failing to license his rented property in Surrey. Philip Dempsey of Malden...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips to improve your property’s EPC rating

From the 1st April 2018, it will be unlawful to rent a property which breaches the requirement for a minimum energy...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to adopt a more professional approach

In an attempt to improve standards in the private rented sector, a London-based letting agent is calling on buy-to-let landlords to adopt...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council approve revised selective licensing scheme

City councillors in Nottingham have approved a new licensing scheme aimed at improving housing standards in the city’s private rented sector.  Following...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords slammed for ‘knowingly renting property to illegal migrants’

Buy-to-let landlords allowing illegal immigrants to live in their properties may face jail after hundreds of people suspected of not having...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Top university towns and cities for buy-to-let revealed

Many landlords purchase properties near universities in order to take advantage of the lucrative yields that the student rental market often...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental supply to dwindle as landlords look to sell

The supply of homes is set to fall while demand from tenants continues to increase, according to the latest research from...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

A growing number of people are ‘coming to rely on the private rental sector’

A generation is being priced out of the housing market with homeownership levels set to fall further as younger people are...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

NatWest will ‘continue to support’ portfolio landlords

Natwest has announced an overhaul of its underwriting processes for portfolio landlords ahead of September’s regulatory changes for complex buy-to-let, but...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

More BTL landlords needed to meet demand from a growing population

Supply and demand are perhaps the most fundamental concepts of economics, and it is the main reason why UK house prices...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

New service allows ‘landlords to cash in until they find the perfect tenant’

A London-based sales and letting agent has launched an Airbnb interior styling service that it hopes will enable more buy-to-let landlords...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Greater energy efficiency regulations required in Scotland, says Labour

The Scottish government is being urged to set a higher benchmark for the energy efficiency of private rented homes to help...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Top 10 postcodes for buy-to-let in London

A high number of buy-to-let investors prioritise rental rents over capital gains when making property purchase decisions, and with that in...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord allegedly ran tenant over for digging up his plants

A landlord has been apprehended by the police for running over a tenant with his tractor and breaking her hip because...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords south of the border ‘will be envious of the Scottish market’

Landlords north of the border continue to enjoy a higher yield on their properties than those in England and Wales, according...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Fed up with lettings agents?​ No Agent​ brings a fair service for both landlords and tenants

No Agent’s innovative technology and in-house property experts offers landlords a simpler, flexible and low-fee way to manage everything from start...

02 August 2017

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Tenants launch fundraising page to pay for ‘independent’ fire safety checks

A crowdfunding page has been set up by concerned tenants who are looking to pay for an independent fire safety inspection...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Accord reveals portfolio buy-to-let underwriting change

Accord Buy To Let is the latest lender to announce that it is amending details of its buy-to-let lending criteria for...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord confidence falls as tax burden increases

Landlord confidence declined across all key indicators during the second quarter of the year, the latest quarterly index from BM Solutions...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips for getting tenancy deposit protection right

Despite the anti-landlord policies adopted by the government, many investors continue to be drawn to the buy-to-let market as the returns...

31 July 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

From: Breaking News

Almost £750k in tenancy deposits stolen by letting agents this year alone

Rogue letting agents have reportedly been convicted of stealing more than £750,000 worth of tenancy deposits so far this year –...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords step up post-Grenfell fire safety checks

A number of buy-to-let landlords are taking measures to check the fire safety of their buy-to-let properties in the wake of...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Regulation needed to ensure evictions are ‘conducted professionally and sensitively’

Thousands of tenants are evicted from their homes every year, but to make sure that eviction firms follow correct procedure they...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Leeds cut buy-to-let rates by up to 0.25%

Leeds Building Society has reduced rates on its fixed rate buy-to-let deals by up to 0.25%. New products include a 2.09% two-year...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost one in five MPs are landlords

We all know that investing in buy-to-let property is a potentially great way to supplement our income, and so it is...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord confidence bullish despite higher buy-to-let taxes

A number of landlords remain confidence about the buy-to-let sector despite tax hikes hitting the private rented sector, research shows. More than...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

TV show exposes ‘lack of communication’ between landlord and tenants

A BBC TV show challenging landlords to spend a week living in one of their own rentals, on their tenant's budget,...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

UK rents increase by 1.8%, says ONS

UK rental prices paid by private tenants rose by 1.8% in the 12 months to June 2017, fresh figures from the...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Rent Smart Wales licence breach leads to fine

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay more than £4,000 after being prosecuted for breaching new laws demanding that all...

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Government’s digital tax U-turn welcomed by trade body

The government yesterday announced a U-turn on the extent of the 'Making Tax Digital' requirements, and the move has been warmly...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lending increases for all borrowers, including BTL investors

Mortgage lending rose for all borrowers, including buy-to-let landlords, in May, although there is a possibility that the drop in lending...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent rises could ‘catch up with inflation, before the year is out’

Rental prices look set to increase in the coming months on the back of a growing supply-demand imbalance, as more people...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips for DIY landlords

Demand for good quality rental homes continues to rise across all regions in Scotland, according to property consultancy Galbraith. With the PRS...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agent given suspended sentence for stealing almost £100k from landlord

A letting agent responsible for managing a large buy-to-let portfolio in Norwich has been handed a 20-month suspended sentence for two...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New charter to protect private tenants in Tower Hamlets

After lobbying Tower Hamlets Council for three years, private renters in the east London district have finally been granted a new...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Ensure your homes stand out from the crowd with ‘beautifully enhanced photos’

Have you ever viewed a property listing of a property for sale or to let on the internet and wondered what...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to tackle the problem of damp and condensation

Buy-to-let landlords are being encouraged to improve the standard of their rental properties by keeping them free from damp, condensation and...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New insurance service launched for buy-to-let landlords

Landbay, the specialist buy-to-let mortgage lender, has joined forces with financial services giant Legal & General to launch Landbay Insurance, a...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New guide to help you understand portfolio landlord rule changes

Specialist bank Aldermore has launched a new guide to help buy-to-let investors and mortgage brokers understand its underwriting changes ahead of...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Skipton reduce BTL rates

Skipton Building Society reduced its borrowing rates across its buy-to-let mortgage range by up to 0.28% this morning. Skipton’s new buy-to-let range for...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Barrister who turned out to be a rogue landlord is brought to justice

A barrister, who often represented landlords and tenants, has been fined for breaking the law, after it turned out that he...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

One month tenancy deposit cap is ‘just the first step’

With almost 5.8 million households expected to be living in private rented accommodation within four years as homeownership and social renting...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Additional landlord licence plan consultation launched in Havering

More private landlords with rental homes in the London borough of Havering may soon have to apply for a license after...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax rises targeting landlords end up hurting tenants, says ex-BoE policymaker

The government’s decision to increase taxes for landlords over the past 18 months or so have been described as ‘profoundly wrongheaded’...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in number of older tenants

There has been a significant increase in the number of people renting homes when they retire over the past decade, according...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Private landlords in Wales offered free cladding tests

Private landlords of high-rise buildings in Wales are being encouraged to take up an offer of free cladding safety checks following...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Wimbledon serves up a short-let premium

The Wimbledon Championships get underway for the 131st time today with reigning champion Andy Murray aiming to become the first British...

03 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Plans to cap tenancy deposits will have major implications for tenants

The government’s proposals to cap tenancy deposits at no more than one month’s rent, as announced in the Queen’s Speech, will...

03 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay almost £135k or go to jail

A rogue landlord who made almost £130,000 in illegal rent after converting his three-bedroom house into two flats without planning consent...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Investing in property could ‘soon cease to be financially viable’

A host of Brexit bills dominated last week’s Queens’s speech, while there were also a few main non-Brexit proposals announced outlining...

27 June 2017

From: Breaking News

The B word’s impact on the student rental market

Brexit, Brexit, Brexit – it’s the black cloud hanging above each and every industry as the government works to negotiate a...

27 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Santander moves to reduce BTL fees and rates

Santander has announced that it has refreshed its 60% and 70% loan-to-value (LTV) buy-to-let deals to help encourage ‘those who want...

27 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord bans ‘poor people, pets and gays’

A landlord in London faces a backlash after posting an advert for a room inviting potential tenants to apply as long...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Confidence in buy-to-let market slips due to tax hikes

Recent changes to tax for buy-to-let property has dented confidence among landlords with new research showing many are set to revise...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Inclusion of letting agency fee ban in Queen’s Speech ‘reeks of desperation’

The Queen’s Speech was unsurprisingly dominated by Brexit, with a host of proposed new laws designed to prepare the UK for...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposits to be capped

When renting out a property, most landlords or their letting agents opt to take an upfront deposit from the tenant prior...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Fewer EU nationals renting property in the UK, flatshare data suggests

There has been a sharp decline in the number of in EU nationals looking to move to the UK following the...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

UK rental market bounces back with greater activity anticipated over summer

Rental market activity bounced back in May, defying fears that a slowdown had struck the market, following a slump the previous...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords are ditching letting agents to go it alone

With landlords’ purse strings being tightened by tax changes and a mortgage squeeze, a growing number of buy-to-let investors are choosing...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Where can landlords find the best mix of affordability and rental return?

Fresh research using a combination of house prices, salaries and rental prices suggest that Stoke-on-Trent is the best destination to invest...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords sought for post-election panel debate

Buy-to-let landlords from across the UK are being invited to join a post-election panel debate on the afternoon of Thursday 13...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Britons with no passport struggling to rent due to immigration checks

Almost half of private landlords say the Right to Rent scheme has made them less likely to let to those without...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Virgin Money launches new BTL mortgage products

Virgin Money has launched a range of new mortgage products, including some attractive deals aimed at buy-to-let landlords. A new five-year fixed...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

The buy-to-let market in Scotland is a ‘viable investment option’ for landlords

The private rented sector north of the border continues to offer good investment opportunities despite existing political uncertainties and recent tax...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord networking event in Southport - free entry

From unfavourable tax changes to tougher mortgage lending conditions, the past 18 months or so have been difficult for many buy-to-let...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

What does the public think about landlords?

Let’s face it - landlords have a bad reputation. While that reputation is largely undeserved, the landlord bashing articles often featured...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

New government needs to focus on attracting BTL landlords

The new Tory-led government is being urged to reverse punitive tax policies affecting private landlords in order to increase much needed...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent – what landlords need to know

Steve Wood, Wales and West chairman of the Council of the Certificated Enforcement Agents Association, offers a guide to the 'Right...

10 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Steve Cox - Business Account Manager

Alan Boswell Group’s Steve Cox tells us a bit more about himself, and why the company’s landlord insurance is market-leading. Tell us...

09 June 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Home renting bidding site set to launch this month

The popularity of property auctions in the UK has increased enormously in recent years, supported by popular TV shows such as...

09 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost half of buy-to-let landlords still looking to expand portfolios

Almost half of buy-to-let landlords are looking to expand their property portfolios despite recent tax changes in the industry and tougher...

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Just a few hours until the polls close #GE2017

With only a few hours left of voting in the general election, the balance of power will have a major impact...

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Sleazy landlord sentenced to 13 years in prison

A rogue landlord who forced susceptible women into prostitution and sexually assaulted others while ruling his £16m property empire has been...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL investment case remains compelling for those ‘who adapt’ to market changes

Having long provided mega double-digit returns for investors, investment in buy-to-let has outperformed all major asset classes in recent years. But...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

New PRS contract is a key moment for the ‘wider private rental sector’

A major new contract that will apparently ‘change the perception of the rental sector’, by setting a new standard of offering...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Living in London wins new awards at The Wharf Property Awards 2017

Living in London is thrilled to announce it has won the New Starter award and been ‘Highly Commended’ in the Office...

01 June 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Sharp rise in the number of first time buy-to-let investors

There has been a significant increase in the number of people investing in the buy-to-let sector for the first time over...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord in Newport becomes first to be fined under Rent Smart Wales scheme

A buy-to-let landlord in Newport has become the first to be prosecuted for breaching new laws demanding that all private landlords...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Could the North West be the buy-to-let hotspot for you?

The North West of England has been named the top buy-to-let hotspot for 2017, according to new figures from Rightmove. The property...

31 May 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Where can you currently achieve the best buy-to-let yields?

Landlords seeking the highest buy-to-let yields in England and Wales may wish to consider buying property in the North East, where...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Conservative manifesto fails to support landlords, says Tory peer

The Conservatives have announced a range of housing policies designed to help them win the general election, including pledging to build...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords set to see taxable profit rise sharply

Buy-to-let landlords will experience an average 13% rise in their taxable profit from 2017/18 to 2018/19, leaving many with little alternative...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Ipswich BS increases mortgage range to meet the ‘needs of borrowers’

Ipswich Building Society has expanded its ever growing range of mortgages with the launch of three new five-year fixed rate products,...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let remains a ‘steady and sustainable’ income investment

Over the past 20 years, investing in buy-to-let has been a relatively sensible way to make money, which is why so...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Most tenants want an ‘engaged and empowered landlord’, says online agent

There is a big difference in the percentage of tenants who want to meet their landlord before moving into a property...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants spend over half their pay on rent in most London boroughs

Most single tenants renting privately in the capital are now paying more than half of their monthly salary on average to...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Coventry introduce new ICR calculation

Coventry for Intermediaries has introduced a new tiered buy-to-let interest coverage ratio (ICR) system, which it hopes will make it easier...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Race row landlord wants specialist insurance to deal with smell of curry

Britain’s biggest and arguably most contentious buy-to-let landlord, who recently banned ‘coloured people’ from renting any of his properties has suggested...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL deals available to limited companies double in a year

It is a currently a challenging time for buy-to-let landlords, following a raft of changes introduced by the government which are...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords ‘finally waking up’ to mortgage interest relief change, says NLA

A growing number of private landlords are ‘finally waking up’ to the fact they could be pushed in to a higher...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Are you ready for the new minimum energy efficiency standards?

If you fail to take action to ensure that your rental properties comply with the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

New competitive two-year fixed rate mortgage aimed at professional landlords

A new two-year fixed rate mortgage aimed mainly at professional landlords borrowing large amounts has been launched by Foundation Home Loans. The...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

New buy to let tax changes and how to work your way around them

Over the past year, the buy to let market has experienced some substantial changes, most recently the new taxation laws which...

18 May 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Vast majority of landlords have a good relationship with their tenants

More than two thirds of private landlords have a good relationship with their tenants, according to the latest poll. A total of...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Race row landlord facing legal action

The UK’s largest and arguably most controversial buy-to-let landlord who banned ‘coloured people’ from renting his properties because ‘they make them...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Government threatened with legal action over landlord immigration checks

The government is facing a legal challenge over its controversial Right to Rent scheme, which effectively forces buy-to-let landlords to act...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

A well-served BTL market is needed to ‘support’ those unable to buy property

Despite the fact that UK house prices are continuing to slow, with yesterday’s figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS)...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Student renters urged to reclaim tenancy deposits

As we approach the end of the academic year, you may care to remind any student tenants that you have to...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed landlords with properties in Wales could be ‘breaking the law’

Unlicensed landlords with properties in Wales are being urged to register ‘to avoid legal action’, regardless of where they are based...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

The Mortgage Works reduces ICR for low rate taxpayers

The Mortgage Works has cut its interest cover ratio for buy-to-let lending to lower rate taxpayers from 145% to 125%. The reduction...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

A high number of tenants happy to rent long-term

While the majority of private renters have the ambition to eventually own their own home, almost a quarter of existing renters...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Caridon Calls for Coherent Housing Policies from Politicians

The policy focus of the upcoming election will be on Brexit, but political parties will do well to remember that housing...

11 May 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Mario Carrozzo CEO of Caridon Group

Q: About the Caridon Group?  Caridon Group provides exceptional, end-to-end residential property solutions throughout the UK, from property development and management to...

11 May 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

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

From: Breaking News

UK’s most prosecuted landlord unveiled

A charity that receives thousands of pounds in housing benefit to accommodate vulnerable people, including the homeless with addiction problems, has...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Cash-strapped millenials renting in the UK are struggling to live alone

Young private renters are facing staggering new hurdles to simply live alone and make a decent wage, new research shows.   Those attempting...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents in London fell for the first time since 2009 in April

Rents in London have recorded their first annual drop for eight years, according to the latest HomeLet Rental Index. In April, the...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Free open day for private landlords in Stirling

Private landlords in Stirling may be interested in attending a free private rented sector open day and conference to be hosted...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Investec targets ‘high-net-worth’ investors with new BTL range

Investec Private Banking is hoping to attract more high-net-worth individuals actively looking to invest in the buy-to-let market with the launch...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £6,000 for not having HMO licenses

A landlord has been fined for not licensing 12 buy-to-let properties in the North Ormesby area of Middlesbrough. John Bradley, 39, was...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL lenders fuelling discrimination against tenants on housing benefit

A significant number of landlords are being prevented from renting to tenants receiving housing benefit by discriminating buy-to-let lenders, fresh research...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Number of landlords looking to expand their portfolio falls to record-low

There has been a sharp fall in the number of landlords looking to expand their buy-to-let portfolios, according to the latest...

28 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Is it still possible to make money as a landlord?

Since the twin onslaughts of George Osborne’s Section 24 tax raid and the wholly unfounded negative hype surrounding Brexit, the talk...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Accord attempts to lure buy-to-let investors with lower rate deals

Accord Buy to Let is hoping to help mortgage brokers attract more buy-to-let landlords who may be looking to ‘refinance some,...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body calls for either an extension or suspension of letting fees consultation

The consultation period for the proposed ban on letting agents’ fees in England should either be extended or suspended until after...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Renters feel let down by ‘dishonest and unethical’ letting agents, claims study

For both parties, a good landlord-tenant relationship is great for everyone involved, but that rapport can sometimes be ruined by ‘dishonest...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Alex Lubinsky, CEO of Rentberry

Recently I caught up with the Alex Lubinsky CEO of Rentberry, the app that allows a tenant to place a bid...

25 April 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

60 second interview with Michelle Niziol

What does it say on your business card? Michelle Niziol, managing director, IMS Independent Lettings Solutions Limited. Who are IMS Independent Lettings Solutions...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Claim your free ticket for the Property Investor & Homebuyer Show

The Property Investor & Homebuyer Show, the UK’s most comprehensive property exhibition, takes place at London ExCeL this week – 28...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Southampton’s first purpose-built PRS scheme set to launch soon

The first large-scale PRS development along the south coast is set to launch soon as part of the Bow Square scheme...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £235k for renting out illegal bedsits

A landlord has been ordered to pay in excess of £235,000 for renting out illegal bedsits in east London after pleading...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

More women now investing in buy-to-let property

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

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Momentum improves but outlook for the letting market remains unpredictable

There was a significant increase in both the number of new listings and properties let last month, but the rental market...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Quick-win opportunities for landlords and their tenants

Whether you are new to the industry and are looking for your first property, or an experienced landlord with an extensive...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent ‘don't want the burden’ of homeownership

The percentage of people in the UK who own their own home is currently falling, and not just because housing is...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

New tenant referencing service aims to become ‘the benchmark for landlords’

We all know that tenant referencing is an extremely important process when you are renting out your investment property. After all,...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Two-third of landlords unaware of new energy efficiency rules

Around two-thirds of buy-to-let landlords lack awareness of new Minimum Energy Efficient Standards (MEES) that come into effect in April 2018,...

14 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Minimum energy efficiency standards being considered for landlords in Scotland

New proposals to ensure all privately rented homes north of the border meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency have been...

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

​What’s better for funding retirement, pensions or property?

The debate between property or pensions has been discussed for many years, with the changes to mortgage interest and finance costs...

11 April 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Accord Buy to Let’s ‘competitive mortgages’ now available to consumers

Accord Buy to Let, the intermediary-only lender, has announced that it is now accepting applications from borrowers classed as consumers: non-professional...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Are short-term lets here to change the face of the private rental market?

Homestay networks and renting short-term lodgings are on the up – just look at the exponential rise of peer-to-peer sharing platform...

10 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

Most Brits are unaware of the buy-to-let tax changes

The vast majority of Britons, including many renters who could soon find their rents rising as landlords look to recoup their...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Controversial landlord calls in police after receiving online abuse

The UK’s largest and arguably most controversial buy-to-let landlord Fergus Wilson has called in the police after receiving a tirade of...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rise of Generation Rent as home ownership hits new low

Home ownership has dropped to its lowest level for more than 30 years, with high property prices leaving many people with...

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord who rented out illegal flats could be forced to repay rent

A landlord who broke the law by converting a building into seven flats in east London without planning consent could be...

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Landbay reduces rates and fees across most BTL products

LandBay has cut rates and fees across its product range for amateur and professional buy-to-let landlords. Rates now start at 3.39% for...

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental demand in Scotland falls as EU migrants leave

The rental market north of the border remains strong, but demand fell across all regions, especially in areas with high numbers...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords in London could earn over £200 a day at Easter time, says Hostmaker

Landlords who own properties in London that look set to be empty over the Easter period are being urged to make...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let remains a safe long-term investment

Buy-to-let property is still an attractive investment at a time of low interest rates and volatile stock markets, according to according...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Metro Bank revises its buy-to-let range

Metro Bank has revised its buy-to-let range with rate cuts of up to 0.3%. The lender’s buy-to-let products which are available at...

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Fergus Wilson bans ‘coloureds’ because they make properties ‘smell of curry'

Britain’s biggest and arguably most contentious buy-to-let landlord has banned ‘coloured people’ from renting his properties because ‘they make them smell...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Free landlord and property investor event to be held at EcXel

Buy-to-let Landlords will descend on London's ExCel on April 28 and 29 for the annual Property Investor & Homebuyer Show, which...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Forever renters: young people increasingly giving up on home ownership

The gap between income and house prices has sky-rocketed so much in recent years that a growing number of younger people...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Four rogue landlords, including child sex offender, banned from renting properties

A man who is currently serving six years in prison for child sex abuse offences is among four rogue landlords in...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs call for greater powers to ‘clamp down’ on illegal lets in London

With a growing number of buy-to-let landlords in London now using short-term letting platforms like Airbnb to breach the rules for...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants spend half their pay on rent

Rents in this country are now around half of tenants’ average take-home pay, according to a report on the state of...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Significantly more ‘truly affordable rented homes’ needed to reduce homelessness

A lack of affordable rented homes are contributing to rising levels of homelessness, according to a new report from the national...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

More landlords diversifying their portfolios to avoid increasing taxation

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are diversifying their portfolios by investing in semi-commercial property in order to protect their investments...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Student rental market hampered by political uncertainty surrounding Brexit

The announcement yesterday that prime minister Theresa May will officially trigger Article 50 next week to leave the European Union is creating huge...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Council targets landlords that allow homes to fall into disrepair

Buy-to-let investors are being warned not to leave their properties to fall into disrepair after a landlord was found guilty of...

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Ipswich launches new buy-to-let mortgage products

Ipswich Building Society has launched a new two-year fix rate buy-to-let product at 3.39% and a two-year discount at 3.44% for...

17 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to ‘think twice’ about ‘unjust’ tenancy deposit deductions

Buy-to-let landlords are well within their rights to make appropriate deductions from a tenancy deposit when a tenant breaches the terms...

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips for improving your property’s energy efficiency rating

The 2015 Energy Efficiency Regulations, passed in March 2015, set out minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for England and Wales. These...

11 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit to have minimal impact on buy-to-let market

As the government prepares to invoke Article 50 to leave the EU, very few experts forecast that Brexit will have an...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

The government is ‘wiping out the buy-to-let economy’

Philip Hammond’s failure to reverse the previous chancellor George Osborne’s deeply unpopular tax reforms will have far-reaching implications for the buy-to-let...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Government urged to reverse proposed cuts to housing benefit for the under 21s

With fresh research revealing that most landlords are unlikely to rent to under-21s following housing benefit cut for 18-21s, the Residential...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Government challenged on tax changes that will cause ‘hardship for tenants’

The Chancellor Philip Hammond is being urged to use this week’s Budget announcement to alter pending changes to mortgage interest tax...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

London crowned second most expensive city to rent in the world

London continues to be one of the most expensive cities in the world in which to rent property, second only to...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Mayor of London urges short-term agents to bring in 90-day limit

Short-term letting agents in the capital are being urged by the Mayor of London to follow Airbnb’s lead by blocking hosts...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Is this the north of England’s next buy-to-let hotspot?

The north of England, supported in part by the Northern Powerhouse concept, has already attracted a lot of investment, particularly from...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Free landlord event to be held in Nottingham this week

Harrison Murray Lettings is inviting private landlords to attend a public event this week that will offer expert buy-to-let tips and...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents rise below inflation amid concerns about tenants’ ability to pay

Rental price inflation is now running below general inflation as measured by the consumer price index, as a growing number of buy-to-let...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to rent their properties to Syrian refugees

Landlords in Lewisham are being urged to rent their homes to Syrian refugees after the borough accepted families from the war-torn...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Brokers prepare to help landlords understand tax changes

A series of workshops are being held across the UK to help mortgage brokers understand the buy-to-let tax changes coming into...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

New training opportunities launched for landlords and agents

For many people buy-to-let continues to look an attractive income investment at a time of low saving rates and stock market...

27 February 2017

From: Breaking News

5 Reasons Why You Should Let Your Tenants Have Pets

We as the human race have long since had an affinity with animals, inviting them into our homes and making them...

24 February 2017

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Why buy-to-let is still going strong

Over the past two years we have seen a drastic shake up in the buy-to-let sector. Starting with rental tax changes announced...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords handed a hefty fine

Two unscrupulous landlords in Reading have been fined almost £9,000 for poor housing standards and a complete disregard for the welfare...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Short-term letting industry vow to stop landlords converting ‘homes into hotels’

The short-term letting industry, which includes the likes of Airbnb, joined local authorities and community groups at City Hall yesterday to...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Proportion of landlords looking to sell falls as tenant demand grows

The proportion of landlords who intend to sell their rental properties as a result of the government's draconian tax changes has...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords will inevitably ‘seek to increase rents’ to offset higher costs

Many tenants renting privately will almost certainly be hit with rent rises following changes to the tax regime for landlords, according...

20 February 2017

From: Breaking News

What opportunities and challenges lie ahead for BTL landlords this year?

We all know that buy-to-let investors face a challenging time, but what are the key issues affecting landlords? Karen Bennett looks...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Banks and building societies urged to lend to self-employed landlords

More banks and building societies should consider lending to self-employed landlords, according to the Mortgage Broker Ltd. The national mortgage broker is...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent causing landlords to discriminate against foreign students

Many landlords are being left with little alternative but to discriminate against international students as a result of the government’s Right...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage costs and rates ‘moving away from long period of historic lows’

Buy-to-let mortgage costs remain at record lows, but there are growing signs that borrowing costs and rates in the sector could...

14 February 2017

From: Breaking News

New landlord registration system goes live

A new digital application for a register of landlords has gone live across Scotland. The application will make it significantly easier for...

14 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage rates drop to new lows

Mortgage lenders are shaving percentage points of their buy-to-let mortgage rates in an effort to entice buy-to-let landlords acquiring new properties...

14 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Where are rents rising fastest?

Rents in the residential property sector are continuing to rise across many parts of the UK with no fewer than 20...

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Around half of landlords refuse to let to those without a UK passport

Foreign nationals and Britons without a passport are struggling to rent due to immigration checks introduced last year, according to a...

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

WHAT’S TO COME FOR THE UK HOUSING MARKET?

Following the events of 2016, it’s easy to see why experts across the country are torn when it comes to the...

10 February 2017

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Christopher Merriman, Land and Planning Director at Intro Crowd

What does it say on your business card? Christopher Merriman, Land and Planning Director at Intro Crowd Who are Intro Crowd? Intro...

10 February 2017

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Landlord jailed for fraud

A private landlord has been jailed for almost four years after being found guilty of stealing money from more than 100...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Public event to help ‘landlords maintain their assets’

Buy-to-let landlords are being invited to attend a special public event tomorrow which will offer expert tips and advice.  The event, which...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Small landlords are ‘vital to the health of our rental sector’

Letting agents broadly welcomed yesterday’s housing white paper, which raises many of the significant issues the housing sector is facing, including...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords need ‘protection against rogue tenants’

The government has vowed to offer private renters extra protections and safeguards, as set out in the long-awaited white paper yesterday,...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

TMW aims to ‘offer a wider range of options for landlords’

The Mortgage Works (TMW) is looking to broaden its range of options for buy-to-let landlords, balancing those seeking lower rates but...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Rented housing reforms ‘doomed to failure’ without support for landlords

Renters are expected to be given a boost with ministers promising new minimum tenancies and vowing to build more homes to...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay back £30,000

A private landlord in Scunthorpe has been prosecuted for tenancy fraud and ordered to pay back more than £30,000 after deceptively...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost three-quarters of tenants pay for their own home improvements

Some 73% of private renters conduct DIY at their own expense, with close to a quarter spending more than £500 in...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Making the switch to commercial property – how to avoid the risks

Daniel Stern explains the risks associated with leasing commercial property and how to best mitigate against them.  Given that tax relief on...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

New BTL loans for small portfolio landlords launched

Post Office Money has launched a new range of buy-to-let mortgages aimed at those buying their first rental property or already...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords undeterred by stamp duty surcharge

The number of second homes liable to pay stamp duty increased to 62,800 in the final quarter of last year, up...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Barclays unveils 10-year fix buy-to-let mortgage at 2.99%

Private landlords are being offered an opportunity to secure low interest rates for a decade, after Barclays launched a 10-year buy-to-let...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending falls following introduction of new rules

Paragon Bank witnessed a sharp decline in its buy-to-let lending in the final quarter last year following the introduction of more...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

What does 2017 have in store for the BTL mortgage market?

Can we predict what the next 12 months may bring for the buy-to-let mortgage market? Many experts have attempted to do...

27 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Over half of renters fear they will never own a home

More than half of renters do not believe they will ever be able to afford to buy their own home, a...

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £5k for not attending appeal

A buy-to-let landlord who failed to attend an appeal hearing has been ordered to pay Stafford Borough Council more than £5,000...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Cheaper LTV options available from today for BTL landlords

As part of its commitment to support buy-to-let landlords, Accord Buy to Let has from today reduced rates on selected lower...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Two in five renters 'not looking to buy' a home

The trend for long-term renting continues to gather pace, according to research from the Deposit Protection Service (DPS). A survey of 1,000...

24 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Majority of renters have encountered damp and drainage problems

The majority of private renters have experienced problems with poor drainage or damp, according to a new study.  A survey of 1,000...

24 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Private sector rents rise in line with wages

Private rental price increases have accelerated modestly, in line with earnings across England, according to a new report from the National...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Council launches consultation on new selective licensing scheme

Nottingham City Council has launched a public consultation on plans to introduce a selective landlord licensing scheme in the city. The consultation,...

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let market’s ‘loss’ has been owner-occupiers ‘gain’

The buy-to-let sector is continuing to struggle with valuations contracting 26% on an annual basis following a turbulent year, according to...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Tenants’ union needed to improve ‘mediocre’ renting conditions

A major think-tank wants to see the government help hand back power to tenants, enabling them to improve conditions in the...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let: hotspots for 2017 revealed

If rental yields form a crucial part of your property investment strategy in 2017, look no further than the North West...

12 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords should be ‘supported’, rather than ‘burdened with unfair tax measures’

The government needs to do more to support buy-to-let landlords, and start by reversing recent tax increases and unnecessary regulation in...

12 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Longer term tenancies needed to enable tenants to plan for the future

More needs to be done to focus on improving renting rather than obsessing over property ownership, according to a specialist provider...

12 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Lender announces criteria changes to open up products to more landlords

Bank of Ireland for Intermediaries has removed its £25,000 minimum income requirement for buy-to-let and increased its maximum loan size by...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents outside of London hit average of £750 a month

The average cost of renting a home has increased outside of London as rent paid rose 2% and pay fell over...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New fixed rate range to help buy-to-let landlords ‘minimise costs’

Paragon has launched a range of new fixed rate products for those seeking to make fresh buy-to-let acquisitions as well as...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New podcasts designed to ‘educate’ buy-to-let landlords

Private renting policy changes will undoubtedly challenge many private landlords, and could even drive some small buy-to-let investors out of the...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax deadline approaching, are you ready?

It’s that time of year again. Filing an annual tax return is a necessary task for every self-employed person, including buy-to-let...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Number of buy-to-let landlords struggling to pay mortgages hits 2-year high

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are struggling to keep up with their mortgage payments, new figures show Mortgage arrears among landlords...

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

More than £2bn in housing benefits paid to private landlords in Scotland

Private landlords north of the border have received more than £2bn in housing benefit over the past five years, new figures...

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New buy-to-let range launched by Landbay

Landbay has launched a range of new buy-to-let products aimed at professional landlords, including expats and those with HMOs. The products, available...

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

£500 cashback incentive for Halifax mortgage customers

Halifax is offering £500 cashback to buy-to-let borrowers, as well as homemovers, first-time buyers and customers remortgaging from their current lender...

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Lender launches ‘a great deal for landlords’

A new two-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage at a borrowing rate of just 1.59% a year has been launched by Virgin Money. The...

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords need protection from rogue tenants

Given the financial issues that landlords can experience when they rent their property out to a nightmare tenant, especially those that...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year to all our readers!

Next year is likely to be a challenging time for buy-to-let landlords in the UK and perhaps even tougher than 2016,...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Demand for homes at upper end of the rental market defy seasonal slowdown

Activity levels at the higher end of the rental market defied the seasonal slowdown that normally occurs in the run-up to...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Here are some top tips for achieving an E EPC rating

With the new EPC changes coming into force in April 2018, landlords should already be considering which energy efficient measures to...

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News

A good relationship with tenants is a must

Every tenant wants to be comfortable; he or she wants to live in a place managed by a landlord that they...

23 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Have you bought Christmas presents for your tenants yet?

You’ve been shopping and shopping, and you’ve just about found something for everyone, but have you bought Christmas gifts for your...

23 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Could Pokémon GO help you find your next tenant?

With more house-hunters than ever now starting their property search online, it is important that your rental property has a strong...

23 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Demand for student accommodation exceeding availability

Student rents look set to increase amid a housing shortage across many of the UK’s main university cities, according to a...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

New tool to enable landlords to ‘better control their property portfolios’

Being a landlord can be financially rewarding, but managing several properties on your own is not always easy, and so to...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

This service can help landlords save almost £2,000 a year

It is not the best time to be a buy-to-let landlord, with a raft of ‘anti-landlord’ policies being introduced prompting concern...

19 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Are your tenants planning to secretly sublet their home this Christmas?

Total Landlord Insurance is warning landlords to be extra vigilant over the festive period as it reports a 14% year-on-year increase...

19 December 2016

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

Government consults over ‘banning orders’ for rogue landlords

The government has launched an official consultation process on plans to for new banning orders to clampdown on rogue landlords and...

17 December 2016

From: Breaking News

A significant number of landlords plan to reduce their BTL portfolios

Buy-to-let landlords will be left with little alternative but to raise rents or sell their properties due to the government’s punitive...

17 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Can a landlord turn a tenant’s electricity off?

When a landlord switched off his tenants’ electricity, leaving them without heating, hot water, lighting or cooking facilities, in a bid...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Liverpool has become a magnet for property investors

A growing number of seasoned investors expanding their property portfolios and those planning their first UK rental investment consider this to...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Increasing supply has boosted ‘tenants negotiating power’

Buy-to-let landlords who scrambled to acquire homes earlier this year are beginning to rent them out or now looking to re-let...

12 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Over 2,000 landlords at risk of prosecution

Barnet Council has issued a stark warning to the 2,000 landlords without correct licences across the north London borough. The council says...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

New mortgage products utilising 'advantages of a corporate structure'

Fleet Mortgages has launched three new limited company products for those borrowers using corporate structures to purchase or remortgage property. The buy-to-let...

08 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Tougher “stress tests” for buy-to-let landlords

The Mortgage Works is the latest lender to announce that it is increasing its rental stress rate for buy-to-let landlords as...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let valuation instructions plummet 18.5%

Buy-to-let valuation instructions have dropped sharply since the stamp duty surcharge was introduced on additional properties – and now the government’s...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

MP’s call for stamp duty to be payable by the seller, not the buyer, gains support

Stamp duty should be coughed up by those selling their home rather than purchasers as this would boost property transactions, while...

06 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Demand slumps following ‘extraordinary attack on buy-to-let landlords’

One of Britain’s largest housebuilders has warned of a sharp decline in demand caused by Brexit uncertainty and the government’s outright...

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage costs set to soar as landlords pushed into longer deals

But-to-let landlords face paying an extra £6,700 on their mortgages when new rules forcing them to take out longer term loans...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord confidence returning as buy-to-let lending to limited companies soars

Landlord confidence is now at its highest in a year, as a growing number of buy-to-let investors seek to overcome recent...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Enforcement is ‘fundamental’ to ensure criminal landlords are prosecuted

New measures under the Immigration Act 2016, which came into play yesterday, will only be welcomed by those operating in the...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord arrears half that of homeowners

UK homeowners are more than twice as likely as buy-to-let landlords to be in arrears, according to Computershare, a major servicer of...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord body welcome Airbnb’s decision to enforce 90-day limit on short-term lets

Airbnb’s announcement yesterday that it is banning hosts in London from renting out entire homes for more than 90 days a...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Storm damage leads to surge in buy-to-let insurance claims

Storms and floods wreaked havoc across much of southern England last week, leaving a number of homes and businesses damaged, and...

01 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Eco-friendly features seen as significantly important for tenants

Investing in buy-to-let property can be a great way to accumulate wealth. But before parting with your money, an investment strategy...

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

MP wants to see more done to clampdown on rogue landlords

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint is calling for selective licensing to be extended across the borough, after visiting Newham in London,...

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Accord cuts buy-to-let rates

Accord, the intermediary lending subsidiary of Yorkshire Building Society, has cut rates across some of its buy-to-let products. From today, buy-to-let landlords...

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed landlord fined £3k

An unlicensed landlord who rented out a property in Margate has been fined £3,000. The property on Northdown Road, CT9, is located...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords could face fines for illegally renting out properties

There is growing concern that thousands of buy-to-let landlords could face fines and possibly even prosecution for failing to sign up...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

The rental market remains ‘one of the most resilient asset classes’

For many people buy-to-let continues to look an attractive income investment at a time of low saving rates and stock market...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Poor conditions for older renters ‘need to be addressed’

Better standards of private rented homes are needed to accommodate the growing number of people living in the private rented sector,...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Autumn Statement ‘missed opportunity’ to support buy-to-let landlords

Buy-to-let landlords have been left disappointed at the 'missed opportunity' in the Autumn Statement to support those that invest in the...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Lender cuts rates to help landlords ‘plan and balance’ their costs

The Mortgage Works (TMW), the specialist buy-to-let arm of Nationwide Building Society, has cut interest rates on some of its two-year...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Licensing delays mean no action against landlords who’ve obeyed the law

Landlords in Wales who have not yet signed up to Rent Smart Wales, but have started the application process will not...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

New selective licensing sessions for landlords

Understanding property licensing is not an easy task and that is why two drop-in sessions will be held by Peterborough City...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Midnight deadline looms for landlords to register in Wales

Landlords in Wales who have not yet signed up to Rent Smart Wales, designed to drive up the quality of rented...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Prominent landlord fined for poor property management

A landlord in Bristol has been fined thousands of pounds after tenants and neighbours complained about the awful state of toilets,...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords not responsible for paying council tax, court rules

Landlords have welcomed an Appeal Court ruling that buy-to-let landlords are not responsible for paying the council tax on a property...

19 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Almost half of landlords refuse to let to those without a UK passport

Britons without a passport are struggling to rent due to immigration checks introduced for earlier this year, according to a new survey. The...

19 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £7,000 and do 150 hours community service

A buy-to-let landlord was ordered to pay in excess of £7,000 and given 150 hours of community service at Birmingham Magistrates...

19 November 2016

From: Breaking News

How should you respond to complaints? Join #Section21 Twitter debate today

A Twitter debate on Section 21 notices will take place today from midday to help property professionals, including landlords, properly understand...

16 November 2016

From: Breaking News

New exclusive HMO two-year tracker deal launched by 3MC

Mortgage distributor 3mc has responded to greater demand for HMO properties by launching a new two-year tracker package funded by Precise...

16 November 2016

From: Breaking News

One in five tenants fall victim to rogue landlords

There are a significant amount of private landlords who fail to keep rental properties in a safe condition for their tenants,...

14 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Annual rental price growth continues to slow

Annual rental price growth slowed to 3% in October, which is the lowest rate of increase this year, HomeLet’s latest Rental Index has...

14 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Thousands of tenants may be driven from PRS due to new benefit cap

Close to 100,000 households, including more than 40,000 single parents with a child under the age of five will be materially...

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords at risk of ‘penalties, stopping orders and prosecution’

With less than two weeks until the new registration and licensing system in Wales, Rent Smart Wales, becomes a mandatory requirement, thousands...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

More landlords consider investing in HMOs to cope with losing BTL tax relief

More than half of buy-to-let landlord would consider investing in houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) if it helped to protect their...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Renting is now cheaper than buying in 84% of UK

It is now cheaper to make monthly rent payments than pay for a mortgage in 84% of the UK, new figures...

08 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Together funds £785,000 second charge buy-to-let with ChaseBlueLoans

ChaseBlue Loans and Together have completed a £785,000 second charge buy-to-let mortgage in a complex deal which was completed in under...

07 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Britain’s elderly face retirement housing shortage

Older people are facing a shortage of suitable housing for their retirement, putting pressure on the wider property market, according to...

04 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Don’t let damp and mould damage your property

Damp and mould can mean big problems for landlords, letting agents and tenants. It can cause stress and even health issues...

02 November 2016

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Greater ‘appetite’ for buy-to-let properties after ‘topsy-turvy’ summer

From a landlord’s perspective, it has been a tough year, with a raft of changes designed to bring the booming housing...

02 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge is a ‘by the back door’ tax hike

Almost 40% of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) raised in the third quarter of the year came from property transactions which...

01 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents rise by 2.3% over the last year, but clamp down on PRS anticipated

Private tenants saw average rents rise by 2.3% in the 12 months to September 2016, unchanged compared with the year to...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let levy on landlords sees £670m boost for the taxman

A quarter of all residential properties acquired in the summer were either a buy-to-let investment or a second home, fresh data...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Average Londoner left with no choice but to rent

The chances of would-be buyers in London getting a foothold on the housing ladder remain slim, mainly due to high property...

29 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Number of older tenants set to soar, but ‘awful conditions’ must improve

The number of older people living in the private rented sector is expected to rise sharply over the next few years,...

29 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords undeterred by Brexit and tax changes

Having long provided mega double-digit returns for investors, investment in buy-to-let shows very few signs of slowing, despite the increase in...

29 October 2016

From: Breaking News

RLA continuing to lobby Treasury for buy-to-let tax changes

Buy-to-let landlords may have failed in their legal battle against planned government tax relief changes for buy-to-let homes set to be...

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

TSB removes mortgage application fees

TSB has scrapped the mortgage application fee from all its products, including buy-to-let deals. Aside from the removal of the mortgage application...

26 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Major deal sees Carling become Scotland’s largest private landlord

Dundee based Carling Property Group has become Scotland’s largest independent residential landlord after completing the purchase of Alloway Halls in Dundee...

25 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let ‘remains resilient’ despite tax changes

Buy-to-let property remains an attractive income investment at a time of low saving rates and stock market volatility, according to Together. Despite...

24 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £162K for cramming 18 people into flat

A landlord has been fined £162,000 after 18 people were found to be living in his ‘unsafe’ Georgian Grade II-listed flat...

24 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Chancellor must invest in housing and give buy-to-let landlords a break

Our new Chancellor, Philip Hammond, looks like a considered man and one hopes that he will be able to ‘kick away’...

24 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Rental market records regional growth

Activity in the letting market continued to grow in September, new figures from Agency Express show. Across the UK, the number of...

22 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for refusing to join Liverpool’s new licensing scheme

A landlord has become the first to be prosecuted for not signing up to Liverpool council’s new landlord licensing scheme which...

21 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Property investment seminar to be held in aid of charity

Bitex Home has announced that it will be holding a residential property investment seminar next week in aid of LOROS – a...

21 October 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Up to 70% of eviction notices could be illegal, says law firm

A large share of buy-to-let landlords trying to evict tenants are being delayed in doing so by defective Section 21 and...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Private landlords urged to brush up on legislation

Private landlords and letting agents are failing to get to grips with several legislative changes in the private rented sector, it...

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent growth continued to slow in September

Annual rental growth slowed to 3% in September, which is the lowest rate of increase this year, HomeLet’s latest Rental Index has...

14 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let enquiries soar

Enquiries from investors seeking to acquire buy-to-let properties have increased by 30% since May, following an initial dip in activity after the...

13 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending plummets

There was a sharp decline in the amount buy-to-let investors borrowed to acquire property in August, reflecting the fact that a...

13 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Barclays cuts rates

Barclays has announced a selection of rate reductions across its main buy-to-let mortgage range in addition to its core residential and...

12 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords need support to deal with changing ‘illegal immigrants’ legislation

The Deposit Protection Service (DPS) wants to see more ‘support and information’ offered to landlords to help ensure that they properly...

08 October 2016

From: Breaking News

UK faces shortage of 1.8 million rental homes, says RICS

The UK is facing a chronic shortage of homes to rent, chartered surveyors have said, largely because of tax changes for...

08 October 2016

From: Breaking News

New flats promising investors 7% income launched in Manchester city centre

A new off-plan development of 64 high end flats located in the heart of Manchester city centre has been launched