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KEYWORD "Lockdown" - 253 RESULTS
Big surge in choice of mortgages for holiday let landlords

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

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords back MPs’ call for clear exit plan from eviction ban era

The landlords’ trade body has backed a call from MPs demanding a clear exit strategy at the end of the latest...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban Own Goal: more tenants to lose their homes as a result

In the first anniversary of the initial ban on repossessions, it appears the move has backfired spectacularly. Research for the National Residential...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Standby for post-lockdown rush of property investment

Investors are sitting on an average of over £37,000 each in investment capital they are poised to inject into the property market. That’s...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Some landlords more authoritarian now, claims lawyer

The eviction ban may have made life less stressful for tenants but a housing lawyer claims otherwise. David Renton, writing in the...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Scandal brewing as almost £500,000 rent left unpaid to landlords

A lettings agency being put into liquidation owes landlords almost £500,000 in unpaid rent.  Local media in the Midlands report that the...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

House of Commons issues summary of Covid help for landlords, tenants

It’s almost exactly a year since Britain went into its first lockdown, heralding a large number of measures affecting renting, notably...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit out at government ‘failing to get a grip on arrears’

The main landlords’ trade body has made a blistering attack on the government of one of the UK nations, asking it...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter says renters are “frightened” of eviction, despite extension

The government’s latest extension for the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions - taking it up until the end of May - is...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

London landlords have good news - renters are on the way back

Letting agents in London say there's more interest from prospective tenants now the vaccine and Coronavirus roadmap suggest something like normality...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

It CAN be done - Landlord loan scheme extended

Scottish private sector landlords and tenants who face financial difficulties caused by the pandemic have more time to access support after...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour wants ban on in-person meter readings at rental properties

Labour wants the government to change its Coronavirus guidance to end the internal reading of electric and gas meters during lockdown. The party claims...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord banned following third prosecution in eight years

A landlord who persistently broke residential lettings rules has been banned from operating in what a local council calls “a landmark...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

What should you do to maximise the rental potential of your property?

The first thing you need to consider when you’re buying a second property is what are you buying it for –...

08 March 2021

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Labour bid to halt in-person rental viewings rejected by government

A second attempt by Labour to halt in-person property viewings during the pandemic has been batted away by the government. Labour’s shadow...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Advice - how landlords can survive the pandemic

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

03 March 2021

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Airbnb landlord and tenant fined for breaking Covid lockdown

The owner of a property used for an illegal party has been fined by a London council for breaking lockdown. Police were called...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Sunak must help tenants in arrears, pleads coalition of rental groups

A coalition of rental groups with the same view on how to tackle arrears is calling on the Chancellor to help...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords back call for fund to help tenants with arrears

Landlords are today backing a call by the Resolution Foundation think tank for tenant hardship loans for renters impacted by the...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extension not enough for campaigning Baroness

The Baroness leading the pressure group Generation Rent says the extension of the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions does not go far...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Ban on bailiff-enforced evictions extended yet again

The government has announced yet another ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in the private rental sector. The existing ban was due to expire...

14 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter expects eviction ban extension until end of lockdown

Shelter says it expects the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions to be extended until at least the end of the present...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants increasingly worried over personal credit scores

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

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay tenants £2,800 after deposit negligence

A landlord who did not secure the deposit of two students has been ordered to pay them £2,800.  The order was made...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tradespeople are victims of ‘cowboy customers’ shows new study

Many landlords may be all-too-familiar with cowboy builders but new research reveals a problem with ‘cowboy customers’ robbing tradespeople of income. Mobile...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Staycation explosion makes holiday lets a viable alternative to BTL

A holiday lets firm has outlined six reasons why that sector may be a good bet for property investors, despite recent...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Investment rush imminent as overseas buyers try to beat deadline

On top of the rush to beat the stamp duty holiday deadline and changes to Help To Buy - both with cliff...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Generous landlords praised for discounting rent to tenants

A not-for-profit educational charity that acts as a lettings agency has praised private landlords for contributing to a rent discount scheme. Sulets...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs want better deal for landlords with break clauses for students

An influential all-party committee of MPs and members of the House of Lords is calling for a new council tax fund...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Take heart at strength of rental market’ says commentator

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

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s Down To The Wire! Landlords warned over stamp duty deadline

There’s a warning today that landlords need to move quickly and selectively if they are intending to purchase a property ahead...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdowns make good broadband more key than ever for renters

New research provides more evidence of the importance of good broadband links for tenants.  A survey of over 1,000 students earlier this week...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

The top 10 tips for preventing pet damage in your home

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

28 January 2021

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Council defends licensing go-ahead in the midst of a pandemic

There is growing momentum for local councils to freeze their plans for landlord licensing while the pandemic continues. Lettings agency trade body...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Substantial arrears’ threshold stays at six months says government

Housing minister Chris Pincher has confirmed that the definition of ‘substantial arrears’ for the purposes of possession orders and evictions will...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

All change: worried tenants rethinking how and where they want to live

Around half of renters are worried about financial security thanks to Coronavirus - and many are concerned their landlords will sell up. Aldermore Bank,...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Police probe homes let by landlords contrary to Covid rules

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

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Current eviction ban is “more balanced” says housing solicitor

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

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental market slowing according to surveyors’ sentiment study

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

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

 Students demand immediate rent rebates and government assistance

Over two thirds of student renters are worried about their ability to pay rent with around a quarter having been unable...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Are longer leases required for tenants who work from home more?

A PropTech company has issued guidelines for landlords who want to prepare their properties for tenants doing increased volumes of home...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdown makes electrical compliance harder, warns trade body

A trade body says the current national lockdown may make it harder for the lettings industry to conform with an approaching deadline...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents booming in much of England and Wales away from London

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

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord Dilemma: should I give discounts and refunds?

A landlord has opened up to a news website about the difficulties trying to accommodate student tenants during the lockdown.  Elizabeth Hunter is...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity renews call for ‘targeted financial support’ for tenants

Citizens Advice has called once again for public funds to help tenants in Covid-related arrears. Alistair Cromwell, acting chief executive of the...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Big public support for students going rent-free during lockdown

The public believe students should go rent-free if they do not use their private or college accommodation in the coming term...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Celebrity campaigner calls for new ban on evictions and bailiff possessions

Martin Lewis, the celebrity consumer rights campaigner behind MoneySavingExpert, has called upon the government to extend the current ban on bailiffs...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Break Clauses: Student lockdown unlikely to affect contracts, says trade body

The National Residential Landlords Association says the latest stays report on students under the Coronavirus lockdown is unlikely to have an...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant income tumbles but so far no damage to rental market

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

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm says “powerless” landlords expected to prop up rental market

A PropTech firm says it’s wrong that landlords are expected to prop up the rental market during the pandemic in the...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice claims to have one private rental case every two minutes

The Citizens Advice charity claims to have dealt with a private rental sector case “every two minutes” during December - and...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords MUST get government support says Shamplina

Eviction guru and lettings sector expert Paul Shamplina has made an impassioned plea for government help for the rental sector. The founder...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Larger out-of-city properties likely to be in demand in 2021 says insurer

While there is optimism over Coronavirus vaccines, it’s likely that Covid-19 will continue to change tenants’ traditional aspirations in 2021 says...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Renting is becoming the cool choice, claims Build To Rent operator

Private renting is now “a future-forward choice, seen by many conscious consumers to be a cool and connected way of accessing...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction activists step up demand for another ban and rent hand-outs

Activists from Shelter and Generation Rent have led the charge for a renewed eviction ban in the light of the latest...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Call for Airbnb landlords to help domestic abuse victims

The Liberal Democrats want Airbnb to ensure its landlords offer free accommodation to victims and survivors of domestic abuse in Tier 3...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Insecure tenancies lead to worse Covid risks - claim

Insecure tenancies, poor housing conditions and overcrowding lead to health problems and worsen risks in the pandemic, a think tank claims. The...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour says Covid is no excuse for delaying on scrapping Section 21

A Labour housing politician is accusing the government of using Coronavirus as an excuse for dragging its feet over scrapping Section...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Anger at shock rise in stamp duty on buy to lets and holiday homes

There’s been a howl of disgust from the UK’s major landlord group following the Welsh Government’s shock increase in stamp duty. Landlord...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Jail for landlord who breached harassment court order

A landlord who breached a court order not to harass or evict his tenants has been given a prison sentence.  Saakib Khan,...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

COVID-19: How landlords can cope with tenants that can’t pay

The coronavirus pandemic has brought instability to the UK rental market, with tenants struggling to pay rents and landlords battling to...

16 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

New call for grants and loans for tenants to clear Covid arrears

Citizens Advice says the government should prioritise tenants with rent arrears who are the most significant victims of the financial fallout...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks may rescue landlords from Right To Rent backlog

A possible backlog of Right To Rent checks created by new Home Office rules could be alleviated by inventory clerks. Since March,...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

More red tape for landlords - courts set up Review Hearings

Courts are now introducing Review Hearings to prioritise eviction cases during lockdown, adding more red tape for anxious landlords. The purpose of...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords being supported by agents as rent rises dwindle

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

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Oyvind Birkenes, CEO of Airthings

Tell us about Airthings, why it was established, the products and what problem they were coming to solve? Airthings was established in...

26 November 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Government slammed for encouraging 'rent dodgers'

The leading landlords trade body is accusing the government of rewarding rent dodgers with its latest restrictions on eviction. The National Residential...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown means more stable tenancies - claim

A rental property consultancy says its experience this year convinces it that the Coronavirus crisis has led to more stable tenancies. Apropos...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction change - tenants with ‘severe arrears’ can be evicted

From today possession cases with severe rent arrears will be exempt from the effective ban on evictions applying to the England...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Legal challenge to ‘ban’ on bailiff-enforced evictions

A legal challenge has been started to the government’s current ‘ban’ on bailiff-enforced evictions in the private rental sector. High profile property...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Plight of first time buyers shows landlords needed more than ever

A new survey shows almost two thirds of prospective first time buyers regard it as ‘impossible’ to get on the property...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Some London rents down near 30% while other regions prosper

Renters are quitting London and heading for the regions in search of more space and bigger homes and gardens. That’s the claim...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Insight into problems for tenants in shared flats and houses

A new survey gives an insight into problems involving tenants who share apartments and houses - and how those difficulties could...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid fears mean tenants are avoiding HMOs and shared units

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

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Pandemic Impact Survey: how have landlords been hit?

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

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Misery for landlords caught in never-ending eviction moratorium

An industry service supplier has revealed the scale of the backlog in possession cases which cannot be pursued to eviction because of...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 November 2020

From: Overseas Property

Top tips on investing in student HMOs

HMOs are an important part of the UK housing market as they offer students and young professionals affordable accommodation. There is...

10 November 2020

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Banks set to repossess substantial number of buy to lets - claim

A  leading property law firm says the government’s ‘eviction ban by the back door’ means many buy to let properties are...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

It's a two-tier rental market with London trailing badly

Zoopla says it’s a two-tier market with London trailing badly trailing the rest of the country. UK rents outside London are up...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb locks down bookings until December 2

Airbnb in the UK has imposed stark restrictions on bookings during the current England lockdown period. Until December 2 those who are...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest two month eviction halt not enough for Generation Rent

The government’s announcement at the end of next week that almost no evictions would be possible before January 11 at the...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

'Extreme arrears' is one of few reasons for eviction during lockdown

It’s been confirmed that during the current one month lockdown in England there will be no enforcement of possession orders except...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Will Lockdown 2 produce another surge in tenancies?

Research from a deposit replacement scheme, Ome, suggests the first lockdown was sharply followed by a surge in tenancies - begging...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Stop lockdown evictions now! Generation Rent renews its demand

Generation Rent says there should be a reinstatement of the eviction ban immediately, and appears to have been stung into the...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Council urges private landlords to provide one-bed units

A local authority is urging private landlords to provide one bedroom properties for formerly homeless people moving out of supported accommodation.  Since...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists demand furlough-type hand outs to pay tenants’ arrears

Generation Rent is calling for a furlough-type scheme aimed at helping tenants. The group says that following news of the four week...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let exodus underway? Rise in landlord numbers selling units

New data from letting agents suggests that there’s been a substantial rise in the number of landlords selling buy to let...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Drop rents, Don’t evict! Think-tank says tenants need more protection

A think tank is calling for landlords to consider rent reductions and is also suggesting the return of an eviction ban...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 October 2020

From: Conveyancing, Mortgages, Tax & Finance

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

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

29 October 2020

From: Property Investment & Strategy

What should any prospective holiday let investor ask themselves before investing?

With the staycation boom caused by Covid-19, which is likely to continue for the foreseeable future as travel restrictions remain for...

29 October 2020

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Anti-eviction activists stage protest outside home of landlord

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

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Spending Spree: more landlords plan to purchase

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

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Co-living in London - young renters boost demand for new concept

One of London’s largest co-living property operators claims there’s been a marked increase in demand from young renters.  Built Asset Management says...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Craig Hayward

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

20 October 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Landlords asked not to evict as council pleads poverty

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

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 October 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Landlords should consider Covid break clauses - PropTech chief

A student accommodation search platform says Coronavirus means landlords and academic authorities have to consider possible break clauses and premature tenancy ends...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Hit by Coronavirus - two-thirds of landlords fear for their business

The latest survey assessing damage to the private rental sector by the pandemic makes tough reading for landlords. The study - for...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Property management chief backs Shelter over poor quality homes

A prominent rental industry figure has backed Shelter’s sweeping condemnation of the lettings sector - but insists landlords are not to...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Is this the right time to invest in property?

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

28 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords need support too during coronavirus crisis, says Tory politician

Renters across Wales received greater protection this week after the Welsh government extended the six month notice for evictions, which was...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

London mayor Sadiq Khan calls for two-year rent freeze

Rents should be frozen in London to avert mass evictions, city mayor Sadiq Khan has told the government. Khan wants new powers...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Many landlords are ‘struggling financially’ and cannot subsidise rents

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

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Fury at potential evictions ban extension

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

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand for property may have intensified, but pricing remains sensitive

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

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Why should landlords ‘subsidise those who are struggling to pay their rent’?

The government has been slammed for attempting to shift the responsibility for renters in need onto landlords.  Chris Town a landlord and...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Two thirds of British workers are better off financially since lockdown

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

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent arrears: Last minute U-turn ‘another huge blow for those landlords struggling’

At the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown, a ban on evictions was introduced in England and Wales. That has now been extended...

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords – now is the perfect time to let your property

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

07 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

NRLA demand reopening of courts

The government has finally confirmed how repossession cases in the rental market will be handled from 20 September.    Buy-to-let landlords are now...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Investors are understandably hesitant but there is room for improvement

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

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter demands ‘extra powers to stop renters being evicted’

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

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property litigation firm expects ‘a surge’ of repossession cases in London

There could be a significant increase in repossession cases in London once the tenant eviction ban ends this weekend, legal experts...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Why landlords need to be vigilant for cannabis farms

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

17 August 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Housing market strength proves itself once again

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

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday triggers unseasonal rise in housing transactions

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

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

The rental market is on the road to recovery

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

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

West One introduces new limited edition BTL products

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

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords in Scotland have served 350 eviction notices since lockdown

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

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Weaker demand as the rental market in prime London remains subdued

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

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

David Alexander, Joint Manager Director

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

05 August 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

West One rejigs BTL offerings

West One Loans has made changes to its buy-to-let product criteria.  BTL products have had the maximum loan-to-value (LTV) permitted increased from...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to be on guard against cannabis farms

Landlords are being reminded to remain attentive when viewing or inspecting rental homes in order to weed out tenants that may...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Prepare for a potential rent arrears spike: Experts’ best practice advice

Buy-to-let landlords are being urged to prepare for a spike in rent arrears ahead of changes to the furlough scheme this...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Post lockdown surge in demand for homes with a garden

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

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting market activity springs back into life

Activity levels in the rental market bounced back to pre-lockdown levels in June, as the reopening of the housing market released...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landbay launches new range of ‘special edition’ BTL products

Landbay has introduced a new range of ‘special edition’ buy-to-let mortgage products after agreeing a new funding partnership with Canada Square.  The...

27 July 2020

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Council appeals to private landlords to help solve the housing crisis

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

24 July 2020

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Government urged to protect renters from eviction

Thousands of renters face the prospect of losing their homes when the rental eviction ban lifts next month unless the government...

23 July 2020

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New tenancies are now almost back to pre-pandemic levels

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

22 July 2020

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Landlords are ‘planning for the future’ by remortgaging properties

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

21 July 2020

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YBS launches new holiday BTL product

Yorkshire Building Society (YBS) Commercial Mortgages has introduced a new limited company buy-to-let product targeted specifically at holiday letting properties in...

20 July 2020

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BTL landlords urged to invest in property sooner rather than later

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

17 July 2020

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Households could save £8,638 by end of 2020 if they maintain spending habits

The Covid-19 pandemic has left many people, including private renters, facing financial difficulty, leading to some concerns that there will be...

15 July 2020

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CSF and West One introduce new semi-exclusive BTL products

Crystal Specialist Finance (CSF) has teamed up with West One to launch a new range of buy-to-let semi-exclusive products with West...

15 July 2020

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

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

13 July 2020

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Stamp duty holiday: Rightmove records a very busy day as housing demand spikes

Rightmove yesterday recorded a sharp rise in searches for property on its website as it was forced to deal with pent...

09 July 2020

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

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

09 July 2020

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Buy-to-let mortgage market shows tentative signs of recovery

There are emerging signs of recovery in the buy-to-let mortgage market, following the major initial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic-induced lockdown,...

08 July 2020

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London rents fall as supply increases

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

08 July 2020

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What will the government’s stamp duty holiday mean for BTL landlords?

The chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to announce tomorrow changes to the levels of stamp duty paid on properties in England, but...

07 July 2020

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BTL landlords are ‘doing all they can to keep people in their homes’

Speculation that there will be a sharp increase in evictions once the existing evictions ban is lifted next month has been...

06 July 2020

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Foundation relaunches pre-lockdown buy-to-let offering

Foundation Home Loans has relaunched its buy-to-let product range to its pre-lockdown structure with the reintroduction of large loans, early remortgage,...

03 July 2020

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Ban on tenant evictions will not be extended beyond next month

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

02 July 2020

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Minister’s comments ‘provide greater certainty for the rental market’

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has welcomed confirmation from a government minister that the courts will begin to hear possession...

02 July 2020

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

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

02 July 2020

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

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

01 July 2020

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Will the PM’s ‘Build, Build, Build' policy boost housebuilding?

Boris Johnson’s “Build Build Build” announcement yesterday was designed to help drag the UK economy out of what could prove to...

01 July 2020

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Family Building Society increases LTV and cuts rates

Family Building Society has introduced rate cuts across its buy-to-let mortgage range, as well as its owner occupier products.  Rates have been...

29 June 2020

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Mortgage advisor jobs - shortage of advisors to meet demand

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

25 June 2020

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Portico launches £1 letting service for private landlords

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

25 June 2020

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New guidance to help landlords arrange accommodation check-outs

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

24 June 2020

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Rise in demand for new build homes

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

23 June 2020

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

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

23 June 2020

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How is the property market bouncing back?

There’s no question it’s been a tough start to the year, not just for individuals but also for businesses and specific...

23 June 2020

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Many youngsters forced ‘to pay rent for unused flats’

Around 1.9 million people in this country are paying rent on accomodation they are not using, new research suggests,  The study by...

22 June 2020

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

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

15 June 2020

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

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

15 June 2020

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London remains the most expensive city in Europe

Frustrated tenants struggling to afford to live in London can feel vindicated, as a new report shows that the cost of...

12 June 2020

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Virtual property auctions continue to prove popular

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

12 June 2020

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Tenants turn to Google to provide key information and advice

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

11 June 2020

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

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

10 June 2020

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Landlords are accepting lower rental offers to avoid void periods

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

09 June 2020

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

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

09 June 2020

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What are renters currently looking for in their next home?

Half of renters currently in the market say lockdown has impacted what they are looking for in their next home.   A...

08 June 2020

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

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

05 June 2020

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

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

05 June 2020

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Rental app reveals ‘a seismic shift in rental behaviour’

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

04 June 2020

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TMW launches one-year fixed rate BTL mortgage at 1%

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has launched a one-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage for existing customers.  The unusually short deal comes with a 2%...

04 June 2020

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Rental market bounces back with 22% surge in demand

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

03 June 2020

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Slump in mortgage approvals ‘comes as no surprise’

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

03 June 2020

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Digital tools can help ensure effective interactions with your tenants

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

29 May 2020

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Investors continue to eye up property in Scotland

Although the existing coronavirus restrictions have not yet been eased in Scotland, this has not prevented demand rising from Scottish property buyers...

28 May 2020

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Agents encouraged to offer virtual viewings post-lockdown

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

28 May 2020

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Airbnb lays off 25% of workforce as virus lockdowns weigh

Airbnb has confirmed that it is laying off 25% of its workforce as the short-term lets platform joins a slew of firms...

28 May 2020

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Student landlords threaten legal action over non-payment of rent

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

26 May 2020

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London council asks landlords to support tenants hit by coronavirus

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

26 May 2020

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New data shows 'the extent of the fall in property transactions'

Property transactions unsurprisingly slumped in April amid the lockdown restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak. The latest HMRC...

25 May 2020

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Economic impact of Covid-19 could ‘trigger big price reductions’

Many landlords and letting agents are increasingly concerned about the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their tenants and property...

22 May 2020

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Demand for rental property increases by a third

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

22 May 2020

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

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

20 May 2020

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

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

20 May 2020

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

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

20 May 2020

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Rental market activity shows ‘green shoots’ of recovery

There has been a significant increase in the number of rental properties hitting the market after lockdown on the sector was...

19 May 2020

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Online property searches return to pre-lockdown levels

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

18 May 2020

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

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

15 May 2020

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Housing market back with a bang  after lockdown easing in England

Rightmove said visits to its website rose by 45% yesterday morning compared with a day earlier following the government’s decision to...

14 May 2020

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

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

14 May 2020

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New digital property management platform goes live

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

14 May 2020

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Restarting the property market is ‘a catalyst for the broader economy’

Restarting the housing market could help kickstart the UK economy.  The government has relaxed lockdown rules from today to allow the UK...

13 May 2020

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Property viewings and moves will be allowed from today

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

13 May 2020

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

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

11 May 2020

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

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

11 May 2020

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

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

08 May 2020

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House prices drop 0.6% as sales plummet during pandemic

The average UK house price dropped by 0.6% in April compared with the previous month as market activity ground to a...

08 May 2020

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

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

07 May 2020

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

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

07 May 2020

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Rental market update amid coronavirus pandemic

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

05 May 2020

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Coronavirus: Agents urged to offer virtual viewings post-lockdown

As more people start to think about moving home during the coronavirus pandemic, sales and letting agents are being urged to...

05 May 2020

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Rental stock shortage could see rents rise

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

04 May 2020

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Government urged to scrap stamp duty surcharge for landlords

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

01 May 2020

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

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

30 April 2020

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Average monthly rents remained broadly unchanged in Q1 2020

Average monthly rents across the country increased by just £2, or 0.26%, on Q4 2019 to hit an average of £775...

29 April 2020

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Late rental payments rise just 2% despite the lockdown

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

29 April 2020

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

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

28 April 2020

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

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

28 April 2020

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Higher numbers than ever have renewed tenancy deals since the lockdown

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

27 April 2020

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

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

27 April 2020

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Sharp rise in demand for rental homes with garden space

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

24 April 2020

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

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

24 April 2020

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Love to Rent and UKAA to host Build-to-Rent webinar next week

Love to Rent is teaming up with the UK Apartment Association (UKAA) to host a webinar focusing on Covid-19 and the...

24 April 2020

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Coronavirus: Rental supply slumps amid lockdown

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

23 April 2020

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

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

22 April 2020

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

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

22 April 2020

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Stop thieves targeting empty properties during lockdown with these top tips

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

22 April 2020

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Stage set for a rental market 'bounce back'

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

21 April 2020

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

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

21 April 2020

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Student union asks landlords to give tenants a rent break

Landlords with student tenants in Northampton are being urged to acknowledge the financial hardship some students are facing and give them...

20 April 2020

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Government’s job retention scheme extended until end of June

The government has extended its wage-subsidy programme for workers until the end of June, which should help ensure many private tenants are...

20 April 2020

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Is there room for growth in rent prices once the lockdown is lifted?

With renters, landlords, buyers, and sellers being advised to delay their home moves if possible and not to allow new viewings,...

17 April 2020

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Renters and coronavirus: Tenants given ‘a certain amount of respite’

These are tough times, and many people need help to cope, including those living in private rented accommodation.  The government has taken...

15 April 2020

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HMRC suspend enquiries into taxpayers

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

14 April 2020

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Property auction raises more than £29m after switching online

Amid all the uncertainty facing the world, some people are in the middle of buying property, and while some home hunters...

13 April 2020

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The Treasury stands to lose almost £5bn in stamp duty amid the coronavirus crisis

The Treasury looks set to suffer a near £5bn tax hit due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The Covid-19 outbreak has led to...

10 April 2020

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New landlord instructions plummet as Covid-19 lockdown takes hold

The number of new landlords instructing letting agents has dropped sharply - and with worse to come thanks to the coronavirus...

09 April 2020

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Knight Frank predicts 38% drop in residential property sales this year

Knight Frank forecast that residential property sales will fall by 38% this year, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Based on the assumption that...

09 April 2020

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Coronavirus pandemic sees demand increase for homes with garden space

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

07 April 2020

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Sharp rise in new tenancies until number of UK COVID-19 cases began to increase

There was a notable increase in the number of new tenancies in the early part of March before a sudden drop...

02 April 2020

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How to successfully navigate the property market in uncertain times

These are difficult times in the property market, with a constantly changing situation creating a great deal of uncertainty. The world...

27 March 2020

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

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

25 March 2020

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

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

20 March 2020

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Rogue landlords allegedly making millions out of housing benefits

Rogue landlords are profiting from the housing benefit system by enticing desperate local authorities to place single homeless people into small...

19 January 2018

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The reputations of ‘good landlords’ being ‘tarnished by the bad ones’, says LGA

Local councils are calling on the government to close a legal loophole that allows landlords to get away with converting properties...

14 April 2017

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London councils vow to investigate “Housing Benefit Millionaires”

Several local authorities in London have launched an investigation into a multi-million pound business model where a number of letting agents...

16 March 2016

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