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UK’s highest yields: the best postcodes for buy-to-let

Despite a number of tax and legislative changes making it harder to make money in buy-to-let, there are still pockets of...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Average monthly rent is not enough to cover cost of fixing a faulty boiler

The cost of repairing a faulty boiler currently stands at about 60% more than the average UK monthly rent, according to...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental market activity slows

There was a significant drop in the number of new rental listings, while the volume of properties let last month also...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Four-year trend of rising rents ‘shows no signs of abating’

Private rental prices in the UK increased by 1.1% in the 12 months to February, according to the Office for National...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Discount for landlords who sign up early for new licensing scheme

Buy-to-let landlords will soon be able to apply for an early bird discount for Scarborough Borough Council’s new selective licensing scheme,...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants can sue landlords for damp homes under new laws introduced today

Tenants now have the right to sue their landlords for cold or damp homes under new laws that have come into...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing committee calls for leasehold reform

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

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

TDS to host training events for landlords and letting agents

A new series of Academy events across the country designed to educate landlords and letting agents on the ins and outs...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

‘The landlord rules, not the tenant’, Fergus Wilson tells Panorama

Fergus Wilson was courting controversy long before he appeared on last night’s episode of Panorama. The buy-to-let landlord, widely considered to be...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA campaign to protect the rights of landlords to repossess their properties

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has launched a fresh campaign fighting for landlords’ repossession rights. The landlord organisation has decided to take...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Short-term lets in Liverpool offer yields of up to 30.7%

Buy-to-let landlords who own property in Liverpool or Manchester could potentially achieve short-term letting yields of up to 30.7%, according to...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Highly anticipated report into Leasehold Reform to be published today

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

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Controversial landlord to feature on BBC Panorama tonight

One of the UK’s largest and arguably most controversial buy-to-let landlords who has in the past banned ‘coloured people’ from renting...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in the proportion of landlords in London buying homes with cash

The proportion of landlords acquiring properties in London in cash hit a seven-year high in 2018, according to fresh data from...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord - work smarter, not harder and reap the financial rewards

So, what do smart landlords do to make more money than you, and how do they do it? The million-dollar question....

15 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

BTL landlords thinking of selling now urged to “think again”

A number of buy-to-let landlords are currently thinking about exiting the private rented sector due to recent policy changes, including the...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla to stop rental listings discriminating against benefits claimants

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

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Top pet-friendly renting tips for landlords and tenants

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

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New workshops to improve relationships between agents, landlords and tenants

In a bid to improve relationships between letting agents, landlords, and tenants north of the border, fresh funding has been made...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Pilot launched to improve energy efficiency of rented accommodation

A new pilot has been launched by TrustMark, the government endorsed quality scheme, in partnership with East Sussex Trading Standards, to...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Chancellor urged to ‘breathe life back into the private landlord sector’

Buy-to-let landlords believe that today’s Spring Statement provides the chancellor Philip Hammond with an opportunity to bolster activity in the buy-to-let...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords association loses High Court battle to prevent new landlord rules

New enforcement rules covering living conditions in private rented housing in Hull look set to be introduced after Humber Landlords Association...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS reduces rates on select purchase and remortgage BTL products

Leeds Building Society has cut rates across its buy-to-let range to help landlords already facing a tax and mortgage squeeze to...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Four common landlord mistakes and how to avoid them

For landlords, buying a property, making a few renovations and renting it out may sound like a simple feat, but it...

12 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Landlords’ ‘significant contribution’ to the economy set to soar

Every little helps to boost Tesco sales, and yet Britain’s biggest retailer is not paying anywhere near as much tax as...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in number of letting agents offering Zero Deposit guarantee

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

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Haringey approves plan to introduce borough-wide additional licensing

Haringey Borough Council has given the go-ahead for borough-wide additional licensing to be introduced from 27 May 2019 for Houses in...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Five tips for reducing void periods

For landlords, experiencing occasional void periods is inevitable and often out of your control. If a tenant’s circumstances change, they could...

11 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Rents increase ahead of general inflation

The cost of renting a home in the UK is rising quicker than the rate of inflation, with the average monthly...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords contribute £16.1bn a year to UK economy, research finds

Buy-to-let landlords collectively contribute £16.1bn to the British economy through pre-tax spending, which is almost double the estimated £8.5bn a decade...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Prince William concerned by slum conditions faced by some private renters

Prince William has expressed concern at the ‘slum’ conditions faced by some private renters following a trip to Blackpool where he...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

What do renters really want?

Whether you are looking to add to your portfolio by acquiring a new property or preparing to re-let any of your...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

How to flexibly earn income during ‘void’ tenancy periods

With the property market in a state of flux, even the traditional rental market appears to be cooling a little, particularly...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Home Office to review Right to Rent checks following High Court ruling

The Home Office has announced that it plans to reassess its Right to Rent scheme that requires landlords in England to...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord let off paying £16k licensing fees as not in the ‘public interest’

A buy-to-let landlord appears to have been let off paying fees of around £16,700 to license 37 rental properties in Stoke-on-Trent,...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Principality commits to ‘supporting UK landlords’ by increasing max loan size

Principality Building Society has reiterated its commitment to ‘supporting’ buy-to-let landlords looking to ‘extend and strengthen their investment portfolios’ by increasing its...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

How to improve your property’s EPC rating

It is estimated that buildings produce nearly half of this country’s carbon emissions - almost double that of cars and planes. The...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Renting in London costs twice as much as elsewhere

London remains by far the most expensive place in the country to rent, with average rent in the capital 114% higher...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Keystone introduces new purchase-only buy-to-let products

Keystone Property Finance has introduced a series of new purchase-only buy-to-let products. The new deals are available at 65% or 75% loan-to-value...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New deposit protection training courses for landlords in Scotland

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

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Government to clampdown on landlords discriminating against DSS tenants

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

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Where can you find the most energy-efficient properties in the UK?

Investing in residential properties can be a great way to accumulate wealth. But before parting with your cash, an investment strategy...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords cool on property purchases

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

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

More than 2,000 Build to Rent homes set to be delivered in Bristol by 2021

When property experts gathered at the Bristol office of Colliers International in June 2016 to discuss Bristol’s potential for Build to...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to abolish controversial Right to Rent policy

The government faces growing pressure to scrap Right to Rent, which forces landlords to undertake immigration checks on prospective tenants, after the...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

NatWest scraps ‘no DSS’ policy

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

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Ipswich BS reduces BTL rates

Ipswich Building Society has cut the rates and fees on its existing buy-to-let five-year fixed rate products . There is a five-year...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Councils significantly reduce action against rogue landlords

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

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New ‘Let it, don’t forget it’ fire safety campaign launched

A new fire safety campaign urging private sector landlords and letting agents to always abide by the law and install smoke...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips for renting out your property

ARLA Propertymark has compiled some top tips aimed at novice landlords that some experienced buy-to-let landlords may also find useful. Peter Savage,...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord Buy To Let refreshes mortgage range

Accord Buy To Let has cut rates on selected two and five-year fixed rate mortgages by up to 0.04% and extended...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

London offers ‘improved yields’ as market shows signs of bottoming out

There are growing signs that the London housing market may have bottomed out, fresh analysis shows. Property prices in the capital have...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Birmingham and Manchester benefit from Brexit blues

Despite Brexit, homebuyers, including buy-to-let investors, in the north of England are showing much more confidence than those in the south. Since...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing for private landlords could be introduced in Walsall

Walsall Council is considering introducing new selective landlord licensing in Walsall town centre and Willenhall with a view to raising standards in...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

INVEST IN LUXURY FOR LESS IN BICESTER

Renowned internationally for its designer shopping outlet, Bicester has long been the jewel in Oxfordshire’s crown, attracting millions of visitors annually...

27 February 2019

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Housing market stalemate means it falls to landlords to ‘pick up the pieces’

The latest UK Finance household lending and deposits data reveals that gross mortgage lending across the residential market dropped in January,...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

The average time it takes to sell a property revealed

Some buy-to-let landlords are being driven out of the market by the government’s tax crackdown as growing numbers struggle to make...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant issues ‘holding back construction’ of much needed new homes

The increase in demand for residential properties, coupled with restricted supply of new homes being built, will almost certainly cause property...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

House price growth slows amid uncertainty and ‘affordability pressures’

There has been a moderate rise in residential property price growth across the UK, according to the latest analysis carried out...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Money Shield and NALS receive government approval as CMP scheme providers

Money Shield and the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) have become officially recognised Client Money Protection (CMP) Scheme operators after securing...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Major ‘blow for tenants’ as rents rise

The number of tenants experiencing rent increases in January rose for the first time since September 2018, according to ARLA Propertymark’s...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

What impact will Brexit have on property prices?

With just five weeks until the UK is set to leave the EU, the impact of leaving the bloc without a...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents help landlords break strict short-term letting laws in London

Buy-to-let landlords in London are being encouraged by property management firms to break strict short-term letting laws in the capital, an...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

For many, the only ‘viable’ renting option for prospective buyers is to house share

Affordability is a serious problem, particularly in London, and this puts people wishing to buy their first property under a great...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Britain’s noisiest neighbourhoods unveiled

As an income investment, buy-to-let continues to look attractive, especially compared to low savings rates and stock market swings, but when...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords need support to ‘keep up-to-date’ with regulation changes

Landlords are being urged to seek guidance to ensure that they are clear on the ‘bombardment’ of regulatory changes that could...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

UK property market remains a magnet for wealthy investors despite Brexit

Many national and international high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) who currently invest in the UK’s property market plan to add to their property...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Less than 3% of BTL landlords offer informal short-term lets

Despite the growing popularity of Airbnb and other short-term letting websites, less than 3% of landlords are currently engaged in the informal...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency embarks on TV advertising campaign to promote ‘guaranteed rent’

Northwood, part of the Belvoir group, has launched a new TV advertising campaign to highlight its guaranteed rent scheme, in response...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

London’s top commuter towns revealed

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

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Are you prepared for the next phase of mortgage interest tax relief changes?

On the surface, registering as a limited company could serve higher taxpayers and larger investors well, while mainstream lenders remain a...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to help protect yourself against property investment fraud

Many people invest in property or sign up to investment club arrangements, which are not uncommon in the industry, but sometimes it...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Skipton’s UK buy-to-let mortgages are now available to overseas nationals

Skipton International has extended its UK buy-to-let mortgages to foreign nationals based abroad. Skipton previously only offered its UK buy-to-let mortgages to...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending slumps as landlords deterred by tax changes

Buy-to-let mortgage activity continued to slow in December with landlord investors taking out just 5,100 new buy-to-let home purchase mortgages, down...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant demand increases in London as number of properties for rent falls

Demand from new tenants in London’s private rented sector is rising at a time when the number of homes available to...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s time to tackle the scourge of sub-standard rental homes, says PayProp chief

Tenants living in sub-standard rented accommodation need greater support, according to Neil Cobbold, chief operating officer of PayProp UK, who has...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit uncertainty continues to weigh heavily on the housing market

Confidence in the UK housing market has slumped amid Brexit uncertainty, according to Paragon’s latest Financial Adviser and Confidence Tracking (FACT)...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords accused of ‘exploiting’ student renters

Landlords are taking advantage of first-time student renters by failing to carry out repairs, according to a new poll. A fresh report...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Plans approved for major Build to Rent scheme in Cardiff

PLATFORM_ has been awarded planning consent to build just over 200 homes on the site of the former Browning Jones &...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined almost £3k for overcrowded flat

A buy-to-let landlord who crammed at least seven people into a two-bedroom flat has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 by...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed suspended sentence for illegally evicting tenant

A buy-to-let landlord in Leeds who left his tenant homeless after changing the locks while he was on holiday has been...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental decline showing signs of bottoming out in prime London: Savills

Rental values in prime London has started to see some slowdown in decline as initial signs of a bottoming out have...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord jailed for forging HMO documents

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

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Overseas buyers exploit weak pound to acquire property in London

Overseas investors snapped up more than half of all properties for sale in prime London in the second half of 2018...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Renters almost twice as likely to experience a pest problem in their home

Three fifths of Brits have experienced a pest problem within their home, with 64% of those who have had an infestation...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Paul Shamplina, Founder and Director of Landlord Action and Brand Ambassador of Hamilton Fraser

Who are you?  Paul Shamplina What does it say on your business card? Founder and Director of Landlord Action and Brand Ambassador of...

15 February 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

The best cities to rent out property on a room by room basis unveiled

A number of buy-to-let landlords prefer to rent out property on a room by room basis instead of renting the whole...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £5,400 for poor management of unlicensed properties

A buy-to-let landlord in Doncaster has been ordered to pay more than £5,000 in fines and costs following a successful prosecution...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New tenant packs could help save lives

New tenant packs designed to help landlords raise awareness of fire and carbon monoxide dangers have been launched by Aico Ltd. Aico,...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Unlocking Slough, the key to your next investment

As London continues to wane in popularity for investors and renters alike – with increasing numbers of people moving out of...

14 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Landlords starting to feel ‘the pressure’ to increase rents to offset tax changes

The increasing tax burden on landlords is likely to result in increased rents, according to research from the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let remains a ‘lucrative investment’ as rents rise across the UK

Private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK rose by 1% in the 12 months to January 2019, unchanged from...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Proportion of income spent on rent by private tenants has fallen

The proportion of income spent on rent in the private rented sector has fallen from 35.4% in 2010/11 to 32.9% in...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Increasing SDLT for overseas buyers ‘would send a catastrophic message’

The government’s decision to launch a consultation into a proposal to add 1% onto the stamp duty paid when buying a home in England...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords ‘illegally’ letting energy inefficient homes

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

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agent left red-faced after tomato plants mistaken for cannabis

When a tenant renting a property in West Lothian was asked by their mother to look after her tomatoes while she...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

The UK’s second tallest Build to Rent tower unveiled in Salford

Anaconda Cut, standing at 131 metres tall, making it the tallest building in Salford, has been officially launched. The 44-storey tower, which...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Lee Dahill, Director of Sales for the Today publications and The ValPal Network

Who are you? I’m the Director of Sales for both the well-known industry leading Today publications and The ValPal Network. Leading publications: Estate Agent Today,...

12 February 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

‘Political and economic uncertainty’ boost demand for rental properties

There has been a significant rise in demand from people looking to rent property amid political and economic uncertainty and this...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for allowing tenants to live in property deemed ‘unfit for purpose’

A rogue landlord who allowed a family to live in a house described as “unfit for human habitation” has been fined...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Political broadcaster Andrew Neil to chair major landlord debate in London

Journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil will chair the Government Panel Debate at the National Landlord Investment Show in London, it has...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to have their say on local licensing consultations

With several licensing consultations currently being run by local authorities across the country, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is encouraging buy-to-let...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fitness for Human Habitation: RLA to host webinar today at 11am

Following the recent addition of the Fitness for Human Habitation Bill and the amendments this has made to the existing Landlord...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Amount tenants spend on rent falls for first time in a decade

Tenants spent £1.9bn less in rent in 2018 compared with a year earlier, marking the first annual decline in more than...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay more than £10k for badly maintained property

Toilet flushing discharged into the rear yard of a property, broken fire alarms and faulty electrics were among the defects found...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

UK rents up 2.5% in a year, says HomeLet

The average cost of renting a property in the UK increased by 2.5% in the 12 months to January, the latest...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants discovered living in cramped conditions following dawn raid

Brent Council in north London looks set to take action against a buy-to-let landlord who is accused of “exploiting tenants” after ...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tips for creating a successful Build to Rent property

With a growing number of Build to Rent (BTR) developments increasing, broadband and utilities provider, Glide, has put together the top...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New ex-pat BTL product range launched by Tipton & Coseley BS

Tipton & Coseley Building Society has launched a range of ex-pat buy-to-let products for intermediaries and direct customers. Two fixed and two...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

How much does the average landlord in England earn in income from rent?

There is a misconception among some people that all buy-to-let landlords are wealthy, but the reality is that most operate as...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

PRS should cooperate to raise standards, says property commentator

Cooperation has been identified as key to improving standards in the private rented sector (PRS), according to a report by Kate Faulkner,...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing set to be extended in Burnley

Councillors in Burnley are expected to extend the existing selective licensing schemes in Trinity, Gannow and Queensgate, as well as introduce...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

L&G to launch exclusive holiday buy-to-let product with Leeds BS

A new exclusive holiday buy-to-let product has been launched by Legal & General Mortgage Club in collaboration with Leeds Building Society Legal...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish rents jump 5% in a year

Rental prices in Scotland increased further in the fourth quarter of 2018, the latest data shows. The Scottish national average increased to...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Key trends that are are set to dominate the PRS over the next few years

A new multi-housing report reveals five trends that are set to dominate the private rented sector between now and 2025.   The...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Mixed picture’ for BTL mortgage rates

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

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Discrimination against tenants on benefits?

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

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Hamilton Fraser acquires NLA’s TDSL shares

Hamilton Fraser has acquired the National Landlords Association’s (NLA) Tenancy Deposit Solutions Ltd (TDSL) shares, enabling the firm to take full...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Did you miss the tax return deadline?

The 31st January deadline to submit your self-assessment tax return for the year ended 5 April 2018 has come and gone,...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Kent Reliance makes changes to buy-to-let range

Kent Reliance’s buy-to-let maximum loan limit has been cut to £750,000, down from £1m, while the lender has removed its three-year...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Cost of renting in the private sector falls

The proportion of income spent by private tenants on rents in England has continued to fall, according to an official report...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Private landlords and letting agents need to stick together

The so-called housing charity, Shelter, targeted Ludlow Thompson a few months back, asking its supporters to block the letting agent’s telephone...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New petition calls for pet damage insurance to be paid by tenants with pets

Landlords and tenants are being urged to sign a new online petition calling for the government to better support tenants with...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants in for a ‘rocky ride this year’

Undoubtedly, 2018 was another tough year for landlords. With so many tax and regulatory changes over the past couple of years,...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

How will a disorderly Brexit affect your property investment strategy?

A no-deal Brexit could trigger a deep and damaging recession with worse consequences for the UK economy than the 2008 financial...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords face tough new rules on electrical safety

The government has committed to introduce mandatory five yearly electrical safety checks in the private rented sector. No time date has been...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent prices increase across England and Wales

The average rent across England and Wales has increased by 1.8% in the last 12 months, hitting an average of £865...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Legal & General acquires its first BTR scheme in Scotland

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

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New expat range launched by Cambridge Building Society

Cambridge Building Society has unveiled a new range of expat mortgage products for landlords looking to acquire or remortgage a buy-to-let...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Last minute self assessment tax return tips

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

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Vida Homeloans cuts BTL rates to offer ‘greater flexibility and choice’

Vida Homeloans has reduced rates across its buy-to-let range by up to 0.5%, with the lowest two-year fixed rate now starting...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agents jailed for conning landlords and tenants

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

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The Civil Justice Council doesn’t support plans for a housing court

The Civil Justice Council has said it cannot support government plans for a specialist housing court, deeming it unnecessary.  Responding to the...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords will be legally required to join a redress scheme, or face £5,000 fine

For the first time ever, buy-to-let landlords will be legally required to become members of a redress scheme, as part of measures...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

What are student tenants looking for when searching for a property?

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

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Tax return deadline looming – are you prepared?

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

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords raise almost £2,000 for homeless people in Rugby

Landlords from across the Midlands have helped raise funds for homeless people in Rugby. Donations made by landlords at the most recent...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let yields drop to three-year low

A number of BTL landlords are beginning to feel the effects of recent tax changes, resulting in a squeeze on their...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Mayor of London to develop ‘rent control’ proposals

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan is developing rent control proposals as part of his 2020 re-election bid in the hope...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fees ban is now inevitable after gaining Royal Assent

The ban on fees charged by landlords and letting agents will be introduced in June after the Tenant Fees Bill passed...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord purchases fall sharply as tax assault bites

There has been a sharp decline in the number of buy-to-let property purchases as a raft of government tax hikes continues...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Renting became more affordable last year, says The DPS

A fall in annual rents and wage inflation helped ensure that renting became more affordable in 2018, according to The Deposit...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay £4,500 for breaching a prohibition order

A landlord in Stevenage who allowed his tenant to live in an excessively cold attic with a serious fire safety hazard...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Most landlords lock in to 5-year fixed rates

Amid continued speculation that interest rates will rise later this year, the majority of landlords chose a five-year fixed rate when...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Convicted landlord receives 500K in housing benefit payments despite ban

A rogue landlord deemed unfit to rent out property in the north London borough of Brent in 2015 has since received...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Legal & General acquires Build to Rent site in Chelmsford

Legal & General has exchanged contracts on a new Build To Rent (BTR) site in Chelmsford City Centre, on behalf of...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New app launched to help you manage your buy-to-let portfolio

A new app has been launched to support landlords and ensure that they understand the complex landscape of residential property legislation,...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Free landlord events to be held in Croydon

Croydon Council is inviting private landlords to attend a free public event this week that will offer expert buy-to-let tips and...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords cool on property purchases

The number of buy-to-let purchases continues to fall, as reflected by a further drop in new buy-to-let mortgage lending. Fresh data from...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Barnet Council plans to introduce tougher licensing controls

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

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Just 135 of 3,000 landlords have signed up to new statuary license

There is growing concern in Reading that thousands of landlords could soon face enforcement action if they do not sign up...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord sees HMO license application rejected due to fire safety concerns

A buy-to-let landlord in Glasgow will be left out of pocket after the renewal of her house in multiple occupation (HMO)...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents in London hit an all-time high as supply plummets

Asking rents in London rose to a record high in December, with market conditions in the capital improving to levels not...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Best locations for buy-to-let in the UK revealed

Despite the introduction of profound changes to the taxation of buy-to-let investments, leaving many landlords facing higher tax bills, there are...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s simple: Immaculately presented rental properties will get a ‘higher price’

From furniture and lighting to bedding and tabletop items, there is a lot that can be done to improve a property’s...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Skipton expat lending now includes studio flats

Skipton International has extended the terms of its mortgage proposition to include studio apartments valued at £250,000 and above in response...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Is Brexit uncertainty good news for BTL landlords?

Many people tend to hold off on buying property during times of uncertainty and that appears to be precisely what is...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban set to come into force on 1 June 2019

The introduction of a ban on fees charged by landlords and letting agents look set to finally come into force on...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Councils are choosing to enforce the ‘harshest options’ to punish landlords

A growing number of local authorities are using selective licensing to introduce penalties for buy-to-let landlords that go well beyond the...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Commercial Trust improves its online buy-to-let comparison table

Commercial Trust Limited has enhanced its buy-to-let comparison table for customers. The new table features a number of new products, which includes...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

NatWest cuts BTL remortgage rates

NatWest Intermediary Services this morning made changes to a number of its buy-to-let, as well as its residential mortgage products, with...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2019

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Buy-to-let tycoon looks to offload 300 homes

One of the UK’s largest and most controversial private landlords plans to sell his entire portfolio of around 300 residential properties...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord in Slough becomes first to secure finance from Zephyr Homeloans

An experienced buy-to-let landlord in Slough has become the first to be granted a mortgage by Zephyr Homeloans, a new dedicated...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord who dumped mum of nine’s belongings in the street may lose license

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

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let demand in prime central London showing signs of ‘resurgence’

There has been increased demand for buy-to-let property in prime central London in recent months and this trend looks set to continue...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Online letting agency launches new subscription model for landlords

It is becoming increasingly clear that some letting agents may not survive the tenant fee ban coming into force next spring...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay £12,500

An unscrupulous landlord has been punished for providing his tenant with poor living conditions by being ordered to pay more than...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property management firm fined £5k for non-compliance

Property management company Titlecroft Limited has been fined £5,000 for failing to join a government-approved property redress scheme, which is a...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The outlook for property investors ‘remains positive’ as rents rise again

The average cost of renting a property in the UK rose by 1.5% in the 12 months to December 2018, the...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

TDS becomes first TDP scheme to appoint independent complaints reviewer

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), one of three government-backed tenancy deposit protection (TDP) schemes, has appointed a new external independent complaints...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Pepper Money launches limited edition range of five-year fixed BTL products

Pepper Money has launched a new range of five-year fixed rate buy-to-let limited edition products, with rates starting at 3.28%. The range...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays announce BTL rate cuts

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

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Hostmaker lists with Spotahome to offer landlords more flexible tenancy terms

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

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in number of middle-age renters

There has been a 15% rise in the number of people renting a home aged 35-54 in the last three years as...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent rises in Scotland may not always be legal

The introduction of the Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) in December 2017 has led to major changes in the industry in Scotland,...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

UK property market finished 2018 with ‘more of a whimper than a bang’

Brexit has “smashed property market sentiment to smithereens”, according to Jonathan Samuels, the chief executive of the property lender Octane Capital. Buying...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Investors head north for higher rental yields

A growing number of buy-to-let investors are heading north for better returns, according to Your Move. The property firm reports that the...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

LetCo acquired by LSL Property Services

Buy-to-let landlords with properties in Hampshire and Sussex, may be keen to learn that local lettings and property management specialist, LetCo,...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Can a tenant who can’t afford the deposit be trusted to pay the rent?

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

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants need to ensure they are protected in the private rental sector

It may now be more than three months since thousands of households in Wales were faced with severe flooding in October...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord slapped with £60k licence breaches fine

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

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings agents must show that they are worth the money

As landlords increasingly feel the squeeze, with their reduction in yields principally due to increased regulation and tax changes, they are questioning...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Self Assessment tax returns: Help and support for landlords

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...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord family ordered to pay £250k under Proceeds of Crime Act

A family of slum landlords who crammed 31 people into a suburban four-bedroom house has been ordered to pay back almost...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Here’s how to ensure your next property purchase is gas safe

If you are planning to add to your property portfolio, it is important to ensure that the property is gas safe. Here’s...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let investors ripped off by unscrupulous developers

Six directors have been banned for a total of 54 years after misleading more than 300 investors who collectively invested at...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord and building contractor fined over asbestos neglect

A landlord and building contractor have been prosecuted after workers were exposed to large quantities of asbestos fibres at a rented...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Britain braces for temperature drop: is your boiler covered?

With temperatures set to drop over the next few days, it is important that landlords check whether they have protection for...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Significantly fewer BTL landlords register to buy property in 2018

There was a sharp decline in the number of buy-to-let landlords acquiring property in 2018, fresh data from Haart shows. Clearly deterred...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental yields in prime central London hit six-year high

The average rental yield achieved in prime central London in December was 3.35% - the highest level seen since April 2012...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year to all our readers!

Following a year dominated by Brexit uncertainty, political instability, higher interest rates and more stringent mortgage regulations, many buy-to-let landlords will...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Renters fear not getting on to the ladder due to cost of saving for a deposit

Most renters fear that they will never be in a position to buy property due to the sheer cost of saving...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

The Scottish rental market – 2018 overview

It’s been a busy year in terms of legislation in the Scottish lettings industry. The introduction of the Private Residential Tenancy...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips to help you avoid property tax pitfalls in 2019

When you rent out property you may have to pay tax. But the rules on paying tax on rental income can...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

National LIS to address key issues plaguing landlords in 2019

Buy-to-let landlords and property enthusiasts will once again descend on the Olympia Conference Centre in London in March where they will...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Draconian tax changes shouldn’t spell the end for buy-to-let landlords

It’s now three years since the then Conservative Chancellor George Osborne introduced a series of measures aimed, principally, at cooling the...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage tips to take into the New Year

With 2019 fast approaching, mortgage borrowers are being encouraged to take a few simple steps to ensure they are in the...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £6k after failing to licence property in Bristol

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined more than £6,000 after failing to obtain a license for a shared house in Bristol. John Elwes...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New BTL lender formally launches

Computershare Loan Services has launched Zephyr Homeloans, a dedicated buy-to-lender that provides a range of mortgage products for professional portfolio landlords...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Future Right to Rent system must be ‘reliable’ and treat people ‘fairly’

The government’s long-awaited White Paper on post-Brexit immigration policy, published last week, unveiled plans for a single, skills-based immigration system applying...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise 7.5% over the next three years

UK rents are expected to increase by 7.5% over the next three years, as the supply of rental accommodation dwindles while...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Government introduces new room size guidance

The introduction of new guidance on room sizes in rented homes has been warmly welcomed by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Get your tax return in by Sunday and you could receive a cash flow benefit

It’s meant to be a time of good cheer, relaxation and celebration, but for many, Christmas is stressful, not least for...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas from Landlord Today

The team at Landlord Today would like wish you all the very best for the festive season. Thank you to all our...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in number of landlords selling up in the East of England

The number landlords exiting the market in the East of England last month was double the national average, ARLA Propertymark reveals. Landlords...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Kensington Mortgages announces new 75% LTV rates

Kensington Mortgages has introduced new rates across its Select product range. The new deals are available across the lender’s 75% loan-to-value (LTV)...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Bah humbug! Landlords with sociable tenants could face hidden costs at Xmas

Buy-to-let landlords who currently offer properties with rents inclusive of all utility bills should be aware of potential ‘hidden cost of...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Further drop in the number of tenants seeing their rent increase, data shows

The number of tenants experiencing rent increases in November dropped to its lowest level seen since February this year, according to...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing being considered in Weymouth

People in Weymouth are being invited to have their say on Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s plans to introduce selective licensing...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips for your tenants at Christmas

Christmas is almost upon us once again and for many people, that means they are now making plans to go and...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

The key to being a successful landlord is to ‘get to know your tenants’

Buy-to-let landlords should invest the time in getting to know their tenants, according to new research. A survey conducted by Upad shows...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords continue to exit the BTL market

There was a further rise in the number of landlords exiting the buy-to-let market, new data shows. Belvoir’s Q3 Rental Index, compiled...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news for landlords in NI as less than 1% of tenancies end with deposit dispute

Less than 1% of private tenancies in Northern Ireland ended in a dispute over the deposit in the 12 months to...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Fleet Mortgages announces new limited company products and cuts ICR

Fleet Mortgages has announced the launch of new products across both its standard and limited company ranges, as well as criteria...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

High Court review of Right to Rent policy begins today

A Judicial Review of the government’s controversial Right to Rent policy, which forces landlords to undertake immigration checks on prospective tenants, will...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords continue to adopt ‘wait and see’ approach due to market uncertainty

An increasing number of private landlords appear to be waiting to see what impact Brexit and regulatory changes will have on...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for renting out poorly converted garage

A buy-to-let landlord in Luton has been ordered to pay £8,510 by Luton Magistrates Court for continuing to rent out a...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Is this a good week to invest in property as asking prices continue to fall?

Making an offer to purchase a property might sound like the most stressful thing to do just before Christmas, but this...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Sluggish rent rises and higher taxes deter overseas buy-to-let investors

The proportion of let properties in the UK owned by overseas landlords is at its lowest in almost a decade, new...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords who disregarded planning rules ordered to pay £322k or face prison

Rogue landlords who converted terrace houses into shoebox flats without planning permission have been ordered to re-pay illegal income or face...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents edge up, led by gains in the UK’s regional hubs

Rents in the UK’s private rented sector increased by 0.97% in the 12 months to November 2018, virtually unchanged from the...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent is expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme

Landlords in West Bromwich should be aware that local letting agent, The Lettings Shop (TLS), located in High Street has been...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Steep decline’ in rental market activity

There has been sharp slowdown in rental market activity as we draw closer to the festive period, the latest data from...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

With excessive competition and ample supply, is there still demand for HMOs?

HMO properties look very good on paper. Why charge a single rent when you can charge four or five lots of...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

NatWest increase buy-to-let remortgage rates by up to 0.5%

NatWest has increased rates on its two- and five-year buy-to-let remortgage products by up to 0.5%. The rate hike means that the...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

How landlords can protect their property in cold weather

Winter is now very definitely here and the weather is only going to get harsher, possibly a lot harsher, before spring...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New crowdfunding property investment opportunity launched in Nottingham

A new crowdfunding project has been launched by Shojin Property Partners allowing investors to make a minimum investment of £5,000. The investment...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Softening mortgage market highlights BTL concerns

Buy-to-let mortgage activity continued to slow in October, as fewer landlords took out home loans as a result of tax changes...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

LBTT Scottish stamp duty surcharge to increase to 4%

There was bad news for buy-to-let landlords in Scotland yesterday when the Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay proposed a 1% hike...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial landlord fined £25k for leaving disabled tenant without hot water

One of the UK’s biggest and arguably most contentious buy-to-let landlords has been ordered to pay £25,000 after ignoring a notice...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

P2P property platform aims to lure traditional BTL investors

For some investors, buy-to-let does not look as lucrative as it once did, with peer-to-peer investing emerging as a viable alternative...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

The days of rock bottom BTL mortgage interest rates ‘may be numbered’

It could be the end of the road for rock bottom buy-to-let mortgage interest rates, according to a leading expert. Buy-to-let landlords...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent controls would hurt both tenants and landlords, warns RLA

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has warned that growing speculation the mayor of London Sadiq Khan is considering introducing rent controls...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents rising more slowly than inflation but regional variations remain

The average cost of renting a property in the UK increased by 1.5% in the 12 months to November, the latest...

11 December 2018

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Growing number of tenants turning to letting agents to find a place to live

There has been a notable increase in the number of renters turning to lettings agents to find a new property, research...

11 December 2018

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Paragon speeds up portfolio landlord applications with eTech

Paragon has joined forces with eTech to include its web-based workflow management system to streamline and simplify the mortgage application process...

11 December 2018

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Significant increase in rental deposit numbers as PRS continues to grow

There has been a sharp rise in the number of tenancy deposits held across the UK, new figures provided by deposit...

10 December 2018

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

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

10 December 2018

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Most renters unaware of their rights, research shows

The vast majority of people who live in the private rented sector are unaware of their rental rights, according to new...

10 December 2018

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The rent most landlords receive is just servicing the interest on their mortgages

The rental income received by 79% of landlords with mortgages is only sufficient to service the interest element of their loans, and not...

07 December 2018

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Government urged to rethink rent protection scheme

The government’s existing strategy to protect rent paid by tenants to letting agents will fail to provide adequate protection for landlords,...

07 December 2018

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

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

07 December 2018

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Where is best to invest in Manchester?

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

07 December 2018

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BTL mortgages could help landlords meet Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

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

07 December 2018

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Top tips for first-time landlords

Letting a home can be an intimidating task if you’re doing it for the first time. You may have deliberately entered...

06 December 2018

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Landlords boosted by rising demand from tenants amid ‘uncertain times’

There has been a sharp rise in demand from people looking to rent property amid political and economic uncertainty, according to...

06 December 2018

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Landlord hit with record £1.5m fine for flouting planning rules

A notorious rogue landlord who illegally built a number of tiny bedsits across North West London has been ordered to pay...

06 December 2018

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Rents set to rise in London next year

Rents in London are expected to increase further in 2019 due to the widening supply-demand imbalance in the capital’s rental market,...

06 December 2018

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Councils struggling to take action over unlicensed HMOs

The new regulations introduced last month to bring mandatory licensing to all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) was designed to better...

06 December 2018

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Accord Buy To Let expands range of BTL products

Accord Buy To Let has added to its range of buy-to-let mortgage products for existing borrowers, with rates now starting from...

06 December 2018

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

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

05 December 2018

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Crossrail delay unlikely to halt rental growth around Elizabeth Line

Crossrail will demand hundreds of millions of pounds from the government in its third bailout of the year according to various...

05 December 2018

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Hackney Council extends licence applications deadline

The deadline for submitting additional and selective licence applications in Hackney has been extended until 1 March 2019.  The deadline for applications...

04 December 2018

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Zoopla trials new Property Valuation Report

Property website Zoopla is trialling a new Property Valuation Report (PVR) in nine areas across the country ahead of a broader...

04 December 2018

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‘Airbnb-style’ landlords provide welcome support for the construction industry

A number of landlords who use short-term holiday rental sites are reinvesting their earnings in refurbishment work helping to provide much...

03 December 2018

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UK’s highest yields: the best postcodes for buy-to-let

Landlords currently looking for the UK’s best buy-to-let areas should consider locations with a high student population, with yields of up...

03 December 2018

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

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

03 December 2018

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Loughborough BS enhances buy-to-let range

Loughborough Building Society has launched a new buy-to-let range with two, three and five-year rates available up to 80% loan-to-value (LTV). There...

03 December 2018

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Highest number of tenants negotiating rent reductions since records began

There was an 85% rise in the number of tenants successfully negotiating rent reductions in October as the supply of available...

30 November 2018

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Good landlords are being let down by councils and minority of criminals

Two thirds of councils in England and Wales responding to a FOI request by the Residential Landlords Association brought no prosecutions...

30 November 2018

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Landlords continue to enjoy ‘strong returns’ in Scotland

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

30 November 2018

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Kinleigh Folkard and Hayward to offer Zero Deposit guarantee

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

30 November 2018

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Survey exposes tenants’ shocking lack of knowledge about tenancy deposits

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

29 November 2018

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Research reveals worrying lack of landlord awareness

The private rented sector is a challenging landscape to negotiate, with tax changes and ever-changing regulation meaning that landlords now, more...

29 November 2018

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L&G Mortgage Club launches exclusive BTL products with TML

Legal & General Mortgage Club has launched an exclusive buy-to-let deal through The Mortgage Lender. The five-year fixed rate product is available...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

 Most renters have no contents insurance

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

29 November 2018

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

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

29 November 2018

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Rents hold steady with the best yields up north

The average rent across England and Wales increased by 2.2% in the 12 months to October to stand at an average...

28 November 2018

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Cashback incentives becoming a ‘more prominent feature of the BTL market’

A growing number of mortgage lenders are trying to lure both residential and buy-to-let mortgage borrowers with a wide range of...

28 November 2018

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More pet-friendly rental properties needed, says SpareRoom

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

28 November 2018

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New website aims to help BTL investors identify best deals

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

28 November 2018

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

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

27 November 2018

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Private tenants want long-term security even after the landlord sells

Almost fourth-fifths of renters do not want to move property due to a change in ownership, a fresh study shows. The research,...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants will be relied upon to help enforce letting fees ban

Trading standards will almost certainly need help from consumers to help police the ban on letting fees, according to PayProp. As part...

27 November 2018

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Housing campaigners target NatWest branch over BTL mortgage ‘discrimination’

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

26 November 2018

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

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

26 November 2018

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Landlords must wait five months to gain possession of property through courts

It now takes more than five months on average for private landlords to regain possession of a property when applying to...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban will not stop ‘hidden charges’

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

26 November 2018

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

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

26 November 2018

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Why it’s crucial to work with a reputable letting agent

Even though the most recent Budget offered some welcome relief for landlords and the buy-to-let sector as a whole, there are...

23 November 2018

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Less than 1% of tenancies end in a deposit dispute

Just 0.85% of all tenancies ended in a dispute over the tenancy deposit in the 12 months to March 2018, according...

23 November 2018

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Landlords invited to TDS adjudication training session in London

Tenant deposit protection scheme, TDS, will be hosting a half-day workshop in London in February, designed to give landlords and property...

23 November 2018

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Minister to address Future Renting Wales conference next week

The Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance, Justin Tomlinson, will address the Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) Future Renting Wales conference...

23 November 2018

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67% of students say accommodation provides good value for money

The views and opinions of British and international students regarding their accommodation choices across the UK have been unveiled in the...

23 November 2018

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

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

22 November 2018

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BTL landlords urged to take advantage of current low rate mortgage deals

Landlords are being encouraged to take advantage of existing low mortgage rates ahead of any potential base rate increases next year. There...

22 November 2018

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BTL landlords invited to enter PRS awards

Nominations for the ATLAS (Accreditation & Training for Landlords and Agents Service) and LLAS (London Landlord Accreditation Scheme) Awards 2019 are now open...

22 November 2018

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BOILER COVER

Landlord Gas Safety Certificate: How to Keep Your Tenants Safe There are plenty of safety considerations when renting out a property. Arguably,...

21 November 2018

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Government benefit cuts fuel surge in homelessness from rented housing

Government benefit changes, including cuts to housing benefit, are to blame for increasing levels of homelessness from private rented housing, according...

21 November 2018

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Tenant Shop partners with ScottishPower to help landlords manage energy needs

Landlords, letting agents and tenants are being offered a bespoke void space solution when it comes to managing energy in their...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord increases cashback offer on selected two-year buy-to-let products

Accord Buy to Let has increased the amount of cashback offered through a selection of its two-year fixed buy-to-let deals. Following the...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Are you paying too much for your mortgage?

Far too many people fail to avoid the trap awaiting borrowers, including buy-to-let landlords, when fixed-rate mortgage deals end, as reflected...

20 November 2018

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

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

20 November 2018

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Prosecution of high-profile landlord ‘shows we have teeth’, says councillor

Folkestone Magistrates Court’s decision last week to find high profile landlord, Judith Wilson, guilty of failing to comply with an enforcement...

20 November 2018

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‘House of horrors’: Property firm ordered to pay back over £60k in rent

A London-based property firm has been ordered to pay back 70% of their profits gained from renting poorly converted flats in...

20 November 2018

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Council spends £95k taking landlord to Supreme Court and loses

Nottingham City Council has been slammed for wasting taxpayers’ money after spending £95,000 taking a landlord to the Supreme Court and...

19 November 2018

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

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

19 November 2018

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Autumn ‘spike’ in rental market activity

There was greater choice for those looking to rent last month, reflected by a sharp increase in the number of properties...

19 November 2018

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Rogue landlord fined almost £30k for running unsafe and unlicensed properties

An unscrupulous landlord has been ordered to pay close to £30,000 after being found guilty of a number of breaches relating...

19 November 2018

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

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

16 November 2018

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

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

16 November 2018

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New expat buy-to-let range launched by Marsden BS

Marsden Building Society has unveiled two new expat mortgage products for landlords looking to acquire or remortgage a buy-to-let property in...

16 November 2018

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Buy-to-let lending slumps as tax reforms deter landlords

Buy-to-let mortgage activity slowed dramatically in September, as the number of landlords taking out new home loans dropped by almost a...

15 November 2018

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

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

15 November 2018

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

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

15 November 2018

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Plymouth offers the highest student accommodation yields

Plymouth has been identified as the top location for landlords looking to invest in purpose-built student accommodation in the UK by...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Octopus puts buy-to-let lending on hold

Octopus Property has announced that it is currently not accepting new buy-to-let applications after being ‘inundated’ with demand for its products. A...

15 November 2018

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New government housing court plan is ‘good news for landlords and tenants’

The launch yesterday of a consultation by the government on establishing a new housing court has been welcomed by the Residential...

14 November 2018

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

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

14 November 2018

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Portico teams up with Airbnb as London’s short-term rental revolution continues

Portico’s short term lettings service, Portico Host, has been appointed to Airbnb’s professional co-host programme, bringing Airbnb services to London’s high...

14 November 2018

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It’s ‘not all doom and gloom’ for the BTL sector, but where are the yield hotspots?

Buy-to-let landlords who have adopted a high yielding investment strategy may be interested in new analysis of the BTL market that...

13 November 2018

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Top 10 buy-to-let hotspots

Colchester has been identified as the number one place to currently invest for buy-to-let, based on rental yields. The LendInvest BTL Index...

13 November 2018

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Landlord could have license revoked after tenant disputes legality of eviction

A buy-to-let landlord in Edinburgh, who faces losing his license after evicting a young family, is appealing to his other tenants...

13 November 2018

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Landlord left with more than £4,000 rent arrears by unscrupulous tenant

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

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Growing number of people looking to rent in retirement

Private renting has more than doubled over the past 20 years, and young people are by far the most likely age...

13 November 2018

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Landlord’s son ordered to pay £1,650 after changing locks over rent arrears

A landlord’s son has been ordered to pay £1,000 compensation to a tenant after changing the locks with her belongings still...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords vote ‘trustworthiness’ as the most important quality in tenants

Every good landlord deserves good tenants, and every good tenant deserves a good home. But what makes a good tenant? Fresh research...

12 November 2018

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

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

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords accused of ‘illegally’ withholding deposits

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

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents have fallen in real terms over the last decade

The outlook for renters has improved over the past decade, albeit with considerable regional variations, thanks to improved affordability, new figures...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage arrears fall, but concern grows about impact of Universal Credit

The number of buy-to-let mortgages in arrears of 2.5% or more of the outstanding balance dropped in the third quarter of...

09 November 2018

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Aldermore cuts rates on 5-year fixed rate BTL remortgage products

Aldermore has reduced the rates on its buy-to-let five-year fixed remortgage products for individual landlords and company landlords by 0.2%. Individual landlords...

09 November 2018

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Tenants spend a third of their gross pay on rent

Tenants typically spend a third of their monthly salary before tax on rent, new figures show, but there are wide regional...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL lending slumps to way below forecast

Buy-to-let lending for 2018 looks likely to fall well below its estimate of £12bn, as taxes and regulations continue to have an adverse...

08 November 2018

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

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

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord who ignored Improvement Notices is ordered to pay almost £3,000

Reading Borough Council has won a case against a buy-to-let landlord who allowed his tenants to live in unsafe conditions, despite...

08 November 2018

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

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

07 November 2018

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

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

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency rules disadvantage landlords investing in rural homes

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

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord hit with £21k fine for safety failings

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

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise by 13.7% by 2023

A shortage of housing supply will push up rents up by an average of 13.7% over the next five years, according...

06 November 2018

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Strong demand pushes up rents in Scotland

Average rents in Scotland continued their upward trend in the third quarter of the year on the back of strong demand...

06 November 2018

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Eight men found crammed in one-bedroom flat

Eight men were found living in cramped conditions in a one-bedroom flat in east London during a raid by Barking and...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord uses bridging finance to add to portfolio

With many landlords finding it harder to secure a mortgage since the Prudential Regulation Authority’s changes were introduced last year, some...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Hinckley & Rugby scraps maximum age limit

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society has removed all upper age restrictions across its entire mortgage range, including buy-to-let products. Hinkley & Rugby’s...

02 November 2018

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Fresh calls for restrictions on Airbnb-style rentals to tackle housing shortage

There have been fresh calls for new restrictions on Airbnb and other short-term letting websites in this country, just days after...

01 November 2018

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New selective licensing rules come into force today

BTL landlords in parts of Sheffield must now apply to the council for a licence to let their properties after selective licensing...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Changes to the eviction rules now impact older tenancies

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

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 November 2018

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

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

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

What are your plumbing responsibilities as a landlord?

Being a landlord demands a high level of commitment, not only to reduce void periods and keep your property marketable but...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord adds to its buy-to-let range

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

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New buy-to-let affordability calculator launched by Magellan Homeloans

A new buy-to-let affordability calculator, which allows brokers to simply input basic borrowing requirements to see the maximum loan available on...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Where does the challenges faced by BTL landlords and lenders end?

Investing in buy-to-let property has long been a lucrative business opportunity for both recreational and professional investors, but could harsh tax...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Growth in social media screening highlights need for tenant referencing

Tenant referencing has once again been a topic of hot debate over the past few weeks, following a fresh study that...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

National LIS Awards shortlist announced!

The organisers of the National Landlord Investment Show have announced the shortlist for the 2018 National LIS Awards. The team at Landlord...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants set to be handed power to sue landlords over property conditions

Tenants look set to be given more powers to take action against rogue landlords renting out properties “unfit for human habitation”,...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Almost a third of first-time buyers want landlords to sell to long-term tenants

As the Chancellor prepares to deliver his Budget today, research from Aldermore has revealed the measures prospective first-time buyers want put...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Boost for renters as rent payments added to their credit score

Private tenants who pay their rent on time are set to benefit from better credit scores, after Experian said it was...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord database to be made freely available, says PM

Tenants will be offered access to the government’s rogue landlord database under fresh plans unveiled by Theresa May. The Prime Minister was...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for allowing tenants to live among cockroaches, rats and raw sewage

A rogue landlord whose tenants were living in degrading conditions has been ordered to pay £9,000. Housing enforcement officers from Harrow Council...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

3mc launches new exclusive deals with Pepper Money

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

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Why is guaranteed rent crucial for landlords and property investors?

As a landlord, you'll want the reassurance of knowing that you’re going to receive your rent on time each month. This...

25 October 2018

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Rented homes are urgently required, so why are landlords ‘underappreciated’?

Private landlords provide a vital service for people looking for housing, and that is why the government is wrong to persecute...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

The Midlands offers the highest buy-to-let yields in England and Wales

Buy-to-let landlords wishing to achieve the highest rental returns need to look at a variety of factors, but one of the...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents facing first full year of negative growth since the global financial crisis

The UK rental market remained in recession during the third quarter of 2018, the latest figures from The Deposit Protection Service...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords take a ‘long-term performance view of their portfolios’

The reversal of controversial alterations to mortgage interest relief and the scrapping of the 3% stamp duty surcharge on additional properties understandably...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let remortgaging hits all-time high

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

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Autumn Budget: Can we expect some ‘pre-Halloween’ treats for landlords?

From tax hikes to a fresh raid on pensions tax relief, there are various tricks and treats the Chancellor could have...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents increase across England and Wales, with just London seeing a decrease

The average rent across England and Wales increased by 2.3% in the 12 months to September, reaching an average of £861...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Surge in demand for rental properties in London

There has been a significant increase in demand for rental accommodation in London, according to the latest report from Benham &...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord who gutted a listed manor house ordered to pay £82k

A private landlord who illegally modernised an historic house in Brighton has been told by a judge to pay out more...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Home movers increasingly reliant on ‘connection, community and convenience’

Home movers, including a growing number of renters, are increasingly reliant on connection, community and convenience when looking at where to...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

West Ham’s former stadium transformed into 842 new homes

A mixed-tenure development of private sale and affordable housing has been launched on the site of West Ham’s former Upton Park...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lenders slammed for preventing landlords renting to benefit claimants

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

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News