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Regulator warns buy to let lenders to be strict on borrowers

The financial services regulator, the Prudential Regulation Authority, is warning mortgage lenders to be strict on their assessment of customers wanting...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

 Landlords “facilitating race discrimination” claims law firm

A law firm says landlords being obliged to conduct checks on the immigration status of potential tenants is encouraging and even...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Small-scale amateur landlords praised - but changes needed

A research project funded by the Nationwide Foundation has revealed widespread tenant satisfaction with small-scale landlords in Scotland.  The project, RentBetter, looks...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords targeted for another huge tax from government

Landlords could be in line for another huge tax burden - a doubling of Capital Gains Tax.  A report commissioned by the government...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Misery for landlords caught in never-ending eviction moratorium

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

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 November 2020

From: Overseas Property

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

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

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords slammed by report that demands national register

A new report makes searing claims about the performance and quality of landlords and their homes in the private rental sector. Almost...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords “not taking their share of the Covid crisis” says academic

A visiting professor and accountancy academic claims landlords are not carrying their fair share of the financial burden caused by the...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Top tips: your guide to buying Spanish property

If you are dreaming of buying a property in Spain, there is so much to think about and many things to...

30 October 2020

From: Overseas Property

How to find a bargain at auction

Property auctions help to minimise the chances of complications in the homebuying process. However, there are still measures you will need...

30 October 2020

From: Property Auctions

National licensing of landlords “on the horizon” says regulation expert

A key member of the Regulation of Property Agents working party says the licensing of private landlords is “on the horizon”...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Top tips on virtual viewings when buying or selling a home

Virtual viewings are on the increase according to a new study by the UK's technology-led estate agent, Purplebricks, with one in six buyers...

29 October 2020

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Asbestos: what are your responsibilities as a property owner?

It’s common knowledge that asbestos is a highly damaging group of microscopic fibres that can severely impact the health of our...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation, Regulation & Compliance

Carbon Monoxide detectors – What is the law on replacing expired alarms?

As all those responsible for managing property will be only too aware, landlords have many obligations under the laws and regulations...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation, Regulation & Compliance

10 Essential Safety Requirements For New Landlords

With new regulations and rules now in place for landlords, our in-house property experts outline their 10 essential safety requirements for...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation, Regulation & Compliance

Top tips to make your properties ‘gas secure’

Gas Safety Week is an annual event, that took place 14-20 September in 2020 and aims to raise awareness of gas safety...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation, Regulation & Compliance

Airbnb landlords beware - HMRC may be investigating you

An accountancy firm is warning Airbnb landlords they may be investigated following a decision by the short lets platform to share data...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Brrrr! Here's how to prepare for cold-weather rentals

Lettings agents’ group ARLA Propertymark has issued a seven point guide for landlords as winter approaches. The guide ensures the points are...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Judge Rinder praises Shelter campaigns to help tenants

Robert Rinder, the reality TV celebrity and barrister, has joined the campaigning charity Shelter to oppose what he describes as illegal...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Can you still get possession? Top tips for landlords

As has been broadcast widely in the news the government has been going to extraordinary lengths to enforce their message that...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Significant fall in rent and living costs in London

London has seen the second-largest decline in rent and living costs in Europe over the past three years when it comes...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent in Chelmsford may still be trading despite being expelled by TPO

Landlords and tenants in Chelmsford, Essex, are being warned that a local letting agent appears to be trading, despite being expelled from...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Strettons fears ‘unintended consequences’ of extended eviction ban

Strettons has described the government’s decision to extend the ban of tenant evictions until 20 September as a ‘pragmatic and humane decision’...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

A flawed plan: ‘Rent controls are complex to introduce and deeply controversial’

The recent decision to abolish The Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill demonstrates the difficulty of introducing lettings regulation amid ongoing uncertainty, while...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords urged to review ‘advertising material and vetting policies’

A specialist property litigation firm is warning buy-to-let landlords not to discriminate against benefit claimants, following a recent landmark ruling that...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Why landlords must not use ‘no DSS’ to discriminate against benefit tenants

In recent years, there has been considerable controversy over the use of ‘no DSS’ in homes being listed for let, with...

29 July 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Thousands of vulnerable Londoners face ‘the threat of eviction’

The government’s decision not to remove the cap on Universal Credit for all claimants and increase housing benefit to cover local...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Chancellor refuses to confirm plans to increase capital gains tax

Rishi Sunak has distanced himself from reports that he is looking at increasing capital gains tax to help pay for the...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Refusing DSS tenants is ‘not’ discrimination, say most landlords in poll

The practice of refusing to rent homes to those in receipt of housing benefit has been ruled unlawful this week, but...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

CSF and West One introduce new semi-exclusive BTL products

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

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New rent arrears guidance issued by leading housing organisations

A number of organisations from across the housing sector have teamed up to support landlords and tenants facing rent arrears as...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords to face fines of up to £30,000 if they fail to comply with new regulations

New regulation introduced yesterday could see unscrupulous landlords fined up to £30,000 if they do not comply with the rules.  Under the...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New electrical safety rules to ensure that private tenants are protected

New regulations that are designed to strengthen electrical safety practices and bring in line with those already well-established within gas safety regulations...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage advisor jobs - shortage of advisors to meet demand

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

25 June 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Rebound in demand from tenants, while rental valuations hit a record high

Following a two-month pause, the rental market has seen a resurgence in tenant demand, while a record number of buy-to-let landlords...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New Ombudsman will enable TPO to ‘raise standards in the industry’

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has announced that Rebecca Marsh, the existing chief ombudsman at the Legal Ombudsman, will become the new...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Guide for landlords: New electrical safety standards in the PRS

New electrical safety rules have been introduced to ensure that private tenants are protected.  New regulations, which were introduced yesterday, are designed to strengthen...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Digital tools can help ensure effective interactions with your tenants

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

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents encouraged to offer virtual viewings post-lockdown

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

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords support calls for ‘benefits to cover rents’

MPs on parliament’s Housing, Communities and Local Government have called for greater financial support to be provided to all tenants during...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

TDS to host a series of Covid-19 webinars

Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has launched a series of Covid-19 webinars to provide answers to tenancy deposit questions during the existing...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Property viewings and moves will be allowed from today

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

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents expelled from from TPO

Landlords should be aware that eight estate and letting agents have been expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme (TPO), which means...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Why good communication is essential in these difficult times

As we keep being regularly told at the moment, we are living through unprecedented times, with the greatest restrictions on our civil...

06 April 2020

From: Sponsored Content

What happens when tenants leave in the middle of an agreement?

In principle, tenancy contracts are binding upon both parties and hence can be enforced in a court of law. In practice,...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Necessary COVID-19 information for landlords and agents

New guidance from ARLA Propertymark’s legal helpline aims to provide landlords and letting agents with greater clarity based on frequent queries they...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Useful guidance and support for dealing with tenants during Covid-19 outbreak

A high number of buy-to-let landlords are concerned about the impact of the Coronavirus, but The Guild of Letting and Management...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

LRU release template letter for struggling renters to send to their landlords

The London Renters Union (LRU) has released a template letter for renters to send to their landlords if they are struggling...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property shows cancelled due to coronavirus

The rapid spread of the coronavirus is causing cancellations and postponements of property events around the globe.   Mipim, the property sector’s annual...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: NRLA's chief exec on supporting landlords at this crucial time

With the rapid spread of coronavirus across the country, more and more landlords are asking what they need to be doing...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must ‘get to grips with root causes pushing people into homelessness’

With buy-to-let landlords across the country being pushed out of the market by increasing costs and legislation, and new investors deterred...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

 Top tips for ensuring your rental's loft conversion meets MEES

With the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) coming into play last year, it's now more important than ever to ensure the...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must protect tenants by delaying electrical safety regulations - RLA

The Residential Landlords Associations (RLA) is calling on the government to delay introducing new electrical safety rules to help ensure that...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New chancellor urged to use Budget to ‘encourage’ investment in the PRS

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) and the National Landlords Association (NLA) are calling on the new chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to use...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Paragon sees growth in specialist mortgage business

Paragon’s specialist portfolio buy-to-let lending grew during the final quarter of 2019. Specialist buy-to-let lending was 1.1% higher year-on-year at £375.4m, whilst...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New electrical safety regulations unlikely to affect ‘slum’ landlords

New electrical safety regulations were presented before Parliament on 13 January 2020 in a move by the government to strengthen electrical...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Here’s four ways to makeover your conservatory

When you come to rent out your property, you will need to think about how you can maximise its potential in...

22 January 2020

From: Sponsored Content

The Guild supports clampdown on rogue landlords

The government’s decision to invest an additional £4m in funding for local councils to tackle criminal landlords and letting agents has...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord set to be sentenced for unlawful harassment and misleading practices

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

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

NLA welcomes Labour’s decision to drop ‘ludicrous’ right to buy tenant plan

Landlords have welcomed the news that Labour has dropped its proposed ‘right to buy’ policy that would have allowed long-term tenants...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords: Do you know your health and safety obligations?

Private landlords have long been expected to keep their properties to a reasonable standard, but up until fairly recently what this...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Aberdeen offered free tenancy deposits and disputes training

Following on from the success of recent training events in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness, designed to help landlords better manage tenancy deposits...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Glasgow offered free tenancy deposits and disputes training

With 543 disputes having arisen between landlords and tenants in the Glasgow postcode area in the last 12 months, SafeDeposits Scotland,...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Have your say: Section 21 consultation ends tomorrow

With the government consultation on tenancy reform ending tomorrow, time is running out for landlords wishing to have their say by...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 ‘will just make life more difficult for tenants’

The government’s proposal to scrap the use of Section 21 notices to evict tenants has been poorly received by landlords, with...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to invest in housing benefit so it 'reflects real costs of renting'

Three-quarters of people across the UK believe housing benefit should increase in line with rents to help combat homelessness, new research...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Moving home? Here’s your guide to property jargon

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

08 October 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Do not underestimate the importance of a thorough inventory

Assessing what constitutes fair wear and tear to a rental home is among the least understood areas of the lettings process,...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

5 secrets of great student landlords

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

13 September 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

A better regulated PRS would ‘enhance the landlord-tenant relationship’

More needs to be done to improve transparency and standards in the private rented sector, according to the Royal Institute Of...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish landlords praised for ‘taking their legal responsibilities seriously’

Buy-to-let landlords north of the border have been applauded for renting responsibly after SafeDeposits Scotland researched rates of landlords failing to...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The cost of evicting a rogue tenant ‘can be crippling’

Evicting an unscrupulous tenant could potentially cost landlords thousands, even hundreds of thousands of pounds, new research shows. Benham and Reeves has...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Coventry Council rejects claims that its licensing scheme is unlawful

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

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

TML removes restrictions on letting to DSS tenants

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

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays reduces two-year fix to 1.65%

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

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Fresh government guidance ‘could leave landlords open to prosecution’

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

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Growing number of landlords choosing two-year fix rate deals

There has been a notable increase in the number of landlords opting for two-year fixed buy-to-let deals owed in part to...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords database may be a pointless exercise, warns NLA

Introducing a ‘rogue landlords’ database without better enforcement would be a pointless exercise, according to the National Landlords Association (NLA). A rogue...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting and managing agents in England face tougher regulation

Letting and managing agents in England face the prospect of having to abide by a new regulatory framework, in accordance with...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with commonhold – government fails to respond to readers

Throughout April and May, we ran a high-profile campaign across our sites, Landlord Today, Estate Agent Today, Letting Agent Today and...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Around 33,000 properties are potentially being let illegally

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

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Boiler maintenance tips for first time landlords

Boilers can be expensive to repair, but they can be even more costly to replace. To help ensure that you keep...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Hertsmere praise new incentive scheme

Private landlords have praised a new scheme in Hertsmere, which offers financial incentives and support for those looking to rent out...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Number of deals available to first-time landlords has ‘boomed to a record high’

The choice of first-time landlord buy-to-let products has increased to an all-time high, according to the latest research from Moneyfacts.co.uk. The data...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Selective Licensing Review will fail to ‘root out the bad landlords’

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has slammed the government’s Selective Licensing Review for failing to listen to landlords. The report, which was...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

How the tenant fee ban is changing buy-to-let

The tenant fee ban is new to most of the UK, but has been in place in Scotland since 2012. Advocates...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Why the government’s scapegoating of landlords for the rental crisis must end

Earlier this month the Tenant Fee Ban was introduced, after much fanfare from the Government. However, it is not the only...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish parliament consults on introducing rent controls

The Scottish government is consulting on introducing rent controls north of the border with a view to protecting private sector tenants...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Expat mortgages and the process for applying for them in the UK

In the context of mortgage applications, the term expat mortgages applies to anyone who lives outside the UK but wishes to...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) rebrands as safeagent

When it comes to letting a property, it is important that landlords and renters have faith in their agent.   To many renters,...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter launches £600k fund to help vulnerable renters in Greater Manchester

Housing charity Shelter has launched a £600,000 fund in Greater Manchester today with a view to finding real-life solutions to the...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New book aims to help landlords thrive in buy-to-let sector

With more than 170 pieces of landlord legislation in place, property experts, Paul Shamplina and Kate Faulkner, have once again joined...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New Oxford accreditation scheme is ‘unlawful’, says RLA

A new landlord accreditation scheme in Oxford has been deemed both discriminatory and unlawful by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The association...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to simplify the benefits system to prevent discrimination

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

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £50,000 for HMO offences

Lettings of London Ltd has been ordered to pay more than £50,000 after pleading guilty to 18 offences largely relating to...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Last opportunity to have your say on Weymouth landlord licensing scheme

Today is the final day for the public to have their say on the possible introduction of the Weymouth landlord licensing...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fresh online support for councils to crackdown on rogue landlords

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

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 April 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Short-term letting: growing concern over loss of ‘much-needed’ long-term lets

More needs to be done to stem the increase in short-term lets on Airbnb and similar platforms to ensure that there...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are simply not prepared for Brexit, says RLA

EU citizens may face problems getting rented accommodation in the UK after Brexit due to a lack of guidance for landlords...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Co-Op removes restrictions on letting to DSS tenants

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

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

NatWest reduces BTL rates

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

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Can you let out your BTL flat? - The problem with leasehold

As a landlord, you may have purchased a flat for the purposes of subletting, but are you actually allowed to rent...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Have your say on Weymouth landlord licensing scheme

Members of the general public are being offered the opportunity to have their say on the possible introduction of the Weymouth...

25 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tenant Fees Bill receives Royal Assent

The Tenant Fees Bill, banning landlord and agents from charging fees to tenants, has become an Act of Parliament after being...

13 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

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

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

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Affordability is the most important factor for private tenants, study finds

Affordability is the overriding priority for renters of all ages when looking for private rented accommodation, according to a survey of...

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

Ealing has more accredited landlords than any other borough in London

Ealing council has praised buy-to-let landlords operating in the local area after fresh figures revealed that there are more properly accredited...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord event to be held in Croydon next week

Buy-to-let landlords looking to invest in Croydon or stay on top of industry best practice are invited to attend a free...

25 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

New landlord seminars to help landlords tackle disrepair in common areas

With research showing that around 61% of privately rented flats in Scotland currently have common areas like stairways and roofs in...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

New website aims to help BTL investors identify best deals

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

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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21 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

From: Breaking News

Leeds Building Society launches initial interest-free BTL range

Leeds Building Society has launched a new range of buy-to-let mortgages with an interest rate of 0% for the first three months. The...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit sends rent arrears soaring

The number of people seeking advice over rent arrears has increased by 47% over the past five years due primarily to...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in rent arrears involving tenants on Universal Credit

Universal Credit was described by one national newspaper as an ‘ill-conceived shambles’ over the weekend, after former prime ministers Gordon Brown...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government announces plans to improve property agent standards

New plans to raise standards across the property agent sector have been unveiled by the housing minister Heather Wheeler. A new working...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landbay partners with Julian Harris to ‘support’ landlords in ‘new world of BTL’

Landbay has partnered with Julian Harris Adviser Network to provide more mortgage brokers and their landlord clients with access to its...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents raise more than £26k for children’s charity

Over 200 letting agents assembled in Heathrow last month to raise more than £26,000 for children’s charity.   The two-day event, called Agent...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

All letting agents in Scotland must now be registered

All letting agents in Scotland must now be signed up to a new register in order to trade legally. The Letting Agent...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

No sign of ‘mass landlord exodus’ from BTL market

Fears that regulatory changes will pave the way for an exodus from the buy-to-let market may be a little premature, according...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Less than a week for letting agents in Scotland to apply for mandatory register

Buy-to-let landlords in Scotland are being reminded that new rules have been introduced which affect the way letting agencies are able...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

TPO expels agent that treated rent and tenant deposits as their own money

A letting agency in Isleworth, West London, which was recently penalised for a number of offences, has been expelled from The...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords losing money by selling properties tenant free

More than £500m worth of rental income is lost annually in this country because buy-to-let landlords are often encouraged to sell...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Growing number of landlords using low-cost referencing app

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

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

MP calls for action over rent-for-sex cases

The government is once again being urged to introduce fresh legislation to outlaw the ‘despicable’ practice of sex-for-rent deals. Speaking in the...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Ask The Landlord’ platform launched to provide tenants with ‘help’ and ‘advice’

Private landlords are offering their expertise to the increasing number of renters in this country, as part of a new campaign...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Fire safety regulations: are you aware of your responsibilities as a landlord?

As a landlord, it goes without saying that you must keep the property you provide your tenants with safe and free...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

House of Commons briefing paper on tenancy deposit schemes published

A briefing paper on tenancy deposit schemes has been published by the House of Commons ahead of the Report Stage and...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing being considered in Stoke-on-Trent

People in Stoke-on-Trent are being invited to have their say on city council plans to designate 14 areas under ‘selective licensing...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let market to remain subdued until 2021

The buy-to-let market is expected to remain subdued for the next three years mired by tax changes and tougher mortgage lending...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords welcome MPs fire safety plans

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

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

New investment in the buy-to-let market continues to fall

Activity in the buy-to-let mortgage market took a further dip in May as the combination of tighter tax and mortgage rules...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Amateur landlords are ‘beating a fast retreat’ and ‘becoming an anachronism’

A two-speed market has emerged in the buy-to-let sector as smaller landlords have stopped adding to their portfolios, according to Octane...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Paragon launches portfolio BTL range in Scotland

Paragon has expanded its buy-to-let mortgage offering in Scotland to include products for portfolio landlords. The new mortgage range is designed for landlords...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips to attract family tenants

Many landlords consider family tenants the Holy Grail with recent research by the National Landlords Association (NLA) revealing that properties rented...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to end ‘scandalous’ sex for rent property deals

The government has been urged to introduce new legislation to outlaw the “scandalous” and “immoral” practice of sex for rent deals. Liz...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Legislative changes will lead to ‘increased professionalism’ in Scotland

It’s been a perfect storm of government changes for buy-to-let investors over the past couples of years, with more coming down...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord couple want to see letting agent banned over unpaid rent

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

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Random rental property spot checks could improve standards in the PRS

Most private landlords would oppose the idea of arbitrary checks of their rental properties by local authorities, but that has not...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

New government guidance to clampdown on rogue landlords and agents

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

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

PRA changes will affect landlords’ ability to provide ‘quality affordable housing’

Mortgage brokers and lenders have been slammed by the National Landlords Association (NLA) for failing to do enough to communicate changes...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government publishes new guidance for landlords to further protect tenants

New guidance for landlords to further protect tenants from poor living conditions has been published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Licencing doesn’t work’, says ARLA Propertymark

The government’s decision to review how selective licensing is used across the private rental sector in order to find out how well...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords could save thousands by switching their mortgage deal

Landlords are being reminded to do all they can to avoid the trap awaiting borrowers when fixed-rate mortgage deals end. A third...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

These are the big issues facing property investors, including BTL landlords

Brexit uncertainty, higher taxation and more stringent mortgage lending conditions are among the toughest challenges currently facing property investors, including buy-to-let...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to make clear they are complying with their legal obligations

Buy-to-let landlords north of the border are being urged to demonstrate that they are complying with all of their legal obligations...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

The South West’s biggest landlord exhibition returns to Bristol

There are a number of key changes facing private landlords at the moment, which is why this year’s Landlord Expo, to...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agents in Burnley praised for providing tenants with ‘top class service’

Two leading letting agents in Burnley have become the latest to be recognised for their professional approach to looking after their...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a letting agent worth the investment?

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

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

NAPIT seeks to help landlords improve electrical safety in rented homes

The National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) stepped up its efforts to help improve electrical safety in the private...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

All rogue landlords to be ‘named and shamed’ in the capital

Criminal landlords across London will be named and shamed on an online database after all London boroughs signed up to a rogue...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in number of fee-free BTL mortgages

Previously, nearly all buy-to-let mortgages charged a minimum 1% arrangement fee, but fresh data from specialist buy-to-let broker Mortgages for Business...

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord guilty of treating vulnerable tenants as ‘slaves’

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

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Welsh government to clampdown on ‘sex for rent’ landlords

Buy-to-let landlords in Wales who offer free accommodation in return for sex could lose their operating licences, according to plans being...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Greater demand for The Property Ombudsman services

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) scheme has released its latest annual report revealing an increase in the number of consumers contacting the...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

There are ‘substantial discounts to be had’ in London

It is undoubtedly a buyer’s market in London at the moment, with those who are looking to buy property in the...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban will hit tenants hardest, says ARLA Propertymark

The ban on letting fees charged by landlords and letting agents is on its way, along with new rules on deposits,...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

New Home Secretary urged to address concerns about Right to Rent

There is growing speculation that the new Home Secretary Sajid Javid is paving the way to become the next Prime Minister....

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Fewer lenders for portfolio landlords to choose from

Almost half of portfolio landlords who had submitted a mortgage application since the introduction of the new rules reported a reduction...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Give councils power to ‘confiscate’ properties from rogue landlords, say MPs

Local authorities should be given the power to confiscate properties from landlords who break the law, according to a committee of...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Spike in BTL landlords looking to diversify

An increasing number of buy-to-let landlords are looking to diversify their portfolios by investing in Houses with Multiple Occupants (HMOs), commercial...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rise in UK landlords shows there is still an appetite for buy-to-let

Over the past year, the government has introduced 3% Stamp Duty levy, new stress tests for portfolio landlords and started to...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

New banning orders will ensure tenants live in ‘safe and good quality’ homes

Unscrupulous landlords who rent out substandard properties face being driven out of the private rented sector as new banning orders are...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More landlords using SPVs to expand BTL portfolios

A growing number of landlords are using a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) as a tax-efficient way of holding a portfolio of...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let market ‘resilient’ despite uncertainly

A number of landlords remain confident about the buy-to-let sector despite tax hikes and tougher mortgage rules hitting the private rented...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental deposits look set to be capped at five weeks rent

The security deposits that tenants leave with their landlord or their letting agent could be capped at no more than five...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New guides for landlords in Northern Ireland

Buy-to-let landlords who currently own property in Northern Ireland, or who are thinking about investing in the country’s buy-to-let sector, may...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL borrowers burdened by PRA rule change

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

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Scottish rental market continues to slow

Private rental prices paid by tenants in Scotland rose by 0.7% in the 12 months to February 2018, reaching an average...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

EastEnders praised for tenancy deposit storyline

EastEnders has been praised by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) for a recent storyline tackling tenancy deposit issues faced by some...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords finding it harder to secure a buy-to-let mortgage

Tougher buy-to-let lending criteria, introduced in September last year by the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA), is making it...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

NLA seeking regional reps

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is seeking property professionals to be its local representatives across the country. The trade body has described...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips for new landlords

Whether you are a first-time landlord or have let properties before, there are a number of factors to consider in order...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Mass exodus of landlords? Some are taking a far more pragmatic approach

This week, there have been warnings that the buy-to-let market is looking ‘increasingly bleak’ and that landlords are deterred from entering...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Government launches major private rented sector survey

Buy-to-let landlords and letting agents working in the private rented sector in England are being invited to offer their views in...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

‘No DSS’ landlords may be breaking equality laws

Private landlords who reject housing benefit claimants could be breaking the law. A recent legal case saw single mother Rosie Keogh win...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing is a minefield of regulation

In 2006, selective licensing was introduced, giving councils the power to force landlords to clean up their acts. These licenses allow...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Free seminar for buy-to-let landlords

Buy-to-let landlords are being invited to take part in a free seminar in Cumbria next week. The event, which will be held...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents rise across every UK region for the first time in 19 months

The average cost of renting a home is now increasing across every UK region for the first time in 19 months,...

08 February 2018

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 2017 has come and gone, but almost...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans launches cashback offer

We all know that regulatory changes to lending in this country has made it harder for portfolio landlords to secure a...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

What should landlords be aware of going into 2018?

The buy-to-let property market is currently experiencing a wave of reforms, with the government looking to alter the way in which...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Mansfield BS launches family buy-to-let deal at 100% ICR

Mansfield Building Society has launched a new family buy-to-let mortgage that enables landlords to let out their property to a close...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government confronts unfair practices in the leasehold market

We have seen a significant amount of publicity recently surrounding the sale of leasehold houses and the imposition of significant ground...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

How to be a successful landlord in five easy steps

Tenants that have nothing but respect and praise for their landlords are the sort of tenants that are likely to be...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage activity dips as rules get tougher

Activity in the buy-to-let mortgage market took a dip in November, owed in part to the base rate rise and tougher...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit debate should lead to ‘improvements for tenants and landlords’

The Liberal Democrat’s Work and Pensions Spokesperson, Stephen Lloyd MP, will today initiate a debate in Parliament on the impact of...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body welcomes changes to Universal Credit

The government’s decision to make it easier for landlords to apply for Alternative Payment Arrangements (APAs) without the consent of tenants’...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government announces further crackdown on ‘rogue landlords’

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

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord database ‘will save lives’ says LFB

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

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New database leaves rogue landlords with ‘nowhere to hide’

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

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body, which works with 81,000 landlords, appoints new chairman

Adrian Jeakings, who has previous experience as president of the Newspaper Society, chairman of the News Media Association and CEO of...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

‘I'm very sorry she’s my landlord’

Singer Lily Allen has sparked an angry online backlash after claiming on Twitter that she is set to be homeless for...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Portfolio BTL enquiries soar

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

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Scottish rental market continues to outperform the rest of the UK

Rental price growth north of the border continued to outstrip the rest of the UK with an annual rise of 2.5%...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans increases BTL portfolio limits to £3m

Foundation Home Loans has announced that it has increased the maximum total borrowing limits on its buy-to-let range from £2m to...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Are you assured of compliance?

There is a lot for landlords to consider when letting a property and what is required often relates to the date...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales needs full compliance to raise standards in the PRS

First introduced in November 2015, The Welsh government’s Rent Smart Wales (RSW) scheme was designed to drive up standards in the...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage costs remain stable

The second phase of the Prudential Regulation Authority changes, coupled with the recent interest rate hike, appear to have had minimal...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords welcome report that will ‘improve safety in rental housing’

The publication of a new report to ministers on electrical safety has been warmly welcomed by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords face compulsory ombudsman scheme

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

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

TBMC unveils 1.99% BTL exclusive with Hinkley

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

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Welsh housing minister to address landlords at conference next month

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

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Why Right to Rent imperfections shouldn’t concern pragmatic landlords

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

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Call to protect tenants in Wales from ‘unjust fees and rogue landlords’

The secretary of state for Wales has called for greater protections for tenants and a crackdown on rogue landlords in Wales. Welsh...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

TMA and Precise launch exclusive product for large portfolio landlords

TMA Mortgage Club has teamed up with Precise Mortgages to launch an exclusive three-year fixed rate buy-to-let product for members of...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Angry tenant to be sentenced next month for vandalising her landlord’s car

A furious tenant who sprayed offensive comments, such as ‘racist’, ‘Arab’ and ‘no means no’, across her landlord’s car after she...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Castle Trust provide ‘options’ for landlords with bad credit

Castle Trust Capital has launched a range of mortgages aimed at buy-to-let landlords with a poor credit history.   The ‘credit recovery’...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage lending remains flat

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

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New inquiry into PRS welcomed by letting agents

The decision to launch a new inquiry into the private rented sector has been welcomed by letting agents. The Communities and Local...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Around 1.6 million rental homes at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning

Almost a third of rental properties in the UK are potentially at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning, according to new research. The study, carried...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Horton and Garton Wins Best Agency in London at British Property Awards

Paul Cooney's sales team has had a flying start. Opened only six months ago and modelled on Horton and Garton's successful...

12 October 2017

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Horton and Garton: Committed to charity and the community

At Horton and Garton, our message to West London is simple: we want to make a difference. Not just to the...

12 October 2017

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New licensing for private landlords in West London

A new licensing system in the West London neighbourhoods of Hammersmith, Shepherd’s Bush, Fulham, Chiswick and Ealing aims to protect landlords...

12 October 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Specialist BTL lender eases borrowing restrictions

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

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landbay enjoys record month of buy-to-let lending

Landbay has reported a record month of buy-to-let lending in September, despite the latest crack down on the sector. Stricter portfolio buy-to-let...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Legal & General Mortgage Club updates BTL matrix

Legal & General Mortgage Club’s Buy to Let Matrix has been updated to include the positions of all lenders on portfolio...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

NatWest reduces buy-to-let income coverage ratio

Natwest has lowered its buy-to-let income coverage ratio requirement from 145% to 135% at 5.5%, while it has also introduced more...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Greater Manchester mayor vows to clamp down on rogue landlords

A cap on rents and more stringent regulations are among the proposals put forward by the mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents under ‘increasing pressure’ from changing legislation

It is currently a challenging time for letting agents, following a raft of changes introduced by the government prompting concern that...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

‘We’re coming for you’, council warns rogue landlords after a shock discovery

Brent Council has once again vowed to clamp down on rogue landlords in the local area after 35 men we found...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

New mortgage advice clinic launched to help support portfolio landlords

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

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

It’s ‘business as usual’ for Foundation Home Loans despite PRS changes

Foundation Home Loans will continue to provide its range of competitive mortgage products to portfolio landlords when new PRA underwriting standards...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Free online training on fire doors launched for private landlords

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

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental market in Scotland ‘remains in good shape’ despite ban on fees

It is currently a challenging time for letting agents, following a raft of changes introduced by the government prompting concern that...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

New guidance to regulate who can operate as a private landlord

New landlord registration enforcement guidance has been issued by the Scottish government to all local authorities on regulating landlords in the...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

TMA launch buy-to-let exclusive with Skipton

TMA Mortgage Club has launched an exclusive two-year buy-to-let fixed rate mortgage at 2.49% with Skipton Building Society. The product, which is...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue agent’s behaviour ‘affected the lives of several landlords’

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has opted to extend its exclusion of a letting agency by an additional four years after seven...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

New online fire safety course for landlords

Buy-to-let landlords seeking fire safety guidance following the Grenfell Tower tragedy can now gain access to an online fire safety course...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s prosecution must act as a ‘warning to others’, says councillor

A landlord in Sheffield has been prosecuted for illegally evicting his tenant by simply giving him just a few hours notice...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

New buy-to-let lender targets professional landlords

Redwood Bank, a new business lender, is officially up and running after completing its mobilisation phase yesterday, having already secured its...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

New guide makes end of tenancies easier for landlords, agents and tenants

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has launched a new guide to make the process of concluding a lease easier for landlords,...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL tax changes push ‘amateur landlords out of the market’

The steady levels of mortgage activity seen through the first half of the year continued into July, with gross mortgage lending...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to remortgage ahead of tougher BTL regulations

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

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £10,000 for failing to license property

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

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

NatWest will ‘continue to support’ portfolio landlords

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

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Coventry release details of additional lending criteria for portfolio landlords

Coventry Intermediaries has announced that it is setting out additional lending criteria for portfolio landlords with four or more properties, to...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips for maintaining your rental property during the summer months

Maintaining your property is one of the most important aspects of being a homeowner or landlord, and that includes giving your...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Accord reveals portfolio buy-to-let underwriting change

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

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Paragon makes portfolio BTL changes to comply with PRA’s new requirements

Paragon Mortgages is the latest in a long line of lenders to implement changes for portfolio landlords ahead of the Prudential...

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Keystone increases proc fee for portfolio landlord lending

Keystone has announced that it will be raising its buy-to-let procuration fees to 0.7% to recognise the additional work mortgage brokers...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents continue to slow across the UK

The average rental value of a new letting in the UK increased by just 0.24% in the first six months of...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New guide to help you understand portfolio landlord rule changes

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

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Reality TV show fails to reveal any great insights into the PRS

Landlords Dan and Jamie started building their property portfolio at the age of 19. Still in their early 20s, they now...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent – what landlords need to know

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

10 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

The north of England is rapidly becoming a ‘landlord hotspot’

The north of England, supported by the Northern Powerhouse concept, has already attracted a lot of investment, helping to drive up...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO appoints new council chair

When a tenant paid his initial one month’s rent in addition to a tenancy deposit in exchange for the keys to...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay over £4,700 for placing ‘tenants at risk of harm’

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £4,700 by Blackburn magistrates after failing to make improvements to his property. Despite...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Free open day for private landlords in Stirling

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

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips to help you sell your property this Spring

First it was the change in Stamp duty and Landlord Taxation taking a large chunk of Investors out of the buying...

02 May 2017

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Labour unveil plans to ‘call time on bad landlords’

Labour has pledged a “consumer rights revolution” which will introduce legal minimum standards for all rental homes because people currently have...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL lenders fuelling discrimination against tenants on housing benefit

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

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Alex Lubinsky, CEO of Rentberry

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

25 April 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

It’s a tenant’s market in the Home Counties, says Knight Frank

With significantly more properties to choose from, tenants are firmly in control when it comes to the private rented market in...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Gearing among buy-to-let landlords is ‘low and getting lower’

Gearing among landlords remained low in the first quarter of the year, with the average loan-to-value (LTV) ratio falling by 2%...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Council hopes to ‘improve standards’ in PRS by giving landlords greater support

In a concerted effort to improve standards in the private rented sector (PRS), the North Tyneside Council has joined forces with...

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

MP tables early day motion urging landlords to improve gas safety

Labour MP and gas safety campaigner George Howarth has tabled an early day motion (EDM) calling on landlords and social housing...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Lincoln Council launching new landlord accreditation scheme this week

The City of Lincoln Council will launch the Trusted Landlord Scheme this week in an effort to promote best practice and...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

New Street Mortgages reduces rental cover rates to 125%

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

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let property purchase activity ‘continues to be weak’

The number of buy-to-let loans secured by buy-to-let landlords increased in January to the second highest monthly level since the introduction...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

NLA and NIA join forces to help landlords meet new regulations

National Landlords Association (NLA) has teamed up with the National Insulation Association (NIA) to provide landlords with an easy to use...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let enquiries soared in Q4 2016

Enquiries from investors seeking to invest in the buy-to-let market rose sharply in the final three months of 2016, new figures...

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Mansfield BS increases max loan size to £500,000

Mansfield Building Society has increased its maximum loan size from £300,000 to £500,000 across its buy-to-let mortgage range, subject to the...

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Brokers prepare to help landlords understand tax changes

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

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

New training opportunities launched for landlords and agents

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

27 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants’ backlash against Santander over mortgage clause continues

Santander continues to face the wrath of private tenants after it emerged last month that there is a clause in its...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

WHAT’S TO COME FOR THE UK HOUSING MARKET?

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

10 February 2017

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Private tenants are ‘enduring cold conditions’ out of fear of eviction

A high number of tenants in the private rented sector feel as though they are being left with little alternative but...

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

NLA updates mortgage sourcing system ahead of tax changes

Online mortgage search tool NLA Mortgages has implemented a new sourcing system, allowing landlords to find mortgage products based on their...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords are ‘turning their backs on the capital’ in search of higher yields

Buy-to-let landlords are increasingly looking to move out of central London to more affordable suburbs where higher yielding property investments are...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime rental values fell in the Home Counties last year

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

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants’ union needed to improve ‘mediocre’ renting conditions

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

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharia compliant BTL mortgage range launched in Scotland

Buy-to-let landlords north of the border are being offered an alternative to conventional, interest-bearing, property finance products, following the launch of...

12 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage rates set to fall

Buy-to-let mortgage rates are expected to fall in 2017 for ordinary landlords with one or two properties, but get more expensive...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New buy-to-let products from Mansfield BS

Mansfield Building Society has unveiled a new buy-to-let range up to 75% LTV and updated its rental income criteria, in accordance...

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords to be adversely affected by tax changes and tougher lending conditions

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

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Another lender introduces tougher stress tests for buy-to-let landlords

The Bank of Ireland has become the latest lender to announce that it is increasing its rental stress rate for buy-to-let...

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Lender reduces specialist BTL rates

After announcing planned rate reductions and new DSCR requirements last week, Shawbrook’s commercial mortgages team has confirmed that these changes are...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of letting agents expect rents to rise in 2017

Rents will continue to increase next year, owed in part to a reduction in housing supply in the private rented sector...

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Government consults over ‘banning orders’ for rogue landlords

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

17 December 2016

From: Breaking News

What are the implications of the PRA changes for landlords?

A number of mortgage lenders have now revised their affordability criteria, in line with the Prudential Regulation Authority’s (PRA) supervisory statement...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Government policy towards the PRS ‘will increase costs for landlords’

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

13 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Days of the buy-to-let landlord are numbered, says Fergus Wilson

Tax changes and more stringent mortgage lending conditions will sound the death knell for small buy-to-let landlords, according to Britain’s largest...

12 December 2016

From: Breaking News

How to deal with a tenant that is not paying rent

Recovering rental arrears from non-paying tenants is one of a landlord’s biggest challenges. But while no-one actually enjoys chasing money, it...

08 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

MP wants to see more done to clampdown on rogue landlords

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

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank of England questions big banks over buy-to-let lending

The government’s decision to grant the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee greater powers over the buy-to-let market looks set to...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Is this product set to become a ‘Genius’ piece of inventory software for landlords?

A new web-based inventory software system called Inventory Genius, designed to take the hassle and legal pitfalls out of the inventory...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Midnight deadline looms for landlords to register in Wales

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

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks raise concern at lack of tenants signing inventories

To help enjoy a risk-free tenancy, it is generally good practice for a landlord to have an inventory which records the condition...

06 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Major deal sees Carling become Scotland’s largest private landlord

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

25 October 2016

From: Breaking News

More work needed to reduce tenancy deposit disputes

Considerably more must be done to help reduce the number of tenancy deposit disputes, despite the recent improvements recorded in the...

21 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Tighter licensing requirements for HMOs won’t improve standards for tenants

The government’s plan to tighten licensing requirements for landlords of shared accommodation in an effort to clamp down on rogue landlords...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

NALS seeks fees transparency to ensure a fair deal for tenants

A new Fair Fees Forum has been launched by the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) in order to help prevent excessive...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords invited to attend free rental workshop

Landlords and letting agents across Scotland are being urged to attend a series of free workshops held by tenancy deposit scheme SafeDeposits Scotland...

13 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Buying bargains at property auctions

Auctions are a great way to add to a buy-to-let portfolio, with a wide range of bargains often going under the...

07 October 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Regulator set to introduce tougher buy-to-let lending rules

The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) has confirmed that it will introduce tougher underwriting standards for buy-to-let lenders by the start of...

30 September 2016

From: Breaking News

New landlord licensing scheme announced

Ashfield District Council has given the go-ahead for new selective landlord licensing to be introduced in two areas of the western...

28 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Encourage landlords to “exit their investments” by simplifying CGT

The government could go a long way towards boosting the stock of properties available for sale, which remains close to record...

09 September 2016

From: Breaking News

LBC’s ‘The Property Hour’ returns today

A popular property radio show is to return to the airwaves on LBC later today, and will be broadcast every Thursday...

08 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords to challenge Redbridge Council’s planned licensing schemes

Landlords in Redbridge are being invited to put any questions they have over new controversial licensing schemes to council officers at...

22 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords could face tighter borrowing rules

Buy-to-let landlords could soon find it harder to secure finance to acquire property following the news that buy-to-let mortgage lenders may...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Lifting the Lid on Deposit Disputes

Our latest infographic shows figures of how the majority of deposits are repaid at the end of tenancy and goes into...

05 August 2016

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New training programme launched for landlords in Northern Ireland

A new training academy for landlords, letting agents and other property professionals has been launched by TDS Northern Ireland, the Belfast...

04 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords urged to pay close attention to tax rule changes

The government’s attack on landlords is unlikely to end anytime soon despite widespread criticisms, after it released details of how the...

22 July 2016

From: Breaking News

NLA installs new board members

Three new non-executive directors have been appointed to the board of the National Landlords Association (NLA). Adrian Jeakings, Steve Simpson and Dietmar...

18 July 2016

From: Breaking News

What to consider when calculating 'fair wear and tear'

For a long time, fair wear and tear has been a grey area for landlords and letting agents alike; this is...

15 July 2016

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New training scheme to help improve standards of service in the PRS

The UK Apartment Association (UKAA) has launched a new training programme to help improve standards of service in the private rental...

13 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Fed up with letting agents? This is how to do it yourself.

When you’re letting out your property, you don’t have to pay a high street letting agent hundreds, or even thousands of...

11 July 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Who’s renting where in London?

Success in the letting industry hinges largely on the ability to find good tenants. And while it may be obvious what...

07 July 2016

From: Breaking News

NLA cautiously welcome BTL lending criteria proposals

The new lending criteria proposals for underwriting standards for future buy-to-let mortgage contracts put forward by the Prudential Regulatory Authority's (PRA)...

05 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Court delays proving costly for landlords

Landlord Action says under-resourced county courts are struggling to cope with the number of possession claims being put forward, resulting in...

30 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords need to prepare for post Brexit changes in the immigration laws

So, Britain voted out of the European Union. What are the implications for UK landlords, from the immigration laws point of...

27 June 2016

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Leeds Building Society launches ‘exclusive’ BTL product

Leeds Building Society has launched a new 2-year 70% loan-to-value buy-to-let fixed rate, available exclusively to the LSL group, including TMA...

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Thousands of letting agents sign up to Code of Practice

There has been a sharp rise in the volume of agents that have signed up to The Property Ombudsman (TPO) scheme’s...

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Inventory industry committed to ensuring customers’ rights are met

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

03 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty deadline pushes up mortgage lending

Lending to buy-to-let landlords soared last month, with the latest figures revealing that buy-to-let investors borrowed £7.1bn, up 87% month-on-month and...

18 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank of England announces buy-to-let mortgage crackdown

The Bank of England has revealed its tougher borrowing standards to prevent buy-to-let lending overheating the wider housing market.  The Bank’s financial...

30 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Training partnership launched

A new partnership between the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) and the TDS Charitable Foundation will help charities and other organisations offer...

08 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Renters demand landlords end ‘No DSS’ discrimination

This Saturday renters in London are taking to the streets in a “day of action” calling for an end to what...

25 February 2016

From: Breaking News

K. Day, Connells Head of Lettings

Q: What does it say on your business card? Head of Lettings, Connells Q: What is Connells? Connells is one of the UK’s leading...

17 February 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

'Embarrassing' 2% of landlord licenses issued by Liverpool Council

Liverpool City Council (LCC) has issued just 2% of licensing applications since launching its citywide landlord licensing scheme in April last...

08 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agent jailed after £200,000 fraud against tenants and landlords

A former letting agent has been sentenced to two years and nine months in prison after admitting fraud against both tenants...

05 February 2016

From: Breaking News

How to deal with complex Right to Rent checks

Courtesy of Urban.co.uk, Adrian McClinton of Rix and Kay Solicitors explains how landlords - or letting agents working on their behalf -...

03 February 2016

From: Video Articles

Tim Dray, Sky

Q: What does it say on your business card?   Head of Indirect Sales & Partnership Products Q: What does your role involve? I head...

06 January 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

BTL stamp duty changes: the industry reacts

Landlords and property experts have continued to express their anger at changes to the stamp duty regime announced in the Autumn...

27 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales goes live

Rent Smart Wales, the new registration and licensing system in Wales, goes live today  – a and it represents a major...

23 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Agent One51 is an independent, dynamic, and innovative company

Providing an extensive range of property services including sales, lettings, management, development and investment. With our main office located in Elmers...

16 November 2015

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TPO expels two agents

Two estate agent firms have been expelled from membership of The Property Ombudsman (TPO) for a minimum of two years. AS Moon...

12 November 2015

From: Breaking News

First landlords fined under selective licensing scheme

Three landlords have been fined in Hyndburn, Lancashire – the first to be prosecuted under the local council's selective licensing scheme. Suzanne...

07 October 2015

From: Breaking News

One redress scheme refreshes Codes of Practice while another offers ADR

Two of the three government-approved property redress schemes have made announcements in recent days.  The Property Ombudsman Scheme (TPO) has revised its...

05 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Eviction specialist questions whether councils can enforce new Section 21 rules

Evictions firm Landlord Action has questioned whether the government has enough resources in place to enforce new Section 21 measures introduced...

02 October 2015

From: Breaking News

The Go Commercial Finance difference

A business needs a broker that understands - a broker that is supportive, forward-thinking and personable. We spend a great deal...

15 September 2015

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Landlords “leave students at risk”

Landlords and letting agents of student accommodation are putting their tenants’ lives at risk by failing to fix serious safety hazards,...

05 August 2015

From: Breaking News

RLA appoints David Smith as new policy director

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has appointed leading housing lawyer David Smith as its new policy director.  Smith succeeds long-standing RLA board...

23 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Allen & Crane Estates expelled by TPO

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has expelled Allen & Crane Estates for two years following complaints from landlords. Allen & Crane Estates, a...

21 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Wales to 'Rent Smart' from the Autumn

The Welsh Government has launched the ‘Rent Smart Wales’ brand ahead of introducing licensing of all private landlords in the Autumn....

16 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agent expelled from redress service

MT Properties Central Limited (MTPC), a Birmingham-based sales and letting agent, has been expelled from membership of The Property Ombudsman (TPO)...

13 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Shelter stance on rent controls angers campaigners

Housing charity Shelter has said that capping rents could make life harder for tenants and force landlords out of the market. Earlier...

07 July 2015

From: Breaking News

European bodies seek solutions to housing access for the young

A group of more than 30 private housing and property bodies from across Europe have come together to find solutions on...

03 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Hertfordshire agents must pay over £40k in fines

Two managing agents, who own and manage properties in Hatfield, were ordered to pay a total of £42,534 in fines after...

26 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents report rise in short-term lets

Research from ARLA shows that 26% of letting agents have seen an increase in the number of enquiries for short-term lets With...

24 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Looking for London Lets? Why Fulham is a Great Option

Living in London is something many of us dream of; it really is a city that never sleeps and you can...

01 June 2015

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Council wants landlords in voluntary scheme – at a cost of £150

Private landlords are being encouraged to sign up to a new local authority accreditation scheme which offers them advice and support...

19 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Trouble at “Reclaim Brixton” march

The window of Foxtons estate agent in Brixton was smashed on Saturday as trouble erupted at an initially peaceful process against...

27 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Dundee council aiming to improve standards in PRS

A new project which would work with private landlords to improve standards could be launched in Dundee later this year. Shelter Scotland...

22 April 2015

From: Breaking News

NLA makes it easier for tenants to check their landlords

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has launched an initiative to enable tenants to check if their landlord is accredited.   Tenants can check...

22 April 2015

From: Breaking News

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