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KEYWORD "Regulation" - 554 RESULTS
Top tips for landlords on how to manage a Section 21 notice

Proposals by the main political parties, including the Tory government, to scrap Section 21 notices to evict tenants could potentially pave...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay more than £150k for safety failings

An unscrupulous landlord has been ordered to pay more than £150,000 after failing to fix several safety hazards in his property. Officers from...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

New matrix aims to simplify tenant fees ban

More than five months on from the introduction of the tenant fees ban, a number of landlords and agents are still...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Four upcoming legal changes you need to be aware of as a landlord in 2020

With the festive season fast approaching, it is completely natural for everyone to start winding down a bit at this time...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Serial offending landlord fined more than £25k for failing to maintain a property

A rogue landlord who repeatedly rented out a substandard property in Yeadon, West Yorkshire, has been fined more than £25,000. Jack Collins,...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let acquisitions drop 11% as tax and regulatory changes ‘hit the sector’

There was a significant fall in lending to buy-to-let landlords, according to the latest data from UK Finance.  The figures show that...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Wales urged to beware change in the law ‘with little notice’

Buy-to-let landlords and letting agents in Wales will have to start supplying a list of information to tenants before taking a...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Be aware of the silent killer

To mark Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, landlords are being reminded that they have a legal obligation to keep tenants safe by...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay nearly £5k for fire safety breaches

A buy-to-let landlord in Sutton has been fined £2,694 and ordered to pay £1,994 in costs and a victim surcharge of...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

The pros and pitfalls of letting an HMO

House sharing has becoming increasingly popular as more (and older) people opt to live with housemates over ownership or renting alone....

11 November 2019

From: Sponsored Content

An increasing number of regulations challenge BTL landlords

The government crackdown on the buy-to-let sector has seen landlord regulations increase by a third since the Conservative party came into...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Let’s not overlook the needs of UK landlords

Just when we thought we might have finally made some credible progress on Brexit, it looks as though looming uncertainty will...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Welsh housing minister to address landlords at RLA conference

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

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Could celebrities help market your rental properties in the future?

As landlords increasingly feel the squeeze, amid increasing regulation and tax changes, some are questioning more than ever the point of...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay almost £3,000 for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in Worcester has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 for operating an unlicensed House of Multiple Occupation (HMO)...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

HMRC could potentially take legal action against Airbnb

Airbnb has been warned that it could face legal proceedings after being contacted by HMRC over "tax laws or regulations impacting...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in Hackney warned to expect “tough penalties”

Unscrupulous landlords in the London Borough of Hackney face more stringent regulation after Hackney Council agreed to new property licensing powers...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £7,500 after claiming student home was a holiday let

An unscruplous landlord has been handed a £7,500 fine after he broke tenancy laws by claiming a flat in the Warriston...

21 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

More than half of BTL landlords adversely affected by stringent tax regulations

More than half of buy-to-let landlords interviewed as part of a new study commissioned by secured property lender Fitzrovia Finance said...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Number of buy-to-let deals for first-time landlords hits record high

The number of first-time landlord buy-to-let mortgage products hit a record high of  1,474 in October, up 297 on the same...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents, landlords and tenants must work together to expose rogue operators

Letting agents are being urged to do more to raise consumer awareness about rogue operators in the industry by demonstrating their...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Edinburgh abandon short-term letting due to impending restrictions

An increasing number of Airbnb owners in Edinburgh are moving away from short-term letting in favour of traditional long-term tenancies as...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Chestertons to offer Zero Deposit guarantee

Chestertons has become the latest letting agency to sign up to the Zero Deposit guarantee, a tenant’s deposit replacement product that...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

How to fix mistakes landlords make when filing a self assessment tax return

Every year is the same. Come tax season, landlords all over the UK find themselves confused when filing a self assessment...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Bunk joins forces with Nationwide to support landlords

Bunk has teamed up with Nationwide Building Society to strengthen its service with a view to strengthening its landlord service to...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Transport for London bans short term letting ads

Transport for London (TfL) has finally bowed to pressure from campaigners and announced a ban on adverts that promote short-term letting...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The average BTL investment makes a return of just £2k a year, claims Howsy

Howsy has issued a stark warning over the health of the UK’s private rented sector as tax and regulation changes continue...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords who provide affordable homes should be given greater financial support

Scottish Land & Estates is calling on the Scottish government to ensure that private landlords who provide affordable homes to rent have...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fails in attempt to rent out bedrooms below national minimum size

An HMO landlord’s attempt to rent out bedrooms smaller than the national minimum size has been thwarted after his legal case...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £14,500

A private landlord in Evesham has been ordered to pay £14,500 after he was found to be illegally renting his property...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

New deal to provide landlords with access to Landbay’s lending products

Landbay has announced a new partnership with the Next Intelligence mortgage club, Mortgage Intelligence, Mortgage Next and FYB Network brands that...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £2k for failing to fit property with fire safety measures

Birmingham  City Council has taken action against a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) landlord in the Small Heath area in what...

04 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

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

Landlord ordered to pay more than £7k for providing substandard property

A buy-to-let landlord in South Ockendon has been ordered to pay more than £7,000 after failing to provide acceptable living conditions...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fails in appeal over £2k fine for not protecting tenancy deposit

A buy-to-let landlord who failed to pay a tenancy deposit into an approved scheme for four years has proved unsuccessful in...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to prevent damp in your rental properties

Damp problems can be a serious concern in any home. Not only are they unwelcoming, but they are also unhealthy, and...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Free launch event for scheme offering BTL landlords 12 months’ rent upfront

Choices Estate Agents will launch a new Advanced Rent Option (ARO) product later this month, which enables landlords to receive their...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

NLA to ‘recommend’ Zero Deposit to its members

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has identified Zero Deposit as the only deposit replacement product worth recommending to its members. The landlord association...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Mustafa Dervish, Owner of Two Six Homes

Who are you?  We are Two Six Homes, an independent sales and lettings agency based in Palmers Green, North London. Our record of success...

18 July 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Replacing leasehold with commonhold – government finally responds to readers

Just days after Landlord Today and sister publication, Estate Agent Today, published stories outlining the lack of government response to our...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Technology is crucial in helping landlords remain complaint, says Gas Tag

With the number of PRS regulations continuing to rise, technology is growing increasingly more important in aiding compliance and ensuring that...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Proposed changes mean the ‘current housing crisis would get worse’

The next prime minister, Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt, will almost certainly face a housing crisis if the government does not...

15 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

Tory leadership candidates urged to ‘encourage more investment’ in the PRS

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson, the two men competing to become the next Conservative Party leader, are being to urged to...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

A high number of private renters living in ‘hazardous homes’ – Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice has called for more regulation of the private rented sector after research revealed that hundreds of thousands of tenants...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Do more to inform tenants of their rights, NLA urges government

The government needs to do more to provide tenants with better information on their rights and responsibilities if it is to...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined almost £60,000 for putting vulnerable bedsit tenants at risk

A rogue landlord has been fined £55,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £2,989.67 as well as a victim surcharge...

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

BTL landlord ordered to pay more than £13k for fire safety breaches

A buy-to-let landlord in north London has been ordered to pay more than £13,000 after breaching fire safety regulations and failing...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Hostmaker to pull their ‘misguided’ short-term rental ads

Hostmaker, which specialises in managing London properties put on to Airbnb and other short-let platforms, has apologised for causing controversy over...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Petition calls for Sadiq Khan to ban holiday let adverts in London

More than 8,300 Londoners have called on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to ban adverts ‘encouraging’ landlords to abandon long-term tenants for...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA endorses Zero Deposit guarantee

Zero Deposit is the only deposit replacement product worth considering in the market, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The landlord...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Hostmaker defends adverts that encourage short-term lettings

Controversial short-lets managing agents Hostmaker has defended its latest advertising campaign after once again sparking outrage among some industry professionals for...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords in Scotland need to prepare for new regulation

With less than a year until new legislation surrounding energy performance certificates (EPCs) is introduced in Scotland, buy-to-let landlords north of...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Paragon introduces short-term funding for landlords

Paragon has expanded its product range with the introduction of short-term finance for landlords to fund property refurbishment. The short-term finance products...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay almost £25k for unlicensed HMO

An unscrupulous landlord has been told to pay close to £25,000 after being prosecuted for renting out rooms in an unlicensed...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New technology aims to provide greater gas safety accountability in the PRS

New technology has been launched in an attempt to improve gas safety accountability in the private rental sector. The existing system makes...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord sees market share grow but it remains a ‘testing market for landlords’

There is no two ways about it, the buy-to-let market has become much more challenging for property investors of late for...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Parents of students warned not to take the decision to become a landlord lightly

Parents with children at university may be considering whether it is worth buying them a property while they continue their education,...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New research predicts that ‘worse is yet to come’ for private landlords

Returns for private landlords have dropped in recent years, while strong returns have instead come from investing in corporate residential landlords, according...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Castle Trust introduces new bridging loan product

Castle Trust has launched a new unregulated bridging loan product that can be used for first charge buy-to-let cases of up...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

HMO landlord fined after council investigation

A private landlord has been ordered to pay £800 in fines and costs after investigators discovered several deficiencies in a property...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

The best letter and number combination for the highest rental income unveiled

New research has looked at the best postcode combinations for a profitable buy-to-let investment, and found that outcodes (the first half...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £29,000 for harassing two tenants out of their homes

A private landlord in Telford has been ordered to pay £29,000 in costs and fines for harassing two tenants out of...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Greater protection for landlords as CMP is made compulsory for letting agents

All letting agents in England are now required to belong to an approved Client Money Protection scheme, a measure designed to...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage costs remain broadly unchanged

The cost of taking out a buy-to-let mortgage remains at an historic low, according to the latest analysis from Mortgage Brain. Despite...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords under pressure to increase rents

Tax and legislative changes have unsurprisingly left many buy-to-let investors with little alternative but to pass costs onto tenants by pushing up...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

A growing number of landlords using limited company status

More than two thirds of landlords with four or more properties intend to use limited company status in order to acquire...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords association loses High Court battle to prevent new landlord rules

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

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS reduces rates on select purchase and remortgage BTL products

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

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Four common landlord mistakes and how to avoid them

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

12 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Councils significantly reduce action against rogue landlords

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

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined almost £3k for overcrowded flat

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

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed suspended sentence for illegally evicting tenant

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

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 February 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord purchases fall sharply as tax assault bites

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

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Convicted landlord receives 500K in housing benefit payments despite ban

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

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Is Brexit uncertainty good news for BTL landlords?

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

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Property management firm fined £5k for non-compliance

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

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Hostmaker lists with Spotahome to offer landlords more flexible tenancy terms

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

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

How much did Airbnb hosts in London make over the festive period?

Many buy-to-let landlords who own properties in London took advantage of their assets by renting out their homes on a short-term...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings agents must show that they are worth the money

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

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord and building contractor fined over asbestos neglect

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

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year to all our readers!

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

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Government introduces new room size guidance

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

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords continue to exit the BTL market

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

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips for first-time landlords

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

06 December 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

Research reveals worrying lack of landlord awareness

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

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 November 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

BOILER COVER

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

21 November 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL lending slumps to way below forecast

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

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency rules disadvantage landlords investing in rural homes

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

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord uses bridging finance to add to portfolio

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

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New selective licensing rules come into force today

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

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Changes to the eviction rules now impact older tenancies

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

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Five-year fixed rates drop to record low

The average rate on a five-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage has fallen to an all-time low of 3.4%, the latest figures...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rise in remortgaging shows ‘landlords remain committed to the market’

Many landlords remain committed to the buy-to-let sector despite government interventions and a wider housing slowdown, new figures show. Despite the adverse...

17 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

Government changes leading to ‘confusion among tenants’

More than half - 53% - of tenants in this country do not understand their rights and new regulations brought in...

10 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

Accord launches buy-to-let tax guide for landlords

A new guide to help brokers navigate recent and upcoming tax changes with their landlord clients’ has been launched by Accord...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Changes to Section 21 eviction notices from today

From today, all BTL landlords in England with Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs), regardless of their start date, will need to comply...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Are you ready for changes to Section 21 notices, from next week?

Buy-to-let landlords need to prepare themselves for changes to the Section 21 Notice coming into force next week. On 1st October 2018,...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Chancellor urged to use Autumn Budget to ‘encourage’ investment in the PRS

Philip Hammond is being urged to use his Autumn Budget, which will take place on 29 October, to support investment in...

27 September 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

Fire Door Safety Week: Landlords must recognise their fire safety obligations

Less than one in five BTL landlords have contacted with their tenants regarding basic fire safety precautions since the Grenfell Tower...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

TSB reduces buy-to-let rates by up to 0.3%

TSB has cut rates on selected two-, three- and five-year fixed rate buy-to-let purchase and remortgage products. Two-year fixed rates between 60%...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent fined £50k for breaching safety regulations in unlicensed property

SDV HQ Limited, trading as Sterling de Vere, has been ordered to pay more than £50,000 after letting an overcrowded flat...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

PRS housing standards are up, but there’s still room for improvement

Standards in the private rented sector have got better as buy-to-let landlords respond to a flurry of legislation aimed at improving...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New landlord licensing scheme announced in Brighton

Brighton and Hove Council has given the go-ahead for new selective landlord licensing to be introduced across 12 wards in the...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems want to introduce mandatory licences for private landlords

The Liberal Democrats once again called for the introduction of mandatory licensing for PRS homes as well as a publicly available...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government’s tax changes have led to the ‘sledgehammering of the BTL industry’

Activity in the buy-to-let market dropped further in July as a result of government interventions and a wider housing slowdown, new...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Trading standards looking to clamp down on rogue landlords and letting agents

Trading Standards services in London are warning landlords and letting agents to ensure that they comply with the law and not...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending continues to fall as landlords back out of market

Tax and regulation changes continue to have an adverse impact on the buy-to-let market, with the value of mortgages taken out...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landmark report criticises government’s failed PRS policies

The government’s private rented sector policies are failing tenants, mainly because they are ‘not joined up or thought through’, a new...

11 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

Landlord fined £177,000 for putting tenants at risk

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

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New homes desperately needed for growing number of life-long renters

While most private renters in the UK aspire to buy property, the reality is that many people simply cannot afford to...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed suspended sentence after failing to maintain gas appliances

A landlord from Blackburn has been fined after failing to maintain gas appliances at his rental properties in Norwich. Norwich Magistrates’ Court...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords and letting agents turn to SAL to cope with regulation changes

There has been a significant increase in the number of landlords and letting agents joining Scotland’s largest membership organisation for landlords. The...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined heavily for allowing tenants to live in atrocious conditions

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay more than £37,000 for allowing tenants to live in what inspectors described as...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords offload almost 4,000 properties a month

Landlords are selling close to 4,000 buy-to-let properties a month resulting in the first recorded fall in the number of rental...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

How Brexit could impact the buy-to-let market

On 29 March 2019, the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union (EU). Despite the profound significance of this event,...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £5k for safety failings

A landlord has been ordered to pay just over £5,000 after admitting safety failings at a fire-hit house in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. Lawrence...

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

Investors are starting to think twice about investing in buy-to-let

The attraction of buy-to-let is starting to wane as far as some people are concerned due to a series of recent...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New electrical regulation ‘can only be seen as a positive’

Landlords generally believe that many recent regulation changes have gone too far and want to see the government rethink the swathes...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Clock is ticking for landlords in parts of Sheffield to obtain a license

The deadline for the new selective licensing scheme which comes into effect at the start of November is looming, and time...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to do more to improve energy efficiency of rented homes

The government is coming under growing pressure from landlords to be more ambitious when it comes to the energy efficiency of...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New licensing scheme is ‘just a way of making money for the council’

Nottingham City Council became the latest local authority to introduce a landlord licensing scheme last week in an attempt to clampdown...

08 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

Chancellor plans another “tax attack” on buy-to-let landlords

Buy-to-let landlords could face another stamp duty rate hike in the Autumn Budget to further curb the acquisition of second homes. The...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £15k for allowing tenants to live in ‘appalling’ conditions

An unscrupulous landlord who allowed up to 40 tenants to live in poor conditions in a disused pub in North Wales...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

AIIC continue to push for mandatory independent inventories

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) remains hopeful that independent inventory reporting will become a compulsory requirement. The AIIC, the UK’s...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in number of landlords listing multiple properties on Airbnb

There has been a notable increase in the number of landlords listing multiple properties on Airbnb, according to fresh research from...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant ordered to pay more than £26k for subletting ‘death trap’ property

A tenant who illegally sublet an unlicensed and poorly-maintained bungalow in north London, which was described by Brent Council as a...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year minimum tenancies – what are the legal implications for landlords?

Amid the headline-grabbing political manoeuvring over Brexit, a policy proposal which could have serious ramifications for thousands of private landlords –...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined just over £2,500 for unlicensed property

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

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

The cost of five-year fixed rate mortgages has continued to fall despite fears of an imminent interest rate rise, new figure...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Thurrock Council plans to introduce additional licensing for landlords

Thurrock Council is proposing to introduce additional licensing for private landlords renting rooms to tenants in specific parts of the borough...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to address ‘baffling’ housing complaints system

A single housing ombudsman is crucial to ensure that the current system for complaining about housing is no longer confusing, according...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Many BTL landlords worried their properties won't ‘cover their own costs’

Bricks and mortar have provided stellar returns for many people over the past couple of decades, prompting many to rely on...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Greater regulation for Airbnb-style landlords may be needed, say MPs

With more Airbnb listings in this country than ever before, there is growing concern among MPs that the home sharing website...

16 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

UK rents increase further, Homelet says

Annual rental price growth in the UK increased in June, HomeLet said on Tuesday. The latest HomeLet Rental Index shows that the...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords must prepare for next EPC deadline

Buy-to-let landlords with existing tenancies on properties rented out in the private rented sector are being reminded to take note of...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Number of first-time landlord products hits record high

A record number of first-time landlord mortgage products have been made available to borrowers as lenders launched extra loans to attract...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

The rise in 'staycations' and the opportunities they create for landlords

Overseas family holidays are a relatively recent concept in the UK. They came about as a result of air travel becoming...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to offer tax incentives to ‘support and encourage’ landlords

As a private landlord you have a crucial role in providing a much needed housing option for people and so why...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to be cautious over limited company incorporation

Landlords are being advised by buy-to let broker Commercial Trust Limited to seek specialist tax advice before making the decision to...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Surge in landlords exiting the sector

There has been a rise in the number of buy-to-let landlords selling up and quitting the private rented sector, according to...

26 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

Brent Council aims to ‘foster good relationships with private landlords’

Brent Council insists that it wants to build better relationships with private landlords after successfully winning close to 150 prosecution cases...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Two-thirds of renters do not intend to purchase property

More than two thirds of UK renters have no plans to acquire a property, according to new research by landlord insurer...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

How much do you know about landlords’ rights and responsibilities?

As a private landlord you are bound by specific housing legislation, which provide tenants with certain basic rights. From keeping your property...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents set to rise as demand outstrips supply

Rents in the UK are set to increase as demand for rental properties grows, but the number of homes coming on...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

More landlords opting for 5-year fixed rate deals

A growing number of landlords are opting for five-year fixed rate mortgages in favour of short-term alternatives which demand more stringent...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

A fifth of landlords ‘fell into’ buy-to-let

One in five landlords in this country entered the buy-to-let sector without even planning to, finding themselves with a property ‘accidentally’...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Registration is live for the June 14th National Landlord Investment Show at Olympia

Celebrate the shows 5th Birthday and 57th event to date in the Landlord Investor Lounge with a glass of prosecco with...

06 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

New campaign to make electrical testing a legal requirement in England

Industry experts have joined forces to launch a campaign urging policy makers to create legislation on appliance testing in rental properties. It...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government approves new selective licensing scheme

BTL landlords in Redbridge will have to abide by tougher rules after new rental licensing conditions proposed by Redbridge Council were...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

RLA inundated with calls from landlords asking for GDPR guidance

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is receiving an unprecedented number of calls from private landlords seeking last-minute advice on how to...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined £370k after breaching enforcement notices on flats

A landlord who built an outbuilding and converted it into eight small flats without planning consent has been ordered to pay...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Are you ready for GDPR?

From tomorrow a new law will make the consequences of failing to protect personal data for companies and others far more serious. The...

24 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

Accidental landlords are confused over rental responsibilities

When it comes to rental responsibilities during a tenancy, there remains some confusion among so-called ‘accidental landlords’ when it comes to...

22 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

Hackitt report welcomed as a “step in the right direction”

The publication yesterday of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, confirming that landlords and building managers will...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Unscrupulous landlord fined for unsafe property

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 after being found guilty of a number of breaches relating to...

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

NFB and RLA join forces to improve rental standards

Buy-to-let landlords will hopefully have better access to reputable builders when developing and maintaining homes across England and Wales, following a...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agents fined £14k for unlicensed HMOs in Camden

Two letting agents have been hit with £14,000 fines for unlicensed shared properties in Camden, north London. The two rogue letting agents...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Almost half of private landlords have opted to wait to see what impact Brexit and regulatory changes will have on the...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant Fees Bill ‘could lead to rent rises’, says RLA

The government’s Tenant Fees Bill now introduced to the Commons is a ‘missed opportunity’ to make quicker and more lasting improvements in...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords face hefty costs for not providing ‘How to Rent’ guide to tenants

A number of buy-to-let landlords who failed to provide tenants with a copy of a ‘How to Rent’ guide – a...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord looks to bridging loan firm to expand portfolio

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

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords urged to ‘embrace’ tax changes and ‘watch their portfolio thrive’

A combination of tax reform and stricter regulation for landlords is slowing the growth of the private rented sector (PRS), but private...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

A third of small private landlords plan to sell up as BTL crackdown bites

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

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Unscrupulous landlord fined more than £180,000

A rogue landlord who left tenants living in substandard conditions in Selly Oak and Edgbaston has been ordered to pay in...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Some landlords struggling with ‘complex’ BTL legislation

New buy-to-let regulations are making it harder for landlords to keep up to speed with complex compliance responsibilities, as the government...

20 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

Raj Dhillon, Director of Remax Key Properties West Kensington

Who are you? I am Director of Remax Key Properties, West Kensington. How long have you been trading? I’ve worked in property since graduating...

13 April 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Sharp increase in English landlords renting out properties in Scotland

The number of English landlords renting out properties in Scotland has quadrupled since 2012, thanks to cheaper property prices north of...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £25k for poorly managed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in Birmingham has been fined £25,000 after pleading guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court for regulation breaches in relation...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Post-Grenfell fire safety review ‘risks becoming a missed opportunity’

The government’s review into building and fire safety regulations is ‘missing the opportunity’ to assess fire safety regulations across all types...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

New ‘BTL toolkit’ launched by GWlegal

GWlegal has launched a buy-to-let toolkit, available on its online case management system GWlive, as part of the company’s rebrand as...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Tory councillor fined AGAIN for being a rogue landlord

A Conservative councillor has been ordered to pay more than £57,000 after being taken to court by his own council for...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans refines BTL criteria for EPC regulation

Foundation Home Loans has made changes to its but-to-let criteria for landlords seeking fresh funds to help acquire property, in response...

03 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

Landlords urged to invest in buy-to-let via crowdfunding

Buy-to-let landlords who are deterred from expanding their property portfolios due to recent legislative and tax changes, but still wanting greater...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Councils to be given new wave of powers to fine landlords

Councils will be handed tough new powers to punish rogue landlords up to £30,000. Under the new legislation, being introduced in October,...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Free landlord event in Gwent to offer advice on legislation and tax

Buy-to-let landlords will have an opportunity to gain free advice on legislation and tax at a free event being held in...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

One in three landlords still unaware of new BTL mortgage rules

Around a third of buy-to-let investors are still unaware of how regulatory changes could impact their ability to borrow or refinance...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Most landlords and tenants lack awareness of new energy efficiency rules

There is still a worrying lack of awareness regarding new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) being introduced next month, according to...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let boom is coming to an end

Fewer people are looking to invest in buy-to-let property as new regulations and a cooler market deter prospective property investors.   A...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New BTL service launched by GWlegal

GWlegal has launched a new service tailored to specialist buy-to-let brokers and landlords. The service, called GW Expert Buy-To-Let, will provide buy-to-let...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage lending falls to four-year low

Mortgage lending fell to a four-year low during the final quarter of last year as tax reforms continue to deter buy-to-let...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord fined for unlicensed HMO

A private landlord has been fined more than £11,000 for operating an unlicensed property in Bedford. Mr Fhalora of Ampthill Road, Bedford,...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Are you ready for new minimum energy efficiency standards?

There is less than four weeks remaining until new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) come into force across England and Wales,...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory HMO licensing extension to start in October

The government has confirmed that the long-awaited extension of Mandatory HMO Licensing will be introduced from 1st October 2018, subject to...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

How will Brexit affect the rental market in 2018?

There has been much debate about Brexit and how it will impact the property market and the economy as a whole. ...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords to be given greater flexibility in new gas safety rules

Failure to comply with gas and other safety standards in rented properties are likely to be less tolerated by the regulator once...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined for once again breaching safety regulations

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

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Private landlords in England need to be prepared for increasing regulation

Buy-to-let landlords need to be prepared for more regulations coming in, following the publication of a government consultation on electrical safety...

23 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

Landlords to face remortgaging difficulties

Over the next few months, it is anticipated that tens of thousands of private landlords in the UK will face struggles...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in Burnley handed major fines

Two buy-to-let landlords in Burnley have been fined a total of £27,500 as part of Burnley Council’s campaign to clamp down...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

How does GDPR affect small landlords?

The introduction of the EU-wide General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a little over three months away, and the legislation will...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Nine out of ten landlords would like to ditch letting agents and go it alone

A number of buy-to-let landlords currently do not use letting agents to find or manage properties, and it has been suggested...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government must support ‘prominent role’ the PRS plays in housing sector

A mix of tax reforms and tighter regulation for the buy-to-let sector must not prevent private landlords from being able to...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property manager hit with £10,500 fine for unlicensed HMO

A company and the manager of a house of multiple occupation (HMO) in South Hampstead, north-west London, have been hit with...

08 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

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

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

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Landmark legal decision could see rogue landlords forced to give up all earnings

Criminal landlords who crammed up to 40 migrants inside their semi-detached townhouse in north-west London face losing hundreds of thousands of...

02 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

Don’t cut corners with gas

As a landlord you should be aware that you are responsible for the safety of your tenants, and that is why...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords benefit from falling mortgage rates

The average two-year buy-to-let fixed mortgage deal at 75% loan-to-value (LTV) has fallen to a record-low of 2.47%, as many landlords...

30 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

Is the health and safety of your tenants being unwittingly compromised?

As a landlord you will undoubtedly be aware that you are responsible for the safety of your tenants, and that includes...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips to improve your properties’ EPC ratings

With less than three months until the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) are introduced in April 2018, Mike Feely of...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £70,000 for safety breaches

A landlord in Luton has been handed the largest fine the town has ever seen for breaches of the law regarding...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

More than half of Brits face issues with agents

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

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to be ready for next year’s letting fees crackdown

The government announced yesterday that the implementation of the ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants will not take place...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord set to appeal against convictions

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

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £20k

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

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

NLA won’t endorse new cost cap for energy efficiency improvements

The government’s proposal to introduce a cost cap of £2,500, down from £5,000, on the amount any landlord would need to...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Protect tenants by regulating letting agents, says property manager

All letting agents should be regulated and required to have minimum training qualifications in order to reduce the number of rogue...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

UK rents set to rise in 2018, latest forecast suggests

Rent prices will increase next year, according to the latest property market analysis. Shortages of suitable properties to let and greater demand...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL sector is becoming the preserve of experienced long-term investors

A combination of tax reform and stricter regulation for landlords is slowing the growth of the private rented sector (PRS), despite...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Heavy fines for illegal subletters

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

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Database of rogue landlords and agents to be introduced in April

It has been confirmed that a database of rogue landlords and letting agents as well as new banning orders will be...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New tool to help landlords comply with licensing schemes

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

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Welsh housing minister to address Future Renting Wales conference today

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

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord who rented out an illegally converted property is jailed

A landlord who failed to provide his tenants with adequate living conditions has been sent to jail. Majid Saniinejad, of Stoke Newington,...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

InventoryBase supporting mandatory landlord inventories

InventoryBase has announced that it is supporting the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) in their bid for mandatory inventories for...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms – have your say

The government’s decision to review the effectiveness of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 will have an impact...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords are unsure of their responsibilities, research shows

As a landlord do you know your rights and responsibilities? Well, it would appear that many people, including tenants, do not...

16 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

MPs call for carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in all homes to let

Buy-to-let landlords across the UK should be responsible for the installation of carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, according to a new report. Under...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

RLA welcomes new director to drive growth

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has appointed Paul Smee as a new director, as the trade body looks to accelerate growth...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Could you spot a household carbon monoxide leak?

Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, non-irritant and therefore undetectable gas, which is why more than half of Britons would...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Residents in high rise blocks let down by ‘confused’ guidance on fire safety

People living in high rise tower blocks across the UK are being let down by a system in which it is...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Interest rate rise could push up the cost of renting

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

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords and letting agents urged to sign mandatory inventories petition

A new petition has been launched calling for independent inventory reporting to become a compulsory requirement. The petition, which has been created...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips to protect landlords against allegations of ‘revenge evictions’

A number of landlords are leaving themselves wide open to legal claims of retaliatory eviction and property disrepair by failing to...

01 November 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

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

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

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Four landlords fined £232,000 for failing to licence properties

Four landlords in Lincolnshire have been ordered to pay a collective fine of £232,155.68 for failing to comply with licensing regulations. The...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Government issues guidance on complying with minimum EPC standards

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Regulations make it unlawful from April 2018 to let domestic and commercial buildings in England...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New rules for landlords in Wales – have your say

The Welsh government is currently seeking views on proposed regulations, made under section 94 of the act, for determining if a...

18 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

New HMO changes good for tenants, and landlords too

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

12 October 2017

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Landlord licensing scheme considered in Weymouth

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council is planning to introduce a selective licensing scheme in an effort to clamp down on unscrupulous...

12 October 2017

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Rents continue to rise across the UK

The average cost of renting a property in the UK rose by 2.1% in September, while tenants in the capital faced...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in York could soon face fines of up to £30k

New rules to help crack down on rogue landlords in York could soon come into force. City of York Council is considering...

10 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

One in 20 BTL homes would fail new minimum energy efficiency standards

Around 5% of buy-to-let properties are set to fail new Minimum Energy Efficient Standards (MEES) that come into effect in April...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents welcome government’s pledge to ‘regulate’ the PRS

The Conservative Party’s pledge to give tenants greater rights as part of a regulatory shake-up of the private rented sector has...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

What’s new in the London letting market?

With all the doom and gloom in the press about the poor performance of the property market as a whole, landlords...

03 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

Landlords prosecuted for failing to licence or maintain their BTL properties

A landlord in Sheffield, who also happens to be a company director and letting agent, has been handed a hefty fine...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined over £200,000 for endangering lives of tenants

A landlord who endangered the lives of his tenants has been successfully prosecuted and fined more than £200,000 for failing to...

19 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

Funding available to help landlords install ‘vital’ energy efficiency improvements

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

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

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

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

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fewer landlords cash-in on rising rents despite expanding portfolios

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

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord given suspended sentence for putting residents ‘at risk of harm’

A private landlord from Cornwall has been given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for 24 months, fined £5,000, and ordered to...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost a third of renters fear they will never own a home

Nearly a third of renters do not believe they will ever be able to afford to buy their own home, according...

06 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 who put tenants at risk is brought to justice

A landlord has been fined after being found guilty of letting out a student property in Selly Oak which had a...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to remortgage ahead of tougher BTL regulations

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

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Top tips to improve your property’s EPC rating

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

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips for evicting an unwanted tenant

As the buy-to-let industry has grown, so too have the many rules and regulations involved with letting a property. Keeping up with...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Skipton insist it’s ‘business as usual’ despite rule change

Skipton Building Society has announced that it has tightened its portfolio affordability requirements to 150% at 5.5%, and at 5% for...

16 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

Here’s how to ensure your buy-to-let investment is gas safe

When investing in buy-to-let, you can’t always be sure when the appliances and pipe work in the property were last serviced...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord given suspended sentence for endangering tenants with illegal gas work

A buy-to-let landlord in Ilfracombe, a seaside resort on the North Devon coast, has been given a suspended prison sentence for...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords not confident about ‘stable’ rental yields

Rental yields remain steady, and yet many buy-to-let landlords are losing confidence in their ability to rely on rental income, a...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Greater energy efficiency regulations required in Scotland, says Labour

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

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Buy-to-let mortgage rates continue to fall

With the outlook for savers continuing to look grim, many people will undoubtedly continue to consider investing in the buy-to-let sector,...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for gas safety breaches

A private landlord has been prosecuted after failing to maintain gas appliances at his rental property in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. Llanelli Magistrates’ Court...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

RLA calls for a ‘full review of fire safety standards’

Contradictory and outdated fire safety guidance urgently needs updating to better support private landlords, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The...

01 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

Landlords step up post-Grenfell fire safety checks

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

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords ‘remain resilient’ despite ‘ever-changing property marketplace’

But-to-let landlords are a resilient bunch of people who continue to adopt a ‘positive’ attitude towards the private rented sector (PRS)...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Discover Legal Advice For Landlords With The Experts At Tozers Solicitors

The Landlord team at Tozers Solicitors act for a wide variety of landlords, from social landlords with a mixed portfolio of...

19 July 2017

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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

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

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

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Proposed energy efficiency standards could damage PRS in rural Scotland

The Scottish government’s proposed new minimum energy efficiency standards for the private rented sector could risk having an adverse impact on...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords ordered to pay £13k for ‘total disregard’ for safety of tenants

Two landlords have been ordered to pay more than £13,000 after showing what was described as a “total disregard” for the...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing and Planning Bill may need amending after horrific tower block blaze

The fire that engulfed a 24-storey tower block in west London yesterday, tragically killing several people when flames tore through the...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Just a few hours until the polls close #GE2017

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

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Private landlords provide part of the solution to the housing crisis

With the number of households living in the private rented sector continuing to grow, significantly more rental homes are needed to...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Conservative manifesto fails to support landlords, says Tory peer

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

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Are you ready for the new minimum energy efficiency standards?

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

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for letting out ‘dangerous’ property

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined for renting out ‘dangerous and poor’ accommodation after a fire broke out at her property...

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Reform the private rented sector so that it is fit for purpose, says expert

Stronger enforcement and streamlining of legislation in the private rental sector is urgently required to ensure the abolishment of what is in...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Scottish court grants first private landlord disqualification order

The first disqualification order against a private landlord north of the border has been granted by a court in Fife. The man,...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined over £5k for exposing tenants to ‘miserable living conditions’

A landlord has been fined more than £5,000 after St Helens Council’s private sector housing team inspectors found fire safety issues...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Call for rental sector reform to ‘protect landlords’ rights’ when evicting tenants

The private rental sector is in urgent need of reform to make it easier and less costly for buy-to-let landlords to...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Political parties urged to deliver for ‘tenants and good landlords alike’

The campaign to woo voters across the country has already started following the UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s surprise announcement that...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Santander aims to ‘better support’ BTL landlords by offering greater flexibility

Santander will now assess buy-to-let remortgages with 125% rental cover at 5% for borrowers who secured a mortgage before the Prudential...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Two-third of landlords unaware of new energy efficiency rules

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

14 April 2017

From: Breaking News

More than 1,000 mortgages for first-time landlords

Despite the government’s decision to introduce a number of measures to curb the growth of buy-to-let landlords, prompting concern that the...

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Free Right to Rent insurance for all RLA members

All members of the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) can now expect to receive free Right to Rent legal expenses when they...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental price growth cools after stamp duty hike on BTL homes

The pace of UK rental growth has more than halved since the end of March 2016, slowing consistently since the introduction...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Significantly more landlords using limited companies to beat BTL tax changes

There has been a sharp rise in the number of landlords using limited companies to manage their buy-to-let portfolios as a...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined over £7,000 for putting tenants at risk

A landlord had been ordered to pay more than £7,000 after putting the lives of his tenants at risk. Daniel Woulfe of...

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Luke Burton, Sales & Marketing Director at Rent4sure

What does it say on your business card? Luke Burton Sales and Marketing Director, Rent4sure Who is Rent4sure? Rent4sure, is an established tenant referencing company. We provide...

29 March 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Tenant referencing firm celebrates helping millionth tenant move home

Rent4sure made history last week when they helped their one millionth tenant move property. The tenant referencing company, which now helps over...

23 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

Landlord fined for unlicensed property

A landlord from Solihull in the West Midlands has been ordered to pay £1,500 for failing to comply with licensing regulations...

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

Top tips for improving your property’s energy efficiency rating

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

11 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

RLA membership rises to 30,000

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are adopting a more professional approach to their lettings business, as reflected by the fact...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £21k for unlicensed property

A landlord has been ordered to pay £21,000 for renting out an unlicensed house in Oxford. Six people were found to be...

01 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

Rogue landlords handed a hefty fine

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

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Right to Rent causing landlords to discriminate against foreign students

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

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost 17% of homes could become unrentable by 2018

Nearly 17% of properties currently available on the private rented sector could become unrentable by 2018 if government plans for new...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord narrowly escapes prison over gas safety failings

A buy-to-let landlord has narrowly escaped jail after failing to ensure gas appliances in one of her properties were checked for...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Christopher Merriman, Land and Planning Director at Intro Crowd

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

10 February 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

UK rental price growth continues to cool, HomeLet says

Rents across the UK are continuing to cool down, according the HomeLet Rental Index. The annual rate of rental price inflation fell to...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord housing wealth soars 64%

The total housing wealth owned by UK landlords has increased substantially over the past five years, underlining why bricks and mortar...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit schemes are ‘in urgent need of reform’

The recent closure of Morgan Hampton letting agents in Wimborne, Dorset, has been ceased upon by the CEO of Keep It...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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 warned of dangers of ignoring new electrical regulations

A property management firm has urged Scottish landlords to take electrical safety legislation seriously. Ross and Liddell says that landlords who fail...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

More buy-to-let landlords turn to bridging finance

The Bank of England’s decision to crack down on buy-to-let lending through the introduction of tighter borrowing rules and stricter affordability...

18 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

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

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

12 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Buy-to-let landlords ‘will naturally gravitate north’ in 2017, says agent

There has been a significant drop in the number of buy-to-let landlords snapping up properties following the government’s outright assault on...

06 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New buy-to-let range launched by Landbay

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

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Tenants ‘need better protection’, says trade body for landlords

Councils across the country are being urged to raise their game when it comes to protecting private tenants from a minority...

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

Council vows to clamp down on rogue landlords

Sheffield Council has promised to continue targeting rogue landlords after bringing its highest-ever number of successful prosecutions. Seven individuals and companies were...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Turning a house into flats

Converting houses into flats is becoming increasingly popular. There’s a high demand for flats in London, and splitting a property into...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Top tips for buy-to-let landlords purchasing property at auction

Investing in property at auction is a popular choice for many buy-to-let landlords as there are some good bargains to be...

21 December 2016

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

Almost one in ten homes could become unrentable by 2018

Nearly one in ten properties currently available on the rental market could become unrentable by 2018 if government plans for new...

20 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

Buy-to-let borrowing falls by a fifth to hit a ‘new normal’ level

Buy-to-let lending has fallen significantly as tougher lending rules and the introduction of the 3% stamp duty surcharge on additional homes...

15 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