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Rent arrears ‘are lower under direct payments to landlords’

With new research showing that direct payment of benefits to landlords contributed most to reductions in rent arrears, the Residential Landlords...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems vote to scrap Section 21

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to abolish Section 21 repossessions in the private rented sector if they come to power at...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Property chains are more likely to collapse amidst a slowing market

The recent increase in the number of residential property sales falling through before completion is likely to continue in the near...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Does Size Matter for Property Investors

The English Private Landlord Survey shows that couples aged 25 - 49 make up the largest proportion of private renters, a...

16 September 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Capital gains tax on buy-to-let should be increased, says IPPR

Buy-to-let landlords could soon be required to pay more money in capital gains tax (CGT) under new proposals put forward by...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

NatWest changes its buy-to-let calculator to reflect the landlord’s ‘true costs’

NatWest Intermediary Solutions has made amendments to its buy-to-let calculations and will now use actual rather than projected letting agent costs...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Student Housing claims an industry first as it switches to renewable energy

Student Housing says that it has become the first business of its kind in the UK to only use renewable energy...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Surge in demand for rental properties in prime London

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

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s private tenants ‘right to buy’ policy is a ‘cash grab’ from the PRS

The Labour Party’s proposed ‘right to buy’ policy would have a devasting impact on the private rented sector and lead to...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fees ban comes into force in Wales

It is now illegal for tenants to be charged by landlords or letting agents in Wales in order to set up or...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Which political party has been best for landlords and tenants?

As a general election surely looms, Benham and Reeves has undertaken some research that could potentially help you decide who to...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Daniel Levine, Branch Manager of Winkworth Hendon

Who are you? We are Winkworth Hendon, a franchised office with a very good reputation in our local area, we pride ourselves...

27 August 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Saffron introduces new range of limited company BTL mortgages

Saffron Building Society has added it its limited company buy-to-let range with the introduction of a new five-year fixed rate product,...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

More than half of Universal Credit claimants are in rent arrears - RLA

More than half the people claiming Universal Credit are in rent arrears, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). It reports that 54% of...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson’s stamp duty plans – what do landlords need to know?

Whether you’re a first-time landlord or an experienced one, there are frequent regulatory changes in the buy-to-let sector that you will...

19 August 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Property price cuts attracts buyers

There has been a 6.1% increase in the number of property sales agreed, as buyers are spurred into action by improved...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The Guild explains what impact proposed Section 21 changes will have

The government’s existing consultation on the abolition of Section 21 does not close until Saturday 12th October, but its proposal to remove...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage lending figures ‘are a concern’

Take-up of buy-to-let mortgages slowed in June as economic and political uncertainty caused some buy-to-let investors to adopt a ‘wait and...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

flatfair to expand deposit-free renting platform after securing fresh funding

flatfair, a fintech scale-up allowing tenants to instantly rent a home with no deposit, has raised $11m (£9.1bn) in a funding...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord confidence at an all-time low

Landlords’ confidence in the buy-to-let sector has collapsed, according to the National Landlords Association (NLA). Confidence in landlords’ business expectations has tumbled...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to bring forward its plans for court reform

It now takes private landlords an average of 22.5 weeks from making a claim to the courts for a property to...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Cabinet ministers supplementing salaries via buy-to-let investments

A number of MPs are currently earning rental income from properties let to private tenants, including eight ministers in Boris Johnson’s...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Ascend Properties continues expansion into Build to Rent

Ascend Properties continues to expand its reach into the Build to Rent sector after securing significant investment from Gatehouse Bank last year. The...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

NatWest cuts rates on select BTL products

NatWest has reduced rates on some buy-to-let and residential products. On the lender’s buy-to-let switcher there are reductions of up to 0.15%...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord slapped with £25k fine for overcrowded property

An unscrupulous landlord who housed at least 25 tenants in a rundown property in north-west London has been ordered to pay...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords ripped off by rogue agent

A managing agent who defrauded buy-to-let landlords out of £16,500 over an 18-month period will face a Proceeds of Crime Act...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Council tenant fined £100,000 for sub-letting his studio flat on Airbnb

An Airbnb host who rented out his council flat in central London has been fined £100,000 and evicted by Westminster City...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords - protect your home while tenants are away this summer

The children are off school, which means the summer break has officially begun and people are gearing up for the holidays....

25 July 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Property remains a good ‘long-term investment’

Although new capital gains tax rules could cost some landlords thousands of pounds when they sell up, property is still a...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime central London rental values dip as supply increases

Rental values in London’s super prime rental market dropped by 0.5% in the year to July on the back of a...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the cities outperforming national rental growth

Rental price growth in English cities undergoing extensive regeneration is outpacing the national average, new research shows. Looking at 12 cities in...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord Buy To Let’s latest changes offer ‘more choice and much better value’

Accord Buy To Let has cut rates on selected two, three and five-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages by up to 0.11%,...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting and managing agents in England face tougher regulation

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

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Universal Credit currently ‘isn’t working as it needs to’

Universal credit is not working in its existing form, with households on the benefit significantly more likely to have housing debt than...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Leek United removes affordability assessment for BTL landlords

Leek United has made a number of changes to its lending policy across its retirement, buy-to-let and remortgage product ranges. In terms...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson to consider switching stamp duty from buyers to sellers

The Conservative leadership frontrunner, Boris Johnson, has said it is time to consider switching stamp duty liability from the house buyer...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Councillors who are landlords or tenants banned from debating licensing scheme

Portsmouth City Council is controversially planning to introduce a landlord licensing scheme in the city without potentially allowing around half of...

16 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

Smart tax needed to support investment in energy efficiency measures, says RLA

A cap limiting landlord spending on energy efficiency improvements to £3,500 should be scrapped and replaced with a new £5,000 figure,...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in demand for property in Preston

There has been an increase of almost 60% in buyer enquiries in Preston in the last 12 months, according to new...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with commonhold – government fails to respond to readers

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

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

LendInvest increases maximum loan size on five-year fixed BTL products

LendInvest has increased its maximum loan size to £750,000 on its five-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage products and will now contribute...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords will become ‘more selective’ if the government scraps Section 21

But-to-let landlords will have little alternative but to become more selective over what tenants they are willing to accept if the...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Vida introduces new BTL products

Vida Homeloans has announced the release of a series of new specialist mortgage products, including buy-to-let deals. The products include a 75%...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Why landlords must work hard to keep void periods at a minimum

Void periods are one of landlords’ most dreaded occurrences. This is because you are not only failing to collect rental income,...

03 July 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Labour plans to cap rent rises in crackdown on landlords

Private landlords would be banned from above-inflation rent rises if Labour wins power after the next general election, according to a...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

NatWest introduces new products and reduces rates

NatWest has launched a selection of new buy-to-let products at reduce rates designed to appeal to landlord borrowers. Borrowing rates have been...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to carefully consider the ‘dramatic’ impact of the new tax deadline

Buy-to-let landlords, property investors and second home owners are being urged to beware of a ‘dramatic change’ to the existing capital...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Renters could transfer deposit from one landlord to the next under new proposal

Tenants could be permitted to transfer rental deposits directly between landlords instead of having to pay up for their next property...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Which area has the highest number of landlords avoiding tax on rental income?

  When you rent a property to a tenant, you are required to pay tax on any profit you make from rental...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Pepper Money reduces buy-to-let rates

Pepper Money has cut rates on a range of residential and buy-to-let mortgage products. The limited edition summer special offer means that...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Growing number of property owners in London turning homes into short lets

With demand for short term rental accommodation growing, an increasing number of landlords and homeowners in prime London areas are offering their...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords want tenants claiming benefits to be treated ‘fairly and equally’

The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) is calling for an urgent overhaul of how universal credit is paid, with most landlords north of...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter urged to go back to drawing board on tenancy proposal

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has urged Shelter to go back to the drawing board after calling for England to adopt...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Insurance provider offers ‘protection solutions which landlords’ value’

Tenant referencing and lettings insurance provider, Barbon Insurance Group, has teamed up with flatfair to co-market the two companies’ products and...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

New mortgage data shows the BTL sector is ‘holding its head above water’

Buy-to-let mortgage activity increased slightly in April, with landlord investors taking out 5,100 new buy-to-let home purchase mortgages, up from 5,000...

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Have your say on Brent landlord licensing scheme

Members of the general public are being offered the opportunity to have their say on Brent’s landlord licensing scheme. Brent Council wants...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish parliament consults on introducing rent controls

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

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Political uncertainty leads to sharp rise in ‘super-prime tenancies’ in London

Activity in London’s super prime rental market continues to grow as more people opt to rent rather than buy property in...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

New Universal Credit system will see rent be paid directly to landlords

Significant changes are being made to the Universal Credit system that will see the housing element of the benefit paid directly...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rising rents ‘make young people less mobile’

High rents mean young people are less likely to move to UK cities where average salaries are higher, a new report...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban ‘clearly designed to shift the costs to landlords’

The government’s decision to ban tenant fees is clearly designed to shift the costs to landlords, according to Property Personnel. The estate...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Keystone introduces new cashback range

Keystone Property Finance has launched a new product range for purchase applications only, offering a cashback incentive. The buy-to-let lender’s new range...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Bargain hunters prepare for ‘sudden flood of properties onto the market’

With some analysts predicting that buy-to-let landlords are about to flood the market with properties for sale, investors are being urged...

05 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

Fastest selling buy-to-let hotspots revealed

There has been a notable rise in the number of buy-to-let landlords offloading properties in recent month due to buy-to-let tax...

03 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

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

What do landlords need to know about the deposit cap?

The Tenant Fees Act, better known simply as the tenant fees ban, is coming into force from June 1 2019. It...

24 May 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Almost half of landlords expected to exit the PRS

Removing Section 21 could prove devastating for the private rented sector, with almost half of landlords and letting agents more likely...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The best buy-to-let hotspots unveiled

Private landlords looking for lucrative returns will find that L6 in Liverpool is the most profitable location to buy-to-let in the...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage lending drops 9.1%

Buy-to-let mortgage activity remained sluggish in March with landlord investors taking out just 5,000 new buy-to-let home purchase mortgages, down 9.1%...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage specialist sees record first quarter

Charter Court has reported a record first quarter with new loan originations of £710m, up from £668m during the corresponding period...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime central London rental market proving resilient

The rental market in prime central London has proved resilient this year despite the impact of political uncertainty surrounding Brexit negotiations,...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

HMO drop-in events to be held in Manchester

Manchester City Council will hold a couple of HMO drop-in events over the next few days for private landlords and letting...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

LendInvest introduces new BTL deals and reduces rates

LendInvest has introduced a range of new buy-to-let mortgage products, in addition to reducing rates on select offerings. New buy-to-let rate deals...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

TML launches first expat buy-to-let product range

The Mortgage Lender (TML) has launched its first expat buy-to-let mortgage product range. Available for both purchase and remortgage applications, initial rates...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to repay £52,000 within three months or face prison

A private landlord in Lincoln has been warned that he could be given a prison sentence of up to 15 months...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

London’s super prime rental market sees demand surge

Activity in London’s the super prime rental market has hit a five-year high as more people opt to rent rather than...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Assault’ on landlords ‘contradicts the basic principles of sound tax policy’

Buy-to-let landlords are being unfairly penalised for the housing crisis, according to a new report by the Institute of Economic Affairs...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents increase in Q1 2019 due to ‘lack of available stock’

Rents increased by 2.6% in prime London and prime central London during the first quarter of year compared to Q1 2018,...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay £1.1m after converting flats into ‘cramped bedsits’

A buy-to-let landlord who converted a flat in London Bridge into ‘cramped bedsits’ without planning consent has been ordered to pay...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Increasing number of landlords ‘cautiously’ re-entering the BTL market

There has been a significant rise in the number of landlords re-entering the buy-to-let market after coming to terms with the...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Abolishing Section 21 could adversely affect housing supply

The government’s proposal to scrap Section 21 of the 1988 Housing Act is likely to deter many people from investing in...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Number of homes for sale hits record low during March

But-to-let landlords thinking about expanding their property portfolio will find that the sustained drop in the number of new homes for...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

The ‘relentless pursuit of profit has seen outside space sacrificed’, says agent

With savers continuing to receive poor returns from banks and building societies, many people continue to turn to residential property as...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Saffron launches limited company BTL mortgage

Saffron Building Society has introduced a new limited company buy-to-let mortgage product, available at 75% loan-to-value on a two-year fixed rate...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents rise as tenant fees ban looms

Private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK increased by 1.2% in the 12 months to March 2019, up from...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 ban without making Section 8 fully ‘fit for purpose’ would be an error

Abolishing Section 21 without making Section 8 fully “fit for purpose” will have dire consequences on our housing supply. This week, the...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government warned against banning Section 21

The housing minister James Brokenshire’s announcement yesterday that there will be a consultation period on the ability of landlords to remove...

16 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

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

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

09 April 2019

From: Sponsored Content

The most affordable locations to invest in property in England and Wales

If you are looking to expand your buy-to-let portfolio this year with a low-cost property purchase you may wish to consider buying...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

THE UK’S HIDDEN PROPERTY INVESTMENT HOTSPOTS

Recent years have seen a shift in buyer activity across the UK’s property market, with London’s much publicised decline in popularity...

05 April 2019

From: Sponsored Content

RLA welcomes tax relief for rental home improvements proposal

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has welcomed calls by a parliamentary committee for tax incentives for private landlords to improve the...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £9k for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in London has been ordered to pay more than £9,000 for failing to license a HMO. Across Tower Hamlets,...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

NatWest reduces BTL rates

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

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Tax changes could lead to a surge in BTL landlords selling up

There could soon be a sharp rise in the number of buy-to-let looking to sell up as a consequence of the...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to buy properties with high service charges and then take control

Buy-to-let landlords should not be deterred from acquiring leasehold properties, but rather target homes with ‘high service charges’, and then set...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Highly anticipated report into Leasehold Reform to be published today

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

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

One in three tenants happy to rent for life

A third of UK renters have no plans to ever buy property, preparing instead for life as a long-term tenant, according...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Four common landlord mistakes and how to avoid them

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

12 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Five tips for reducing void periods

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

11 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Labour plans to force landlords to offer ‘indefinite’ tenancies

A Labour government would aim to address what it sees as a ‘power imbalance’ between landlords and renters by introducing “indefinite”...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

How to improve your property’s EPC rating

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

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Falling property sales in Manchester: has the bubble burst?

If you’ve been reading about the Manchester property market, then you will probably have read that overall sales volumes have fallen...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord Buy To Let refreshes mortgage range

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

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing for private landlords could be introduced in Walsall

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

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

What impact will Brexit have on property prices?

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

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

What’s the typical discount for making a cash offer on a property?

Vendors will often accept an all-cash purchase offer over a higher-priced offer with a mortgage, highlighting the importance of cash in...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans launches flexible five-year BTL product

Foundation Home Loans has launched what it refers to as a ‘Fix to Flex’ five-year buy-to-let mortgage where early repayment charges...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Overseas buyers exploit weak pound to acquire property in London

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

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 February 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

‘Political and economic uncertainty’ boost demand for rental properties

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

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to have their say on local licensing consultations

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

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing set to be extended in Burnley

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

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Spike in landlord exodus in London

There was a significant increase in the number of landlords exiting the rental market in December 2018 as rents increased for...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Discrimination against tenants on benefits?

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

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Hamilton Fraser acquires NLA’s TDSL shares

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

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Kent Reliance makes changes to buy-to-let range

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

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Private landlords and letting agents need to stick together

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

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord event to be held in Croydon next week

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

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Mayor of London to develop ‘rent control’ proposals

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

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Four in 10 Right to Buy homes in London now owned by private landlords

Ever since Margaret Thatcher declared her belief in a ‘property-owning democracy’ and introduced Right to Buy in 1980, the UK was...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New landlord seminars to help landlords tackle disrepair in common areas

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

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are ‘increasingly looking for longer term fixed rates’

The majority of private landlords are understandably looking for greater security in the current climate and that largely explains why they...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Barnet Council plans to introduce tougher licensing controls

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

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

How long does it take to sell a buy-to-let property in the UK?

New figures from specialist online agency yieldit, which analyses the time taken between a tenanted investment property being listed and an...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

NatWest cuts BTL remortgage rates

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

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2019

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

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

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

LandInvest targets wider market by teaming up with Mortgage Brain

LendInvest has joined forces with mortgage sourcing system Mortgage Brain to bring its buy-to-let product to a wider audience of intermediaries...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

The Scottish rental market – 2018 overview

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

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New BTL lender formally launches

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

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing being considered in Weymouth

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

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent is expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme

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

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

LBTT Scottish stamp duty surcharge to increase to 4%

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

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

P2P property platform aims to lure traditional BTL investors

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

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Draconian tax changes will force landlords to ‘evict tenants’ or ‘increase their rents’

Draconian tax changes applying to buy-to-let investors will leave many private landlords with little alternative but to evict tenants and sell...

12 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

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Tipton & Coseley Building Society overhauls BTL lending criteria

Tipton & Coseley Building Society has announced enhancements to its buy-to-let product criteria. Tipton says that the move is part of its...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords could be offered incentives to house tenants receiving benefits

The Welsh government is planning to introduce new incentives and other support to help encourage more landlords with properties in Wales...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Kinleigh Folkard and Hayward to offer Zero Deposit guarantee

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

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Most affordable London borough to rent based on salary revealed

Tenants in the London borough of Kingston upon Thames are spending the lowest proportion of their salary on rent, according to new...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 November 2018

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Minister to address Future Renting Wales conference next week

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

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Government benefit cuts fuel surge in homelessness from rented housing

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

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant Shop partners with ScottishPower to help landlords manage energy needs

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

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Buying property now cheaper than renting in 90% of the 10 largest UK cities

Renting a property is now more expensive than buying in nine out of ten of the largest British cities, fresh data...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Top 10 buy-to-let hotspots

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

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants spend a third of their gross pay on rent

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

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise by 13.7% by 2023

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

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Pent-up’ demand continues to give landlords in London the upper hand

Rents in London’s prime property market have increased further, rising by 1.1% in the 12 months to September, as more people...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Hinckley & Rugby scraps maximum age limit

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

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 November 2018

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

National LIS Awards shortlist announced!

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

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

3mc launches new exclusive deals with Pepper Money

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

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Why is guaranteed rent crucial for landlords and property investors?

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

25 October 2018

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

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

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

West Ham’s former stadium transformed into 842 new homes

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

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Kensington Mortgages extends limited time offer

Kensington Mortgages has extended its limited time offer across its range of buy-to-let and residential products until Monday 5th November. The buy-to-let...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit sends rent arrears soaring

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

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords to be offered training to deal with hike in rent arrears

Rent arrears are a real concern for a number of landlords across the UK, especially as it can have a significant...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New no deposit scheme aims to create a ‘stress-free experience’ for landlords

homes4u is the latest letting agency to sign up to the Zero Deposit scheme, a tenant’s deposit replacement product, designed to...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Growth in London’s luxury market slows sharply amid uncertainty

Growth in demand for super-prime properties in prime central London has slowed significantly, fresh data shows. According to Knight Frank, the number...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

What is pre-referencing and why it will make your life easier?

How many times has a potential tenant failed referencing? Too many times is probably your answer. This frustrating scenario ultimately arises because...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers in the driver’s seat as buy-to-let property sales fade

The price of small properties across many parts of the country has dropped largely because landlord purchases are down, offering fresh...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in rent arrears involving tenants on Universal Credit

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

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Autumn Budget: What’s in store for BTL landlords?

Several ideas have been floated as potential proposals in this month’s Budget, including financial incentives for those offering longer tenancies. But...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Future elections expected to be influenced powerfully by private renters

Recent changes in legislation, as part of government policy to encourage first-time buyers and owner-occupier purchases, have led to a tax...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Most tenants don’t want three-year tenancies, survey shows

Six out of 10 renters want tenancies of 12 months or less, a new AXA survey suggests. The government, which wants to...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New landlords association urges Chancellor to reverse BTL tax changes

Philip Hammond is coming under increasing pressure to reverse draconian tax changes applying to buy-to-let landlords. A number of landlords have been...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Conservative think tank is wrong in its call for landlords to ‘disinvest from the sector’

Proposals drawn up by Conservative think tank Onward to allow existing buy-to-let properties to be eligible for 100% capital gains tax...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords could be offered tax incentive for longer tenancies

The government is considering plans to provide financial incentives for those offering longer tenancies, according to the Sunday Times. The government is...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Kensington reduces two-year fix

Kensington Mortgages has cut rates across selected buy-to-let for a limited time only. The lender’s two-year fixed rate buy-to-let product at 75%...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Young renters forced to pay “unaffordable” level of rent

Two-thirds of Britain is effectively off-limits to many young people who want to rent a property of their own, a new...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year tenancy plans could deter a third of BTL landlords

One third of landlords say they would be less likely to acquire property if three-year tenancies are made compulsory, according to...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Upward pressure on rents in prime central London as supply falls

Rents in London’s prime property market rose again in August as market conditions in the capital improved to levels not seen...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Liverpool is ideal for BTL investors looking for ‘lucrative long-term rental returns’

Liverpool has once again been highlighted as an ideal destination for buy-to-let landlords seeking solid rental returns, this time by an...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Free conference for landlords in Croydon

Buy-to-let landlords with properties in Croydon, south London, are being invited to attend a free conference being run this week by...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants leave property in a disgusting state before fleeing owing £1,700 rent

A landlord was handed a huge cleaning bill after his house was left in a horrific and disgusting state. The landlord was...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Philip Hammond urged to scrap stamp duty and CGT surcharges

The Chancellor Philip Hammond may have only announced last week that the Autumn Budget will take place on Monday 29 October,...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Early bird tickets now on sale for RLA’s next Future Renting Conference

Early bird tickets are now on sale for the Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) next Future Renting Conference in Cardiff. The one-day conference,...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour ‘hell-bent’ on dragging the UK rental sector backwards

Labour’s plans to scrap legislation permitting private landlords to evict tenants without reason has been slammed by a leading letting agency...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour wants to offer private tenants greater power

Labour plans to abolish legislation permitting private landlords to evict tenants without giving a reason. Section 21 notices, which have been in...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

IPSE calls on government to halt Universal Credit rollout

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) is the latest organisation to call on the government to immediately pause...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Top university towns for buy-to-let revealed

Many buy-to-let landlords like the idea of investing in student housing, as it is considered to be a serious and lucrative...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

The RLA’s next Future Renting Conference takes place tomorrow

The Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) next Future Renting Conference takes places in London tomorrow. The one-day conference, which will be held at...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords ‘have no place in the market’, says RLA

Councils must do more to root out unscrupulous landlords that give the sector a bad name, according to the Residential Landlords...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Where is the strongest performing BTL market in prime central London?

Rental yields in prime central London are typically among the lowest in the UK, but that does not mean that there...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government scraps plans to introduce three-year tenancies

The government appears to have scrapped proposals that will give tenants a minimum three-year contract. According to an article in The Sun...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Kent Reliance cuts rates on 5-year fixed rate BTL products

Kent Reliance has reduced the cost of its five-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages in an effort to attract more business from...

06 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

Buyer activity remains ‘pretty depressed’ as more people look to rent

There has been a further decline in the number of people looking to buy property, as reflected by the Bank of...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing being considered in Stoke-on-Trent

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

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

NatWest reduces BTL rates by 0.5%

NatWest has cut rates across its buy-to-let ranges by up to 0.5%. Two-year fixed rate buy-to-let products now start from 2.77% at...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants who complain almost twice as likely to be evicted, says Citizens Advice

Private renters who complain to their landlord about problems at their rental property, including issues such as damp and mould, are...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancy plans appear to be a ‘political move’ aimed at the renter vote

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has once again voiced its opposition to plans to introduce mandatory three year tenancies. Responding to the...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords selling up in droves, says Belvoir

There has been a significant increase in the number of buy-to-let landlords selling up, along with a notable reduction in the...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Average age of buy-to-let investors drops 10 years

The average age of new landlords acquiring property to let has dropped by 10 years since 2014, according to yieldit. Having analysed...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Tourist surge boosts demand for holiday lets in the UK

The UK’s tourism sector is going from strength to strength with growing visits by foreigners in the country, and the increasing...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Female investors prefer lower risk investments ‘like real estate’

Astute property investors generally look to compound wealth over time, recognising that over-ambition can often lead to excessive risk, not to...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants to be consulted over Scottish rent restrictions proposal

Landlords and tenants across Scotland will be consulted over plans to impose rent restrictions north of the border. Scottish Labour wants to...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Renting to students provide ‘some of the best yields in the country’

Student property is one of the best investments available at the moment, thanks to high demand for student housing ahead of...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Investors target ‘long term investments’ amid ‘short-term uncertainty’

A number of buy-to-let investors continue to acquire properties under the hammer despite recent tax hikes and significant political uncertainty, but...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Pepper launches limited edition zero completion fee BTL product

A new limited edition buy-to-let product with no completion fee for those who have not had a CCJ or default in...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

LendInvest launches exclusive 5-year fix through Buy to Let Club

LendInvest has launched an exclusive five-year fixed rate product for intermediaries through Buy to Let Club.   The new deal, available on loans...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Top 10 best places to be a landlord at the moment

Bootle in Merseyside has been named the best place to currently be a buy-to-let landlord, based on a number of key...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Have your say: Selective licensing being considered in parts of Leeds

People are being invited to share their views on the possible introduction of licensing for private sector rented housing in some...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

LendInvest abolishes debenture floating charges as part of changes to its products

LendInvest has scrapped its debenture and floating charges, as part of a series of product changes. The lender has also reduced its...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents in prime areas of London continue to rise

Rents in London’s prime property market increased for the second consecutive month, rising by 1.1% in the 12 months to June...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Vida slashes 5-year fixed rates

Vida Homeloans has reduced a number of its five-year fixed rate buy-to-let products by up to 0.75% in a bid to...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Groundbreaking technology’ should help ‘improve the rental experience’

‘Open banking’ provider TrueLayer has teamed up with Goodlord to enhance the proptech platform’s fintech integration for landlords, tenants and agents. Goodlord’s...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

3mc launches exclusive BTL deals with Paragon Bank

3mc has joined forces with Paragon Bank to launch some new exclusive portfolio buy-to-let products. The products, which increase the maximum available...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tickets now on sale for the RLA’s next Future Renting Conference

Tickets are now on sale for the Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) next Future Renting Conference in London. The one-day conference, which will...

25 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

London’s housing market has ‘suffered from the drop off in buy-to-let investors’

London house prices are continuing to fall, with the collapse in the buy-to-let sector increasing the number of homes on the...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tipton & Coseley launches short-term let loans for landlords using AirBnB

The Tipton & Coseley Building Society will now accept mortgage applications for second homes and holiday lets where borrowers wish to...

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

Buy-to-let hotspots revealed

Luton and Colchester have been named among the best places for buy-to-let investors in the existing market, based on rental yields. The...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords welcome MPs fire safety plans

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

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

New rental listings set to drop sharply amid landlord exodus

An exodus of landlords from the buy-to-let market has caused a significant drop in rental property listings in recent month with...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property wealth is helping to “change lives”

Property investment is not a quick fix, but rather a long-term financial solution to building wealth, as any good buy-to-let landlord will...

12 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

Vida Homeloans introduces lower buy-to-let fees

Vida Homeloans has cut its buy-to-let fees on smaller buy-to-let loans to 1% in a bid to win more business from...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Hinckley & Rugby extends BTL deals to portfolio landlords

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society is now offering its full range of buy-to-let mortgage products to portfolio landlords. The lender will now...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Amanda Lamb announced as keynote speaker at landlord networking event

Amanda Lamb, one of television’s most sought-after property presenters, has been confirmed as keynote speaker at this year’s Mid Devon Landlord...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents in prime central London rise for the first time in two and a half years

Rents in London’s prime property market have moved into positive territory for the first time since January 2016, increasing by 0.8%...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords could be offered tax incentives for longer tenancies

Private landlords are welcoming proposals being considered by the government to provide financial incentives for those offering longer tenancies. In its consultation...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Major landlord supports three-year tenancy plans

Many buy-to-let landlords may have reacted angrily to government proposals that will give tenants a minimum three year contract, but one...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Longer-term tenancy plan is ‘a political move aimed at the renter vote’

The idea of the property-owning democracy has deep roots and has long defined housing policy in this country, with various schemes...

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

BTL sales platform ‘inundated with valuation requests’ from landlords

A new buy-to-let property platform has been well received by BTL investors potentially looking to offload their properties. yieldit, launched by Knight...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Random rental property spot checks could improve standards in the PRS

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

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

Families make ‘good, reliable, and long-term tenants’

Properties rented to families take up the least amount of property management time when compared to other types of tenants, fresh...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Cap tenant deposits at three weeks as part of ‘fairer deal’ for renters, say Labour

The tenancy security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents should be capped at a maximum of three...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Universal credit flaws leads to tragic death of a tenant

A benefit claimant who faced debt, rent arrears and potential eviction as a result of policy design flaws in universal credit,...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Vernon introduces new range of BTL mortgage deals

Vernon Intermediaries has launched a selection of new buy-to-let mortgage deals. The mortgage products, which are each available for a fixed term...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp decline in the number of homes to let

The UK is facing a critical rental shortage as many landlords continue to offload properties due to recent tax a change,...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Kensington Mortgages cuts rates and offers higher LTV mortgage lending

Kensington Mortgages has increased the loan-to-value limits and reduced rates on a series of its buy-to-let mortgages to improve the affordability...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Kent Reliance launches income-backed buy-to-let proposition

Specialist mortgage lender Kent Reliance has launched an income-backed buy-to-let mortgage for limited companies and individual lending. The mortgage provider will now...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

London council extends licensing scheme to five additional wards

One of the most active councils in London when it comes to prosecuting rogue landlords and letting agents has now extended...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords: How to sell your unwanted rental properties quickly for cash

Having a poor performing rental property or one you simply wish to get rid of quickly can be a real drain...

08 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Is your property ‘OnTheMarket’?

With more house-hunters than ever now starting their search for a new home by typically looking online on one of the major property portals, most landlords would naturally like...

07 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 online platform to provide buy-to-let investors with an ‘exit strategy’

A new online platform designed to simplify the sale and purchase of buy-to-let property has been launched by Knight Knox. The UK...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

LendInvest launches buy-to-let legal panel

LendInvest has named firms JMW Solicitors LLP and Lightfoots Solicitors on its first official panel of solicitors for its buy-to-let products.  The...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Claim your free tickets for The Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show kicks off at Sandown Park in Surrey at the end of next month, and you...

30 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

Housing shortage puts ‘upwards pressure’ on rents in prime central London

A drop in the number of properties coming onto the private rented market in prime central London (PCL) has begun to...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a letting agent worth the investment?

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

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

West One to amend criteria for BTL affordability tests

But-to-let landlords will now be able to use non rental income towards the affordability assessment when applying for second charge buy-to-let...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL investors in Scotland urged to ‘ride the storm’

Landlords continue to feel the pinch after the latest phase of the government crackdown on buy-to-let came into effect last month,...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

LendInvest moves to speed up the BTL application process

LendInvest has moved to help streamline the loan application process for brokers applying for buy-to-let loans by expanding upon its existing...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Hampshire Trust Bank change BTL and HMO interest cover ratio

Hampshire Trust Bank (HTB) has enhanced the lending criteria on its buy-to-let and home in multiple occupation (HMO) five-year fixed rate...

21 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

NatWest increases buy-to-let rates

NatWest has increased rates on its buy-to-let mortgage deals. Its two year fixed-rate buy-to-let purchase deal at 60% loan-to-value (LTV) has been...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

More than 300,000 property sales collapse every year

Various reports suggest that a number of buy-to-let landlords plan to exit the private rented sector due to concerns about the...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let is still an attractive long-term investment

Buy-to-let investment in the long-term is still likely to beat savings rates by a significant margin over the coming years, despite recent...

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Meet the founders of The National Landlord Investment Show

As the National Landlord Investment Show prepares to celebrate its fifth anniversary at Aston Villa Football Club on Wednesday May 16th,...

10 May 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

There are ‘substantial discounts to be had’ in London

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

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords slapped with hefty fine after ignoring planning and licensing laws

A buy-to-let landlord in North West London has been ordered to pay more than £10,000 for licensing breaches in connection with...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Lomond Capital expands rental management business in Birmingham

Lomond Capital has acquired a major Birmingham residential letting portfolio from national property services business SDL Group. SDL Property Management has decided...

03 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

LandInvest cuts BTL mortgage rates

LendInvest has reduced rates on a number of its buy-to-let mortgage deals. The specialist lender has introduced a two-year fixed rate at...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Average UK rents fall for first time in six years

Average UK rents have fallen for the first time in six years, fresh data shows. The slowdown in the rental sector reflects...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Surge in demand for rental properties

There has been a sharp rise in demand for rental accommodation, according to the latest report from haart. Data from the letting...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Supply decline pushes Scottish rental prices up

The number of rental homes on the market in Scotland dropped in the first quarter of the year, while demand from...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

David Salusbury, former NLA chairman passes away

David Salusbury, the former chairman of the National Landlords Association (NLA), the UK Association of Letting Agents (UKALA), and of mydeposits,...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Spring price drop: Average asking price cut by £25k

Low levels of activity in the sluggish housing market are forcing many homeowners to accept offers well below asking price, making...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Vetting tenants to ensure they are all they seem

Tenant referencing provides all the background information on prospective tenants, helping landlords and letting agents make an educated choice about who...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

The BTL sector represents ‘more of an opportunity than a threat’

With savers continuing to receive poor returns from banks and building societies, buy-to-let remains the investment of choice for many people,...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Bluestone Mortgages introduces interest-only BTL mortgages

Specialist lender, Bluestone Mortgages, has made changes across its buy-to-let mortgage range, including the introduction of interest-only products aimed at customers...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Plans to clamp down on rogue landlords in Doncaster

Doncaster Council’s Cabinet will be discussing new ways to tackle rogue landlords at their meeting later today. The proposal is to introduce...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Milton Keynes Council vow to ‘get tough’ on shoddy landlords

Rogue landlords in Milton Keynes are being put on notice as the local council announces a new ‘tough approach’, including the...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Richard Lowry, Founder of Home Counties Estate

Who are you? We are Home Counties: an independent agency in Potters Bar established by me, Richard Lowry. I’m passionate about property...

05 April 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

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

Jaz Kaur, Branch Manager of Kings Real Estate

Who are you? Kings Real Estates. We are based in the heart of Leicester covering the whole of the Midlands. I’m Jaz,...

04 April 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Peter Jones, Director of Able Estates

Who are you? Peter Jones, an estate agent, dad, husband, poor golfer and snowboarder. How long have you been trading? I’ve been in the...

04 April 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Prime central London rents rise may signal upward trend

Rents in prime central London increased by 0.2% between February and March, the first monthly rise since September 2015, according to...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Vida expands buy-to-let expat criteria via select distributors

Vida has widened its buy-to-let expat criteria for a limited number of distributors to cater for existing UK property owners working...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let hotspots revealed

Colchester has been named the best place for buy-to-let investors in today’s market, based on a combination of capital value growth,...

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

Landlords are ‘sick of being utilised as a cash cow’

Buy-to-let landlords who own properties in Blackpool are being urged to lobby against plans to introduce a selective licensing scheme in...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Growing number of over 60s choosing to rent

There has been a sharp rise in the number of over 60s renting privately, according to new research from the Centre...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Universal credit could cause up to 1.3 million evictions

Universal credit will cause up to 1.3 million evictions from privately rented homes, Liberal Democrat Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposit cap risks leaving landlords out of pocket at the end of the tenancy

Plans to cap the security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents at no more than six weeks...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords continue to quit the Scottish rental market

An increasing number of buy-to-let landlords are likely to exit Scotland’s private rented sector or reduce the size of their property...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Lean on landlords that aren't doing the job’, says shadow housing minister

Councils are being urged to do more to crack down on rogue landlords who are leaving thousands of tenants living in...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agents’ fees ban – is the balance changing in favour of tenants?

Recent research from Fixflo shows that nearly 42% of all agents in the UK believe the looming letting fees ban will...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Why are landlords becoming limited companies?

In the past couple of years there has been an increase in the number of private landlords running their letting business...

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

Letting agent welcomes plan for new rental complaints system

Plans to introduce a new rental complaints system to help support private tenants who are forced to live in shoddy housing...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent control proposed north of the border

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has unveiled proposals to control rents and limit the power of private landlords, despite concerns that...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Gedling Borough Council approve plans for mandatory licences

Gedling Borough Council yesterday voted to approve plans to impose selective licensing charges on private landlords in the Nottinghamshire district. Following a consultation...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords need to prepare for change in the way profit is calculated

With the new tax year approaching, now is a good time to get your tax affairs up to date, and to...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp fall in rental stock coming onto the market

There was a significant decline in rental stock coming on to the market in the final quarter of 2017, placing greater...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Prime central London lettings market bottoming out

Average rents in the prime central London (PCL) residential lettings market fell 2.1% in the year to February 2018, the same...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Should renters with pets be given greater rights?

Many people with pets still find it difficult to find a rental property, and that is largely due to the potential...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Fewer private landlords will lead to rent hikes and higher rates of homelessness

Hundreds of thousands of people are experiencing acute forms of homelessness across Britain, with rough sleeping set to increase sharply over...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New buy-to-let calculator launched by LendInvest

A new buy-to-let affordability calculator, which works out the loan-to-value (LTV), annual rental yield and maximum gross loan amount for both...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in super prime tenancies agreed in London

With residential property prices in super prime London continuing to fall, an increasing number of would-be purchasers are turning to luxury...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government approves new selective licensing schemes

Plans to introduce new licensing schemes for privately rented homes across parts of North West London have been given the go-ahead by...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Bank of Ireland UK reduces BTL rates by up to 0.2%

Bank of Ireland UK has cut rates on its two-year fixed buy-to-let range by up to 0.2%, with rates now starting...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property remains the ‘preferred form of investment for so many people’

Residential property remains the long-term investment of choice for many Britons, illustrated by the high number of properties sold under the...

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

RLA cautious over Labour's proposal for pets in rented homes

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is seeking greater clarification from the Labour party after it put forward new proposals this week...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government approves new PRS licensing scheme

A proposal to introduce a new licensing scheme for privately rented homes in Nottingham has been given the green light by...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New platform to help landlords buy and sell property while tenanted

Many buy-to-let landlords are reluctant to sell a tenanted property because it can increase the chances of the sale falling through...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Proposed selective licensing scheme scrapped

A plan to introduce a new selective licensing scheme in Telford has been scrapped by Telford & Wrekin Council after more...

13 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

London property hotspots – where should you invest in 2018?

With 65,000 affordable new homes planned to be built in London per year, it would appear that the capital is offering...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Legal & General announces Brighton as next city for Build to Rent homes

Legal & General has announced that it will be creating 200 new Build to Rent (BTR) homes in Brighton as part...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

What’s the true cost of holding an empty property?

According to official figures, more than 200,000 homes in England were empty for at least six months during 2016. In London,...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Panel recommends that short lets should be curbed in Scotland

Buy-to-let landlords in Scotland should not be permitted to use Airbnb, and equivalent websites, to rent out their properties for longer...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Last minute self assessment tax return tips

With the 31 January deadline for the 2016/17 self assessment tax returns almost upon us, Blick Rothenberg offers some last minute...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage tax relief cut doesn’t add up for BTL landlords

The phasing out of mortgage interest relief from last April will soon start to make it harder for buy-to-let landlords to make...

26 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

HMOs provide highest rental yields for landlords

Buy-to-let landlords looking to secure high rental yields should consider investing in Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) which continue to outperform...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage availability: a taxing challenge for would-be incorporated landlords

The majority of UK landlords did not set out to create significant property businesses and, even today, about half (49.7%) of...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Could direct debit be the answer to rental arrears?

Rental arrears – or the potential for rent arrears – are the bane of every landlord’s life, to the degree that...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

RLA supports new measures to improve the safety of tenants

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has expressed its support for new legislation that will help ensure rented homes are safe and...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

London ‘remains a no-go’ zone for buy-to-let investors

London continued to be the worst performing region in Britain when it comes to house prices, with values falling by 0.8%...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Parliament to discuss giving tenants legal right to challenge landlords this week

A Private Members’ Bill put forward by Labour MP, Karen Buck, which offers tenants the legal right to take action against...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants to be given legal right to challenge landlords

Tenants will be given the right to take legal action against landlords who offer properties that are not ‘fit for human...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Here’s why many landlords won’t rent to Universal Credit claimants

Earlier this week, the Liberal Democrat’s Work and Pensions spokesperson, Stephen Lloyd, warned that the government needed to introduce default payments to...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Vida Homeloans and Personal Touch Financial Services join forces

Vida Homeloans will start to provide specialist residential and buy-to-let mortgages to clients of Personal Touch Financial Services’ after being appointed...

12 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

Rent ‘eats up a shockingly high proportion of people’s wages’

Tenants are spending an increasing proportion of their earnings on rent, new figures have revealed. Fresh research undertaken by rentals platform CreditLadder...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body welcomes changes to Universal Credit

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

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

London is slowing as government works its way through Brexit negotiations

The market in London started to slow about three years ago, with property prices at the upper to high end of...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

What does 2018 have in store for landlords?

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

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

High yields in Leicester should attract ‘even the most cautious investor’

With the plans for the Northern Powerhouse in full flow and the housing market in London currently being outperformed by other...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords offered new way to buy replacement boilers for their properties

With buy-to-let let landlords making up around 30% of the replacement boiler market in this country, one firm is looking to...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords will pass ‘green tax’ onto tenants says RLA

Hundreds of thousands of buy-to-let landlords will be required to pay a ‘green tax’ of up to £2,500 per property upfront...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage sales rose sharply in November

Buy-to-let mortgage sales increased by 10.8%, or £334.1m, in November compared with a month earlier, fresh analysis of the intermediary marketplace...

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

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

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

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Haringey Council launches consultation on new Selective Licensing Scheme

Haringey Council has launched a public consultation on plans to introduce two new Selective Landlord Licensing schemes in the London borough. The...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

TSB and Natwest introduce new BTL mortgage products

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

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Accidental landlords add 80,000 rented homes to the market

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

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Principality reduces mortgage rates to help ‘customers prosper’

Principality Building Society has reignited the mortgage rate war by reducing rates across some of its buy-to-let mortgage products. The lender said...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords welcome changes to Universal Credit but ‘further reforms’ needed

Recent changes to Universal Credit have been broadly welcomed, which largely explains why more buy-to-let landlords are prepared to rent to...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

The Melton reaffirms its ‘support for the buy-to-let market’

An interest coverage ratio of 130% against a stressed interest rate of 5.5% for pound-for-pound buy-to-let remortgages has been introduced by...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords welcome Universal Credit changes

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

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax relief is abolished for landlords who own properties within a company

  Buy-to-let landlords who own homes within a company will face a higher tax bill when they eventually sell their properties. Yesterday’s Budget...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Autumn Budget: Key points at-a-glance

The Chancellor Philip Hammond has delivered his Autumn Budget. Here are the key points of his speech impacting private landlords and...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The UK's top buy-to-let property hotspots unveiled

Buy-to-let landlords can still expect to achieve double-digit yields when investing up north, fresh research shows. A new survey by TotallyMoney provides...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

More than 450 landlords attend show in London

Over 450 buy-to-let landlords and property investors attended the Olympia Conference Centre in London last week where they were able to...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Many renters will ‘end up worse off’ unless the law is changed

The government’s proposal to cap tenancy deposits to six weeks’ rent will save many tenants money, given that a number of...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords face compulsory ombudsman scheme

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

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Vida expands lending criteria to include missed unsecured payments

Vida Homeloans has announced the introduction of new lending criteria for customers with impaired and improving credit records. The specialist mortgage lender...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New powers will make it ‘quicker and easier’ to tackle rogue landlords

Hefty fines could soon be issued to rogue landlords in Bradford without being taken to court, under plans due to be...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Free landlord investment show takes place in London today

Buy-to-let landlords and property enthusiasts will descend on the Olympia Conference Centre in London today where they will be able to...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News