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KEYWORD "Scotland" - 100 RESULTS
Would tenants really be better off if letting agents were regulated?

A trade body claims private tenants are ‘suffering’ because lettings agents are not regulated. Propertymark is demanding equal treatment between lettings agents...

11 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing provider Canopy has released data from a  rental affordability index, which claims most tenants are at the very limit...

06 April 2024

From: Tax & Finance

Landlords can afford much tougher regulation, says think tank

A think tank based in central London says landlords would not quit the sector if much tougher - and more expensive...

04 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Housing market ‘shows signs of momentum’ despite high interest rates

UK house prices fell by 0.2% in March. Nevertheless, the annual rate of house price growth edged higher to 1.6% in...

03 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Opposition building to controversial rent control proposals

Scotland’s new Housing Bill - introducing a laborious eviction process and rent caps across the country - will ‘compound the mistakes’...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent claims rent control proposal still not tough enough

The controversial proposal for permanent rent controls in Scotland, published just ahead of the Easter holiday, doesn’t go far enough for...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Politicians propose State Control of private rents in Scotland

The Scottish Government’s Housing Bill allows SNP and Green politicians to create rent control areas, triggered by local authorities, and this...

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

New Tax Year - the Winners and Losers

It’s all change at the start of the new tax year, and with so many tweaks to so many rules, it’s...

23 March 2024

From: Tax & Finance

Older Renters’ group takes up Generation Rent’s demands

A charity representing older people has taken up almost all of the key demands of activist group Generation Rent. Independent Age says...

22 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Council Tax Rebates for renters - think tank’s suggestion

A think tank is urging the UK government to consider tax perks for private renters to help them save faster for...

21 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Rents rising above-inflation despite growing stability

Rental growth continued to cool in February, says the latest market snapshot from lettings agency Hamptons.   Last month, the average rent on...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax change revealed in Budget

The Chancellor has used his Budget to confirm a 2p cut in National Insurance, from April 6. This will take it...

06 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Eco-activists slam landlords selling up because of rent controls

Green Party activists responsible for rent controls on Scotland have now slammed landlords who claim the number of rented homes is...

06 March 2024

From: Breaking News

New attack on Airbnb landlords - possible charge for bin collections

Media outlets in Scotland are reporting that Edinburgh council is considering charging short let landlords for bin collections. The plans are to be...

28 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Councillors make ‘breakthrough’ proposal for improving rental EPCs

SNP councillors in Scotland have come up with an innovative suggestion to improve energy efficiency in private rental properties. They want councils...

27 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour’s Rayner defends buying her council house at a discount

Labour deputy leader and shadow housing secretary Angela Rayner says she is not ashamed to have brought her council house at...

26 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Holiday Let Mortgages - Everything You Need To Know

One of the biggest parts of buying a holiday home is securing a holiday let mortgage which can differ substantially to...

24 February 2024

From: Agent Advice

Backfired! Rent Controls lead to Higher Rents, says Zoopla

Analysis by Zoopla says rent controls introduced in Scotland have directly led to higher rents. The property portal’s research team has analysed...

15 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlord rules in force next month “flawed and unworkable”

A prominent lettings agency has hit out at the latest changes to safety regulations that private landlords must comply with or...

15 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Is a change of government Starmergeddon for Britain’s landlords? 

I’m not especially political and certainly carry no candle for one flavour or another. I might argue that they’re all pretty...

10 February 2024

From: Legislation & Compliance

Surprise, Surprise - renters want landlords to fit eco-friendly features

A survey from NatWest and ratings giant S&P Global shows that 75 per cent of renters across the UK want landlords...

09 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let lender offers new green mortgage products to landlords

Buy To Let lender Paragon Bank has added five-year fixed-rate ‘green’ products to its range of BTL mortgages. Rates start at 4.89...

05 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Capital Appreciation boost for landlords as house prices up again

UK house prices rose by 0.7 per cent in January, resulting in an improvement in the annual rate of house prices...

01 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - the lessons the industry should learn

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on migrating away from the emergency rent controls introduced in September 2022 and extended...

20 January 2024

From: The Big Issues

Record rent rise in 2023 according to new government figures

The Office for National Statistics says private rents in England experienced a 6.1 per cent rise in 2023, the sharpest annual...

18 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlord Alert - warning about defective CO alarms sold online

The think tank Policy Connect is warning that landlords have reported that sub-standard carbon monoxide alarms are persistently available online, leaving...

17 January 2024

From: Breaking News

City Flats Are Back - landlords buy urban units as office working returns

UK landlords are doubling down on urban flats amidst a slow but definite return to conventional office working. Data from Shawbrook Bank...

16 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Tax nightmare for landlords leads to huge rise in buy to let companies

Despite a sharp fall in the number of homes bought by landlords in 2023, the number of limited companies set up...

15 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Rents dip slightly in almost every UK region

The latest HomeLet rental index begins 2024 with a glimmer of hope for tenants as rents have fallen for the second...

12 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Short Lets registration scheme introduced in part of UK

A mandatory short lets registration and licensing scheme is to be introduced in part of the UK, described as a system...

10 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Control proposals are complex, costly and won’t work - claim

New rent control proposals put forward by politicians are unnecessary and too costly according to a leading property expert.  David Alexander -...

10 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Auctioneer says the future is online bidding, not in-person

Landlords have long been a backbone of the auction industry but one player in the sector says the future is online...

10 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Crisis? What Crisis? House prices actually WENT UP in 2023

The latest Halifax house price index shows average house prices rose by 1.1 per cent in December, the third monthly rise...

08 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning to landlords and tenants over fake energy schemes

Letting agents’ trade body Propertymark has issued a warning to the rental sector about scams based on energy efficiency measures.  An increase...

05 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Frustrated returning sellers cut prices - an opportunity for investors?

An analysis of homes that have returned to the market after failing to find a buyer in 2023 suggests that sellers...

04 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Investors could save tens of thousands with cash-only purchases

A new analysis of discounts available to cash buyer suggests they can save tens of thousands of pounds on some property...

28 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Unknown Energy Costs could hurt tenants this winter

A lack of Energy Performance Certificate enforcement is putting tenants at risk from high energy costs or cold homes, according to...

23 December 2023

From: The Big Issues

How will the Build To Rent market look in 2024?

By Luke Lightfoot, Regional Director of Asset Management at Sigma Capital As the fastest growing sub-sector in the UK rental market, it’s...

23 December 2023

From: Top tips & guides

Paragon launches nil-fee five-year BTL fixed-rate mortgages

Paragon Bank has launched new five-year fixed-rate buy-to-let mortgages with nil product fees. Rates start at 5.80 per cent and there is...

19 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Double-digit rise this year takes rents to record high

London has seen the strongest rental growth over the last year according to an analysis by lettings agency Hamptons.   The average rent...

12 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Big Changes This Month for Holiday Lets

The short-term holiday letting industry has significantly expanded in recent years, but this could all change with the introduction of a...

02 December 2023

From: Legislation & Compliance

How many rental homes listed under £1,000 pcm?  New league table

New research has identified locations with the largest volume of available rental stock, based on those units at or below the...

27 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Rents cannot go up indefinitely as affordability crisis hits

Affordability limits have been reached in several regions of the UK, the Home property website suggests. While some regions are still recording...

21 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Government announces changes to Renters Reform Bill

Changes put forward to the Renters Reform Bill to crack down on rogue landlords, protect vulnerable residents and improve the safety of...

15 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Housing Emergency is result of decades of low investment by politicians

A controversial ‘housing emergency’ declared by a city council is the result of decades of low investment in social housing according...

09 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Council declares Housing Emergency ‘with private rents partly to blame’

A major council has declared a Housing Emergency for its city, attributing part of the problem to rising private rents. A statement...

06 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Shock Rent Controls legal judgement - landlords and agents “disappointed”

Scotland’s Court of Session has come down in favour of the Scottish Government when it comes to rent controls. A case against...

03 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Asylum seekers and HMOs - legal challenge to rules relaxation

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health gas come out in support of a legal challenge to the government’s draft regulations exempting...

02 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Autumn Statement - will it help landlords?

Propertymark has set out its stall for next month’s Autumn Statement - and many of the demands are for improvements that...

28 October 2023

From: Tax & Finance

New analysis puts average asking rents approaching £2k

The average asking price across the UK based on the available stock is now £1,829 per month according to property consultancy...

26 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Room rents soar by up to 45% in a year - new data

Room rents continue to skyrocket across the UK, reaching new highs in the third quarter of 2023 according to flatware website...

19 October 2023

From: Breaking News

New App allows activists to complain about Airbnb-style short lets

A tenants’ union has developed an app which it claims makes it easy to complain about short lets. Living Rent - a...

13 October 2023

From: Breaking News

The Big Sell Off - huge number of landlords set to quit

Thousands of landlords are planning to sell properties. A Simply Business survey of 1,455 UK landlords reveals that a quarter of landlords...

12 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Not all landlords pass higher costs on to tenants - new survey

A survey by a finance firm suggests not all landlords are passing their higher mortgage costs on to tenants. Octane Capital has...

12 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Industry expert’s “little hope” of rental market improving for tenants

A lettings industry expert has admitted he has “little hope” that the current rental market crisis for renters will improve. Andy Halstead, HomeLet &...

11 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Tenants given powers to force EPC upgrades on landlords - proposal

The Green Party wants private tenants to be able to force landlords to improve the energy efficiency of homes. The scheme -...

09 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Top 10 Areas With Greatest Buy To Let Yields

A new study has revealed the top 10 UK areas with the greatest rental yield making them ideal for a buy-to-let. Confused.com...

30 September 2023

From: Top tips & guides

Discounts Grow for Landlords Expanding Portfolios - Zoopla

The housing market remains a buyers’ market, with 80 per cent more homes for sale than in September 2021 according to...

29 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Tory identifies single individual responsible for rent rises

A Conservative politician has named an individual who he claims is responsible for high rent rises and increasing homelessness. Murdo Fraser, the...

28 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnb controls may breach data laws and Human Rights Convention

Scotland’s controversial licensing regime on Airbnbs and other short lets, due to start next month, may breach the European Convention on...

20 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Typical tenant pays £2,800 more per year than in 2020 - Zoopla

Zoopla has given its latest market update on the private rental sector, with the headline rent rise now being 10.5 per...

18 September 2023

From: Breaking News

More Time! Call for politicians to extend Airbnb licensing deadline

A countryside property organisation has added its voice to the calls for an extension to a licensing scheme for Airbnbs and...

13 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls Here To Stay says Scottish Government

The Scottish Government says rent controls - already existing as a so-called emergency measure - will become permanent. Scottish First Minister Humza...

07 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Tax (not rental reform) is real reason why landlords quit - claim

Whoever forms the next government must put the private rental sector at the heart of its housing policy. That’s the view of...

06 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Sweeping Tax Reform for Landlords - six key demands

Sweeping tax changes for landlords have been demanded by letting agents group Propertymark. The group has analysed the impact of changes using...

05 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent Petition calls for holiday lets to be licensed by councils

The Generation Rent campaign has launched a petition on its website to give councils power to license holiday lets.  The campaign claims...

01 September 2023

From: Breaking News

It’s Grim Down South - capital appreciation tumbles in the south

New data from Zoopla this morning makes grim reading for landlords, especially those reliant on capital appreciation and with investment properties...

31 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord struck off for “flagrant disregard” over mould in flat

A landlord showed a “flagrant disregard” for her duties, including failing to replace a condemned boiler, and has been struck off. In...

30 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnb Regulation - Last-ditch bid to stop “laughing stock” rules

Trade bodies and short let landlords have made a last-ditch appeal to politicians to stop new rules which could see the...

29 August 2023

From: Breaking News

How Have Yields Changed For Landlords? An agent’s view

By Richard O’Neill, managing director, lettings at Romans Estate Agents As a landlord, your property’s yield is an important figure. It indicates...

25 August 2023

From: Breaking News

In the ever-evolving landscape of rental property management, UK landlords are facing significant changes. Most recently these changes include new energy...

19 August 2023

From: Legislation & Compliance

Rent control experiment at risk of continuing for years

The long running experiment with rent controls and an eviction ban north of the border may yet continue for years to...

18 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Rents up in every region and every country of the UK

Rents continue to rise rapidly in every English region, Scotland and Wales according to the latest market snapshot from the respected...

18 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents' View - How Is The Lettings Market Right Now?

Over recent years, as successive governments have tightened lettings legislation and increased the tax burden on landlords, some with investment properties...

12 August 2023

From: Agent Advice

Airbnb owner refused consent to let because of communal door

An Airbnb flat owner in Scotland has been refused access to let out her flat because it is in a block...

11 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Short Lets Licensing - landlords have only two months to apply

Owners of short-term let properties are being urged to apply for a licence under Scotland’s short-term licensing scheme before the October...

03 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Big drop in number of mortgage-driven house purchases

The number of property transactions fuelled by the mortgage sector has fallen by 42 per cent so far this year. Britain’s more...

01 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Best yields identified for potential buy to let investments

A property investment platform has analysed rental yields to see the best returning areas for buy to let investors. Sourced Franchise analysed...

28 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Shocking new figures offer one reason why rental sector is so strong

New housing affordability figures provide one underlying reason why many potential buyers cannot make the move and instead rely increasingly on...

28 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Housing Minister’s letter branded “rubbish” by angry landlord

An angry reader has contacted Landlord Today with a letter from housing minister Rachel Maclean - which the recipient has branded...

25 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty - should landlords review accuracy of tax?

A long-standing tax consultancy has raised the spectre of too much Stamp Duty ha wing been paid thanks to mistakes made...

13 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Does Transaction Slump offer chance for savvy landlord investors?

New data shows the slump in transactions across the UK - and may trigger opportunities for aggressive investors seeking to take...

12 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Gove wants to extend measures in Renters Reform Bill - BBC report

The BBC says discussions are underway to extend the Renters Reform Bill to specifically outlaw any rental listing banning families and benefit recipients...

06 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Up and Up - New records (again) as rents soar skywards

The average UK rental price is now £1,229 pcm, increasing 1.3 per cent from last month.   Greater London sees a massive...

06 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Desperate sellers flock to “the landlord’s favourite” - auctions

Auctions have long been a favourite way for buy to let and other investors to bag a property bargain. And now it...

30 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Control Failures - case studies wanted to prove the point

Landlords are being asked for any evidence or case studies that can help build a case against rent controls. The National Residential...

19 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent’s Message To Landlords - keep calm and carry on

The long-awaited Renters Reform Bill has been unveiled, as Ministers bid to address the housing crisis and create a fairer rental...

17 June 2023

From: Agent Advice

The Best Buy To Let Areas in the UK

When choosing a buy-to-let property, there are many elements that need to be balanced in order to get the biggest return...

17 June 2023

From: Agent Advice

Top sports team makes desperate appeal to private landlords

A sports team has made the unusual move of issuing a direct appeal to private landlords to help it find accommodation...

15 June 2023

From: Breaking News

More big rent rises across the UK…with London at all-time high

The latest lettings market index shows another big rise - with London at its highest-ever level. HomeLet says the average UK rent...

06 June 2023

From: Breaking News

More big rent rises across UK…with London at all-time high

The latest lettings market index shows another big rise - with London at its highest-ever level. HomeLet says the average UK rent...

06 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Sales of buy to lets now a big factor in housing market

Some 11 per cent of the homes on sale right now are owned by landlords quitting the private rental sector. That’s the...

31 May 2023

From: Breaking News

How Much? Huge tax payments by landlords

Investors and second home buyers contributed over a quarter of all property taxes in the last year according to a property...

30 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Eco-activist wants Renters Reform Bill to be tougher on landlords

The co-leader of the Green Party wants the Renters Reform Bill to go further in restricting the powers of private landlords. Carla...

25 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Rents up across the UK - new official figures

Rents in England their upward path last month, rising 0.1 per cent to an annual rate of 4.7 per cent according...

25 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform - Phil Spencer demands radical simplification of regulations

TV property expert Phil Spencer has called for a radical simplification of the rules surrounding landlord licensing, fees and other regulations. In...

15 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Activists want more anti-landlord measures even before Bill is published

Activists are demanding that the government stop landlords circumnavigating an imminent eviction ban by hiking rents so tenants leave anyway. The London...

10 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Tory MPs unhappy at anti-landlord tone of Rental Reform Bill

A newspaper report claims that some Conservative MPs are unhappy at the anti-landlord tone of the Renters Reform Bill which is...

09 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Old Money - huge private rental wealth in hands of over-50s

Owner-occupiers aged 65-plus hold a record estimated £2.587 trillion of net housing wealth - and their homes are worth a total...

02 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlord Intel - top staycation locations for short lets

The top UK holiday hotspot for 2023 is Yorkshire, according to Sykes Holiday Cottages’ latest Staycation Index report. Known for its picturesque...

29 April 2023

From: Top tips & guides

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