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KEYWORD "Second Homes" - 107 RESULTS
Investors no longer driving force behind off-plan sales

The extreme shortage of properties for sale has fuelled the first rise in new homes sold off-plan since 2016 - but...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists want holiday lets allowed only to long-term local residents

The activist group Acorn is lobbying a local council to deny people the right to buy a second home or let...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour MP launches ‘First Homes, Not Second Homes’ campaign

A Labour MP in the westcountry appears to be winning support for a campaign he has launched called First Homes, Not...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive tax hike and stiffer rules for holiday lets in one part of UK

The Welsh Government has announced an increase to the maximum level of council tax premiums for second homes, as well as...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls and EPCs - landlords urged to respond to consultation

A prominent country property expert has issued an urgent appeal to rural landlords to become involved in the consultation process which...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Conservatives increasingly keen on helping renters rather than landlords

A poll of Conservative voters shows strong majorities for higher taxes on second homes and empty properties, and tougher demands on...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory MP lobbies Sunak over “tax-avoiding absentee landlords”

An MP has lobbied Chancellor Rishi Sunak about what he calls “tax avoiding absentee landlords” who have moved into the holiday...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and short lets wreck local housing markets, say conservationists

The Council for the Protection of Rural England is the latest body to blast Airbnb and other short lets for their...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax clampdown on holiday lets will help 'genuine’ agents - claim

A tourism chief has stood up in favour of closing what the government calls a tax loophole for landlords letting out...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Compulsory Landlord Register? Clamp-down likely on holiday lets

The government looks set to clamp down on holiday rentals and will this year formally consult on the concept of a...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Hotspot’s second homes council tax premium to be agreed soon

Councillors in a second home hotspot will be asked to decide on the level of council tax premium for the next...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls on the agenda for another part of the UK

The new coalition of the Scottish National Party and the Greens in Scotland has pledged to introduce rent controls - and...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-second home campaigners set up Parliamentary petition

Some 6,000 signatures have so far been added to an online petition calling on the Welsh Parliament to “address” the issue...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Bravo for second home-owners - senior politician speaks up for sector

A leading politician in Wales has spoken out in favour of second homeowners, who are under increasing scrutiny in that country...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s War! Activists and Green Party at loggerheads over landlords

Activists in the Acorn pro-tenant movement have sharply criticised the Green Party which runs Brighton council for allegedly failing to prosecute...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC and Valuation Office working on new tax regime for holiday lets

A government housing minister has confirmed to the House of Lords that a new tax regime for Airbnb hosts and holiday...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Holiday Lets backlash - protest claims local being priced out

The protest movement against second homes in Wales appears to be gathering pace. The BBC reports that over 150 campaigners have gathered...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Incentives for landlords to shun Airbnb short lets - council call

The leader of a council in one of the areas of the UK with the highest number of Airbnb-style short lets...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent control momentum grows - petition nears 50,000 signatures

A petition urging rent caps for private tenants and hefty tax rises for second home owners is now nearing its 50,000...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb fights back against criticism of short lets

Airbnb has issued a lengthy statement in response to a recent raft of criticisms about the effects of soaring numbers of...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Cheaper Rents - tenants' protest scheduled for next week

Protesters in a part of the UK with high numbers of holiday lets will stage a demonstration next week demanding cheaper...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Nationalist politicians complain about promoting buy to let

Welsh Nationalist politicians are complaining about a finance company which identified part of Wales as having attractive yields for buy to...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New attack underway on rental and holiday homes

An estate agent in Scotland is warning that a new attack on the rental sector and holiday homes may be underway.  Jennifer...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Holiday lets set to face extra financial penalties in one part of UK

Landlords in the holiday let market in Wales look almost certain to face hefty new barriers under proposals being considered by...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New petition calls for rent controls and additional home taxes

A petition urging rent caps for private tenants and hefty tax rises for second home owners has got 42,000 backers -...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Council considers 50% tax premium on second homes

A public consultation is underway on proposals for a local authority to increase the council tax premium for second homes -...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Soaring number of second homes jumping on staycation bandwagon

The number of second homes in the UK has risen 30 per cent over the last five years, according to a...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Should investors take advantage of Florida’s market boom?

The spring market in Florida is white-hot at the moment, rivalling the increasing temperatures across the state as people begin their...

13 April 2021

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Closing tax loophole for rentals doesn’t go far enough for some

The closing of a tax loophole which allow some owners of holiday lets to avoid paying council tax does not go...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

What should you do to maximise the rental potential of your property?

The first thing you need to consider when you’re buying a second property is what are you buying it for –...

08 March 2021

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Labour swipe at Budget “giveaway for landlords”

Labour has accused Chancellor Rishi Sunak of prioritising a tax break for landlords over the need for affordable housing or help for...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords targeted for another huge tax from government

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

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Additional home buyers should require planning consent - claim

Buyers of second or holiday homes in Snowdonia National Park should require planning permission to purchase. That’s the view of the park's...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Second homes under attack from locals hit by high house prices

Local people in a part of Wales claim they are being priced out of their communities by investment buyers and second home...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Increasing capital gains tax would ‘have a detrimental impact on supply’

Increasing capital gains tax would almost certainly have an adverse impact on the private rented sector, according to NAEA Propertymark and...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Kent Reliance introduces new buy-to-let tax guide

The buy-to-let market has been impacted by tax rule changes in recent years, and as a result landlords have been unable...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

The options set to reinvigorate the buy-to-let market

It’s no secret that the war on landlords has escalated heavily since 2016 and as we find ourselves in a new...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

General election 2019: Key housing policies, at a glance

With just one day until voting day, each of the main political parties has outlined its plans for the country, including for...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost a third of landlords report a rise in tenant demand

There was an increase in the number of landlords reporting growth in tenant demand in the third quarter of the year. Paragon’s...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

BTL landlords are worried about the prospect of a Labour government

Hundreds of buy-to-let landlords have expressed concerns for the future of the buy-to-let industry if Labour comes into power.  Boris Johnson is...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Leek United cuts buy-to-let rates

Leek United has reduced rates on its buy-to-let products by up to 40bps. The lender’s five-year fixed rate buy-to-let product is now...

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

Are you entitled to a stamp duty rebate following landmark court case?

Primas Law is urging landlords and property developers to seek legal advice about potential stamp duty rebates on ‘uninhabitable’ second properties...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in the number of people with additional properties

The buy-to-let boom over the past 20 years has contributed significantly to the number of people who own second homes. More than...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s new ‘tax bombshell’ – party plans to scrap council tax for renters

Renters would stop paying council tax under radical plans being considered by the Labour Party. A Labour-commissioned report calls on the party...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents in London set to increase as tenant fees ban approaches

Rents in London look set to rise sharply over the next few months, as the supply of rental accommodation dwindles while...

24 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

MPs invest in BTL market with taxpayers’ money

A number of MPs are currently earning rental income from properties that they bought with public help, according to a fresh...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Could BTL investors avoid 3% stamp duty surcharge following tax tribunal ruling?

HMRC could soon be flooded with stamp duty surcharge refund requests from buy-to-let investors following a potential precedent set at a...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: ‘Chancellor's housing plans simply don't go far enough’

The chancellor Philip Hammond has once again failed to deliver for private landlords, with yesterday’s rather low-key Spring Statement yet another...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise 7.5% over the next three years

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

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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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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

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

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

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords could save more than £1,300 a year on letting agent fees – claim

Buy-to-let landlords could save hundreds, if not thousands of pounds every year by not instructing a letting agent to let their property. The...

01 August 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

Rent collection service aims to offer landlords ‘financial security’

Unpaid rent and rent arrears are the main reason for tenant evictions, according to Belvoir’s Q1 rental index, but that could...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

South West has highest proportion of rented properties let as second homes

The number of properties rented as a second home in Great Britain reached 13,680 last year, the highest number on record,...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

More than half of BTL landlords to offload properties, says Property Partner

Over half of private landlords plan to sell some of their buy-to-let properties this year, it has been claimed. Some 54% of landlords...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

How does GDPR affect small landlords?

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

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords, Let Your Property for Free!

This February HomeRenter announces new trial offer package... HomeRenter, the online lettings marketplace which launched a beta version in Autumn 2017 and...

12 February 2018

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Rents increase across the UK but at their lowest level since 2014

The average asking rent across the UK, excluding London, increased by 0.7% in 2017, which is the lowest rate of growth...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Evicted tenant treated for depression as tax hikes force landlords to sell up

A mother of five who was forced to endure what has been described as ‘six months of family hell’ is being...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Philip Hammond urged to scrap stamp duty

The Chancellor Philip Hammond should scrap stamp duty because it would encourage more buy-to-let landlords to invest in the private rented...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

World’s ‘most successful’ Airbnb landlord earns £11.9m a year in London

The world's ‘most successful’ Airbnb landlord is based in London and currently makes £11.9m a year in rental income, renting out...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing shortage drives up rents in England and Wales

A decline in the number of rental properties on the market is driving rents upwards across England and Wales, fresh figures...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL tax changes the ‘next pension crisis’, warns NLA

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

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let tax u-turn needed to ensure PRS ‘continues to perform well’

Given that Britain will soon have one of the toughest tax regimes for private landlords in the western world once mortgage...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax reforms continue to deter buy-to-let landlords

The number of mortgages approved for buy-to-let acquisitions fell in April, according to the latest figures, which suggest that many landlords...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Just a few hours until the polls close #GE2017

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

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Claim your free ticket for the Property Investor & Homebuyer Show

The Property Investor & Homebuyer Show, the UK’s most comprehensive property exhibition, takes place at London ExCeL this week – 28...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Developers plead for rethink on buy-to-let tax

More than three quarters of housebuilders would like to see the government reconsider its buy-to-let tax policies as part of a...

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Best buy-to-let mortgages: rates at a record low

Looking for a buy-to-let mortgage? There are some excellent deals available – provided you know where to look. The number of buy-to-let...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Free landlord and property investor event to be held at EcXel

Buy-to-let Landlords will descend on London's ExCel on April 28 and 29 for the annual Property Investor & Homebuyer Show, which...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Chancellor fails to deliver for buy-to-let landlords

Despite pressure from the property industry, including landlords, letting agents and housebuilders, the chancellor Philip Hammond opted not to reverse the...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Making the switch to commercial property – how to avoid the risks

Daniel Stern explains the risks associated with leasing commercial property and how to best mitigate against them.  Given that tax relief on...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords undeterred by stamp duty surcharge

The number of second homes liable to pay stamp duty increased to 62,800 in the final quarter of last year, up...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending falls following introduction of new rules

Paragon Bank witnessed a sharp decline in its buy-to-let lending in the final quarter last year following the introduction of more...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental demand drops to two-year low

Demand for rented homes has fallen to a two-year low, while the supply of properties to rent has edged up marginally,...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Ministers urged to scrap stamp duty surcharge to help solve housing crisis

Buy-to-let landlords are calling for the Welsh government to help get the housing market in Wales moving again by amending or...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of letting agents expect rents to rise in 2017

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

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Refurbishing a property – the dos and don’ts

Thanks to the chancellor’s tax measures, many landlords now have to review their portfolios to find ways to protect their profits....

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Autumn Statement ‘missed opportunity’ to support buy-to-let landlords

Buy-to-let landlords have been left disappointed at the 'missed opportunity' in the Autumn Statement to support those that invest in the...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Remortgage levels drop to 6-month low

September was the worst month for remortgaging since the EU referendum, new figures from conveyancing firm LMS show. The research found that...

01 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let levy on landlords sees £670m boost for the taxman

A quarter of all residential properties acquired in the summer were either a buy-to-let investment or a second home, fresh data...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Rental property supply plummets

The supply of homes listed on the market to let has fallen sharply now that pretty much all of the buy-to-let...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

UK faces shortage of 1.8 million rental homes, says RICS

The UK is facing a chronic shortage of homes to rent, chartered surveyors have said, largely because of tax changes for...

08 October 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let in Scotland “represents a sound investment opportunity”

The buy-to-let market in Scotland has remained resilient throughout 2016 and continues to offer enticing rental yields for landlords, according to...

09 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Demand for buy-to-let set to ‘remain strong’ this year

Despite the government’s decision to cut tax incentives and increase stamp duty rates for landlords, many mortgage brokers believe that demand...

20 July 2016

From: Breaking News

New Chancellor urged to suspend stamp duty

The former president of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) is calling on the new Chancellor, Philip Hammond, to consider...

18 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending set to ‘cool significantly’

Mortgage lenders look set to impose more stringent checks on buy-to-let landlords seeking funds to acquire property, as part of a...

18 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let: Landlords expected to set up companies to save tax

Landlords are increasingly expected to exploit a loophole in the law that allows them to avoid the Chancellor George Osborne’s hefty, punitive...

08 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let boom fuels house sales surge

There was a 10% increase in the number of residential property transactions in the first quarter of the year compared with the...

23 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge won’t dampen buy-to-let market - Bank of England

There was enormous appetite among buy-to-let investors to purchase property before the stamp duty surcharge on second homes was introduced on...

19 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Rental homes flood onto the market

Landlords who rushed to acquire homes before the new 3% stamp duty increase on buy-to-let properties and second homes are now starting...

16 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge welcomed by homeowners

More than twice as many people (47%) support the second home 3% stamp duty surcharge than oppose it (18%), according to...

22 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Spike in rental property listings

The rush to beat the 1 April second homes stamp duty deadline saw a big rise in new rental properties being...

08 April 2016

From: Breaking News

BTL investors “stormed the housing market” says NAEA

Estate agents have reported an increase in the number of buy-to-let investors trying to push sales through before April stamp duty...

30 March 2016

From: Breaking News

More than half of landlords halting portfolio investment plans

With just three weeks to go until the 3% stamp duty hike on buy-to-lets and second homes kicks in, research suggests...

15 March 2016

From: Breaking News

February sees buy-to-let bustle

The UK’s buy-to-let sector has experienced a surge of activity as investors rush to complete their transactions before the new stamp...

09 March 2016

From: Breaking News

High price of missing stamp duty deadline

Time is running out to escape the stamp duty surcharge on buy-to-let properties and second homes and the cost of failure...

17 February 2016

From: Breaking News

BTL tax clampdown “won’t help Generation Rent”

The mortgage director of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations has said that George Osborne’s clampdown on buy-to-let...

03 December 2015

From: Breaking News

RLA: stamp duty hike will drive up rents

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has warned that the stamp duty hike announced in the Autumn statement will only worsen the...

30 November 2015

From: Breaking News

BTL stamp duty changes: the industry reacts

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

27 November 2015

From: Breaking News

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