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KEYWORD "Stamp Duty Surcharge" - 218 RESULTS
Overseas landlords still investing in UK property in large numbers

A lettings agency estimates that the number of overseas landlords owning property in the UK has hit a five-year high -...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

New call to scrap stamp duty surcharge to stop supply dwindling

The National Residential Landlords Association is calling on the Chancellor to scrap the three per cent stamp duty levy on the...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Investment rush imminent as overseas buyers try to beat deadline

On top of the rush to beat the stamp duty holiday deadline and changes to Help To Buy - both with cliff...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords rush to incorporate - record numbers last year, says agency

New research suggests there’s been a rush amongst landlords to set up companies through which to manage or purchase buy to...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let Goldrush: 15% of sales last month went to landlords

No fewer than 15 per cent of all sales agreed in November went to landlords, the highest figure for four years. The data...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

HMRC changes SDLT guide - buy to let investors may have overpaid

A tax specialist says the HMRC has amended its guidance on stamp duty in such a way as to suggest many...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Foreign investors eye UK property ahead of stamp duty surcharge

A growing number of international property investors are expected to increase their presence in the UK buy-to-let market over the next...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property investors head north for higher returns

A growing number of buy-to-let investors are heading north for better returns, according to Hamptons International. But while investor demand for property...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital gains tax review: BTL landlords must ‘feel unfairly targeted’

Rishi Sunak is being urged not to increase capital gains tax, as part of the government’s attempts to claw back the...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

What will the government’s stamp duty holiday mean for BTL landlords?

The chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to announce tomorrow changes to the levels of stamp duty paid on properties in England, but...

07 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

Government urged to scrap stamp duty surcharge for landlords

The government should aim to stimulate housing market activity post-lockdown by abolishing the 3% stamp duty surcharge for buy-to-let landlords buying...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Dwindling numbers of buy-to-let property purchases

There has been a significant drop in the proportion of annual sales to buy-to-let landlords as measured by Hamptons International.  The estate...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Foreign investors eye UK property

Despite the growing concern amid the coronavirus pandemic, international property investors are expected to increase their presence in the UK buy-to-let...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Budget 2020: what Rishi Sunak’s announcement means for the PRS

Rishi Sunak's first Budget included new taxes for overseas property buyers, funding to remove unsafe cladding, fresh funds to support the...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Budget 2020: ‘There must be no further taxation on landlords’

The Guild of Property Professionals is calling on the new chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to use his Budget speech, which will take...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

How confident are property investors in the Conservative government?

After two elections and three years of intense debate and hostility, the general election in December seemed to offer the political...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Paragon expects to see continued growth in complex BTL business in 2020

There will be further growth in portfolio and complex buy-to-let lending in 2020, Paragon predicts. There has been greater demand over the...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

One in three landlords plan to sell in the next year

The UK could be heading for a rental crisis, with experts dreading the prospect of a chronic property shortage in the...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

One in 10 homes let by non-UK based landlords

The proportion of homes let in this country by overseas-based landlords has increased, new figures show. The latest data from Hamptons International,...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Half of landlords would not currently invest in the BTL sector

A number of landlords would not currently consider investing in the buy-to-let sector as a consequence of buy-to-let tax and legislative...

21 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

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

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

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Company landlords now own almost 650,000 rental properties

Some 12% of properties in the private rented sector are now owned by a company as tax changes make private landlords...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

The next chancellor must reverse ‘tax changes impacting private landlords’

The Tory leadership contest is well underway with just two candidates - Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt - left in the...

28 June 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

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

Growing number of BTL landlords shun London’s property market after tax hikes

There has been a sharp decline in the number of buy-to-let landlords investing in the capital’s property market since the 3%...

15 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

Chancellor urged to ‘breathe life back into the private landlord sector’

Buy-to-let landlords believe that today’s Spring Statement provides the chancellor Philip Hammond with an opportunity to bolster activity in the buy-to-let...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Is the buy-to-let market as good as dead and buried?

Investors have long turned to residential property as a means of supplementing their income, supported by strong demand from tenants and...

03 January 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

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

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

From: Sponsored Content

MPs accused of ‘attacking’ the BTL industry ‘for their own purposes’

Having ignored calls to stop punishing landlords and rethink its stamp duty attack on the buy-to-let sector, along with the phasing out of mortgage...

05 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

From: Sponsored Content

New measures are “another nail in the coffin for buy-to-let”

Buy-to-let is a lot tougher than it once was. Landlords’ returns have been squeezed by the introduction of the 3% stamp duty...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp decline in buy-to-let purchases since 2015

Buy-to-let investors spent £12.1bn on new buy-to-let purchases during the first half of 2018, down 30% on three years ago, fresh...

16 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

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

Average rents hit new record-high

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes in August increased to an all-time high of 40%, up from 31% a month...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords continue to see ‘the worth in property investment’

The number of buy-to-let landlords acquiring new properties continues to tumble as recent tax changes bite, but property remains a viable...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords offload almost 4,000 properties a month

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

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage intermediaries forecast a more stable outlook for buy-to-let business

The level of landlord business looks set to stabilise over the next 12 months, according to Paragon’s latest Financial Adviser Confidence...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord incentivises needed to ‘stop rents from spiralling out of control’

The government must start to provide financial incentives for buy-to-let landlords prepared to offer longer tenancies or risk seeing rents soar,...

14 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

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

UK rents set to rise as demand outstrips supply

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

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Allsop defy political uncertainty, but BTL investors remain cautious

Allsop’s latest residential auction in London raised more than £67m, with a success rate of 75%, but buy-to-let investors in the...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government responds to petition demanding tax changes for landlords

The government has responded to a petition calling on the reintroduction of full mortgage interest relief and the scrapping of the...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Changes to landlords’ tax rules needed to boost supply of new homes to rent

With the number of homes coming up to let in short supply, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling on the...

25 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

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

Buy-to-let activity is ‘alive and kicking’

The buy-to-let market in London and the South East has seen stronger levels of activity since the start of the year...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Rise in demand for buy-to-let mortgages

There has been a sharp rise in demand for buy-to-let mortgages after a number of two-year fixed deals came to end. A...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb sees sharp rise in bookings thanks to the royal wedding

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding has caused a major tourism boost for areas surrounding London and Windsor as illustrated...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

 ‘Pro-growth tax and planning policies’ needed to support private landlords

Buy-to-let landlords are currently in retreat in the housing market, leaving many tenants struggling to find suitable rented accommodation, new analysis...

14 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

Five-year BTL mortgage interest rates fall to record lows

The average five-year fixed rate has fallen to a joint record-low of 3.43%, a rate last seen in October 2017, according...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Treasury urged to ‘encourage and support landlords’

The Treasury should focus on easing the housing crisis by thinking more ‘creatively’ and using taxation to ‘encourage and support’ buy-to-let...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Property investors remain resilient

A third of property professionals in this country are set to add to their portfolios this year as appetite for opportunistic...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Profits at Nationwide fall due to ‘subdued buy-to-let mortgage market’

Nationwide has seen profits fall following a drop in buy-to-let mortgages as demand for rental properties continue to fall. It is currently...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in serious mortgage arrears

There has been a significant increase in the number of landlords who are seriously behind with their mortgage payments, new figures...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Close to half of BTL landlords looking to expand portfolios

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

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

A ‘perfect storm’ is brewing for buy-to-let landlords

News that a growing number of buy-to-let landlords are likely to exit the private rented sector or reduce the size of...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

One in five landlords set to reduce their portfolio, says NLA

A high number of landlords plan to scale back buy-to-let investments over the next 12 months, according to a new study....

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

2017 was a ‘tough year’ for landlords but there is still ‘appetite’ for BTL

The phasing out of mortgage interest relief and tougher mortgage lending conditions contributed to what was a rather difficult 2017 for...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Tax hikes is incentivising the use of homes as ‘short-term holiday lets’

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are letting out their homes as short-term holiday lets, making them no longer available for...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords sell up as buy-to-let crackdown bites

The past few months have seen a number of buy-to-let investors sell up, and this is expected to place upward pressure...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Council tax discount for landlords may be scrapped

Buy-to-let landlords could soon be hit with an empty homes tax after the Chancellor Philip Hammond yesterday gave local councils the...

23 November 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

Tax breaks for landlords needed to keep them in the market

A raft of ‘anti-landlord’ policies introduced by the government have prompting concern that buy-to-let landlords with low profit margins could end...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The annual rate of rental growth slows

Annual rental price growth slowed between September and October with the cost of the average new let in Great Britain increasing...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Is buy-to-let still a good investment? The PM certainly seems to think so

Over the past couple of years, private landlords have suffered some disappointing blows compared with other investors, such as the scrapping...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage lending remains flat

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

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents under ‘increasing pressure’ from changing legislation

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

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

UK slips down EU buy-to-let league table

The UK has dropped into the bottom five European buy-to-let markets for investors as UK yields plummet, according to the latest...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips every landlord should consider when investing in student property

A number of buy-to-let landlords are turning their attention to student housing, which is regarded by many property investors as a...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to run their buy-to-let portfolio ‘as a business’

Private landlords are being advised to adopt a more professional approach when it comes to managing their property portfolio, after new...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords ‘batten down the hatches’ and increase rents

A growing number of landlords are selling off properties and increasing rents in response to regulatory changes and political uncertainty after...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

‘Landlord tax’ raises £2bn from buy-to-let investors

The Treasury has so far pocketed around £2bn as a result of the 3% stamp duty surcharge on additional homes, including...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Shortage of homes continuing to drive up rents

Rents look set to increase further in the coming months, as the supply-demand imbalance continues to grow. With landlords facing increasing pressure...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

More BTL landlords needed to meet demand from a growing population

Supply and demand are perhaps the most fundamental concepts of economics, and it is the main reason why UK house prices...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing shortage drives up rents

A chronic shortage of properties continues to drive rental prices upwards across the country, according to the Association of Residential Letting...

28 July 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

New government needs to focus on attracting BTL landlords

The new Tory-led government is being urged to reverse punitive tax policies affecting private landlords in order to increase much needed...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Theresa May’s plan to govern with DUP will not halt ‘landlord bashing’

Over the weekend Number 10 said that a deal with the Democratic Unionists had been reached, but was then forced to...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Demand for buy-to-let falls as higher taxes bite

The number of buy-to-let landlords registering to buy property fell last month by 3.7% in England and Wales compared with the...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in the number of first time buy-to-let investors

There has been a significant increase in the number of people investing in the buy-to-let sector for the first time over...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL deals available to limited companies double in a year

It is a currently a challenging time for buy-to-let landlords, following a raft of changes introduced by the government which are...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharp decline in BTL valuations due to ‘government’s anti-landlord policies’

There has been a significant fall in buy-to-let valuation activity, according to forecasts by Connells Survey & Valuation. The proportion of buy-to-let...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords adopting a ‘more strategic’ approach to investing in London

Recent tax changes mean that investing in buy-to-let property will no longer deliver the returns it once did for many landlords,...

15 May 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

Buy-to-let property continues to deliver ‘strong returns’

Having long provided mega double-digit returns for investors, investment in buy-to-let continues to outperform other major asset classes, including bonds, cash...

13 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

Rental price growth cools after stamp duty hike on BTL homes

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

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let is becoming a ‘less attractive investment for landlords’, says ARLA

The past year has been a challenging time for landlords, following a raft of changes introduced by the government, prompting concern...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Luke Burton, Sales & Marketing Director at Rent4sure

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

29 March 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

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

The government is ‘wiping out the buy-to-let economy’

Philip Hammond’s failure to reverse the previous chancellor George Osborne’s deeply unpopular tax reforms will have far-reaching implications for the buy-to-let...

09 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

Majority of landlords undeterred by tax changes

The government’s decision to introduce a raft of changes, including buy-to-let tax hikes, to create what the former chancellor George Osborne...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Growing wealth in the BTL sector ‘fuelling cash purchases’

The proportion of buy-to-let landlords acquiring property in cash increased to 61% in January, the highest level since records began a...

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents to rise faster than house prices in next five years, says RICS

Rental prices look set to increase faster than house prices over the next five years, according to the Royal Institution of...

10 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

Government urged to reconsider changes to tax relief for residential landlords

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is urging the government to reconsider pending taxation changes announced by the now former chancellor George...

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

Dress to impress to achieve a higher rental yield

Home staging can not only help to make a property highly desirable, but it can also help to deliver a higher...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Number of buy-to-let landlords struggling to pay mortgages hits 2-year high

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are struggling to keep up with their mortgage payments, new figures show Mortgage arrears among landlords...

05 January 2017

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

Why does the government have it in for buy-to-landlords?

In the UK, we have a chronic shortage of housing. Apparently we need 200,000 new houses a year but last year...

17 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Modest annual growth as rents hit ‘an affordability ceiling’

Annual rental price growth reached 3.1% in November taking the average UK rent to £898 per month, which although higher than November...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Increasing supply has boosted ‘tenants negotiating power’

Buy-to-let landlords who scrambled to acquire homes earlier this year are beginning to rent them out or now looking to re-let...

12 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let purchases plummet following government’s ‘war on landlords’

There has been a sharp decline in the volume of buy-to-let transactions following the government’s outright assault on buy-to-let landlords, according...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let valuation instructions plummet 18.5%

Buy-to-let valuation instructions have dropped sharply since the stamp duty surcharge was introduced on additional properties – and now the government’s...

07 December 2016

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Demand slumps following ‘extraordinary attack on buy-to-let landlords’

One of Britain’s largest housebuilders has warned of a sharp decline in demand caused by Brexit uncertainty and the government’s outright...

05 December 2016

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Landlord confidence returning as buy-to-let lending to limited companies soars

Landlord confidence is now at its highest in a year, as a growing number of buy-to-let investors seek to overcome recent...

02 December 2016

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

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

02 December 2016

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Buy-to-let landlords likely to increase rents to offset higher costs

There are growing fears that tenants will end up bearing the cost of the government’s decision to ban letting agents' fees...

29 November 2016

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

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

29 November 2016

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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

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Investors are fed-up with government’s ‘anti-landlord’ policies and want change

It is not the best time to be a buy-to-let landlord at the moment, with a raft of changes introduced by...

21 November 2016

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Tenant arrears set to soar

Tenant defaults could increase significantly over the next 12 months amid reports that many buy-to-let landlords plan to increase rents next...

19 November 2016

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Landlord borrowing falls by 7% as lull hits buy-to-let market

The level of buy-to-let borrowing was down 7% between August and September as the introduction of the 3% stamp duty surcharge...

16 November 2016

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Many buy-to-let landlords plan to add to their buy-to-let portfolio

A significant number of buy-to-let landlords are planning to increase their property portfolios over the next few years, according to research...

11 November 2016

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Buy-to-let activity levels drop 13.3% but predicted to grow

Buy-to-let activity contracted 13.3% over the last 12 months, which is unsurprising given the raft of tax changes by the government...

09 November 2016

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Greater ‘appetite’ for buy-to-let properties after ‘topsy-turvy’ summer

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

02 November 2016

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Stamp duty surcharge is a ‘by the back door’ tax hike

Almost 40% of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) raised in the third quarter of the year came from property transactions which...

01 November 2016

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Rents rise by 2.3% over the last year, but clamp down on PRS anticipated

Private tenants saw average rents rise by 2.3% in the 12 months to September 2016, unchanged compared with the year to...

31 October 2016

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Tory peer condemns government’s attack on buy-to-let

Lord Flight, a former Conservative Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has once again slammed his own party’s buy-to-let tax changes,...

22 October 2016

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Associations slam decision to continue 3% stamp duty surcharge

Landlords and lettings agents have expressed disappointment at the Welsh government’s decision to press ahead with proposals for a 3% stamp...

19 October 2016

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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

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Buy-to-let enquiries soar

Enquiries from investors seeking to acquire buy-to-let properties have increased by 30% since May, following an initial dip in activity after the...

13 October 2016

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Buy-to-let mortgage lending rockets despite stamp duty hike

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

12 October 2016

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Buy-to-let tax changes could be catalyst for a ‘major price correction’

Residential property prices could be on the verge of falling sharply largely because of the government’s buy-to-let tax changes, according the...

11 October 2016

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Coventry launches new buy-to-let rates

Coventry for Intermediaries has announced rate cuts across a range of its 70% loan-to-value (LTV) buy-to-let products, enabling brokers to offer...

11 October 2016

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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

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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

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Buy-to-let lending remains subdued

Mortgage lending may have rebounded in August with gross lending last month reaching a nine-year high of £22.5bn, but the buy-to-let...

26 September 2016

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Free landlord and property investor event comes to London this October

Investors, landlords and property enthusiasts will descend on London's ExCel on October 7 and 8 for the annual Property Investor &...

23 September 2016

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Buy-to-let mortgage rates plummet to record lows

Buy-to-let investors are continuing to enjoy a fall in mortgage rates, particularly those looking for longer-term fixed rates, following last month’s...

23 September 2016

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Tenants face potential rent rises as the supply of rental homes falls

Tenants are potentially facing steeper living costs following a significant drop in the supply of rental properties, new figures suggest. Some 87.6%...

20 September 2016

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Buy-to-let moving towards ‘an era of professionalism’

Recent changes hitting buy-to-landlords, including the introduction of a 3% stamp duty surcharge and cuts to mortgage interest tax relief next...

20 September 2016

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Surge in buy-to-let activity post-Brexit

Buy-to-let activity surged in August despite the various economic and political challenges that the sector has faced recently, fresh research shows. Despite the...

12 September 2016

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Rents reach record high

Rents in the private rented sector continued to rise in July, hitting an average of £846 across England and Wales, according to...

12 September 2016

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Sharp rise in limited company applications from buy-to-let landlords

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are making mortgage applications via limited companies, according to the Buy to Let Club. The trend...

24 August 2016

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More landlords looking to expand their portfolios over the coming year

There has been a slight uptick in the proportion of landlords and investors looking to expand their portfolios over the next...

17 August 2016

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Shortage of family homes available to rent, agent claims

There is a shortage of rental properties suitable for families, according to the latest rental index from 170 branch letting agency...

16 August 2016

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Buy-to-let lending continues recovery but borrowing still down 15% y-o-y

The buy-to-let mortgage market’s recovery continued in June with the number of loans up 12% month-on-month, according to the latest mortgage...

11 August 2016

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Government should scrap stamp duty to create a 'buoyant and vibrant' market

The Society of Licensed Conveyancers (SLC) has called for the government to abolish stamp duty to create a more “buoyant and...

08 August 2016

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Buy-to-let landlords undeterred by stamp duty surcharge

The first figures following the introduction of the stamp duty surcharge for buy-to-let landlords and second homebuyers have been released by...

01 August 2016

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Scrap stamp duty or watch tenants bear the brunt of buy-to-let tax hikes

The government is being urged to scrap stamp duty for buy-to-let landlords who want to add to their property portfolio and...

25 July 2016

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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

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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

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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

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Landlord lending falls as first-time buyer mortgages jump

Buy-to-let house purchase lending was under half what it was in the in the months leading up to the stamp duty changes, while...

14 July 2016

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Landlords may wish to reconsider plans to sell-off property as savings rates plummet

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

12 July 2016

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NLA cautiously welcome BTL lending criteria proposals

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

05 July 2016

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Rents fall as landlords flood rental market

Rents have started to fall as landlords who rushed to acquire homes before the introduction of the extra stamp duty surcharge...

20 June 2016

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Buy-to-let investors now have one eye on overseas markets

Soaring UK house prices, the recent hike in stamp duty for buy-to-let investors and now the EU referendum are creating renewed...

17 June 2016

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Buy-to-let investors to sell up in droves

Thousands of landlords will be forced to sell up over the next couple of years amid Chancellor George Osborne’s tax hikes...

17 June 2016

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Fall in serious rent arrears

There has been a drop in the number of tenants falling into serious rent arrears, which is great news for renters...

15 June 2016

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Rents forecast to rise as more landlords seek to reduce tax liability

Rents look set to rise in the near term as landlords pass on the higher costs heaped on them by new taxes...

13 June 2016

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Slump in supply of properties available to rent

There was a notable decline in the volume of new rental properties listed by landlords in May as the recent stamp...

09 June 2016

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Investors want extra stamp duty scrapped

Professional investors should be exempt from the recently introduced 3% stamp duty surcharge, according to the Better Renting for Britain campaign. Some of...

06 June 2016

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Buy-to-let investors target new 'complex' strategies

It has been just over two months since buy-to-let landlords were hit with unreasonable tax changes designed to deter them from...

02 June 2016

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UK private sector rents up 2.6% year-on-year

Private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK increased by 2.6% in the 12 months to April 2016, unchanged when...

27 May 2016

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Landlords reap significant returns as rents soar

Buy-to-let continues to provide double-digit bumper returns for investors with rents currently rising at the fastest pace since last autumn. The latest...

24 May 2016

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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

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More UK landlords set to invest in homes overseas

Almost a quarter of landlords in the UK are now considering investing in property abroad to avoid the new stamp duty...

23 May 2016

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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

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Stamp duty deadline pushes up mortgage lending

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

18 May 2016

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Stamp duty surcharge on additional homes – what landlords need to know

The recent increase in stamp duty land tax (“SDLT”) on “additional residential dwellings” represents the latest in a series of measures...

16 May 2016

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Landlords eye commercial deals

An increasing number of landlords are diversifying away from residential property and investing in property types that have a more favourable...

10 May 2016

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London rents set to rise by over £5,000 by 2021

Landlords in the capital could see the rental value of their London-based buy-to-let properties soar over the next few years, as...

06 May 2016

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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

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Government U-turn over duty surcharge on granny annexes

There has been a broad welcome for what would appear to be a government U-turn over the imposition of the stamp...

14 April 2016

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Bank of England announces buy-to-let mortgage crackdown

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

30 March 2016

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BUDGET 2016: Blow to corporate investors

Chancellor George Osborne has announced that the planned stamp duty hike on purchases of additional property will include those who buy...

17 March 2016

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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

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Brexit adds to housing market uncertainty

The Brexit referendum is adding to housing market uncertainty which has seen a 2% drop in sales in major UK cities,...

29 February 2016

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Retirees’ love affair with buy-to-let continues

Retirement customers looking to invest the tax free cash lump sum from their pension pots into the buy-to-let property market has...

23 February 2016

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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

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Property experts says tax changes will lead to higher rents

One of the country‘s leading rental sector analysts is warning that tax changes for landlords’ mortgage interest relief, and the imminent...

11 February 2016

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Warning against falling for stamp duty surcharge 'avoidance' scam

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is warning private investors not to be lured by firms offering schemes which allegedly promise to...

10 February 2016

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BTL purchases could outstrip remortgages in Q1 2016

Buy-to-let remortgage transactions outstripped purchases by more than 2:1 in 2015, according to the latest Complex Buy to Let Index from...

13 January 2016

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Buy-to-let market to slump in 2016 and 2017, mortgage lenders predict

The Council of Mortgage Lenders is warning of a possible slump for the buy-to-let market in the next two years. “Buy to...

21 December 2015

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Buy-to-let targeted as Scotland slaps extra 3% duty on 'additional homes'

Scottish finance minister John Swinney is to introduce a 3% surcharge on the full purchase price of all ‘additional properties –...

18 December 2015

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Buy-to-let taxes will lead to landlord rush to incorporate

A report from a mortgage lender has claimed that new taxes on buy-to-let will trigger a lending surge as landlords rush...

04 December 2015

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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

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