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Why buy-to-let is still going strong

Over the past two years we have seen a drastic shake up in the buy-to-let sector. Starting with rental tax changes announced...

23 February 2017

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What opportunities and challenges lie ahead for BTL landlords this year?

We all know that buy-to-let investors face a challenging time, but what are the key issues affecting landlords? Karen Bennett looks...

17 February 2017

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Almost 17% of homes could become unrentable by 2018

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

15 February 2017

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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

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WHAT’S TO COME FOR THE UK HOUSING MARKET?

Following the events of 2016, it’s easy to see why experts across the country are torn when it comes to the...

10 February 2017

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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

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Landlords need ‘protection against rogue tenants’

The government has vowed to offer private renters extra protections and safeguards, as set out in the long-awaited white paper yesterday,...

08 February 2017

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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

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New BTL loans for small portfolio landlords launched

Post Office Money has launched a new range of buy-to-let mortgages aimed at those buying their first rental property or already...

03 February 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Rate cuts will enable more people to ‘invest in the buy-to-let market’

Given the recent changes to buy-to-let mortgage interest relief and stamp duty charges, New Street Mortgages is among those buy-to-let lenders...

26 January 2017

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London’s super-prime rental market benefits from sales slowdown

The prime rental market in the capital has benefitted from the sales slowdown, with greater stock and more people needing to...

19 January 2017

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Buy-to-let lending hits highest level since stamp duty surge

There was a significant rise in the amount buy-to-let landlords borrowed to invest in property before the introduction of new affordability...

18 January 2017

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Prime rental values fell in the Home Counties last year

Prime rents in the Home Counties dropped by an average of 0.8% last year, as a higher number of homes available...

17 January 2017

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The best (and worst) postcodes for buy-to-let returns unveiled

The key to a successful long-term buy-to-let investment is securing solid rental yields for income returns and the potential for capital...

16 January 2017

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Buy-to-let lending ‘returned to normal’ in Q4 2016

Buy-to-let lending returned to some form of normality during the fourth quarter of 2016, according to fresh lending figures. The share of...

11 January 2017

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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

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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

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New podcasts designed to ‘educate’ buy-to-let landlords

Private renting policy changes will undoubtedly challenge many private landlords, and could even drive some small buy-to-let investors out of the...

09 January 2017

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Sharp rise in limited company buy-to-let applications

An increasing number of buy-to-let landlords are looking to overcome recent government interventions in the market by acquiring property via limited...

06 January 2017

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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

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Stuart Law – what to expect in 2017

Stuart Law, owner and founder of Assetz, offers his thoughts on what property market trends we can expect over the coming year. Despite...

03 January 2017

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Happy New Year to all our readers!

Next year is likely to be a challenging time for buy-to-let landlords in the UK and perhaps even tougher than 2016,...

30 December 2016

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Demand for homes at upper end of the rental market defy seasonal slowdown

Activity levels at the higher end of the rental market defied the seasonal slowdown that normally occurs in the run-up to...

30 December 2016

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Jonathan Stephens – what to expect in 2017

Jonathan Stephens, managing director of Surrenden Invest, offers his thoughts on what property market trends we can expect over the coming...

29 December 2016

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Almost one in ten homes could become unrentable by 2018

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

20 December 2016

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Rents predicted to increase 15% by 2020

Rents across the UK are set to rise considerably faster than house prices over the next three years, according to the...

12 December 2016

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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

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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

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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

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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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MP’s call for stamp duty to be payable by the seller, not the buyer, gains support

Stamp duty should be coughed up by those selling their home rather than purchasers as this would boost property transactions, while...

06 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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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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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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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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The rental market remains ‘one of the most resilient asset classes’

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

28 November 2016

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Strong rental demand means ‘growing need for professional landlords’

Specialist lender Paragon remains positive about buy-to-let, despite a tightening of regulations in the market that has included a major crackdown...

25 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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Buy-to-let landlords call for change in Autumn Statement

Private landlords believe that this week’s Autumn Statement provides the chancellor Philip Hammond with an opportunity to bolster activity in the...

22 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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Prime London PRS fund to target Sharia-conscious investors

Asset manager, LCP, is set to launch a new Sharia-compliant fund with a view to investing in the mainstream private rented...

18 November 2016

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Bank of England gets new powers to curb buy-to-let lending

The Bank of England will be granted new powers by the government to regulate mortgages used by small buy-to-let landlords to...

17 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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Annual rental price growth continues to slow

Annual rental price growth slowed to 3% in October, which is the lowest rate of increase this year, HomeLet’s latest Rental Index has...

14 November 2016

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Buy-to-let market ‘continues to thrive’

Despite ongoing uncertainty following the Brexit vote and recent stamp duty increase, the private rental market ‘continues to thrive’, according to...

11 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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London’s super-prime rental market benefits from higher stamp duty costs

London’s super-prime landlords appear to be benefitting from higher stamp duty costs and Brexit uncertainty, as reflected by a rise in...

08 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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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

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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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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

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Buy-to-let landlords undeterred by Brexit and tax changes

Having long provided mega double-digit returns for investors, investment in buy-to-let shows very few signs of slowing, despite the increase in...

29 October 2016

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Buy-to-let ‘remains resilient’ despite tax changes

Buy-to-let property remains an attractive income investment at a time of low saving rates and stock market volatility, according to Together. Despite...

24 October 2016

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Chancellor must invest in housing and give buy-to-let landlords a break

Our new Chancellor, Philip Hammond, looks like a considered man and one hopes that he will be able to ‘kick away’...

24 October 2016

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Britain’s highest rental yields: the top 10 postcodes for buy-to-let

The huge rush to acquire buy-to-let property in the first quarter of the year ahead of the stamp duty change deadline...

22 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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Rent growth continued to slow in September

Annual rental growth slowed to 3% in September, which is the lowest rate of increase this year, HomeLet’s latest Rental Index has...

14 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 lending plummets

There was a sharp decline in the amount buy-to-let investors borrowed to acquire property in August, reflecting the fact that a...

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

Many tenants renting privately are likely to be hit with rent hikes following recent changes to the tax regime for landlords,...

08 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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Inexperienced investors turn to property as a safe haven investment

With buy-to-let returns continuing to beat all other mainstream investments, including commercial property, UK government bonds and cash, while remaining a...

06 October 2016

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Book 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 – 7...

05 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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Private rents rose 2.3% in August – ONS

Average rents paid by private tenants increased by 2.3% in the 12 months to August 2016, as demand for rental housing...

30 September 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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Tenants now spending two-thirds of disposable income on rent

Tenants are now spending two-thirds of their disposable income on rent as sky-high prices put even more homes out of reach. The...

13 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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Landlords prefer good tenants to high rents

Landlords are often portrayed as greedy investors who are looking to take advantage of tenants, but when it comes to what...

02 September 2016

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Dudley adopt ‘common sense approach’ to BTL lending by slashing fixed rates

Dudley Building Society has introduced a range of new fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage products with interest rates lowered across all its...

02 September 2016

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Buy-to-let market 'will remain robust', says Accord

Accord Buy to Let has announced plans to expand into the consumer buy-to-let and first-time landlord markets over the next few...

30 August 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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Annual rate of rental price growth slowed in July, Countrywide says

The annual rate of rental price growth in London fell for the first time in six years in July as rents...

15 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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