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Buy-to-let mortgages now make up almost a fifth of all mortgages - Paragon

Buy-to-let mortgages made up 17% of all mortgage cases in the three months to October, according to a new report by Paragon...

13 December 2017

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

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

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

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords continue to benefit from ‘healthy capital growth and high yields’

Investment in buy-to-let continues to outperform most major asset classes, at a time of low saving rates and stock market volatility. Despite...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL sector is becoming the preserve of experienced long-term investors

A combination of tax reform and stricter regulation for landlords is slowing the growth of the private rented sector (PRS), despite...

08 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

LSL launches new exclusive BTL deals with Leeds BS

LSL Group has launched two new five-year fixed rate buy-to-let products with Leeds Building Society The products, with rates of 2.94% and...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for putting ‘safety, well-being and lives’ of tenants at risk

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay almost £6,500 for renting out four houses in Nottingham without a license. Dilip Gohil...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords adapting to controversial tax changes

But-to-let landlords are adapting to ongoing restrictions to tax relief on buy-to-let mortgage interest, with almost half of all landlords having...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees crackdown may deter many landlords from using agents

The government’s plan to ban letting agents in England from charging fees to tenants will deter up to 30% of buy-to-let...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let demand continues to slow

A series of fiscal and regulatory changes aimed at private landlords and challenging lending conditions are taking their toll on the...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Government fails to offer landlords tax relief for offering longer-term tenancies

Buy-to-let landlords avoided a further tax clampdown in the Budget yesterday, while the Chancellor Philip Hammond revealed government plans to review...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Autumn Budget: Key points at-a-glance

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

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Fewer people living in rented accommodation

There has been a notable decline in the number of people living in rented accommodation, new research suggests. An independent study carried out by...

22 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

More than 450 landlords attend show in London

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

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 500 landlords attend Brent forum event

More than 500 landlords attended Brent Council’s latest Landlord Forum in north London last week where they were given presentations from...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Free landlord investment show takes place in London today

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

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Interest rate rise could push up the cost of renting

The Bank of England’s decision to increase interest rates yesterday could lead to rents rising across the country as some landlords...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The Bournemouth & Poole Landlord Exhibition to take place tomorrow

The 10th annual Bournemouth and Poole Landlord Exhibition will take place tomorrow (Wednesday). The event, which is being organised in conjunction with...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New licensing for private landlords in West London

A new licensing system in the West London neighbourhoods of Hammersmith, Shepherd’s Bush, Fulham, Chiswick and Ealing aims to protect landlords...

12 October 2017

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New HMO changes good for tenants, and landlords too

Local authorities now have greater powers to control properties rented out in their areas, thanks to changes in the mandatory HMO...

12 October 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Tax and affordability test changes prompt landlords to set up structures

A growing number of landlords are turning to corporate structures in an effort to reduce tax liability and avoid stringent new...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Supply-demand imbalance likely to tip PCL market ‘in the favour of landlords’

There are growing signs of recovery in the prime central London buy-to-let market as rental values dipped by just 0.1% in...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents continue to rise across the UK

The average cost of renting a property in the UK rose by 2.1% in September, while tenants in the capital faced...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

What’s new in the London letting market?

With all the doom and gloom in the press about the poor performance of the property market as a whole, landlords...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords earn returns of over 1,000% since 1996

Investing in the buy-to-let sector has proved a shrewd move for many private landlords, with fresh research revealing that they have...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Government urged to support landlords by axing cuts to mortgage interest relief

The importance of the private rented market in this country should not be underestimated – it is a crucial source of...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

‘Bleak picture’ for tenants as rents continue to rise

A growing number of landlords are passing extra costs onto tenants by increasing rents, while others are simply opting to exit...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

TMW takes ‘pragmatic and considered approach’ to new PRA standards

New buy-to-let requirements for portfolio landlords have been unveiled by The Mortgage Works (TMW) ahead of the introduction of the new...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Help to Rent and tax reforms among recommendations made to Treasury

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has submitted recommendations to HM Treasury ahead of Autumn Budget Statement, due to be delivered on...

25 September 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

Monthly boost for rental property supply

The number of new rental property listings increased by 2.4% during August compared to the same month a year ago, the...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

New industry alliance to lobby on behalf of landlords

With almost a quarter of existing buy-to-let landlords thinking about exiting the private rented sector and many more planning to increase...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

More tenants face eviction and rent arrears due to universal credit

Delays in universal credit benefit payments for housing costs are leaving claimants unable to pay rent and pushing some deep into...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

New mortgage advice clinic launched to help support portfolio landlords

A free mortgage advice clinic has been launched by The Happy Tenant Company in conjunction with the mortgage broker Lee Grandin...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Free advice event for landlords and investors

Landlords across the East Midlands are being invited to attend a free event offering mortgage, tax and new legislation advice. The event,...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

When is the best time to sell a BTL property?

This year has seen record numbers of landlords selling their BTL properties, in response to regulatory changes and the economic uncertainty,...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

A growing number of tenants are ‘stuck in a never ending rental trap’

The scare tactics adopted by the government to keep Britain in the EU ahead of last year’s Brexit referendum saw the...

13 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

Fewer landlords cash-in on rising rents despite expanding portfolios

The number of buy-to-let landlords in the UK has fallen by 154,000 since 2015 despite the volume of rented homes increasing...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Investing in property continues to deliver ‘very healthy returns’

Despite a host of anti-landlord policies adopted by the government, including higher stamp duty and the phasing out of mortgage tax...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords offered ‘help and support’ to pay tax

A new ‘help and support’ page has been launched by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to help landlords pay tax and...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost a third of renters fear they will never own a home

Nearly a third of renters do not believe they will ever be able to afford to buy their own home, according...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Around £2.5bn a year handed out to landlords renting out ‘non-decent’ homes

Rogue landlords receive in the region of £2.5bn a year for renting out ‘non-decent’ properties, which includes homes that are unsafe,...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

What really keeps landlords awake at night?

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

04 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

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

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

Landlords are ‘stuck between a rock and a hard place’ as rents rise

Private landlords faced with significantly higher costs, as a result of recent tax changes, are being left with little alternative but...

25 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

BTL tax changes push ‘amateur landlords out of the market’

The steady levels of mortgage activity seen through the first half of the year continued into July, with gross mortgage lending...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

A growing number of BTL landlords turn to short term holiday let market

More than 130,000 homes have potentially been taken out of the long term private rented sector as more buy-to-let landlords list...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to remortgage ahead of tougher BTL regulations

If the existing mortgage deal on your buy-to-let property is about to come to an end, you may want to change...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

BM Solutions is latest lender to change criteria ahead of new portfolio rules

BM Solutions has set out the details of how it will tackle portfolio buy-to-let underwriting when the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA)...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax changes mean a third of landlords plan to hike rents

A significant number of private landlords are planning to increase rents to help cope with changes to the way they are...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to adopt a more professional approach

In an attempt to improve standards in the private rented sector, a London-based letting agent is calling on buy-to-let landlords to adopt...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords slammed for ‘knowingly renting property to illegal migrants’

Buy-to-let landlords allowing illegal immigrants to live in their properties may face jail after hundreds of people suspected of not having...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Families and professionals ‘most likely to experience rent rises’

Rents are likely to rise in the third quarter of year as fewer rental homes come on to the market because...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Skipton insist it’s ‘business as usual’ despite rule change

Skipton Building Society has announced that it has tightened its portfolio affordability requirements to 150% at 5.5%, and at 5% for...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council identifies 13,000 landlords who have failed to declare rental income

A London council has been working with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to identify landlords that have failed to declare their...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental supply to dwindle as landlords look to sell

The supply of homes is set to fall while demand from tenants continues to increase, according to the latest research from...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord jailed for Capital Gains fraud

A landlord has been jailed for failing to declare Capital Gains Tax from the sale of his rental properties. Richard Fuller, 53,...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords remain ‘positive’ about buy-to-let market

The government’s decision to introduce a number of measures to curb the growth of private landlords has prompted concern that the buy-to-let...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

How can landlords maximise yields and profits?

Over the last few months, landlords have seen their profits eroded with the chancellors’ recent tax measures and it is becoming...

11 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

Landlords not confident about ‘stable’ rental yields

Rental yields remain steady, and yet many buy-to-let landlords are losing confidence in their ability to rely on rental income, a...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Overseas landlords shun UK housing market after tax hikes

The number of overseas investors with buy-to-let properties has dropped sharply after a tax and regulatory clampdown, reducing the number of...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Calum Brannan, CEO of No Agent

Q: What is No Agent?   No Agent is a complete property management service. We have combined the experience of property experts with...

02 August 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Buy-to-let mortgage rates continue to fall

With the outlook for savers continuing to look grim, many people will undoubtedly continue to consider investing in the buy-to-let sector,...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord confidence falls as tax burden increases

Landlord confidence declined across all key indicators during the second quarter of the year, the latest quarterly index from BM Solutions...

31 July 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

Online agent claims it can reduce tenancy void period by a week

Void periods are inevitable. But no landlords wants to experience excessive or lengthy void periods as that can significantly impact the...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords ‘remain resilient’ despite ‘ever-changing property marketplace’

But-to-let landlords are a resilient bunch of people who continue to adopt a ‘positive’ attitude towards the private rented sector (PRS)...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips: A few options to help protect your profits and limit loss

The anti-landlord policies adopted by the government has had an adverse impact on private landlords, especially the smaller players, over the...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharp decline in buy-to-let landlords ‘likely to back fire on tenants’

Buy-to-let landlords are currently in retreat in the property market, leaving many prospective first-time buyers, including many existing tenants, in a...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Is property still a better bet than a pension?

Andy Haldane, the Bank of England’s chief economist, last year confirmed what many of us already knew – investing in property...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Coventry introduces transitional BTL affordability policy

Coventry for intermediaries has introduced a transitional buy-to-let affordability policy for borrowers remortgaging, with a reference rate of 5% to be...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord confidence bullish despite higher buy-to-let taxes

A number of landlords remain confidence about the buy-to-let sector despite tax hikes hitting the private rented sector, research shows. More than...

21 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

Iain Duncan Smith speaks out in support of private landlords

Many buy-to-let landlords will undoubtedly commend former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith for slamming anti-buy-to-let legislation introduced by the former chancellor...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

UK rental market activity slows in June

There was a drop in the number of properties let last month, as a lack of supply restricted choice for potential...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Fewer overseas nationals investing in UK’s buy-to-let market

There has been a notable decline in the proportion of overseas based landlords in the UK as a growing number of...

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New exclusive mortgage rate for NLA members

The National Landlord Association (NLA) has joined forces with Mortgage Trust to offer its members an exclusive buy-to-let deal not available...

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Government’s digital tax U-turn welcomed by trade body

The government yesterday announced a U-turn on the extent of the 'Making Tax Digital' requirements, and the move has been warmly...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lending increases for all borrowers, including BTL investors

Mortgage lending rose for all borrowers, including buy-to-let landlords, in May, although there is a possibility that the drop in lending...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords target higher yielding homes at the lower end of the market

Buy-to-let landlords are increasingly buying cheaper properties with higher yields, Mortgages for Business found in its Complex Buy to Let Index...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New insurance service launched for buy-to-let landlords

Landbay, the specialist buy-to-let mortgage lender, has joined forces with financial services giant Legal & General to launch Landbay Insurance, a...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents continue to slow across the UK

The average rental value of a new letting in the UK increased by just 0.24% in the first six months of...

10 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

Buy-to-let tax crackdown based on ‘false assumptions’

Thousands of private landlords could be unfairly pushed in to a higher tax bracket following the introduction of new taxation rules...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage sector continues to see a shift towards limited company lending

The number of rented homes owned through a company has been on the up for a while now, with new data...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax rises targeting landlords end up hurting tenants, says ex-BoE policymaker

The government’s decision to increase taxes for landlords over the past 18 months or so have been described as ‘profoundly wrongheaded’...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax hikes for landlords are ‘hurting but not working’

The stamp duty hike and mortgage tax relief cuts simply do not add up for buy-to-let landlords, leaving many with little...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords with limited companies may earn £1,000 less a year

Buy-to-let investors who acquire properties via a limited company could be £1,000 a year worse off due to higher mortgage rates,...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

New accounting services launched to help landlords

Landbay announced yesterday that it is to launch an accounting, reporting and tax compliance service to help landlords with their tax...

27 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Confidence in buy-to-let market slips due to tax hikes

Recent changes to tax for buy-to-let property has dented confidence among landlords with new research showing many are set to revise...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL lending forecast revised down

The Council of Mortgage Lender’s (CML) buy-to-let forecast for 2017 and 2018 has been revised down from previous expectations at the...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Save on tax: 10 ways to potentially cut what you pay to HMRC

Very few of us enjoy filling in a tax return. But here are a few suggestions put forward by London based...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords are ditching letting agents to go it alone

With landlords’ purse strings being tightened by tax changes and a mortgage squeeze, a growing number of buy-to-let investors are choosing...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental market in prime central London on the road to recovery

The rental market in prime central London is showing signs of improvement, as reflected by the latest data from Knight Frank...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

London is the most expensive region to be a landlord

London has been identified as the most expensive region in Britain to be a landlord, according to fresh research by Kent...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords sought for post-election panel debate

Buy-to-let landlords from across the UK are being invited to join a post-election panel debate on the afternoon of Thursday 13...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

NLA launches free tenant-finding service for its members

The National Landlord Association (NLA) has launched a free tenant finding service for its 70,000-plus members and teaming up with the...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

The buy-to-let market in Scotland is a ‘viable investment option’ for landlords

The private rented sector north of the border continues to offer good investment opportunities despite existing political uncertainties and recent tax...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting activity buoyant in super prime Home Counties

Changes to taxation and greater flexibility from landlords means activity in the super prime rental market across the Home Counties is...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord networking event in Southport - free entry

From unfavourable tax changes to tougher mortgage lending conditions, the past 18 months or so have been difficult for many buy-to-let...

15 June 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 rent guarantee launched by Direct Line Landlord Insurance

To help safeguard landlords from losing out on rental income, Direct Line Landlord Insurance has launched a new rent guarantee product...

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

Dangers faced by unoccupied rental properties

As a buy-to-let property owner, the last thing you want is for your investment to be sitting empty. But it’s not...

09 June 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Steve Cox - Business Account Manager

Alan Boswell Group’s Steve Cox tells us a bit more about himself, and why the company’s landlord insurance is market-leading. Tell us...

09 June 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Leeds BS introduces new buy-to-let tracker with no early repayments charge

Leeds Building Society has added to its buy-to-let range by launching a new buy-to-let five-year tracker with no early redemption charges. The...

09 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

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

Number of rental homes coming on to the market drops sharply

The number of properties coming on to the private rental market continues to fall, driving up rents across many parts of...

07 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

BTL investment case remains compelling for those ‘who adapt’ to market changes

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

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Rise in number of landlords using letting agents may not be sustainable

The recent increase in the proportion of landlords who use a letting agent to help manage their property will naturally be...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Private landlords provide part of the solution to the housing crisis

With the number of households living in the private rented sector continuing to grow, significantly more rental homes are needed to...

02 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

Could the North West be the buy-to-let hotspot for you?

The North West of England has been named the top buy-to-let hotspot for 2017, according to new figures from Rightmove. The property...

31 May 2017

From: Sponsored Content

New digital BTL mortgage brokerage service ‘puts landlords in control’

A new digital buy-to-let mortgage brokerage service that enables landlords to find, compare and secure the best mortgage deals available for...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords set to see taxable profit rise sharply

Buy-to-let landlords will experience an average 13% rise in their taxable profit from 2017/18 to 2018/19, leaving many with little alternative...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Suppressing BTL market leaves overall housing market in a ‘precarious position’

The government is putting the overall housing market at risk by “squeezing” the buy-to-let sector with higher stamp duty, new mortgage...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let remains a ‘steady and sustainable’ income investment

Over the past 20 years, investing in buy-to-let has been a relatively sensible way to make money, which is why so...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants spend over half their pay on rent in most London boroughs

Most single tenants renting privately in the capital are now paying more than half of their monthly salary on average to...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

The north of England is rapidly becoming a ‘landlord hotspot’

The north of England, supported by the Northern Powerhouse concept, has already attracted a lot of investment, helping to drive up...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Paragon's mortgage lending soars despite tax changes for landlords

A growing number of private landlords are successfully adjusting their investment strategies to mitigate the impact of changes in tax and...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Coventry introduce new ICR calculation

Coventry for Intermediaries has introduced a new tiered buy-to-let interest coverage ratio (ICR) system, which it hopes will make it easier...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord body calls for housing court to speed up justice for landlords and tenants

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling for the introduction of a specialist new court to deal solely with housing issues...

23 May 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

BTL landlords ‘finally waking up’ to mortgage interest relief change, says NLA

A growing number of private landlords are ‘finally waking up’ to the fact they could be pushed in to a higher...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs receive over 1,500 letters from landlords calling for tax U-turn

The Conservative party is under mounting pressure to look again at its plans to fund social care in England because the...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords turning to longer term mortgages

An increasing number of landlords are opting for longer term fixed rate mortgages, according to one of the country’s leading mortgage...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

New buy to let tax changes and how to work your way around them

Over the past year, the buy to let market has experienced some substantial changes, most recently the new taxation laws which...

18 May 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Rental market activity slows sharply

There was a significant fall in both the number of new listings and properties let last month, as a lack of...

18 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

The Landlord Law Conference takes place tomorrow

Despite recent tax changes, buy-to-let property remains an attractive investment at a time of low interest rates and volatile stock markets,...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents are ‘expected to continue rising’ as supply falls

The number of properties being listed to let dropped for the fourth consecutive month in April, and this is placing upward...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

The Mortgage Works reduces ICR for low rate taxpayers

The Mortgage Works has cut its interest cover ratio for buy-to-let lending to lower rate taxpayers from 145% to 125%. The reduction...

16 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

NLA announces launch of new training courses for members

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has announced that it is launching two new training courses for all landlords next month. The ‘Planning...

15 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords contribute £15.9bn a year to UK economy, study finds

Buy-to-let landlords currently contribute £15.9bn per year to the British economy through pre-tax spending on running their portfolios, which is more...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let rates start to rise

Following a first quarter defined by successive rate cut, buy-to-let fixed rates increased last month across two, three and five-year terms,...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Do you know how much mortgage interest relief changes will cost you?

Are you aware of how much more money you may have to pay in tax over the next few years as...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Cash-strapped millenials renting in the UK are struggling to live alone

Young private renters are facing staggering new hurdles to simply live alone and make a decent wage, new research shows.   Those attempting...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

More landlords opting for ‘longer term fixed rates’

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are looking to take advantage of record low borrowing rates by locking into longer term...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tories urged to back rent controls to kick-start a seaside town renaissance

The Conservative party should put rent controls at the heart of their general election manifesto as part of a wider effort...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips to help you sell your property this Spring

First it was the change in Stamp duty and Landlord Taxation taking a large chunk of Investors out of the buying...

02 May 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Labour unveil plans to ‘call time on bad landlords’

Labour has pledged a “consumer rights revolution” which will introduce legal minimum standards for all rental homes because people currently have...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-PM Tony Blair plans to expand buy-to-let portfolio

Former British prime minister Tony Blair made headlines over the Bank Holiday weekend for announcing a return to domestic politics to...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Leeds launches record low five-year BTL rate

Leeds Building Society has launched a five-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage at a market-leading rate of 3.1%, subject to a £199...

28 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Number of landlords looking to expand their portfolio falls to record-low

There has been a sharp fall in the number of landlords looking to expand their buy-to-let portfolios, according to the latest...

28 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Is it still possible to make money as a landlord?

Since the twin onslaughts of George Osborne’s Section 24 tax raid and the wholly unfounded negative hype surrounding Brexit, the talk...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Accord attempts to lure buy-to-let investors with lower rate deals

Accord Buy to Let is hoping to help mortgage brokers attract more buy-to-let landlords who may be looking to ‘refinance some,...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in landlords quitting the PRS

There has been a significant increase in the number of landlords exiting the buy-to-let sector due to higher stamp duty costs...

26 April 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 lending ‘unlikely to recover in the near future’

The UK property market continued to rally last month, with gross mortgage lending surging by 19% compared with February, but it...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Momentum improves but outlook for the letting market remains unpredictable

There was a significant increase in both the number of new listings and properties let last month, but the rental market...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Join us at the Property Investor Show

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

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Political parties urged to deliver for ‘tenants and good landlords alike’

The campaign to woo voters across the country has already started following the UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s surprise announcement that...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

One in five rental properties now owned by companies - Countrywide

The proportion of homes let through a limited company reached an all-time high of 20% in the first quarter of the...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Where can you achieve the highest rental yields?

Some buy-to-let landlords are bracing themselves for smaller profits over the coming years as a result of the new mortgage interest...

14 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

Things forgetful tenants leave behind

Forgetfulness is a problem for many people, but how many of us would leave behind an urn of pet ashes when...

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

​What’s better for funding retirement, pensions or property?

The debate between property or pensions has been discussed for many years, with the changes to mortgage interest and finance costs...

11 April 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Lower profits for many landlords mean ‘rents will have to rise this year’

A number of buy-to-let landlords are still unaware, or only vaguely aware, of the changes to mortgage interest relief, despite the...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Are short-term lets here to change the face of the private rental market?

Homestay networks and renting short-term lodgings are on the up – just look at the exponential rise of peer-to-peer sharing platform...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords and agents need ‘certainty about the market’s regulatory future’

Following a raft of changes, including tax measures, in the buy-to-let sector, the government has now published its consultation on banning...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords optimistic as they plan for tax changes

Optimism among landlords has improved modestly over the past 12 months and suggests confidence is returning to the market following a...

07 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 landlords threaten to quit market following changes to tax relief

Buy-to-let investors feel hard done by when it comes to tax, with almost half of all landlords planning to quit the...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents are set to rise sharply, says RLA

The government’s decision to strip buy-to-let landlords of mortgage interest tax relief is expected to result in rent increases for tenants...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords, get receipt savvy for the new tax year

With the new tax year upon us - it’s time for some of you to start getting into better habits to...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Most Brits are unaware of the buy-to-let tax changes

The vast majority of Britons, including many renters who could soon find their rents rising as landlords look to recoup their...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Significantly more landlords using limited companies to beat BTL tax changes

There has been a sharp rise in the number of landlords using limited companies to manage their buy-to-let portfolios as a...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Where can landlords achieve the best rental yields?

Buy-to-let returns continued to outperform many major asset classes in the second half of last year, with landlords earning an average...

04 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

Gearing among buy-to-let landlords is ‘low and getting lower’

Gearing among landlords remained low in the first quarter of the year, with the average loan-to-value (LTV) ratio falling by 2%...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let remains a safe long-term investment

Buy-to-let property is still an attractive investment at a time of low interest rates and volatile stock markets, according to according...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Proposed licence is a stealth tax and ‘hard-hit’ landlords ‘have had enough’

Private landlords in Telford have reacted furiously to plans by Telford & Wrekin Council to introduce a Selective Licensing in parts...

30 March 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

Landlords at risk of non-compliance due to buy-to-let tax changes

Landlords are under mounting pressure which is making them vulnerable to non-compliance in their accounting following a raft of changes, including...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords hit with £18k penalty for letting hazardous property

Three landlords have been ordered to pay costs totalling £18,000 for renting out an unsafe house in High Wycombe, which included...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Vida Homeloans reduces buy-to-let rates by up to 0.6%

Vida Homeloans has cut its buy-to-let tracker and fixed rate mortgage rates by up to 0.6% as the lender looks to...

26 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body fears mass sell-off of buy-to-let properties

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are planning to sell-off their properties as the government’s punitive new tax changes cause investors...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

New Street Mortgages reduces rental cover rates to 125%

New Street Mortgages has fresh buy-to-let criteria changes, including reducing its lowest rental cover rate from 145% to 125%. From next Monday,...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants spend half their pay on rent

Rents in this country are now around half of tenants’ average take-home pay, according to a report on the state of...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

More landlords diversifying their portfolios to avoid increasing taxation

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are diversifying their portfolios by investing in semi-commercial property in order to protect their investments...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees crackdown will not deter landlords from using agents

The government’s plan to ban letting agents in England from charging fees to tenants will not deter the vast majority of...

21 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

Proptech startup secures £7.2m to ‘revolutionise’ the rental market

​Silicon Valley fintech investor Ribbit Capital is backing a new property technology venture designed to transform the private rental market.  Proptech startup...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

BM Solutions unveils lower buy-to-let stress rates

BM Solutions has reduced its stress rates for new and remortgage buy-to-let applications. From Monday 20 March, the lender will offer five-year...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let enquiries soared in Q4 2016

Enquiries from investors seeking to invest in the buy-to-let market rose sharply in the final three months of 2016, new figures...

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Up to 1.4 million landlords unaware of buy-to-let tax changes

Many people feel anxious and uncomfortable when getting themselves into debt and understandably this is why many of us strive to...

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlord sentenced for tax fraud and fined £200,000

A London based landlord has been given a suspended two-year prison sentence for tax fraud, following a Revenue and Customs investigation...

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Mansfield BS increases max loan size to £500,000

Mansfield Building Society has increased its maximum loan size from £300,000 to £500,000 across its buy-to-let mortgage range, subject to the...

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

UK rents to rocket 20% in the next five years

Rents are forecast to rise by more than 20% over the next five years as the falling number of new landlord...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit to have minimal impact on buy-to-let market

As the government prepares to invoke Article 50 to leave the EU, very few experts forecast that Brexit will have an...

10 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

Strong start to the year for Scottish rental market

The rental market north of the border has seen a strong start to the year with the average property in Scotland...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Delay on digital tax returns welcomed by trade body

The government’s decision to push back plans to make landlords submit tax returns digitally has been warmly welcomed by the Residential...

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

Government urged to reverse proposed cuts to housing benefit for the under 21s

With fresh research revealing that most landlords are unlikely to rent to under-21s following housing benefit cut for 18-21s, the Residential...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Government challenged on tax changes that will cause ‘hardship for tenants’

The Chancellor Philip Hammond is being urged to use this week’s Budget announcement to alter pending changes to mortgage interest tax...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Council denies MP’s claims it is subsidising ‘slum’ landlords

Peterborough City Council has rejected a claim that it is subsidising slum landlords with taxpayers’ money following an accusation by the...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS adds BTL products to range

Lender Leeds Building Society has launched two new deals to its buy-to-let mortgage range in an effort to entice more landlords...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents rise below inflation amid concerns about tenants’ ability to pay

Rental price inflation is now running below general inflation as measured by the consumer price index, as a growing number of buy-to-let...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Demand for buy-to-let ‘has never been so low’

The number of people investing in the buy-to-let sector is falling at an alarming rate, while many existing landlords are selling...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

RLA membership rises to 30,000

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are adopting a more professional approach to their lettings business, as reflected by the fact...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Free tax advice for landlords

Many mortgage brokers are now offering buy-to-let landlords who are purchasing or remortgaging property a free tax consultation to help them...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Brokers prepare to help landlords understand tax changes

A series of workshops are being held across the UK to help mortgage brokers understand the buy-to-let tax changes coming into...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

A higher number of landlords seek to bypass buy-to-let tax changes

The buy-to-let boom of recent years has fed the stereotype that Brits are obsessed with property. Ever since Margaret Thatcher declared...

28 February 2017

From: Breaking News

MP slams subsidy for ‘slum’ landlords

A new scheme launched to help landlords with housing repairs in Peterborough has been panned by the local MP. Stewart Jackson MP...

28 February 2017

From: Breaking News

New training opportunities launched for landlords and agents

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

27 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing shortage set to drive up rents

Rental prices look set to increase in the coming months on the back of a growing supply-demand imbalance, the latest Private...

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

RLA urges landlords to lobby MPs over tax changes

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is urging landlords to lobby their local MP over taxation changes announced by the now former...

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Vida Homeloans revises its buy-to-let proposition

Vida Homeloans has modified its buy-to-let proposition following the introduction of new underwriting standards by the Prudential Regulatory Authority last month. The...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Short-term letting industry vow to stop landlords converting ‘homes into hotels’

The short-term letting industry, which includes the likes of Airbnb, joined local authorities and community groups at City Hall yesterday to...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Proportion of landlords looking to sell falls as tenant demand grows

The proportion of landlords who intend to sell their rental properties as a result of the government's draconian tax changes has...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords will inevitably ‘seek to increase rents’ to offset higher costs

Many tenants renting privately will almost certainly be hit with rent rises following changes to the tax regime for landlords, according...

20 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Banks and building societies urged to lend to self-employed landlords

More banks and building societies should consider lending to self-employed landlords, according to the Mortgage Broker Ltd. The national mortgage broker is...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Britain’s highest yields: the best areas for buy-to-let returns revealed

Despite the recent tax crackdown, buy-to-let continues to look an attractive income investment at a time of low interest rates and...

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharp decline in buy-to-let lending at Nationwide

Nationwide has recorded a significant drop in buy-to-let lending as government measures to clampdown on landlords start to have an impact...

13 February 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

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

From: Sponsored Content

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

Council seeks to work with private landlords for housing solutions

Many private sector landlords see social housing tenancies as a higher risk than traditional rentals, and rising rents in the open...

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Maintenance reporting added to private landlord app

Private landlords who use Rentr, the property management app, can now take full advantage of a new complete maintenance reporting solution...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

The government’s private rented sector policy is ‘hypocritical’

New housing policies affecting the private rented sector, including longer tenancies, boosting the supply of much needed housing and plans to...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords are 'suffering from recent tax changes'

The government is being urged to reconsider punitive tax relief changes for buy-to-let income which is set to be introduced in...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Rented housing reforms ‘doomed to failure’ without support for landlords

Renters are expected to be given a boost with ministers promising new minimum tenancies and vowing to build more homes to...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Kent Reliance launches ‘best ever’ 5-year BTL rates

Kent Reliance, the specialist mortgage provider and part of OneSavings Bank plc, yesterday announced major changes to its five year fixed...

07 February 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

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

From: Breaking News

UK rental price growth continues to cool, HomeLet says

Rents across the UK are continuing to cool down, according the HomeLet Rental Index. The annual rate of rental price inflation fell to...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017: The NLA issues its wish list for Philip Hammond

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has once expressed its opposition to pending changes to mortgage interest tax relief ahead of the...

02 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

Free landlord tax tutorials – download them now!

A series of tax tutorials have been launched for buy-to-let landlords and their professional advisers by Property118 and The Landlords Union. These...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

NLA updates mortgage sourcing system ahead of tax changes

Online mortgage search tool NLA Mortgages has implemented a new sourcing system, allowing landlords to find mortgage products based on their...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords borrowed an average of £15,000 more to buy property in 2016

Average buy-to-let loans and deposits increased last year, as a result of increasing property prices and the tougher stance by mortgage...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Council launches consultation on new selective licensing scheme

Nottingham City Council has launched a public consultation on plans to introduce a selective landlord licensing scheme in the city. The consultation,...

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

More landlords opt for higher yielding HMO conversions

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are looking to boost rental profits to help cope with pending tax hikes by converting...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Demand for buy-to-let set to fall in Q1 2017

The number of people investing in the buy-to-let sectors is expected to fall in the first quarter of the year ahead...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords offered online tax training

With less than just three weeks remaining until the January 31 Self Assessment deadline, buy-to-let landlords are being reminded that there are...

13 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords should be ‘supported’, rather than ‘burdened with unfair tax measures’

The government needs to do more to support buy-to-let landlords, and start by reversing recent tax increases and unnecessary regulation in...

12 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Annual price growth continues to slow as rents hit an affordability ceiling

Annual rental price growth slowed to just 1.7% in December, which was less than half the 3.8% increase recorded in December 2015,...

11 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

Rents outside of London hit average of £750 a month

The average cost of renting a home has increased outside of London as rent paid rose 2% and pay fell over...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New fixed rate range to help buy-to-let landlords ‘minimise costs’

Paragon has launched a range of new fixed rate products for those seeking to make fresh buy-to-let acquisitions as well as...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharp fall in buy-to-let mortgage products

There has been a significant decline in the number of buy-to-let mortgage products, with 74 deals withdrawn from the market last...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage rates set to fall

Buy-to-let mortgage rates are expected to fall in 2017 for ordinary landlords with one or two properties, but get more expensive...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Tax deadline approaching, are you ready?

It’s that time of year again. Filing an annual tax return is a necessary task for every self-employed person, including buy-to-let...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords ‘will naturally gravitate north’ in 2017, says agent

There has been a significant drop in the number of buy-to-let landlords snapping up properties following the government’s outright assault on...

06 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

Landlords to be adversely affected by tax changes and tougher lending conditions

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

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise further as demand will continue to outstrip supply in 2017

The substantial imbalance between supply and demand is likely to persist, maintaining upward pressure on rental prices in 2017, according to...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Top tips to avoid common buy-to-let insurance claims

Damage caused by storms, burst pipes and from break-ins were listed in a report earlier this year as the primary reasons that...

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

This service can help landlords save almost £2,000 a year

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

19 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords, are you paying for council tax unnecessarily?

Aaron Cambden reflects on the Leeds City Council v Broadley Appeal Court ruling, including his tips for landlords.  Landlords are not responsible...

17 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

A significant number of landlords plan to reduce their BTL portfolios

Buy-to-let landlords will be left with little alternative but to raise rents or sell their properties due to the government’s punitive...

17 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let tax changes pose ‘real risks for tenants’

Tenant evictions could rise sharply in the coming months amid reports that many buy-to-let landlords plan to increase rents next 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

Nearly half of landlords would ditch their agent if profits fell

Almost half of buy-to-let landlords say they would dump their letting agent if their profits started to drop, fresh research from...

14 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

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

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

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

From: Breaking News

Lender receives full authorisation from the FCA

LandlordInvest, a peer-to-peer lending platforms for buy-to-let and bridging loans, has gained full FCA Authorisation after a 24 months application process. The...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Are more landlords about to ditch letting agents and go it alone?

A significant number of buy-to-let landlords do not use letting agents to find or manage properties, and it has been suggested...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

Scrapping agent fees set to lead to higher rents

Letting agents in England will be banned from charging fees to tenants under plans announced by the chancellor in his Autumn...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending falls as mortgage crackdown hits landlords

Buy-to-let landlords have come under attack from the taxman and now also from the Bank of England, which could make landlord...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords not responsible for paying council tax, court rules

Landlords have welcomed an Appeal Court ruling that buy-to-let landlords are not responsible for paying the council tax on a property...

19 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

It’s a tenant’s market in prime central London

With significantly more properties to choose from, tenants are firmly in control when it comes to the private rented market in...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Thousands of tenants may be driven from PRS due to new benefit cap

Close to 100,000 households, including more than 40,000 single parents with a child under the age of five will be materially...

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

New guide launched for accidental landlords

Deciding to let your property because you cannot sell it is not an easy option and should not be undertaken lightly,...

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

NLA urges landlords to lobby parliament over tax changes

The National Landlords Association (NLA) continues to urge landlords to lobby the government over taxation changes announced by the now former...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

More landlords consider investing in HMOs to cope with losing BTL tax relief

More than half of buy-to-let landlord would consider investing in houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) if it helped to protect their...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

BM Solutions revises rental cover calculations

BM Solutions has unveiled a fresh approach to addressing the upcoming buy-to-let tax changes by developing a new rental income calculator...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise significantly

Rents across the UK are set to increase sharply over the next five years, as more people choose to rent, rather...

07 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Rental prices set to soar

Buy-to-let landlords will be left with little alternative but to raise rents or sell their properties due to the government’s punitive...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Together launches cheaper buy-to-let rates

Specialist lender Together has cut its rates on first charge buy-to-let mortgages, taking them below 7%, with loan-to-values of up to...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

From: Breaking News

RLA continuing to lobby Treasury for buy-to-let tax changes

Buy-to-let landlords may have failed in their legal battle against planned government tax relief changes for buy-to-let homes set to be...

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Expensive rents in London highlights ‘squeeze on workers and their families’

Significantly more homes urgently need to be developed for the private rented sector to curb rising rental values in London, according...

25 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Major deal sees Carling become Scotland’s largest private landlord

Dundee based Carling Property Group has become Scotland’s largest independent residential landlord after completing the purchase of Alloway Halls in Dundee...

25 October 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Around 440,000 landlords will be pushed into higher tax bracket from April 2017

Some 440,000 basic-rate tax payers will be forced into a higher tax bracket from April next year once planned changes to...

22 October 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Ireland’s decision to scrap buy-to-let tax is a warning to Britain

As the UK prepares to change the way landlords are taxed by scrapping the existing rules that permit them to offset all...

22 October 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

RLA slams Shelter’s ‘extravagant claims’ about housing standards

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has once again defended the private rented sector (PRS) after Shelter’s latest analysis of housing trends...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Rent rises are inevitable after tax clampdown on buy-to-let

Buy-to-let landlords may have failed last week in their legal battle against planned government tax relief changes for buy-to-let homes set...

12 October 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Disappointment for landlords as court rejects full judicial review of BTL tax

Landlords represented by Cherie Blair have failed in their legal battle against planned government tax relief changes for buy-to-let homes set...

08 October 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

From: Breaking News

Government to be challenged in court today over BTL tax grab

Landlords fighting to prevent punitive tax relief changes for buy-to-let income being introduced in April 2017 are ‘hopeful’ that a hearing...

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

 Landlord fined for fly-tipping

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay £5,600 after rubbish from three of his rental properties was found fly-tipped in...

04 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

Tax expert dismisses ‘double tax’ warning over using limited companies for buy-to-let

A leading tax expert has slammed claims made recently that buy-to-let landlords face the risk of double taxation if they choose...

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Landlords warned about ‘risk’ of using limited companies for buy-to-let

Buy-to-let landlords face the risk of double taxation if they choose to put their property investments into a limited company to...

28 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Society of Mortgage Professionals launches buy-to-let CPD events

The Society of Mortgage Professionals (SMP) has announced that it will deliver a CPD event programme dedicated to buy-to-let following the...

28 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Sponsored Content

Council proposes to tax student landlords

Students are currently exempt from paying council tax and student accommodation is currently exempt from business rates, but that could soon...

23 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlord on course to make £200m profit

The UK’s largest private landlord has sold almost half of his entire portfolio of around 900 residential properties, according to the...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Encourage landlords to “exit their investments” by simplifying CGT

The government could go a long way towards boosting the stock of properties available for sale, which remains close to record...

09 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Investec slash buy-to-let mortgage rates by up to 1%

Investec Private Bank announced yesterday that it will be introducing a range of new loan-to-value (LTV) bands across its buy-to-let products with borrowing...

07 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Scottish landlords support SNP's proposed changes to Finance Bill

The government’s proposed changes to mortgage interest relief, which will  see landlords taxed on their turnover rather than profit, has been...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

MP backs call to cut tax for landlords

Kevin Hollinrake, the Conservative MP and co-founder of Hunters estate agents, has tabled an amendment to the Finance Bill calling for...

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Court date set for potential judicial review of landlord tax relief

Landlords fighting to prevent punitive tax relief changes for buy-to-let landlords being introduced next year will get their day in court,...

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Tax amendments will not adversely affect landlords

The National Landlord Association (NLA) has issued a report insisting that late additions to the Finance Bill at Committee Stage regarding...

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Night Tube to drive up London rents and property prices

The launch of the 24-hour tube service last month is pushing up prices of homes close to stations on the all-night...

01 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Tax options for landlords

The Managing Director of Commercial Mortgages & Deputy CEO of Shawbrook Bank, Stephen Johnson, discusses the various tax options available for...

30 August 2016

From: Video Articles

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

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let investors are ‘better positioned to withstand market volatility’

Specialist lender OneSavings Bank was one of the biggest risers on the FTSE 250 yesterday as high demand for buy-to-let mortgages...

25 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

More than £9bn in housing benefits paid to private landlords last year

Private landlords pocketed in the region of £9.3bn in housing benefit last year – double the amount they received a decade...

22 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Rental expert calls on new Housing Minister to reverse tax changes

The head of the UK's largest property franchise group has called on the new Housing Minister, Gavin Barwell, to reverse 'punitive...

18 August 2016

From: Breaking News

HMRC launches landlord tax consultation

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has this week launched a 12-week consultation named 'Making Text Digital'. One of the features of the...

16 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Government’s energy efficiency policy will drive up rents

The government’s policy to improve the energy efficiency of the UK’s housing stock will almost certainly place upward pressure on rents...

15 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Lenders must create ‘innovative’ mortgage products to ‘support landlords’

With many landlords now facing higher taxes and more stringent borrowing conditions, it is crucial that mortgage lenders do more to...

15 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord falsely claimed council tax support

A landlord has been prosecuted for illegally claiming council tax support for his primary residence while receiving rent from an undeclared...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Pace of rental growth slows across UK, says HomeLet

Rents on new tenancies continued to increase across most parts of the UK over the three months to July, albeit at...

09 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Lifting the Lid on Deposit Disputes

Our latest infographic shows figures of how the majority of deposits are repaid at the end of tenancy and goes into...

05 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

How can you protect yourself from costly property damage?

Landlords in the UK are out of pocket to the tune of over £5bn every year because of damage to property...

05 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Precise Mortgages cuts buy-to-let borrowing rates

A number of mortgage brokers will be offering cheaper buy-to-let loans provided by Precise Mortgages from today after the lender made...

04 August 2016

From: Breaking News

The PRS is fit for purpose despite claims to the contrary, says RLA

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has defended the private rented sector after the Resolution Foundation’s latest analysis of housing trends in...

03 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords set to be hit with a hefty ‘green tax’

Up to 330,000 buy-to-let landlords will be required to pay a “green tax” of up to £5,000 to make their properties...

01 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Homeowners’ tax relief open to abuse

Greater scrutiny of the capital gains tax exemption, which is used by people selling their main home, is required to help...

29 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Why investors should look north to boost profits

For many investors in London and the South East, the relentless pressure on buy-to-let income means that the numbers no longer add...

27 July 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords urged to pay close attention to tax rule changes

The government’s attack on landlords is unlikely to end anytime soon despite widespread criticisms, after it released details of how the...

22 July 2016

From: Breaking News

New 'Landlord Vision' to help you keep on top of your property business

A new cloud based software to help landlords manage almost every aspect of their tenancies has been launched by the National...

21 July 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

Government needs to restore confidence in rental investment market

New Prime Minister Theresa May will undoubtedly have a number of things to do on her to-do list, but among the...

15 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Private investment is crucial for housing delivery in PRS

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling on Theresa May’s new government to back private landlords, rather than institutional investors, to...

15 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords flood rental market

Landlords who rushed to acquire properties earlier this year are now actively renting them out, providing tenants with a flood of...

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Don’t forget to pay tax on your rental income due this month

If you are registered under the self-assessment tax regime, it is crucial that you do not forget to make your second...

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let “still attractive” according to veteran investor

Marco Robinson successfully predicted that the UK would leave the EU two years ago, he also said that corporate tax would...

12 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents continue to rise across the UK

Rents on new tenancies rose across most parts of the UK over the three months to June, albeit at a slower...

12 July 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Prime central London rents ‘remain in check’ despite greater tenant demand

Annual rental value growth in prime central London continued to fall in June, down 3%, despite a rise in the level...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords have little alternative but to pass extra costs onto tenants

Private landlords are being forced to increase rents just to have a chance of meeting their mortgage obligations and other costs,...

11 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

Another lender increases BTL rental calculation to 140%

With impending changes to mortgage tax relief for landlords set to have an adverse impact for many buy-to-let investors, Coventry Building...

07 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged not to push for rent increases

With tenants being hit by record-high rents, landlords should refrain from putting extra pressure on those tenants who are already struggling...

05 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Stricter lending criteria could see investors locked out of buy-to-let

Buy-to-let landlords could be forced to stump up more than 60% deposits in some locations if all lenders introduce stricter borrowing requirements,...

05 July 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

MP backs bid to cut capital gains tax for landlords

An MP has spoken out in favour of buy-to-let landlords by insisting that they should never have been denied a tax...

04 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Redbridge councillors to press ahead with ‘cynical’ landlord licensing scheme

Councillors in Redbridge have agreed to move forward with proposals to introduce a selective registration scheme for landlords across 14 wards...

01 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit turmoil hits landlord’s attempt to offload 900 homes

One of the UK’s largest and most controversial private landlords has seen his attempts to sell his entire portfolio of around...

29 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to remain calm after Brexit vote

There is no need for landlords to panic following Britain’s decision to exit the European Union, according to the National Landlords...

27 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Calls for greater powers to clampdown on rogue landlords

The government and local councils are not doing enough to clampdown on rogue landlords, according to a new report. A survey of...

24 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Scottish rents reach record high

The average rent paid by private tenants in Scotland hit a record high of £549 per month in May, compared with...

24 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting out your Property: How to get started

While the buy-to-let market may have experienced a spectacular rise and fall either side of April's stamp duty hike, this remains...

23 June 2016

From: Sponsored Content

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

From: Breaking News

How to build a high yielding HMO portfolio

Daniel Hill, managing director of Multi-Let UK, explains how you could build and manage a profitable HMO portfolio. Recent research fromMortgages...

20 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lending plummets

Mortgage lending to landlords plunged by 65% in April compared with the previous month, owed largely to the unusually high level...

16 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Leeds Building Society launches ‘exclusive’ BTL product

Leeds Building Society has launched a new 2-year 70% loan-to-value buy-to-let fixed rate, available exclusively to the LSL group, including TMA...

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News

HMOs are the most profitable property investment

Buy-to-let landlords seeking high returns should consider investing in Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) which continue to outperform standard buy-to-let properties,...

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News