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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

Principality reduces mortgage rates to help ‘customers prosper’

Principality Building Society has reignited the mortgage rate war by reducing rates across some of its buy-to-let mortgage products. The lender said...

07 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

Welsh housing minister to address Future Renting Wales conference today

The Welsh minister for housing and regeneration, Rebecca Evans AM, will address the RLA’s Future Renting Wales conference in Cardiff today.  The Future...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Scottish rental market continues to outperform the rest of the UK

Rental price growth north of the border continued to outstrip the rest of the UK with an annual rise of 2.5%...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost 3,800 landlords could face fines for illegally renting out properties

There is growing concern that thousands of buy-to-let landlords could face fines and possibly even prosecution for failing to sign up...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental price growth slows as market starts to feel a chill

The average rent in England and Wales hit £845 a month in October, up 2.4% year-on-year, which is down from 4.8%...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales needs full compliance to raise standards in the PRS

First introduced in November 2015, The Welsh government’s Rent Smart Wales (RSW) scheme was designed to drive up standards in the...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips to improve your properties’ EPC ratings

With less than six months until the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) are introduced in April 2018, Mike Feely of...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords should look north for higher rental yields

Private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 1.5% in the 12 months to October, but this was...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Cash buyers make up record 65% of buy-to-let purchasers

The proportion of landlords acquiring properties in cash has reached an all-time high of 65%, according to fresh data from Countrywide. The...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The annual rate of rental growth slows

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

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs call for carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in all homes to let

Buy-to-let landlords across the UK should be responsible for the installation of carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, according to a new report. Under...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Annual price growth slows as rents hit an affordability ceiling

Annual rental price growth in the UK slowed to just 0.9% in October, which was less than half the 2.1% increase...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Could you spot a household carbon monoxide leak?

Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, non-irritant and therefore undetectable gas, which is why more than half of Britons would...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Strong and stable market means ‘things are looking up for Scottish landlords’

Returns achieved by landlords in Scotland remain highly competitive when compared to other asset classes, the latest figures show. The average monthly...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Where are rents rising fastest in England and Wales?

Most areas of England and Wales have seen rental price growth over the past 12 months, according to the latest Your...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agent rating system provides landlords with ‘independent reviews’

When letting a property, many of us turn to letting agents for help, and as many of you will know, not...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Welsh housing minister to address landlords at conference next month

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has announced that the Welsh cabinet secretary responsible for housing policy, Carl Sargeant, will be the...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Call to protect tenants in Wales from ‘unjust fees and rogue landlords’

The secretary of state for Wales has called for greater protections for tenants and a crackdown on rogue landlords in Wales. Welsh...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Government issues guidance on complying with minimum EPC standards

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Regulations make it unlawful from April 2018 to let domestic and commercial buildings in England...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New rules for landlords in Wales – have your say

The Welsh government is currently seeking views on proposed regulations, made under section 94 of the act, for determining if a...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Around 1.6 million rental homes at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning

Almost a third of rental properties in the UK are potentially at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning, according to new research. The study, carried...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

One in 20 BTL homes would fail new minimum energy efficiency standards

Around 5% of buy-to-let properties are set to fail new Minimum Energy Efficient Standards (MEES) that come into effect in April...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents rise in England, Wales, and Scotland

A low supply of rental homes on the market continues to push rents up across England, Wales and Scotland, new figures...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

TDS Charitable Foundation donates £94k towards improving PRS

The Charitable Foundation of TDS, the deposit protection scheme, has announced that it made just over £94,000 in awards in its...

28 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

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

TMA launch buy-to-let exclusive with Skipton

TMA Mortgage Club has launched an exclusive two-year buy-to-let fixed rate mortgage at 2.49% with Skipton Building Society. The product, which is...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Proposed ban on letting agent fees will drive up rents, says ARLA

Letting agents will compensate for potential losses resulting from a future ban on letting agent fees paid by tenants by increasing...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Scottish rental market ‘continues to improve’ as rents rise further

Buy-to-let landlords in Scotland continue to achieve higher returns on their property investments than their counterparts south of the border, according...

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

Your letting agent could save you thousands by reviewing rent collection

Private landlords are being urged to only instruct letting agents that adopt a modern approach to rent payments so that they...

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

New buy-to-let lender targets professional landlords

Redwood Bank, a new business lender, is officially up and running after completing its mobilisation phase yesterday, having already secured its...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

How Wales is leading the way in raising standards in the PRS

This month has seen the approval or introduction of a number of new licensing schemes for landlords in several English cities,...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord discovers cannabis farm at rented flat in South Wales

A landlord has described her shock and horror after the home she rented out had been transformed into a cannabis farm. The...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Average tenancy is now 20 months

Tenants are now adopting a longer-term view to renting property, reflected in the average assured shorthold tenancy length which is now...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

No ‘compelling evidence’ as to why tenants should pay letting fees

Buy-to-let landlords should be responsible for paying letting agent fees in Wales, despite some concerns that this will lead to higher...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

New equity release product range for BTL properties

A new range of equity release products for owners of buy-to-let properties has today been launched by Retirement Advantage. The new products...

21 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

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

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

Landlords south of the border ‘will be envious of the Scottish market’

Landlords north of the border continue to enjoy a higher yield on their properties than those in England and Wales, according...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Sex-for-rent landlords could face up to seven years in prison

Rogue landlords who target vulnerable people for sex by posting online classified adverts offering accommodation in exchange for other services, could...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips for getting tenancy deposit protection right

Despite the anti-landlord policies adopted by the government, many investors continue to be drawn to the buy-to-let market as the returns...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental values rise despite political uncertainty

Rental values across the residential property market in England and Wales held firm between May and June despite the uncertainty caused...

28 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

UK rents increase by 1.8%, says ONS

UK rental prices paid by private tenants rose by 1.8% in the 12 months to June 2017, fresh figures from the...

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

Rent Smart Wales licence breach leads to fine

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay more than £4,000 after being prosecuted for breaching new laws demanding that all...

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Private landlords in Wales offered free cladding tests

Private landlords of high-rise buildings in Wales are being encouraged to take up an offer of free cladding safety checks following...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords taking out ‘no deposit’ insurance should keep ‘eyes wide open’

It is now 10 years since tenancy deposit schemes were first introduced in England and Wales, providing landlords with greater protection...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposits to be capped

When renting out a property, most landlords or their letting agents opt to take an upfront deposit from the tenant prior...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharp decline in homes to let

There has been a major slump in the number of homes for rent over the past six years, fresh figures show. There...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

UK rental market bounces back with greater activity anticipated over summer

Rental market activity bounced back in May, defying fears that a slowdown had struck the market, following a slump the previous...

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

Right to Rent – what landlords need to know

Steve Wood, Wales and West chairman of the Council of the Certificated Enforcement Agents Association, offers a guide to the 'Right...

10 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

UK rents fall for the first time since 2009

UK rental prices fell for the first time in eight years in May, according to the latest HomeLet Rental Index. The figures...

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord in Newport becomes first to be fined under Rent Smart Wales scheme

A buy-to-let landlord in Newport has become the first to be prosecuted for breaching new laws demanding that all private landlords...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Where can you currently achieve the best buy-to-let yields?

Landlords seeking the highest buy-to-let yields in England and Wales may wish to consider buying property in the North East, where...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Average tenancy deposit edges closer to £1,000

  The average tenancy deposit paid by tenants in England and Wales now stands at £967.84, with deposits of properties with a...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Scotland enjoy ‘higher returns on their investment’

Buy-to-let landlords north of the border are achieving greater returns on their investments than their counterparts south of the border, according...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Are you ready for the new minimum energy efficiency standards?

If you fail to take action to ensure that your rental properties comply with the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

A well-served BTL market is needed to ‘support’ those unable to buy property

Despite the fact that UK house prices are continuing to slow, with yesterday’s figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS)...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed landlords with properties in Wales could be ‘breaking the law’

Unlicensed landlords with properties in Wales are being urged to register ‘to avoid legal action’, regardless of where they are based...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Reform the private rented sector so that it is fit for purpose, says expert

Stronger enforcement and streamlining of legislation in the private rental sector is urgently required to ensure the abolishment of what is in...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

UK’s most prosecuted landlord unveiled

A charity that receives thousands of pounds in housing benefit to accommodate vulnerable people, including the homeless with addiction problems, has...

08 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

Rents in London fell for the first time since 2009 in April

Rents in London have recorded their first annual drop for eight years, according to the latest HomeLet Rental Index. In April, the...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Principality cuts mortgage rates

Principality Building Society has reduced rates across some of its buy-to-let mortgage products by 0.1% in a concerted effort to win...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Where are rents rising fastest in England and Wales?

Across the whole of England and Wales the average rent in the PRS stood at £800 in March, up £2 compared...

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

Criminal landlords to be ‘named and shamed’ in London

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has vowed to crackdown on criminal landlords by ensuring that they are ‘named and shamed’...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents rising ‘significantly below’ the general rate of inflation

Rental price growth in the UK remains sluggish, the latest HomeLet Rental Index shows. The annual rate of rental price inflation reached...

24 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

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

Rents rise in England and Wales, but fall in Scotland

Rents in the private rented sector rose by an average of 2% in Britain in the 12 months to March 2017,...

14 April 2017

From: Breaking News

The reputations of ‘good landlords’ being ‘tarnished by the bad ones’, says LGA

Local councils are calling on the government to close a legal loophole that allows landlords to get away with converting properties...

14 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Two-third of landlords unaware of new energy efficiency rules

Around two-thirds of buy-to-let landlords lack awareness of new Minimum Energy Efficient Standards (MEES) that come into effect in April 2018,...

14 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Free Right to Rent insurance for all RLA members

All members of the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) can now expect to receive free Right to Rent legal expenses when they...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

The DPS has played a ‘massive role’ in driving up standards in the PRS

The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) is celebrating a decade of custodial deposit protection this week as it marks the 10th...

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

Rise of Generation Rent as home ownership hits new low

Home ownership has dropped to its lowest level for more than 30 years, with high property prices leaving many people with...

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental demand in Scotland falls as EU migrants leave

The rental market north of the border remains strong, but demand fell across all regions, especially in areas with high numbers...

31 March 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

Wales sees rents rise faster than anywhere else in the UK

Rents across in England and Wales rose in all but two of the eight regions analysed in the year to February...

27 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

NLA and NIA join forces to help landlords meet new regulations

National Landlords Association (NLA) has teamed up with the National Insulation Association (NIA) to provide landlords with an easy to use...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent increases drop to lowest level since 2013 – while London prices fall

Rent increases across the UK have slowed to their lowest level since 2013, fresh data has revealed, with prices in London...

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents fall for the first time in six years

Average rents in Great Britain have fallen for the first time in more than six years, driven by a sharp drop...

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips for improving your property’s energy efficiency rating

The 2015 Energy Efficiency Regulations, passed in March 2015, set out minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for England and Wales. These...

11 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Many landlords are failing to protect tenancy deposits

A number of landlords putting their property investments - probably their biggest assets - at risk by failing to comply with...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents are increasing fastest in the East of England

The rental market across England and Wales has enjoyed a strong start to the year, with rents rising in all but...

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

PRS charity project awarded £250k lottery funding

An initiative designed to promote equality and diversity in the private rented sector in Wales has been awarded a £249,425 lottery...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Robust start to the year for rental market

The UK rental market has enjoyed a strong start to the year, according to the latest data from Agency Express. The letting...

16 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

Rental market in England and Wales ended 2016 strongly, latest index shows

Despite a turbulent year average rents ended 2016 higher than they started it, the latest Your Move England & Wales Buy...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Leaked email exposes unregistered landlords

An investigation has been launched after details of hundreds of landlords who have not yet registered on a Wales-wide scheme were...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Furness launches new 5-year fix rate products from 3.2%

Furness for Intermediaries has launched two new five year fixed rate buy-to-let products to strengthen its product range. The first is a...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to act to prevent pipes from freezing as temperatures plummet

With blizzard-like conditions set to cover the UK in snow this weekend, buy-to-let landlords are being advised to prepare their properties...

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

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

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

Tenants ‘need better protection’, says trade body for landlords

Councils across the country are being urged to raise their game when it comes to protecting private tenants from a minority...

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords are ‘continuing to see strong yield levels and rents are increasing’

The private rental market is still holding strong, despite ongoing pressures elsewhere in the British economy, according to Adrian Gill, director...

03 January 2017

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

Rental market activity improves in November

Activity in the letting market improved dramatically in November, according to the latest data from Agency Express. Across the UK, the number...

19 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents rise in Scotland

Rents in Scotland increased by an average of 0.3% in October compared with the previous month and are now 0.4% higher...

13 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Increasing supply has boosted ‘tenants negotiating power’

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

12 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord arrears half that of homeowners

UK homeowners are more than twice as likely as buy-to-let landlords to be in arrears, according to Computershare, a major servicer of...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords could face fines for illegally renting out properties

There is growing concern that thousands of buy-to-let landlords could face fines and possibly even prosecution for failing to sign up...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Average rents drop but landlords continue to see ‘impressive yields’

Private rents dropped marginally in October compared to the previous month, according to the latest figures from letting agents Your Move. The...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Licensing delays mean no action against landlords who’ve obeyed the law

Landlords in Wales who have not yet signed up to Rent Smart Wales, but have started the application process will not...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Minimum energy efficiency standards for rented properties – are you prepared?

Ian Shipley provides an insight into how you can prepare for the new minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) set to come...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Midnight deadline looms for landlords to register in Wales

Landlords in Wales who have not yet signed up to Rent Smart Wales, designed to drive up the quality of rented...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Significant rise in new buy-to-let listings

There was a sharp increase in new rental properties listed in October, mostly in major towns and cities, according to fresh...

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Significant drop in landlord possession claims

There has been a sharp decline in the volume of claims made by private sector landlords to repossess a property over...

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords at risk of ‘penalties, stopping orders and prosecution’

With less than two weeks until the new registration and licensing system in Wales, Rent Smart Wales, becomes a mandatory requirement, thousands...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Rental price growth slowed in October

The pace of rental price growth in the UK slowed to 0.05% in the month to October from a rise of...

04 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 October 2016

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

Rental market records regional growth

Activity in the letting market continued to grow in September, new figures from Agency Express show. Across the UK, the number of...

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

Landlord ordered to pay over £10,000 for regulatory breaches

A private landlord has been ordered to pay more than £10,000 in fines and costs for breaching regulations for private accommodation. Piang...

17 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

Rents in England and Wales continue upward trend

Private rents continued to increase in August, hitting a new record high of £887 per month across England and Wales, research...

13 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Rental yields in Scotland continue upward trend

Rental yields in Scotland increased sharply in July due to both higher rents and rising house prices in many areas of the...

04 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

Tenancy deposit disputes at a record high

Tenancy deposit disputes are at their highest level since records began in 2007, new figures from the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS)...

27 September 2016

From: Breaking News

London rents exceed £1,750 for first time, data suggests

The cost of renting property is now more expensive than ever with the average price of a flat or a house...

20 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Rental market remains robust despite slight slowdown

The rental market remains strong despite a marginal slowdown in activity levels last month, new data shows. Analysis of sign boards by...

16 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords have not signed up to Rent Smart Wales

There is growing concern that thousands of landlords in Wales have not yet signed up for Rent Smart Wales, designed to...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Aldermore launches ‘limited edition’ buy-to-let product

Aldermore has launched a new ‘limited edition’ buy-to-let mortgage product aimed at buy-to-let landlords looking to borrow up to £1m. The lender’s...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector continues to grow, says TDS

There has been a significant increase in the amount of tenancy deposits taken on assured shorthold tenancies in England and Wales...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents cool across half of Britain as supply increases

There was a fall in the level of rents achieved on new lets across more than half of Great Britain last...

13 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

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

Landlords too embarrassed to admit it because of ‘stigma attached’

Let's face it - landlords have a bad reputation. The press often portray buy-to-let landlords as greedy money-grabbers who are looking...

12 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents continue to rise in August

The rental market remains steady in the face of the various economic and political headwinds the sector has faced recently, according...

07 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposits edging closer to £1,000 threshold’, says DPS

The typical deposit a tenant has to pay when moving in to a new home in England and Wales is moving...

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents rise in most UK regions, says ONS

Rent increases for tenants across Britain continue to far outstrip inflation as demand exceeds the supply of rental stock on the...

25 August 2016

From: Breaking News

More than half of landlords unaware that tenant fees may be scrapped

If you are a landlord in England, Wales or Northern Ireland then you will know all about those fees your tenants...

23 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 August 2016

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Don’t let your property investments go to pot

Landlords are being reminded to remain attentive when viewing or inspecting rental homes in order to weed out tenants that may...

11 August 2016

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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

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Over a quarter of tenants say they rushed into their tenancy agreement

With demand for rental accommodation heavily outstripping housing supply, more than a quarter of tenants feel as though they were rushed...

09 August 2016

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Corbyn’s proposed ‘rent controls’ would be a ‘disaster for tenants’

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s plans to introduce rent controls and secure tenancies in the private rented sector (PRS) if elected prime...

08 August 2016

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New training programme launched for landlords in Northern Ireland

A new training academy for landlords, letting agents and other property professionals has been launched by TDS Northern Ireland, the Belfast...

04 August 2016

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‘Burdensome approaches’ to regulate landlords would be ineffective

The government will not force landlords of leasehold properties to belong to a redress scheme, despite growing pressure from conveyancers pushing...

03 August 2016

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Britain's buy-to-let property hotspots revealed

Manchester has been identified as the top city for rental yield but London offers buy-to-let landlords the best overall returns, a...

28 July 2016

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Significant rise in number of homes ‘let’, particularly in London

There was a rise in the volume of homes ‘to let’ and ‘let’ last month, owed in part to the buy-to-let...

22 July 2016

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Landlords in Wales encouraged to improve professional development

Ceredigion County Council completed its one month long RentSmart Wales Roadshow yesterday at an event in Lampeter, South West Wales, designed...

22 July 2016

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House prices rose in May despite higher stamp duty bill for landlords

Residential property prices increased across Britain in May despite uncertainty ahead of the EU referendum and significantly higher stamp duty bills...

20 July 2016

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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

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Landlords may be forced to sell after council official pocketed their rent

Some landlords in Denbighshire, a county in north east Wales, may have to sell their property after falling victim to a...

13 July 2016

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Funds available to help raise standards in the private rented sector

Organisations that support private landlords and tenants are being invited to apply for a share of a £70,000 funding pot from...

12 July 2016

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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

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Rents rise 2.5% in a year

Rents in Britain rose by an average of 2.5% in the 12 months to May, which was a marginal fall from...

28 June 2016

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Top seaside areas for landlords unveiled

A new study which looked at coastal towns across England and Wales has found that Hull offers landlords the highest average rental...

24 June 2016

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Rents fall as landlords flood rental market

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

20 June 2016

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Top Ten Best Places to Invest in Property in the UK

The North West of England tops the charts as the best place to invest for high annual rental yields, whereas the...

31 May 2016

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

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

27 May 2016

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Landlords up against a ‘considerable cocktail of hurdles’ in Scotland

Rents in Scotland are rising at their slowest rate for three years, according to new figures. Data from the latest Scotland Buy-to-Let...

25 May 2016

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New fire safety tool launched

A new version of the National Landlords Association’s (NLA) Fire Safety Logbook has been launched to help landlords protect their tenants...

25 May 2016

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Landlords reap significant returns as rents soar

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

24 May 2016

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Buy-to-let landlord surge drives up UK house prices

Residential property prices continued to soar in March as buy-to-let landlords rushed to beat the government's stamp duty changes adding to...

18 May 2016

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Buy-to-let returns top all other asset classes

With savers receiving dismal returns from banks and building societies, thousands of people have unsurprising turned to residential property as a...

13 May 2016

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NLA to provide training for landlords in Wales

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has been officially approved as an official Rent Smart Wales training provider. Working in association with the...

06 May 2016

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Average UK rents up 2.6% in March

Rental prices in the private rented sector (PRS) rose by an average of 2.6% over the year to March 2016, unchanged...

04 May 2016

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Buy-to-let dash boosts landlords' profits

Buy-to-let landlords enjoyed total annual returns of 12.2% over the past year helped by the flurry of purchases in the run-up...

25 April 2016

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Airbnb phenomenon “a growing issue” for landlords

More and more tenants are subletting rental properties on peer-to-peer websites such as Airbnb, according to an eviction specialist.   Landlord Action says...

20 April 2016

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Retirees would struggle without BTL income

Almost three quarters (72%) of pensioners who have an investment property said they would struggle to make ends meet if they...

18 April 2016

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“Dangerous house” shut down by Newham Council

A “dangerous and dilapidated” three-bedroom house rented to a family with two young children has been closed down by Newham Council.  The...

06 April 2016

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Anti-landlord policies causing rent rises, says agent

Tenants face the first rises in market rents since the autumn, as the private rented sector braces for anti-landlord policies, according...

21 March 2016

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Welsh tenants happiest

More renters in Wales are satisfied with their landlord than in any other part of the UK according to new findings...

02 March 2016

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High price of missing stamp duty deadline

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

17 February 2016

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Countrywide: rents at highest on record

The Countrywide monthly Lettings Index for January has found that although rental growth is slowing, rents are now at their highest...

15 February 2016

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Welsh housing reforms a “missed opportunity”

Vulnerable tenants will find it more difficult to access housing following the passing of the Welsh Government’s Renting Homes Bill, according...

04 December 2015

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Firefighter landlord jailed for tenant arson deaths

A firefighter has been jailed after inadequate fire safety measures contributed to the deaths of five people at a rented property...

24 November 2015

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Rent Smart Wales goes live

Rent Smart Wales, the new registration and licensing system in Wales, goes live today  – a and it represents a major...

23 November 2015

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MyDeposits given go ahead to operate custodial deposit scheme

Mydeposits has been given government approval to operate a custodial based tenancy deposit protection scheme in England and Wales from April...

12 November 2015

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ONS: Rents up 2.7% in past year

British renters are paying 2.7% more for their homes than a year ago, according to data from the Office for National...

30 October 2015

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NLA: Tenant demand continues to grow

Research carried out by the National Landlords Association (NLA) shows tenant demand remains strong, with four in 10 landlords reporting an...

27 October 2015

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Rent Smart Wales start date announced

Rent Smart Wales, a registration and licencing scheme for Welsh landlords and letting agents, will launch on 23 November. The Welsh Government...

26 October 2015

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Welsh bill changes tenancy contracts but leaves letting agents' fees unchanged

A bill now making its way through the Welsh Assembly may “radically alter the way tenancy contracts are written” – but...

23 October 2015

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Buy-to-let investors earn near 10% a year

Buy-to-let investors in England and Wales enjoyed total returns of nearly 10% in the past year, new figures show. Landlords saw gross...

19 October 2015

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Average tenant spends 41% of pay packet on rent

The average tenant in the UK spends 41% of their monthly salary on rent, according to new research. London's tenants fork out...

25 September 2015

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Fewer landlords raising rents, says ARLA

The number of letting agents reporting rent increases has fallen for the first time this year, according to the Association of...

22 September 2015

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Rogue landlords should face tougher sentences, say local councils

Councils need to be handed greater powers to tackle rogue landlords ‘taking advantage’ and ‘ripping off’ tenants. This is the call from...

21 September 2015

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HomeLet: Rents 10.5% up on last year

The rate of rent price increases across the UK is slowing – but rents are still 10.5% higher than a year...

15 September 2015

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“Countdown” is on for Rent Smart Wales – only there is still no date

The Welsh Government has announced that the “countdown” has begun for Rent Smart Wales – but it must be the vaguest...

21 August 2015

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Students pay a higher price to attend top universities

Accommodation for Students has released its annual report on the cost of student accommodation and found the most expensive accommodation in...

14 August 2015

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Rents up 2.5% in the past year

Private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 2.5% in the 12 months to June 2015, according to...

03 August 2015

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Half of tenants “do not attend check-out”

Almost half of tenants in England and Wales do not attend a ‘check-out’ at the end of their tenancy, according to...

29 July 2015

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Sharp rise in arrears as rents soar, say letting agents

There has been a sharp rise in rent arrears –  they made up 8.7% of all rent payable in June, according...

20 July 2015

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Landlords in Wales to 'Rent Smart' from the Autumn

The Welsh Government has launched the ‘Rent Smart Wales’ brand ahead of introducing licensing of all private landlords in the Autumn....

16 July 2015

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RLA: Enforcement, not regulation, needed to protect tenants

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has said the key to protecting tenants is enforcement of existing rules and regulations rather than...

15 July 2015

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Tenant evictions reach record high

Tenant evictions have reached a record high 11,307 in the first quarter of the year according to government figures. However, the majority...

18 May 2015

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BTL investors “don't know how to apply”

One in four potential buy-to-let customers don't know how to apply for a mortgage to get started, new research shows. Some 28%...

08 May 2015

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Labour’s rent controls under attack

Labour’s plans for private rented sector rent controls have been widely condemned by housing and landlord groups. Landlord Today reported yesterday how...

28 April 2015

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Rents up 2.1% in the past year

Private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 2.1% in the 12 months to March, according to the...

28 April 2015

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HomeLet: Rents up 10% in a year

New findings from the HomeLet Rental Index show that rents across the UK are 10.2% higher than a year ago. The average...

22 April 2015

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