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KEYWORD "West Midlands" - 127 RESULTS
UK rents continue to rise in October

Rents in the UK’s private rented sector increased further in October, according to the latest data.  The figures from HomeLet show that...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Police to investigate ‘malicious communications’ from landlord

Orbit, the owner of a number of buy-to-let properties in Coventry, could find itself in hot water over comments allegedly made...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

One in 10 homes let by non-UK based landlords

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

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Void periods drop while average rents ‘are returning to expected levels’

After an encouragingly buoyant summer period for the letting sector, there are growing signs that the rental market is starting to...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

UK rental market looks more attractive for BTL landlords as rents rise further

Rents in the UK’s private rented sector continued to increase in September, the latest figures show.  The data from HomeLet reveals that...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents rise well below inflation, new figures show

Rent increases in the third quarter of 2019, as released by The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) Rent Index, reveal growth...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Notable increase in void periods reported as rental demand slows

Void periods increased across the UK in September, with the exception of London, according to the latest Goodlord rental index. A void...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Void periods drop as rents rise across the country

Buy-to-let landlords in England and Wales are facing void periods of just 11 days on average between tenancies, which is the...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let fundamentals remain strong

Landlords’ confidence in the buy-to-let sector has collapsed, as reflected by the latest industry research. However, despite gloomy forecasts, the fundamentals in...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Average rents drop across the UK

Average rents dropped in five of the eight UK regions monitored by Goodlord in July, new figures show. The property technology firm...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

House values: the UK’s best and worst regions for price growth

The average property increased in value by £2,046 during the first half of 2019, led by gains in the West Midlands,...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords look set to influence the future of the Right to Rent scheme

Private landlords will have a major say in a court case considering the future of the government’s Right to Rent scheme. The...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Wide gap in regional rental prices, new figures show

The average rent increased in four of the eight regions monitored by Goodlord across England and Wales between May and June,...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Over-65s have gained £5.5bn of property wealth over past 12 months

Retired homeowners have gained £1,165 each on average in property wealth over the last year despite uncertainty in the property market,...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let ‘still represents a great investment opportunity for landlords’

With savers continuing to receive poor returns from banks and building societies, thousands of people unsurprisingly continue to turn to residential...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tory leadership candidates urged to scrap controversial Right to Rent scheme

The two candidates for Conservative leader are being urged to make a public commitment to abolishing the controversial Right to Rent...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

New rental data shows wide regional variations across England and Wales

The average rent edged up in four of the eight regions monitored by Goodlord across England and Wales between April and...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Fastest selling buy-to-let hotspots revealed

There has been a notable rise in the number of buy-to-let landlords offloading properties in recent month due to buy-to-let tax...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting market activity slows

There was a notable drop in the number of new rental listings, while the volume of properties let last month also...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords continue to enjoy ‘stable returns’

Rents across England and Wales have edged slightly higher over the past 12 months, increasing by an average of 0.5% to...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants left in limbo as agency suddenly shuts owing thousands

An estate agency in the West Midlands has shut down leaving clients demanding their cash. Landlords and tenants who dealt with the...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents continue to increase across most of England and Wales

Rents increased across most parts of England and Wales between March and April, according to the latest Goodlord rental index. Monthly rents...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The cheapest and most expensive areas to rent a room revealed

The average cost of renting a room in the UK has increased by £15 per calendar month (pcm) over the past...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents remain flat but ‘yields continue to perform strongly’

The average rent across England and Wales has remained flat over the past 12 months, with rents reaching an average of...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting market activity picks up momentum

There has been an improvement in the letting market, according to board company Agency Express. The number of new rental property listings...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Slow growth in rents leads to ‘modest improvement in rental affordability’

Weak rental growth has resulted in improved affordability for renters across many parts of the country, including London, while rents in...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents increase as tenant fees ban approaches

UK rents have started to increase at a rate not seen in the market for more than two years, fresh figures...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents rising across most of England and Wales

Private sector rents increased across most parts of England and Wales between February and March, according to the latest Goodlord rental...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords across England and Wales continue to enjoy ‘solid yields’

The average rent across England and Wales has increased by 0.4% in the last 12 months, hitting an average of £861...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental market activity slows

There was a significant drop in the number of new rental listings, while the volume of properties let last month also...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Home Office to review Right to Rent checks following High Court ruling

The Home Office has announced that it plans to reassess its Right to Rent scheme that requires landlords in England to...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Renting in London costs twice as much as elsewhere

London remains by far the most expensive place in the country to rent, with average rent in the capital 114% higher...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

The average time it takes to sell a property revealed

Some buy-to-let landlords are being driven out of the market by the government’s tax crackdown as growing numbers struggle to make...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

What’s the typical discount for making a cash offer on a property?

Vendors will often accept an all-cash purchase offer over a higher-priced offer with a mortgage, highlighting the importance of cash in...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Renters almost twice as likely to experience a pest problem in their home

Three fifths of Brits have experienced a pest problem within their home, with 64% of those who have had an infestation...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Amount tenants spend on rent falls for first time in a decade

Tenants spent £1.9bn less in rent in 2018 compared with a year earlier, marking the first annual decline in more than...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Spike in landlord exodus in London

There was a significant increase in the number of landlords exiting the rental market in December 2018 as rents increased for...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent prices increase across England and Wales

The average rent across England and Wales has increased by 1.8% in the last 12 months, hitting an average of £865...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The total value of UK’s housing stock hits £7.29 trillion

The total value of the UK’s housing stock reached a record £7.29 trillion in 2018, according to fresh research from Savills. The...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents edge up, led by gains in the UK’s regional hubs

Rents in the UK’s private rented sector increased by 0.97% in the 12 months to November 2018, virtually unchanged from the...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents hold steady with the best yields up north

The average rent across England and Wales increased by 2.2% in the 12 months to October to stand at an average...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Autumn ‘spike’ in rental market activity

There was greater choice for those looking to rent last month, reflected by a sharp increase in the number of properties...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Why your next property investment should be in Birmingham

Birmingham, a metropolitan borough and major city located in the West Midlands, has been awarded the title of the 6th best...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental market is in recession, says The DPS

The UK rental market is in recession for the first time since the global financial crisis, according to The Deposit Protection...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Over-65s have gained £45.7bn of property wealth in a year

Retired homeowners have gained £9,744 each on average in property wealth over the past 12 month despite uncertainty in the property market,...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined heavily for allowing tenants to live in atrocious conditions

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay more than £37,000 for allowing tenants to live in what inspectors described as...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Major regional difference in landlord ‘experience and buying habits’

Buy-to-let landlords in the Midlands continue to invest in the sector on the back of a ‘positive outlook’, but elsewhere in...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Housebuilders looking to profit from Generation Rent

Property developers are looking to profit from the growing number of private renters by investing further in purpose-built rental accommodation. The Build...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Higher taxes deter overseas based buy-to-let investors

The proportion of let properties in the UK that are owned by overseas landlords has dropped dramatically, according to new figures. The...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents increase further, Homelet says

Annual rental price growth in the UK increased in June, HomeLet said on Tuesday. The latest HomeLet Rental Index shows that the...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

UK buy-to-let hotspots revealed

There is still plenty of money to be made in buy-to-let, provided you invest in the right areas, according to new...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Momentum improves as there is a rise in both ‘to let’ and ‘let’ properties

Following a slowdown in rental market activity in April, new letting data from the Agency Express Property Activity Index has revealed...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Telford & Wrekin Council handed £388k cash boost to tackle rogue landlords

The government is hoping to improve standards in the private rented sector in Telford by handing £388,925 to Telford & Wrekin...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents on the rise again

Rental prices increased by 2% in May compared to the same month last year, the latest HomeLet Rental Index shows. The average...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rental market activity slows in April

There was a decline in the number of properties let last month, as a fall in supply restricted choice for prospective...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents continue to rise in April says HomeLet

Rental prices increased by 1.5% in April compared to the corresponding month a year earlier, according to the latest HomeLet Rental...

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords in the north of England more likely to face void periods

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

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £25k for poorly managed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in Birmingham has been fined £25,000 after pleading guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court for regulation breaches in relation...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let hotspots revealed

Colchester has been named the best place for buy-to-let investors in today’s market, based on a combination of capital value growth,...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Hackney sees fastest growth in home rents over past decade

Hackney in east London has recorded the fastest growth in rents on a typical two-bedroom home over the past decade, according...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Lean on landlords that aren't doing the job’, says shadow housing minister

Councils are being urged to do more to crack down on rogue landlords who are leaving thousands of tenants living in...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Misery for tenants as rents rise again

Rental prices increased by 1.2% in February compared to the corresponding month a year earlier, the latest HomeLet Rental Index shows. The...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting market activity bounces back after Christmas lull

The private rented sector has enjoyed a strong start to 2018, according to the Agency Express Property Activity Index. National month-on-month figures...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

The North West of England remains ‘the best region for BTL investors’

With house prices increasingly steady outside of London and the South East, the housing market across many parts of the country...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

House prices edge higher as BTL landlords target properties ‘further afield’

Residential property prices across England and Wales increased in November for the first time in eight months, supported in part by...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

UK letting market enjoys ‘robust’ boost, claims Agency Express

There has been a significant improvement in the letting market, according to board company Agency Express. The number of new rental property...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

A £5 raffle ticket could win you a £315k house in West Midlands

Thousands of people are being offered the chance to win a three-bedroom house in the West Midlands The bungalow in Halesowen, which...

20 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

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

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

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

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

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

Sharp decline in the number of homes for rent

There has been a significant drop in the number of homes available to rent over the past 12 months, according to...

18 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rental market slows in February as supply crunch continues

The UK’s rental market showed signs of weakness last month, as the number of homes to let fell as uncertainty and...

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for unlicensed property

A landlord from Solihull in the West Midlands has been ordered to pay £1,500 for failing to comply with licensing regulations...

16 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

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

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

Rental market activity slows in October

Activity in the letting market slowed in October, according to newly released data from Agency Express. Across the UK, the number of...

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Annual rental price growth continues to slow

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

14 November 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Landlord avoids jail after fire leaves tenant fighting for life

A Coventry-based landlord has avoided a prison sentence over fire safety offences after his tenant suffered life-threatening burns to 40% of...

27 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

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

Monthly boost for rental property supply

The number of new rental property listings increased by 3.6% during July, according to the latest figures from board supplier Agency...

17 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

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

Significant rise in number of retired people that are renting

There has been a sharp increase in the volume of people residing in private rented accommodation in retirement across much of...

20 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord slapped with £24,000 fine

A Birmingham landlord has been handed a fine of more than £24,000 after being prosecuted for a string of offences. Salih Mahfood...

01 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Landlords punished for harassing tenant and safety failures

A landlord in Peterborough has been found guilty of harassing a former tenant, while another landlord has been fined for a range...

10 May 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Spike in rental property listings

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

08 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent goes live

The controversial Right to Rent scheme has affected fresh criticism on the day it goes live. From today, 1 February, landlords are...

01 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Half of landlords unprepared for Right to Rent

A report from an online estate agent has found that half of UK landlords are not prepared for the Right to...

21 January 2016

From: Breaking News

New stamp duty may redraw buy to let investment map says Countrywide

The new 3% stamp duty on buy-to-let properties coming into force from next April will effectively redraw the map for investors...

08 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent start date announced

The Government has announced that from 1 February 2016 all private landlords in England will have to check new tenants have...

21 October 2015

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit with £27k fine for HMO failures

Two landlords in Leamington Spa in the West Midlands have been fined £27,000 for failing to manage a house in multiple...

29 September 2015

From: Breaking News

RLA questions Shelter’s claims

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has written to Shelter questioning the latest statistics from the housing charity which claimed that tenants...

09 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Right to rent seeing lawful tenants refused housing

The complexity of the Government’s plans to turn landlords into border police is seeing lawful tenants being refused housing, according to...

08 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent pilot “a failure”

In the nine months since new Right To Rent immigration checks have been implemented across the West Midlands only seven landlords...

11 August 2015

From: Breaking News

July is next key date for immigration checks roll-out

The National Landlords Association says next month is the next key date for the roll-out of the government’s controversial immigration checks...

19 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £6,600 for health and safety failings

A West Midlands landlord has been ordered to pay costs and fines of more than £6,600 after a series of poor...

02 June 2015

From: Breaking News

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