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Property price cuts attracts buyers

There has been a 6.1% increase in the number of property sales agreed, as buyers are spurred into action by improved...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

A third of all BTL landlords intend to remortgage over the next 12 months

A third of buy-to-let landlords plan to remortgage in the next year, with those looking to add to their portfolio more...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Retail to residential conversions drop 17% as councils restrict developers’ rights

With the government consistently missing its housebuilding targets, Britain’s housing shortage has now reached crisis point, with the number of prospective...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The Guild explains what impact proposed Section 21 changes will have

The government’s existing consultation on the abolition of Section 21 does not close until Saturday 12th October, but its proposal to remove...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New online tool allows landlords to earn money when tenants switch utilities

A new utility management and transfer tool, available to both landlords and letting agents, has been launched by LetHQ. The company, which...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage lending figures ‘are a concern’

Take-up of buy-to-let mortgages slowed in June as economic and political uncertainty caused some buy-to-let investors to adopt a ‘wait and...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish landlords praised for ‘taking their legal responsibilities seriously’

Buy-to-let landlords north of the border have been applauded for renting responsibly after SafeDeposits Scotland researched rates of landlords failing to...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

flatfair to expand deposit-free renting platform after securing fresh funding

flatfair, a fintech scale-up allowing tenants to instantly rent a home with no deposit, has raised $11m (£9.1bn) in a funding...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Paragon introduces new portfolio and BTL products

Paragon has launched several new mortgage products for portfolio and non-portfolio landlords. Products include a 75% loan-to-value (LTV) two-year fix at 3.55%...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £3,500 for failing to repair BTL property

A buy-to-let landlord has been found guilty of failing to comply with a notice from Bradford Council ordering him to improve...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

NLA dismisses government’s claim that Section 21 is driving up homelessness

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has rejected the government’s claim that landlords’ use of Section 21 eviction notices is the leading...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Private rents rise 1.3%

Private rents paid by tenants in the UK increased by 1.3% in the 12 months to July 2019 and is unchanged...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The cost of evicting a rogue tenant ‘can be crippling’

Evicting an unscrupulous tenant could potentially cost landlords thousands, even hundreds of thousands of pounds, new research shows. Benham and Reeves has...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Coventry Council rejects claims that its licensing scheme is unlawful

Coventry City Council has dismissed claims that its landlord licensing and accreditation scheme is potentially unlawful. The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) wrote...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £7k for providing substandard property

A buy-to-let landlord in South Ockendon has been ordered to pay more than £7,000 after failing to provide acceptable living conditions...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord confidence at an all-time low

Landlords’ confidence in the buy-to-let sector has collapsed, according to the National Landlords Association (NLA). Confidence in landlords’ business expectations has tumbled...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

More needs to be done to help landlords and tenants deal with moving day stress

The letting industry needs to do more to reduce moving stress for tenants and landlords by increasing awareness of some of...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

More rented homes urgently needed in Cardiff

Cardiff based housing association Cadwyn is calling for more private landlords with properties in the city to lease their properties with...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

MHCLG amends notes on form landlords use when serving a Section 21 notice

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has updated the notes on Form 6A, the document landlords use when...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays introduces new 5-year fixed rate deal

Barclays has launched a new five-year fixed rate buy-to-let product at 75% loan-to-value (LTV). The purchase only deal is available at 2.19%...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New online platform targets BTL investors chasing high yields

A new online platform dedicated to the buying and selling of income-generating properties has been launched. Powered by Experience Invest, yieldbase allows...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The UK coastal districts with the most holiday rentals unveiled

With the summer holiday season in full swing, UK coastal districts are seeing a boom in staycation bookings. Cornwall was discovered to...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Moving home costs an additional £3,417 in ‘extra’ costs over a lifetime

Renters who move home regularly often face excessive costs associated with moving, new research shows. The study by MoneySuperMarket reveals that the...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fails in appeal over £2k fine for not protecting tenancy deposit

A buy-to-let landlord who failed to pay a tenancy deposit into an approved scheme for four years has proved unsuccessful in...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS reduces five-year BTL rates

The Leeds Building Society has introduced rate cuts on a number of five-year buy-to-let mortgages by up to 0.45%. New deals include...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to prevent damp in your rental properties

Damp problems can be a serious concern in any home. Not only are they unwelcoming, but they are also unhealthy, and...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Private sector rents rise in line with wages

Private rental price increases have accelerated modestly, in line with earnings across the UK, according to a new report from HomeLet. The...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: The renovations that offer the best return on investment

From kitchen improvements to building an extension, new research unveils top ways to add value to your home in the shortest...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Government’s focus on homeownership ‘serves only to hurt tenants’

New communities secretary Robert Jenrick and housing minister Esther McVey look set to focus on increasing homeownership, but this appears to...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

TML removes restrictions on letting to DSS tenants

The Mortgage Lender (TML) will no longer prevent buy-to-let landlords from letting property to tenants in receipt of benefits. The move comes...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to bring forward its plans for court reform

It now takes private landlords an average of 22.5 weeks from making a claim to the courts for a property to...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

More than half of landlords plan to use limited companies to acquire property

Some 55% of landlords planning to add to their portfolio over the next 12 months will use a limited company to...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The best ways to avoid common buy-to-let insurance claims

Damage caused by water, fire, explosion and theft have been identified as the primary reasons that buy-to-let landlords make insurance claims, but there...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Leek United cuts buy-to-let rates

Leek United has reduced rates on its buy-to-let products by up to 40bps. The lender’s five-year fixed rate buy-to-let product is now...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Premier League kicks off today but who should you support in terms of yields?

Top-flight football returns this weekend, with Liverpool preparing for tonight’s Premier League opener versus Norwich City, but what team should landlords...

09 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

BTL landlord ordered to pay more than £3,700 for unlicensed HMO

A landlord has been penalised for operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupancy  (HMO) in south London. Fouad Ahmad, from Streatham, pleaded...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Performers at Edinburgh Fringe struggle to find a place to stay

A number of performers at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which is currently taking place, are struggling to find short-term accommodation in...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans reduces BTL rates

Foundation Home Loans has cut rates on selected five-year fixed buy-to-let products by up to 0.1%. The specialist lender has made reductions...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

BM Solutions set to almost double max number of BTL mortgages

BM Solutions has announced that it plans to increase the maximum number of buy-to-let mortgages from three to five with Lloyds...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips for investing in London’s buy-to-let market

With the slump in house price growth in London slowing, a growing number of property investors believe that now is a...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit cap will ‘eventually affect a significant proportion of properties’

More than four out of ten tenancy deposits managed by the Deposit Protection Service (DPS) are currently higher than the recently...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Sensible rules will ensure ‘responsible growth’ of short-term letting sector

It is not always possible for an individual or company to improve its image beyond that of its industry, and that is...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay almost £50k for overcrowded property

An unscrupulous landlord has been ordered to pay £47,500 after council officers found 11 people living in a small flat in...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord may need to convert flats into houses after failing to gain consent

A landlord who converted a house in north London into flats without consent could face legal action. Javad Aghababazadeh was given permission...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays reduces two-year fix to 1.65%

Barclays has announced a series of rate reduction to products within its mortgage ranges, including buy-to-let. The lender has cut its 75%...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New Right to Rent guidance issued by the Home Office

Fresh guidance updating how landlords can ensure that they are compliant with the Right to Rent requirements in England has been...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Cabinet ministers supplementing salaries via buy-to-let investments

A number of MPs are currently earning rental income from properties let to private tenants, including eight ministers in Boris Johnson’s...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Police appeal to landlords to help clampdown on organised crime gangs

Cheshire Police are appealing for landlords, along with letting agents and local residents to help crack down on organised crime gangs. Officers...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

No legal requirement for an HHSRS report

Buy-to-let landlords should be aware that Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) inventory reports are not needed to comply with...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord Buy To Let introduces new products and cuts rates

Accord Buy To Let has introduced two new products aimed at landlords looking for longer term fixed rate deals. For purchasing landlords,...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Fresh government guidance ‘could leave landlords open to prosecution’

Buy-to-let landlords are being urged by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) not to follow new guidance from the government on its...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Free launch event for scheme offering BTL landlords 12 months’ rent upfront

Choices Estate Agents will launch a new Advanced Rent Option (ARO) product later this month, which enables landlords to receive their...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord who lived in a council house ordered to pay £48k or face prison

A buy-to-let landlord who claimed that he needed a council home has been ordered to pay back more than £48,000 or...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New licensing scheme is potentially unlawful, warns RLA

Buy-to-let landlords who own property in Coventry should be wary of Coventry Council’s landlord licensing and accreditation scheme as it is...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Ascend Properties continues expansion into Build to Rent

Ascend Properties continues to expand its reach into the Build to Rent sector after securing significant investment from Gatehouse Bank last year. The...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson is a man without a plan to boost BTL activity levels, poll finds

The majority of landlords in the UK’s private rented sector do not believe that new Prime Minister Boris Johnson has a...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

NLA to ‘recommend’ Zero Deposit to its members

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has identified Zero Deposit as the only deposit replacement product worth recommending to its members. The landlord association...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Evictions specialist wants landlords to have a say on Section 21

There is no such thing as 'no-fault' eviction under Section 21, according to evictions specialist Paul Shamplina. The founder of Landlord Action insists...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

NatWest cuts rates on select BTL products

NatWest has reduced rates on some buy-to-let and residential products. On the lender’s buy-to-let switcher there are reductions of up to 0.15%...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Furness for Intermediaries introduces new holiday let mortgages

Furness for Intermediaries has launched two five-year fixed rate products for its holiday let range. The new mortgage deals have a borrowing...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Misery for tenants as rent prices increase

There has been a sharp rise in the number of tenants experiencing rent rises following the introduction of the tenant fees...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Nine out of ten landlords would support a new dedicated housing court

The vast majority of private landlords are dissatisfied with the existing courts process to repossess properties and would support an alternative...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord slapped with £25k fine for overcrowded property

An unscrupulous landlord who housed at least 25 tenants in a rundown property in north-west London has been ordered to pay...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

It is good practice to have a well prepared inventory to ensure a risk-free tenancy

The government’s decision to cap tenancy deposits at no more than five weeks’ rent where the annual rent is up to...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Pepper UK appointed to service Habito’s new range of mortgages

Habito has instructed Pepper UK to provide the end-to-end servicing of its new portfolio of buy-to-let mortgages. The online mortgage broker announced...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

More than half of all BTL lenders offered limited company products in Q2

Purchasing an investment property via a limited company, rather than as an individual, has become significantly more popular, and that largely...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Legal & General to complete largest privately funded development in Wales

Legal & General will develop 318 Build to Rent flats as part of a £400m regeneration of Cardiff’s Central Square district...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Furness for Intermediaries cuts consumer BTL rates

Furness for Intermediaries has reduced rates on its consumer buy-to-let products by up to 1.1%.   The new discount rate products include...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

North-south divide narrows as property price growth slows

Residential property prices are increasing faster in cities in the north of England and parts of Scotland than they are in...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords ripped off by rogue agent

A managing agent who defrauded buy-to-let landlords out of £16,500 over an 18-month period will face a Proceeds of Crime Act...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Council tenant fined £100,000 for sub-letting his studio flat on Airbnb

An Airbnb host who rented out his council flat in central London has been fined £100,000 and evicted by Westminster City...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Overseas ownership: Australians most interested in Scottish property

Australia is the popular country of residence for overseas Scottish property owners, followed by the USA, new figures show. SafeDeposits Scotland, the...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Taxpayer confusion: HMRC issues inaccurate self-assessment statements

A number of taxpayers, including buy-to-let landlords, have been left feeling confused after HMRC issued self-assessment statements to individual taxpayers which...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

London renters stressed as many cannot afford their rent let alone buy

A new study shows 77% of London renters feel being unable to own their own home is negatively impacting their life. The...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost £360m of institutional investment into the UK PRS in Q2

There was £359.4m of institutional investment into the UK private rented sector in second quarter of the year, according to CBRE...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Manchester trials restricting short-term lets

When people think of Manchester these days, possibly their first thought is of its thriving economy and the opportunities it now...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £14,500 for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay £14,500 for illegally renting out an overcrowded House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) without...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Growing number of landlords choosing two-year fix rate deals

There has been a notable increase in the number of landlords opting for two-year fixed buy-to-let deals owed in part to...

29 July 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

Changes to possession rules and their impact on landlords and tenants

These days, housing probably ranks right up with the NHS and education as a political battleground and over recent years, politicians...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

August is the most popular time to move home

Whether you are looking to rent out your property or sell, it is worth noting that August is the most popular...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property investment training firm eyes online expansion

Touchstone Education is planning to expand with the launch of online additions to its nationwide courses in property investment strategies. The property...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Esther McVey becomes Housing Minister, while Robert Jenrick is Housing Secretary

Robert Jenrick has been named the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, while Esther McVey has been...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property remains a good ‘long-term investment’

Although new capital gains tax rules could cost some landlords thousands of pounds when they sell up, property is still a...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime central London rental values dip as supply increases

Rental values in London’s super prime rental market dropped by 0.5% in the year to July on the back of a...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental market activity slows

There was a drop in the number of properties ‘to let’ last month, while there was also a slowdown in the...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £5k for overcrowded property in Nottingham

A private landlord in Nottingham has appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to breaching a prohibition order requiring...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the cities outperforming national rental growth

Rental price growth in English cities undergoing extensive regeneration is outpacing the national average, new research shows. Looking at 12 cities in...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Company landlords now own almost 650,000 rental properties

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

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Leasehold packs set to be capped at £200

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has proposed that the maximum fee a landlord can charge a leaseholder...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord Buy To Let’s latest changes offer ‘more choice and much better value’

Accord Buy To Let has cut rates on selected two, three and five-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages by up to 0.11%,...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s son is ‘very, very sorry’ for stealing tenant’s underwear

A landlord's son has confessed to stealing 30 pairs of knickers from his father's tenant and hiding them around her property. Magistrates...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the safest BTL investment areas based on crime levels and rental yields

Rental yields tend to increase in areas with higher crime rates, according to new research. The study by the national lettings platform,...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords viewers left in shock last night

The latest episode of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords left many viewers stunned after the show exposed extensive damage to a property...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged not to underestimate impact of removing Section 21

The government’s plan to scrap Section 21 without improving the court system and alternative process for regaining possession of a property,...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Flatfair teams up with CBRE to offer deposit alternative solution

Deposit-free renting provider Flatfair has signed a partnership with CBRE UK Residential Lettings to offer deposit alternative solution. CBRE’s residential lettings business...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Canada Life Home Finance cuts buy-to-let rates and increases maximum LTV

Canada Life Home Finance has reduced rates and increased the maximum loan-to-value (LTV) across its buy-to-let and second home product range. The lender...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords database may be a pointless exercise, warns NLA

Introducing a ‘rogue landlords’ database without better enforcement would be a pointless exercise, according to the National Landlords Association (NLA). A rogue...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Cap rents in London: Sadiq Khan ‘has failed to learn the lessons of history’

The mayor of London has called for additional powers so he can introduce rent controls in the capital. Sadiq Khan believes greater...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords cast doubt on government's plan to scrap Section 21

Buy-to-let landlords are concerned about the proposed scrapping of Section 21 in the absence of a new system that allows them...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in film-related enquiries for short-lets in London and Home Counties

There has been a significant increase in the number of film-related enquiries for short-lets in London and the Home Counties, according...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Paragon reduces BTL rates

Paragon has refreshed its buy-to-let mortgage range, offering lower interest rates, no up-front fees and £350 cashback on selected products. The new...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

High demand for rental homes following introduction of the tenant fee ban

There has been a significant rise in tenant demand in recent weeks after the change to tenant fees came in on...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords set to become more selective if the government removes Section 21

Vulnerable tenants and those at higher risk of rent arrears are likely to suffer most as a result of the government’s...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting and managing agents in England face tougher regulation

Letting and managing agents in England face the prospect of having to abide by a new regulatory framework, in accordance with...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Skipton reduces BTL rates

Skipton Building Society has refreshed its buy-to-let range and cut rates. Two-year fixed rates will now start from 1.58% at 60% loan-to-value...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Most tenants satisfied with private rented housing, says new report

The majority of private renters were satisfied or very satisfied with their current accommodation, according to the English Housing Survey report...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with commonhold – government finally responds to readers

Just days after Landlord Today and sister publication, Estate Agent Today, published stories outlining the lack of government response to our...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: best rental yield areas for buy-to-let

Almost all of the UK’s top 20 best postcodes for buy-to-let rental yields are located within close proximity to a university...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit currently ‘isn’t working as it needs to’

Universal credit is not working in its existing form, with households on the benefit significantly more likely to have housing debt than...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord prosecuted for a second time

An unscrupulous landlord in Chesterfield has been ordered to pay a total of £5,684.91 after being prosecuted by a second time...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Technology is crucial in helping landlords remain complaint, says Gas Tag

With the number of PRS regulations continuing to rise, technology is growing increasingly more important in aiding compliance and ensuring that...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Don't miss this month's ‘payment on account’ online tax return deadline

If as a landlord you are already in the self-assessment tax system then you may be due to pay your payment...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Very few tenants know about their rights and responsibilities

The government is being urged by the National Landlords Association (NLA) to do more to inform tenants of their rights and...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Leek United removes affordability assessment for BTL landlords

Leek United has made a number of changes to its lending policy across its retirement, buy-to-let and remortgage product ranges. In terms...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords set to be offered 12 months’ rent upfront under new scheme

How does the idea of 12 months’ rent in advance sound? Choices Estate Agents plans to launch a new Advanced Rent...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson to consider switching stamp duty from buyers to sellers

The Conservative leadership frontrunner, Boris Johnson, has said it is time to consider switching stamp duty liability from the house buyer...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Councillors who are landlords or tenants banned from debating licensing scheme

Portsmouth City Council is controversially planning to introduce a landlord licensing scheme in the city without potentially allowing around half of...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Platform reduces rates

Platform has announced reductions to borrowing rates across a range of mortgage products, including buy-to-let deals. The intermediary mortgage brand of The...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

The Lettings Hub joins forces with proptech provider teclet

The Lettings Hub, a major tenant referencing and let insurance provider, has joined forces with teclet, a cloud-based, automated software platform. The...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Proposed changes mean the ‘current housing crisis would get worse’

The next prime minister, Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt, will almost certainly face a housing crisis if the government does not...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government to reform health and safety standards

The government has announced that it will reform the Housing Health Safety Rating System (HHSRS) used to assess health and safety...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Smart tax needed to support investment in energy efficiency measures, says RLA

A cap limiting landlord spending on energy efficiency improvements to £3,500 should be scrapped and replaced with a new £5,000 figure,...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

More than 200 Scottish landlords fail to protect tenancy deposits in 18 months

Buy-to-let landlords in Scotland are being urged to ensure that they protect tenancy deposits and seek legal advice if they are...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in demand for property in Preston

There has been an increase of almost 60% in buyer enquiries in Preston in the last 12 months, according to new...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental yields hit two-year high

Rental yields have increased to their highest level for two years, according to the latest edition of Kent Reliance for Intermediaries’...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Room rents rise 8% following introduction of the tenant fee ban

The average cost of renting a room in the UK increased by 8% between April and June and now stands at...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with commonhold – government fails to respond to readers

Throughout April and May, we ran a high-profile campaign across our sites, Landlord Today, Estate Agent Today, Letting Agent Today and...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Dishonest tenant jailed after being exposed by landlord

An unscrupulous tenant who forged a statement to back up a county court claim against her landlord has been jailed for...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

LendInvest increases maximum loan size on five-year fixed BTL products

LendInvest has increased its maximum loan size to £750,000 on its five-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage products and will now contribute...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

UK rents rise 13.9% in last five years

UK rents have increased by an average of 13.9% over the past five years, according to HomeLet. The group said its June...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in rents in Q2 2019 – DPS

The UK saw a sharp rise in average rent from £757 to £771 a month, up 1.79% during the second quarter...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Who has been Britain’s best housing minister?

The next prime minister, Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt, will inevitably reshuffle the cabinet once they are in office, and that...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Around 33,000 properties are potentially being let illegally

It is estimated that around 33,000 properties across the UK may be unwittingly let illegally, according to research. A recent study exploring...

11 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

Boiler maintenance tips for first time landlords

Boilers can be expensive to repair, but they can be even more costly to replace. To help ensure that you keep...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Habito launches new mortgage range for the buy-to-let market

Habito has launched its own range of buy-to-let products for individual landlords. The Habito-branded mortgages, which will be available through its new...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Bexley’s annual landlords meeting to take place next week

Bexley’s annual Landlords Meeting will be held next week at the Hall Place & Gardens. The aim of the event, which takes...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Lowering of mortgage costs ‘will be very much welcomed’ by BTL investors

There has been an ‘unprecedented’ drop in the cost of fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages, according to the latest research from Property...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Minimum 12-month contracts set to be introduced in Wales by default

New rules could effectively see the introduction of 12-month minimum tenancy contracts as standard in Wales. Welsh housing minister Julie James AM...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Tax-dodging UK landlords based abroad find the net is closing

HMRC is starting to catch up with overseas-based landlords who have not been paying tax on the rental income they receive...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

New app aims to enhance renter and buyer experience

Zoopla has launched its new app experience which aims to help home-hunters easily find the most relevant properties on mobile and...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays trims lending rates

Barclays has introduced marginal rate cuts across some of its buy-to-let mortgage products. The biggest cut in its buy-to-let range is a...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in the number of landlords admitting to not paying tax

The number of buy-to-let landlords confessing to not paying tax has soared, new figures show. A crackdown by HM Revenue and Customs...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in fraudulent letting applications

The level of fraudulent rental applications being received by letting agents is on the up, new research shows. The study by Benham...

08 July 2019

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More needs to be done to protect landlords from fraud

There is a growing need to improve fraud detection in the private rented sector, according to Landlord Action. Paul Shamplina, the founder...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Drop in buy-to-let mortgage costs spells boost for landlords

Landlords stand to benefit from a drop in buy-to-let costs, new figures show. Fresh research from Moneyfacts.co.uk reveals that buy-to-let mortgage costs...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

TMW reduces rates and introduces 50% LTV products

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has cut selected two and five-year rates by up to 0.6% and introduced a range of 50%...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords will become ‘more selective’ if the government scraps Section 21

But-to-let landlords will have little alternative but to become more selective over what tenants they are willing to accept if the...

05 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

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Glasgow’s first major city centre Build to Rent development successfully delivered

Construction has been completed on the first major city centre Build to Rent development in Glasgow. With young professionals flocking to the...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Vida introduces new BTL products

Vida Homeloans has announced the release of a series of new specialist mortgage products, including buy-to-let deals. The products include a 75%...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Four out of 10 landlords call for a fast track housing tribunal

Almost four out of ten adults would like to see the government introduce a fast track housing tribunal if the Section...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in the number of tenants registering in London – haart

There has been a sharp rise in the number of people living in private rental homes, owed in part to a...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay almost £39k for putting tenants’ lives at risk

A private landlord who put the lives of his tenants at risk has been ordered to pay a £20,000 fine and...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Local authorities ‘failing’ to stop agents that ‘poison’ landlord-tenant relationship

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is calling on local authorities to take much firmer action against rogue letting agents that tarnish...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS scraps age limit for buy-to-let landlords

Leeds Building Society has removed the age limit completely on its buy-to-let mortgages, allowing more customers to borrow into retirement. The lender...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Half of private Landlords use rental property to supplement monthly income

A new survey by Precise Mortgages has found that 52% of buy-to-let landlords are using rental properties to supplement their employed...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urges Hull City Council to stop ‘unfairly penalising landlords’

Hull City Council has come under pressure for unjustly taking an aggressive stance against landlords after a sharp rebuke from the...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

The need for speed: fast broadband now considered ‘crucial’

With most of us using multiple digital devices and streaming everything from TV shows and music to computer games and powerpoint...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landbay refreshes its range for professional landlords and cuts rates

Landbay has revamped its range of buy-to-let mortgage products for professional landlords and reduced rates in a bid to win more...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour plans to cap rent rises in crackdown on landlords

Private landlords would be banned from above-inflation rent rises if Labour wins power after the next general election, according to a...

02 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

NatWest introduces new products and reduces rates

NatWest has launched a selection of new buy-to-let products at reduce rates designed to appeal to landlord borrowers. Borrowing rates have been...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Hertsmere praise new incentive scheme

Private landlords have praised a new scheme in Hertsmere, which offers financial incentives and support for those looking to rent out...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Number of deals available to first-time landlords has ‘boomed to a record high’

The choice of first-time landlord buy-to-let products has increased to an all-time high, according to the latest research from Moneyfacts.co.uk. The data...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Couple falsely claim £50,000 from DWP by pretending to be landlord and tenant

A couple from Barry in Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, have been handed suspended prison sentences for benefit fraud after being convicted...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to carefully consider the ‘dramatic’ impact of the new tax deadline

Buy-to-let landlords, property investors and second home owners are being urged to beware of a ‘dramatic change’ to the existing capital...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let is a ‘lucrative business’ that continues to appeal to investors

Residential property is currently the best long-term investment when compared to all other asset classes, according to buy-to-let investors. Benham and Reeves...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Scotland’s fastest growing rental market unveiled

Rents rose in most areas of Scotland during the month of May, the latest figures from Your Move Scotland show, as...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Investment in Build to Rent sector hits all-time high

Investment into the Build to Rent sector reached a record high in 2018, as corporate landlords continued to tap into healthy...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Renters could transfer deposit from one landlord to the next under new proposal

Tenants could be permitted to transfer rental deposits directly between landlords instead of having to pay up for their next property...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in the number of older renters

There has been a sharp rise in the number of older renters over the last year, according to new research from...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords becoming more professional as amateurs give up on buy-to-let

A two-speed market has emerged in the buy-to-let sector as most smaller landlords have stopped adding to their portfolios, while their...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £66k for ‘gross mistreatment’ of tenants

A rogue landlord in north London has been ordered to pay more than £66,000 after being found guilty of making tenants'...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Two-thirds of rental applicants deemed unsuitable

Landlords now face the prospect of two unsuccessful tenant applications on average for every successful one, resulting in an increase in...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

No end to increasing demand for rented homes

Demand for rented homes looks set to increase in the coming years as new data suggests that many people who do...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

A high number of private renters living in ‘hazardous homes’ – Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice has called for more regulation of the private rented sector after research revealed that hundreds of thousands of tenants...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord left in tears after nightmare tenant leaves house in an awful state

A landlord in Cardiff was reduced to tears after discovering her house in a shockingly dire state. The tenant is said to...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Which area has the highest number of landlords avoiding tax on rental income?

  When you rent a property to a tenant, you are required to pay tax on any profit you make from rental...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Selective Licensing Review will fail to ‘root out the bad landlords’

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has slammed the government’s Selective Licensing Review for failing to listen to landlords. The report, which was...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Build to Rent homes cost 15% more than other private rentals

Investor demand from corporate landlords, often backed by institutional finance, is growing and that is pushing up rental values across some parts...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay £10,000 for renting out poor quality housing

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay a fine of £10,000 after being convicted for renting out two unlicensed properties...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords optimistic about buy-to-let despite tax changes and Brexit

Most landlords feel optimistic about the existing UK buy-to-let environment, fresh research suggests. The study by Cambridge and Counties Bank showed that...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords struggling to keep up with recent legislative reforms

A high number of landlords are struggling to keep up with new policy reforms, new research suggests. Market Financial Solutions has surveyed...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Cowardly man who stabbed his landlord sentenced to over six years in prison

A man has been jailed for a six years and three months for stabbing his landlord in an unprovoked attack. Ainars Jozans,...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

A national register of landlords would add ‘unnecessary’ layer of bureaucracy – RLA

The recommendation for a national register of landlords in the government’s review of selective licensing published today would prove ‘unnecessary’ and...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £3k for trying to avoid paying council tax

A buy-to-let landlord in Telford has been fined £1,000, ordered to pay £2,183 costs and a £100 victim surcharge after pleading...

25 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

Do more to inform tenants of their rights, NLA urges government

The government needs to do more to provide tenants with better information on their rights and responsibilities if it is to...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

How the tenant fee ban is changing buy-to-let

The tenant fee ban is new to most of the UK, but has been in place in Scotland since 2012. Advocates...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined almost £60,000 for putting vulnerable bedsit tenants at risk

A rogue landlord has been fined £55,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £2,989.67 as well as a victim surcharge...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Newcastle Intermediaries extends buy-to-let products to Scotland

Newcastle Intermediaries is now offering its buy-to-let mortgage range to borrowers in Scotland. It comes over three years after the firm, which...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant from hell shamelessly destroys rented property causing £20,000 damage

A private landlord in the Staffordshire was left horrified after nightmare tenants trashed her property and turned it into a drugs...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Why the government’s scapegoating of landlords for the rental crisis must end

Earlier this month the Tenant Fee Ban was introduced, after much fanfare from the Government. However, it is not the only...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Britain’s holiday rental market looks set to boom this summer

The holiday rental market in this country looks set for another busy summer as the weak pound persuades millions to opt for...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Two free tickets to this year’s Homebuilding & Renovating Shows

Following on from the successful Glasgow Homebuilding & Renovating Show that took place at the SEC Centre earlier this month, the...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Pepper Money reduces buy-to-let rates

Pepper Money has cut rates on a range of residential and buy-to-let mortgage products. The limited edition summer special offer means that...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord jailed for illegally converted flats and failing to repay £130k

A rogue landlord who made almost £130,000 in illegal rent after converting his three-bedroom house in east London into two flats...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Growing number of property owners in London turning homes into short lets

With demand for short term rental accommodation growing, an increasing number of landlords and homeowners in prime London areas are offering their...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants found living inside garden shed during dawn raid

Brent Council in north London discovered three tenants living inside a shed in the garden of a three-bedroom semi-detached house in...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

ONS: Rents increased by 1.3% in the UK in the year to May 2019

Rents in the UK’s private rented sector increased by 1.3% in the 12 months to May 2019, up from 1.2% in April,...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays introduces new products and reduces rates

Barclays has cut rates on a number of products across its residential, buy-to-let and Reward ranges. The buy-to-let range includes a 2.35%...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Berlin-style rental rate freeze could send UK property market ‘into meltdown’

Germany’s rent controls place strong restrictions on in-tenancy rent increases, while the ‘rent brake’ introduced a couple of year ago makes...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting market activity picking up momentum

There was a significant improvement in the letting market, the latest figures from Agency Express shows. The number of new rental property...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord fined £7k for allowing garden to become ‘extensively’ overgrown

A landlord has been ordered to pay £7,000 for neglecting the garden at one of his properties and allowing to become...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

New online platform aims to help landlords ‘keep their costs down’

An e-commerce platform battling construction waste by enabling businesses to sell surplus materials to builders, renovators and DIY enthusiasts, claims that...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Octane Capital passes £500m lending milestone

Having completed loans primarily to professional landlords, property investors and developers, Octane Capital has passed the £500m lending milestone, just over...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Are you entitled to a stamp duty rebate following landmark court case?

Primas Law is urging landlords and property developers to seek legal advice about potential stamp duty rebates on ‘uninhabitable’ second properties...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property buyers in southern England are ‘seeking out value for money’

More than a third of residential properties in southern England are in property markets experiencing house price falls as the slowdown...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Planning for retirement: wealth ‘intrinsically linked to bricks and mortar’

With fresh analysis revealing that national property wealth has surpassed £4 trillion, a growing number of older homeowners are now factoring...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords want tenants claiming benefits to be treated ‘fairly and equally’

The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) is calling for an urgent overhaul of how universal credit is paid, with most landlords north of...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter urged to go back to drawing board on tenancy proposal

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has urged Shelter to go back to the drawing board after calling for England to adopt...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in the number of people with additional properties

The buy-to-let boom over the past 20 years has contributed significantly to the number of people who own second homes. More than...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in the number of over-50s living in rented homes

There has been a sharp rise in the number of over 50s renting homes, according to new research from Hamptons International. Some...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let investors urged to use a mortgage broker

Buy-to-let landlords looking to add to their property portfolios are being encouraged to use a specialist mortgage broker as they could...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £5k for safety breaches

A buy-to-let landlord in South Yorkshire has been fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,121 as well as a...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Insurance provider offers ‘protection solutions which landlords’ value’

Tenant referencing and lettings insurance provider, Barbon Insurance Group, has teamed up with flatfair to co-market the two companies’ products and...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

New mortgage data shows the BTL sector is ‘holding its head above water’

Buy-to-let mortgage activity increased slightly in April, with landlord investors taking out 5,100 new buy-to-let home purchase mortgages, up from 5,000...

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

New guidance to help landlords protect themselves against major risks

Buy-to-let landlords need to minimise potential risks that make the difference between ‘profitable calm’ and ‘money-pit worry’ to help ensure that...

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Is your tumble dryer one of 500,000 to be a ‘fire risk’?

Thousands of households, including many of those renting privately, could still be at risk from faulty Whirlpool tumble dryers as the...

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Skipton launches new buy-to-let products

Five new buy-to-let intermediary-only mortgage products have been introduced by Skipton Building Society. Among the new products for purchase or remortgage, which...

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord fined more than £1,600 for assaulting a council officer

A private landlord in Doncaster has been found guilty of pushing a council officer down stairs during an inspection of his...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish government urged to protect tenants’ rights

The Scottish government is being encouraged to acknowledge that some landlords north of the border are breaking the law by letting...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

National Landlord Investment Show to address key issues today

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

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agent discovers cannabis farm at rented flat in Lancashire

A shocked letting agent found a cannabis farm in of one of his landlord’s houses while filming for a Channel 5...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Coventry reduces fixed rates on standard buy-to-let products

Coventry for intermediaries has cut rates on its three- and five-year fixed rates and standard buy-to-let products by up to 0.2%. The...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Metro Bank is the latest lender to remove restrictions on letting to DSS tenants

Metro Bank has announced that it will no longer prevent buy-to-let landlords from letting property to tenants in receipt of benefits. The...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay more than £13k for fire safety breaches

A buy-to-let landlord in north London has been ordered to pay more than £13,000 after breaching fire safety regulations and failing...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Have your say on Brent landlord licensing scheme

Members of the general public are being offered the opportunity to have their say on Brent’s landlord licensing scheme. Brent Council wants...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

TMW reduces rates for limited company and HMO BTL products

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has cut limited company and HMO buy-to-let mortgage rates. TMW is offering a two-year fixed limited company mortgage...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

BLP Insurance awarded Mustard Wharf Build to Rent contract

BLP Insurance has been awarded a new contract with Legal & General to underwrite the Mustard Wharf Build to Rent (BTR)...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property prices set to rise by 4.8% over the next six months

The vast majority of homeowners in Britain expect residential property prices to rise over the next six months, Zoopla’s latest ‘Housing market...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish parliament consults on introducing rent controls

The Scottish government is consulting on introducing rent controls north of the border with a view to protecting private sector tenants...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Pair fined more than £5,000

Two landlords in Staffordshire have been ordered to pay more £5,000 after allowing their tenants to live in poor conditions   Brian...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

The number of buy-to-let mortgage products hits 12-year high

Consumer choice of buy-to-let (BTL) mortgage products has reached a 12-year high, according to new figures. The data, taken from the latest...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Foundation sees rise in portfolio landlord and limited company BTL business

There has been a significant increase in both portfolio landlord and limited company buy-to-let business over the past 12 months, according...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants can now ‘quickly’ share data and it’s a ‘complete game-changer’

We all know that high quality detailed tenant references are crucial to ensure that people placed in rental properties have been...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

UK is fourth happiest place in Europe when it comes to satisfaction with homes

The UK has been ranked the fourth happiest place in Europe when it comes to satisfaction with our homes, according to...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord questioned over ‘threatening letter’ to letting agent

A private landlord who was reported to police for sending what has been described as a “threatening letter” to a letting...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Political uncertainty leads to sharp rise in ‘super-prime tenancies’ in London

Activity in London’s super prime rental market continues to grow as more people opt to rent rather than buy property in...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

UK rents up 1.6% in a year, says HomeLet

The average cost of renting a property in the UK increased by 1.6% in the 12 months to May, according to...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

New Universal Credit system will see rent be paid directly to landlords

Significant changes are being made to the Universal Credit system that will see the housing element of the benefit paid directly...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord to be sentenced for secretly recording tenant in the bathroom

A buy-to-let landlord will be sentenced today in Plymouth Crown Court after he admitted to using a secret camera to spy...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

New partnership sees tenancy deposit alternative launched in the South West

Reposit has teamed up with Devon-based letting agency Webbers to extend its tenancy deposit alternative to the South West of England. The...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rising rents ‘make young people less mobile’

High rents mean young people are less likely to move to UK cities where average salaries are higher, a new report...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays reduces rates on BTL range

Barclays has cut rates across its buy-to-let and residential product range for purchases and remortgages. Rate reductions in the buy-to-let range for...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban ‘clearly designed to shift the costs to landlords’

The government’s decision to ban tenant fees is clearly designed to shift the costs to landlords, according to Property Personnel. The estate...

06 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

BTL landlords need new licence to rent out properties in Slough

Private landlords will soon need to obtain a new licence to rent out property with multiple individually let rooms in Slough,...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Thousands missing out on best mortgage deals by not speaking to advisers

Thousands of borrowers, including many buy-to-let landlords, could be missing out on a better mortgage deal by not speaking to an...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Keystone introduces new cashback range

Keystone Property Finance has launched a new product range for purchase applications only, offering a cashback incentive. The buy-to-let lender’s new range...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s new ‘tax bombshell’ – party plans to scrap council tax for renters

Renters would stop paying council tax under radical plans being considered by the Labour Party. A Labour-commissioned report calls on the party...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Bargain hunters prepare for ‘sudden flood of properties onto the market’

With some analysts predicting that buy-to-let landlords are about to flood the market with properties for sale, investors are being urged...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Four in 10 renters live in poorly maintained homes, survey suggests

More than a third of renters across the UK report being stuck in poorly maintained homes with landlords who refuse to...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Renters stand to save £192m a year as a result of the tenant fee ban

Private renters in the UK look set to save in the region of £192m a year as a consequence of the...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

West One launches new first charge BTL mortgage range

West One Loans has launched a new range of first charge buy-to-let mortgage products, including both standard and specialist deals. The new...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Top BTL locations based on speed at which you can recoup your investment

New research looking at the best buy-to-let markets to recoup your investment on both property price and stamp duty costs based...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Axing Section 21 will leave landlords ‘powerless’ to evict anti-social tenants

The government’s controversial plans to scrap Section 21 of the Housing and Planning Act, the so-called ‘no fault eviction’, will leave...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord groups form coalition to oppose scrapping of Section 21

Landlords and letting agents have joined forces to campaign against government plans to scrap Section 21, the so-called ‘no fault eviction’. ‘Fair...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Hostmaker to pull their ‘misguided’ short-term rental ads

Hostmaker, which specialises in managing London properties put on to Airbnb and other short-let platforms, has apologised for causing controversy over...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in prime tenancies agreed in London

There was an 11% rise in the number of tenancies agreed in prime central London and prime outer London in the...

04 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

Petition calls for Sadiq Khan to ban holiday let adverts in London

More than 8,300 Londoners have called on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to ban adverts ‘encouraging’ landlords to abandon long-term tenants for...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Remortgagers locking into five-year fixed deals for certainty

The number of people remortgaging on to five-year fixes remains high ahead of a potential increase in interest rates. Almost half -...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA endorses Zero Deposit guarantee

Zero Deposit is the only deposit replacement product worth considering in the market, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The landlord...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Saffron introduces new HMO mortgage products

Saffron Building Society has launched a new range of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) mortgage products to the market.  The four new...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in number of landlords selling up ahead of tenant fee ban

There has been a significant increase in the number of buy-to-let landlords offloading properties ahead of the introduction of the tenant...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Government approves new PRS licensing scheme

Plans to introduce a new licensing scheme for privately rented homes in Barking and Dagenham has been approved by the government. Under...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban to be introduced tomorrow

From tomorrow, it will be illegal for tenants in England to be charged letting fees, with deposits capped at five weeks’...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Poor internet connection leaves renters paying over the odds for mobile data fees

Many renters are paying the price for residential developers’ historic lack of investment in digital connectivity, new research shows. WiredScore has launching...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fleet Mortgages introduces new 5-year fixed rate deals

Fleet Mortgages has launched four new five-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages, while also reducing prices on three limited company products. The 75%...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents to rise as government efforts to make renting cheaper ‘fall flat on its face’

Rents are expected to increase over the next few months, according to the latest survey from Just Landlords. The study found that almost half of...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Former London mayor to take part in major landlord debate

Ex-London mayor Ken Livingstone will take part in the Future of the UK Housing Market Debate at the National Landlord Investment...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Expat mortgages and the process for applying for them in the UK

In the context of mortgage applications, the term expat mortgages applies to anyone who lives outside the UK but wishes to...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips for DIY safety

Demand for good quality rental homes continues to grow, but with the latest figures from NHS Digital revealing that there were...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Mansfield Building Society launches expat BTL range

Mansfield Building Society has introduced two new expat consumer buy-to-let mortgage products for borrowers who want to let out their property...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban could see many landlords ‘opt to do without agents’

The next few months are likely to be challenging for letting agents as they adjust to an outright ban on letting...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in disputes handled by the Property Redress Scheme

There was a significant increase in the number of disputes under the Property Redress Scheme last year, according to the organisation’s...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban comes into effect this weekend

The Tenant Fees Act 2019, banning landlords and agents from charging fees to tenants, will come into effect on Saturday in...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landbay seeks to reassure investors on buy-to-let credentials

Specialist buy-to-let lender Landbay has conducted an independent Bank of England stress test to project the impact of a major economic...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord cuts rates across a range of BTL products

Accord Buy To Let has reduced rates on more than a third of its buy-to-let product range. No fewer than 25 products...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Is the deposit-free rental model a good idea?

When renting a property out, landlords recognise that it is important to take a deposit from the tenant and place it...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Hostmaker defends adverts that encourage short-term lettings

Controversial short-lets managing agents Hostmaker has defended its latest advertising campaign after once again sparking outrage among some industry professionals for...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Investment in alternative real estate assets hits record high

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

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Knockout event sees landlords and agents raise more than £18,000 for charity

The biggest white collar boxing event ever brought to the property industry, ‘Rumble with the Agents’, took place at The Holiday...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords in Scotland need to prepare for new regulation

With less than a year until new legislation surrounding energy performance certificates (EPCs) is introduced in Scotland, buy-to-let landlords north of...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents in London set to increase as tenant fees ban approaches

Rents in London look set to rise sharply over the next few months, as the supply of rental accommodation dwindles while...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New management service aims to help landlords avoid ‘exorbitant’ agency fees

A new online property management service has been launched by Rentora and comes with a suite of easy management tools to...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are ‘a dying breed ‘, warns investment firm

Buy-to-let landlords are being driven out of the private rented sector and will soon start looking for more profitable alternative investments. That...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Alternative to tenancy deposit scheme for landlords proves popular

Flatfair, the payment technology firm, believes that its deposit replacement scheme can help strengthen ties between landlords and tenants. The initiative, which...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords in Scotland continue to enjoy strong yields

Scotland’s rental market continued to go from strength to strength, with the average rental property north of the border generating a...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost half of landlords expected to exit the PRS

Removing Section 21 could prove devastating for the private rented sector, with almost half of landlords and letting agents more likely...

23 May 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

London mayor Sadiq Khan urged to crackdown on short-term letting adverts

London mayor Sadiq Khan is being urged to pull advertisements encouraging landlords to move into tourist lets. Following a significant drop in...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The best buy-to-let hotspots unveiled

Private landlords looking for lucrative returns will find that L6 in Liverpool is the most profitable location to buy-to-let in the...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Al Rayan Bank launches buy-to-let purchase plan

Al Rayan Bank has launched a new limited company buy-to-let purchase plan (BTLPP) for landlords to purchase their investment properties in...

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

Older investors are ‘recognising the potential of buy-to-let investments’

A growing number of older investors are turning to buy-to-let property to supplement their income, new figures suggest. Fresh data from Commercial...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tougher HMO licencing rules: awareness ‘remains limited’ says agent

Six months on from the introduction of licencing that regulates Homes for Multiple Occupation (HMOs), and awareness of the new laws...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Masthaven revamps buy-to-let range

Masthaven has announced changes to its buy-to-let mortgage range, including flexible criteria, rates for non-traditional tenants and landlords, as well as...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Growing number of English landlords investing in Scotland’s BTL sector

There has been a notable rise in the number of English landlords investing in Scotland’s buy-to-let sector thanks to cheaper property prices...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Londoners on housing benefits are ‘treated like second class citizens’

Renters in London are being discriminated against ‘because they are on benefits’, according to ITV News London. ITV News reporter Katie Barnfield...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to behave himself after being abusive towards tenant

A BTL landlord who lost his cool during a heated exchange with a tenant over unpaid rent has been ordered to...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Retirees urged to consider renting in retirement rather than take equity release

It may actually make more financial sense for older people to rent rather than withdraw equity from their properties, according to...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord Buy To Let launches new range of 80% LTV products

Accord Buy To Let has launched a new range of 80% loan-to-value (LTV) products, designed to give landlords with smaller deposits...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost four in ten landlords will consider selling up if Section 21 is axed

Nearly four in ten private landlords will consider selling up if the government scraps Section 21, shocking new statistics reveal.  According to...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The Tories have lost the trust of BTL landlords

With less than a week until the European elections take place, a new poll conducted by the National Landlords Association (NLA)...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £1,600 for leaving tenants in ‘cold and scruffy’ flat

A buy-to-let landlord in Nottingham has been ordered to pay just over £1,600 for allowing five tenants to live in what...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) rebrands as safeagent

When it comes to letting a property, it is important that landlords and renters have faith in their agent.   To many renters,...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Coventry for Intermediaries expands buy-to-let criteria

Coventry for Intermediaries has enhanced the number of buy-to-let mortgages permitted with the group from three to five, doubled the maximum...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Middle-aged renters on the rise

Rising UK house prices have left many middle-age workers unable to afford a first home, or as accidental renters after a...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Record response to new survey on Section 21

A record number of landlords have responded to the Residential Landlord Association’s (RLA) survey asking what a post-Section 21 private rented...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage lending drops 9.1%

Buy-to-let mortgage activity remained sluggish in March with landlord investors taking out just 5,000 new buy-to-let home purchase mortgages, down 9.1%...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Welsh Renting Homes (Fees etc.) Bill receives Royal Assent

The ban on fees charged by landlords and letting agents in Wales will be introduced in September, after it received Royal...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Questions raised about letting agents in England and Wales

Consumer organization Which? recently undertook a mystery-shopping exercise at 20 letting agents in England and Wales and unearthed some disappointed results,...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Inventory provider anticipates a surge in tenant activity next month

Landlords and letting agents are being urged to prepare for a significant increase in tenant activity from the start of next...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New post-Brexit Right to Rent guidance issued by the government

New guidance on Right to Rent checks for EU citizens after Britain leaves the European Union has been published by the...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords ordered to pay more than £6k for HMO failings

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay more than £6,000 in relation to 12 charges under the Housing Act after...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Man denies posing as a landlord in a deposit scam

A man in Dundee has denied that he fraudulently pretended to be a landlord who asked for an up-front deposit from...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage specialist sees record first quarter

Charter Court has reported a record first quarter with new loan originations of £710m, up from £668m during the corresponding period...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime central London rental market proving resilient

The rental market in prime central London has proved resilient this year despite the impact of political uncertainty surrounding Brexit negotiations,...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing Hand launches new rent guarantor scheme

Housing Hand has launched a new rent guarantor scheme to help tenants secure accommodation. Research by Housing Hand shows that there has...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

HMO drop-in events to be held in Manchester

Manchester City Council will hold a couple of HMO drop-in events over the next few days for private landlords and letting...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

LendInvest introduces new BTL deals and reduces rates

LendInvest has introduced a range of new buy-to-let mortgage products, in addition to reducing rates on select offerings. New buy-to-let rate deals...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

TSB reduces remortgage rates

TSB has made selected rate changes to its buy-to-let and residential range, including cutting three- and five-year fixed remortgage products at...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA welcomes MP’s pledge to fix court system before Section 21 is scrapped

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has welcomed the housing minister’s pledge to make changes to the courts to speed up the...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

London’s prime property hotspots revealed

Buy-to-let landlords looking to buy property in London are being urged to consider investing in what Black Brick describes as ‘two...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in safety issues identified by independent inventory clerks

Inventory reports are increasingly showing and reporting safety and compliance issues within tenanted properties, according to the Association of Independent Inventory...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

NLA’s new guide on the Tenant Fees Act can now be downloaded

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is trying to help buy-to-let investors prepare for the ban on tenant fees by introducing a...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Paragon introduces short-term funding for landlords

Paragon has expanded its product range with the introduction of short-term finance for landlords to fund property refurbishment. The short-term finance products...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords who sold up last year made an average £80,000 profit

The average buy-to-let landlord made £80,000 profit upon selling their rental property in 2018, new figures show. Landlords in London made the...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant Fees Act 2019: Guidance for landlords and agents

New guidance for landlords and letting agents has been released by the government. The Tenant Fees Act 2019, which applies to England...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents rise in line with inflation

Rental price inflation has slowed down, with HomeLet's latest data revealing that the average monthly rent in the UK now stands...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Notable rise in the number of over 65s investing in buy-to-let

There has been an increase in the number of older people investing in the buy-to-let sector, fresh figures show. Commercial Trust has...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Platform reduces buy-to-let mortgage rates

Platform has cut selected buy-to-let rates by up to 0.1%, while also announcing plans to scrap from next week restrictions on...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Government allocates £200m to replace Grenfell-style cladding from high rises

The government has set up a £200m fund to replace unsafe Grenfell Tower-style cladding on around 170 private high-rise residential buildings...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter launches £600k fund to help vulnerable renters in Greater Manchester

Housing charity Shelter has launched a £600,000 fund in Greater Manchester today with a view to finding real-life solutions to the...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay almost £25k for unlicensed HMO

An unscrupulous landlord has been told to pay close to £25,000 after being prosecuted for renting out rooms in an unlicensed...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

TML launches first expat buy-to-let product range

The Mortgage Lender (TML) has launched its first expat buy-to-let mortgage product range. Available for both purchase and remortgage applications, initial rates...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New book aims to help landlords thrive in buy-to-let sector

With more than 170 pieces of landlord legislation in place, property experts, Paul Shamplina and Kate Faulkner, have once again joined...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to repay £52,000 within three months or face prison

A private landlord in Lincoln has been warned that he could be given a prison sentence of up to 15 months...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Cost of buy-to-let mortgage rates set to rise, says Property Master

Fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage costs look set to rise in the near term, according to Property Master. Property Master’s May 2019 Mortgage...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New Oxford accreditation scheme is ‘unlawful’, says RLA

A new landlord accreditation scheme in Oxford has been deemed both discriminatory and unlawful by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The association...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

London’s super prime rental market sees demand surge

Activity in London’s the super prime rental market has hit a five-year high as more people opt to rent rather than...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips for first-time landlords

We all know that investing in a buy-to-let (BTL) property is a huge responsibility, but for those of you who are...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Assault’ on landlords ‘contradicts the basic principles of sound tax policy’

Buy-to-let landlords are being unfairly penalised for the housing crisis, according to a new report by the Institute of Economic Affairs...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb is a good idea but landlords urged to approach with caution

A growing number of private landlords are turning to Airbnb and similar platforms, but Apropos by DJ Alexander Ltd, a property management...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents increase in Q1 2019 due to ‘lack of available stock’

Rents increased by 2.6% in prime London and prime central London during the first quarter of year compared to Q1 2018,...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

BBC explores challenges and opportunities for renters in coastal areas

In an attempt to help crackdown on poor quality housing, BBC News is exploring the challenges and the opportunities for communities...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Precise Mortgages makes slicing available across its entire buy-to-let range

Precise Mortgages has made its top slicing feature available across its entire buy-to-let range. The lender now accepts top slicing on all...

08 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

Where are the best places to currently invest in the North West?

The North West has long since ceased to be an “inside tip” amongst forward-looking property investors. It’s now one of the...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

A third of renters in Scotland have no plans to ever own their own property

Almost one in three renters have no intention of ever acquiring their own property, mainly because they are happy living in...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Top DIY tips and tricks to improve your property

Property investors often debate on how best to improve their properties. Whether that is undergoing big property renovations or improving their...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Sainsbury’s Bank cuts rates on BTL products

Sainsbury's Bank has cut rates across its buy-to-let products, amid strong competition among mortgage providers. New buy-to-let rate deals include a five-year...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to ‘stimulate’ rental home supply with ‘pro-growth taxation’

The UK is facing a private rented housing crisis unless the government takes rapid action to stop landlords selling up, according...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New technology aims to provide greater gas safety accountability in the PRS

New technology has been launched in an attempt to improve gas safety accountability in the private rental sector. The existing system makes...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Where in the UK has seen the largest increase in room costs over the past year?

London unsurprisingly remains the most unaffordable city to rent a room in the UK with the average cost in the capital...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord sees market share grow but it remains a ‘testing market for landlords’

There is no two ways about it, the buy-to-let market has become much more challenging for property investors of late for...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

TMW launches new large portfolio BTL products and cuts existing rates

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has launched a new portfolio range while also reducing a number of five-year fixed rate products by...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Many BTL landlords ‘are now looking towards Scotland to maximise returns’

The average rental yield returned to investors with property in Scotland has increased for the first time since March 2017, Your...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit and the Right to Rent for EU nationals

Few people familiar with the UK property market would dispute the fact that the Right to Rent scheme has been deeply...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay £1.1m after converting flats into ‘cramped bedsits’

A buy-to-let landlord who converted a flat in London Bridge into ‘cramped bedsits’ without planning consent has been ordered to pay...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental prices rise 1.7% in Scotland

Scottish rents continued to edge up in the first quarter of the year, the latest figures show. The Scottish national average increased...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech startup launches new house hunting app for students

Polygon has launched a new mobile app designed to make it easier for students to house hunt. To help ensure that housemates...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit has helped create ‘a buyers' market for buy-to-let’ in London

The buy-to-let market is starting to show some positive signs, especially in London where activity is picking up again, new figures show. The ongoing political...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Parents of students warned not to take the decision to become a landlord lightly

Parents with children at university may be considering whether it is worth buying them a property while they continue their education,...

01 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

Landlords ordered to pay more than £5k after letting flat with no windows

Two landlords have been fined for letting out a flat that had no heating or windows. The flat, located above commercial premises,...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New ‘Tenants' Tools’ launched by Marks Out Of Tenancy

Marks Out Of Tenancy, a letting review website, has launched ‘Tenants’ Tools’ for tenants to securely keep any tenancy-related images and...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Increasing number of landlords ‘cautiously’ re-entering the BTL market

There has been a significant rise in the number of landlords re-entering the buy-to-let market after coming to terms with the...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with commonhold - put your views to the housing minister

In recent weeks our campaign to replace leasehold with commonhold has continued to gather momentum both in the press and across...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Abolishing Section 21 could adversely affect housing supply

The government’s proposal to scrap Section 21 of the 1988 Housing Act is likely to deter many people from investing in...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Number of homes for sale hits record low during March

But-to-let landlords thinking about expanding their property portfolio will find that the sustained drop in the number of new homes for...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Pepper Money revamps rates and cuts cost of valuation fees

Pepper Money has revised rates across its buy-to-let and residential products and reduced the cost of valuation fees. The specialist lender has...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord is left with a £7k repair bill after tenant destroys three-bedroom property

A tenant left a three-bedroom house in Birmingham “completely destroyed” after piling rubbish in every single room and dumping mattresses in...

29 April 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

UK's Build to Rent sector sees record levels of investment

The UK Build to Rent sector continues to go from strength to strength, with record levels of investment in the first...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to help you avoid illegal gas work within your properties

A third of adults do not check if the engineer working on their property’s gas appliances is doing so legally, according...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Scammer steals £1,200 from couple by posing as a landlord

A fraudster pretending to be a landlord scammed a couple looking to move into a new property with their children out...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent rises slow despite a high number of landlords continuing to exit the PRS

The number of tenants experiencing rent increases dropped slightly in March thanks partly to a sharp rise in the number of...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost a quarter of ‘sandwich carers’ are struggling to pay their rent

An overstretched generation of carers are in need of greater support themselves when it comes to keeping a roof over their...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Some of the most valuable home improvements unveiled

Estate agents, property surveyors, interior decorators, an online services marketplace and other housing experts have teamed up to reveal home renovations...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Zero fee buy-to-let range launches at Barclays

Barclays has launched a new range of fee-free buy-to-let mortgage products. The bank has also reduced rates on a selection of buy-to-let...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Jurgen Klopp jokingly says he’ll withhold rent if Leicester fails to beat Man City

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has light-heartedly threatened to withhold rent if his landlord fails to do the football club a favour...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to simplify the benefits system to prevent discrimination

Nationwide were among a small group of mortgage lenders asked to give evidence at a select committee yesterday on restrictions around...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA welcomes launch of new APPG looking into short-term lets

A new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has been launched with a view to looking into short-term lets. The new group, which...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

The ‘relentless pursuit of profit has seen outside space sacrificed’, says agent

With savers continuing to receive poor returns from banks and building societies, many people continue to turn to residential property as...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Delays to Crossrail could have an adverse impact on house prices along the route

The delay to Crossrail is having a negative impact on nearby property prices, which is bad news for those who own...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Saffron launches limited company BTL mortgage

Saffron Building Society has introduced a new limited company buy-to-let mortgage product, available at 75% loan-to-value on a two-year fixed rate...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

What is the latest service renters want when moving to a new area?

Traditionally, many renters have often sought properties with good local amenities close by in an area that falls within the catchment...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost one in 10 landlords do not allow tenants to switch energy providers

Thousands of tenants are being told by their landlord that they are not allowed to switch energy providers with a view...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Newcastle fear proposed licensing will ‘push rents up for tenants’

Private landlords in Newcastle have rejected a new licensing policy put forward by Newcastle City Council, which would require them to...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £50,000 for HMO offences

Lettings of London Ltd has been ordered to pay more than £50,000 after pleading guilty to 18 offences largely relating to...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landbay to increase maximum loan term to 30 years

Landbay has announced that it will be increasing its maximum loan term from 25 to 30 years from 1 May. All products...

24 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

New survey provides landlords with a chance to shape the future of the PRS

Following the government’s recent announcement that it is to consult on ending Section 21 repossessions, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Greedy’ landlords punished for their ‘total negligence’

A husband and wife have been issued with fines, penalties and costs totalling more than £8,000 after showing a complete disregard...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Advisory seminar to showcase benefits of investing in Edinburgh’s property market

A number of property investment specialists plan to join forces this week to host an advisory seminar designed to highlight the...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

The Mortgage Lender launches new range of BTL products

The Mortgage Lender has launched a range of buy-to-let mortgage products available at up to 80% loan-to-value (LTV). The new deals, some...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents in London hit record high as number of homes continues to decline

Average asking rents in London rose to an all-time high of £2,091 a month in the first quarter of the year...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New research predicts that ‘worse is yet to come’ for private landlords

Returns for private landlords have dropped in recent years, while strong returns have instead come from investing in corporate residential landlords, according...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents rise as tenant fees ban looms

Private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK increased by 1.2% in the 12 months to March 2019, up from...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

When can you achieve the highest number of enquiries for rental listings?

Buy-to-let landlords and letting agents will find that they will typically achieve the highest number of leads during weekday evenings, with...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Paragon updates its buy-to-let mortgage range

Paragon has refreshed its buy-to-let mortgage range for portfolio and non-portfolio landlords, with products including mortgages with no product fee, no...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government accused of having ‘a Dickensian view of private landlords’

The government’s announcement earlier this week that there will be radical reforms of the PRS will not just create open-ended tenancies...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 ban without making Section 8 fully ‘fit for purpose’ would be an error

Abolishing Section 21 without making Section 8 fully “fit for purpose” will have dire consequences on our housing supply. This week, the...

17 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

New app to help cut legal costs between landlords and tenants

A new app has been launched with a view to reducing the legal costs involved with disputes between landlords and tenants. LegalDefence,...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Barclays cuts rates on BTL range

Barclays has made alterations to some of its buy-to-let mortgage products. Rate reductions in the buy-to-let range include a two-year fix at...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government warned against banning Section 21

The housing minister James Brokenshire’s announcement yesterday that there will be a consultation period on the ability of landlords to remove...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

MPs invest in BTL market with taxpayers’ money

A number of MPs are currently earning rental income from properties that they bought with public help, according to a fresh...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rise in popularity of the ‘staycation’ creates opportunities for BTL landlords

The rise in popularity of holidaying in the UK or ‘staycation’ has led to a mini boom for the UK tourist...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Cost of renting a single room in Kensington increases 23% in five years

The soaring cost of renting property in prime central London has once again come under the spotlight following WikiLeaks founder Julian...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Castle Trust introduces new bridging loan product

Castle Trust has launched a new unregulated bridging loan product that can be used for first charge buy-to-let cases of up...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government set to abolish Section 21

The government is today proposing to consult on scrapping Section 21, so-called  ‘no fault’, repossessions in the private rented sector in favour...

15 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

Average rents up 1.9% year-on-year

Rents in Great Britain increased 1.9% year-on-year in March, driven by a 3.7% rise in Greater London where rents hit a...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Santander increases maximum mortgage term to 40 years

Santander has increased the maximum term, age and loan-to-value (LTV) for its buy-to-let products, while also making amendments to its affordability...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord cuts rates on five-year fixed rate deals

Accord Buy to Let has reduced rates on nine of its five-year fixed rate products. Highlights of the new range, available to...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Three in four Scots back rent caps

A new survey has revealed three in four Scots back rent caps north of the border to help curb increasing housing...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News