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

Landlords currently looking for the UK’s best buy-to-let areas should head north to places like Liverpool and Scotland, with new research revealing that they offer some...

Here are the worst rental yield areas for buy-to-let

Landlords currently looking for significant rental returns will find that there are plenty of high yielding buy-to-let areas to choose from, but establishing where precisely can...

Spike in landlord exodus to lead to ‘record rents’ and ‘fewer homes to choose from’

Almost a quarter of landlords are planning to sell at least one property from their existing buy-to-let portfolio, new research from Rightmove shows.  Fresh data from the...

Cannabis farms are responsible for a quarter of all electricity stolen in UK

There has been a notable increase in landlord insurance claims where properties have been damaged by people using them to grow cannabis, new figures show.  Fresh analysis...

Claim your free tickets to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show

  The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place at the Harrogate Convention Centre in Harrogate next month and you can now claim a free pair of free tickets for the event...

The top 10 UK cities to buy-to-let property in 2020

With 2020 fast approaching, it is time for forward thinking buy-to-let landlords to start looking for the UK’s best buy-to-let areas next year, with new research...

Lack of focus on housing will see many people ‘resigned to the rental sector’

Monday’s Queen's Speech opened a new session of parliament, setting out policies on crime, health, the environment, and Brexit.  But while the Queen’s Speech covered 26 bills, there was...

Buy-to-let mortgage activity dips

There was a further increase in mortgage lending for first-time-buyers and home movers in August compared with the previous month and the equivalent period last year.  This...

Former Upad landlords offered option of re-listing homes on new website for free

Buy-to-let landlords who have been adversely affected by the sudden closure of online letting agent Upad are being invited to re-list their properties free of charge...

TMW announces selected cuts across its BTL mortgage range

The Mortgage Works (TMW), the specialist buy-to-let arm of the Nationwide Building Society, has reduced rates across its five-year fixed mortgage range by up to 0.35%...

Will landlords who paid Upad for a tenant find service be able to claim a refund?

A number of buy-to-let landlords have been left in limbo following the sudden closure of online letting agent Upad.  The company, which pioneered the online-only letting business...

Proportion of ‘accidental’ landlords falls for first time since 2014

The proportion of ‘accidental’ landlords has dropped year-on-year for the first time since 2014, fresh analysis shows.  One in 14, or 7.1%, of properties coming on to...

Accord slices BTL rates by up to 0.44%

Accord Buy to Let has announced a series of rate reductions to products within its buy-to-let range by up to 0.44%.  Accord has cut rates on more than...

flatfair teams up with Hunters to offer deposit alternative solution

Deposit-free renting provider flatfair has signed a partnership with Hunters which has more than 200 letting branches across the UK. The move will bring the platform to...

Landlords in Glasgow offered free tenancy deposits and disputes training

With 543 disputes having arisen between landlords and tenants in the Glasgow postcode area in the last 12 months, SafeDeposits Scotland, which provided the data, has...

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

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

Scrapping Section 21 could lead to ‘open-ended tenancies and rent controls’

The government’s plans to scrap Section 21 notices to evict tenants could potentially pave the way for the introduction of open-ended tenancies and rent controls, according...

More than 130,000 unlicensed rental homes in London

There are more than 130,000 unlicensed properties in London that should be licensed under either selective, additional or mandatory HMO licensing schemes, new research by London...

Leeds BS adds new BTL product and cuts rates

The Leeds Building Society has announced a new buy-to-let mortgage product and a series of rate reductions. The new product is an 80% loan-to-value (LTV) two-year fix...

Scottish tenants owed more than £500k in unclaimed rental deposits

More than 2,000 tenants in Scotland appear to have forgotten to claim back their deposits collectively worth in excess of £500,000, according to SafeDeposits Scotland.  When renting...

Have your say: Section 21 consultation ends tomorrow

With the government consultation on tenancy reform ending tomorrow, time is running out for landlords wishing to have their say by completing the survey.  Buy-to-let landlords, who...

TDS custodial scheme sees sharp rise in number of tenancy deposits protected

There was a 73% increase in the number of landlords and letting agents that signed up to the TDS' custodial scheme during 2018-19, compared with the previous financial...

Landlord fined almost £3,000 for unsafe HMO

A buy-to-landlord in Worcester has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 for failing to install adequate safety measures.  Mohammed Rafiq, who was pursued by Worcester City Council...

Here’s how to winter-proof your properties and save money in the process

With winter fast approaching the cold weather can be more than a discomfort for tenants. To help things run smoothly in your rental properties, here are some...

Scrapping Section 21 ‘will just make life more difficult for tenants’

The government’s proposal to scrap the use of Section 21 notices to evict tenants has been poorly received by landlords, with many likely to consider existing...

Former X Factor judge ordered to pay more than £70k for ‘trashed’ rented flat

Pop star Tulisa Contostavlos has been ordered to pay £70,000 in compensation to her former landlord after she trashed a rented flat in north London.  The former...

Rents rise well below inflation, new figures show

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

Government urged to invest in housing benefit so it 'reflects real costs of renting'

Three-quarters of people across the UK believe housing benefit should increase in line with rents to help combat homelessness, new research shows.  The latest data from the...

Build to Rent set to grow as individual BTL landlords exit the market

The Build to Rent development pipeline has grown dramatically in recent years and there are clear signs of the sector becoming a mainstream asset class that...

Demand for new build property falls to six-year low

Demand from buyers, including buy-to-let landlords, for new build homes has leveled off as political and economic uncertainty unsettles potential investors.  The latest Federation of Master Builders’...

Rogue landlord fined for letting uninhabitable property

An unscrupulous landlord has been ordered to pay almost £4,000 after tenants were discovered living in an appalling and unsafe property.  Officers in Cambridge found renters living...

The pace of BTL mortgage rate falls slow

Buy-to-let mortgage rates continue to fall, albeit at a slower rate, the latest data provided by Property Master shows.  October’s report from the online mortgage broker reveals...

Saffron enhances BTL expat mortgage range

Saffron Building Society has improved its range of expat buy-to-let mortgages by introducing reduced rates and fees and extending its terms.    Fixed rate fees have been reduced...

Death-trap landlord fined for demanding rent from a tenant despite council ban

A buy-to-let investor, who previously spent time in prison for perjury after he lied during an inquiry into the deaths of two tenants during a fire...

Sharp rise in demand for rental homes in prime London

There has been a significant increase in demand for rental accommodation in prime London, underpinned by uncertainty in the sales market, according to the latest Knight...

Swansea Building Society introduces lower rate mortgages

Swansea Building Society has launched a new range of lower rate mortgage products aimed at a wide selection of borrowers, including buy-to-let landlords.  Among the new range,...

Hamilton Fraser named number one landlord insurance provider in the UK

Hamilton Fraser Total Landlord Insurance has been crowned ‘Best Landlord Insurance Provider’ at the Insurance Choice Awards. The insurance provider beat tough competition from a number of...

Buying bargains at property auctions

Auctions are a great way to add to a buy-to-let portfolio, with a wide range of bargains often going under the hammer. But as any shrewd...

RLA calls for new housing court to speed up justice for landlords and tenants

A new, properly funded housing court is urgently required to cope with proposed regulatory changes, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).  With the government consulting on...

Many landlords feel the BTL market ‘is just no longer viable’

Buy-to-let is no longer a viable investment opportunity for many landlords due to the upcoming changes facing the market, according to Apropos by DJ Alexander. The buy-to-let...

Rents edge up in the UK, but growth is largely unchanged

The average cost of renting a room in the UK has increased by just 1% over the past 12 months to hit an average monthly total...

Significant increase in demand for rental properties in prime London

There has been a dramatic rise in demand for rental accommodation in prime London, underpinned by uncertainty in the sales market, the latest report from Knight...

BTL landlord ordered to pay £2k for providing substandard property

A buy-to-let landlord in Sutton has been ordered to pay more than £2,000 after failing to provide acceptable living conditions for his tenants. Jonathan Patrick Hoey was...

HMO landlord hit with £40k fine

City of Lincoln Council has taken action against a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) landlord in Lincoln for failing to comply with a number of safety...

BTL landlords firmly reject Labour’s ‘right to buy’ tenant plan

Private landlords in Newcastle have slammed the Labour Party’s proposed ‘right to buy’ policy that could see long-term tenants acquire buy-to-let properties at discounted prices. A poll...

New toolkit to help local authorities clampdown on rogue landlords

A new PRS interactive learning toolkit for local authorities to help them take action against rogue landlords and letting agents has been published by the government.  The...

Property Investor & Homebuyer Show takes place today

The Property Investor & Homebuyer Show, one of the UK’s most comprehensive property exhibitions, takes place at London ExCeL today and tomorrow.  With more than 125 exhibitors...

Dudley Building Society launches new buy-to-let product

The Dudley Building Society has introduced a buy-to-let product aimed at serving expats, self-employed people, as well as older clients. The new mortgages will be available at...

Revealed: best buy-to-let areas in the UK

New research looking at where is currently the best place to invest in buy-to-let property in this country, based on rental yields, has found that Glasgow...

East Hampshire's rental market is enjoying a real boom

There has been a significant increase in letting market activity in East Hampshire, according to Zoopla. The property portal reports that East Hampshire has seen a 46%...

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