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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 a month earlier, the latest...

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 investing in the PRS proves...

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 government issues a fresh warning...

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 include free valuations, is a...

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 rented property. A court heard that...

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 property and declaring them to...

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 able to obtain free expert...

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 documentary. During filming for a new...

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 move follows on from the...

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 move comes after other lenders...

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 to carry out necessary repairs...

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 to know whether the landlord...

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 at 75% loan-to-value (LTV) at...

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) development in Leeds. The Leeds site...

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 sentiment survey' has found. Confidence in...

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 from increasing rents. A proposal for...

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 Kite was fined £256 and...

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 Moneyfacts report, shows that the...

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 to Foundation Home Loans. The latest...

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 thoroughly checked and recommended as...

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 the GoodHome Report, the largest...

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 agent about his tenant's deposit,...

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 the capital, amid political turmoil. The...

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 the latest figures.   The HomeLet...

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 to landlords at the start...

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 on his student tenant while...

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 alternative solution to the tenancy...

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 suggests. The number of young people...

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 purchases and remortgages include a...

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 agency recruitment consultancy believes that...

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 May, according to the latest...

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, Berkshire, as part of the...

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 adviser, according to fresh research...

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 includes a £1,250 cashback on...

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 to intervene to cool the...

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 to ‘be prepared’ to take...

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 repair properties and the same...

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 newly introduced Tenant Fee Act...

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 products are initially available through...

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 solely on annual rental return...

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 many landlords “virtually powerless” to...

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 Possessions Coalition’, which includes the...

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 the past few days by...

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 year to April versus the...

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 changes and legislative changes, according...

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 Airbnb-style holiday rentals. The petition was...

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 - 48% - of remortgagers opted...

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 association is endorsing Zero Deposit...

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 products form part of the...

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 fee ban this weekend, according...

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