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Most in demand areas in the UK to rent a property

Fresh figures from Howsy has revealed the most in-demand cities to rent property in the United Kingdom, with some surprising findings.  The rental management platform analysed demand...

London property hotspots: Up and coming regions worth considering

Demand for rental homes is continuing to outpace supply and drive up prices in London and that is an attractive proposition for many buy-to-let landlords.   Rental supply...

Here is how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

Following last week's announcement by the Welsh government that it plans to introduce new regulations to combat carbon monoxide poisoning, here are a few tips to help landlords ensure that...

LendInvest enhances buy-to-let product criteria

LendInvest has made several changes to its buy-to-let product range in a bid to appeal to borrowers.  The lender has increased the maximum loan size for all...

New housing court needed ‘for the benefit of landlords and tenants alike’

It now takes private landlords across the UK more than five months on average from making a claim to the courts for a property to be...

New regulations to combat carbon monoxide poisoning

An assembly member has welcomed the introduction of legislation for carbon monoxide detectors in rented homes in Wales. The Welsh Government says new regulations are to be introduced...

Tenants spend nearly half of their salary on rent

Rents in England are almost half of tenants’ average take-home pay, according to a new report on the state of the country’s private rented sector  Research undertaken...

Hanley Economic BS launches first expat BTL product

Hanley Economic Building Society has launched its first-ever expat buy-to-let mortgage product after entering the market. The product is available at up to 80% loan-to-value (LTV) with...

Register for Free Entry - The Property Investor Show

The Property Investor & Homebuyer Show, the UK’s most comprehensive property exhibition, takes place at London ExCeL in April – 3 & 4 April 2020 – and is...

Rental supply shortage set to push up rents

Rents look set to rise over the next 12 months as the supply of new rental properties dries up, according to the latest survey by the...

What the UK’s property industry requires of the new Conservative government

Just over a month on from the Conservative Party's election victory and all eyes are firmly fixed on Boris Johnson and his cabinet to see if...

Top tips when investing in property in 2020

Investing in the buy-to-let sector is one of the most lucrative ways to make money. There are a number of things to consider when thinking about how...

TMW cuts rates across BTL range

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has reduced the two and five-year rates across a range of its buy to let products.  The specialist buy-to-let arm of Nationwide Building...

Free tickets for this weekend's Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The Farnborough Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place at the Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre in Farnborough, north Hampshire, this weekend and you can register for a free pair of...

Mandatory electrical safety regulations to be introduced in England

The government plans to introduce mandatory electrical installation inspecting for all rented homes.  Detailed regulations for enforcing compulsory five-year electrical safety checks in the private rented sector...

A high number of private renters are ‘suffering from housing worries’

Renters have higher levels of harmful stress levels than homeowners, according to new research.  A survey of almost 4,000 renters by Shelter found that some private renters...

Fewer landlords are letting to tenants in receipt of housing benefit

There has been a notable drop in the number of private landlords letting to tenants in receipt of local housing allowance or Universal Credit, according to...

Letting agent banned for failing to protect £68k worth of tenants’ deposits

A senior director at a letting agency in Exeter has been handed a six-year ban after failing to safeguard more than £68,000 worth of tenants’ deposits. Clear Lettings...

Castle Trust launches new 10-year product

A new 10-year term loan has been introduced by Castle Trust which is fixed for five years before reverting to the lender’s standard variable rate.  The mortgage...

Government to end Local Housing Allowance rate freeze

Around 900,000 people across the UK could see their housing benefit payments increase by around £120 a year from April after the government yesterday announced that...

These areas offer properties with ‘potentially good mid-term investments’

The locations that saw the biggest house price increases in the last year have been unveiled by the Post Office Money.  The research, which analyses Office for...

Top places to invest near London in 2020

London remains one of the biggest property investment destinations in the world, attracting a wide range of national and international investors.  But with historically low buy-to-let returns,...

UK interest rate cut on the cards

Momentum towards an interest rate cut is growing after a third of members of the Bank of England’s rate-setting committee signalled that the UK economy could...

Tax return deadline looms – are you prepared?

It is that time of year again. Filing an annual tax return is a necessary task for every self-employed person, including buy-to-let landlords, with the 31...

UK rents rise with tenant demand ‘not showing signs of slowing down’

UK rents have risen yet again, with the latest survey showing higher rents across the whole of the UK.  The increase in average UK rents comes as...

Short-lets ‘could produce more problems than traditional long-term letting’

Buy-to-let landlords are being urged to think twice about moving to holiday letting following proposed regulatory and financial changes to the status of Airbnb in Scotland...

‘Landlords want to comply with the law and offer a good home to their tenants’

While some rogue landlords and bad players grab the headlines, the reality is that the vast majority of private sector landlords do a good job and...

London super prime market ‘sees a significant bounce in demand’

There has been a significant increase in demand for London’s most expensive homes from wealthy buyers, including property investors, following last month's general election result. Market conditions...

SBI UK’s BTL product range now available through Legal and General Mortgage Club

The State Bank of India’s (SBI UK) buy-to-let product range is now available through Legal and General Mortgage Club. The company provides buy-to-let financing up to 75%...

The cost of renting a room remains steady but London prices drop

The cost of renting a room in the UK has dropped by an average of 3% over the past 12 months due to struggles in the...

Scottish government announces plans to regulate short-term lets

The Scottish government has announced new measures to regulate short-term lets north of the border.  The government is handing local authorities fresh powers to regulate short-term lets...

Poor communication is the biggest cause of deposit disputes

A lack of communication when withholding a deposit is the most common cause for deposit disputes between landlords and tenants, according to new research. The study by...

Landlord fined £3,000 for failing to comply with two improvement notices

A property firm has been fined £3,000 after neglecting a property in Derbyshire.  A & S Milward Property Limited was found guilty of failing to comply with...

Gatehouse Bank reduces rates across its buy-to-let mortgage range

Gatehouse Bank has cut rates across its buy-to-let mortgage range by up to 0.7%.  There is a two-year fixed rate product available to UK residents at 3.19%,...

Landlords urged to prepare for new MEES regulations in April

Landlords of the draughtiest homes in England and Wales will be required to upgrade their properties ahead of new rules requiring the installation of energy efficiency...

Top tips for new student landlords

Student property remains one of the most lucrative investments available to landlords, with sky-high double-digit yields currently on offer in many parts of the country. With students...

What have been the top performing property types of the past decade?

Fresh research from Proportunity reveals how different property types performed over the past decade, based on price growth.  The data, collected across England and Wales, shows that...

Virgin Money’s new ‘three for two’ rate designed to offer ‘peace of mind’

Virgin Money has launched a new ‘three for two’ rate designed to offer borrowers an additional year’s ‘peace of mind for no additional cost’.  The buy-to-let three-year...

A quarter of landlords plan to sell at least one property this year

A quarter of private landlords plan to sell at least one property this year in the face of lower profits, according to new research by landlord...

BTL investors urged to head north for higher returns

Property investors are being advised to head north for better returns, with new research revealing that Bootle in Merseyside is currently the best place to bag...

What Universal Credit means for landlords

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published updated guidance for landlords with tenants in receipt of Universal Credit. The information is designed to help understand what...

New technology aims to improve fire safety

New technology is being launched in an attempt to improve fire safety in the rental sector.  Following the changing recommendations around fire safety and to support housing...

Government calls on landlords to allow tenants to keep pets in their properties

Many pet-owning tenants have a tough time finding a suitable rental home, as few landlords embrace the idea of a pet in their property. The reasons are...

Affordability is ‘the number one issue facing students’

Affordability is the most important issue facing students when renting, according to the latest UK student accommodation survey.  The study, undertaken by Knight Frank, in partnership with...

Paragon refreshes buy-to-let mortgage range

Paragon has reduced borrowing rates across its range of buy-to-let mortgage products, available at up to 80% loan-to-value. The deals, which are suitable for individual and limited company...

Don't fall victim to frozen pipes this winter

Britain's mild start to the new year is set to come to end next week as a Nordic blast will hit the country, which could bring...

New selective licensing scheme launched in parts of Leeds

A selective licensing scheme covering two areas in the suburbs of Leeds has been introduced by Leeds City Council.  Under the new rules, introduced yesterday, certain private...

A fall in available rental stock would see ‘increased competition and higher rents’

Greater confidence and more certainty in the housing market following last month’s Tory election victory looks set to boost the housing market and unleash pent-up buyer...

The Guild supports clampdown on rogue landlords

The government’s decision to invest an additional £4m in funding for local councils to tackle criminal landlords and letting agents has been warmly welcomed by The...

Raising a tenancy deposit ‘more of a cash flow problem than an affordability issue’

Buy-to-let landlords generally recognise the importance of taking a deposit from a tenant and placing it in a government-backed tenancy deposit scheme as protection to ensure...

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