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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

See the latest Coronavirus statistics from across the world on our world map SEE MAP UK Confirmed cases: 271,222 | UK Deaths: 38,161 SEE MAP Italy Confirmed cases: 232,248 | Italy Deaths: 33,229 | Italy Recovered: 152,844 SEE MAP Spain Confirmed cases: 238,564 | Spain Deaths: 27,121 | Spain Recovered: 150,376 SEE MAP See the latest Coronavirus statistics from across the world on our world map SEE MAP UK Confirmed cases: 271,222 | UK Deaths: 38,161 SEE MAP Italy Confirmed cases: 232,248 | Italy Deaths: 33,229 | Italy Recovered: 152,844 SEE MAP Spain Confirmed cases: 238,564 | Spain Deaths: 27,121 | Spain Recovered: 150,376 SEE MAP

London rents drop by up to 15% amid the coronavirus crisis

Private landlords in London have been forced to drop rents by up to 15% following a significant increase in the number...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rising rent arrears ‘likely to mount’ as tenants face financial hardship

Many buy-to-let landlords are heavily exposed to young renters most at risk of losing their job, according to new research from...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists urge renters to tell landlords that ‘they can't, and won't, pay rent’

Activists are calling on tenants to withhold their payments to landlords, in an attempt to generalise a growing rent strike movement. The...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Digital tools can help ensure effective interactions with your tenants

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the property sector in unprecedented ways. The impact has been immediate and widespread – hitting everyone...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Investors continue to eye up property in Scotland

Although the existing coronavirus restrictions have not yet been eased in Scotland, this has not prevented demand rising from Scottish property buyers...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents encouraged to offer virtual viewings post-lockdown

As more people start to think about moving home as the coronavirus restrictions are eased, sales and letting agents are being...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb lays off 25% of workforce as virus lockdowns weigh

Airbnb has confirmed that it is laying off 25% of its workforce as the short-term lets platform joins a slew of firms...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Aldermore resumes physical BTL valuations

Aldermore Bank has resumed physical mortgage valuations on rental properties for buy-to-let purchase and remortgage in England. However, larger rental properties, including...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Investors favour property as ‘a safe asset’ but hold back on new deals

Almost half of UK-based investors see property as a safe and secure asset despite the existing Covid-19 pandemic, new research shows.  FJP Investment...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Strong, long-term fundamentals’ will underpin demand for student property

Student property will remain a very profitable asset class giving robust return despite the existing disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic,...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit: New online form allows landlords to apply for direct rent payment

A new form enabling landlords to claim for rent payments, from tenants in receipt of Universal Credit, to be paid directly...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Property group calls for urgent revamp to furlough scheme

Property trade associations, professional bodies and other parties have joined forces to call for urgent government action to help support the...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Challenger bank continues to support BTL landlords

Redwood Bank has increased its average loan to buy-to-let landlords by 68% over the past 12 months.  The Hertfordshire-based challenger bank has...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Student landlords threaten legal action over non-payment of rent

A number of landlords are threatening legal action against university students after many withheld rent to save cash during the lockdown.  Landlords...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

London council asks landlords to support tenants hit by coronavirus

With a number of tenants suffering financial hardship due to coronavirus, Wandsworth Council is among a number of councils in the...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Skipton refreshes BTL product range

Skipton Building Society has refreshed its buy-to-let and residential product range with reduced rates on selected products. The society’s buy-to-let two-year fixed...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Defer your Self Assessment payment on account due to Covid-19

Buy-to-let landlords suffering hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can defer their July tax payment on account.  Research shows that not...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to ‘help people meet their rent payments’

The government last week announced that homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage due to coronavirus will be able to extend their...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants turn to Google to provide relevant information and advice

Private renters naturally have rights and responsibilities,  but it would appear that uncertainty presented by the outbreak of Covid-19 has left...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

West One Loans relaunches BTL range

West One Loans has relaunched its buy-to-let range following the reintroduction of physical valuations.  The new mortgage deals, offered at up to...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New data shows 'the extent of the fall in property transactions'

Property transactions unsurprisingly slumped in April amid the lockdown restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak. The latest HMRC...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords support calls for ‘benefits to cover rents’

MPs on parliament’s Housing, Communities and Local Government have called for greater financial support to be provided to all tenants during...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Economic impact of Covid-19 could ‘trigger big price reductions’

Many landlords and letting agents are increasingly concerned about the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their tenants and property...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand for rental property increases by a third

Demand for rental property is up 33% compared to this time last year as market restrictions ease and renters plan for...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Barclays cut BTL rates by up to 0.1%

Barclays is cutting selected rates by up to 10 basis points on its fixed buy-to-let mortgage range with all products coming...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of landlords ‘are doing everything possible to support tenants’

Buy-to-let landlords are bending over backwards to support tenants struggling to pay their rent as a consequence of coronavirus, new research...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

UK house prices were on an upward trajectory before coronavirus hit

Residential property prices increased across the UK by an average of 2.1% in the year to March, up from 2% in...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

LendInvest revamps BTL product range

LendInvest has refreshed its buy-to-let product range with rates now starting from 2.99%.  The mortgage products, which are available up to 75%...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

West One Loans relaunches 70% BTL mortgage range

West One Loans has relaunched its buy-to-let range up to 70% loan-to-value (LTV) following the reintroduction of physical valuations.  The range is...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Indicators suggest the UK rental market ‘is set for a swift comeback’

Online visits and engagement by homebuyers and tenants in the UK has dropped 4.1% over the past six months as many...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Knight Frank sees online property enquiries hit a 12-month high

Further signs of greater activity in the housing market have come from Knight Frank. The company reports that the volume of online enquiries...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

How can landlords support older tenants during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Although all age groups are at risk of contracting Covid-19, older people face a significant risk of developing severe illness if...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

OSB increases BTL mortgage lending to 75% LTV

OneSavings Bank (OSB) has increased the loan-to-value (LTV) to 75% across their buy-to-let ranges available through Kent Reliance for Intermediaries, Precise...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market activity shows ‘green shoots’ of recovery

There has been a significant increase in the number of rental properties hitting the market after lockdown on the sector was...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Short-term accommodation sector urgently needs greater support - STAA

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devasting impact on the short-term let industry, with nearly all those short-letting their property seeing the...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Skipton returns to remortgage lending for international buy-to-let investors

Skipton International has returned to remortgage lending for overseas buyers looking to invest in the UK buy-to-let market.  Skipton International had recently...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Students march to demand greater help for tenants impacted by Covid-19 crisis

Students at the University of Bristol have taken part in a socially distant march demanding greater help for tenants adversely affected by...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords urged to take advantage of ‘bargains’ and add to portfolios

With the residential property market reopening for business, investor confidence in the sector is starting to improve with Mortgages for Business...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Online property searches return to pre-lockdown levels

Online property searches have surged back to normal levels with Rightmove recording the highest number of unique enquiries in one day...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents on renewed tenancies drop for second month in a row

Rents on renewed tenancies fell for the second consecutive month in April, the latest Hamptons International Lettings Index shows.  Last month, the average...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans unveils new buy-to-let products

Foundation Home Loans has returned to new lending with the creation and launch of a new set of buy-to-let and residential...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage arrears drop 6% year-on-year

There were 4,420 buy-to-let mortgages in arrears of 2.5% or more of the outstanding balance in the first quarter of 2020,...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental platform aims to reduce property viewing risk with video first strategy

The government’s decision to relax lockdown rules in England has allowed the residential property market to restart, with letting agents given...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

TDS to host a series of Covid-19 webinars

Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has launched a series of Covid-19 webinars to provide answers to tenancy deposit questions during the existing...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage technology expert to roll out Affordability Hub

Mortgage Brain has announced that it is rolling out its affordability-based sourcing solution Affordability Hub following a successful pilot. The three main...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New BTL products ‘offer landlords more choice’

Paragon has expanded its buy-to-let product offering by introducing a new range of 70% loan-to-value (LTV) two- and five-year fixed rate...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market back with a bang  after lockdown easing in England

Rightmove said visits to its website rose by 45% yesterday morning compared with a day earlier following the government’s decision to...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit: New system allows landlords to request direct rent payments

A new online system to allow rent payments, from tenants in receipt of Universal Credit, to be paid directly to private...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Ome launches new free to use Rental Wellbeing Helpline

A free rental helpline has been launched by rental deposit replacement scheme Ome.  The introduction of the Rental Wellbeing Helpline has been...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid-19: Tips for letting people into your home for viewings

Buy-to-let landlords hope that the housing market in England has embarked on a road to recovery after being given the green...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New digital property management platform goes live

A new digital property management platform from Apropos by DJ Alexander, which covers almost half of the UK, including Edinburgh, Manchester,...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Restarting the property market is ‘a catalyst for the broader economy’

Restarting the housing market could help kickstart the UK economy.  The government has relaxed lockdown rules from today to allow the UK...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Property viewings and moves will be allowed from today

Property moves and viewings will be able to resume again in England from today, under new rules announced by the government...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Unions demand that all rent payments are suspended immediately

Some of the UK’s largest tenants unions have joined forces to heap pressure on the government to suspend all rent immediately,...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Most landlords approached for help by their tenants ‘are responding positively’

The vast majority of landlords are supporting tenants needing help during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research shows.  A yet to be published...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Extension to furlough scheme could cost the government £70bn

The Chancellor’s decision to extend the existing furlough scheme until the end of October will prevent mass redundancies and help millions...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed: The pockets of the rental market registering the strongest yields

The current average UK rental yield has dropped slightly from 3.6% to 3.5%, according to the latest data from Howsy.  Despite the existing...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Many BTL landlords face financial ruin if eviction ban is extended

A number of buy-to-let landlords face financial hardship because of the coronavirus crisis, especially if the existing ban of tenant evictions...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid-19: New rent payment plan tool to ‘help landlords not get left behind’

A new rent payment plan tool has been launched for landlords and tenants to agree a rent payment plan for arrears...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Targeted relief must remain ‘for those who need it’

The government’s coronavirus job retention scheme is expected to be extended until September at a reduced rate of 60%  The furlough scheme,...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour unveils five-point plan to protect renters

Labour is calling on the government to unveil new measures to protect renters beyond June after the Bank of England warned...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Two-thirds of letting complaints supported by The Property Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) dealt with 2,518 letting complaints last year, according to the organisation’s 2019 annual report, which shows continued...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

The number of lost sales in London due to coronavirus is increasing

Four in five deals underway when the Covid-19 pandemic struck are still progressing, but transaction numbers in the week ending 2...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Virtual property auctions ‘are functioning well’ during lockdown - Auction House

Property auctions continue to prove popular and attract a number of investors, including buy-to-let landlords, despite the coronavirus crisis, according to...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Lendlord teams up with Property Tribes to offer portfolio management product

Lendlord has joined forces with Property Tribes to provide landlords with a comprehensive portfolio management product. Property Tribes will make Lendlord’s platform,...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Surge in online searches for properties in remote or coastal areas during lockdown

Online searches for properties in remote or coastal locations has increased sharply, according to Rightmove.  The property website analysed the areas people...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

House prices drop 0.6% as sales plummet during pandemic

The average UK house price dropped by 0.6% in April compared with the previous month as market activity ground to a...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents expelled from from TPO

Landlords should be aware that eight estate and letting agents have been expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme (TPO), which means...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Barclays expands buy-to-let mortgage range

Barclays has launched a range of new buy-to-let mortgage products.  The newly introduced deals include a buy-to-let remortgage range, including a two-year...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus lockdown: UK economy is losing £2.7bn a day

The UK economy is losing £2.7bn a day in absolute terms due to the existing lockdown, a new report has revealed.  According to UK Powerhouse...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are ‘taking advantage of remote valuations’

Now home sellers, including buy-to-let landlords, will soon be able to use smartphones, cameras or laptops to capture and share photographs...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

There is still a need for estate agents to be on the high street

Technology is now among the most important elements in building a successful business, and this has led to the sharp growth...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

TMW reintroduces tracker products and reminds landlords it is ‘open for business’

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has this morning made a number of changes to its buy-to-let mortgage range.  The specialist buy-to-let arm of...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid-19 crisis: New support for landlords whose tenants are struggling to pay rent

Landlords north of the border whose tenants are having difficulty paying rent during the coronavirus crisis can now apply for a...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Are you familiar with the Electrical Safety Standards being introduced in the PRS?

Buy-to-let landlords in England will soon need to ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new tenancies...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants asked to sign a ‘moral contract’ committing to repay rental arrears

A letting agency is asking tenants to sign a ‘moral contract’ to express their unconditional commitment to repay their rental arrears...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Council slammed for ignoring Covid-19 guidelines

Coventry Council has been accused of acting irresponsibly by introducing a licensing scheme for private rented housing earlier this week.  The council...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market update amid coronavirus pandemic

Rents have unsurprisingly dropped over the past month, while the dip in void periods has fluctuated across the UK, the latest...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Is the government planning to extend the ban on evictions?

There are growing concerns that buy-to-let landlords could be banned from evicting private tenants beyond next month due to the coronavirus...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Agents urged to offer virtual viewings post-lockdown

As more people start to think about moving home during the coronavirus pandemic, sales and letting agents are being urged to...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Kensington withdraws buy-to-let purchase products

Kensington Mortgages has withdrawn its buy-to-let purchase products during the Covid-19 outbreak.  Aside from withdrawing its buy-to-let purchase products, the specialist lender...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental stock shortage could see rents rise

A reduction in rental stock entering the market during the existing lockdown could result in higher rental costs for tenants, according to Ome.  The rental...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

NRLA slams Citizens Advice for ‘misleading’ report

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has criticised Citizens Advice for over-egging rental default levels due to coronavirus.  Research carried out by...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 2,500 homes available for NHS workers free of charge

There are now more than 2,500 homes available for NHS workers free of charge under the NHS Homes scheme launched by...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Remembering all the victims who have died

A leading estate agent is launching a campaign to get the UK to observe a minute’s silence for all coronavirus victims...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Paragon launches discounted SVR product

Paragon has introduced a new one-year buy-to-let discounted SVR product to support new and existing landlord customers through the coronavirus uncertainty. The...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to scrap stamp duty surcharge for landlords

The government should aim to stimulate housing market activity post-lockdown by abolishing the 3% stamp duty surcharge for buy-to-let landlords buying...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

London private rental prices showing the smallest increase since 2015

The increase in rental prices in London has slowed down to the level of 2015, new data shows.  Rental prices for London...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Santander relaunches a range of buy-to-let remortgage products

Santander has launched a range of buy-to-let remortgages with rates starting from 2.29%.  The 2.29% rate is available on a two-year fixed...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

The UK’s tax regime should be simplified to encourage inward investment

In an effort to get the UK economy open again, the UK’s tax regime should be simplified to encourage inward investment,...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

There is a ‘massive amount of pent-up demand’ in the rental market

The UK lockdown has been essential for containing the spread of coronavirus, but it is causing major disruption and distress, so when...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

DWP suspends Universal Credit rent arrears deductions

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that Universal Credit rent arrears deductions have been suspended amid the coronavirus...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit payments should ‘cover the full cost of rents’

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has criticised the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) after it announced yesterday that the...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Coventry for Intermediaries increases maximum LTV across its BTL range

Coventry for Intermediaries has increased its maximum loan-to-value (LTV) across its buy-to-let range to 75%.  The lender also has a selection of...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters should ‘know if their landlord has benefited from a mortgage holiday’

Landlords who have benefited from a mortgage holiday should pass this on to financially distressed tenants, according to Mary-Anne Bowring, group...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Average monthly rents remained broadly unchanged in Q1 2020

Average monthly rents across the country increased by just £2, or 0.26%, on Q4 2019 to hit an average of £775...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Late rental payments rise just 2% despite the lockdown

Many tenants have been laid off, furloughed, or have seen their incomes plummet because of the response to the coronavirus outbreak,...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Collaboration is the key to keeping properties damp and mould free

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 has been applicable to all tenants in England for just over a month,...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Updated tenant fees ban matrix for England and Wales published by TDS

Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has updated its Tenant Fees Matrix, initially introduced in 2019, with a view to simplifying the most...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property buyers put £82bn worth of purchases on hold due to Covid-19

A high number of buyers have postponed or pulled out of property deals as a result of the coronavirus outbreak fearing...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage searches ‘represent an ever-larger proportion of the market’

A growing number of investors are potentially preparing for what they believe could be a good opportunity to buy property at bargain...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Seven out of ten tenancies that were due to end in March were renewed

Some 70% tenancies that were due to end in March were renewed, the highest level recorded in any March since 2008...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New tenancy mediation service launched by the PRS

Property Redress Scheme (PRS) has launched a tenancy mediation service for residential and commercial landlords, or their appointed letting agent, and...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

David Cox of ARLA Propertymark to co-host Goodlord’s webinar tomorrow

ARLA Propertymark chief executive, David Cox, will co-host Goodlord’s second webinar tomorrow, as part of its series of sessions designed to...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Higher numbers than ever have renewed tenancy deals since the lockdown

The number of tenants renewing private tenancy agreements is rising, as people opt to stay put given the global uncertainty. The number...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Most lenders ‘have cut down the sorts of landlords that they will lend to’

While some lenders, such as HSBC, have stopped all buy-to-let activity during the Covid-19 outbreak due to limitations on physical valuations,...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Investors face potential legal action as they struggle to get out of off-plan deals

Thousands of property investors, including buy-to-let landlords adding to their portfolios, face potential legal disputes if they avoid completion of transactions,...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

England developed more homes last year ‘than at any time since financial crash’

Fresh figures show that there was a rise in the number of housebuilders completing new homes in England last year, helping to alleviate...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

A number of self-employed tenants likely to miss out on government support

The government has introduced a package of measures to protect renters affected by Covid-19, but that may not be enough to...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in demand for rental homes with garden space

Demand for rental homes with outdoor space has surged in recent weeks as a result of the existing coronavirus lockdown, according...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand for rental homes set to ‘grow over the course of the year'

Buy-to-let remains an attractive asset class, according to Mary-Anne Bowring, managing director of Ringley Group.  The latest figures from Zoopla reveal that there was...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Love to Rent and UKAA to host Build-to-Rent webinar next week

Love to Rent is teaming up with the UK Apartment Association (UKAA) to host a webinar focusing on Covid-19 and the...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

The Nottingham launches 65% LTV buy-to-let range

The Nottingham for Intermediaries has introduced a new range of fixed and discount mortgage products for buy-to-let landlords.  Issues in relation to...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental demand and stock levels drop sharply

Demand for rental properties and the supply of rental stock have dropped significantly year-on-year across the majority of UK cities and...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

NRLA welcomes call for package to support tenants hit by coronavirus

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) supports calls for a package of measures from the government to support tenants affected by...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Rental supply slumps amid lockdown

Unsurprisingly, there has been a sharp drop in the number of new rental listings, while the volume of properties let last...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants denied 20% rent reduction by billionaire landlord’s agency

More than 100 residents in east London have been refused a rent reduction by their letting agent.  Residents living at Tower Quay in...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Goodlord to host a series of webinars to support landlords from today

Goodlord will host a series of webinars designed to support landlords and letting agents navigate the existing coronavirus crisis, starting with a...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Three quarters of landlords contacted by tenants warning they will fail to pay rent

Three quarters of landlords warn that tenants will not be in a financial position to pay their rent if the coronavirus...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand starts to recover as more renters look at post-lockdown ‘moving options’

Rents continued to increase during the first quarter of the year, owed in part to a lack of supply and increasing...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Appeal against ruling on Right to Rent judicial review

The controversial Right to Rent scheme, which requires landlords in England to check the immigration status of their tenants, often leads...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Stop thieves targeting empty properties during lockdown with these top tips

Back in 1940, when this country was again fighting a ruthless enemy, albeit of a very different kind to now, Winston...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

HSBC withdraws BTL mortgage deals

HSBC has stopped all buy-to-let lending during the Covid-19 outbreak due to limitations on physical valuations. Research by Moneyfacts has found that...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Stage set for a rental market 'bounce back'

There has been a sharp rise in demand for rental homes as more people start planning for life after the existing...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to allow estate and letting agents to return to work ASAP

Estate and letting agents should be among the first industries to return to work as soon as the lockdown is relaxed,...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New Gas Tag feature now available for all landlords to use during the pandemic

All landlords and contractors can now access Gas Tag’s latest feature, designed to ensure that they are compliant during the Covid-19...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords warned against using mortgage payment holidays

Buy-to-let landlords are being warned not to use mortgage payment holidays unless absolutely necessary.  Chestertons, based in London, says that landlords should...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Accord Buy To Let introduces new products and cuts rates

Accord Buy To Let has expanded its remortgage product range by introducing 13 new products at 60%-65% loan-to-value (LTV) with two...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Validity of gas and electrical safety certificates should be extended - NRLA

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) is calling for a six month extension to the validity of all gas and electrical...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Student union asks landlords to give tenants a rent break

Landlords with student tenants in Northampton are being urged to acknowledge the financial hardship some students are facing and give them...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Southwark Council approves borough-wide licensing scheme

Southwark Council has given the go-ahead for the introduction of a new licensing scheme which could see landlords across the borough...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

OSB resume ‘business lending’  with new range of BTL products

The OneSavings Bank Group (OSB) has returned to lending with a range of new mortgage products.  The buy-to-let specific deals are available...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Government’s job retention scheme extended until end of June

The government has extended its wage-subsidy programme for workers until the end of June, which should help ensure many private tenants are...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Is there room for growth in rent prices once the lockdown is lifted?

With renters, landlords, buyers, and sellers being advised to delay their home moves if possible and not to allow new viewings,...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Around £4.5bn tied up in rental deposits

It is estimated that £4.5bn of cash is currently tied up in rental deposits, providing landlords with a degree of security...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Savills auction raises £18.4m after switching to remote-bidding-only sale

Some 69 lots were offered online by Savills with prospective buyers invited to place remote bids via the telephone, online or...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New portfolio and non-portfolio products launched by Paragon

A number of new buy-to-let deals for both portfolio and smaller scale landlords have been launched by Paragon.  The new products are...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to think ‘long and hard’ before requesting a mortgage holiday

One in nine mortgage holders in the UK has taken a so-called ‘payment holiday’ as their finances have been adversely affected...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market crash could be driven by the rental sector

Wage cuts and a surge in unemployment threaten to destabilize the housing market on an unprecedented scale, as the number of...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Majority of landlords and tenants ‘are concerned about rent payments’

Almost half of renters are currently worried about the impact Covid-19 could have on their living situation, while many landlords are...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants urged to work together during the Covid-19 crisis

The government has introduced a package of measures to protect renters affected by coronavirus. With these in force, no renter in...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords accuse ‘irresponsible’  council of ignoring Covid-19 guidelines

Coventry Council is acting irresponsibly by pressing ahead with plans to introduce a licensing scheme for private rented housing, according to...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to suspend rents during the Covid-19 pandemic

Renters’ unions are calling on the government to suspend rents for the duration of the coronavirus crisis after new research found...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Many tenants are struggling to pay rent, claims new poll

A number of tenants are now struggling to pay rent due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, according to new research.  Around...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

More than 1,300 BTL mortgage products withdrawn due to coronavirus

There has been a sharp decline in the number of buy-to-let mortgage products available due to the coronavirus crisis. Moneyfacts UK Mortgage...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Petition calling for ‘rent holiday’ to support tenants hits 100,000 signatures

The government is under mounting pressure to consider doing more to protect tenants from the threat of eviction during the coronavirus pandemic,...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters and coronavirus: Tenants given ‘a certain amount of respite’

These are tough times, and many people need help to cope, including those living in private rented accommodation.  The government has taken...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Four in 10 tenants will struggle to pay rent, research suggests

The government is currently protecting renters from eviction as a result of enacting the Coronavirus Act 2020, ensuring that anyone struggling...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Student landlords urged not to charge full rent next term

Student groups are urging landlords not to charge full rent on university accommodation left vacant by the coronavirus shutdown. Some universities have...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage payment calculator launched by MoneySuperMarket

MoneySuperMarket has joined forces with its joint venture partner Podium to launch a mortgage payment holiday calculator to help people, including...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Dynamo for Intermediaries joins forces with Habito

Dynamo for Intermediaries has gained exclusive access to Habito’s range of buy-to-let mortgage products, making it the first mortgage club to...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

HMRC suspend enquiries into taxpayers

HMRC are suspending enquiries into taxpayers and businesses that are under investigation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HMRC is writing...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb temporarily restricts bookings to key workers and ‘essential stays’

Airbnb has announced that it is temporarily restricting all booking across the UK to coronavirus key workers, such as NHS and social...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

More than 2,500 homes now available for NHS workers free of charge

There has been a significant increase in the number of companies pledging their support for NHS Homes, a scheme launched by...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property auction raises more than £29m after switching online

Amid all the uncertainty facing the world, some people are in the middle of buying property, and while some home hunters...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

TSB relaunches BTL products up to 75% LTV

TSB has reintroduced a number of mortgage deals, including products within its buy-to-let remortgage range up to 75% loan-to-value (LTV). At the...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property market to bounce back once restrictions are lifted

The UK housing market will bounce back once the current coronavirus crisis has passed.  This is according to Guy Gittins, who is...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

The Treasury stands to lose almost £5bn in stamp duty amid the coronavirus crisis

The Treasury looks set to suffer a near £5bn tax hit due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The Covid-19 outbreak has led to...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let tax relief changes for landlords

The new tax year got underway earlier this week, bringing with it a new set of rules. Since April 2017, the amount...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants struggling to pay rent urged to ‘seek help and advice’

Tenants who face financial difficulties because of the coronavirus pandemic are being urged not to ignore the problem and talk to,...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Are you aware of the new capital gains tax changes?

From this month, HMRC has enacted legislation requiring UK residents to submit capital gains tax (CGT) returns, as well as pay any...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New landlord instructions plummet as Covid-19 lockdown takes hold

The number of new landlords instructing letting agents has dropped sharply - and with worse to come thanks to the coronavirus...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property prices could fall by up to 20% due to coronavirus pandemic

House prices could fall by up to 20% this year in a worst case scenario for the economy, according to Jefferies. The...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Dwindling numbers of buy-to-let property purchases

There has been a significant drop in the proportion of annual sales to buy-to-let landlords as measured by Hamptons International.  The estate...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Knight Frank predicts 38% drop in residential property sales this year

Knight Frank forecast that residential property sales will fall by 38% this year, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Based on the assumption that...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

What a difference a year makes!

The weather is set to get warmer as we head into the Easter weekend, but people will not be making the...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

UK housing market could bounce back in Q4 2020

Housing market activity is on track for a drastic fall this summer, as significantly fewer homes change hands due to the...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords offered free tenant referencing service during COVID-19 pandemic

All buy-to-let landlords and letting agents are being offered a comprehensive tenant screening service absolutely free of charge by Canopy.   Available with...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage products drop by a third

Almost a third of all mortgage deals, including buy-to-let products, have been pulled from the market in response to the coronavirus...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

TML increases buy-to-let mortgage rates by 0.3%

The Mortgage Lender (TML) has increased rates across its buy-to-let mortgage range by 0.3%. Rates now start at 3.39% for 70% loan-to-value...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

COVID-19 ‘is not a green light to tenants everywhere to stop paying their rent’

The government is protecting renters from eviction as a result of enacting the Coronavirus Act 2020, ensuring that anyone struggling with...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Long-term fixed contracts will now ‘prove less attractive to tenants’

Whether a matter of choice or necessity, many private renters demand long-term security and the vast majority of private landlords are...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus pandemic sees demand increase for homes with garden space

Living without outdoor space is proving a real challenge for many people during the current coronavirus lockdown, which will largely explain...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Lendlord introduces coronavirus tools for landlords

Lendlord has launched a range of new tools to help landlords manage their buy-to-let portfolios during the coronavirus pandemic. The online portfolio...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Thangam Debbonaire appointed as shadow housing secretary

New Labour leader Keir Starmer finalised his shadow cabinet appointments yesterday, with Thangam Debbonaire securing the role of shadow housing secretary. Debbonaire,...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Robust systems needed to manage rent and mortgage holidays

Payprop is urging landlords and letting agents to have robust payment systems in place to implement and potentially track changes to payments...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Barclays permits BTL mortgage borrowers to request a payment holiday

Landlords who have a buy-to-let mortgage with Barclays are now being offered a repayment holiday, in accordance with government guidance to...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market activity falls off the coronavirus cliff

There has unsurprisingly been a sharp slowdown across the UK property market over the past few weeks as a consequence of...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

App allows landlords and prospective tenants to transact online

In response to the widespread of the COVID-19 virus, many landlords with vacant properties are looking for new ways in which...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Landlords and tenants urged to have an ‘honest’ conversation

Renters facing financial hardship because of the coronavirus crisis are being encouraged to communicate with their landlords after emergency rental measures were...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords will now have tenants on Universal Credit

Universal Credit has had its problems and of course now it is going to be under an enormous amount of strain...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property owners rush to remortgage amid coronavirus uncertainty

Remortgaging activity has surged in recent weeks as homeowners, including buy-to-let landlords, rush to lock into low-rate loans amid uncertainty over...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Advice for those moving in or out of a property whilst social distancing

To help ensure those planning to move home over the new few weeks adhere to the current social distancing requirements, TDS...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Gatehouse Bank lowers FTV to 65%

Gatehouse Bank has lowered its finance-to-value (FTV) limit to 65% on buy-to-let and home purchase plans to help cope with existing...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

MHCLG issues coronavirus guidance for landlords and tenants

COVID-19 has presented a hugely challenging and uncertain time for everyone, with many landlords and tenants in desperate need of fresh...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in new tenancies until number of UK COVID-19 cases began to increase

There was a notable increase in the number of new tenancies in the early part of March before a sudden drop...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New trade body finally launches for BTL landlords

A new landlord organistaion has become the largest ever trade body in the letting sector after officially launching this morning.   The National...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

All property moves should be delayed during coronavirus crisis

The Scottish government has released new guidance advising that all property moves north of the border should be delayed due to...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Virgin Money suspends all new purchase mortgage applications

Virgin Money is no longer accepting any new buy-to-let or residential purchase mortgage applications.      The lender has also capped loan...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand for rental accommodation hit record high for month of February

Demand from new prospective renters hit the highest level on record for the month of February, new figures show.  The data, compiled...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

The short-term rental sector ‘is under severe threat’

Renting out a property as a short-term let or holiday home has proved extremely profitable for some property investors, and a...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

TMW temporarily withdraws high LTV mortgage lending

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has temporarily withdrawn its high loan-to-value (LTV) buy-to-let mortgage products.  The specialist buy-to-let arm of Nationwide Building Society...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

STAA calls for emergency support to help short-lets sector

The UK Short Term Accommodation Association’s (STAA) is lobbying the government for an emergency support package to help the short-term rental...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Skipton relaunches buy-to-let range

Skipton Building Society is expected to relaunch its buy-to-let lending to up 75% loan-to-value (LTV) following a temporary withdrawal from new purchase...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to halt buy-to-let changes

The Government should consider postponing upcoming tax changes because of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Apropos by DJ Alexander.  The property management...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent immigration checks adjusted to make  it easier for landlords

Right to Rent checks has been temporarily adapted due to coronavirus, to make it easier for landlords to carry them out. Effective immediately,...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market had looked set for a spring surge

The number of homes sold rose again in February to hit their highest level in six months in a further sign...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

New Gas Tag feature allows landlords to meet ‘regulatory obligations’

Gas Tag has launched a new feature to support landlords, housing providers, and contractors with compliance efforts during COVID-19. The update, designed...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Mansfield BS caps BTL lending at 65% LTV

Mansfield Building Society has limited lending to 65% loan-to-value across its buy-to-let mortgage range in response to the coronavirus outbreak.  The Society has...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour calls for rent payments to be scrapped for three months

Labour is urging the government to permit private tenants who are struggling to pay their rent due to the coronavirus epidemic to...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Yields strong in most UK areas as supply of rental stock falls

Rents continued to rise year-on-year in March while the number of homes available to let fell, according to the latest data...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

The government made ‘the right decision’ to ban evictions - ARLA Propertymark

The government’s decision to suspend all ongoing housing possession actions, which means that neither cases currently in the or any about to...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Short-let properties made available for NHS staff to self isolate

To help support our NHS workers, Seven Living are offering 50 self-contained properties for free to NHS staff embarking on 14-day...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coventry Building Society pulls all BTL products over 65% LTV

Coventry Building Society has temporarily removed all buy-to-let mortgage products over 65% loan-to-value (LTV).  The society has made the decision due to...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Complete ban on evictions and additional protection for renters from today

The court service has from today suspended all ongoing housing possession action, which means that neither cases currently in the or...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus concerns: BTL borrowing options have been ‘drastically reduced’

Hundreds of buy-to-let mortgage products have been withdrawn from the market due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to Property Master. The online buy-to-let...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

What happens when tenants leave in the middle of an agreement?

In principle, tenancy contracts are binding upon both parties and hence can be enforced in a court of law. In practice,...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Nationwide launches ‘simple online service’ to help those affected by Covid-19

Nationwide Building Society has developed a dedicated coronavirus support page to make it as easy as possible to arrange payment breaks.  The...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

How to successfully navigate the property market in uncertain times

These are difficult times in the property market, with a constantly changing situation creating a great deal of uncertainty. The world...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing transactions set to drop by up to 60% over the next three months

Historically, economic uncertainty and market volatility are detrimental to the housing market, and the latest observations on the impacts of coronavirus...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

TDS launches coronavirus guide to help landlords, agents and tenants

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has launched an FAQ web page for landlords, letting agents and tenants to provide help and...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord allows tenant to live in his property rent free for five months

As the escalating coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc, a number of tenants have been left in extremely vulnerable situations.  Many who...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Barclays withdraws all portfolio buy-to-let products

With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to escalate, Barclays has announced that it is withdrawing all portfolio buy-to-let products and is no...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

New plans to impose a six-month ban on evictions of private tenants

Buy-to-let landlords could be banned from evicting private tenants in Scotland for up to six months if the Scottish government’s plans...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Necessary COVID-19 information for landlords and agents

New guidance from ARLA Propertymark’s legal helpline aims to provide landlords and letting agents with greater clarity based on frequent queries they...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to remain calm as students return to their parental homes

Student property has long been one of the most lucrative investments available to landlords, with sky-high double-digit yields typically available in...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage payment holiday online form now available

Customers from Yorkshire Building Society, Accord Mortgages, Accord Buy to Let and Chelsea Building Society who have been financially affected by...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

The housing market got off to a strong start in 2020, but activity is ‘plummeting’

Heading into March, the UK housing market was showing the kind of green shoots appropriate for the start of spring, with...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus could cost BTL landlords almost £15bn in lost rental income

The devastating impact of the Coronavirus could cost buy-to-let landlords nearly £14.9bn should tenants be unable to pay rent during the...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Useful guidance and support for dealing with tenants during Covid-19 outbreak

A high number of buy-to-let landlords are concerned about the impact of the Coronavirus, but The Guild of Letting and Management...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Barclays refuses to offer buy-to-let borrowers a payment holiday

Landlords who have a buy-to-let mortgage with Barclays will not be offered a repayment holiday, despite government guidance to offer borrowers...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Less than one in 20 BTL landlords permit tenants to keep pets

Most landlords are wary of the potential damage, smells and noise complaints that can come with accommodating a tenant with pets,...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

UnderTheDoormat offers free accommodation for NHS workers

UnderTheDoormat, which provides short-let properties in London, is opening up its homes to doctors and nurses for free as they care...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

UK letting market started to slow in February

The UK letting market has ground to a virtual halt amid the coronavirus pandemic, but new figures show that the market started...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

TDS updates tenancy deposit protection guidance for landlords with tenants

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has published updated guidance to the tenancy deposit protection (TDP) legislation in England and Wales. The information...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

LRU release template letter for struggling renters to send to their landlords

The London Renters Union (LRU) has released a template letter for renters to send to their landlords if they are struggling...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Vida takes ‘swift and decisive action’ to withdraw tiers within BTL range

  Vida Homeloans, like some other non-bank lenders, has been forced to withdraw their buy-to-let and residential product ranges due to limited access...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords switching from short-term lets to longer lets before lockdown

There has been a significant increase in the number of landlords and homeowners switching from short-term lets to longer rentals.  Across the...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage payment holiday will apply to limited company BTL products

The three-month mortgage payment holiday to landlords whose tenants are experiencing financial difficulties due to coronavirus, will also apply to those...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to be ‘as flexible as possible with tenants facing difficulties’

The government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak when it comes to protecting private landlords and tenants has been “right and fair”,...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Foreign investors eye UK property

Despite the growing concern amid the coronavirus pandemic, international property investors are expected to increase their presence in the UK buy-to-let...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property shows cancelled due to coronavirus

The rapid spread of the coronavirus is causing cancellations and postponements of property events around the globe.   Mipim, the property sector’s annual...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Three month mortgage payment holiday for buy-to-let landlords

The chancellor’s promise of a three-month mortgage payment holiday to customers affected by coronavirus has been extended to buy-to-let borrowers whose...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Organisations welcome government action to support landlords and tenants

A number of property firms and landlord organisations have welcomed government action to support landlords and tenants affected by coronavirus. Private tenants...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must do ‘whatever it takes’ to protect tenants during corona outbreak

The government’s decision to bring forward emergency legislation to protect private renters from eviction has been warmly welcomed by ARLA Propertymark.  Many...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Saffron Building Society withdraws BTL product range

Saffron Building Society has removed its buy-to-let product range.  The lender said it has made the strategic decision to focus on the...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

What’s your investment strategy? Martin Lewis issues urgent advice for landlords

Housing market activity has plummeted over the past week or so and looks set for another volatile period ahead, as the...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: NRLA's chief exec on supporting landlords at this crucial time

With the rapid spread of coronavirus across the country, more and more landlords are asking what they need to be doing...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Let tenants who contract coronavirus ‘live rent-free for up to three months’

Private renters who contract coronavirus should be able to live rent-free for up to three months, according to a leading tax...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord handed suspended sentence after failing to maintain gas appliances

A buy-to-let landlord has been sentenced after failing to maintain gas appliances at a rental property he owns in Plymouth.  Plymouth Crown...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

OneSavings Bank announces enhancements to HMO proposition

OneSavings Bank announced a series of changes to its HMO proposition. The specialist lending and retail savings group recently introduced a new...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Petition calls for ‘rent holiday’ to support self-isolating tenants

The government is under growing pressure to consider doing more to protect tenants from the threat of eviction during the coronavirus...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Fresh help needed for landlords and tenants affected by the coronavirus

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) and the National Landlords Association (NLA) are calling for a package of measures from government and...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Almost half of landlords set to flee the market

Fresh research shows almost half of landlords are considering divesting their portfolios and leaving the PRS due to an increase in regulation...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Landlords urged to ‘not evict tenants’ who can’t pay their rent

Landlords are being urged not to evict tenants facing financial hardship as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.  Responding to a petition...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

The government has failed to support those that may struggle financially

The government is being urged to do more to support renters who may struggle to pay their rent during the coronavirus...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

What impact could coronavirus have on the housing market?

The property market had enjoyed a boost thanks to the outcome of the general election in December, but now the market faces...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Asking prices hit new record high: Rightmove

Prices of new property coming onto the market rose by 1% between 9 February and 7 March to push the national...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

London’s housing market ‘is back with a bang’

Residential property prices in London continued to grow up until a week ago, as the market recovered following Boris Johnson’s election...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Accord reduces BTL rates

Accord has cut rates across its buy-to-let products.  The lender has reduced two-year fixed rates to 3.2% at 80% loan-to-value (LTV) with...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let tax clampdown has hit tenants ‘hardest’

The Government is failing to recognise clear warning signs that a rental crisis is on the horizon, the Residential Landlords Association...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords can repay their mortgage until the age of 99!

Older buy-to-let investors are no longer being overlooked by mortgage lenders with the latest move by Gatehouse Bank to increase its...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Make renting ‘fairer’ by embracing tech-driven platforms, says flatfair CEO

The head of flatfair, a London-based fintech that lets landlords offer “deposit-free” renting to tenants, is urging more people to sign...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Redwood Bank passes on full base rate cut to mortgage products

Redwood Bank has passed on the full Bank of England Base Rate reduction of 0.5% to its existing lending products. The challenger...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents in UK will rise for next five years, RICS predict

Rents across most of the UK look set to increase as rising demand from prospective tenants puts upward pressure on values,...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Budget 2020: what Rishi Sunak’s announcement means for the PRS

Rishi Sunak's first Budget included new taxes for overseas property buyers, funding to remove unsafe cladding, fresh funds to support the...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Interest rate cut will ‘inject liquidity into the economy and property market’

The Bank of England’s extraordinary decision to cut interest rates to just 0.25% yesterday with no warning, reflecting the level of...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Carter Jonas, Marsh & Parsons and James Pendleton to offer Zero Deposit guarantee

Carter Jonas, Marsh & Parsons and James Pendleton have become the latest letting agents to sign up to the Zero Deposit guarantee,...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS introduces new 10-year mortgages

Leeds Building Society is launching a couple of new 10-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage products. The two new 10-year fixed rate products...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord bodies finally set to merge to create powerful lobby group

A new landlord organistaion, which will become the largest ever trade body in the letting sector, is finally set to officially launch over...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

MP wants amendment to Renters’ Reform Bill to prosecute “sex for rent” landlords

An amendment is urgently required to the Renters’ Reform Bill to prosecute “sex for rent” landlords and reassure victims that they...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

UK rents on the rise but failing to keep pace with inflation

Average UK rents continued to rise in February, but failed to keep up with inflation, according to the latest HomeLet Rental...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £87,000 for putting tenants in ‘serious danger’

A private landlord has been prosecuted by Bristol City Council for providing private rented accommodation that posed a “serious risk to life”.  Nine...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Budget 2020: ‘There must be no further taxation on landlords’

The Guild of Property Professionals is calling on the new chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to use his Budget speech, which will take...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Drop in the cost of borrowing ‘will be a boost for landlords’

The cost of buy-to-let mortgages has continued to fall, according to the latest research from Property Master.  The biggest month-on-month fall in...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must ‘get to grips with root causes pushing people into homelessness’

With buy-to-let landlords across the country being pushed out of the market by increasing costs and legislation, and new investors deterred...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

TML reduces BTL rates and simplifies range

The Mortgage Lender (TML) has made rate reductions across its new simplified buy-to-let mortgage range, which maintains a variety of fee...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

First Property Hub Live event to be held in London

The first ever Property Hub Live event will take place in north London next month.  The show, to be held at Tottenham...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

1.2 million people relying on overdrafts to fund rent or mortgage payments

Some 13% of people use their overdraft to cover the cost of their rental or mortgage payments - the equivalent of...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

More than 100,000 renters sign up to Zoopla’s new rental guide

Zoopla has registered more than 100,000 sign-ups to its latest dedicated rental platform since it was launched a week ago.  Zooploma, a...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Insurance payouts for storms Dennis and Ciara to top £360m, say insurers

Insurers are set to pay out an average £32,000 per household for flood claims following the destructive storms last month, according...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

TSB cuts rates across its buy-to-let and residential mortgage ranges

TSB has made changes across its buy-to-let and residential mortgage range. Within the buy-to-let range, a new 10-year fixed (With 10-year ERC)...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Proposed rent controls will 'drive landlords out of the market'

Labour’s proposals to introduce rent controls in London risks reducing the number of private homes available for rent, as landlords look...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Top tips for novice buy-to-let investors

If you have recently entered the buy-to-let market for the first time, here are a few tips to help you ensure...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

DWP updates guidance for landlords with tenants in receipt of Universal Credit

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...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

When is the right time for property investors to consider a bridging loan?

Increasingly property investors are turning to short-term finance to bridge a gap. Findings from the most recent ‘Bridging Trends’ report show...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Register for a free ticket to the Property Investor Show

The Property Investor Show, the UK’s most comprehensive property exhibition, takes place at London ExCeL on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th April and...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Void periods continue to decline

There was an encouraging decline in void rates during February, with the UK average standing at 19 days down from 20...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

London councils call for mandatory registration system for short-term lettings

Those who rent out homes short-term in either the London borough of Camden or Westminster could soon face fresh restrictions. Both councils...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Fire safety issues affecting tower blocks ‘run far deeper’ than flammable cladding

Rendered insulation could be a bigger issue for scores of tower blocks with flammable cladding, according to Andrews Property Group.  Almost three...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Gumtree insists it takes ‘fraud very seriously’ following latest letting scam

Gumtree, the dedicated website for free classifieds adverts in the UK, is urging landlords and tenants to follow its ‘safety advice’ when...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Principality Building Society trims lending rates

Principality Building Society has introduced marginal rate cuts across some of its buy-to-let mortgage products. The cuts include the 75% loan-to-value (LTV)...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Social landlords could face a £10bn bill to ‘to fix fire safety problems’

The government is being urged to fund a bailout to help social landlords avoid a £10bn bill to fix fire safety...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

 Top tips for ensuring your rental's loft conversion meets MEES

With the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) coming into play last year, it's now more important than ever to ensure the...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Get two free tickets to the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place at the NEC exhibition centre in Birmingham later this month and you can now claim...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

The options set to reinvigorate the buy-to-let market

It’s no secret that the war on landlords has escalated heavily since 2016 and as we find ourselves in a new...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Paws for thought: ‘no pet’ clauses contributing to loneliness

Two-thirds of private renters who would like to own a pet are being forced to delay by restrictive tenancy agreements, and...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let remains ‘a solid long term investment’

With savers receiving poor returns from banks and building societies, thousands of people unsurprisingly continue to turn to residential property as a means...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Fraudulent rental scam leaves couple £800 out of pocket

A young couple who recently turned to the web to find a property to rent have fallen prey to a fraudulent...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

STAA seeks to reassure those affected by Hostmaker’s collapse

Short-term let property management firm Hostmaker has gone into administration, prompting redundancies for the entirety of the company’s London-based team.  Houst, formerly...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Landbay announce buy-to-let product refresh

Buy-to-let lender Landbay has announced a product refresh across a series of its products, including the addition of fees to 80%...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Where are BTL landlords most likely to buy property in the next 12 months?

Buy to-to-let landlords across the Midlands are most likely to acquire new property over the next 12 months, new research show.  A...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

A ‘50/50 gender split amongst buy-to-let investors’ is edging closer to reality

A growing number of women are investing in the buy-to-let market as an alternative to the failing of the pensions industry,...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Average tenancy deposit now stands at £1,139

The average tenancy deposit paid by tenants in Britain now stands at £1,139, fresh analysis from Ome, part of Hamilton Fraser, shows.   The...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

England striker sues former landlord for £100,000 over offensive word

Former Liverpool FC star and England striker Daniel Sturridge is suing his ex-landlord for £100,000 after finding a Netflix account had...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Newcastle Intermediaries refreshes buy-to-let range

Newcastle Intermediaries has reduced rates on its fee assisted buy-to-let mortgages by 0.2 percentage points and extended end dates across the...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Maintaining the average BTL investment stands at 28% of annual rental income

Buy-to-let maintenance is costing private landlords up to 28% of their annual rental income, according to the latest research by Howsy.  The letting...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay £190,000 for renting out illegal flats

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay back a whopping £190,000 after he was caught receiving rental from illegal flats. A...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Why new EPC rules favour new-builds as investment properties

The UK government has legally committed to going carbon neutral by 2050. That’s going to require a huge effort and significant...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Brent Council’s application to extend its selective licensing scheme is rejected

Brent Council’s application to extend its selective licensing scheme in the north west London ward has been rejected by central government.  Brent...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Castle Trust launches 10-year loan for buy-to-let investors

Castle Trust is offering a 10-year term loan for people looking to invest in buy-to-let property.  Castle Trust’s TermTen loan for buy-to-let...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Brighton ranked as most profitable city for landlords

Brighton has been named the most profitable city to invest in for buy-to-let landlords in the UK.  Landlords investing in Brighton’s buy-to-let...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Servicing your tenants right: Five tips to enhance your credibility as a landlord

If the private rental sector and sharing economy is to continue to thrive, regular engagement with your tenants is required to...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Top renter-friendly cities in the UK unveiled

The best and worst cities for renters have been identified by taking into account several factors, including the average salary spend...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £9,500 for failing to maintain property

A buy-to-let landlord in Liverpool has been ordered to pay almost £9.500 after failing to provide acceptable living conditions for his...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The Nottingham introduces new limited company BTL products

The Nottingham for Intermediaries has launched a new range of limited company buy-to-let mortgages. Highlights include a two-year fixed rate at 2.76%,...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant demand hits record high as housing supply falls

Rental demand reached a record high of 88 prospective tenants per letting agency branch in January, up 57% from an average...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord confidence in BTL market improves after the election

Boris Johnson’s emphatic December general election victory has triggered fresh optimism among buy-to-let landlords, despite tax and regulatory changes hitting their...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Residential property prices in all English cities surpass 2007 peak

Residential property prices across all English Cities have risen above pre-crisis peaks for the first time since 2007, the latest Zoopla...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords ditch letting agents and go it alone

With landlords’ purse strings being squeezed by tax and regulatory changes, a growing number of buy-to-let investors are opting to ditch...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

What steps do landlords need to take when it comes to MEES regulations?

Most landlords will already be familiar with the Domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency (MEES) Regulations which came into force on 1 April...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must protect tenants by delaying electrical safety regulations - RLA

The Residential Landlords Associations (RLA) is calling on the government to delay introducing new electrical safety rules to help ensure that...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Chancellor urged to adopt a ‘big thinking’ approach to housing in his first Budget

Next month's Budget is a golden opportunity to reform Britain's broken housing market and get the country moving again, according to...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Two-bedroom properties offer the best yields for BTL landlords

Two-bedroom properties make the best investment for buy-to-let landlords in England when it comes to existing rental yields, fresh research shows.  Howsy...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The government cannot force landlords to accept renters with pets

With many tenants being forced to get rid of their pets under current rules from their landlords, the government is planning...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agent launches ‘let for free’ initiative to celebrate 10th anniversary

Draker Lettings is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the launch of its ‘let for free’ initiative aimed at landlords with properties...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Government policy is deterring landlords from providing long-term homes to rent

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are switching to short-term lets, as a consequence of skewed policy that favours holiday homes...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord jailed after failing to pay £12k fine

An unscrupulous landlord who illegally rented out properties in Fife has been sentenced to two years in prison after failing to...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property transactions increase by 5.2% year-on-year

Residential property transactions increased by 5.2% in the year to January 2020, according to HMRC ‘s latest property transaction statistics. There were...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord discovers cannabis farm at rented house in West Bromwich

A shocked landlord found a cannabis farm in one of his properties in West Bromwich. The landlord called the police after discovering...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The rental market proves resilient as ‘demand remains strong’

The private rented sector is set to see the sustained growth of rental values seen throughout the course of last year...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Insurance costs from two February storms could cost £425m in claims

The severe weather that brought heavy rain and strong winds across the UK and flooded hundreds of properties this month is estimated...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Grainger targets mid-market renters with major scheme in Salford

Grainger plc is targeting primarily key workers and recent graduates for their latest Build to Rent scheme in Salford.  Clippers Quay, the largest...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Estate agent looks to rebuild reputation after firm goes bust owing landlords £28k

The former owner of an estate agency in Ipswich which went bust owing landlords and tenants just over £28,000 after being...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Skipton enhances expat BTL proposition

Skipton International has launched a new remortgage offer that it hopes will appeal to UK expats. Skipton is offering to refund an...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The buy-to-let market is ‘finally starting to show signs that it is regaining strength’

A deluge of taxes and an uncertain market has seen a number of landlords abandon the buy-to-let industry in recent years.  Some...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant’s attempt to sue landlord for almost £14,000 is dismissed

A tenant’s appeal to recover £13,800 in rent and deposit from his landlord has been rejected by the Upper Tribunal for...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

London landlords lost £730m in lost rent last year due to avoidable void periods

Void periods can have serious financial consequences for a landlord. While they are undoubtedly part of running a buy-to-let business, it...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Kensington Mortgages reduces buy-to-let rates

Kensington Mortgages has cut rates across its buy-to-let range. Highlights include its 85% loan-to-value product, available on a two-year fix, which has...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Investing in buy-to-let is ‘getting more costly by the year’ as income drops

Landlords have seen income from property investment and management fall by an average of almost 20% since 2011, new research shows.  A...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Number of landlords in the PRS drops to a seven-year low

The number of landlords in the private rental sector has fallen to a seven-year low, according to Hamptons International’s latest monthly...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Reduced cost of BTL mortgages ‘is very good news for landlords’

The cost of buy-to-let mortgages has dropped further, the latest research from Property Master shows.  The biggest month-on-month fall in cost was...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

It's time to stop bashing agents over mis-selling of deposit insurance schemes

The recent criticism of letting agents and deposit insurance schemes, which began with a probe by the BBC last weekend, will...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Storm damage likely to lead to a sharp rise in buy-to-let insurance claims

Storms and floods wreaked havoc across much of the country in recent weeks, leaving a number of homes and businesses damaged,...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The Tories are chasing the tenant vote, but what about landlords?

Given that the number of people living in private rented accommodation has grown, doubling in the past three decades, renters are...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

More than a quarter of landlords saw an increase in tenant demand in Q4 2019

The private rented sector ended 2019 strongly, with 27% of landlords experiencing an increase in tenant demand, according to the latest...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New chancellor urged to use Budget to ‘encourage’ investment in the PRS

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) and the National Landlords Association (NLA) are calling on the new chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to use...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

A growing number of landlords opting for two-year fixed rate products

There was a notable increase in the percentage of landlords selecting shorter-term buy-to-let mortgage products in the final quarter of last...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Free entry registration - The National Landlord Investment Show

The National Landlord Show arrives at Olympia on Thursday 19th March to offer advice via complimentary seminars, major suppliers and landlord debates where you...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords and sellers no longer holding back

The Conservatives’ general election victory in December has triggered a new burst of housing market activity as confidence flows back into...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents set to target consumers by tapping into the ‘digital environment’

The change in customer behaviour driven by technological developments is the biggest trend that marketers believe will offer the greatest opportunities...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Linking rent rises to wages could have a ‘severe’ impact on the PRS

A proposed Bill to protect private sector tenants by introducing measures to limit rent increases could drive many buy-to-let landlords out...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property development confidence improves following Tory election victory

The residential property market has enjoyed what some are referring to as a ‘Boris bounce’ following the result of the recent...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Roma Finance reduces bridging rates

Roma Finance has cut its bridging and development rates across its product range, which includes buy-to-let, after obtaining fresh and sustainable...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Government is failing ‘good landlords’ by ‘attacking’ the PRS, says RLA

The latest data demonstrates the failure of government policy for the private rented sector, which in turn is having an adverse...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Student housing is a ‘big Living investment story’, says JLL

With the number of full-time students in the UK continuing to grow, student housing is now the number one Living investment,...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Should you be concerned about tenants’ exposure to coronavirus?

A ninth person has tested positive for Coronavirus in the UK, the government has confirmed.  The woman flew into London from China...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Christopher Pincher replaces Esther McVey as the new housing minister

Boris Johnson has unveiled his new look cabinet, which includes the appointment of Christopher Pincher as the new housing minister. Pincher replaces Esther McVey,...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Exciting times ahead for UK landlords’ as investors plan to add to portfolios

With the residential property market continuing to show signs of improvement, there is renewed investor confidence in the sector,  according to...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Average rents in Scotland increase 3.5% year-on-year - CityLets

The cost of renting a home in Scotland continued to rise during the final quarter of 2019, new figures show.  The Scottish...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

HMRC re-issues brief guidance on Making Tax Digital for landlords and sole traders

HMRC has re-issued brief guidance on Making Tax Digital (MTD) for landlords and sole traders who will eventually be required to...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental prices set to ‘remain steady with annual growth continuing to rise’

The squeeze on supply, coupled with continued demand for properties from tenants, is likely to lead to continued rental increases across...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to be on guard against tenant's cannabis farms

Landlords are being urged to vet tenants carefully and watch out for the tell-tale signs that a property is being used as...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Cost of renting outstrips inflation

The cost of renting a home in the UK is rising quicker than the rate of inflation, with the average monthly...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New bill will make it harder ‘for landlords to reclaim possession of their property’

A new bill that could potentially make it harder for landlords to evict problem tenants swiftly and efficiently due to current...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Ban for agent who failed to protect £28k worth of tenants’ deposits and rent

A letting agent who failed to safeguard £28,000 worth of tenants’ deposits and rent destined for landlords has been handed a...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

More transparency needed on deposit alternative schemes

There has been much debate in recent days about deposit-free renting and whether letting agents have been mis-selling deposit alternative products,...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Ed Sheeran invests in London where he can ‘charge top whack to renters’

Ed Sheeran has reportedly spent £57m on investing in the property market. The singer, 28, is said to be the owner of...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market remained steady in January - Goodlord

The rental market broadly remained stable in January, the latest rental index from Goodlord shows. Average rents increased in four out of...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Concerns raised over deposit-free renting being mis-sold to tenants

A growing number of companies and letting agents are offering deposit-free options without making it clear they could cost renters more...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

flatfair defends deposit alternative solutions following BBC article

flatfair, which lets landlords offer deposit-free renting to tenants, has defended nil deposit schemes as an alternative to a traditional deposit,...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans cuts rates across core BTL product range

Foundation Home Loans has made a series of rate reductions across a number of products in its core buy-to-let range. The rate...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Get two free tickets to the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows

Following on from the successful South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show that took place at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest tax changes prove the ‘final straw’ for many small buy-to-let landlords

Cuts to tax relief and other rule changes are driving out smaller landlords, the latest figures show.   Official HMRC data reveals the...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

North of England tops list for fastest growing buy-to-let yields

The north of England provided the biggest jump in returns for buy-to-let landlords in the final quarter of last year as...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents will rise for next five years, experts predict

Rents in prime London and its commuter belt are expected edge higher this year due to the widening supply-demand imbalance in...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Major landlord exhibition returns to Bristol

The west of England’s Landlord Expo returns to Bristol next month.  The free-to-attend event, organised by the four West of England Local...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Aldermore relaunches BTL mortgage offering

Aldermore Bank has relaunched its buy-to-let proposition with a view to offering landlords greater choice, flexibility, new products, reduced rates, and...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New Airbnb rental calculator highlights how much more rent landlords can make

A new online calculator highlighting how much more rent landlords can make by letting to holidaymakers via Airbnb across a range...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

London is the second most expensive option for an Airbnb in Europe

With short trips to European capital cities an increasingly more popular option, a growing number of people are turning to Airbnb...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Supporting the UK’s construction industry in 2020

It is common knowledge the UK is facing an undersupply of housing. Unfortunately, this is not a sudden phenomenon – the...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Council appeals to landlords to take tenants off the housing waiting list

A local council has moved to try and attract more buy-to-let landlords with a range of new services, aimed at boosting...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Hampshire Trust Bank revamps BTL offering

Hampshire Trust Bank (HTB) has refreshed its buy-to-let and semi-commercial offering. The lender now provides rates for loans up to £5m, up from...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

What areas have enjoyed biggest hike in rental yields since the ban on tenant fees?

Rental yields in the private rented sector have dipped marginally since the introduction of the ban on tenant fees in June...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents lose a significant chunk of their revenue from tenant fees ban

The majority of letting agents in England have experienced lost revenue from the tenant fees ban. A survey of agents by letting platform...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Why landlords should be embracing open banking

  Two years ago, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) ordered the nine largest UK current account providers to open up their...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Newbury reduces rate on limited company BTL product

Newbury Building Society has cut rates on a limited company buy-to-let mortgage deal. The 75% loan-to-value three-year variable product has been reduced...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Wise Living plans to build over 10,000 BTR homes by 2025

Wise Living has announced plans to build more than 10,000 Build to Rent (BTR) homes by 2025.  The BTR arm of property...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords welcome delay to minimum energy efficiency standards

The decision to delay the minimum energy efficiency standards deadline in Scotland has been welcomed by landlords as a ‘sensible one’.  The...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

UK's top 10 cheapest places to rent revealed

Newcastle upon Tyne has been named the most affordable place to rent in the UK.  According to the research, undertaken by CompareTheMarketcom,...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The average renter has saved £163 since tenancy deposits were capped

Renters across England have made an average saving of £163.08 since tenancy security deposits were capped last year at the equivalent...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Legal & General acquires Build to Rent site in Chelmsford

Legal & General has exchanged contracts on a new Build-to-Rent (BTR) site in Chelmsford City Centre, on behalf of its UK...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Landbay introduces limited edition BTL product including free property valuation

Landbay has launched a new buy-to-let mortgage product for a limited time.  The product, which includes a free valuation for standard properties valued...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords  spend more than £3.6bn on local economies in 12 months

Buy-to-let landlords have spent £3.61bn on local economies across the UK over the last 12 months, according to Aldermore Bank. The bank...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord handed £90k fine for license breaches

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay just over £90,000 for repeatedly ignoring selective licensing laws in north London.  Stephen Ige...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit rollout delayed again until 2024

The full rollout of universal credit, the government's flagship welfare reform, has been delayed yet again - until 2024.  The system was...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Shortage of rental homes continues to push rents up in prime London

An increase in demand, coupled with the growing rental stock shortage, is placing upward pressure on rental values in prime London.  The...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord claims Romania still owes him £75k in rent for ambassador’s residence

Chasing an ex-tenant for money owed on unpaid rent is challenging at the best of times, and so imagine the difficulty...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Recovery and confidence returning to the market

There are growing signs of stability returning to the residential property market, new research shows.  Sentiment towards the housing market looks positive...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Is a mass landlord exodus upon us?

Is the UK on the brink of a mass landlord exodus? It may seem like an ominous question, but ask people...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Missed the self-assessment tax deadline? Here's what you need to know

The 31st January deadline to submit your self-assessment tax return for the year ended 5 April 2019 has come and gone, however,...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

YBS Commercial Mortgages introduce new five-year company BTL product

YBS Commercial Mortgages has expanded its buy-to-let product range by launching a new five-year fixed rate Limited Company buy-to-let deal. The move...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit: What will change after 11pm tonight?

The UK formally leaves the European Union at 11pm tonight, at which point it will instantly enter into an 11-month transition...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Britain heading towards a rental crisis as BTL landlords switch to short-term lets

There has been a significant increase in the number of buy-to-let landlords who are considering converting their property to a short-term...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market set for a post-Brexit boost

The UK housing market has enjoyed a relatively strong start to 2020 after Boris Johnson’s general election victory ended Brexit uncertainty.  A...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Growth in the number of short-term lets is bad news for the PRS

The tax and regulatory changes introduced in recent years have led to an increase in the number of landlords exiting the...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Paragon sees growth in specialist mortgage business

Paragon’s specialist portfolio buy-to-let lending grew during the final quarter of 2019. Specialist buy-to-let lending was 1.1% higher year-on-year at £375.4m, whilst...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

A third of renters fear they will never be able to afford to buy their own home

The dream of home ownership is becoming increasingly out of reach for many private renters, with a third fearing that they...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords hope for change in next week’s Scottish Budget

Buy-to-let landlords are demanding change in next week’s Scottish Budget to help ensure rental price growth eases.  The number of tenants experiencing...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

What aspects of the home are causing concern when it comes to cleaning?

Cleaning is often identified as the most common cause of a tenancy deposit dispute in the private rented property sector.  Figures provided...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Pepper Money launches new BTL products for limited companies

Pepper Money has launched a new range of two and five-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages for limited companies.  The products come with...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants find it ‘harder than ever to negotiate a reduction in rent’

Rents look set to rise across much of the UK this year as the supply and demand gap continues to widen...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Four-fifths of tenants break landlord rules, study finds

The vast majority of renters engage in actions and behaviours that landlords would disapprove of, partly because they are not familiar...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

How confident are property investors in the Conservative government?

After two elections and three years of intense debate and hostility, the general election in December seemed to offer the political...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New technology designed for those buying new build homes

New VR technology has been launched that will allow prospective homebuyers, including property investors, an opportunity to view developments, ahead of...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

The Mortgage Lender makes ‘criteria enhancements’ to BTL range

The Mortgage Lender has amended its buy-to-let criteria by increasing its lending threshold from £2.5m to £5m, while also removing the...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Election result ‘has injected some much-needed confidence into the market’

The outlook for the UK housing market has improved over the past few weeks with the decisive nature of the general election...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant causes thousands of pounds worth of damage

A landlord was almost reduced to tears after discovering a house he rented out ‘in a state of squalor’, with the...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tax tips for those who rent out properties or rooms on a short-term basis

The number of properties and rooms available to book on Airbnb has soared in major UK cities, as landlords, local families...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Council tenant who owns three BTL properties ordered to pay almost £90k

A now-former council tenant in north London has been handed a suspended sentence and ordered to pay close to £90,000 after...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

TSB cuts buy-to-let rates

TSB has unveiled a number of rate reductions to mortgage products within its buy-to-let range. Buy-to-let rates have been trimmed by as...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed: The most attractive cities for buy-to-let in 2020

More than 800 landlords have been surveyed to establish where they feel offer the best buy-to-let investment opportunities in 2020.  The study,...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Investors frustrated by ‘how much red tape there now is within the PRS’

Buy-to-let landlords are becoming more frustrated by tax and regulatory changes in the private rented sector, according to fresh research from...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

The proportion of income spent on rent drops despite increases in rental level

Despite increased rent prices, the proportion of income spent by tenants on rent decreased between 2016 and 2019, according to The Deposit...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords in ‘limbo’ due to a lack of guidance from the Scottish government

Buy-to-let landlords north of the border have come under increasing pressure ahead of the incoming changes to the energy efficiency of...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Accord revamps entire buy-to-let range

Accord Buy To Let range has been relaunched with reduced rates, extended end dates and increased cashback on purchase products, with...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are providing private tenants with long-term security

Whether a matter of choice or necessity, most private renters need long-term security and the vast majority of private landlords are...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Every sensible landlord wants ‘a happy tenant’ to avoid void periods

Void periods can be a serious pain. While they are undoubtedly part of running a buy-to-let business, it would seem that...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New electrical safety regulations unlikely to affect ‘slum’ landlords

New electrical safety regulations were presented before Parliament on 13 January 2020 in a move by the government to strengthen electrical...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New online BTL comparison site launched

An online comparison site has been launched by Buy-to-Let Direct with a view to helping landlords make the right decisions when...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

The Nottingham launches new buy-to-let products

The Nottingham has introduced a new range of buy-to-let products, which are available at up to 75% loan-to-value (LTV).  The society’s new...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

An increasing number of BTL landlords set sights on high-yielding HMO market

Buy-to-let landlords currently looking to buy property are targeting Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) more than any other property type, according...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

A third of landlords plan to sell property in 2020

More than a third of buy-to-let landlords are planning to reduce the number of homes they rent out or exit the...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Income tax when you let property: help and support for landlords

The tax return deadline when filing your online Self Assessment for the tax year ending 5 April 2019 is just over...

23 January 2020

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Shawbrook cuts BTL range to three products

Shawbrook Banks has simplified its buy-to-let range down to just three products, a few months after streamlining its range from 10 to...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News