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UK landlords must abide by this new law within the next 12 months

UK landlords must abide by this new law within the next 12 months

🕔21:34, 6.Jun 2017

There’s less than 12 months to go until the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) come into effect. Do you know what that means when it comes to compliance? We asked Adam Kingswood, head of Kingswood Residential Investment Management to

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UK landlords earning less this month as rents are down for the first time in 8 years

UK landlords earning less this month as rents are down for the first time in 8 years

🕔20:58, 6.Jun 2017

Rents in the UK fell by 0.3% in May compared to the same month a year ago, the first such fall since December 2009; the average monthly rent now stands at £901 Rents in London fell by 3.0% in May

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Number of UK landlords using letting agents on the rise

Number of UK landlords using letting agents on the rise

🕔16:00, 5.Jun 2017

The proportion of landlords in the UK who use a letting agent to help manage their property has increased since the end of last year, according to a new survey of property investors. Some 61% of landlords say they currently

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UK property market will be affected by Brexit, but how?

UK property market will be affected by Brexit, but how?

🕔15:07, 4.Jun 2017

WITH Article 50 triggered and the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union now less than two years away, Brexit’s likely impact on the property market has been outlined by national estate agents Leaders. Allison Thompson, managing director at Leaders, said:

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Here are the UK’s current top buy-to-let hotspots

Here are the UK’s current top buy-to-let hotspots

🕔12:28, 4.Jun 2017

London areas including Southwark, Newham and Tower Hamlets are among the top 20 buy-to-let hotspots in the UK, according to a study by mortgage brokers Private Finance. However, the capital lagged behind Liverpool, Nottingham and Coventry which were named the

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50% of UK cities now cheaper to rent than buy

50% of UK cities now cheaper to rent than buy

🕔21:10, 3.Jun 2017

The figures will add to evidence that house prices are reaching their peak, particularly in high value areas such as London and the South East Renting a property is now cheaper than buying in over half of British cities, according

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UK Landlords required for new BBC One documentary

UK Landlords required for new BBC One documentary

🕔21:22, 2.Jun 2017

The production company behind Grand Designs and Escape to the Country is looking for landlords to feature in a new BBC One documentary series. Here are the full details: Are you a reputable landlord? Do you own 10 or more

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Touch times ahead for UK buy to let says new report

Touch times ahead for UK buy to let says new report

🕔09:12, 2.Jun 2017

The buy to let market in the UK will continue to provide good investment opportunities looking ahead but there are challenges, according to a new analysis, the first since major changes to the sector. Landlords will need to adjust and

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The taxable profit of UK landlords set to rise

The taxable profit of UK landlords set to rise

🕔21:35, 1.Jun 2017

With the Government now almost two months into rolling out Section 24 and its new buy-to-let tax relief system, online letting agent Upad believes landlords will see an average 13% increase in their taxable profit from 2017/18 to 2018/19. The

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UK buy-to-let landlords should understand how the 2017 elections will affect them

UK buy-to-let landlords should understand how the 2017 elections will affect them

🕔10:48, 1.Jun 2017

With the 2017 general election looming, we’ve combed through the manifestos of the three major parties and summarised the positions and policies that could impact the rental market. It’s worth noting that none of the main parties are pledging to

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£600m of buy-to-let mortgages to boost growth by Metro Bank

£600m of buy-to-let mortgages to boost growth by Metro Bank

🕔11:51, 31.May 2017

Metro Bank has bought nearly £600m of buy-to-let mortgages from US private equity group Cerberus as the UK challenger bank attempts to boost growth amid mounting competition in the market. The portfolio, which is made up of 92 per cent

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How does the latest budget effect buy to let?

How does the latest budget effect buy to let?

🕔13:52, 15.Mar 2017

This Budget was mooted as the last chance for the Chancellor to reverse changes to tax relief for landlords which is set to be cut next month. But there was no let-up on the measures targeting buy-to-let landlords, who are set

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Airbnb: A good idea but approach with caution

Airbnb: A good idea but approach with caution

🕔10:00, 7.Mar 2017

You are a tenant or a landlord and you come across Airbnb. What a great idea, you think. You can make more money out of subletting or renting out your property on this website than you are paying in rent

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Tax change will cause landlords to raise rents

Tax change will cause landlords to raise rents

🕔09:15, 28.Feb 2017

Government plans to strip buy-to-let landlords of mortgage interest tax relief have been branded ‘terrible’ by former Bank of England economist David Miles. From April, landlords will start to lose the right to claim back their mortgage interest costs at

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Proportion of landlords buying property with cash reaches record levels

Proportion of landlords buying property with cash reaches record levels

🕔09:03, 28.Feb 2017

The proportion of landlords buying properties in cash has reached record levels, new figures reveal. Last month, 61 per cent of Britain’s buy-to-let purchases were made mortgage-free, according to lettings agent Countrywide. The highest proportion of cash transactions came in

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The Landlord Association: More than 25,000 evictions during 2016 leads to formation of regional panel of solicitors

The Landlord Association: More than 25,000 evictions during 2016 leads to formation of regional panel of solicitors

🕔11:13, 20.Feb 2017

Members of The Landlord Association reported more than 25,000 tenant evictions during 2016, the highest on record since the association began in 2006. The Landlord Association provides free advice to landlords on the 600,000+ properties currently under let to tenants

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Rent Guarantee and Loss of Rent – Knowing the difference

Rent Guarantee and Loss of Rent – Knowing the difference

🕔10:39, 18.Feb 2017

What is the difference between Rent Guarantee and Loss of Rent? Which one should I have? Should I have both or neither? These are questions that Source Commercial’s brokers hear every day, so here is a brief insight to both

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UK buy to let rents are set to rise at faster rate than house prices

UK buy to let rents are set to rise at faster rate than house prices

🕔11:38, 4.Nov 2016

Rents are set to increase at a faster rate than house prices over the next five years, a report predicts. Across Britain, Savills expects property values to increase by 13% by the end of 2021, with Brexit negotiations leading to

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The Landlord Demographic – Who Are Britain’s Landlords?

The Landlord Demographic – Who Are Britain’s Landlords?

🕔07:25, 15.Sep 2016

An Englishman’s home is his castle, except sometimes, it’s not his castle, it’s his landlord’s castle. One in five families living in the UK now rents their home – and the number is rising. Recent estimates based on data from

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Landlords overtake first-time buyers as Britain’s most enthusiastic house buyers

Landlords overtake first-time buyers as Britain’s most enthusiastic house buyers

🕔17:04, 1.Jul 2016

Landlords borrowed more to buy houses in the first three months of this year than first-time buyers, the first time this has happened since the financial crisis. Buy-to-let investors’ (BTL) new purchases accounted for 21pc of all loans in the

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UK landlords warned that incomplete inventories costing Britain’s tenants dearly

UK landlords warned that incomplete inventories costing Britain’s tenants dearly

🕔13:02, 14.Jul 2015

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) is warning that tenants could lose thousands of pounds due to items that have been detailed in the property inventory going missing at the end of a tenancy. As student tenancies come to

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Landlords could start to raise rents after budget cut to their tax benefits

Landlords could start to raise rents after budget cut to their tax benefits

🕔16:22, 9.Jul 2015

Britain’s two million buy-to-let landlords were left reeling after the chancellor slashed tax relief for property investors, provoking warnings of a potential mass sell-off of homes – or widespread rises in rents. In a £2bn tax bombshell, from April 2017

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Buy to let tax break removed for wealthy landlords, housing shares fall!

Buy to let tax break removed for wealthy landlords, housing shares fall!

🕔16:04, 9.Jul 2015

Britain is cutting tax relief on mortgages for wealthy landlords to eliminate some of the advantages they have over people buying their own homes, chancellor George Osborne said on Wednesday. Landlords who pay higher-rate tax are able to claw back

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UK landlords mortgage interest relief changes announced in the Summer Budget

UK landlords mortgage interest relief changes announced in the Summer Budget

🕔12:59, 9.Jul 2015

Steve Bolton, Founder and Chairman of Platinum Property Partners (PPP) comments on the changes to mortgage interest relief for landlords announced in the Summer Budget: For decades, the private rented sector has been providing much-needed homes to meet a growing

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Are you a buy-to-let investor and want to know why sitting tenants are becoming popular?

Are you a buy-to-let investor and want to know why sitting tenants are becoming popular?

🕔11:00, 30.Jun 2015

WHAT IS A SITTING TENANT? In the UK property market a sitting tenant is a person who rents with the legal right to occupy that specific property for life. Their rights are set out by the Rent Act of 1977

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UK landlords should be forced to give tenants the ‘Right to Buy’ says Labours Jeremy Corbyn

UK landlords should be forced to give tenants the ‘Right to Buy’ says Labours Jeremy Corbyn

🕔10:53, 30.Jun 2015

The ‘Right To Buy’ policy that lets council tenants buy their homes at a big discount should be extended to the tenants of private landlords, a Labour leadership contender has said. Jeremy Corbyn said Labour needed to go further in

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Buy-to-let returns will plunge by 60% in the next 12 months, according to a new index

Buy-to-let returns will plunge by 60% in the next 12 months, according to a new index

🕔10:47, 30.Jun 2015

Buy-to-let returns will plunge 62pc in the next 12 months, according to Britain’s biggest network of letting agents and property valuers. LSL Property Services predicts that by April 2016 total returns on buy-to-let, taking into account a combination of both

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UK landlords profits through buy-to-let puts £112bn in their pockets

UK landlords profits through buy-to-let puts £112bn in their pockets

🕔14:21, 23.Jun 2015

British landlords earned £112bn from capital gains and rental income last year, in the latest example of the booming buy-to-let market. As would-be first-time buyers struggle to get a toehold on the housing ladder amid rising property prices and tougher

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Where’s the best UK town to invest in buy to let?

Where’s the best UK town to invest in buy to let?

🕔12:38, 19.Jun 2015

Latest data on rental returns highlights the best UK cities and towns for landlord investment Buy-to-let is booming, with growing numbers of professional and amateur investors seeking to pour yet more cash into a market worth £1 trillion. But where

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But to let in the UK responsible for the lowest number of properties on sale since the 70’s!

But to let in the UK responsible for the lowest number of properties on sale since the 70’s!

🕔12:31, 19.Jun 2015

Figures mark significant drop from 60 properties per branch one year ago One in seven outstanding UK mortgages are now on buy-to-let properties Rise of overseas investors is also believed to have fuelled buy-to-let boom The number of homes for

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North East rents rising at fastest rate outside of London – but slower than wages

North East rents rising at fastest rate outside of London – but slower than wages

🕔13:09, 15.Jun 2015

Regional rents remain £50 cheaper than second most affordable area – the equivalent of a rent-free weekend every month for North East tenant. North East rents rose at the fastest rate in England outside of London over the past three

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What Students Want: High-speed internet, inclusive bills and double beds

What Students Want: High-speed internet, inclusive bills and double beds

🕔12:55, 11.Jun 2015

Student top priorities revealed as fast internet, inclusive bills and double beds (Glide Utilities) The continued ‘flight to quality’ is set to continue (Savills) Collegiate AC provides all of aspects highlighted by report and undertake own tenant surveys Mel Gibson’s

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UK rents on the rise and London rents top £1500 pcm for the first time.

UK rents on the rise and London rents top £1500 pcm for the first time.

🕔12:48, 9.Jun 2015

Rents have risen in all 12 UK regions in the three months to May 2015 compared to last year The average rent in the UK for new tenancies in three months to May 2015 was £935 per month (£738 excluding

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Professional tenants living in Houses in Multiple Occupation are able to save over £1,600 more a year that those renting alone

Professional tenants living in Houses in Multiple Occupation are able to save over £1,600 more a year that those renting alone

🕔12:40, 4.Jun 2015

Professional sharers in HMOs save 77% more a month than those who rent alone (£308 a month compared to £174) HMO tenants spend an average of £556 a month on rent (including bills) versus an average cost of £975 for

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Buy-to-let surges as first time buyer activity retreats

Buy-to-let surges as first time buyer activity retreats

🕔12:25, 1.Jun 2015

May has witnessed a stand-out acceleration in property valuations for buy-to-let landlords, while first time buyer activity has retreated, according to the latest research from Connells Survey and Valuation. There were 33% more buy-to-let valuations conducted in May than at

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Rents rise at fastest rate since 2010 to hit all-time record high

Rents rise at fastest rate since 2010 to hit all-time record high

🕔11:54, 27.May 2015

Residential rents have grown 4.6% year-on-year – the fastest rate of increase since November 2010 Average rent across England and Wales hits record high of £774 in April – or a record £1,204 for London East of England sees rents

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Scottish rents 1.6% higher than a year ago

Scottish rents 1.6% higher than a year ago

🕔11:49, 25.May 2015

Residential rents have climbed 1.6% year-on-year – the fastest rate of increase since November 2014 Glasgow & Clyde see fastest rent rises in Scotland, with monthly rental prices up 5.0% year-on-year Average rents across Scotland match record high set at

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Over 70,000 UK tenants now owe more than 2 months rent

Over 70,000 UK tenants now owe more than 2 months rent

🕔10:49, 21.May 2015

First quarter of 2015 sees number of tenants owing more than two months’ rent up 4% on a year ago Currently 70,900 households face severe rent arrears, as of Q1 2015, up from 68,200 cases in Q1 2014 Since the

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A third of UK landlords could leave buy to let all together due to law change proposals

A third of UK landlords could leave buy to let all together due to law change proposals

🕔08:54, 19.May 2015

Proposed changes to the law on private rented homes could drive landlords out of the sector, they have warned. A survey by Citylets found nearly a third of them could leave the private rental sector (PRS) or cut back on

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UK Landlords face big fines for not registering deposits by June 23rd

UK Landlords face big fines for not registering deposits by June 23rd

🕔08:52, 19.May 2015

Thousands of landlords with long-standing tenants could face a £3,600 shock penalty unless they register deposits by this summer. The Government is running a 90-day amnesty for buy-to-let investors who have yet to put their tenants’ deposits into an official

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UK landlords buy with sitting tenants say Countrywide

UK landlords buy with sitting tenants say Countrywide

🕔08:49, 19.May 2015

The proportion of properties bought by landlords with a sitting tenant has reached the highest level since 2005, according to Countrywide. The agency group, which has analysed over 65,000 rental properties, says that in 2014 some 11 per cent of

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UK buy to lets best places to invest revealed

UK buy to lets best places to invest revealed

🕔08:43, 19.May 2015

If you want more bang for your buy-to-let buck each month, you need to steer clear of pricey London and head for more rewarding destinations in Birmingham, Glasgow, Ipswich, or Liverpool. Postcodes in these areas have been named as best places

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What a Conservative government means for UK landlords and tenants

What a Conservative government means for UK landlords and tenants

🕔14:20, 11.May 2015

After last night’s election results, it’s clear that the Conservatives will form the next government. Landlord insurance provider, Simply Business, has reviewed the 2015 election manifestos and what the policies would mean for landlords and it seems that under Conservative

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UK landlords remortgage at twice the rate of new purchases

UK landlords remortgage at twice the rate of new purchases

🕔16:13, 7.May 2015

Two thirds (66%) of buy to let loans are now for remortgaging – just 34% for new purchases Trend even clearer for more complex property types – remortgaging now 73% of HMO loans Loan to value ratios (LTVs) rise across

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UK buy to let Landlords predict rent rises to tail off

UK buy to let Landlords predict rent rises to tail off

🕔16:03, 7.May 2015

UK landlords expect annual rent growth to slow to 1.7% by next year, down from 3.7% currently Finding trustworthy tenants deemed more important to landlords than higher rental yields Nearly a quarter (24%) of landlords want to purchase additional rental

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UK landlords are failing to take running costs into account when measuring buy-to-let returns

UK landlords are failing to take running costs into account when measuring buy-to-let returns

🕔14:57, 7.May 2015

Three-quarters of UK landlords don’t factor in the running costs they incur 12% of buy-to-let investors do not take any costs into account Average cost associated with running a buy-to-let property can add up to over half (52%) of gross

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First-time UK landlords are most likely to be people in their 40s, survey reveals

First-time UK landlords are most likely to be people in their 40s, survey reveals

🕔14:27, 7.May 2015

Between 40 and 49 years old is the most common age for those becoming a landlord for the first time, according to a new survey by Rentguard Insurance. Some 40% of those purchasing a buy-to-let investment for the first time

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UK landlords are urged to be careful and not fall foul of the law

UK landlords are urged to be careful and not fall foul of the law

🕔13:17, 27.Apr 2015

New buy-to-let landlords are being urged to consider the legal implications of managing their tenancies to avoid falling foul of the law. The advice comes after a recent report showed landlords who borrowed to purchase a buy-to-let property made significantly

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UK landlords remortgage at twice the rate of new purchases

UK landlords remortgage at twice the rate of new purchases

🕔13:11, 27.Apr 2015

Two thirds (66%) of buy to let loans are now for remortgaging – just 34% for new purchases Trend even clearer for more complex property types – remortgaging now 73% of HMO loans Loan to value ratios (LTVs) rise across

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UK rents rise 15% since May 2010

UK rents rise 15% since May 2010

🕔13:01, 27.Apr 2015

Residential rents have risen by 15.2% over the course of this Parliament – or 3.6% beyond CPI inflation In May 2010, the average rent across England and Wales was £667 per month, now £768 as of March 2015 Over the

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Landlords should take steps to prevent rising damp

Landlords should take steps to prevent rising damp

🕔18:20, 25.Apr 2015

It goes without saying that the best way to cure mould is to prevent it from developing in the first place, but nevertheless it remains a key priority in rented property. However, there are a few steps landlords can take

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How are UK landlords and tenants affected by the 2015 Election manifestos

How are UK landlords and tenants affected by the 2015 Election manifestos

🕔14:16, 24.Apr 2015

Following the release of the 2015 Election manifestos over the past week, landlord insurance provider, Simply Business, has today released a visual guide to explain how the six main political parties’ policies will impact landlords and tenants, if implemented. Simply

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‘Landlords not fixing things quickly enough’ is tenants’ number one pet peeve

‘Landlords not fixing things quickly enough’ is tenants’ number one pet peeve

🕔12:31, 24.Apr 2015

New survey statistics by landlord and tenant insurance provider, Endsleigh, reveal the top tenant and landlord frustrations.  According to the survey of 2,645 UK tenants and landlords, the number one frustration for tenants is ‘landlords not fixing things in the

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Good news for landlords as UK average rent rises 10% in a year

Good news for landlords as UK average rent rises 10% in a year

🕔13:12, 22.Apr 2015

Rents have risen in 11 out of 12 regions across the UK comparing Q1 2015 to Q1 2014 The average rent in the UK is now £902 (£720 excluding Greater London) The average rent in Greater London is now £1,427

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UK landlords experiencing a 13 year low regarding void periods

UK landlords experiencing a 13 year low regarding void periods

🕔14:55, 27.Mar 2015

The length of void periods experienced by residential landlords in the UK has fallen to its lowest level since 2002, according to new research. Void periods are the length of time between tenancies, with Property Wire reporting that these stood

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London’s rent price growth slowing in 2015 reveals homelet rental index

London’s rent price growth slowing in 2015 reveals homelet rental index

🕔14:43, 27.Mar 2015

Rents rise in seven out of twelve regions across the UK in the three months to February 2015 London rent prices static in the three months to February 2015 The North East and South West of England lead rent price

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Scottish rents are rising at their slowest pace for over two years

Scottish rents are rising at their slowest pace for over two years

🕔14:34, 27.Mar 2015

Scottish rents up just 1.1% in past twelve months – smallest annual rise seen since April 2013 At £537, average monthly rent now only £6 higher than a year ago, after 0.2% boost in February But tenant arrears reach highest

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The Digital Landlord Magazine has arrived – 158,000 subscribing landlord readers help launch the UK’s number 1 topical magazine for landlords

The Digital Landlord Magazine has arrived – 158,000 subscribing landlord readers help launch the UK’s number 1 topical magazine for landlords

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Landlords being kind to tenants increase length of tenancy survey reveals

Landlords being kind to tenants increase length of tenancy survey reveals

🕔14:19, 18.Mar 2015

Landlord and tenant insurance provider, Endsleigh, has today released the findings of a survey of 2,645 UK landlords and tenants. The survey is part of Endsleigh’s 2015 ‘Better Relations’ campaign, which aims to encourage stress-free lettings for both tenants and

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UK Landlords will have to check the immigration status of their tenants

UK Landlords will have to check the immigration status of their tenants

🕔12:24, 13.Mar 2015

Officials say ‘Right to Rent’ checks are already undertaken by landlords Fine of £3,000 for failure to perform checks  Critics warn change will lead to landlords to discriminate against those they suspect to be in the UK illegally New rules

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January sees UK rents rise

January sees UK rents rise

🕔18:23, 5.Mar 2015

HomeLet data shows rents on new tenancies rise 2.5% during first month of the year Rental market returns to growth with nine out of twelve regions reporting rising rents The average rent in the UK is now £889 (£707 excluding

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UK commercial property rentals increasing dramatically

UK commercial property rentals increasing dramatically

🕔23:36, 26.Feb 2015

The commercial real estate in the U.K. is showing a brighter picture. A heavy spurt in commercial property rentals is in sight, marking a departure from the recession-induced crash in rental values. Experts opined that the rental surge is at

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Legal & General is planning to invest £1 billion in the private rental sector

Legal & General is planning to invest £1 billion in the private rental sector

🕔23:27, 26.Feb 2015

UK insurer Legal & General is planning to invest as much as £1 billion in the private rented housing sector in the UK and has inked its inaugural deal in the market, acquiring a site in north east London. He

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2015 starts great for UK landlords

2015 starts great for UK landlords

🕔22:24, 26.Feb 2015

Just three in 10 landlords had experienced a void period in Q4 and a similar figure (32 per cent) had faced tenant arrears in the past year, the survey found, while 37 per cent of landlords said that demand had

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UK landlords can get additional tax perks before April.

UK landlords can get additional tax perks before April.

🕔21:55, 26.Feb 2015

Buy-to-let landlords are being warned to act now before a tax perk on home improvements that could help them meet new green targets is abolished. There are just a few weeks to apply for £1,500 tax relief, per property, on

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‘Revenge Eviction’ plan slammed by private landlords

‘Revenge Eviction’ plan slammed by private landlords

🕔09:20, 24.Feb 2015

The UK’s private landlords have slammed the government’s new plans to tackle so-called ‘revenge evictions’, claiming the legislation will become a “charter for anti-social tenants”. The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) says the plans risks stunting the “only part of the

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Can a good bathrooms help to ‘sell’ your rental property?

Can a good bathrooms help to ‘sell’ your rental property?

🕔13:48, 11.Feb 2015

When it comes to the rooms that matter in a home, the kitchen is king, but surprisingly it’s the so-called smallest room in the house that can often provide the true wow factor. And as for the bedroom, what goes

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Buy to let landlords could be banned from renting out inefficient homes

Buy to let landlords could be banned from renting out inefficient homes

🕔09:33, 10.Feb 2015

New regulations making it illegal for landlords to rent out the most energy inefficient homes and properties could be the “single most significant piece of legislation in a generation” affecting existing buildings, the UK Green Building Council said today. Energy

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UK landlords get nearly £27 billion from taxpayers

UK landlords get nearly £27 billion from taxpayers

🕔09:29, 10.Feb 2015

Private landlords are benefiting from subsidies worth the equivalent of £1,000 for every household in the UK, the campaign group Generation Rent has claimed, with tax breaks and housing benefit bolstering their gains from house price increases. Figures shared with

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The cautious landlord will prevail amongst competing UK buy to let lenders

The cautious landlord will prevail amongst competing UK buy to let lenders

🕔22:30, 5.Feb 2015

According to the latest Buy to Let Mortgage Costs Index from Mortgages for Business Record, the UK mortgage broker, a number of buy to let mortgages are now available in the United Kingdom, with landlords able to choose from 817

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Buy to let investors lose high court battle over tracker mortgage rate rise

Buy to let investors lose high court battle over tracker mortgage rate rise

🕔22:22, 5.Feb 2015

Buy-to-let investors who fought their building society lender against a tracker mortgage rate rise have lost their case in court. Last week, a judge ruled small print in West Bromwich Building Society’s terms and conditions allowed it to hike the

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Landlords in the UK favouring shorter 2 year fixed rates for mortgages has doubled in a year

Landlords in the UK favouring shorter 2 year fixed rates for mortgages has doubled in a year

🕔22:03, 5.Feb 2015

The proportion of landlords in the UK favouring shorter two year fixed rates for mortgages has doubled in a year, new research suggests. It means fewer are looking at longer term fixed rate mortgages as the shorter terms loans are

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Definition of a UK accidental landlords has been decided by the treasury

Definition of a UK accidental landlords has been decided by the treasury

🕔21:54, 5.Feb 2015

The Treasury has settled on the definition of an accidental landlord as it works towards implementing the EU’s Mortgage Credit Directive. Publishing draft legislation last week, the Treasury defined consumer buy-to-let contracts, known as accidental landlords, as any contract the

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2015 started very strong for UK landlords

2015 started very strong for UK landlords

🕔21:41, 5.Feb 2015

Just three in 10 landlords had experienced a void period in Q4 and a similar figure (32 per cent) had faced tenant arrears in the past year, the survey found, while 37 per cent of landlords said that demand had

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UK Landlords are investing in more complicated lets

UK Landlords are investing in more complicated lets

🕔21:32, 2.Feb 2015

Average yields on non-standard properties have continued to rise above buy-to-let investments, according to the latest Mortgages For Business research. Multi-unit freehold blocks (MUFBs) have overtaken houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) and now provide landlords with the highest gross yield.

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UK landlords will not relish in a Labour win in the general election

UK landlords will not relish in a Labour win in the general election

🕔21:24, 29.Jan 2015

A Labour victory, or a red-led coalition, could be detrimental to the housing market, reducing the supply of homes and deterring overseas buyers from investing in London, property experts have warned. Two thirds of UK landlords will leave the private

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West Bromwich Building Society is accused of ripping off landlords

West Bromwich Building Society is accused of ripping off landlords

🕔22:03, 25.Jan 2015

Lender accused of rip-off over buy-to-let deals: Building society accused of raising rates on a ‘whim’ to boost its coffers Building society illegally ramped up rates for buy-to-let customers West Bromwich Building Society is accused of ripping off landlords The

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UK buy to let Landlords can save thousands using social media to find tenants

UK buy to let Landlords can save thousands using social media to find tenants

🕔13:57, 22.Jan 2015

A growing number of landlords are avoiding lettings agents’ fees by advertising properties on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn Savvy landlords are saving thousands of pounds by ditching their lettings agent and using social media to find tenants. Facebook, Twitter and

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£4000 fine for UK Landlord who rented out unsafe house to tenant

£4000 fine for UK Landlord who rented out unsafe house to tenant

🕔13:48, 22.Jan 2015

A landlord who rented out a potential death trap has been fined £4,000. Absentee landlord, Liam Kelly, who lives in Ireland, was prosecuted for failing to carry out repairs to a house in Salford. He was convicted at Manchester magistrates

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UK tenants now pay £298 in fees alone

UK tenants now pay £298 in fees alone

🕔13:44, 22.Jan 2015

As well as forking out a typical deposit of £840, plus stumping up the first month’s rent, 43% of renters are also having to pay, on average, £298 each in fees to letting agents and landlords. That’s according to a

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UK buy to let could get a boost from new pension changes

UK buy to let could get a boost from new pension changes

🕔13:15, 9.Jan 2015

Pension regulation changes in the UK could boost the buy to let market as so called silver landlords decide to invest in the sector, it is claimed. Some 32% of people aged 45 to 64 with a pension would consider

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UK tenants should have the right to ‘rent for life’ so some believe

UK tenants should have the right to ‘rent for life’ so some believe

🕔13:09, 9.Jan 2015

Tenants of private landlords should be given new rights to stay in their home as long as they want, along with guarantees that their rent will not increase above inflation, a think tank has argued. Civitas said a new regulatory

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The UK’s safest landlords are apparently in the North East

The UK’s safest landlords are apparently in the North East

🕔11:04, 9.Jan 2015

Agent’s concerns about “revolving door redress schemes” remain as convicted companies appear to be part of letting agent redress schemes. A new database listing the dodgiest landlords and letting agents in the UK contains no entries from the North East.

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UK Landlords predict slower annual rent rises

UK Landlords predict slower annual rent rises

🕔11:15, 17.Dec 2014

Landlords estimate UK rents will rise by 1.8% over the next year, below the target rate of inflation Tenant demand is driving new supply – over a fifth of landlords expect to expand portfolios Proportion of landlords finding it harder

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London rent rises will outpace house price growth in 2015

London rent rises will outpace house price growth in 2015

🕔11:11, 17.Dec 2014

London property prices expected to grow by 3-5% in 2015 Strong tenant demand expected to boost rental prices by 10% over next year Election uncertainty will boost corporate lettings sector London property prices will ease into a slower rate of

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More than 50% of UK Landlords will invest in more properties in the next 12 months

More than 50% of UK Landlords will invest in more properties in the next 12 months

🕔11:05, 17.Dec 2014

Over half of landlords in the UK are looking to buy more property in 2015 and are feeling bullish about the new year, according to a new study. The optimism is fuelled by the growth in demand for rental property,

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UK landlords may end up only renting to white tenants with British names

UK landlords may end up only renting to white tenants with British names

🕔11:02, 17.Dec 2014

The new requirements – which are trialled in the west Midlands from Monday – are part of the Government’s attempts to cut down on migrants coming to the UK. Landlords who let out a second home are likely only to

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London rent rises to outpace house price growth  in 2015

London rent rises to outpace house price growth in 2015

🕔14:08, 12.Dec 2014

London property prices expected to grow by 3-5% in 2015 Strong tenant demand expected to boost rental prices by 10% over next year Election uncertainty will boost corporate lettings sector London property prices will ease into a slower rate of

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Scottish rent rises outpace rest of UK

Scottish rent rises outpace rest of UK

🕔13:31, 5.Dec 2014

Scottish rents climb 2.2% in the past year, faster than 1.5% annual growth across England & Wales  Average residential rent in Scotland now stands at £537 per month, following 0.3% monthly uplift Edinburgh rents reach new record high of £615

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5 must-read tips for private UK landlords this winter

5 must-read tips for private UK landlords this winter

🕔13:28, 5.Dec 2014

British Gas have recently revealed that 49% of people aren’t looking forward to winter, with many worrying about whether their home will hold up to the freezing temperatures, heavy rain, strong winds, and potential snowfall that the coldest season of

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UK Landlords now need to check whether a tenant has the right to be here

UK Landlords now need to check whether a tenant has the right to be here

🕔13:23, 5.Dec 2014

From this week landlords in some areas of the West Midlands could face a fine of up to £3,000 if they rent a property to someone without the legal “right to rent” in the UK. The right-to-rent scheme has been introduced under

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UK’s new property tax rules will boost the buy to let market

UK’s new property tax rules will boost the buy to let market

🕔12:28, 5.Dec 2014

, it is claimed. The new rates will give the biggest savings to buyers at the lower and middle end of the market and according to Stephen Ludlow, chairman of lettings age Ludlow Thompson, as buy to let landlords usually

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The top cause of complaint from tenants in the UK is a faulty boiler

The top cause of complaint from tenants in the UK is a faulty boiler

🕔13:14, 4.Dec 2014

Nearly a third of tenants suffering from lack of hot water and/or heating at some time during their tenancy. A new survey conducted by online letting agent PropertyLetByUs, also found that the second most common complaint was a leaking roof

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The Tenancies Reform Bill failure good for landlords

The Tenancies Reform Bill failure good for landlords

🕔13:14, 3.Dec 2014

Despite the sensitivities regarding revenge evictions and the poor publicity they bring on the private rented sector, one landlord organisation claims it is “delighted” at the failure of an MP to secure legislation to try to prevent the problem recurring.

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UK Landlords: More ethical than they are given credit for

UK Landlords: More ethical than they are given credit for

🕔10:34, 3.Dec 2014

Contrary to popular opinion, Britain’s 1.4m landlords are actually an ethical bunch and 77% of tenants rate their current landlords as  “good” or “excellent” Despite being broadly happy, more than half of all tenants want their landlord to do more

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Private UK Landlords required to check immigration status – Immigration Act 2014

Private UK Landlords required to check immigration status – Immigration Act 2014

🕔15:37, 18.Nov 2014

The Immigration Bill received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014 and the provisions relating to letting of private property are gradually being introduced. From 1 December this year private landlords will be required to check the immigration status of tenants

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Buy to let rental yield…what is it and how is it calculated?!

Buy to let rental yield…what is it and how is it calculated?!

🕔14:39, 18.Nov 2014

The simplest calculation of rental yield involves dividing a property’s price by the yearly rent. Take the real example of a flat priced at £500,000 commanding a rent of £850 per week. The yield is 8.8pc, arrived at by dividing

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Majority of UK landlords do not know about the immigration status law change

Majority of UK landlords do not know about the immigration status law change

🕔13:54, 4.Nov 2014

A new survey has found that the majority of UK landlords are unaware of imminent legislation that will require them to check the immigration status of their tenants. From 1 December, checks will need to be made on all adults

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UK Landlords own over half of the new homes built in the last decade

UK Landlords own over half of the new homes built in the last decade

🕔16:12, 28.Oct 2014

Private landlords now own almost one out of five homes in Britain and they will buy a further million in the next five years, according to new research highlighting the phenomenal growth of buy-to-let. The figure, along with other startling

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🕔09:40, 9.Oct 2014

One in four landlords say letting property is more stressful than they expected and two thirds admit they are more stressed now than a year ago. The survey for UK Landlord Tax show that the biggest contributing factors are late

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