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KEYWORD "Chancellor" - 250 RESULTS
Labour to review tax reliefs applying to private rental sector

Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves has told the Labour Party conference that if her party wins the next General Election she will...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Potential ‘cliff edge’ for renters and landlords as furlough winds up

Private tenants and landlords across the country face a cliff edge as the end of furlough coincides with cuts to benefit...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Chancellor urged to encourage landlord investment in rental sector

The chancellor Rishi Sunak has been urged to make it more attractive for landlords to invest in the private rental sector. Sunak...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Demand at five year high thanks to Covid relaxation - trade group

Demand for private rental housing is now at a five year high according to the National Residential Landlords Association. In the association’s...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

 Activists want HMRC to remove tax perks from holiday lets

Baroness Alicia Kennedy, director of the Generation Rent campaign, says rents in Wales, Scotland and South West England have soared thanks...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax Take: Petition for Sunak to close holiday lets tax loophole

A tenant who says his former rental property has been turned into an Airbnb has set up a petition demanding Chancellor...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Large independent signs exclusive PropTech deal for two years

The independent Chancellors agency chain has signed an exclusive contract to use The Lettings Hub pre-tenancy platform BOX for the next...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency apologises following office protest by activists

A lettings agency has apologised after a campaign by activists about the condition of a rental property it manages. Protesters outside the...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour’s new housing chief wants to work with Tories to scrap S21

Labour’s Lucy Powell, the party’s new housing spokesperson, says she wants to work with the Conservatives to scrap Section 21 eviction...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists slam “reckless” end to eviction ban after 15 months

The head of the tenants’ campaign group Generation Rent has condemned the government as “reckless” for ending the eviction ban on May...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists stage DSS protest outside agency office

Activists from the Acorn renters' campaign group have held a protest outside a branch of Chancellors in Oxford. The group says the...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday extension and 95% mortgages to generate more revenue for agents

The property market has performed strongly in recent months  as the impact of the pandemic has encouraged more people to move...

07 April 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Blow to lettings sector as Green Homes Grant axed

The initiative which the government hoped would transform energy efficiency in the private rental sector is being axed this week. The Green...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Uncertain market means additional revenue streams are more important than ever

Uncertain market means additional revenue streams are more important than ever The last year has been an uncertain period for many business...

18 March 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Buy To Let and Build To Rent win big investment despite pandemic

Some £3.5 billion of investment was placed in the growing Build To Rent sector in 2020, despite concerns over the pandemic...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Yet another Eviction Ban extension - and then it will 'taper off'

The government has announced a further extension to the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in England until May 31. At that point...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter hits out over “window dressing” policy for tenants

Campaigning charity Shelter has criticised Chancellor Rishi Sunak for allegedly leaving “far more people on the brink of homelessness than homeownership.”  Chief...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove’s David Cox to discuss Pets and Budget fallout for lettings

Rightmove’s David Cox - formerly of the Association of Residential Letting Agents - is to talk through the Budget fallout for...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let purchase surge likely thanks to SDLT extension

A property lawyer is forecasting a surge in buy to let purchasing in the coming months as the stamp duty extension...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ anger that Budget didn’t offer cash help for rental sector

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it’s disappointed the Budget failed to address the funding of the private rental sector.  “Extending...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Budget Briefing for Letting Agents - the key announcements

This afternoon's Budget has seen dramatic announcements from Chancellor Rishi Sunak referring to the private rental sector. For landlords buying properties, the stamp...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax changes likely in autumn, not tomorrow - experts

A leading tax expert is forecasting that Chancellor Rishi Sunak will duck making any changes to CGT in tomorrow’s Budget and...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Budget: Will it hurt or help the private rental sector?

A leading PropTech expert says the lettings industry hopes next week’s Budget will provide clarity on taxes - but he’s also...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Sunak warned on property taxes - Don’t use us to pay Covid debts!

A prominent industry figure is warning Chancellor Rishi Sunak not to use property taxes to bail out the government over the costs...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency warns that landlords seriously worried by CGT threat

An agency is warning that possible Capital Gains Tax changes are now a cause of major worry to their landlord customers.  Barrows and...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnbs and Holiday Homes should not have tax perks denied to Buy To Let

A call has gone out for the longer-term buy to let rental sector to have a similar tax regime as the largely-unregulated...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents tell government - Use Budget to help private rental sector

ARLA Propertymark has issued a list of 10 demands for Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s long-awaited Budget on March 3, with a financial...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents tell government: Get a grip on rental debt

Letting agents have joined forces with other players in the rental industry to demand the government finally get a grip on...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets body wants public cash for lost lockdown income

A trade body wants the government to ensure its latest lockdown grants cover short lets businesses. The UK Short Term Accommodation Association...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Pressure now on Sunak to raise stamp duty on buy to lets - claim

A leading property law expert says there is now pressure on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to raise stamp duty on buy to...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Future agency mergers and acquisitions could be hit by tax hike

A warning has been issued by one of the most acquisitive letting agencies that future mergers and takeovers could be hit...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Make business rate cut permanent! Agents’ demand help

ARLA Propertymark wants the government to make the current business rates exemption for High Street branches permanent. The exemption, introduced in the spring...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Arrears set to worsen as a result of Sunak’s LHA freeze

There’s widespread concern that a freeze on the Local Housing Allowance will worsen rental arrears. Although Chancellor Rishi Sunak failed to mention...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Help our tenants! ARLA demands government grants to cover arrears

ARLA Propertymark is one of seven trade and charity groups calling on the government to help bail out private renters with...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Private tenants should get bigger benefits says Generation Rent

Generation Rent’s campaign for more public funds for private tenants continues unabated with a call on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to increase...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

No more taxes: Agents warn government on CGT

ARLA Propertymark has issued a warning to government not to use Capital Gains Tax reform to further punish the private rental...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax hike risks mass exodus from buy to let - claim

A prominent agent and industry commentator says the threat of higher Capital Gains Tax risks forcing yet more investors to quit...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest eviction ban - is it even legal?

A top property law firm is questioning whether the government’s current eviction moratorium - effectively banning evictions until mid-January at the...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban by the back door! Top lawyer slams bailiffs’ move

A top property lawyer says a recent decision by bailiffs not to forcibly evict anyone in Tier 2 and Tier 3 is an...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Short Lets group demands public cash to survive Covid crisis

The new trade group representing short lets operators is asking the government to make sure the short lets sector is specifically...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

We Need Public Cash - short lets sector appeals directly to Sunak

The fledgling trade association representing short lets companies wants public cash and other forms of aid to help the sector through winter. Merilee...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Sunak's schemes not enough to help rental sector - trade body

A leading trade body has broadly welcomed the Winter Economy Plan outlined by Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday, but says this still...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Why did Chancellor ignore private rental sector? asks lettings guru

A leading figure in the private rental sector says the lettings industry has been largely ignored once again by Chancellor Rishi...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents link with critics to demand public cash for renters

ARLA and the NRLA have teamed up with charities - some usually critical of letting agents and landlords - to lobby...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Warm welcome for eco-grants given by lettings trade body

The National Residential Landlords Association is giving the thumbs up to the government’s Green Homes Grant, which it claims has taken...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Give tenants power to trigger energy improvements - Generation Rent

Campaign group Generation Rent says private tenants could miss out on an energy efficiency drive if they are not given the...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents in demand thanks to stamp duty holiday, reports website

A lettings agent comparison website, Rentround, says the stamp duty holiday has spurred existing and would-be landlords to search for new...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

CGT Threat: Propertymark warns government not to hurt buy to let

Propertymark is the latest industry body to warn the government against Capital Gains Tax changes that may disincentivise landlords. A joint statement...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Investors won’t sell if CGT changes target buy to let - warning

There’s a warning that buy to let investors will simply hold on to properties and not sell them if rumoured Capital...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax review may spell bad news for buy to let

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has requested a review of Capital Gains Tax rules from the Office for Tax Simplification - leading to...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing minister enters row over Labour “bung” accusation

Housing minister Chris Pincher has entered the row over Labour claiming that the stamp duty holiday announced last week was in...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour says stamp duty holiday is “a bung for landlords”

Labour has described the stamp duty holiday introduced last week as “a £1.3 billion bung for landlords” because the tax break...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Campaigning Baroness slams Sunak over possible “mass homelessness”

Former Labour Baroness Alicia Kennedy, the new director of the campaign group Generation Rent, claims 500,000 renters are in arrears as...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Big regional agency chain signs up with deposit insurance provider

Chancellors, the independent agency chain with over 50 offices across southern England and mid Wales, is launching a deposit-free renting option. Working with...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mystery surrounds backers of “let’s pay no rent” campaign

Three groups of rental activists have demanded the government scrap all rent payments immediately and cancel all arrears - but mystery...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour’s rent holiday plan slammed as “unhelpful and very divisive”

Labour’s latest suggestion for the private rental sector - a rent holiday for tenants during the Coronavirus crisis - has been...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

“Give landlords 80% guaranteed rent” demands controversial agency

Part of the controversial Spicerhaart empire want the government to guarantee that some landlords receive 80 per cent of their usual...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

All court possession orders suspended immediately

All court possession orders are being suspended from today as part of the changes to the private rental sector to cope...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Help for self employed agents and new lettings info: Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to the latest Conquering Corona - our guide for agents to get through these challenging times. Please let us...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Budget “fails tenants” say trade groups - but at least no new rental taxes…

The Budget has failed tenants by doing nothing to increase the supply of private rental property according to two lettings sector...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Slash Capital Gains Tax on rental sales, Chancellor urged

A trade group’s submission to the Treasury ahead of next month’s Budget includes a call for the new Chancellor to slash...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Government policy on rental sector is a failure says trade body

The government has failed the private rental sector says the Residential Landlords Association. In a statement released even before the resignation of...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour ditches Right To Buy for private tenants

Labour has dropped its controversial policy under which private tenants would have been able to buy their homes at a discount. Press...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour tones down Right To Buy proposal for private rental tenants

Labour’s controversial proposal to oblige landlords to sell their buy to let properties to tenants who wished to purchase them, unveiled...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Further criticism of Labour's controversial Right to Buy plans

A group of landlords in the North East are the latest to criticise Labour's plans to introduce a Right to Buy...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour's private rental policies too thin on detail, says RICS

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has accused Labour of being thin on detail when it comes to the housing policies...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s controversial right to buy could work, if landlords benefit too

A leading PropTech chief says there is nothing inherently wrong with private tenants being given the right to buy their property,...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

We want ‘sensible’ rent controls says Labour Party think thank

A Labour think tank considered on the right wing of the party says it wants rent controls that make a difference...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s buy to let sell-off could lose landlords over £18,000 each

More details have emerged about Labour’s controversial proposal to allow private rental tenants that right to buy their landlord’s property, at...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour Right To Buy policy dismissed as “damaging and distorted”

As the row over Labour’s proposal rumbles on the think tank Centre for Policy Studies - which has previously argued that...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

ARLA joins criticism of Labour’s private tenant right to buy policy

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents appears to have joined the chorus of criticism against Labour’s controversial right to buy policy...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s War: Tories and lettings chiefs tear into Labour Right To Buy plans

There’s been a fierce outcry from Conservative MPs and the lettings industry in response to Labour’s threat to give private rental...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock Labour proposal for private tenants to have ‘right to buy’

Labour has this morning pledged to introduce a shock new policy if it wins the next general election - giving private...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Government accused of almost destroying traditional lettings market”

One of Britain’s most experienced lettings experts has condemned the government for “almost singlehandedly destroying the traditional lettings market.” Lisa Simon -...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock Labour claim that agents will increase tenant fees until June

A senior Labour politician claims that “unscrupulous” letting agents are hammering tenants with higher-than-usual charges between now and June 1 when...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Party conference season – what was said about the rental market?

The party conferences of the two main political parties threw up some interesting developments with regards to housing and the rental...

06 November 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Growing fear of hidden threat to rental sector in Budget small print

Rental sector experts are expressing growing fears that the relatively low-key Budget announcements made on Monday could herald something more dramatic...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour threat to create private rental register and more licensing

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has made a clear pledge to tighten regulations surrounding the private rental sector. In an interview with The...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Boring Budget? - lettings industry downbeat at lacklustre measures

The agency industry has reacted in a broadly downbeat way at the relatively few housing-related proposals that were announced in yesterday’s...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Note to Chancellor - scrap stamp duty and capital gains tax surcharges

The first of the industry trade bodies to issue a series of demands for this month’s Budget is the National Landlords Association...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

October 29 - a nervous date for agents' diaries

Here’s a date which the private rental sector may want to make a note of…even if it is with some nervousness. The...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Opposition grows to threat of another stamp duty attack on buy to let

Opposition is growing fast to the threat of another stamp duty attack on the buy to let sector, rumoured to be...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

He's at it again - now buy to let multi-millionaire evicts single mothers

Newspapers in Kent are reporting that controversial buy to let multi-millionaire Fergus Wilson has evicted four single mothers from his properties...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says proportion of homes let by 'firms' has hit all-time high

Some 18 per cent of properties let in the first half of 2018 were registered in the name of a company...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government pledges to consult on longer private tenancies

The government has announced that it is to formally consult on proposals for longer tenancies in the private rental sector. Although there...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Leading Conservative says government should cut tax for rental sector

A leading Conservative peer says the government should cut taxes for buy to let investors and regard them as part of...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Another £1.4m of public funding for PropTech 'help tenants buy' projects

The government says that later this year it will allocate a further £1.4m to PropTech firms looking at how tenants’ rent...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body says tax increases are choking off rental investment

A trade body says new figures released by the independent Office for Budget Responsibility show that the government’s recent tax increases...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Strong growth in property investor numbers - at least until recently

An analysis of data released by HM Revenue and Customs shows that 1.9 million people earned money from property in 2015-16...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Limited company buy to let purchases outstrip remortgaging

Almost three-quarters of buy to let mortgage transactions made by landlords operating via limited companies in the final quarter of last...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent Recognition Challenge - government launches tech competition

The government is offering £2m to budding PropTech and financial technology entrepreneurs who can develop an application that will enable Britain’s 11...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Mandatory adding of rent payments to credit scores is now a step closer

The House of Lords has given the Creditworthiness Assessment Bill its second reading and a step forward to ensuring that tenants’...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Mystery surrounds 'longer tenancies' consultation announced in Budget

The industry is awaiting details of the latest government consultation concerning the private rental sector which will consider longer tenancies. The consultation...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget: Stamp Duty reform, More new homes, possible longer tenancies

Stamp duty reform for first time buyers has taken pride of place in the Budget speech of Chancellor Phillip Hammond.   From today,...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector directly diminished by stamp duty surcharge - claim

Over two thirds of landlords are reluctant to invest in new properties as a result of the stamp duty surcharge on...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Senior Build To Rent figure spells out his hopes for the Budget

One of the senior figures in the UK’s burgeoning Build To Rent sector has called on the Chancellor to help this...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

'Help the rental sector solve the housing crisis' Chancellor is told

A leading accountancy and business advice consultancy says residential landlords who want to downsize their portfolios because of recent tax changes...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Another big rise in buy to let mortgage lending to companies

There’s been another large increase in the number of buy to let mortgages sought by limited companies - they accounted for...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Tell the Chancellor what he should do ... but please, be polite

Now you have a rare opportunity to tell Phillip Hammond and Treasury civil servants exactly where they are going wrong with...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council working with HMRC to expose tax-evading private landlords

A council claims that up to 13,000 private landlords are “of interest” to HM Revenue and Customs, where there are alleged...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Confidence ebbing away in private rental sector, says trade body

Buy to let investors are losing confidence in their ability to rely on steady rental yields, according to recent figures from...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed - over 20 per cent of MPs are landlords

New research by Channel 4 reveals that 123 MPs - just over one fifth of the total - let out at...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body welcomes government U-turn on digitisation deadline

A trade body has welcomed a government U-turn on implementing the ‘Making Tax Digital’ initiative - but it says the decision...

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

UK rental growth slows as London goes negative, index claims

The average rent of a new letting in the UK grew by 0.24 per cent in the first six months of...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Paragon says investors want government to scrap BTL tax changes

Paragon Mortgages says its most recent survey of buy to let investors makes it clear that the vast majority want the...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Figures debunk myth that buy to let investors are wealthy

Far from being wealthy property investors, two thirds of individual landlords pay merely the basic rate of income tax according to...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban confirmed by Queen's Speech

The Queen’s Speech, outlining the government’s proposals for the next two years, has confirmed a pledge to introduce a ban on...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Campaigning agent tells lettings sector: change is coming

A prominent campaigner over the misappropriation of rental deposits has welcomed the news that government proposals to ban letting agent fees...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax change leads to huge fall in growth for private rental sector

Research by a lettings sector trade body shows that net growth of units within the private rental sector - that is,...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords will still use letting agents after fees ban - claim

The substantial majority of landlords who now use letting agents will continue to do so even if they see their premiums...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Will Hammond's incorporation clampdown hit buy to let?

There was a sigh of relief amongst the lettings industry that yesterday's Budget introduced no new property taxes - but concern...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let tax changes - opponents launch new website

The campaign against the phased reduction in landlords' mortgage interest tax relief is continuing with the opening of a new website,...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget: No new property taxes - but landlords may still be hit

Chancellor Phillip Hammond has introduced no new property taxes in his Spring Budget - but a clampdown on those setting up...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

The Great Buy To Let Debate 2017 - who said what

Letting Agent Today’s Conor Shilling was in the audience of The Great Buy To Let Debate - always one of the...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group names MPs to target over buy to let tax changes

The Residential Landlords Association has listed key MPs in marginal constituencies who should be lobbied ahead of the March 8 Budget...

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants face rent rises of 30% warns ex-Bank of England chief

Tenants face potential rent increases of between 20 and 30 per cent as a result of tax rises hitting landlords, says...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let tax opponents pledge shock and awe on Shelter

Opponents of the proposed change to mortgage interest tax relief for landlords have promised what they call a “shock and awe”...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Economists asked to assess impact of buy to let tax changes

A trade group has commissioned a firm of economists to look at how the government’s mortgage interest tax relief change -...

14 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let pleads to be kept at centre of White Paper's rental plans

The Residential Landlords Association has made a last-minute plea for buy to let investors to remain central to the government’s plans...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing firm raises concern over agents' fees ban

Tenant referencing and insurance firm FCC Paragon says its own referencing sector, as well as independent letting agents and smaller corporate...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body sets out seven-point wish-list for March Budget

The Residential Landlords Association has been quick off the mark to issue what it calls a seven point wish list to...

27 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents' fee ban: Tory MP warns of unintended consequences

A Tory MP has taken to the internet to warn against what he calls the “unintended consequences” of a ban on...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Bid to ban letting agents' fees on tenants in another part of the UK

Letting agents’ fees levied on tenants - already banned in Scotland and now likely to be banned in England according to...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Another big rise in company applications for buy to let mortgages

There is yet more evidence that an increasing number of buy to let investors are setting up companies to offset the...

06 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Substantial majority of letting agents expect rent rises in 2017

Some 80 per cent of letting agents say they expect rents to rise next year.   In the latest market survey by the...

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks join clamour for caps on agents' fees on tenants

Letting agencies and landlords must club together to campaign for a cap on agents' fees charged to tenants, rather than an...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents will unpreventably rise because of fees ban, warns ARLA

Rents will "unpreventably rise" thanks to the government's proposed ban on letting agency fees levied on tenants and because of its...

01 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Advice from a letting agent where fees are already banned

The managing director of one of the most prominent letting agencies in Edinburgh and Glasgow - where agents’ fees on tenants...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency claims some tenants think deposit and rent are ''agent fees'

A letting agency says the scale of confusion over letting agents’ fees is such that some tenants actually believe the deposit...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents fear fees ban will damage quality of references and services

Many agencies have spoken out in dismay at the announcement by government that letting agency fees on tenants would be banned...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Could portals have done more to stop fees ban being considered?

Lettings guru David Lawrenson has given an unusual perspective on the government’s commitment to ban letting agents’ fees on tenants in...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Hammond confirms fee ban - and no change to buy to let tax or stamp duty

Phillip Hammond has delivered his first Autumn Statement, tackling amongst other things, what he called “the housing challenge.” The speech made no...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - government WILL ban letting agents' fees on tenants

The government will today announce that it is banning letting agents’ fees levied on tenants - meaning the fees will instead...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Top agency says government seen as anti-landlord, pure and simple

More than 92 per cent of landlords believe the government is anti-landlord and want the Chancellor to back them in this...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent rips into landlord survey of buy to let 'quitters'

A lettings agent has poured scorn on a survey suggesting a quarter of landlords are about to quit buy to let,...

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

A quarter of buy to let investors will quit, warns trade body

A survey of 1,000 buy to let investors by the Residential Landlords’ Association shows that around a quarter are saying they...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body launches e-postcard campaign over buy to let taxes

The National Landlords Association has launched an e-postcard campaign for letting agent and landlord members to lobby the government over the...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let valuations drop 13.3% in a year says Connells

Buy to let activity has contracted by over an eighth in the past 12 months according to Connells Group's survey and...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage chief demands government support for rental sector

A leading mortgage industry spokesman says he hopes Theresa May's "more balanced approach" to housing policy will trigger government support for...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Want to know about buy to let tax change problems? It's all here...

Some of the property professionals behind the campaign against the changes to buy to let landlords’ taxation have compiled a comprehensive...

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body ramps up buy to let tax pressure on Chancellor

In its latest bid to push Chancellor Phillip Hammond to back down on buy to let tax changes, the Residential Landlords...

24 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body urges major tax breaks to boost Build To Rent

The British Property Federation is urging Chancellor Phillip Hammond to bring in tax measures to help the purpose-built Build To Rent...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Tory peer renews attack on his party over buy to let tax grab

A senior Conservative peer has renewed his attack on his own party over the buy to let tax grab on landlords,...

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Failure for landlords trying to overturn buy to let mortgage interest change

The attempt to seek a Judicial Review of legislation reducing the mortgage interest tax relief for landlords has failed. The case was...

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry group steps up pressure against buy to let tax change

As the Conservatives meet at their annual conference and Chancellor Phillip Hammond considers next month’s Autumn Statement, an industry body has...

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade body restates how buy to let sector could solve housing crisis

The chairman of the Residential Landlords’ Association has restated how he sees the private rental sector could help solve the country’s...

08 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency chief turned MP is calling for new buy to let tax break

Kevin Hollinrake - the founder of franchise agency Hunters and now a Conservative MP - is calling for a cut in...

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Another rental group speaks out against buy to let tax changes

The Scottish Association of Landlords - which represents letting agents as well as landlords north of the border - has spoken...

16 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Government provides details of buy to let interest tax relief change

Any lingering hope that the buy to let sector might have of a rethink by the new Chancellor over restructuring mortgage...

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

New Chancellor has been buy to let investor - so will policies change?

The new Chancellor appointed by Prime Minister Theresa May has been ‘outed’ as a former buy to let landlord - raising...

18 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Hammond urged to 'delete all and start again' on buy to let taxes

New Chancellor Phillip Hammond has been urged by an industry trade group to reset the government’s approach to taxing the buy...

15 July 2016

From: Breaking News

MP and agency founder backs bid to cut buy to let Capital Gains Tax

A campaign to reduce Capital Gains Tax paid by landlords when selling their rented home to sitting tenants has won the...

01 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank issues dire warning about buy to let market and house prices

Deutsche Bank has issued a dire warning about the buy to let market in the UK, along with a broadside warning...

20 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax and mortgage interest relief are top worries for landlords

The exemption of residential property from the new Capital Gains Tax cuts tops the list of concerns expressed by professional landlords...

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Big rise in landlords incorporating in bid to avoid buy to let tax grab

A mortgage firm specialising in buy to let products says lending to landlords set up as limited companies surged in the...

13 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Developers and investors lobby government for more Build To Rent

Developers and investors have written to housing minister Brandon Lewis proposing a three-point action plan that could see more than 250,000...

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords avoiding benefits tenants due to Osborne's tax changes

Landlords are looking to house tenants less likely to miss rental payments in order to minimise the impact of a number...

27 May 2016

From: Breaking News

142% surge in buy to let mortgages (mostly thanks to George Osborne)

Chancellor George Osborne’s stamp duty surcharge imposed on landlords and other second home buyers from April 1 prompted an enormous 142...

18 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Investors 'giving away' £110,000 buy to let flat in anti-Osborne protest

Two professional property investors are giving away a Manchester flat valued at £110,000 in a protest against Chancellor George Osborne’s attacks...

25 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Storm damage, broken pipes and break-ins top lettings insurance claims

An analysis of 100,000 buy to let insurance policies reveals that storm damage, burst pipes and damage from break-ins are the...

19 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Private rents will rise to pay for Osborne tax changes, trade body warns

Almost all landlords are considering increasing rents to pay for the higher taxes they now face. According to a survey by the...

15 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Decision on judicial review of buy to let tax changes expected to be known soon

The people behind the campaign to seek a judicial review of the buy to let tax changes proposed by Chancellor George...

06 April 2016

From: Breaking News

A real Tory chancellor wouldn't persecute buy to let landlords

An outspoken attack on Chancellor George Osborne’s fiscal measures against the private rental sector have questioned whether he is really a...

04 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Media criticism building against Osborne's buy to let attacks

More criticism of Chancellor George Osborne’s raft of buy to let reforms has appeared in the mainstream media, with much emphasis...

01 April 2016

From: Breaking News

ARLA chief gives dire warning about image of private lettings sector

The managing director of the Association of Residential Letting Agents says urgent action is necessary “to make the prospect of being...

31 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Details of stricter buy to let mortgage criteria may be released today

The Bank of England has released new buy to let mortgage underwriting standards which are expected to set out stricter borrowing...

29 March 2016

From: Breaking News

HMRC and Treasury respond to legal challenge to buy to let tax changes

HM Revenue & Customs and the Treasury have at last responded to the legal team representing two landlords challenging beleaguered Chancellor...

24 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents and landlords disappointed with budget of 'missed opportunity'

Yesterday George Osborne delivered his eighth budget as chancellor, announcing an extra £3.5 billion in spending cuts by 2019-20. The Office for...

17 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Budget: Further tax details expected as stamp duty takes centre stage

Later today chancellor George Osborne will make his latest budget speech. It has been speculated that the announcement could include new measures...

16 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Current buy to let changes won't help first time buyers, Savills warns

Not one of the raft of buy to let rule changes being introduced by Chancellor George Osborne - ostensibly to help...

01 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Major buy to let lender woos landlords who have formed companies

Paragon Mortgages, one of the most influential buy to let lenders, has upgraded its website to allow intermediaries to submit applications...

23 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Legal challenge to Osborne buy to let tax change to be filed by tomorrow

The latest step in the legal challenge to Chancellor George Osborne’s proposal to limit landlords’ mortgage interest tax relief comes in...

16 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Top lettings analyst says buy to let changes may mean higher rent, less stock

One of the country‘s leading rental sector analysts is warning that tax changes for landlords’ mortgage interest relief, and the imminent...

10 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Here's the letter outlining legal challenge to Osborne's buy to let tax change

The two landlords mounting a legal challenge to the mortgage interest tax changes proposed by Chancellor George Osborne have released a...

09 February 2016

From: Breaking News

More threats that buy to let investors may quit private rental sector

Around a fifth of investors plan to sell their buy to let properties this year, thanks to the recent measures against...

08 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Osborne has slashed rental sector confidence 'to below crisis levels'

Landlords’ confidence in the buy to let sector has collapsed to an all-time low and is now “worse than levels witnessed...

03 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Lawyers fire first broadside in legal challenge to buy to let tax change

The legal challenge to Chancellor George Osborne’s controversial buy to let tax change is underway with a letter sent to HMRC...

02 February 2016

From: Breaking News

It's over - petition against buy to let tax change fails to reach target

Just over 60,000 people have signed an online petition urging MPs to reconsider the controversial buy to let mortgage interest tax...

29 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let boom as mortgage firm reveals 80% surge in business

Paragon Mortgages, one of the buy to let sector’s biggest and best-known lenders, says its buy to let lending in the...

28 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Carney on the warpath again about buy to let 'threat to economy'

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has again spoken out about possible “threats” to the economy posed by the increase in...

27 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent rises will outstrip buy to let tax rises, predicts letting agency chief

George Osborne has done more for the rental market than any other chancellor in history claims Marc von Grundherr, lettings director...

21 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Petition against buy to let tax unlikely to hit 100,000 signature target

An online petition aiming to get 100,000 signatures expressing opposition to Chancellor George Osborne’s buy to let tax changes looks certain...

21 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body taking advice on legality of Osborne buy to let tax changes

The Residential Landlords’ Association is taking legal advice on whether George Osborne’s buy to let tax changes are a breach of...

20 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Warning: choose 'efficient' conveyancers to beat stamp duty deadline

Fleet Mortgages is telling clients to choose an efficient conveyancer if they are buying an investment property with a view to...

20 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Carney repeats buy to let warnings as he rules out imminent rate rise

The governor of the Bank of England has ruled out an immediate rise in interest rates because of the turmoil in...

20 January 2016

From: Breaking News

'The market will stop lenders overcharging buy to let limited companies' claim

A specialist buy to let lender says some mainstream mortgage companies are over-charging borrowers who have incorporated in order to minimise...

19 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage constraints 'pushing landlords to peer-to-peer lenders'

A financial analyst says current buy to let mortgage constraints - with a strong possibility of more later this year - may...

18 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let tax changes to hurt UK buyers more than foreign investors

Chancellor George Osborne’s buy to let tax proposals are set to hit domestic buyers far more than international investors, according to...

12 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let market will dip despite recent mortgage surge, warns Hometrack

Buy To Let mortgage lending grew 17 per cent in 2015 but faces a potential slump after April, according to property...

05 January 2016

From: Breaking News

No government U-turn likely on buy to let onslaught, says landlords' chief

Chancellor George Osborne has “effectively declared war on individual landlords” according to the Residential Landlords’ Association - but don’t expect a...

05 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Legal challenge to Osborne's buy to let tax changes after £50,000 raised

The latest £50,000 target to fund a legal challenge to Chancellor George Osborne’s proposed tax changes for buy to let landlords...

04 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Anti-tax change petition gets 47,000 signatures with four weeks to go

An online petition seeking the reversal of the Osborne clampdown on buy to let tax breaks has secured around 47,000 signatures...

31 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let stamp duty surcharge: government asks ‘should there be exemptions?’

The government is asking whether its proposed three per cent stamp duty surcharge on the purchase of second and subsequent homes...

30 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Legal challenge mounted to Osborne's buy to let tax changes

The man behind the Platinum Property Partners company are mounting a legal challenge to this year’s buy to let tax changes...

30 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Leading agent claims buy to let tax changes have 'very negligible impact'

Buy to let tax relief is still set to total around £15 billion annually even after changes to tax relief are introduced,...

21 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Top agency blasts government attack on Ordinary Joe landlords

Hunters Estate Agents have taken the unusual step for a public company of criticising the government - in this case over...

18 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let targeted as Scotland slaps extra 3% duty on 'additional homes'

Scottish finance minister John Swinney is to introduce a three per cent surcharge on the full purchase price of all ‘additional...

17 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Senior agent urges caution over setting-up buy to let limited companies

One of Britain’s most senior letting agency bosses is warning landlords to take care if considering setting up a limited company...

17 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let 3% extra duty: today we discover whether it applies across all UK

The Scottish Government is to announce today whether it is replicating the three per cent stamp duty hike on buy to...

16 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Country agency asks: are Tories restricting supply of rural homes to let?

The rural agency team at Bidwells says it is concerned the Conservative government may - by accident or design - be...

15 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Surge in buy to let valuations as landlords try to beat deadlines

The buy to let market has experienced annual growth of no less than 26 per cent between November 2014 and last...

11 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Leading accountant slams Osborne's buy to let tax break change

A former president of the Association of Taxation Technicians has made a strong defence of buy to let investors who, she...

09 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty hike may hit new-build volumes warns leading developer

The chairman of Berkeley Homes is warning that George Osborne’s latest three per cent stamp duty hike for buy to let...

07 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let stamp duty hike will push demand for smaller properties - Savills

The research team at high-end lettings and estate agency Savills says the controversial three per cent ‘additional property’ stamp duty introduced...

04 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Remarkable article praises buy to let and attacks Tories for killing it

It is not often that a national newspaper dedicates an article to praising buy to let - and even rarer for...

30 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agents and landlords angry at buy to let stamp duty 'surcharge'

There’s been an angry reaction from letting agents and landlords to the shock news that an additional three per cent stamp...

26 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Don't demonise Tory-supporting landlords, government is told

The head of a landlords’ association has warned the Conservative government not to demonise buy to let investors who typically have...

16 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords' tax sell-off will reduce London rental supply

Franchise letting agency giant Winkworth is warning that London’s tenants face higher rents as some landlords sell investment properties in the...

13 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Central London buy to let to be hurt by Osborne tax changes

A prominent buying agent active in prime central London says the capital’s high end buy to let market will become less...

06 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Labour MP and veteran agency founder clash over rent controls

Labour MP David Lammy and Kevin Hollinrake, the founder of Hunters - and now a Conservative MP - have clashed online...

03 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Petition against buy to let tax changes passes 35,000 signatures

The online petition opposing the proposed tax changes for buy to let landlords has now reached 35,000 signatures - but is...

30 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Wear and tear tax change to hit rural lettings hard, warns accountant

The Chancellor’s proposed change to wear and tear tax allowance in the rental sector will hit rural lettings particularly hard, according...

30 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Tax body highlights 'complexity and confusion' of buy to let tax change

While almost every lettings organisation has been up in arms at the raft of tax changes for landlords suggested by Chancellor...

26 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let mortgage market booms despite cloud over future lending

The prospect of lending restraints for landlords next year has done little to deter lenders offering a wide range of deals...

23 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Top accountancy body slams Osborne's unthought-through BTL tax plans

“Unthought-through”, “unfair and unreasonable” and leading to “extreme confusion” - those are the thoughts of Britain’s leading professional accounting body on...

19 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Petition against buy to let tax change a waste of time says industry group

The online petition against the government's proposed tax changes for buy to let investors is "a waste of time" according to...

12 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Ignore campaigns against tax break changes urges FT columnist

A columnist on FT Adviser - an online service for financial advisers and clients - says buy to let investors have...

09 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Government rules out any re-think on restricting buy to let tax breaks

The government is ruling out any re-think on its proposals to reduce buy to let tax breaks from next year. The Financial...

08 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Industry body rejects Labour claims on rents and buy to let tax breaks

There has been a sharp and rapid rebuttal of comments made by new shadow chancellor John McDonnell suggesting that private sector...

29 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let reforms will push most landlords into high-rate tax

Over 60 per cent of private sector landlords face being pushed from the basic to higher rates of income tax as...

24 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Government unfair and incoherent on buy to let tax

The government’s response to the online petition against proposed tax changes for buy to let investors is “unfair, incoherent and missing...

17 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Newspaper challenges Osborne's buy to let tax figures

The Daily Telegraph has undertaken an interesting exercise which effectively challenges Chancellor George Osborne’s assertion that buy to let tax changes...

16 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Zoopla chief backs campaign against buy to let tax changes

The chief executive of Zoopla has thrown his weight behind opposition to the government’s proposed restrictions on buy to let tax...

15 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Britain's biggest landlord raises rent 33% - and blames Osborne

The country’s biggest buy to let landlord is to raise rents by up to 33 per cent, and puts the blame...

14 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let tax protest petition tops 25,000 signatures

If supporters of Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget restrictions on tax breaks for buy to let landlords thought opposition would die off...

07 September 2015

From: Breaking News

20% of landlords to quit because of tax break change - claim

A firm of specialist solicitors claims that one in five landlords say they will be “out of business due to government...

01 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Petition against buy to let tax change gets 20,000 signatures

The petition against the proposed tax changes outlined by Chancellor George Osborne in last month’s Budget has now achieved 20,000 signatures. This...

28 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agent plays down impact of buy to let tax change

A London letting agency is playing down the impact of Chancellor George Osborne’s proposed changes to buy to let tax breaks,...

18 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents, landlords, investors urged to 'saynotoGeorge'

A new website - www.saynotogeorge.co.uk - has been set up as a nucleus for opposition to Chancellor George Osborne’s proposals to...

13 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Over a quarter of landlords' income goes on mortgages

New figures from a landlords’ organisation show that mortgage repayments are easily the biggest outgoing for a large proportion of landlords.  The...

11 August 2015

From: Breaking News

6,300 sign online petition against ending BTL tax breaks

An online petition demanding the reinstatement of buy to let landlords' tax breaks has so far attracted 6,300-plus signatures. The petition, which...

03 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Survey confirms buy to let tax clampdown will raise rents

A survey for a lettings organisation has confirmed the belief that the government’s removal of tax breaks on landlords will almost...

22 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Warning over tactics to avoid BTL tax clampdown

An accountancy firm is warning that there are pitfalls in trying to avoid the higher taxation which will result from the...

20 July 2015

From: Breaking News

40,000 lettings properties damaged each year - claim

An estimated 400,000 landlords in the UK - that’s approaching three in every 10 - have had their property damaged by...

20 July 2015

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage sector damaged by Osborne tax move - analyst

The specialist buy to let mortgage sector is set to be an unexpected victim of the buy to let tax changes...

16 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Institute for Fiscal Studies slams Osborne's BTL changes

The independent Institute for Fiscal Studies has described the justification given by Chancellor George Osborne for curbing tax breaks for buy to...

14 July 2015

From: Breaking News

BTL tax changes will hit amateur landlords most warns agent

One of Britain’s senior letting agents says the people likely to be hit hardest by changes of the buy to let...

13 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Room-rental sector set to explode, predicts lodging expert

Changes announced to the amount of money ordinary home owners can secure, tax-free, from letting out rooms in their homes have...

13 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords' plans will change in wake of tax relief cut

Wednesday’s budget proved a grim viewing for those who have worked in the rental sector for some time and watched the...

10 July 2015

From: Features

Summer Budget's fiddly tax changes well worth a second glance

This week the Chancellor, George Osborne, delivered the first Conservative Budget for almost 20 years. While Mr Osborne claimed that it marked...

10 July 2015

From: Features

Anger continues as industry measures buy to let tax hit

There has been no let-up in the anger expressed by sections of the buy to let sector after Chancellor George Osborne...

10 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let tax blow delivered by Osborne

Chancellor George Osborne has announced that mortgage interest tax relief for buy-to-let homebuyers are to be restricted to basic rate of...

08 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Rents will rise if tax breaks scrapped, Osborne warned

Chancellor George Osborne has been warned that rents in the private rented sector could rise if he scraps the tax-deductible status...

08 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Osborne makes this a crunch week for lettings sector

This week will see whether Chancellor George Osborne will give in to calls to close some of the tax breaks given...

06 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Calls grow for an end to buy to let tax breaks

Debate over spending cuts and taxation is increasingly asking whether landlords should continue to receive an estimated £10 billion - or...

22 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Could cross-party support solve supply conundrum?

Given that I wrote my last article on the day of the General Election but well before the result was known,...

19 June 2015

From: Features

New shadow chancellor against a ‘crack down’ on agents

The new shadow chancellor has said that he is against a ‘crack down’ on letting agencies and rent controls.  Labour’s Chris Leslie,...

02 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Industry body to lobby Osborne on tax breaks

The National Landlords Association says it is to lobby Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne on private rental sector tax issues...

21 May 2015

From: Breaking News

A comfy seat at the table

This week RICS reported a further drop in the number of people putting their homes up for sale; new instructions fell...

15 May 2015

From: Features

153 MPs are landlords: how many from tomorrow?

An analysis by The Guardian newspaper shows that 153 MPs from the last Parliament declared an income from renting out at...

07 May 2015

From: Breaking News

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