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KEYWORD "Mortgages" - 226 RESULTS
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

BTL mortgage market strong despite recent regulation changes

The autumn's Prudential Regulation Authority changes, coupled with months of rate rise predictions, seem to have had little effect on the cost of...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reports big rise in landlords who buy in cash

A record 65 per cent of landlord purchases over the last 12 months were made by cash buyers according to Countrywide. In the...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings market to benefit from first time buyers' inexperience

The private rental sector is likely to benefit as a result of first time buyers’ lack of understanding of the timings,...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let lender targeting Airbnb and holiday lets investors

The specialist property investment lender Together is diversifying its product range to cater for investors who want to let out their...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Higher mortgage costs are the latest blow to buy to let sector

A leading independent mortgage market monitor is warning that increases in mortgage costs are now proving the latest blow to the...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide gets its Mojo back with latest online venture

Countrywide is reported to be launching its next online offer - a mortgage brokerage called Mojo Mortgages - early next year. The...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Top Slicing' mortgages may allow more lettings sector borrowing

Consumer organisation Which? says a handful of buy to let mortgage lenders have found a way of helping so-called ‘portfolio landlords’...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency group takes a stake in new digital mortgage service

LSL Property Services, which owns Your Move and Reeds Rains lettings and estate agencies, is investing in an online buy to...

13 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

One of buy to let's most famous mortgage firms is rebranding

One of the industry’s best known buy to let lenders, Paragon, is combining its Mortgage Trust and Paragon Mortgages product ranges...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Under-35s pay approaching half the UK's total rent bill, says Savills

The increasing number of renters and low interest rates for existing home owners mean that the total rent bill is now...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage boss warns some BTL applications 'could take three months'

The mortgage director of Romans, one of the country’s largest agency groups, says the new Bank of England rules being introduced...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Which? warns BTL borrowers could be rejected for mortgages

Consumer group Which? is warning that buy to let investors with multiple properties in one locality could risk being turned down...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let 'could become a car crash next month' - warning

The buy to let market risks becoming a car crash following the changes of lending rules for so-called portfolio landlords with...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Number of buy to let mortgage products surges to 1,725

The number of new buy to let mortgages available to investors has hit 1,725 - its highest point since 1,942 products...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Third of tenants can't imagine ever owning a home

A third of tenants can't imagine ever taking their first step on the property ladder and owning their own home. This is...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending changes could result in rental stock surge

Changes to buy-to-let lending criteria being introduced at the end of this month could encourage a surge of rental stock as...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit and Westminster uncertainty hurting rental sector - survey

Political uncertainty across the UK and increased restrictions on buy to let are leading many landlords to raise rents and review...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

New bank targets professional investors in the private rental sector

Redwood Bank, an online institution which says one of its target customers is the professional landlord within the private rental sector,...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Most lettings investors want stamp duty surcharge scrapped

Perhaps unsurprisingly, a survey reveals that most buy to let and other property investors want the three per cent stamp duty...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body tells buy to let investors: 'remortgage now, while you can'

The National Landlords Association is urging buy to let investors to consider remortgaging in the very near future ahead of new...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Bizarre court case means tenant will have 'cheap rent for life'

A tenant appears to be entitled to pay sub-market rent for the rest of his life after a legal case involving...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

New warning about Airbnb hosts breaching lease terms

A legal firm has added its weight to the warning that many Airbnb hosts could be, by accident or design, breaching...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage costs drop again as lenders compete for business

A new snapshot of the buy to let mortgage market suggests costs have dropped further over the past three months as...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Another buy to let lender changes rules ahead of Bank deadline

Skipton is the latest lender to confirm that it will continue lending to so-called portfolio landlords after new Bank of England...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Nationwide profits dive thanks to clampdown on buy to let

  Nationwide - the UK's second largest buy to let lender - has reported a 20 per cent drop in profits and admits...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

£50m raised by innovative bond from property investment platform

Property investment platform LendInvest has raised £50m thanks to the over-subscription of its first retail bond, launched on the London Stock...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

NatWest overhauls buy to let mortgage offer ahead of rules change

NatWest Intermediary Solutions has announced a major overhaul of its buy to let mortgage offer, but it is bucking the trend...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Another major Buy To Let lender tightens portfolio landlord rules

Leeds Building Society is the latest major lender to reveal changes to buy to let lending ahead of new rules coming...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Surge in ex-pats investing in UK buy to let, says lender

Specialist mortgage lender Skipton International says it has received over £500m of expat mortgage enquiries for UK buy to let property...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Another buy to let lender gets strict ahead of 'portfolio' rules change

The Coventry building society is the latest buy to let lender to tighten its portfolio buy to let criteria ahead of new...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Good news for letting - costs of buy to let mortgages still falling

Buy to let mortgage competition is showing no signs of stopping, thus giving one of the few pieces of good news...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let in trouble? Not according to this trading statement...

Mortgage Advice Bureau increased revenue by 15 per cent to £49m in the first half of 2017, and reports that the...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Another BTL lender changes criteria ahead of new portfolio rules

Accord Buy To Let is the latest lender to change its lending criteria for portfolio landlords with four or more investment...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Flat fees on buy to let mortgages now at one-year low, says top broker

The flat fees for buy to let mortgages are now lower than they have been at any point in the past...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let: investors buying smaller homes with larger yields

Landlords continue to look for cheaper, higher-performing properties according to the results of an index produced by Mortgages for Business. An analysis...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Another lender tightens rules for investors with four or more buy to lets

Paragon is the latest lender to announce it’s falling in line with Bank of England Prudential Regulation Authority requirements for more...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Big rise in mortgage choice for buy to let and owner occupier sectors

The number of mortgage products has more than doubled over the past two years, according to new data released by sourcing...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents told to tackle private rental damp, condensation and mould

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has commissioned buy to let expert Kate Faulkner to assess issues in the private rental sector -...

11 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

Over 50% of buy to let lending now goes to 'company landlords'

Over half the value of buy to let lending in the second quarter of this year was provided to limited companies...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New help for expat buy to let investors facing UK tax changes

Skipton International has launched a guide to help expat buy to let investors trying to make sense of the UK government’s...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Specialist lender launches financial guidance for company buy to lets

Expanding buy to let lender Landbay says it plans to launch an accounting, reporting and tax compliance service for those holding...

27 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Metro Bank enters consumer buy-to-let market

High street operator Metro Bank has announced that it is entering the consumer buy-to-let market and will now accept consumer applications...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords adapting to controversial tax changes

The nation's landlords are adapting to ongoing restrictions to tax relief on buy-to-let mortgage interest, according to Mortgages for Business. Upon releasing...

09 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors offered UK's first digital mortgage brokerage

Investors in buy to let are the marketing target for a service which describes itself as the UK’s first digital mortgage...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let sector still strong according to major specialist lender

The Paragon Group of Companies has reported that its new buy to let lending totalled £556.2m for the six months to the end...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let expert release video 'shows' for use by agents

A series of six video ‘shows’ - ideal for agents to promote to would-be investment buyers - has been launched by...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Paragon refreshes mortgage offer for 'diverse buy to let market'

A well known specialist mortgage lender for the buy to let sector, Paragon, has refreshed its offering in the light of...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants on benefits 'discriminated by mortgage lenders' - claim

A letting sector trade body says two thirds of the largest buy to let mortgage lenders do not allow landlords to...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let remortgages edges up as investors react to tax change

There has been a three per cent increase in remortgaging levels amongst buy to let investors in March according to data...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Major lender lowers affordability assessments for buy to let

One of the biggest lenders to the buy to let community, Santander, is to lower its affordability assessments from next Wednesday.   It...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors target smaller cheaper properties

Data from the first three months of this year suggests that investors are increasingly purchasing smaller, cheaper properties. Specialist lender Mortgages for...

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

More buy to let mortgages now aimed at limited companies

The range and pricing of buy to let mortgage products for limited companies has never been better according to a survey...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let specialist gives upbeat forecast, despite tax changes

Specialist buy to let lender Paragon Mortgages has given an upbeat forecast for the private rental sector, despite the arrival of...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Metro Bank is latest to revise buy to let offer for professional investors

The Metro Bank is the latest to make changes to its buy to let mortgage portfolio in a bid to attract...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

More backing for using rent payments to show mortgage eligibility

Specialist mortgage lender Together is the latest company to back the idea of rent payment records being used to measure the...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let tax change triggers rush to mortgage intermediaries

The imminent mortgage interest tax relief changes coming into effect in April has triggered a surge in the number of mortgage...

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body keeps up pressure over mortgage interest tax change

A trade body claims that vulnerable tenants are finding it harder to access rented housing because of tax changes being introduced...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs may debate rent counting towards mortgage eligibility

A 27 year old father of two has secured over 140,000 signatures for an online petition demanding that rent payments be...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body asks government to give reasons for incoming tax changes

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is writing to the Office for Budget Responsibility asking it to provide clarification on controversial tax...

07 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

'Buy For Uni' mortgage aims to boost student landlords

The Loughborough Building Society is launching a Buy For Uni mortgage product seeking to encourage students to buy a home -...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Can commercial mortgages help sidestep buy to let tax changes?

The proportion of landlords considering commercial loans to fund purchases has doubled over the last 18 months as they try to...

27 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Fewer landlords likely to sell, Paragon lettings survey reveals

Tenant demand for private rented accommodation is continuing to rise according to a market report from specialist lender Paragon Mortgages.    While a...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Sub-let 'agency' markets rental homes on portals and Airbnb

A new form of agency which wants to blend traditional letting with Airbnb-style short lets has launched in London.    Lavanda claims it...

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Protests turn to celebrations as Santander drops mortgage clause

Protests planned by tenants’ groups for many Santander bank branches over the past weekend turned instead into celebrations after the institution...

20 February 2017

From: Breaking News

New evidence of buy to let mortgages at record low costs

A second firm is suggesting that the cost of Buy To Let mortgages has fallen to a record low - but...

14 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: most landlords now pay cash for buy to lets

Countrywide claims that the proportion of landlords paying in cash for a property reached 61 per cent in January, the highest...

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Good news on BTL mortgages - some now at record low cost

Despite the challenges faced by the buy to let sector, mortgage companies are fighting hard for business - and two and...

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Anger reported over buy to let lender's 'increase rents' demand

A trade magazine and a national newspaper are reporting anger amongst landlords, tenants and housing groups following the discovery of a...

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

New mortgages aimed at small-portfolio buy to let investors

The buy to let mortgage market has suffered something of a battering in recent months but now Post Office Money is...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

NALS backs system allowing rent to contribute to credit scores

The National Approved Letting Scheme is the latest organisation to back a system allowing tenants to strengthen their credit history, simply...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Paragon reveals huge drop in buy to let lending in recent months

Paragon Bank, one of the country’s leading specialist buy to let mortgages houses, almost halved its lending to landlords in the...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords boosted as buy-to-let mortgage rates remain steady

The Bank of England's decision to keep the base interest rate at the record low of 0.25% has kept buy-to-let headline...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let lender bids to help 'complex' owner-occupier buyers

Paragon Mortgages, best known for its significant position in the buy to let market, has launched a range of residential mortgage...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Which? says new mortgage constraints will hit buy to let

The consumer organisation Which? has joined the chorus of concern that new mortgage restrictions may hit buy to let landlords.   Since January...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Renting may be financially more worthwhile than previously thought

New research claims that the financial benefits of renting rather than owning may have been under-rated.   A financial researcher at the University...

12 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Largest monthly fall in buy to let product range since 2009

Independent financial services monitor Moneyfacts claims that a new report is about to reveal the withdrawal of 74 buy to let...

10 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

New Year starts with new worries over financial viability of buy to let

No fewer than 60 per cent of buy to let investors say they believe they will be hit by forthcoming changes...

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let sales collapse 64 per cent in 12 months, claims agency

The number of buy to let transactions across England and Wales has fallen 8.2 per cent in one month and is down an...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Another buy to let lender introduces stiffer criteria for investors

The Leeds Building Society is the latest buy to let mortgage lender to amend its criteria for borrowers ahead of new...

08 December 2016

From: Breaking News

New Bank of England claim that buy to let 'risks economic stability'

There is a new warning from the Bank of England suggesting that - despite all the recent measures aimed against buy...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Private rental arrears less than half the rate of owner-occupiers

The proportion of private landlords in arrears is substantially under half the proportion of owner occupiers in the same position according...

01 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank of England quizzing lenders over buy to let stress tests

The Financial Times reports that the Bank of England is questioning buy to let mortgage lenders and banks as part of...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Fees ban won't stop this group of buy to let investors, insists bank

The government’s proposed ban on letting agency fees levied on tenants - and the possibility that they may instead fall on...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Prominent buy to let lender still bullish despite attacks on sector

Paragon Mortgages’ parent firm, the Paragon Group of Companies, remains bullish about the buy to let sector despite the series of...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Good lettings news at last - buy to let mortgages are cheaper

There is good news to end a difficult week for the letting agency industry - there’s been a further drop in...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage firm makes it easier for HMO investors to get loans

A major buy to let mortgage provider has eased the criteria to be met by landlord investors who want to borrow...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank allows mortgage clients to let via Airbnb without prior consent

Metro Bank says its residential mortgage customers are now allowed to rent their properties through Airbnb and similar sites for up...

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank of England to control loan-to-value of buy to let mortgages

The Bank of England has been given additional powers by the government to control mortgage lending for buy to let investors. The...

17 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage lending now 19% lower than a year ago

There’s been a significant drop in the amount borrowed by buy to let investors over the past year, despite a rise...

17 November 2016

From: Breaking News

'Hands off Buy to Let' mortgage chief tells the government

Another prominent mortgage chief has called on the government to show its support for the private rental sector by repealing some...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Cheaper to rent than buy in 84% of the UK

Credit rating consultancy Experian says it is cheaper to rent than buy in 84 per cent of areas, while it's cheaper...

08 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency warns buy to let sector likely to cool over the winter

Average rents across the UK are up eight per cent over the past 15 months according to Connells Group - but...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Another legal expert speaks against government buy to let tax grab

Buy to let landlords may be forced to raise rents or even sell their properties because of the government’s new tax...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Revealed - how buy to let provides government with huge tax take

Anyone who thought the buy to let sector’s recent anger at higher government taxes may have been misplaced may wish to...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Council sets up Right To Invest as alternative to Right To Buy

A London council has set up a system to allow council tenants to buy into a shared ownership scheme which it...

20 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Campaign urges tenants to show resistance to rent rises

The campaign group Generation Rent says most buy to let properties are not mortgaged and many landlords are unaffected by current...

14 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage lending slumps thanks to tax changes

Buy to let lending is well down according to data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders.    Apparently contrary to an optimistic report...

13 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Credit crunch 'best thing that could have happened to lettings'

The financial downturn was “probably the best thing that could have happened” to this country’s private rental sector according to lettings...

13 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Surge in buy to let mortgages despite stamp duty turmoil

Despite huge turmoil in the buy to let sector, there has been a significant rise in mortgage activity in the past...

11 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Alert to agents: check out Landlord Today and Property Investor Today!

Agents don’t need reminding that Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today are invaluable sources of daily industry news - but...

10 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Huge rise in proportion of BTL purchases made through limited companies

The Mortgages for Businesses brokerage says in the third quarter of this year the proportion of landlords purchasing buy to let...

07 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage survey measures rise and rise of buy to let over five years

A survey of 18 mortgage lenders reports that the buy to let sector has seen a rise in mortgage deals of...

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank admits stamp duty considerable burden on buy to let investors

Details of the Bank of England’s statement outlining tougher rules on mortgage lending to buy to let investors have been shown...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Rental market set to boom as  5.5m Britons say 'we'll never own'

  Over 5.5m Britons think that they will never be able to own a home on the grounds of cost.   A survey of...

30 September 2016

From: Breaking News

'Double tax' warning over using limited companies for buy to let

Several property experts have warned of possible dangers in landlords forming limited companies in a bid to minimise their tax liabilities.   There...

28 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords benefit from favourable buy-to-let mortgage deals

Buy-to-let (BTL) investors continue to benefit from falls in mortgage rates, particularly those looking for longer-term agreements. Analysis by Moneyfacts.co.uk shows that...

22 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord group begins legal action against firms advising on BoI mortgages

An action group campaigning on behalf of landlords has confirmed that it is ready to begin legal action against the Bank...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

How can Agents survive in an increasingly competitive market?

The key lies in improving your customer experience through technology For Agents, the tremendous growth in online estate agents highlights a strong...

13 September 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Analysis of mortgage costs shows buy to let products now cheaper

The costs of buy To let mortgages have fallen by as much as eight per cent over the past six months.   Software...

09 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage sales down 39 per cent over past year

New data from referencing company Equifax Touchstone suggests that this July’s buy to let mortgage lending total is 39 per cent...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Another buy to let lender encouraging longer tenancies

Leeds Building Society has changed its mortgage criteria in a bid to encourage longer-term private rentals.    The UK’s fifth largest society will...

15 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage arrears forecast to hit new low by year-end

Buy to let mortgage arrears are set to fall below 7,000 by the end of the year according to one lender’s...

25 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord group says 56% of tenants would quit town if they could buy

More than half of tenants would move or consider moving to a different town or city in order to buy a...

22 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Group wants letting agents to back campaign against buy to let lenders

A group campaigning to secure refunds on alleged mortgage interest over-charging by buy to let lenders is calling on letting agents...

19 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Another warning of buy to let mortgage restrictions coming soon

There has been another high-level prediction that mortgage lending for buy to let investors is likely to be restricted further in the...

18 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Growth rate in buy to let mortgage products begins to tail off

The growth in buy to let mortgage products - rising rapidly until recently - has now begun to drop off.   Products increased...

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Forecast that 75% of buy to let mortgages will be via limited companies

One of Britain’s leading buy to let mortgage companies says it anticipates that over three quarters of borrowing to purchase BTL...

08 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Big rise in mortgages for buy to let investors via limited companies

A market survey by specialist broker Mortgages for Business reveals that there has been a substantial increase in lending in the...

07 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Are 60 per cent buy to let deposits really on the cards?

Mortgage firms insisting on landlords proving their rental income could cover 145 per cent of their monthly payments could lead to...

05 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Another buy to let lender moves to 145% rental cover calculation

The TSB is the latest buy to let lender to increase its interest coverage ratio for buy to let mortgages from...

29 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Daily Telegraph keeps up pressure on ‘anti-buy to let government’

The Daily Telegraph - an outspoken critic of George Osborne’s fiscal changes aimed at extracting more money from the buy to...

22 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents begin to fall as glut of homes to let appear on the market

Letting agencies Your Move and Reeds Rains claim rents have started to drop in many areas following the arrival of a...

17 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Massive buy to let lending slowdown after stamp duty deadline

There was a massive slowdown in buy to let lending by investors as the additional homes stamp duty surcharge passed -...

16 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Firm owned by Century 21 UK parent company moves into Build To Rent

SDL Bigwood - owned by Century 21 UK franchise parent company Shepherd Direct Limited - has been selected as the lettings...

15 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

Mortgage 'windfall pay-outs' likely to be £4,300 per buy to let borrower

It is now thought that the likely average payout to each buy to let borrower affected by this week’s court decision...

10 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Landmark court ruling comes down in favour of buy to let investors

A landmark court ruling against the West Bromwich building society has come down in favour of buy to let investors.  The case...

09 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords favouring HMOs to benefit from 'higher yields'

Landlords are increasingly favouring Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and more 'complex property types' due to the often higher yields available.  Mortgages...

02 June 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

Buy to let returns exceed those from FTSE-100 despite recent challenges

Buy to let returns have exceeded those from the FTSE-100 with average gains of 9.6 per cent across England and Wales...

12 May 2016

From: Breaking News

New lending rules 'could create 'buy to let mortgage prisoners'

A warning is being issued that the types of mortgages still being extended to buy to let investors risks them becoming...

10 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Second-biggest buy to let lender lifts 'rental cover' to huge 145%

Ahead of what some consider as the likely tightening of buy to let mortgage lending criteria by the Bank of England...

04 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Get ready for another buy to let rush, warns mortgage lender

A buy to let lender says new underwriting rules from the Prudential Regulation Authority could trigger another rush to snap up...

29 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Drop-off in buy to let investors leads to slump in mortgage approvals

The approaching of the April 1 stamp duty surcharge deadline led to a severe drop-off in buy to let purchasers seeking...

27 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing minister claims buy to let tax changes will create a fairer system

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has backed the raft of measures seen by many as anti-buy to let, including the restriction on...

21 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and Spicerhaart choose same national legal advisers

Two of the industry’s biggest estate agency groups have selected the same firm to provide their legal services.  Hillyer McKeown has been...

19 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Scathing attack on government's anti-buy to let 'short-termism'

A financial journalist has lambasted the government’s anti-buy to let policies, describing them as “political short-termism ... a vote winner to...

18 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Lenders try to bolster flagging buy to let market with record low rates

Independent comparison website Moneyfacts says mortgage lenders are slashing rates on products designed for landlords, in a bid to buoy up...

15 April 2016

From: Breaking News

The surge is over: Bank of England says buy to let lending to drop sharply

Demand for buy to let mortgages in the coming months is expected to fall "significantly" according to a Bank of England...

14 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge increases buy to let set-up costs by £4,500

The imposition of the stamp duty surcharge on additional homes would add another £4,500 to the cost of setting up a...

04 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Newspaper argues buy to let is off the hook despite mortgage clampdown

The financial editor of The Guardian newspaper claims that - despite widespread criticism within the lettings industry of the latest buy...

31 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage clampdown could stifle lettings supply, warns industry body

An industry body says proposals by the Bank of England to curb buy to let lending are “premature.” The Bank’s Prudential Regulation...

30 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

Buy to let lending fuels mortgage rush according to latest bank figures

Banks approved 45,892 mortgages for house purchases last month - a 20 per cent rise on the February last year, with...

25 March 2016

From: Breaking News

New scheme will use rent payments to contribute to tenants'  credit scores

Credit scoring company Experian is launching a scheme that allows private sector tenants the opportunity to use their rent-paying records to...

24 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Budget Preview: Landlords wary of further setbacks

Some 66% of landlords predict more rental sector turbulence in this week's Budget, according to research by property crowdfunding platform The...

14 March 2016

From: Breaking News

EU directive joins stamp duty in driving surge for buy to let mortgages

February has seen a further burst of buy to let activity, fuelled not only by the stamp duty surcharge deadline but...

11 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Over 26,000 eviction orders served on private tenants in one quarter

Some 26,676 court orders were issued for the eviction of private sector tenants in the final quarter of 2015 according to...

08 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

Another report shows younger people 'locked out' and forced to rent

A new report from the independent Social Market Foundation think tank has found that almost two million more people have been...

22 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Lettings and sales agency group buys majority share in mortgage firm

LSL Property Services has taken a 65 per cent share in Group First Limited which provides mortgage and protection brokerage services...

22 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Rush to beat buy to let deadline takes mortgage lending to nine-year high

A surge in lending for buy to let properties ahead of April’s stamp duty surcharge means mortgage approvals have reached their...

11 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage chief says lettings sector should 'embrace lending restraint'

A risk expert at a leading buy to let mortgage company says the industry should actually embrace the restrictions on lending...

11 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

Another rise in buy to let mortgage applications from 'company landlords'

There has been another substantial increase in the number of buy to let mortgage applications made by limited companies - suggesting...

03 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Lenders tell government: buy to let reforms may be overkill

The three per cent stamp duty surcharge proposed for purchases of buy to let and holiday homes risks being seen as...

01 February 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

High Street bank extends buy to let mortgage age cap from 75 to 80

Barclays has increased its age cap for those applying for buy to let mortgages from 75 to 80 with immediate effect. The personal...

27 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

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 mortgages soaring as investors rush to beat April 1 deadline

Buy to let loans could outstrip remortgaging within a matter of weeks as landlords rush to beat the April 1 stamp...

13 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors 'set to lose money in over 90% of locations

An analysis by a national newspaper shows that investors purchasing buy to let properties with mortgages are likely to lose money...

11 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Lenders hold 'January sale' to lure buy to let investors, says mortgage broker

Many lenders are holding the equivalent of ‘mortgage January sales’ in order to kick-start the market for borrowers, according to a...

08 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

Newspaper launches vicious attack on 'buy to let landlord martyrs'

The Observer newspaper has made an outspoken attack on agents, landlords and others complaining about recent tax and regulation changes to the...

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 market to slump in 2016 and 2017, mortgage lenders predict

The Council of Mortgage Lenders is warning of a possible slump for the buy to let market in the next two...

18 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Another Bank of England hint that buy to let mortgages will get tougher

The Bank of England Governor Mark Carney is the latest influential figure to hint that there may soon be additional restrictions...

17 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Government poised to launch farcical buy to let mortgage consultation

The government is poised to launch a consultation document which is expected to advocate further restrictions on buy to let mortgage...

15 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let clampdown: global regulator wants UK banks to get tougher

The Basel Committee - an international forum which sets standards for bank regulations in individual countries - says financial institutions should place greater emphasis...

11 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Rental sector set to benefit as first time buyers lose out on mortgages

A new survey of mortgage approvals suggests first time buyers are continuing to lose out - and are thus likely to...

11 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Shelter sets lettings sector 'test' for London mayoral candidates

Campaigning charity Shelter says it is setting a lettings sector ‘test’ for candidates vying to become the next Mayor of London. “Early...

11 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Another buy to let mortgage lender clamps down on borrowers

Ahead of expected restrictions on buy to let lending to be introduced next year by the Bank of England, some individual...

09 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let tax and duty changes driving more landlords to form companies

A respected survey of the buy to let market says proposed tax changes and the increased stamp duty on additional homes...

04 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Senior mortgage chief dismisses new stamp duty rise as political stunt

The managing director of the mortgages division of deVere Group, one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations, says George...

03 December 2015

From: Breaking News

More hints that Bank of England will act on buy to let mortgages

Two interviews given by a deputy governor of the Bank of England appear to suggest that there will soon be additional...

03 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Bank of England preparing new buy to let mortgage controls

It appears almost certain that the Bank of England is preparing for new mortgage controls in a bid to dampen what...

02 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge will prompt buy to let shopping spree say agents

Existing and would-be landlords are set to go on a buy to let buying spree, snapping up homes before the three...

27 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords to make tenants pay for higher tax and interest rates

There is another warning today that changes to buy to let mortgage tax relief will lead to increased rents.  Back in July,...

26 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let boom as mortgage firm lending soars 102 per cent

One of Britain’s best known specialist buy to let mortgage companies, Paragon, has revealed a startling 102 per cent increase in...

25 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage market in rude health says Moneyfacts

The popularity of buy to let continues to soar according to data analysts Moneyfacts, despite a raft of new regulations coming...

18 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage fees falling thanks to increased competition

The costs of lender arrangement fees, valuation fees and legal costs attached to new buy to let mortgages are falling as...

29 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Worries grow for interest-only mortgages dominated by buy to let investors

Almost three-quarters of homeowners with interest-only mortgages - many of them buy to let landlords - are worried they may not...

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

Restricting BTL mortgages will push up rents, warn lenders

Measures which discourage investment in the private rented sector can only push up rents and harm tenants more than landlords, a...

20 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Over 950 different buy to let mortgage products now available

The number of buy to let mortgage products has leapt to 953 - an 11 per cent increase in the past...

02 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agents report a drop in number of landlords in arrears

The number of landlords with buy to let mortgages that are more than three months in arrears has dropped for the...

30 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Peer-to-peer lender ups game with buy to let mortgage expert in senior role

Landbay, a relatively new peer-to-peer lender focussed on the buy to let sector, has appointed a former senior figure from Paragon...

29 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agent meets Bank of England chief to urge interest rate rise

A prominent letting agent says he wants an immediate interest rate rise - and has even made his case to a...

29 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Voids drop as rental demand goes from strength to strength

The average void period has dipped below 2.6 weeks per year according to a survey of the private rental sector by...

23 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Mortgage chiefs warn against lending restrictions damaging Buy To Let

The Council for Mortgage Lenders is warning the government not to interfere with the Buy To Let sector in such a...

23 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

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

10% of landlords have problems getting mortgages

A survey of 500 landlords suggest that 10 per cent of them have had difficulties in securing a mortgage over the...

17 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let enjoys another strong month for mortgages

The rise and rise of buy to let continues apace with the latest figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders showing...

12 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

Government must respond to 10,000-signature online petition

An online petition demanding the reinstatement of buy to let landlords' tax breaks has broken the 10,000 signatures mark which means...

10 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Burnham wants councils to impose private rent controls

Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham is the latest to say he would consider rent controls in the private sector if he...

07 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

Renewed concern over buy to let landlord-companies

A critic of the suggestion that buy to let landlords could set up companies to ‘beat’ the ending of tax breaks...

31 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Half-year figures show huge scale of buy to let growth

Half-year figures from specialist buy to let mortgage company Paragon give an insight into the scale of increased activity in the...

30 July 2015

From: Breaking News

The interest rate warning bell has been rung

When Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, recently announced that interest rates would have to start to rise sooner...

24 July 2015

From: Features

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

A financial crisis refresher course?

In case we didn’t learn the lesson last time around, we appear to be on the brink of a refresher course...

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

Agents unhappy at Osborne's Buy To Let tax blow

Agents have expressed their disappointment at the decision by the government to restrict mortgage interest relief for Buy To let investors...

09 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

Buy To Let mortgage restrictions on the way?

The Bank of England says excessive lending to fund buy to let purchases could pose a risk to the financial well-being...

02 July 2015

From: Breaking News

'Pension freedom' landlords behind buy to let boom

Analysis by financial services comparison website Moneyfacts suggests that since so-called ‘pension freedom’ was introduced in the spring the number of...

25 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

Most tenants happy with home, rent, agent and landlord

Research commissioned by specialist buy-to-let lender, Paragon Mortgages shows that 81 per cent of tenants living in the private rented sector...

16 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Mortgage brokers report strong buy-to-let demand

A survey of financial advisors has reported that the majority expect to do more buy-to-let business in the coming months.  Paragon Mortgages’...

29 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Two-thirds of landlords planning to expand portfolio

Two thirds of landlords plan to buy at least one further property in the next six months, according to Mortgages for...

29 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Another (very) big surge in buy to let lending

Latest figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders show there were 18,200 buy to let loans in March - up 12 per...

20 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Now 85 year olds can have buy to let mortgages

A specialist buy to let lender is increasing the maximum age of the borrower at the end of the mortgage term...

19 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Deposit-size will stop retirees fuelling buy to let

A leading buy to let mortgage provider claims the average deposit of £40,000 for an investment property will deter the private...

06 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Will the surge of buy-to-let boom or bust?

Under new pension freedom reforms, people aged 55 and over can access as much of their savings from their defined contributions...

23 April 2015

From: Features

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