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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

London's rental market to outperform sales long-term, says Savills

Rental growth is forecast to exceed house price growth in London, despite a glut of properties on the lettings market in...

03 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

'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

Welsh private rental sector may contract next year, warns trade body

The private rental sector in Wales is at risk of contracting next year, warns the Residential Landlords’ Association.   RLA Wales policy officer...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents fall and void periods lengthen as supply starts to exceed demand

Rents outside of London have dropped by 0.2 per cent in the third quarter of this year according to new data...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental sector unprepared for tax changes, accountancy firm warns

A leading accounting and advisory service says key tax changes that could damage the buy to let sector are still not...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Treasury told: 'Reform Capital Gains Tax to help lettings sector'

The National Landlords’ Association appears to be first off the starting blocks with its submission to government ahead of the next...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

UK buy to let investors slipping down European league table

Yields from buy to let in the UK are now amongst the worst in Europe according to a new league table drawn...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body seeks volunteers to discuss rental issues with government

A trade body is seeking volunteers to meet with government officials to discuss future initiatives for the private rental sector.    The volunteers...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency survey says 66% of landlords undeterred by tax changes

A survey for online letting agency Upad claims that 66 per cent of landlords are not going to change their property...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

'One in 11 landlords could stop using agents to save money'

A survey conducted for MyDeposits suggests some nine per cent of landlords - or one in 11 - is likely to...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Shrinking lettings supply pushes up rents, says Your Move

Your Move says a shrinking supply of properties, in part created by government measures against the lettings sector, has led to...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency denies buy to let crisis and says 25% of buyers are investors

Romans says one in four of its registered buyers in the first half of this year has been an investor, suggesting...

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

Some landlords beginning to quit buy to let, insists leading agency

Belvoir is warning that some buy to let investors are quitting the sector.   “Although we are not currently seeing a huge exit...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says falling supply is pushing up rents in many areas

The annual rate of rental growth across Britain doubled between June and July driven by a turnaround in the London market,...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

IDS is latest Tory to criticise government's buy to let tax policies

Ian Duncan Smith is the latest Conservative to criticise his own government’s fiscal policies regarding buy to let.   Writing on the Conservative...

19 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

Prime Central London rent falls now less severe than earlier in year

Rents in prime central London have dropped 4.4 per cent in the past year - although that annual drop is not...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Value of Buy To Let sector has grown 5.5% in a year despite challenges

The latest Kent Reliance Buy to Let Britain report - seen as a snapshot of the state of health of the...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending down as remortgaging continues to drive activity

The number of buy-to-let mortgage loans fell by over a fifth during April, according to the latest figures from the Council...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir reports specific lack of rental stock in market towns

The latest analysis of buy to let trends by letting agency franchise chain Belvoir has identified a specific lack of rental...

05 June 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

Massive slump in buy to let lending since stamp duty surcharge

Mortgage lending for the buy to let sector has halved since the introduction of the stamp duty surcharge in April 2016 according...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Valuations chief snipes at government's anti-landlord policies

Buy to let valuations fell to just seven per cent of the total valuations market activity in April as the sector...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

'London landlords increasingly investing outside the capital' - Countrywide

Property investors based in the capital are increasingly purchasing buy-to-let properties outside of London, according to Countrywide. The UK's largest agency's latest...

15 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency claims many landlords don't know of buy to let tax changes

Almost 20 per cent of the landlords using an online letting agency are apparently unaware of the mortgage interest tax relief...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reports 12% surge in homes to let and slowing rent rises

The remaining overhand of last year’s buy to let buying surge by landlords means the annual rate of rent rises has...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge has cut level of rental growth - claim

The speed at which rents across are growing has more than halved since a three per cent stamp duty surcharge on second...

07 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

ARLA still angry over increasing tax burden on lettings sector

As the new restrictions on landlords’ mortgage interest tax relief come into effect this week, ARLA Propertymark has restated its objections...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Luke Burton, Sales & Marketing Director at Rent4sure

What does it say on your business card? Luke Burton Sales and Marketing Director, Rent4sure Who is Rent4sure? Rent4sure, is an established tenant referencing company. We provide...

29 March 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Agency boss calls stamp duty surcharge 'a government own goal'

The chief executive of Andrews Property Group says the government’s three per cent additional homes stamp duty surcharge on buy to...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Scrap tenancy deposits to help first time buyers, urges agent

  Renters are spending half their wages keeping a roof over their head, are twice as likely as homeowners to have no...

27 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

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

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

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

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

Many buy to let investors 'set to reduce portfolios in next year'

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has given a stark warning about the cumulative effect of the additional homes stamp duty...

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry anger at government 'failing to fix broken market'

Agents and many industry bodies have expressed their disappointment and anger at many provisions of the Housing White Paper produced by...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax changes not hitting buy to let significantly, says agency chief

The head of MartinCo, the country’s largest franchise agency group, says the government’s buy to let tax changes and lettings fee...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty windfall 'justifies scrapping buy to let tax changes'

The government should think again about punitive tax changes to the private rented sector after receiving greater-than-expected revenue from the three...

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental demand falls to two-year low according to ARLA

There were 26 prospective tenants registered at each member branch of the Association of Residential Letting Agents - the lowest level...

30 January 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

Buy to let tax changes will affect just 20% of landlords, claims minister

Housing minister Gavin Barwell says recent changes to buy to let mortgage interest relief and stamp duty will only affect a...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group warns politicians over new tax powers

The Residential Landlords Association says new tax powers devolving to the Welsh Assembly should involve exemptions when it comes to the...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let lending improves, but driven mostly by remortgaging

Gross buy to let lending increased in November to the highest monthly level since the stamp duty surcharge was introduced in...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from Letting Agent Today - this is what's in store

This is the final Letting Agent Today until Tuesday January 3 2017, so everyone at Angels Media sends all good wishes for...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Prime London tenants 'negotiate average 9% off asking rent'

The surge in properties to let which came on to the prime central London market after the April 1 stamp duty...

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

UK 'has highest property tax in developed world' claims consultancy

An assessment undertaken by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development shows property taxes accounted for 12.7 per cent of the...

13 December 2016

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

2017 will see fewer homes to let and higher rents, claims ARLA

Members of the Association of Residential Letting Agents predict a fall in the number of homes being available to let next...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Over 100,000 landlords have incorporated this year - claim

Landlord confidence has returned despite government tax changes to the private rental sector - although research for the survey that produced...

02 December 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

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

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

Landlord group hits back at letting agent's attack on 'quit' survey

The Residential Landlords’ Association says it stands by a claim that one in four landlords may sell up, and it refutes...

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

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

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

Call to INCREASE buy to let stamp duty surcharge to four per cent

Three quarters of a million private renters are stuck in the coldest and draughtiest homes, claims the Citizens Advice organisation -...

28 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage chief says buy to let tax problems are exaggerated

A well-known mortgage broker is quoted as saying that buy to let organisations are complaining too much over tax changes for...

24 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry anger as Wales ducks chance to scrap SDLT surcharge

The Welsh Government - which now has additional fiscal powers allowing it to be more independent from Westminster - has chosen...

19 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

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

Rightmove's good news: buy to let enquiries soar as market returns

Buyer enquiries from potential landlords and investors are now up 30 per cent since May according to Rightmove, suggesting that the...

12 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

Brexit helps boost demand for prime central London lettings

New data produced by Knight Frank shows that the number of tenancies agreed in August this year was the highest on...

10 October 2016

From: Breaking News

We need another 1.8m homes to rent by 2025 claims RICS

The government must urgently deliver 1.8m new rental homes as new figures from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors reveal a...

05 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

'Enough is enough' says finance chief about buy to let controls

The chief executive of financial consultancy Clayton Euro Risk says changes soon coming in to tighten the criteria applied to buy...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency cuts ribbon on third lettings office, despite stamp duty worries

An East Midlands estate agency has opened its third lettings office, saying the rental market has 'defied expectations'. Richard Watkinson and Partners,...

16 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Sharp drop in buy-to-let property listings during August

Almost all of the UK's major towns and cities saw fewer available buy-to-let properties listed during August when compared with July. Property...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

More tenants agree to pay above asking rent - except in London

Across the UK as a whole there has been a slight increase in the number of tenants who agree to pay...

12 September 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

'Stop attacking buy to let' government is told by news editor

The news editor of London financial daily City AM has made an outspoken attack on the government’s fiscal assaults on the...

07 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Accurate reference check 'key factor when landlord selects letting agent'

Ensuring potential tenants have passed reference checks is the key priority for landlords when selecting an agent to let their property,...

02 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

Countrywide says glut of homes to let is cutting rental growth

Countrywide’s latest lettings index shows rental growth slowing in every region of Britain because of a glut of homes coming to...

15 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency network reports lack of family houses across lettings market

Belvoir says the majority of franchise owners in its 170-strong network are reporting a shortage of family housing as one opf...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Scrap stamp duty and end anti-buy to let taxes, urges pressure group

A consumer group dedicated to reducing tax says recent fiscal changes introduced by the government will end up hurting private rental...

25 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry group says Autumn Statement is chance to rethink housing taxes

The Residential Landlords Association says the build up to the new government‘s Autumn Statement - effectively its first budget - is...

25 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Assembly urged to scrap its 3% buy to let stamp duty surcharge

The Residential Landlords Association is asking the Welsh Assembly to scrap the three per cent stamp duty surcharge imposed on buy...

20 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

Rightmove reports huge surge in homes to let after stamp duty spree

There was an eight per cent surge in the number of homes available to rent in the second quarter of the...

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says buy to let purchases now at a six year low

In the three months after the introduction of the three per cent stamp duty surcharge on April 1, landlord purchases accounted...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Government told - you are forcing rent rises on hard-pressed tenants

The government is being warned that without changes to the Finance Bill currently going through parliament it will effectively be forcing rent...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Warning - buy to let reforms could have unintended consequences

A senior mortgage lender is warning that government reforms of the buy to let sector could have wide-ranging and unintended consequences. Richard...

05 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Increasing number of buy to lets purchased with 'gifted' parental deposits

We’re used to young owner-occupiers relying on the Bank of Mum and Dad for financial help - now it appears youthful...

05 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage chief tells government: Don't over-burden buy to let sector

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has told the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority not to add unnecessarily to the welter...

01 July 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 hit a record high as second homes surcharge begins to hit

Rents in Scotland are at a record high, after the fastest month-on-month growth on record.  Data from Your Move shows that average...

22 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency Express says lettings volumes down as much as 30 per cent

Lettings volumes have taken a sharp downward trend in May according to board company Agency Express. New listings were down 11.9 per...

20 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

Rent rises slowing as market awaits referendum result, says HomeLet

Rents across the UK continued to rise during May but at a decreasing rate, says HomeLet.  Data shows that rents agreed on...

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let market doing well despite stamp duty hangover, claims Connells

The number of valuations for buy to let purposes last month was eight per cent up on the May 2015 level...

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Student buy to let investment due for major expansion, claims survey

A new report claims that over a third of student property investors plan to expand their portfolios in 2016, despite the...

07 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 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

Rents across the country rising faster than in London

Average rents for single rooms across the UK increased at a faster rate than those in London, according to spareroom.co.uk. The rental...

02 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Rental supply falls in April as letting agents predict prices rises

The supply of rental properties fell by 5% during April when compared to the previous year, according to figures from the...

01 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Number of UK landlords edges closer to two million

The number of landlords in the UK increased by 7% to reach 1.75 million in 2013-2014. Analysis of Her Majesty's Revenue and...

31 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Removals industry adapting to cater for tenants instead of buyers

A removals firm has claimed it is currently dealing with more tenants moving between properties than home buyers.  Aussie Man & Van...

24 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency Express data reveals extraordinary surge in lettings

Data released by Agency Express shows a massive spike in activity for the lettings market.  April’s national figures for new listings ‘To...

20 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

Letting agency warns against 'easy alternatives' to buy to let

An online letting agency is warning against investors angry at government attacks on the private rental sector looking for ‘easy alternatives’...

17 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors switching to cheaper homes says Countrywide

Average price for a property paid by investors in April fell by 8.3 per cent from £194,000 a month earlier to...

16 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty buying frenzy leads to 11% surge in 'to lets' on Rightmove

The frenzy of investor purchasing of buy to let units ahead of the stamp duty surcharge deadline has led to an...

16 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let index reveals biggest returns now lie far beyond London and SE

A buy to let index of returns compiled by a financial firm shows the greatest returns for investors are now to...

13 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

Supply of rental stock nose-dives according to ARLA

The supply of rental housing stock on letting agents’ books fell sharply in March, to the lowest level since the start...

29 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Fewer 'pension freedom' buy to let investors than expected?

HMRC figures show that over 230,000 people have used the new pension freedoms introduced a year ago - a smaller number...

28 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors' confidence 'at lowest level since 2006' claim

Private landlords’ confidence is at the lowest level since late 2006 according to market research company BDRC Continental, thanks to anti-buy...

27 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

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

Buy to let bounces back: average returns hit 18-month high of 12.2%

Good news for agents having to work harder to persuade would-be landlords that buy to let makes financial sense after the...

22 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

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

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

Rents continue to rise well above inflation, survey shows

Research by HomeLet shows that rents on new tenancies outside London over the three months to March were on average 4.9...

13 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Leading lettings agency takes cautious line on landlord incorporation

One of London’s major letting agencies is urging landlords to take a cautious approach to whether they should incorporate in a...

12 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Half of homes sold in late March were for buy to let - Countrywide

Countrywide says £28 billion worth of home sales were completed in March ahead of the stamp duty surcharge deadline, a 76...

11 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency chief gives Cameron 2 out of 10 for lettings sector performance

Ian Wilson, chief executive officer of Martin & Co, has given David Cameron’s government a “two out of 10” score for...

11 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Warning that buy to let tax changes will damage sector in two years time

Respected credit ratings agency Fitch says buy to let will thrive for the next 12 to 24 months but the effects...

08 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge will hurt tenants most of all warns rental app creator

The three per cent stamp duty surcharge being imposed on buy to let and other properties is set to hurt tenants...

07 April 2016

From: Breaking News

SDLT surcharge leads to slowdown in London development pipeline

The additional homes stamp duty surcharge is contributing to a slowdown in the central London development market according to JLL. The number...

07 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Major lettings firm forecasts more agency acquisitions in growing buy to let sector

Belvoir Lettings, which operates over 210 outlets across the UK, has seen its pre-tax profit surge beyond £2m at Belvoir Lettings. In...

05 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge will deter Build To Rent warns property federation

The British Property Federation says George Osborne’s stamp duty surcharge will threaten the success of the Build To Rent sector, which...

05 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

Low levels of awareness of new lettings tax regime, survey reveals

A substantial majority of new buy to let mortgage applicants are unaware of the mortgage tax relief changes, according to a...

04 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

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

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

ARLA confirms the worst - tenants will pay for buy to let tax changes

The new stamp duty surcharge on buy to let properties coming into effect next Friday will increase rent costs for tenants...

24 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body tells government: buy to let is fine, shortage of homes is not

The government has been told to back off its criticism of buy to let landlords and instead do more to address...

22 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

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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

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Third of landlords still unaware of industry tax changes

Almost a third of landlords surveyed by property crowdfunding platform Property Partner have little or no awareness of the raft of...

16 March 2016

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Investors won't be deterred by stamp duty surcharge, say agents

The proposed stamp duty surcharge on the purchase of second homes and buy-to-let properties will fail to deter landlords from expanding...

15 March 2016

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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

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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

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New figures confirm rush to beat buy to let stamp duty surcharge

There is more evidence that the buy to let sector has experienced a surge of activity as investors rush to complete...

09 March 2016

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Pension-pot property investors undeterred by buy to let tax changes

The changes introduced to the tax and stamp duty levied on buy to let income and property appears not to have...

04 March 2016

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Would property investment be damaged by Brexit?

Unique summary: What does a potential exit from the EU mean for the UK's property market. Ever since the recession hit much...

01 March 2016

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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

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Returns from buy to let investment at their highest for over a year

Returns from buy to let properties have risen to their highest level in over a year.  Data from Your Move and Reeds...

19 February 2016

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25% of would-be buy to let investors deterred by Osborne measures

A survey claims that despite the apparent rush to purchase buy to let properties before the stamp duty surcharge deadline of...

19 February 2016

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Stamp duty change causing confusion and uncertainty in rental sector

A leading lettings expert says George Osborne’s proposed stamp duty surcharge of three per cent may be just weeks from implementation...

18 February 2016

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Prime Central London rents fall for the first time since 2013

Prime Central London rents across the capital fell for the first time in two years during the final quarter of 2015...

17 February 2016

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MPs protest at threat to economy from Osborne buy to let onslaught

The influencial cross-party Commons Treasury Committee says the whole economy could suffer is George Osborne’s fiscal measures against the private rental...

15 February 2016

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Industry body defends private rental sector against homelessness attack

The Residential Landlords’ Association is standing up for the private rental sector in its response to the government’s inquiry into homelessness. The...

12 February 2016

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Letting agency's survey shows Osborne measures hurting private rental sector

Government policies aimed at curbing the buy to let market are directly leading to more pressure on the lettings sector, according...

11 February 2016

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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

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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

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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

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Warning against falling for stamp duty surcharge 'avoidance' scam

The Residential Landlords Association is warning private investors not to be lured by firms offering schemes which allegedly promise to help...

09 February 2016

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Legal expert alarmed at agents not compliant with new tenancy regulations

A legal expert is claiming that changes to S21 eviction procedures introduced back in October are not being adhered to by...

08 February 2016

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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

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Foreign investors still keen on prime central London insists buying agent

Buying agency Black Brick says investment in prime London’s lettings sector remains buoyant despite the imminent three per cent stamp duty...

04 February 2016

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Calm before the storm in rental market, warns letting agents' group

The lettings market is now enjoying ‘the calm before the storm’ according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents.  In its latest...

26 January 2016

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Buy to let tax opponents are completely dismissed by Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron has dismissed out of hand appeals and comments from Letting Agent Today readers to reconsider the recent...

25 January 2016

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Analyst dangles hope that 3% stamp duty surcharge may be deferred

A leading tax expert says there are likely to be unintended consequences of what he calls “half-cocked legislation” bringing in additional...

22 January 2016

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Startling 86% rise in volume of valuations for purchases of buy to let units

Connells says that between December 2014 and December 2015 the number of valuations conducted for buy-to-let properties soared by 86 per...

14 January 2016

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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

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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

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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

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Agency guru wants more social housing after year of attacks on buy to let

Dorian Gonsalves, director of commercial and franchising at Belvoir, is urging the government to dramatically increase the availability of social housing...

07 January 2016

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Prime London buyers can absorb extra 3% duty - but other cities can’t

Investment advice company London Central Portfolio says the proposed three per cent stamp duty surcharge on the purchase of buy to...

07 January 2016

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Last chance for agents to put buy to let tax views to David Cameron

Today is the last chance for Letting Agent Today readers to have their concerns about proposed stamp duty increases and recent...

07 January 2016

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Tory peer criticises government over sudden attack on buy to let

A Conservative peer and former shadow chief secretary to the Treasury has become the first senior Tory to speak out against...

06 January 2016

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Buy to let and stamp duty changes - put your views to David Cameron

Letting Agent Today readers are being given the rare opportunity to have their concerns about proposed stamp duty increases and recent...

05 January 2016

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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

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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

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14 tax changes in four years will hurt buy to let market warns KPMG

No fewer than 14 different tax changes targeted mostly at the buy to let sector will damage the market in 2016...

31 December 2015

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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

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45% of landlords to raise rents in 2016 - many because of tax changes

Almost half of landlords are set to increase their rents in 2016 in a bid to counteract tax changes and higher...

31 December 2015

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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

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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

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Two in five letting agents say rental supply set to slump by 2020

Forty per cent of letting agents are predicting supply will decrease over the next five years – the highest rate this...

24 December 2015

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More criticism of buy to let tax changes by angry trade group

Treasury proposals to hand greater powers to the Bank of England to make access to buy to let lending harder risks...

21 December 2015

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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North west England is highest yielding region for buy to let

Peer-to-peer lender Lendinvest, using data from Zoopla and the Land Registry, says Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff, Coventry and Oldham produce the highest...

16 December 2015

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The scores are in: top 10 property forecasts for 2016

The scores are in - we have asked 20 senior agents and analysts for their forecasts for capital values the 2016...

16 December 2015

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Highly-geared landlords may want to sell up PDQ, advises Rightmove

Financially-stretched landlords may want to think seriously about selling their investment properties - and quickly, advises Rightmove. In its latest monthly report...

15 December 2015

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Stamp duty hike equals 11 months' rental income, says Countrywide

The new three per cent stamp duty rate surcharge is the equivalent to 11 months income for the average mortgaged landlord,...

14 December 2015

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New stamp duty may redraw buy to let investment map says Countrywide

The new three per cent stamp duty on buy to let properties coming into force from next April will effectively redraw...

07 December 2015

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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

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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

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Ex-housing minister says stamp duty hike will boost Build To Rent

Former Conservative housing minister Mark Prisk says the recent clampdowns on the traditional buy to let sector may end up helping...

04 December 2015

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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

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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

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Stamp duty surcharge: conveyancers face mayhem and may raise fees

The controversial three per cent stamp duty surcharge on buy to let and other second home purchases will cause conveyancing “mayhem”...

01 December 2015

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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

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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

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Impact of stamp duty surcharge 'worse than has been suggested'

The National Landlords’ Association insists that some media forecasts of the impact of the new three per cent stamp duty surcharge...

27 November 2015

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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

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Osborne's property industry Autumn Statement announcements

- From April 2016 buy to let landlords and people buying second or holiday homes will have to pay an additional...

26 November 2015

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Shock extra buy to let stamp duty; house building programme confirmed

George Osborne has announced a shock additional 3.0 per cent stamp duty on second homes and buy to let properties. Details are...

25 November 2015

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London rental sector benefits from sales market woe says letting agency

The struggling London sales market is provoking a boom in the capital’s rental sector according to data from Benham & Reeves...

16 October 2015

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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

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Some PCL rents up 11% in just three months says agent

The central London sales market dip of recent weeks has directly led to a surge in the lettings sector according to...

14 July 2015

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