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Mystery surrounds 'longer tenancies' consultation announced in Budget

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

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let sector pessimistic ahead of the Budget

After the series of anti-buy to let measures contained in recent Budgets, it is perhaps unsurprising that a survey of landlords...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Enough! With 15 rental sector ‘consultations’ it’s time for action

A trade body says there are 15 formal government consultations going on within the private rental sector - and now it’s...

20 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

'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

Mortgage interest change particularly hits large-portfolio BTL investors

New analysis shows how the phasing out of mortgage interest tax relief for buy to let investors may prove a particular...

23 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

ARLA's 10-point guide for renters - with the emphasis on agents

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has issued a 10 point guide for tenants - with the emphasis very much on...

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

New rent rises 'could be landlords passing on charges' says HomeLet

Rents in the UK rose by an average of 2.1 per cent during September according to HomeLet.   HomeLet says last month’s rise continues...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Equity release 'could help portfolio landlords hit by new rules'

Portfolio landlords unable to borrow or contemplating selling because of new Prudential Regulation Authority rules are being urged to consider equity...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry anger erupts at Corbyn's pledge to introduce rent controls

Trade groups have reacted angrily to Labour’s proposal to introduce rent controls if the party enters government.   The announcement, made by Labour...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent will never meet demand by tenants, government told

A trade body says the expanding Build To Rent sector will never be large enough to meet tenant demand and as...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Corbyn commits Labour to introducing rent controls

Jeremy Corbyn has used his leader’s speech at the end of this week’s Labour conference in Brighton to commit the party...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Some rents still rising in bid to counter tax and policy changes

The number of letting agents who saw landlords increasing rent costs for tenants rose to 35 per cent in August according...

27 September 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

Pensioners should 'think twice' before committing to property investment

A leading figure in the buy to let broker industry has called for would-be ‘pension pot’ landlords to seek advice before...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour wants councils to have more powers over private rental sector

Labour's housing spokesman has called on the government to give councils greater powers over the regulation of the private rental sector.   In...

20 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

Countrywide and ARLA in 'Industry Alliance' to support lettings sector

The Nationwide Building Society says it is assembling what it calls ‘an industry alliance’ to support the increasingly-beleaguered private rental sector.   The...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Here's how much it costs to run one lettings property per year

New figures assembled by the Nationwide reveal precisely how much, on average, it costs to operate a privately rented property.    The numbers...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

RICS warns new rules and tax changes will force out many landlords

Some 61 per cent of chartered surveyors believe there will be a net exodus of landlords over the coming year thanks...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Council demands info on tenants for every week of the year

The local authority in Islington, north London, is attempting to close what it calls a loophole concerning private rental property and...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry supplier Hallmark rebranding as ITTRIA

Hallmark, which has been working with agents and property management firms for over a decade, has formally launched its new name...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says landlord numbers down but portfolio sizes are up

The number of landlords has fallen over the last two years despite a rise in supply of homes available to rent,...

11 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

Solo graduates in London could spend 75% of pay on rent

Graduates sharing in London spend upwards of 45 per cent of their monthly take home pay on accommodation according to a...

08 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

Belvoir posts impressive results, despite 'challenging' market

Belvoir, the UK's largest property franchise group, has reported an increase in profit and revenue in the first six months of...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Client demand and void periods 'keeping landlords awake at night'

A study by an online letting agent suggests that client demand and void periods are two of landlords' biggest concerns, and...

04 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

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

Over 145 rules and laws for lettings sector - yet enforcement 'limited'

A new report identifies in detail over 145 laws and regulations governing the private rental sector, varying across the four countries...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agent's cheeky interpretation of trade body figures

Landlords who rent out their property via online letting agents are in a stronger position to deal with new financial and...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Surge in Airbnb-style short lets 'is down to tax relief change'

More landlords are quitting conventional letting and resorting to holiday lets or, increasingly, Airbnb-style short lets.    The move is particularly acute in...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Equity release product launched specifically for buy to let investors

Equity release specialist Retirement Advantage has launched a range of products specifically for owners of Buy To Let properties.    These products will...

24 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

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

Council working with HMRC to expose tax-evading private landlords

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

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Academic alleges massive tax evasion across private rental sector

An economics academic says the country’s taxpayers should be “very angry” with the government for failing to collect taxes to which...

15 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

Fifth of landlords to sell one or more units this year, trade body says

A survey of almost 3,000 landlords suggests more than one in five plans to sell at least one of their investment...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Confidence ebbing away in private rental sector, says trade body

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

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Politician says £10m tax may be avoided via short lets in one city alone

Green Party politician Andy Wightman claims that £10.6m in taxes are being avoided this year due to the boom in private...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Young renters likely to have tough task finding places to live

Younger people will have more difficulty finding rented accommodation in coming months as a substantial proportion of landlords actively cut back...

02 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

Prime London tenants 'seek smaller rental units with better amenities'

Prime central London is seeing the rise of the micro-apartment, according to new research, as squeezed accommodation budgets have seen singles...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency claims online firms can reduce voids by up to a week

An online agency claims landlords who use online operators are likely to reduce average void periods by up to a week.    In...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Shelter demands 'power shift' in favour of private tenants

Campaigning charity Shelter - which last week suggested landlords were more likely to quit buy to let because they grew old...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Shelter insists age, not taxes, forces landlords to quit buy to let

The reasons behind ‘landlord churn’ - when buy to let investors sell up - are more connected with personal circumstances than...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

10% of landlords quit lettings sector each year, says Shelter

Campaigning charity Shelter claims around one in 10 landlords quit the lettings sector each year.   Using new research by YouGov it says...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group warns that buy to let taxes could trigger pension crisis

The impact of recent changes to the way buy to let properties are taxed could create the next pension crisis, a...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharma told that London licensing proposal is his 'first big test'

Beleagured housing minister Alok Sharma has been told by a London council that his decision over an application for a borough-wide...

20 July 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

Trade body welcomes government U-turn on digitisation deadline

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

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

UK rental growth slows as London goes negative, index claims

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

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Paragon says investors want government to scrap BTL tax changes

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

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Figures debunk myth that buy to let investors are wealthy

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

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

'PropTech is the answer to lettings sector problems, not a cause'

A head of a company providing hi-tech products to letting agents says technology is the answer to current rental industry challenges,...

06 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

Lettings sector tax increases - they're hurting, but they're not working

The Residential Landlords’ Association says recent fiscal changes hitting the private rented sector are hurting tenants but failing to achieve their...

04 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

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

Iain Duncan Smith to join panel of experts at industry event

Former Conservative Party leader and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is set to speak at a lettings sector event...

13 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

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 still viable 'but may suffer because of Brexit'

A new report says buy to let will continue to provide good investment opportunities but requires an increasingly professional approach.   The report,...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

More landlords using agents after buy to let taxes kick in

The proportion of landlords who use a letting agent to help manage their property has spiked since the end of last...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Tory peer attacks his party over anti-rental sector policies

Conservative peer Lord Flight, a former shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, says the UK needs “a vibrant and growing private...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Watch out for increased letting agent fees, warns online operator

Online lettings agency Upad claims 20 per cent of landlords are set to increase their rents to their tenants thanks to...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage interest tax change - election candidates receive 1,500 letters

Some 1,500 landlords have responded to a trade group’s campaign calling for them to press General Election candidates to oppose changes...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Small-scale BTL investors 'waking up to tax change' says trade group

Single property landlords are finally waking up to the fact they could be pushed in to a higher tax bracket following...

22 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

Lettings market wobbling according to figures from board company

Data from Agency Express suggests that the lettings market is wobbling with a sharp decline in its usual measure - the...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords to shop around as annual agent fees hit £870 per property

Landlords are increasingly looking to reduce the fees they pay to letting agents due to industry tax changes and increasing management...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Half of buy to let investors vague on cost of mortgage interest change

Almost half of the investors in the private rental sector do not know what the changes in mortgage relief will cost...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Solo tenants aged 18 to 39 'pay 69% of monthly income on rent'

Tenants aged between 18 and 39 and living alone spend 69 per cent of their monthly post-tax income on rent according...

08 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

Conservatives should back selective rent controls, urges think-tank

The Conservatives should introduce rent controls to kick-start a seaside town renaissance, suggests an organisation set up originally by the David Cameron...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Look who's set up a buy to let company ... it's Tony Blair

A landlord has set up a company to handle the ownership and management of buy to let properties - and the...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA warns: Tax changes are forcing landlords to quit

Letting agents have reporting an average of four landlords per branch selling up and quitting the buy to let sector in...

26 April 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

Letting fees ban 'unlikely before late 2018' whatever election result

The ban on letting agents in England imposing fees on tenants is unlikely to be implemented before late next year according...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Firm leading opposition to BTL tax change says HMOs hit less badly

A property firm at the centre of the campaign against phasing out landlords’ mortgage interest relief says is urging tenants to...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

20% of rental properties now let by companies, says Countrywide

A remarkable one in five properties now being let are operated by a company landlord - and the figure surges to...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency says buy to let returns at record high, despite tax changes

Private landlords’ net income has risen 39 per cent in the last five years, jumping from £10.8 billion to £15 billion...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Councils want 'tiny' flats banned and jail for rogue landlords

A body representing 370 councils in England and Wales wants the government to close a legal loophole which allows the conversion...

12 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

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

Almost half of 'victimised' buy to let investors ready to quit

A new study of landlords reveals that far more believe they will be affected by today’s buy to let mortgage interest...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Long-standing campaigner against tax change restates opposition

Steve Bolton, founder of investment consultancy Platinum Property Partners and one of two landlords who have led a campaign against restricting...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent rises of 20% to 30% are on their way, warns trade association

Tax rises for landlords being introduced today will make renting less affordable and stifle investment in homes to rent, making it...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Henry Pryor in dramatic Twitter bust-up over 'Tenant Tax'

Prominent market commentator and buying agent Henry Pryor has been involved in a Twitter spat over whether the changes to mortgage...

05 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

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

Tax chiefs issue mortgage interest reminder to lettings sector

The Chartered Institute of Taxation has issued a reminder to buy to let investors that the first phase of the restriction...

31 March 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

UK letting agents' fees cheaper than many countries, claims ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is keeping up its campaign against a ban on agents’ fees in England by showing...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord group wants agents' views on private rental sector

The Residential Landlords’ Association is calling on letting agents in the organisation to contribute to their latest research.    “As part of our...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Quarter of London letting agents report rent falls

Rent increases have slowed in London with only eight per cent of agents reporting increases last month - and a quarter...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

More evidence that lettings market is slowing across the UK

New lettings data from Agency Express supports the belief that the rental market may be slowing down across much of the...

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

4 Reasons Why Virtual Furnishing Really Is The Future

It seems prop-tech is exploding at a scary rate, and the latest brands are all trying to grab our attention by...

17 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

1.4m landlords 'unaware of mortgage interest tax relief change'

The campaign against the imminent changes to mortgage interest tax relief for the buy to let sector estimates that 1.4m landlords...

14 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

Referencing firm to offer agents utility-management service

The Lettings Hub is broadening its offer to agents by launching a utility management service on top of its traditional referencing...

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let company boss sentenced after evading £281,000 tax

A landlord who ran multiple property companies but failed to declare his income or that he was a company director to...

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Short Lets - government to review Rent A Room tax relief

The Residential Landlords Association has spotted small print from the Budget that may suggest the government is about to review Rent...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

'New Landlord' instructions at their weakest for two years, says RICS

The number of new landlords instructing agents is at its lowest for two years - and with worse to come thanks...

10 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

Will Hammond's incorporation clampdown hit buy to let?

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

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let tax changes - opponents launch new website

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

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Private rents now rising at less than half rate of inflation

Rents rose by a year-on-year average of 0.8 per cent at the end of last month - while inflation in the...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Major letting agency warns: tax changes will push up rents

Belvoir says new figures from across its network of agents shows that the government is wrong to claim that renting is...

03 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

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

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

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

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Fees ban 'highlights need for professional inventories' - claim

Professional independent inventories can save money for landlords at a time when tax changes threaten to make private letting for expensive...

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

Buy To Let tax opponents pledge shock and awe on Shelter

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

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Economists asked to assess impact of buy to let tax changes

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

14 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Lobby MPs against buy to let tax changes ... urges a Tory MP

Saturday is traditionally the day many MPs hold their constituency surgeries, listening to grievances and opinions from their electors.    Conservative member of...

10 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

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

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

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Even ex-Bank of England economist hates buy to let tax change

David Miles, a former Bank of England economist, has described the government’s mortgage interest tax relief reform as “terrible” - but...

06 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

Guarantee blue skies! Bad weather doesn’t mean bad photos when you use Doctor Photo

Annoying isn’t it. You take on a stunning property, agree a compelling asking price and your Vendor is desperate to get the...

02 February 2017

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

Group calls for capital gains and energy efficiency reforms

The National Landlords Association is making only three demands on the government for its next Budget, because it recognises further reforms...

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

'Don't raise rents - try to keep tenants' letting agent tells landlords

Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings says it is encouraging its London landlords to avoid rent rises and instead focus on retaining...

20 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

More buy to let investors seeking HMOs to offset higher taxes

A property investment financing specialist says an increasing number of buy to let investors are converting properties into Houses in Multiple...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents may not be able to rise further in 2017, warns HomeLet

Rent increases across the UK are now running at an average that is less than half the level of a year...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Average rent outside London now hits £750 per month

  The average rent paid for a home in the UK outside London hit £750 in December, rising by 2.04 per cent...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New podcasts aim to educate agents, landlords and tenants

Hamilton Fraser - parent company to several key brands operating in the private rental sector - has launched a series of...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Another big rise in company applications for buy to let mortgages

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

06 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Want to lobby Phillip Hammond? Here's how you do it...

The government has published a new set of guidelines for organisations, companies and individuals to lobby the Treasury ahead of the...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents back beefed-up campaign against changes to mortgage tax relief

The campaigners against planned changes to mortgage interest tax relief - set to come into effect from April, phased over four...

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade body rejects London mayor's call for yet more rental licensing

The National Landlords Association has rejected a central plank of London mayor Sadiq Khan’s plan for housing - the introduction of yet more...

23 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Over a third of landlords never use agents, biggest-ever survey says

  Over a third of landlords have never used a letting agent and manage all their properties themselves.    That is the finding of...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade body claims half of landlords would ditch agents if profits fell

A trade body claims that 47 per cent of landlords would cease to use letting agents if their profits began to...

14 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

The days of buy to let are numbered, says Fergus Wilson

Britain’s biggest buy to let landlord, Fergus Wilson, says new investors now will never be able to enjoy the scale of...

12 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

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

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

Recycling charges - another back-door tax on buy to let?

What appears at first sight to be a low-level dispute between a landlord and a council has raised what may be...

06 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Labour MP suggests buy to let tax breaks for longer tenancies

A Labour MP has told the House of Commons that she is in favour of a tax regime that would reward...

05 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

Profits like these show why big investors drawn to Build To Rent

Financial results from Grainger, which is already the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, reveals the potential profits to be made by...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents will unpreventably rise because of fees ban, warns ARLA

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

01 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

Confirmed - government WILL ban letting agents' fees on tenants

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

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Affordability tests blamed for dip in buy to let mortgage lending

The Mortgage Works, the buy to let lending arm of the Nationwide, has seen a dip in the amount borrowed by...

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

Industry relief at Appeal Court decision on buy to let council tax

There has been relief within the industry following an Appeal Court judgement that landlords are not responsible for paying the council...

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency condemns city licensing scheme as simply a landlord tax

One the leading letting agencies in Brighton has sharply criticised a proposal by the local council to introduce a selective licensing...

18 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

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

Online agency warns tenants' arrears will worsen next year

An online lettings agency says tenants’ arrears are likely to be the biggest issue facing the rental sector next year unless...

16 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency holds seminars on impact of Brexit and buy to let tax changes

Another lettings agency has decided to stage a seminar for landlords to explain what Brexit and recent tax changes mean for the...

15 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

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

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

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Yield no longer the key measure of buy to let success, says lettings expert

Lettings expert Kate Faulkner says yields - a traditional long-standing measure of success for buy to let landlords - are becoming...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage chief demands government support for rental sector

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

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Rental growth to outstrip sales price growth in next five years - Savills

In an otherwise-downbeat set of predictions for 2017 and beyond, Savills says that rental growth is likely to outstrip sales price growth...

04 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

Mortgage chief slams rivals for lending to every Tom, Dick and Harry

An outspoken mortgage chief has criticised other lenders for supplying buy to let products to “every Tom, Dick and Harry” since...

28 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body to lobby Treasury on tax before Autumn Statement

The Residential Landlords’ Association has revealed that it is to meet with Treasury officials ahead of next month’s Autumn Statement -...

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Sector confident despite political and economic uncertainty

So much for Brexit and economic uncertainty disrupting the buy to let market - a new survey out today shows it’s...

26 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 body ramps up buy to let tax pressure on Chancellor

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

24 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Next year's buy to let tax change will hit almost half a million

The National Landlords Association claims that changes to buy to let mortgage interest tax relief being introduced in six months time...

19 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

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

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

Airbnb short lets: new warning that owners may breach leases

Respected legal firm Mishcon de Reya is the latest voice warning of problems which can be caused when apartment owners let...

10 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Bid to stop buy to let tax grab moves to political arena after court failure

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

07 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

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

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

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Key day as landlords seek judicial review of buy to let tax change

Legal represenatives for two landlords will today make the case for a judicial review of Section 24 of the Finance (No.2)...

06 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

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

Are punishments getting bigger? £300,000 bill for two rogue landlords

Two landlords must pay a combined total of over £300,000 following legal action by a central London council.    Westminster council claimed that...

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

Key legal verdict on buy to let tax change to be delivered this week

The case made by two landlords to have a judicial review of section 24 of the 2015 Finance Act - triggering...

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry group steps up pressure against buy to let tax change

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

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

'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

Britain's biggest landlord launches appeal after losing 'damp row'

One of Britain's best-known landlords, Fergus Wilson, has launched an appeal after losing a case regarding a damp property. The tenants, Attila...

23 September 2016

From: Breaking News

MP raises concerns over Airbnb's impact on London market

An MP has written to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, raising concerns over the effect short-term lets regulations are having...

22 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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Rent4sure is pleased to announce we are now working with Home Telecom to give your tenants fast, flexible and unlimited broadband plus...

13 September 2016

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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

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Letting agents urged to lobby MPs over mortgage interest tax changes

A campaign group is urging letting agents to join with landlords in lobbying MP over the government’s change to buy to...

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

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

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

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

HMRC quashes rumours of tax change for landlords who sell

Speculation that the government was attempting to ‘slip in’ yet more changes to the way landlords are being taxed have been...

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Property investor jailed for fraud following HMRC investigation

A self-employed property investor and caterer who stole over £70,000 in a tax credit fraud, has been jailed.   Khalid Farid, 59, from...

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Growing industry concern over new buy to let 'stealth tax'

There is growing concern across the industry at the fear - which we reported yesterday - that the government may be...

31 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Law Society hits out at government over latest buy to let tax changes

The Law Society has accused the government of avoiding proper consultation and scrutiny in the way it has introduced new buy to let proposals.   They...

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

New court date for possible judicial review of buy to let tax changes

The date for the court hearing to decide whether there should be a judicial review of the buy to let tax...

26 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry group comes out fighting over housing benefit claims

The National Landlords Association has come out fighting in response to a weekend report by the National Housing Federation suggesting buy...

23 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let is big winner from housing benefit surge, says federation

The amount of housing benefit going to private landlords has more than doubled in the past decade according to the National...

22 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency tells Minister: incentivise buy to let, reverse tax changes

Belvoir is calling on the government to reverse its punitive tax policies against buy to let and introduce incentives to make...

18 August 2016

From: Breaking News

HMRC mulling 'easier' tax regime for small-scale buy to let owners

HM Revenue & Customs has launched a 12-week consultation on a proposal which it claims simplifies the tax demands levied on...

16 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Another rental group speaks out against buy to let tax changes

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

16 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing minister to meet campaigners against buy to let tax changes

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has agreed to meet campaigners opposed to the clampdown on landlords’ mortgage interest tax relief. The measure -...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Lifting the Lid on Deposit Disputes

Our latest infographic shows figures of how the majority of deposits are repaid at the end of tenancy and goes into...

05 August 2016

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September date for buy to let Clause 24 judicial review decision

The people behind the bid for a judicial review into Clause 24 of the Finance Act 2015 - limiting mortgage interest tax...

05 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Government 'makes it hard for claimants and homeless to privately rent'

Government policy is making it harder than ever for benefits claimants and the homeless to rent homes, according to a new...

26 July 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

New housing minister has gone on record opposing rental licensing

The Residential Landlords’ Association says Gavin Barwell, the new housing minister appointed by Theresa May this week, is a known critic...

22 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Frustrated vendors urged to short-let homes while awaiting buyers

A hospitality start-up company claims the Brexit vote adds to uncertainty in the sales market - and it wants vendors to...

22 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Government provides details of buy to let interest tax relief change

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

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

Industry group welcomes House of Lords' swipe at Build To Rent

The Residential Landlords Association has welcomed a report by the House of Lords that institutional investors behind the Build To Rent...

19 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

01 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let in London very difficult to make viable - claim

A buy to let property in London is going to be “very difficult to make viable” in the near future unless...

27 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 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

Campaign against buy to let 'tax grab' extends fund-raising deadline

The landlords campaigning for a judicial review of the legislation curtailing mortgage interest tax relief for buy to let landlords have...

21 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent warns of long-term buy to let 'ticking timebomb'

Buy to let investors face a ‘ticking timebomb’ that may force many of them to quit the sector in the long-term,...

16 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Anger over private rental licensing bid which could hit 10,000 homes

A row has broken out between landlords and the council in Oxford, where the local authority is considering a private rental...

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Cost of renting for young people rises across Britain, especially London

The average cost of renting a one-bedroom home in Britain has risen to £746 per month - this is the equivalent...

13 June 2016

From: Breaking News

No change in government policy in sight despite successful protest rally

There appears no change in government policy on changing buy to let tax breaks - at least not yet - despite...

10 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Tory MPs speak out against Osborne's mortgage interest relief tax change

On the day of the campaign rally to galvanise support for a bid to win a judicial review of George Osborne’s...

09 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body warns Mayor Khan over private rental sector red tape

An industry body is warning new London Labour mayor Sadiq Khan not to think he is helping renters by tying up...

09 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Anti-Osborne tax rally this week will hear from raft of industry experts

The line-up has been revealed for the so-called "Tenants’ Tax Summit” this week - the campaign rally for supporters of a...

07 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

New twist in website's spat with BBC over Osborne buy to let tax changes

There has been a new development in a long-running spat between a website and the BBC over the corporation’s news coverage...

07 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Over a quarter of landlords consider using online letting agents to save money

Some 27 per cent of landlords consider an online letting agency to be a more attractive option for managing property than...

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency fined £11,000 over advertising HMO that was later shut down

A lettings agency has been fined over £11,000 for alleged breaches of regulations in advertising an unlicenced HMO that was later...

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

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

Landlords avoiding benefits tenants due to Osborne's tax changes

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

27 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Details revealed of next month's anti-buy to let tax change rally

More details have emerged of the campaign rally to be held next month in support of the bid for a judicial...

20 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 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

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

Judicial review of BTL tax change: fund-raising deadline extended

The two landlords campaigning to win a judicial review of George Osborne’s restrictions on buy to let mortgage tax relief have...

04 May 2016

From: Breaking News

World's largest 'co-living' rental scheme opens this week in UK

What is described as the world’s largest’ co-living’ scheme opens this week with a 550-bed 11-storey development in west London.  With rents...

03 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Campaigners against buy to let tax change raise another £50,000

Another £50,000 has already been raised through crowd-funding to help meet the costs of mounting a legal challenge to George Osborne’s...

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

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

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

Unveiled - the legal team to challenge Osborne's buy to let tax changes

The two landlords hoping to secure a judicial review of the legislation restricting mortgage interest tax relief on buy to let...

20 April 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 April 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Legal challenge to buy to let tax change: new fund-raising bid launched

The two landlords spearheading a campaign to challenge the change to buy to let mortgage interest tax relief have launched another...

15 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

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

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

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

Industry body demands action over scandal of 'buy to leave'

Action is needed to tackle the scandal of ‘buy to leave’ investors who are denying Londoners the homes they need, according...

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

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

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

06 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Record profits as Martin & Co pledges further franchise expansion

Publicly quoted property franchise giant MartinCo has reported strong figures to the City with group revenue up 38 per cent and...

06 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

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

Buy to let tax change opponents plan major London event this summer

The two landlords behind the bid to seek a judicial review of George Osborne’s buy to let mortgage interest relief tax...

31 March 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

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

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

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

24 March 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Mortgage lenders tick off government for out of date lettings info

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has ticked off the government for not updating its Private Landlords’ Survey for some six years...

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

Tory peer launches damning critique on government buy to let attacks

A Conservative peer has criticised the government's ongoing attacks on the private lettings industry saying that the Cameron administration should be...

18 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents and landlords disappointed with budget of 'missed opportunity'

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

17 March 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 March 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

London landlords particularly likely to quit lettings sector, says survey

The proportion of landlords in central London who intend to sell property has quadrupled since last year’s Budget, according to the...

11 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body slams proposal urging even more council lettings licensing

A proposal to make it easier for some local councils to introduce licensing schemes governing the private rental sector will do...

08 March 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Major lettings agency may urge its landlords to incorporate

Martin & Co - one of Britain’s largest letting agency networks with 192 offices across the country - says it may...

03 March 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let 'unprofitable' in most areas if rate rises and tax relief falls

If interest rates rise by 2.5 per cent over the next four years, traditional buy to let could become unprofitable in...

01 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Government figures show average private rent up 2.6% in a year

Tenants now pay 2.6 per cent more rent on average than they did a year ago according to the government’s Office...

01 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Legal challenge to buy to let tax change: HMRC to respond by March 16

The attempt to see judicial review of George Osborne’s buy to let tax change continues apace, with the government now having...

29 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Jen Paice, CEO of SafeDeposits Scotland

Who are you? Jen Paice What does it say on your business card? Chief executive of SafeDeposits Scotland What does SafeDeposits Scotland do? We are...

24 February 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

HMRC must clarify new wear and tear allowance, say tax experts

Agents acting for landlords replacing furniture and other domestic items in homes to let should be given detailed guidance from the...

23 February 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

Osborne tax changes - letting agents urged to discuss incorporation

Four in 10 landlords are either seriously considering forming a limited company or will be looking into the option in the...

22 February 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the impact of Airbnb on traditional private lettings sector

A report by the British Hospitality Association appears to reveal the latest estimates of the impact of people who use Airbnb...

18 February 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting scams up as landlord possessions reach record high

The total number of evictions last year reached a record high of 42,728 according to data from the Ministry of Justice.  Whilst...

16 February 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

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

10 February 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Top agency asks landlords to contribute to Osborne legal challenge

The franchise letting agency chain Belvoir is urging its landlord clients to offer fiancial support to the national campaign to fight...

08 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

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

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

03 February 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 February 2016

From: Breaking News

David d'Orton-Gibson, Training for Professionals MD

Who are you? I am David d’Orton-Gibson What does it say on your business card? It says I am the Managing Director of an...

01 February 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

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

29 January 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Lawyers challenging Osborne tax will contact government this week

The two buy to let investors behind a campaign to seek a judicial review of George Osborne’s controversial mortgage interest tax...

25 January 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 January 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 January 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent says buy to let tax change threatens supply - just as demand surges

People coming to work in Scotland from overseas are making up an increasing proportion of private sector tenants according to a...

19 January 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 January 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 January 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Appeal for experts to help legal challenge to Osborne's rental tax changes

The two landlords behind the possible legal challenge to George Osborne’s buy to let tax changes are appealling for “experts, mentors...

11 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

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

New details emerge of legal challenge to Osborne buy to let tax changes

A legal opinion is expected in the next few days as the legal challenge to George Osborne’s buy to let tax...

06 January 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 January 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 January 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 January 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 December 2015

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Rents up 3% next year with forecast of much more to come by 2020

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is predicting that rents are likely to increase even faster than house prices in the...

23 December 2015

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

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

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

21 December 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

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

17 December 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 December 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 December 2015

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 December 2015

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 December 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 December 2015

From: Breaking News

'Say No To George' petition now well over 40,000 signatures

An online petition asking the government to rethink its raft of tax measures imposed on buy to let landlords this year...

07 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

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

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

04 December 2015

From: Breaking News

ARLA's new guidance for students in private rental accommodation

ARLA has issued guidance to students who may be using the Christmas break to line-up accommodation for the coming year.  Looking for...

04 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Bill-splitting facilities likely to expand amongst HMO tenants

An energy supply company that specialises in the lettings market has announced deals with three major businesses that allows it to...

01 December 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Jail for businessman who didn't tell HMRC about £259,000 property income

A businessman has been jailed for two years for failing to declare and pay tax on income he received from his...

30 November 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

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

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

26 November 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

From: Breaking News

Private rental repairs 'deferred because of Osborne tax changes'

Research shows that landlords are scaling-back repairs over the winter in order to optimise finances when a new wear and tear tax...

20 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Government urged to scrap 'tenant's tax' hidden in licensing schemes

Councils that charge landlords for licences solely to collect information on the number of landlords in an area have been accused...

19 November 2015

From: Breaking News

'More evidence that buy to let is becoming too complex' - claim

The government’s reduction of mortgage interest tax relief on buy to let properties in a major factor for 50 per cent...

17 November 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 November 2015

From: Breaking News

New call for agents' details to be revealed on council tax forms

The Residential Landlords Association is calling on MPs to support a measure being proposed in the House of Commons that would...

13 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords' tax sell-off will reduce London rental supply

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

13 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and government attacked over 'under-regulated' short term lets

The outgoing chief of Whitbread PLC has made a scathing attack on Airbnb and the government for its approach to what...

11 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Tax threat fails to dampen appeal of buy to let insists agent

The controversial changes to landlords’ mortgage interest tax relief and to the wear and tear allowance “have failed to dampen the...

10 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Brothels raided to hold landlords to account over properties

A series of raids on privately let properties in the westcountry appear to have taken place as a way of holding...

09 November 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Rents to rise 16% to 22% over next five years - forecast

Savills says mainstream UK rents are likely to rise by an average of 16.5 per cent by the end of 2020...

06 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Not every country is cutting buy to let investors' tax breaks...

Thanks to Accountancy Age for drawing to our attention to the fact that not every country is tightening up on the tax...

04 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Estate agents urged not to be deterred from seeking buy to let instructions

Estate agents shying away from sales of buy to let properties because of recent government clampdowns on the sector risk missing...

02 November 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 October 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 October 2015

From: Breaking News

‘Between a rock and a harder place'

Stephen Moss, CEO of based Pring.co.uk the UK’s leading property investment search engine, takes a look at the impact of ‘Corbynmania’...

28 October 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Tenant demand up across most of UK, survey reveals

Around 40 per cent of landlords are reporting an increase in tenant demand in their area in the past three months. A...

27 October 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 October 2015

From: Breaking News