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Reviewing your portfolio to help maximise profit

Reviewing your portfolio to help maximise profit

Over the last few months, landlords have seen their profits eroded with the Chancellors’ recent tax measures and it is becoming much harder to make money in the buy-to-let market.

18 Aug 2017

OneSavings Bank announce new lending criteria for portfolio landlords

OneSavings Bank announce new lending criteria for portfolio landlords

Ahead of the second phase of PRA changes coming into effect on 1st October 2017, specialist lender, OneSavings Bank, has announced its new lending criteria for portfolio landlords.

17 Aug 2017

Investor outlook favourable as BTL rates drop again

Investor outlook favourable as BTL rates drop again

New data from Mortgage Brain has revealed that over the past three months, most mainstream buy-to-let mortgage products saw further rate and cost reductions.

17 Aug 2017

Top Tips to be a better landlord

Top Tips to be a better landlord

More often than not, it’s the little things that can make a big difference. Here are 20 top tips for being a better landlord, from the experts at Belvoir...

15 Aug 2017

Rental growth up in the capital for first time in eight months

Rental growth up in the capital for first time in eight months

The latest data from Countrywide has revealed that the run of eight consecutive months of falling rents in London came to an abrupt end in July.

14 Aug 2017

Majority of landlords losing confidence in rental profits

Majority of landlords losing confidence in rental profits

According to recent figures from the National Landlords Association, the proportion of landlords who are optimistic about their ability to rely on a steady rental yield has fallen 15% in the past two years – down from 64% in Q2 2015 to just 49% in Q2 2017.

09 Aug 2017

Portfolio landlord plans in place at Leeds

Portfolio landlord plans in place at Leeds

In line with new PRA rules which come into force next month, Leeds Building Society has announced that it is prepared for the changes and has put plans into place. The lender confirmed that it will define a portfolio landlord as a borrower who has four or more mortgaged rental properties.

08 Aug 2017

Confidence among landlords see rents rise in July

Confidence among landlords see rents rise in July

The latest report from Homelet has revealed that rental price inflation has returned in the UK, rising by 1.1%.

07 Aug 2017

Swelling demand drives up rents in the East

Swelling demand drives up rents in the East

The latest Landbay Rental Index has revealed that, in the 12 months to July, residential rents in the East of England grew by 2.35% - almost four times the UK average of 0.64%.

04 Aug 2017

Confidence in future of property market amongst renters at all time low

Confidence in future of property market amongst renters at all time low

According to new research, 51% of UK renters believe that the property ladder will only be scalable by oligarchs and high net worth individuals in 15 years’ time.

03 Aug 2017

 

Portfolio landlord lender factsheet launches at Paradigm

Portfolio landlord lender factsheet launches at Paradigm

Paradigm Mortgage Services has announced that it has launched a new factsheet covering all available buy-to-let panel lenders’ portfolio landlord criteria, in light of the PRA underwriting changes which are due to take place from the 30th September.

02 Aug 2017

Rising numbers of students turned away from rental accomodation

Rising numbers of students turned away from rental accomodation

According to new data from Housing Hand, rising rent prices, mounting household debt and poor credit history, is making it difficult for increasing numbers of students and young people to secure rental accommodation.

01 Aug 2017

Foundation Home Loans announce new five year BTL rate

Foundation Home Loans announce new five year BTL rate

Foundation Home Loans has today announced a 5 year fixed rate limited edition offer on its Buy to Let Standard Range, available to both individuals and limited companies.

01 Aug 2017

Summer maintenance for rental properties

Summer maintenance for rental properties

According to the experts at Belvoir, giving your rental property a summer maintenance MOT to get it ready for the year ahead can have big benefits for both you and your tenant.

01 Aug 2017

Scottish properties outperforming UK to offer 4.9% returns

Scottish properties outperforming UK to offer 4.9% returns

While yields across much of England and Wales have been squeezed in the last 12 months, landlord returns in Scotland have remained solid, Your Move Scotland has found.

31 Jul 2017

Landlords adapt to new market as sentiments shift

Landlords adapt to new market as sentiments shift

Kent Reliance today released its Buy to Let Britain report, showing the 'shifting sentiment' in the market in response to the new tax landscape for landlords.

28 Jul 2017

Landlord confidence falls, despite high yields and profitability

Landlord confidence falls, despite high yields and profitability

Landlord confidence fell across all key indicators in the second quarter of 2017, according to the latest quarterly index from BM Solutions.

28 Jul 2017

Online agent claims to slash tenancy void periods by a week

Online agent claims to slash tenancy void periods by a week

Technology is helping to speed up the rental process and helping landlords save hundreds of pounds and the industry millions, say online letting agent Upad.

28 Jul 2017

Landlords reveal their biggest fears in new survey

Landlords reveal their biggest fears in new survey

New research by landlord insurer Direct Line for Business has revealed that Brexit is no longer the number one concern for UK landlords as taxation and economic uncertainty claim the top spots

27 Jul 2017

Landlords step up to tackle fire safety

Landlords step up to tackle fire safety

More than half the population of UK landlords have taken measures to check the fire safety of their buy-to-let properties in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.

27 Jul 2017

Tenancy deposit thefts now top £700,000

Tenancy deposit thefts now top £700,000

According to recent data, crooked letting agents were convicted of stealing almost £700,000 of tenancy deposits in the first half of 2017– with the average theft totalling almost £50,000.

27 Jul 2017

Should we blame landlords for the housing crisis?

Should we blame landlords for the housing crisis?

The Government’s recent assault on landlords with a series of tax hikes, have hit the sector hard, driving some to leave the buy-to-let market for good.

26 Jul 2017

Calls for unregulated eviction companies to join a redress scheme

Calls for unregulated eviction companies to join a redress scheme

Over the years, Landlord Action has been instructed to take on several cases following the malpractice of other eviction firms. With repossessions for landlords now taking on average 43 weeks, Landlord Action says landlords simply cannot afford to restart the process due to compliance errors.

25 Jul 2017

AIIC: 'BBC landlord show is an eye-opener for the industry'

AIIC: 'BBC landlord show is an eye-opener for the industry'

BBC One programme The Week the Landlords Moved In should act as an eye-opener for the lettings industry, according to the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks.

20 Jul 2017

Foundation Home Loans announce new First Time Landlord products

Foundation Home Loans announce new First Time Landlord products

Specialist mortgage lender, Foundation Home Loans, has announced that it has bolstered its Buy to Let range with new First Time Landlord products.

19 Jul 2017

Letting agent jailed three years for deposit fraud

Letting agent jailed three years for deposit fraud

A property campaigner has described the case of a letting agent only convicted of £200,000 of fraud involving deposits following a private prosecution after police decided not to investigate as “stunning and alarming”.

19 Jul 2017

Are BTL tax changes becoming the next pension crisis?

Are BTL tax changes becoming the next pension crisis?

The impact of recent changes to the way buy-to-let properties are taxed could create the next pension crisis as individuals are becoming over-reliant on property to fund their retirement years, says the National Landlords Association.

19 Jul 2017

BTL flat fees at new record low

BTL flat fees at new record low

New data from Mortgages for Business shows that flat fees for buy-to-let mortgages have hit a new low after falling by more than 5% in Q2 from £1,446 to £1,370.

18 Jul 2017

Latest Comments

Christian Donovan
Christian Donovan 18 Aug 2017

The write-down on house values, combined with the fall in the GBP saddled the fund?s property portfolio with a 1.4% loss in the second quarter. The shocking amount of $240 million.

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Samantha Goodman
Samantha Goodman 11 Aug 2017

Interesting point of view.

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Samantha Goodman
Samantha Goodman 11 Aug 2017

It depends on the people, some older adults decide to make a long-distance move in order to live closer to their children or settle in a place with a lower cost of living.

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brandonlee10
brandonlee10 24 Jul 2017

The financial ramifications of the triggering of Article 50, the starting gun for Britain's departure from the EU, are far from clear. Buyers will be most cautious in London, given that buying a home in...

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IrisJ.
IrisJ. 19 Jul 2017

Great advice, but may I also add that when buying an already built home, make sure you do all of the proper inspections. Most importantly pest inspection because people tend to get surprised when they

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IrisJ.
IrisJ. 17 Jul 2017

The third point is, in my opinion, the most important one. People have become too inconsiderate and careless when it comes to rented properties. If a landlord wants to protect their property, regular visits...

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cornishalan
cornishalan 10 Jul 2017

Added to the cost of purchasing these village properties are the above average maintenance costs. Particularly where the property is a listed building or requires specialist building skills such as thatching...

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Jo Mullett
Jo Mullett 07 Jul 2017

Here in Swansea, known as the Japanese knotweed capital of the UK, it never fails to amazes me that people have no idea of the potential problems this invasive non-native plant can cause when buying or...

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NathanG
NathanG 05 Jul 2017

McDonalds, for example, have been purchasing their real estate on prime locations for years. If something happens to the company they'll have invaluable assets that will be able to save them. We might

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Jonah
Jonah 04 Jul 2017

Graham: surprised to see you cite the "extra tax liability" as capping out at ?560. It doesn't - the extra tax is exponential, as it is levied on the income (i.e the inflating level of rental income you...

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Dianne Griffen
Dianne Griffen 29 Jun 2017

Be very wary of anyone bringing you deals that they have ?found? and want to ?sell on to you? or ?joint venture? with you on ? you need a proper legal contract for this, involve a RICs surveyor to confirm...

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jason hadzikostas
jason hadzikostas 28 Jun 2017

The most important thing is a budget. Students have to manage their spendings in food, house maintenance, books and many other things. According to me, student Studios are the perfect option for them as...

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