Agent calls in police after tenant who passed referencing checks was found to be bogus

Agents are being urged to be on their guard as sub-letting scams appear to be on the rise, with prospective tenants producing bogus documents and managing to pass checks by referencing companies. One central London agent has called in police after a prospective tenant passed by a referencing company was subsequently found to have produced […]

12 things buy-to-let landlords need to know in 2017


How new regulations have changed the buy-to-let market. New data shows landlords are increasingly reluctant to buy property in recent months, following a raft of new regulations – but are you up-to-date with your obligations? Statistics from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) show property transactions are slowing and buy-to-let lending has dropped by as […]

What does the public think about landlords?

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Let’s face it – landlords have a bad reputation. While that reputation is largely undeserved, the landlord bashing articles often featured in the mainstream media would have the general public believe that more often than not, it is not without warrant. From the minority of rogue landlords who provide substandard living conditions to those that […]

House prices hit new record high despite general election uncertainty


House prices in England and Wales returned to growth in May, pushing the average property value to a new all-time high of £303,200. Across England and Wales, home prices have increased by £13,934, or 4.8%, over the last year – this was a rise on the previous month’s 3.5%, according to the latest House Price […]

New government needs to focus on attracting BTL landlords

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The new Tory-led government is being urged to reverse punitive tax policies affecting private landlords in order to increase much needed housing supply in the rental market by giving existing and prospective buy-to-let investors more reason to invest in the PRS. The anti-landlord policies adopted by the Conservative government has had an adverse impact on […]

Possession Claims From Landlords Down 8 Per Cent

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Incidents involving possession claims from landlords have fallen at all stages, marking the eighth quarter in a row that this has occurred. Data from the Ministry of Justice has revealed that landlord possessions are seeing a steep decline. In the first quarter of this year, total landlord possession claims came to 35,188 in England and […]

Property investors wanted for new BBC One show


Are you a reputable landlord? Do you own 10 or more properties? Boundless Productions – makers of Grand Designs and Escape to the Country – are making a documentary series for BBC One and are looking to feature landlords and property investors at the top of their game. Boundless would like to show how you […]

Private landlords provide part of the solution to the housing crisis

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With the number of households living in the private rented sector continuing to grow, significantly more rental homes are needed to meet ever-increasing demand, and the only way to achieve that is for the government to work closer with private landlords to boost housing supply, according to Alan Ward, chairman of the Residential Landlords Association. […]

What would a letting agent fee ban mean for buy-to-let?

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The number of UK landlords using letting agents has increased in the last six months, despite plans for letting agent fees to be banned, which would place further strain on buy-to-let investors. New research from the National Landlords Association shows that the proportion of landlords in the UK who use a letting agent to manage […]