Tagged: Buy-to-let Mortgage

Mandatory electrical safety checks excluded from DCLG review

Mandatory electrical safety checks excluded from DCLG review

The Department for Communities and Local Government’s housing standard review has excluded mandatory electrical safety checks in the private rented sector. This is despite the fact that the department has taken positive action on...




£300bn of BTL stock left unmeasured leaving landlords vulnerable

£300bn of BTL stock left unmeasured leaving landlords vulnerable

23% of UK landlords do not measure the return on their buy-to-let investments at all according to new research from Platinum Property Partners. This equates to £300bn of investment in BTL left unmonitored, meaning...




Void periods continue to fall

Void periods continue to fall

Paragon Mortgages has surveyed a panel of landlord customers for 13 years, and the average void period reported in Q1 2015 – 2.4 weeks – is the lowest since the survey began. In the...




Number of young professionals opting for HMOs on the rise

Number of young professionals opting for HMOs on the rise

‘Hutching up’, whereby several individuals share accommodation has traditionally been a London phenomenon due to the fact that rents in the area are prohibitively high. It appears however that this trend is on the...




Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to be required in all rented homes

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to be required in all rented homes

All rental properties, both private and social, will soon be required to have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms installed. The move, supported by the British Property Federation was announced yesterday by communities minister, Penny...




New pension rules unlikely to impact market

New pension rules unlikely to impact market

In April of this year, new pension rules come into effect in the UK which will allow more flexibility in fund withdrawals. Recent headlines had suggested that these changes could result in a flood...




Private rented sector expected to double by 2035

Private rented sector expected to double by 2035

The private rented sector is set to more than double in size from a housing stock of 4.9 million properties in 2012 to 13.2 million by 2035, according to peer-to-peer lending company Landbay. With...




Energy efficiency regulations to be presented to Parliament

Energy efficiency regulations to be presented to Parliament

Ed Davey, the energy and climate secretary, will present the regulations on energy efficiency in parliament on Thursday. Campaigners have hailed the move as potentially the most significant piece of legislation in a generation aimed...




Are you risking heavy fines by operating an HMO without the correct licence?

Are you risking heavy fines by operating an HMO without the correct licence?

Licensing for all HMOs was introduced from October 2000 to try and improve standards in the sector, in terms of both physical accommodation and the management of tenancy issues. However, many landlords are risking...




Landlords face a hike in eviction costs for a second successive year under government proposals

Landlords face a hike in eviction costs for a second successive year under government proposals

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is, until 27 February, consulting on raising the fee for possession claims in the County Court by £75 per claim – as part of a plan to save the department £55m...