Tagged: buy-to-let

It’s boom time for buy-to-let, so here’s your homework

It’s boom time for buy-to-let, so here’s your homework

The buy-to-let sector is booming with landlords tempted by lower house prices, rising rents and improved mortgage deals. Homeowners can no longer rely on house prices rising steeply, but with rental yields on the...




Tories criticise Ed Miliband’s ‘vacuous’ housing benefit reforms

Tories criticise Ed Miliband’s ‘vacuous’ housing benefit reforms

As Miliband urges subsidisation of housebuilding rather than rent, experts say his plan will not generate savings for years. Ed Miliband‘s plans to target the housing benefit bill with a new three-year cap on welfare spending will take...




Labour ‘could force landlords to reduce rents’

Labour ‘could force landlords to reduce rents’

A Labour government would provide local authorities with the power to force landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) to cut the rental rates for their properties. This is according to shadow work and...




One-in-five landlords plan portfolio expansion

One-in-five landlords plan portfolio expansion

One-in-five landlords plan to purchase an additional property over the next 12 months while becoming increasingly reliant on rental income, according to a study by BM Solutions. The survey of over 700 landlords found...




A third of councils are considering compulsory landlord licensing

A third of councils are considering compulsory landlord licensing

Health and safety concerns, and the sheer growth of the sector, lead local authorities to pay more attention to private rentals Eight out of 10 councils expect their authorities to take a more proactive...




Letting agents voluntarily signing up to Ombudsman Scheme while Landlords being made responsible for checking the immigration status of tenants

Letting agents voluntarily signing up to Ombudsman Scheme while Landlords being made responsible for checking the immigration status of tenants

With last month’s announcement by the Government that all letting agents must “belong to a recognised redress scheme.”  It was encouraging to see that The Property Ombudsman was able to announce at the beginning of the...




Welsh government gets ready to revolutionise private rented sector

Welsh government gets ready to revolutionise private rented sector

The Welsh Government has launched a consultation into reforming the private rented sector in Wales. Proposals include ditching ASTs in favour of simplified, standard contracts. They would contained a ‘prohibited conduct’ term to deal...




Private renting’s hidden costs revealed

Private renting’s hidden costs revealed

The hidden costs of renting private accommodation in Northern Ireland have been revealed in an undercover survey carried out by the Housing Rights Service (HRS). Mystery shoppers conducted a survey of 40 lettings agents...




Warning for landlords and investors over size of contingency fund needed for buy to let

Warning for landlords and investors over size of contingency fund needed for buy to let

Residential investors and landlords in the UK are not factoring in the costs of owning a buy to let property with a contingency fund and this is leading to an upward trend in repossessions,...




Architects in the UK launch campaign for more spacious homes

Architects in the UK launch campaign for more spacious homes

The Case for Space study reveals that 75% consider a lack of space a key problem, be sure to invest in properties that are spacious and with plenty of natural light so as to...