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Landlords pick buy-to-let in order to grow portfolios

Landlords pick buy-to-let in order to grow portfolios

Landlords are increasingly turning to buy-to-let mortgages in order to grow their property portfolios, according to the Paragon Mortgages quarterly FACT survey. Intermediaries have reported a rise in the number of landlord clients applying...




60% of landlords planning to expand portfolio in next 6 months

60% of landlords planning to expand portfolio in next 6 months

60% of landlords are planning to increase their property portfolios over the next six months, according to specialist mortgage broker Mortgages for Business.  84% of investors looking to expand said they are planning to...




Landlords urged to starve out unscrupulous agents

Landlords urged to starve out unscrupulous agents

The Residential Landlords Association has called on landlords to play their part in ‘starving out’ unscrupulous letting agents. Chairman Alan Ward said: “The RLA welcomes Labour’s policy review of letting agents in the private...




Labour launches review into private rented sector

Labour launches review into private rented sector

Labour is launching a policy review into the private rented sector focusing on letting agents and landlords. It says the aim of the consultation is to stop irresponsible agents operating and end the scandal...




Council landlord prosecuted over gas safety certificates failure

Council landlord prosecuted over gas safety certificates failure

A local council neglected to carry out annual gas safety checks on properties used to house its tenants. As a result, the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham has been hit with a penalty...




Buy-to-let indices are disingenuous and mislead amateur landlords into believing it is easy to make money, a new index shows.

Buy-to-let indices are disingenuous and mislead amateur landlords into believing it is easy to make money, a new index shows.

Brian Hall, founder of the Model Works, a new body to produce accurate housing data, hit out at existing indices from LSL Property Services and BM Solutions. He points out that most indices omit...




Tenancy Deposits: Be a Pro

Tenancy Deposits: Be a Pro

No one likes dealing with complaints, but more tenants than ever are complaining about problems with their deposits. Calls to Shelter’s housing helpline have shot up by over 80% in the last two years...




Landlords and elderly tenants at risk

Landlords and elderly tenants at risk

“News this week that the new Universal Credit, which replaces Housing benefit from 2013, will be paid directly to tenants is a huge financial blow for landlords – placing them at financial risk and...




UK mortgage market growth slowing, says valuers

UK mortgage market growth slowing, says valuers

The UK mortgage market is growing at its slowest annual rate in two years, according to the latest Housing Market Activity Report by Connells Survey & Valuation. While the total number of residential valuations...




THE UK NEEDS A BIG BOOST IN NUMBER OF RENTAL PROPERTIES TO COVER DEMAND

THE UK NEEDS A BIG BOOST IN NUMBER OF RENTAL PROPERTIES TO COVER DEMAND

If the private rented sector is to meet the increasing challenges being placed on it to satisfy ever increasing demand, maintain standards and prevent rents from rocketing, there needs to be urgent reform of...