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Long-term property investment should see BTL landlords ‘come out on top’ 16 August 2018

Higher taxes, tougher mortgage lending conditions, along with political and economic uncertainty are making investment in buy-to-let less attractive to many existing and potential landlords, but the reality is that property remains a solid long-term investment.... Read More

The UK housing market is ‘struggling to gain momentum’, especially in London 16 August 2018

UK house price growth has slowed to the lowest level since August 2013, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).   The figures reveal that the average price of a home rose 0.4% from May to June, taking the annual rate of growth to 3%, down from 3.... Read More

Rental market activity slows for the summer 16 August 2018

There was a drop in the number of properties ‘let’ last month, while there was also a decline in the number of new rental property listings ‘to let’, as slowing momentum and stagnant demand from tenants results in a relatively flat summer for the market, according to the latest Property Activity Index.... Read More

Is it time to consider investing in student buy-to-let property? 16 August 2018

Over recent times, politicians of all persuasions have been increasingly vocal about their sympathy for the plight of renters. So far, their attempts to improve conditions for renters seem to have consisted largely of making life more and more difficult for private landlords.... Read More

Precise Mortgages launches into holiday buy-to-let market 16 August 2018

Precise Mortgages has launched into the holiday buy-to-let market and enhanced criteria for its multi-unit range. The specialist lender decided to make the move in response to growing demand from brokers supporting professional landlords. Syndicated research carried out during the second quarter of this year for the specialist lender by BDRC reveals that almost one in 10 - 9% - landlords with more than 20 properties owns holiday lets in the UK with a further 9% owning holiday lets abroad.... Read More

Majority of landlords ‘remain positive about the future’ of the BTL sector 15 August 2018

More than half of UK landlords are now feeling optimistic about the existing buy-to-let environment, and the opportunity it presents.   The industry currently faces a number of challenges following several changes over the past couple of years, including a taxation policy that appears to penalise private landlords.... Read More

Which university towns offer the best buy-to-let returns? 15 August 2018

Durham has been identified as the number one destination in a new survey looking at which university towns offer the best yields for landlords.   Simple Landlords Insurance rated universities by yield and found that Durham offers landlords the opportunity to earn up to 11.... Read More

Mortgage intermediaries forecast a more stable outlook for buy-to-let business 15 August 2018

The level of landlord business looks set to stabilise over the next 12 months, according to Paragon’s latest Financial Adviser Confidence Tracking (FACT) Index, based on interviews with 200 mortgage intermediaries.   The study found that the majority - 65% - of intermediaries expect to see a stable environment for those investing in the private rented sector.... Read More

Landlords shifting from long to short-term lending on Airbnb 15 August 2018

Hundreds of landlords are moving from long to short-term lets on Airbnb and other online outlets to counter falling yields, according to DJ Alexander Ltd. This comes as property owners abide by the more stringent regulatory changes in the buy-to-let (BTL) market, but the property management firm warns against moving too quickly into a ‘volatile’ marketplace.... Read More

NLA warns that Scottish rental reforms could put Edinburgh festivals at risk 15 August 2018

New data has revealed that the Scottish Government’s private rental reforms are shaking up the sector, with rental property sales outdoing purchases five-fold in the last three months. The research, carried out by the National Landlords Association (NLA), revealed that nearly a quarter (24%) of landlords with property in Scotland have sold their home over the last three months.... Read More

Clock is ticking for landlords in parts of Sheffield to obtain a license 15 August 2018

The deadline for the new selective licensing scheme which comes into effect at the start of November is looming, and time is running out for unregistered landlords with properties in designated areas.   Under the new regulations, by the 1st November, all landlords who own property in parts of London Road, Abbeydale Road and Chesterfield Road, must have applied for a license in order to carry on renting out their properties to tenants.... Read More

Durham the best university location for buy-to-let yields 15 August 2018

Durham is the university city which offers landlords the best buy-to-let returns, new research has revealed. Simple Landlords Insurance yesterday published a new league table rating universities by yield. Durham took top spot, with the possibility of earning up to 11.... Read More