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New online case tracking aims to speed up buy-to-let mortgage applications

Friday 23rd June 2017

A new online case tracking system that enables brokers to review the progress of mortgage applications on behalf of buy-to-let landlords has been launched by Keystone Property Finance...


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BTL lending forecast revised down

Friday 23rd June 2017

The Council of Mortgage Lender’s (CML) buy-to-let forecast for 2017 and 2018 has been revised down from previous expectations at the end of last year, as ‘tax and prudential measures’ continue to ‘exert pressure’ on the market...


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Confidence in buy-to-let market slips due to tax hikes

Friday 23rd June 2017

Recent changes to tax for buy-to-let property has dented confidence among landlords with new research showing many are set to revise their situation and implement new strategies, with some consolidation expected among smaller investors...


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Sharp decline in homes to let

Thursday 22nd June 2017

There has been a major slump in the number of homes for rent over the past six years, fresh figures show. There has been an 11.6% decline in available rental stock since July 2011, led by a 34...


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Council makes several unannounced inspections of rental properties

Thursday 22nd June 2017

West Lindsey District Council made a number of unannounced inspections of private rental homes in Gainsborough yesterday, supported by police officers, as it stepped up its efforts to clampdown on rogue landlords operating in the local area...


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Tenancy deposits to be capped

Thursday 22nd June 2017

When renting out a property, most landlords or their letting agents opt to take an upfront deposit from the tenant prior to the tenancy starting, in order to protect themselves in case the tenant breaches the terms of the tenancy agreement, such as causing damage or not paying rent, enabling you as the landlord to make appropriate deductions from the deposit if necessary...


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Inclusion of letting agency fee ban in Queen’s Speech ‘reeks of desperation’

Thursday 22nd June 2017

The Queen’s Speech was unsurprisingly dominated by Brexit, with a host of proposed new laws designed to prepare the UK for a smooth departure from the EU...


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Nightmare tenant jailed for setting fire to her rental property

Wednesday 21st June 2017

A tenant who set fire to her flat because her landlord was planning to evict her has been sentenced to three years and two months in prison. After making several threats to ‘torch’ the block of flats she lived in, Angela Vickers started a fire in her own home after discovering that she was going to be evicted following repeated complaints about her abusive and noisy behaviour...


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Fewer EU nationals renting property in the UK, flatshare data suggests

Wednesday 21st June 2017

There has been a sharp decline in the number of in EU nationals looking to move to the UK following the Brexit referendum which is placing downward pressure on rental demand across many parts of the UK, fresh figures suggest...


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Save on tax: 10 ways to potentially cut what you pay to HMRC

Wednesday 21st June 2017

Very few of us enjoy filling in a tax return. But here are a few suggestions put forward by London based estate agents Portico and seasoned landlord Richard Blanco on ways that you could potentially reduce what you owe the tax man...


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