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Are BTL lending restrictions on the way?

Friday 3rd July 2015

The buy-to-let market could pose a threat to financial stability, according to the Bank of England. In its biannual Financial Stability Report the BoE says in the year to March 2015, buy to let lending expanded by 8% and now accounts for 15% (or more than one in seven) of the stock of outstanding mortgages...


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European bodies seek solutions to housing access for the young

Friday 3rd July 2015

A group of more than 30 private housing and property bodies from across Europe have come together to find solutions on how to improve young generations’ participation in the housing market...


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HMOs “outperform standard BTL by 40%”

Monday 6th July 2015

Analysis carried out for Platinum Property Partners (PPP), comparing HMOs rented to professionals and other asset classes, shows that HMOs were by far the best performing investment over the four year period from 2010-14...


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Pressure group claims 21 agents breaking law over display of fees

Monday 6th July 2015

A tenants' campaign group says it has identified 21 letting agents out of 56 in one London borough which do not publish information about their fees online – in breach of new legislation...


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Shelter stance on rent controls angers campaigners

Tuesday 7th July 2015

Housing charity Shelter has said that capping rents could make life harder for tenants and force landlords out of the market. Earlier in the year Shelter commissioned Cambridge University’s Centre for Housing and Planning Research to look at the impact that different forms of rent regulation would actually have – and it published the results this week...


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What will the Budget hold for landlords?

Tuesday 7th July 2015

Chancellor George Osborne is presenting the “summer budget” tomorrow with rumours circulating that he will give in to calls to close some of the tax breaks given to the buy-to-let sector...


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Paragon targets professional landlords with new deals

Tuesday 7th July 2015

Specialist buy-to-let lender Paragon Mortgages has launched a range of three year fixed rate products and refreshed all other products in its range which are designed to meet the needs of professional landlords...


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NLA issues warning over mortgage interest payments

Wednesday 8th July 2015

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has warned that costs in the private rented sector could rise by up to £2.6bn if buy-to let mortgage interest payments are made non tax-deductible...


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Birmingham HMO landlord fined almost £20,000

Wednesday 8th July 2015

A Birmingham landlord has been ordered to pay nearly £20,000 for a number of failings in managing an HMO. Amrik Singh Gill, 56, illegally let rooms in the property and failed to maintain fire alarms and water supply...


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Summer Budget: Tax relief blow for landlords

Wednesday 8th July 2015

Tax relief on buy-to-let interest payments will be restricted to 20% basic rate tax, Chancellor George Osborne has announced in the summer budget. The changes will be phased in over the next four years...


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