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Draft Tenant Fees Bill is a ‘step in the right direction’

Thursday 2nd November 2017

The government introduced a draft bill to parliament yesterday to ban letting agents and landlords from charging introductory fees to tenants across England...


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Accord to help landlords manage the upfront costs of buying a new property

Wednesday 1st November 2017

From today Accord Buy To Let is offering free standard valuation and up to £1,000 cashback on all of its fixed rate purchase mortgages. The new range, which is available to both first-time and existing landlords, includes a two-year fix at 1...


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Landlords are increasingly turning to auctions for ‘a quick sale and exit’

Wednesday 1st November 2017

There has been a sharp rise in the number of landlords in Manchester offloading buy-to-let properties at auction due to tougher licensing in the city. With more stringent rules in place, designed to improve property standards, a number of landlords are now opting to reduce the size of their property portfolio, or exit the market altogether...


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Top tips to protect landlords against allegations of ‘revenge evictions’

Wednesday 1st November 2017

A number of landlords are leaving themselves wide open to legal claims of retaliatory eviction and property disrepair by failing to put clear processes in place to deal with tenant issues, according to Danielle Hughes, a solicitor at Kirwans law firm...


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Metro slashes BTL rates by up to 0.4%

Tuesday 31st October 2017

Metro Bank has reduced buy-to-let rates on loans of up to £2m by as much as 0.4% Rates now start from 2.69% at 75% loan-to-value (LTV) for a two-year fixed rate deal and 2...


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Abandoned homes are ‘disgusting’ and ‘wearing me down’, says landlord

Tuesday 31st October 2017

A landlord in Burnley fears that he will be left with no choice but to board up and abandon his rental property in Burnley if his existing tenants move out due to the ‘disgusting’ state of the surrounding properties in the local area...


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Ipswich BS launches new ‘competitive’ BTL products

Tuesday 31st October 2017

Ipswich Building Society has released two new ‘attractive’ buy-to-let products in a bid to win more business from private landlords purchasing or remortgaging property...


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Strong and stable market means ‘things are looking up for Scottish landlords’

Tuesday 31st October 2017

Returns achieved by landlords in Scotland remain highly competitive when compared to other asset classes, the latest figures show. The average monthly rent in Scotland hit £574 in September - broadly in line with the figures achieved in August and the same month last year, data from Your Move Scotland reveals...


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Hinckley & Rugby eases BTL stress test for remortgages

Monday 30th October 2017

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society has announced that it is now assessing like-for-like buy-to-let remortgages using a lower reference rate and has introduced a new online calculator for intermediaries...


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Is buy-to-let still a good investment? The PM certainly seems to think so

Monday 30th October 2017

Over the past couple of years, private landlords have suffered some disappointing blows compared with other investors, such as the scrapping of the ‘wear and tear’ allowance for furnished homes, the phasing out of mortgage interest relief and the 3% stamp duty surcharge, and yet the buy-to-let market continues to appeal to a number of investors, including the prime minister...


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