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Accidental landlords are confused over rental responsibilities

Click here to view the original article 'Accidental landlords are confused over rental responsibilities'     When it comes to rental responsibilities during a tenancy, there remains some confusion among so-called ‘accidental landlords’ when it comes to understanding the latest safety obligations for renting out property.   Legally, landlords must...

Landlords and the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

Click here to view the original article 'Landlords and the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)'     GDPR – the General Data Protection Regulation – refers to the new and more onerous data protection rules that will be coming into force on Friday 25 May 2018 (or will...

House prices fall for third consecutive month

Click here to view the original article 'House prices fall for third consecutive month'     House prices have fallen for the third month in a row and the annual rate of growth has now fallen for almost a solid year – 11 months in succession, according to...

Auto renewing home insurance costs Brits £230m a year

Click here to view the original article 'Auto renewing home insurance costs Brits £230m a year'     New research from price comparison site, MoneySuperMarket, has shown that UK homeowners are collectively wasting £230m annually by allowing their home insurance provider to automatically renew their policy.   The findings uncover...

Survey reveals lack of safety knowledge among landlords and tenants

Click here to view the original article 'Survey reveals lack of safety knowledge among landlords and tenants'     Landlords in the UK, particularly so called accidental landlords, are being urged to make sure they are aware of and understand the latest safety obligations for renting out property.   By...

‘Don’t blame buy-to-let landlords for first time buyer problems’

Click here to view the original article '‘Don’t blame buy-to-let landlords for first time buyer problems’'     NLA fights back against politicians who blame property investors for lack of supply and high prices for FTBs.   Landlords play a much less significant role in competing with first time buyers...

Government urged to push for longer tenancies

Click here to view the original article 'Government urged to push for longer tenancies'     With more than a quarter of those in their late thirties and early forties now renting, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling on the government to ensure the support is in...

Concern over Tenants Paying out £1bn in Repairs

Click here to view the original article 'Concern over Tenants Paying out £1bn in Repairs'     A new study published by Uncle, a serviced apartment start-up has found that renters are spending over a £1bn of their own funds on property repairs that the landlord has failed...

Mortgage arrears hit historic all-time low, reveals UK Finance

Click here to view the original article 'Mortgage arrears hit historic all-time low, reveals UK Finance'     The number of people who owe 2.5% or more of their outstanding balance has hit lowest point since records started in 1994.   The number of people in mortgage arrears is at...

FCA to force lenders to help tenants get on the property ladder

Click here to view the original 'FCA to force lenders to help tenants get on the property ladder'     Amendment to bill moving through parliament will require the Financial Conduct Authority to ensure that lenders are adding rental payments to tenants' credit histories.   Peers in The Lords will...

HMO and multi-unit landlords achieving highest rental yields

Click here to view the original article 'HMO and multi-unit landlords achieving highest rental yields'     Landlords with portfolios comprising houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) and multi-unit freehold blocks (MUFBs) are achieving the highest rental yields, according to the latest study.   Research from Precise Mortgages has revealed that...

Landlords: should you move your portfolio to a limited company structure?

Click here to view the original article 'Landlords: should you move your portfolio to a limited company structure?'     The answer is 'it's complicated' and you may need independent tax advice.   Landlords have been hit with mortgage interest relief changes meaning some may well be considering moving portfolios...

Who is the ‘Emerging Landlord’?

Click here to view the original article 'Who is the 'Emerging Landlord'?'     The profile of the typical modern landlord is evolving, shifting towards dedicated professional landlords focused on growing and diversifying their portfolios - while accidental landlords with one property look to exit the market.   New research...

Fears of landlord ‘loophole’ in Tenant Fees Bill

Click here to view the original article 'Fears of landlord ‘loophole’ in Tenant Fees Bill'     Generation Rent sees scope for landlords to include unfair clauses in tenancy agreements.   Landlords could use a loophole in the Tenant Fees Bill to hang “spurious” charges on tenants, Generation Rent fears.   A...

Top tips to keep up with the ever changing world of Buy-to-Let

Click here to view the original article 'Top tips to keep up with the ever changing world of Buy-to-Let'     Despite what many landlords perceive as an attack on the sector by the Government and Bank of England with regards to tax hikes, BTL is still seen...