Over dinner with friends recently we got on to the subject of property inventories (I must stress I wasn’t talking about work on a night out!). One of my friends had recently rented a property and had signed an inventory that consisted solely of pictures. Too my horror he had said that he thought […]

With the changes to stamp duty and tax allowances on buy-to-let properties, many landlords are looking to diversify their portfolios.   Some are putting their money into commercial property to avoid having to pay higher levels of tax, according to bridging finance lender, Roma Finance. Mixed-use property is not included in some of the tax […]

Property firms are being urged to make sure their health and safety checks are in place after a property firm was fined £20,000 after a potential buyer fell down a 30-foot well during a viewing.     Lucy Driver was looking at the house in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, last year when she walked off a garden […]

New legislation and licensing is being brought in to crackdown on bad landlords, although it is the professionals who have to pay the price, However, could more be done to protect buy-to-let investors against rogue tenants?     In the news recently was a couple who decided to rent out their house in South Shields […]

The issue of ‘wear and tear’ and damage to a property is a thorny one, which forms the basis of many disputes between landlords and tenants.   Whilst landlords will factor in finances for replacing worn out items, which have only been subjected to normal use rather than heavy-duty wear and tear, damage is another […]

Controversial selective licensing plans are still being seen by local authorities as the way forward in improving poorly-managed private rental properties.   The latest to jump on the licensing bandwagon is Telford & Wrekin Council, which is proposing to introduce five-year selective licences, costing just over £600, in Hadley, Leegomery, Malinslee, Hollinswood, Brookside, Sutton Hill […]

The buy-to-let market has had a turbulent 12 months, with many changes, including tax measures which came into force this April.     Landlords have also seen the proposal to ban letting agent fees, with a view to stopping tenants being hit with extra upfront payments along with their deposit and rents. Tenants’ fees will […]

Proptech continues to revolutionise the private rental market, with the news that Ribbit Capital, a Silicon Valley fintech investor, is funding Goodlord to the tune of £7.2 million. Global Founders Capital and LocalGlobe have also topped up their existing investments in the proptech start-up. The cash will be used to improve Goodlord’s technology and push […]

An online lettings firm is aiming to use property technology to take the stress out of renting, by allowing landlords to find tenants and renters to find properties. OpenRent, which was founded in 2012, has raised £4.4 million in funding from Global Founders Capital, the VC arm of Rocket Internet, on top of a £1 […]

With energy prices on the rise, tenants are expected to be looking even more closely at the Energy Performance Certificates for rented properties, when they are moving home. The EPC can show them how energy efficient and environmentally friendly the property is, as well as providing a breakdown of the overall use of lighting, heating […]

With more people having to rent in the future, smart landlords are looking at ways to capture the cream of the rental sector by offering extras, including top-of-the-range equipment, high-speed internet and smart technology. More young people are tenants rather than home-owners and their world revolves around technology. It can be a wise investment, therefore, […]

Buy-to-let investors looking for a different market may be interested in the increase in the number of older people who are renting homes. Property firm, Girlings Retirement Rentals, says there has been a significant increase in the number of retirees who are renting. At present, about one in 10 people living in private rentals is […]

A debate is raging over whether tenants who fail to pay their rent or cause damage should be ‘named and shamed’ in a register of rogue tenants. The idea was mooted in a Spectator blog, by freelance journalist and former Landlord Today editor, Emma Lunn. She compares shoplifting from a supermarket to non-payment of rent. […]

New legislation, tax changes and licensing schemes are some of the many changes affecting landlords in recent months. There has been a lot of publicity about these changes, because many of the new regulations have not found favour with landlords, whilst falling foul of some could lead to huge fines or a criminal record. However, […]

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first Spring Budget with a few controversial measures, such as raising National Insurance contributions for the self-employed and a new soft drinks levy on sugary drinks. Although he did not have any new nasty surprises for the rental sector, he failed to reverse the unpopular tax reforms introduced by the […]