A quarter of landlords are now looking to reduce their portfolios

As the old saying goes – be careful what you wish for. The government wished to tilt the housing market towards first-time buyers and away from buy-to-let investors and that is exactly what they did. The problem is that, for a number of reasons, demand for property to rent is […]

New guidance issued for landlords, tenants and local authorities

From June this year (2019), it will become illegal for landlords to charge “add on” fees to tenants to cover the cost of extra services such as the cost of hiring a third-party to manage the inventory for a property. While it remains to be seen what effect this change […]

How the Tenant Fees Act affects UK landlords

From June 1st, 2019, the Tenant Fees Act comes into force, in England. For landlords who use agents, it is important to understand the implications, as one possible outcome is that agents could increase fees elsewhere. Andrew Turner, chief executive at Commercial Trust Limited, looks at the issues that landlords […]

What landlords need to know about the Homes Act 2018

From March 20th, 2019, properties in the private rental sector will need to meet new standards under the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018. Andrew Turner, chief executive at specialist buy to let mortgage broker Commercial Trust Limited, looks at what the new legislation means for landlords. For most […]

What’s in store for landlords over the next 12 months?

This year has started with chill winds blowing through much of the country, leading to many people deciding to stay at home as much as they possibly can. The question for landlords, however, is whether their investment properties are as safe as bricks (and mortar) or whether cold winds of […]

How will the Tenant Fees Bill impact on Section 21 notices?

What do landlords and agents need to know? Andrew Turner, chief executive at specialist buy to let broker Commercial Trust Limited, takes a look at some of the implications. From June 1st, 2019, the Tenant Fees Bill becomes law and a wide range of issues that landlords and letting agents […]

Court of Appeal delivers controversial leasehold property decision

Long leaseholders of residential flats across England and Wales could face significant difficulties in what they are permitted to do with their properties as a result of a controversial Court of Appeal judgment. The ruling, which has generated substantial commotion in the property world, has the potential to thwart residential […]

Are new HMO rules practically unenforceable on the ground?

Government plans to crack down on rogue landlords through the expansion of mandatory HMO licensing look set to fall short – according to new figures from Simple Landlords Insurance. The changes will not only leave most criminal landlords outside of the licensing system, but will increase the administrative and cost […]

What tenants want – Three tips to help landlords attract good tenants

The UK property market can seem a contradictory place. On the one hand, there’s clearly a shortage of residential property and that definitely includes rental property. On the other hand, even in the most buoyant markets, landlords are still in competition with each other for the best tenants. With that […]