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Stamp duty deadline-beaters create unexpected mortgage lending surge

Increased competition amongst mortgage lenders and the rush to buy investment properties before the April 1 stamp duty surcharge deadline have been cited as the reasons ... More...



Buy-to-let tax challenge heads to court

More than 700 buy-to-let landlords are set to challenge the government's "Alice in Wonderland tax grab" in court.   The legal campaign to fight “punitive” tax relief changes ...

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Right to Rent goes live

The controversial Right to Rent scheme has affected fresh criticism on the day it goes live.   From today, 1 February, landlords are required to check a tenant’s ...

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London soars as average price tops £514,000

London property prices rose at double the pace of the rest of the UK last year, new figures show.   Prices in the capital rose 12.4% year-on-year, according ...

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Mortgage approvals hit two-year high

New figures show the housing market defying the traditional seasonal slowdown in December as mortgage approvals hit a two-year high.   The number of loan approvals for house ...

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Keystone cuts buy-to-let rates

Keystone Buy to Let Mortgages has streamlined its Classic Range to make product selection more straightforward for brokers and landlords.   All rates will now be made available ...

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NLA speaks out about councils’ bailiffs advice

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has criticised local councils for telling private tenants to ignore eviction notices served by their landlords and to wait for bailiffs ...

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Rental supply and demand both down, according to ARLA

A seasonal lull kicked in as the supply of available rental properties dropped, alongside falling demand, according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) December ...

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Buy-to-let “still attractive” according to broker

A mortgage broking firm has analysed the market and concluded that buy-to-let remains an attractive investment in the immediate future.    However, Private Finance has also warned that ...

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Landlords say “reasonable chance” of judicial review of BTL tax change

The two landlords behind a campaign to seek a judicial review of George Osborne’s controversial mortgage interest tax relief change say they have been told there ...

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Criticism of government’s ‘insufficient’ £5m to tackle rogue landlords

The consumer charity Citizens Advice is the latest body to say the government’s heavily-publicised £5m given to councils to tackle rogue landlords is simply not enough.    The ...

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