Mortgage rates could rise

With products on the market below 1%, we take a look at the buy to let products on the market and investigate the forces that could cause them to change.…

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Heat pumps and government grants

Last week the government announced a new strategy to reduce carbon emissions. One area they plan to do this is through the use of grants to allow property owners to install heat pumps or other alternative heating solutions to the traditional gas boiler.…

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Landlords are renovating

According to new data by Shawbrook Bank, two out of 10 landlords use a credit card, or other short-term loan, to refurbish their buy to lets. …

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Property listings rising

Property listings have seen a notable increase across the country according to new data from property data site Homesearch. Will it be enough to meet increased demand?…

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EPC spending cap challenged

The government has been challenged to raise the landlord cost cap on Energy Performance Certificate upgrades, in an effort to improve the energy efficiency of the sector.…

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25 years of buy to let mortgages

The PRS has doubled in size, since the introduction of the first buy to let mortgage, 25 years ago this month. We take a look at the establishment of the product, as well as the positive effects it has had on the UK.…

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NRLA calls for loans for renters

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) is calling for the government to supply interest-free loans to private renters, who will face a “cliff-edge” at the end of the furlough scheme.…

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Base rate remains at 0.10%

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has voted unanimously to keep the base rate at 0.10%. Current rate The 0.10% rate was dropped in March 2020 to help to help stabilise the UK…

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New Housing Secretary

In the latest cabinet reshuffle, Michal Gove has been appointed Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. He joins a long list of Housing Ministers who have held the role since 2000. Landlords are waiting to see how much help he will be, with his time in the role. …

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Landlord tax could push sell offs

Dominic Agace, chief executive of Winkworth estate agency has responded to calls from Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer for further tax penalties on landlords. He says that tenants will be worse off if landlords are taxed, as the cost will come to them.…

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Property prices still rising

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RCIS) has released its latest Residential Market Survey. It shows that whilst property sales in August softened for the second month in a row, they are likely to stabilise in the coming months.…

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UPRN’s could be in PRS future

More than 50 organisations operating within the property sector have penned an open letter to the Government to use Unique Property Reference Numbers (UPRNs) to create a database for the public and private sectors.…

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Stock level forecast

Zoopla has released its latest House Price Index Report, highlighting that a low property stock could mean that the PRS will be in demand more than ever, in the next few years.…

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PRS now worth £1.4trn

A new report from lender, Shawbrook bank, shows the value of the PRS in England, Wales and Scotland grew by 5.8% to £1.4trn in the last year.…

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Rental demand rises further

Rental property demand is at the highest level recorded since the first quarter of 2016 according to research by the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA). They also highlight that a two-tier rental market is beginning to develop across the UK.…

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NRLA warns of effects of benefits cut

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has called for the government to publish an impact assessment, on their decision to freeze local housing allowance and cut the temporary £20-a-week rise to universal credit.…

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