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Slew of BTL mortgage products hit the market as confidence grows
 
It's official: there is a revival in the Buy-To-Let (BTL) mortgage sector with a surge in new products and optimism among brokers improving.

The boom in BTL mortgage applications is not limited to one area; it is being enjoyed around the UK.

And more lenders a
     
Posted by on 24/02/2014 11:24:49
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Give flood-hit landlords tax relief - NLA
 
With large parts of the UK under water after some of the worst flooding for decades, the National Landlords Association (NLA) is calling on the government to give residential landlords with properties that have been flooded some council tax relief.

This comes on top of
     
Posted by on 24/02/2014 11:24:18
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Tenants rent for seven years before buying
 
Research out this week reveals that those buying new properties have been renting for an average of seven years and have spent £41,900 on their rent with landlords.

Santander Mortgages found that 15% of new home owners had been renting for 11 years.

They found
     
Posted by on 24/02/2014 11:23:49
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Housing market forces age up for tenants
 
An increasing number of people renting homes are older tenants and families who cannot afford to get onto the housing ladder.

Research shows that the number of tenants aged over 30 has increased by 6% in the past year fuelled by people who are unable to buy a house by t
     
Posted by on 13/02/2014 17:05:45
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Landlords making a ‘good living’ from rental properties
 
Despite tenant demand falling to its lowest level in three years, one in three landlords are looking to expand their portfolio - and around 80% of them are making a decent full-time living.

The figures come from the latest BM Solutions/BDRC Continental Landlord Panel wh
     
Posted by on 13/02/2014 17:05:23
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Landlords should check flood damage properties carefully
 
With huge areas of the UK underwater and more storms predicted, one organisation is warning landlords that flood damage may not always be obvious.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) says that flooding issues are likely to continue for several months - pa
     
Posted by on 13/02/2014 17:04:54
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Cheap BTL mortgages prosper
 
It's becoming increasingly easier for landlords to get buy-to-let (BTL) mortgages as lenders fall over themselves to bring new products to the market with loan rates now falling to new lows.

Indeed, there are so many BTL mortgages available that they are now at rates lo
     
Posted by on 06/02/2014 17:30:09
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Landlords warned about commission charges
 
With growing numbers of 'accidental landlords' and professional landlords having their portfolios run by letting agents comes a warning that they must be vigilant about the charges they are having to pay.

The urge for caution comes from property maintenance firm Aspect
     
Posted by on 06/02/2014 17:29:56
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Landlords 'misunderstanding' the impact of Universal Credit
 
Fears that thousands of private tenants will be turfed out of their rented homes with the introduction of Universal Credit is leading to sector leaders to raise concerns about the lack of understanding over the issue.

Already, some large private landlords are hitting the
     
Posted by on 06/02/2014 17:29:38
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Landlords must update deposit status
 
Changing a tenant’s tenancy agreement could cost landlords dearly should they not notify their relevant deposit protection scheme in time under new rules.

The warning comes from MyDeposits, one of three schemes allowed to hold deposits, and they warn that any change in t
     
Posted by on 03/02/2014 11:55:12
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Landlords boosted with good news
 
Life is looking good for the UK's landlords after news that rents will continue to rise and a survey revealing that most tenants believe their rents are value for money.

The tenants’ survey was carried out by the National Landlords Association’s (NLA) which asked tenants
     
Posted by on 03/02/2014 11:54:21
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Buy-to-let landlords keen to 'go pro'
 
With news that buy-to-let landlords have embarked on a property buying spree comes the revelation that a third of them want to 'go pro' and give up their day job to exploit opportunities.

Research by one firm reveals that the number of investors with between five and 10
     
Posted by on 03/02/2014 11:53:23
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