Buy-to-let mortgage costs remain at record lows, but there are growing signs that borrowing costs and rates in the sector could be entering a period of stabilisation, or even increase over the past three months.
Despite the recent tax crackdown, buy-to-let continues to look an attractive income investment at a time of low interest rates and volatile stock markets, but where in the country can the best yields be achieved?
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has given a stark warning about the cumulative effect of the additional homes stamp duty and the change to mortgage interest tax relief on the health of the private rental sector.
Housing minister Gavin Barwell has told the NAEA conference that there is no quick fix for the countryâ€™s housing shortage - and he effectively admitted his White Paper would provide a series of â€˜small adjustmentsâ€™ to help improve matters
Shelter - the campaigning charity many feel has had influence on government policies for the lettings sector - has now turned around and criticised the Housing White Paper for not going far enough on rental reform.
Letting agents broadly welcomed yesterday's housing white paper, which raises many of the significant issues the housing sector is facing, including the need to place greater emphasis on the private rented sector.
The government's Housing White Paper may have made many broad pledges aimed at the private rental sector, but it still remains vague on progress on the banning of letting agents' fees levied on tenants in England.
The Residential Landlords Association has made a last-minute plea for buy to let investors to remain central to the government's plans for the private rental sector, set to be outlined in the long-awaited Housing White Paper this morning.
There's bad news for the government in the form of house building targets on the eve of its long-awaited Housing White Paper - there's been a two per cent drop in new home registrations in the past year.
The head of MartinCo, the country's largest franchise agency group, says the government's buy to let tax changes and lettings fee proposals do not significantly impact the fundamental drivers which will lead to rental sector expansion.