The number of people investing in the buy-to-let sectors is expected to fall in the first quarter of the year ahead of changes to tax relief for residential landlords and the recent introduction of tougher mortgage lending conditions.
In the UK, we have a chronic shortage of housing. Apparently we need 200,000 new houses a year but last year we built 189,650 new homes. Bear in mind though that 2015/16 was a good year - and 11% up on the previous year in terms of houses built.
Recovering rental arrears from non-paying tenants is one of a landlord's biggest challenges. But while no-one actually enjoys chasing money, it doesn't necessarily have to be a painful process, as solicitor Danielle Hughes explains.
The Mortgage Works is the latest lender to announce that it is increasing its rental stress rate for buy-to-let landlords as regulators look to cool what it perceives to be aggressive buy-to-let lending practices.
Ian Shipley, a chartered engineer and member of CIBSE and Institute of Energy, provides an insight into how you can prepare for the new minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) set to come into force.