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Rented Garden Ideas
Wednesday 24th March 2021
This month we heard the news that we will soon be able to spend time outside in our gardens and parks with friends and family. With that in mind, you might want to give your outside space a revamp. However, when you’re renting a property it can be difficult to make your home exactly how you want it to be without worrying about causing any damage resulting in losing your deposit. The latest research from Boiler Plan has revealed that Google searches for how to update a rented outdoor space has seen a big leap. Searches for ‘DIY balcony ideas’ have risen by 586%, searches for ‘garden ideas’ have increased by 167%, while ‘gardening in a rented house’ searches have gone up 29%. With that in mind, here are some great ways to put your personal stamp on your garden without causing any permanent changes – making them perfect for rented homes.

Potted plants and hanging baskets

Some well-placed potted plants can transform your balcony, deck or garden into an oasis full of beautiful flowers and greenery. Invest in pots that aren’t too big so that you can easily take them with you when you move. Hanging baskets can also make any garden look impressive, adding a pop of colour to any doorway or patio. Fill them with plants that are easy to care for.

Home furnishings

Home furnishings outside can help you to create a comfortable, cosy space. A splash of colour can transform a dull area – use rugs, seating with water-proof cushions, stand-alone hammocks and side tables with bright pots.

Grow your own

Over the last 12 months there has been a spike in people wanting to grow their own vegetables and allotments have never been in such high demand. Although your landlord is unlikely to allow you to dig up their garden you could investing in a clever planter. Using vegetable bags and pots you can grow your own food without using  the garden grounds.

Fire pit and lighting

One of the biggest trends as a result of the pandemic is fire pits and fairy lights. A fire pit enables us to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather, especially on chilly evenings. They are freestanding and perfect for renters as they pose no risk to the garden.  Fairy lights or solar-powered lighting are an affordable way to add some ambience to your garden. Try weaving fairy lights through a garden screen or stringing them across the fence.

Garden screen

Revamp your outside space with a garden screen for a decorative feature and to cover up any unsightly areas or give you privacy from neighbouring gardens or balconies. Again this is something that can go with you when you move on to your next property.
Property Appetite Among Landlords Remains Strong
Friday 19th March 2021
Despite the LBTT holiday ending at the end of this month here in Scotland, the latest research has shown that appetite for property among landlords is still high. The research carried out by Foundation Home Loans has shown that landlords have indicated that they will remain active in the rental property market from April onwards when the stamp duty holiday is due to end. It was predicted that Scotland would follow England and Wales in extending the holiday for another three months, but the Scottish government has confirmed that the LBTT holiday will end as planned, on March 31st. The research from Foundation Home Loans and data group BVA BDRC revealed that 48% of buy-to-let property owners will remain active in the first quarter of the year but 41% of landlords would buy in the second quarter, 28% in the third quarter and 29% in the final quarter of 2021. The survey involved questioning nearly 1,000 landlords in December 2020 and January 2021. The research showed that overall, 16% of landlords would buy and additional property this year and only 14% would abandon the purchase if completion didn’t look likely before the end of March. When asked if the government would extend the LBTT relief in Scotland, 31% believed that the deadline would remain and only 4% were buying property because of the stamp duty holiday. This indicates that landlords have a continued intention to keep purchasing property to let, regardless of the stamp duty holiday being extended which is positive news for the sector.
Residential Property is Still the Investment of Choice
Wednesday 10th March 2021
Despite a challenging few years for landlords following tax and regulatory changes, buy-to-let continues to outperform most other asset classes. With poor returns on savings from banks and building societies following historically low interest rates, a large proportion of investors have turned towards residential property to supplement their income. Add to this the backdrop of low borrowing rates on mortgages, high demand from tenants, stable yields and rising house prices over the last year, buy-to-let remains an attractive investment option. According to UK Housing & Spatial Information Specialist, Dan Cookson, in Scotland in February 2020 there were 325,649 households in the private rented sector – 63% of these were flats and 27% houses. What’s more, 49% of private rented properties are two-bedroom properties with one-bedroom properties making up 24%. The private rented sector is estimated to be worth £46 billion and is therefore an important part of Scotland’s economy with approximately 242,000 registered landlords. With around 10 million people in rented accommodation, it is no surprise that research from Knowledge Bank has revealed a growing number of new buy-to-let investors. Knowledge Bank provides a large database of mortgage lending criteria, and the latest monthly criteria index shows the terms that brokers are searching for, which gives an indication of mortgage completions in two-or three-months’ time. This analysis of brokers’ searches in February found that intermediaries are working with a growing number of potential new landlords along with interest from first-time landlords becoming the most-searched term by brokers in February. It also suggests that those who weren’t currently on the housing ladder were looking at buy-to-let as an option due to restrictions around loan to income for residential properties. This reveals that investors, who would normally look to deal in stocks and shares, are turning their attention towards buy-to-let. Another top search term was ‘Soft footprint at DIP stage’ suggesting that brokers were carrying out searches that would not impact future applications possibly as a result of clients having a low credit score. 'Furlough' was also top of the searches along with ‘Maximum age at end of term’ and ‘Self-employed’.
Buy-to-Let Mortgages Flood Back to the Market
Wednesday 7th April 2021
According to recent figures from Moneyfacts, buy-to-let mortgages have flooded back to the market in March with over 200 new products launched. As of April 3rd, there were 2,333 mortgages available to landlords. This is the highest number since the start of the pandemic when many lenders withdrew their products, and 233 more than the previous month marking a rise for the fifth consecutive month. However, two-year fixed rates are currently 0.28% higher than this time last year. Buy-to-let mortgage availability has now recovered to 81% of its pre-pandemic levels. In the residential mortgage sector, we have seen a 68% recovery. According to Hamptons International, there are currently just under two million outstanding buy-to-let mortgages in the UK. In 2016, a large number of mortgages were completed as landlords rushed to beat the 3% stamp duty rise and many of these will be looking to remortgage over the coming months as their five-year fixed deals will be coming to an end. These landlords won’t want to revert to their current lender's standard variable rate, as it will be typically higher. Landlords will also be looking to buy new properties and in Scotland recently took advantage of the LBTT deadline at the end of March, and across the rest of the UK will be looking to buy within the end of June stamp duty deadline. In the final months of 2020, around 15% of property in the UK was purchased by investors, with almost half of all investor purchases funded via a mortgage. Taking advantage of the raft of new buy-to-let deals will be existing landlords looking to refinance and those considering property investment for the first time. Against this backdrop of the rising number of deals, buy-to-let rates have continued to rise. According to Moneyfacts, the average two-year fixed rate is now 3.05%, which is 0.28% higher year-on-year and the highest average recorded since June 2019. The average five-year fixed rate deal is currently 3.415, an increase of 0.17% compared to the same time last year. There are signs that buy-to-let interest rates may be starting to fall for those buying with larger deposits, or those with a good amount of equity in their existing properties. For example, the average buy-to-let two-year fixed rate mortgage for those with 40% equity has fallen from 2.52% to 2.14% over the past month. Lenders have been wary of the effects of the pandemic on landlords as many tenants have been furloughed, leading to them withdrawing high loan-to-value lending. At present, lenders require the landlord to demonstrate that their rental income will cover between 125% to 145% of the mortgage repayments. Although mortgage rates were lower before the pandemic than they are now, they are still very low from a historical perspective and some experts feel that they are unlikely to drop further. Five-year fixed rates have been popular in recent years as there are less stringent stress tests on these deals, enabling borrowers to take out larger loans.