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Labour Mayor splashes council tax cash on landlord clampdown

Newly re-elected Greater Manchester Labour Mayor Andy Burnham is to spend £600,000 of council tax payers’ cash on a clampdown on...

17 May 2024

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Half of tenant moves triggered by landlord sales - new survey

There’s been another survey of landlord activity in the private rental sector - and this one shows that 50% of tenants...

17 May 2024

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Soaring interest rates claim more landlords as possessions rise

New figures from the Ministry of Justice show how hard interest rate rises are hitting landlords. Compared to the same quarter in...

17 May 2024

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It's For Life - New loan covers lifecycle of property, not just purchase

Real estate finance and investment business TAB has launched a long-term lending service extending to all stages of a property’s life...

17 May 2024

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NRLA and council combine to stage free forum for landlords

Landlords and managing agents in South Warwickshire are being encouraged to take part in an industry forum on Tuesday May 21...

17 May 2024

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Want to serve on Build To Rent’s new trade body?

The trade body representing the Build To Rent industry wants to recruit people from that sector to sit in its board. The...

17 May 2024

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New Build premiums hit decade-high levels across most of Britain

A study by property software firm APRAO shows new-build house price premiums at their highest in a decade. The supplier analysed existing...

17 May 2024

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Landlord Tax Alert - new guidance from HMRC

HMRC is appealing to landlords to file Self Assessment tax returns early - and claims there are benefits to doing so. In...

16 May 2024

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Pets In Lets - agents issue new guidance to private tenants

Propertymark has issued a guide to tenants about their rights to have a pet.  A statement from trade body Propertymark says that...

16 May 2024

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Free Tax Advice for landlords at property networking event

A forum for private landlords, letting agents and anyone else on the management side of the private rental sector is being...

16 May 2024

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Don’t Do It - property portal warns politicians over rent controls

A property portal has taken the unusual step of warning politicians about the dire impact of rent controls on the private...

16 May 2024

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Landmark court ruling means home owner loses compensation

A landmark ruling about the invasive plant Japanese knotweed has been over-turned - with implications for landlords and other property owners.  In...

16 May 2024

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Are EPCs Accurate? Energy experts say recent criticism is unfair

A group of energy professionals in the property sector are taking issue with a claim by consumer organisation Which? over the...

15 May 2024

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It’s War! Activist groups in conflict over Labour report and rent controls

The fragile peace between different groups in the Renters Reform Coalition has ended in a dispute about a Labour-commissioned report on...

15 May 2024

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Energy efficiency retrofit course ahead of Labour EPC rule changes

The National Residential Landlords Association is introducing a new energy efficiency retrofitting course this summer - ahead of possible EPC rule...

15 May 2024

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Mortgage lending caps now well below average house price

The Bank of England says one in four mortgages will end when the mortgage borrower is in retirement, as more people...

15 May 2024

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Councils waste millions fighting planning appeals - claim

Seventeen London boroughs wasted over £2m in the last five years fighting rejected planning applications that were subsequently approved on appeal,...

15 May 2024

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Official - Labour will NOT introduce rent controls if it wins election

The Labour Party will not introduce rent controls if it wins the election. A spokesperson for the party is quoted on today’s...

14 May 2024

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Loophole means Section 21 Ban Delay “is not what it seems” - claim

A prominent PropTech supplier claims the government’s pledge to delay the ban on Section 21 evictions until court processes have been...

14 May 2024

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Here We Go Again: Renters Reform Bill back in Parliament this week

The Renters Reform Bill returns to Parliament this week, with a First Reading of the measure in the House of Lords...

14 May 2024

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Bad news for landlords as lender increases rates on BTL mortgages

Santander today in increases selected residential new business fixed-rate deals, as well as some landlord and residential offers. It is also lifting the...

14 May 2024

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University Challenge - students chose places based on rent costs

Availability in the private student halls sector is at a three-year high, according to new data from marketing and insights platform...

14 May 2024

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Landlord Alert: Section 21 court appeal’s far-reaching consequences

Landlord Alert: Section 21 appeal may have far-reaching consequences  A case being considered by the Court of Appeal could have far reaching...

13 May 2024

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Half of councils can't be bothered to collect fines from landlords

Data gathered by the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) shows that less than half the fines levied against rogue landlords have...

13 May 2024

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Landlord who suffered cancer duped by ruthless rogue tenant

A woman who faked documents and posed as a private landlord in an elaborate tenancy scam has been jailed. Natalie Chamberlain, aged...

13 May 2024

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Anger as figures show how many Right To Buy homes are now privately let

Over 40% of council houses and flats sold under the long-standing Right To Buy scheme are now owned by private landlords. That’s...

13 May 2024

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BTL mortgage lender launches short let products, and cuts some rates

Foundation Home Loans’ buy to let product range - Buy to Let by Foundation - has cut fees on some options...

13 May 2024

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Clampdown on Airbnbs may be dropped due to council delays

It looks as if a prominent local authority in Scotland is going to temporarily scrap the country’s tight rules on who...

10 May 2024

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Politicians make landlords feel like pariahs in society - claim

Red tape and a hostile attitude towards landlords from government is fuelling Scotland’s housing crisis, experts warn. John Blackwood, chief executive of...

10 May 2024

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Labour left puts Khan under pressure over housing policies

Sadiq Khan, newly elected for a third term as London Mayor, is already under pressure from the Labour Left to be...

10 May 2024

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Council wants £724 from every private landlord in designated area

Blackburn with Darwen council in Lancashire is consulting on a new selective licensing regime covering 1,266 properties on 42 streets.  Running to...

10 May 2024

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NRLA hits the road - tour dates announced

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has confirmed the dates for its 2024 ‘Wales On Tour’ sessions.  These will be May 23...

10 May 2024

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Bank of England reveals interest rate decision

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee has held base rate at 5.25% for the sixth time in a row. The news...

09 May 2024

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Government insulation scheme flops with tiny take-up so far

Figures from the Department for Energy and Net Zero indicate that only 4,648 households so far have taken advantage of the...

09 May 2024

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Landlord “accepts council penalty but only if not named”

A council has fined a landlord £17,500 for failing to license two of his properties in the area. However, the identify of...

09 May 2024

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Housing Market Snapshot - rental demand slows, sales stagnate

The latest RICS UK Residential Survey results shows the recent recovery in buyer demand has mellowed slightly, with the market impacted...

09 May 2024

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Low Traffic Neighbourhoods are good … at least for house values

Buy to let landlords with properties inside controversial ‘Low Traffic Neighbourhoods’ or LTNs may be in for a windfall. That’s because new...

09 May 2024

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Renters Reform Bill - Students accuse government of ‘folding’

The National Union of Students claims the government has “folded to landlord’s lobbying” and watering down the Renters Reform Bill so...

09 May 2024

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Airbnb rips into politicians and restrictions on short lets

Airbnb has ripped into politicians in Scotland who have implemented restrictions on short lets. The former SNP-Green coalition government allowed local councils...

08 May 2024

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Re-elected Labour Mayor pledges crackdown on rogue landlords

The newly re-elected Labour Mayor of Greater Manchester - Andy Burnham - wants to end Right To Buy on new-build homes...

08 May 2024

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Fake private rental property was sub-let by phoney landlord

A London council has revealed that a social housing tenant claimed their property was a private one, and fraudulently sub-let it...

08 May 2024

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Buyers aim for smaller properties despite prices stay roughly static

House prices last month were just 1.1% higher than April 2023, according to the latest Halifax House Price Index. The average house...

08 May 2024

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EPCs are often wrong and need major overhaul - Which?

An influential consumer body is demanding a complete overhaul of Energy Performance Certificates. Which? says that with millions of households across the...

08 May 2024

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Savage attack on buy to let landlords by Build To Rent cheerleader

Buy to let landlords have been savagely attacked by the country’s biggest investment company - which just happens to be a...

07 May 2024

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New batch of landlords preparing to sell, warns leading agency

The research head of Knight Frank is warning that a new batch of landlords are preparing to sell up and leave...

07 May 2024

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E-bike fire leads to fine for landlord over unsafe HMO

A landlord has been fined over £3,800 for letting out an unsafe and unlicensed HMO. South Gloucestershire council issued the landlord a...

07 May 2024

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Rents and Service Charges blamed for higher housing costs

Housing costs - rents and mortgages - are rising by about 3.6% a year according to a Barclays Bank assessment. This figure...

07 May 2024

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Labour Rental Sector Review launch with Generation Rent

The chief executive of Generation Rent is one of the speakers at the launch of a review of the private rental...

07 May 2024

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Government could snoop on Landlords’ bank accounts - claim

A Labour member of the House of Lords is warning that a new law could allow landlords’ bank accounts to be...

03 May 2024

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Tax Clampdown on Short Lets Will Not Change, claims government

The government is ruling out any U-turn on the tax changes regarding furnished holiday lettings - despite substantial complaints from Tory...

03 May 2024

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Heat Pumps Flop - low level in installation in new-builds

As the deadline approaches for banning gas boilers in newly constructed homes from 2025, a new analysis shows that only a...

03 May 2024

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Warning to landlords: Ignorance over tenancy types can cost you

A call has gone out from an industry group for landlords and letting agents to be sure they know the distinctions...

03 May 2024

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Political change may boost landlord investment, survey shows

More landlords predict Scotland will attract the most residential property investment outside of London and the South East in the next...

03 May 2024

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Shelter offers high salary to fill ‘Activism and Advocacy’ post

Charity Shelter is advertising for the post of ‘Assistant Director: Activism and Advocacy’ - with the postholder charged with supporting “...

02 May 2024

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Energy Efficiency - should rents be lower in poor EPC homes?

A housing industry group wants the energy efficiency of a social rented property to be factored into the rent the tenant...

02 May 2024

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Lloyds Banking Group expands private rental portfolio again

Citra Living, part of Lloyds Banking Group, is to bring more than 150 new family homes to the rental market in...

02 May 2024

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House prices dip as interest rates force buyers to delay plans

Average UK house prices fell by 0.4% in April, taking the annual rate of house price growth to 0.6% in April,...

02 May 2024

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Private Members Bill aims to prevent unfair treatment of tenants

A former leader of the Liberal Democrats has introduced a Private Members Bill into Parliament, in a bid to protect tenant...

02 May 2024

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Generation Rent wants landlords to pay if a tenant moves

The Generation Rent activist group has once again repeated its demand for a series of reforms surrounding the scrapping of Section...

01 May 2024

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Council wants landlords to back controversial leasing scheme

A council is seeking private landlords to participate in a controversial leasing scheme in a bid to curb homelessness. The use of...

01 May 2024

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Mayor election hopefuls told to clampdown on Airbnbs

Agents’ trade group Propertymark is demanding London Mayor candidates tackle what it calls “the unique housing challenges that the capital experiences.” Londoners...

01 May 2024

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Rental market snapshot - that latest from Goodlord

The latest Rental Index from Goodlord reveals that rents are now up by 5.7% over the year.  The price per property over...

01 May 2024

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Landlord Regulator advertises for Welsh-speaking staff

The nearest thing to a national landlord register operating anywhere in the UK is seeking new staff - and they must...

01 May 2024

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Website for tenants who don’t know where to turn to

A website is being prepared to assist private renters know where to turn if their landlord or lettings agent fail to...

30 April 2024

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Stamp Duty causes Buy To Let investment to plummet in key areas

The proportion of buy to let properties purchased in Southern England fell to a record low last year, continuing a trend...

30 April 2024

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Renters Reform Bill unlikely to be sabotaged by Lords says industry chief

The National Residential Landlords Association predicts that the House of Lords is unlikely to make substantive changes to the Renters Reform...

30 April 2024

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Up Again! Rents hit new high for 17th successive month

The average advertised rent of new properties coming onto the market hits a 17th consecutive record, with the average price of...

30 April 2024

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Insights and Advice event for buy to let landlords

The ESPC property portal has announced a free buy to let Insights and Advice event on Thursday May 9, for aspiring...

30 April 2024

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Landlords hit with higher court fees from Wednesday

Court fees levied on landlords are rising 10% from Wednesday - the result of a consultation process held shortly before Christmas. The...

29 April 2024

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Khan wants taxpayer-funded mould sensors in private rental homes

Labour London Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to install ‘mould sensors’ in thousands of rental homes across the capital. In a pledge ahead...

29 April 2024

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Backfired! Councils LOSE money through second home tax premiums - claim

A politician is claiming that second home council tax premiums, where owners pay up to double the normal rate, is resulting...

29 April 2024

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Licensing fees could be cut if government review recommends

It is possible that licensing regimes operated by local councils could cut the fees they impose on landlords. The House of Commons...

29 April 2024

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Landlord fined by court for “unfairly profiting from properties”

A landlord deemed to be unfairly profiting from properties has been fined a total of £5,825.27. Greenwich council prosecuted Anna Yang, an...

29 April 2024

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Paul Shamplina demands government set date for Section 21 abolition

Landlord Action founder Paul Shamplina says the government must set a date for Section 21 abolition to give all sides of...

26 April 2024

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More tenants must borrow to fund deposits - survey’s claim

The percentage of tenants borrowing money to fund their cash deposits on their next property has risen over the last 12...

26 April 2024

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Renters Reform Bill - what happens now in House of Lords

The Renters Reform Bill has now passed all of its House of Commons stages, with amendments - as almost every Bill...

26 April 2024

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Landlords urged to apply for energy efficiency funds

A council is urging landlords of eligible properties to apply for energy efficient measures such as insulation, solar panels or heat...

26 April 2024

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Jonathan Rolande - Why the Section 21 Debate Is a Smokescreen

Jonathan Rolande is a property industry and housing market commentator, and is founder of the National Association of Property Buyers.  It’s almost...

26 April 2024

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Rent Control zealot dropped from Scottish government

The architect of the controversial rent control policies in Scotland has left the government. It is not known what long-term implication this...

25 April 2024

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Gove Hits Back! He says Reform Bill is STILL a Renting Revolution

Michael Gove’s Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities hit back overnight at critics of the government’s Renters Reform Bill. The Bill...

25 April 2024

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Rehashed research again slams MPs who are landlords

A new version of research first released in May 2023 once again lashes some MPs for being landlords. 38 Degrees - an...

25 April 2024

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Surprise move as agents issue ‘how to complain’ guide to tenants

A new guide from Propertymark explains the rights which private rental tenants have - and sets out how they can challenge...

25 April 2024

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Where to find tenanted buy to let units for investors to purchase

Only 2% of current properties listed for sale in London have a tenant in situ, according to lettings agency Benham and...

25 April 2024

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Renters Reform Bill U-turn by tenant activists

The coalition of 20-plus groups which have previously spoken enthusiastically about the Renters Reform Bill has now changed its mind. On April...

25 April 2024

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Renters Reform Bill now on its way to the House of Lords

The Renters Reform Bill, heavily amended by the government and in some cases by individual MPs, has now passed through all...

24 April 2024

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Generation Rent activists spurn Reform Bill olive branch from NRLA

The National Residential Landlords Association has taken the unusual step of extending an olive branch to the activists who run the...

24 April 2024

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Activists line up to criticise Renters Reform Bill amendments

The Renters Reform Bill returns to the House of Commons today with activist groups critical of amendments put forward to reach...

24 April 2024

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Renters Reform Bill - these are the amendments to watch

There are over 200 amendments to the Renters Reform Bill having its Third Reading in the Commons today. PropTech supplier Goodlord has...

24 April 2024

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Last ditch bid by officers to save council landlord licensing

Environmental health officers are making a last ditch bid to save local council licensing. The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health reckons that...

24 April 2024

From: Breaking News

New call to restrict private letting of Right To Buy properties

A property industry group wants to restrict the private letting of properties bought in the future via the Right To Buy...

24 April 2024

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Landlord faces 15 months in jail unless she pays over £50,000

A landlord faces a hefty jail sentence unless she finds over £50,000 in the next three months - and on top...

23 April 2024

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Online platform claims to save landlords £3,800 in fees

An online lettings platform claims to have launched the first “end-to-end self-service lettings platform” which could save landlords around £3,800. Hello Neighbour...

23 April 2024

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Council offering landlords “training to help them improve”

Landlords have only until Friday to give their views on a controversial licensing consultation from a council known for its aggressive...

23 April 2024

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Bizarre Behaviour Landlord back in court a second time

A landlord who has repeatedly flouted housing rules has been fined a further £36,000 following a prosecution brought by a council.  Giuseppe...

23 April 2024

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Landlords urged to attend Cultural Awareness Course

A so-called Cultural Awareness Course is being held to explain to landlords about their responsibilities under the 2010 Equality Act. The course...

23 April 2024

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Tax Alert - HMRC launching Making Tax Digital pilot scheme today

HMRC is today launching a pilot scheme for Making Tax Digital, the controversial proposal for quarterly reporting for landlords and the...

22 April 2024

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Scoop for NRLA - Housing Minister to give members Reform Bill update

Housing Minister Jacob Young will address members of the National Residential Landlords Association in an exclusive webinar on Thursday. This is the...

22 April 2024

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Police warn landlords to smoke out cannabis farms

Police have issued a warning to landlords after a property was left badly damaged by an illegal cannabis grow. The property -...

22 April 2024

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Selling Up this year? Make it quick…

Rightmove is warning that the housing market is set for disruptions from the summer onwards, and suggests the brisk start to...

22 April 2024

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Stricter council enforcement of landlords demanded by agents

Political parties should stop bickering and instead work together to boost enforcement of rental standards in the private sector. That’s the view...

22 April 2024

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