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Landlords in high-level talks with government over rental reforms

The landlords’ trade body has been invited to join what it calls “high-level” talks with government over reforms to the private...

15 June 2021

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 Platform allows landlords to set up companies to buy properties

A platform claims it allows buy to let landlords to set up limited companies within 30 minutes, through which they can...

15 June 2021

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Renting cheaper than buying for first time since 2014

For the first time in seven years it’s now cheaper to rent a home than buy one. So says the Hamptons lettings...

15 June 2021

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Is Covid forcing landlords to give up on HMOs?

A landlord group in a major city in the south of England says many are giving up on HMOs and converting...

15 June 2021

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Shock as government rejects council’s landlord licensing bid

The government has taken the unusual step of denying a local council its request for an extended term for a landlord...

14 June 2021

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Up and Up - rents reach new record high says top agency

Rental growth accelerated in May to reach a new record high according to Connells-owned lettings agency Hamptons.   Last month the average cost...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal Wrap: a summary of law changes impacting landlords

Landlord Today readers will be more than aware that legal changes happen often these days, and it can be understandably challenging...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Fraudster fake landlords scam tenant out of deposit cash

A genuine tenant who advertised on social media for a property has been scammed out of £450 by fraudsters posing as...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour pressure group tweets: “All landlords are bastards”

A Labour Party pressure group has tweeted the message: “All landlords are bastards.” The tweet, from Labour Tenants United, is the latest...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Large number of tenants eligible for controversial Breathing Space - claim

A large number of private rental tenants may be eligible to take advantage of the new and controversial Breathing Space debt...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Bright Idea? Light bulb changes will impact landlords’ properties

The government has come up with another bright idea which will impact landlords’ rental properties - changes to the availability of...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

App which predicts appliance and building repairs wins extra funding

A cloud-based property management platform aimed at landlords has secured over £1m in addition funding. In its own words, Lofti’s platform will...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Remarkable - New licensing scheme will be FREE for landlords

It’s already a very un-typical part of the United Kingdom but now Jersey has set itself apart in a different way...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

 New guidance given to first time landlords

The Association of Residential Landlords Association - part of Propertymark - has issued guidance to first time landlords letting out property.  Check...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

London council fines landlord for HMO health and safety breaches

A London council has prosecuted a landlord for renting out an unauthorised and unsafe House in Multiple Occupation. Daniella Mbachu, who owns...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Soaring house prices lure expat and foreign national investors

There’s been a “huge demand” for buy to let mortgages spurred on by dramatic house prices rises, according to a major...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb’s ‘responsible’ approach to short lets welcomed by trade body

Airbnb says it’s working to consider new approaches to short-term letting and the burgeoning holiday lets sector - and this has...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Investor Tip: Top agency identifies next London property hotspot

Knight Frank has identified part of central London which it describes as being historically overlooked but likely to be transformed in...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Civil Penalty Notice then a fine after HMO regulations breached

The Rogue Landlord Team of a local authority has triggered a civil penalty notice resulting in a fine of over £21,000...

09 June 2021

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Another council asks landlords how Covid has hit rental sector

Another council in the south of England is asking landlords and letting agents in its area how the Coronavirus crisis has...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the major cities with the best rental yields for buy to let

A property investment firm has drawn up a league table of cities with significant rental yields.  Sequre Property Investment analysed the average rental...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords losing tenants taking up 95 per cent mortgage deals

One in six landlords have allegedly lost tenants who have taken advantage of new five per cent deposit mortgage schemes. Online agency Accommodation says...

08 June 2021

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Online rental management platform seeks crowdfunding cash

An online platform that places landlords’ listings on portals and manages bookings is seeking new funding through the Seedrs crowdfunding site. Smarthost...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Most tenants unimpressed with high-tech homes - survey

A new survey suggests that most tenants are uniikely to pay more for high tech homes - or even want the...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction activists tell renters to check landlord paperwork

Activist group Generation Rent are telling tenants to use the slightest documentation error by landlords to avoid eviction. It claims as many...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord-Tenant Mediation: no pilot scheme results yet

There appears to be no evidence yet as to the effectiveness or otherwise of the government’s mediation scheme, introduced ahead of...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Major London licensing consultation closes this month

There are just three weeks left for landlords to respond to one of the largest consultations undertaken by a council in...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Student yields stay strong despite pandemic - claim

Research by student accommodation platform UniHomes says rental demand on student properties has not suffered long term harm from the pandemic. It...

07 June 2021

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Council says: “We’re very clear - we’re on the side of tenants”

A council says it’s “on the side of tenants” against landlords. The London borough of Tower Hamlets has renewed its Selective Licensing...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

 Landlords given five low-cost ways to improve a property’s EPC

Rightmove has identified five ways that landlords and other property owners can improve their property’s EPC rating - some for well...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

“Bumper summer of lettings” on the way for landlords

We’re on track for a bumper summer of lettings according to one of the sector’s most authoritative rental market monitors. Goodlord’s latest...

04 June 2021

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Rogue landlord fined for breaching prohibition order

A rogue landlord has been fined £2,000 and must pay a victim surcharge of £22 after pleading guilty to breaching a...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax: government issues revised guidance for landlords

The government has issued revised guidance for landlords on the subject of tax - specifically about rental income and self assessment. In...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Council wants taxpayers’ money to be used to pay Covid arrears

The resumption of bailiff-enforced evictions, banned for over a year until just days ago, could be “catastrophic” for one of the...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists thank unions ahead of week of tenants’ rights webinars

The tenants’ campaign group Generation Rent is planning a week of events to promote renters’ rights later this month. The campaign says...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent provider launches scheme within Taylor Wimpey estate

A Build To Rent operator, Kooky, has launched a 39-unit scheme within a new Taylor Wimpey housing estate. The estate is Oakleigh...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Top Labour MP speaks out against “greed of the mega-landlords”

Former Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has spoken out against what he calls “the greed of the mega-landlords.” The veteran MP -...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

New tenancy forms - landlords must use now or risk possessions being invalid

The government has released new forms for secure and assured tenancies - and agents who fail to use them risk having...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Another council urges landlords to think twice before evicting

Another council is urging landlords to seek alternative solutions to tenancy issues how the eviction ban is at an end. The emergency...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Online agency tells renters how to pass tenant referencing

Online lettings platform Mashroom says there are four tips for tenants who want to boost their credit ratings to have a...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

New Eviction Mediation guidelines issued to landlords by government

The government has revised its guidelines for its new mediation scheme, which it says will avoid some possessions now that the...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords fear thousands of tenants will now fail referencing

Tenants with arrears accumulated during the pandemic are finding it tough to secure alternative accommodation because their credit scores have been...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Licensing landlords would help students, insists charity and union

A Citizens Advice and Students Union study into student accommodation in its patch says there should be an additional licensing scheme...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Lifting of eviction ban “beginning of the end for many renters” - claim

Campaigning charity Shelter says the lifting of the bailiff-enforced eviction ban, which happened over the weekend, is “the beginning of the...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Surge in tenants seeking charity advice - claim

A charity claims it’s seen increasing numbers of private tenants seeking help, just as the bailiff enforced eviction ban has ended...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Council interventions can stop evictions and help landlords - claim

A local council which is inviting some 300 landlords to a virtual summit in the near future says it’s helped a...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let resurgence sees landlords getting younger

The average age of British landlords has decreased, with some 47 per cent now aged under 40.  That compares to just three...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Post-Brexit surge in Ex-Pats investing in buy to let

The Guernsey-based lender Skipton International says there’s been a surge in interest in UK buy to let mortgages from overseas over...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Women increase their share of landlord investment

The landlord gender gap is closing, with women now accounting for half of private landlords in the UK. New research by Yieldit...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Sex-Pest Landlords face prosecution under proposed new legislation

A Labour MP is proposing legislation which would mean that landlords who offer accommodation in exchange for sexual favours could be...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord Fight Back: legal threat to council licensing proposals

A well-organised group of local landlords is threatening a city council with legal action over plans to expand a licensing scheme. The...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Massive boost in private rental energy efficiency, new research shows

There’s been a wholesale lifting in standards of investment and quality in the private rental sector thanks to landlords, and in...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Let’s Dance! Here are the biggest landlord sensations on TikTok

Lettings platform Mashroom has pulled together what it suggests are the most influential landlords using the social media service TikTok. For the...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords can evict tenants for requesting repairs, claims Baroness

The Baroness who leads the Generation Rent campaign group says landlords are currently “able to evict tenants just for requesting repairs...

26 May 2021

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Landlord begins legal action against activists protesting outside her home

A landlord has begun legal proceedings against a pressure group after being the victim of a four-month campaign of harassment. Lawyers acting...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal reminder to landlords of Coronavirus restrictions on giving notice

A specialist law firm is reminding landlords considering possession proceedings that they still need to be aware of key changes to...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Enforcing rental regulation is a postcode lottery in part of the UK - claim

The landlords’ trade body says there’s an enforcement postcode lottery across part of the UK. The National Residential Landlords Association’s Welsh Enforcement...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Council offer of help to landlords as bailiff-enforced eviction ban ends

A council in the north of England is offering help to landlords and private rental tenants as the bailiff-enforced eviction ban...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Official - no significant Covid rent arrears, no pile-up of possession cases

The government has produced figures that counter the long-running claims by rental sector activists that there has been a build up...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental White Paper - government gives hint of what it will contain

The government has pledged to  bring forward a White Paper in the Autumn, focussing on its commitments to reform the private...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage bonus for landlords expanding rental portfolios

There’s good news for landlords considering investing or refinancing in the buy to let sector as interest rates are beginning to...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Council appeals to private landlords to help with homelessness problem

Landlords in a Midlands city are being asked to help find safe places to live for homeless individuals and families. The council...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

What impact has Covid had on landlords? Councils want to know…

A cluster of councils in the south of England want to know how Covid-19 has impacted landlords and letting agents in...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Taxpayers should pay Covid tenant rent arrears, say councils

The umbrella group representing London councils wants the government to use taxpayer money to help private tenants with Covid-related arrears. The call...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activist group wants more “engagement” between councils and tenants

Tenant activist group Generation Rent says it’s working with five councils to find out more about private renters in those areas. The...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord caught out over HMO housing migrant shift workers

Rogue landlord Siddika Begum of Salisbury has been prosecuted for failing to licence a house in multiple occupation in the town. Begum...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

All Aboard! Crossrail still a good buy to let investment - claim

A London lettings agency says that despite its four year delay, Crossrail still presents opportunities for buy to let investors. Benham and...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords Beware: fraudulent tenancy applications soar

There’s a warning that there’s been a huge rise in fraudulent tenant applications since the start of the pandemic. In terms of...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords back proposal to extend Capital Gains Tax deadline

Landlords have welcomed a proposal by the Office for Tax Simplification to extend the 30 day payment of Capital Gains Tax...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Sacked Labour left-winger speaks up for pro-renter campaigns

Rebecca Long Bailey, a left wing MP sacked in controversial circumstances by party leader Sir Kier Starmer, has spoken up for...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Jail for man who used terrorist attack for revenge on landlord

A man who tried to frame his landlord’s partner as being involved in the Westminster terrorist attack has been jailed. Gerald Banyard,...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Incorporated Landlords get unexpected investment tax boost

A change in government policy will allow landlords to fund investment that will help businesses recover, says tax and advisory firm...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

This is how landlords should choose an agent - according to ARLA

Propertymark has issued a guide to help landlords choose lettings agents.   Angela Davey, ARLA Propertymark president, says she has five tips aimed...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords with flats may soon have to face Commonhold tenure

A new government-created committee is considering the introduction of the new Commonhold tenure. Commonhold is a form of freehold ownership, largely for...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Smoked Out: The signs a property is used for Cannabis cultivation

Direct Line Business Insurance has outlined seven tell-tale signs of cannabis cultivation, which it says is an increasing problem for landlords across...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Buying at auction? It’ll never be the same again insists industry leader

The auction process, for years a favourite with landlords, will never be the same again according to one of the industry’s...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Another council invites landlords to comment on licensing shift

A London council is inviting landlords and others to respond to a consultation on changes to its licensing regime.  Ealing council claims...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants flee London as pandemic changes rental landscape

Private sector tenants are leaving London in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, changing the rental market fundamentally. According to new research, landlords...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

New finance deal to encourage more rental energy efficiency

Offa, the UK’s first Shariah-compliant bridging loan provider, has launched a short-term loan system for landlords which is open only in relation...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords slam government for failing all sides of rental sector

The pandemic-related debts of tenants and landlords should be top of the in tray of the new housing minister in Wales. That’s...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Online platform simplifies mandatory property checks - claim

A new online platform for landlords claims to allow them to manage property certifications and inspections for single or multiple properties...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax problems hit landlords who sell, accountant warns

Some landlords have hit Capital Gains Tax problems when selling properties in consecutive years, an accountant warns. Elaine Shiels of RSM says:...

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord Optimism: many have bought or will buy new investments

A new survey shows that just over a third of landlords have recently purchased another buy to let property or intend...

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Guilty: Landlord admits throwing tenant out illegally

Landlord Antanas Klibavicius has pleaded guilty to illegally evicting his tenant and not taking any steps towards ending the tenancy properly...

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Lifetime Deposits may be more complicated than government hopes

There’s a warning that the government’s pledge to introduce a lifetime deposits concept, theoretically making it easier and cheaper for tenants...

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists request meeting with government over rental reform

A coalition of 20 pro-tenant organisations - including at least one actively campaigning against some government measures - wants a meeting...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Will these 10 points ensure tenants get their deposits back?

An interiors company claims a 10 point guide for private tenants will ensure they get all of their deposit back when...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Double Digit rent rises across many parts of Britain in past year

Lettings agency Hamptons says that across Great Britain rents rose 5.9 per cent annually in April, the fastest rate since January...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t evict without getting in touch - council plea to landlords

A council is urging landlord not to evict tenants when the current ban ends on May 31 without getting in touch...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Outright ban on buy to let under debate in one part of the UK

It may not be a typical part of the country but on one of the Channel Islands there is now a...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent-A-Room tax free rental still popular even in age of Airbnb

The total value of tax relief declared as a result of the government’s Rent a Room Scheme has soared 187 per...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent video checks extended until late June

The Home Office has told agents that Right To Rent checks can continue to be conducted via video calls until June...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Optimism and tight supply fuel rentals boom, according to surveyors

The latest sentiment survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors makes welcome reading for most landlords. RICS deals only with broad...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Why are tenancy disputes still happening?

Fixflo has another of its webinars coming up in just under a fortnight’s time, at 11am on May 27, with this...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords welcome Eviction Ban end but want cash help for renters

Landlords have welcomed the government’s announcement to end the eviction ban and reduce the notice period required for the private rental...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Police hunt tenant who used terror attack for revenge on landlord

A former tenant who tried two frame his landlord’s partner as being involved in the Westminster terrorist attack has been convicted...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Next Buy To Let growth sector identified by investment bank

Investment bank and wealth management consultancy Arbuthnot Latham predicts the next big growth area for buy to let will be Houses...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Most tenants still want to own despite pandemic upheaval

Despite the global pandemic putting many major life plans on hold, almost three fifths of renters continue to have ownership as...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Full details of Notice and Eviction changes

The government has announced changes to tenancy notice periods in line with the phased easing of the pandemic restrictions.  Whilst some notice...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists demand mandatory register to root out “criminal landlords”

Activists led by Baroness Alicia Kennedy of Generation Rent say the proposed reform of the private rental system must include a...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord relief at consultation before Renters Reform Bill becomes law

The landlords’ trade body has given its support to the principle of consultation before the much-hyped Renters Reform Bill becomes law. Yesterday’s...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

What’s that smell? It must be a Build To Rent scheme…

A Build To Rent operator is introducing “signature scents” into its properties “to lift moods and enhance the rental experience.” Fig, orange...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Cannabis Cost - this is how much landlords lose thanks to rogue tenants

An expert assessment of the average cost of damage caused by rogue tenants growing cannabis suggests landlords will typically pay almost...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ IDs not always checked thoroughly by agents - claim

Landlords have frequently not had obligatory ID checks conducted on them by letting agents, an industry supplier is claiming.  Blinc UK says...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental Sector Reform to be implemented in the coming year

The government has confirmed that reform of the private rental sector will be a priority for the coming session of Parliament. A...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Tory MP demands rental MOTs and compulsory landlord accreditation

A Conservative MP claims there is a major power imbalance between tenants and landlords and widespread reforms are required to stop...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists attack Labour housing chief for letting out a room

A little-known group called Labour Tenants United has criticised the party’s new housing spokeswoman. Initially the group welcomed the appointment to the role...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Think-tank calls for more renters’ rights and new law

A think-tank, UK Onward, has called for radical rental reform. In a statement released to coincide with today’s Queen’s Speech, the think-tank...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where Asian and Chinese buy to let investors purchase

Chinese and Asian investment and marketing service Juwai IQI UK has revealed where in this country property investors from those locations...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Council to pay £30,000 towards private rental sector deposits

A council has agreed to set aside £30,000 to pay for private rental deposits as a cheaper alternative to bed and breakfast accommodation. The ruling...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter demands widespread rental reform starting tomorrow

Shelter says tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech should herald the start of a widespread reform of all renting, particularly the private sector. In a blog...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant activists team up with council to consult private renters

Tenant activist group Generation Rent is working with a council on a new consultation process - with a chance to win...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Experienced Labour heavyweight becomes shadow housing spokesperson

Labour’s new housing spokesperson is the experienced MP Lucy Powell, who until last weekend was shadow business and consumer affairs minister.  She...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

 Row blows up over rental perk for university Vice Chancellor

A row has blown up in Cheshire over a claim by a student tenant that she pays more rent than the college’s...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

It’ll take years for rents and evictions to return to normal - new report

A new academic report suggests that more than 400,000 private tenants may be in significant rent arrears by the end of...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Message to government: Help landlords and support private renting, or else

One of the leading industry suppliers has given a warning to government that continual regulation and legal changes restricting landlords will...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

£1,000 a month for rent? The lettings market is nearly there…

The latest HomeLet market index shows that the average rent in the UK is now at a record high of £996...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

North of England is go-to investment spot, says consultancy

Investment advisers Sterling Wealth Associates says the north of England is the go-to spot in the UK for property investment.  It says...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Is co-living a good rent investment? One operator boasts big annual growth

An operator in the co-living rental niche in London has recorded an average 44 per cent annual growth over the past...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Review compliance procedures or risk prosecution, landlords warned

A warning has been issued to landlords about a crackdown on compliance issues surrounding property management. No Letting Go, the country’s largest...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital appreciation index shows unexpected house price winner

Landlords looking mostly long-term capital appreciation rather than yields may have to invest in an unlikely location which topped a league...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Guidance for landlords on preparing buy to lets for summer

The letting agents’ trade body has released guidance on how landlords can prepare their investment properties for summer. Angela Davey, president of...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

High level of tenant and owner movement expected post-Covid

A new analysis suggests that as many as 40 per cent of people in the UK are at last considering moving...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Council sends 3,000 warnings to landlords in one year

A Midlands council says it’s sent thousands of letters to landlords in the last 12 months in response to complaints from...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Outlook uncertain for buy to let after recent retreat - Nationwide

The private rental sector is in slow retreat according to a new analysis by Nationwide-owned specialist lender, The Mortgage Works. Nationwide chief...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined after Gangmasters authority investigates rental property

A landlord has been convicted and ordered to pay more than £11,500 in fines and legal costs for the offence of...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

London council acts against landlord’s lettings company

A London council has taken a landlord company to court after complaints of poor housing conditions in five of its rented...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

 Flatfair revamps deposit alternative service for landlords

Flatfair has revamped its deposit alternative service, claiming its new offer gives twice the protection of a traditional deposit scheme. From this...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent offers existing tenants advice on getting a pet

The growing debate over whether pets should be allowed in private rental property has attracted the attention of activists’ group Generation Rent. In...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to landlords over eviction paperwork change

Landlords are being warned of an urgent change to the arrears process thanks to the launch of the government’s Breathing Space...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s fine slashed after fightback against council court move

A landlord who was hit with a £66,000 fine over safety breaches at a rental property has fought back - and...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Prime property investors look beyond London, lender reports

A mortgage lender specialising in high net worth clients has identified those areas outside London seeing the most prime purchases. Enness Global...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s shock after flat is stripped of items by evicted tenant

It’s a story that’s seldom told - how some tenants steal items from landlords’ properties when a tenancy ends. Now the Oxford...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Market forces will decide whether landlords accept pets - lettings expert

One of the country’s leading lettings experts has written that whether landlords will accept pets in rental properties will not be...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Councils accused by activists over rental licensing and safety

There are now 10 councils with licensing schemes covering more than 20 per cent of the rental market according to activists’...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid prompts surge in niche ‘medium term’ rentals

An online corporate rental platform says Covid 19 has led to a six-fold increase in demand for medium-term rentals in this...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Good news - Buy To Let tide turns for first time in four years

For the first time in four years, the proportion of landlords who say they plan to expand their portfolios is higher...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

No widespread sell-off by landlords despite attacks on buy to let

New figures show that there is no widespread sell-off by landlords, despite the tax and regulation changes of recent years. Data from...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

 Big rise in incorporated landlords according to investment service

A property investment consultancy says growing numbers of UK and international landlords are incorporating to manage their buy to let portfolios...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

It's a Renter's Market - London affordability improves during pandemic

Rental affordability in the capital has improved markedly during the pandemic according to London lettings agency Benham and Reeves.  The firm analysed...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Breathing Spaces “not a fix to keep creditors at bay” admits charity

The controversial Breathing Space policy comes into effect from next Tuesday, May 4, and a charity is admitting it is not...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Tips for landlords to keep their properties occupied year-round

The Hunters lettings agency has set out tips for landlords to keep their rental properties occupied all year round. The firm -...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Do you wish you could change your Brexit referendum vote?

A third of landlords surveyed in a poll this month say they wish they could now change the way they voted...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Most London rents now lower than they were in 2016, says Rightmove

New figures released by Rightmove this morning show that 65 per cent of London locations now have lower rent levels than...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter and tenants’ group set up city Fair Renting campaign

Shelter and tenants’ group in a major city have mobilised to set up a campaign called Fair Renting. The campaign is focussed...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb blocks 80,000 reservations in bid to curb anti-social behaviour

Airbnb has blocked nearly 80,000 UK reservation attempts following the introduction of restrictions that prevent under 25-year-olds from making entire home...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lenders make more offers to woo landlord borrowers

The mortgage market is becoming increasingly competitive for landlords who want to take advantage of offers as the economy comes out...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Under 30s form vast majority of prime London lettings, says consultancy

One of the leading consultancies involved in prime London lettings says 86 per cent of new tenancies in Q1 2021 were...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord to hand over 18 properties to experts after £30,000 fine

A landlord has been handed nearly £30,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to maintenance and safety failures at three...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Baroness urges police to get tough with “criminal landlords”

The Generation Rent campaign group has entered the fray for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections which will be held in some...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets in Rental Properties - vets join the campaign

A leading veterinary body - the National Office of Animal Health, or NOAH - has started a campaign to have pets allowed...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Prime London flats rentals still in doldrums - but for how long?

Reduced demand and falling rents continue throughout the London prime flats market, with values down in all areas except the south west...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb management service announces coastal expansion

Airbnb management company Houst is expanding its service into a new area. Houst has identified Kent as an area expecting one of...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government comes clean - it wants home owners, not renters

Housing minister Chris Pincher has made the most explicit admission yet of the government’s desire to diminish the private rental sector. In...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

May 11 - is this when we’ll know about abolishing Section 21?

The State Opening of Parliament will take place on Tuesday May 11, with many expecting this to be when the government confirms...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Section 21 ‘homelessness threat’ has fallen 50% says government

The government says the number of households facing possible homelessness after a Section 21 eviction has fallen 50 per cent in...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords complain of lack of support from government

Hundreds of landlords and property professionals say their national economic contribution is under-appreciated and inadequately supported. Landlords have hit out at a lack...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Are you prepared to give more property details to letting agents?

Several high-flying lettings sector bodies say rental properties advertised on portals should carry much more upfront information. This means landlords who use agents...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord, 86, fined after rat droppings found at unsafe HMO

A landlord has been fined £6,000 for failing to properly maintain a HMO in Reading. Nidan Singh, 76, has also been ordered to...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Everything first time landlords need to know - new guide

ARLA Propertymark, the letting agents’ main trade body, has prepared a ‘top tips’ guide for first time landlords. Association president Angela Davey...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ portal to showcase Build To Rent properties via special week

Love to Rent, a portal that markets properties to let, is to stage a customer awareness week to push Build To...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Today’s webinar may help landlords hit by tenancy disputes

The DPS is hosting free dispute webinars to enable landlords and letting agents to navigate the dispute resolution process. More than 2,000...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Order in Court! TV Star says he wants Section 21 scrapped

TV star Robert Rinder - best known for his performances under the guise of Judge Rinder - has made an outspoken...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t give up on Green Homes, top MP tells government

The chair of the all-party Environmental Audit Committee of MPs is urging the government to introduce an alternative to the disastrous Green...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

U-turn on Right To Rent means ‘remote ID checks’ stand

Landlords are not required to conduct retrospective Right to Rent verification on tenants who had a Covid-adjusted check since March 30...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord group repeats call for upfront cash payments

The National Residential Landlords Association has repeated its backing for upfront cash payments and rent guarantees. A new study has found that...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Matching Service - council will pair tenants with landlords

A council in the Lake District is inviting new and existing private landlords to register with Property Links, its free matching...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

 Students “left to fall prey to landlords” claims union

Over a fifth of students questioned in a new survey say they have been unable to pay rent in full over...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Eco Shock: Six-fold rise in landlord interest in Green Mortgages

Three in five landlords are interested in green mortgages - a huge surge in recent times. The buy to let broker Mortgages...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Soaring number of second homes jumping on staycation bandwagon

The number of second homes in the UK has risen 30 per cent over the last five years, according to a...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Council staging virtual forum to help landlords during pandemic

A council is holding a virtual landlords’ forum to support them navigate the Covid-19 pandemic. Normally, Ryedale council works in partnership with...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged: Embrace housing benefit tenants, don't reject them

The head of an agency is urging landlords to “embrace” tenants on housing benefits, instead of seeking to avoid them. Mish Liyanage,...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

New landlord charter is Labour’s big idea for Mayor election

Greater Manchester’s Labour Mayor, Andy Burnham, wants to introduce a £1.5m Good Landlord Charter This would work in partnership with the city’s...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Taper changes to notice periods ASAP, landlords tell government

The landlords' main trade body wants a tapering down of notice periods for Section 8 and Section 21. The government has already...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Top 20 best places to invest as a landlord - new league table

A new league table has been created of the best places for landlords to invest in buy to let. The Compare The...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Opposition to licensing scheme set to be discussed tomorrow

It’s been reported that a bid to impose a rental licensing regime on the Channel Island of Jersey - set to...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock as council reveals new HMO licensing will costs over £1,000

Salford council in Greater Manchester is to introduce landlord licensing for HMOs where three or four tenants live - and the...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Elderly landlord claims he’s being pursued by agency’s liquidators

An 83-year-old landlord who let a property through collapsed agency Homepoint says he is being pursued for nearly £2,400 by liquidators. Homepoint...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords face bill of over £60,000 over multiple housing offences

Two landlords of a property in East London have been ordered to pay costs and fines totalling £61,057.05 after they were prosecuted...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord and property company hit with £50,000 in fines and costs

A property company and its sole director landlord have been convicted and ordered to pay more than £50,000 in fines and...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Half of landlords back measures to get pets in rented property - claim

A controversial survey by an insurance firm suggests almost half of landlords welcome the government’s new Model Tenancy Agreement which allows...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Battling Baroness says S21 notices ‘pull rug from beneath tenants’ feet’

The Baroness who leads the Generation Rent campaign has made a sharp attack on section 21 notices. Baroness Alicia Kennedy says: “A Section 21...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Three agencies must stop trading after failing to compensate landlords

Three lettings agencies have been expelled for The Property Ombudsman for failing to pay compensation to landlords. And as they are now...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

£15m in government cash for students struggling to pay rent

The Department for Education has announced that its to make available an additional £15 million in hardship funding to support those students...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Yet another BTL lender issues cheap loans for homes with good EPCs

For the second time this week (and it’s only Wednesday) a lender has announced cheaper mortgage loans for buy to let...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour anti-eviction activists outline three-stage campaign

The Momentum group on the left of the Labour Party has outlined a three-stage campaign to secure a longer term ban on...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Most landlords have doubts about staying in buy to let sector - survey

A survey of 20,000 landlords by a comparison website suggests 53 per cent are uncertain if they want to remain in buy to...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants should “suss out” landlords about decorating, says website

The chief executive of a private rental platform is telling tenants to “suss out” landlords about decorating their property themselves.  “The freedom...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson becomes a landlord (and will allow pets)

The Daily Mail is reporting that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to let his Oxfordshire cottage out - and he’s taking...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets rival to Airbnb to launch in UK next year

A Scandinavian company is bidding to create a short lets rival to Airbnb and has announced it is opening in the UK...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy to let lender says new eco-loan will be 'push for landlords'

The Mortgage Works, the specialist buy to let arm of the Nationwide, is trying to woo landlords to make properties more...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Council action means £90,000 bill for landlord and company

A landlord and a property company have a total of over £90,000 to pay after being found guilty of 27 charges...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls help turn Berlin into “mini Venezuela” - claim

An economist at a right-leaning think tank says Berlin - often regarded as a model for state-regulated private renting - has...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

We’re Staying Put! Landlord sell-offs hits a seven year low

New data from lettings agency Hamptons suggests that despite the slew of challenges thrown at the private rental sector, the number...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords tell of distress over thousands owed by agency

Two landlords have spoken out about their losses and treatment from a lettings agency which has collapsed. Last month we reported that...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Big rise in rents outside London as demands outstrips supply

New figures suggest a large average rise in rents over the past year in almost every region outside of London. According to...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Accountants warn landlords who have not declared to HMRC

A property accountant is warning that ‘accidental landlords’ may not have been aware of the complexity of property taxation and so...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords slam Sadiq Khan’s rent control power grab

The main landlords’ trade body has hit out at a bid by London Mayor Sadiq Khan to secure powers to impose private...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stand by for weekend of protests by anti-eviction campaigners

The Momentum movement on the left wing of the Labour Party is staging a series of protests this weekend targeting landlords...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords penalised by government will put up rent, warns key supplier

A key supplier is warning that landlords penalised by ever higher government taxes and rules will be forced to increase rents. Andy...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour criticises court delays as backlog hits all-time high

Many landlords awaiting the hearing of possession cases will hardly need reminding, but new figures from the Ministry of Justice give...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Too much, too quickly! Call for energy efficiency timescales to slow

A respected private rental sector body wants the government to slow its timetable for energy efficiency reform, warning that landlords could...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Mediation instead of eviction - will it work?

The government has released details of its mediation scheme, which has already won the in-principle support of the National Residential Landlords...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

We're sticking with cities and towns, say most tenants

The much-hyped move from cities to the country thanks to the pandemic is happening - but it’s much more likely to...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord who refused to make safety improvements hit with £5,000 fine

A landlord that refused to make safety improvements at two of her properties in Folkestone has been fined nearly £5,000. Madeleine Scott,...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Student rental blocks to have “multiple themed sky lounges”

A new purpose-built student accommodation complex in Swansea pledges to shake up the way students live in the city with, amongst...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists want Rent Control Board to limit rent rises

A pressure group for tenants wants the next Mayor of London to win powers from the government to reduce rents, through a...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Buying is cheaper than renting, but deposit remains big obstacle

New research shows that monthly payments for the mortgage are likely to be cheaper than rent for a comparable home -...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Big surge in choice of mortgages for holiday let landlords

There’s been a surge in the number of mortgage products aimed at landlords in the holiday let market. There’s been a 45...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Should families be banned from renting? Consultation begins...

A consultation process is taking place on the Channel Island of Jersey about whether landlords should be banned from refusing to...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders flop - average of just 13 issued a year

Only 39 rogue landlords and letting agents have been hit with banning orders in the first three years of their existence. The...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Dispute Resolution service extends remit to cover more rental issues

A resolution service set up last summer for landlords is extending its remit to cover a much wider range of disputes. TDS...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents show gentle rise in most parts of the UK says latest index

The latest Goodlord rental index shows a buoyant lettings market over the past month.  March brought a boost in average income for...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Council says licensing needed to expose landlords like this one…

A landlord has been handed penalties totalling nearly £8,000 after being found guilty of operating an unlicensed HMO. This follows an investigation...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Big drop in ‘super prime’ tenancies starting in central London

Few landlords deal in the rarified surroundings of the central London market, and new figures from lettings agency Knight Frank show...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

MP backs law change to allow tenants to pay pet damage insurance

Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell, who is moving a Bill through Parliament urging landlords to accept pets, says he backs a law...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord clobbered with ‘record’ five figure fine

A rogue landlord has been hit with a bill of £48,000 - a record for the council which brought the prosecution. Tariq...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Green Homes Grant failure down to outsourcing logistics to US - claim

A logistics software company with clients across the property spectrum has become the latest critic of the government’s axing of the...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Overseas landlords still investing in UK property in large numbers

A lettings agency estimates that the number of overseas landlords owning property in the UK has hit a five-year high -...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Evictions could take six months longer than usual post-ban - warning

An eviction specialist says the average time to evict a tenant could soar by six months once the current ban comes to...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords back MPs’ call for clear exit plan from eviction ban era

The landlords’ trade body has backed a call from MPs demanding a clear exit strategy at the end of the latest...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

This is where landlords are hit most by Green Homes Grant axe

An analysis of the Green Homes Grant applications show exactly which areas will be hit most when the scheme comes to...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let mortgage options increase, but warning on rates

Buy to let mortgage choice has increased for the fifth month in a row, according to independent mortgage market monitor Moneyfacts. There...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New mortgage range for buy to lets with good EPC ratings

Paragon Bank has launched a range of 80 per cent loan to value buy to let mortgages specifically for properties with...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

More funding, more long-term planning - landlords urge eco-action

The landlords’ trade body has urged the government to think more strategically about energy efficiency in the private rental sector, and...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour tenants slam party housing spokeswoman over protests

A Labour housing pressure group has made strong public criticism of the party’s shadow housing spokeswoman, Thangam Debbonaire. Labour Tenants United was...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

London landlords fined in council clampdown

Two landlords have been handed hefty fines after pleading guilty to renting out shared houses without the correct paperwork. The owner of...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge rise in complaints about landlords, claims charity

A charity claims it’s helping one person every minute with problems relating to renting from a private landlord. In the first two...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Breakthrough! Lender creates buy to let mortgage offer in 48 hours

A bank says it can provide a formal mortgage offer to a buy to let investor in just 48 hours. Shawbrook says...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Green Homes Grant scrapped at almost no notice

The government is axing the Green Homes Grant scheme from 5pm on March 31 - putting a much criticised scheme out...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Closing tax loophole for rentals doesn’t go far enough for some

The closing of a tax loophole which allow some owners of holiday lets to avoid paying council tax does not go...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Council gives notice of two new licensing schemes later this year

A Midlands council has given notice of two landlord licensing schemes set to be introduced later this year. Charnwood council has been...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Corporations are better than buy to let landlords, says Big Issue writer

A contributor to the Big Issue magazine says corporations that become landlords may be better at it - and better for...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban Own Goal: more tenants to lose their homes as a result

In the first anniversary of the initial ban on repossessions, it appears the move has backfired spectacularly. Research for the National Residential...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New bid to make landlords improve energy efficiency in properties

Specialist buy to let lender Paragon has taken the unusual step of issuing a so-called Green Bond to fund attempts to make...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shocking lack of toilet facilities for rogue landlord's tenants

A landlord who allowed his tenants to live in squalid conditions, has been ordered by the court to pay £5,000 for...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Council says it’s tracking down landlords with too-low EPCs

A council says it’s on the hunt for landlords letting properties with EPCs below the minimum standard.  Working with Exeter Community Energy,...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New Covid guidelines for landlords as ‘stay at home’ goes

The government has revised official guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities in the light of imminently-changing Coronavirus advice. The revisions are not fundamental...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

One week before new electrical standards on existing tenancies

A reminder has gone to landlords about new electrical safety standards that come into effect for existing tenancies in a week’s...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New mortgages launched for non-specialist buy to let companies

Specialist buy to let lender Landbay has launched a range of mortgages for trading limited companies buying or remortgaging houses, apartments, HMOs...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Standby for post-lockdown rush of property investment

Investors are sitting on an average of over £37,000 each in investment capital they are poised to inject into the property market. That’s...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords warned tax change could have surprising impact

The government’s much-hyped ‘tax day’ yesterday had - by comment consent - an underwhelming impact on the property sector. However, one tax...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords demand more info on energy improvements

The National Residential Landlords Association says it backs a report by MPs sharply criticising EPCs and urging more effective modern energy...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Who knew? Grants available for landlords to adapt rental properties

The landlords’ trade body wants more co-operation between the private rental sector and local councils as tenants’ needs change thanks to...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Practical tips to help landlords go green, from lettings agency chief

A prominent lettings agency chief says tenants are becoming more eco-conscious, putting increased emphasis on landlords to meet expectations. Mike Cook -...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax reform should encourage higher quality buy to let, says agent

The government should use today's ‘Tax Day’ consultation process to reform Capital Gains Tax so that it encourages a smaller, high...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government may take over council at centre of rental licensing storm

News reports suggest the government may be about to step in and use commissioners to take over Liverpool council, which has...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Are tenancy agreements being broken by uninsured renters?

A survey of 1,000 tenants suggests that only around half have contents insurance. Nationwide, which conducted the poll, says the contents of...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord refused entry to his property rumbles cannabis farm

A landlord refused entry to a property he owned has tipped off police who discovered a cannabis farm in the Nottinghamshire...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Incentives to work from home and locally, says Build To Rent provider

One of the country’s largest Build To Rent players says the government should incentivise working from home and the use of...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs blast government as landlords miss out on Green Homes Grant funds

There’s a new call on the government to get its act together on the Green Homes Grant, which has failed to live...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Some landlords more authoritarian now, claims lawyer

The eviction ban may have made life less stressful for tenants but a housing lawyer claims otherwise. David Renton, writing in the...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Serial offender landlord in court again over HMO health and safety

A serial-offender landlord has been fined for putting tenants at serious harm from fire and exposing them to substandard and dangerous conditions. Nilendu...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Three year tenancies and much more licensing proposed by council

A council enquiry is proposing a flurry of new landlord licensing schemes in one county in England.  An inquiry into the private...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property investment firms to be investigated over ground rents

The Competition and Markets Authority is to probe property investment companies that have purchased freeholds from developers and that go on...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Pet plan pawsed? Minister explains how landlords can refuse pets

The controversy over government proposals to increase the numbers of pets in private rental properties has taken an unexpected twist. Two measures...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax threat makes landlords consider selling - Zoopla

One of the country’s leading property experts says landlords are now reassessing their portfolios as a result of possible Capital Gains...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords to face tougher fire regulations in HMOs and blocks

Landlords and managing agents of HMOs could face unlimited fines following new measures being brought in to strengthen fire safety, the...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

John Lewis says house rental to provide growing share of profits

Retail giant John Lewis says it is expecting 40 per cent of its profits to come from non-retail activities such as...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Latest eviction ban extension has NO extreme arrears opt-out

Wales has extended its eviction ban from March 31 until the end of June - but it is more severe than...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Police help landlords conduct illegal and violent evictions - claim

A group of activists at the centre of campaigns for renters’ rights has claimed the police help landlords commit illegal acts. The London...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

How the other half rent - an insight into Mayfair’s rental sector

One of the most respected and experienced agents in Prime Central London has given an insight into the lettings market in...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Yield hot spots in London identified by letting agent

London-focussed lettings agency Portico has drawn up highly localised hotspots within the capital for landlords seeking the best yields.  According to the...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Posh university towns have high rents but low yields, survey shows

Areas boasting Russell Group universities - considered the best in the UK - have the highest rents but disappointing yields.  Returns from a...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

£24,000 - landlord’s average loss from Capital Gains Tax threat

A lettings agency has suggested that the typical landlord could lose as much as £24,000 if the government increases Capital Gains...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords told they should take more benefit claimant tenants

A lettings agency is telling landlords to take more tenants claiming housing benefits. The agency in question says it’s wrong that some...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

150,000 tenants at risk of eviction, claims new charity campaign

A charity warns today that 150,000 private renters are at risk of eviction when restrictions are lifted because of mounting Covid-related...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Unregulated Rental Properties: landlords urged to sign new charter

A council which has 20,000 unregulated rental properties within its area has launched a new charter to improve standards. The unregulated properties...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-landlord group objects to curbs on protests

The activists group Acorn, which has staged several anti-landlord demonstrations including some outside homes, is opposing a new Bill going through...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Scandal brewing as almost £500,000 rent left unpaid to landlords

A lettings agency being put into liquidation owes landlords almost £500,000 in unpaid rent.  Local media in the Midlands report that the...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter says over a quarter of tenants ‘afraid of homelessness’

The campaigning charity Shelter claims 14 per cent of adults in England - that’s six million people - are more worried...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

House of Commons issues summary of Covid help for landlords, tenants

It’s almost exactly a year since Britain went into its first lockdown, heralding a large number of measures affecting renting, notably...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ comments wanted on concept of investing in empty homes

With buy to let and traditional commercial property both under challenge thanks to government regulations and Coronavirus, the government is now...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords have upper hand on rents as supply plummets - research

High level research shows that since the start of the pandemic - March 2020 - some 300,000 fewer properties have come...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Council demands government approval for clampdown on landlords

A council has now approved plans for two of the country’s largest licensing schemes - one is so large it needs...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government updates official guidance for private landlords

The government has reissued its official guidance on the possession process for private landlord. The document was originally published last September but...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Prison sentence for elderly landlord claiming to be ‘helping people’

A landlord in his 70s who claims he was just ‘helping people’ has been handed a suspended prison sentence. That’s because he...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lawyer tells landlords: Don’t deceive tenants

Landlords have been warned not to try to deceive departing tenants after a controversial tribunal ruling. Lindsays law firm says Scotland’s first...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Not enough! Generation Rent slams latest eviction ban extension

Activists in Generation Rent have hit out at the latest extension to the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions.  The government has extended this...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting prompts court action against rogue tenant

A tenant who sub-let a property by falsely claiming to be its owner has been given a criminal record.  Sonia Nascimento rented...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit out at government ‘failing to get a grip on arrears’

The main landlords’ trade body has made a blistering attack on the government of one of the UK nations, asking it...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Student leader says landlords treated better than tenants in pandemic

Landlords have benefitted from tax breaks, subsidies and a weak eviction ban according to the National Union of Students. Larissa Kennedy, the...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban set to be central issue in spring local elections

Activists are aiming to make the eviction ban a central theme in this spring’s local elections. In early May there are elections...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Confiscation order for landlord after illegal property conversion

A landlord who illegally turned a London property into 13 flats has been hit by nearly £200,000 in fines, costs and...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter says renters are “frightened” of eviction, despite extension

The government’s latest extension for the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions - taking it up until the end of May - is...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Another political party wants eviction ban extended

Another political party has joined the chorus of voices calling for still-longer bans on evictions in the private rental sector. The ban...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Falling out of love with buy to let? You’re not alone…

A new survey suggests that landlords are less enthusiastic than in the past about buy to let. The study 1,004 UK landlords...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban given yet another extension by government

The government has announced a further extension to the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in England until May 31. At that point...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour council’s huge licensing plan divides opinion ahead of key vote

A Labour-controlled council says it’s confident a huge new licensing scheme for one of Britain’s most high-profile cities will be voted...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists press another council to get tough on landlords

Activists from the Acorn campaign are pressing a council to get tough on landlords. Acorn has waged anti-landlord and anti-letting agent campaigns...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

London landlords have good news - renters are on the way back

Letting agents in London say there's more interest from prospective tenants now the vaccine and Coronavirus roadmap suggest something like normality...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

It CAN be done - Landlord loan scheme extended

Scottish private sector landlords and tenants who face financial difficulties caused by the pandemic have more time to access support after...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New way for landlords to judge accommodation demand and supply

A lettings platform specialising in student accommodation has a new way to spot locations with excess supply. UniHomes says Southampton, Portsmouth and...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Corporation Tax changes unlikely to worry landlords - prediction

A property analyst says landlords with company structures to handle their buy to let portfolios are unlikely to be worried by changes in...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour wants ban on in-person meter readings at rental properties

Labour wants the government to change its Coronavirus guidance to end the internal reading of electric and gas meters during lockdown. The party claims...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Senior church figure stands up for renting as a tenure

A senior Anglican priest has stood up for renting as a concept, and suggests Britain is too pre-occupied with home ownership. Angela...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord banned following third prosecution in eight years

A landlord who persistently broke residential lettings rules has been banned from operating in what a local council calls “a landmark...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords beware - pets are coming to the private rental sector

An inventory supplier to the lettings industry is advising landlords to make sure they spot early signs of pet damage in...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Hazards in rental units - landlords’ help wanted for assessment

The risk assessment system used by local authorities to judge health and safety issues relating to properties needs updating - and...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent discounts for students extended for another three weeks

The country’s largest landlord for students has extended its discounted rent scheme for another three weeks. Unite Group says its 50 per...

08 March 2021

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Sharia-compliant funding for property investors now available

A company is offering Sharia-compliant bridging finance for property investors. Sharia compliance in the finance world means for savers and borrowers, instead...

08 March 2021

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High Street bank may become huge private landlord

Lloyds Bank is considering entering the private rental sector as a landlord, according to a Financial Times scoop. The newspaper says it's...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour swipe at Budget “giveaway for landlords”

Labour has accused Chancellor Rishi Sunak of prioritising a tax break for landlords over the need for affordable housing or help for...

05 March 2021

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Tenants must demand eco-improvements say rent activists

A rental activists’ campaign group wants tenancies reformed to allow tenants to claim back rent and “give tenants the confidence to...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Longer Stamp Duty holiday will trigger buy to let purchases says lawyer

A combination of the longer stamp duty holiday and sustained low interest rates are likely to spur a new wave of...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord Alert: faulty electrical appliances cause 43 fires a week in England

Faulty appliances cause an average of 43 fires a week in England alone, according to an electrical product platform. Research by Electrical Direct...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Where’s the support for landlords and the private rental sector?

The Budget has received short shrift from landlords and tenants, as Chancellor Rishi Sunak appeared to miss out the private rental...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour bid to halt in-person rental viewings rejected by government

A second attempt by Labour to halt in-person property viewings during the pandemic has been batted away by the government. Labour’s shadow...

04 March 2021

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Sigh of relief over no Capital Gains Tax hike - for now, at least

No news is good news, they say - and the absence of any announcement about Capital Gains Tax in thre Budget...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord must repay thousands as council says “We’ll come and find you

A landlord who failed to licence his property has been ordered to pay back over £5,000 in rent. Michael Convery from Belfast...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Investment opportunity? Student demand growing as stock falls - claim

Demand for student accommodation is greater than ever, a specialist online platform suggests. This is despite high supply of new purpose built...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords Alert: full details of Budget 2021 proposals

This afternoon's Budget has seen dramatic announcements from Chancellor Rishi Sunak referring to the private rental sector. For landlords buying properties, the stamp...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Anarchist group says activists should hold anti-landlord protests

An anarchist group has admitted that protests against landlords and letting agencies present opportunities for disruption. The Solidarity Federation says it aims to “advance...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Four year ban for landlord after children found in cupboards

A four year ban on letting any residential property has been imposed on a landlord found guilty of using accommodation that could...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

This is how landlords who buy can beat the stamp duty holiday chaos

Specialist buy to let broker Mortgages for Business says landlords buying now can use four tips to beat the chaos in the...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Avoiding eviction - Council says it’s piloting mediation scheme

A local council has let it be known that it’s in a pilot mediation scheme set up by the government -...

03 March 2021

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“Don’t hand money to millionaire landlords” unions tell government

Trade unions have joined the call for renters with Covid-related arrears to get cash help from the government - but they...

02 March 2021

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Landlord ordered to repay almost £750,000 in “illicit earnings”

A Crown Court judge has ordered a landlord to pay back almost £750,000 in illicit earnings made from overcrowded properties in...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid arrears not such a big problem according to new survey

A major survey of landlords, tenants and letting agents suggests Covid-related arrears may not be the big problem as some fear. The...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Working From Home - is this the beginning of the end?

People are bored of working from home and want to return to the "comfort" of office work and city centre socialising. That’s...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour MP demands Covid rent arrears to be paid by public funds

Labour MP Stephen Timms has asked Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick to commit to five measures to tighten controls on the private...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Baroness and rent union chief demand Budget action on arrears

The leader of the Generation Rent campaign group has joined forces with tenant activists to demand the Chancellor gives financial support...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Green Homes Grant farce - landlords may throw in the towel

A call has gone out for the overhaul of the Green Homes Grant scheme, which so far has left thousands of...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord shocked at damage from cannabis factory in buy to let

A gas engineer was shocked to come across a large cannabis grow in a rental property after being called to change...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords encouraged to use ‘under-utilised’ homes for council

Owners of apparently empty or under-utilised properties in a prime London area are being asked to bring them into use to...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let sell-off underway as Capital Gains Tax threat rises

Landlords are exiting the office on greater numbers since the government called for a review of Capital Gains Tax last year, claims...

26 February 2021

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Tory MP criticised by councillor for sticking up for landlords

A councillor has criticised an MP who came out in favour of landlords in a dispute over licensing. Earlier this week Landlord Today...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants authorise debit cards to landlord company at start of tenancy

Tenants at a Newcastle-upon-Tyne Build To Rent scheme are being offered deposit alternatives by the developer-cum-management firm, The High Street Group. The...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Another council offering £10k refurb grants to private landlords

A council says grants of up to £10,000 are available to landlords to refurbish homes which could ensure vulnerable people in...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Council teaching tenants how to reclaim rent from landlords

A London council is running what it describes as “an innovative project” to help private tenants reclaim rent from landlords who...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Six months notice mandatory for many evictions from 2022 in Wales

New simplified rental contracts are to be introduced from spring 2022 in Wales with minimum notice periods for evictions extended from...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

The 10 biggest mistakes a landlord could make (according to a bank)

It might be thought that banks have made significant mistakes of their own in the recent past - including triggering the...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent payments can be ‘reported’ to credit rating agencies

A PropTech supplier claims landlords and letting agents can now offer tenants a new service potentially boosting credit scores with Equifax...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty reprieve for landlords expanding portfolios right now

Landlords currently buying properties and concerned they may not make the March 31 stamp duty holiday deadline have good news -...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tory MP says council licensing “just a charge on good landlords”

A Conservative MP is weighing in, in support of landlords arguing against a £700 licensing fee by the local council.  James Duddridge,...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Clear 700,000 private tenants’ arrears, demand Generation Rent

Generation Rent campaign activists say 700,000 private tenants on Universal Credit cannot afford to pay their rent. The campaign - led by...

24 February 2021

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Tax incentives needed to help energy efficiency in private renting

The landlords’ trade body says the tax system needs reforming to support energy improvements in the private rental sector. The intervention by...

24 February 2021

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Landlords can now compare more agents’ performances on website

All of Leaders Romans 130 branches are to be listed on a comparison website, Rentround. The site describes itself as “connecting landlords...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Hefty bill for landlords who ignored council Prohibition Orders

Two landlords have to pay almost £8,000 for letting their flats in defiance of a Prohibition Order.  The order came into force...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Jail for landlord and shop owner after death of tenant

Two men - one a landlord, the other a shopkeeper- have been jailed after being found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter. Mushtaq...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Scams are rife in the private lettings sector, says Trading Standards

Scams involving fake landlords and bogus lettings agents are rife in the private rentals sector, and may have been made worse...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Suspended prison sentence after HMO fire leaves landlord bankrupt

A landlord in south west of England has been given a nine month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, following a...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

London council wants to double scale of HMO licensing

A London authority wants to extend its licensing regime for HMOs and landlords have just over two weeks left to respond. Lambeth...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords set to miss out on Green Homes Grant

The chaos surrounding the government’s Green Homes Grant, which was to have helped thousands of landlords and owner occupiers, appears to...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Hundreds of buy to lets involved in UK’s largest single incorporation

Over 330 rental properties have been incorporated into a single company - thought to be the largest single incorporation in the...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Argument brewing over wording of ‘anti-landlord’ consultation

An argument is brewing with landlords angry at the wording of a council licensing consultation. Southend council wants landlords to pay a...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb landlord and tenant fined for breaking Covid lockdown

The owner of a property used for an illegal party has been fined by a London council for breaking lockdown. Police were called...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to come to their Census on March 21

It’s Census day on March 21 and for the first time it’s an all-digital affair. The National Residential Landlords Association is urging...

22 February 2021

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Own goal! Ex-footballer must repay £8,000 in 'unlicensed rent'

A landlord who failed to licence his properties has been ordered to pay back over £8,000 in rent. Dexter Blackstock, a former...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Suspended jail term for landlord failing to maintain gas appliances

A landlord has been sentenced for failing to maintain gas appliances at a rental property in accordance with the law. Swansea magistrates’...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Advice to landlords on changes to Electrical Safety Standards

A lettings agency is issuing general guidance to the landlord community ahead of changes to Electrical Safety Standards in April. Helen Hollingsworth,...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Call for landlords to help council boost emergency housing supply

An appeal has gone out to private landlords to lease their properties to a council seeking to boost its supply of...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour Mayor Khan to put rent controls at heart of election fight

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is to keep a call for rent controls in the capital as a major plank of his...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eco-farce! Landlords join in MPs’ criticism of Green Homes Grant

The government’s Green Homes Grant has been slammed by MPs for its snail’s pace progress, complications and poor delivery. The all-party Environmental...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Sunak must help tenants in arrears, pleads coalition of rental groups

A coalition of rental groups with the same view on how to tackle arrears is calling on the Chancellor to help...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined in blitz of private rental waste dumping

A landlord’s firm has been fined after waste accumulated in the rear yard of a tenanted property. Elahi Properties of Blackburn was...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Private landlord company launches PropTech app for residents

A private landlord operator has launched a dedicated and interactive app for its residents. DWP Housing Partnership in Dorset says it wants...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent attacks landlords on Homes Under The Hammer

Generation Rent has criticised the aspirations of some landlords who appear on the daytime BBC show Homes Under The Hammer.  “The regular...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

 Break clauses to be demanded by many students in future - claim

A website claims an average £1,621 has been ‘wasted’ by each student on accommodation they haven't used this academic year -...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

How to navigate the deposit dispute maze - tips from the experts

The Deposit Protection Service has given its six top tips for landlords and tenants to navigate the deposit dispute maze. Here they...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s back! ‘Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords’ on TV tonight

This 10-part series - filmed before the pandemic - follows letting agents, eviction specialists and lawyers helping landlords chase rent arrears and...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC tax shock for Airbnb hosts - the clock is ticking…

A tax specialist says HM Revenue & Customs is mobilising its teams to probe Airbnb hosts - and he warns ‘the clock...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Nightmare scenario for some London landlords - warning

The latest rental market snapshot from the property website Home talks of “a nightmare scenario for London landlords”. Firstly, it says rents...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords back call for fund to help tenants with arrears

Landlords are today backing a call by the Resolution Foundation think tank for tenant hardship loans for renters impacted by the...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Have you sent taps through the post to prove your tenants wrong?

A tenancy deposit service has listed the unexpected items it receives from landlords or tenants during deposit disputes - and it seems...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Jaw-dropping £500m spend on London Build To Rent by one firm

A property development firm says it’s to spend up to £500m in land acquisitions over the next three years, as part...

16 February 2021

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Cash purchases fall as more landlords rely on mortgages

There’s been another fall in the proportion of landlords purchasing their next buy to lets in cash. Research by Hamptons lettings agency...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extension not enough for campaigning Baroness

The Baroness leading the pressure group Generation Rent says the extension of the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions does not go far...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Pandemic means Inner London rents now little higher than Outer

Plummeting inner London rents mean the gap between central and outer areas of the capital is now far less than before. Data...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

“Nobody should have to live like this” - shocking rogue landlords case

Two landlords who illegally let a London property without providing proper washing facilities or tackling serious fire hazards have been taken to...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Voyeur landlord put on sex offenders’ register for 10 years

A landlord has admitted voyeurism and has been handed a suspended prison sentence and placed on the sex offenders’ register for...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Ban on bailiff-enforced evictions extended yet again

The government has announced yet another ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in the private rental sector. The existing ban was due to expire...

14 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter expects eviction ban extension until end of lockdown

Shelter says it expects the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions to be extended until at least the end of the present...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord didn't know of tenant’s worry over back to back viewings

A landlord in the east of England says she was unaware of her tenant’s worries over back to back viewings of the property...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s repeat offence ends up with large fine

A landlord has been fined £6,000 for failing to licence a house in multiple occupation. Wolverhampton council prosecuted Aunberin Saddique after it...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants increasingly worried over personal credit scores

Despite talk of increased arrears and wider economic concerns, it appears tenants are increasingly worried about the long-term effects of poor credit...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors wooed by barrister offering specialist advice

A tax barrister has restructured his way of working and is appealing to buy to let and other property investors as...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning over legal problems with buy to lets bought at auction

An investment company claims some investors who buy at auction lose money because of misrepresentations in the legal pack.  The Mistoria Group...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay tenants £2,800 after deposit negligence

A landlord who did not secure the deposit of two students has been ordered to pay them £2,800.  The order was made...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords lumbered with loans and unsellable flats

It’s feared that the government’s latest funding to solve the cladding crisis will leave thousands of landlords with loans and unsellable...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents rise across UK but worries grow over economic turmoil

Rents have risen gently across most regions of the UK but worries are growing over the longer-term economic landscape. HomeLet’s latest lettings...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Growing investment from landlords despite rents stagnating

There is substantial investment going in to the private rental sector by individual landlords, according to evidence from the latest edition...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Fears grow of Capital Gains Tax hike for landlords

Landlords are warning the government that if it increases Capital Gains Tax the rental market will freeze up. Chatter has increased in...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords wanted for scheme with improvement grants and loans

A council has launched a pilot scheme involving private landlords willing to lease their properties to the authority for five years. Cardiff...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants get on badly? Don't you believe it...

A survey claims that 75 per cent of tenants regard the relationship with their landlord as good or very good -...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector growth highest in the north

The proportion of the population in the private rented sector in England has risen three per cent in the past decade. Research...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Extend the eviction ban! Senior Labour politician leads call

One of the country’s best known Labour politicians wants the eviction ban extended yet again. Currently there is a moratorium on bailiff-enforced evictions...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Penalties on landlords betray Tory ethos, says party member

Some policies towards landlords show how the government has lost its conservative ethos of supporting businesses and being the party of low taxes.  Rosalind...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Houses letting much more quickly than apartments in city centres

New research out this morning suggests that Coronavirus continues to change the lettings landscape, with houses now renting more quickly than a...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords can still beat stamp duty holiday deadline this way

It seems as if the frenzied housing market has extended to the auction field, with one major player reporting a strong...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tradespeople are victims of ‘cowboy customers’ shows new study

Many landlords may be all-too-familiar with cowboy builders but new research reveals a problem with ‘cowboy customers’ robbing tradespeople of income. Mobile...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

MP writes to private landlords asking for rent reductions

A Labour MP has written to private landlords asking for a rent reduction or release from a tenancy for students prevented...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs slam “snail’s pace” Green Homes Grant vouchers for landlords

The Green Homes Grant scheme is set to fail according to MPs, who claim the current slow roll-out means it would...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Senior Tory stands up for landlords suffering long-term arrears

A senior Conservative peer and consumer campaigner has spoken strongly in favour of landlords’ rights. In a House of Lords debate on...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Best yields for rural buy to lets identified by PropTech ‘prospector’

A PropTech ‘prospector’ tool which analyses Rightmove data from an investor’s perspective has produced a list of the 10 best average yields...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords fined for ignoring regulations to keep tenants safe

Two men have been ordered to pay almost £8,000 for letting out flats in defiance of regulations designed to keep tenants...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords have no choice but to evict after new Universal Credit hitch

Landlords with tenants on Universal Credit are struggling to set up Alternative Payment Arrangements because the UC portal is closed to new...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New call to scrap stamp duty surcharge to stop supply dwindling

The National Residential Landlords Association is calling on the Chancellor to scrap the three per cent stamp duty levy on the...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Staycation explosion makes holiday lets a viable alternative to BTL

A holiday lets firm has outlined six reasons why that sector may be a good bet for property investors, despite recent...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Investment rush imminent as overseas buyers try to beat deadline

On top of the rush to beat the stamp duty holiday deadline and changes to Help To Buy - both with cliff...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Government told - Help ALL renters, not just students!

Landlords have told government that while they welcome new cash help for student tenants, the rest of the lettings sector needs...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Generous landlords praised for discounting rent to tenants

A not-for-profit educational charity that acts as a lettings agency has praised private landlords for contributing to a rent discount scheme. Sulets...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental sell-off inevitable if government pushes EPC changes - claim

Up to 50,000 rental homes in the countryside could be sold off if the government presses ahead with stricter energy efficiency...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords invited to respond to yet another licensing consultation

Landlords in the the Charnwood area of the Midlands are invited to give their views on the proposed conditions for two...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Multi-millionaire landlord tells council leader to kill himself - court claim

Multi-millionaire landlord Fergus Wilson - at one time described as Britain’s most successful buy to let landlord - is reported to...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists demand Covid Rent Debt Fund to wipe out 100% of arrears

The Generation Rent campaign wants public cash in a Covid Rent Debt Fund to clear rent arrears for tenants who have run...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

House of Lords passes token vote urging more protection for tenants

The House of Lords has narrowly voted for a low-key motion expressing regret that the current eviction ban measures do not offer more...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs want better deal for landlords with break clauses for students

An influential all-party committee of MPs and members of the House of Lords is calling for a new council tax fund...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Take heart at strength of rental market’ says commentator

A leading market monitor suggests voids are increasing but otherwise states the rental market is in good health, one year on from...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Government tells landlords - no national licensing scheme planned

The government has revealed that it has no plans to introduce a national licensing scheme for landlords. Housing minister Chris Pincher MP...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Advice for landlords on how to reduce deposit dispute risk

Newly released data shows precisely what subjects lead to deposit disputes - and a long-standing issue is in the number one...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New loans for energy improvements under Green Homes Grant scheme

A prominent buy to let lender has launched a range of products to help landlords improve the energy efficiency of rental...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency holding two extra auctions before stamp duty deadline

Landlords who buy from auction may want to take advantage of an estate agent’s decision to hold two of its virtual...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Open Banking concept available to portfolio landlords

A portfolio management platform has launched an Open Banking integration for landlords. The Open Banking concept as it applies to the rental...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords bite back at government call for pet-friendly tenancies

The National Residential Landlords Association has called for flexibility from government when it comes to insisting private rental sector properties have...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants demand politicians take action on ‘sex for rent’ scandal

A tenant organisation has written to almost 130 politicians asking them to do more to protect renters - especially lone females -...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Crisis, What Crisis? Record pipeline reported by BTL lender

A record pipeline has been reported by one of the leading buy to let mortgage lenders as landlords race to beat...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Listen Up Landlords! New podcast from the sector’s trade body

The National Residential Landlords Association has launched a new podcast series - Listen Up Landlords - for members and non-members. The association...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Government wants pet-friendly tenancy contracts as standard

The government’s model tenancy agreement has been amended to be pro-pet. The new agreement means renters with what are described as “well-behaved pets”...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s Down To The Wire! Landlords warned over stamp duty deadline

There’s a warning today that landlords need to move quickly and selectively if they are intending to purchase a property ahead...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords buy in cities, bucking the Covid countryside craze

Coronavirus has prompted much talk of landlords and tenants alike fleeing cities for the country - but some evidence suggests that...

29 January 2021

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