x
By using this website, you agree to our use of cookies to enhance your experience.
Government told: Don’t penalise landlords over cladding

The campaign to ensure that landlords are included in the government’s measures to alleviate the problem of dangerous cladding is gathering...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Benefit cuts hitting almost one in 10 landlords - claim

Almost 10 per cent of private landlords letting properties to Universal Credit claimants have experienced at least one tenant having difficulties...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Soaring Market - no end in sight as demand overwhelms supply

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ latest index suggests there’s no end in sight to rent rises in 2022. RICS’ monthly sentiment...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Webinars for agents puzzled by laws surrounding renting out

A specialist lettings agency is holding a series of webinars for landlords who may fell they need help navigating some 170-plus...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Rises: ‘North-South divide for landlords has never been wider’

Rents are rising at around twice the level of a year ago according to the latest market snapshot by lettings agency...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Suspended sentence for landlord who evicted tenant overnight

A landlord has been jailed for six months, suspended for a year, after being found guilty of illegally evicting a tenant...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Demolish or Go To Jail!  Millionaire landlord has ignored order

A landlord must demolish two penthouse apartments by mid July - or else go to jail. It’s being reported that a case...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rents rising much faster than official figures, claims analyst

Official government data suggests that rents are rising by 1.8 per cent a year - but a prominent analyst has gone...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Many renters want to buy out their landlord, survey shows

A large scale survey of over 4,000 private and social tenants suggests that a significant proportion would like to buy their...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

It’s Not That Bad - many landlords to expand portfolio in 2022

A relatively optimistic sentiment survey of landlords suggests many remain upbeat about the prospects for the sector.  According to the Shawbrook Bank...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Another energy supplier goes bust - advice for landlords and tenants

Together Energy, which has 176,000 households on its books, has become the latest supplier to collapse in the wake of the...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Why are landlords deliberately excluded from cladding help?

The National Residential Landlords Association is seeking clarification from gov ernment about whether landlords are included in the latest measure to...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Stock shortage risks derailing economic recovery - lettings chief

The Scottish private rental market is facing shortages according to one of that country’s most prominent lettings experts.  David Alexander, head of...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - new ID technology can be used in Right To Rent

The Home Office has confirmed that landlords, letting agents and employers will be able to use certified new technology to digitally...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Leaks and water supply problems plague most landlords - survey

Almost three quarters of landlords have experienced an escape of water incident in their properties over the last five years, according...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls: Will politicians who own Buy To Lets scupper plans?

A newspaper is suggesting that proposals for rent controls could be scuppered because of the relatively large proportion of elected politicians...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency surveys for landlords offered by local council

Cotswold council, using cash from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, is targeting properties that fall below the minimum...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Government pledges to “shift the odds in favour of renters”

A government housing minister says the Boris Johnson administration wants to shift the balance of power in the rental sector favour...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Awareness campaign for landlords as law change approaches

A national awareness campaign has been launched to prepare landlords for the implementation of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 on...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and short lets wreck local housing markets, say conservationists

The Council for the Protection of Rural England is the latest body to blast Airbnb and other short lets for their...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax-efficient landlords rush to set up companies for buy to lets

A record number of companies were set up last year to hold buy to let property.   In total there were 47,400 new...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax clampdown on holiday lets will help 'genuine’ agents - claim

A tourism chief has stood up in favour of closing what the government calls a tax loophole for landlords letting out...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords invited to apply for hardship grant if they have Covid debts

A local authority in Scotland is calling on private landlords to get in touch if they have suffered hardship as a...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New landlord contracts with tenants explained by government

The Welsh Government has set out how the housing law in that country is set to change significantly from July 15...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC Tax Changes under the spotlight in free webinar for landlords

An accountancy firm is holding a free webinar for landlords and other property investors to look east ongoing changes to tax...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord anger over agent switching energy supplier without consent

A tenant has received what has been described as a “grovelling” apology from the Connells lettings agency after it switched her...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Hundreds of complaints about landlords - only TWO worth prosecuting

A council has admitted that it had received literally hundreds of complaints about landlords, and it investigates each one - yet...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Charities want insulation boost for poorer tenants

An alliance of 25 major charities have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak, calling for urgent action...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson dodges question on timing of rental reform

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has dodged a question from an MP about the timing of the long-awaited Rental Reform Bill and...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Letting on Airbnb? New mortgage products offered to landlords

Suffolk Building Society has just become one of the few lenders to consider applications from landlords who intend to market and...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Flats at £1,000 a week called 'competitive' by Build To Rent developer

High end agency Savills and a London developer have launched apartments in a new Build To Rent scheme costing tenants up...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rents skyrocketing in London according to latest index

Rents in Greater London are up an annualised 25 per cent, with much of the increase attributed to the stock of...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords - should you tell tenants about another tax?

A little-known law unearthed by a lettings agency may be bad news because it means some private renters are likely to...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

EPC targets - new revelations about domestic energy efficiency

With landlords under pressure to fund ever-stricter energy efficiency requirements, a new report appears to make the government’s ‘one size fits...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords to pay Net Zero costs without tax or grant help - claim

Landlords will have to foot the bill for the government’s energy efficiency proposals without any apparent tax or grant help. That’s the...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let investment platform expands to all of Britain

A new PropTech platform that claims to make buy to let investment simpler, faster and more accessible than ever before, is...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Lords report accuses private rental sector of being too expensive

A House of Lords report claims that the private rental sector has become ”increasingly unaffordable” and says out welcomes the proliferation...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax loophole closed for landlords claiming business rates

Landlords who let out holiday properties as businesses may have to fork out as much as £1,000 more per year as...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Jail for landlord if he does not meet Confiscation Order

A London landlord has been ordered to pay over £64,000 for breaking housing regulations. In July last year Sumon Miah was found...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Banned! Landlord ‘with history of poor property management’

A landlord who let out a property that raised serious concerns for the safety of 18 residents, including six children, has...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC gives landlords deadline for digital tax payments

Landlords who make tax returns on their investment properties via VAT-registered companies must sign up to the HMRC’s Making Tax Digital...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Crisis - few landlords know of EPC legal changes

Only 15 per cent of landlords say they are fully aware of changes to laws surrounding Energy Performance Certificates in the...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Compulsory Landlord Register? Clamp-down likely on holiday lets

The government looks set to clamp down on holiday rentals and will this year formally consult on the concept of a...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Un-vaxxed tenants given new guidance on moving home

The government has issued updated guidance on renters moving home during the pandemic, and for the first time the rules change...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords Beware - is Build To Rent coming to get Buy To Let?

The UK Build To Rent sector recorded a total of £2.1 billion of investment in the final three months of 2021...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Brace, Brace - landlords warned mortgage rates are set to rise

Landlords are being warned that the next Bank of England base rate rise, possibly at its next meeting in early February,...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords given thousands to stay quiet on drug tenants - claim

Local media are reporting that landlords on a housing estate known to harbour drug traffickers and criminal gangs are being given...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC to clamp down on landlords in 2022, warns accountancy firm

A leading accountancy firm says the relative good health of the rental market and house price appreciation will trigger stricter enforcement...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Low-cost investments fade away with few homes below £150,000

Landlords adopting a strategy of buying cheap in search of high yields are having a tougher task in finding the right...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Good news for landlords as rental market shows no winter slowdown

Landlords fearing a fall in income and a rise in voids over the festive period have nothing to fear - it...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Leasehold landlords to be more proactive ahead of sale - forecast

A leasehold expert says existing owners - including landlords - are expected to be more proactive in 2022 as they seek...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Don’t call me ‘Landlord’ - is the title discredited?

The majority of the buy to let community want the name ‘landlord’ dropped and replaced by something like ‘small housing provider’ That’s...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Calling all landlords - should pets be allowed in rental properties?

Northumbria Law School and the Open University are conducting research into whether private landlords rent to tenants with pets and the...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - how much rents went up in your area in 2021

One of the major lettings market indices has produced figures showing how much rents rose in 2021. HomeLet says the average rent...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency - another council spending thousands on education

A local council is inviting landlords within its boundaries to take up funding from a £49,057 pot it has to improve...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New bank tries to woo landlords with four or more properties

A new bank - Recognise - has entered the buy to let market in a bid to win landlords and investors. Its...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory complains about “coughing up most of income to landlords”

A prominent Conservative has complained that her party, and others, have failed to do anything about a housing market in which...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Opposition to rent controls voiced by chief of new super-agency

A senior figure in a newly-enlarged agency that wants to become a national force in lettings has thrown his weight behind...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Most expensive homes in UK purchased as investments

One of the UK’s most prestigious agencies claims that deals to buy the country’s dearest homes have been negotiated using asset-backed...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords using Purplebricks told ‘no sale’ of lettings division

Purplebricks has denied speculation that it’s selling off its rental division and moving landlord clients to a new agency.  A company statement...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls: Now Labour jumps on the bandwagon

Labour is the latest political party to call for rent controls following similar pleas from the Green Party and the Scottish Nationalists. Paul...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

House of Commons asks: What’s the problem with Section 21?

For landlords who may want a brief update on Section 21, the House of Commons Library has published a concise description...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Stop landlords buying properties to let out, says Tory activist

A former Conservative councillor has used a leading party website to call on the government to restrict the purchase of buy...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord prosecuted and fined for operating unlicensed HMO

A landlord who has been operating a licensable HMO without a licence has been fined £5,000 at a prosecution brought by...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords may need £850 licensing for city centre HMOs

A council is considering an additional licensing scheme for HMOs in and around the High Street and town centres areas of...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC’s Tax changes for landlords in 2022

With 2022 just hours away, here’s a reminder of two tax changes that will directly affect landlords next year - and...

31 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Prime London lettings end 2021 in the black - after months of rent falls

Knight Frank has given an end of year assessment of the prime London lettings and says rents in the enclave are...

31 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Wishing all our readers a Happy New Year

The team at Landlord Today and our publisher, Angels Media, wish all agents a very prosperous New Year.  Thank you for your...

31 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Banning Order for landlord who ‘risked lives’ through safety failings

A council has obtained a banning order on a landlord in a ruling that is the first of its kind in...

30 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords flee capital for higher yields elsewhere, says agency

This year, landlord and owner-occupier Londoners purchased 112,780 homes outside the capital, the highest number since 2007. New data, from Connells-owned agency...

30 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter says high rents impact women with threat of homelessness

Shelter claims that women are impacted by homelessness more than men, and says rising private rents are a contributory factor. In a...

30 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Brexiteer MPs campaign against Net Zero EPC targets

Two prominent Brexiteer MPs are spearheading a campaign that claims Net Zero energy efficiency policies are unpopular. In their launch statement, they...

29 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity says end of eviction ban directly led to homelessness

The charity Crisis has identified the end of the eviction ban as one of the factors directly leading to homelessness over...

29 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Wanted: private landlords with one bedroom homes to let

A council in the south of England is urgently looking for private landlords with self-contained one bedroomed flats or studios to house...

29 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency backs landlords with sweeping attack on government

An agency has issued a statement standing shoulder-to-shoulder with landlords and rejecting the negative mood music surrounding the private rental sector. Chris...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdown rental trends in reverse, says lettings agency

Rental price growth in London’s commuter belt cities and towns have outperformed villages and rural areas over the past year, says...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental market in festive mood with voids down and rents up

The year is ending with void periods dropping across England as demand for rental properties continues apace.  According to the latest Goodlord...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas to all landlords - we’re back on Wednesday

Landlord Today would like to wish all landlords and their families and colleagues a wonderful Christmas 2021. It’s been an exhausting year...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter claims 200,000 children in private rental sector at risk of eviction

Shelter claims that 200,000 children living in privately rented homes are at risk of being evicted this winter – equivalent to one in every 50 children in England.   A study for the campaigning charity claims that 104,000 private...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency: Another call for landlords to get help to hit targets

Another council is encouraging landlords and tenants to get help to improve the energy efficiency of rented properties. Shropshire Council says there...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

New bid to involve landlords in resolving homelessness problem

A company that works with private landlords to supply homes to ease London councils’ homeless issues, has won funds to secure...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

 Scrapping Section 21 may take three years says industry expert

A leading experts on the private rental sector predicts it will take three years for the government to scrap Section 21...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC Warned - half of landlords not investing because of tax hikes

Over half of private landlords responding to a new survey say recent tax changes in the rental market have had a...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Government issues new Right To Rent guidance for landlords

The Home Office has issued yet another iteration of its guidance for landlords on how to conduct Right To Rent checks. The...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Massive rent rise for social housing tenants expected in the spring

Private landlords get it in the neck for allegedly-high rents but 4.75m families living in social housing in England are facing...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - consultation opens for landlords and general public

Scotland’s controversial Green Party housing chief - who is part of a governing arrangement with Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party -...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter backs call for rent controls and anti-eviction powers

Shelter has given what appears to be unconditional support to the SNP-Green proposals for reform of the private rental sector in...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where rent rises are “going ballistic” according to analyst

A leading market forecaster has described the level of rent rises in one part of the country as “going ballistic”. “The London...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax Tips: Are you filing to HMRC over the Christmas period?

It’s likely that you’ll have something festive lined up over the Christmas period, but in case not - here are a...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Hot Air! Call for rethink of rental energy efficiency measures

Proposals to force landlords to pay up to £10,000 to improve energy efficiency of rental properties require a rethink, according to...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Extended notice period is ‘another body blow to landlords’

The National Residential Landlords Association has described a six months notice period for tenants as “yet another body blow to landlords.” Over...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid - Minister tells landlords how to tackle ‘Winter Plan’

Housing minister Chris Pincher has written an open letter to all landlords in England, telling them how to enact the government’s...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Omicron: how the rental sector can adopt best practice

Inventory clerks can play a part in reducing the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid, by being sensible and safe. “Throughout...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord confidence high on back of fast-rising capital values

Landlord confidence remains high with a third of those questioned in a surveying plan to expand their portfolio in the next...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords braced for more interest rate rises in New Year

The Bank of England has raised interest rates for the first time in more than three years, in response to calls...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Council strategy emphasises punishment for rogue landlords

Rogue landlords in one area of London could face unlimited fines, criminal convictions and bans from letting out properties. The measures are...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords told: Check this agency before using it

Bristol-based lettings management company Iletpro Ltd has been ordered to pay a total of £2,700.06 in fines and costs for failing...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

2022’s challenge for landlords - improving energy efficiency

Propertymark chief executive Nathan Emerson has given his prediction as to what the big issues will be in the 2022 lettings...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental market likely to benefit as first timers frustrated by buying

As many as one in four young Britons are seriously considering moving abroad because the cost of housing. Despite four in every...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

More landlords falling foul of Covid deadlines on possessions

A law practice claims to have seen increasing numbers of landlords falling foul of revised possession deadlines. Newport-based Bellavia & Associates says...

16 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shocking fire safety negligence leads to landlord’s huge fine

A landlord has been found guilty of a series of fire safety failings which left residents with only one option to...

16 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine for landlord without HMO license

A landlord operating a House in Multiple Occupation without a licence has been fined £5,000. An officer from Chesterfield council carried out an...

16 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords given five top tips to reduce winter boiler problems

Landlords have been issued with five top tips on how to use heating systems more efficiently and safely in a bid...

16 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Interest rate rise may be put off despite another house price record

Landlords with mortgages may be sighing with relief as some commentators are forecasting that the Bank of England will not, after...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Mandatory compensation for tenants mooted by letting agents

ARLA Propertymark has launched a radical programme of reform for the private rental sector - getting in before the government’s own...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Expensive new licensing scheme on its way - discussions to be held today

Proposals to introduce an Additional Licensing scheme for HMOs in yet another part of the country are to be discussed by...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rejection of first time buyer mortgages keeps rental sector buoyant

New data suggesting that only a third of first time buyers are able to secure a mortgage at their first attempt...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental firm gives tenants five New Year Resolutions to follow

Build To Rent apartment brand Essential Living is giving its tenants five New Year’s Resolutions for 2022. 1. Create Home Working Space:...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

High profile MP claims government 'turns a blind eye' on bad landlords

High profile MP Caroline Lucas has told a newspaper that the government turns a blind eye to bad landlords. “This government, like previous...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

EPC Targets - government tipped to give landlords an extra year

It’s being reported in the mainstream press that the government may give landlords an extra year to make rental homes more energy efficient. This...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Many tenants spend over £1,000 decorating landlord’s property - claim

A lettings platform claims a substantial number of tenants spend over £1,000 on decorating their landlord’s property.  Flatshare platform SpareRoom claims that...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Law student wins year-long battle with landlord over property condition

A young law student has won a year-long battle against a landlord over the state of his rental accommodation. Jack Simm, 19,...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords “at risk” because of Purplebricks - claim

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that Purplebricks could face a bill of as much as £30m “after it put thousands of landlords...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets - Short Lets say they're more dog-friendly than mainstream rentals

The trade body representing Airbnb and other short let providers and sector suppliers says the short let industry is best placed...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Switch from long-term lets to Airbnb 'worsens housing crisis'

Landlords selling up or converting to short lets have led to a growing housing crisis, according to a trade body of...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Baroness leads call for ‘winter truce’ on evictions

Activists in the Generation Rent campaign group are urging the government to introduce what it calls “a winter truce” with no...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge fine and rent repayment threat for landlord after 30-month saga

A London council has prosecuted a rogue landlord after a 30 month saga regarding the condition of an apartment.  Richmond council received a...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Slammed! Government and councils condemned for rental failures

A report by the National Audit Office has sharply criticised the government and councils for not doing enough to help tenants...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords want more government and council 'vision' for rentals

The National Residential Landlords Association has thrown its weight behind the recommendations of the National Audit Office report urging the government...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Jailed! Tenant who punched, kicked and bit landlord

A lodger who punched, kicked and bit his landlord after being challenged about his drinking has been jailed. Mickey Boots punched the...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Government told to act over falling size of private rental sector

ARLA Propertymark is expressing concern at the latest figures showing a fall in the size of the private rental sector. The latest...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lenders stop landlords letting to asylum seekers - claim

An investigation conducted by The Mirror newspaper claims to have found that 55 out of 72 buy to let mortgage lenders...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter claims end of eviction ban adds to mass homelessness

Shelter claims the end of the eviction ban has contributed to creating over 274,000 people who are homeless in England right now, including 126,000 children. Shelter’s interpretation of official...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Fewer tenants have Covid arrears, but average debt is still rising

The National Residential Landlords Association says fewer tenants now have Covid-related arrears - but for those who do, the debt is...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Accredition scheme with NRLA involvement launched by council

A  council is set to ask local landlords of rental properties to join an accreditation scheme to improve standards and deliver...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

High-end Build To Rent scheme for students unveiled by operator

A new large-scale Build To Rent landlord, which describes itself as providing “high-quality luxury student accommodation,” has revealed a second scheme...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord Alert: Massive surge in rental fraud revealed by BBC show

The BBC Radio 4 consumer affairs programme You and Yours says 4,746 rental scams have been reported to the police and...

08 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Latest no-deposit scheme pledges landlords won’t be out of pocket

Another no-deposit renting scheme has been launched, pledging to make life easier for landlords and tenants.  Rental guarantor service Housing Hand’s new...

08 December 2021

From: Breaking News

HMO Consultation wants views of people working nearby

Tenants, landlords and those living or working near houses in multiple occupation in Portsmouth are being urged to share their experiences...

08 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgages linked to better EPCs are ‘key’ for buy to let lender

Paragon Bank increased buy to let lending to landlords by 33.9 per cent to £1.61 billion in its last financial year,...

08 December 2021

From: Breaking News

High-end Build To Rent scheme for students unveiled by operator

A new large-scale Build To Rent landlord, which describes itself as providing “high-quality luxury student accommodation,” has revealed a second scheme...

08 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Can I afford rent? Can I afford fuel? Tenants say that’s the dilemma

Some two thirds of tenants say they may struggle to pay their energy bills this winter - and almost as many...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Controversial council’s chief slams “dangerously unregulated” rental sector

A housing chief in a controversial council has tweeted that “Private landlords must be held accountable!”. She also claims on social media...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Council boasts of working with police and ‘talking tough’ to landlords

A council says it’s working with police to target landlords which it claims are flouting the law and illegally eviction and...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Council may fund landlords’ energy efficiency measures if tenants qualify

Landlords with properties in part of Lincolnshire could benefit from Government funding secured by North East Lincolnshire Council and its regeneration...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour council moves against “shoddy landlords”

A Labour council in London has announced plans to expand its crackdown on what it calls “shoddy landlords.” Southwark council says the...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Police urge landlords to appoint agents to vet dodgy tenants

Detectives are urging landlords to remain cautious following to discovery of a number of cannabis farms in rented properties. In the past...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Government backs controversial licensing scheme after two years

The government has approved a vast landlord licensing scheme in Liverpool - but even including 45,000 homes it is still much...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Council spends £30,000 on rent to help private tenants avoid eviction

An initiative set up earlier this year to help support private rented sector tenants and landlords has proved its worth according...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

 Landlords offered advice line to save energy and improve EPCs

Landlords in the west country struggling with high fuel bills are being urged to take advantage of a free money-saving advice...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Give landlords better due diligence on future tenants - call

A high profile PropTech entrepreneur has come out against the scrapping of Section 21 eviction powers for landlords. Alexander Siedes, chief executive and...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Council launches consultation on three licensing regimes

A council is consulting over a range of private rental sector measures.  Leicester council is proposing a range of measures requiring landlords...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

New info website set up purely for private tenants

A new website has been set up by a council purely for private rental sector tenants in one part of London. The...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

What’s hot, What’s not for capital appreciation in prime London

Investors seeking capital appreciation in the country’s most expensive residential markets have been given new data by a leading agency. Bective has...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax reform: Government decision at last

The long-awaited government response to calls to tighten up Capital Gains Tax has come at last - and it’s no change...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords back private leasing deal working with councils

Landlords have welcomed an initiative to provide £30m to work with the private rental sector to end homelessness. Local authorities in Wales...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Council on charm offensive to warn landlords over EPCs

A council says it’s going to contact local landlords to remind them of legal restrictions concerning energy efficiency. Caerphilly council says it’s...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Room rental market sees demand soar and supply slump

Demand for rooms has rocketed in recent months, coinciding with a huge shortage in the number of rooms available in the...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

We Quit! Landlords may sell over strict EPC targets

More than half of landlords with properties rated EPC D or below are considering selling because of stringent energy efficiency rules...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs want renewable heating tech in private rental homes

A cross-party survey of MPs shows that they want to scale up the installation of renewable heating technologies in existing homes,...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

New HMO licensing regime to be launched in London borough

Lewisham council in London is introducing a new licensing scheme for all Houses of Multiple Occupancy - claiming it will improve...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord portfolios to dip in value before rebound - forecast

Property prices will fall 1.1 per cent this month - December - according to a forecast by comparison service Reallymoving. However any...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter claims 1,000 calls a day since eviction ban eased

Shelter claims its helpline has received 1,000 callers a day since the eviction ban began easing at the start of summer. It says...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Last-minute U-turn on licensing forced on council

Conservative opposition councillors have derailed a local authority’s plan to introduce a landlord licensing scheme this week. Southend council is run by...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Lawyers back enhanced help for tenants facing eviction

The Law Society of England and Wales has welcomed the proposal for tenants facing eviction to receive enhanced legal assistance. “It would be...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

New bid to get landlords to long-term lease properties to councils

The Welsh Government has announced a £30m pot from which councils can pay for easing properties from private landlords. Under the Welsh Government’s...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Special Citizens Advice helpline opens for landlords AND tenants

A Citizens Advice helpline has opened in Wales for both renters struggling with arrears, and for landlords who believe their tenants...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

 More legal aid for tenants facing eviction - proposals unveiled

The government is proposing that tenants facing eviction receive additional legal assistance through an enhancement of the current free ‘on-the-day’ law...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets licensing schemes to start next year in Scotland

Councils north of the border will be given powers to ensure short-term lets are safe and meet the needs of local...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords need stimulus to stick with buy to let, trade chief says

Demand for private rental housing is at an all time high according to new research by the National Residential Landlords Association. A...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed landlords fined for letting out properties

Two landlords who jointly own a property to let in Wrexham have been fined for failing to licence it appropriately. Christopher Tye...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies make inventories and inspections vital - claim

The UK’s largest provider of inventory services says rising tenancy lengths make a combination of inventories and regular inspections more valuable...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid still making cities a ‘big ask’ for many working renters

A large scale survey of tenants suggests there’s a real enthusiasm for them to leave major cities and relocate elsewhere, so...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Hotspot’s second homes council tax premium to be agreed soon

Councillors in a second home hotspot will be asked to decide on the level of council tax premium for the next...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord ignored Emergency Prohibition Order given hefty fine

A private landlord who failed to carry out essential safety work has been fined for ignoring an Emergency Prohibition Order. Mohammed Deryo,...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks refuses to give details of tenancy deposit failure

Purplebricks is refusing to say how many landlords were affected by its failure to comply with the law requiring tenants’ deposits to...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent blasts “dodgy landlords” for sabotaging energy efficiency goals

A lettings agent claims progress on climate change and energy efficiency is likely to be undermined by what he calls “dodgy...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Council may help with rent payments for hard-pressed tenants

A council is appealing to landlords to reach out if they are having problems with a tenant - instead of possibly...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned! Landlord cannot let property until major improvements made

An unnamed landlord has been banned from letting out his property after allowing it to fall into poor condition.  He was served...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental Market Update - big regional variations continue

Landlords are benefitting from widespread rent rises across the UK - with even London seeing a turnaround.  This is according to lettings...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord prosecuted for illegal eviction of pregnant couple

A local council has prosecuted a rogue landlord for illegally evicting a young couple from their accommodation in Cheltenham.  The landlord -...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Carbon Monoxide alarms must be fitted in private rentals with gas boilers

The government has announced that carbon monoxide alarms must be fitted in all private rental properties with fixed appliances such as...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Ker-ching! - Councils in the money as fines on landlords ramp up

Fines on landlords and letting agents that fall foul of London council regulations have risen dramatically in the past month alone. Research...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue tenants make Short Lets the Wild West of Renting, survey shows

Over half of tenants who have stayed at short let home-based properties via Airbnb or similar platforms have broken or damaged...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords can now hire assistants to handle viewings on their behalf

A new deal between a trade body and a high profile industry supplier means landlords can now hire assistants to handle...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Commuter belt city wants private landlords to house Afghan refugees

Landlords in the heart of the London commuter belt are being asked to come forward if they can provide accommodation for...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Section 21 possession cases plummet - despite what some say

The number of repossession cases in the courts involving landlords using Section 21 notices has plummeted over the past two years. A...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls on the agenda for another part of the UK

The new coalition of the Scottish National Party and the Greens in Scotland has pledged to introduce rent controls - and...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Lights Out at Bulb - what this may mean for landlords

Bulb Energy, which has 1.7m customers - including, it is thought, many thousands of landlords - is to be put into...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords with larger family homes enjoying bigger rent increases

Landlords with family properties are in the pound seats when it comes to rent increases, according to data from lettings agency...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency staging free webinars for would-be landlords

An agency is claiming its series of webinars for buy to let landlords and investors is proving a big success -...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-second home campaigners set up Parliamentary petition

Some 6,000 signatures have so far been added to an online petition calling on the Welsh Parliament to “address” the issue...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

London council pledges HMO inspections at least once every five years

Lewisham council in south London is introducing a new licensing scheme for all HMOs in the borough. It claims this will help...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Another council pushing landlords over energy efficiency

A council in a largely-rural area of Suffolk is the latest to have won additional funding to push landlords into making...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Bravo for second home-owners - senior politician speaks up for sector

A leading politician in Wales has spoken out in favour of second homeowners, who are under increasing scrutiny in that country...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s War! Activists and Green Party at loggerheads over landlords

Activists in the Acorn pro-tenant movement have sharply criticised the Green Party which runs Brighton council for allegedly failing to prosecute...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Sex For Rent landlords to be discussed in the House of Lords

The long-running saga of unscrupulous landlords taking advantage of lone tenants to suggest a ‘sex for rent’ arrangement continues with a...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Licensing on the march - another city goes to consultation

Salford is the latest city to launch a consultation seeking views on plans to expand its selective licensing scheme - claiming...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Unlawful eviction of tenants leads to five figure fines for rogue couple

A couple have been fined over £13,000 after they were found guilty of unlawfully evicting four tenants and breaching management regulations...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Politicians ask: “If landlords won’t lower rents now, when will they?”

The Green Party says the fact that some landlords increased rents during the Coronavirus pandemic shows the need for rent controls. The...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t over-regulate landlords! Warning to UK governments

Avoiding over-regulation across the UK should be a priority to keep existing landlords in the sector as well as attracting buy...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

New BTL lender aims to help landlords “ignored by the big banks”

Recognise Bank has entered the rental market with a new product designed for professional landlords and investors with portfolios of at least...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Energy project may involve trading standards spotting rogue landlords

Private sector landlords are being warned by a council to check their investments meet the legal minimum energy efficiency standard, or...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb reforms show it wants traditional landlords’ business

Airbnb is making more overt attempts to lure long term renters away from traditional landlords. In recent days it’s revealed new policies...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to landlords - capital appreciation for older homes may fall

A business analyst is warning owners of older properties that the value of their assets may be cut if energy efficiency...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper under discussion with landlord trade group

A statement on the National Residential Landlords Association’s website says the group has had talks with government over rental reform. The long-awaited...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords on top at last in prime central London rental sector

After two years in the doldrums and high levels of over supply, prime central London is at last a landlord’s rental...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC chaos unfairly impacts on landlord

The Times has highlighted chaotic scenes at HM Revenue and Customs where a landlord, amongst others, has been impacted. According to its...

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Council unanimously passes motion calling for rent controls

Belfast council has unanimously passed a motion calling for the Northern Ireland Executive to introduce a rent control scheme for the...

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls hurt future tenants after helping current ones - claim

A right wing think tank has published a blog post suggesting that while rent controls appear a popular help for current...

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Portfolio landlords and property investors targeted by new bank

A new bank called Monument wants buy to let portfolio landlords and other ‘serious’ property investors to be amongst its relatively...

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental growth highest for over a decade says Zoopla

Acute tenant demand over the third quarter of 2021 has propelled UK rental growth to its highest level for over a...

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Sleaze: MPs rent out their own homes and then claim expenses

The sleaze allegations engulfing the government have moved to those MPs letting out their London homes while claiming money from taxpayers...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour call to name and shame rogue landlords

A Labour councillor in a Green Party-controlled local authority wants the body to name and shame rogue landlords on a publicly-available...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Scare stories unfounded - evictions did NOT rise after end of ban

Despite dire warnings from Generation Rent, Shelter and other campaigners, it appears that the end of the eviction ban did NOT...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where rents have risen 38 per cent in 12 months

The Home property website has identified locations where rents have risen by up to 38 per cent in the past 12...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Pathetic! Councils blasted for failure to prosecute rogue landlords

A lettings sector trade body is blasting local authorities for their poor record on trying to eliminate rogue landlords. The National Residential...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Bailiff-enforced evictions suspended over Christmas season

It’s understood there will be a Christmas truce with tenants not enduring bailiff-enforced evictions between December 13 and January 10. HM Courts...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC and Valuation Office working on new tax regime for holiday lets

A government housing minister has confirmed to the House of Lords that a new tax regime for Airbnb hosts and holiday...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Many tenants ‘more interested in tidiness than electric safety’ - claim

A poll suggests that many private tenants admit to being more interested in the tidiness of their properties than safety within...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity wants check on how £65m is spent on Covid-arrears tenants

Another charity has criticised landlords using eviction powers on tenants with Covid-related arrears.  StepChange, a debt advice charity, says it wants to...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

EPCs and energy efficiency - Landlords appear ahead of the game

A new report from the government’s Office for National Statistics appears to show landlords are ahead of the game when it...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Government asks tenants if they want to see landlord contact details

The government has launched a survey of private tenants in which it asks them whether they would like to be given...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Council 'recovers' £2.5m in charges from landlords

A London council is consulting on what it claims to be “a groundbreaking property licensing scheme.” Newham council says its licensing of more...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Are green mortgages just hot air? Low take up, say brokers

Only six per cent of brokers questioned in a survey have ever sold a green mortgage, despite the high public profile...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

EPC Crisis: Properties could be “unsellable and unrentable” by 2025

There is a fear that work required to bring rental units up to new Energy Performance Certificate levels by 2025 could...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord Alert - detailed forecast for rent and capital growth

Many agencies give their forecasts for the following year or years in the late autumn, but one of the most detailed...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Think twice before signing up to new register, landlords told

A landlord group is advising members to think carefully about a ‘special offer’ from a local authority attempting to tie them into...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Lawyers pitch for business by claiming serious delays for repairs

A firm of solicitors claims that private and social sector tenants face long delays for repairs to be addressed - and...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Pipe Down! Landlord warned over tenant’s bagpipes habit

A landlord has been given a severe warning over a Glasgow apartment that has been home to a noisy bagpiper and has...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Two month mediation project starts - is it really long enough to succeed?

An innovative pilot project aiming to reduce evictions by providing free mediation between private landlords and tenants has been launched in...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid Impact on landlords and renters far less than feared

A series of online interviews with landlords suggests far fewer of them have been seriously impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic than...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Community Order for landlord over gas breach

A landlord has been fined and sentenced to a 12-month community order for failing to maintain gas appliances at a rental...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Call Before You Serve’ initiative tries to avoid evictions

A local authority has launched a free service seeking to avoid evictions. New Forest council says its 'Call Before You Serve' programme is a no-charge service providing...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

EPC and possession process changes to dominate NRLA forum

The National Residential Landlords Association is joining forces with Flintshire council in Wales to stage a virtual landlord forum. The Zoom event,...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to repay former tenants almost £47,000

A landlord has been fined £24,750 and told to repay his tenants almost £47,000 in rent. In December 2018, Preston council responded...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to ‘portfolio criminal landlords’ as clampdown gathers strength

Rogue landlords who create portfolios of overcrowded, unregulated and unsafe properties - including the infamous beds in sheds - now face...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords of homes with illegal EPCs threatened with enforcement

A council in the north of England has identified 166 private rental properties within the district that do not comply with...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Last chance to register – webinar on transparency in lettings tomorrow 

The live launch of a roundtable event hosted by rental payments platform PayProp takes place tomorrow – and landlords can still...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Most landlords subsidising tenants during Covid dipped into savings

The majority of private landlords helping tenants out during the pandemic by cutting their rent absorbed the losses from their savings...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords paying more for BTL mortgages despite base rate hold

The Bank of England may have voted to keep its base rate at a historic low of 0.1 per cent yesterday,...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal Warning — some buy to lets will never meet new EPC targets

One of the industry’s leading legal voices is warning that the next change proposed to EPC requirements will affect almost half...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Council offers landlords ‘enforcement amnesty’ over energy efficiency

A council says it’s offering landlords what it calls ‘an enforcement amnesty’ if they have failed to bring their rental units...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour says S21 eviction power “unjustly uproots families”

Labour has echoed campaign groups Generation Rent and Shelter in calling for the speediest possible ending of Section 21 eviction powers,...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Holiday Lets mortgage boost as staycations attract investors

The Primis mortgage network, owned by estate agency-led company LSL Property Services, says it’s seen a surge of enquiries regarding holiday...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock figures show over 100,000 homes let illegally

PropTech firm Kamma says well over 100,000 private rental homes across the UK are being let illegally because they already fail...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Good Times Back? Landlords more optimistic over lettings prospects

The proportion of landlords feeling optimistic about different aspects of letting is at the highest level for five years. As part of research...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Transparency in lettings – how can landlords improve their reputation?

The steps landlords need to take to improve their own image and enhance their reputation in the eyes of consumers was...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Council urging private landlords to offer longest-possible tenancies

Private landlords, tenants and letting agents are being asked to give their views on a Labour council’s tenancy strategy in London.  The...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

City clampdown on HMOs with Article 4 Direction

A Midlands city is starting consultation on a major extension of powers over HMOs. Leicester council wants to have an extended Article...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Hot Air? EPC targets cannot be achieved with government funding

Savills estimates that £330 billion is needed to implement all energy efficiency improvements to the UK housing sector to meet EPC...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Some tenants would pay 20% more for eco-efficient homes - claim

A new survey from an online rental platform claims tenants are willing to pay for greener homes. Some 98 per cent of...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Delaying scrapping Section 21 is the right thing to do, say agents

The scrapping of Section 21 and other provisions expected in the government’s White Paper on rental reform have been delayed until...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

High annual rent rise despite monthly dip - and strong market in 2022

HomeLet says the average rent in the UK is now £1,059, down a tiny 0.2 per cent from a month ago. However, the...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent supply rises as agency sets challenge for landlords

Build To Rent is recovering well from the pandemic across the UK according to a survey. Construction sites across the UK ground...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Home for sale - but not to landlords

A social landlord is selling a home on the open market but says it should go only to a first time...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

New cash boost for courts may ease possession backlog

There may be a breakthrough in clearing the huge backlog of possession cases as the government is allocating an extra £324m...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Free Home Safety Improvements: Landlords may be eligible

Landlords, tenants and residents in parts of Nottingham may be eligible for free home safety improvements to crackdown on burglary. Nottinghamshire police...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Bright spark letting agent prepares tenants’ guide to Bonfire Night

The Barrows and Forrester agency has prepared a tenant guide for those hoping to hold fireworks displays at their rental home...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

New trade body for landlords to launch this month

A new trade body called PLAN launches this month with the aim of representing large scale Portfolio Landlords with 75 properties...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Community service for landlord after fire safety breach

Landlord Gordon Lee has been sentenced to 12-months' community service and must pay the full costs of his fire safety court...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Licensing schemes explainer for landlords at virtual meeting

Landlords in the East Midlands are invited to a virtual forum to find out about the implementation of two new licensing...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Council cannot find rental accommodation for Afghan refugees

Reigate and Banstead council is appealing to private landlords with vacant, or soon-to-be vacant, two, three or four-bedroom homes for rent. The...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock stamp duty hike was considered for Budget

It now appears that landlords had a narrow escape with this week’s Budget. The Daily Telegraph has discovered that a report by...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy to let loans doubled to reflect price and lifestyle changes

Paragon Bank is doubling both the maximum loan amount it lends on an individual property and the total buy to let...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords warned over large-scale property fraud scams

There’s a new warning to landlords purchasing properties about a spike in scams which have seen victims defrauded out of hundreds...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

£70,000 to “engage” with landlords over energy efficiency

A council says it’s going to spend £70,000 of central government money to help “engage” with landlords over issues of energy...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Council gloats over fines on rogue landlords

The council in Harrogate, Yorkshire, has issued what appears to be a celebration statement about its legal action against rogue landlords. The...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Free advice for landlords on lettings incentives

Landlords and owners of empty homes in North Somerset are invited to a free event next month to find out more...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Government delays Rental Reform White Paper until 2022

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities says the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper will now not be published until...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Not enough! Landlords say Budget does too little to clear arrears

The Budget revealed by Chancellor Rishi Sunak does too little to help many of those struggling most to pay their rents. That’s...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Good news - Capital Gains Tax reporting time doubled for landlords

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget has made one small but welcome change to Capital Gains Tax.  For those selling UK residential property, including...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants’ Covid arrears scheme launched by faith-based charity

The UK Muslim charity National Zakat Foundation has introduced a Covid Recovery Scheme to support tenants at risk of eviction. The charity...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Fire and Rescue Exercise: Landlords invited to take part

A fire and rescue service is asking landlords who own or manage HMOs to get involved in a pilot scheme. Over the...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Appeal to landlords - Far-flung council wants homes for refugees

Orkney Council wants private landlords who hold family accommodation to come forward if they would be suitable for Afghan families. Councillors recently...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Poor rental conditions trigger mental health issues - claim

A property company claims that 14 per cent of renters are so distressed by their living situation they believe it is...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Think-tank backs Generation Rent call for greater controls on landlords

An independent think-tank is the latest organisation wanting landlord licensing schemes across England plus a nationa landlord register, emulating similar schemes...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord illegally let two properties - one a storage area

A planning inspector has ordered a rogue landlord to comply with enforcement notices after being found to be illegally renting two...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Government red tape still an obstacle to buy to let investors

Landlords are hesitant about buying more property according to a new study by Simply Business. The study of 560 landlords from across...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

National Landlord Register could lead to tax clampdown, say activists

The Generation Rent activist group has repeated its call for a landlord register in England, saying it could mean more tax...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Are detached homes a better investment than apartments?

New figures from the National Home Building Council suggests the popularity of detached properties has soared during the pandemic - prompting...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Holiday Lets backlash - protest claims local being priced out

The protest movement against second homes in Wales appears to be gathering pace. The BBC reports that over 150 campaigners have gathered...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New deal may mean landlords can beat supply-chain woe

The National Residential Landlords Association has agreed a new commercial partnership with online electrical retailer AO.  This new partnership means that AO...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

 Politician demands immediate windfall tax on private landlords

Adrian Ramsay, newly-elected co-leader of the Green Party, wants a windfall tax on the value of investment properties owned by private...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

£65m for tenant arrears - but it’s not enough for Generation Rent

The activist group Generation Rent says the £65m package announced by the government over the weekend is not enough and must...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

£335,000 - the bill for three rogue landlords

Three criminal landlords have paid £350,000 in fines after being found guilty of illegal ‘beds in sheds’. Brian Linskey and Catherine Hallahan...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Confiscation Order imposed on married landlords

Two married landlords from Southall have been ordered to pay over £290,000 after failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice. Kartar and...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rubbish! Council clampdown on illegal fly-tipping by landlords

There’s been another report of a council targeting landlords over rubbish. A Community Protection Warning was served on an empty house in...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords to be helped by new Covid arrears fund

Landlords in England with tenants in rent arrears because of Covid are to be helped via a new £65m debt fund. Although announced today...

23 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New eco-clampdown on landlords announced by government

The government has today announced a new cash injection for councils to clampdown on landlords whose properties fail to meet energy...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords need ‘green grants’ to make basic eco-improvements - claim

The head of a building body says landlords and home owners need a replacement for the defunct Green Homes Grant to...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Shocking statistics for unregulated rental accommodation

Over 150,000 households in Britain are in ‘exempt’ accommodation, a rental sector which some say is “dangerously under-regulated.” ‘Exempt accommodation’ is intended...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax and red tape the big disincentives for landlords - poll

Half of landlords are positive about the future but new regulations and tax changes are causing concern, according to new research...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

10 easy mistakes by landlords - do you agree with this bank?

Private and commercial bank Arbuthnot Latham has set out what it considers to be the 10 easy mistakes which some landlords...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Boiling Over: NRLA slams government over boiler policy for landlords

A piecemeal approach to how the private rental sector meets government climate change targets is fraught with problems, the landlords trade...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent says Net Zero targets don’t cover basic insulation

Generation Rent has commented on the government’s Net Zero goals, involving phasing out boilers and introducing heat pumps into rental properties. While...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Net Zero: Landlords in different areas need different incentives - claim

The government should factor in the property market’s huge regional variations when offering landlords incentives to become more energy efficient. That’s the call...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Shocking ‘bed in shed’ landlords must pay thousands in fines

A landlord must pay thousands of pounds after illegally letting an outbuilding for over three years. Paul Vig admitted failing to comply with...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Record high tenant demand - and even London is improving

Tenant demand across the private rental sector is at a record high according to buy to let specialist the Paragon Bank. A...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New Boiler Ban - Problems already emerge with heat pump alternative

Experts are already warning of shortcomings in the government’s latest Green initiative, banning new boilers from 2035 and offering £5,000 grants...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Repayment Orders and Fines used heavily by council

A Labour-controlled local authority with a reputation for clampdowns on rogue landyhas issued a statement celebrating its successes. Tower Hamlets council in...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour councillor want holiday lets to pay five times normal council tax

A Labour councillor in the Lake District says second home owners who let their properties should be obliged to pay five...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

London rents and demand both go through the roof, says agency

London lettings agency Chestertons says the number of tenants in the capital is now at an annual high.  The agency’s latest market...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Will landlords install heat pumps with just £5,000 help?

It’s been confirmed that landlords and other home owners in England and Wales will be offered subsidies of £5,000 from April...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord anger as council fails to find accommodation for tenant

A landlord has taken to the local media in his area to express outrage that a council has failed to find...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Shift poorest tenants from private rental to social housing - call

A call has gone out to shift tens of thousands of the poorest tenants in the private rental sector into social...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords set to get the hard sell on installing smart meters

Landlords may be about to be on the receiving end of a hard sell on installing smart meters, especially if they...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Good news for prime London landlords - rents rising at last

After lengthy periods in the doldrums, prime London’s rental market is looking up at last according to data consultancy LonRes -...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Senior Labour MP wants one-year rent freeze for all tenants

John McDonnell, who until 15 months ago was the shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, has called for all tenants to be...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Gas boilers to be banned and replaced by heat pumps - claim

The government is poised to announce a ban on the installation of gas boilers by 2035. Instead home owners including landlords will...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Another mortgage lender incentivises landlords to Go Green

Foundation Home Loans has launched its new ‘Green ABC+’ fixed rate products for both buy to let and owner occupied mortgages, with...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Looming rent controls may be deterring landlords from buy to let

A leading market analyst says the looming threat of rent controls may be deterring landlords entering the buy to let sector,...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Councils continue to clampdown on landlords’ fly tipping

There’s more evidence of councils clamping down on landlords fly tipping - Landlord Today has run a series of reports on...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

 Tax clampdown on landlords planned for New Year - claim

If you let out holiday properties or have switched to Airbnb or similar platforms, tax inspectors may be coming for you. Accountancy...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords tell Sunak to help tenants pay off Covid-related arrears

The proportion of private renters in arrears in England has more than doubled during the Covid-19 pandemic according to government data. The...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New PropTech service allowing direct contact with tenants

A new PropTech platform says it allows easy digital contact between tenants, landlords and third party suppliers avoiding the need to...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Council using covert cameras to spy on landlords when tenants leave

A local authority admits it is using covert cameras to spot landlords illegally fly-tipping. Darlington council claims there have been several incidents...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Confiscation Order means landlord must pay quarter of a million pounds

A London landlord has been ordered to pay almost £275,000 for failing to comply with an existing planning enforcement notice. Mrs Anja...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

One in five renters ill because of property condition, claims Shelter

Shelter says 20 per cent of private and social renters in England suffer poor health because of the condition of their...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Not so grim up north as yields beat the rest of the UK

New research shows that the average rental yield in Britain has remained at roughly 4.2 per cent throughout the pandemic. Regionally, the...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Great opportunity for landlords - if they’re rich enough…

Letting agency Knight Frank has identified an opportunity for landlords to cash in on a supply shortage - but only if...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Staycation yield boom likely to stay for up to two years - forecast

Fabrik Invest, which works with holiday parks across the UK, says the staycation boom is here to stay despite the easing...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Why Not Allow Pets? Tight clauses in contracts cut risks, says supplier

A major supplier to the lettings sector says there’s no reason landlords should not allow pets into properties so long as there...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Why council’s new licensing regime will backfire badly - a case study

A lettings agent says a new HMO licensing regime in one of London’s highest profile boroughs will reduce the number of rental...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New insights into why many landlords use letting agents

Another report has highlighted how landlords feel intimidated into putting investment plans on ice because of red tape in the private...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Why landlords shouldn’t use credit cards to pay for refurbs

Around 20 per cent of landlords surveyed by a bank used a credit card or short-term finance to fund a recent...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

See You In Court! Landlord tries to recover £150,000 from agent

A landlord is going to court to try to recover £150,000 allegedly owed by an agency in the form of guaranteed...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Solicitors slam landlords in bid to trigger tenant legal action

A solicitors’ practice claims repairs initiated by landlords take an average of 41 days to be completed after a tenant complains...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New investment league table’s ringing endorsement to city buy to lets

A new league table of investment potential has given a ringing endorsement to buy to let in cities. Select Property Group has...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Did the stamp duty holiday persuade you to buy? It seems not…

Relatively few landlords were persuaded to take advantage of the stamp duty holiday according to analysis by the lettings agency Hamptons.  The...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC discovers huge numbers of landlords avoiding paying tax

A national accountancy firm says HM Revenue & Customs has discovered huge numbers of landlords avoiding paying tax - as many as...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Not all energy efficiency work saves money even after five years

With energy efficiency making headlines in the private rental sector, Norton Finance has calculated the cost of an average mid-terrace household...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Civil Penalty Notice and hefty fine for HMO landlord without licence

A landlord has been fined over £7,000 for letting out an unsafe and unlicensed HMO. South Gloucestershire council’s private sector housing team...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental growth “amongst fastest in a generation” says agency

Average annual rental growth across Britain hit 8.0 per cent in September, the third fastest annual rate of growth recorded this...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Prime London new tenancies running at highest number for decade

The number of new tenancies started in September in prime areas of London was the highest monthly total in the last...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

EPC Upgrades - Raise cap for landlord spending, government told

The government has been told to raise the landlord cost cap to £10,000 to increase the number of private rental sector...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Should private landlords be lectured by the social housing sector?

A small proportion of private landlords grab the spotlight because of their poor treatment of tenants and properties - yet figures...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rubbish! Record fine for landlord after illegal waste dumping

A landlord in the north of England has received the largest fine that his local council has ever secured for a...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Some student rents up over 25% in past five years

Some student rents have increased by over 25 per cent in the past five years according to new research. Specialist rental industry...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Tomorrow! - the launch of Landlord Today's weekend features

We hope you enjoy our Breaking News service each weekday - and from tomorrow we have additional weekend features too. Each weekend...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Urgent warning over new smoke and CO alarm regulations

A warning has gone out to landlords with properties in Scotland regarding legislation coming into effect in early 2022. Trade association SELECT is...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New! Starting Saturday - Landlord Today's weekend features

We hope you enjoy our Breaking News service each weekday - and from this Saturday we have additional weekend features too. Each...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

2022 Investment Hotspots? New survey claims to have found them…

A survey of over 500 property investors claims to have uncovered the UK’s hotspots for the coming year. It says some 44...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Student landlords slammed by PropTech boss for “unfit” homes

A PropTech supplier claims 83 per cent of students have lived in accommodation considered ‘unfit for habitation’ under the Homes Act...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Stand Easy! Rental Reform White Paper appears some way off

The White Paper on rental reform may still be some time away, with a minister at the centre of its preparation saying...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Who’d have thought it? Shelter boss praises some private landlords

In an unexpected turn of events at a Conservative party conference fringe meeting, the chief executive of Shelter heaped praise on...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New tech platform allows landlords to manage properties

A free service has been launched by the Nationwide to help landlords manage properties and get through the maze of laws and...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Jail for tenant who threatened landlord with screwdriver

A man who broke into the home of his prospective landlord and threatened him with a screwdriver has been jailed for...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit cut today - landlords’ last gasp criticism

Today the government will go ahead with a planned cut to Universal Credit of £20 per week.  The level of welfare support...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper - stand by for details today

The government is expected to give at least some details today of the principles enshrined in a new White Paper on...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Possession Process - new guidance issued for landlords

The government has issued new guidance for landlords and tenants concerning the possession process as applied to those on an Assured...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Back Off! Sunak told to stop hammering rental sector

One of the first submissions to Chancellor Rishi Sunak ahead of his autumn Budget and spending review later this month asks...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Tips for landlords to maximise holiday let income in 2022

Landlords in or anticipating entering the holiday let market are being offered a series of tips by one of the country’s...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Refugees still need homes - another council seeks landlord help

Epsom & Ewell council is the latest to seek private landlords’ help to house five households of Afghan refugees fleeing the...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Ghost Tenants’ - £190,000 fine for landlords after four year court battle

A remarkable four year court battle has ended with £190,000 in fines for a rogue landlord couple who falsely claimed they...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Soaring Energy Bills: Landlords urged to help tenants understand options

With the government lifting the price cap on energy suppliers at the start of this month, PropTech supplier Goodlord has produced...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Another council threatens landlords with huge fines over electrical safety

Landlords in one part of the Midlands are being warned that they could face fines of up to £30,000 if they...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Holiday Lets may be the next Buy To Let, says Moneyfacts

Independent finance service Moneyfacts says increasing numbers of people are keen to explore alternative investment options - with holiday lets a...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Licensing help for landlords available through NRLA deal

The National Residential Landlords Association has entered into partnership with a tech company to assist landlords with regulatory compliance. This partnership will...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords will have to pay more for most properties from today

The end of the stamp duty holiday means landlords will have to pay more for almost all properties from today. They have...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Top Tips for new landlords to optimise their tax position

Internet searches for ‘how to become a landlord’ have increased by 22 per cent according to Sheards Accountants, a chartered accountancy...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord taken to court by second council in two years

A London council has prosecuted a rogue landlord and his associated property firm for letting unsafe properties and being unlicensed -...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Up to six months rent for private landlords guaranteed by council

Private landlords could receive between three and six months’ rent in advance by putting their properties forward to help people who...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord pays thousands after Wrongful Termination Order

A landlord has been ordered to pay £2,400 to his former tenants after a tribunal appeal following the issuing of a...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Flipping ‘eck - tips for landlords wanting to flip properties

A specialist investment lender has set out tips for how landlords can succeed at flipping - purchasing homes and selling relatively...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Accreditation scheme relaunched in bid to attract more landlords

Plans are underway to relaunch a landlord accreditation scheme - with a difference.  Barnsley’s landlord accreditation scheme began in 2010 and the...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent arrears likely thanks to Universal Credit cutback - warning

New analysis of government data by the national homelessness charity Crisis suggests that in England over 100,000 low income renters on Universal Credit will be at least two or more months behind on...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

New forms which landlords MUST use from October 1

New forms have been posted which must be used by landlords and letting agents from October 1. New legislation regarding eviction notices...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to landlords about lengthy delays for review court hearings

Landlord Action, the high profile eviction and housing law consultancy, has seen a 43 per cent rise in instructions from landlords...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Available rental stock volumes lower now than just before pandemic

Research by buy to let consultancy Sequre Property Investment suggests that despite the return to near-normal in much of the country,...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

More landlords selling up according to latest Zoopla research

More landlords are quitting the sector and bringing properties to the sales market, according to research from Zoopla.  In its latest snapshot...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

More cash for tenants - Shelter and Generation Rent set out demands

Shelter and Generation Rent have separately made a case for more cash help for tenants, claiming the current pandemic and energy...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords treated less well than owner-occupiers in new green initiative

A local council is one of the first to be offering new Go Green Grants to landlords to improve energy efficiency...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Highest rent not always top priority for landlords - survey

New independent research among 512 landlords show how they have reacted to the pandemic. It found that 65 per cent of landlords...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Property management platform wants big cash injection

Renterz, a digital property management service, is aiming to raise an unspecified “six figure sum” through crowdfunding. The company claims it’s committed...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC change of heart is good news for landlords - claim

Landlords have been given a boost from an unlikely source - HM Revenue & Customs. HMRC has given landlords and other businesses...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Reasons To Be Cheerful - rent and capital appreciation to rise next year

Rents and capital appreciation will both rise next year - but to a significantly lesser degree than in 2021. That’s the verdict...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal webinar aims to identify “the missing landlords”

A free one-hour legal webinar tomorrow aims to identify the so-called “missing landlords”. Leaseholders in particular are invited to gain insights from...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Blaze casualties prompt fire warning to private landlords

A company behind a fire safety initiative has surveyed tenants in both the private and social rental sectors, and claims shortcomings...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge student flats project may stifle buy to let landlord returns

Investors considering letting properties to students in one of the country’s major university cities may have to think again. A huge scheme...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to bail out council as housing shortage worsens

Coventry council is the latest to appeal to private landlords to help it meet its housing obligations. It wants to sign up...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Record fine issued to London landlord over planning offence

A landlord who built extensions and converted them into flats and bedsits all without planning permission has been given a record...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

New lettings industry forum to include landlords’ spokesman

Ben Beadle, chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association, is to sit on a new Lettings sector body set up...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrears soar across country thanks to Covid claims agency

Arrears have soared during the pandemic according to a lettings agency. Birmingham-based Barrows and Forrester says government data suggests 335,860 homes -...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Record figures as another market snapshot shows booming rents

For the second month running the number of prospective tenants registered per lettings agency branch has shown a big jump, Data from...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned! Outrageous landlord slapped with permanent injunction

Outspoken landlord Fergus Wilson, who has reportedly become a millionaire through his buy to let investments, has been hit with a...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Latest eviction notice ruling “another blow to landlords” - claim

The Welsh government has again extended the notice period which landlords must give tenants - it’s at least six months. The Coronavirus...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where investors’ returns may be better than expected

It looks as if buy to let investors looking for capital returns over yield may have struck lucky - so long...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent arrears much worse in some parts of UK

Figures show that rent arrears are 20 per cent higher in Wales than England over the first half of 2021 New research published...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Some tenants would pay 10% more for advanced technology

A Build To Rent operator claims some tenants - around a fifth - are willing to pay more for properties with...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord accused of showing contempt for council

A landlord has been prosecuted for a second time for breaches of Wirral council’s selective licensing scheme. The council’s housing standards team...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrears to rocket if Universal Credit cut is pushed says charity

A £360m ‘wall of rent debt’ built up during the pandemic, combined with cuts to Universal Credit, threatens to leave hundreds...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental stock slumps in tourist areas thanks to Staycation craze

New data from Rightmove reveals the effect the staycation boom is having on the rental market across Britain. Seaside towns and other...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Double digit annual rent rises in many parts of Britain

Rents across Britain continue to bounce back according to the Hamptons agency.  The average rent of a new let rose 7.4 per...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent steps up pressure for ‘lifetime deposits’

Activists group Generation Rent is urging renters who have renewed their tenancy but not moved since May 2019 to check if...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords renew call for help after benefit and furlough cuts

Private renters and landlords face a cliff edge as the end of furlough coincides with cuts to benefits, says a leading...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets in Lets -  Build To Rent cashing in on tenant preferences

The most common feature in Build To Rent developments is an issue dividing landlords - pet-friendly homes. Some 47 per cent of...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

The market now? It’s all about stock shortages

Growing numbers of landlords are quitting the sector, prompting a supply shortage and rent rises according to a market snapshot by...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord takes over branch of national lettings agency

A branch of national lettings agency Martin & Co is to be run by a landlord. Grant Simpson - who describes himself...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Professional Crook’ tenants exploit eviction laws, says agent

Some tenants are effectively “professional crooks” taking advantage of Coronavirus law changes to avoid paying landlords, a leading letting agent says. Benham...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - landlords who tell HMRC they’re evading tax

Substantial numbers of expats who own a buy to let property in the UK are approaching HMRC to admit they have...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour warned that more landlord taxes could trigger sell-off

A leading agent is warning that any additional tax on landlords could lead to property sell-offs and a further supply shortage. Dominic...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Gloves Off! Lively debate on the agenda at Property Investor Show

The Property Investor Show returns to London’s Excel Centre next month – the first major UK property event to go ‘face...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Scam! Police warning over fake landlords and rental fraud

Landlords, letting agents and tenants in South Yorkshire are being warned about an increase in rental fraud. Local police there say they...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant Data: New insights into Millennials’ rental patterns

New research by lettings agency Hamptons shows the total amount of rent paid by tenants across Britain has actually fallen eight...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Does your tenant have a pet, even if you haven’t given permission?

An agency says its bizarre list of items left behind by departing tenants shows how many renters actually appear to keep pets...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t sell that Buy To Let yet - capital values are set to soar

There’s good news for landlords who anticipate holding on to their property investments at least until 2031 - capital values are...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Gove must give tenants more rights says campaigning Baroness

The new Housing Secretary, Michael Gove, must remake the rental sector in a fairer and more stable form. That’s the view of...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Big boost in holiday let mortgage deals available to landlords

Independent mortgage market monitor Moneyfacts says there’s been a big increase in choice available to landlords wanting to enter the holiday...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords getting less for their money now as property sizes fall

Landlords buying property today will get less for their money than in the past, as the average size of homes in...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-Corbyn shadow minister leads MP support for Generation Rent

A former member of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet has thrown his weight behind Generation Rent’s latest campaign. Lloyd Russell-Moyle - chair of...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord trade body welcomes Gove as new Housing Secretary

Michael Gove - one of the most senior and controversial figures in modern politics - is the new Housing Secretary.  Ben Beadle,...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental properties letting almost a week faster than in 2020

Zoopla says rental properties are typically letting almost a week faster than a year ago. It claims that with supply and demand...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Another council needs private landlords to help meet rehousing targets

A council in the north of England is launching a new programme which it says offers support for private landlords -...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets Crisis - council urges action from Housing Minister

A council has written to Housing Minister Chris Pincher calling for a new approach to the short lets issue. Oxford council leader...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour council chief says licensing deters “criminal landlords”

A London council is urging landlords to check whether their properties require licensing under a new scheme introduced this month. Enfield’s new...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord harassed tenant during eviction ban period

A landlord has pleaded guilty to harassing one of his tenants during the eviction ban period. Abid Butt from Sheffield has been...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb hosting is now standard element of insurance application

The comparison website GoCompare is to routinely ask home insurance applicants whether they are going to be Airbnb-style short let landlords. GoCompare...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental sector critic says affordability crisis now at boiling point

A mortgage expert who is a prominent sceptic about the lettings market has stepped up his criticisms, saying renting is no...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Investors warned about care needed when buying property with land

Demand for property with land has risen significantly over the last 18 months according to a buying agency - but it’s...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Law Breakers: Shelter slams landlords for “criminal behaviour”

Campaigning charity Shelter has made a shocking attack on landlords, claiming many of them are acting illegally. It claims 45 per cent...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent to lead activists’ lobby of MPs today

Activists including Generation Rent are to lobby MPs this afternoon, to complain against eviction notice periods in England reverting to pre-Covid...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Council heralds “fantastic result” ending in a fine for landlord

A landlord has been ordered by a court to pay over £6,000 after admitting a string of regulation breaches.  Juliet Petrovic, of...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency seeks landlords for Afghan refugee families

A council’s own lettings agency is coordinating the call for landlords to house Afghan refugees, in one of the country’s most...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Top MP tells Airbnb it’s doing “nowhere near enough” about rental crisis

Former Liberal Democrat party leader and Lake District MP Tim Farron has met with bosses from Airbnb to challenge them on...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrears In Retreat! Rental debt slashed during pandemic, report shows

A new report to be released on Wednesday reveals that far from the pandemic building up arrears, it significantly reduced them. A...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Updated Right To Rent user guide for landlords launched

The Home Office has launched a new User Guide for Right To Rent, aimed at landlords and tenants. This guidance provides information...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords outline financial losses caused by Covid

A new survey has revealed the scale of financial losses incurred by landlords during the early period of the pandemic. The study of...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Five Top Tips for landlords for Gas Safety Week

It’s Gas Safety Week and supplier Ideal Heating has produced five top tips for landlords. - 1. Check your appliances for warning signs -...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour to propose landlord tax to fund social care

Labour says the funding of social care could be achieved by increasing tax on landlords. Party leader Sir Keir Starmer is today expected...

11 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent angry over return of normal eviction notice periods

Activists’ group Generation Rent says it’s to lobby MPs on Tuesday next week against the return of normal eviction notice periods...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News