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Tenants given powers to force EPC upgrades on landlords - proposal

The Green Party wants private tenants to be able to force landlords to improve the energy efficiency of homes. The scheme -...

09 October 2023

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Build To Rent may be exempt from rent controls - shock proposal

A controversial consultation document about rent controls is proposing that Build To Rent operators be exempt from the caps which may...

09 October 2023

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Landlords wait for clarity on Labour rental policies under Rayner

The National Residential Landlords Association hosts a meeting at Labour’s annual conference tomorrow - but it admits the party’s rental policies...

09 October 2023

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Housing Market “more resilient than expected” despite new fall

The UK housing market is remaining “more resilient than expected” despite the latest price index showing another small fall. The Halifax say...

09 October 2023

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HMRC warns landlords against ‘hybrid’ tax avoidance scheme

HMRC has contacted Landlord Today to draw attention to new guidance it has issued over a tax avoidance scheme aimed at...

06 October 2023

From: Breaking News

England has some of the worst housing in the developed world

A new analysis suggests homes in England are less affordable and in worse conditions than in most other developed nations. The Home...

06 October 2023

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Rental Crisis - it’s the government’s fault

Failed government policies are to blame for the chronic supply shortage in the private rental sector. That’s the view of the National...

06 October 2023

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Nationalise private rental homes, demands new manifesto

A collection of pressure groups, fronted by Generation Rent, wants all private rental homes going on sale to be offered first...

06 October 2023

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Whopping £30,000 fine confirmed for rogue landlord’s HMO activities

A rogue landlord and his company have been found guilty of failing to licence an HMO and breaches of management regulations. Broadland...

06 October 2023

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Vast numbers of homes lie empty despite demand for properties

New research shows that 676,000 homes in England are sitting empty. The research comes from property purchasing firm House Buyer Bureau which...

06 October 2023

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Sunak has “let landlords off the hook” over EPC reform

There’s been a strong personal attack on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak by anti-landlord activists over the subject of energy efficiency. The Generation...

05 October 2023

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Renters Reform Bill may not get Second Reading before King’s Speech

Housing Secretary Michael Gove says he “cannot guarantee” that the Rental Reform Bill will get its Second Reading immediately after Parliament...

05 October 2023

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Government pledges swift repossession process despite Reform Bill

The government has pledged to “guarantee” that landlords will be able to repossess properties more swiftly through the courts as part...

05 October 2023

From: Breaking News

HMO licensing regime coming to an end - for now

The Additional Licensing HMO scheme in the Bath and North East Somerset area ends on New Year’s Eve.  The scheme covers around...

05 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Fire Alarm - landlords and tenants urged to know fire rights

A fire and rescue service is urging tenants to know their rights when it comes to fire safety. Warwickshire Fire and Rescue...

05 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Gove ignores Renters Reform Bill at key conference speech

Rental activists are up in arms because Housing Secretary Michael Gove failed to mention the Renters Reform Bill during his keynote...

04 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Britain’s longest banning order imposed after safety breaches

A landlord has found himself on the Rogue Landlord Database after repeatedly renting out hazardous properties in Sheffield. Local landlord and businessman...

04 October 2023

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Warning over personal guarantees for buy to let mortgages

An insurance firm is warning landlords about the risks of personal guarantees as a condition of buy to let mortgages. Purbeck Personal...

04 October 2023

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Landlords offered unique investment deal with estate agency

A property entrepreneur is seeking up to 200 portfolio landlords or developers to invest in his company.  Jamie Lester says the offer to...

04 October 2023

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Thug sons of landlord jailed after extreme violence against tenants

A family of landlords have been jailed for a total of 31 years after committing horrific violence against tenants and in...

04 October 2023

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Row over top Tory’s amazing description of private renters

A row has broken out over a statement made by housing minister Rachel Maclean at the Conservative Party Conference. She told a...

03 October 2023

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Legal verdict means costs of ‘waking watches’ may fall on landlords

The Fire Protection Association says a recent First-Tier Tribunal decision and appeal dismissal highlight the responsibilities that landlords hold in relation...

03 October 2023

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Four rogue landlords prosecuted by council in three days

A council has prosecuted four landlords in three days, with convictions secured for seven offences. Harold Mews Management Ltd of Margate was...

03 October 2023

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Drugs force Closure Order on private landlord’s rental property

A council has served closure orders on three properties in Bridlington, following police warrants for drug related organised crime at the...

03 October 2023

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Compliance for Landlords - Crash Course to be held this week

Next weekend sees a crash course event for landlords to bring them up to date with the 160 pieces of legislation...

03 October 2023

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Gove reveals the fate of Renters Reform Bill

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has given Conservative conference delegates an update on the Renters Reform Bill. Contrary to speculation, mostly from anti-landlord...

02 October 2023

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Hardline activists claim over 600,000 evictions using Section 21

The hardline activist group Acorn - part of the Renters Reform Coalition involving Generation Rent - now claims that some 600,000...

02 October 2023

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Urgent Reminder - New How To Rent Guide issued today

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities says a new How To Rent guide will be issued today, October 2. Private...

02 October 2023

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Landlord ignores Banning Order - now awaiting sentence

A council has prosecuted a landlord for a second time, for multiple offences.  The offences concerned a tenanted caravan that had been...

02 October 2023

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Politicians Warned - speak to experts before making rental policies

Politicians meeting at party conferences this week are being urged to listen to property professionals before setting policies about the private...

02 October 2023

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Eco-problems mount - too few qualified heat pump installers

Another problem has emerged for the heat pump sector which had, until last week, anticipated rapid growth as part of the...

29 September 2023

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Mortgage Interest Tax Relief for landlords demanded by agency

An agency chain is urging the Tories to stop in-fighting at their party conference and instead increase supply in the private...

29 September 2023

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Generation Rent to run Rights Awareness Week next month

Activists in the Generation Rent group are running what they call Renters’ Rights Awareness Week in the second half of October.   “Whether...

29 September 2023

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New Buy To Let mortgage is lender’s lowest rate for a year

Paragon Bank has announced a 4.69 per cent five-year fixed-rate buy to let mortgage, marking the lender’s lowest rate for this...

29 September 2023

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Discounts Grow for Landlords Expanding Portfolios - Zoopla

The housing market remains a buyers’ market, with 80 per cent more homes for sale than in September 2021 according to...

29 September 2023

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Boiler Ban Delay - huge public support according to survey

News that a ban on oil and LPG boiler installations has been pushed back 10 years has been welcomed by the...

28 September 2023

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Tory identifies single individual responsible for rent rises

A Conservative politician has named an individual who he claims is responsible for high rent rises and increasing homelessness. Murdo Fraser, the...

28 September 2023

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Landlord training conference set for early 2024

The London Landlord Accreditation Scheme is hosting a virtual conference and training day in the New Year. It promises to “bring you...

28 September 2023

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Landlord illegally evicted tenant and lands up in court

A landlord has been ordered to pay £5,312 for unlawfully evicting his tenant of 18 months. In April this year Bassetlaw council...

28 September 2023

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Time To Buy? Sale prices show a dip but market stays resilient

The latest data release by comparison site GetAgent shows the average sale price over the past six months has been 97.3...

28 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Report A Rogue Landlord scheme under consideration

Councillors in part of Wales are considering the creation of a 'Report A Rogue Landlord’ system for tenants who claim their...

27 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Revealed! What Investors and Renters Want From A Property

A new study of over 600,000 available properties on Rightmove reveals that homes in need of renovation are the most in...

27 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Letting agents claim to be undervalued and underpaid

Over half of letting agents say they are uncertain as to whether they want to remain in their jobs for the...

27 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Who knows how a heatpump works?

New figures reveal the typical Briton’s lack of knowledge around energy efficiency issues in the home. The research found that only 35...

27 September 2023

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Several new BTL mortgage products launched to market

The Mortgage Lender has two new buy-to-let products. These include a standard two-year fixed, with an initial rate of 4.69 per cent...

27 September 2023

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Buy To Let investment plummeting - new survey

The continued attacks on the buy to let sector have resulted in a dramatic decline in investment plans by landlords. A new...

26 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Beware - the catch in Sunak’s boiler grant scheme

The Daily Telegraph appears to have uncovered a catch in Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s apparent boiler grant giveaway. Last week he announced...

26 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter wants rent controls at heart of future housing policy

Shelter has published what it calls a General Election manifesto with rent controls at its heart. Called The Way Home: a manifesto to...

26 September 2023

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Council may be considering tax on Airbnb guests

Another council may be considering a tax on guests staying at Airbnb or other short let properties. North Norfolk council, which covers...

26 September 2023

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EPCs - two thirds of homes have poor ratings in some areas

A new survey has revealed the regional breakdown of EPC ratings in residential properties.   Region Number of Lodgements (homes) Percentage of properties (D - G...

26 September 2023

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Sunak quietly drops another energy benchmark over the weekend

The government's energy efficiency taskforce was quietly disbanded over the weekend, the BBC says.  The taskforce was set up in March to...

25 September 2023

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Millions already spent by landlords on EPC rules scrapped by Sunak

Research  from Shawbrook shows how many landlords have spent money preparing for EPC changes which are now not going to happen. A...

25 September 2023

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Taxpayers Not Tenants should foot license cost, Labour council says

A council is telling landlords that its new selective licensing fee is so low it should be entirely tax deductible and...

25 September 2023

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Repeal Section 24 is key political priority says industry leader

A leading lettings industry figure says politicians should have the repeal of Section 24 as a major priority. Section 24 removes a...

25 September 2023

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Scrapping new EPC targets is not the end of the matter - NRLA

The National Residential Landlords Association is warning that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s scrapping of revised EPC targets at the end of...

25 September 2023

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Renters Reform Bill may be last straw for many landlords

The Renters Reform Bill is the latest of many factors leaving little choice for some private buy-to-let landlords but to sell...

22 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Repayment Orders now key part of council war on landlords

A Labour council claims to have a pioneering scheme to get refunds from law breaking landlords. Local media in York say the...

22 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Don’t Even Think About It!   NRLA warns Wales off rent controls

The National Residential Landlords Association is warning the Welsh government to steer clear of rent controls. In its response to the Welsh...

22 September 2023

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Sunak’s Eco U-turn offers hope for beleaguered landlords

The u-turn by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on green policies may be seen by some landlords as a rare piece of...

22 September 2023

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Unlicensed HMOs produce £200k windfall for London council

Haringey council has got a £200,000 windfall from landlords of unlicensed HMOs. And now it’s set to get even more. Councillors are to...

22 September 2023

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Surprise Interest Rate decision by Bank of England

The Bank of England has revealed its latest decision on base rate - which in turn has a strong influence on...

21 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Eco U-turn Welcomed … but private rental sector still needs a plan

There’s been widespread relief at the government’s eco U-turn which may lead to thousands of pounds of savings for landlords. Prime Minister...

21 September 2023

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Landlords should offer ‘easy repayment’ arrears, says charity

A new poll from the StepChange Debt Charity claims that over a third of private renters have used some form of...

21 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent overheats about Sunak’s “cruel” EPC Backtrack

While many sections of the property industry welcome the change of tone in Rishi Sunak’s approach to green issues, one group...

21 September 2023

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Will shock inflation news be enough to stop another rate rise?

The monetary policy committee of the Bank of England meets today - and will it approve a 15th successive base rate...

21 September 2023

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Capital Crisis - London ‘now unaffordable for graduates’

Data from flatshare site SpareRoom suggests London is now entirely unaffordable to graduates, thanks to sky-high rents. September sees many new graduates...

21 September 2023

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Landlords forced out - so rents inevitably rise

The latest government figures on the private rental sector show rents rose 5.5 per cent in the 12 months to August,...

21 September 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC changes binned as Sunak makes eco U-turn

Under revised plans, the Government will: - Scrap policies to force landlords to upgrade the energy efficiency of their properties, but instead...

20 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnb controls may breach data laws and Human Rights Convention

Scotland’s controversial licensing regime on Airbnbs and other short lets, due to start next month, may breach the European Convention on...

20 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent automates ‘protest’ letters to Tory and Labour MPs

The Generation Rent activist group is urging its supporters to email MPs to protest about delays in the parliamentary progress of...

20 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Veteran landlord’s fine will rise day-by-day if unsafe homes remain occupied

A landlord who let tenants live in properties riddled with hazardous electrics, unsafe boilers, mould and no smoke alarms must pay...

20 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Enough! Top property group insists: No More Rate Rises

One of the most influential consumer property groups has made an impassioned plea to the Bank of England not to raise...

20 September 2023

From: Breaking News

NRLA demands government speeds up court waiting times

The main landlords’ trade body wants justice ministers to speed up the time taken for courts to process legitimate possession cases. In...

20 September 2023

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Mortgage firm tells Tories - Renters Reform Bill isn’t that bad…

The head of a specialist buy to let mortgage broker has split from almost all of the industry by saying the...

19 September 2023

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Buy To Let sell off leads to record number of auction deals

The classic “landlord favourite” for buying and selling - the auction house - appears to be bucking the downward trend in...

19 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Politician likens buying a second home to “forced eviction”

The Scottish National Party councillor for Oban North and Lorn - which includes the village of Plockton, made famous by the...

19 September 2023

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London council launches selective licensing regime

Brent council in North London has launched a new selective licensing regime across part of the borough. Landlords who let properties in the...

19 September 2023

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Levelling Up minister stands down from Gove’s team

Conservative MP Dehenna Davison has resigned as a minister in Michael Gove’s Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Writing to the...

19 September 2023

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Older tenants distraught at Renters Reform Bill delay - claim

A charity claims that apparent delays to the Renters Reform Bill, which has yet to get a Second Reading in the...

18 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Canny landlords can expand portfolios with £22k average price cuts

Landlords keen to bag a bargain will be interested to know that over a third of homes now on sale have...

18 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Typical tenant pays £2,800 more per year than in 2020 - Zoopla

Zoopla has given its latest market update on the private rental sector, with the headline rent rise now being 10.5 per...

18 September 2023

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Yet more London council landlord licensing on the cards

A London council is looking to introduce new licensing for landlords. Currently Wandsworth council operates mandatory licensing for HMOs with five or...

18 September 2023

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Rogue landlord left tenants out in the cold

A council has prosecuted a rogue landlord for failing to provide adequate heating and hot water at one of his rental...

18 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent hopping mad over ‘missing’ Renters Reform Bill

Activists in the Generation Rent campaign are complaining that the Renters Reform Bill hasn’t been placed ahead of other Parliamentary business...

15 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlord Alert - new How to Rent guide coming next month

Rental sector organisations have been given an indication by the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities that a new How...

15 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Opportunity Knocks for Landlords? House price falls are coming

A prominent analyst says her reading of the latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors market snapshot makes her believe more house...

15 September 2023

From: Breaking News

This is how much it costs a landlord to sell a property

A property website has calculated how much it costs a landlord or general home owner to sell a home - and...

15 September 2023

From: Breaking News

China lies behind declining rental market in prime London

Rental value growth in prime London postcodes declined further in August as supply built and demand cooled.  That’s the view of high...

15 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Anti-landlord policy will slash house values by 5% admits council

A local authority is reported to have said that a controversial new policy will reduce house values by five per cent. Gwynedd...

14 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Tory claims ‘rental market broken’ and wants more professionalism

A veteran Tory MP who has been a junior minister in the department responsible for housing now says the rental market...

14 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnb in safety discount deal for short let hosts

Airbnb is linking up with private landlord agency OpenRent to offer reduced-price gas and boiler safety certificates. The short lets platform says...

14 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent insists buy to let remains ‘safe space for investors’

A high profile lettings agent insists that buy to let remains “a safe space for investors” seeking long-term returns, despite the...

14 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Big rent premiums found in locations near Crossrail stations

Rental markets near London’s Crossrail stations have seen premiums emerge, a new survey suggests.  Areas which have benefitted from the largest reductions...

14 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords can claim £30k per property for older tenant adaptations

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities has announced a £50m fund to help older and disabled people in England,...

13 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Councils should buy landlords’ homes to ease housing crisis - new call

More councils should be encouraged to buy homes from landlords, an industry expert says. This follows reports last week which revealed that...

13 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Tougher powers over HMOs to be subject of autumn consultation

A northern council is considering tightening the planning rules around converting properties into HMOs. A report to Burnley council’s executive recommends removing...

13 September 2023

From: Breaking News

More Time! Call for politicians to extend Airbnb licensing deadline

A countryside property organisation has added its voice to the calls for an extension to a licensing scheme for Airbnbs and...

13 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords blame Tories for buy to let problems, says top agent

Landlords are reducing their stock - and they’re blaming the Tories for creating a hostile environment.  This is according to the latest...

13 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent rises now are jaw-dropping, admits veteran industry figure

The average UK rental price hits another all-time high of £1,261 pcm, increasing a further 1.4 per cent from last month.  Excluding...

12 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Tax, Red Tape and Soaring Costs force landlords to quit

A survey of thousands of landlords, agents and tenants has provided new evidence of buy to let investors quitting in droves. Over...

12 September 2023

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