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Landlords improve big majority of their rental homes - survey

Landlords have helped drive an improvement in standards in privately rented property, with four in five upgrading each rental home they...

22 March 2023

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Rental return growth falling well below inflation - warning

Rents are up significantly in all regions and most notably in Greater London and Scotland according to the property website Home. It...

22 March 2023

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Interest Rate Rise This Week? - 50:50 chance says analyst

There’s a 50:50 chance of yet another Bank of England base rate rise this week according to a leading business analyst. Susannah...

21 March 2023

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Now Tesco jumps on Build To Rent bandwagon

First the troubled John Lewis Partnership announced plans to create Build To Rent properties around or on top of Waitrose stories;...

21 March 2023

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Sadiq Khan urged to act against ‘exempt landlords’

The London Mayor has been told to act urgently against the landlords of so-called ‘exempt accommodation’ in London. This is the largely-unregulated...

21 March 2023

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Landlord stared at tenants before illegally evicting them

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £1,600 after pleading guilty to an illegal eviction. Grace Young of Derby let...

21 March 2023

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Landlord ignores legal notice - big fine follows

The landlord of two flats in Cardiff has been fined over £4,500 for failing to fix fire safety defects after being...

21 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Will abolishing lifetime pension allowances hurt buy to let?

A tax expert claims the government’s move to abolish the lifetime allowance for pension contributions may damage the buy to let...

20 March 2023

From: Breaking News

S21 abolition is less damaging than landlords fear - claim

A third of landlords say that the scrapping of Section 21 is of major concern to them according to a Mortgages...

20 March 2023

From: Breaking News

New owners hope to beef up “under-invested” HMO platform

Investment platform Platinum Property Partners has been acquired by a group of long-standing franchisees. And they’re pledging to how PPP’s investment in...

20 March 2023

From: Breaking News

How To Rent guide - new date for updated version

The government has indicated that the delayed publication of the latest How To Rent document is to be Friday March 24. The...

20 March 2023

From: Breaking News

House prices up but deals for savvy landlords

The average price of property coming to the market rises by 0.8 per cent this month to £365,357, reports Rightmove. This is...

20 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlord Alert - government backtrack on How To Rent guide

The government has delayed publication of the latest How To Rent document - it had been expected today.  The How to Rent...

17 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Interest Rates - Property industry boss warns Bank of England

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee meets next week to consider whether base rate should rise again - but there’s...

17 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Anti-landlord campaigner calls for Minister for Refugees

The Baroness who leads the Generation Rent campaign is now calling for a Minister for Refugees. Baroness Alicia Kennedy makes the call...

17 March 2023

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Tax and Energy Efficiency - Is government dragging its feet?

The government is publishing a so-called ‘call for evidence’ on options to reform the VAT relief for the installation of energy...

17 March 2023

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Sky property investment show now open for new entrepreneurs

Roma Finance is the new main sponsor of Sky TV’s Property Elevator, the show for budding property entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurs pitch their...

17 March 2023

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Rogue landlord allowed tenants into house with Prohibition Order

An unnamed landlord has been prosecuted after Rochdale council discovered they had unlawfully allowed occupation of a property that had been...

17 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental Mediation Scheme flops with almost no users

A much-hyped government proposal to introduce a Rental Mediation Service to resolve disputes, sustain tenancies and reduce pressure on the courts...

16 March 2023

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Soaring interest rates force landlords to change buying strategy

New buy to let purchases are increasingly being funded by cash rather than a mortgage, says Hamptons lettings agency.   So far this...

16 March 2023

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Landlords reveal their 'go to' energy efficiency upgrade

With landlords obliged to think increasingly about energy efficiency measures, new data from Legal & General’s surveying team helps identify different...

16 March 2023

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Baroness angry over Hunt’s ‘nothing for renters’ Budget

Baroness Alicia Kennedy, the outgoing director of Generation Rent, is angry with Jeremy Hunt. The Baroness claims “the cost of living crisis...

16 March 2023

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High rents force tenants to put life on hold, says online chief

The head of online room-matching service SpareRoom says tenants are putting their lives on hold because rents are so high. Matt Hutchinson,...

16 March 2023

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Energy Efficiency - heat pumps ‘make little difference’ claims survey

A survey of landlords suggests that LED lighting is the most popular and effective way they choose to improve a property’s...

15 March 2023

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Labour candidate on the warpath over the ‘landlord loophole’

A Labour candidate hoping to become the MP in a popular tourist area is on the warpath over what she calls...

15 March 2023

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Generation Rent says tenants afraid to report damp and mould

Activist group Generation Rent is demanding that the government tighten regulations on damp and mould - and is tying this to...

15 March 2023

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Message to Chancellor - ease the landlords’ tax burden

.The National Residential Landlords Association has called for a full review of how landlords and the private rental sector are taxed. In...

15 March 2023

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TV star gives five reasons to keep faith with Buy To Let

Property guru Phil Spencer has set out five reasons to keep faith with buy to let. In an article for Estate Agent...

15 March 2023

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Housing activists link with Extinction Rebellion to protest today

Campaigners in a group called Housing Rebellion are to meet in Central London today and make what they call “a few...

14 March 2023

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Landlord Alert - new How To Rent guide to be issued Friday

A new How To Rent guide is to be issued on Friday, according to a government communication with the National Residential...

14 March 2023

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Landlord investment opportunities as sellers slash prices

As many as one in 10 homes have a reduced asking price within a month of entering the market, a new...

14 March 2023

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Another council to introduce £1,000 city-wide HMO licensing.

Worcester council’s communities committee meets this week, with councillors asked to approve the change which will mean that HMO properties with...

14 March 2023

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Discounted Asking Prices - even Prime London has been hit

New data about the Prime London housing market shows that the average discount to asking price has increased to 8.4 per...

14 March 2023

From: Breaking News

I’ve Had Enough! Landlord with 150 properties quits rental sector

A flamboyant landlord with 150 properties in England says he’s quitting the sector and taking his investment money elsewhere. Ajay Ahuja says:...

13 March 2023

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Budget could help landlords AND tenants, insists PropTech chief

A leading figure in the PropTech sector wants this week’s Budget to provide more funding for local council enforcement of rental...

13 March 2023

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Landlords omitted from guidelines to help struggling mortgage payers

The Financial Conduct Authority has set out ways in which mortgage lenders can help customers struggling with payments - but landlords...

13 March 2023

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Private rent rises capped at 3% for existing tenants in Scotland

Politicians in the Scottish Parliament have backed a controversial cap which means rent rises for private tenants mid-tenancy cannot exceed 3.0...

13 March 2023

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Scrap Open-Ended Tenancies - landlords lobby government

Proposed government reforms of the private rented sector threaten to make it harder for students to enter higher education, according to...

13 March 2023

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Scrap VAT for landlords trying to improve EPC ratings - call

The British Property Federation is calling on the government to use next week’s Budget to zero-rate VAT on work which allows...

10 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords shift to agents as buy to let gets complex - claim

The majority of private landlords would consider switching to a letting agency because of the current complexity of buy to let.  A...

10 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Budget MUST help struggling landlords - surveyors speak out

The normally under-the-radar Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has made an unusually outspoken plea to the government to help landlords. In particular,...

10 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ biggest headaches identified in large industry survey

A survey of 3,000 landlords and letting agents by the Property Redress Scheme has identified where these players regard the problems...

10 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for refusing to produce paperwork for council

A council has prosecuted a landlord operating a property firm for not producing the right paperwork. Luton local authority has prosecuted Poplar...

10 March 2023

From: Breaking News

IKEA teams up with Shelter to highlight homelessness issue

Flat-pack furniture giant IKEA has teamed up with campaigning charity Shelter to highlight the issue of homelessness. The Scandinavian firm, citing Shelter’s...

09 March 2023

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Airbnb ‘spare room’ landlords earn just £2,400 a year

Airbnb claims its so-called ‘spare room’ landlords earn an a rage of just £2,400 a year - the equivalent of a...

09 March 2023

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Good EPC ratings increasingly important for renters - claim

Good EPC ratings are increasingly important for tenants when considering which properties to rent, it’s been claimed. Nicky Stevenson, managing director of...

09 March 2023

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HMO House of Horrors landlord hit with fine

The landlord of a property dubbed a “house of horrors” by Barking and Dagenham council enforcement officers has been ordered to...

09 March 2023

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Investor opportunities at auctions as sellers moderate expectations

The first two months of the year have seen a 74 per cent rise in the number of lots offered at...

09 March 2023

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Don’t hammer Airbnb landlords with extra council tax - call

A prominent property industry figure says he backs higher council tax for unlet and vacant second homes but warns that Airbnb...

08 March 2023

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Brexit and Weak Pound change shape of overseas investment

Overseas buyers - likely in many cases to be investors - have taken a bigger stake in the wealthy enclave of...

08 March 2023

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Eco-tax breaks for green landlords under consideration - Propertymark

Lettings agents’ body Propertymark says its proposal for tax incentives to be offered for landlords is one measure under consideration by...

08 March 2023

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House prices have stopped falling - good news for landlords

Landlords increasingly reliant on capital appreciation may be relieved to hear that one of the country’s best respected indices suggests house...

08 March 2023

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Hefty fine for landlord who didn’t bother attending court

Dacorum council in Hertfordshire has prosecuted a private landlord who rented out an uninhabitable outbuilding in Kings Langley. Deborah King was fined...

08 March 2023

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Government tells tenants to complain about landlords - ad campaign

Housing Secretary Michael Gove is urging tenants to complain about sub-standard housing with the government’s ‘Make Things Right’ advertising campaign. Social housing...

07 March 2023

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Worst Over? Buy To Let mortgage market bounces back

It looks like the buy to let mortgage market has bounced back after the disastrous mini-Budget. Moneyfacts, an independent mortgage monitor, says...

07 March 2023

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Council pours hundreds of thousands into anti-mould campaign

A London Labour council is putting an extra £400,000 into enforcement against private landlords allegedly ignoring serious damp and mould issues. The...

07 March 2023

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Most £1,000 licence applications “omit vital information”

A council launching a new selective licensing regime admits that three quarters of the applicants so far have omitted to provide...

07 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord left family without water over Christmas

A private landlord has been prosecuted after a family, including a baby and two older children, were left without water or adequate...

07 March 2023

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Investors forced to sell after failing remortgage affordability

A buy to let mortgage broker is warning landlords that as many as one in three investors fail their lender's affordability...

06 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Call for EPCs to be renewed every three years

Energy Performance Certificates must change to properly support reaching net zero, tackling fuel poverty and improving buildings, according to an energy...

06 March 2023

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Rent Controls legislation to be unveiled next autumn

The Scottish Government, despite being in the middle of electing a new First Minister, is pressing ahead with legislation for long-term...

06 March 2023

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Landlords in hot water for providing no hot water

A north of England council has released figures on the number of complaints it has received about private landlords. Pendle council in...

06 March 2023

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Rental market snapshot for landlords - new figures

The rental market is firing on all cylinders again according to the latest market snapshot from PropTech firm Goodlord. It says void...

06 March 2023

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This is how many landlords are set to quit private sector

Over a third of a million landlords may quit the private rental sector as a result of being penalised by tax...

03 March 2023

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Controversial council wants city-wide small HMOs licensing

A consultation on a new licensing scheme for landlords letting out HMOs in Nottingham is running until May 24. The Labour council...

03 March 2023

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Generation Rent claims landlords “silence” tenants in mouldy flats

Activist group Generation Rent has accused landlords of “silencing” private tenants who live in flats hit with damp and mould. The claim...

03 March 2023

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Another council doubles tax on second homes

Dorset council is the latest to agree a policy to double the council tax on second homes and to implement an...

03 March 2023

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Big fine for landlord who failed to remedy fire faults

A Cardiff landlord has been ordered to pay just over £4,500 for failing to rectify faults relating to two flats he...

03 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Politicians want tax incentives for landlords to boost energy efficiency

The Welsh Government should consider tax incentives to support improvements to the energy efficiency of private rented housing, according to a...

02 March 2023

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Landlords urged to check grants for EV chargepoints

A car charging company is urging landlords and businesses to take advantage of government grants towards the cost of electric vehicle...

02 March 2023

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Ferocious anger from Rent Repayment Order enthusiasts

A not-for-profit business that advocates tenants use Rent Repayment Orders against landlords has issued a furious response to a Supreme Court...

02 March 2023

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Landlords back Rent Repayment Order decision by Supreme Court

The landlords’ trade body is welcoming a landmark ruling from the Supreme Court which provides vital clarification about so called ‘rent-to-rent’...

02 March 2023

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House prices show first annual fall for almost three years

House prices fell by an average 1.1 per cent over the past year - the first annual decline since June 2020,...

02 March 2023

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Council to spend £1m gathering information about HMOs

A council is to spend £1m “to gather information about the conditions of specific groups of privately rented properties and proactively...

01 March 2023

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Are second homes “flipped” to  Airbnb to avoid council tax?

Campaigners behind the National Empty Homes Week - running until March 5 - are accusing some second home owners of “flipping”...

01 March 2023

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Huge discounts for landlords making cash purchases

Landlords expanding portfolios through cash purchases are securing discounts as high as £88,000 in cooling market conditions says a buying firm. House...

01 March 2023

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HMRC wants details of high-value company-owned rentals

Companies that own UK residential properties have one month to revalue and tell HM Revenue and Customs if any are worth...

01 March 2023

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Buying more affordable than renting later this year - claim

A mortgage expert says buying will become more affordable than renting by the end of 2023. Recent research by business consultancy Capital...

01 March 2023

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Watchdog launches probe into landlord-tenant relationships

The Competition and Markets Authority is launching a three month probe into the workings of the private rental sector. It says the focus...

28 February 2023

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Activists to lobby MPs on rental reform in ‘day of action’

A coalition of tenant activists has called a Day of Action to protest at delays in the government’s rental reform agenda. The...

28 February 2023

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MEES Rules - Huge volumes of London property “unlettable”

An analysis of inner London data from the government’s non-domestic EPC register suggests huge volumes of commercial property may be unsettable...

28 February 2023

From: Breaking News

HMO Council Tax win as government may scrap disaggregation

The government has launched the consultation on the controversial subject of disaggregation - a system which has seen council tax bills...

28 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlord opportunities to buy - five-figure discounts on homes

The asking-to-achieved price gap has widened to its largest for five years according to new data from Zoopla.  While sales volumes have...

28 February 2023

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Sign Up! Section 24 petition wins support from trade group

A letting agents’ trade group is urging the industry to sign a parliamentary petition calling for the Section 24 changes for...

28 February 2023

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EPCs are useless, wrong and easily rigged - new research

Shocking new research shows that Energy Performance Certificates are inaccurate at best, useless at worst, and easily rigged. A Sunday Times report...

27 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Fishermen blame landlords for pricing locals out of homes and jobs

A fishing organisation is blaming landlords for contributing to a housing crisis which, they say, means locals cannot live in coastal...

27 February 2023

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Lender banning second homes now suspends arrears fees

A building society that last summer scrapped all lending on some holiday homes has now come up with another unusual policy...

27 February 2023

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HMRC on the warpath: Warning issued over undeclared income

Landlords of Airbnbs and other short-lets risk facing penalties for tax evasion if they fail to report income on their rental...

27 February 2023

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Shock alliance blocks council call for rent control powers

An unexpected and unlikely political alliance has prevented another city council demanding powers to freeze private rents. London, Bristol, Liverpool and Manchester...

27 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Triple Whammy Tax Attack on landlords proposed for Budget

A controversial new report demands that the government uses next month’s Budget to sharply increase tax burdens for landlords. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s...

24 February 2023

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Labour chiefs say landlords are wealthy so rents should be frozen

A host of local Labour leaders including mayors Andy Burnham and Sadiq Khan are leading a call for an immediate private...

24 February 2023

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Scores of landlords back guaranteed rent scheme

A council claims that 70 private landlords have signed up to a long-tenancy guaranteed rent scheme. Milton Keynes council launched its 100 per...

24 February 2023

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New forecast says house prices will stay flat and NOT fall

An influential housing market analyst says it now looks like house prices will stay flat in 2023, rather than fall. Nicholas Mendes,...

24 February 2023

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Landlord let property with unsafe electrics

A landlord of a home with unsafe electrics has been issued with a fine of £7,500 by a west country council. Following...

24 February 2023

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Families “turfed out” of private rental homes, claims Labour MP

A Labour MP has told the House of Commons that “families are being turfed out of their private rented homes under...

23 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords should pay more to avoid mould and damp - charity

A charity wants the government to be tougher with private landlords over issues like damp and mould. Citizens Advice claims that its research...

23 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Bank forecasts house price drop of seven per cent in 2023

Lloyds Bank says house prices are forecast to drop seven per cent this year.  The bank - which is Britain’s largest mortgage...

23 February 2023

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Mayor demands powers to freeze private rents - yet again…

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has yet again taken to social media to demand the powers to freeze private sector rents. This has...

23 February 2023

From: Breaking News

New EPC targets to be missed by fifth of commercial landlords

Nearly a fifth of UK commercial landlords still have properties with an energy performance certificate rating of F or G, despite...

23 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Government slammed over Boiler Scheme with call for EPC change

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme - launched in May 2022 and open to landlords as well as homeowners - is failing to...

22 February 2023

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