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Most landlords want hard-core rental reform - agent’s amazing claim

The large majority of players in the lettings industry wants the rental reform programme outlined by the government, an agent claims. Laura...

25 November 2022

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Shelter claims dramatic rise in Section 21 evictions

Shelter claims government figures show 5,940 households were “threatened with homelessness” in England as a result of Section 21 evictions between April...

25 November 2022

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Landlord hit with thousands of pounds to pay after abandoning appeal

Lambeth council in south London has prosecuted a rogue landlord who illegally ran a bed-sit in the borough. Frank Otuo of Putney...

25 November 2022

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Court Delays - landlords set to wait even longer

Landlords are to face even longer waits for eviction court cases following the spending cuts announced in the Autumn Statement, it’s...

25 November 2022

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Online auction sees record lots for December event

Online sales platform My Auction is predicting its busiest auction of the year for December with entries up 77 per cent...

25 November 2022

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‘Government acts to protect tenants’ says Gove in landlord clampdown

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has made an announcement overnight that “the government will always act to protect tenants.” The claim comes as...

24 November 2022

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Charity claims rent rises contribute to homelessness problem

The charity Crisis says rising rents are a contributing factor to the homelessness crisis. The comment come as  new data from the...

24 November 2022

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Rental demand likely to soar as first time buyers defer plans

A new survey from Aviva has revealed that over a million people may rule themselves out of the first-time buyer market,...

24 November 2022

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Shock data shows greenhouse gas rise thanks to poor insulation

Residential properties have seen large increases in greenhouse gas emissions over the last decade, with the average home now producing 2.29...

24 November 2022

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Landlord licences depend on anti-social behaviour plans, council says

Views are being sought on the designation of a scheme to improve standards in part of Middlesbrough.  A selective landlord licensing scheme...

24 November 2022

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Labour Mayor demands 'name and shame' UK rogue landlord database

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has praised tenants in the capital for using a register that names and shames rogue landlords -...

23 November 2022

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HMRC trousers huge rise in tax revenue - latest figures

New data just released by HM Revenue & Customs shows income tax, national insurance and capital gains tax receipts for April...

23 November 2022

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Labour council claims landlord licensing ‘just 0.5% average rent’

A Labour council introducing a vast new licensing regime claims its typical cost to a landlord would be just 0.5 per...

23 November 2022

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Many renters moving to families or friends to save cash - claim

One in eight private renters aged between 18 and 35 years old have already moved home to save money during the...

23 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Nationwide reveals tenants’ payments for ‘essential’ accommodation

A breakdown of essential and non-essential spending by individuals, devised by the Nationwide, reveals the extra amount that tenants are paying...

23 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Law firm coaching tenants on how to complain to landlords

Two law partners at a legal firm have outlined a five-step process which tenants can use to complain to their landlords...

22 November 2022

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Call for landlords to lobby MPs over HMO council tax

A lettings network is urging landlords to back a campaign to abolish council tax re-banding for shared houses. Platinum Property Partners says...

22 November 2022

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Council asks private tenants to report landlords who fail on repairs

A council wants private tenants to ‘grass’ on rogue landlords in the light of the tragic death of toddler Awaab Ishak. Telford...

22 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Applicants up, properties down - rents soar in prime London

Rental value growth remains firmly in double-digits in prime London postcodes as demand continues to outstrip supply, according to Knight Frank. The...

22 November 2022

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Fire safety worries lead to prosecution of rogue landlord

A council has brought a prosecution against a private landlord who had not complied with a legal health and safety notice...

22 November 2022

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Forget buy to let - try other property investment, landlords urged

A prominent figure in property investment is warning that buy to let is the sector facing the biggest challenges in the...

21 November 2022

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Energy efficiency will be focus of new licensing regime

A new property licensing scheme that claims to provide “safer, well managed housing for renters” has now come into force in...

21 November 2022

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More landlords pushed into Making Tax Digital headache - claim

An accountancy expert claims that inflation and rising rents could push more landlords over the £10,000 threshold for Making Tax Digital.  Currently...

21 November 2022

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Formal caution for landlord using Facebook to ‘harass’ tenant

A council has issued a formal caution to a landlord for harassing his female tenant on social media. The landlord posted details...

21 November 2022

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Rents to rocket further in early 2023 warns industry figure

Tenants should brace themselves for soaring rents in the New Year, a property expert warns.  The National Association of Property Buyers predicts...

21 November 2022

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Hunt  and Sunak missed the chance to  boost rental supply - claim

The government’s Autumn Statement yesterday missed the opportunity to boost supply for the private rental sector, it’s been claimed.  Ben Beadle, chief...

18 November 2022

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“No private renter is safe” claims Generation Rent leader

The leader of the Generation Rent activist group says that the shortage of homes to rent means no private sector tenant...

18 November 2022

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Revealed - two causes of most deposit disputes at check out…

More than half of disputes about the return of tenancy deposits during the last year resulted from property damage and cleaning...

18 November 2022

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Government pledges help for landlords with anti-social tenants

The government has accepted proposals from the National Residential Landlords Association to tackle anti-social tenants causing misery for neighbours and fellow...

18 November 2022

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Housing Benefit Bombshell - will freeze lead to soaring arrears?

The freezing of Housing Benefit at 2020 levels, announced in the small print accompanying the Autumn Statement yesterday, risks leading to...

18 November 2022

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Landlords hit by Capital Gains Tax and Stamp Duty changes

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has delivered his long-awaited Autumn Statement - the fiscal event which he says will lead to “all of...

17 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Sunak, Gove & Co have broken the private rental sector - new claim

The main landlords’ trade body has blasted the government for ‘breaking’ the private rented sector through laws, measures and comments deliberately...

17 November 2022

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Ex-agent slams landlords for complacency over health and safety

A former lettings agent who has become a sharp critic of landlords has made another attack - this time suggesting that...

17 November 2022

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Barking Mad? Rental properties have dog-walking area and water bowls

A new 100-unit Build To Rent scheme in Manchester called The Quarters is being marketed as “pet friendly”. The company behind it,...

17 November 2022

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Planning consent now needed for new HMOs in part of London

HMOs in the London borough of Brent must now win planning consent and meet a new set of criteria to ensure...

17 November 2022

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Prime London rents still soaring as stock shortage drives market

Rents are still rising rapidly across Prime London, hitting a new record high, as the shortage of property available to rent...

17 November 2022

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Calm down about rental reform and use inventories, says company boss

Landlord and letting agent fears over the impact of rental reform could be eased if only the industry used rigorous and...

16 November 2022

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Cashing Out - more landlords will quit, predicts new bank survey

New research from the bank Handelsbanken suggests some landlords will reduce their portfolios if economic conditions worsen. Almost 60 per cent of...

16 November 2022

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Build To Rent tenant profile ‘similar to buy to let’ claim backers

The people behind the largest ever analysis of Build To Rent in England claim it shows  a broad and evolving customer...

16 November 2022

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Student Accommodation demand soars as HMO supply drops away

Student property enquiries in the run-up to the letting season for the 2023/24 academic year are significantly up on a year...

16 November 2022

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Licensing regime on the way - another London council to decide

Proposals have been brought forward by Wandsworth council in London to set up a review into the feasibility of introducing discretionary...

16 November 2022

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Activist claims landlords “force” tenants out using Section 21

One of the leaders of campaign group Generation Rent is claiming that some landlords “force” tenants out using Section 21 powers. Dan...

15 November 2022

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Is Build To Rent ripping off student tenants?

The Competition and Markets Authority has raised concern about a Build To Rent deal which it believes could result in reduced...

15 November 2022

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Landlords lose thousands off capital value - Rightmove

Rightmove says the average price of newly-marketed homes dipped 1.1 per cent this month - the equivalent of £4,159 - to...

15 November 2022

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Frustrated buyers renew rentals after base rate bombshells - Foxtons

New figures from London lettings agency Foxtons shows rents in the capital reaching new highs. In October, rental prices reached a record...

15 November 2022

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Landlords to hear plans for local implementation of rental reforms

Eden council in Cumbria is hosting an event for landlords and managing agents to consider energy efficiency regulations, grants available in...

15 November 2022

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Landlords’ views completely ignored as notice periods extended

A formal consultation that saw an overwhelming number of responses opposed to extend notice periods to six months has been ignored...

14 November 2022

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£20m campaign against rogue landlords exploiting tenants

Rogue landlords who exploit the supported housing system at the expense of vulnerable residents could be banned from operating or fined...

14 November 2022

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Legal warning - HMRC targeting landlords in new campaign

HMRC is targeting residential landlords who it suspects are not declaring their full rental income, warns tax advisory service Kreston Reeves. The...

14 November 2022

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City set to extend HMO controls - decision this week

Limits to the number of homes being converted into Houses in Multiple Occupation in parts of Leicester are due to be...

14 November 2022

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Rental Reform Now! Charity wants help for tenants

Crisis, the homelessness charity, is demanding financial and legislative help for tenants. Matt Downie, Crisis chief executive, says: “This is a time of...

14 November 2022

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HMRC makes direct appeal to Landlord Today readers

HMRC has contacted Landlord Today to make a direct appeal to readers to complete accurate and timely tax returns. A spokesperson says:...

11 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants have worse mental health than owners - claim

Renters have higher rates of anxiety than home owners, it’s been claimed by a think tank. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation says that...

11 November 2022

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Revealed: the area with “mountain to climb” over EPCs

The north of England has a home energy efficiency mountain to climb, with poorly insulated homes costing tenants at least £680...

11 November 2022

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First time buyers put off purchases and settle for renting

New research from Leeds Building Society paints what it calls “a harrowing picture” of the housing market for first-time buyers. It claims...

11 November 2022

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Rents to outpace house prices for years to come - agent

Rent rises are predicted to outpace house price growth over the next five years.  This is according to Nicky Stevenson, managing director...

11 November 2022

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Gloomy future for Buy To Let? Mortgage experts reveal their worries

Mortgage experts speaking to a committee of MPs have given an especially gloomy forecast for the buy to let sector in...

10 November 2022

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Inventories can slash landlord-tenant disputes - claim

Many disputes between landlords and tenants - some ending in court action - could be avoided by the use of professional...

10 November 2022

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It’s “brilliant” to let to students, insists house builder

The Stripe Property Group, a housebuilder, claims rental homes near universities command an average yield 1.3 per cent higher than those...

10 November 2022

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Shelter signs Christmas funding deal with Marks & Spencer

Campaigning charity Shelter is warning this winter could be one of the toughest yet - and it claims high rents are...

10 November 2022

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Demand “massively outstripping supply” in London - top agency

Cluttons says renter demand in central London is massively outstripping the supply of homes available for let, while the sales market...

10 November 2022

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Tory Tax Threat - party warned over yet more property taxation

A prominent figure in the lettings industry is warning the Tories against ‘stealth increases’ for Capital Gains and Inheritance taxes. David Alexander...

09 November 2022

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Would you pay 15% premium for a low-EPC buy to let?

The Santander bank says buyers - landlords and owner occupiers alike - are showing more interest in buying energy efficient homes. The...

09 November 2022

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Revealed - the premiums paid for high yields and low voids

A mortgage broker claims to have drawn up a regional league table of locations where buy to let properties attract a...

09 November 2022

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Room To Let - no rent required!

An online platform is launching to match people with space to let with tenants in need - but no rent will...

09 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Poor Students! Referencing problems as cost of living crisis bites

There’s been a significant drop in the number of students passing referencing. It’s down from 50 to 40 per cent this autumn...

09 November 2022

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Landlords lack skills and knowledge to provide decent homes - claim

Many private landlords lack knowledge, skills and support necessary to provide decent homes for renters, a new study claims. The UK Collaborative...

08 November 2022

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Emergency insulation for tenants this winter - call by think tank

Rolling out emergency insulation this winter in the nation’s draughtiest homes could save tenants or other residents £260 a year. That’s the...

08 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords quit as red tape, tax and regulation squeeze profits

Brokers say that more than a quarter of their landlord clients plan to sell properties as a result of the red...

08 November 2022

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Capital appreciation blow as landlords’ house values dip again

The latest monthly index from the Halifax shows average house prices falling 0.4 per cent in October, following the 0.1 per...

08 November 2022

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London landlords “flexible” over rent as supply improves

The latest data from Chestertons, one of London’s largest lettings agents, suggests that the capital’s rental market could be showing early...

08 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Higher taxes proposed for short-lets and holiday properties

An influential new report wants higher taxes for landlords letting holiday properties. The Office for Tax Simplification - a division of HM...

07 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Ex-agent slams “rip off renting” and says student tenants are suffering

A former lettings agent who’s turned poacher is now claiming students are faced with what he calls “rip-off renting”. Ajay Jagota, who...

07 November 2022

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Landlords will sell up in droves, mortgage chief warns

Landlords are being advised to check when their current mortgage fixed terms are expiring or see whether they wish to have...

07 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent rises to moderate following interest rate bombshell - forecast

Rent rises could finally be set to slow down because more housing stock is becoming available due to the cost of...

07 November 2022

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Government must  help landlords and tenants, mortgage expert insists

The government must explain how it will help the private rental sector - both landlords and tenants - through the cost...

07 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Mystery over when rental reforms will become law

The government has once again declined to give any meaningful timetable for the introduction of the Renters Reform Bill. At the end...

04 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Shock - vast majority of landlords own poor-EPC properties

Seven in 10 landlords in the UK still own rental properties with an energy performance certificate rating of D or below,...

04 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Going Down - Bankrupt landlord jailed after failure to declare

A bankrupt landlord in the Midlands is behind bars or eight months for failing to tell the Official Receiver about an...

04 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Big fall in bidder numbers for properties at auction

Auctioneers at Auction House London say the number of bidders taking part has dropped fast over the last four months.  At its...

04 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord ignores calls to apply for a licence - then gets a big fine

A rogue landlord has been fined £2,814 for failing to license an HMO in Wolverhampton. Dudley Magistrates Court found Maciej Piotr Zaremba...

04 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Interest rates up as gloomy housing market forecast is revealed

The Bank of England has increased its base rate from 2.25 per cent to 3.0 per cent. This is the largest hike...

03 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax Threat - government told not to raise it

A website that describes itself as promoting “popular capitalism” is urging the government not to consider raising Capital Gains Tax on...

03 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Commons Rental Debate Today - Tory and Labour MPs to lead off

The MPs Natalie Elphicke and Lloyd Russell-Moyle are to lead a debate today in the House of Commons on the private rental...

03 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Interest Rate Hike Today - fears grow of another big rise

There’s widespread concern that the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee, which meets today, is to unveil a 0.75 per cent...

03 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Innovation - Bank allows tenants to check their EPC

Digital challenger bank Tandem has launched a new platform that allows people to check the EPCs of their or other properties,...

03 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Rents fall as lettings market shows first signs of cooling

The intense heat felt across the lettings market over recent months appears to have cooled a little according to the latest...

03 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the energy price hikes for different EPC properties

The Nationwide has quantified the cost of energy to properties with different EPCs - and that’s despite the Energy Price Guarantee.  Under...

02 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Sharp slowdown in capital appreciation adds to landlord financial woes

Landlords relying on capital appreciation to help offset the growing costs of letting out property have been given bad news.  October saw...

02 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords accused of discrimination by charity and council

Richmond council in London is joining forces with the charity Citizens Advice to help stop what it calls ‘discrimination’ against renters...

02 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Free app for tenants to monitor and check energy usage

Comparison service Uswitch has created a new app which connects to a home smart meter - meaning, according to the firm,...

02 November 2022

From: Breaking News

London consultation on additional licensing scheme

A borough-wide consultation on landlord licensing for privately rented properties in Brent is taking place for the next 12 weeks.  The online...

02 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Beware - HMRC tracking down landlords with undisclosed income

HMRC is intensifying its efforts to track down landlords with undisclosed income, a financial consultancy claims. Perrys, a firm of chartered accountants,...

01 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Eco-rules and taxes add tens of thousands to new build costs

Twelve changes to taxes, rules and regulations in the next three years will add £20,000 to the price of a new...

01 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Caps and Cash Help - what students want from government

The country’s main student body is calling on the government to implement a cap on student rents. The National Union of Students...

01 November 2022

From: Breaking News

S21 and reform delays driving away landlords - claim

The time taken to introduce legislation reforming the private rented sector is triggering an exodus of landlords, a lettings industry chief...

01 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord forced tenants into “squalid and unsafe conditions”

The freeholders to a block of maisonettes have been ordered to pay more than £22,000 after failing to carry out repairs...

01 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Capital Appreciation Threat - Zoopla is latest to forecast price drop

Zoopla has now joined Knight Frank and Lloyds Bank in forecasting a price drop in 2023. The property website’s executive director, Richard...

31 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents’ chief to stick up for landlords at influential policy forum

Propertymark’s head of policy and campaigns, Timothy Douglas, will explain how investment in the private rented sector can be better incentivised when...

31 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Unregulated rental sector condemned as “a complete mess” by MPs

The current system of so-called ‘exempt rental accommodation’ has been condemned by MPs as “a complete mess” which wastes taxpayers’ money...

31 October 2022

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