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Clampdown on Airbnb is diversion to hide government failures - claim

A trade body representing short lets operators has slammed government housing failures. The Short Term Accommodation Association says it’s analysed local authority...

27 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords halt energy efficiency drive after Sunak U-turn

Many landlords have dropped plans to improve the energy efficiency of their homes following the U-turn by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. In...

27 November 2023

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Really? Think tank claims almost all landlords want stricter EPCs

Almost four fifths of landlords favour raising the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for private rental properties, a think tank claims. The Social...

27 November 2023

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New pro-rental lobbying group includes local landlord bodies

The first meeting has been held of the Housing Coalition, a new group including a number of local and regional landlord bodies...

27 November 2023

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Landlords want Local Housing Allowance uprated annually

The National Residential Landlords Association wants the government to commit to annual uprating of the Local Housing Allowance. Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced...

24 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Making Tax Digital - good news for most small-scale landlords

Good news for landlords earning under £30,000 a year - they will not have to use the HMRC’s Making Tax Digital...

24 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter wants Local Housing Allowance rise now, not in April

Campaigning charity Shelter has welcomed the decision by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to unfreeze Local Housing Allowance - but it wants it...

24 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Tenants to be hit by five per cent energy cap rise

The energy price cap is to rise to an annual average of £1,928 from January. Regulator Ofgem says a typical household paying...

24 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Tax Bombshell: triple stamp duty surcharge, urges think tank

The government should tax property ‘hoarders’ cashing in on the UK housing market says a left-leaning think tank. A report by the New Economics...

24 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Surprise PropTech boost in Autumn Statement small print

Buried in the small print of the Autumn Statement paperwork is a boost for digital technology and PropTech. In the documentation released...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Official figures show house prices to suffer significant fall next year

The Office for Budget Responsibility - a Treasury department operating independently from the government - released its central forecast for the...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Hunt’s dramatic Local Housing Allowance move not enough for activists

Many have welcomed the move by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to unfreeze the Local Housing Allowance - but some tenant activists say...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords lead on energy-efficiency despite Sunak U-turn

Large upfront costs are deterring landlords and other home owners from making their homes more energy efficient, according to Lloyds Bank...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Huge Build To Rent boost as landlord strikes deal with Network Rail

Britain’s largest listed residential landlord, Grainger, has struck a long-term deal with =Network Rail and the property developer Bloc Group to...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Private landlords leasing to council now faced with new deal

A council in Wales is making changes to the system it uses to encourage private landlords to lease their properties to...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Tax and Benefit Changes to impact landlords - Autumn Statement details

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has used his Autumn Statement to reveal measures affecting both the rental market and the wider property industry.  The Local Housing Allowance is...

22 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Activist leader claims ‘one man band’ landlords worst at exploiting tenants

A leader of the pro-tenant activist group Acorn has told MPs that “one man bands” are more likely to exploit tenants...

22 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Tax grab soars as Chancellor ponders Autumn Statement giveaway

There may be tax cuts in today’s Autumn Statement if government-fuelled rumours are to be believed - but there’s been a...

22 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Councils claim one-in-50 Londoners are now homeless

The rising cost of living - especially housing - remains the top issue on Londoners’ minds for the second year in...

22 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Council’s private lettings agency linking with NRLA for forum

A council’s version of a private lettings agency is inviting landlords to an event co-organised by the National Residential Landlords Association. Ashford...

22 November 2023

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Big public switch to more energy-efficient homes, claims developer

A house building firm claims more people want to move to increasingly energy-efficient homes.  A survey by Redrow shows that 26 per...

22 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnb pushing its landlords to become more energy efficient

Airbnb is launching a new Sustainability Hub to help its landlord hosts in the UK retrofit and improve the energy efficiency...

21 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Back In Business? Landlord confidence shows sharp rise in all areas

Landlord confidence has rebounded strongly in recent months according to a survey by a leading buy to let-focussed bank. All aspects of...

21 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Housing Association sorry after threatening complaining tenant with eviction

The trade publication Inside Housing says a 20,000-home housing association has apologised after saying it would take enforcement action against a...

21 November 2023

From: Breaking News

HMO license failure leads to five figure fine for landlord

A landlord has been hit with an £11,800 fine for operating an HMO without a licence. Stoke-on-Trent council launched an investigation into...

21 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Rents cannot go up indefinitely as affordability crisis hits

Affordability limits have been reached in several regions of the UK, the Home property website suggests. While some regions are still recording...

21 November 2023

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Sadiq Khan to buy 10,000 private homes to become social rent properties

London’s Labour mayor Sadiq Khan wants 10,000 private homes in the capital to be brought into the social rental sector within...

20 November 2023

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Labour to scrap Section 21 on first day in office, says Rayner

Labour’s shadow housing secretary and deputy leader Angela Rayner says her party will scrap Section 21 on its first day in...

20 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter and Generation Rent accuse mortgage-free landlords of cashing in

The two most aggressively pro-tenant activist bodies have accused landlords without mortgages of “cashing in.” According to a poll of more than...

20 November 2023

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Many Renters Reform Bill committee MPs are private landlords

A slew of MPs who are members of the Renters Reform Bill committee receive money from letting out rooms or properties...

20 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Reductions in energy bills for properties near new pylons

Homes situated close to new electricity pylons and sub-stations could receive up to £1,000 a year off energy bills, for up...

20 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Confiscate private homes from bad landlords says senior Labour MP

A senior Labour MP associated with the moderate wing of the party says private rental properties should be confiscated from serial...

17 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Sunak’s EPC U-turn slows landlord exodus as gloom lifts

Landlord confidence has improved over the course of the past quarter according to a respected quarterly sentiment survey. The Q3 2023 BVA...

17 November 2023

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Shelter goes on warpath ahead of festive fundraising campaign

Shelter has issued new claims about homelessness triggered in part by private rents, as it prepares for its annual festive fundraising...

17 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Buying Spree! Vast majority of portfolio landlords have bought property

No fewer than 88 per cent of portfolio landlords have added to their portfolios in the last six months, despite market...

17 November 2023

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Beadle is keynote speaker at free landlord information event

Landlords in Reading are being offered the chance to attend a free information event to help them keep up to date...

17 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Offset EPC improvements against landlord income - plea to government

A new study claims that two thirds of privately rented homes require urgent energy efficiency improvements - and that landlords need...

16 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Section 21 - Agent sympathises with tenants over delay for ban

A prominent lettings agent says he can see why tenants have lost faith in the government following delays in the banning...

16 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Bed bugs and landlords’ duty of care to tenants

Landlords have been urged to protect their properties against bed bugs with regular inspections. Daniel Evans, chair of the Association of Independent...

16 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Charity repeats claim scrapping S21 will reduce homelessness

A charity is suggesting that if only the government got on with abolishing S21 eviction powers, homelessness would be eased. Crisis -...

16 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters wield more electoral power - if they actually register to vote

The growth of private renting in the past decade has given renters more political power, an activist group claims. Generation Rent’s analysis...

16 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Government announces changes to Renters Reform Bill

Changes put forward to the Renters Reform Bill to crack down on rogue landlords, protect vulnerable residents and improve the safety of...

15 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Court Reform first, then scrap Section 21 - landlord leader tells MPs

Court Reform first, then scrap Section 21 - landlord leader tells MPs Rental reforms will not work unless the government reforms the...

15 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Interest Rates set to stay high despite today’s good news on inflation

Inflation for the year to October has fallen to 4.6 per cent. That’s a big fall from 6.7 per cent in September...

15 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnb listings info to be shared with government data service

The UK’s Office for National Statistics will soon have access to data on short-term lets listed on Airbnb, Booking .com and...

15 November 2023

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Activist’s Twitter war of words continues

Activist’s Twitter war of words continues  It appears as if Suella Braverman is not the only figure making a personal attack in...

15 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Mortgage interest relief must be reinstated says agency boss

Winkworth's chief executive says next week’s Autumn Statement must see the reinstatement of Mortgage Interest Tax Relief for investors. Dominic Agace says...

15 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Desperate plea for private landlords to help social housing shortfall

Help2Rent, a social housing platform that matches housing list tenants with available homes, has made a desperate plea to private landlords. An...

14 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter complains about Housing Minister revolving door

Shelter and other campaigning organisations have spoken out in dismay at the latest ‘housing minister revolving door’. Yesterday Rachel Maclean was sacked...

14 November 2023

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Watch Live!  Renters Reform Bill begins committee scrutiny

MPs today begin the so-called Committee Stage of the Renters Reform Bill’s passage through the House of Commons. Organisations and individuals with...

14 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Quitting Buy To Let? Prepare to accept a lower sale price…

The asking price of homes coming to the market this month is down 1.7 per cent on October according to Rightmove.  The...

14 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Homes illegally advertised as short lets returned to family use

A clampdown has found 18 council homes were being unlawfully sublet on Airbnb and other short let platforms. The investigation led by...

14 November 2023

From: Breaking News

New Housing Minister is ... a former housing minister

The new Housing Minister is Lee Rowley - who was a former housing minister in the short lived premiership of Liz...

13 November 2023

From: Breaking News

More big rent rises in 2024 as demand set to outstrip supply again

One of the first forecasts for the rental market for 2024 suggests that strong growth will continue. Property consultancy JLL says that...

13 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Gove presses Sunak to increase Local Housing Allowance next week

Housing Secretary MIchael Gove is reported to be pressing Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to increase Local Housing Allowance in next week’s...

13 November 2023

From: Breaking News

We Quit! Third of landlords retiring or quitting because of rental woe

A third of landlords have suggested they are considering retiring or quitting the sector because of attacks and obstacles in the...

13 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Buy to Let Sell-Off has been going on since 2016 says agency

Landlords have been selling more homes than they bought in every year since 2016 when a raft of tax and regulatory...

13 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Shamplina praises MP for raising need for possession court overhaul

The leader of Landlord Action has commended the efforts of MP Theresa Villiers for raising issues surrounding court delays which must...

13 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Courts Crisis - they’re just not ready for the end of Section 21

New data shows it takes over half a year for courts to process legitimate possession claims made by private landlords. According to...

10 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter claims s21 eviction court proceedings hit seven-year high 

New Ministry of Justice data shows that between July and September 8,399 landlords in England started Section 21 no fault eviction...

10 November 2023

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Landlord Arrears Rocket - massive rise as interest rates bite

Lenders’ trade body UK Finance says there were 11,540 buy to let mortgages in arrears of 2.5 per cent or more of...

10 November 2023

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London Renters at risk of homelessness without government action - claim

Almost 60,000 Londoners in the private rented sector are likely to become homeless over the next six years if the government...

10 November 2023

From: Breaking News

HMO anti-litter campaign used to identify unlicensed rental properties

A council is running a pilot project to manage litter issues associated with HMOs. All homes in parts of Coventry were given...

10 November 2023

From: Breaking News

House price drop of up to 10% next year - but NO market crash

A panel of experts forecast house prices will fall as much as 10 per cent by Autumn 2024. Financial website Finder brought...

09 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent makes race allegations after using fake profiles

Minority ethnic people are more likely to be ignored when searching for private rental homes, a pressure group claims. Generation Rent claims...

09 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Housing Emergency is result of decades of low investment by politicians

A controversial ‘housing emergency’ declared by a city council is the result of decades of low investment in social housing according...

09 November 2023

From: Breaking News

London landlords hold tight grip on HMOs

Owners of London HMOs rarely put them up for sale, meaning investors likely need to convert a residential home into an...

09 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Licensing Latest - another council goes out to consultation

Stockton-on-Tees is the latest council seeking people's views on the introduction of Selective Licensing for private rented housing. It launched a consultation...

09 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Half a million fine for HMO landlord who put tenants at risk

A landlord and a property management company have been found guilty of putting tenants at risk after a council probe. Kensington and...

08 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Top agency warns of more house price falls on 2024

Savills is warning that the average UK house price is projected to fall by a further 3.0 per cent in 2024...

08 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Government pledge to reduce leaseholder insurance premiums

The government has agreed a pledge with five insurance brokers which could mean thousands of leaseholders in buildings with identified fire...

08 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Pressure on government for stamp duty cut in Autumn Statement

A prominent estate agency says there’s a stronger case for a stamp duty cut now than there was during the pandemic. Knight...

08 November 2023

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Landlord Warning: Capital Appreciation on hold until 2025 - the Halifax

Average house prices rose by 1.1 per cent in October, compared to a fall of 0.3 per cent in September says...

08 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnb sub-letting call explodes into national media controversy

An Airbnb survey first reported last week on Landlord Today has exploded into a national newspaper controversy. Airbnb claims that almost 80...

07 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Tax threat to buy to let forces investors to set up companies

A third of landlords who own rental property in their personal name are planning to incorporate their portfolio into a limited...

07 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ chief executive wins prestigious leadership award

The chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association has bagged a prestigious leadership award  Ben Beadle won Gold in the Association...

07 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Enforcement Notice blunder leads to landlord court appearance

A landlord who repeatedly failed to comply with a Planning Enforcement Notice has received a hefty fine. Sultan Mahmood, of Woking, was...

07 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Uninhabitable building let to tenants - landlord ends up in court

A council has prosecuted a private landlord who rented out an uninhabitable outbuilding in Kings Langley. Deborah King was initially fined £4,000...

07 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Government makes regular checks on how many landlords raise rents

The government's Office for National Statistics has revealed that it conducts an exercise to assess the likelihood that landlords will increase...

06 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Council declares Housing Emergency ‘with private rents partly to blame’

A major council has declared a Housing Emergency for its city, attributing part of the problem to rising private rents. A statement...

06 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Most landlords downbeat as buy to let becomes ever-less profitable

A new survey suggests that over three fifths of landlords say private renting is becoming less attractive as an investment option. The...

06 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Fear of Landlord Exodus “over-stated” says right-leaning think tank

A think tank that describes itself as “centre right” praises the Renters Reform Bill and claims the fear of landlords selling...

06 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Legal info and regulation updates provided at new landlord forums

Two new forums for landlords and others serving the private rental sector are being held this month. The North Yorkshire council initiative...

06 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Shock Rent Controls legal judgement - landlords and agents “disappointed”

Scotland’s Court of Session has come down in favour of the Scottish Government when it comes to rent controls. A case against...

03 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Social landlord criticised over “deeply distressing” tenant suicide

The Housing Ombudsman - who presides over social housing landlords - has issued his report on what he calls the “deeply...

03 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to claim eco-improvement cash if eligible

A range of grants, including new and enhanced schemes, are available to help landlords improve the energy efficiency of homes and...

03 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Hope is dwindling for renters, claims lettings industry supplier

The latest edition of the HomeLet Rental Index shows a near double-digit average annual rent rise across the UK. Renters can now...

03 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Court Delays - MPs launch probe into worsening problem

Just days after the government revealed it was not scrapping Section 21 until court possession processes had been overhauled, so the...

03 November 2023

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Bank of England announces interest rate decision

The Bank of England has left its base interest rate unchanged at 5.25 per cent. Its Monetary Policy Committee, which decides the...

02 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Electrical Checks - new guidance launched for landlords

New guidance has been launched on how to conduct thorough electrical safety checks on private rentals, and how to report any...

02 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Asylum seekers and HMOs - legal challenge to rules relaxation

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health gas come out in support of a legal challenge to the government’s draft regulations exempting...

02 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Insurance initiative claims to address growing incorporation risk

A new personal guarantee insurance protection service has been launched for professional landlords - triggered by a surge  in incorporation. Purbeck Personal...

02 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Student lettings under pressure thanks to Renters Reform Bill

A rent guarantor service says the recent Second Reading of the Renters Reform Bill has intensified scrutiny on the challenges faced...

02 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Surprise rise in house prices does NOT mean a recovery

October saw a surprise 0.9 per cent rise in UK house prices according to the Nationwide, after taking account of seasonal...

02 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords challenge Shelter and allies to explain social media claims

Claims on social media by a leader of the Renters Reform Coalition - who is also a contributor to a Labour-supporting website...

01 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Market Turning? - rents drop and voids increase as weather cools

Rents saw an autumn dip in October, following three months of rapidly escalating prices across England.  According to PropTech firm Goodlord the...

01 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Housing market now on General Election footing, claims top agency

The best way to judge the UK housing market is to check on what’s happening in Parliament, not the price indices...

01 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Many renters hoping for inheritance to help them buy

A new study by a price comparison platform suggests that many younger Britons are waiting to inherit before buying a home. In...

01 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Legal and industry updates for landlords at free event next week

Landlords and letting agents are being invited to attend a free event aimed at providing updates on new housing legislation and...

01 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Three quarters of landlords have hiked rents or will do so soon

The Deposit Protection Service is the latest part of the industry to try to quantify how many landlords are implementing rent...

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