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Bodycam used to get evidence against rogue landlord

A court has heard that Amjad Ali Khattak, owner of a flat in Oxford, removed his tenant’s possessions and left them...

25 April 2023

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Should illegally evicted tenants get damages from landlords?

A study of almost four years of cases reported to Citizens Advice has suggested that illegal eviction and landlord harassment are...

25 April 2023

From: Breaking News

More evidence that rent controls hurt landlords and tenants

Research from Propertymark highlights a growing concern for the private rental sector in Scotland. As the Scottish National Party lurches from crisis...

25 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Safety shortcomings leave HMO owner with thousands to pay

A London landlord must pay over £6,000 after a tribunal upheld Hillingdon council's decision to fine him for numerous safety risks...

25 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Braverman clampdown on sex-pest landlords with new law

A new law is being considered to crack down on predatory landlords exploiting vulnerable people for sex in return for free...

24 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent backs Braverman’s rogue landlord clampdown

Activist group Generation Rent has thrown its weight behind the initiative by Home Secretary Suella Braverman to clampdown on so-called ‘sex...

24 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Clean Sweep - landlords get a free guide to spring cleaning

The National Residential Landlords Association and the Tenancy Deposit Scheme have produced what they call a comprehensive spring cleaning guide for...

24 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Capital appreciation in the black but far below inflation

Today’s latest market snapshot from Rightmove shows the average price of property coming to market rising by just 0.2 per cent...

24 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Free PropTech service to help landlords on energy costs

A tech platform claims to have developed a means of optimising energy costs on landlords’ voids. When rental properties are empty and...

24 April 2023

From: Breaking News

MP demands Airbnb clampdown be introduced immediately

A Liberal Democrat MP is calling on the government to bring forward a clampdown on Airbnb and other short lets.  The government...

21 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent cap and eviction ban fail to stifle high tenant demand

Rental demand in Scotland remains high according to the first quarterly report by DJ Alexander Ltd and Stonehouse - the two...

21 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Activists join Labour Mayor in criticism of private rental sector

Both the Generation Rent activist group and London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan have issued a joint attack on private rental sector...

21 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Enforcement action leaves rogue landlord with huge bill

A landlord has been ordered to pay over £3,000 for operating an unsafe HMO  following enforcement action by Havering council. John Abraka...

21 April 2023

From: Breaking News

28 days for landlord to pay fine, costs and victim surcharge

A landlord was prosecuted after a council discovered he had unlawfully allowed occupation of a prohibited property. Following a complaint from a...

21 April 2023

From: Breaking News

We Quit! The landlords who will sell if EPC changes become law

Research from Mortgage Advice Bureau shows that almost two-thirds of landlords would consider selling their property due to not being able...

20 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Rising number of properties owned by foreign-registered firms

The government response to a Freedom of Information request has shed light on the increasing number of homes in England and...

20 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency advises landlords on how to handle most common tenant gripes

A lettings agency has identified the three most complained-about issues by tenants last year. All the tenants were in Greater London and...

20 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s appeal failure means massive five figure fine

A landlord will have to pay £22,861 after he failed to apply for a licence to operate an HMO. Mohammad Safdar, of...

20 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where rents have risen 33 per cent in a year…

The latest edition of a housing market measure has suggested that one borough of London has seen rent rises of 33...

20 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Message to landlords - use letting agents if it’s all too much…

A PropTech entrepreneur is advising landlords worried about red tape to use letting agents. Neil Cobbold, managing director of rental payment service...

19 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Tenancy law reform will give renters more rights - claim

Plans to change private rental sector tenancy law have gone out to consultation on Jersey. The minister for Housing and Communities, David...

19 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Tribunal upholds penalty against rogue landlord

An unnamed landlord in the Norfolk town of Cromer has been issued with a £2,000 penalty, after the Residential Property Tribunal...

19 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Demand remains robust as rents rise again - Propertymark

The number of new prospective tenants registering at each branch of a Propertymark-member lettings agency held steady at 106 in March,...

19 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlord must have known his property was an HMO says Judge

A landlord has been found guilty of operating an unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation and - in the words of a...

19 April 2023

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Landlords massively ill-informed on new EPC rules - new survey

Some 47 per cent of landlords incorrectly believe the need for EPC C rating is only guidance, not the law. That’s the...

18 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Government minister clueless about tenants who cannot afford rent

The government has made no estimate of the number of people unable to meet housing costs due to the freeze on...

18 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Second homes to be clobbered with more than double council tax

Councils are to be given powers to enact huge tax increases on second homes and empty properties, the Scottish Government proposes. New...

18 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords back minimum housing standards, new survey shows

Six in 10 landlords support minimum property standards for the private rented sector, Paragon Bank research has found. The government has pledged...

18 April 2023

From: Breaking News

You must follow our rules, council chief tells landlords

A London landlord has been found guilty of not licensing three buy to lets. Gurbachan Matharu from Dagenham was found guilty at...

18 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Activists want tougher Labour-style clampdown on Airbnb landlords

The Generation Rent activist group says the government’s proposed clampdown on short let landlords does not go far enough. At the end...

17 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords preparing to sell at a loss this year or next - claim

Jo Eccles, director of London-focussed buying agency and property consultancy Eccord, says she is witnessing some landlords willing to quit the...

17 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Most recent landlord sales have been from retirees, figures show

Landlords who bought soon after the launch of the first buy-to-let mortgage in 1996 are retiring in increasing numbers.   Research from lettings...

17 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Rents not rising in line with soaring landlord costs - survey

A lettings agency says its research shows that higher interest rates have not been passed on to tenants through higher rent. Barrows...

17 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Holiday lets sector strong despite threat of regulation - claim

A UK holiday lets firm insists the sector is in good health despite the return of foreign vacations and the end...

17 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords to be hammered with new EPC costs, warns agency

Proposed minimum energy efficiency standards regulation in England could leave residential landlords facing a £17.9 billion bill, a lettings agency warns. The...

14 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Over £1m boost for repair service aiming at private landlords

Over 175 investors have put well over a combined £1m into a property management tech business targeting landlords. Digital platform EVO -...

14 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Government investment zones driving up rental markets - claim

Tax expert David Hannah claims that the government's 12 new high-growth investment zones have already begun to drive property prices in...

14 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords hunting cheapest mortgages in growing numbers

Mortgage industry tech firm Twenty7tec says March 2023 saw the highest-ever volume of Buy To Let mortgage searches in a single...

14 April 2023

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How to make holiday lets sustainable - expert issues advice

Ahead of World Earth Day next week an expert has listed advice tips for holiday let owners to make their homes...

14 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnbs to need planning consent and compulsory registration - government

New rules making it tougher for people to let houses via AirBnb and other short let platforms have been unveiled by...

13 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Council clampdown on landlords with poor energy efficiency

Landlords in a county in England may be issued with a Compliance Notice as part of a clampdown to improve the...

13 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Another lender cuts Buy To Let mortgage deals

Virgin Money has cut a range of its core, exclusive and buy to let deals. BTL core and exclusive highlights include -...

13 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Massive six-figure fine over “squalid and dirty” home

West London landlord Shashibhushan Vyas, from Isleworth, has been fined over £115,500 for illegally converting a side extension into a separate...

13 April 2023

From: Breaking News

All regions sees house price growth slow as market worsens

New data released by the Nationwide shows house prices in every region of the UK slowing - and in most of...

13 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Section 21 neither overused nor abused by landlords - survey

The controversial Section 21 powers are neither overused by landlords, nor abused by them - despite some organisations claiming otherwise. Research by...

12 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords who sell up ‘must be realistic about pricing’

A prominent estate agency says landlords and other property owners considering selling this spring must be realistic about asking prices. Savills -...

12 April 2023

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Agent tells off politicians for ‘unbalanced’ approach to landlords

One of Scotland’s largest lettings agencies is voicing concern over what it calls “the lack of balance” in the Scottish government’s...

12 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Holiday lets chief urges landlords to become dog-friendly

The managing director of a major holiday lets firm is urging landlords to make their properties dog friendly if they want...

12 April 2023

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PropTech study paints bleak picture of landlord sentiment

As landlords face losses as high as £7,500 this year – thanks to increased mortgage and living costs alongside a tax overhaul...

12 April 2023

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The War On Landlords - a reader writes…

Landlord Today receives a number of unsolicited contributions from readers. These are always welcome but few are as well argued and...

11 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - Twitter spat between high-profile campaigners

Two of the most prominent campaigners over rent controls - albeit one on either side of the argument - have had...

11 April 2023

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Are landlords favoured by inventories run by letting agents?

An industry trade group claims inventories conducted by lettings agents may be seen as biased towards landlords rather than truly independent. Daniel...

11 April 2023

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Quarter of tenants struggling to pay rent - claim

A survey of 2,000 tenants in England and Wales shows that some 23 per cent claim to be struggling to pay...

11 April 2023

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Steady As She Goes - rental market at a standstill

After a hectic period of rent rises it appears that the lettings market is at a standstill according to PropTech firm...

11 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Freeze at centre of local election party pledges

An immediate private sector rent freeze and eviction ban for the duration of the cost of living crisis is the key...

06 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords - will you pay to help overturn a rent freeze?

Landlords are being encouraged to contribute to a crowdfunding campaign to take legal action regarding rent caps and eviction bans. It follows...

06 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Business Rates v Council Tax - eligibility rules set out

The government’s Valuation Office Agency has set out the eligibility rules which now  apply to self-catering properties in England and Wales. Properties...

06 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Council declares clampdown on landlords with poor energy efficiency

Landlords in a county in England may be issued with a Compliance Notice as part of a clampdown to improve the...

06 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Huge fine after landlord runs illegal HMO

A London landlord has been ordered to pay over £33,000 in costs for illegally running an HMO. The three-bedroom HMO was identified...

06 April 2023

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New Tory super-council’s first act is clampdown on landlords

A new Tory-controlled super-council, which came into force at the weekend and combines eight previous local authorities, has announced an immediate...

05 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Section 24 tax petition struggles for support with month to go

The Section 24 parliamentary petition, seeking to persuade MPs to reinstate mortgage interest tax relief for landlords, is still struggling for...

05 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Young landlords would help tenants if asked - survey claim

Over half of young landlords would provide support to tenants during the cost of living crisis if they were asked, it’s...

05 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Tax Tips - expert offers landlords guidance as new year beckons

A tax expert has set out top tips for landlords as they embark on a new financial year. Mike Parkes, tax expert...

05 April 2023

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Rent levels up again after New Year slowdown

The latest HomeLet rental index shows that UK average rental prices are continuing to rise after a previous drop in prices...

05 April 2023

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Top Tories and Shelter release blueprint for rental reform

A Conservative-leaning think tank and campaigning charity Shelter have released a book of essays on renting and housing. A statement from Bright...

04 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Lender reinstates Green mortgages for landlords with good EPCs

Buy to let specialist lender Landbay has brought back its green five-year fixed rate range as well as launching two new...

04 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Council threatens Compliance Notices over energy efficiency failures

Landlords in a county in England may be issued with a Compliance Notice as part of a clampdown to improve the...

04 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Jailed! Landlord in prison after breaching Criminal Behaviour Order

A rogue landlord has been sentenced to 10 months in prison at Chesterfield Crown Court for the state of his properties. In...

04 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Government tells landlords to consider reducing rent if tenants ask

The Scottish Government - which is already implementing a rent cap and eviction ban for the private sector - is now...

03 April 2023

From: Breaking News

House prices fall again - now well below last year’s peak

The Nationwide says March saw a further decline in house prices - they are down 3.1 per cent compared with the...

03 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnb offers £100 to hosts joining up during Coronation

Airbnb is offering a £100 travel coupon to new Hosts welcoming their first Airbnb guest during the King’s Coronation in London...

03 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Massive six-figure fine over “squalid and dirty” home

West London landlord Shashibhushan Vyas, from Isleworth, has been fined over £115,500 for illegally converting a side extension into a separate...

03 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Tenant activists slam government over EPC ‘missed opportunity’

The Generation Rent campaign has criticised the current government for failing to increase energy efficiency standards in the private rental sector. A...

03 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Councils treat landlords like cash machines says mortgage chief

A mortgage chief has accused local authorities of treating private landlords like cash machines. Justin May, chief executive of EHF Mortgages, makes...

31 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Cunning criminal landlord gang must pay approaching half a million

Eight criminal landlords - three of them companies - have been fined approaching half a million pounds. They were prosecuted for offences...

31 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Left wing MP says government helps landlords over renters

Veteran Labour left winger Dianne Abbott has accused the government of helping private landlords over tenants. In an article in the Left...

31 March 2023

From: Breaking News

New Buy To Let mortgage products from major lender

The Mortgage Works, the specialist buy to let mortgage wing of the Nationwide Building Society, has revised its product range for...

31 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Tax Change Delayed as government drags its feet over Bill

The plans of many local authorities to double the council tax levels for second homes and some empty properties from April...

31 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Government reveals scale of tenant anti-social behaviour

Figures contained in the government’s new action plan to tackle anti-social behaviour reveal the depth of the problem amongst tenants. The plan...

30 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Think tank blasts landlords for not paying for better insulation

A think tank is accusing landlords of being unwilling to spend money on insulating draughty rental properties. The cross-party Social Market Foundation...

30 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Here’s the price landlords pay for Liz Truss and Inflation

Typical monthly interest payments on buy to let mortgages have soared by an average 75.7 per cent in the past year.  Landlords...

30 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter claims more evictions for tenants who demand repairs

Shelter claims that private renters who complained to their landlord, letting agent or local council in the last three years were...

30 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Political leader slams Right To Buy as “slum landlord charter”

The Green Party’s co-leader Carla Denyer has branded the government’s Right To Buy scheme as a “slum landlord’s charter”.  Denyer made the...

30 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlord slammed by Ombudsman over damp and mould failures

The Housing Ombudsman has released its special investigation into Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, the social housing provider which supplied accommodation to Awaab...

29 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour activist appointed as director of Generation Rent

The new director of Generation Rent is Ben Twomey, who takes over from Baroness Alicia Kennedy on June 14. A statement from...

29 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid on HMO suspected of role in modern day slavery

A series of officials carried out a morning visit to an illegal House of Multiple Occupation suspected of involvement in modern...

29 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Revealed - new league table of best places for buy to let

A new study by a mortgages website says it reveals the best places for buy to let investors to purchase properties. Money...

29 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Five figure fine for landlord illegally altering buildings

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay over £15,000 after illegally altering buildings he let out as HMOs in the...

29 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Gove pledges law changes to restrict Airbnb growth

Housing Secretary Michael Gove says he’s going to make changes to the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill currently going through Parliament...

28 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Quick! Only days left to have your say on HMO tax

Landlords have only until Friday to have their say on levying council tax on HMO properties.  This issue has been controversial in lettings...

28 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer speaks up for landlords and private rental sector

Location Location Location star Phil Spencer - a former buying agent - says he’s “particularly worried” about the private rental sector. He...

28 March 2023

From: Breaking News

“Runaway rents” hurting tenants’ financial resilience - claim

A senior financial analyst says “runaway rents” are destroying the financial resilience of tenants. Sarah Coles, head of personal finance at business...

28 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Rubbish fine for landlord dumping renovation waste

A landlord has been prosecuted after construction and renovation waste from his rental property was found dumped in Cottenham. The dumped rubbish...

28 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Surprise - Landlords get more powers to evict anti social tenants

Landlords are to be given more powers to evict unruly tenants who ruin neighbours’ lives through persistent noise or by being...

27 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform laws to be launched in two months time

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has pledged that the long awaited Rental Reform Bill will be introduced into the Commons in two...

27 March 2023

From: Breaking News

New government drive on private rental energy efficiency

The government will this week announce a new consultation on private rental sector energy efficiency - in particular, insulation. This will be...

27 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Government backs selective licensing after TEN different probes

There have been no fewer than 10 different enquiries into selective licensing of landlords or rental properties by local councils -...

27 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter welcomes ruling on discrimination against families

Shelter says it welcomes a ruling by The Property Ombudsman that agents and landlords exercising a blanket ban on tenants with...

27 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Ombudsman for Landlords - government takes first step

The government has taken the first step to introducing a mandatory ombudsman scheme which private landlord must join. It’s published what is...

24 March 2023

From: Breaking News

House price future “doesn’t look brilliant” warns analyst

Many indices suggest house prices have already dipped, at least slightly, but “forward-looking indication don’t look brilliant either” according to one...

24 March 2023

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