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Government issues guidance on complying with minimum EPC standards

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Regulations make it unlawful from April 2018 to let domestic and commercial buildings in England and Wales which do not...

What are the most important factors when renting?

Fresh research carried out by Usurv on behalf of landlord insurance specialists Cover4LetProperty reveals that for 88% of renters, the cost is the most important deciding...

New rules for landlords in Wales – have your say

The Welsh government is currently seeking views on proposed regulations, made under section 94 of the act, for determining if a dwelling is ‘fit for human...

More than a quarter of renters in Scotland ignorant of deposit schemes

When Scotland introduced tenancy deposit protection over five years ago, it offered a much needed level of security to landlords and means that should the tenant...

Rogue landlords in Dagenham fined almost £80,000

A pair of landlords in Dagenham have been slapped with a hefty fine for renting out two illegally converted flats over eight years. Multan Singh, 56, and...

Landlord immigration checks fuelling ‘black market’

A scheme requiring landlords to check the immigration status of new tenants is fuelling a ‘black market in forged Ids’, a report claims. The Right to Rent...

Angry tenant to be sentenced next month for vandalising her landlord’s car

A furious tenant who sprayed offensive comments, such as ‘racist’, ‘Arab’ and ‘no means no’, across her landlord’s car after she was evicted from her home,...

Landlord fined over £11,600 for overcrowding

A landlord in Luton has been fined £11,620 for letting an unlicensed and poorly-maintained house in the town which is classed as a house in multiple...

Castle Trust provide ‘options’ for landlords with bad credit

Castle Trust Capital has launched a range of mortgages aimed at buy-to-let landlords with a poor credit history.   The ‘credit recovery’ range features five tiers, from...

The Bournemouth & Poole Landlord Exhibition to take place tomorrow

The 10th annual Bournemouth and Poole Landlord Exhibition will take place tomorrow (Wednesday). The event, which is being organised in conjunction with both Bournemouth Borough Council and...

Tenant ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work for unlawfully subletting home

In most cases, a tenant needs their landlord’s consent before they can sublet their home, otherwise they risk breaking the term of their tenancy agreement and...

Buy-to-let mortgage lending remains flat

Mortgage lending to buy-to-let investors remained largely unchanged in August despite an overall increase in residential mortgage lending, according to the latest figures from UK Finance. The...

New inquiry into PRS welcomed by letting agents

The decision to launch a new inquiry into the private rented sector has been welcomed by letting agents. The Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee will look...

New 80% BTL mortgage deal launched by Mansfield BS

The Mansfield Building Society has launched a new mortgage product specifically designed to allow buy-to-let investors to purchase or remortgage a property at up to 80%...

Government has made landlords ‘public enemy number one’, says Tory councillor

A Camden councillor who was prosecuted last year by the council he works for in north west London after failing to carry out improvement works to...

Around 1.6 million rental homes at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning

Almost a third of rental properties in the UK are potentially at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning, according to new research. The study, carried out by Censuswide on behalf...

Legal & General announces Birmingham as next city for Build to Rent homes

Legal & General has announced that it will be creating 220 new Build to Rent (BTR) homes in Birmingham, as part of its wider approach to address...

Havering Council approves landlord licensing scheme

Plans to introduce an additional licensing scheme across 12 wards in Havering, east London, have been approved. Local councillors met on Wednesday to discuss the proposal to...

Bath pair fined £16k for holding wrong HMO licenses

Two landlords in Bath have been ordered to more than £16,000 for failing to hold the correct HMO licences. Elizabeth Vowles, 48, and Hayley Book, 55, from...

Tax and affordability test changes prompt landlords to set up structures

A growing number of landlords are turning to corporate structures in an effort to reduce tax liability and avoid stringent new rules on mortgage affordability, according...

Specialist BTL lender eases borrowing restrictions

Keystone Property Finance has relaxed its criteria around its buy-to-let proposition in a bid to help win more business from both portfolio and non-portfolio landlords. The specialist...

Landlord licensing scheme considered in Weymouth

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council is planning to introduce a selective licensing scheme in an effort to clamp down on unscrupulous landlords in the Melcombe Regis...

Almost half of landlords would reject a tenant applicant with a poor credit rating

Nearly half of landlords across the UK would refuse a tenant applicant with a poor credit score, despite in-depth credit checks not forming part of the...

New blacklist will be a ‘valuable tool in protecting tenants’

The new blacklist of rogue agents and landlords, introduced as part of the Housing and Planning Bill, will go a long way towards improving standards in...

Landmark change of planning rules for HMOs will ‘drive out rogue landlords’

New rules making it compulsory for landlords to apply for planning consent if they wish to convert properties in the Royal Borough of Greenwich into Houses...

Supply-demand imbalance likely to tip PCL market ‘in the favour of landlords’

There are growing signs of recovery in the prime central London buy-to-let market as rental values dipped by just 0.1% in the three months to September,...

Rents continue to rise across the UK

The average cost of renting a property in the UK rose by 2.1% in September, while tenants in the capital faced a 1.9% increase as the...

A van in Bristol is available to rent as a home for £220 per month

An advert offering a van for rent as a home for £220 per month has appeared on Gumtree. The advert for the van, which was posted by...

Rogue landlords in York could soon face fines of up to £30k

New rules to help crack down on rogue landlords in York could soon come into force. City of York Council is considering imposing fines of up to...

Havering Council set to approve landlord licensing scheme

Plans to introduce an additional licensing scheme across 12 wards in Havering, east London, look set to be approved tomorrow. Local councillor will meet on Wednesday to discuss...

Top tips for landlords letting to student tenants

Being a student landlord can be an attractive proposition especially in an area with a high student population which has the potential for strong demand and...

Asking rents fall amid rise in property supply

Asking rents are continuing to drop as the supply of property to let increases, according to a new report. Historically, asking rents for new properties coming on...

Why the Northern Powerhouse is a beacon for buy-to-let investors

With the benefit of hindsight we always know, with painful clarity, which investments we should have bought and which we should have sold. The signs were...

One-on-one interview: Steve Burrows, MD of Landlord Secure

What is Landlord Secure? Landlord Secure is a tenant referencing service provider, as well as an FCA authorised company for the sale of landlord and tenant insurance...

Crossrail 2 delay would be a ‘hammer blow’

Following the news that Transport for London has privately warned that Crossrail 2 could be delayed by a decade, to the 2040s, in order to raise...

UK government urged to follow Scotland’s lead to reduce rent arrears

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has hailed the Scottish government for offering people receiving Universal Credit north of the border more options aimed at preventing debt...

Landlords’ perfect tenant revealed

Almost a quarter of households in Britain will be renting privately by the end of 2021 as rising house prices and stagnant wages put homeownership out...

Ex-letting agent jailed for burgling rental properties

A former north London letting agent who stole thousands of pounds worth of cash and belongings from rental homes by tricking other agents into releasing keys...

Most tenants ‘have no desire' to own a home’

It is well known that homeownership rates have been falling rapidly, particularly among young people, despite government efforts to reverse the decline. Official data in the annual...

Minimise conflicts by educating landlords and tenants, says expert

While the majority of landlords, tenants and letting agents do act responsibly, disputes still occur, which can sometimes end up involving a formal Alternative Dispute Resolution...

Ban on agents' letting fees – is there a power shift towards tenants?

New research from Fixflo shows that nearly 42% of all agents in the UK believe the looming letting fees ban will be the biggest challenge to...

Landbay enjoys record month of buy-to-let lending

Landbay has reported a record month of buy-to-let lending in September, despite the latest crack down on the sector. Stricter portfolio buy-to-let requirements were introduced last weekend...

Deposit protection training for landlords

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) will continue to offer buy-to-let landlords across the country special training on tenancy deposit schemes, as part of wider efforts to...

One in 20 BTL homes would fail new minimum energy efficiency standards

Around 5% of buy-to-let properties are set to fail new Minimum Energy Efficient Standards (MEES) that come into effect in April 2018, unless rapid improvements are...

Renters paying over double what homeowners pay in mortgage interest

The total amount of rent paid to private landlords is now more than double the amount of mortgage interest paid to banks by homeowners, as demand from renters...

Landlord faces jail if £102k fine is not paid in two months

A landlord in east London will have to cough up more than £100,000 or face going to jail for illegally converting a house. Nazmul Haq who turned...

How technology will shape the PRS in the future

The latest figures show that there are over one million apps available across leading app stores such as Google Play, Apple App Store and Amazon App...

Letting agents welcome government’s pledge to ‘regulate’ the PRS

The Conservative Party’s pledge to give tenants greater rights as part of a regulatory shake-up of the private rented sector has been warmly welcomed by letting...

What’s new in the London letting market?

With all the doom and gloom in the press about the poor performance of the property market as a whole, landlords may be forgiven for harbouring...

Sky-high tenant deposits ‘have spiralled out of control’

With many landlords and letting agents now demanding tenant deposits equivalent to six weeks, many renters across the country are required to stump up more than...

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