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Airbnb and short lets wreck local housing markets, say conservationists

The Council for the Protection of Rural England is the latest body to blast Airbnb and other short lets for their impact on the mainstream rental...

Tax-efficient landlords rush to set up companies for buy to lets

A record number of companies were set up last year to hold buy to let property.   In total there were 47,400 new BTL companies incorporated in 2021...

Tax clampdown on holiday lets will help 'genuine’ agents - claim

A tourism chief has stood up in favour of closing what the government calls a tax loophole for landlords letting out holiday properties. Kurt Jansen, director of...

Landlords invited to apply for hardship grant if they have Covid debts

A local authority in Scotland is calling on private landlords to get in touch if they have suffered hardship as a result of Coronavirus. Glasgow council has...

New landlord contracts with tenants explained by government

The Welsh Government has set out how the housing law in that country is set to change significantly from July 15 this year. The Renting Homes Wales...

HMRC Tax Changes under the spotlight in free webinar for landlords

An accountancy firm is holding a free webinar for landlords and other property investors to look east ongoing changes to tax rules and other property regulations.  Hayward...

Landlord anger over agent switching energy supplier without consent

A tenant has received what has been described as a “grovelling” apology from the Connells lettings agency after it switched her energy supplier without her -...

Hundreds of complaints about landlords - only TWO worth prosecuting

A council has admitted that it had received literally hundreds of complaints about landlords, and it investigates each one - yet only two were significant enough...

Charities want insulation boost for poorer tenants

An alliance of 25 major charities have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak, calling for urgent action to tackle the energy bill...

Boris Johnson dodges question on timing of rental reform

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has dodged a question from an MP about the timing of the long-awaited Rental Reform Bill and associated White Paper. Towards the end...

Letting on Airbnb? New mortgage products offered to landlords

Suffolk Building Society has just become one of the few lenders to consider applications from landlords who intend to market and let properties using Airbnb. The change...

Flats at £1,000 a week called 'competitive' by Build To Rent developer

High end agency Savills and a London developer have launched apartments in a new Build To Rent scheme costing tenants up to £500,000 a year to...

Rents skyrocketing in London according to latest index

Rents in Greater London are up an annualised 25 per cent, with much of the increase attributed to the stock of properties to let being down...

Landlords - should you tell tenants about another tax?

A little-known law unearthed by a lettings agency may be bad news because it means some private renters are likely to have to pay more tax. Since...

EPC targets - new revelations about domestic energy efficiency

With landlords under pressure to fund ever-stricter energy efficiency requirements, a new report appears to make the government’s ‘one size fits all’ approach inappropriate for the...

Landlords to pay Net Zero costs without tax or grant help - claim

Landlords will have to foot the bill for the government’s energy efficiency proposals without any apparent tax or grant help. That’s the pessimistic assessment from tax and...

Buy To Let investment platform expands to all of Britain

A new PropTech platform that claims to make buy to let investment simpler, faster and more accessible than ever before, is expanding its footprint to cover...

Lords report accuses private rental sector of being too expensive

A House of Lords report claims that the private rental sector has become ”increasingly unaffordable” and says out welcomes the proliferation of Build To Rent purpose...

Tax loophole closed for landlords claiming business rates

Landlords who let out holiday properties as businesses may have to fork out as much as £1,000 more per year as the government closes what it...

Jail for landlord if he does not meet Confiscation Order

A London landlord has been ordered to pay over £64,000 for breaking housing regulations. In July last year Sumon Miah was found guilty of breaching a planning...

Banned! Landlord ‘with history of poor property management’

A landlord who let out a property that raised serious concerns for the safety of 18 residents, including six children, has been banned from letting or...

HMRC gives landlords deadline for digital tax payments

Landlords who make tax returns on their investment properties via VAT-registered companies must sign up to the HMRC’s Making Tax Digital initiative by April 1. Making Tax...

Energy Crisis - few landlords know of EPC legal changes

Only 15 per cent of landlords say they are fully aware of changes to laws surrounding Energy Performance Certificates in the private rental sector. That’s the claim...

Compulsory Landlord Register? Clamp-down likely on holiday lets

The government looks set to clamp down on holiday rentals and will this year formally consult on the concept of a mandatory register for England. The consultation...

Un-vaxxed tenants given new guidance on moving home

The government has issued updated guidance on renters moving home during the pandemic, and for the first time the rules change according to whether tenants are...

Landlords Beware - is Build To Rent coming to get Buy To Let?

The UK Build To Rent sector recorded a total of £2.1 billion of investment in the final three months of 2021 alone according to property consultancy...

Brace, Brace - landlords warned mortgage rates are set to rise

Landlords are being warned that the next Bank of England base rate rise, possibly at its next meeting in early February, could trigger mortgage rate increases. Despite...

Landlords given thousands to stay quiet on drug tenants - claim

Local media are reporting that landlords on a housing estate known to harbour drug traffickers and criminal gangs are being given up to £3,000 per week...

HMRC to clamp down on landlords in 2022, warns accountancy firm

A leading accountancy firm says the relative good health of the rental market and house price appreciation will trigger stricter enforcement action by HMRC in the...

Low-cost investments fade away with few homes below £150,000

Landlords adopting a strategy of buying cheap in search of high yields are having a tougher task in finding the right properties. Savills says there are now...

Good news for landlords as rental market shows no winter slowdown

Landlords fearing a fall in income and a rise in voids over the festive period have nothing to fear - it appears the lettings market is...

Leasehold landlords to be more proactive ahead of sale - forecast

A leasehold expert says existing owners - including landlords - are expected to be more proactive in 2022 as they seek to escape from short leaseholds...

Don’t call me ‘Landlord’ - is the title discredited?

The majority of the buy to let community want the name ‘landlord’ dropped and replaced by something like ‘small housing provider’ That’s the claim by specialist buy...

Calling all landlords - should pets be allowed in rental properties?

Northumbria Law School and the Open University are conducting research into whether private landlords rent to tenants with pets and the issues and/or benefits of doing...

Revealed - how much rents went up in your area in 2021

One of the major lettings market indices has produced figures showing how much rents rose in 2021. HomeLet says the average rent in the UK is now...

Energy efficiency - another council spending thousands on education

A local council is inviting landlords within its boundaries to take up funding from a £49,057 pot it has to improve energy efficiency in the rental...

New bank tries to woo landlords with four or more properties

A new bank - Recognise - has entered the buy to let market in a bid to win landlords and investors. Its first product for the sector...

Tory complains about “coughing up most of income to landlords”

A prominent Conservative has complained that her party, and others, have failed to do anything about a housing market in which the younger population is “already...

Opposition to rent controls voiced by chief of new super-agency

A senior figure in a newly-enlarged agency that wants to become a national force in lettings has thrown his weight behind the campaign against rent controls. Just...

Most expensive homes in UK purchased as investments

One of the UK’s most prestigious agencies claims that deals to buy the country’s dearest homes have been negotiated using asset-backed ‘billionaire mortgages’ and are investments...

Landlords using Purplebricks told ‘no sale’ of lettings division

Purplebricks has denied speculation that it’s selling off its rental division and moving landlord clients to a new agency.  A company statement says: “The article that appeared in...

Rent Controls: Now Labour jumps on the bandwagon

Labour is the latest political party to call for rent controls following similar pleas from the Green Party and the Scottish Nationalists. Paul Sweeney, Labour’s shadow minister for...

House of Commons asks: What’s the problem with Section 21?

For landlords who may want a brief update on Section 21, the House of Commons Library has published a concise description and history. The Library in the...

Stop landlords buying properties to let out, says Tory activist

A former Conservative councillor has used a leading party website to call on the government to restrict the purchase of buy to let properties. Sam Clark is...

Landlord prosecuted and fined for operating unlicensed HMO

A landlord who has been operating a licensable HMO without a licence has been fined £5,000 at a prosecution brought by Chesterfield council.  An officer from the...

Landlords may need £850 licensing for city centre HMOs

A council is considering an additional licensing scheme for HMOs in and around the High Street and town centres areas of West Bromwich. The move follows a...

HMRC’s Tax changes for landlords in 2022

With 2022 just hours away, here’s a reminder of two tax changes that will directly affect landlords next year - and that’s before any new government...

Prime London lettings end 2021 in the black - after months of rent falls

Knight Frank has given an end of year assessment of the prime London lettings and says rents in the enclave are in the black, after months...

Wishing all our readers a Happy New Year

The team at Landlord Today and our publisher, Angels Media, wish all agents a very prosperous New Year.  Thank you for your support, company and pithy comments...

Banning Order for landlord who ‘risked lives’ through safety failings

A council has obtained a banning order on a landlord in a ruling that is the first of its kind in the area. This follows the prosecution...

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